Right, there comes a point where you have to either move on, or just buy yourself a Klingon costume and go with it.

Xander ,'Same Time, Same Place'


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 - 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)


DavidS - Jun 08, 2023 4:49:13 pm PDT #27660 of 27986
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

Does anyone have a source for sci-fi or fantasy recommendations they like?

I was looking at a shelf of Tanya Huff the other day and thinking that's the kind of thing you would read. Have you read all her stuff?

Naomi Novik?


-t - Jun 08, 2023 5:38:10 pm PDT #27661 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I’ve been getting my new author recs mostly from the book review columns in Azimov’s and the Mag of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Which may not help, but sometimes those things are available on the website?

Oh, hey, I have new issues to read.

I did read The Adventures of Amina al-Serafi and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for mentioning it, Susan!

Scrolling through my kindle library to see if there are any exciting new to me authors I should mention and seeing all the books I have either gotten samples of or actually bought but haven’t opened yet…oops.


Susan W. - Jun 08, 2023 5:57:43 pm PDT #27662 of 27986
Good Trouble and Righteous Fights

I get my recommendations all over the place, but a lot of them come from the tor.com website and NPR's Books We Love page. Recently I've enjoyed Nicola Griffith's Spear, Neal Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe series (at least the first two books--I've got book three on hold now) albeit with a content warning that it's about teenage Grim Reaper apprentices so there's a lot of dying going on. I also really liked Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens, which is just an adorable queer YA fantasy with strong romantic elements.


Jesse - Jun 08, 2023 6:41:54 pm PDT #27663 of 27986
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.

Some book recs from Harvard library staff, including a bunch of fantasy: [link] I saw at least a blurb from someone we know!


meara - Jun 08, 2023 6:57:00 pm PDT #27664 of 27986

Thanks y’all! I feel like I get one off recs here and there from friends or random article but hoping to find something that’s more ongoing/dedicated. (At the moment just have a lot of trashy romances downloaded for my plane flights tomorrow along with a couple episodes of the queer Ultimatum)

David I read Tanya Huff so long ago I’ve got her stuff I n paperback rather than kindle! I still remember going out to visit you in SF and going to that scifi bookstore (no recollection of the name)

And I have read several FT Lukens but not that one.


Calli - Jun 09, 2023 8:09:02 am PDT #27665 of 27986
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

I recently read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, which is sort of women's lit/romance. Not my usual stomping grounds, but I liked it.

Legends and Lattes is a cozy, lesbian fantasy (fantasy with lesbians, not fantasizing about lesbians) that I liked. Divinity 36, by Gail Carriager was enjoyable. It's SF, rather than the steampunk the author's more known for.


DebetEsse - Jun 09, 2023 10:41:33 am PDT #27666 of 27986
Woe to the fucking wicked.

It's low-hanging fruit, but I usually get my first line of recs from the Hugo noms, with additional ideas from Tumblr, Metafilter, and any of the lists from NPR, WaPo and the like. But I don't go through books all that fast.


-t - Jun 09, 2023 11:03:11 am PDT #27667 of 27986
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

My favorite thing is to come across a story I really like in a random anthology (I will buy anthologies because I like the title or theme or whatever and pick them up and put them down in between other books) and then seek out everything I can by that author. Not that that helps all that much when I am just at a loose end wanting something new to read that isn't already in my TBR