Monthly Archives: September 2014


Website: September Updates

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Oh, September, where did you go? At least we’re well on our way into autumn, right? 🙂


(not my gif but Miranda is awesome <3)

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (review), Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay (review) and Erin Kelly’s Broadchurch (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. ARCs read and reviewed this month include: Caroline Kepnes’ You (review), Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (review), and Susan Strecker’s Night Blindness (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. Comics that I reviewed this month include: Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy (review) and Fables, vol. 6: Homelands (review). You can check out all the other comics-related posts I’ve made this month in this category.
  4. Television shows I marathoned this month include Call the Midwife series 2 (post) and series 3 (review) as well as episodes 1 – 3 (post) and 4 – 6 (post) of series 8 of Doctor Who.
  5. The only movie I got around to watching and reviewing this month was Captain America: The Winter Soldier (review).
  6. I participated in one book blog tour this month, for M.K. Tod’s Lies Told in Silence. The book review & giveaway can be found in this post and my interview with the author can be found in this entry.
  7. On a final note, I am ridiculously behind getting back to comments here at the moment. Terribly sorry, I will (eventually) catch up!

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And that’s about it from me this month! October’s looking to be a bit busy around here as well, as my book reviews are backlogged by a month (how did the scheduling turn out like that?) and I have 2 book blog tours coming up. I’m also preparing to read a few things for November’s Sci-Fi Month (exciting!).

In the meantime, how was everyone’s September? Hope everyone is having a wonderful week 🙂

Television: Doctor Who (Series 8, Episodes 4 – 6)

Posted 29 September, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 13 Comments

Peter Capaldi debuts as the Twelfth Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman as Clara in a series of twelve adventures beginning with a feature-length episode set in Victorian London. Also featuring four Doctor Who Exclusives where Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi give an insight to the world of making Doctor Who, as well as two guides to the world of Doctor Who hosted by Peter Davison. Each new episode will also feature a special look behind the scenes of that week’s adventure in space and time. Guest stars this season include Tom Riley, Hermione Norris, Foxes, Frank Skinner, Zawe Ashton, Michelle Gomez, Ben Miller and Keeley Hawes amongst others.

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Continuing along with series 8 of Doctor Who (my thoughts on the first 3 episodes here), here are my thoughts on episodes 4 – 6 🙂 Contains spoilers ahead!

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Review: A Most Wanted Man

Posted 26 September, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Most Wanted Man
By: John le Carre
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in  a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career or safety. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.

I picked this book up recently because I saw the trailer some time ago for the movie adaptation starring Philip Hoffman Seymour and was piqued. This is the third le Carre novel I’ve read by him–having read the infamous Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (err, I thought I reviewed the book here but it looks like I only did so with the movie :3 ) and A Delicate Truth (review)–so I was rather thrilled.

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Review: Broadchurch

Posted 25 September, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Broadchurch
By: Erin Kelly
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters.

It’s a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches

desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to

disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.

When Danny’s body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny’s death. As the case

becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.

As the town’s secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it’s impossible to know who to

trust…

I watched the television show earlier this year (post) starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman and absolutely was just enthralled by it all: the story, the acting, the way it was filmed. Initially I didn’t even consider picking up the novelisation that was recently published; much as I akin the show to reading a book, I wasn’t entirely sure how the novelisation would be handled–would it add to the experience? Be merely a word-for-word transcription and nothing else? Then I read somewhere that there was a wee bit of a tidbit somewhere in the book that hints at what series 2 was going to be about, so I decided to pick it up. Contains spoilers for the television show!

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Review: Night Blindness

Posted 24 September, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Night Blindness
By: Susan Strecker
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of MacMillan Publishers via GoodReads First Reads programme

One October night, when Jensen Reilly is sixteen, she and her high school sweetheart, Ryder, are involved in a horrible accident that kills her brother, Will. Ever since then Jensen has been running—from her past, from the Connecticut shoreline home she loved, to boarding school and then out west, where she dropped out of college to elope with her professor, a charismatic artist who takes her further from the unbearable secret that weighs her down.

But when Jensen’s lovable father, Sterling, is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she returns to her childhood home for her first extended visit in thirteen years, and the memories of her old life come flooding back—as do the people she’s tried to escape. Torn between the life she’s created in Sante Fe with her free-spirited husband, Nic, and the realization that it is time to face her past, Jensen must make a terrifying decision that threatens to change her life forever.

I received an ARC of this novel via GoodReads. The premise of the novel interested me–I guess I have a soft spot for novels where the main character stays far away from home because of a horrible thing that happened in the past and it takes a major event to draw him or her home and face that horrible thing of the past in the process. I actually read this last month during my study period; it seemed like the perfect break from all of the material that I had to review. This novel will be available on 7 October 2014. May contain some mild spoilers ahead!

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