Saturday, October 30, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #44

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Hello and welcome to issue #44 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week! After a business trip to UK - was great to meet all my colleagues from Europe over there - and a long, long working day on Friday, the time has come for the next issue of my Weekend Wave.
As you can imagine there has been not much time for me to check my sources for news. But I assume a lot of you is busy with Halloween. Anyhow I hope this shorter version of the Weekend Wave is entertaining enough for you.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Information from Seventh Star Press
  2. Malazan, Erikson, Esslemont and readers
  3. Robert V S Redick ...... still alive and busy
  4. Maps for the 21st century
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sanctum
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 You will see ....

The Lighthouse

I hope you like our - Bona, Fide, Bona Fide, KotM and me - new post series xx days until Christmas 2010. I know only two posts so far. But I liked Bona's and KotM's recommendation. I don't have any idea what to expect from Fide and Bona Fide. The only thing I can tell you now is that I work on my own Christmas wish list and my list will not contain a single book. I buy so many books within a year that on Christmas I would like to get something different like DVD, CD, earrings, shirts, ....

don't know which books will be recommended when. They don't talk about their plans. I expect several surprises for you and me. Anyhow always keep in mind that it is also satisfying to present oneself with a book or something else ....

There will be no review within next week. I don't know when to write them in the next days.
But there will be some reviews in November.


I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In September and October I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
That means today will be the last time for now. I can't imagine to write the without listening to music. Today I listen to Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. I show two videos, one instrumental and one with vocals. I like the mix of old and modern instruments.




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 again zero books.
But the good thing is that we won four books in a giveaway. No I don't talk about these books today. I will do that when I have received them. So far I can tell you that they are all related to steampunk.

Did you every read a book by Connie Willis? I belong to the people who never read a book by her. Since I read the blurb of Blackout (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0345519832] I'm intrigued and willing to change this status.
"In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collide - and the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.
Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place. Scores of time-traveling historians are being sent into the past, to destinations including the American Civil War and the attack on the World Trade Center. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser, Mr. Dunworthy, into letting her go to VE Day. Polly Churchill's next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London's Blitz. And seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who has a major crush on Polly, is determined to go to the Crusades so that he can 'catch up' to her in age.
But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around everyone's schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history - to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.
From the people sheltering in the tube stations of London to the retired sailors who set off across the Channel to rescue the stranded British Army from Dunkirk, from shopgirls to ambulance drivers, from spies to hospital nurses to Shakespearean actors, Blackout reveals a side of World War II seldom seen before: a dangerous, desperate world in which there are no civilians and in which everybody - from the Queen down to the lowliest barmaid - is determined to do their bit to help a beleaguered nation survive. [Source]
But I also noticed that Blackout is not her first time travel novel. Therefore I decided to by a copy of the highly acclaimed Doomsday Book (1992) [ISBN-13: 978-0553562736]. Of course there are a lot of reviews available.
For a first impression I recommend to have a look at Goodreads.
"Connie Willis labored five years on this story of a history student in 2048 who is transported to an English village in the 14th century. The student arrives mistakenly on the eve of the onset of the Black Plague. Her dealings with a family of "contemps" in 1348 and with her historian cohorts lead to complications as the book unfolds into a surprisingly dark, deep conclusion. The book, which won Hugo and Nebula Awards, draws upon Willis' understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit." [Source]
England 1348 on the brink of the Black Plague. That fits to my interest in history. Hopefully I will find some time to read it. Will be ambitious until the end of 2010. Blackout is on my to buy list for December 2010.

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...

Last week I posted about publisher Seventh Star Press and author Stephen Zimmer. I like his The Fires in Eden series a lot. This week I present you some more news:
For Immediate Release
October 27, 2010

Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces the Acquisition of Award-Winning
Author Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the addition of award winning
author Jackie Gamber to its family of writers, with the acquisition of her
YA Fantasy saga, The Leland Dragon Series.

The first book of the series, Redheart, was originally released by
Meadowhawk Press, an exceptional small press publisher based in Memphis,
TN, one of only four indie presses to ever win a Philip K. Dick Memorial
Award (for the David Walton novel, Terminal Mind). When Meadowhawk Press
decided to close its business operations, Seventh Star Press was thrilled
to have the opportunity to sign Jackie Gamber, and commit to the entire
Leland Dragon Series.

“I'll always have a heart for indy press, and Seventh Star is the epitome
of what it's about: dedication to a vision and enthusiasm for writers.
Seventh Star Press is an exciting ride, and I'm thrilled they offered me a
seat,” commented Jackie about coming aboard with the Lexington,
Kentucky-based publisher.

A wondrous coming of age tale, Redheart tells the stories of village girl
Riza Diantus, and the dragon Kallon Redheart. Both are outcasts,
struggling with the conventions of their respective societies, during an
age in which tensions are high between dragons and humans. The Leland
Province teeters on the edge of war, as the Dragon Council Leader, Fordon
Blackclaw, seeks to drive humans into submission, or outright destruction.
Under a blackening cloud of danger, the friendship grows between Riza and
Kallon, as both face their respective destinies, embracing a host of
challenges and threats, not the least of which includes regaining hope,
and confronting the difficult things of one’s past.

Jackie Gamber is a versatile and prolific writer, whose work has appeared
in an array of anthologies and magazines, in addition to published novels.
Among her accolades, Jackie was the winner of the 2009 Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction, was named honorable
mention in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award, and has been
selected as the Editor Guest of Honor for the 2011 MidSouthCon, one of the
southern United States’ premiere genre conventions.

“Jackie truly embodies the spirit of the growing family at Seventh Star
Press,” fellow Seventh Star Press author Stephen Zimmer said. “Her talent
as a writer is well established, and she is a very popular, well-loved
guest at conventions and events, in addition to being a dedicated
educator. She will be a fantastic ambassador for Seventh Star Press, and
I know that everyone here, from our editors like Amanda Debord, to our art
director Matthew Perry, to authors like myself and Steven Shrewsbury, will
be fully committed to raising awareness of Jackie and her exceptional
work.”

The Seventh Star Press edition will feature cover art and additional
illustrations from fantasy artist Matthew Perry, whose work has been
rapidly gaining attention on the convention circuit. The projected
release date window for the new edition of Redheart is late February/March
of 2011, in hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats,
covering owners of the Kindle, the iPad, the Nook, Sony eReaders, and
other electronic reading devices.

Sela, Book Two of the series, is targeted for a mid-late summer release in
2011, with Book Three scheduled for mid-2012 release in all of the
aforementioned formats.

An extensive series of special events and signings in support of the
novels are in the planning stages, slated to begin in early 2011.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.jackiegamber.com

Seventh Star Press is also available on Facebook. Just follow the direct badge/link:



Are you a fan of the awesome Malazan Book of the Fallen series or do you still want to read it like me?
Then you must have a look at following post over at Tor.com:
Don't forget to read the comments where there conversation continues. Fellow blogger Sarah from Bookworm Blues has been part of the conversation.


Robert V.S. Redick author of the Chathrand Voyage series is back with two posts over at his blog Letters from Alifros after a period of silence. Don't miss to read The River of Shadows, The Night of the swarm: An Update where Robert gives an insight in his writing life. What do you think how long it takes to get a title for a book? Read about Robert's experience: Book III Growing Pains: Quest for Title


There are still so many interesting sites to discover. This is my latest treasure:
I did not have had the time to see much of the site. But I promise you a great source of information. What would you expect if someone would like to show you a map of the internet in 1901? A lot of people would dismiss.
But you are keen to have a look at this map. CLICK HERE
And there are many more maps for the 21st century .....

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.

James Cameron produced a movie (yes in 3D) titled Sanctum which will hit the cinemas in 2011.
It is the story of group of underwater cave divers. During the expedition through the last remaining unknown cave system on Earth, a tropical storm force the group to find an alternative escape route ......

I think you should definitely avoid to watch Sanctum if you suffer from claustrophobia ...

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.
Today we are all in a hurry. Every minute ediFanoB reminds us that we need to finish the post. How can I think about a quote topic under this condition? Finally I found one which fits from my point of view. Next week will be better.....
"When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

Author unknown

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: 58 days until Christmas 2010

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Dear Readers,

welcome to the second post in our post series xx days until Christmas 2010. Let's start with a look at the calendar .... 61 days until 24th of December. Still a lot of time left think about and buy gifts four your dear and near ones. Today it is Bona's turn, Some of you may know Bona from former book review discussions. She/he (who knows) is the one responsible for the Books section within the Weekend Wave.

Enough said. Come on Bona, it is your turn.

Hello and welcome, I'm Bona. of course I could immediately recommend a dozen of books. But that would be all too easy. Why should I recommend books which we reviewed or recommended before? Just look through all our posts. My ideas went into another direction. We all - ediFanoB, KotM, Bona Fide, Fide and me - love to read series. But as we all know it can take decades until you get the last book in a series. Therefore I concentrated on completed series. Even a series is completed it can happen that one or more books are out of print. Then one term came up in my mind: Omnibus
Due to Longman Online Dictionary of Contemporary English
"omnibus is a book containing several stories, especially by one writer, that have already been printed separately;"
That means to day I will recommend you some omnibus which ediFanoB eather wants to buy or which are on his shelves - unread. To be more precise I will recommend four omnibus. I noticed some funny things after I decided which book to present. There are two science fiction and two fantasy omnibus. They are written by two male authors and two female authors. And believe it or not the fantasy stories are written by women and the science fiction stories are written by men. I should stop to think about my selection. I do not understand what my subconscious tries to tell me.

I'm aware the some of you know one or more of these books. But did you read the whole series back to back?
Isn't it easier to read one book instead of three or four?

Let me start with a trilogy originally published in 2008 and 2009. I talk about Pamela Freeman, the successful Australian author of books for children and young adults. With
The Castings Trilogy (omnibus,2nd December 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1841499499] she entered the world of adult fantasy.
"
A thousand years ago, the Eleven Domains were invaded and the original inhabitants were driven onto the road as Travelers, belonging nowhere, welcomed by no one.
Now the Domains are governed with an iron fist by the Warlords, but there are wilder elements in the landscape that cannot be controlled and that may prove the Warlords' undoing. Some are spirits of place - of water and air and fire and earth. Some are greater than these. And some are human.

Bramble: A village girl whom no one living can tame, forced to flee her home for a crime she did not commit.
Ash: A safeguarder's apprentice who must kill for an employer he cannot escape.
Saker: An enchanter who will not rest until the land is returned to his people.

As their three stories unfold, along with the stories of those whose lives they touch, it becomes clear that they are bound together in ways that not even a stonecaster could have foreseen - by their past, their future, and their blood.

This omnibus edition includes all three novels - Blood Ties, Deep Water, and Full Circle - together for the first time." [Source]

I read reviews
Blood Ties about the first novel in the The Castings Trilogy over at Grasping for the Wind, Bookworm Blues and Fantasy Book Critic. Fantasy Literature offers reviews of all three books. All reviews promise good fantasy stuff. In the end I chose The Castings Trilogy because some reviewers compared it with the series Green Riders by Kristen Britain. We all loved the first book - Green Riders (pb, new ed. 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0886778583] - which we read several years ago but still remember. For more information about Kristen Britain and her books have a look at Fantasy Literature.


I don't know exactly how many people recommended the next omnibus to me. At least I did the first step. I bought a copy of
The Deed of Paksenarrion (pb, reissue ed. 1992) [ISBN-13: 978-0671721046] by Elizabeth Moon.
"Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, headstrong daughter of a sheep farmer on the north edge of the kingdom, dreams of being a hero out of legend, of fame and magic swords and great deeds. When her father tells her she must marry the neighbor's son, she runs away from home to join the mercenary company her cousin told her about. But military life and warfare aren't anything like her daydreams...yet she holds to both her duty and her dreams. In the end, she pays the price that heroism demands and becomes the paladin who saves a kingdom...but the journey is longer and darker than she ever imagined. She has to confront and overcome her strengths as well as her weaknesses...and her triumph redeems more than herself.
Originally written as one long story, it was broken into three for practical reasons when first published. Sheepfarmer's Daughter takes her from the farm through three fighting seasons as a mercenary in Duke Phelan's Company. Divided Allegiance describes her departure from Phelan and her training to become a paladin of Gird....a journey that ends in disaster. Oath of Gold finishes her story of recovery and redemption.
Sheepfarmer's Daughter was the 1989 Compton Crook Award winner. " [Source]
Read the reviews over at SFF World, Goodreads and don't forget to visit Fantasy Literature. Anyhow I must convince ediFanoB to read it .....

Recommendation halftime.

Do you know by Mark Charan Newton the author of the
Legends of the Red Sun? No? Then you may not understand why I recommend The Tales of the Dying Earth (pb, 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-1857989946] by Jack Vance. It is something to do with something which I would describe as "back to the roots".
"The fourth in the Fantasy Masterworks series, the Dying Earth saga inspired writers like Michael Moorcock and Gene Wolfe, who freely acknowledges his debt to Vance in his own Book of the New Sun. Here, in one volume, is Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Jack Vance's classic Dying Earth saga comprising The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rhialto the Marvellous. Travel to a far distant future, when the sun bleeds red in a dark sky, where magic and science is one, and the Earth has but a few short decades to live . . ." [Source]
Have a look at Fantasy Literature and read all the reviews and comments over at Goodreads.
Anyhow there is no way out: You must read the impressive review which is like a kind of monument over at The Wertzone.
I must stop to write about The Tales of the Dying Earth... because I water my own mouth even I don't have a real one.


My last recommendation is another book from the Gollancz SF Masterworks series. Helliconia (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0575086159] by Brian Aldiss.
"This is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy - a monumental sage which goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers. An entire solar system is revealed, and with it a world disturbingly reflecting our own, Helliconia: an Earth-like planet where dynasties change with the seasons . . . . . . Events and characters and animals stream across the pages of this gigantic novel. Cosmic in scope, it keeps an eye lovingly on the humans involved. So the 5,000 inhabitants of the Earth's observation station above Helliconia keep their eyes trained on the events of Oldorando and may long to intervene though the dangers are too great. So we on Earth have them all in our vision in one of the most consuming and magnificent novels of scientific romance." [Source]
The omnibus consists of the three books Helliconia Spring (first published in 1982), Helliconia Summer (first published in 1983) and Helliconia Winter (first published in 1985). (1985) Since I have read the reviews of Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer and Helliconia Winter over at The Wertzone the books entered my list. I was happy when I read about the Gollancz omnibus. After the release in August 2010 it did not take long until the first reviews of the omnibus found their way to some blogs like SFF World and SF and Fantasy Masterworks Reading Project. What shall I say. Every time when I talk about tuns a deaf ear. I want the book and be sure I will get a copy. The onlything I don't know is how long it will take. Maybe one of your dear and near one will get it as a gift. I will be envious of her/him.


I hope you found some ideas for a Christmas gift. I added three books to my wishlist. But I'm only Bona and I exist in ediFanoB brain. I need to talk to Bona Fide, KotM and Fide. The must help me to convince ediFanoB to buy and read this book.

One of us will be back soon with more recommendations. Until then ENJOY READING .....

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #43

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Hello and welcome to issue #43 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
After my days off I return to work on Monday. It has been a good time for me and for the blog. I like to read especially in Autumn and Winter. I bought several packages of my favorite tea mix: fennel, anise, caraway. I like to drink tea while I'm reading.
I don't want to slow down you any longer.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Assassins, Thieves ....
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Seventh Star Press, Stephen Zimmer and me
  2. Steampunk and alternate history
  3. Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. I for E
  2. Octopus
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 Nonsense ....

The Lighthouse

I still can't believe it. This is my 10th post since Thursday, October 14th. It is the result of some days off. On Monday I return to work. From Tuesday to Thursday I'm on a business trip to UK. The preparation of my specialpost with the title Book Twister is not finished yet. I'm afraid I can't post it in the middleof the week as I wanted. We will see ...

I still work on my number one project: to read and review The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. When everything goes well I will finish the second book The Heretic Kings by Monday.....

Three days ago we - Bona, Fide, Bona Fide, KotM and me - started our new post series xx days until Christmas 2010. I don't know which books will be recommended when. They don't talk about their plans. I expect several surprises for you and me. Anyhow always keep in mind that it is also satisfying to present oneself with a book or something else ....

There will be no review within next week. I don't know when to write them in the next days.
But there will be some reviews in November.


I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In September and October I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
There was no way out. Today I needed to listen to my favorite Band Rammstein. They will play one concert in Madison Square Garden on December 11th 2010. I have been on concert last year and I have been blown away. They are incredible. I read that all tickets for the only US concert have been sold within 30 minutes. Maybe some of you have been lucky to get a ticket. The following video shows Rammstein performing Du hast which is one of thei top tracks. The song has been recorded during a concert in Nimes, France in a Roman amphitheatre in 2005.





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 again zero books.
As you may have mentioned The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso is one of my current reads. I'm only 50 pages in but I liked what I read so far. reviews and two interviews
There is an opportunity to win a copy but you must hurry up.
In order TO ENTER: go to Giveaway: The Last Page by Anthony Huso and leave a comment on this blog. Open to all countries. Limit one per person. Contest ends 5:00 pm on Monday, October 25th 2010. Winners will be notified via e-mail.
Read the reviews over at Mad The Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Reviews and Fantasy Book Critic.
Don't miss the interviews over at Grasping for the Wind and Mad The Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review.

Of course you get the cover and the blurb:
"The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what's living in the city's sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold's reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold's dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy--adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood--and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph's veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever." [Source]


Whenever I find time I try follow twitter conversations about books. On October 22nd Julie A.Crisp - Editorial Director at Tor UK over at Pan Macmillan - posted about the new cover for Among Thieves (pb, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0330536202] by Douglas Hulick. Never heard about book and author before. I was not that difficult to find out the ISBN. But I wanted more. Fortunately James from Speculative Horizons posted about Among Thieves. Due to his information thieves are the new assassins. He expects some more thief novels. I copied the blurb from Speculative Horizons.
"Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he’s a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side.

When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who’s been leaning on his organization’s people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And there’s a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for - including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes.

When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magic…that's if he can survive long enough to use it."

Six months until Among Thieves will be published. I ordered a copy in advance ....


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 stay in contact with Stephen Zimmer who is the author of The Rising Dawn Saga series and The Fires in Eden series. All books in both series are published by Seventh Star Press. It took some time but finally you can find Seventh Star Press on Facebook. You don't need search. Just follow the direct badge/link:


Keep an eye on Seventh Star Press especially in first week of November ....
Do you know author Steven L. Shrewsbury? His forthcoming novel Thrall will be published by Seventh Star Press.
"Thrall tells the tale of Gorias La Gaul, an aging warrior who is thrust into a maelstrom involving warring factions, demonic forces from his past, and a grandson who is in the shadow of necromancy. Set in an antediluvian world, around the mythical city of Khabnur, Thrall brings to life a tale of adventure, adversity, and courage. From Nephilums to undead dragons, the world revealed in Thrall is as dangerous and unpredictable as much as it delivers resoundingly to those who love well-crafted, hard hitting fantasy in the vein of Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell." [Source]

I like the The Fires in Eden series and therefore I read Stephen Zimmer's post New Book Around Corner, New Dates added with great pleasure. He handed in the final text for the new The Fires in Eden book!!
Stephen wrote: "It may well be the largest book yet" To be honest I can't wait to get more details.
For more information about The Fires in Eden series click here.
For more information about The Rising Dawn Saga series click here.

In less than two weeks the first novel in the Vampire Empire series: The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith will be published. I ordered the book in advance.
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."
VampChix posted a very positive review And I'm eager to see if I will like it as much as described in the review.
But that is not the main reason why I post about The Greyfriar. Clay and Susan Griffith wrote an interesting post over at The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review. Title - Steampunk as Alternate History - and content fit perfectly to the next topic and is worth reading. I recommend it.
Would you like a sneak peek at The Greyfriar? Read a preview over at Tor.com

I know I'm a bit late because it began three days ago. Nevertheless it is worth to mention and in which way you are interested in steampunk you should have a look and more at

Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com



"Last year at around this time, Tor.com was deep in the throes of Steampunk Month, our first attempt to focus on a specific topic for a short period of time and see what we could say about it. A year later, steampunk is still hunting for the tiniest glimmers of recognition within mainstream culture. Whereas, in our corner of the world, you can’t take more than a few steps without encountering a glittering new dirigible or an old standby whose brass accents are being buffed to a high sheen. Everyone has an opinion about steampunk these days."
A lot of good stuff (including fiction and giveaways) is on the way. Don't miss the sneak peek at Jeff VanderMeer's up coming Steampunk Bible - AWESOME!!


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 failed to find movie trailers worth to show you. But no without a video. My first language is German. In order to communicate with people around the world I treat you and other in English. Of course I try to improve my English - more or less successful. Yesterday author Blake Charlton talked on facebook about some videos he found over at youtube. I could not resist and watched some of them. What shall I say? Blake wrote that "Kory Stamper is linguistically brilliant, funny, & purple-haired." That is the way I like to improve my English. None of my English teachers at school looked like that ....
Have a look at the following two videos:

I for E


Octopus


Octopus reminded my of Kraken which reminded me of Kraken (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0333989517] by China Miéville which I definitely will read until the end of 2010.

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.
After my Christmas gift recommendation last Wednesday I feel a lack of inspiration. But what shall I do? ediFanoB ordered quotes and I have to deliver. He is a slave driver. You can't press quality out of a genius like you squeeze the juice of a lemon. That is nonsense! Nonsense? Nonsense .....

"I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
Jean Kerr

"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.
Robert Frost, US poet (1874 - 1963)

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss, US author & illustrator (1904 - 1991)

"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.
Anonymus

Friday, October 22, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: The Last Days Of Newgate by Andrew Pepper

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"Pyke ..... is a strange mixture of a character. He is an avowed thief and swindler, and not averse to committing murder if he feels it is justified, yet he appalled at the inhuman murder of innocents. He takes offence at people who try to swindle him, yet he himself is willing to swindle others. He has a soft interior, and is capable of deep love, and cold focussed revenge." [Source]
When I read the above characterization I have been intrigued. I didn't take long until I found out that Pyke is the main character in the Pyke Mystery series. In the meantime I bought and read the first book in the series:
The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper. Today I "bother" you
with my review.
Question: What do you know about the history of the London police force? I assume New Scotland Yard is not unknown to you. Do you know that New Scotland Yard is the name of the headquarter of the Metropolitan Police? Metropolitan Police (time line) has been formed by Sir Robert Peel in September 1829 - and before? Yes, there has been a professional police force before: The Bow Street Runners, founded in 1749 by author Henry Fielding. Newgate Prison has been extended and rebuilt many times during use from 1188 to 1902. In the 19th century social reformer Elizabeth Fry visited Newgate Prison.
Still awake? Asking yourself what the heck he is writing about?
After this short aside about London police I return to The Last Days Of Newgate. All the things I described before are important for the story and should illustrate you that there is a real historical background.
Read the official blurb or follow me to London in 1829. Pyke, a Bow Street Runner, gin house owner and rascal gets involved in the investigation of a brutal triple murder. In the heated atmosphere of political unrest and religious anger Pyke discover that the murder is somehow connected to the new police force which Sir Robert Peel tries to establish. To make things worse his non Bow Street Runner profession needs more attentention than expected. And there is a woman ...
What will be Pyke's price for arresting the murderers and escaping the web of intrigues, conspiracies, politics and outbreaking violence?

I told you some things about the historical background which is just one ingredient of the compelling story. The people, the places come alive in depictions of an urban landscape with seedy, dirty districts where rats count more than human beings and peppered with gory details - the level of realism is sheer incredible and scary. Combined with the intense illustration of the heated atmosphere of religious anger and political unrest you get a picture of pre-Victorian London which doesn't have to fear the competition with descriptions of London by Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins. Finally add Pyke (as described above) and an intense plot with twists and turns and enriched with partial violent action. The result is The Last Days Of Newgate.
The whole story is well crafted, delivered in a adequate prose including dialogue which sound like it has been recorded by a time traveller.
From the first page you will be immersed to a London, you would not want to visit in real life.

The Last Days Of Newgate has been a more than satisfying read. An awesome historical thriller. The Last Days Of Newgate is dark, gritty, intense and powerful with disturbing attacks on your mind. Don't read it before you sleep because you will not sleep as usual. Don't forget to close windows and doors ....

Let me come back to my introduction. I think the character Pyke fits perfectly to the described era. And I like Pyke. I do not legitimate all his actions - murder is not my preferred solution for a problem - but he follows his principles in a consistent way. He follows the motto of his tutor George Morgan:
"Do what you need to do and to hell with consequence. Take what you can but don't lose sight of who you are. And above all, don't get caught." [p. 104]
I look forward to read the next Pyke Mystery - The Revenge of Captain Paine (pb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] - which is sitting on my shelf. For detailed information about all books of the Pyke Mystery series click here.

I read several historical thrillers within 2010. And there are two series - both set in London but at different periods of time - which I love: Pyke Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series by Paul Lawrence. I recommend them both.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: The Storm Guardians by Stephen Zimmer

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I read and reviewed The Exodus Gate (pb 2009, 566 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0615267470] by Stephen Zimmer, which is the first book in the The Rising Dawn Saga series. I did not like the whole book. I have had some problems with what I call the religious trace. For details please read my review (follow the link above).
Stephen Zimmer told me that the second book contains more action and battles. I finally agreed to read and review The Storm Guardians (pb 2010, 543 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565636]. He has been very kind and sent me a signed copy and a lot of other stuff. For Details click here.
Now the time has come to post my review.
This time I passed on an own summary.
"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." [Back of the book]
Let me start with some facts. The book stand for 553 pages divided into a prologue, six sections and an appendix. Each section is divided in several named chapters. Each chapter is told from a character's point of view. Beside that there are eleven black and white illustrations by Matthew Perry. As far as I could see is the appendix spoiler free.

The story continues without any break. And yes it contains more action and battles - there is a big one with a nearly countless number of combatant - than The Exodus Gate. Stephen Zimmer introduce new characters but does not forget the ones from the first novel. He reveals some more layers of the connection between and in between the different groups. And not to forget the different motives the obvious ones and also secret ones. Again we follow the characters at different places - Earth, Abyss, Purgatorion = Middle lands.
For me The Storm Guardians is like the opening skirmish of a war which will dwarf the world wars on Earth.
There is a wide range of detailed information about weapons.
I like scenery depictions. But to be honest some of them have been a bit too long. Is it necessary to describe the preparation of a bivouac on seven pages? I found it a bit tiresome. I have had also problems to connect with characters. There are a lot of them but none whom I really like. And I still can't cope with all these avatars and similar beings.

Even Stephen Zimmer kept his promise with more action and more battles I must say The Storm Guardians is not my book and The Rising Dawn Saga is not my series. I don't think that will change for me with the next book in the series.

That has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the novel. I'm sure that everyone who loved The Exodus Gate will love The Storm Guardians too.

I recommend The Storm Guardians to everyone who liked The Exodus Gate.
And in case you do not know the
The Rising Dawn Saga let me tell you that you should start with The Exodus Gate because it is the foundation of the series.

That all sounds a bit sad but I look forward to another Stephen Zimmer novel. You need to know that he is the author of of a second series: The Fires of Eden
I read and reviewed Crown of Vengeance (pb 2009, 612 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565612], the first book in The Fires of Eden series.
"Imagine you go out for a walk. After a while a thick and strange mist comes down within minutes. Can happen. But to look in a unusual blue-greenish sky after the mist has disappeared is nothing you would expect. And that is what happens to eleven inhabitants - just people like you and me - of a midwestern town in United States. Janus Roland and the others have entered the world of Ave. A world on the edge of war. A mysterious being called The Unifier is on the way to gain the power over Ave for his more mysterious master. But the people of the Saxan Kingdom and the tribes in the Five Realms confederation are the last bastion and the last hope for the peoples of Ave.... And what is the role of the people from earth?"
I can't wait to read the second book in the The Fires of Eden series

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: 65 days until Christmas 2010

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Dear Readers,

it is still October 2010. That means a long, long time until Christmas 2010. Really???
Let's have a look at the calendar ....... ONLY 65 days until 24th of December!!!

Please breathe deeply. There is enough time to think about gifts for your dear and near ones AND of course for yourself. But don't procrastinate it.

You may know that I share my brain with four more personalities: Bona, Fide, Bona Fide and KotM (Keeper of the Minutes). We have had a hot discussion about Christmas, especially about Christmas gifts. We could not agree when to buy Christmas gifts: now, next month or on Christmas day.
But we agreed that today is a good day to start with our post series xx days until Christmas 2010.
From today until Christmas we will post recommendations - Christmas gift recommendations. As we all love books you will get mostly book recommendations. Whenever one of us finds something worth to recommend, we will share it with you. Don't be afraid, we do not post daily. The next ten centuries, years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds we discussed who should be honored with the presentation of our first recommendation. And the winner is: KotM !

It must be him because he is the most serious of us and he was the only one with a gift recommendation.

Hello, my name is KotM. In former times I have been responsible to keep the minutes of our book discussions which I miss ... I'm sorry that belongs to an other topic. As the lousy rest of the team could offer nothing than vacuity, it is up tome to enlighten you with a first Christmas gift recommendation. I'm sure there is a near and dear one who is literate. Every your you get knots in your brain when you think about a gift for her/him. Fortunately you can rely on me. I know the perfect gift for all who are tired of Ebenezer Scrooge, The Grinch or The Stupidest Angel and who ever wanted to read a Sam Spade case located at the north-pole.
I found the ulitmative novel for you. Even the book will be released on October 28th, you can order it now which gives you more time to think about other gifts.

Todays recommendation for a literate dear and near one:

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir (October 28th, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0525951957] by Ken Harmon.
"Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three inch 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney. Either way, North Pole disillusionment is nothing new: Some elves brood with a bottle of nog, trying to forget their own wish list. Some get better. Some get bitter. Gumdrop Coal wants revenge. Justice is the only thing he knows, and so he decides to give a serious wakeup call to parents who can't keep their vile offspring from landing on the Naughty List. But when one parent winds up dead, his eye shot out with a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model BB gun, Gumdrop Coal must learn who framed him and why. Along the way he'll escape the life-sucking plants of the Mistletoe Forrest, battle the infamous Tannenbomb Giant, and survive a close encounter with twelve very angry drummers and their violent friends. The horrible truth lurking behind the gingerbread doors of Kringle Town could spell the end of Christmas-and of the fat man himself. Holly Jolly!" [Source]
In case you will follow my recommendation please let me know whether it was a good recommendation or not.
And in case you would like to surprise me with a copy of The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir then please contact ediFanoB because I don't have a mail account.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Bedlam One Three One

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Hello and let me clarify that Bedlam One Three One is definitely not my new address. Today I wanted to share some news with you and thought about an adequate post title. The news are related to in sum five books - two stand alone and one trilogy. To list either the names of the authors or the book titles would have been blast the post title. Therefore my first draft went like this: One Three One
I found it a bit expressionless. Part of the news is a bit crazy and that led me to Bedlam.
Due to Merriam-Webster
"Bedlam is the popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, an insane asylum, from Middle English Bedlem Bethlehem" First Known Use: 1522
For more detailed information I recommend to read Bethlem Royal Hospital.

The first information is related to a stand alone novel and presents the first One in the post title.

October 19th 2010

Sf debut novel CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh is available for purchase over at amazon.de, amazon.uk, bookdepository, amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Powell's. The book is also available as an ebook for Kindle, IBookstore, Nook and others.

You never heard of CassaStaR? Then I recommend to read my CassaStaR review and to visit Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog.

Now we switch to the more crazy part of the news. The Three in the post title stands for a trilogy (at this time I thought it was a trilogy) and my forlorn hope to escape a new series.
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Is it a kind of a new trend to publish trilogies in consecutive months?
In summer we got the King Rolen's Kin trilogy by Rowena Cory Daniells consisitng of The King's Bastard (July 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519000], The Uncrowned King (August, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519048] and The Ursurper (September, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519079]. So far I read only the first book - Shame on me - but I expect to read the rest and to review them all until end of 2010.

Last weekend I worked on the +1000 unread items in my Google reader. Within all these items I found several posts referring all to the first book in a new series: The Spirit Thief (September, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069052] by Rachel Aaron which is the first book in The Legend of Eli Monpress series.

Before I continue I want to say thank you to following blogger (every link leads directly to the post) which I find guilty for introducing The Legend of Eli Monpress series to me:
The underrated Falcata Times over at Falcata Times
Kristen over at Fantasy Cafe
Mihir Wanchoo over at Fantasy Book Critic
John Ottinger III over at Grasping for the Wind

Like the King Rolen's Kin trilogy the first three books (yes, there will be more as I know in the meantime) in The Legend of Eli Monpress series will be published in three consecutive months (September, October and November 2010).
In a first step I added the books to my list and thought about when to buy The Spirit Thief and nothing more. Then I made a "big, big,big mistake"!! I visited Rachel Aaron's book page and clicked on Read the first two chapters! - 10 Minutes later I signed in - amazon.de - and I ordered:

The Spirit Thief (September, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069052] by Rachel Aaron
"Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief.

But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he'll need to steal some big things. But he'll start small for now. He'll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while.

Like a king." [Source]


The Spirit Rebellion (October, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069113] by Rachel Aaron
"Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief.

He's also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she's been kicked out of the Spirit Court, Eli's had plenty of time to plan his next adventure. But now the tables have turned, because Miranda has a new job -- and an opportunity to capture a certain thief.

Things are about to get exciting for Eli. He's picked a winner for his newest heist. His target: the Duke of Gaol's famous "thief-proof" citadel. Eli knows Gaol is a trap, but what's life without challenges? Except the Duke is one of the wealthiest men in the world, a wizard who rules his duchy with an iron fist, and an obsessive perfectionist with only one hobby: catching Eli.

It seems that everyone is hunting for Eli Monpress." [Source]

The Spirit Eater (November, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069083] by Rachel Aaron
"With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone's holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives to beg Eli's help for finding her missing father.

But there are larger plans afoot than even Eli can see, and the real danger, and the solution, may lie with one of his own and her forgotten past.

If only Nico could remember whose side she's on." [Source]

And the good thing is that I get all three books in one delivery beginning of December. That means one more review project in December.

Due to information on her site, Rachel Aaron is working on the fourth book in The Legend of Eli Monpress series.
But we have to wait until September for The Spirit War (September, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0356500133] by Rachel Aaron. So far I can't tell you nothing about the content and also the cover is unknown.

At first I thought will be a trilogy. Therefore I added the Three to the post title. Now I know there will be minimum one more book. To be honest I did not want to change the title of the post from Bedlam One Three One to Bedlam One FOUR+N ONE. I think this is understandable.


The last part of the news is crazy too. The last One in the post title stands for fantasy debut novel and what I plan to do with it. Based on my experience with CassaStaR I agreed to read and review an other book from a small publisher - Rhemalda Publishing.
I talk about The Bone Sword (November 1st, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0982743720] by Walter Rhein.
"Deserter on the Run

Malik emerges from the swamps of Plaiden seeking only shelter, food, and the time necessary to take the chill from his bones. But after a barroom brawl lands him in trouble with the local authorities, he flees to the mountains with two orphaned children who have the power to heal.

Pursued by the vicious Father Ivory and his Nightshades, Malik and his charges become the center of a grassroots movement that quickly blossoms into a full-fledged revolution. Their problems are compounded when news of their exploits draws the attention of Malik's former Captain, a swordsman of legendary prowess who will not stop until Malik and his followers are dead.

As the final battle approaches, Malik must face both his inner demons and his former master in a duel that will determine the fate of the free people of Miscony." [Source]
I said it before, the number of pages is no indicator for the content. But with 230 pages The Bone Sword is short compared to the fantasy books I read in the past months. I'm nosy what to expect.
Finally you get the book trailer which is informative and not lurid.



This is the end of Bedlam One Three One ....... Enjoy Reading
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