Saturday, July 31, 2010

Edi's weekend Wave #31

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Hello and welcome to issue #31 of Edi's Weekend Wave. A relaxed and satisfying week draw to a close. Relaxed because I'm still on holiday. Satisfying because I could post a little bit more and spent a lot of time with reading - either posts on other blogs or books. The sun is shining after several days of gray sky and rain. Sunshine is good for the mood like chocolate. Today I got both :-)))
Enjoy reading ...


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. End of July - August ahead
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: The Word For World Is Forest by Ursula K.Le Guin (pb)
  2. A Book for you? The Last King's Amulet by Chris Northern (ebook)
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. What color is your magic?
  2. Sword and Sorcery - a Mind Meld
  3. A Pen Mightier Than Any Sword
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sucker Punch
Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Philosophy

The Lighthouse

Ultimo! Today is the last day of July 2010. Due to my holiday I have been able to read six books so far. I will finish one more tonight. I got a lot of nice gifts (birthday). I posted more than last month. And I found time to think about the blog. You will see the results soon. Curious? I hope so.

What to expect for August?
I decided that from now on Sunday will be my main review day. That means for August five reviews.
So you can expect at least nine posts ( four weekend waves and five reviews). Not more in a month with 31 days? Don't worry there is more to come ....

Enjoy your weekend ....

Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week we received three books and a mug. But I posted about two books and the mug before. Today we received the third book and it is a real interesting one.

Once again I have to Tor/Forge publicist Cassandra Ammerman for sending us a copy of the US paperback edition of The Word For World Is Forest (pb ,2010; first published 1976) [ISBN-13: 978-0765323224] by Ursula K. Le Guin.

"When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty Yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.
Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society, for every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back."
Let quote some more information from Cassandra about a novel written when I was just thirteen years old.
"Based on a novella Le Guin wrote in 1972, The Word For World Is Forest was inspired by the Vietnam War.
Its influence and reach have been immeasurable, with references throughout several decades of pop culture. A copy of the book was seen in the background of the Stanley Kubrik film Full Metal Jacket, and it is alluded to in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Even now, The Word For World Is Forest remains relevant: in December 2009, critic Gary Westfahl compared the blockbuster film Avatar to Le Guin's novel in an issue of Locus."
I liked the 3D version of the movie a lot - especially the colors of the flora. And of course I would like to know about the connection between Avatar and The Word For World Is Forest. Therefore I added the book to my lst of the books to be read until the end of 2010. Compared to the books I read recently it is short: only 190 pages. But the number of pages does not give any hint about the content ....

A few days ago I received a review request via mail. I'm open-minded but I do not read and review every book. And this time the book did not arise my interest. I know it is difficult to get into business. Therefore I promised author Chris Northern to share work about his fantasy novel The Last King's Amulet (ebook).
 "My name is Sumto, and I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk who has to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with. Still, that's got to be as bad as things get, Am I right?"
Chris wrote to me:
"Actually, my intent with the series is serious - political, sociological, and to shine a light on the fundamental natural of humans as it relates to both - and the bits that make people laugh are not usually comic in intent but a consequence of who Sumto is. Have you noticed that people often laugh at things that are not 'funny' when disected? Human nature again."
So if you think this could be a novel for you then read the sample by following this link.

No more today, see you next week ......

Blogosphere

Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

From time to time I like to take part in online quizzes. Within the past week I found a now one. It is related to the new forthcoming novel by Bent Weeks: The Black Prism (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1841499031].

"Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart."


Now coming back to the quiz. This is my result:

I'm a green magic drafter!

Take the quiz at Brent Weeks.com


You are a green drafter

Green luxin is springy and flexible. The uses are as varied as the drafter is creative: from furniture to projectiles to shields to the throwing arms of war engines. Greens are wild, free. They don't so much disrespect authority as not even recognize it.

The results from your color matching test confirm what we expected: You have normal vision. Your chromaturgy will fail and disintegrate at times for reasons you don't understand, but you are still gifted enough to make a good living, and be honored by your patron.

Magic in the Black Prism
When a candle burns, a physical substance (wax) is transformed into light. Chromaturgy in The Black Prism is the inverse: A drafter transforms light into a physical substance (luxin). Each different color of luxin has its own strength, weight, and even smell: blue luxin is hard, red is gooey, yellow is liquid, etc. But even as drafters change the world, the luxin changes them too, physically, mentally, and emotionally. The color change of a drafter's eyes is only the beginning…

I like the MIND MELD posts over at SF Signal. The latest one is related to a book I read recently:
Swords & Dark Magic (July 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0061723810], edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders.

"Swords & Dark Magic is the most important new fantasy anthology to be published this decade. Featuring new stories from the bestselling and brightest writers working in the genre, including: New York Times bestselling authors Scott Lynch and Garth Nix; genre greats Michael Moorcock (with an all-new Elric novella), Michael Shea (with a fully authorized new Cugel the Clever adventure), Robert Silverberg (with an all-new Majipoor tale), Glen Cook (with an all-new Black Company story), Gene Wolfe, and C. J. Cherryh; and hot new writers who've been re-inventing swords and sorcery like Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Tim Lebbon, and many more." [Back of the book]

You want to know what the contributors of the book think about sword and sorcery?
Then read: MIND MELD: What 'Sword and Sorcery' Means to Me


There is a kind of relationship between pen and sword. You want to know more? Then read A Pen Mightier Than Any Sword.


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......

Movies

Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

I must admit I could not withstand to present you the following trailer- containing a plethora of impressions. When I watched it the first time I could not believe that this all belongs to just one movie. But that changed immediately with one name: Zack Snyder. Sucker Punch is the next movie by Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen and 300.
"Sucker Punch is set in 1950's and follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man." [Source]



That's all for today. See you next time....

Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.
We read a lot of different things this week. I asked myself several times whether there is a philosophy behind it or not. That is the reason why I finally searched for "philosophy quotes".
And that is what I found ...

"Philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)


"I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth, US author & wit (1884 - 1980)


"Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.
Karl Marx, German economist & Communist political philosopher (1818 - 1883)


"History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield, 20th president of US 1881 (1831 - 1881)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Bad Weather - Nice Surprise

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The first part of July has been too hot and the second part is getting wet. The sky is gray and it rains a lot.
It doesn't matter for me as long as I can stay at home surrounded by good books. But the cherry of the cake is when the postman rings the bell - like today.

A huge envelope like on Monday but different content. This time from New York instead from Australia. Thanks to Tor/forge for sending me copies of two books by an author I did not read before. A lot of you will know her - yes she is a woman. She is a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin ( the online guide). And she is the author of the famous series about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged - The Kitty Norville series. Her name is Carrie Vaughn.

Now you know one reason why I didn't read one of her books so far: I'm not that interested in werewolves.

Anyway the first book I received is the eighths novel in the Kitty Norville series:

Kitty Goes To War (2010, 334 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365613] by Carrie Vaughn.
"Kitty Norville, werewolf radio call-in show host, gets a call from an old friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology, a friend with a problem, who doesn't know where else to turn. Three Army soldiers who have recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are in custody at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're also werewolves suffering from post traumatic stress, unable to control their shape-shifting, unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, curious and wanting to help. Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for slander after featuring Speedy Mart - a chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting the supernatural - on her show, and an old friend-and-adversary has just been released from jail." [Source]
To be honest I'm not really sure I want to read it. BUT my wife will read it and based on her opinion I will decide whether I will read it or not. I think that is a wise decision....


The second book by Carrie Vaughn is a lot more promising to me:
Discord's Apple (2010, 299 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325549] by Carrie Vaughn.
"When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe unit they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items.
Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse." [Source]
What is stored behind the old basement door, in a house in Hop's Fort, Colorado?
Who is interested in what is stored in the room?
And finally who is interested in the stuff behind the old basement door?

I want the answers for the questions above. It seems the only way to get the answers is to read Discord's Apple. And that is what I will do.I added Discord's Apple tothe list of books which I want to read until the end of 2010.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: The Value Of Oral Tradition

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I belong to these people who need every morning their daily newspaper- a real paper one.
Frankfurter Rundschau is the name of "my" newspaper and it is a German one.

Yesterday, July 27th 2010, I read an interesting article about the search for the ships of the Franklin Expedition. It is the search for the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus.
In 1845 Sir John Franklin and 128 crew members started their search for the Northwest Passage on board the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus. Finally they failed and both ships disappeared. Nobody knows exactly where.
Of course there have been several expedition to find the ships. But all failed until today. In August 2010 A crew on board the icebreaker Sir Wilfried Laurier will start a new attempt to find the ships.
This time the prerequisites are a bit different. The search will be done based on Inuit oral tradition collected by 50 year old Inuit historian Louis Kamookak, who lives in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
I'm curious about the results.

And now you ask yourself why I post about it. The reason is quite simple: A BOOK!
A great book! An awesome read!

The Terror (pb, 2007, 771 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0316017459] by Dan Simmons.
"The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror will chill you to your core."


I read the German edition in May 2009 and that is what I wrote about it on Goodreads.
"Reading impression
I read the well done German translation of the book
Dan Simmons tells the story of the last expedition of John Franklin, who tried to find the Northwest Passage in 1845 with the ships HMS Terror and HMS Erebus.
Based on the know facts Dan Simmons depicts an expressive and impressive metaphor of the expedition. I felt the cold on nearly every page. And not to forget the intense description of the feelings of the expedition members.Beside this you learn a lot about the customs and traditions of the Eskimos.
The appendix contains the list of crew members, a glossary and explanations of Eskimo terms.

I recommend this book warmly to everyone who is interested in
- Arctic Zone
- Discoverers
- Abysms of the human soul."

I highly recommend to read
The Terror . Another great book by Dan Simmons.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: A nice surprise on Monday

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Monday morning, 10 a.m. in Germany.
The sky is gray and it is raining. The perfect prerequisite for day filled with reading.
Suddenly the bell rings. The postman delivers a huge envelope from Australia.
I know the content before I open the envelope. It is a mug.
Yes, indeed I received a mug from Australia. And no, I did not order it.

I took part in a competition by writing a review of
A Plague of Sinners (May 2010, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636914], by Paul Lawrence which you can read instantly when you click HERE.

A Plague of Sinners is the second novel in The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series.
You can read instantly my review of the first book, The Sweet Smell of Decay (June 2009, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636426], when you click HERE.

And the good thing is, that the competition is still running. Just read 3 CABAL Mugs Left! for details.

Finally let me present you the mug I received on Monday:

The motif is a part of an old London map. And the yellow marked building is Bedlam.


That is all for today. Now I will make a cup of tea and continue reading
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
(2010, 432 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0312558154] by Dexter Palmer and
The Edge of the World (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316004190] by Kevin J Anderson.

ENJOY READING!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Reading Books Parallel

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A post on Monday. That is not usual for me. But felt the need to talk a bit about my latest reading experience.

I read two books parallel:
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
(2010, 432 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0312558154] by Dexter Palmer

"A wonderfully imagined debut novel about a greeting card writer who must come to terms with the madness of a genius inventor and his quest to create the perpetual motion machine.
Imprisoned aboard a zeppelin that floats above a city reminiscent of those of the classic films Metropolis and Brazil, the greeting card writer Harold Winslow is composing his memoirs. His companions are the only woman he has ever loved, who has gone insane, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, the devilish genius who drove her mad. The tale of Harold’s decades-long thwarted love is also one in which he watches technology transform his childhood home from a mere burgeoning metropolis to a waking dream, in which the wellheeled have mechanical men for servants, deserted islands can exist within skyscrapers, and the worlds of fairy tales can be built from scratch. And as he heads toward a final, desperate confrontation with the mad inventor, he discovers that he is an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all-the perpetual motion machine." [Source]
A N D

The Edge of the World (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316004190] by Kevin J Anderson.
"Terra Incognita - the blank spaces on the map, past the edge of the known world only by the words here be monsters.
Two nations at war, fighting for dominion over the world, pin their last hopes of ultimate victory on finding a land out of legend.
Each will send its ships to brave the untamed waters, wild storms, sea serpents, and darker dangers unseen by any man. It is a perilous undertaking, but there will always be the impetuous, the brave, and the mad, willing to leave their homes to explore unknown. Even unto the edge of the world ..." [Back of the book]


That leads to the question why to read several books parallel. I know people who read up to five books parallel.
My limit is three books. Coming to the why. there are two main reasons why I do it.

For me reading depends on mood. With several books I do not need to stop reading when I am not in the right mood for a book.

The other reason is part of the book itself. That sounds more mysterious than understandable. There are books where I can't read more than 30 pages a day. And The Dream of Perpetual Motion is the perfect example for that. It is a unique. extraordinary read. There is an expression in the book itself which explains nearly what I like to say:
"It is like reading two books, one with each eye, and understanding them both" [p. 113]
Let me specify it a bit more. When I read The Dream of Perpetual Motion, my sense of time slows dramatically down compared to the time around me. It is like sitting in a high-speed train and the landscape whoosh by. I don't have any problem with it. But to read The Dream of Perpetual Motion is like reading three books at the the same time. I have the impression the content of each page is tripled. That means reading 30 pages of The Dream of Perpetual Motion is like reading 90 pages in an other book!! I takes me longer to read these 30 pages than usual and to be honest I am totally filled up in a very beneficial way. So I have time to read left - after a break. Anyway I can't dive into The Dream of Perpetual Motion again on the same day. But I have time to read left AND I want to read. And that is exactly the point where a second or third book comes into play. In order to use my time for reading I need exactly a second and/or third book.
In current case I have only one more book that I read parallel: The Edge of the World. It differs a from The Dream of Perpetual Motion. But I like to read it a lot. Because it is in some ways familiar and new at the same time. In my youth I could get enough to read about the legendary expeditions of David Livingstone, Sven Hedin, Thor Heyerdahl, Roald Amundsen, Hiram Bingham, Henry Morton Stanley, Auguste Picard, Vasco da Gama, Marco Polo, Howard Carter, Heinrich Schliemann and more. Uncharted things have had my full interest. The Edge of the World reminds my of my youth. Uncharted seas are such a promise. But Kevin J. Anderson delivers much more: The whole story is based on a detailed and convincingly new world, with different peoples, a touch of magic, demons and monsters, description of societies and more. Every time I open the book, I smell the sea, I listen to the seagulls, I follow several people. I feel free and my exploratory urge awakes. And I can read more then 30 pages.

From reading point of view both books complement perfectly. A day with The Dream of Perpetual Motion and The Edge of the World is a satisfying day. The only thing I do not know at the moment is when I will finish both.
I hope soon because the next three books are waiting .....

You would like to know which ones? Here we go:

The King's Bastard (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519000] by Rowena Cory Daniells
"Cloaked in silent winter snow the Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours spread of new Affinity Seeps, places where untamed power wells up. By royal decree, all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Meanwhile, King Rolen plans his jubilee, unaware that danger threatens those he loves.
Sent to the Abbey because of his innate Affinity, the King’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Unfortunately, he’s a gentle dreamer and the other acolytes bully him. The only way he can escape them is to serve the Abbey Mystic, but his Affinity is weak.
Fiercely loyal, thirteen year-old Piro is horrified to discover she is also cursed with unwanted Affinity. It broke their mother’s heart to send Fyn away, so she hides her affliction. When Fyn confesses his troubles, Piro risks exposure to help him.
Even though Byren Kingson is only seven minutes younger than his twin, Lence, he’s never hungered for the Rolencian throne. When a Seer predicts that he will kill Lence, he laughs. But Lence Kingsheir sees Byren’s growing popularity and resents it. Enduring loyalty could be Byren’s greatest failing."

The Company (pb 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1841495101] by K. J. Parker
"Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives.
But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for.
For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over."

The Storm Guardians (pb 2010, 543 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565636] by Stephen Zimmer.
"Storms break out across the world and the realms beyond, as the Convergence seeks to advance its worldwide agenda, and Diabolos unleashes great powers from the depths of the Abyss.
The Fallen Avatar Beleth’s legions pour across the boundaries of Purgatarion, even as the Night Hunt is loosed once again, in the modern world. Dagian readies for a monumental unveiling of Babylon Technology’s greatest invention, a technology that holds grave implications for every living person on the face of the world.
It is a time when the Exiles in the Middle Lands, the An-Ki, and many others are falling under the shadow of the Abyss. Guardians of all forms, great and small, must rise to resist as the storm of darkness spreads. From high school students Seth, Jonathan, and Annika, to Ian, Arianna, and the others of humankind that have been drawn into the spiraling course of events, choices with dangerous consequences have to be made.
An epic tale of resolve and heroism, The Storm Guardians takes the reader farther and deeper into the Rising Dawn Saga."

Finally I would like to know from you:

Do you read several books parallel? And if yes, I would like to know the reason why.

I hope you understand now why I have to return to The Dream of Perpetual Motion and The Edge of the World soon
Not decided yet when I will be back and with what ...........

ENJOY READING!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: Stop Me by Richard Jay Parker

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Beside all the great sff reads I like to read something different from time to time. Therefore today is crime time - modern crime time. As you may know you can meet interesting people on twitter. I met Bookwalter and it did not take long that I discovered his real name and his profession.....

Howdy doody,

on vacation

bought, read and reviewed


Stop Me (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0749007133] by Richard Jay Parker

"Howdy doody
Forward this email to ten friends.
Each of those friends must forward it to ten friends.
Maybe one of those friends of friends of friends will be one of my friends.
If this email ends up in my inbox within a week,
I won't slit the bitch's throat.
Can you afford not to send this onto ten friends?
Vacation Killer

Leo Sharpe's life is shattered when his wife Laura suddenly disappears. His desperate need to find her turns to obsession when he becomes convinced she's the latest victim of The Vacation Killer who has claimed eleven lives already - is Laura going to be the twelfth? The MO is the same every time - a woman disappears and within hours inboxes around the world receive a threatening email. A few days later, grim evidence of the victim's death is delivered to the police. But in Laura's case, nothing is sent. Has the killer spared her life? Why? And for how long? For Leo, the clock is ticking - he needs to do everything in his power to stop the killer before it's too late."
( For all of you who don't know: MO is the abbreviation for the Latin phrase modus operandi = method of operating)

I still remember the time when we have been without email - only ordinary mail. It was also the time of chain letters. Nowadays chain letters are sent be email. They are still circulating. And most of us delete them like all the other spam and junk emails.

Now imagine you receive an email like the above one. What would you do?
To be honest I delete every email when I don't know the consignor without reading.

And Leo Sharpe, the main protagonist of Stop Me, did the same when he received such a mail for the first time.
But everything changes when his wife Laura disappear all of sudden. It does not take long and he receives again an email from the vacation killer. Now Leo is convinced that his beloved Laura is the next victim of the vacation killer. Stop Me is the story of Leo's search. At first he trust others, especially the police, to do the search for him.
But the absence of success has a heavily negative influence on Leo up to losing his job. Anyway love is a strong emotion and it is the mainspring for Leo to start his own investigations. First in UK and later on in United States where he meets Bookwalter, who is for me the most fascinating character of Stop Me. I can't tell you more about him without spoiling. But the description of this character is detailed and intense. It is the same with Leo. Richard Jay Parker does a more than excellent job with the description of the inner conflicts of Leo and their aftermath visibility. Be warned: Some of the characters actions look like without sense. Wait and continue reading before you judge ....
Very soon the story gets more tense and haunting.
I really admired Leo's endurance in his search and the never ending inner fight between hope and despair. There are several twists and turns. Richard is able to keep suspense and mystery nearly until the - for me totally unexpected - end. And yes the book offers a real end - nothing faked.

Richard's style is unagitated without grandstand play but compelling, emotional and full of tension under the surface with some outbreaks of violence.

Did I mention that Stop Me is Richard Jay Parker's debut novel?
It is a very promising debut and a great read.

For me, there was nothing obvious which could Stop Me to read Stop Me.

You look for mystery and suspense with a modern topic, with a "hero" torn between hope and despair and a story with an unexpected end, then I recommend to read Stop Me.


Final Advice:
Howdy doody,
leave a comment and forward the link to ten friends ...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #30

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Hello and welcome to issue #30 of Edi's Weekend Wave. Be warned! This is a big fat post after my birthday. Still full of cake I feel the need to share "brainy calories" with you. Enjoy the meal ...

I'm sorry for the delay. I have had technical problems.

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Birthday, Thoughts, Presents
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: Bringing Forth The End Of Days by Simon Law (PDF copy)
  2. Book trailer: Dante's Journey by J C Marino
  3. One more vampire book for me
  4. Paperback ordered in advance: Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. pornokitsch
  2. Massive giveaway of 13 books at once!!
  3. Book hoarder?!
  4. German book covers
  5. Paul Kearney interview
  6. Sci-fi alien lego landscape
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A new species
  2. Third movie in a series
  3. Franco-German TV network airs a British mystery series The Prisoner
Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Cake . . . . .

The Lighthouse

Birthday! Some like it, some not. For me it really depends on the age. In the youth you can't wait to grow older. Up a certain age you would like to be timeless. It is no secret. Yesterday (July 23rd) I turned 51. Some times my back aches. But as soon I read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, read write posts, I feel immediately young.
I think the main reason can be ascribed to the choice of books I read, movies I watch and music I listen too.

As a reader of this blog you may know what kind of books and movies I like. Music is another topic.

Of course I like to get gifts. I think you can imagine that it is getting difficult for your beloved ones and your friends to choose something which you like but don't already possess. In order to avoid this my family and I started to write wish lists several years ago. You mean that with a wish list there is no surprise about what you get? That is not true because with a list of 30 and more items you will never know what you get. And the big advantage is that you neither get things double or things you don't like.

This year my birthday list has been different to the past ones. It was a list without any book !! Only DVD and CD.

Bored? OK. This is what I got from my wife and my daughter:
(click on pic to enlarge)

The facts: One eau de toilette, three DVDs, five CDs

The smell of the eau de toilette is awesome. I fell in love with it the first time I smelt it. Of course I told my wife about it. But I never expected to get it, because it is expensive. It is from the company Hermes in Paris and it is named Voyage.
How to describe the smell? Believe it or not but there is a whole world of blogs dedicated to fragrances!! Here is an example: Hermes Voyage d’Hermes

And that was just the prelude!

The second set of packages contained DVDs of three of my favorite movies from 2009 and 2010.
I could immediately start with the praise of all three movies ..... I love them, I love them, especially WATCHMEN with one of my top heroes: Rorschach ... But I won't because I want to post the post today. Therefore you get only the title of the movie and a trailer.

WATCHMEN



THE DARK KNIGHT



SHERLOCK HOLMES


If you ever get the opportunity to watch them, then do it.
Anyway you should read my absolutely top graphic novel:
Watchmen (new edition 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1401222666] by Alan Moore
The first cover is from the 2008 edition; the second one is from the 1995 paperback edition of which I own a copy.



The last set of packages contained five CD from three bands.
I will list the name of the band, the name of the cd and for each band the link to the homepage and a link to myspace where you can listen to some of the songs. Be warned: There is some heavy stuff coming along ...

Let's start with the German medieval rock band Vermaledeyt and their latest Album Relikt. Vermaledeyt on myspace.

Next album - Seven Sins a Second - is from Finnish gothic metal band Sinamore. Sinamore on myspace.

And finally three CDs - SUDEN UNI, KIVENKANTAJA, V:HÄVITETTY - all from Finnish pagan/folk metal band Moonsorrow. Moonsorrow on myspace.

That is all folks. I listen to the music I got during I write this post.
Don't worry, today I have a lot more to post.

Enjoy your weekend ....

Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week I received a PDF copy of a book from an author who is member of Goodreads like me.
As you know I do not really like to read PDF because it is exhausting for my eyes. But when I'm interested in a book and PDF is the only possibility to get a review copy ........

First of all let me say thank you to debut author Simon Law for sending me a PDF copy of Bringing Forth The End Of Days (2009) [ISBN-13: 9781608602032]. It is part sci-fi thriller, horror story, mystery and suspense novel all tied into one.
"A mysterious green gas released upon the world causes the earth's entire plant life to slowly wilt over and die. Oxygen levels drop to dangerously low readings bringing forth the birth of strange new technologies and surgical procedures to combat against the effects of the poison air. Flash forward ten years to the story of a group of survivors as they struggle to find salvation in the desolate world. With oxygen now completely non-existent in the air, their existence relies upon a strange machine to provide them with the clean air they need. After years of isolation, they encounter what appear to be other humans outside in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere. Uniting with their new friends and now hopeful, they embark on a mission to find more survivors. But the path ahead holds many dangers and one person in the group has been hiding a dark secret from them."

I found the blurb interesting and will read and review the book in August 2010.

Recently I reviewed Dante's Journey (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1935188094] by J C Marino. A few days ago the author informed me about the availability of the book trailer. And of course I want to share the trailer with you:



Vampires .... There only few vampire books I read and liked. But that will change with the upcoming first novel in the Vampire Empire series: The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith, who are also on twitter. I like the cover and the blurb is promising.....
"In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.
It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.
Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans."
From time to time I order books in advance. The latest one is the paperback copy of Thirteen Years Later (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0553819595] by Jasper Kent which is the second book in the Danilov Quintet series. You want more information? OK. THE COVER - THE BLURB - THE TRAILER - Here we go .....
"In the summer of 1812, before the Oprichniki came to the help of Mother Russia in her fight against Napoleon, one of their number overheard a conversation between his master, Zmyeevich, and another of their number. He learns of a feud, an unholy grievance between Zmyeevich and the Romanov dynasty that began a century earlier at the time of Peter the Great. Indeed, while the Oprichniki's primary reason for journeying to Russia is to stop the French, one of them — Iuda — is following a different agenda, for he is to be the instrument of revenge on the Romanovs.
But thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, Iuda would not be able to begin to complete his task until thirteen years later. But now, in 1825, Russia once more stands on the brink of anarchy, and this time the threat comes from within."



No more today, see you next week ......

Blogosphere

Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

I follow a blog named pornokitsch. No and no it has definitely nothing to do with porn. If you are a fan of K. J.Parker and/or Mark Charan Newton you will be interested in following post:

"We have done a bit of research for our recent articles on book collecting, and rather than let it all go to waste, it seemed like a good chance to try something new. Handy, A5-sized, printable checklists for collectors, to help them identify first (or otherwise interesting) editions."
Of course these bibliographies will be updated. For latest version follow this link.

Do you like giveaways? What would you think about a massive giveaway of 13 books at once?
You think that is a fairy tale? No, No, No!

Incredible Magemanda hosts on her blog Floor to Ceiling Books a
MASSIVE Horus Heresy giveaway - Black Library!

The competition will run until midnight on Friday 30th July. So click on the link, read the rules and take part.
GOOD LUCK!

This week I read a very interesting post about book hoarding over at Fyrefly's Book Blog.
Due to the definition of a book hoarder by Fyrefly,
"I noticed recently that I am a book hoarder. By that, I don’t mean that I am a book acquirer, or even a book collector (although I certainly am both of those things too.) What I mean by hoarder is that recently, I’ve been tending to keep books that I know I’m going to love on my TBR pile, rather than actually read them. "
I must admit I'm a book hoarder too. What's about you? Go, read the post and leave a comment.

For all of you who don't know: I'm German and I live in Germany. But I prefer to read 99% of my books in English. Therefore I don't take care of German covers of translated fantasy books. But the good thing is that blogger who are neither German nor live in Germany compare UK/US book covers with German book covers.
If you like to compare covers or if you are even nosy what kind of covers are used in other countries, I highly recommend to read Phil's post German covers exploration part 1 over at A Fantasy Reader.

I liked to read The Ten Thousand (2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1844165735] by Paul Kearney.
"The world of Kuf, an ancient Assurian Empire, dominant, prestigious and thought to be invincible, is about to be shaken to very foundations. An exile from the empire, the Great King's brother hires a force of Ten thousand elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, The Ten Thousand find themselves abandoned. This is the story of their fight for freedom, and marks the start of a brand new series by one of the finest writers of fantasy."



I look forward to the sequel Corvus (October, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735777].
"It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father was. But fate has different ideas. A young warleader has risen to challenge the order of things in the very heartlands of the Macht. A soldier of genius, he takes city after city, and reigns over them as king. What is more, he had heard of the legendary leader of the Ten Thousand. His name is Corvus, and the rumours say that he is not even fully human. He means to make himself absolute ruler of all the Macht. And he wants Rictus to help him."
Beside that I wait for delivery of the first omnibus of Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God series.
So I was glad to find a new interview with Paul Kearney over at Fantasy Book Review.

Finally I wold like to water your mouth with a landscape - a lego landscape. Look at this:

Do you like it? Do you want to see more? Then go and have a look at Containment: A Steampunk Sci Fi Alien Lego Landscape.



Movies

Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Today I present you two trailers and something about TV.

Our oceans are full of wonders and unknown species. Thanks to Syfy who sighted a new species called Sharktopus ....


And one more trailer with water. In December 2010 the third Narnia movie - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - will hit the cinemas. I have seen both movies before and I was a bit disappointed by the second one. After watching the trailer I seems that I will like the third one more than the second one.

Chronicles Of Narnia 3

From time to time I like to watch Franco-German TV network ARTE because they unearth long forgotten but still worth to see TV series. I talk about The Prisoner.
"The prisoner which originally aired in 1967 in Britain and 1968 in America, is one man's struggle (by name No. 6) against the tyranny of the village and his attempts to escape it at all costs. Throughout the surreal series, there are many references to society that are pertinent to this day, although it is unabashedly science fiction, it is a very relevant show that is brilliantly written, and greatly acted." [Source]
And this is the trailer:


That's all for today. See you next time....

Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.
Birthday. What belongs to a birthday beside gifts and greeting cards? Cake of course! Therefore I searched Cake quotes for you.
And that is what I found ...

"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician (1897 - 1977)


"A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it.
Danielle Steel


"I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
Mitch Hedberg


"I'm amazed. When I was 40, I thought I'd never make 50. And at 50 I thought the frosting on the cake would be 60. At 60, I was still going strong and enjoying everything.
Gloria Stuart


"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
Author unknown

Friday, July 23, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: Getting old is TRÈS DANGEREUX by Rita Lakin

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Psst .... Hey, its me Fide. For all of you who don't know ,ediFanoB shares his brain with four more personalities and we are Bona Fide, Bona, the Keeper of the minutes (Kotm) and me.

This is a special post on a special day.
ediFanoB, the old crock, turns 51 today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
ediFanoB

And of cause we thought about a gift for him which fits to his age.
We know, that he admires Gladdy Gold and her "gladiators".
Therefore we decided to present him following review.

Getting Old Is TRÈS DANGEREUX (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0440245421] by Rita Lakin is the sixth book in the Gladdy Gold mystery series:
"In Fort Lauderdale, self-proclaimed private eye Gladdy Gold is less interested in her cases than in her whirlwind romance with silver-haired Jack Langford. But just as Jack is about to pop the question to Gladdy, a curvaceous redhead from France interrupts with a mysterious agenda. She and Jack, it turns out, will always have Paris. And to make matters worse, the seductress is being stalked by a killer.
Michelle DuBois is famous for her steamy bestselling exposés - and now someone wants to silence her forever. While Jack is bodyguarding his former lover, Gladdy must save her busybody friends from the pricey séances of a phony-baloney New Age guru. That's when Gladdy comes face-to-face with a dear departed friend with a message. ...
Between a little jealousy and a geriatric assassin, Jack is in more danger than he knows. And Gladdy is the one woman with the je ne sais quoi that could just save his life." [Back of the book]
We confess: We all love Gladdy Gold and we all wish to be in the same constitution when we are 75!!

You need to know that most of the people who are part of the story are not younger than 70.
But they are all young at heart, grounded, eccentric golden agers. Beside all the problems coming along with getting older they have a lot of humor and enjoy life. And it is a real life where even good friends can die.
No day is like the other even they have daily routine. Smart and sassy herione Gladdy with her incredible gladiators solve their cases in mostly unexpected manner. Of course the mysteries are not that difficult but the unbelievable presence of humor let you follow the story without any break.
Like all the other books in the series, Getting Old Is TRÈS DANGEREUX let you laugh out loud that when you read it in public people will think you are on a acid trip.

We still can't understand why there aren't any Gladdy Gold movies. I assume it would be like a mix of Golden Girls and Miss Marple.

In order to give you an impression, I present you a scene from the GOLDEN GIRLS



Are you afraid of getting older, do you have problems to laugh, do you want to getaway from it all and see how it can be then we highly, highly, highly recommend to read ALL Gladdy Gold books!!

we still remember a phrase form the very first book:
"I don't like beans. They give me the gas."
We changed the phrase a bit

"We like Gladdy. She gives us the laugh."

Kudos to Rita Lakin!
Thank you for many entertaining hours with heart and humor.


Final Advice:
You will be never too young to read a Gladdy Gold mystery ......

And don't forget to visit Rita Lakin's site.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Books? Books!

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There are some advantages when you can stay a day at home. Today I spent time for reading, to think about my reading plans, TV, Google Reader and spent two hours at the gym. That is the reason why you neither got a review nor an other post on Tuesday.

Don't worry I will not bother you with boring details of my life.

I read a lot of Google Reader entries and I also have had a look at twitter.
And suddenly I felt lost. Lost is not the right word. It s more like:
I have been afraid to suffocate at the bottom of an endless tweets and posts waterfall. Information overflow.

That was scary. And lead me to the question: What am I doing with my blog? And the past month passed before my inner eye.

I must admit it was/is an up and down. Sometimes four consecutive posts. Then only a weekend post. Postponed reviews. All in all there was not much continuity. It always ends with the question: Shall I continue with the blog?
As long as someone visits my blog and reads posts I will continue.

I have a first draft of what I would like to do in future.

Today I would like to give you a rough overview of what I expect to read until end of 2010.
This year I want to read six books per month. That would mean 42 books by end of July.
So far I have read 32. I'm sure I will not read ten books in the remaining days. But I'm sure I will reach 72 books by end of 2010.

My current TBR pile consists of 28 books which you can see on following three pictures -of course I own a lot more unread books.

PART I

Upper row: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, Pattern by K. J. Parker, Shadow by K. J. Parker, Memory by K. J. Parker, The Proof House by K. J. Parker, The Belly of the Bow by K. J. Parker,
Lower row: A Magic of Nightfall by S. L. Farrell, A Magic of Twilight by S. L. Farrell, The King's Bastard by Rowena Corey Daniells, Grand Central Arena by Ryk E. Spoor, The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Hyperion by Dan Simmons


PART II
Upper row: The Company by K. J. Parker, The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker, Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Lower row: The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson, The Map of all Things by Kevin J. Anderson, The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard, Breaking Point by John Macken


PART III
The last part of my TBR pile contains some doorstoppers.
Upper row: Black Hills by Dan Simmons, Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley, The Storm Guardians by Stephen Zimmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
Lower Row: Under the Dome by Stephen King, The Machinery of Light by David J. Williams, CassaStaR by Alex J. Cvanaugh (debut novel, review copy, review promised), Kraken by China Miéville

All in all an interesting mix. Seven books by K. J. Parker, three books by Dan Simmons, two books by S. L. Farrell, two books by Kevin J. Anderson

NEXT READS
And these are the five books I want to read and review next: The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer (current read), The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson (current read), The King's Bastard by Rowena Corey Daniells, The Company by K. J. Parker, The Storm Guardians by Stephen Zimmer (review promised),

32 Books read plus 28 on TBR are in sum 60. Which will be the remaining 12 books? That depends on the delivery of books ordered in advance and which review copies I will get.

Anyway I hope to review as many of the books as possible. That means I will focus on reviews.

Enjoy Reading
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