You're wrong about River. River's not on the ship. They didn't want her here, but she couldn't make herself leave. So she melted... Melted away. They didn't know she could do that, but she did.

River ,'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."


Laura - Jan 27, 2024 7:59:08 am PST #27897 of 27912
Our wings are not tired.

I've been listening to Demon Copperhead in the car. I am enjoying the voice a lot, but worry that it is going to be too depressing. Kid is damn resilient, but I will be most unhappy if the ending sucks. I am enjoying the narrative though so I'll stick with it.

Just finished Mercy by Jodi Picoult for book club. I just didn't believe any of the main characters. The minor characters were fine. I only endured it.

I did post on the condo community board asking if there was interest in a book club and had 6 responses! I thought that was great so on with the organizing. We have a couple of social rooms so we don't have to go to each other's places, which I think is more trouble for all.


-t - Jan 27, 2024 4:40:02 pm PST #27898 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Turns out the audiobook for Mimicking of Known Successes is free or included in a subscription or something so that is now Up Next


Amy - Jan 30, 2024 3:13:34 pm PST #27899 of 27912
Because books.

Did anybody read The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker (author of Dietland) ?

I did, and I am so mad at this book. I can't even throw it against the wall because it's on my Kindle.

Short version: Theme worthy, plot did not pay off on several levels, and writing was insanely basic to the point of laziness, and missed a kajillion opportunities for both introspection on the character's part and scene-painting description on the author's.

Short short version: BAH.

Oh, and the reason I read it was because of the glowing! fucking reviews from authors who should surely know better.


Laura - Jan 31, 2024 5:24:07 am PST #27900 of 27912
Our wings are not tired.

That would anger me as well, Amy. I've decided that I have to drop books that don't seem worth the time much earlier than I used to as there are too many in the TBR list.


-t - Jan 31, 2024 6:49:21 am PST #27901 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

That’s a bummer, Amy. Coincidentally, I am currently reading Everyone On This Train is a Suspect and authors blurbing each other (and why) is a plot point

Also, now that I have listened to The Mimicking of Known Successes I think I remember deciding to wait to read it until the second book was out (The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles, these titles are so good!) but at this point it’s only a wait of a couple of weeks so that has worked out well for me


sj - Jan 31, 2024 8:02:51 am PST #27902 of 27912
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Amy, I read it, but I kind of adored it. Sorry.

I'm currently reading Fourth Wing, which I'm both loving and hating. On the plus side, it has a kick ass disabled main character, but on the negative side the writing is just so so bad.


meara - Jan 31, 2024 8:50:44 am PST #27903 of 27912

I haven’t read the second 4th wing book yet but the first one the end was rather predictable. But it wasn’t any worse than a lot of the stuff I read, so…


Amy - Feb 02, 2024 2:06:01 pm PST #27904 of 27912
Because books.

sj, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I just wanted to enjoy it much more than I did.

Everyone on This Train is a Suspect sounds great. I read West Heart Kill and it blew me away -- it's meta all the way, and in the best way.


-t - Feb 02, 2024 2:18:08 pm PST #27905 of 27912
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Ooh, that sounds fun!


sj - Feb 03, 2024 2:57:40 pm PST #27906 of 27912
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

I’m almost done with the first Fourth Wing book. Meara, it isn’t really the plotting or such that I’m having a problem with. It’s predictable in places and definitely is derivative of a bunch of other books, but it’s the actual writing itself that is really annoying me. When I read on my kindle I tend to underline particularly fun turns of phrases or just sentences I really enjoy and 80% of the way through this book the only stuff I have underlined are plot points and world building that I expect to be important later, but the use of language itself is just very dull.