Monthly Archives: February 2010


Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 28 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

It’s a bit late as I type this, I’m typing out an assignment as I answer this question and I still have to study for a midterm so please bear with me if my answer’s not making complete sense xD

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a story format.

How do you feel about books written in a differing format – whether this be journals or letters (epistolary), verse novels, or any other form? Is this something you enjoy? Or do you prefer straight forward chapter prose.

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I usually prefer straight-forward chapter prose; I guess I’m old-fashioned that way, lol. With the third-person narration, you get a sense of the scope of the story from a bird’s eye perspective (if that makes sense; I’m not going to resort to my grade school English class right now to get the terminologies right =P) whereas with something like journals or letters or first person narration, you’ve more or less got only that one perspective going for you in the story. Plus, like the question described it, it’s pretty straight forward, you get a sense of what’s going on and your imagination fills in the blanks =)

But I also like stories written in journal or letter format (when executed nicely, of course). There’s something about journal and letter format that really adds to the depth and perception of the character narrating events, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes journal and letter formats reveal particular things about the character or the way he or she explains an event, which is interesting. I think journal or letter format is great for the more character-centred stories because it’s such an expression of individuality. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society comes to mind as a wonderful example of a story conducted through the form of letters as a narrative (love this book btw; if you haven’t read it, you should =P).

Review: The Cemetery of Secrets

Posted 28 February, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Cemetery of Secrets (also published as Lucifer’s Shadow)
By: David Hewson

In the ancient burial ground of San Michele on an island off Venice, a young woman’s casket is prised open, an object wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary story begins.

Young academic Daniel Forster arrives in Venice working for the summer in the library of a private collector. When his employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, he ignites a chain of violence, deception, intrigue and murder. Daniel is drawn into the police investigation surrounding a beautiful woman, a mysterious palazzo and a lost musical masterpiece dating back to 1733.

Separated by centuries, two tales of passion, betrayal and danger collide transporting the reader from the intrigue of Vivaldi’s Venice to the gritty world of a modern detective. From the genius of prodigy to the greed of a killer, The Cemetery of Secrets builds to a shattering crescendo – and one last, breathtaking surprise.

So the premise of the story was pretty interesting (Venice, Italy + musical instrument from centuries ago + mystery = what’s not to be intrigued about?), which is why I picked it up. I had read another book by David Hewson before (The Garden of Evil, part of his Nic Costa series), which was also set in Italy; I was actually surprised that he had written a standalone novel as I though the only had the Nic Costa series.

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 22 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 23 Comments

I was busy last week to do this meme (it was Reading Week so I was home) but I’m back once again 🙂

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My teaser for this week: “Zedd held up his hand. Out of the darkness, the piece of cheese he had thrown away floated back to him.” – p. 184, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind.

This book has been sitting on my TBR list for some quite time. I have heard of Goodkind’s series for a very long time, since I’ve started reading a lot from the fantasy genre back in high school. I guess I was turned off from devling into the series because of its length (there’s about 12 books in this series I believe) and because I’ve heard some rather negative reviews about the latter books in the series and how the author tended to get preachy, resulting in some stalling in the stories. But I heard his first few books were good. The impetus that pushed me to picking up the first volume was the fact that the television series that was adapted from the series, Legend of the Seeker is currently running and the amount of pretty has enticed me to check out the book, lol. I’m almost about 200 pages in (read quite a bit on the train earlier while traveling between cities) and I’m quite enjoying it so far. Zedd is pretty hilarious; there’s something he did towards the end of Chapter 10 that nearly had me bursting out laughing in the train. 😀

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 8 February, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Meme / 22 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘The years nowadays don’t pass the way the old ones used to,’ she would say, feeling that everyday reality was slipping through her hands. In the past, she thought, children took a long time to grow up.” – p. 245, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I started reading this book on Sunday (because I’m leaving Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants for my trip home on Friday and saving a re-read of Jane Austen’s Persuasion for a later date; all the rest of my books up here I’ve already read) and it’s been pretty interesting so far. It’s pretty epic in a sense of the generations in the Buendia family that you get to witness throughout this book. However, I really wish that they would be a bit more creative with the names; they keep using the same two name combinations over that I get confused in a generation where the three generations of Buendia men are living and interacting with one another, lol. But other than that, it’s been interesting; can’t seem to put it down xD

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 7 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Musing Mondays2 Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a random book.

I’ve seen several bloggers mention reading multiple books this week. Do you frequently read more than one book at a time? Do you try to limit this to a certain number? Do you have different books for different purposes/topics?

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I used to read more than one book at the same time, particularly during high school. I’d have a book that I’d be reading at school, a book that I’d be reading at home and maybe a book on the side that I’d be reading while travelling to school, LOL. I think the max that I’ve had going on at the same time is 4? When I started my undergrad, the number of books dwindled down because I’d be reading quite a bit for school (especially in first year undergrad because I took an English course so I’d be reading assigned books from that too) at the same time. However, towards the end of my undergrad, I’d be juggling about two books at the same time so that wasn’t so bad.

Nowadays, I usually stick to one book; because of the nature of my grad program with lots of reading on politics and history and theory, I need that one book that I can escape to and unwind with. That book can range from classics to spy thrillers to just a regular fiction novel If I’m reading more than one book (as my GR status may indicate), the second book usually would be associated to my major research project (like a book discussing the cultural history of Russia) and the third would be a poetry book (another escape book…though I don’t read poetry that often).