Movie: What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

Posted 5 February, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.


For the past few years I’ve been hearing about this movie in passing, saw a few gifs here and there, but otherwise I had absolutely no idea what it was about. It was only after I found out that Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, was in this film and that he wrote it, that I decided to check it out. I actually watched it last year but yeah, only getting around to posting it up now.

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Review: Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Posted 2 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
By: Nicholas Ostler
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world’s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once “universal” languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet’s diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

I think I first came across this book…on The Economist as a book review. This was years ago. I was intrigued by the book because while language isn’t my strong suit per se, language’s importance in history and culture and just the overall development and progression over the centuries greatly interested me (perhaps the former moreso as that was the focus of my grad work, and something I realised was very important when studying national identity politics and culture). Fast forward to last year and I finally got my hands on the book 😀

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Of Frost and Fury — Giveaway!

Posted 1 February, 2018 by Lianne in Writing / 9 Comments

At last I’m hosting a giveaway here! lol. My second poetry collection, Of Frost and Fury: Poems Written in the Land of Volcanoes and Giants, was released late last year but given how busy it was around Christmas time, there wasn’t much promotion on my part (not to mention it took a while before it became available on online outlets like The Book Depository and Amazon–which they are now available at). You can read more about how this book came about over at this post.

So I’m hosting a giveaway contest here on my blog for a chance to win a signed copy of my latest book. Unlike the giveaway I hosted on Goodreads (before their policy changed), this contest is open internationally and will run from 01 February to 12 February 2018 @ 11:59PM EST. Please use a valid email address when you enter in the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be contacted the following day and they will have 24 hours to claim their prize or I will raffle another winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please let me know if you have any questions about the contest and whatnot. Otherwise, good luck! 🙂

Edit: Thank you to everyone who entered this contest and congratulations to the winners, Arthur & Cassandra! 🙂

January Updates

Posted 31 January, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

I’m back! Well, sort of…I have yet to catch up replying on blog comments, and this month was just super busy (so busy that I forgot that my blog went off hiatus back on the 22nd…long story but because of the strike that affected my classes last year, my exams took place that week). Talk about a start to 2018! Anyway, so here’s what has been going on at my blog this month:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Frank Herbert’s Chapterhouse: Dune (review), Alan Furst’s Night Soldiers (review), and Lauren Eden’s Atlantis (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. A few changes happening on my blog: so starting next month I will be scaling back on the frequency of my blog posts. Aside from being super busy, I just don’t have that much content to post right now as my reading time has taken quite a hit as a result of balancing work and school and all the other creative projects I’ve been working on. Not sure how to stagger out the So You Want to Read… feature (see tag) as of yet but we’ll see.
  3. Yeah, I haven’t gotten around to updating other features around the blog, like the header (since I did not renew my domain) and adding my books on the menu. This will be a slow work in progress.
  4. In the meantime: my second poetry collection, Of Frost and Fury, is available online now!


And that’s more of less it for this month! I hope everyone had a lovely January…oh, so February is around the corner and it reminded me that heh, my blogoversary is coming up. So keep your eyes peeled for that post…along with another little event happening here 😉

Review: A Winter Scandal

Posted 30 January, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen #1)
By: Candace Camp
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among the child’s clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away.

Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day.

Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts. A longing which promises the best gift of all: a shelter from the storm . . . in each other’s arms.

I first heard about this book from Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook and thought it sounded really interesting so I decided to check it out 🙂

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