Movie: Gosford Park (2001)

Posted 13 March, 2010 by Lianne in Entertainment / 4 Comments

So I’m in one of those moments where the next deadline is a little while away so I have a bit of space and what do I do? I watch a movie *thud* I recently filled out an Oscars meme and realised there were a few movies I’ve been meaning to get around to but haven’t; Gosford Park is one of them.

The film is set in 1932 at an English country house. A party of wealthy Britons and Americans accompanied by their servants gather at the home of Sir William McCordle for a shooting weekend. A murder occurs in the middle of the night, the film presenting the murder from both the servants’ and the guests’ perspective. But rather than a simple mystery to be solved, the film uses the whodunit format to create a drama showcasing the tensions of the British class system. Many intertwining subplots detail the complex relationships among the characters, both above stairs (the wealthy guests) and below (the servants).

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 8 March, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 20 Comments

*in attempts to alleviate herself from dwelling over blah-ness at the moment*

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 (a sentence longer than usual): “There was a silence; no one moved. This would be a good spot to save the game, Ned thought. Then restart if my character gets killed. – p. 17, Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay.

This is the first novel I’ve ever read by Kay; I’ve heard of him, but I never got around to reading his stuff. The first half was pretty interesting, with a bit of a mystery as to what the heck exactly is going on. My attention seems to be waning in the second part, but that may only be because I’m also thinking about my research proposal assignment and a discussion paper I need to submit on Wednesday *thud* I am interested in checking out his other books though 🙂

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 7 March, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 5 Comments

Musing Mondays2 Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about dust jackets.

Do you prefer books with a dust jacket? What do you do with your dust jacket while reading? Leave it on or take it off? (Question courtesy of Kim from Page after Page)

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Um, I guess I’m on the “maybe” about dust jackets. On the one hand, I get annoyed whenever you’re holding the book and the book is sliding on and off from the dust jacket. On the other hand, the dust jacket serves as sort of a first hand protection to the hardcover so the book would last longer. So I guess it doesn’t really matter to me whether the books have dust jackets or not; I also don’t own a lot of books that are in the hardcover format so it’s not really a major issue with me. I do take them off when I’m reading the book though (again, because I get annoyed whenever the book slides out from the dust jacket). xD

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 2 March, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 14 Comments

Am a bit busy at the moment (got a midterm today for Russian that I’m =\ about) but I think I’ll be reading the following book next:

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

Teaser for this week: “That discussion had been the start of a long journey, a journey which had taken Feliks from Christianity through socialism to anarchist terror, from Tambov province through St. Petersburg and Siberia to Geneva. And in Geneva he had made the decision which brought him to England.” – p. 25, The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett.

I had read his book Pillars of the Earth last year, which was pretty epic and enjoyable. I knew he wrote a lot of suspense novels and when I read the premise to this novel (historical setting + character from Russia involved = Li’s interest is piqued), I knew I had to check it out =P

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 28 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

It’s a bit late as I type this, I’m typing out an assignment as I answer this question and I still have to study for a midterm so please bear with me if my answer’s not making complete sense xD

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a story format.

How do you feel about books written in a differing format – whether this be journals or letters (epistolary), verse novels, or any other form? Is this something you enjoy? Or do you prefer straight forward chapter prose.

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I usually prefer straight-forward chapter prose; I guess I’m old-fashioned that way, lol. With the third-person narration, you get a sense of the scope of the story from a bird’s eye perspective (if that makes sense; I’m not going to resort to my grade school English class right now to get the terminologies right =P) whereas with something like journals or letters or first person narration, you’ve more or less got only that one perspective going for you in the story. Plus, like the question described it, it’s pretty straight forward, you get a sense of what’s going on and your imagination fills in the blanks =)

But I also like stories written in journal or letter format (when executed nicely, of course). There’s something about journal and letter format that really adds to the depth and perception of the character narrating events, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes journal and letter formats reveal particular things about the character or the way he or she explains an event, which is interesting. I think journal or letter format is great for the more character-centred stories because it’s such an expression of individuality. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society comes to mind as a wonderful example of a story conducted through the form of letters as a narrative (love this book btw; if you haven’t read it, you should =P).