Monthly Archives: February 2018

February Updates

Posted 28 February, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 5 Comments

And just like that, it’s the end of another month. February is a fairly short month so there’s that but things are busy as always. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve started staggering my posts here on my blog. During my Reading Week I attempted to catch up here on my blog, which I guess I did a sort of successful job in covering my basics, but there’s still so much to be done here and to fix especially now that I’m not running under my own url like before. But anyhow, here’s what has been going on at my blog this month:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World (review), Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Selected Poems (review), and Robert Rotenberg’s Heart of the City (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I posted a few movie reviews earlier this month: What We Do in the Shadows (review) and Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  3. I also posted a few graphic novel reviews this month: Monstress: Vol 1 (review), Doctor Strange: Blood in the Aether (Vol. 3) (review), and Thor: Worthy Origins (review). You can check out all of the graphic novels I’ve previously reviewed in this tag.
  4. I hosted a book giveaway earlier this month for a change to win a signed copy of my second poetry collection, Of Frost and Fury: Poems Written in the Land of Volcanoes and Giants. Thank you to everyone who entered! I will host a giveaway again sometime in the future, keep a lookout on my poetry instagram account, @shallibeapoetinstead
  5. On a final note, this month marked my eleventh blogoversary. 11 years blogging is quite massive to think about…celebrated it rather quietly this year, you can check out my thoughts from this event over at this post 🙂 so quietly in fact that I never got around to typing up a blog post about it #fail I’ll try to do it when I get a chance…


And that’s more of less it for February! Wishing everyone a lovely March 🙂

Review: Heart of the City

Posted 26 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Heart of the City (Detective Greene, #5)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In the latest thrilling crime novel from bestselling author Robert Rotenberg, Homicide Detective Ari Greene discovers the bludgeoned body of Toronto’s most reviled developer behind his controversial new construction site.

When Detective Ari Greene was charged with the murder of the woman he loved, he stopped at nothing to clear his name and uncover the real killer. After his acquittal, Greene fled to London to get away from it all, but now he’s back. And he’s not alone—with Greene is his twenty-year-old daughter, Alison. The child he never knew he had.

Determined to leave his life as a cop behind him, Greene gets a job on a construction site for one of Toronto’s many new condos. It seems he has finally found peace as he settles into a new career and new role as a father, helping Alison adjust to life in Canada.

But when Greene stumbles upon the corpse of hated developer Livingston Fox, he is plunged back into the life he tried so hard to leave behind. As the body count rises, Greene is forced into a reluctant reconciliation with his former protégé, Daniel Kennicott. The pair must delve into the tight-knit world of downtown development, navigating tangled loyalties, unexpected corruption, and family secrets, some of which are closer to home than Greene could have ever imagined.

In a world where the stakes are high and the profits are even higher, Greene and Kennicott race against the clock as they follow the trail of blood and money to its shocking end.

After the end of the last book, I wasn’t entirely sure if the series would continue or if that was the end of Ari Greene’s story and the other characters would continue on. Anyway, reading the preview of the book allayed my questions on the matter as Ari Greene and the rest of the cast of characters are back in this latest novel by Robert Rotenberg. What especially intrigued me about the premise of this book is that once again it’s a timely topic tackled: Toronto’s real estate.

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Comics: Thor: Worthy Origins

Posted 21 February, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Thor: Worthy Origins
By: Lilah Sturges (Text), Jason Aaron (Text), Pepe Larrazz (Illustrations), Esad Ribic (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Among the lofty spires of Asgard, Young Thor is the strongest, brashest and most arrogant god of all. But his giant-slashing, troll-smashing days come to an abrupt end when he’s tricked by his jealous brother Loki into a foolish attack. Cast down to Earth into the crippled mortal form of Dr. Donald Blake, follow the Thunder God’s journey of self-discovery and a mortal man’s awakening to the power within. Revisit the fantastical origin of the Son of Odin in this new graphic novel, which thrusts the tale of Thor into the modern age with thunderous results! In this epic saga of towering Frost Giants, belching maidens and massive battles, one hero must decide which identity is truly his – before both of the worlds he loves are destroyed!


I picked this volume up on a whim, actually, but Thor is one of my favourite Marvel superheroes so I figured I can’t go wrong in reading this 😛

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Comics: Doctor Strange: Blood in the Aether (Vol. 3)

Posted 19 February, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Doctor Strange: Blood in the Aether (Vol. 3)
By: Jason Aaron (Text), Chris Bachalo (Illustrations), Kevin Nowlan (Illustrations), Leonardo Romero (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Will Doctor Strange survive his foes converging and attacking him all at once? Journey back to the first days of Doctor Strange! How did Stephen Strange become the Sorcerer Supreme – and how has he lost it all? In the present, Strange is on the brink of death, his magic nearly depleted. Sensing the Master of the Mystic Arts is at his weakest, his greatest foes will return from the shadows, ready to strike – starting with one of his oldest rivals, Baron Mordo! But as a parade of bad guys line up to take their shot, one of Strange’s newest enemies may be the deadliest of all. The Orb, now with the immense power of the slain Watcher’s eye, has set his sights on Doctor Strange!


At long last, I got my hands on the third volume. Those who have been following my comic book reviews will know that I’ve enjoyed the previous two volumes and espite telling myself I can pick this up any time, I just had to find out what happened next in Doctor Strange’s current predicament 😛

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Review: Monstress (Vol. 1)

Posted 16 February, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Monstress: Awakening (Vol. 1)
By: Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

I’ve been hearing about this comic for some time now but for whatever reason didn’t pick it up right away–actually, that’s not true, I tend to be very selective of what comics I pick up outside of Marvel so there was a delay there. But I heard so many good things about this series that when this first volume went on sale last year, I decided to pick it up.

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