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NIGHT OF THE LIVING RERUN

Night of the Living Rerun was one of the few Buffy novels that slipped through the PB reviewing net, and although it's not exactly fair to review it three years later, at least it fills in the gap.

To be honest, I didn't think must of Night of the Living Rerun when I first read it, and I wasn't impressed by it when re-reading it.

Even as an early Buffy novel, Living Rerun disappointed. Plenty of traditional season one elements are thrown in - Buffy's dreams, the Master, Joyce's gallery - but the result is nothing special.

It always seems more disappointing when a potentially interesting subject or setting is used in a novel, but used badly. Living Rerun falls at this hurdle by combining the Salem witch trials - complete with 17th century Slayer - and present day Sunnydale.

Salem offers plenty of potential, particularly for a novel based entirely around the Slayer of the time, but here it's just wasted, as the characters possessing Buffy, Giles and Xander could really have been anyone. It looks as if the author wanted to write about Salem and Buffy gave him the opportunity.

That's about it. Even given the novel the benefit of the doubt because it was one of the earliest Buffy novels, it's hard to be positive about Night of the Living Rerun. Xander being possessed by a girl provides one or two laughs, but this is definitely one Buffy novel that you can skip unless you're a real completist.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING RERUN

Written by ARTHUR BYRON COVER

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RATING: 5/10