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September 16th, 2009
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Recent Reading: Southern Vampire Mysteries
On a totally different (and more fun) topic, I've been reading Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire mysteries, which are the basis for the TV show True Blood. As I reported here I wasn't thrilled about the first book in the series, but liked it well enough to read more.

I've read four of them now, and I think they get better with each book. There are some Mary Sue-ish elements, as one of the commenters on my original post pointed out, but Sookie becomes more fleshed out and more real with each book. And she's genuinely clever, making the books often quite funny. The mysteries are quite good, the new characters she introduces in the later books interesting and well described, and I like that the books are different enough that having seen the show doesn't mean I know what's going to happen.

Oh, one funny thing. In the fourth one:



things change for Sookie and Eric, who have a kind of edgy relationship. Eric suddenly has amnesia, inflicted by one of the bad guys. And, in his amnesiac state, he's much more open to being close to people and they develop a much more loving relationship. When he gets his memory back she remarks to herself that she liked him better with amnesia.

Well, all that happened to Scott and Logan in my series We're Not What You Think, right down to Scott thinking that he liked him better with amnesia. And I wrote it first!


Okay, so my fiction predicted - in 2004 - Barack Obama becoming president in 2008, and now this. You heard it here first.

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From:executrix
Date:September 16th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
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OT: Time Out NY says that tomorrow (Thursday the 17th) The Center (208 W 13 St) is having an LGBT job fair, 11am-4pm. I quote: "Dress for a job interview and get ready to network, as this third annual LGBT job fair will have recruiters from nearly 30 corporations--Chsae, Equinox, HBO, MTA, NYU, Pfizer and Scholastic among them--looking to diversify their workforces."
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From:mofic
Date:September 16th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I registered for it. I don't think anyone really gets a job through job fairs, but I'll go anyway.
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From:executrix
Date:September 16th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty skeptical myself, but it's a low-input situation even though the likelihood of output is small.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 2nd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)

on the topic of reading...

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hey mo, I've decided that Today is the Day that I start reading your Logan and Scott from start to finish, with the literary quotes and sources pre-read for each section so I get the full benefit (spoilers won't happen anymore since I've read all of them piecemeal). I'm excited! hope things are going better for you in RL... cheers, Beth
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From:mofic
Date:October 2nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)

Re: on the topic of reading...

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I'm glad you like them enough to reread from the start! Please comment if you feel moved to, and let me know if there are broken links, etc. They somehow creep in...

I'll do a RL update soon. I'm surviving.

I know a few Beths. Which one are you?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 7th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)

Re: on the topic of reading...

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I'm a new one. from British Columbia. :)
done the references for "I Know.." and "We're Not..." (well, I read summaries/extracts for the plays and the Dialogue, but did read all the actual poems, including a fairly substantial web-excerpt for the fingers poem, nnngghgh...) and am most of the way thru the two stories, very satisfying to have all the ref.s fresh in my mind as I read.
roasting squash for poshy pumpkin soup for our (early/Canadian) T-day next week. cheers!
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From:mofic
Date:October 7th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)

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Aha! I've never been to BC, but I'm from Winnipeg originally - hence the CanCon in the stories. Well, there would be some anyway, since Logan's Canadian, but I probably write more of it because of my Canadian ties. I went to university in Montreal (McGill), so I set some scenes there, too. I do lots of research when I'm writing about places I've never been, but when it's places I know, it's easier.

I first read that Sandburg poem in high school. The teacher said that she *thought* it was based on a real incident and then one of the kids in the class, whose mother had been in the Norwegian Underground in WW2 said she *knew* it was because her mother had known The Man With the Broken Fingers.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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