Monthly Archives: December 2011

Television: ‘Misfits’ Series 3

Posted 21 December, 2011 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

I don’t think I really post about television shows here on this blog, especially given as I don’t watch that much television these days beyond British TV and miniseries (and The Good Wife, but I’m not caught up with that show this season). But maybe that will change in the coming year ^_~

I’ve been a fan of Misfits since last year; I forgot how I came across it but I caught up with the show while I was in Trento. The balance between dark humour, irony and drama has been pretty amazing with this show, which is probably the reason why I like it so much. I was shocked about Robert Sheehan left and that a new and proper character was going to be introduced to fill his spot (unlike the new guy back in series 2 who could teleport—we all know what happened to that guy), but given the nature of some of the more prominent British television shows out there (Skins and Doctor Who), a cast shake-up made sense so I wasn’t going to write off the show or anything. And I’m glad I did tune in to series 3.

Major spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched series 3!

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Movie: ‘The Hobbit’ Trailer

Posted 21 December, 2011 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

Thanks to Kris for the heads up!

Let me tell you, I am beyond thrilled at the moment. Martin Freeman really looks and acts like Bilbo (some of his intonations reminded me of Elijah Wood’s Frodo, which is pretty cool). The dwarves were awesome; I loooooooooooooove the song they started chanting, the melody kind of reminds me of the medley they played during the Mines of Moria sequence, very dwarvish (yes, I notice these things). Also: Imladris! Galadriel! Gandalf! Gollum! Guys, this is going to be amazing xD

Review: The Convenient Marriage

Posted 15 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Convenient Marriage
By: Georgette Heyer

When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the Beauty of the Winwood Family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans…

This book came into my radar after my best friend showed me the back blurb the last time we met up, so I patiently waited for another coupon sale on to show up so that I could purchase the book. It was so worth checking out xD Some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Inquisition

Posted 15 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Alfredo Colitto

Mondino is a university anatomist – a man of science in a land governed by the Catholic Inquisition. But the corpse brought to Mondino’s laboratory one stormy night defies natural law: The victim is a Templar knight, and his heart has been transformed into a block of iron. Is it alchemy? Or the diabolical work of an ingenious killer? Aided by his headstrong student Gerardo – a young man concealing a deadly secret identity – Mondino must outwit both ruthless Inquisitors and vengeful Templars if he’s to stop a murderer who threatens to shake the very foundations of Christendom. Audacious, gripping, and lushly atmospheric, set against the dramatic backdrop of one of history’s most dangerous eras.

I decided to check this book out because I kept on seeing the newly-translated and published copy of the book in the bookstores lately. My copy was actually for my eReader, which was good (read: afforable!) though I admit that the transfer over from book to electronic was not the best; there were symbols missing indicating that I was now following a different character and small issues like those. Of course, that’s just a side issue; my thoughts of the novel is different altogether ^_~ Some spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 12 December, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 5 Comments

Been a while since I’ve done one of these!

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

I have three teasers to share today! xD Here’s the first one:

“The tavern was full of legal and medical students from various countries who filled the air with their Latin, punctuated with jokes and swear words in other languages. Modino recognised the guttural sounds of German and Danish, the French words with the stress on the last syllable, the singsong of Spanish.”
– p. 1 -2, Chapter IX, Inquisition by Alfredo Colitto

Sorry that I don’t have a precise page for this blockquote (and the next), I’m actually reading this on my Kobo eReader. I got this eBook for a very low price and after seeing it a lot at the bookstore, I decided to check it out. It’s pretty interesting so far, with lots of twists and turns with the political situation in medieval Italy/Europe at the time.

“No servant announced him; he came into the room as one who had the right, and as he shut the door, remarked humourously: ‘Dear Caroline, you’ve a new porter. Did you tell him to shut the door in my face?'”
– p. 3, Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

Reading another Heyer novel on my Kobo; I got it yesterday thanks to a coupon promotion. It’s a pretty fun read so far, which is something I enjoy with Heyer’s novels =)

“Amid the car lots and body shops that stretched along Leningrad Prospect the Casino of the Golden Khan was a fantasy of Oriental domes and minarets. Outside crouched the Russian winter.”
– p. 146, Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith

I’ve been reading this book actually to and from work; needed something to pass the time as the metro ride can be quite long (when I’m not sleeping out of exhaustion). This is the first book I’ve read by Martin Smith and it’s pretty interesting so far, right up my alley of all things Russian and Soviet history xD