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Aptly named, Visitors sees several new in Sunnydale - a group of student teachers, an old adversary, someone who watches the Watchers and a korred, who forces its victims to dance themselves to death.

There are some enjoyable things about Visitors.  The characterisation of the regulars is pretty good, despite the usual conflicts with the TV series, and Giles is well used, especially since the library has been taken over by the student teachers.  The visitor from the Watchers' Council is also a good idea, with a particular interest in how one of the Scooby Gang shapes up.

Unfortunately, the book fails down on the plot.  Even for a YA novel, just over 160 pages is a little on the thin side, and consequently there's not a great deal going on in Visitors.  And, what little there is, isn't great.

With some trimming of a few needless scenes, Visitors might have made an interesting, if unexceptional, read in a Buffy short story collection, but as a standalone novel it is a little disappointing.  It's not badly written by any means, and the characters are well drawn, but the plot lets things down. back to the top

VISITORS

Written by LAURA ANNE GILMAN
and JOSEPHA SHERMAN

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RATING: 4/10


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