Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2016

Hello fellow bookworms!

August is now over! It’s that time of the month where we revisit all the posts we’ve published, all the wonderful books we’ve discovered and all the great cinematic art we might have crossed paths with! Don’t be shy to share what you think! 😛

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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“We are the choices we make.”

— Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

    It takes a lot of guts to go through with an idea like this one. Patrick Ness seems to never settle with the simple and unoriginal. Known for his famous Chaos Walking trilogy, I’ve only contented myself of reading some of his more recent works till this day. It was only a matter of time before I tackled one of the most popular young adult novel out there. A couple pages into the book, I knew that I was about to enter a brand new universe. One that doesn’t limit itself in the boundaries of reality. Suffice to say that Patrick Ness knows his shit. To make this even more memorable was the fact that I had completely forgotten what the book was about. It is always a pleasure to know that all your books on your shelves are there to be read for a reason. Whether you remember or not that reason is only a plus to the surprises that the book has in store for you. Jumping into this book clueless was definitely worth it. Why? Because this novel relies strongly on suspense and readers start of with little to no information on what’s going on. Continue reading

DC Comics Bombshells Vol.1 : Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett

MY RATING: ★★★★

Honestly, I didn’t have much expectations when starting this comic because you know.. it’s DC comics. HAHA JOKE. Don’t hate on me guys! I LOVEE THIS COMIC. I mean I didn’t have much expectations because I had no idea how they are  going to rock these superheroes in the 50’s. BUT THEY DID.

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World War II fought by super women ! YUP. It’s that awesome 🙂 At first, we follow the story of Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Stargirl.They all have different backup stories in different countries but they are all affected by the same war.  It’s an alternate universe where the heroines came first.

One of the main scenes that indicate this element is where Batwoman rescues the Wayne’s family by knocking out the shooter who is supposed to murder Bruce’s parents, making it impossible for him to become Batman.

It’s how this series start and a way to tell people the girls are in charge now! 

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A Bookidote Discussion – What do you think about speed-reading?

Hello lovely bookworms! 😛

     Let’s not kid ourselves here. We all wished to be able to read a lot faster. With a TBR that grows at an exponential rate while our currently reading book is taking a decade to go through, it’s no surprise that we’ve contemplated the idea of having super speed-reading powers.

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I’ve always personally seen myself as an incredibly slow reader. I’ve never been able to finish a 200 page novel in a single sitting or even in a day, but life has put in front of me people who are able to go through a 1000 pages in a blink of an eye. Young, I strongly avoided comparing my reading speed to anyone and everyone. Instead of having a high reading speed, I’d use more of my time per day to go through more chapters than another, faster, reader would. You see my compensating strategy there? Continue reading

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

MY RATING: ★★★

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”

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Goodreads blurb :

“EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. 

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.”

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”

— Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

    This is my 2016 coup de coeurOnly a very few books are able to suck me into a place so magnificently beautiful that I forget where I’m laying down, what’s around me and what time it is. This gift of literature is an unsettling and staggering creation. It bestowed upon me so much joy, shock and thrill, that, more often than not, I felt like I was living in a world that actually exists. Camorr was presented in such a stunning fashion that I just couldn’t stop imagining it as a real universe, something that someone would call a parallel world. Something that would reverberate as the underground, shady and dark burrows of Earth. The ingredients in this exquisite recipe are varied in so many ways, it’s just vertiginous. The Lies of Locke Lamora is hilarious, savage, witty, complex and engrossing. It doesn’t ever fail in creating a bona fide story filled with charming, yet treacherous characters. Although it is only the beginning of the adventures of some of the greatest characters ever, this novel is a dragon that I will have trouble chasing after. This is the tale of Locke Lamora and the Gentlemen Bastards.  Continue reading

Dune by Frank Herbert

MY RATING: ★★★★★

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

As I finished reading this novel, I was wondering why I haven’t heard about DUNE before. Why hasn’t Dune invaded our popular culture like Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings did? I did a few research and found out that Dune is the ancestor of Star Wars. So why haven’t Dune received as much recognition as Star Wars?  Written in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966, an award for the best sci-fi/fantasy genre in the previous year. That’s a lot of recognition alright, but not in the public audience.

Set in the desert of Arrakis, Dune depicts the tale of betrayal and vengeance, in a feudal society where the Elites are ruling different planets. Duke Leto has been assigned the greater Order to rule Arrakis, creating conflicts with the house of Harkonnens who’s been eyeing the planet for so long.

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Cinedote Review – Trumbo (2015)

Summary: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: John McNamara (screenplay), Bruce Cook (book)

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Struhlbarg

   Cinema has known a lot of drama throughout time. From actors, screenwriters, directors to Hollywood itself, the things that happen behind the big screen is mind-boggling and a lot of it remains in the closet to this day. Politics has played a huge role in marking the cinematographic landscape. Trumbo is a movie that not only shows you what a screenwriter’s political belief can do to his career, but what an artist will do for his passion. No matter his inclinations in the political world, his silence found ways to reach theaters and propel Dalton Trumbo onto a career like none other. Set around the late 40s and early 50s, Trumbo is known as an elite in what he does. However, several individuals still denounce his allegiance to the Communist Party of the USA and his constant use of cinema for communist propaganda purposes. The relentless assault from anti-communists will take a big tole on Dalton Trumbo’s career as he discovers the infamous blacklist. But, will it be enough to stop Trumbo from making history? Continue reading

Pokémon GO Book Tag

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The addiction is real. The chaos followed. The fun continues. Pokémon Go is the fuzz and hasn’t stopped many people from going after Pokémon’s at every corner of their hood. People started using this as an incentive to jog, others made it a daily gang meet-up at the peek of the moon to lure Pokémon’s and dominate gyms. If anything, this augmented reality game has done great improvements and damage to our society! But, skipping the opportunity to do a Pokémon GO Book Tag? Not on our watch! Continue reading

Batman: Knightfall (Part One: Broken Bat) by Doug Moench

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“A community cowers behind locked doors. I have created darkness that chills their very souls. I have made a city injured to its own horrors know fear. Can you feel it? And it has only just begun.”

— Chuck Dixon, Batman: Knightfall (Part 1: Broken Bat)

    If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, then know that what you see here is one of the many comics that inspired some of the great scenes that Christopher Nolan translated onto the big screen. As much as this volume is known as an absolute classic in Batman’s universe, it however struggles to survive the test of time. Published in the 90s, written by both Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench, illustrated by Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle and Graham Nolan, Knightfall is only the first part of a trilogy, and essentially the most memorable story arc. The great writers behind this volume introduces readers to Bane and his ultimate plan to take control of Gotham by first getting rid of the one and only Batman. While Bane manipulates the whole orchestra and devises a painful and exhausting trial for Batman, the story essentially leads to the one and only highlight hinted in the title of the volume. Is Bane’s plan truly flawless? Will he be able to take down the Dark Knight? The crusader that no other villain has yet been able to put an end to? Continue reading

Rat Queens Vol. 1 : Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J Wiebe

MY RATING: ★★★★★

I just found the biggest competition to Saga, people ! Meet The Rat Queens 🙂 The biggest Bad-Asses in the history of badasses LOL I never laughed out loud so much while reading a comic series. The pack includes 4 ladies : Betty, a hobbit expert thief, Dee, an Atheist Human Cleric, Violet a Dawrven Fighter and Hannah the Elvan Mage and also leader of the group. These ladies seem to always attract trouble wherever they go. They are also monsters killers for profit. The series follows their journey into demon slaying and dragon taming adventures.

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The genius behind Rat Queens is the ability to blend characters with great depth, humour, action, attitude and the best fantasy elements in one story. The four kickasses have such a great dynamism. You can feel their differences, but also their friendship. The diversity in the characters is also amazing : we have small, tall, different ethnicity, different shape and size. Every single one of them have a strong backstory. The one thing they have in common? Their attitude. They don’t give a single fuck about other people, they go do their own things.  Continue reading