Monthly Archives: August 2012

Meme: Book Beginnings on Fridays

Posted 31 August, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 8 Comments

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Rose City Reader

My weekend read is going to be Nada, the Spanish classic by Carmen Laforet. I discovered it when the Book Depository was doing its “12 Countries in 12 Days” special and Spain was one of those countries featured. Very nifty event btw, I discovered so many books those two weeks! Anyways…

Anyways, here’s the first line of the book:

“Because of last-minute difficulties in buying tickets, I arrived in Barcelona at midnight on a train different from the one I had announced, and nobody was waiting for me.”

Well, that’s an interesting start to the novel. I’m assuming she got off at the main station at Barcelona but it must be frightful either way, arriving at midnight with no one waiting for me. I’ve travelled alone before but personally for me midnight would be pushing it. I guess we’ll see how the protagonist gets to his or her destination from there, I’m very much intrigued. I’m looking forward to really delving into this novel, I hear it’s quite a touchstone work =)

What’s your Book Beginning for today? Hope you have a wonderful weekend =)

Review: The Night Watch

Posted 30 August, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Night Watch
By: Sergei Lukyanenko

In The Night Watch, the first of a quartet, and reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in its ambitions and achievement, the setting is contemporary Moscow. A small number of Muscovites with supernatural powers – those who are Other, owing allegiance either to the Dark or the Light – co-exist in an uneasy truce, each side keeping a close eye on the other’s activities around the city.

Anton, an Other on the side of the Light, is a night-watchman, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city as he protects ordinary people from the vampires of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, whom he realizes is under a curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Igor, a young Other, as yet unaware of his own enormous power. Partnered by Olga, an Other who is in the form of an owl, he struggles to remove the curse and thereby save the city, while at the same time prevent Igor from falling into the clutches of the Dark.

This book has been on my radar for some time. As I mentioned the last Tuesday’s Teaser Tuesdays I first came across the books in the bookstore but did not get around to them until now. I was especially thrilled to find out that these books were originally from Russia; there’s been quite a steady stream of fantasy work coming from there recently, which is cool. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Commentary: The Two Towers

Posted 30 August, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Two Towers
By: J.R.R. Tolkien

The Company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

A bit off topic but I actually own a copy of the 1954 (or thereabouts) paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings; I came across it during a book sale and immediately snatched it up. Very cool. Anyways, continuing on my re-read of LOTR following up on The Fellowship of the Ring (commentary). Contains references to all three volumes of the book!

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Website: August Updates

Posted 28 August, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 5 Comments

Not my gif, as always. By the way, I miss Drogba playing for Chelsea *tear* He’s like, a hero

Buon giorno a tutti! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesdays…I’m sitting here reading through some reports from the EU in preparation for my next Discourse article lol but I figured now’s a good time to do an update on what’s going on here:

01. Been a little eclectic on what I’ve posted in the month of August, mostly for the two major memes that I participate in, Teaser Tuesdays and Top Ten Tuesdays. I’ve also started participating in Musing Mondays again and occasionally will participate in Book Beginnings on Fridays.

02. The July/August issue of Femnista is out! Be sure to check it out; I’ve posted a bit of commentary about the article I contributed for that issue over here if you’re interested.

03. I’ve also started contributing to Discourse Magazine. You can find out more about the articles I’ve written over here.

04. Just a heads up for what’s going on with the website in the next few weeks…I will be changing the header and the colours, get it to reflect the coming autumn season (thank goodness! I am so done with summer, it’s not even funny). As an aside, I’m also hoping to learn how to customise the Thematic theme for WordPress so that I can eventually make my own layouts that are unique to my domain. But that of course is a bit of wishful thinking, we’ll see what actually gets done in the next few weeks ^_~

05. Hmm, I thought I had another point to include here…if I have time, I hope to post up some photos and whatnot, expand the breadth of posts that I’ve been making here. I feel like I’m constantly re-organising this website but it’s to make it more accessible and organised, really xP But we’ll see what I can do, I’m trying to work on a few writing projects offline as well (disciplining myself at the moment seems to be the problem lol).

And that’s about it, hope everyone is having a good week =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 27 August, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 10 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

I’m a little all over the place reading-wise right now but I come with three teasers this week. Here’s the first one:

“‘Or are you now trying to snare me with a falsehood?’
‘I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood,’ said Faramir.”
– p. 336, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

And my re-read of LOTR continues…<333 Faramir =) Here's the second teaser:

“They constantly complain taht in our country there are no practical people; that of political people, for example, there are many; of generals there are also many; of various managers, however many you need, you can at once find any sort you like–but of practical people there are none. At least everybody complains that there are none.”
– p. 325, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Still working my way through Dostoevsky. Of all of the Russian authors that I’ve read, I seem to have the most trouble getting into his works. It was a thing for Russian authors to include a lot of allegory and meaning behind their novels, most often about philosophical and political ideas that were raging during the nineteenth century, but I’ve always felt that Dostoevsky really packs a whole ton in there (unlike Tolstoy who writes a nice balance between narrative and the message). He’s definitely not light reading and I reckon after this novel I might take a rather long break from him.

And finally, here’s my third teaser for this week:

“They showed me out in total silence, without any unnecessary words, without any shoulder-slapping or helpful advice. After all, what I was doing wasn’t such a big deal. I was only on my way to die.”
– 26%, The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

I came across his books a few years ago in the bookstore but never got around to them until now. I’m only a fourth in but it’s really interesting so far. I’ve only started reading more urban fantasy these days but I like the spin that Lukyanenko has made to some of the concepts, making it super interesting and different. Having it set in Moscow also adds a unique flavour to the story (it was originally written in Russian and there is an adaptation out there for the series that I might check out when I get the chance).

And those are my teasers for this week? What are you reading?