Monthly Archives: January 2012

Television: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Trailer

Posted 29 January, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

*insert major flailing here* In all my attempts of trying to do something productive today, I totally forgot that the new trailer for season 2 of Game of Thrones was airing tonight. And guys, it is ammmmmmmmmmazing; even my dad agrees that this season is going to be intense xD

Specific thoughts (coherent and incoherent) after the cut!

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Commentary: A Room With a View

Posted 28 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

A Room With a View
By: E.M. Forster

A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson–who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist–Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

I’ve just re-read this novel as part of my prepartion for an article I have to write; it seemed like the right time since I had been meaning to re-read this book for some quite time now. This novel is considered by far the lightest of Forster’s works, both in terms of plot and in the outcome of the entire story. Plus, it was overall a rather short read =P

In some ways, the following post is like my previous entry on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in that I am commenting on particular aspects of the novel that I noticed in reading it this time around. However, I did try to start off this entry will my typical review format. I’ve also chosen this novel for the I Love Italy Reading Challenge that I am participating in. CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Commentary: Pride & Prejudice

Posted 27 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Pride and Prejudice
By: Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

I first read this book back in high school for my grade 11 english course. It was the assigned book for our independent study essay so at the time I just read it and didn’t think much of it. When the 2005 movie came out, I decided it was time to re-read it; that time around, I absolutely enjoyed it, understood it better and was pretty much ecstatic to check out Austen’s other works. It’s been a while since I’ve re-read it and after reading a number of Georgette Heyer’s novels, I decided to go back to it.

As you noticed, the title of this post is “commentary” rather than “review” because I’m not formally reviewing this novel like other books. I am instead just commenting on a few things I noticed during my re-read this time around. CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Website: Website News, Updates, etc.

Posted 25 January, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

I actually posted an entry like this a week ago but decided to update the entry =P I hope everyone’s January has been going well; mine has been all right so far, minus the inconsistent cold outside (very weird for a January) and both my laptop and my ancient desktop crashing within a span of three weeks ;_; So it might be a while before I get around to some of the later comments I’ve received recently (still navigating through this other CPU; am trying to be careful this time)–sorry about that!

But anyways, on to the happier stuff: what has been going on here at my website lately?

      01. The biggest news is that it looks like I’m going to be acquiring another domain (!!!) It’s a long story concerning another domain that belongs to my dad. He’s no longer using it so I’ve been thinking that instead of just closing it and discontinuing the pay (since they’re both under my account with my hosting company anyways), I’d just change the domain url and use it myself.

      The question now is what am I going to do with it?

      I’ve been thinking for some time about separating some of the content in this website and establishing a more professional website for myself. However, I’m not entirely sure what else will be going there other than my photoblog, Through Caffeinated Lens. I still have weeks to decide and I still have to back-up all the content there and here so it should be clearer in a while (that’s the fun part). I’ll keep you all posted on that!

      02. Been posting quite a bit lately, particularly in terms of book review but I’ve also posted some fun stuff recently. For example, if you’re interested in diving into the fantasy genre, I’ve listed out a number of books to get you started. And if things have been pretty blah on your end lately or the weather has been dark, snowy or rainy (like it has been on my end), I’ve suggested a number of books that would brighten the day.

      03. On the writing front, I’ve writing daily (offline) more or less, which is great. I’ve posted an entry yesterday about my ‘tools of the trade’ (with pictures!) if you’re interested in checking that out and weighing in. I’m planning on participating in Script Frenzy in April (this is me!); it’s been years since I’ve participated in that event.

      04. Finally, been posting more movie/television reviews lately, such as my overall reviews of the 1996 Doctor Who movie and A Dangerous Method and a a commentary about family on A Game of Thrones. I’ve recently started watching Downton Abbey so expect to see some postings about that show here soon!

That’s pretty much it for this post, which to be honest was just a way of putting down my ideas about this domain issue *blushes* What do you guys think? Hope you all have a wonderful week and weekend! =)

Review: Sylvester — or the Wicked Uncle

Posted 25 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle
By: Georgette Heyer

Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, is a polished bachelor who has stringent requirements for his future wife—she must be wellborn, intelligent, elegant and attractive. And of course she must be able to present herself well in high society. But when he is encouraged to consider Phoebe Marlow as a bride, Sylvester is taken aback by the coltish woman who seems to resent him…

When Phoebe runs away, circumstances find the two striking up an unusual friendship. Phoebe discovers that the duke isn’t the villain she first thought. And Sylvester stumbles upon something he never dared hope for…

So I was in a bit of a slump last weekend for a variety of reasons and I needed something to pick me up (it’s what inspired me to come up with my theme for this week’s Top Ten). So naturally I turned to Georgette Heyer’s books, which I’ve said in many other reviews are light-hearted, fun, and capable of dispelling the darkest of moods away. Sylvester has been sitting in my eReader for a while now so I decided to read it over the other two Heyer books. CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS!

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