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."


Calli - Sep 22, 2021 6:05:27 am PDT #27050 of 27218
Why do trees keep happening? — Eukaryote Writes

I think the 1920s trilogy that starts with Slippery Creatures is my favorite KJC. But that could be just that it's the most recent one I've read. I love the time period and the fact that it's one of KJC's m/m stories that have real, vibrant female characters in them, too.


Beverly - Sep 22, 2021 5:07:43 pm PDT #27051 of 27218
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

On the recs here I'm reading Slippery Creatures right now and loving it very much. So thank you!!

I saw that CS Pascat has a new series in print. Anybody read it, or know anything about it?


amyparker - Sep 22, 2021 6:54:26 pm PDT #27052 of 27218
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

From a conversation with Ken re: Ilona Andrews' "Sweep of the Blade", from The Innkeeper Chronicles:

[S]ometimes you just want to live in a world where you can win the respect and affection of your potential vampiric MIL with trade negotiations, a properly bloody melee and an adorable half-vampire five-year-old.


Cashmere - Sep 23, 2021 4:11:50 am PDT #27053 of 27218
Now tagless for your comfort.

Bev, I saw that but haven’t read it. It’s YA—might be interested.

Cat Sebastian just released two short stories as ebooks (The Cabots). I like her post WWII settings. Solid romance.

The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking is next on my reading list.


Toddson - Sep 23, 2021 5:55:49 am PDT #27054 of 27218
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

oh, that's a fun one! with some interludes of scary, but generally fun


sj - Sep 24, 2021 4:50:44 am PDT #27055 of 27218
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

I’m reading The Hollow Place by T Kingfisher, which is very different from other books I’ve read by her, but so far I like it.


Toddson - Sep 24, 2021 5:45:17 am PDT #27056 of 27218
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

I read The Twisted Ones (which I think is connected to The Hollow Place) and it scared me enough that I wouldn't read it at night. So I'm giving the other a pass. But enjoy!


sj - Sep 24, 2021 7:11:39 am PDT #27057 of 27218
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

So far I haven't found it particularly scary.


-t - Sep 24, 2021 11:33:44 am PDT #27058 of 27218
Well, not where I'm from. But maybe I'm not there anymore

Yeah, The Hollow Place was very different. I know I liked it, I think the world-building (if that's the right word, core concepts maybe?) was interesting. I don't have any familiarity with the works she's riffing on for Hollow Place and Twisted Ones but I did what she does with them.


Consuela - Sep 25, 2021 8:05:26 am PDT #27059 of 27218
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

I finally read the first Sholomance book while traveling this week! I enjoyed it, although it's one book that might be better in hard copy than on Kindle, because my Paperwhite doesn't show the illustrations very well. I should probably google up a schematic of the school.

I do have a question, though: I must have missed the bit where Novik explains why children are so at risk: are the maleficaria just more attracted to kids, or are they just less able to defend themselves? And how is the mundane world not aware of any of this?