Monthly Archives: October 2013


Article: Femnista [Oct 2013]

Posted 31 October, 2013 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Happy Hallowe’en! I’m a little late in posting this (had a midterm today–it seems this midterm season just is not ending xP) but Femnista has released a speculative issue in celebration of the day 😉

For this issue, I wrote on the awesome new show Orphan Black that aired last spring. As some of you know, I am a big fan of the show, having posted my thoughts of the episodes as they aired and speculations about what’s to come. It was an interesting challenge to write this article just because it’s really a show to watch and experience for yourself–the revelations and the questions that pop up as we go along are just mindblowing. I didn’t want to spoil you (if you’ve never heard of it and are planning on watching it at some point)! 😉

Be sure to stick around my blog in the coming days as I will talk about the show a bit more as part of Sci-Fi Month, which starts tomorrow (November 1st)!

Anyway, this is another fantastic issue of Femnista, I hope you enjoy this issue!

Ten Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 31 October, 2013 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 Comments

10 Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.). According to her, “Basically, anything goes, and it’s a nice opportunity to let your readers get to know you on terms besides books. I generally do ten items, but there isn’t a set amount- go crazy. Or don’t.”

  1. So I went on a bit of a book-buying spree these last few days, notably for the following books on the image to the right from The Art of the Novella series by Melville House. I admit, the covers are aesthetically pleasing and that’s part of the allure, but I really wanted to read some of these titles (and given their age, I cannot find them on Project Gutenberg–well, okay, I wanted a physical copy of Carmen and my own copy of The Haunted Bookshop because I <3 it so much (haven't posted about it--yet?)). It seemed a little all in one go (these and the other books, I mean) but then for whatever reason following gif came into my head (and don't even watch this show!) that justifies all:

    (gif source)
  2. Penguin is re-releasing/re-packaging some classic Scandinavian and Northern literature. I’ve slowly ventured a bit into their classic lit with The Kalevala (review) and have been meaning to get around to the Volsungs. Guh, aren’t these so pretty?


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    I needs them in my life xP So yeah, I think I know what I’m asking from my family this Christmas =P

  3. To be honest I’m still in a bit of a reading slump, which is blah. Some of the books I’m reading are interesting and others I haven’t quite gotten into yet but they’re not gripping my attention as much as I thought they would. So I started reading Nick Cutter’s The Troop, which I guess is pretty timely as Hallowe’en is today and this is supposed to be guaranteed chilling (I know some of you are Stephen King readers; he gave a quote about the book, saying “scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” Feels like a stamp of approval, I think =))
  4. I also started re-reading Sophocles’ three tragedies. I had read Antigone for my world lit course in undergrad but never got around to Oedipus the King and Electra. I only have Electra left but I’ve been enjoying it, there’s some really dramatic and powerful lines here and there. Antigone I think is still my favourite though, a few lines particularly stood out for me in that play.
  5. NaNoWriMo is starting tomorrow. Am I ready (even though I’m essentially editing this month)? Not really. The drawback about editing by hand is that there’s hell of a lot to input into the computer O_o So you know what I’ll be doing this weekend alongside working on my portion of the presentation for one of my classes
  6. I honestly laughed when I read this Tumblr post. It’s also rather sad.
  7. I’m so sorry if you don’t want to think about it for another month or something but I’m already planning on Christmas gifts and when I’ll be ordering what when. Chapters Indigo stores already have their holiday items out so yup, it got me thinking. I still need to look for the Christmas cards that I know is somewhere in the house but yeah, the sooner I can get this done, the sooner I’ll feel relieved–kind of want to beat the bustle a bit this year.
  8. I went out yesterday, browsing stores and whatnot, for a sweater or something and omg, there was nothing that I liked. Nothing at all O_o It’s like this winter season’s collections are just–yeah, they’re not my thing. So I ended up buying a scarf (as if I didn’t own too many scarves as is =P *loves scarves*)

And that’s about it for me! Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday and a good weekend! 🙂 If you’re participating in this, be sure to leave a link! I’d love to read what’s going on with you, bookish or otherwise =)

Website: October Updates

Posted 31 October, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 0 Comments

Another month has pretty much come and gone! What is up with that? lol. The weather’s sort of finally fully autumn over here (though it’s expected to be a little warm-ish today, which is annoying to my allergies) and I am halfway through my semester D=


Not my gif (as always)

  1. I’m thinking of hosting a few reading challenges next year and want your input! Please vote here if you’re interested in participating in any of these for 2014. At this point I’m thinking of hosting all three anyways given my reading plans for next year but it’s nice to have an idea who else would be interested in joining me for this 😉 Stay tuned towards the end of November/into December for more details about signing up and stuff!
  2. My reading actually slowed down a bit this month, partly because my midterms have been occupying my attention lately. But books I did read this month include Dan Vyleta’s The Crooked Maid (review), Patricia A. McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre (review) and Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  3. Continuing along with the advanced reads, I’ve posted a number of reviews this month including Jordi Punti’s Lost Luggage (review), John Boyne’s This House is Haunted (review) and Diane Setterfield’s Bellman and Black (review). You can read all of the reviews of the ARCs I’ve read in this tag.
  4. I’ve started watching a few movies from Studio Ghibli (at long last): Howl’s Moving Castle (review) and From Up on Poppy Hill (review). I should have another one coming soon for Tales of Earthsea depending on when I can type it up–we’ll see xP
  5. November is going to be a very busy month here at caffeinatedlife.net as I will be participating in a number of events and blog tours:
    • Christopher Angel’s The Mona Lisa Speaks blog tour (1 November 2013)
    • Susan Conley’s Paris Was the Place blog tour (6 November 2013)
    • M.K. Tod’s Unravelled blog tour (8 November 2013)
    • Sci-Fi Month in November, hosted by Rinn Reads. I’ve got plenty of sci-fi posts coming this way for the month–from novels to television shows and lists (mostly television shows though)–so be sure to drop by, take part! Check out this announcement for the full schedule of posts and bloggers participating in the event.

And that’s pretty much all of my updates for the month of October! I hope I didn’t miss anything out…no links in this post for this month as I’m a little too busy this evening to go rummage through my disorganised bookmarks list. If I see anything interesting, I’ll post it on my Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts posts 🙂

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 October, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 19 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 Scariest Looking Book Covers

Not sure if I can hit 10 this week but let’s see…

In no particular order:

  1. Robert Shearman’s Remember Why You Fear Me (review)
  2. Sonia Gensler’s The Dark Between
  3. Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — There’s just something about these old photos, lol
  4. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter — There’s just something menacing about that woman’s expression! Freaks me out, lol
  5. Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black

  1. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum
  2. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado
  3. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death
  4. Ned Beauman’s Boxer, Beetle — Could be worse: could have been a spider (under a different title, of course)
  5. David Nickle’s Monstrous Affections — This cover would honestly freak me out every time I log into ChiZine Publications, lol

And that’s my list of the creeptastic and/or eerie book covers for your viewing pleasure =P What book covers did you include? Are you planning on doing anything fun and/or interesting for Hallowe’en later this week?

Review: The Crooked Maid

Posted 28 October, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Crooked Maid
By: Dan Vyleta
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Mid-summer, 1948. Two strangers, Anna Beer and young Robert Seidel, meet on a train as they return to Vienna, where life is just resuming after the upheavals of war. Men who were conscripted into the German army are filtering back home, including Anna’s estranged husband, Dr. Anton Beer, who was held prisoner in a brutal Russian camp. But when Anna returns to their old apartment, she finds another man living there and her husband missing.

At his own house, Robert is greeted by a young maid with a deformed spine. The household is in disarray, with his mother addicted to narcotics and his stepfather, an industrialist and former Party member, hospitalized after a mysterious attack.

Determined to rebuild their lives, Anna and Robert each begin a dogged search for answers in a world where repression is the order of the day. Before long, they are reunited as spectators at a criminal trial set to deliver judgment on Austria’s Nazi crimes.

This novel caught my attention when it was shortlisted for this year’s Giller Prize. The premise was interesting–post-war Vienna (I realised I haven’t read very many novels set in Vienna at all (though I love the city), a dysfunctional family, secrets of the past–so I picked up a copy of the novel for my eReader (thought it would be nice to read a shortlisted novel before the winner is announced for a change).

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