Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister

Posted 20 April, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Witchfinder’s Sister
By: Beth Underdown
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

‘The number of women my brother Matthew killed is one hundred and six…’

1645. When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.

But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women’s names.

To what lengths will Matthew’s obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

Picked up this book…last year, I believe. Witches, historical fiction, a witch hunter–sounds interesting and intense!

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Movie: Cloud Atlas (2012)

Posted 16 April, 2020 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

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This was actually the first movie I watched this year, wheeeee! Until the day I watched it I was sort of on the fence whether or not to watch it; I had the book on my wish-to-read but I heard from many people that the movie was a simplistic adaptation that doesn’t do the book justice (well, ranging from simplistic to downright not good). Anyway, I went ahead and watched it, with the plan to read the book shortly afterwards.

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Movie: 1917

Posted 14 April, 2020 by Lianne in Entertainment / 1 Comment

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

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I was hearing a lot about this movie in the latter half of last year, especially after its (surprise?) win at the Golden Globes earlier this year. I heard this movie was interesting in the way it was filmed so I decided to keep it in my radar. Got around to watching it in the theatres back in January shortly after I returned from my trip.

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Review: Little Fires Everywhere

Posted 8 April, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Little Fires Everywhere
By: Celeste Ng
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Been seeing this book everywhere (pun intended?) for the past year or so, and with the miniseries having been released this year I figured it was time to check it out and read what it’s all about 🙂

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Review: Eva Sleeps

Posted 6 April, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Eva Sleeps
By: Francesca Melandri, Katherine Gregor (Translator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Out of the struggles and conflicts in the border regions of Northern Italy and Austria and the rich history that has resulted from this meeting of cultures, comes a family story that embodies the history of nations. Eva, a forty-year-old public relations professional living in Northern Italy, recieves an unexpected message from Southern Italy. Vito, a man she briefly knew as a child as a friend of her mother’s, is very ill and would like to see her one last time. He is a retired police officer who was stationed in the north during the late-sixties, a period rife with tension, protest, and violence. These troubles, however, did not stop a young hapless policeman from falling in love with the “wrong” woman, a girl named Gerda from Austrian Tyrol, an inventive and accomplished cook, a single mother with a rich family history of her own, a northerner, the sister of a terrorist, and Gerda’s mother.

Vito’s affair with Gerda was a passionate one, but what was the nature of their love? And if he loved her so passionately why did he return to Calabria? What scars did those years leave on Vito, and on Gerda? It’s time for Eva to find out.

I love how diverse Europa Editions is in bringing translated fiction to the English-speaking audience. I’m always interested to read the latest from the European literary scene, like in Italy. So this book has been on my wishlist for some time; picked it up a few years ago, but then it took me another few years before I finally read it 😛

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