Angel: Yeah, I never told anyone about this, but I-I liked your poems. Spike: You like Barry Manilow.

'Hell Bound'


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."


sj - Nov 27, 2020 6:26:49 am PST #26236 of 26396
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

I couldn't sleep last night, so I ended up reading a large chunk of Mexican Gothic, and omg it is so good! Great gothic elements, and the witty conversations are very Austenesque. I can't wait to read more of it tonight.


Jesse - Nov 28, 2020 3:52:57 pm PST #26237 of 26396
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.

For years, my family has mostly been exchanging books at Christmas, in some variations. Well, earlier this fall, I ordered a bunch of random books from my local independents, and then today we decided to draw names! So only a few of these books are now appropriate gifts (one for the person whose name I drew, a couple for my mother). Oh well, the rest for me, I guess!


megan walker - Nov 28, 2020 4:22:42 pm PST #26238 of 26396
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

Hints have been written for the as-yet-unguessed items in my annual First Lines book challenge. And I'll say here that one of the authors is definitely a Buffista fave, though not for what I read this year.


Consuela - Nov 29, 2020 8:54:43 am PST #26239 of 26396
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

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Toddson - Nov 30, 2020 7:25:48 am PST #26240 of 26396
gallows humor has passed from an occasional indulgence to a full-time necessity in this, the stupidest and meanest timeline

Years ago, I was talking with a co-worker and the subject of what we were reading came up. When I asked him what he was reading, he told me it was old and kind of obscure and I'd probably never heard of it. I pushed and he finally said that he was reading Scaramouche ... and I quoted the opening line to him (which surprised him no end). (It IS one of the great opening lines: "He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad")


Calli - Nov 30, 2020 7:57:49 am PST #26241 of 26396
Every stone you threw, I stood on to better see the view. —The Amazing Devil

I finished the fourth novella in the Murderbot series yesterday and dove right into book five. Murderbot is such a delight! I love spending time in their PoV.


DavidS - Nov 30, 2020 9:26:09 am PST #26242 of 26396
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

Scaramouche! Great movie too with Stewart Granger, with a famous duel across the back of theater seats.


Toddson - Nov 30, 2020 10:10:45 am PST #26243 of 26396
gallows humor has passed from an occasional indulgence to a full-time necessity in this, the stupidest and meanest timeline

Yes, indeed. And if I remember correctly, it opened with the line from the book (seriously - when a book hands you a great line, why not use it?).


megan walker - Nov 30, 2020 10:15:37 am PST #26244 of 26396
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

I pushed and he finally said that he was reading Scaramouche ... and I quoted the opening line to him (which surprised him no end). (It IS one of the great opening lines: "He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad")

That is a good line.

For my challenge this year it was slim pickings as I didn't read as much as I usually do or want to. And not a lot of first lines stood out. A few that did were in even more obscure books than some of those I selected and I do try to pick stuff people might have read or at least heard of. You can find the answers here. I like the Shirley Jackson one. Pretty good for a first novel.


-t - Nov 30, 2020 1:48:16 pm PST #26245 of 26396
The real axe murderers were the friends we made along the way

Mmm, murderbot