Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Cinema, Reading, Post

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Today is the end of the last but one month in 2010. The last opportunity to "bother" you with one more post.
Nothing exciting. Just some information what is going on and a place where you can spend money for books ...


Yesterday evening my wife and I went to cinema. We watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I
we read all the books and watched all the movies so far. But this one is special.

It is definitely the darkest and partially scariest Potter movie so far. And at the same time it is full of deep emotions. I'm sure that a lot of people will find the trip in the wilderness of the central trio (Harry's, Hermione, Ron) far too long. For me it fits. I can't wait to see the grand finale which will leave me behind in a sad mood because it will be the end of a great series....



Today I finished - Pirate Freedom (2010, pb) [ISBN-13: 978-0765318794] by Gene Wolfe. I left the book with ambivalent feelings and decided not to write a review. You will find some of my thoughts over at Goodreads.

Beside The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney and The Last Page by Anthony Huso I will start to read a book in PDF format: Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1617060007] edited by Alva J. Roberts. I think it is time to read some more science fiction.
"This short story collection features thirteen fantastic adventures set in the cold vacuum of space. Read about rogues, scoundrels, aliens, robots, heroes, junkers and priests as you explore the rich and creative diversity of the following stories:

Junker's Fancy By Rosemary Jones, Leech Run By Scott W. Baker, A Space Romance By Paul A. Freeman, Hawking's Caution By Mark Rivett, Parhelion By David Schembri, To Stand Among Kings By Kenneth Mark Hoover, The Unicorn Tree By Alethea Kontis, The Beacon of Hope By Gregory L Norris, Tangwen's Last Heist By C.B. Calsing, The Stand-Ins By Gef Fox, Glacier Castle By Will Morton, Rescue By Margaret Karmazin, At One Stride Comes the Dark By Murray Leeder." [Source]
I think it is a good decision aft the door stopper Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King.


And there are more good books published by small publishers.

Watch the following book trailers which show books from Seventh Star Press.
THRALL


DREAM OF LEGENDS


And there are more books which are offered in various packages. For details visit the
By the way they ship internationally.

And NO, I don't get any money from them. I'm just a big fan of Stephen Zimmer.


ENJOY READING .......

Monday, November 29, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: Under The Dome by Stephen King

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I did it. I really did it. I read one of the books which I definitely wanted to read until the end of 2010. I started to read Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King with great expectations based on all the hype and positive reviews. 877 pages later I could build up my mind which I present you today.

I like short summaries and normally I prefer to write my own. But in this case I like to quote the summary delivered within the book.
"Under the Dome is the story of the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No-one can get in and no-one can get out.

When food, electricity and water run short, the normal rules of society are changed. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, a young Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late ..."
As mentioned the paperback of Under the Dome stands for 877 pages divided into 26 chapters. Additionally you get a map of the town and a list of persons.


Let me start with the things I liked.
It was good to have a map and a list of important persons. The basic idea of the story - separate a whole town with more than two thousand inhabitants from the rest of the world and see what will happen - is a great playground. The narrative structure is not that difficult - don't expect many twists and turns. The prose fits to the story.

So far so good.

Now let's have a look at what I did not like.

First of all I don't like when an official summary contains wrong information.
It is not true that the town ran short on food. It is important to know this because there are events which base on the fact that the town did not run short of food.

Everything what will happen depends in the end on the people who live in Chester's Mill. Their knowledge, experience, thoughts, wishes, opinions, relationships and beliefs determine their interaction.
A society of soldiers will behave different compared to the inhabitants of a bedlam.
That means the story stands or falls with the choice of characters. And that leads me exactly to my first disappointment.

I never met so many stereotypical characters (corrupt politician, a young man with a cerebral tumor, a good cop, intelligent young boy, a war veteran, intelligent leader of the local press, and, and, and, ...) in just one story. It seems in order to be an inhabitant you must fit a stereotype. The mass of the inhabitants either act like morons or are nearly as apathetic as permanent users of downers. You will easily identify the "good" ones and the "bad" ones and the rest without brains left to think.
The "bad" ones are lead by a guy who hides his personal ambitions behind a cloud of religious and fascistic statements and actions. He appears as the incarnation of the Fuehrer and the redeemer in one person.
Parts of the book are like an orgy of violence which is demonstrated in the celebration of violence with relish and in detail. To be honest I understand that someone is tilted toward violence after the first time. I do not need endless repetitions.

A lot of people die - "good" and "bad" until the final passages of the book. Some of them have a purpose behind others are completely senseless. Anyhow without the killing of specific inhabitants the story would have taken another turn.

Do you still remember the title of the book? What's about
the Dome? Is anyone interested in to solve the mystery? In the end it is a small group of the "good" ones who try to discover the secret of the Dome.
For me
the Dome is just a means to an end, the appropriate tool of choice to separate Chester's Mill from the rest of the world. To be honest I expected a lot more related to the Dome and its origin.

There has been a point in the book from where I continued reading for only one purpose: The secret of
the Dome.

Now the end of
Under the Dome is in sight. And the end is in one word ... worse. It is like oops, the book is getting far too long. What do I need?
First stroke of a feather: Abscond the big bad guy from justice.
Second stroke of a feather: Explosions are great. The bigger the better. The less survivors the better
Third stroke of a feather: Give an unbelievable explanation for the existence of
the Dome
Fourth stroke of a feather: Deliver a kind of happy end.

For me the end of
Under the Dome is as believable as the famous scene in the following video:


It is taken from the TV cult series Dallas. For more information about this scene read DREAM ZONE FAQ.



Under the Dome is my reading disappointment of 2010. I must say that I really regret that I spent money and time for this book.

And the moral of this story: Never trust a hype and tons of good reviews.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #48

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Hello and welcome to issue #48 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is the seventh try to write some introductory words. I did not want to repeat the same stuff in other words from last week. Nothing has changed in the past week - except it snowed last night. Not that much as in other regions but enough to cover everything in white. I live on fourth floor and it is nice to look at. Beside looking out of the window and dreaming I found a bit time to stroll around the net. And that is what I found 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. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The last post: Speculative Horizons
  2. The Green Bird
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Arms Race
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 Lost ....

The Lighthouse

I definitely want to present you one more review within November. So have a look at the blog the next three days. Which book I want to review? It will be Under the Dome by Stephen King.

So let's talk about reading progress.
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney --- still not finished yet
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso --- still not finished yet
- Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King --- I finished the book and as far as I can see, Under the Dome is my reading disappointment of the year. I work on my review which will be hopefully finished and posted until the end of November.
I like to read when I'm on the treadmill. But not every book fits size wise. Fortunately I found one:
- Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe --- So far I read 80 pages

34 Days until end of 2010. Time to prepare my final reading schedule:
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney (omnibus, contains three books)
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso (hc)
- Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (pb)
- Kraken by China Miéville (pb)
- The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (hc)
- Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space edited by Alva J Roberts (pdf)
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)
- Vipers by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)

It saddens my heart when I think about the books which did not make it to the list. Anyhow I think it is an interesting mix and some of the books will be candidates for my best of 2010 lists. So I have to hurry up with reading ..... and maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe I find a way to read them all and more ....

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 review request from small publisher Fantasist Enterprises. Based on following informations I decided to accept the review request.
"The Veins Cycle is a series of supernatural thrillers by veteran short story author Lawrence C. Connolly. The main action of the series takes place within a 24-hour period. Leading off with Veins (2008), the narrative begins with a quiet, edgy sort of horror interspersed between scenes of high-speed action, and moves into break-neck carnage with Vipers (2010). The planned third book, tentatively titled Vores (2012) will draw the series to a close with what promises to be an earth-shattering bang.
The Veins Cycle deals with issues concerning ecology, ancestral memory, spiritualism / religion, psychological damage, and duty. Strong female characters are important to the books, and Connolly explores the female psyche and women's issues with a skilled hand." [Source]
I'm not a fan of spiritualism/religion but the got me with the strong female characters. Fantasist Enterprises sent me pdf copies of the books:

Veins (2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1934571002] by Lawrence C. Connolly.
"Fleeing from what should have been a perfect crime, four crooks in a black Mustang race into the Pennsylvania highlands. On the backseat, a briefcase full of cash. On their tail, a tattooed madman who wants them dead.
The driver calls himself Axle. A local boy, he knows the landscape, the coal-hauling roads and steep trails that lead to the perfect hideout: the crater of an abandoned mine. But Axle fears the crater. Terrible things happened there. Things that he has spent years trying to forget.
Enter Kwetis, the nightflyer, a specter from Axle’s ancestral past. Part memory, part nightmare, Kwetis has planned a heist of his own. And soon Axle, his partners in crime, and their pursuer will learn that their arrival at the mine was foretold long ago . . . and that each of them is a piece of a plan devised by the spirits of the Earth." [Source]

Vipers (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1934571033] by Lawrence C. Connolly.
"Axle and Bird are back from the dead. No longer merely human, they must now work to further the oohaate—the spirit path. Whether they will like what they find at the journey's end remains to be seen, but for now, there's no turning back.
An explosion at Windslow Mine has set things in motion. The forest is crawling with snakes, driven from their nests by underground fires.
And the snakes are not alone.
Other forces are emerging, rising from the earth's molten veins, preparing to reclaim a smoldering world. By daybreak, the residents of Windslow, Pennsylvania, will know that the world is burning beneath them.
By daybreak, the nightmare begins." [Source]
To be honest I'm not sure whether I will like it or not but to discover books like these is the salt in the soup of a reader.


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...

Time to say good bye. James Long, the good guy behind Speculative Horizons will be the new Editorial Assistant at Orbit Books. A dream have come true for James. I won't get so far to say that it is nightmare for his readers but it is definitely a loss of an independent voice in the still growing world of book blogs.
I will miss Speculative Horizons. Anyhow I wish James best of luck in his new job.

On October 27th I posted about The Tales of the Dying Earth (pb, 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-1857989946] by Jack Vance. In order to honor the career of Jack Vance, Tor published the anthology Songs of the Dying Earth (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765320865] edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
"To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology:Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance’s greatest novel.
Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.
This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz." [Source]
Author Kage Baker, who passed away in January 2010, contributed the story The Green Bird. Tor.com has been so kind as to post The Green Bird. That means you can
read the complete The Green Bird story for free.
I hope you enjoy The Green Bird....



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.

Today I present you a short film - a steampunk short film. Arms Race is Nigel Clegg's the debut film.
It is a steampunk action adventure set during the Crimean War.

Hope you like it as much as I did.



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.
I lost my original search topic and therefore I thought it would be a good idea to search for LOST quotes instead. And that is what I found ....

"I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.
Totie Fields

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Mark Russell, US comedian, political commentator, & satirist (1932 - )

"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
Paul Fix

"He who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit.
Author unknown

"I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere.
Author unknown

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer is coming to town

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A post title sometimes need a kind of inspiration. And this has been my inspiration for todays post title:


Just before Christmas the long awaited second book in the The Fires of Eden series - Dream of Legends (pb, 2010, 740 p.) by Stephen Zimmer - will hit the book stores.

Wonderful news for me and hopefully for a lot of other people!!

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 Dream of Legends the second book in the The Fires of Eden series

For more information about Dream of Legends please read the following press release. But before you start with the official text - which I pimped with some of the new illustrations created by Matthew - I would like to inform you that there will be a

Limited Edition Hardcover Package (strictly limited to just 75 copies)

which would be a great Christmas gift!

And now read:

For Immediate Release
November 23, 2010

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the release of DREAM OF LEGENDS,
the second book in the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series from Stephen
Zimmer.

Now available for pre-order in a specially priced limited edition
hardcover and trade paperback, DREAM OF LEGENDS continues the adventures
begun in CROWN OF VENGEANCE, when it was released in fall of 2009.

DREAM OF LEGENDS journeys forward with several characters from the modern
world, who discover that finding themselves in the fantastical lands of
Ave was just the beginning. The assault upon the Kingdom of Saxany and
the tribes of the Five Realms ignites, as the eyes of The Unifier turn
southward, across the seas towards faraway Midragard. Within this
maelstrom, some find themselves on a path of discovery, to uncover powers
that lie within, while others must brave perilous journeys, to seek out
the things said to exist only in the faded mists of myth and legend. Epic
battles, plot twists, and new environments abound in DREAM OF LEGENDS.

Book Two of the Fires in Eden Series, DREAM OF LEGENDS is immersive, epic
fantasy, for those who love to explore richly developed fantasy worlds
alongside an ensemble of intriguing, diverse characters. Readers of the
great epic fantasy authors such as Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, and
J.R.R. Tolkien will find a wondrous trove of adventure, characters, and
depth in this next step of the Fires in Eden series.

Working with Stephen for the first time, and taking on the editorial reins
of the Fires in Eden Series to keep the dedicated yearly release schedule
on course, was Karen Leet.



She did a meticulous analysis of Crown of Vengeance to ensure full
continuity of tone and style with the new book. I am fortunate to be
working with two excellent editors on my two series. The new book is
loaded with action, and there are some very big revelations in regards to
the full series,” Stephen said. “DREAM OF LEGENDS builds strongly upon
the foundation set in place by Crown of Vengeance, keeping storylines
tight while introducing many new and exciting elements. I am confident
that readers who enjoyed the first book are going to be elated with this
new installment of the series.”

Continuing one of the most extensive collaborations between an artist and

an author in the fantasy sphere, a brand new set of illustrations and
cover art were created for DREAM OF LEGENDS by fantasy artist Matthew
Perry. With the two Rising Dawn Saga books and the two Fires in Eden
books, a growing body of over 50 full page illustrations have been created
by Matthew for Stephen’s literary work.

In addition to writing two active epic-scale fantasy series, The Rising
Dawn Saga and the Fires in Eden Series, Stephen also saw his first foray
into the steampunk genre published a couple of months ago with “In the
Mountain Skies”, which was included in the Dreams of Steam Anthology
(Editor Kimberly Richardson, Kerlak Publishing). Stephen is also a
screenwriter and director in the world of film, with a new fantasy short
film on the horizon in early 2011, “Swordbearer”, which features
professional wrestler Al Snow, and is based on the H. David Blalock novel
Ascendant (Sam’s Dot Publishing).

By the third week of December, DREAM OF LEGENDS will be available in
hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, for owners of the
Kindle, the iPad, the Nook, Sony eReaders, and other compatible electronic
reading devices.

Already maintaining one of the most active year-round appearance schedules
of any fantasy author, Stephen will be hitting the road extensively in
2011 in support of the Fires in Eden Series, the Rising Dawn Saga, and the
“Swordbearer” short film. The third book in the Rising Dawn Saga is
slated for summer of 2011, and the next Fires in Eden Book for December of
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.stephenzimmer.com

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames@seventhstarpress.com
Seventh Star Press Mailing Address:
3801 Dylan Place Suite 116, #7
Lexington, Ky. 40514-1062

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction
located in Lexington Kentucky.

Let me close this post with the brand-new Dream of Legends trailer:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #47

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Hello and welcome to issue #47 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Yes, I'm still alive. But I do not find the time for more posts. I'm sorry for that and I hope you continue to visit my blog even there is only one post per week. I'm sure there will better times in future.
And now ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Giveaway: Rachel Aaron
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A book trailer with restrictions
  2. Visit the White House
  3. Epic Fantasy -Genre Landscape
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Cowboys and Aliens
  2. The Chronicles Of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  3. The Green Lantern
  4. Your Highness
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 Mars ....

The Lighthouse

I now one post per week is not much for a blog. But it is the reality I have to cope with. The good thing is that I still work on my review projects - on a real low level. I'm happy that I still find time for reading.

So let's talk about reading progress.
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney --- still not finished yet
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso --- still not finished yet
- Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King --- I read 280 pages so far and I must say I'm diappointed so far after all the hype. The idea with the dome is good. But the town at its in habitants look like parts of a box of bricks. I hope the remaining 600 pages will be better. If not, Under the Dome will be my reading disappointement of the year.

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 zero books. That is again an opportunity to present you some of the books which are on my 2011 radar.

In July 2010 I reviewed The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. For me The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack is still one of the debut novels of 2010. Now I look forward to the next book in the series:
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. And again we will get to different covers. On the left you see the UK cover and on the right the US cover. Both have their allurement. Thanks to Aidan at A Dribble of Ink for posting the US cover.

"A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-driven vehicles. The British Empire's capital is in chaos, and in the midst of it all, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wayward assistant, Algernon Swinburne, are beginning to suspect that someone, somewhere, is up to no good!" [Source]

UK version will be published by Snowbooks in March 2011. Pyr will pubish the US version some time later in 2011. I like the US cover a lot. But I want to read the book as soon as possible. Therefore I will go for the UK version of The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. I did the same with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack.

The second book will also be published by Snowbooks in March 2011. I talk about The Martian Ambassador by Alan Baker.

"WELCOME TO LONDON, 1899 It has been six years since the discovery of intelligent life on Mars, and relations between the two worlds are rapidly developing. Three-legged Martian omnibuses stride through the streets and across the landscape, while Queen Victoria has been returned to the vigour of youth by Martian rejuvenation drugs. Victorian computer technology is proceeding apace, thanks to the faeries who power the ‘cogitators'; while the first 'ther zeppelins are nearing completion, with a British expedition to the Moon being planned for the following year. Everything seems to be going swimmingly until Lunan R'ondd, Martian Ambassador to the Court of Saint James's, dies while attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace. The discovery of strange, microscopic larvae in his breathing apparatus leads Queen Victoria to suspect that he may have been the victim of a bizarre assassination. The Martian Parliament agrees, and they are not pleased. No Martian has ever died in such suspicious circumstances while on Earth. An ultimatum is given: if Her Majesty's Government cannot solve the crime and bring the perpetrator to justice, the Martians will! Enter Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator for Her Majesty's Bureau of Clandestine Affairs. Along with Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research, Blackwood is charged with the task of solving the mystery of Ambassador R'ondd's death, before the Martians take matters into their own hands, possibly igniting an interplanetary war in the process!" [Source]
That sounds like an interesting mix of steampunk, private eye and War of the Worlds. I'm not sure whether this will be a stand alone novel or the first book in a new series.

The third and last book for today is the second book in a series. I talk about Blake Charlton and his Spell series.
I liked Spellwright a lot as I expressed in my review of Spellwright. A few days ago Blake Charlton posted a synopsis of Spellbound, the second book in the series. The author of the synopsis is Megan, who is a beta-reader and friend of Blake Charlton.

"Francesca DeVega is a successful healer in the city of Avel, wielding magical text to close wounds and disspell curses, but her life is thrown into chaos when a dead patient suddenly sits up and tells her to run. Now Francesca is in the middle of a game she doesn’t understand, one that ties her to the notorious rogue wizard, Nicodemus Weal, and brings her face to face with demons, demigods, and a man she thought she’d never see again.
It has been ten years since Nicodemus Weal escaped the Starhaven Academy, where he was considered disabled and useless, where he battled the demon who stole his birthright and killed his friends. Unable to use the magical languages of his own people, Nico has honed his skills in the dark language of the kobolds, readying himself for his next encounter with the demon. But there are complications: his mentor suffers from an incurable curse, his half-sister’s agents are hunting him, and he’s still not sure what part Francesca DeVega will play. He certainly doesn’t know what to make of Francesca herself….
Introducing new twists to the unique magical system of Spellwright and uncovering more sinister dangers, Spellbound is sure to please Blake Charlton’s fans and earn him new ones." [Source]
I really look forward to read Spellbound next year. The magical system is awesome!

In my Bedlam One Three One post I wrote about The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron.
If you want to know more about Rachel Aaron and her books and to win one of her books then go to SciFiGuy.ca and read Guest Post & Giveaway with Rachel Aaron. The giveaway is opened internationally. But hurry up because the giveaway ends on November 24th.


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 still feel lonely without Bona Fide. Nevertheless I hope I found some interesting pieces for you.

Do you like book trailers? I must admit I like to watch them. Of course not everyone is worthy of an Oscar.
within this week I made a sad experience. I wanted to watch a book trailer on youtube. Instead of the trailer I received a message: This video is not available in your country. Hey, I live in Germany I wanted to have a look at the trailer of The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith.
I do not post the trailer but you can watch it over at Lou Anders' blog. Of course I posted a comment and Lou Anders replied:
"It seems the music used, though public domain here, may be owned by Sony Music Corp in Germany, and so is blocked there. "
This is a really bad thing. In case you live neither in US nor in Germany please let me know whether the trailer is blocked in your country or not. I would like to know if German readers are the only ones to be excluded.

Would you like to visit the White House? Of course there are official tours. But today I would like to show you an other opportunity which I found over at WebUrbanist.com.
Go and have a look at The Zeifel Tower: A Big-Time Miniature White House.
It is quite impressive.


Fortunately I found some time within the week to read a few posts. And there has been one which impressed me a lot.
"Imagine if you will a world of different kingdoms and nations. Fine. Yes, ours is a world of kingdoms and nations. Then imagine a different set of kingdoms and nations, one ruled not by politicians, kings, and tyrants but rather by (hopefully not so tyrannical) authors. Authors who rule over continents of genre - fantasy, science fiction, horror." [Source]
This is the beginning of an impressive and informative post The Genre Landscape - Epic Fantasy by Patrick of at Stomping on Yeti. For me this post is a must read for every fantasy fan. Absolutely awesome. Go and read it.

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.

Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. And he will be back on the big screen in 2011!
"1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival." [Source]
This is the synopsis of Cowboys & Aliens
I really look forward. But we have to wait until Summer 2011. Fortunately I can present you a trailer - a mouth watering trailer from my point of view. WATCH!

I don't think that I have to tellyou much about the next movie:
The Chronicles Of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I watched the first two movies in the series and of course I will watch the third one. But I'm not sure whether to watch the 2D or the 3D version. Enjoy the trailer.....


In June 2011 another super hero movie will hit the cinemas: The Green Lantern
This is the official synopsis:
"In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all."
And this is the trailer .....



Thanks to Pat from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist who discovered and posted my last trailer for today.
Your Highness is an upcoming fantasy comedy about Thadeous, a lazy and arrogant prince and his heroic brother Fabious, who must complete a quest in order to save their father's kingdom. But that is not that easy. There is a giant troll, an evil wizard and not to forget two women: Fabious' virginal bride Belladonna and a warrior princess, interested in the lazy prince ....
I hope it will be as funny as the trailer shows. We have to wait until April 2011 to proof.
In the meantime have a look at the first 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.
The Martian Ambassador inspired me to search for quotes related to Mars. And that is what I found ....

"A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
Herbert Prochnow

"The question is not so much whether there is life on Mars as whether it will continue to be possible to live on Earth
Author unknown

"Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Computers are from hell.
Author unknown

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Edi's Spotlight: The Bone Sword by Walter Rhein

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Hello and welcome to my review of fantasy debut novel The Bone Sword (November 1st, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0982743720] by Walter Rhein. Publisher Rhemalda Publishing has been so kind to send me an electronic copy.
You would like to read the official blurb? Then highlight the following lines between YYY and ZZZ. In case you don't need the official blurb, continue reading with the text on the right side of the cover.
YYY"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]
ZZZ
The Bone Sword is the story of Malik, bearer of a legendary Bone Sword, the weapon of the Camden Guard. He is on the run from his inner demons and the Camden Guard which he left on his own.
During his getaway he meets the young siblings Jasmine and Noah who need to escape the church in form of Father Ivory due to their blasphemous skills. With their actions they raise a storm which will either lead to their death and the slaughter of the population or to the victory over their inner demons and freedom for the population.
The outcome is uncertain because their inner and outer opponents are powerful and ruthless ....

The Bone Sword stands for 230 pages which is short compared to the fantasy books I read in the past months. But the number of pages is no indicator for the quality of the content.
I appreciate that the book contains a map of Miscony county and surrounding.

Before I go into details I feel obliged to tell you that The Bone Sword contains gore and explicit violence. But the violence serves a purpose and is far beyond to be grandstand play.

That leads me directly to one of the strong points of The Bone Sword. The depictions of scenery and situations is gorgeous in its nearly physical tangibility. You feel the heat of fire, you smell the blood, you feel the agony of torture ....
The more imaginativeness you own the more .....

Let's have a look at the characters. I does not take long until you get connected to one or more characters which is good because you will part of them. The main characters and their motives are described well enough to have an understanding their personality. There are at least three parties in the game:

The first party consist of Malik, a young warrior who has to fight his inner demons and more; Yasmine and Noah, siblings with powerful skills; they are surrounded by their friends, comrades and supporters.
The second party consist of Oberon Keel, captain of the Camden Guard and his men. They are connected to the third group.
The third party consists of two men and their followers and supporters. Father Ivory is the archetypal violent zealot. The Earl of Miscony is his secular twin. That means they are obviously bad. From my point of you they are nothing compared with Oberon Keel because he perverts life (you will fully understand when you read The Bone Sword).

Who is good and who is bad? In the end it depends on your moral concept.

In the plainest form The Bone Sword is the story of Malik's finding himself. But there is much more.
It is a story of human beings, their personalities, their interaction with other and their inner wars interwoven with perversion of belief and church, the perversion of faith, enriched with self-doubt and trust, embedded in a fast-paced and action-packed adventure.
It is a story of the sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind which will become clear after the last revelation of Marik's past.


The Bone Sword is a great read from entertaining point of view. Something to criticize? From my point of view the story is at times predictable. But hey, this is a debut novel.

The Bone Sword is a well done action-packed interspersed with inner thoughts, fast-paced adventure, which will grip you from the first page.

I hope, there will be more novels by Walter Rhein in future after this excellent debut.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #46

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Hello and welcome to issue #46 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
what shall I say. It is autumn. A lot of work needs to be done. I'm tired. But I want to read and to write posts. I think I should replace the word PLAN by the word WISH. Today I will tell a bit about my wishes until the end of 2010. I think the progress of my blog turns to be something sad and disappointing for me and also for you. But fortunately I'm no ostrich......
And here we go: ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Christmas: Win books
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. How a Police Court is Worked
  2. Mini Buildings With Mighty Details
  3. Make-Believe Miniatures and a place worth to visit
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Finale Part One
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 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ....

The Lighthouse

I talked about the replacement of the word PLAN by WISH. When I post a plan it is like a promise for me and normally I keep my promises. But it is getting difficult for me. So decided to be very careful with my promises.

So far I read 49 books. "Only" 17 behind my plan. I wanted to read six books per month. All gone with the wind.
Now I wish to finish 2010 by 60 books.
I stopped to read The Belly of the Bow by K. J. Parker because I'm not in the right mood to enjoy it. Instead I started to read Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King which is the one book beside Kraken (tbp, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0333989517]by China Miéville I definitely want to read until the end of 2010.
Reading The Last Page by Anthony Huso takes a lot more time than expected. There are so many words which I don't understand and which I also do not find in my dictionary. Therefore I have to use online dictionaries. Of course I know my English is far from being perfect but I must admit that Anthony Huso use a lot of words I don't know. Beside that I like The Last Page a lot. He has created a very unique world.

I still work on my The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney project and I hope to post my results within December 2010. So far I can tell you that The Monarchies of God is an awesome series and when the rest of the books will be as good as the first two books it will be definitely my favorite series of 2010.

Yesterday I posted my first review in November which made my happy. Linden Lewis did a great job with his debut novel Human Secrets.

I don't know where Bona, Fide, Bona Fide and KotM are. I hope they will return soon to write some more posts in the series xx days until Christmas 2010.

When everything goes well I will deliver my next review tomorrow (Sunday, November 14th).

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. One of them I bought on my own. The other two copies I received by courtesy of Tor/Forge. I'm quite happy that I received these books because both are on my list and I don't know when paperback editions will be published.

First book from Tor/Forge belongs to science fiction.
"Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.
Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.
His chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity--but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.
Then, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity...until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth." [Source]
This is the blurb of Out of the Dark (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325525] by David Weber. I must admit so far I did not read a book by David Weber.


I wrote about the next book - The Half-Made World (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325525] by Felix Gilman - in issue #42 of Edi's Weekend Wave. One of my favorite reviewers - Liviu Suciu - posted his review of The Half-Made World over at Fantasy Book Critic. He convinced me to add the book to my list. Last Monday, Sarah from Bookworm Blues wrote in her review of The Half-Made World:
"I can promise you one thing. You’ve never read a book like this before. Fantasy met the Wild West and this incredible book was borne from that unique union."
That reminded me of and I was thinking about when the paperback will be published. Since Friday I do not need to think about t any longer because Tor/Forge sent me a copy of The Half-Made World. Now I have another (luxury) problem.Where do I steel time from in order to read it?

Ever read a book by Australian author Joel Shepherd? He is the author of the science fiction series Cassandra Kresnov and the fantasy series Trial of Blood and Steel. I read and reviewed Crossover (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-1591027379] which is the first book in the Cassandra Kresnov series. I liked it a lot. And yes I own an unread copy of Sasha (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1591027874] and Petrodor (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616141936] which are the first two books in the Trial of Blood and Steel series. Now I bought a copy of Tracato (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142445] which is the third book in the Trial of Blood and Steel series.

Read the reviews over at Fantasy Literature which give you a good overview what to expect.

Christmas is coming nearer every day. But there is still enough time to buy gifts. But maybe you would like to try something different. Why not take part in giveaways. I tried to find some world wide giveaways, so everyone who reads this post can take part.

As you know I'm reading the The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. You would like to win the series?
Take your chance and visit Pat's Fantasy Hotlist and
Good Luck!

In July I 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"

Author Richard Jay Parker started his Christmas Serial Killer competition.
"It's nearly that time of year when the goose is getting fat and everyone wants to snuggle up by the fire with a good serial killer. Am giving away a couple of signed copies of STOP ME which I hope the winners will enjoy over the festive season. All you have to do is email me the name of a suitably sinister Christmas serial killer. The most creative will receive a copy for their stocking. Closing date is 10th December. Winners will be announced on this site and informed by email. Email entries to richard@richardjayparker.com
Best of Luck and thanks for entering."
Now let's return to the awesome Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. I'm a participant of following giveaway:
Pat offers three copies of the stories in honor of Jack Vance.
Good Luck



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...

As I told you before I don't know where Bona Fide is. Therefore I had to check the blogosphere on my own.
It is a bit different compared to Bona Fide's posts. But I hope you like what I have found for you.

In case you look for an interesting Victorian related blog then I recommend to have a look at
Do you would like to know how a London Police Court is worked in 1890? Then I highly recommend to read


I have a soft spot for miniatures. Fortunately WebUrbanist, one of the blogs I follow, post about miniatures from time to time. And if you like miniatures too then I highly recommend to have a look at following two posts which include tons of pictures:

Following video gives you a first impression what to expect...



Watch the amazing photos of Make-Believe Miniatures

I hope that one day I get the opportunity to go to Hamburg in Germany, in order to visit




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.

This weekend there is no space for other trailers than The Finale Part one. Watch TV spots #2-9 in just one video....



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 I chose two quotes from the German scientist, satirist and Anglophile Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799). Both are related to books and I just like them .....
"When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is it always from the book?
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

"A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
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