Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 9 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

First batch of mini book reviews for the new year! The following are books that I read recently or from last year that I never got around to writing full book reviews for. Included in this batch are:

By: Allison Marie Conway
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A seductive mix of poetry and prose, Luminae is about soul-searching, longing, finding your truth, and feeling comfortable with an inner being who is both tender and strong.

Luminae will resonate with intuitive souls, those who yearn to explore the wild depths of their true nature, and who believe they must hold sacred both the darkness and the light, without turning their backs on love. It speaks to those who embrace the totality of the human experience—even the difficult, ugly, and messy parts.

Our chaotic world is starved for wholehearted, compassionate words like these. Now, more than ever, is the time to quiet the outside noise and come home to the splendor, power, and magic of yourself.

Now is the time to experience Luminae.

I actually read this collection late last year after having followed her poetry IG for some time. The book blurb is pretty apt in that her works are a bit about soul searching, of what is and what can be. On a personal note, and I don’t think I mentioned it previously, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer just straight up short–not necessarily micro–format poetry over poetic prose (I don’t know the actual term for them but they’re like mini essays). Nonetheless I like her poetry, some of them resonated with me and I enjoyed reading her collection.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Movie: Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (2017)

Posted 7 February, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A francophone S.Q. officer and an anglophone O.P.P officer reunite to investigate a large car theft ring led by an Italian mobster.


Why was I not told a sequel was made to this movie?! I loved the first movie (review) so yeah, I was pretty darn excited for this. Got this movie in blu-ray for Christmas last year so yeah, watched it we did 😛

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Movie: What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

Posted 5 February, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.


For the past few years I’ve been hearing about this movie in passing, saw a few gifs here and there, but otherwise I had absolutely no idea what it was about. It was only after I found out that Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, was in this film and that he wrote it, that I decided to check it out. I actually watched it last year but yeah, only getting around to posting it up now.

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Review: Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Posted 2 February, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
By: Nicholas Ostler
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word is the first history of the world’s great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once “universal” languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet’s diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

I think I first came across this book…on The Economist as a book review. This was years ago. I was intrigued by the book because while language isn’t my strong suit per se, language’s importance in history and culture and just the overall development and progression over the centuries greatly interested me (perhaps the former moreso as that was the focus of my grad work, and something I realised was very important when studying national identity politics and culture). Fast forward to last year and I finally got my hands on the book 😀

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Of Frost and Fury — Giveaway!

Posted 1 February, 2018 by Lianne in Writing / 9 Comments

At last I’m hosting a giveaway here! lol. My second poetry collection, Of Frost and Fury: Poems Written in the Land of Volcanoes and Giants, was released late last year but given how busy it was around Christmas time, there wasn’t much promotion on my part (not to mention it took a while before it became available on online outlets like The Book Depository and Amazon–which they are now available at). You can read more about how this book came about over at this post.

So I’m hosting a giveaway contest here on my blog for a chance to win a signed copy of my latest book. Unlike the giveaway I hosted on Goodreads (before their policy changed), this contest is open internationally and will run from 01 February to 12 February 2018 @ 11:59PM EST. Please use a valid email address when you enter in the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be contacted the following day and they will have 24 hours to claim their prize or I will raffle another winner.

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Please let me know if you have any questions about the contest and whatnot. Otherwise, good luck! 🙂

Edit: Thank you to everyone who entered this contest and congratulations to the winners, Arthur & Cassandra! 🙂