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#3 - COYOTE MOON

It's always a little unfair to review something out of sequence, but somehow Coyote Moon slipped through the Planet Buffy reviewing net first time around.

In practice, this means that what seemed like a reasonable run-around for younger readers back in 1998 seems less impressive second time around.

As with many Pocket Books' novels, there are major problems placing Coyote Moon into the TV series' continuity.  It appears to be set between the first two seasons, yet Buffy is in Sunnydale, which contradicts the television series and the later How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Vol. 1.

Despite that problem, John Vornholt serves up a fairly enjoyable take on the werewolf story, with a bunch of shape-shifters who take the form of coyotes in place of the more familiar wolf.

While Buffy has the coyotes to deal with, Giles goes into research mode (although you'd also expect him to know what candyfloss is) and Xander and Willow fall for a couple of attractive carnival folk.

This being Sunnydale they carnival is in town for more than just money-making reasons, with a long dead 19th showman lying in one of Sunnydale's graveyards.

Being reviewed so out of sequence means that Coyote Moon's mark is probably a little lower than it would have been had I reviewed it on its release.  As it stands, it's a pretty enjoyable story whose style fits with the series' early episodes.  The absence of Angel and Cordelia helps keep the focus on just four regular characters, but in 160 pages you're never going to get much more than a fun runabout.

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#3 - COYOTE MOON

Written by JOHN VORNHOLT

POCKET BOOKS

3.50


RATING: 5/10