Review: Truthwitch

Posted 5 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
By: Susan Dennard
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of Tor.com reading club

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I downloaded this book as part of Tor.com’s First Reads Book Club a few months ago. I had seen this book in passing in the past but reading the premise of the book this time around I was curious and decided to check it out.

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Comics: House of M

Posted 3 June, 2020 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

House of M
By: Brian Michael Bendis (Writer), Olivier Coipel (Penciler), Sergio Miranda (Translator), Tim Townsend (Inker), Rick Magyar (Inker), Fernando Lopes (Translator), John Dell (Inker), Scott Hanna (Inker), Frank D’Armata (Colourist), Chris Eliopoulos (Letterer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

The Marvel event of the decade is here! The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff! The Scarlet Witch is out of control, and the fate of the entire world is in her hands. Will Magneto help his daughter or use her powers to his own benefit? Starring the Astonishing X-Men and the New Avengers! You know how sometimes you hear the phrase: and nothing will ever be the same again? Well, this time believe it, buster! Nothing will ever be the same again!

Collects: House of M #1-8.

I had been curious to check out this story as I heard good things about it and it’s a major event in the Marvel comic universe. Plus, when I heard that Wanda was going to have her own show on Disney+ and they hinted that it was going to be crazy fun but also really sad, I thought of this comic (and secretly wish it will follow this storyline to some extent because it logically makes sense given where she was left at at the end of Endgame).

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Review: The City in the Middle of the Night

Posted 1 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The City in the Middle of the Night
By: Charlie Jane Anders
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

“If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams…And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”

From the brilliant mind of Charlie Jane Anders (“A master absurdist”—New York Times; “Virtuoso”—NPR) comes a new novel of Kafkaesque futurism. Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace—though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.

But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet–before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.

The premise of the novel sounded really interesting and I had All the Birds in the Sky (review) lined up to read at the time so yeah, I picked this book up too. I read this book right after her debut novel.

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May Updates

Posted 29 May, 2020 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Well now, here we are at the end of May. How are things on your end? Here in my province and city there’s move towards a new normalcy: shops ad businesses slowly reopening, lockdown and emergency contingencies relaxing, but still monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases. We shall see what June will bring us. In the meantime, here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of May:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor (review), Hannah Kent’s The Good People (review), and John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. No movie reviews or other review types posted this month. Here’s what else has been going on in my life, lol.
  3. The great catch-up continues here on the blog as I continue posting reviews from books read as far back as…late last year? Early this year? Also may post photos from my last trip one of these days/sometime this summer.

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Until next time, hope you and your loved ones are well and that you are all keeping safe and healthy!

Review: All the Birds in the Sky

Posted 27 May, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

All the Birds in the Sky
By: Charlie Jane Anders
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of Tor.com reading club

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

I’ve long been following io9.com back when Charlie Jane Anders was editor of the site. So naturally I was curious when I heard she had written a book and was stepping down from that site to write full time.

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