Review: Amsterdam

Posted 26 April, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Amsterdam
By: Ian McEwan

On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence — Clive as Britain’s most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the broadsheet The Judge. But gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, the Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger poised to be the next prime minister. What happens in the aftermath of her funeral has a profound and shocking effect on all her lovers’ lives, and erupts in the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written.

This book has been on my want-to-read list for a very long time, probably around the time that I finished reading his book Atonement (which I absolutely loved to pieces; you can read my highly spoilerish review over here). I finally got my hands on it last week and read it last night; it’s a slim volume and I decided not to try updating my website layout so I just delved into the novel in one go. Spoilers ahoy!

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Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 25 April, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the war books

With yesterday being Anzac Day, I thought I’d ask a theme question this week. Are you a reader of war books? And if so, do you have any favourites?

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I’ve noted this before to friends and colleagues but a lot of the novels I read tend to gravitate towards the 1930s/1940s/WWII period. I guess there’s something about the time and the setting that allows certain stories to be told and for certain human emotions and acts of courage (and acts alone) to be shown. Some of my favourite novels are set in this period: Ian McEwan’s Atonement, C.J. Samson’s Winter in Madrid, Daniel Silva’s The Unlikely Spy, David Benioff’s City of Thieves, Louis de Bernieres’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief but I’ve plenty of others as well (Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo, Paternak’s Doctor Zhivago, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Nichol’s Transgression, etc.) So yeah, I guess I am an avid reader of novels set in a war period of sorts. xD

Review: Possession

Posted 20 April, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

This book has been sitting on my shelf since last autumn; didn’t get around to reading it because I was up in Ottawa for the fall semester so when I got back this past weekend, I figured it be one of the first books to tackle in my TBR list xD

Possession
By: A.S. Byatt

The only thing Maud Bailey and Roland Michell have in common is a love of Victorian poets. They’ve dedicated their lives to finding out as much as they can about two obscure poets when their paths unexpectedly cross. Their independent research reveals that their respective subjects once shared a passionate love affair. At first they’re upset that this information will change all their past research, but soon they become consumed by the romance of long-ago and work feverishly together to unearth every detail.

I heard of this book last year on GoodReads; a lot of the book groups I was a member of had read this book in their monthly reads and I heard praises of this book from people in my flist. So I decided to check it out. Have been trying to finish my final draft of my proposal but in the process I couldn’t put this book down, lol. Although I used it as my book for this week’s Teaser Tuesday, I ended up finishing it last night xD Spoilers ahoy!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 19 April, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 18 Comments

Greetings! I missed last week’s Teaser Tuesdays because I was frantically studying for my Russian final exam. But I’m back home now for the summer and cracking at my TBR list =)

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My teaser for this week: “There was more pleasure for Roland and Maud in their walk, the next day, along the becks to the fosses. They walked out from Goathland and saw the threads and glassy interrupted fans of the Mallyan Sprout; they scrambled along river paths above the running peaty water, and crossed moorland,s crambling down again to riversides.” – p. 264, Possession by A.S. Byatt.

This book has been on my TBR list since autumn last year; I’ve heard a lot about this book on GoodReads over the past year and a lot of positive reviews so I decided to check it out. It’s pretty interesting with a lot of different types of medium used to convey the story (i.e. correspondence, biography exerpts, etc.) and it’s interesting not only to read as Maud and Roland piece together the story but also how the story itself unfolded in the past. My only gripe with it is the fact that it’s heavy on literary/poetic theory and feminism, but that’s just a personal academic preference of mine. Otherwise, it’s been pretty interesting so far! =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 April, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I went home for the long weekend to celebrate Easter with my family. Tomorrow I’ll be headed back to Ottawa for the remaining week and a bit so I’ll be starting the following book for this week’s teaser (as I left A Clash of Kings up at res xD):

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

“She would not tell Mary whom she had seen, not until they were safe home. Perhaps it would be best not to tell her at all” – p. 3, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean.

It took me forever to figure out which book to bring with me tomorrow; most of the books on my TBR shelf are either classics or plain massive, lol. So I ended up going through my mum’s shelf (she’s big on adventure/mystery novels) and after pulling out a few, I settled on this book by MacLean. A murder mystery + historical fiction (set in Scotland in the 17th century) = should be an interesting read =)