I'm just, uh, just feeling kinda... truthsome right now. And, uh... life's just too damn short for ifs and maybes.

Mal ,'Heart Of Gold'


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 - Jun 02, 2021 8:00:03 am PDT #26719 of 26878
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

hippocampus, I'm sorry I didn't make it last night. ltc was being difficult.


hippocampus - Jun 02, 2021 8:55:22 am PDT #26720 of 26878
not your mom's socks.

SJ it's VERY okay!!


amyparker - Jun 02, 2021 9:17:28 am PDT #26721 of 26878
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

Aw, there was a chat? I am sorry to have missed it!


-t - Jun 02, 2021 10:51:20 am PDT #26722 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

Aw, that is happy making!


amyparker - Jun 04, 2021 11:56:24 am PDT #26723 of 26878
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

This looks fun.


Jessica - Jun 04, 2021 12:35:41 pm PDT #26724 of 26878
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

I have it on preorder! I can't remember how I came across it, probably Twitter?


amyparker - Jun 04, 2021 1:39:34 pm PDT #26725 of 26878
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

I read the line about their being room for cannons to deploy under a window without disturbing the window box full of petunias and was immediately looking around for the clicky "take my money" button.


-t - Jun 04, 2021 1:40:09 pm PDT #26726 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

Ooh, that does look fun! And considering how many similar looking covers with possibly interesting titles I see I would have dithered for a long time before giving it a try, if I ever did, so I appreciate having it pointed out


-t - Jun 04, 2021 3:30:11 pm PDT #26727 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

So, I read Mademoiselle de Scuderi and it was kind of a slog but that may have been the translation. The plot was kind of Law and Order: Louis XIV which was interesting but not really much with the detecting. What little there was led to wrong conclusions, the truth only came out (to the extent it did) from heartfelt confessions and people believing in the power of virtue and suchlike.

Part of me wants to jump back and reread Oedipus Rex but that would definitely mean finding a good translation. Does anyone have a favorite to recommend?

Or I could just go ahead with Bleak House, which is pretty conveniently available although there are certainly multiple editions of the audiobook and I am thinking switching between audio and print might be good for that book, or even doing the simultaneous thing which I tried out when I could not concentrate on . . . something . . . I guess it didn't help with the long term retention but it did seem to help in immediate comprehension at the time!


-t - Jun 06, 2021 9:46:11 am PDT #26728 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

[link] came out in 2018 but I am reading it right now and it is really good. I read The Ramshead Algorithm when it was published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2011 and it blew me away, but when I googled the author to find more to read there wasn't really anything available. I have been slowly reading through Some of the Best of Tor.com:2019 edition one story at a time in between everything else for ages (since 2019, probably, I don't remember (it's not like I decided to do this, it is just thing that has somehow come to be)) and came to Water: A History which was very good and then the About the Author that followed it mentioned this collection and the title lit up all those YOU HAVE TO FIND THIS AND READ THIS NOW neural pathways that had been prepared way back when. There are 10 "other stories" and I ajust finished number 4 because I need to stop and think about each one after I finish it - they are all wonderfully weird and cryptic and yet feel complete, as if I will be able to understand a lot more that is hidden within them if I can just ponder them a little longer - but I wanted to come and recommend it now anyway. So good.