Shall I Be a Poet Instead? – Available Now!

Posted 14 August, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Just a bit of an update from my last post about how my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead?, came to be: aside from Lulu, it’s now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository…anywhere that Ingram distributes to, basically (I don’t exactly who else, I tried looking up a list and came up short). I even found my book on AbeBooks, lol. I found out about it late last week and some of you probably saw my stories on Instagram pointing out where it’s available now, lol.

So yeah, this is just a shameless pluggage post that my book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and of course Lulu Press 🙂

In the meantime I’m working on my next project 😉

Comics: Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic (Vol. 2)

Posted 11 August, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic (Vol. 2)
By: Jason Aaron (Text), Gerry Duggan (Goodreads Author) (Text), James Robinson (Text), Chris Bachalo (Illustrations), Leonardo Romero (Illustrations), Danilo Beyruth (Illustrations), Mike Perkins (Illustrations), Various (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

They have crossed the dimensions, purging them all of sorcery, one by one. Now the Empirikul are here. And with Earth’s Master of the Mystic Arts weakened beyond measure, is there any chance of stopping them? The Sorcerer is no longer Supreme, and he will find himself at the mercy of the Imperator! With his magic destroyed and his world on the brink of disaster, are there any more tricks left up Strange’s sleeves? Or, failing that, how about some cool weapons? Plus: as the Empirikul wreak havoc on magic users across the Marvel Universe, discover Wong’s ultimate sacrifice, watch Brother Voodoo make a stand, and meet a new player just as she is about to lose the game!

COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 6-10, DOCTOR STRANGE: LAST DAYS OF MAGIC 1

I was pleasantly surprised by the first volume of Doctor Strange (review) and it obviously ended on such a cliffhanger that I just had to find out what happened next! At long last the comic came out in paperback so I snapped it up as soon as I could to find out what happened next 😛

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Review: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Posted 10 August, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
By: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.

Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society–not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.

Strange, for such a quick read–you can easily read this in a day–I actually never got around to writing a book review for it. Given that I was reading some books by him that I never got around to, not to mention hoping to get around to re-reading his other books again, I decided to revisit it.

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 9 August, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 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. So last month I finally posted photos from my trip. Yay! 😀 Of course, that’s not the end of pouring over my travel photos as I am planning on using some of them for an upcoming project (ooh, spoilers) 😉
  2. Speaking of projects, I finally released my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? It’s pretty surreal and a relief to finally launch that baby into the world…It’ll be a little while longer before it shows up at Amazon.com and the like but for now it’s available for purchase at Lulu.com 🙂
  3. Whilst it was a little surreal to finally be talking about and sharing my work in public, it really hit me a few days after when my GoodReads profile changed. Feels pretty legit now, haha :3
  4. I think I found my summer jam:

    Though this song might also be my summer jam; I didn’t quite get why people LOVED Lorde when her first album came out, I liked maybe one or two songs but listening to her second album and going back to the first one…yeah, I dig it, lol.

  5. Otherwise, my July was okay. Started dealing with stuff for September and the programme that I will be entering then (a bit of a pain in the butt, but anyway). Work has been okay, busy and a bit stressful (okay, understatement of the year, that last bit, but anyhow). The weather thankfully hasn’t been like a consistent heatwave like last year (though last week was disgusting, omg). Unfortunately we received some sad news in the family so July all-in-all has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
  6. Books I am currently reading: I’ve started reading Dan Simmons’ Hyperion whenever I’m on break at work; it’s pretty interesting, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it. I also started reading Simon van Booy’s The Secret Lives of People in Love 🙂
  7. Like almost every year now I have not read any of the books on the Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist. Yikes.
  8. Yaaaaaasssss I finally own all of Simon van Booy’s fiction. Exciting stuff 😀
  9. In my last bookish & not-so-bookish post I talked about that passport TN that I had and didn’t know what to use it for. Well, I ended up giving it to my mum, who wanted one anyway, because I bought another regular TN, this time in camel. The leather one remains my everyday but the camel one houses my long-term planning stuff…and my washi samples at present 😛
  10. I’m thinking of making a post here one of these days about my enthusiasm for fountain pens, paper, and inks. Anyone else just as enthuasistic about these things as I am? 😀

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And that’s it from me for now! How’s everyone’s week been going? 🙂

Review: Strange Pilgrims

Posted 8 August, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Strange Pilgrims
By: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In Barcelona, an aging Brazilian prostitute trains her dog to weep at the grave she has chosen for herself. In Vienna, a woman parlays her gift for seeing the future into a fortunetelling position with a wealthy family. In Geneva, an ambulance driver and his wife take in the lonely, apparently dying ex-President of a Caribbean country, only to discover that his political ambition is very much intact.

In these twelve masterly stories about the lives of Latin Americans in Europe, García Márquez conveys the peculiar amalgam of melancholy, tenacity, sorrow, and aspiration that is the émigré experience.

Hehehe, you could say I’m on a bit of a roll getting around to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books (either revisiting or new books altogether). I heard good things about this collection so I decided to pick it up next 😀 Plus, it’s a nice change of pace; I was curious to see how Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads when it comes to short stories.

Well, this was certainly an interesting collection of stories featuring Latin American characters in different parts of the world. The stories can be surprising, sad, hopeful, some with a touch of magical realism, other stories a tale of living in foreign lands and struggling with everyday life. These stories may seem like everyday occurrences but they nonetheless are told with such a wonderful narrative and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ own way of conveying a story. Some stories of course stuck out more than others, like “Bon Voyage, Mr. President”, “Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane” and “‘I Only Came to Use the Phone'” but short or long, each story was wonderful to read.

There’s not much else I could say except they were interesting to check out and definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in reading something by this author for the first time or are already a fan of his works.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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