Wesley: Illyria can be...difficult. Testing her might be hard without getting someone seriously hurt. Angel: We'll make Spike do it. Wesley: Good.

'Underneath'


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 - Dec 22, 2021 8:13:22 am PST #27254 of 27266
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Oh, I bought that after reading a review or something and then got distracted (in part by reading the author's autobiographical webcomic which is pretty interesting) and didn't actually read it...thanks for the reminder, Consuela!


meara - Dec 22, 2021 9:15:02 am PST #27255 of 27266

Sounds like my jam, I shall put it on the list! RN I’m mostly looking forward to Yuletide.


askye - Dec 22, 2021 12:53:45 pm PST #27256 of 27266
Thrive to spite them

I like movies that are so bad they are good but not movies that are bad but boring. However with books if I don't enjoy something and can't get into it I'll put it down and not read it.

Which means there are a lot of classics I haven't read because I couldn't get into it and that made it hard to pay attention. I do go back and try some but not books that are just bad.

I thought the second sci fi alien kidnapped book might fall into the so bad it's good territory but no it felt like one of those fanfics where someone will put in the notes or on an AO3 tag that there is no real plot it's just about the smut because the world building and stuff was so thin but the smut was boring. and badly written.


Jessica - Dec 23, 2021 7:25:41 am PST #27257 of 27266
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

I like movies that are so bad they are good but not movies that are bad but boring.

Totally agree - I would much rather watch a movie where the writer/director is trying to do something ambitious and fails spectacularly than a movie where by the end I still don't know why the creators wanted to make it.

I've been unable to finish many objectively good books recently because the part of my brain that knows how to read anything except category romance has been on sabbatical since June 2020. I can still do audiobooks but I'm incredibly picky about narrators so I have an ever-growing stack of will-get-back-to-after-the-pandemic.


Kate P. - Dec 23, 2021 8:48:58 am PST #27258 of 27266
That's the pain / That cuts a straight line down through the heart / We call it love

Same here, Jess. Queer romances, not-too-dark mysteries, and children's books have been my mainstay during the pandemic. And fanfic (also largely queer romance). Can't focus on anything too taxing or depressing.


aurelia - Dec 27, 2021 7:48:17 pm PST #27259 of 27266
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story. Tell me a story.

I know completionism is a thing for some people.

The Divergent trilogy may have broken me of that.


meara - Jan 09, 2022 2:58:50 pm PST #27260 of 27266

Y’all. I checked out the next to last outlander book to remind me what happened, since my hold on the latest one should be coming in soon. I’m like a third of the way in and remembering that this is BANANAS.


-t - Jan 12, 2022 1:38:56 pm PST #27261 of 27266
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I just finished Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I came across a reference to it a while back that made me think I should read it as part of my whole detective fiction project but maybe after I had gotten through Agatha Christie (currently stuck at Mystery of Edwin Drood. I actually just tried starting that but the copy I had seemed very word-salad-y which I *hope* is because I was cheaping out and got the Kindle Unlimited edition. If anyone can recommend a good e-book version I would be grateful!) but also felt hesitant to read because something in whatever review I read made me wary of it although I don't remember what that might have been. Anyway, it went on sale so I went ahead and read it now. It's very meta, which I think I like, but I don't always agree with what it seems to be saying in its meta-commentary, if that makes sense. The actual mystery is pretty good, nicely clued and also good misdirects to keep you from really getting the clues any faster than the narrator does. I am still thinking about it and probably will for a while, so that's probably a bit of a recommendation. Considering reading the second book Moonflower Murders because I'm very curious about how there can even be a follow-up, but that one is not on sale so I probably won't get to it any time soon.

This was the first Horowitz I've read. I guess he created Foyle's War, which I loved, and Midsomer Murders, which I somehow have not watched at all. And is an official continuer of Holmes, which I have no interest in. So I don't think I have a general opinion on his stuff at this point.


Toddson - Jan 12, 2022 3:26:48 pm PST #27262 of 27266
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

I enjoyed the first few seasons of Foyle's War, but I think at some point it seemed to be less of what appealed to me. The local PBS station seems to be stuck showing two episodes from early in its over and over.

I did recently finish The Frangipani Tree Mystery - set in 1930s Singapore, the narrator/protagonist is Chinese, so it's a different viewpoint (I believe the author is also Singaporean Chinese). The mysteries involve the family of the British governor of Singapore, so you get the cultural differences.


-t - Jan 12, 2022 3:40:40 pm PST #27263 of 27266
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

ISTR that Foyle's War rushed to get to the end of the war when they were getting cancelled and then got reupped and had to do post-war stuff. I was not into that part, but I don't blame the show/creators/whatever. I think I had to watch Acorn to get all of it, but I did get a nice run on PBS to start me off.

The Frangipani Tree Mystery sounds intriguing - will give a sample of that a try...