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Book Reviews: Original Sins + Prophecies + Mall Purchase Night + Unravelling Oliver

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer part 4 Original Sins by Christopher Golden
‘Borrowing’ from Stephen King and John Saul, TPTB released a serial novel in 2001. It dealt with time travel and an AU where Giles is the vampire king and Faith is dead. Buffy eats bitterness and stews in her helpless isolation. People die and yap. I felt distain for this.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer part 1 Prophecies by Christopher Golden
This 2001 novel stymies all effort at interest. Every single twitching character is repugnant. This was another failed ‘BTVS’ novel like ‘Halloween Rain’, ‘Coyote Moon’, ‘Night Of The Living Rerun’, ‘Blooded’, ‘Visitors’, ‘Unnatural Selection’, ‘The Power Of Persuasion’, ‘Deep Water’, ‘Here Be Monsters’, ‘Ghoul Trouble’, ‘The Doomsday Deck’, ‘Child Of The Hunt’, ‘Return To Chaos’, ‘The Gateway Trilogy’, ‘Obsidian Fate’, ‘Immortal’, ‘Sins Of The Father’, ‘Resurrecting Ravana’, ‘Prime Evil’, ‘The Essential Angel’, ‘The Sunnydale High Yearbook’, ‘The Angel Chronicles’, ‘The Xander Years’, ‘How I Survived My Summer Vacation Vol 1’, ‘Tales Of The Slayers’, ‘The Evil That Men Do’, ‘Paleo’, ‘Spike And Dru: Pretty Maids All In A Row’, ‘Revenant’, ‘The Book Of Fours’ and ‘The Unseen Trilogy’.

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Mall Purchase Night by Rick Cook
This 1993 novel is a really dated tale of an ex-cop who gets a job as a security guard at a mall. But the mall is located close to Elfland and the owner is having a moral collapse. Various thick-witted characters walk around talking in dated opaque banalities. I felt disappointed distain for this tale of mall rats, drug dealers and pixies which isn’t as funny as it thinks it is.

Best Line:
“Who’s now in a mental hospital doing an imitation of a turnip.”

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Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Beloved and respected author Oliver Ryan beats his self-sacrificing wife into a coma from which she will never recover. Nobody can understand how it came to this. Oliver tells his story as do those people whose lives intertwined with his over five decades. Over the course of this short novel, Oliver is shown not to be honest and dependable but rather an exploiter and a liar who isn’t well-remembered by those he was contemporaneous with. This was an excellent short savage tale of an awful man.

Best Lines:
“Go away, you stupid irritating woman.”

“Although I should not have done it, she really should not have provoked me.”

“Complained continually of feeling tired and excluded.”

“The fuss that ensued was unwarranted in my opinion.”

“I could not live with this kind of disturbance.”

“That he would be unwise to ever visit again.”

“She only ever saw the good in people. Even her husband.”

“He seems relived that I am gone.”

“What about love?”
“I thought that was love.”

“Writing is boring.”
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