Monthly Archives: October 2011


Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 31 October, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

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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

Two teasers from me this week:

“Since the Bath Season had hardly begun, the musicians who entertained the company every morning in the Pump Room during the full Season were not present, but a fair sprinkling of visitors was already in evidence. A somewhat depressingly large number of the visitors were valetudinarians, either hobbling about on sticks, being afflicted by gout or rheumatism; or elderly dyspeptics, hopefully seeking a cure for liver disorders arising from the excesses of their earlier years.”
Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

Since reading Venetia last week, my collection of Heyer books waiting to be read has expanded. Not sure what to think of Annis Wychwood’s love interest, but it’s amusing how she ends up involved in Lucilla and Ninian’s problems. I’m curious to see how the story unfolds.

“Never can there come fog too thick, never can tehre come mud and mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition which this High Court of Chancery, most pstilent of hoary sinners, holds, this day, in the sight of heaven and earth. On such an afternoon, if ever, the Lord High Chancellor ought to be sitting there–as here he is–with a foggy glory round his head, softly fenced in with crimson cloth and curtains, addressed by a large advocate with great whiskers, a little voice, and an interminable brief, and outwardly directing his contemplation to the lantern in the roof, where he can see nothing but fog.”
– p. 2, Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Typical Dickens, eh? This book has been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, for more than a year so yay that I’ve finally started!

Random: What’s Happening, What’s to Come

Posted 30 October, 2011 by Lianne in Miscellaneous, Website, Writing / 0 Comments

Where has the month gone? One minute it’s the end of September and now it’s the end of October!


(I got these animated gifs (this and others I’ve used in two other posts) from LJ but I don’t know who the original maker was; if you’re that person, just comment and I’ll credit you—thanks!)

01. So I blitzed through the entire month reading books and cleaning my room, which means a) posted some book reviews, b) reorganised my bookshelves (which were a mess before, with books on my desk, in my closet and sort of on the floor) and c) still have not posted up photos from my vacation (though you can see a few over at my shiny new photoblog).

02. The slow reorganisation of my website continues: if you type in the url to my website (www.rulethewaves.net), you will be instantly redirected here to this blog rather than to an index page. I decided that since this blog is used more often than the other segments of my website, it should be brought to the fore. If you scroll down, on the first column menu, you will see a heading entitled “rulethewaves.net”. Here you will find the links to the other subsections of my website, such as the personal gallery and the photoblog.

03. Next month is going to interesting; as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m going to be particpating in NaNoWriMo for the first time! The event starts on Tuesday, and I’m pretty much geared up and ready to go. Thanks to a conversation I had with my brother earlier, my general plot has shifted a bit and has been become rather exciting so we’ll see how it goes! So that means I probably won’t be reading as crazy much as I was this past month but you never know, I have a tendency of reading novels when I should be typing away! I’ll post updates here and there over here, we’ll see. By the way, if you’re interested in adding me over there, this is me; just let me know who you are when you add me ^_~

Review: The Glassblower of Murano

Posted 30 October, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Glassblower of Murano
By: Marina Fiorato

Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

This book has long been on my want-to-read list for a very long time. I went on an Italian-setting kick after I got back from vacation so I finally got around to picking this book up (along with her other novel, The Daughter of Siena, which I will read sometime in the near future). MAJOR spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 24 October, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 0 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

Just as last week, I’m reading three books at the moment, hence three teasers! =D Here’s the first teaser:

“But the merit of the curricle did not all belong to the horses; Henry drove so well–so quietly–without making any disturbance, without parading to her, or swearing at them: so different from the only gentleman-coachman whom it was in her power to compare him with! And then his hat sat so well, and the innumerable capes of his greatcoat looked so becomingly important!”
– p. 128, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

After reading Georgette Heyer’s Venetia (<3 that book! You can read my review of it here), I was in the mood for something around that period. Naturally I turned to Jane Austen . Northanger Abbey never fails to amuse me because it’s just so light and fluffy. I especially love the teaser lines above <3

“Everyone was in place, his troops were ready to go, diplomacy had failed and it was time to do his job. He opened the command channel to his squad leaders, ten variations on background static suddenly piping into his helmet.”
The Butcher of Anderson Station (short story) by S.A. Corey

It’s a grim teaser but it’s interesting that S.A. Corey and Orbit Books released this short story (only for eReaders though); it’s actually a backstory to one of the characters that graced the pages of Leviathan Wakes (a very good sci-fi novel that came out this year; I’d highly recommend it if you’re into the genre).

“Later.–Another change in my patient. At five o’clock I looked in on him, and found him seemingly as happy and contended as he used to be.”
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Seemed fitting to read this given that Hallowe’en is around the corner. I actually started reading this eBook late last year but sort of stopped a few chapters in (got distracted). So I decided to give it a go again this year and yeah, I’ve progressed further in the book but it’s pretty slow at the moment. I hope it picks up soon.