Monthly Archives: March 2013

Movie: Trailers Time

Posted 8 March, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

Whoo, it seems that a lot of interesting movies are coming out with trailers lately =) Most of these are new but there’s about two in the mix that’s a little older/that I was sort of aware of:


I never studied this particular play at school or gotten around to reading it on my own yet but I’ve heard many people say that they love it. I’m surprised that Joss Whedon is behind this, it’s quite a departure from his notable genres–which is cool! It’s always exciting to see a notable director or creator try a different genre or story. Lots of alumni from his various tv shows, should be an interesting watch.

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Website: Facebook Page — Yay or Nay?

Posted 7 March, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 8 Comments

Nowadays a big part of book blogging–or blogging in general, really–is connecting with readers through various social media. I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty good on that front, connecting my site mainly through Twitter, Tumblr and Goodreads. The only one I haven’t made a connection with is Facebook.

It’s one of those things that I’ve been debating for a while now. I used Facebook quite a bit during my undergrad days; it was an amusing place where us undergrads hanged out during the middle of deadline season, procrastinating away through conversation and posting up amusing articles and YouTube videos. That sort of died down a bit during my grad school days, using it only to post up pictures of the places I’ve been to. Now, I’m just not there much.

Part of my gradual meh-ness over it has been the amount of changes that have taken place during the past 3 – 4 years; my news feed makes no sense any more and the privacy options, for all of their promotion that it’s far more flexible, is far more confusing to use. But a lot of people use it and it’s another platform for people to connect to one’s website and one’s content.

So I guess my question is to you all is, how do you feel about having a Facebook page (in general, I suppose, haha)? If I made one for this blog, would you “like” it? For my fellow bloggers, do you have a Facebook page for your site? What do you think of it, would you say it’s worth having one? What do you do with your Facebook page?

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 March, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 14 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 Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

lol, this question goes back to the whole “So many books, so little time” quote =P Obviously there’s a lot of trilogies and series that I’ve started (but haven’t completed–either yet or ever) but then there’s the trilogies and series out there that I’ve really wanted to start but other books kept getting in the way or I wasn’t in the mood to start a new series, etc, etc.

In no particular order:

  1. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin — I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this trilogy (the first novel in the trilogy, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award, the 2011 Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award–pretty awesome) and it’s always great to hear of female fantasy authors gaining acclaim in the genre. I must’ve picked these books up how many times in the bookstore but then putting it back either due to lack of money in the pocket or lack of space on the bookshelves. But I will get to them. Soon…
  2. The Foundation series by Issac Asimov — When you think of sci-fi books, Foundation is usually one of the first books that are mentioned. I’ve been eyeing this series for a very long time now but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet…need to be in the right mood, methinks (I don’t think it classifies as a hard sci-fi, but still)…
  3. The James Bond series by Sir Ian Fleming — I watch the Bond movies when they come out but I’ve been meaning to check out the books that they’re based from. I heard that Daniel Craig’s (and maybe Sean Connery’s? Not sure) Bond is the closest to the books in terms of the coldness and efficiency of the character so I’m curious to see how it pairs up.
  4. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde — I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this series. I mean, time travel, books, mystery, humour, etc, etc. all rolled into one series? Count me in! I really should bump it up my list of books I want to read, I’ve been eyeing it for over forever and a day now…
  5. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny — I forgot how I came across this series (probably while I was browsing the shelves at the bookstore) but I’m curious to check it out, it sounds interesting with the concept of the one real world and the shadow worlds. As a fun side piece of trivia, his other novel Lord of Light (not related to The Chronicles of Amber) was pitched as a movie back in the 1970s; when the project was canned, parts of it–the script, the storyboard–was used for the “Canadian Caper”, a.k.a. Argo (review).
  6. The Chocolat books by Joanne Harris — I loved the movie Chocolat. I found out shortly after watching the movie (years and years ago…oh, 13/14 years ago. Hmm) that it was based on a book by Joanne Harris. I found out maybe last year that it’s now a series of three books (not sure if that’s it or if there’s more).
  7. The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett — Of all the series I’ve mentioned so far on this list, this trilogy is certainly one I could start: I have the first book, Fall of Giants, sitting on my shelf atm. Why haven’t I started yet? Because it’s soooo heavy lol. Maybe I’ll wait until the second hits paperback or something…
  8. The Culture books by Iain M. Banks — Another one of those big sci-fi series that are pretty familiar in the genre. I’ve picked up and flipped through Consider Phlebas a few times but I don’t know why I never got around to purchasing it at and reading it. Anyways, it’s received positive acclaim so I hope to read it one of these days =)
  9. City of a Hundred Rows trilogy by Ian Whates — I could be wrong but last time I checked the bookstore this was a trilogy. I remember reading the premise of the novel and being absolutely intrigued by the world that Whates set up for this story. I hope to get around to it one of these days.
  10. Humanity’s Fire by Michael Cobley — Again, not sure if this is a trilogy or not (there’s three books that are out at the moment) but I love space opera and this series definitely looks interesting.

And that’s my list for this week! What series/trilogies have you been meaning to start but haven’t yet? =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 4 March, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 11 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

Happy Tuesday! My teaser for this week is actually from a book that I am re-reading at the moment:

‘A pretty modest request upon my word!’ he indignantly exclaimed as they walked away. ‘To want to nail me to a card table for the next two hours with herself and Dr. Grant, who are always quarrelling, and that poking old woman, who knows no more of whist than of algebra. I wish my good aunt would be a little less busy!’
– p. 108, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I’ve seen that it’s usually listed as people’s least favourite Jane Austen book but from the few times I’ve read it, I’ve always enjoyed it. Sure, it’s more serious and less sharp in its wittiness and vibrancy but it touches on a lot of themes and issues of the period that Jane Austen lived in. And I love how rather dysfunctional the Bertram family turns out to be, that for all of their airs and graces, their status in society that they are able to help their less-fortunate relatives, their personalities and moralities are very different. The interaction is fun to read.

Anyways, that’s my teaser for this week! What are you reading this week that you featured? =)

Review: The Quantum Thief

Posted 4 March, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Quantum Thief (Jean de Flambeur #1)
By: Hannu Rajaniemi

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy— from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned singularity lights the night. What Mieli offers is the chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self—in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.

As Jean undertakes a series of capers on behalf of Mieli and her mysterious masters, elsewhere in the Oubliette investigator Isidore Beautrelet is called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, and finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur…

I’ve had my eye on this book ever since it first came out in hardback. The premise was very interesting and this was Hannu Rajaniemi’s first novel (later found out that he was Finnish with a background in mathematics–very cool). I had gotten a copy of it for my eReader last year (my attempts of saving space on my shelf) but hadn’t gotten around to it until now.

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