Xander: Am I right, Giles? Giles: I'm almost certain you're not. Though, to be fair, I haven't been listening.


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."

Kate P. - Feb 26, 2006 5:25:32 pm PST #23 of 27854
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 27854

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 27854
Apparently if you're enough of a power nerd, there is nothing that cannot be flowcharted.

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 27854
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 27854
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 27854
Apparently if you're enough of a power nerd, there is nothing that cannot be flowcharted.

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 27854
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.

Jessica - Feb 27, 2006 11:52:30 am PST #30 of 27854
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

This is interesting. I'm curious about how solid their claim is, though -- I don't know anything about UK copyright law, but my feeling is that if a novel uses information from a nonfiction book as its basis, isn't that considered research, not plaigiarism?

sumi - Feb 27, 2006 11:58:12 am PST #31 of 27854
Art Crawl!!!

I would have thought so!

Nutty - Feb 27, 2006 12:15:05 pm PST #32 of 27854
"Mister Spock is on his fanny, sir. Reports heavy damage."

If Brown provably lifted the detailed plot from somebody else's work, then it would be infringement (plagiarism isn't actually a legal thing). But if Brown is just a huge hack, who had the same fricken idea as everybody else on the planet, NSM.

Both books contain the idea Jesus had a child.

If that's the extent of the claim, then these authors need to sue Kevin Smith for Dogma as well.

I know there have been legit infringement cases won -- some screenplays in the 80s, e.g. -- but I imagine it's incredibly hard to prove that somebody actually did have and read your book, especially when the content is fairly common material.