Hey, I've been in a firefight before! Well, I was in a fire. Actually, I was fired from a fry-cook opportunity. I can handle myself.

Wash ,'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."


Consuela - Jul 29, 2021 6:32:22 pm PDT #26878 of 27041
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

My pleasure, hippocampus!

Here's another random rec: Violette Malan has a series of classic sword-and-sorcery novels, with a M/F pair of bonded mercenary fighters. It's all very old school, but I enjoyed the characters and their relationship, and the world-building was pretty good given the genre. The first one is called The Sleeping God. Sadly, I guess they didn't sell that well, and the 4th ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. But they're still enjoyable.

IIRC, I got both of those recs from Liz Burke, whom I have followed for yonks on LJ and Twitter. She's Sleeps With Monsters over at Tor.com.


hippocampus - Jul 31, 2021 10:19:21 am PDT #26879 of 27041
not your mom's socks.

Liz has great taste!


Laura - Aug 02, 2021 8:11:36 am PDT #26880 of 27041
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

The only upside to a 6 hour flight delay is actually finishing a book in one day. Read The Midnight Library, which was a light, no real focus required choice for an extremely noisy environment.


Toddson - Aug 05, 2021 9:01:14 am PDT #26881 of 27041
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

That's one thing I love about e-books - I carry one small-ish device with me and have bunches of books to choose from. I can re-read something if there are a lot of distractions or, given time and quiet, settle in with something new that will require attention. (edited to add: I saw a brief article about Haley Atwell who was traveling with a bag full of books - heavy and bulky - but she needed the reading material)

And, in what may be good news, it seems that Jack Vance's son is authorizing writers to write in his father's worlds. Not sequels to Vance's books, but new books in those universes. It sounds like it might turn out well. Hope springs eternal and all that.


-t - Aug 05, 2021 10:23:13 am PDT #26882 of 27041
Why abandon a well tried system just because it doesn’t work?

Oh, I think I read one of the authors who is part of that - Matthew Hughes? I never read Jack Vance so it didn't mean much to me, but I recognize the name from some About the Authors or similar.

I needed to come in and say that The Hands of the Emperor is magnificent. Thanks again for reccing, juliana! I was reading with tears streaming down my face for the perfection of one particular scene, that hasn't happened in a while (or not for that reason, I do cry pretty easily for a lot of reasons)

I have been reading other Goddard books in the same, um, I don't think universe is quite right but it is a shared setting of sorts...for context and those are enjoyable, too. In trying to figure out the order in which to read (I started The Hands of the Emperor and got a little overwhelmed just by the sheer length of it and thought starting with something related but shorter might be a good idea so jumped to The Tower At the Edge of the World and the meandered around mostly through the Greenwing & Dart books before trying again and settling in more comfortably - I doubt all that is necessary for everyone's enjoyment but it was better for me personally (and enjoyed recognizing breadcrumbs from those other stories although now I am more worried about Basil in the Woods although maybe I don't need to be what with time moving differently in different places )) I came across a blog post, I think, that said there's to be a sequel maybe coming out next year, I'm very excited about that! I'm in the midst of The Return of Fitzroy Angursell and enjoying it more than I thought I would (I expected it to be coy about the Fitzroy Angursell thing and it is not at all, and I didn't enjoy the Ysther stories near as much so maybe had lower expectations) - I'm only most of the way through the first section but it is so good to see Kip's policies in action, particularly the difference the allotment makes to people's lives and how easy it is from someone else's perspective and wanted to come say that now rather than waiting until I finish and maybe forgetting to do so.


juliana - Aug 05, 2021 11:06:55 am PDT #26883 of 27041
Tell me the ghost in the machine is real

I'm so glad you liked them, -t! The Ysthar books are probably my least favorite, but I just went back and re-read 'Til Human Voices Wake Us, and it did improve upon the re-read. And Kip. Oh, my heart I love Kip. (In my head he looks like Temuera Morrison [link]


-t - Aug 05, 2021 11:13:49 am PDT #26884 of 27041
Why abandon a well tried system just because it doesn’t work?

Kip is the best. I read a review that said something about Kip being too perfect and I was all "take that back I will fight you" in my head. Still kinda riled up about it. He is just exactly perfect enough

:: looks at pictures of Temuera Morrison::

Works for me! I only had a very vague image in my head, as is my wont, but he fits it pretty well

I actually like 'Til Human Voices Wake Us better now that I have read it and can think back on it than I did while I was reading it, if that makes sense.


-t - Aug 05, 2021 8:00:24 pm PDT #26885 of 27041
Why abandon a well tried system just because it doesn’t work?

The Return of Fitzroy Angursell was thoroughly satisfying while leaving promising open questions for future books, yay. But now I have to wait for another book to come out, alas.

And while I am finding myself thinking how much better off Richard Carstone would have been as a mage than as a Ward of Jarndyce, what with his facility for crafting Latin verse, I don’t feel quite up to starting Edwin Drood…I’ll need something to ease that transition


Cashmere - Aug 09, 2021 7:23:01 pm PDT #26886 of 27041
Now tagless for your comfort.

Oh, speaking of recs, I think my best shot at a prize in the library's summer reading bingo includes a science fiction book with a female protagonist. I haven't read much science fiction at all (other than Bujold), so would love a recommendation!

I love Connie Willis' Doomsday Book (Dueling pandemics! Time Travel!) But I also love William Gibson's female protagonists--Cayce Pollard in Pattern Recognition, especially. Molly Millions in Neuromancer (although she's a secondary character.)

I found a book about Kit Marlowe (A Tip for the Hangman). Queer Kit! His recruitment by Walsingham. The author admits to some shuffling of time/events and characters (she adds Kit to the Babbington Plot). BUT it wasn't enough to bother a Tudor history buff like me. Really good internal motivation for Kit. Strong recs all around. Great audiobook narrator.


Kate P. - Aug 09, 2021 8:06:29 pm PDT #26887 of 27041
That's the pain / That cuts a straight line down through the heart / We call it love

Whoever recommended KJ Charles' books, thank you! I'm on the second Will Darling book and thoroughly enjoying them.