Category: Books

Review: Dune Messiah

Posted 22 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Dune Messiah (Dune #2)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known – and feared – as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne – and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul is directed against his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…

Like Dune (review), I had read this book in high school and greatly enjoyed it. In an effort to finally finish reading the series–and having picked up The Great Dune Trilogy published by Gollanz–I decided I would re-read the book again 🙂 I’ve been busy, but after reading an article on about the miniseries) I was struck with nostalgia and decided to re-read it recently 🙂

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Review: Shifting Bone

Posted 20 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Shifting Bone
By: Alison Malee
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Shifting Bone works to make familiar again all the pieces of one’s self that were almost forgotten. This collection speaks of one’s aching for the unknown, the desperate need to become known to ourselves, and just how healing love can be.

Alison Malee writes of love, heartache, and healing with a truthful and delicate touch.

This collection is for anyone who has ever felt lost and for those who were triumphant in finding themselves along the way.

I was eyeing this book some time ago as I followed the poet on Instagram. As I mentioned on another post, I’m always on the lookout for new poets to check out so I was quite excited to read this book and more or less devoured this collection in one weekend back in October.

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Review: The Last Time I’ll Write About You

Posted 16 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Last Time I’ll Write About You
By: Dawn Lazuna
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Should I be
That my only idea
Of love

The title of this book was the first thing that caught my attention…Well, second, after seeing it pop up every so often whenever I’m browsing Amazon for new self-published poetry. Anywho, I eventually caved as the title sort of lingered in my mind for some time and picked up a copy some time ago.

This book is divided into several sections that more or less trace her relationship with her significant other, from the early days to its demise. Her poetry is earnest, about those lingering feelings, the push-pull that comes to define the later stages of their relationship; by the end of the collection you have a vague sense of what the relationship was like, the fractures that emerged, the hurt that came with the gradual distance, and the memory and lessons that she came to learn. The final poem was pretty powerful in that sense of finality, that she got the hurt off her chest and she’s ready to completely move on.

Overall I enjoyed this collection (and the size was so cute, I have to say /complete aside). There were a few poems that really stood out for me, the imagery she used, and of course that last poem. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an indie poet to read.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: Six Wakes

Posted 13 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Six Wakes
By: Mur Lafferty
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

I have been curious about this book ever since another book blogger mentioned it in passing earlier this year. A murder mystery set on a starship deep in space? Yes, count me in, I am intrigued 😛

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Review: The Fall of Hyperion

Posted 10 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.

After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book 😛

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