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I ordered some role playing books from vienna, so I had an excuse to get some new season 8 stuff as well. It´s a bit frustrating to get them so late, when the online discussion has already moved to the next issue, but I´ll rant a bit for my own pleasure anyway.

So, Number 4: I loved the stand alone story about one of Buffys replacement-slayers. Had everything Fun, Drama, little fairies, but I still can´t get totally into the comic books. I mean I love them, and I´m so glad that canon is continued, but they are just too short. It´s a ten to fifteen minutes read and then the issue is over again. There are so many ideas and hooks to base fiction on, but it doesn´t create the wish to alter and shift the plot around in my head for hours as the series did. Hope it does the trick for other people though. I´d love to read some fic, that takes season 8 into consideration and/or is based on the new characters.

The issue was cool stuff, but I wanted to know, how the main plot was doing so I went straight to issue #6: First: I love Brian K. Vaughans Work, Y-the last man is great and Runaways is one of my favorite series, hopefully it won´t take to long till I can get the collected Joss issues from that one. Also, I always thought redemptionist Faith a mighty cool character, that got far to little attention in the series, so two reasons for me to be mighty excited about this issue.

And it didn´t disappoint! Vaughan got the character great. It was quite cool, how she does the dirty slaying, that they don´t want to burden the younger slayers with. And the My Fair Lady/ Nikita plot looks promising.
The artworks still ok, it could be better on the scenery, but Jeanty does a could Job catching the actors likenesses + I like his shirtless Xander (how strange is that?)
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I came across the book, while surfing on a fangirl wave of devotion for Buffy the Vampire slayer and preordered it the instant it met my eye. A Book about internet fandom, for print, in real. I had to have it!
And I wasn´t disappointed. The author Allyson Beatrice describes life as a fangirl and the twisted ways of the web in a funny and very eloquent way.

The stories evolve mainly around Buffy and other whedonesque fandoms, but the main focus is on the personalities the author came across in her fandom. I´ve not socialized so much on the web with online Buffy fandom so far but so many of the personae and situations she describes go for every fan related message board, i´ve ever visited. The kerkuffles, where everybody calls everybody a fascist in the end, people who create fake personae to crave attention, family, who can barely e-mail. All this was so familiar, I would have hugged Allyson over the book, if that had been possible.

That also goes for her stories about the various ways, she describes friendships and social bonding in the web. At times the book was just funny and snarky but some parts were outright touching. I had to check on all my favorite message boards and online friends, right after finishing it.
It might be, because I´m into the same fandoms, as the author and also seem to have read the same books, but I really liked it. It´s not a book, I´d recommend to everyone, but for people, that spend quite some time online in discussions and fandom, it`s a great read. Besides it´s the first and only book on the topic I ever saw.

I really hope, she´ll write more, I´ll buy her books for sure.

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