Posts by: Lianne


Books: Random Thoughts on…well, Books

Posted 19 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

1. I’m in a Spanish authors kind of mood (though to be honest, I’ve been like this since I’ve read Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game last year—excellent books, if you haven’t read them yet). I bought Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude the other day (thus making my TBR list even longer now *blushes*) and I have Arturo Perez-Reverte and Antonio Muñoz Molina high ob my list of “Want to Read”. If it wasn’t for all the massive amounts of readings I have for my classes this semester, I would’ve picked up Perez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas pretty darn fast, lol.

2. I don’t know whether to read this:

I read her book The Historian about two years ago and didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would’ve (despite all the Central and Eastern European history). The plot however sounds promising (you can read the premise of the book over here). I don’t know, I don’t know. What do you guys think?

3. There’s also this book:

I received a recommendation of it from GoodReads and I don’t know…I thought The Time Traveller’s Wife was enjoyable but the reviews for this book seems to be mixed. You can read the synopsis of the book over here.

4. I should be focusing on my assignment instead of thinking about books; maybe I’m in the wrong profession xD

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 19 January, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “I held her away from me in astonishment. For the first time in our lives, we had changed places; the resolution was all on her side, the hesitation all on mine.” – p. 164, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

Been hearing about this book from last summer when a number of groups I’m a part of over at GoodReads were reading it for their monthly reads; I’m always on the lookout for 19th century books that I haven’t read and I’ve heard positive reviews about it. So now I’ve started reading it and it’s pretty awesome so far; it definitely has that eerie Gothic feel going on.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 12 January, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “In the middle of this, for the second time that afternoon, the figures of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect suddenly materialised. They had teleported down out of the Heart of Gold which was now in parking orbit around the planet.” – p. 574, Life, the Universe and Everything (in The Hitchhiker’s Trilogy of Four) by Douglas Adams.

At long last I’ve finally picked up my copy of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide (which had been sitting on my shelf for almost a good year) and it’s pretty wacky crazy, I’m enjoying it. I especially love the character of Marvin the paranoid/depressed android. 😀

Movie: The Fall (2006)

Posted 11 January, 2010 by Lianne in Entertainment / 3 Comments

Okay, I was supposed to be working on discussion papers for two of my classes yesterday and OMG, I could not focus on writing them. Like I knew roughly what I wanted to write about but I really just couldn’t bring myself to write them. In my frustration, I ended up watching The Fall, an indie movie that came out around 2006 (I’m getting 2006 and 2008 so I don’t know entirely) starring Lee Pace (don’t know how I decided on The Fall in particular…hmm).

In Los Angeles, circa 1920’s, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale.
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Review: Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness (Book & Manga)

Posted 10 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness
By: Fukako Yabei

Kieli is a reclusive girl isolated by her ability to see ghosts. Her only friend is her “roommate,” Becca, the precocious spirit of a former student still residing in Kieli’s dorm. Everything in Kieli’s life changes suddenly when the girls meet the handsome but distant Harvey who, like Kieli, can see ghosts. He also turns out to be one of the legendary Undying, an immortal soldier bred for war now being hunted by the Church. When Kieli joins Harvey on a pilgrimage to lay to rest the spirit of a corporal possessing an old radio, as unlikely as it seems, she feels she may have finally found a place where she belongs in the world. And in Kieli, Harvey may have found a reason to live again.

I actually read the manga (published by Yen Press first and fell in love with the story that my brother and I picked up the book when it was released. What’s awesome is that this is a 9-volume series and the manga only covered the first book—so that means more adventures with Kieli and Harvey! 🙂

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