Monthly Archives: September 2012

Movie: The Avengers (2012)

Posted 29 September, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 5 Comments

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

Yeeeesssss, I finally get to watch this movie! I wanted to watch it when it first came out in theatres but no one would go with me and I didn’t want to get caught in the rush. In the end I waited and in the meantime watched all of the individual movies leading up to the Avengers: Iron Man 1 and 2, Captain America, Thor and The Incredible Hulk. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Website: September Updates

Posted 29 September, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 0 Comments

Not my gif, as per usual

Well, it’s the end of another month! Personally I cannot believe there’s only three months left in the year! (And less than 7 days until German food for me, whoo! \o/) Anyways, here’s what has been going on here at the site for the past month:

01. As always I’ve been posting up my book reviews. ChiZine Publications kindly sent me Daniel Rabuzzi’s The Choir Boats (review) and The Indigo Pheasant (review) for review; the latter was released earlier this month. Other notable reviews this month include Tricia Dower’s Stony River, a novel that came out in paperback I believe in late August (I could be wrong); you can check out the review over here. You can always browse through this tag to check out all of my latest book reviews. On a personal note, I finally read Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) and Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending (review) and I absolutely love both books =D

02. My articles on Discourse Magazine continue. Earlier this month I wrote on FGM for a special issue on the status of women around the globe. This week I wrote an article focusing on the intensifying Spain-Catalan tensions amidst their economic crisis.

03. Meanwhile my work with Youth Speak News at The Catholic Register started this month! I’ve written my first column for the newspaper, all of which you could read about here.

04. I’ve been posting up my reviews of Doctor Who here every week (albeit a few days later). If you’ve missed them you can check them out here: 7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.04. And of course episode 7.05 is airing today ^_~

05. I posted up two movie reviews this month too: Snow White and the Huntsman (review) and Last Night (review). Yeah, it’s a slow trudge for me when it comes to movies.

06. I’ve started a new monthly thing here on the blog where I’ll be making a post featuring some interesting articles and entries and news items that I’ve stumbled across over the web.

07. Random little aside, you may notice on the top menu that there’s something called Portfolio. It’s actually my online partial CV featuring some of my work. Unfortunately I’m too busy to update my other domain so it looks like that’s going to go next year and with that mini-site I can just feature certain works that I can show professionally. Once it’s all populated and updated, that is =P

Lastly, I’m a bit behind at commenting at the moment. It’s been a bit of a week on my end and unfortunately next week isn’t looking too good either with a few deadlines to meet and Friday pretty much booked. So please bear with me, I have not forgotten your comments! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a happy end of the month/start of a new month! xD

News: Odds and Ends [September Edition]

Posted 28 September, 2012 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

I started doing this a few weeks ago where I’d [ost up a list of links to news articles, blog entries and other sites and pages of interest that I’ve stumbled across while online that people might also find interesting. To simplify things, I will do this post around the end of every month just to keep things organised (this month is, of course, an exception). In the process, I can also clean out my bookmarks folder since it’ll always be on my blog =)

  • In Munich, trachten turns trendy — I just saw this post today but since it’s Oktoberfest right now in Bavaria, this was pretty fun to read. Sadly, I wish there were more photos.
  • One Last Sneak Peek at Amy and Rory’s Big Doctor Who Farewell! — Spoilers galore for all your sci-fi and fantasy shows! Ugh, tomorrow’s the last episode of Doctor Who for this half of the series–can’t believe it’s over (until Christmas), what am I going to do in the meantime?! =/
  • BBC Books to release the Melody Malone bookDoctor Who related, I want to read this =P
  • Comic Who — This is cute. And hilarious. And all things Doctor Who =) This is a particular favourite of mine
  • Why Time Travel Stories Should Be Messy — Speaking of Doctor Who, this was a great article! It also made me feel better about that story I wrote for last year’s NaNoWriMo; time travel plays a major role in the story and I was never quite sure if I utilised it right. But is there really a ‘right way’ when it comes to the concept of time travel?
  • The Best Space-Travel Science Fiction Novels — Speaking of sci-fi, this is a great list if you’re looking to check out sci-fi novels
  • Execise Finder — A friend posted up this link, it’s pretty nifty where depending on which part of the body you want to work on, it can tell you loads of different exercises to try =)
  • Five of the Best Sweet Treats to Try in Paris — I need to go back to France…adesso! Errr, I mean, maintenant! (?)
  • The bionic book worm — This has been pretty viral this past week amongst book bloggers and the book community; a literary critic recently remarked that basically book bloggers will essentially destroy literature as we know it. If I had more time on my hands this would be a blog entry of its own but as such I will put this link here and you can make your own conclusions about it

And it looks like that’s it from my bookmarks folder for this month! Hope you find one/some of these of interest ^_~

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 6, 27 September 2012]

Posted 27 September, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

cover credit

Slightly late this week but I hope everyone wasn’t waiting too long for it ^_~ This week’s issue of Discourse Magazine is available to check out now and it’s chock full of interesting topics around the world.

My article this week is entitled “The Crisis in Spain Turns Political”, p. 21 (or p. 23 if you’re reading the page count through Adobe Reader), focusing on the tensions intensifying between the Spanish national government and the region of Catalonia and their opposing views about the fiscal pact and the direction that’s being taken with the current economic crisis. I’m personally not convinced that independence is the answer (it’s like when observers were calling for the break-up of the euro–it’s highly unlikely at this point because everyone’s economies are so tightly interconnected to each other that I think it’ll be a bigger mess to extricate everyone from the union) but I am surprised that Mr. Rajoy did not entertain the idea of re-visiting and re-negotiating the current fiscal pact as a concession. Part of me thinks that he does have some kind of plan but given what happened this week in Madrid, he cannot afford to stay the present course.

On a related note, as you may have read this week there’s been protests erupting through Greece, Portugal and Spain telling their government enough is enough with the austerity measures and it’s not only heartbreaking to see what the population is going through with these austerity measures, how much they’re sacrificing, but it makes me so frustrated that a) so much mismanagement was going on prior to the crisis and b) there hasn’t been much talk about the governments’ plans to stimulate economic growth. You can only cut so much and the events of this week is a testament to that fact. Watch out for my column in the next issue as I may (likely–hasn’t been finalised yet) be looking at this further.

Anyways, I hope everyone enjoys the latest issue! You can download the .pdf copy of the magazine (or one for your mobile) over at the website, Additionally you can subscribe to the magazine so that you can receive upcoming issues directly to your inbox =)

Review: The Sense of an Ending

Posted 26 September, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Sense of an Ending
By: Julian Barnes

The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes’s new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian’s life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.

Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove. The unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?

This book had been on my radar since it won the Man Booker Prize for 2011. I’m slowly making my way with reading the winners and those short-listed (emphasis on slowly) but the premise of this novel caught my attention. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. I want to lay out my thoughts about this novel so this entry is more a commentary than a review; as such, major spoilers if you haven’t read the book at all. I will do my best to avoid mentioning in detail the major plot points but I am discussing the themes so feel free to skip to the end of the entry to know my overall recommendation for it ^_~

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