Mal: Does she understand that? River: She understands. She doesn't comprehend.

'Objects In Space'


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."


Jessica - May 16, 2023 9:15:27 am PDT #27650 of 27986
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

I wish Sarina Bowen had a character/plot range to match her output volume, but as it stands I can really only take her in very small doses before I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. (And she needs a new favorite audiobook narrator SO BAD. Teddy Hamilton, you do your one thing very well, but...oy.)


-t - May 16, 2023 11:51:25 am PDT #27651 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Yeah, the reviewer's main points were that L&L was (a) soothing and chill and (b) not exactly like every other urban fantasy novel out there. Which are both pretty good but not enough for me to go out and get it right this minute especially as I currently feel inundated with Too Much to Read...


Calli - May 16, 2023 1:39:24 pm PDT #27652 of 27986
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

I enjoyed Legends and Lattes, enough that I preordered the next book by the author. It scratched an itch (cosy high fantasy) that I didn't know I had. So, since I know know that's a thing, I also read You Can't Spell Treason Without Tea, [link] which was ok, but I didn't like it as much as L&L.


meara - May 16, 2023 2:04:19 pm PDT #27653 of 27986

Jess yeah, I wouldn’t recommend bingeing on her books by any means. I never listen to audiobooks though, so had no idea!


-t - May 16, 2023 2:10:01 pm PDT #27654 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I think I got burned by trying a couple of cozy fantasies that had good titles but were not good books (or perhaps it's just the itch they are meant to scratch is not mine, but I did not enjoy them) and now I'm all cautious about anything that looks too whimsical. Which is rough because I generally am infavor of whimsy!


Calli - May 17, 2023 11:54:52 am PDT #27655 of 27986
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

Cozy fantasies can get a bit twee, it's true. Cozy mysteries, too, although the body count (older definition) can work to mitigate that.


-t - May 17, 2023 12:58:19 pm PDT #27656 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I bought Baking Bad: A Cozy Mystery with Dragons because a negative review complained that it wasn't as "clean" as they expected a cozy to be. I Haven't read it yet, but I feel like books whose target audience are that reviewer are the kind I really don't like.


erikaj - May 17, 2023 3:59:28 pm PDT #27657 of 27986
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

I've also done this, especially with books and movies that get reviews about "Why so much cursing?"(Where clearly The Wire has boosted my tolerance.)


-t - Jun 07, 2023 6:07:40 pm PDT #27658 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I am listening to Translation State (god I love Ann Leckie) and it is making me weirdly happy that one of the characters follows an entertainment called Pirate Exiles of the Death Moon. I’m imagining it as some kind of hybrid between OFMD and Sanctuary Moon (Probably not really spoilery)


meara - Jun 08, 2023 2:44:35 pm PDT #27659 of 27986

Does anyone have a source for sci-fi or fantasy recommendations they like? I’m having a hard time finding stuff I enjoy that isn’t the same authors over and over, but especially because I’m more picky with these genres than trashy romance, where I will read a lot of crap (and where if I want good stuff I generally can weed it out from SBTB or something)