No power in the 'verse can stop me.

River ,'War Stories'


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."


-t - Jul 21, 2021 3:31:48 pm PDT #26828 of 27108
Well, not where I'm from. But maybe I'm not there anymore

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 27108

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 27108
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 27108
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 27108
Well, not where I'm from. But maybe I'm not there anymore

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.


aurelia - Jul 22, 2021 3:57:40 pm PDT #26833 of 27108
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story. Tell me a story.

Goodreads fits the rewards center of my brain. I love checking my stats and having that record of what I read, when.


Consuela - Jul 23, 2021 10:49:34 am PDT #26834 of 27108
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

I read a ton of Donaldson back in high school, when there was actually not that much FSF to read. Don't read it: the hero is a rapist (this is not a spoiler, he does it almost first thing). The narrative is nihilistic and there's nobody to root for. I have no recollection if the writing itself is any good, but there are far more cheerful things to read nowadays.


Dana - Jul 23, 2021 11:20:38 am PDT #26835 of 27108
If dreams were thunder // And lightning was desire // This old house would've burned down // A long time ago -- John Prine

I have that duology of his where a woman is taken to a world on the other side of a mirror, which I used to really like and am now afraid to reread.


Pix - Jul 23, 2021 2:53:57 pm PDT #26836 of 27108
"Our lives are like little bebe crows carried upon a curious wind and all we can wish is for that wind place us on solid ground." -Moira Rose

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

Epic is me. With the Kindle integration, it's SO EASY.


EpicTangent - Jul 23, 2021 3:00:03 pm PDT #26837 of 27108
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

I have that duology of his where a woman is taken to a world on the other side of a mirror, which I used to really like and am now afraid to reread.

You reminded me of how I used to enjoy Piers Anthony. (I feel like I miss problem stuff quite a bit, so 20 years ago or so when I first realized that Anthony was Problematic, I was even more clueless. And yet recognized he had ISSUES). So, for the sake of argument, I asked Google. Rest assured, STILL A PROBLEM.