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A comprehensive, authorized compendium of all things
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, published in celebration of the
revered show’s twentieth anniversary.

From its debut in
1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer became a cult hit with legions
of devoted viewers and propelled the show’s creator Joss Whedon to
stardom. Now, fans can discover Buffy’s world fully with this
full-color A-to-Z encyclopedia that catalogs, explains, and
cross-reference every detail of the Buffyverse, from characters,
locations, and weapons to episodes, demons, and recurring gags.

Packed with content from the television show, The Buffy the
Vampire Slayer
Encyclopedia is the first companion book
that also includes key facts from the official canon comics and its
spin-off show Angel—making this comprehensive volume the
only truly complete guide to the entire Buffyverse.

Lavishly
produced and written by Buffy experts, The Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Encyclopedia
is the authoritative source for fans, allowing them to
indulge in the intricacies and nuances of the series as never before.
With color stills and photography throughout, an eerie cover with
special effects, and an incredible design that reflects the show’s
aesthetics, this fully authorized companion is a must-have for all
Buffy enthusiasts.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer TM & © 2017
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


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Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse:

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Oct 17, 2017

When they say it's s comprehensive guide, they're not kidding. So detailed, it's a must for any fan. I do, however, exist in a world without the comic books, because Buffy and Spike do not and will never make sense. It's Buffy and Angel, or nothing. End of story.
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Sep 04, 2018

So, a long time ago there were these things called encyclopedias and the best ones were multivolume sets like Britannica or the World Book. These were huge maybe 28-30 volumes a set. It wasnt unusual to have an ENTIRE volume devoted to just ONE letter of the alphabet. Oh my those were the days. And those are those are the general encyclopedias- information on everything. The world of encyclopedias was rich indeed with things called subject encyclopedias for example a set of encyclopedias on So, a long time ago there were these things called ‘encyclopedias’ – and the best ones were multivolume sets like Britannica or the World Book. These were huge – maybe 28-30 volumes a set. It wasn’t unusual to have an ENTIRE volume devoted to just ONE letter of the alphabet. Oh my – those were the days. And those are those are the ‘general’ encyclopedias- information on ‘everything’. The world of encyclopedias was rich indeed with things called ‘subject encyclopedias’ – for example a set of encyclopedias on Greek Mythology, or on China, or Woman’s History!!!! Can you believe it?

But not everyone could afford these multivolume gems. There were also a range of one-volume encyclopedia -some were ‘general’ – all subjects and some were specific -like a single volume encyclopedia on women’s history. There were helpful but not deep with the info – I think of them as ‘encyclopedia lite’ – something ok if you need a quick bit of info but it wouldn’t satisfy any desire for in-depth information or examination.

This book is most definitely “encyclopedia-lite”. Its claim as the ‘ultimate guide to the Buffyverse’ should not be believed. One page on Rupert Giles?? And that page had two huge pictures included so actually the entire entry on Giles was three paragraphs. There are tons of pictures in the book in fact it has a bit of ‘picture book’ feel to it. It also drove me crazy that while each entry ended with a reference to its source – (the series (Angle and/or Buffy) and the comic books) – it wasn’t specific to the season or issue number.

However, since I am not a comic book fan (I have season 8 – just don’t like that format) it was a way to find out what went on in the Buffyverse after the show ended. Overall this is a real disappointment.
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5

Nov 06, 2018

If Wesley needed a Buffy/Angel reference tome, he'd go for this.

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book!

Feels lovely to hold in hardback. Nicely weighted, raised embossing! Honestly, it's a physical pleasure just to flip through it's pages! Blood splattered across the binder and each page, glossy glorious paper quality that host the most fantastic images, rare and not, and that 'to-die-for' cover design, this certainly gets your attention, right off the bat!

I bought this ages ago but I avoided If Wesley needed a Buffy/Angel reference tome, he'd go for this.

This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book!

Feels lovely to hold in hardback. Nicely weighted, raised embossing! Honestly, it's a physical pleasure just to flip through it's pages! Blood splattered across the binder and each page, glossy glorious paper quality that host the most fantastic images, rare and not, and that 'to-die-for' cover design, this certainly gets your attention, right off the bat!

I bought this ages ago but I avoided reading it till I finished both the Buffy series (years ago) and the Angel series (last night) because it is completely filled with spoilers. This IS what it says it is. It's an ALL reference guide to the 'Buffy-verse', a one stop shop to all that took place in both series', plus extended canon comic book series'.

I've only ever experienced both series' and a few novels (never dipped into the comics) but this looks pretty damn extensive to my eyes.

As the book has A LOT of ground to cover, there's no real indepth DETAIL to be found. No real analysis so if you are looking for that, you'll be disappointed. Instead, it encompasses as much as you could possibly hope to find in a single publication that focuses on Joss Whedon's universe. I found myself literally looking up every character and event AS they happened onscreen, just to see if they were referenced. They were.

This is essential for any Buffy/Angel fan. As much as a beautiful keepsake as it is a reference guide. There are MILLIONS of books based on this universe but none so consistent. ...more
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Oct 28, 2019

In 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse', details pertaining to the Buffy and Angel series (television and comics) are laid out in alphabetical format. This makes for quick and easy reference.

Numerous photos accompany some of the information, serving as a handy refresher to both major and minor characters while contributing to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the book as a whole. However, there were several typos which were obvious and could / In 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse', details pertaining to the Buffy and Angel series (television and comics) are laid out in alphabetical format. This makes for quick and easy reference.

Numerous photos accompany some of the information, serving as a handy refresher to both major and minor characters while contributing to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the book as a whole. However, there were several typos which were obvious and could / should have been prevented with thorough proofreading.

Overall, this encyclopedia is the go-to guide for comprehensive details on the Buffyverse. ...more
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Nov 01, 2017

I loved the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I was excited when I won the giveaway. The book is very detailed and has information from the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, along with the comic books. It has lots of pictures and content. I loved how the information was presented in alphabetical order and combined everything together instead of going by seasons and episodes. Although I cant say anything about the comics, having not read them myself.

I won this from Goodreads First Reads I loved the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I was excited when I won the giveaway. The book is very detailed and has information from the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, along with the comic books. It has lots of pictures and content. I loved how the information was presented in alphabetical order and combined everything together instead of going by seasons and episodes. Although I can’t say anything about the comics, having not read them myself.

I won this from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
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5

Apr 22, 2019

This was an interesting and entertaining book to read. It was filled with wonderful illustrations and pictures of the cast and characters throughout. It had detailed facts on anything and everything you want to know about the world of Buffy, including everything about both Buffy and Angel tv shows, but also all the books and comic books as well. It is definitely something every fan of Buffy/Angel need to have in their collection!
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Nov 27, 2017

Exactly as it sounds, this is a companion to the series arranged in the form of an encyclopedia. As a fan of the show I found the book both useful and entertaining to revisit lesser known characters and mythology from the Buffyverse.
4

Nov 21, 2019

Definitely one for Buffy fans but as it is a guide to all things buffyverse. Brilliant artwork and informative short snippets of info about key characters ,locations and types of vampire and big bad. Well worth a read.
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Feb 09, 2019

explained a lot of the different demons and other creatures in the tv series buffy and angel, and the comic books
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Jan 28, 2020

I decided to mark this as read because it is an encyclopedia I just use it as a reference
5

Apr 01, 2019

I loved this book . Buffy and Angel Yes. It also talked about the comic books . If you dont want to be spoiled for those dont read this book .
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Sep 27, 2017

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher because I saw it on Goodreads and I thought, hey, isn't Jeanne a big Buffy fan? So I clicked on the Enter Giveaway button thinking it was a long shot but, if I got a copy of the book, I could give it to Jeanne. So now I have a copy of the book and I figure that I should review it. I only watched the first season of Buffy and scattered episodes of Angel so be warned that my review is not going to go into nit-picking detail on every individual I received a free copy of this book from the publisher because I saw it on Goodreads and I thought, hey, isn't Jeanne a big Buffy fan? So I clicked on the Enter Giveaway button thinking it was a long shot but, if I got a copy of the book, I could give it to Jeanne. So now I have a copy of the book and I figure that I should review it. I only watched the first season of Buffy and scattered episodes of Angel so be warned that my review is not going to go into nit-picking detail on every individual entry.

Physically, this is a very attractive book. It has a lush pictorial cover. It's that nice matte material with some gold highlights, not the old shiny cello pictorial covers. It has no dust jacket to get tatty. The end papers and the three open sides of the text block are nicely SPATTERED WITH BLOOD! (view spoiler)[OK, not real blood, just ink that looks like blood, but well-done, nevertheless. (hide spoiler)]

The pages are printed on very good quality paper with good clear text and numerous glossy photos. Probably because of the quality of the cover and paper, as well as the large number of photos, the full suggested retail price is pretty high but the major bookstores are marking it down to a very reasonable price.

Now for the content ... Both the Buffy and the Angel TV shows and the comics are included and listed in the Introduction, so the coverage is pretty comprehensive. Appropriately, major characters have longer, sometimes much longer, entries than minor characters with additional photos. There are small and large photos, all excellent, but they do appear to be stock photos. The entry for Angel includes a useful timeline, however, it also includes a storyline that is basically wasted space. His storyline is so abbreviated that, out of context, it probably only makes sense to someone who is a super fan and a super fan could probably improve on it.

There are A LOT of entries and there are very helpful references back to the episode or comic book where that character, object, or incident appears. There are even a few inside joke entries that fans will appreciate.

I found a couple of entries that I thought were questionable. For example, "Arachnophobia" is defined as "Buffy's nickname for Simone Doffler's captive Ragna Demon." I thought Arachnophobia was Simone's nickname for the captive Ragna Demon and that Buffy called it Charlotte, a reference to the real-world children's book, Charlotte's Web.

Mostly the entries look good and seem to provide the information they should, but sometimes a few words here, traded for a couple words there, would make for better entries. Looking up Of Human Bondage, gets you "Book UCSunnydale Freshman Eddie always kept with him." But not "a 1915 novel written by Somerset Maugham." I have the same criticism of entries for the Browning's Sonnets, and Debrett's Correct Form. But I will give a pass to Dreadhost's Compendum of Immortal Leeches, Bristow's Demon Index, Exploring Demon Dimensions, and Gutenberg's Demonography.

Inconsistent editing: some missing punctuation. Design issue: many inconveniently non-numbered pages. I can't say for sure if the book lives up to it's subtitle: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse, but it is a really attractive book with a lot of content and I would recommend it to Buffy fans. ...more
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Oct 26, 2017

Book received through Goodreads Giveaways

I admit I came to the Buffy fandom late. I didn't watch it when it was on television, I became a fan after watching it on Netflix. I wish this book had been out when I started the show, there were a few things that I wish I had more information on at the beginning that are talked about in here. It did expand on somethings that I wanted to know more about that I didn't catch on the show itself. I also have to give kudos to the designers of the book, it Book received through Goodreads Giveaways

I admit I came to the Buffy fandom late. I didn't watch it when it was on television, I became a fan after watching it on Netflix. I wish this book had been out when I started the show, there were a few things that I wish I had more information on at the beginning that are talked about in here. It did expand on somethings that I wanted to know more about that I didn't catch on the show itself. I also have to give kudos to the designers of the book, it looks great. The pages inside and the edges look like they have blood drops on them. The cover looks like something that could have been in a Watchers library. It definitely fits the subject matter. This is a perfect fit for any Buffy fan out there. ...more
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Book received through Goodreads Giveaways I admit I came to the Buffy fandom late. I didn't watch it when it was on television, I became a fan after watching it on Netflix. I wish this book had been ...Full Review

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