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04 January 2012 @ 11:24 pm
Books, books, books  
Boy, no one's reading my stories these days, except at AO3. It's like I'm writing into the void! The crickets and I are getting lonely...

I finished some books over the break, including my first encounter with the written No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I loved the HBO mini-series (what a cast!), so when this book showed up at the library, I grabbed it: Tea Time For The Traditionally Built. This one is the 8th book or so, and occurs after the events in the TV series. Lovely style and atmosphere—it's total escapism. I imagine this is what the British would refer to as a "cozy."

One thing I got hung up on was that, rather than referring to "the late Mr. Polekutse," the characters would instead say, "Mr. Polekutse is late now." This prompted a snarky and highly inappropriate response, e.g., "Well! Let's see how punctual you are after you're dead!" Some unexpected character developments happened, too. Christopher read the book before I did, and I asked him whether he was surprised that Grace (Miss 97 Percent) was engaged. His answer was very defensive: "No—Grace can be very nice!" Well yes, she CAN be, but she rarely is. Mostly, Grace is opinionated, wrong, and argumentative. I.e., she has a disagreeable personality. Her fiance is very easygoing and patient, though, and she tries very hard to be less outspoken and impulsive. He brings out her best side.

I so wish they'd make a second season of this show, but that seems unlikely. Still, I'm very glad thelana did a post on it a few years ago and got me to watch it!

Before that, I read Sweet Jiminy, by Kristin Gore. It's set in the Deep South, where a young woman in a personal-direction crisis stumbles across an unsolved double-murder from decades ago, and starts digging into a case that was fated to be "cold" even before it happened. Highly readable and captivating.

Then I detoured through Kid Lit to read Tuesdays At The Castle. The castle in question is semi-sentient. When it gets bored (usually on Tuesdays, when the king receives reports and hears grievances), the castle changes: new rooms, corridors whose pathways shift, disappearing rooms. The current king is the tenth descendant of a former king's barber. The barber was chosen as the new king after the castle routed him to the throne room again and again, and once he was crowned the castle spewed the old king's feckless son out of a water closet and headfirst into a haystack. The rest of the book is just as quirky and delightful.

Next up: I'm reading Harry Potter #2 and a Lincoln Rhyme mystery, and starting (finally) The Hunger Games. Watch this space for followups!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on January 5th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
It seems as if readership is just _low_. I don't know if it's Christmas busyness, or that people get into Yuletide mode and that's all they read, or what.

But geez, it's a dearth right now.

And I agree-- there are things I really like about AO3, but the "discussion format" of fic commenting is one of LJs best features (it's probably more a behavior than an LJ result, but still). Plus, people are SO prone to just click the "Kudos" button rather than leave a comment.

Dreamwidth is even worse, though. I'll admit, I don't crosspost to any communities there and my Dreamwidth friends-circle is small, but in general, people hardly ever respond to ANYTHING I post over there. Dreamwidth is the true "void" for me.
Maz (or foxxy!): Irritated Michaeltuesdaeschild on January 6th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
I hope you're right and the dearth of readers was due to the season. I suppose we'll find out over the next week or so.

It's just too easy to hit the "Kudos" button on AO3, isn't it? I've been guilty of it myself, thinking I'll register that someone liked it then go back and leave a proper comment when there's a bit more time but that doesn't always happen. :(

And I just can't get into Dreamwidth either. I'm there and have a small circle of friends but it is kind of an "empty space" for contact. Unlike LJ, which has always been THE place to be for fic and friends. :(

Maybe Twitter and Facebook haven't helped LJ since several people who used to post regularly here have swanned off to the opposition!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
See, I didn't even know you were on Dreamwidth! Can I add you to my circle of friends who never read me and vice versa?

I don't understand the love for Twitter OR Facebook. Twitter seems to be a one-way communication, and obviously (see rambling post above) I'm not good at brevity.

And I hate Facebook with a PASSION. I had a very smart, thoughtful LJ friend who defected entirely over to Facebook. Rather than politics/philosophy/etc., her posts are more, "Homemade chili today! Yum!" or "So tired." My feed (of very few people) is not only filled with her noise (and my chatty nephew's), but it's filled with other people's responses to same-- and there's no way to turn that off.

Plus, my RL friends and Net Friends don't tend to overlap much.

I ask you, where is the appeal of Facebook for LJ lovers?!?
Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Lolztuesdaeschild on January 7th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Can I add you to my circle of friends who never read me and vice versa?

Lol! Of course!

Twitter is no good at all for those of us who love to ramble, is it?!! And there's something quite vain about it in my opinion. Facebook is okay for keeping in touch with some family members and people I know personally but all the other stuff (like making homemade chili or watching the paint dry!) I have no truck with. Having all that rubbish come through your feed is irritating beyond measure, isn't it?!! Grrrrrr!! I do have a couple of friends from LJ on FB too but I can count them on one hand!

Facebook versus Live Journal?!! LJ beats FB into a cocked hat!!