Comics: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Posted 6 March, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 1 Comment

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
By: Frank Miller (Writer/Illustrator), Lynn Varley (Colorist), Klaus Janson (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s purchase

Together with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Lynn Varley, writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin–a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have made them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout from an undeclared war between the superpowers — or the clash of what were once the world’s greatest heroes?

Celebrate thirty years of one of the most influential stories ever told in the comics medium with the undisputed classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, now with a new cover and introduction.

My brother is forever pushing DC titles my way so this was in the cue. I long heard of what a staple this title is to the Batman canon so here I am, finally reading it 🙂

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Review: Miss You

Posted 4 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Miss You
By: Kate Eberlen
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.

A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.

But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .

I picked up this book after seeing it on an ARC request list. I would’ve requested it but at that point I was starting to request less ARCs to focus on my own TBR pile. I had seen it again on sale around Christmas a few years ago so I decided to pick it up.

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Review: The Light We Lost

Posted 1 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Light We Lost
By: Jill Santopolo
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

I first heard of this book after my friend pointed it out in Reese Witherspoon’s book club and how she wanted to read it. So I picked it up for her as a Christmas gift but also ended up getting a copy myself as I was pretty interested by the premise.

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February Updates

Posted 28 February, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Yeah, February is the shortest month but I still can’t believe we’re two months gone into 2019. The month was very busy (just take a look at my monthly post of Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts) but the scheduled posts continue to roll in here on the blog. Here’s what has been going on here at the blog for the month:

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  1. Books reviewed recently: Deborah Harkness’ Time’s Convert (review), Julia Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (review), and Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I was supposed to type out a reflective blog post about my blog hitting its 12th blogoversary but I was bogged down with studying for my midterms that I just never got around to typing it. Alas that life has become so busy that I have no time to even properly celebrate my blogoversary anymore! But yes, my blog–for all of its changes, moving around to different servers and whatnot–has hit 12 years old on the internet 🙂

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And that’s about it about the blog for the month of February! I’m about to roll into a busy month at school so juggling should be, errr, interesting, lol.

Review: The Queen of Sorrow

Posted 22 February, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)
By: Sarah Beth Durst
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the stunning The Reluctant Queen comes to a gripping conclusion in the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy . . .

Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home-a hope that seemed doomed when neighboring forces invaded Aratay. Now, with the powerful Queen Naelin ruling by her side, Daleina believes that her dream of ushering in a new era can be realized, even in a land plagued by malevolent nature spirits who thirst for the end of human life.

But then Naelin’s children are kidnapped by spirits.

Naelin would rather watch the world burn than see her children harmed-and she is ready to start a war with the north to secure their return.

But defeated Queen Merecot of Semo has grander plans than a bloody battle with her southern neighbors. Taking the children is merely one step in a plot to change the future of all Renthia, either by ending the threat of spirits once and for all . . . or by plunging the world into chaos.

Alrighty, here we are at the concluding volume of the Queens of Renthia trilogy. Obviously there were some loose threads that needed addressing after the end of the second book, like everyone wasn’t exactly in the clear just yet, so I was obviously curious how everything was going to wrap up.

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