Monthly Archives: April 2012

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 30 April, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 13 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

As always, I come bearing a few teasers this week ^_~ First up:

“‘I need to have meat!’ Young Glaucus complained, ranting that Milo of Croton, the most famous Olympic athlete of all time, had eaten twenty pounds of meat and twenty pounds of bread a day, washed down with eighteen pints of wine. ‘Milo trained by carrying a calf on his shoulders. As it grew day by day and week by week into a full-size ox, the effect was like cumulative weight training. In the end, he ate the whole ox in a single sitting.'” – p. 86, See Delphi and Die by Lindsey Davis

I had to include the entire quote because I thought it was highly amusing. This book was actually sitting on my mum’s bookshelf for a very long while…I was curious about the Didius Falco books so I decided to check out The Silver Pigs (review), the first book in the series, which I highly enjoyed. So now I’m getting around to this book and it’s pretty interesting so far.

“Rickie at once had a rush of sympathy. He, too, looked with reverence at the morsel of jacobean brickwork, ruddy and beautiful amidst the machine-squared stones of the modern apse.” – p. 45, The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster

I am currently re-reading this book, having read it for the first time two years ago (never got around to writing a review for it though). I remember enjoying it because it touched on certain sentiments that I could relate to whole-heartedly (what to do with one’s life, experiencing a period in one’s life where everything is great, etc.).

And my final teaser for this week:

“Her eyes sought his. ‘I don’t know much more than I did when I was alive. Most of the stuff I know now that I didn’t know then I can’t put into words.’
‘Normally people who die stay in their graves,’ said Shadow.” – p. 63, American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Another book that I am re-reading at the moment. I’ve long heard of this book but only picked it up within the last year or so after I heard that HBO was planning on picking it up and adapting it to a miniseries. I thought it was all right the first time I read it but decided to re-visit it again; my thoughts towards it may change now that I’m not spending every waking hour of the day thinking of my thesis. I can definitely see it as an adaptation though, Gaiman’s a wonderful storyteller with quite the imagination, very visual and unique.

And those are my teasers for this week! Hope you enjoyed them =) What are your teasers this Tuesday?

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 30 April, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie

Tough question! Adaptations are always difficult because while on the one hand it’s exciting to see your favourite novel come to life on the big-screen (or a mini-series, depending), there’s the risk of it turning out, er, pretty poorly. So, barring that notion, here’s my list of books that I think would be awesome if they were adapted to movies…in no particular order ^_~

01. Linwood Barclay’s No Time for Goodbye (review) — I read this book last December and I think it would make quite the heart-pounding thriller. It had just the right amount of mystery, suspense, family drama and a dash of paranoia to boot.

02. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere — There is likely a Tagalog-adapted movie of this book but it would be interesting if there’s some sort of international cinematic cooperation put towards making a new adaptation of the Filipino classic.

03. Daniel Silva’s The English Assassin — Also known as the first book in the Gabriel Allon series. It’s definitely one of my favourite series running at the moment because it’s a mix of mystery and suspense, international intrigue and personal crises. I’ve often referred to Gabriel Allon as the Jason Bourne of Mossad and it’d be interesting to bring such a conflicted character to the big screen.

04. Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Flanders Panel (review) — A smart, curious and a far more intellectual novel than The DaVinci Code, I think this novel would make a fun and intriguing movie adaptation. I can imagine the person adapting this would be filming it quite stylishly.

05. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora (review) — I’m not sure if this would work better as a miniseries or as a movie but with a heist scheme like this, great characters to root for and a gritty, cloistered landscape, I think people–regardless of whether they’re into fantasy or not–would flock to this adaptation.

06. Lindsey Davis’s The Silver Pigs (review) — I read this book last December and absolutely loved it! It’s such a romp in the comedy, mystery and history departments–I say that it’d be tricky to adapt this novel for the big screen only because the actor who’d play Marcus Didius Falco has to be really good; he’s just such a character.

07. David Benioff’s City of Thieves (review) — Another fantastic novel where, should it be adapted to a movie, the magic lies in the chemistry and friendship between Kolya and Lev. If they can get excellent actors to play those characters, this would be a wonderful movie because the dialogue and the overall plot were just fantastic.

08. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn (review) — This novel would make an awesome movie or miniseries. The magic would be impressive to watch on-screen (the overall magic system is just fascinating and well-thought) and the overall story has a mix of high fantasy scope and a heist involved. There’s also some really great personalities in the book and some fantastic dialogye so yeah, it’d be great to see this on-screen =)

09. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion — Okay, not all of the Silmarillion as it spans Two Ages or so but there are some really great stories in there that can stand as a mini-series or a movie, like The Story of Beren and Luthien/The Lay of Luthien and The Children of Hurin. The stories are just so evocative and rich in lore, any movie adaptation would certainly bring that richness to life…

10. Andromeda Romano-Lax’s The Spanish Bow (review) — This book takes place in such an interesting/tumultuous time in Spanish history, the turn of the twentieth century, so an adaptation of it would be quite a whirlwind. It’d also be quite a rich period/costume drama, mixing politics with music.

And that’s my list for this week! What books made it to your list this week?

Review: Revenge of the Rose

Posted 29 April, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Revenge of the Rose
By: Nicole Galland

Impoverished young knight Willem of Dole believed he would spend his life in rural Burgundy, struggling to provide for his widowed mother and younger sister, Lienor. And so it’s with surprise–and apprehension–that he obeys a summons to the magnificent court of Konrad, Holy Roman Emperor, whose realm spans half of Europe. Willem’s mischievous friend Jouglet, Konrad’s favorite minstrel, is no doubt behind it somehow . . . but what’s in it for Jouglet?

Court life is overwhelming to the idealistic young Willem, who is shocked by the behavior of his fellow knights, for whom chivalry is a mere game. Yet under Jouglet’s witty, relentless tutelage, the naive knight quickly rises in Emperor Konrad’s esteem–until suddenly his sister, Lienor, becomes a prospect for the role of Empress. This unexpected elevation of the sibling “nobodies” delights Jouglet, but threatens three powerful–and dangerous–men who hold influential positions at the royal court fueled by gossip, secrets, treachery and lies.

Hehe, I honestly picked this book up on a whim; I recognised the author from another book that I added on my never-ending want-to-read list (The Fool’s Tale). The book piqued my interest because the novel is set during the period of the Holy Roman Empire, one of those subjects you don’t often read about unless you’re really studying the period. It also combines the trend of courtly love/notions of chivalry with the politiking of the time, themes that also fascinated me.

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Movie: Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)

Posted 28 April, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

When the body of the executive of hockey Benoit Brisset is found on the billboard of the border of Quebec and Ontario, the jurisdiction of the crime is shared between the two police forces and detectives David Bouchard from Montreal and Martin Ward from Toronto are assigned to work together. With totally different styles, attitudes and languages, the reckless David and the ethical Martin join force to disclose the identity of the Tattoo Killer, a deranged serial-killer that is killing managers of hockey.

I have been meaning to watch this movie for such a long time, I don’t know how it managed to slip under my radar when it first came out. This film was made here in Canada and encompasses a number of cultural issues and differences between French Canada and English Canada as well as national markers that we associate with the concept of being Canadian (hockey, bilingualism). As you can tell by the trailer, it’s also quite a roll in genres: murder mystery, action, comedy.

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Review: A Forest of Stars

Posted 28 April, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Forest of Stars
By: Kevin J. Anderson

Five years after attacking the human-colonized worlds of the Spiral Arm, the hydrogues maintain absolute control over stardrive fuel…and their embargo is strangling human civilization.

On Earth, mankind suffers from renewed attacks by the hydrogues and decides to use a cybernetic army to fight them. Yet the Terran leaders don’t realize that these military robots have already exterminated their own makers – and may soon turn on humanity. Once the rulers of an expanding empire, humans have become the galaxy’s most endangered species. But the sudden appearance of incredible new beings will destroy all balances of power.

Now for humans and the myriad alien factions in the universe, the real war is about to begin…and genocide may be the result.

A Forest of Stars is the second installment in Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns that started with Hidden Empire (review). It was one of the best science fiction novels that I’ve come across in recent years, feeling more akin to the epic scope and fast-paced adventure and suspense of Babylon 5 or the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. I know it’ll be a while before I can complete the series but I couldn’t help but pick up this novel recently; I had to find out what happened to all of the characters. May contain spoilers!

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