Monthly Archives: November 2015


November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

How is it that we are at the end of the month already? I hope everyone had a wonderful November despite of weird weather and growing busy-ness of the season. My month was a little busy with school and stuff but otherwise it was all good. And of course things were busy here at the blog!

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Andy Weir’s The Martian (review), Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (review), and Julia Quinn’s An Offer from a Gentleman (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I posted three ARC reviews this month: Cecilia Eckback’s Wolf Winter (review), Michael Livingstone’s The Shards of Heaven (review), and Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature Elizabeth Gaskell. 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.
  4. For the past month I’ve also been taking part in Sci-Fi Month, posting book reviews as well as movie reviews. You can see all of the posts I’ve contributed to the event this (and previous years) in this tag.

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And that’s about it from me for the month of November! Omg I can’t believe we’re at the last month of the year now–don’t go too crazy and stressed and overwhelmed with the upcoming Christmas season ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sci-Fi Month 2015: And It’s a Wrap!

Posted 30 November, 2015 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

And here we are, at the end of November and the end of another Sci-Fi Month! Many, many thanks again to Rinn @ Rinn Reads and Lisa @ Over the Effing Rainbow for hosting such a fantastic event and to everyone who participated for all of their awesome posts and discussions. It’s been a blast!:D

So just a recap, here are the posts I made to celebrate the month:

  • Sunday, November 1st — Introductions (review)
  • Monday, November 2nd — My book review of Andy Weir’s The Martian (post)
  • Friday, November 6th — My book review of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (post)
  • Monday, November 9th — My book review of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword (post)
  • Friday, November 13th — My book review of Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill (eARC) (post)
  • Monday, November 16th — My book review of Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Fractal Prince (post)
  • Monday, November 23rd — My thoughts on the movie Upside Down (2012) (post)
  • Tuesday, November 24th — Top Ten Tuesdays: 10 Sci-Fi Books/Shows I Am Thankful For (post)
  • Thursday, November 26th — My thoughts on Doctor Who (Series 9, Episodes 1 โ€“ 6) (post)
  • Friday, November 27th — My thoughts on the movie Interstellar (2014) (post)
  • Monday, November 30th — Wrap-Up Post



And that’s about it! I hope everyone enjoyed my sci-fi related posts and all of the events pertaining to this year’s Sci-Fi Month ๐Ÿ˜€ What was your favourite part of Sci-Fi Month this year? Is your book wishlist/television/movie queue longer now? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Movie: Interstellar (2014)

Posted 27 November, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 8 Comments

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

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I’ve been curious about this movie since the first trailer was released, though to be honest I didn’t know much about what exactly it was about, just whatever the trailer pointed out (good job to their PR for not leaking much?).

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Television: Doctor Who (Series 9, Episodes 1 – 6)

Posted 26 November, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman and guests including Game of Thronesโ€™ Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, theyโ€™re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic ways.

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Alrighty, Doctor Who is back! I admit, I wasn’t really thinking much about the show leading up to its series 9 premiere despite enjoying series 8 immensely and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor (see tag for my thoughts on previous episodes) but I think it was for the best as I would probably go nuts waiting despite all the books on my TBR queue to keep me preoccupied and other offline matters. I put off posting my reviews just to coincide it with Sci-Fi Month because it just made sense ๐Ÿ™‚

The first six episodes of series 9 will be covered in this post. Contains MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!

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Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 25 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Here we go, another set of mini-reviews that couldn’t possibly fit in review posts of their own xD Once again this batch of mini-reviews features mainly classics (especially from the Little Black Classics series–after oggling over them for a good chunk of the year, I finally got my hands on some of them! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Included in this batch of reviews are:

So without further ado…

How We Weep and Laught at the Same Thing
By: Michel de Montaigne
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

‘No one characteristic clasps us purely and universally in its embrace.’

A selection of charming essays from a master of the genre exploring the contradictions inherent to human thought, words and actions.

I first encountered Michel de Montaigne in my first year of undergrad. We had to read a selection of essays for World Literature class and absolutely fell in love with his stuff; he wrote about things that I often thought about, and I could totally emphasise where he was coming from with certain topics. I wish I had picked up his complete works when I was in undergrad instead of the required selected text, but whatever, every now and then I’d pick up a slim volume from Penguin Classics featuring a few of his essays. This is one of them, in which he contemplates on the nature of human thought, how we define ourselves, life, death, etc. I don’t know what else I could really say about it except that it’s worth checking out; a lot of his observations are still applicable today and to the human condition.

Rating: ★★★★★

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