I'm very sorry if she tipped off anyone about your cunningly concealed herd of cows.

Simon ,'Safe'


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."


Jessica - Jul 21, 2021 12:33:44 pm PDT #26823 of 26878
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

I feel like Jessica might have opinions about it? Or has read it more recently than I?

It doesn't sound familiar but I think I may have tried to read another Donaldson series and bailed on it? (Or maybe it was this one and I bailed so hard I forgot it existed?)


-t - Jul 21, 2021 1:40:58 pm PDT #26824 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

Oh, huh, the book I vaguely remember reading that I know I disliked but can't remember the title or the author but sort of think might have been Donaldson was handed to me by a big Heinlein fan. So that tracks.

This is the problem with just poking around and saying to myself "I know that name, maybe I should read this one" because sometimes I know the name because I definitely do not want to read their stuff but that part of gets lost in my terrible-to-nonexistent mental filing system


Toddson - Jul 21, 2021 2:48:47 pm PDT #26825 of 26878
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

I find that if I go on Amazon, look up the book and check the sample I can usually figure out if I've read it.


-t - Jul 21, 2021 2:59:58 pm PDT #26826 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

Sometimes I can read the whole book again and only when I get to the actual end be sure that, yes, I had read that before. It's pretty embarrassing.

ETA I think I bought 3 copies of All Tomorrow's Parties like that.


DavidS - Jul 21, 2021 3:19:53 pm PDT #26827 of 26878
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

ETA I think I bought 3 copies of All Tomorrow's Parties like that.

Ha! You can always keep a little book journal. I know several people who have a journal they've kept since youth where they simply note all the books they've read in a year.


-t - Jul 21, 2021 3:31:48 pm PDT #26828 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

That sounds like something I would enjoy and yet in actual practice seems to be something I would never come close to doing. Just think how many different ways I could lose the journal! Assuming I remembered to make the notes, which is a big assumption. No, no, I will embrace my fuzzy reading history with all its gaps and elisions. Remembering that "oh, yes, I *did* read that AND I have opinions!" can be pretty fun, too, when it happens.


meara - Jul 21, 2021 4:05:49 pm PDT #26829 of 26878

David I’ve managed a couple times to track the books I read in a year….it’s usually over 300 so….yeah, a journal is limited use.


Toddson - Jul 22, 2021 5:54:07 am PDT #26830 of 26878
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

And if it's a paper journal, how do you organize it? if it's chronological, do you have to go back to the beginning and skim each page? if by author, won't you run out of space for favorite authors? if by genre, the same? unless you get one with pages you can add in as needed (and I often find that they pop open and spill pages all over) ....


EpicTangent - Jul 22, 2021 9:38:22 am PDT #26831 of 26878
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

This here is why I gave up my paper journal and opened a Goodreads acct.


-t - Jul 22, 2021 10:23:51 am PDT #26832 of 26878
This was precisely why you didn't go around opening mystical bottles. Why was that so hard for people to understand?

I am so bad about Goodreads. I think I set some stuff up to happen automatically but I mostly forget it even exists. Which is a shame, because it would probably be useful for me.