Tag: Books: Commentary

Commentary: The Angel’s Game

Posted 11 July, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Angel’s Game
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed-a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

I’ve actually reviewed this novel a few years ago when I first read it (review) but with the release of The Prisoner of Heaven i decided it was time to re-read the book (plus it was an overall excuse to get around to re-reading the books, lol). Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Television: Game of Thrones (Season 2), Part II

Posted 7 June, 2012 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

So I just concluded my review of series 2 of Game of Thrones but this post is pretty much an extension of that, this time looking at certain storylines a little closer and referencing the books (all five of them) more. I’m going to start by noting that despite the fact that I read the books first and obviously the books are far more detailed than the television show, I’m not a book purist (not really, lol). I understand the difficulties and the limitations present in adapting a book to a television format and how changes need to be made. I’ve lived with the lack of Dol Amroth and the lesser role that Eomer played in The Return of the King, I can handle the changes made here in the show =P But at the same time, that’s not the say that I’ll quail at some “Why did they do that?” moments ^_~ So yeah, MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven’t read books 3 to 5 in A Song of Ice and Fire!

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Article: Femnista [May/June 2012]

Posted 1 June, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 3 Comments

So it’s a brand new month (hello June! We’re halfway through the year–who would’ve thought?) and the latest issue of Femnista is out! The theme of this issue is Literary Women (there was an issue last year on the Literary Men). The characters featured is quite a wide range from different mediums, including Shakespeare’s Juliet, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth and Nancy Drew.

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For this issue I chose to write on Jane Austen’s Elinor Dashwood, one of the two Dashwood sisters featured prominently in Sense and Sensibility. I’ve always personally associated myself a bit more with Elinor than any of the other Austen heroines because she was always quite grounded and always took the responsible role even when everyone else was sort of following their own thing. It also made me quite protective of the character, especially when people were calling her unfeeling and cold because hse refused to let her emotions get in the way of what needed to be done. She had to deal with so much without cracking and she never got much thanks for what she did. At the same time there’s a lesson in the way that she handles things, that you shouldn’t bottle up your feelings too much. I wish I was more compassionate and understanding like her, she’s such a great character to look up to.

Anyways, hope you enjoy the latest issue! =)

Review: American Gods

Posted 18 May, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

American Gods
By: Neil Gaiman

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the minutes, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace… Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman’s epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

I actually read this book last year but never got around to writing a review of it. I was prompted to read it the first time after I had heard that HBO was planning on adapting it to a miniseries. This was exciting, especially as I had heard good things about this novel (I was a fan of Neil Gaiman’s before I read this book, having read other works like Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Stardust, The Graveyard Book and Neverwhere). However, when I read it, I came out of it unsure of what I was supposed to get out of it or whether I even enjoyed it. So I decided to put it aside and revisit it at a later date. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Commentary: The Longest Journey

Posted 5 May, 2012 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Longest Journey
By: E.M. Forster

Rickie Elliot, a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent, sets out from Cambridge full of hopes to become a writer. But when his stories are not successful he decides instead to marry the beautiful but shallow Agnes, agreeing to abandon his writing and become a schoolmaster at a second-rate public school. Giving up his hopes and values for those of the conventional world, he sinks into a world of petty conformity and bitter disappointments.

I first read E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey a few years ago amidst crazy papers, applications and tests. Before that, I had been eyeing this book for a long time; can’t remember exactly how I came across this title (apparently it’s the least-known of his novels yet his personal favourite) but the plot intrigued me. Because I never wrote a review post about this novel the first time around, the following entry is a mix of a review and a personal commentary about the book. So without further ado, contains some spoilers ahead!

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