Monthly Archives: July 2012


Review: Leviathan Wakes

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

Leviathan Wakes
By: James S.A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

I actually read this novel last year but never got around to writing a review post because I was working on my thesis at the time. With the release of Caliban’s War, the second installment in The Expanse series, I decided that it was time for a re-read. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Movie: Trailers Galore (Again)

Posted 26 July, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Seems like a short while ago that I made a trailers post but there’s a few more that have caught my eye recently.

THE ORANGES

This movie was filmed a few years ago which seems like forever but it’s finally coming out and there’s finally a trailer to go with the movie description. It’s nice to see Hugh Laurie in a movie again, Leighton Meester looks adorable in it, the rest of the cast looks fantastic and the movie seems rather quirky in its humour so yeah, definitely looking forward to this.

LOOPER

What can I say? I’m a fan of time travel/coming across your older self/paradoxes/that sort of thing. And there’s action sequences involved so I’m sold =P

LIFE OF PI

I guess it’s time to re-read the book. To be honest I wasn’t in love with it like many people were but it was a curious imagination for the story.

CLOUD ATLAS

I have not read the book (yet) but I heard that it’s one of those novels that are so complex that it’s difficult to adapt to the screen. I’m not entirely sure what the general plot is based on this trailer but a) it looks stunning, b) the cast looks great and c) looks like it’s tackling a lot of different themes. The last can be a bit precarious because it’s either a hit or miss but I am definitely intrigued so I’ll keep that on my want-to-watch list ^_~

Television: Haven (Season 2)

Posted 25 July, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A shrewd FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to solve the murder of a local ex-con only to discover that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural powers that holds a lot of secrets, including to her own past.
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Yeah, so the first season of SyFy’s Haven (review) left a lot of questions about what is really going on with the town and about Audrey herself. Given what happened, I just had to find out how everything was going to play out. Season 2 mercifully starts right off from where we left off in the season 1 finale and moves forward from there. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 23 July, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 20 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 Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

Great question this week! In no particular order:


Minas Tirith, Middle Earth

01. Middle Earth (J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings ed alt. (review)) — Middle Earth is hands down for me the most vivid world/setting I have ever encountered in literature. Tolkien created a whole history to the setting complete with the rise of different peoples, cultures and civilisations (see The Simarillion) which over time becomes myth and legend. The detail he puts into the life of hobbits, the songs sung by the elves and even the little information we know about the dwarves is just amazing and inspiring. And then of course there’s the fact that he created two languages, Quenya and Sindarin, to go with the elven culture. Yeah, I’d totally live in Middle Earth. It feels like coming home.


Map of Winterfell, Westeros

02. Westeros (George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (review #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5)) — The second most elaborate, detailed world I’ve encountered in literature. GRRM impressed me with his detailed schematic of the houses of Westeros, right down to their retainers and bannermen, the hearldry, their lands, their history. It really reads out of a medieval history textbook but it feels so real, like these houses and this history actually happened.

03. Barcelona (Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Cemetery of Forgotten Books cycle (review #1, #2 and #3) — The Barcelona that Zafon describes in his books is not necessarily the one you see when you travel through the famous tourist spots. Zafon’s Barcelona is more mysterious, more in tune with its rich and sombre history. I loved the Gothic atmosphere that the novels inhabited, especially in The Shadow of the Wind, it was just such an experience. I also loved the concept of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, I wish it was real xD

04. Alternate England (Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (review)) — I don’t read alternate history novels very often but Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is an example of a well done alternate history. The detail about the faeries and the study and use of magic operating behind the scenes was so detailed, it was both interesting and dark, portraying both the curious nature of the power as well as the dangerous aspects of it. Clarke also wrote the novel like it was written by Jane Austen or another author from the period which really added to the overall experience of living in that world.

05. Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series (review #1, #2 and #3) — Another one of my favourite settings that I’ve come across in the fantasy genre, Sanderson does such a wonderful job in bringing to life and explaining the magic system that inhabits this world. The Final Empire is a curious world with the aristocracy resembling something of 18th-19th century continental Europe and then there’s everyone else struggling to make do. The state of the world is also curious and really adds to the tension and problems escalating as the story moves forward.

06. Camorr (Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora (review)) — Camorr is reminiscent of Venice in my mind with the canals and close quarters. It’s a city that meshes both the upper and lower classes, of rich aristocrats and criminal guilds. The reader is given a glimpse of both worlds that occupy Camorr thanks to Locke Lamora’s work and in short, the city really does feel like a character of its own.

07. The Solar Systen/The Expanse (James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse) — I loved the world that James S.A. Corey created for their Expanse series because of it socio-political-economic structure and the complex relationship between the inner planets and the ‘Belters’, those who live outside. It’s that realism and complexity that led me to adding it to the list; the set-up feels like a possible future. And all of the conspiracies that are abound in this setting? Yeah, I can totally picture that happening. (I also used a quote from the first book for my Teaser Tuesday)


Discworld

08. Discworld (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels) — Discworld is just such a fantastic and zany world. I mean, a flat world balancing on four elephants standing on the back of the massive turtle, Great A’Tuin, while floating through space is just unique and awesome and totally reflects the hilarious satire that goes on in the novels. Populated by a slew of different characters representing the different parts of Ankh-Morpork’s society, Discworld is a fully-realised world and a lot of fun to revisit time and again.

09. The world in Deborah Harkness’s The Discovery of Witches (review) — I don’t read much from the urban fantasy/paranormal genre but I thought that the world that Harkness created underneath the veneer of our world, a world populated by witches, vampires and daemons, was pretty vivid, integrating history and lore together. The daemons weren’t explored as in-depth as the other two but I love how much detail was put into the way that the witches and vampires conducted their own societies. I’m excited to see how the next novel in the trilogy further expands on this world.

10. Fairyland (Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (review)) — Ahh, Fairyland, a magical world where children with their own desire for adventure would go to. The premise is familiar and yet the world that Valente weaves is immensely unique, sometimes a little dark but lush (I love how the capitol was made out of cloth, it sticks out in my mind). I think I’ve mentioned it in my reviews of her novels but she really has a unique imagination and the fairytale setting allows that imagination to flourish in a way that the readers are along for the ride and perhaps would like to dwell longer in.

And that’s my list for this week! I’m sure I missed a few but these ten were the ones that came to mind when I made the list xD What worlds/settings made it on your list? =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 23 July, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 20 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

Hi everyone! I come bearing two teasers for this week =) Here’s the first one:

“‘Belters,’ he said. ‘One thing goes weird and you think the whole ecosystem’s crashing. If the Golden Bough’s too weak to keep its claims, that’s a good thing. They’re the bad guys, remember?'”
– p. 20, Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

This is actually a re-read. The second book in the series, Caliban’s War came out last month so I wanted to revisit the first novel before making my way to the latest novel (I also featured it in this week’s Top Ten Tuesdays list). It’s a great story in the space opera genre populated with interesting characters and light on the actual science so I usually recommend this novel if you’re looking to try out some science fiction novels.

Here’s my second teaser for this week:

“‘She said, ‘How did you–‘
‘I didn’t,’ he said. ‘I think I would know if I could fly…’ But then he thought: I don’t even know who I am.”
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

I just started reading this book (was able to borrow my brother’s eReader since he’s busy with exams this week), the first in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. I enjoyed reading his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series a few years ago so I’m looking forward to reading where this new series will be heading within the same world.

And those are my teasers for this week! What are your teasers?