Tag: Rating: 5 stars


Review: Everything I Never Told You

Posted 26 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Everything I Never Told You
By: Celeste Ng
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

I’ve long had this book on my wishlist but just never got around to picking it up sooner. It was only when I not only heard continuous rave reviews about her second book, Little Fires Everywhere, and that it was going to be made into a television series that I decided to finally get around to her books. Oh, that and I see her tweets a lot on Twitter 🙂

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Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War

Posted 20 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

This is How You Lose the Time War
By: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters, and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.

The title first piqued my attention, followed by the premise. So I had to pre-order a copy for myself.

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Comics: Avengers: The Final Host

Posted 2 August, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Avengers: The Final Host (Vol. 1)
By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Ed McGuiness (Illustrator), Ed McGuinness (Illustrator), Sara Pichelli (Illustrator), David Marquez (Illustrator), Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A new era for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. Thor Odinson. The big three are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet – the 2,000-foot-tall space gods known as the Celestials! Behold the coming of the Final Host! But who will answer the call as a new team of Avengers assemble? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull. As Black Panther and Doctor Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth, Captain Marvel faces death and destruction raining down from the skies…and what about the Savage Hulk? Plus, no gathering of Avengers would be complete without a certain Prince of Lies! But what world-shaking connection exists between the Dark Celestials and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?

COLLECTING: AVENGERS 1-6, MATERIAL FROM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018

The Avengers and a threat in the form of the Celestials? Yeah, count me in! Jason Aaron has quickly become one of those graphic novel writers who I would immediately check out if he has a new series; I’ve enjoyed his run on Thor and Doctor Strange.

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Review: Bloodhoof

Posted 10 June, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Bloodhoof
By: Gerður Kristný, Rory McTurk (Translator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Bloodhoof is the re-casting into compulsively spare modern verse of an ancient Eddic poem – but this only begins to hint at its attractions. It is a minimalist epic telling of the abduction of Gerdur Gymisdottir from the land of giants to the court of Freyr of the ‘wolf-grey eyes’, and the subsequent events culminating in the birth of her son and her hopes of being saved by her own kin.

It is full of iron-hard rocks and ice, serpents in the breast gnawing at the harness of hope, but also wide-reaching fields of corn whispering in the breeze and a throne carved with beasts and dragons-heads. You could read the whole book in perhaps half an hour but it will take many months or years to begin to clear the ghosts and long-dead heroes from your mind.

I first encountered this book while I was in Iceland; there was this bookstore I had visited the first time I was there and revisited it again recently. However I didn’t pick up a copy of this book until I returned to Canada–bought way too many books as it was at the time!

Bloodhoof was a wonderful read. I don’t remember encountering the original Eddic poem when I read the poems a few years back, but thankfully this book has an introduction that introduces the original poem and where Kristny draws her sources from to write this book. I especially love the fact that this book is bilingual, with the original poem in Icelandic set at the top and the English translation at the bottom; Icelandic is a complex language but I always appreciate it when a book is bilingual like that, you can refer to it. The poem itself is minimalist but rich in imagery and feeling.

Suffice to say I really enjoyed this poem and glad I picked it up 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

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Comics: Thor: The Galactus Seed

Posted 8 March, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

The Mighty Thor: The Galactus Seed
By: Matt Fraction (Writer), Pasqual Ferry (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

What is the Worldheart? Plucked by Thor and his companions from the deepest roots of Yggdrasil – the World Tree, split in twain – the cosmic seed is now the most coveted object in Odin’s possession. But the Silver Surfer – herald of Galactus, devourer of worlds – recognizes the Worldheart as the one object that could forever sate his master’s apocalyptic appetite. Now, the Surfer has come to Asgard to claim a prize Odin will not surrender without a fight – and Thor is caught in the middle. Will he entrust the Worldheart to the Surfer for the betterment of the universe, or choose instead to fight to the death for the glory of Odin?

COLLECTING: The Mighty Thor 1-6

I had been looking for something epic to read–I had forgotten my train of thought as to why I was thinking space opera in the Marvel universe–but one search led to another led to this title. Thor meets the Silver Surfer meets Galactus? Yeah, count me in! Took a while to get my hands on a copy of this comic but I finally did 🙂

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