Angel: Miss me? Lilah: Only in the sense of…no.

'Just Rewards (2)'


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 - Mar 07, 2023 8:46:44 am PST #27587 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Work getting in the way of reading is the worst. Bookblockers.


Toddson - Mar 07, 2023 10:26:48 am PST #27588 of 27912
Friends don't let friends read "Atlas Shrugged"

Yes, I checked my e-books earlier and there it was! still have to work ... have a zoom call at 2:00 and will have to spend most of tomorrow in a staff meeting.


Cashmere - Mar 11, 2023 11:26:08 am PST #27589 of 27912
Now tagless for your comfort.

I have The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen, KJ Charles' latest, on my iPad, but I have to work all day. This is wrong, and I would like to lodge a complaint.

I hope you've been enjoying it. She got a new narrator for the audiobook and it's fantastic!


Calli - Mar 11, 2023 4:12:38 pm PST #27590 of 27912
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

I am enjoying it! I’m reading the ebook. For some reason, audio books just don’t do it for me. But I’m glad you’re enjoying the new narrator.


Beverly - Mar 12, 2023 12:33:19 am PST #27591 of 27912
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

I'm gifting myself with the two books in Hoffman's Practical Magic series I don't have. I noticed the black and gold theme all the books seem to have, and I knew my copy of PM wasn't black and gold. So I got it out, and it's blue and lavender with a sort of tree design on the dust jacket. I had googled dust jackets for the book and not seen any that looked like mine. Puzzle solved: in the corner of the dj flap is a price marked in pounds. So, a British import. It's still in like-new condition, having been read twice and then shelved. The dj slipped off the back, and in putting it back I noticed inside the back cover, where I'd never noticed it was a fancy plastic bookmark full of Lindesfarne-esque Celtic designs. It was attached with two little dots of glue that was easily scraped off bookmark and page. So...present from the cosmos, I guess. Pretty!


-t - Mar 13, 2023 8:38:40 pm PDT #27592 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Nifty, Bev!


-t - Mar 15, 2023 4:34:37 pm PDT #27593 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

meara, I can now confirm that having read Three Men and a Boat does add some to the enjoyment of To Say Nothing of the Dog but it really only comes up a few times. I’m probably in about the best place to be reading TSNotD having spent the last few years wallowing in golden age mysteries with a side of P G Wodehouse and just finishing 3 Men and I think the most necessary book to have read would be Gaudy Night. And even that, CW gives a lot of context for her references.

Anyway, now listening to The Best of Connie Willis because it’s got Firewatch and I do think I’m going to try grouping the Oxford Time Travel stories together and see how that goes. I had assumed I’d read everything in the Best of, most of the titles are familiar even if I couldn’t tell you the plot or premise or whatever, but I just started Death on the Nile and I think it’s actually new to me! So that’s exciting.


meara - Mar 15, 2023 5:01:25 pm PDT #27594 of 27912

I just (finally) finished At the Feet of the Sun, the hands of the emperor sequel. Wow, that was long. I enjoyed it though it was very fanciful in parts, and part of what I enjoyed about the original was the sort of…mundane parts? Though obviously that has magic and gods too. I am intrigued to read the third book whenever it comes out, though that’ll be a while!


-t - Mar 15, 2023 6:21:37 pm PDT #27595 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I am with you, meara. Very long indeed. And while I appreciate the epic-ness I did miss the heroic bureaucracy of Hands. I was kind of disappointed that somebody in universe is trying to make sense of the whole time running at different speeds different places because I totally embraced that it doesn’t make sense and doesn’t have to because it’s magic gone wrong and if there’s an actual explanation I will have to rethink my whole attitude.

In any case, definitely want to know what happens next!


meara - Mar 15, 2023 6:36:35 pm PDT #27596 of 27912

Oh yes with you on giving up on figuring that bit out. It didn’t even make sense to me who’d been where when and how long it had been or what had happened…hand-wavium it is.