Simon: I swear when it's appropriate. Kaylee: Simon, the whole point of swearing is that it ain't appropriate.

'Jaynestown'


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."


EpicTangent - Jul 23, 2021 3:00:03 pm PDT #26837 of 27039
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.


Dana - Jul 23, 2021 3:15:05 pm PDT #26838 of 27039
If dreams were thunder // And lightning was desire // This old house would've burned down // A long time ago -- John Prine

I think many of us had that moment with Piers Anthony.


-t - Jul 23, 2021 3:20:03 pm PDT #26839 of 27039
Why abandon a well tried system just because it doesn’t work?

Yeah. Sort of a series of moments of increasing badness.


EpicTangent - Jul 23, 2021 4:23:08 pm PDT #26840 of 27039
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

Honestly, I Googled in the hopes that maybe someone gently pointed out to him that his books were coming across as kinda pedophilic and he maybe mended his ways. But no, doubling down was, apparently, his path. *shudder*


-t - Jul 23, 2021 4:59:40 pm PDT #26841 of 27039
Why abandon a well tried system just because it doesn’t work?

I remember thinking "I don't think I want to read this series anymore" and later "I don't want to read his stuff anymore" and later still "I don't want to remember his stuff anymore" and now I cringe a little seeing his name mentioned.


EpicTangent - Jul 23, 2021 8:03:43 pm PDT #26842 of 27039
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

From my Googling, I apparently got out before things got REALLY troubling. But even the articles about the worst of them make me wish for brain bleach.


meara - Jul 23, 2021 9:15:46 pm PDT #26843 of 27039

I don’t think I even want to know how troubling things got. I enjoyed one or two of his series but doubt I can reread them now. And even then remember the Xanth series as like “wait, what the…”


Sophia Brooks - Jul 24, 2021 6:19:34 am PDT #26844 of 27039
Cats to become a rabbit should gather immediately now here

Yes, I did enjoy the wordplay in his books, and also that a woman could be king, not queen, but then PROBLEMS. Which are probably signaled by the self centered nature of Piers Anthony (if you say it real fast) forming the word Xanth.


shrift - Jul 24, 2021 3:00:25 pm PDT #26845 of 27039
"You can't put a price on the joy of not giving a shit." -Zenkitty

I'm glad Consuela was here to give her opinion of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I read those Donaldson books when I was working through the entire fantasy & science fiction section of my small town library. If anyone told me those were their favorite books, I would consider that a giant red flag and block them in real life. A world of no.


Consuela - Jul 24, 2021 11:29:05 pm PDT #26846 of 27039
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

A world of no.
indeed.