Monthly Archives: December 2011

Review: The Silver Pigs

Posted 10 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silver Pigs
By: Lindsey Davis

When Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman “informer” who has a nose for trouble that’s sharper than most, encounters Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately all is not right with the pretty girl. She confesses to him that she is fleeing for her life, and Falco makes the rash decision to rescue her–a decision he will come to regret. For Sosia bears a heavy burden: as heavy as a pile of stolen Imperial ingots, in fact. Matters just get more complicated when Falco meets Helena Justina, a Senator’s daughter who is connected to the very same traitors he has sworn to expose. Soon Falco finds himself swept from the perilous back alleys of Ancient Rome to the silver mines of distant Britain–and up against a cabal of traitors with blood on their hands and no compunction whatsoever to do away with a snooping plebe like Falco….

I decided to check out this book because my mum has one of the Falco books on her shelf, See Delphi and Die. The lead protagonist, Marcus Didius Falco, sounded intriguing but I wanted to see him from the very beginning so I decided to check out the first book in the series first before reading the volume on my mum’s shelf. I’m so glad I did, this book was a riot.

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Random: Website News, Christmas Season

Posted 8 December, 2011 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

So here we are, it’s December! Amazing how fast time has been going, eh? I’ve been updating this blog quite a bit lately so here’s the breakdown of what’s been going on since…well, the last time I did one of these, lol.

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01. NaNoWriMo finished last week and what a month it was! I surpassed the 50 000 word count sometime around the 22nd, which was pretty exhilirating, especially considering that it was my first time doing it! I’m not going to be touching it for a while because I have a couple of story ideas floating around my head that I want to jot down. The NaNoWriMo website actually listed a number of other similar programs going on in between now and the next NaNoWriMo so I might be trying one of them out over the course of next year. We’ll see ^_~

02. I finally uploaded my photos from my vacation to Italy last October! Took me long enough, eh? I broke them down to a number of posts because I had quite a number of photos (despite having narrowed them down already from the number of folders I accumulated during the course of that week):

I hope to update my photoblog in a few days as there were a few photos I came across during the upload process that I think it worth particular mention, hehehe.

03. I also filled out the Best of 2011 in Books meme. It was quite a year for me reading-wise (despite the madness of my thesis-writing) so it was nice to reflect on what I read and what stood out for me.

04. Speaking of books, I am planning on doing a bit of a major re-read in the new year. I’ve accumulated quite a number of books over the years and in an effort of dwindling down my ever-expanding to-read pile (which I’ve been failing miserably at; I finished three books in the past few days, only to buy a few more today—I’m never going to break this cycle! lol) and getting back to some favourites, I’ve decided to re-read more next year (it’ll be my resolution in the new year, lol). Does anyone know if anyone is hosting a re-read challenge for 2012? I could host one myself, I don’t know.

And that’s about it for me for now! xD Christmas is a few weeks away and I hope to re-read some Christmas-themed books between now and then…we’ll see. I’m also busy in my Christmas seasonal job (at a bookstore, so you can imagine how much damage my to-read list is getting, haha) and until today have been attending Italian language classes, hence why I haven’t been participating in any of the weekly memes such as Teaser Tuesdays and Booking Until Thursdays lately. But yeah, we’ll see how the next few weeks turn out…until next time! =)

Review: Hidden Empire

Posted 8 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Hidden Empire
By: Kevin J. Anderson

Having colonized other worlds, humans are certain the galaxy is theirs for the taking. But they soon discover the horrifying price of their arrogance when a scientific experiment awakens the wrath of the previously unknown Hydrogues and begins a war.

I’ve been hankering for a good space opera for some time now. I’ve grown up watching space opera, mainly Babylon 5 (still my favourite sci-fi to date, but now tied with Doctor Who) and Star Trek (yes, I lumped it in with space opera because my favourite of the franchaise, Deep Space Nine (highly underrated IMO), pretty much plays into that particular subgenre); I’ve always enjoyed that mesh between the highly-developed plot, interesting characters, character conflict and the universal setting. I’ve read the fantastic debut by S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes (which I actually never got around to reviewing; I should do that sometime), earlier this year and was disappointed by Peter Hamilton’s Commonwealth saga so it’s been a hit-and-miss for me in the sci-fi genre lately. Then I picked this book up, which was recommended to me via…I may have found this book while surfing through Kobo Books xD Some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Eye of the World

Posted 8 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Eye of the World
By: Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Times turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, and Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

I have heard of the Wheel of Time for as long as I have been reading fantasy but I never got around to reading the first volume. Like Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, I think it comes down to just the sheer size of the series; it’s pretty intimidating. But at long last (and thanks to a sale of a number of Tor fantasy eBooks) I finally got around to reading it. Spoilers ahead!

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The Best of 2011 In Books

Posted 7 December, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

The Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting the end of the year book survey meme again! I filled out this meme last year, which was a great way to recap the year in reading =) Of course, there’s still the rest of the month to go in terms of reading, but I think I’ve read enough this year to fill this survey out completely =P

Edit (27 December 2011): Read some interesting books since I initially filled this meme out so I’m making some slight corrections, lol.

01. Best Book You Read In 2011?
Not an easy question to answer at all =P Looking at my list of books read in 2011, these were the best books I read this year (it’s a lot, I know, but I tried my best to dwindle it down! It was sooooooooo hard!):
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
George VI by Sarah Bradford
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Juliet by Anne Fortier
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

02. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?
Mmm, probably Peter Hamilton’s Commonwealth saga. I’ve heard wonderful things about the duology and it’s pretty much a must-read if you’re into space opera but when it came down to it, I thought it was really bogged down with so much detail and it moved so slow that I just didn’t care about the characters in the end, which is unfortunate because the scope and worldbuilding was interesting. It was just that it was too much and not enough on the plot and character sympathy side.

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