Review: Dune Messiah

Posted 22 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Dune Messiah (Dune #2)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known – and feared – as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne – and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul is directed against his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…

Like Dune (review), I had read this book in high school and greatly enjoyed it. In an effort to finally finish reading the series–and having picked up The Great Dune Trilogy published by Gollanz–I decided I would re-read the book again šŸ™‚ I’ve been busy, but after reading an article on Tor.com about the miniseries) I was struck with nostalgia and decided to re-read it recently šŸ™‚

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 21 November, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Ten Books Iā€™m Thankful For

I did this a couple of years ago for Sci-Fi Month and decided to revisit it again as I’ve read some excellent science fiction since. And as a tad bit of a twist to this week’s topic, I decided to go with sci-fi books I’m thankful to have read. I tried to keep it as books that I’m thankful but not necessarily that I absolutely loved, but you know how it is, your favourites sneak in anyway šŸ˜‰

In no particular order:

  1. Frank Herbert’s Dune books (see author tag) — One of the early sci-fi novels I read, it continues to stay up there as one of the top sci-fi books I’ve ever read. The societal concepts, the themes that it tackles, the politics involved…The series is fantastic. As an aside I had hoped to finished reading the series in time to review it for this year’s Sci-Fi Month (long story, I only read the first three books prior to this year) but alas, got too busy. In the meantime, stay tuned to the rest of the week as I will be posting reviews from books 2 to 4 xD
  2. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Hilarity + British sensibility + science fiction + a very sad robot named Marvin who has all of the best lines? Definitely thankful this book exists and that I got around to reading it.
  3. Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review) — Goodness, how did I not read this book sooner? It’s epic, it’s sci-fi all around with all of the ideas that it includes, and yet at the heart of the story is about the characters, told in good ol’ Canterbury Tales fashion. Defnitely thankful that I got around to reading this book.
  4. Jules Verne’s books — I often forget actually that I did read his books when I was growing up–and then caught up with some of the other books of his that I hadn’t read a few years ago–but his books were very formative for me in terms of the imagination that his stories bring and just the concepts of science fiction from a 19th century perspective.
  5. Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns series (see author tag) — I will always be thankful to have finally gotten around to reading this series as it filled the hole in my heart left by favourite space operas like Babylon 5, Dune, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine šŸ™‚
  6. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (review) — Really enjoyed the premise of this novel and am thankful to finally have gotten around to reading it a few years ago as I always heard about it but never got around to reading it, lol!
  7. Issac Asimov’s Foundation (review) — Another classic that I’m so thankful to have gotten around to reading. It was a little different than I had expected but nonetheless I’m happy to have finally read and thankful that I did.
  8. Hannu Rajaniemi’s Jean la Flambeur trilogy (see author tag) — To be honest hard science fiction isn’t really my thing, it usually becomes more about the science than about the story and the characters and I still need the latter to really enjoy the book but this author does such a good job in presenting such crazy complex ideas but it’s still pretty easy to follow the story.
  9. Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag) — Forever and ever will I be recommending this trilogy because Devi Morris is a badass and scifi stories featuring badass women always makes for a good read šŸ˜€
  10. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (review) — To be honest it took me a second read of this novel to really appreciate the book for what it is about and the themes it tackles. Plus, Kazuo Ishiguro is just brilliant, so…



And that’s my Sci-Fi Month-esque list for this week’s TTT! What books are you thankful for? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚

Review: Shifting Bone

Posted 20 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Shifting Bone
By: Alison Malee
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Shifting Bone works to make familiar again all the pieces of one’s self that were almost forgotten. This collection speaks of one’s aching for the unknown, the desperate need to become known to ourselves, and just how healing love can be.

Alison Malee writes of love, heartache, and healing with a truthful and delicate touch.

This collection is for anyone who has ever felt lost and for those who were triumphant in finding themselves along the way.

I was eyeing this book some time ago as I followed the poet on Instagram. As I mentioned on another post, I’m always on the lookout for new poets to check out so I was quite excited to read this book and more or less devoured this collection in one weekend back in October.

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So You Want to Read… (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Posted 17 November, 2017 by Lianne in Lists / 0 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! šŸ™‚

And here we are, it’s November…For this edition of So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature Rainer Maria Rilke (see author tag). His poetry seems fitting for these autumn days when the temperatures are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and you’ve broken out your sweaters and off to Starbucks for their seasonal items. I got around to reading his poetry in 2015 and just fell in love with his work and the nature imagery and his choice of words to express certain feelings…Anyway, here’s my recommendations on where to start if you’ve never read any of his work:

  • The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs (review) — This is the only novel he’s every written and it’s more of an experience as the main character finds himself reminiscing about the past and experiences he had. All the while he’s meditating on a number of different topics and ideas. And did I mention it was beautifully written? šŸ™‚
  • Letters to a Young Poet — I could’ve sworn I had reviewed it at some point as a mini-review but anyway, definitely required reading for everyone who’s into writing. His letters are encouraging, thoughtful and meditative, and overall just a boost-me-up especially when you find yourself wondering if your writing will make it or if it’s worth it. It’s also an interesting look at the way he approaches writing.
  • Duino Elegies (review) — I read this as part of The Poety of Rilke (see review). This one stood out for me with the mix of nature and religious themes, the contemplation of life, death, and existence, and contains some of the most stunning lines I’ve read from him. Of all of his poetry, it’s a good place to start just to get a sense of how he writes an what he writes about.



And that’s my list! I hope it helps šŸ™‚ If you’ve read any of Rainer Maria Rilke’s works, which one is your favourite? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books have you been meaning to get around to reading? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚

Review: The Last Time I’ll Write About You

Posted 16 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Last Time I’ll Write About You
By: Dawn Lazuna
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Should I be
Thankful
Or
Regretful
That my only idea
Of love
Is
You?

The title of this book was the first thing that caught my attention…Well, second, after seeing it pop up every so often whenever I’m browsing Amazon for new self-published poetry. Anywho, I eventually caved as the title sort of lingered in my mind for some time and picked up a copy some time ago.

This book is divided into several sections that more or less trace her relationship with her significant other, from the early days to its demise. Her poetry is earnest, about those lingering feelings, the push-pull that comes to define the later stages of their relationship; by the end of the collection you have a vague sense of what the relationship was like, the fractures that emerged, the hurt that came with the gradual distance, and the memory and lessons that she came to learn. The final poem was pretty powerful in that sense of finality, that she got the hurt off her chest and she’s ready to completely move on.

Overall I enjoyed this collection (and the size was so cute, I have to say /complete aside). There were a few poems that really stood out for me, the imagery she used, and of course that last poem. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an indie poet to read.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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