“ Genre: Horror / Author: Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder / Edition: Television tie-in edition / Mass Market Paperback / Reading Level: Young Adult / 176 Pages / Book is published 1998-10-05 by Pocket Books / Alternative title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween Rain „
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Usually I would normally jump into my review in the usual structure, and I will do so in a bit but I believe that I need to explain something.... I have to tell you I have had real flu for over a week now, and no matter how much I really wanted to type up a review, I just couldn't do just that because of me have not enough energy. I also feel bad because I also didn't have the energy to rate all of your reviews. I plan to rate them all tomorrow (Sunday 29th March 2009), it may take hours and hours but you deserve those rates. So I will rate all the reviews you have done since Wednesday 18th March. And I sure hope you will continue to rate mine in return.
Now to write a welcome back review...
Pocket books seem to be my favourite books at the moment, and I'm trying to get as much of them as possible, but I have realised there is tonnes of different series under the publication. Not only that; but also Pocket Books are usually confused with another publication that happens to be roughly the same, which is: Archway Paperbacks. This publisher is the one that publishes Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I also collect books by this publication, but I usually call them pocket books due to the fact that they are the exact same size as the pocket books and also use the same sort of authors.
I have a thing for pocket books as everyone should know by now... Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a great TV series, so I've heard, and it's supposed to capture you... I don't know whether these opinions are true or not considering I have not watched one single episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer... My parents banned me from watching it and I haven't seen the box sets anywhere although I tend not to look, but that's not the point.
Now that I'm earning money for writing reviews I hope to use the money to buy the things I want / need, like The Buffy the Vampire Slayer box sets, and the more people review things that I read, I tend to want them too!
So 1 day I came across the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Books. And decided to endeavour into the first book in the series, and as many of you should know, I quite enjoy it (I recommend you to read my review on Buffy the Vampire Slayer No. 1: The Harvest - Richie Tankersley Cusick because it is the first book in the series). So therefore, after much begging, my parents allowed me to buy the next book off Amazon. Only I had a momentarily confusion, and found out there is about 7 different book collections, which really knocked me off guard, as I was expecting only the one as most series happen to have. After wondering which one was the second one, I ended up going on Fantastic Fiction and there I found the book I was looking for and used Amazon to find it and buy it. Now I have read it I can now review it.
This book is revolved around Halloween, as you probably already know considering the holiday is part of the title. There happens to be a saying in Sunnydale which goes something like this: "A scarecrow saturated with Halloween rain will come alive and slaughter anyone in sight". But who truly believes that stuff? Well Buffy and her crew thought that it was just something made up, but when it starts to rain on Halloween and there's an old man, who looks after a cemetery, runs into a party saying that zombies come alive, Buffy Summers, Willow, and Xander think again... But isn't there enough Vampires partying hard with the humans? Mixing in the crowd so not to be noticed?
Okay... Well... I have to admit I enjoyed this book much more than I did with the first book. But I really don't know why. Especially since the story-line seems less co-ordinated and not too busy. The first book was perfect, so I thought, and the story line alone just makes you read it. So reading the story-line to this book makes it sound worthy of 4 stars. However I have given it 5 stars as you can tell. I think the overall reason for this is the content and the way it makes you skip main meals and makes you grip really hard onto the book waiting to read more and more, you just cannot help yourself. You seem as if Buffy and Willow and Xander lives near you and you've gotten to known them really well, and the situations they get into in this book, makes you grip with terror and tense as you try to establish a way they can get out of it. And you think it is next to impossible and you reckon they will die, it is so intensifyingly scary it's unbelievable and you urge yourself to stay up all night to finish the book off, and you then realise you have to get up early in the morning, but the book don't care, and holds your attention yet again. And even though you feel bad about doing so you cannot help yourself. This is definitely a book for everyone to read.
I have recently found out that most, if not all, of the pocket books (including Archway Paperbacks) have the same sort of structure, I am not saying that they are all the same, because then the books will get really boring, what I mean is that they grasp you, from the time you start reading until the very end of the book. I personally cannot get enough of them and do hope that the publishers will not quit and carry on creating these books, because I happen to remember 1 famous publishers that went and I'm pretty upset that it did, and that happens to be the Point Horror books. So I am in fear that these publications will end up like Point Horror and just a thing of the pass in 20 - 30 years. Though I am really hoping that they will carry on and show that they cannot just simply disappear.
This book happens to have 2 authors, meaning they split the work. Maybe this could be the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did. 2 really well-known authors (well... well-known in the Pocket book world, but still famous anyhow) joined their mystical powers of writing to infuse them into 1 book, is probably what makes this book seem magical. The 2 authors are Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder. They have worked together and created 5 books in this Buffy series, which I cannot wait to endeavour. Christopher is probably well-know as a main pocket book/archway author. But again so is Nancy. Both of their works alone is brilliant so I am happy knowing that they decided to join forces. I don't think I go into talking about them as such because I haven't really read many of their works, but I have read a few and they are as good as this book is, so I am telling you that if you see a book by these author, don't think twice about buying it, just buy it anyway!
Now usually this is the part where I wrap things up and give you my overall opinion, however you can read that bit a little later on. I feel like I have a need to explain some of the titles to my reviews; such as this one: "He walks... He talks... He kills." Now you may be thinking this has nothing to do with my review, and many of you have said this to me about other titles. Well you should really understand my titles based on the story line. All of you can probably guess that the "He" is referring to the scarecrow, because they usually are standing still in a field and this story contains nothing else that doesn't walk and talk. These titles I have sort of taken, well to tell you the truth I have really copied them, from the front cover of the books I read. All Pocket books and Archway paperbacks all have a little tagline, as I call it. And I have a feeling that they all make you wonder what it's all about because (referring to this title) everybody walks and talks, so that wouldn't be out of the ordinary, so it gets you guessing, which I think is what makes the tagline intriguing to me.
Finally I have gotten to the end of my review... I did really enjoy this book, and I learned lots of things, which are really quite surprising because of this book being fiction, however there are hidden truths, like the real reason for Halloween... Did you know that it lasted 3 whole days not just the night (which we know have)? And have you ever heard of Samhain? And did you know about the Scarecrow happens to be true? I knew non of this and wasn't too sure if it was true until I found the same thing pop up on an episode of "Supernatural" and then I believed that they put the truth. So I was surprised to learn truth from a fictional book. Therefore this book deserves a 5 out of 5, and I wouldn't dream of it being anything less. Thank you all for reading, and I do hope I have interested you into reading this!
Book Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer