eclectic tales is going on hiatus!

Posted 28 May, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Not that I’m posting on a daily basis here anymore but I figured I give the heads up anyway that the blog will be going on hiatus from 28 May to 10 June 2018 as I will be going on holiday πŸ™‚ So until the 10th there will be no scheduled posts going live but ICYMI archive links will continue to run over at Twitter (sort of; I know there were some updates to the plugin recently and I decided to slow the rate of that down in the meantime). You can also catch me over at Instagram as I will most certainly be posting holiday pictures over there πŸ™‚

Thanks and wishing you all a wonderful start to June! πŸ™‚

Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Posted 27 May, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

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Squeezing this review post quickly before my hiatus post goes up tomorrow πŸ˜‰ But yes, I took my whole family to watch this movie (yesterday, actually!) since we’ve watched almost all of the Marvel movies to date (well, except Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther. Need to get a move on those). 10 years in the making, yeah, you can say I was psyched for this movie even though I knew it would be devastating. Suffice to say: Super major massive SPOILERS if you haven’t watched the movie (or are not caught up with the MCU movies to date (more or less))!

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Review: The Crown Tower

Posted 25 May, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

Oh man, I’ve had the first three books of the Riyria Chronicles sitting on my TBR pile waiting to be read for ages. I dunno, the TBR pile just expanded and contracted, things happened, and I just didn’t get around to it sooner. I was of course looking forward to reading it as I did read the Riyria Revelations when Orbit first published them and greatly enjoyed that trilogy. Anyway I was in the mood for some lighter fare whilst on break at work so I started reading this book.

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 23 May, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 5 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. I need my vacation, stat.
  2. Work has been…busy. Nothing quite says ‘Happy Nurses’ Week!’ early this month like a heavy and busy week at work, my body was done after that five-day stint. I wish I had gone on holiday right after exams but it was due to family scheduling and tickets that it didn’t happen. But I can see why I initially wanted to go right away, I can feel myself getting burned out. Ugh, not a happy feeling πŸ™ Just a little longer though now…
  3. I’m so excited though πŸ˜€ Follow me on Instagram if you want to see pictures and impressions πŸ™‚
  4. Slow going in updating the blog and editing my next poetry collection but at least I’m getting other shit done, like organising the mess I made as a result of the school year being as nutty as it was. The piles are lessening, as are the things I had been meaning to get rid off. I just might have everything cleared off before I go on holiday -_-;
  5. Okay, I may have broken my no-spend profusely recently, but in my defense that Sailor 1911L fountain pen was calling my name with the beautiful blue colour. And the blue travelers notebooks I have been eyeing forever: the standard one (which I got on sale!) will be my travel one for now on and the small passport one will be my wallet πŸ™‚
  6. I also picked up a number of books recently (oops; so much for culling my bookshelves recently)–most of them on sale! πŸ˜› Finally got my hands on books like Amara Lakhous’ Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet, which has been on my wishlist for ages. I think it’s safe to say I’m more or less settled to-read list wise for this summer? (I know, I know, us bookworms and our never-ending TBR lists, but seriously, I know I’m busy otherwise πŸ˜› )
  7. Speaking of books, books I am currently reading: Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate (started reading this at work during my breaks but I highly doubt I will be able to finish reading this book before my vacation starts) and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (fascinating way he wrote this story but I’m very much intrigued so far).
  8. Two major dilemmas the closer I get to my vacation: it’s not the packing that stresses me our, or calling this place and that, or budgeting, or the prospect of flying (not afraid of flying). It’s deciding what fountain pen and what book to bring, lol. I finally settled on both, thankfully: the Kaweco Student for my fountain pen (last year I brought my Lamy, but in the past year I decided that my favourite pens are the Sailor, Platinum, Kaweco, and TWSBI. Alas I have to bring cartridges as it would be a pain, not to mention impractical, for me to bring a bottle and draw it up there. Then I’d have to deal with issues like air pressure and packing it) and Blake Crouch’s Black Matter (when it arrives in the mail, lol).
  9. Much as I enjoy skimming articles from Bustle.com and Girl Boss and other blogs of interest, but why is it that all these sites are geared towards people in their 20s? Lists like “Things to do before you turn 30”, etc., thanks, I am in my 30s xP Where are all my sites like these but for those in our 30s?
  10. I miss my url. Should I buy it back? lol

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And that’s it from me! How is everyone? To all my fellow Canadian readers and bloggers, I hope you had a lovely long Victoria Day weekend πŸ™‚

Review: The Infinity Gauntlet

Posted 17 May, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

The Infinity Gauntlet
By: Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, George PΓ©rez
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail, the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else. Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth’s super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god’s insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.

With Avengers: Infinity War out in theatres, I wanted to check out the comics and what storylines were adapted for the big screen (partly in an effort to avoid spoilers–I want to see the movie for myself! (So please, no spoilers about the movie (even though I think I have some idea of what happened based on the little hints I’ve heard so far)).

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