Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9

I’m kind of at a loss about how to talk about graphic novels and comics.  Actually, I think that I’m at a loss about what to say about series in general.  I really need to take notes.

What I can tell you is that I ran into my friend who is super into Buffy last night and we talked about the whole thing.  He liked Season 8 better and I liked season 9 better.  He things that Angel and Faith’s spin off is totally worth it.  He suggested that I just buy the Season 10 comics through the comic shop in town and then said that he was probably Xander: weak and useless.  It was a very good conversation.

Basically, back in Season 8, Buffy destroyed a seed that provided magic for the whole world.  Now she has the face the consequences.  Buffy is The Slayer again and the girls who joined her in her last fight are finding new ways to live.  Some are angry at her.  Some are more understanding.  Willow had lost her powers again and blames Buffy.  Xander and Dawn are enjoying a new life together.  Buffy is doing what she always does when she tries to get her life together: failing.  When she finds herself a couple of roommates and moves off of Dawn’s couch and into her own room, Buffy throws a major rager.  The only problem is that the next day she wakes up with a hangover and a big blank spot in her memory of the night before.

And we’re off!

There’s someone after Buffy.  Her life is, yet again, in danger.  This new adversary is sucking up all of the magic that’s left in the world and he wants Buffy’s.  That’s not all!  Because of the destroyed seed, Dawn is starting to fade away.  Because of the destroyed seed, newly sired vampires are becoming brainless and stronger (zompires).  Because of the destroyed seed, a lot of people and beings are unhappy and displaced.

I really enjoyed this.  I think maybe I just really enjoy Buffy altogether.  I love where this went, in a lot of ways.  If you’re a fan of the show and haven’t given the comics a chance, you totally should.

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Tally Monday- October 27, 2014

Checked Out

  1. Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams
  2. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Bought

  1. Best American Short Stories 2014
  2. Best American Essays 2014
  3. Baby Cakes by Armistead Maupin

Read 

  1. Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  2. Free Fall by Joss Whedon
  3. On Your Own by Joss Whedon
  4. Guarded by Joss Whedon
  5. Welcome to the Team by Joss Whedon
  6. The Core by Joss Whedon

TBR

35

Let’s talk a little bit about how complicated my reading life is.  See, I read a lot of stuff and I like to read widely.  Sometimes I blow through five graphic novels and feel like a God but then, looking back, I realize that it looks pretty shotty on a whole.

Let’s talk about the reading I do daily first.  Every day I read a section of something spiritual.  I read the Bible a couple of years ago.  Right now I am working on a slim, hand bound volume called The Moon Diary.  I usually don’t track my spiritual readings because it’s a personal thing I do.  That’s why you never hear about it.  Then I read my daily reading out of Daily Dose of Knowledge, which is an “intellectual devotional” Hubby got me for my birthday.  Hubby also recently subscribed to the New Yorker and I’ve added 25 pages of that a day.  Then there’s my other magazines, which I also try to get through at least 50 pages of each day.  (I’m very picky about what I actually read in magazines.  For the most part I just look through them so this is like a 5 minute ordeal.)  I read one chapter of 10 Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby each night right now too, because I love him and I want to even though I’ve read some of it multiple times.

That’s a lot, huh?  After that I read my books.  I read a short story after every book as a palate cleanser.

Next, we have my short list.  Originally it went like this: Book I own, TBR, series.  Then I realized that my TBR was out of control and I needed to cut it back a bit faster so I made it: book I own, TBR, TBR, series.  Now I’m stuck on graphic novels so I’ve made it: book I own, TBR, TBR, series, graphic.  Effing nuts, right?

Finally, there’s the long list.  I have a series of things that I am working on and now that I’ve taken the time to write it down, I can see that I actually really need to pare back.  Right now it looks like: Personal TBR list, book about books, children’s lit, Faulkner, feminism, de Angeli (a children’s librarian who was born in my county), Hornby, King, Meno, money, short list (right now it’s best YA of the 20th century or something like that).  Now, the funny thing about this is that I started by thinking I wanted to read all of King.  Then I realized that I wanted to read all of a lot of people and somehow that got all confused.  I started a list in my journal a while ago of authors I want to read.  I should probably cut it down to two, mostly because I have one Meno left and I’m not giving up King.

So, sometimes, I feel a bit brain dead and I think that part of it is how much of my life looks like a complicated reading program.  I actually feel a little bad laying it out for you like that.  Man.  I need to do something.  But the Faulkner!  I can’t get rid of the Faulkner!

May your reading life not be as messy as mine, dear reader.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Here we are on our second adventure traversing the universe (and time) with Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod, Trillium, and Marvin.  Let me tell you, I am concerned.  What is going to happen next?  I cannot wait, I say!

Basically, this is the wittiest bit of ridiculousness ever, and what is the point of being witty or ridiculous without being the other as well?  When we join our group of travelers, they are on their way to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, an establishment that allows its patrons to witness the end of the universe while safely eating a fabulous dinner.  Only, the Vogons have caught up to them and they are very likely to die before they get anything to eat.  What follows is a seance, time travel, space ship theft, the true origins of Earth, and a lot of fun.

Tally Monday- October 20, 2014

Checked Out

  1. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Bought

  1. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Read

  1. Secret Bedroom by R.L. Stine

TBR

37

Oh, man.  I have been bad, you guys.  Seriously bad.  First off, I have not been completely honest about my check out because, you see, I’ve been working on checking out all of Gaiman’s Sandman series and I haven’t been recording it.  I jsut thought that I would wait until I had it all but I’ll just tell you guys right now that I have up to 5 in the collections.  The last half of the set is on order.  I’ve checked out more than I’ve been telling you.  But I feel better now that I’ve come clean  Whew.

Now, on to buying.  When should I list things that I’ve ordered?  I don’t usually order books, you know, but this week I broke down and ordered Best American Short Stories of 2014 and Best American Essays of 2014.  I don’t know why except that I wanted them and a psychic told my mother to tell me not to worry about money so much.  They should be here tomorrow but I have pretty much lived the past week in total anticipation.  Our first issue of The New Yorker should arrive this week too and every day I check the mail with  a heart full of hope.  It’s not like I’m getting any actual reading done.  I don’t know how adding more is going to help.

Seriously.  Seriously.  I only read one book again this week.  Hubby was still not feeling well so there was still a lot of House watching going on.  Then some stuff came up during the week.  I had early days on Monday and Tuesday this week but ran some errands with Hubby on Monday and then had dinner with the in-laws on Tuesday.  I’m still not in top shape myself.  I manage to steam roll myself into normalcy while I’m at work but by the time that I get home I am exhausted by the effort.  I made myself go to sleep at 10:30 every weekday last week and, quite frankly, I was barely making it that late.

These are all excuses, of course.  I started Afterlife with Archie last week and I was brimming with excitement.  It was exactly what I expected and not at all what I wanted.  I tossed it aside.  Then I picked up The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams and I experienced the same thing I experienced with Hitchhiker’s Guide:  I couldn’t get into it.  Then, amazingly, at 50 pages I shot off.  I read 140 pages yesterday afternoon AND took a nap.

Basically, I have higher hopes for this week.  I took Wednesday off to hang out with my mom (and buy some effing shoes that I can wear) and I’m sure that I’ll end up with an afternoon of reading.  I’ve just got to keep on keeping on.

The Secret Bedroom by R.L. Stine

I’m pretty bummed to report that this is my last Fear Street of the year.  You know, I don’t recall ever enjoying them quite this much.  I actually ordered the next four the other day and then made myself cancel the order because there’s a stack of other books on my desk that is getting out of control.  October is the perfect time for some Fear Street.  I’m still waiting for those movies, world.  They would be so much more entertaining than the crap that’s out there right now.

The Secret Bedroom is the story of Lea.  Lea’s parents love old houses and purchase one of Fear Street when her father gets transferred for work.  Lea is used to her parents renovating old houses and then moving right away.  All of the houses on Fear Street have secrets and the secret of Lea’s new house is a mysterious, boarded up room in the attic.  The room has been closed for over a hundred years and the rumor is that a murder was committed there.  The stress of a new house, a new school, a bully, AND a secret room?  It’s too much, right?

Parents are great in these books.  Lea’s parents are just like, “We’ll just buy this house and ignore that room altogether!  Hyuck!”  Also, if my kid started acting weird and telling me that she was seeing ghosts and there’s a secret room in the attic, I’m going to believe her.

Eventually, Lea cannot handle the sounds she hears coming from the attic.  Someone is pacing back and forth.  Lea lets herself into the boarded up room and discovers Catherine, a young girl who claims that her parents murdered her when she tried to escape the room that they had imprisoned her in.  It doesn’t take long to figure out that Catherine may not be who she appears to be but could it be too late?

I enjoyed this one a lot.  Then again, I enjoyed them all.  I can’t help it.

Tally Monday- October 13, 2014

Checked Out

  1. Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
  2. Freefall- Joss Whedon
  3. On Your Own- Joss Whedon
  4. Guarded- Joss Whedon
  5. Welcome to the Team- Joss Whedon
  6. The Core- Joss Whedon

Bought

None!

Read

  1. Lights Out- R.L. Stine

TBR- 34

Around here, I think about something I like to call “The Golden Week.”  What does a Golden Week look like?  I go to bed on time and wake up on time.  The laundry and cleaning is done on Sunday so I don’t have to think about it all week.  When I write, the words just come.  I end every day with my to do list crossed off.  I do something fun and spontaneous.  I work out and eat well.  I read more than I check out.  I don’t take money from my savings to cover my irresponsible spending.  I usually only think about week days when I plan a Golden Week because the weekends are just fuck all and I can’t expect THAT much from myself.

Last week was not a Golden Week.

Now, on some levels it wasn’t bad.  I felt really good when I worked out and I worked really hard to keep my stress levels to a minimum.  On the other hand, I am dealing with so much FEELING right now that holding it together alllllll day pretty much means I can do nothing more than sit on the couch and stare at the TV when I get home.

Seriously, I read that R.L. Stine between Saturday and Sunday.  I don’t think that I read at all last week.  And the bitch of it is that I really wanted to read.  I just never did.

Today I’ve already lost it a few times, based mostly on the fact that I was in an 8.5 hour meeting and who wouldn’t lose it. Part of me thinks this may be promising though.  When I got home tonight after a long meeting and then meeting up with Hubby after his appointment with the doctor, the second in two weeks, and then running some decently fun errands, I actually wanted to work on my to-do list.  And I feel pretty all right now.  I feel like I might actually have a Nice Week, if not a Golden Week.  And, let’s face it, I’m going to read a lot more if I’m having a nice week.

Lights Out by R.L. Stine

The Fear Street reading continues.  I seriously feel like I need a huge tub of movie popcorn while I read these.  Also, may I please make the request AGAIN that we get every Fear Street book made into an hour and a half long TV special.  Maybe Netflix would do it?

Holly is not a big fan of the outdoors but her uncle, Bill’s, camp is failing and he needs her to work as a counselor.  Holly loves her uncle and decides to help him any way that she can.  Luckily, one of Holly’s closest friends, Thea, is a counselor at the camp too because she gets off on the wrong foot right away. First she finds out that one of her worst enemies is a counselor, then she realizes that everyone is ganging up against her.  Then things start to go wrong at the camp, little accidents that are all tied together by the little red feathers Holly keeps finding.

Holly tries to warn her uncle about the feathers but he doesn’t believer her.  Nobody believes her, actually.  Every person she tells loses interest before she can even explain.  The other counselors are downright mean to Holly, yelling at her every chance they get and even playing horrible jokes on her.  How can she figure out who the bad guy is if she can’t even have a civil conversation with anyone?  Why is everyone so touchy?

I’m not sure how I felt about this one.  The whole thing takes place over about a week and bad things just keep happening.  Holly always seems to be having a hard time.  No matter what goes wrong she somehow ends up feeling slighted and frustrated.  Also, I want to point out that Uncle Bill seems like a lot of fun and a great uncle for the first couple of chapters but then he’s kind of a turd.

I’m excited for the next one.  This has been a really fun ride.