The Slump Buster
fattest gnarliest chick you can uncover, and you lay the wood to her
Grace also refers to this as “jumping on a grenade for the boys”. Of course, this term need not be sexist no matter its origination. Arli$$ (an HBO show) featured Sandra Oh needing to get out of a slump and seeking out the male version of the slumpbuster.
In romance, though, I have given it a nicer meaning. A more romancelandia definition. To me, a slumpbuster is a book that breaks open the dammed up reading desire that was stagnating from a long run of boring, unimaginative meh reads. A slumpbuster is a book that makes me excited to be a reader. That transports me to another land. The slumpbuster is a book that embodies the spirit of Calgon-take-me-away slogan. It can be a new book (Naomi Novik’s Temeraire) or it could be an old book (Linda Howard’s Duncan’s Bride). What is your slumpbuster?