Review: Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird (Vol. 1)

Posted 19 June, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 4 Comments

Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird (Vol. 1)
By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo (Penciler and Colorist)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Only Doctor Strange can protect our world from the darkness beyond — now, witness the full toll that constant struggle takes on Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme! Every spell cast comes at a cost, but what happens when Strange falls behind on his tab? Find out as the good doctor wakes up somewhere very odd, nearly naked — with no spell books, no weapons and no memory of how he got there…or why all the monsters are chasing him! And as a new visitor to Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum learns one wrong door can lead to oblivion, a magic circle of Strange’s friends and allies are about to face their greatest threat. Dark forces are destroying everything mystical in the multiverse, and their sights are set on this dimension. Magic’s days are numbered, and Doctor Strange is not ready!

Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE (2015) #1-5.

I had been eyeing this collected book since 2015 but it took me forever to get around to it…Actually it took watching the 2016 movie (review) to prompt me to pick it up at long last! Not knowing too much about this Marvel superhero coming into the movie, I figured starting with the New 52 story was a good entry into the character’s story.

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Review: Who’s That Girl?

Posted 16 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Who’s That Girl?
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

I read two of Mhairi McFarlane’s books last year (see author tag) and absolutely loved them. At the time I still had two of her other books to read but then I picked up this book. It took me a while after that to get around to reading it, probably because I wanted to savour it a bit and really be in the mood to enjoy it. Well, here we are 🙂

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So You Want to Read… (Arturo Perez-Reverte)

Posted 15 June, 2017 by Lianne in Lists / 0 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂

For this month’s “So You Want to Read…” I’m going to be featuring books by Arturo Perez-Reverte . Now granted I haven’t read his Adventures of Captain Alatriste series, but I think I’ve read enough from his standalone that have been translated to English to put together a list like this. Plus, I’ve enjoyed his novels to date; he brings different periods of Spanish history to life through his novels, which are also chock-full of intrigue, suspense, and mystery.

So without further ado, here’s some books by him to check out from him if you’re interested in reading his books for the first time:

  • The Flanders Panel (review) — Hands down my favourite novel by this author and one I recommend the most from the titles I’ve read thus far. It was such a riveting read; if you’re a fan of really thoughtful suspenseful mysteries, this book is definitely worth checking out. The mystery, the piecing together and guessing who the culprit is, the fascinating cast of characters…Yeah, I don’t know what else to say about this novel except to check it out!
  • The Club Dumas (review) — This is probably Arturo Perez-Reverte’s most popular title, and with good reason. Mystery, suspense, secret societies and good ol’ literature–I definitely understand why they recommend this book if you’ve enjoyed Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind (review) (I myself picked up this novel because of it). I need to re-read it myself as the book refers a lot of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers (review) and I only got around to that title a few years afterwards but it’s a thrilling and fascinating read even if you haven’t read the classic. It’s also a lot darker in tone, as I recall, but definitely worth checking out.
  • The Fencing Master (review) — Perhaps a bit of an odd choice as I even admitted in my review that it took me a second reading to really appreciate what this novel was about and what it was trying to get at. If you’re not familiar with 19th century Spanish history, this book is certainly an eye opener because Spain was a bit…stuck, for lack of a better word, torn between values and practices that considered arcane at this point and the tumultuous ideas and developments of present-day Europe and beyond. There’s a lot of ideas floating around in this book but also plenty of mystery and intrigue.



I hope this list helps if you’re interested in reading something by Arturo Perez-Reverte for the first time! If you’ve read his books, which one is your favourite? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books have you been meaning to get around to reading? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Movie: What Maisie Knew (2012)

Posted 14 June, 2017 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter custody battle.

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I remember this movie came to my attention after it got good reviews a few years ago at the Toronto International Film Festival. I had read the Henry James book shortly after finding out about this adaptation (see book review) and thought it was interesting that they had adapted it and set it in the modern day. Took a while but I finally checked it out 🙂

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Review: Tiny Beautiful Things

Posted 13 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tiny Beautiful Things
By: Cheryl Strayed
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel.

Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

I had long heard of this book and good things about it but I never got around to picking it up (even at times when it seemed like this book would really come in handy). Well, I finally got around to picking it up this year and then figured this was the perfect book to read when I went on holiday weeks ago (see Instagram post)

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