New Faith novel, "Go Ask Malice" positively reviewed by Sci-fi-Online. The novel by Robert Joseph Levy has only recently been released. It also has four glowing reviews from people on Amazon.
The book is also out in the UK (for Amazon page see here.
Now I maybe biased because I'm a massive fan of Faith's character, but I thought this was a superb read, the best Buffyverse novel I've read in several years. It avoids the continuity problems of so many Buffyverse novels and instead bravely paves some interesting continuity of it's own. As far as I could see there were no contradictions with Buffyverse canon (the one possible exception being that the book states that Faith's 17th birthday is December 14th 1997, which makes her about one month older than Buffy - I always got the impression Faith was younger than Buffy, is that right? But maybe that's just because she acted immaturely).
I previously said on Whedonesque that Pocket Books were not making it's Buffy books adult enough. Well they proved me wrong in this case - the book features very dark themes, and as might have been expected Faith's past contains a great deal of sex and violence.
This is not a light read by any means, and one of my friends who read it, disliked it for being too miserable. However the events in Faith's life before she arrived in Sunnydale.. which eventually led her down the dark path she took in Buffy Season Three, were never going to be a "happily-ever-after, candy mountain place where all our dreams come true".
It's too bad that many fans who might have really appreciated this novel won't read it because of bad experiences with past Buffyverse novels. But that is Pocket Book's fault for allowing so many of the Buffyyverse novels on the shelves without adequate quality control.
I just hope this and Blackout sell well so that Pocket Books can see they don't have to try to do the impossible and recapture the magic in a bottle that was "Buffy" onscreen. Spotlighting on one character, IMHO, really seems to be the way that Pocket Books should be going. I'd be pleased if they can continue to greenlight more books that expand on the mythology, and reveal more about our Buffy peeps, especially ones that did not get explored as much as they could have during the shows' runs (a Giles novel anyone?).
July 07 2006
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