Note to self: religion freaky.

Buffy ,'Never Leave Me'


Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.

There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."


Kathy A - Feb 26, 2006 8:59:55 am PST #20 of 27218
We're very stretchy. - Connie Neil

So, just like the end of Mark, right? I found it interesting that, in the original, Mark ended with the discovery of the empty tomb, and the words "and they were terrified." Talk about your WTF endings!


§ ita § - Feb 26, 2006 3:03:54 pm PST #21 of 27218
Well not canonically, no, but this is transformative fiction.

Octavia Butler has died.


sumi - Feb 26, 2006 3:26:55 pm PST #22 of 27218
Art Crawl!!!

Frederick Busch has also died this weekend.


Kate P. - Feb 26, 2006 5:25:32 pm PST #23 of 27218
That's the pain / That cuts a straight line down through the heart / We call it love

Octavia Butler has died.

Whoa. She was only 58! And... I mean, she just published a new book. I don't know, it just doesn't seem right for her to die. That's so sad.


Connie Neil - Feb 26, 2006 5:54:09 pm PST #24 of 27218
brillig

So, just like the end of Mark, right?

The end of Mark, chunks of Revelation, the differences between the Gospels, why do some old manuscripts show Jesus as being angry at some points when other manuscripts show Jesus as being compassionate at the same moment. There are a lot of variants.


Steph L. - Feb 27, 2006 6:24:15 am PST #25 of 27218
Without a plan, it turns out, a lot of decisions are really hard. Eliot might actually hate his shrink. Yes, Eliot is getting healthier or whatever, but at what cost? He used to be a mess of scar tissue and substance abuse, but he could get dressed in the morning without an existential crisis.

I'm having a hard time getting through Melusine. I *want* to like it, and the basic premise is enough to make me want to know what happens to the characters, but....150 pages in, and NOTHING KEEPS HAPPENING. It's all

Mildmay: t gritty life of a thief....

Felix: t I am FUCKING NUTS.

Mildmay: t No, REALLY -- gritty life of a thief....

Felix: t Everyone looks like an animal to me. And I see dead people. Did I mention I'm FUCKING NUTS?!?

Plus, the whole system of marking time is so confusing to me that it pulls me right out of the story. I spend about 5 minutes trying to puzzle out what a Great Septad is (I still don't know, though from context I'm assuming it's somewhere between 25 and 50 years), and then I realize I forgot what I just read, and have to go back and re-read it.

I'm serious about wanting to like it -- I really, really do. I want to see what happens, but I'm beginning to suspect that nothing ever will, except the gritty life of a thief and a crazy-ass dude.


beth b - Feb 27, 2006 7:05:03 am PST #26 of 27218
oh joy! Oh Rapture ! I have a brain!

DH read it - but sadly , I'm not sure what he thought of it. When i get his opinion, I'll post it.


Betsy HP - Feb 27, 2006 7:07:38 am PST #27 of 27218
If I only had a brain...

Steph, stuff definitely happens. However, there's a needs-a-sequel ending, and the sequel will be out in a few months.


Steph L. - Feb 27, 2006 7:09:09 am PST #28 of 27218
Without a plan, it turns out, a lot of decisions are really hard. Eliot might actually hate his shrink. Yes, Eliot is getting healthier or whatever, but at what cost? He used to be a mess of scar tissue and substance abuse, but he could get dressed in the morning without an existential crisis.

DH read it - but sadly , I'm not sure what he thought of it. When i get his opinion, I'll post it.

He actually posted a comment in my LJ about it.

Steph, stuff definitely happens. However, there's a needs-a-sequel ending

I can live with the need for a sequel (as long as one is forthcoming, which it is), but I'm just really impatient, I guess, for stuff other than gritty street life and crazycrazycrazy to happen.

t edit Plus, the book jacket blurb explicity says that Mildmay and Felix are brought together, which makes my imaptience worse. If I didn't know it was going to happen, I wouldn't be so impatient for the plot to just get to it already.


Katerina Bee - Feb 27, 2006 7:12:44 am PST #29 of 27218
Herding cats for fun

Oh dear. I spent the night hoping that the Buffistas were wrong about Octavia Butler's death. It was much too soon. She was on the short list of authors whose new books I would instantly buy in hardback, even when that meant eating Ramen for a week.

I just finished her latest (last) book, Fledgling, a vampire novel that isn't quite "Patternmaster Redux" although the main character in each case is a fantastically powerful young black woman with a flock of loyal symbionts.

I shall metaphorically remove my hat and observe a moment of silence while I give thanks for all the pleasure I've gotten from reading her work.