Monthly Archives: December 2010


The Best of 2010 In Books

Posted 30 December, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

Well, it’s almost the end of another year (cannot believe how fast the last six months have gone by) and as a way to look back and review the past year in books, I’ve decided to fill out the survey posted over at The Perpetual Page Turner =)

1. Best book of 2010?
I’m horrible at choosing just one book so I’m going to list my favourites that come to mind (with a bit of help from my 2010 list:
– Louis de Bernieres’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
– Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
– Ildefonso Falcones’s Cathedral By the Sea
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
– Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit
– Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker

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Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Posted 29 December, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
By: Susanna Clarke

The year is 1806, England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains, the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrel. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms that between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.

So this novel has been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read since last Christmas. Been meaning to get around to it sooner but I had all these other books to get through and to be honest, its size was rather daunting, lol (despite having read longer books before; books this size definitely need considerable attention). When I left to Italy for my semester exchange, I decided to take this book with me. That was in September; I didn’t get around to actually reading it until the end of November when I had a long train ride from Trento to Wien. Anyways, I only finished it yesterday when I got back from my exchange altogether (having read the remaining 300 pages on the plane ride back) and the following things really stuck out for me from the book…

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 28 December, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 3 Comments

A little late but buon natale! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas; I haven’t posted in a week and some because I had moved from Trento to Rome for Christmas but I’m home in Canada now so yeah =) Updates from the last leg of my journey to come! In the meantime…

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

My teaser for this week: “‘Well!’ said Lancelles. ‘That was unexpected!’ He and the servants were gathered at the north wall of the dining-room—a wall through which Mr. Norrell had just walked, with all the composure in the world.” – p. 927, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Well, I’m almost done reading this book (only took me a month, lol; been too busy to read since returing from Wien) and it’s been a very interesting novel. It’s been a slow build up to the major climax of the story but it’s getting there now and I’m excited to see how everything plays out. There’s this grittiness to it so all the characters have these shades of gray and it makes you wonder who’s really right in the situation and whatnot. Maybe I’ll finish it today (if I ever getting around to finishing reorganising my room—got a bucketload of books that were ordered in during my absence so they’ve taken up some considerable room in my room, hahaha)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 6 December, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 8 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

My teaser for this week: “‘That is three deaths for one woman. Forgive me, Mrs Bullworth, but the greatest magician that has ever lived could not kill the same person three different ways.'” – p. 501, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

I actually brought this book with me from home as one of the only fiction novels for the duration of my stay here in Trento since it had been sitting on my shelf for almost a year untouched. It’s a pretty massive book in mass paperback—about a thousand pages long? Too lazy to double check—and I had been busy so you can imagine why I put it off. I took it with me during my Wien trip two weekends ago since the ride was pretty long and I am totally blown away by the story. Clarke has done a fantastic job in creating an alternate England steeped with such a history of magic. I personally find there to be an element of unpredictability as well; I’m 500+ pages in and I have no idea how the novel is going to be play out for its remainder. There’s a dark element to the magic that’s just waiting to burst forth at any moment and it’d be interesting to see how our lovely 19th century protagonists will be able to face it. It’s a pity I’m so busy with my thesis/studying/packing, otherwise I’d be all about finishing the remainder 500 pages xD

Article: Costume Chronicles [Nov/Dec 2010]

Posted 4 December, 2010 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

So the November – December issue of Costume Chronicles was released earlier this week and my article is featured in there! It’s called “Anne Elliot, Jane Austen’s Quiet Heroine”, which focuses on the character of Anne Elliot from Persuasion. Of course I would choose a subject from Persuasion given it’s my favourite novel by Austen and Anne is my favourite Austen heroine. There’s just so many aspects about her you could talk about. I also realised that Wentworth has a lot more going in his character as well. If I had time or if I had done things differently, I may have had focused on him in the article. Oh well, maybe I’ll post that commentary here instead sometime 😉 Anyways, you can download the issue at their website; I hope you guys enjoy it!


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