This is the first book I checked out from my new library system in Florida, so I’m glad it was fairly decent. 🙂 It was on a shelf full of non-fiction science books, which are okay in general, but one look at that title and I was sold. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even though I’ve seen probably only half of the episodes (this is getting slowly rectified through the wonders of Netflix), and I’ve been in an on-again, off-again relationship with physics for a long time, so why wouldn’t I pick up this book?
Now, I’d say you really need to have some sort of relationship with physics to read this book. It’s not so much “The Physics of the Buffyverse” as it is “Regular Physics Explained Through the Use of Events in Buffy and Angel,” which is still cool but by the time you get to string theory, your head might explode, and not because of a scream that resonates as the same frequency as your head (Ouellette’s explanation for the death of the Gentlemen).
Other than that, the writing is solid and Ouellette does a pretty good job keeping the confusing bits interesting. I was just really hoping for some creative made-up physics rather than the “Well, this could never happen, but here’s something similar that could” avoidances, so I ended up disappointed. In the book, anyway. All of the little spoilers Ouellette gives out have made me even more excited to watch Buffy, and even Angel, which I have never actually seen. Let me just run off to my television now…
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