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Dark Mirror [Mass Market Paperback]

Craig Shaw Gardner
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Even if it takes an eternity, he will make amends...


THE SINCEREST FORM

In his two-plus centuries on Earth, Angel's seen his share of imitators: kindly, misguided people intrigued by the exotic business of being a P.I.; not-so-kindly misguided people drawn to the lure of the undead unlife. But so far he's not encountered a clone -- a true double.

Enter Angel, the Second. And Fred 2.0. And Wesley Redux....A steady parade of perfect doubles arrives at Angel Investigations, but they're not looking for help. They want the original humans (and vampire) dead. And if Angel, Lorne, and their friends can't band together to figure out where the clones are coming from, a murder spree that starts in their lobby might spread to the entire city. But how do you defeat someone who knows your every thought, your every battle plan, your darkest fear? How can Angel defeat himself?

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Craig Shaw Gardner is the author of the humorous fantasy sequences The Cineverse Cycle and the Eherezum Trilogy. He has also written a number of film and television tie-ins including The Lost Boys, Back to the Future, Spiderman: Wanted Dead or Alive and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Return to Chaos. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written, well paced story May 16 2004
By jsdunk
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Dark Mirror, Angel Investigations must face a group of demons capable of becoming duplicates of anyone they get close to -- complete with their personality and memories. The duplicates just happen to reflect their darker, angrier selves. And their duplicates are out to destroy them.
The book is well written and fast paced. The character portrayals are strong and the interrelationships are accurate for the timing of the book (clearly early in season 4).
Gardner does a good job of capturing the strained relationship between Wesley and Angel Investigations, the complex relationship between Wesley and Lilah and Conner's confusion about who he is and what (and who) he should believe.
The ending seems to wrap up quickly (...). But, really, that mirrors the format of a one hour television series, where all is neatly wrapped up in the last 10 minutes. It is, in essence, exactly what we expect and saying that gives away nothing of the plot!
I was a little unclear about how the characters knew how to put a final end to their duplicates (and I won't go into that as it does give something away). I'll just say that I didn't see that part explained -- it may have been edited out or I may just have missed it, as I did read the book in a hospital waiting room.
If you like Angel or Angel books, I'd recommend this book. Its exactly what it should be; a fast paced adventure, true to the characters and the story. Its sure to make for an enjoyable afternoon of reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 13 2004
By Tori
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very excited about this book when I first read the synopsis - the idea would get 4 stars.
The problem with this book is in the execution. Gardner's characterizations just don't ring true, and I found them very distracting. In particular, I had problems with comments about Lorne (that he's a "party demon" and "needs direction") Wesley (if this is early season 4, as I expect it is, Wesley's relationships with the Angel Team were still pretty strained) and Connor. (thinking that "Angel and his friends have never been anything but nice to me - I just need to find a place where I can think."). Connor's confusion comes across clearly, but his rage does not. I tried to give the book a chance, but I was unimpressed with Gardner's grasp of the characters. I would probably not buy another book by this author, and I would DEFINATELY not buy one of his without reading a little of it first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angel v2.0 April 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Enter Angel the Second. And Fred 2.0. And Wesley Redux. And so on. A steady parade of perfect clones arrives at Angel Investigations, none of them looking for help. They want the original models dead. And if Angel, Lorne and the others can't band together to find out where the replicas are coming from and why, a murder spree that starts in their lobby might spread to the entire city. But how do you defeat an opponent who knows your thoughts, battle plans, your doubts, your darkest fear?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written, well paced story May 16 2004
By jsdunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Dark Mirror, Angel Investigations must face a group of demons capable of becoming duplicates of anyone they get close to -- complete with their personality and memories. The duplicates just happen to reflect their darker, angrier selves. And their duplicates are out to destroy them.
The book is well written and fast paced. The character portrayals are strong and the interrelationships are accurate for the timing of the book (clearly early in season 4).
Gardner does a good job of capturing the strained relationship between Wesley and Angel Investigations, the complex relationship between Wesley and Lilah and Conner's confusion about who he is and what (and who) he should believe.
The ending seems to wrap up quickly (...). But, really, that mirrors the format of a one hour television series, where all is neatly wrapped up in the last 10 minutes. It is, in essence, exactly what we expect and saying that gives away nothing of the plot!
I was a little unclear about how the characters knew how to put a final end to their duplicates (and I won't go into that as it does give something away). I'll just say that I didn't see that part explained -- it may have been edited out or I may just have missed it, as I did read the book in a hospital waiting room.
If you like Angel or Angel books, I'd recommend this book. Its exactly what it should be; a fast paced adventure, true to the characters and the story. Its sure to make for an enjoyable afternoon of reading.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 13 2004
By Tori - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very excited about this book when I first read the synopsis - the idea would get 4 stars.
The problem with this book is in the execution. Gardner's characterizations just don't ring true, and I found them very distracting. In particular, I had problems with comments about Lorne (that he's a "party demon" and "needs direction") Wesley (if this is early season 4, as I expect it is, Wesley's relationships with the Angel Team were still pretty strained) and Connor. (thinking that "Angel and his friends have never been anything but nice to me - I just need to find a place where I can think."). Connor's confusion comes across clearly, but his rage does not. I tried to give the book a chance, but I was unimpressed with Gardner's grasp of the characters. I would probably not buy another book by this author, and I would DEFINATELY not buy one of his without reading a little of it first.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your hard earned cash! Sept. 4 2004
By Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the synopsis for this book I was looking forward to an exciting read. What I got was something a high school student could do better... The characters seemed forced and the villans frankly boring. There were many times I thought 'when is this book going to end'?? I kept reading to find out how the villans were defeated - the answer? - much too easily and without anyone at Angel Investigations even raising a sweat! The much hyped battle between Angel and his double was over in about two paragraphs, and how they knew how to kill their doubles was never explained.

I won't waste any more time or money on Angel novels and will enjoy my DVD's instead!
4.0 out of 5 stars Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Sept. 8 2004
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If it isn't enough that Angel is scheduled to be part of a coming apocalypse, now Angel Investigations must deal with the Seven Sinners, a demon cult that intends to hijack that apocalypse and substitute one of their own - 'The Remorse,' which is something akin to a wave of world destroying guilt. To accomplish this the Sinners must create doubles of a select group of characters, drawn from both the good and evil sides of the coming conflict.

From the first moments of the story, when the residents of the Hyperion watch a private eye shoot himself, the Angel team must deal with an enemy that can look like anyone they know. In particular, each other. And every double is intent on killing its original. This we have a dark comedy where the only way to be sure that people are really who they seem to be is to have them sing for Lorne. If you can be sure that Lorne is Lorne.

Craig Shaw Gardner is a prolific writer who has proven his capabilities with several mainstream series as well as the 'specialty' trade of such as the Angel/Buffy books. He brings a measure of balance to these books, less interested in creating yet another marathon adventure than he is in putting together something that really does merit being called a novel.

It is almost unexpected to be reading an Angel story that actually takes a look into the interior motivations of the lesser characters, and spends some time scene building. As such, Dark Mirror stands out both for an interesting plot and for its unique portrayals of Fred and Lilah. This is much more of a team book than other Angel efforts as well. Nobody gets to hog the spotlight.

The flaw of the book is a weak ending in an otherwise solid effort. Along the way on is lead to expect something of a battle royal type ending. Yet, while the characters might feel they are in a last ditch struggle, Gardner doesn't quite communicate that feeling to the reader - things are a bit too cut and dry. Still, I feel this is one of the better Angel books and a worthwhile read even if just for its interesting portrayal of Lilah.
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertining Riff on an Interesting Idea Jan. 23 2007
By marymuse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When a steady parade of doubles for the intrepid heroes of Angel Investigations shows up and wants the originals dead, Angel and company know it's part of a sinister plan. But these doubles are more than just looks, they have the goods too. The team quickly finds out it's difficult to kill someone who knows you inside and out, and who thinks exactly like you do. But kill them they must, and quickly.

Dark Mirror takes a plot that's not new to the universe of Buffy and Angel. After all, Willow faced her doppelganger, even alluding to facets of her own personality the young witch hadn't known at the time. Yet, the idea of a copy of Angel, Wes, Fred, Gunn, and Lorne, trying to kill our heroes sounds intriguing.

This story is a fun romp. It takes place during the fourth season of Angel, and I found a bit of the continuity a bit off, or at least that's the way it felt to me. But as far as an interesting idea, and running with it, Dark Mirror provides an entertaining way to spend a few hours.
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