Tag: Books: Commentary

Commentary: Pride & Prejudice

Posted 27 January, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Pride and Prejudice
By: Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

I first read this book back in high school for my grade 11 english course. It was the assigned book for our independent study essay so at the time I just read it and didn’t think much of it. When the 2005 movie came out, I decided it was time to re-read it; that time around, I absolutely enjoyed it, understood it better and was pretty much ecstatic to check out Austen’s other works. It’s been a while since I’ve re-read it and after reading a number of Georgette Heyer’s novels, I decided to go back to it.

As you noticed, the title of this post is “commentary” rather than “review” because I’m not formally reviewing this novel like other books. I am instead just commenting on a few things I noticed during my re-read this time around. CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Review: A Game of Thrones

Posted 29 July, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

A Game of Thrones
By: George R.R. Martin

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning and in the frozen wastelands to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and as unyieling as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Despite finally catching up with GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire this year (read books three to five this year), I actually haven’t re-read A Game of Thrones in about five years. I meant to but with all the other books I had to read, I decided not to bother. I decided to re-read it again recently because I realised there were a lot of small hints and details here and there throughout the entire series that I had missed. Plus, the LJ community game-thrones was holding a re-read so I figured now was a good time to do so.

Like the other posts I’ve written on the series, the following is more of a commentary than a review of the book. MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven’t read ANY of the books in the series as I will be making reference to them throughout.

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