The Monster Book

The Monster Book

-Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette and Thomas E. Sniegoski
-370 Pages
-August 2000

  Summary: This massive book covers various demons that have appeared on Buffy and gives a detailed background on them. It also provides some insight from the writers of these episodes (who also created the demons) and provide some specific information for them. Also included are highly indepth research done on every category of demon that derive information from a wide variety of sources such as movies, novels, comics, mythology and folklore tales.
   
  Rating: 2/5
   
  Review: I'm not really sure how to judge this book because I personally didn't like it all that much. But that's because I don't find the demons of Buffy overly interesting. Especially since we pretty much know everything about the demons already right? Well... I guess for some people this might prove to be one hell of a collector's item, but I've got some big beefs with it. First off, one piece of factual information that was blatantly wrong drove me nuts: The authors seemed to think that any vampire that served under the Master was part of the Order of Aurelius. Wrong. Big time wrong. They weren't. There was a vampire sect called the Order of Aurelius (they had those rings with the sun and three stars) that was in fact governed by the Master, but it was only a certain group of vampires. Not every single vampire that was under the Master's rule.. And they even went so far as to say that Angelus and Darla were part of that Order. ARGHHH. They were NOT! In Angel, we learned that Darla and Angel walked away from the Master when he formed that sect. Alright... that aside... next problem. The book goes into very lengthy and somewhat boring sections that don't have anything to do with Buffy. It just explains where the mythology of... say invisible people... came from. And dude, it gets BORING. There were some things that I enjoyed learning about, but for the most part it was just annoying. I bought a Buffy book, I want to read ABOUT Buffy. Not about some Marvel's #57 Comic Book which featured this character which possibly influenced a writer into creating a character. That drove me nuts. Sure, the research done for this must have been incredible, but it was almost too much information. Most of it trivial as well. In all, I wish they'd covered more things that were Buffy oriented instead of focusing on influencing aspects.
   
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