Monthly Archives: November 2016


November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

And here we are, at the end of another month…It was a pretty busy month on my end as I was juggling NaNoWriMo and Sci-Fi Month as well xD Anyway, here’s what has been going on at my blog this month:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (review), Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit (review), and Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Three ARCs was reviewed this month: Adi Tantimedh’s Her Nightly Embrace (review), Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review; personally one of my favourite books read this year–highly recommended!), and Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on books written by British author Kate Mosse. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. This month was Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Rinn Reads and Oh, the Books! For this year’s Sci-Fi Month I focused primarily on book reviews; you can find all my posts contributing to this event in this tag ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Just a heads up that I will be moving servers early next month as my present host, AP Web Solutions will be closing their doors in the new year. As I’m still sorting it out at present, I decided that the blog will be going on a mini-hiatus from December 1st to December 11th with everything hopefully being sorted out by December 12th. Thank you for your patience during this time, you can keep up with the news on how things are going over at Twitter.

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And that’s about it from me for the month of November! I can’t believe we’re hitting December, Christmas, and the end of another year! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and start of a new month ๐Ÿ™‚

Sci-Fi Month 2016: And It’s a Wrap!

Posted 30 November, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 Comments

Goodness, where has the time gone? Seems like yesterday we just started the event and here we are at the end of 2016’s Sci-Fi Month! Just to recap, here’s all of the posts I’ve made in celebration of the event (a.k.a. book reviews):

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And that’s about it for Sci-Fi Month this year! I do apologise that I haven’t blog hopped much for this event; this November was a little ridiculous on my end -_-; How did you celebrate Sci-Fi Month? What was your favourite post or discussion? Did you come across something new that you wanted to check out?

Review: The Storms of War

Posted 29 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Storms of War
By: Kate Williams
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their eldest son Arthur is studying in Paris and Tom is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped out future and exploring the world.

But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts her and those she loves in danger.

With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

I admit, this is one of those instances where the book cover is what drew my attention in…isn’t it so pretty? Anyway, historical fiction set in World War One, likenings to Downton Abbey, I thought why not? May contain some minor spoilers about the plot ahead!

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Review: Foundation

Posted 28 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments

Foundation (Foundation #1)
By: Isaac Asimov
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.

I think I mentioned it in a Sci-Fi Month post a few years ago (Aha! Found said post) that I wanted to read this book but never got around to it. Well, at long last I finally picked this book up, determined to read it–and just in time for Sci-Fi Month this year too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review: Time and Again

Posted 26 November, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Time and Again
By: Jack Finney
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. ‘Nuclear’ appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon.”

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night — right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed — or did it?

Oh my goodness I’m finally reading this book! It only took me how many years xD Anyway, I decided to include this book under this year’s Sci-Fi Month because this book deals with the scifi theme of time travel ๐Ÿ˜‰

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