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Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 21 December, 2008 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

I came across this book meme site through Kris so I decided to start doing it too. Instead of doing it on my LJ however, I decided to do the memes here (it’ll give this blog some life while I’m at it, LOL) 🙂

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

Aww, man, too many to list! Let’s see if I can make a wee little list out of all my favourite couples…

  • Anne & Captain Wentworth (Persuasion) — I absolutely love how, despite their years apart, they still care for each other and they still regard each other as “the one”. Plus, Wentworth’s letter was just guh, perfection.
  • Margaret Hale & Mr. Thornton (North and South) — I love how they start off as disliking each other, then Mr. Thornton’s regard for her starts to grow and then finally Margaret realizes that she loves Mr. Thornton. It’s a process and I love how they come from different backgrounds and manage to come to terms with such differences and stuff.
  • Cecilia Tallis & Robbie Turner (Atonement) — This couple absolutely kills me. Every time I read the book it’s just like OMG (I can’t even go into details without spoiling the book).

Do you give books as gifts?
To everyone? Or only to select people?
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

Yes, but it depends on who likes to read and stuff (not to mention I’d have to make sure that they don’t have that book yet or anything). As for receiving books, I absolutely love it! That’s like the gift for me, lol.

So yeah, I think I’ll be doing this more often…and hence this blog will be utilized more often, lol.

Review: Ocean Sea

Posted 6 September, 2008 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review…with school starting again, my reviews will becoming sporadic again with everything that’s going on but I’ll try to post whenever I can. I might also start posting reviews and random comments on manga and anime series and stuff as I’ve been reading a ton lately xD Anyways, moving along now…

Ocean Sea
By: Alessandro Baricco

I’ve been waiting forever to get my hands on this book (had to put some money aside for this book as the price was a bit of a turnoff for some time (given the length of this book)). Anyways, Alessandro Baricco is the author of Silk (which was adapted into a movie starring Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley); as that book is probably his most well-known here in North America, you think I’d pick that book up first. But nope, it was Ocean Sea that caught my attention (and not just because it has the title conjures up endless sea and the cover was rather intriguing). Its premise is an interesting one: five different individuals all end up checking into a remote hotel facing the sea as a way to solve their troubles. For me, Ocean Sea is deeply rooted in the post-modern tradition of the novel (think stream of consciousness; book II is a clear example of this) so it was a different experience for me altogether (I hardly read post-modern books from the 20th century as I’m still going through the classics ;)); you had to really read each word and look beyond the the surface to really understand the psychological implications of what’s going on. Additionally, you have to suspend your sense of reality when you read this book as there are some mysterious elements that come into the story as you read along. But the events leading up to the end of the novel makes complete sense, including some twists that I didn’t figure. The journey that each of the characters make is compelling, like they’re all a metaphor on certain aspects of life. Even after I finished the novel, I was contemplating at exactly what the sea was supposed to represent: life? heaven? freedom? Another thing I liked about the book was the prose; I’m sure some meanings were lost in the translation from Italian to English but overall, it’s absolutely beautiful, another reason why you should read every single word in this novella. Overall, it’s an interesting novel that really gets you thinking about the deeper elements in life.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: The Name of the Wind

Posted 3 August, 2008 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Name of the Wind
By: Patrick Rothfuss

I picked up this book after hearing many positive reviews from the Terry Brooks forums. This novel is about a character named Kvothe who dictates his life story of how he rose and became a legend to the Chronicler. This first novel follows Kvothe’s early years and how he came to be enrolled to the University and all the adventures and struggles that came with his years there. Rothfuss had also essentially set up what appears to be the greater struggle that will most likely show up in the remaining books in this trilogy (I believe it’s a trilogy, unless it’s stated otherwise). What keeps this novel interesting is that the story goes back and forth between Kvothe’s narrative and the happenings going on in the present time (which, by the end of the novel you realize is shaping up to be something as well). Rothfuss has certainly set an interesting premise for his story, with intriguing and colourful characters with equally interesting traits and backgrounds and trades. You get a sense that these characters really do toil and go through the mundane stuff as well as the more intriguing stuff. The University system is equally intriguing, which I hope will be expanded in the next novel. I can’t remember a fantasy novel that delves this far back to the makings of a legend. Overall, reading this book was very enjoyable and am looking forward to the next novel in this trilogy.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Historian

Posted 3 August, 2008 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Historian
By: Elizabeth Kostova

The premise of this story follows a quest throughout Europe surrounding the legend of Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Three separate stories are interwoven throughout this novel, one set in the 1930s following a young Rossi, the second set in the 1950s following the graduate student Paul and the last story is grounded in “present time” (the 1970s). I don’t read a lot of vampire books, but Vlad the Impaler as a historical figure is one that I haven’t really read up a lot on so I thought the premise of the story was interesting, that and the fact that I don’t know much about Eastern European history.

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Movie: Atonement (2006)

Posted 28 June, 2008 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

And now the following is my review of the 2007 adaptation starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave and directed by Joe Wright. Seeing the trailer for this movie was actually what got me to check out the book in the first place but I didn’t get to watch it until I got my hands on the DVD back in March. So the following review will be tied in with the book review I made in the previous post. Spoilers ahead!

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