Academics: EU, European Country Videos

Posted 22 March, 2011 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

I came across this video on ONTD (I know, it’s random) and I’m amused by it because, having lived in Italy for some time, a lot of this is just so true (especially the burocrazia, it’s just ridiculous; right up to the day I left I had to deal with the craziness of going from one desk to another just to get to my plane). Still love Italy though xD

Just came across this video too and it’s hilarious: a comparison between the Italians and the Germans:

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 21 March, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 2 Comments

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

My teaser for this week: “He dwelt on that terror, let it build in him, and added to it his frustrations of the day, the despair and fury and and hopelessness he had felt upon returning to Bernardholt. Every emotion built on the next, and he fed them all with a frantic fury, until he could scarcely remember what his plan had been to begin with.” – p. 289, The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I came home for the weekend to take care of a few things and to sort of work on my thesis away from the confines of my room at residence. I was dwelling on what book to read while I’m here and decided to start reading The Furies of Calderon, book one in the Codex Alera series. I’ve read the first book in Butcher’s Dresden Files series some time ago and found it greatly entertaining so I decided to check out what his fantasy novels were like (since Storm Front is urban fantasy). It’s an interesting novel so far, the magic system is different and it’s refreshing to have a lead character that is, well, different from other typical fantasy lead characters (haha, that was vague enough xD). I just wonder if this could work as a standalone or if I have to run out and get the other five books in the series that’s out atm 😉

Review: Acacia

Posted 17 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Acacia
By: David Anthony Durham

Born into generations of prosperity, the four royal children of the Akaran dynasty know little of the world outside their opulent island paradise. But when an assassin strikes at the heart of their power, their lives are changed forever. Forced to flee to distant corners and separated against their will, the children must navigate a web of hidden allegiances, ancient magic, foreign invaders, and illicit trade that will challenge their very notion of who they are. As they come to understand their true purpose in life, the fate of the world lies in their hands.

I actually read this book a few years ago when it first came out to mass bound paperback. I liked it enough but I don’t know if I was busy at the time or what but it didn’t captivate me as greatly as I thought it would. But I decided to re-read the book recently when I realised that the second book in the trilogy, The Other Lands, was out in mass bound paperback and I was debating whether to pick it up (for reasons I will mention in this review). Major spoilers ahead!

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Books: To E-Reader or Not to E-Reader?

Posted 16 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

…that is the question.

So in the last two years there’s been this sharp rise in the popularity of e-readers and e-books. It’s easy to travel with and you have access to a nth number of books at the touch of a button. I see its practicality but as a person who loves books and grew up reading paperbacks and wandering around bookstores aimlessly (for fun) I was convinced I wouldn’t go for it. Plus, given the amount of time I read scholarly articles off my laptop (thanks university for not providing us with course readers, let’s just kill the eyes of your graduate population < / wary >), I thought it would just kill my eyes more.

Anyways, I’m revisiting the option now in part because the specs to the Kobo e-Reader is reasonable, the screen won’t kill your eyes and the price is quite good. Plus I’m running out of shelf space (as evident by the state of my bookshelves and spilling over to my desk) and while I enjoy holding the physical book in my hands, I think I wouldn’t mind owning some books in a digital format. But again, I’m rather torn (hence why I’m just courting the idea, not running to buy one tomorrow or something).

What do you guys think? Do you see the value of owning an e-Reader? Or is it all about the physical copy of the books?

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 14 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books, Meme / 7 Comments

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

My teaser for this week: “Acacia trees were hardy, slow growing, thorned against enemies, and stoic against the vagaries of weather. Perhaps there should have been something comforting in this, but, if so, Thaddeus could not find it.” – p. 297, Acacia by David Anthony Durham

I actually read this novel maybe a year or two ago when it first hit mass bound paperback. I’m currently re-reading it because I recently saw the second volume in the trilogy, The Other Lands, out in mass bound paperback and am debating whether I’d want to pick it up or not. Durham did a wonderful job in portraying such a unique and fleshed out world that, in many ways, could be transposed into our own (just in a different historical period). His characters are three-dimensional and he took the time early on in the novel to really get into the heads of the four royal children and give the reader a glimpse of what’s going on in their heads, what sort of individuals they were. What’s also wonderful is that I remember that this novel wrapped up nicely enough that it could be read as a standalone (hence the re-read and whether I want to delve back into the Known World now or later—too many fantasy and sci-fi series on the go at the same time for me, LOL). Haha, my blurb is turning out to be a mini-review but if you’re into fantasy and haven’t checked this book out, you should =)