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"Miss Bennet he acknowledge to be pretty, but she smiled too much."

— Perhaps the most intriguing part of the ever drowse-inducing Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Yawn. Now hand me that Dickens book, will you.

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I finally decided to give it a look.

Unpredictably, I cried. 

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The legal battle behind the rightful owner of the character and related indicia. I found it a bit complicated since I am not an expert in law.

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That moment when you realised that the opening chapter of The Hobbit novel is very much like the opening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Both are talking about a community that puts a high value on living predictably and being less adventurous. The Dursleys for their lack of ‘anything peculiar’, and the hobbits for their their preference of staying at home.

Then an old, bearded wizard in long blue robe came into their life, and everything will never be the same anymore.

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Forgive the Shrek headband; the night is sweltering hot and I need something to keep my unruly hair away from my face.
Anyway, Sherlock: The Casebook is ultimately one of the best purchase I have ever made this year!
I am not going to post pictures of what is inside. This thing is sooo good that I encourage people to just buy and see it for themselves. It basically contains episode guides, behind-the-scenes, comparison to canon, and a bonus bio of Basil Rathbone. 
The most fun part is definitely the scattered Post-Its on almost its every pages, containing notes from the detective and the army surgeon themselves. And yes, there is also a ‘facebook page’ belonging to John Watson on one part, where he posted photos from their trip to Baskerville (and of course, Sherlock Holmes is not going to go easy on it).
I am a very happy girl!

Forgive the Shrek headband; the night is sweltering hot and I need something to keep my unruly hair away from my face.

Anyway, Sherlock: The Casebook is ultimately one of the best purchase I have ever made this year!

I am not going to post pictures of what is inside. This thing is sooo good that I encourage people to just buy and see it for themselves. It basically contains episode guides, behind-the-scenes, comparison to canon, and a bonus bio of Basil Rathbone. 

The most fun part is definitely the scattered Post-Its on almost its every pages, containing notes from the detective and the army surgeon themselves. And yes, there is also a ‘facebook page’ belonging to John Watson on one part, where he posted photos from their trip to Baskerville (and of course, Sherlock Holmes is not going to go easy on it).

I am a very happy girl!

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J. K Rowling’s Casual Vacancy and My Thoughts On It

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If Harry Potter was the Boy Who Lived, then Barry Fairbrother was certainly the Man Who Died.

His death, and the bitterness that follows, was definitely the hand that pushes the door in the story, making all hell break loose.

We are talking about blackmailing, disowned family members and drug addiction. All those real-life problems that you have probably encountered in your own life. Despite having seen glimpses of such issues in Harry Potter, this time, we can finally drop the book and say, Oh wow, shit just got real. What is this feeling. Why do I feel like being stabbed in the stomach.

Rowling, why do I have to go through that phase again when you successfully induced your readers’ tears with that heart-wrenching Always.

The book is a mirror image of Harry Potter; it takes on the extreme end of the pole in which Harry was standing. If Harry Potter was an utopia, the safe place where your imagination runs wild with unicorns and dragons, then Casual Vacancy is the ultimate dystopia. The darkness that is of the real world; government who cut budgets for health clinics, wives who have not had sex for years. The moment you finished Harry Potter, you would began to sigh in pleasure for the mental image of Hogwarts, which you would lovingly call home. You finished Casual Vacancy, then began to sigh in fatigue, thinking of the sight of poverty you see everyday on the street. 

Does that mean it is a bad read?

If you would only enjoy reading something with Chocolate Frogs in it, then you have the reading taste of a five year old, and I do not mean that as a compliment. For even in the darkness of life, beauty can be found. Even in a seedy place like Fields, there came a hero named Mr. Fairbrother, who was able to see through the problem that is Krystal Weedon. The way some of us would see through Severus Snape. 

Bear with the slow pace and the seemingly endless appearance of new characters. Pay attention to small details; you know how good Rowling is with Chekov guns, and she still got it. See how the tension builds up into a tsunami of angst, of issues that were wrongfully thought to be swept under the rug.

Reading Casual Vacancy was very much like pondering into your own life; dark with bits you would rather erase, but deep inside you know that you would not let go of it. You would still love it. 

Once again Rowling proved her deep understanding of human emotions and the complicated relation it brings.

And yeah, she knows Facebook and Rihanna.

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"You don’t have sex near a unicorn. It’s just an ironclad rule."

— J. K. Rowling, on expanding her genre beyond fantasy, which found to be restricting at some points. 

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A bit late, but here are my thoughts on Alan Bradley’s I am Half-sick of Shadows.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have not read all of the books in the series, but I find that it is going to require some time and effort for me to fall in love with Flavia de Luce.
Alright, the series definitely have an interesting basic concept. Think a younger, fresh, post-contemporary Agatha Christie, with all the right ingredients for a classic British detective story. Let’s see. A highly intelligent, socially awkward leading character. Check. The sleepy British countryside. Check. Strangers coming from an untouchable society, in this case movie directors and actors. Check.
So how come I, forever in awe of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, did not find myself intrigued by the series?
Because of its mediocre execution.
The story moves on reaaaaaaally slooooooowly that I actually find myself screaming for the murder(s) to happen. Just imagine; halfway through the story and still nothing big happened, just introduction to characters and motives. 
Another problem is the lack of surprises. While we waited for the murder to happen, we were being served with faintly disguised Chekov guns and red herrings, with all my predictions proved to be true at the end of the story. I guess surprises just do not happen anymore. Yawn.
Then, finally, the most intriguing of them all: there were no tricks or method. Yes, Flavia does speak like a rocket scientist, and she does all these tricks with her chemistry set. But when it comes to investigating murders, there are nothing but sneaking around and talking to people to get data. 
It was definitely less-embarrassing than reading Fifty Shades, but perhaps some more efforts are needed to call this story a favourite.
3 out of 5 stars.

A bit late, but here are my thoughts on Alan Bradley’s I am Half-sick of Shadows.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have not read all of the books in the series, but I find that it is going to require some time and effort for me to fall in love with Flavia de Luce.

Alright, the series definitely have an interesting basic concept. Think a younger, fresh, post-contemporary Agatha Christie, with all the right ingredients for a classic British detective story. Let’s see. A highly intelligent, socially awkward leading character. Check. The sleepy British countryside. Check. Strangers coming from an untouchable society, in this case movie directors and actors. Check.

So how come I, forever in awe of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, did not find myself intrigued by the series?

Because of its mediocre execution.

The story moves on reaaaaaaally slooooooowly that I actually find myself screaming for the murder(s) to happen. Just imagine; halfway through the story and still nothing big happened, just introduction to characters and motives. 

Another problem is the lack of surprises. While we waited for the murder to happen, we were being served with faintly disguised Chekov guns and red herrings, with all my predictions proved to be true at the end of the story. I guess surprises just do not happen anymore. Yawn.

Then, finally, the most intriguing of them all: there were no tricks or method. Yes, Flavia does speak like a rocket scientist, and she does all these tricks with her chemistry set. But when it comes to investigating murders, there are nothing but sneaking around and talking to people to get data. 

It was definitely less-embarrassing than reading Fifty Shades, but perhaps some more efforts are needed to call this story a favourite.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Now a proud owner of Ayu Utami’s latest release Lalita (plus a bonus mousepad and author’s autograph inside).
I am definitely addicted to pre-ordering books. You know that amazing feeling when you have managed to finish the whole book, while the rest of the country are still waiting for it to be officially released in bookstores?
Besides, we are talking about the amazingness called Ayu Utami here. 

Now a proud owner of Ayu Utami’s latest release Lalita (plus a bonus mousepad and author’s autograph inside).

I am definitely addicted to pre-ordering books. You know that amazing feeling when you have managed to finish the whole book, while the rest of the country are still waiting for it to be officially released in bookstores?

Besides, we are talking about the amazingness called Ayu Utami here. 

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Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father

Page 110-111.

Who sold you this bill of goods, that your situation exempted you from being thoughtful or diligent or kind, or that morality had a color?

That awesome moment when a verse in a book that you are currently reading speaks in the same language of a valuable life lesson you learned in your adolescent.

I was 13, and I thought I had the very reason to be angry and gloomy and negative just because my father was a drug addict who was serving a time in jail. Luckily I mature up and learned that no matter how dark your situation is, you are the one who is in charge of what you think of it. And in the end, how you feel about it and what you are going to do about it.

I chose to survive and not to be a victim. I chose to build my own impenetrable castle inside of me; in which, no matter how painful life has became, I could remain happy. I chose to live an active life, pursue my passions and befriend with all sort of people.

Preach it, Mr. Obama, preach it!

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Grab your chocolate ‘cause we’ll travel on a flying giant peach!
Beware of witches and headmasters, and don’t forget to bring a book with you!

Grab your chocolate ‘cause we’ll travel on a flying giant peach!

Beware of witches and headmasters, and don’t forget to bring a book with you!

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I am so angry that I started crying now

Someone had deliberately re-arranged my bookshelves, which I have arranged in correct order based on the books’ language and genre.

The worst part? Some books actually went missing.

The worst of the worst?

IT IS MY FUCKING HARRY POTTER AND ROALD DAHL COLLECTION.

WHOEVER IS DOING THIS MAY AS WELL CUT MY LIMBS.