Monthly Archives: November 2012

Review: The Invisible Bridge

Posted 30 November, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Invisible Bridge
By: Julie Orringer

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his family’s—history. From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in labor camps, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour.

This book has been sitting on my to-read pile for almost a year, which is a little embarrassing considering all of the wonderful things I’ve heard about it and how long I’ve been eyeing it myself. I guess the reason why it took me so long to get around to reading this book was because of the premise alone: the main character is a young Jewish man off to study in Paris during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany and in the shadow of the Second World War. In a way, you have to be in a particular mood to read a story set in that period. But I finally got around to picking up this book and alas, I could not put it down. May contain some minor spoilers ahead!

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Movie: Trailers Galore + ‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #9

Posted 30 November, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but it was only recently that I’ve come across some trailers that have caught my attention =)


This trailer caught my attention thanks to Christina. I’ve been meaning to read the book by Julia Strachey so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was adapted into a movie. Felicity Jones is a wonderful actress and I look forward to her roles so yeah, definitely need to keep an eye out for this movie ^^

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Website: November Updates + Odds and Ends

Posted 29 November, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

(not my gif BUT I finally watched Despicable Me! Never posted a review here but I finally understand all of the gifs floating on the internet–I <3 it, I want a minion of my own =P)

I cannot believe it’s the end of another month! Where has November gone?

  1. I’ve posted up a few book reviews this month; you can check them all out by browsing through this tag.
  2. Exciting book-related news on this blog: my first author interview! I recently interviewed Robert Shearman about his short stories, particularly his latest collection Remember Why You Fear Me that came out last month, and the creative process. You could read the full interview over here. Exciting stuff =D
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Writing: NaNoWriMo [Day 28]

Posted 28 November, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 6 Comments

My first reaction?

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No, I did not use a TARDIS and conducted some wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey to get to this point (Doctor Who‘s “Waters of Mars” was such a good episode though) but I made it ;_; Especially after my last entry when I thought I was pretty much done for, it feels good to have crossed the finish line =)

Seeing as I just finished, I guess I won’t say too much about the matter for now except that it’s lovely to finally have all of the scenes that were running in my head about this character down somewhere. It’s a mess and a lot of the details are not down in a smooth and logical manner but almost everything about my protagonist is there: her family relations, her passions, her dispositions. I don’t think I’d recommend my approach to this novel to anyone else any time soon as clearly some of the details overlapped but ehh, it got the job done, and that’s the important thing.

Now I can relax (though perhaps not for too long: now I have a total of 4 first drafts sitting and waiting to be edited O_O)

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 10, 22 November 2012]

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

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The latest issue of Discourse Magazine is out!

For this issue I looked at a subject that has been plastered across the news recently: the United Kingdom and the EU budget (and by extension its relationship with the EU). In the case of this article, it’s less on its relationship with the EU and more on how the parties are utilising its relationship to its advantage, riding on the growing public discontentment with the EU. I remember when I was taking a course on European politics and society at grad school that I referred to the following video when it came to euroscepticism (I posted the full transcript of the scene over here):

(Brilliant show, by the way, you should watch it if you haven’t and are into politics)

Anyways, it’s interesting to see how prominent the discussion is right now on top of everything else that’s going on (Greece & southern Europe, austerity measures, regions oggling for secession, etc.). It’s a tricky subject with no easy solution. Entitled “The British Euro Debate Continues”, you can read it on pp. 22 – 23 of this issue.

Anyways, be sure to check out the latest issue!!! Also be sure to check out the website a little, it went through a revamp recently and it’s looking pretty swank ^_~