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Random insights of the day
1. My pants are very cute.

2. *looks at friendslist* Ok, which of you is secretly Tanya Huff? I quote (well, actually paraphrase because I'm too lazy to go get it from the next room), from Smoke and Shadows, the first of her new spin-off series to the Blood etc. books (which happens to include our gay protagonist coming in his jeans just from the contact-high of watching his ex do a vamp-mystique on someone; I can't remember whether there was actual drinking in the scene.) "A world in which Joss Whedon could be cancelled is a world in which the Shadowlord could win..."

3. Bed now. And I'm taking the sequel with me. You can't have it.

lumenara

2005-07-01 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Clearly, I need to read these. What's the first one?

mpoetess

2005-07-01 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

The first one is Smoke and Shadows; the second one is Smoke and Mirrors which I believe is only out in hardback.

It's a sequel series, to the one that consists of Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact and Blood Debt, but it's not necessary to read the first series to understand the second. The main character in Smoke was a secondary character in Blood, basically, and one of the main characters (the aforementioned vampire ex) from Blood is now a secondary character in Smoke, but references to things past are explained in the text, for the most part.

janedavitt

2005-07-01 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

I just read the sequel, Smoke and Mirrors yesterday.

I love the series and the one from which it sprang (see how I avoided dangling my participle at you? ;-)) She has a few Buffy references scattered around most of her contemporary fantasy books; obviously a fan, and quite right, too!




mpoetess

2005-07-01 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm in the middle of Mirrors now - I'm finding I actually like it better than Shadows. It may be the haunted house setting, which is one I find infinitely more interesting than shadows that in the end don't do much besides possess people, and a Shadowmaster who's... pretty much a cipher. I liked Shadows, but it ran slow for me, and this one does not, at all.

janedavitt

2005-07-01 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

I find second books, where the world is established, usually do flow better. And this one is genuinely tense in places. Plus all the slashy UST which, in published books, is so rare that I just lap it up, whimpering eagerly for more ;-)

I like Tony very much. Bit of a dork at times, but that's good; don't like my heroes with no rough edges or soft spots.

mpoetess

2005-07-01 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

She's such a Buffy fan, it seems like, that I'm reading Tony with fanfic!Xander's voice. Well, the voice of a good fanfic-Xander.

janedavitt

2005-07-01 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh God, he so is like Xander, isn't he? Hadn't thought of it, but you're right.

And a demon magnet!

threegoldfish

2005-07-01 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


mpoetess

2005-07-01 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! *is 12*

janedavitt

2005-07-01 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Me too. :-))

threegoldfish

2005-07-01 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, and I highly recommend her essay on Zoe in Finding Serenity. Awesome fan essay.

mpoetess

2005-07-01 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

I had a moment of wtf because I recognised her default icon and wondered where the heck we could have crossed paths, then realized cadhla is on her friendslist, which explains most things in life.

threegoldfish

2005-07-01 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee! Yes, friendsfriends makes lj even more incestuous. I had BzztHuh? moment one day when a webcomic author I used to follow showed up in the journal of someone I met through a marathon running comm.

mayatawi

2005-07-02 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Goddamn I love the Tony Foster books. They're like... they're SLASH! But REAL BOOKS! And there are Canadian TV in-jokes! And, omg, Lee Nicholas!

...*cough* Yes. Enjoy her mightily, I do.

mpoetess

2005-07-05 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

And, omg, Lee Nicholas!

You know, it took me seeing you say that for me to reverse the names and go "....oh." Hee!

And yes, it's like slash. In a real book. With Buffy references!

mayatawi

2005-07-05 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heh. Once you figure it out, it's so obviously him. Black hair, green eyes, "wet velvet voice".... *g*

Did take me awhile to make the connection at first though.