Monthly Archives: October 2012

Website: October Updates

Posted 31 October, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Happy Hallowe’en! Well, it’s the end of another month so here’s an update on what has been going on here at my site:

  1. I’ve posted up a number of book reviews this month; you can check them all out by browsing through this tag. One book review to point out in particular is Robert Shearman’s Remember Why You Fear Me; I kindly received a copy from ChiZine Publishers for review prior to the release. It’s a great collection to check out and just in time for Hallowe’en. You can read my review over here.
  2. Speaking of books, I also posted my favourite closing sentences from books recently. Be sure to check it out, share some of your favourites?
  3. I did not watch any movies this month (surprise surprise, I’m ever behind in that category) but I did watch the first season of Homeland. Fantastic show, deserved all the awards. You can read my (perhaps ramble-y) thoughts about the show over here.
  4. For the first time in a while I’ve posted some photos! They’re from my birthday but it still counts ^_~
  5. The September/October issue of Femnista was released on the 1st. The issue focused on movies and books based from true life stories; I contributed a piece looking at George VI. You can read more about this issue and my comments about that topic in this post.
  6. Discourse Magazine came out with two issues this month. For these issues I looked at the recent public discontent in Portugal over the austerity measures and Greece’s continuing struggle for economic solvency. Be on the lookout for next week’s issue, it’s going to be a good one ^_~
  7. I also wrote an article for the Catholic Register‘s Youth Speak News looking at Catholic speed dating.
  8. Speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I blogged about it earlier this month and I’m more or less ready for it. This is me if you’re planning on participating and want to add me. I will try to update every now and then over here about my status on my novel.
  9. I’ve started posting this new feature called “Little Letters” started by my friend Rissi. You can browse through this blog to see my past letters. If you’re participating, be sure to link up at Rissi’s blog and share it with us!
  10. Blog-wise, my Christmas header will probably be posted around Advent…if I get impatient, probably mid-November =P I’m hoping to change my layout in the coming year…the question is whether I have the patience to learn how to programme the Thematic template or whether to purchase a template like Thesis or something.

There was one other thing I was going to note but I decided to leave it off for next time because it’s concerning something that won’t happen for another few months ^_~ Well, that’s about it from me, hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Review: The Three Musketeers

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

The Three Musketeers
By: Alexandre Dumas

This swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigue-and also three boon companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

The Three Musketeers is one of those novels that I always knew of (the gist of the plot, the main characters) but never got around to reading. My brother read the book about a year or two ago and kept insisting ever since that I should read it. Well, I finally got around to reading it (yay)!

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News: Odds and Ends [October Edition]

Posted 30 October, 2012 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

I cannot believe it’s the end of another month, eh? Well, the end of the months brings another edition of random links–from me! =P

(Not my gif and sure, it’s random, but the Dowager Countess always has the best expressions =))

And those are my links for this month! Enjoy =)

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 October, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 15 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 Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are having a great week…and I hope those of you who are living on the East Coast and on the fringe of Hurricane Sandy (like myself) are doing well!

Anyways, awesome topic this week! Could always do with more kick-ass heroines in literature =) Mind you, the following list doesn’t necessarily have women who physically kick-butt but also those who are kick-butt for other reasons (great wit, stands their ground, etc.).

In no particular order:

01. Eowyn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review) — Of course =P Given that there are not very many women featured in LOTR playing an active role in the story (though you know, back in the First Age Galadriel was quite a fierce warrior herself). But what’s great about Eowyn’s role is that while she very much participates in the war, there’s a lot going on behind her actions (her desire to be useful/active, her frustration over being ‘caged’ because of position as a woman, her bitterness because she was helpless as her uncle succumbed to Grima/Saruman’s manipulation, etc.). It’s fascinating.

02. Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy (review) — Vin is such a bad-ass! In a way she has to be because of the hard life she had out on the streets where she had to fight and con her way to survive. People have abandoned her along the way or mistreated her so she’s never had a stable, nurturing relationship. They’re experiences that over the course of the trilogy she learns to overcome as she meets people who care for her and who become her friends. Oh, and she can still kick butt regardless =P

03. Azhure from Sara Douglass’ The Axis trilogy — Another female character from the fantasy genre who had a really bad life prior to the events of the novel. It’s pretty brutal when you learn the details and you want nothing but the best for this character but what’s really great about her is that she’s able to overcome that really bleak side of her life and found some measure of happiness and wholeness (amidst, you know, a war and some melodrama). Oh yeah, and did I mention she’s a heck of a fighter?

04. Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (review) — Margaret is awesome and made the list because she totally showed them Northerners that she’s not some delicate woman from the south of England ^_~ Sure, the move was sudden and confusing for her and her family and they have to adapt to the different customs of the north but Margaret from the first page of the novel knows her own mind and has this sense of compassion that makes her quite a force in Milton to contend with.

05. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice — Another fiery, sharp character brought to you by 19th century literature =) I wish I was just as witty and observant and resilient verbally as she is, she definitely stands her ground when push comes to shove but also knows when she’s in the wrong. I think that makes her pretty kick-ass in my books ^_~

06. Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre — How could she not end up on this list? She had just a horrible and ultimately sad childhood that it was great and a comfort to see her grow up to a solid young woman who knows her own mind. She could’ve lashed out angrily at those who had hurt her in the past but she instead learned to forgive them and treat them kindly nonetheless. Not only is it brave but pretty kick-ass.

07. Arya Stark from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (commentary) — Like many, I immediately liked Arya’s character from the very beginning. She was tough, refused to play the role of the gentle noble lady like her older sister Sansa and was closest to her half-brother Jon Snow, also an outsider. It’s interesting to see her survive and stand up against every bleak obstacle she’s faced but it’s even astonishing (and even frightening–I got very protective of her as the books progressed) when you remember that she girl is only ten in the books (about).

08. Kahlan Amnell from Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series — I’ve only read the first book, Wizard’s First Rule but Kahlan definitely stood out for me in the story. She’s a very gifted Confessor who’s so strong that she was elevated to Mother Confessor at a very young age. She’s beautiful and graceful but she can be very fearsome if crossed or if someone she loves is in great danger.

09. Chiara from Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series — Smart, beautiful, a great cook and an Israeli intelligence officer? Yeah, that’s pretty kick-ass. And it just so happens that she’s married to the titular character of the series who’s a formidable agent in his own right. Given that he has plenty of enemies and has been in plenty of harrowing situations over the course of the series (so far), she not only serves as a rock of refuge/calm/stability for Gabriel but when push comes to shove, she can certainly hold her own.

10. Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels — As the granddaughter of Death, I guess it’d be a given that she’d be pretty kick-ass ^_~ Susan inherited a good number of Death’s abilities, from speaking IN THE VOICE to walking between realms/realities/walls. Yet she’s super sensible and thoughtful and she’s not intimidated easily. I mean, fighting bed monsters with a fire poker? lol.

And those are my choices for this week! I’m sure I missed a bajillion other characters but alas, running out of brain power here. Who were your choices for this week’s TTT?

Commentary: The Thirteenth Tale

Posted 29 October, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Thirteenth Tale
By: Diane Setterfield

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.

Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

I used to re-read a lot growing up. I didn’t frequent to the bookstore like I do these days and I enjoyed revisiting novels that I’ve read, enjoyed and loved. I read The Thirteenth Tale around 2009 when I was looking for other books similar to Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind (commentary) and I remember enjoying it. I decided to revisit it recently since it’s been a while and I didn’t remember too much about the details but here’s a funny thing about the re-read: I absolutely remembered nothing about the book. I guess that was the result of having read too many novels in the past few years, the details of some just completely escape me. But it was thrilling to re-read this book and not fully remember the twist and turns that were coming (I knew they were coming, but I forgot what they were =P). May contain some spoilers ahead!

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