So that's my dream. That and some stuff about cigars and a tunnel.

Faith ,'Get It Done'


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."


megan walker - Nov 28, 2022 11:03:53 am PST #27498 of 27529
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

And be reminded that I bought The Mirror & the Light almost 2 years ago and haven't read it yet, so I should get on that. Which is to say, always a fun read, megan!

I started it years ago and knew it had a good first line, but that is one I've only just started again. (I loved The Woman in White but it took up most of the month!)


-t - Dec 01, 2022 4:17:37 pm PST #27499 of 27529
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

After reading At the Feet of the Sun (pink sparkly hearts, by the way) I decided I needed to reread a bunch of the oeuvre and am currently towards the beginning of Till Human Voices Wake Us and Raphael is Damian's son!?!? (And Pharia's, but I barely know who she is and what I do know may be wrong) And Fitzroy/His Radiance/etc seems to only know him as that nice young Lord of Ysthar. (I think I read everything in an order such that that fact didn't mean much of anything to me the first time I read it). I have so many questions!


sj - Dec 25, 2022 8:19:34 am PST #27500 of 27529
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Whoever suggested the ology books for kids a whole back, thank you! ltc has been reading Dragonology all morning, and now she is teaching her stuffed dragon the dragon language in the book.


Cashmere - Dec 28, 2022 4:04:07 pm PST #27501 of 27529
Now tagless for your comfort.

The Ology books kick ASS! I love Pirateology.


Steph L. - Jan 14, 2023 5:10:50 pm PST #27502 of 27529
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

I got in a mood to read some dark academia-themed stuff, so I recently read The World Cannot Give and Catherine House (I know I'm a little behind with Catherine House, but I'm behind with everything).

The World Cannot Give is basically "what if The Secret History, but with a boarding school choir?" I'm far from the only one to compare it to The Secret History, but it's a really fucking apt comparison. Even though it's really derivative, I liked it quite a bit.

I wanted to like Catherine House. Based on the description, it is right up my alley. I just think the world-building fell really really REALLY short, and the characterization was pretty flat, too. As a modern take on Bluebeard's castle, I get what it was doing, but it needed so much more heavy lifting in terms of the world-building and the characters.

Honestly, I think I just need to grab the OG dark academia book and re-read The Secret History (where everyone is a shithead but they're so fascinating anyway).


DavidS - Jan 15, 2023 12:33:27 am PST #27503 of 27529
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

If you're feeling the Dark Academia jones, I'll note that Leigh Bardugo's sequel to Ninth House, which is titled Hell Bent, is now out.

And if you haven't read Ninth House I highly recommend it.


Steph L. - Jan 15, 2023 8:12:19 am PST #27504 of 27529
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

And if you haven't read Ninth House I highly recommend it.

I put it on hold at the library just the other day!


DavidS - Jan 15, 2023 9:29:07 am PST #27505 of 27529
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

I put it on hold at the library just the other day!

Reading Ninth House I really appreciated Bardugo's honed storytelling expertise.

It's sort of like Suzanne Collins when she did Hunger Games, she had learned in the trenches how to tell a story that really moves.

Bardugo's long experience in YA paid off in her pacing and structure. It's not rushed and it does give plenty of room for the characters to breath and their dynamics grow. But as she shifts gears in the second half she drives the story hard and it pays off again and again. Just really well crafted.


Steph L. - Jan 15, 2023 4:09:13 pm PST #27506 of 27529
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

I just checked my library holds list, and apparently I lied. The dark academia book I put on hold was If We Were Villains. For some reason I had Ninth House on my "for later" list (I don't know when my library started doing "for later" lists). But I just moved it over to on hold list.


-t - Jan 15, 2023 4:27:18 pm PST #27507 of 27529
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Ninth House is available through Kindle Unlimited right now if that is an option. I just finished Hell Bent and am thinking I might need to refresh my memory of Ninth Houseā€¦