Monthly Archives: October 2015


October Updates

Posted 31 October, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Hurray, autumn has come! *pulls out her sweaters, scarves, and hot drinks* Well, October has been an interesting month both online and off, and once again it was a packed month scheduling-wise here on the blog:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid (review), Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea (review), and Viola di Grado’s Hollow Heart (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Two ARCs were reviewed this month: Elizabeth Bear & Sara Monette’s An Apprentice to Elves (review) and Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. One comic was reviewed this month, the final volume of Hawkeye: Rio Bravo (review). You can check out all of my reviews of comics read in its category.
  4. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature Edith Wharton. You can read the post of my recommendations of which of her books to start with over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  5. I would’ve made a separate post for it but I won’t have time to do so later (Rugby World Cup final + errands to run πŸ˜› ) but I contributed to the Hallowe’en 2015 issue of Femnista. The issue focuses on the subject of villainesses and my article focuses on Lady Macbeth πŸ™‚ You can read and download this issue (when it goes live) at Charity’s Place. Enjoy!
  6. Finally, I celebrated my birthday earlier this month with a wee book giveaway! Contest closes tonight at 11:59PM EST so there’s still a bit of time to enter if you haven’t done so yet! Winner will be drawn and contacted sometime tomorrow. Good luck πŸ™‚

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And that’s about it from me for the month of October! Stay tuned to this blog next month as Rinn Reads’ annual Sci-Fi Month will be taking place (and I will be participating once again this year πŸ˜€ ). Hope everyone have a wonderful Hallowe’en weekend and to those participating in NaNoWriMo this November, happy writing! πŸ™‚

Review: Coraline

Posted 30 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments

Coraline
By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Trade paperback; my purchase

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

At long last I am reading this book πŸ˜› Been meaning to read this book for so long–there’s a few notable Neil Gaiman novels at this point that I’ve been meaning to get to, namely this book and Anasi Boys–that yeah, finally picked it up on a whim recently to read.

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Review: The Shadowed Sun

Posted 29 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. A mysterious and deadly plague now haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Someone must show them the way.

So I really enjoyed the first volume of the Dreamblood duology, The Killing Moon (review). The world in which these characters lived and operated under was different as are the character tensions and conflicts. A number of storylines were left hanging at the end of the first volume so I’m curious to see how matters play out in this second volume.

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Review: The Killing Moon

Posted 28 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe – and kill those judged corrupt.

N.K. Jemisin is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for ages, ever since I first read the announcement for the publication of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the first book in the Inheritance trilogy. Funnily enough, I ended up picking up her second series, the Dreamblood duology before her first trilogy (which I picked up in the past year). It’s been on my TBR queue for quite a while and seeing as it’s almost the end of summer and I haven’t read as much fantasy this year as I normally do, I figured now was a good time to start her books.

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Review: The Shadowy Horses

Posted 27 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Shadowy Horses
By: Susanna Kearsley
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found itβ€”not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

Whoo, final book in the Susanna Kearsley eBook bundle collection πŸ™‚ Sort of made sense to read this one instead of jumping to The Firebird since I’m almost through with the collection. Still in Scotland but this time looking a Roman mystery (which is quite chilling if you think about the details of the Ninth Roman Legion and how the Romans were pretty meticulous at recording).

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