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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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 14 February, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Y’all, I need a proper day off, like, stat O_O If I’m not working, I’m at school. Why am I doing this to myself?
  2. Since February 1st I’ve been taking part in InCoWriMo — International Correspondence Writing Month. It’s been a lot of fun sending out letters and catching up with correspondence…Not to mention it’s something completely different from the usual school and work fare I’ve been going through lol.
  3. Took a bit of a break last week from my no-spend (I was really sad, okay?) but on the upside I went a whole month without buying anything 😀
  4. Books I’m currently reading: Mary Balogh’s Someone to Love. I recently finished reading Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer so I don’t have anything to read at work or school right now. Oh, and I started reading volume 2 of Monstress but haven’t gotten far because I keep falling asleep when I settle in bed. Oops.
  5. I’ve been too busy to actually sit down and watch any of the games but yay, go Canada (re: the Winter Olympics) 😀 And once again I am reminded at how flawless Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are; they’re so synchronised, they’re practically floating on ice <3
  6. Absolutely gutted to hear the news last week about Johann Johansson passing away. His compositions were so unique and brilliant and his album “Orphee” is not only one of my favourite albums EVER but it’s just absolutely inspirational. Just so so sad 🙁

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And that’s it from me! Wishing everyone a lovely week and a Happy Valentine’s Day (and start of Lent if you’re practising, haha; so weird that both fell on the same day this year) 🙂

Review: Selected Poems

Posted 12 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Selected Poems
By: Giuseppe Ungaretti
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) was a pioneer of the Modernist movement in Italian poetry and is widely regarded as one of the leading Italian poets of the twentieth century. His verse is renowned and loved for its powerful insight and emotion, and its exquisite music. Yet, unlike many of his peers, Ungaretti has never been adequately presented to English readers. This large bilingual selection, translated with great sensitivity and fidelity by Andrew Frisardi, captures Ungaretti in all of his phases: from his early poems, written in the trenches of northern Italy during World War I, to the finely crafted erotic and religious poetry of his second period, to the visceral, elegiac poetry of the years following the death of his son and the occupation of Rome during World War II, to the love poems of the poet’s old age.

Frisardi’s in-depth introduction details the world in which Ungaretti’s work took shape and exerted its influence. In addition to the poet’s own annotations, an autobiographical afterword, “Ungaretti on Ungaretti,” further illuminates the poet’s life and art. Here is a compelling, rewarding, and comprehensive version of the work of one of the greatest modern European poets.

I honestly don’t remember now how I first came across Giuseppe Ungretti’s poetry. What I do remember was that the moment I did come across his poems, I knew I had to check out more. Not a lot of his poetry is available in English but I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of this collection featuring some of his selected works.

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Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 9 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

First batch of mini book reviews for the new year! The following are books that I read recently or from last year that I never got around to writing full book reviews for. Included in this batch are:


Luminae
By: Allison Marie Conway
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A seductive mix of poetry and prose, Luminae is about soul-searching, longing, finding your truth, and feeling comfortable with an inner being who is both tender and strong.

Luminae will resonate with intuitive souls, those who yearn to explore the wild depths of their true nature, and who believe they must hold sacred both the darkness and the light, without turning their backs on love. It speaks to those who embrace the totality of the human experience—even the difficult, ugly, and messy parts.

Our chaotic world is starved for wholehearted, compassionate words like these. Now, more than ever, is the time to quiet the outside noise and come home to the splendor, power, and magic of yourself.

Now is the time to experience Luminae.

I actually read this collection late last year after having followed her poetry IG for some time. The book blurb is pretty apt in that her works are a bit about soul searching, of what is and what can be. On a personal note, and I don’t think I mentioned it previously, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer just straight up short–not necessarily micro–format poetry over poetic prose (I don’t know the actual term for them but they’re like mini essays). Nonetheless I like her poetry, some of them resonated with me and I enjoyed reading her collection.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Movie: Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (2017)

Posted 7 February, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A francophone S.Q. officer and an anglophone O.P.P officer reunite to investigate a large car theft ring led by an Italian mobster.

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Why was I not told a sequel was made to this movie?! I loved the first movie (review) so yeah, I was pretty darn excited for this. Got this movie in blu-ray for Christmas last year so yeah, watched it we did 😛

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