Sunday, February 27, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Dark Side by Jonathan Green

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The Moon, the only natural satellite of Earth. The Moon, inspiration for people from Jules Verne to Pink Floyd. Target of a race between two nations.
The Moon with his dark side which does not exist. Of course we can only see one side of the Moon. When you want to talk about the backside of the moon then you should use the far side of the Moon.
Come on, the dark side of the Moon is much more mysterious than the far side of the Moon. And it is more than understandable why Jonathan Green chose Dark Side (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735852] as the title for the sixth adventure of Ulysses Quicksilver because it deals on a second level with the dark side of Ulysses Quicksilver.

Ulysses Quicksilver
"[...], that well-known and notorious raconteur and teller of tall tales - all of them true - the man known as the Hero of the Empire, survivor of the Wormwood Catastrophe and savior of the Russian royal family." [p. 43]
leave Earth for the first time within the scope of an adventure. He has been to the Moon before in his youth. Ostensibly he is on holiday after surviving the latest adventures together with his manservant Nimrod. But the main reason is a family affair. In order to escape serious problems his brother Barty - the black sheep of the family - left Earth. Ulysses want to see him again. Is it a coincidence that he meets his former fiancé Emilia during the flight to the moon? And who is the man with the eye patch? ...

I follow Ulysses since his first appearance in Unnatural History (pb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-1905437108]. Every book in the series offers splendid entertainment in the world of an alternate British Empire in a still going on Victorian Era. Magna Britannia is ruled by Queen Victoria for more than 160 years. Yes, she is still alive due to steam technology inventions. Every book revealed new inventions, fast paced adventures, conspiracies and more. After five books I feel familiar with the well described London - the zoo, the overground, ... .
With Dark Side author Jonathan Green turns the story and the life of Ulysses Quicksilver in a new direction. Dark Side feels familiar and new at the same time. Of course it is always a risk to leave the well known playground which may not fit the expectations of the reader.

So what makes Dark Side different compared to the previous books?
Ulysses leave Earth for the first time within the scope of a book.
A real surprise is the end of the story. For the first time there is a cliff-hanger. And I promise you it is a promising and mouth-watering one. I can't wait to read the next book. The cliff-hanger shows that there is much more behind the story as you may think. It is the beginning of a story arc where I can't imagine where it will end.

With giant robots, time traveling Nazis, a murder mystery, an unbelievable conspiracy, industrial espionage, a love affair and new insight of Ulysses quicksilver's dark side Jonathan Green rocks the house. He offers a breathtaking ride with incredible events which you can't escape from the first page. And a lot earlier than expected you reach the end where you will ache for more.
Fortunately the book contains a bittersweet tragedy titled Prometheus Unbound. But this is only a temporary medic which can't "heal" your feverish longing for

to be published in May 2011

This is Mark Harris stunning cover of Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green which is the seventh Ulysses Quicksilver adventure.

No, this is not the end of the review.

Beside all I told you so far it is important to mention that Jonathan Green pays again attention to details:
- some of them obvious like the depiction of the scenery;
- some of them like the onomatopoeic naming of characters like Wilberforce Brainbridge which some reader will take for granted;

And some of them are obvious and hidden at the same time. I talk about the chapter titles. Believe it or not all titles refer to an X File episode, an album, a play, a movie which deal with time travel, robotic, and outer space. To be honest I did not find all references ....

Who should read Dark Side?

It is a must read for every Ulysses Quicksilver fan.
For all of you who are in the search of an entertaining steampunk series I highly recommend PAX BRITANNIA. Even Dark Side is a great read, you should start with the first book: Unnatural History (pb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-1905437108].
Meanwhile you can get Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519567] which contains the first three Ulysses Quicksilver adventures: Unnatural History, Leviathan Rising and Human Nature.

You still have no clue what I'm talking about? Then watch following video:



You have problems with your short-term memory? You hate to read reviews?
Then this is your lucky day today. Just watch the following video:



Still not convinced?
Jonathan, I need your help!!




Something is missing ... Mmmh ... Now I know. I bought the copy of Dark Side which I read for this review.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1108

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Hello and welcome to issue #08 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is definitely the last issue in February 2011. Weather wise we have had a varied week. Sun, clouds, fog, snow, freeze and chilly wind. The weather is more varied than my blog. However I found some things worth to post. Have a look and

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Blog content, reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. First two then three after surprising delivery
  2. Rediscovery of a forgotten "love"
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Hiatus, endings, disappearance
  2. 2010 Top 100 fantasy, science fiction and horror books
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Priest
  2. Hanna
  3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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 Random Quotes related to Fun ....

The Lighthouse

I still can't believe that I read in sum 717 pages last week. And I did more.
Come back on Sunday 27th February and see the result.

I decided to add a short comment to each book in progress and each finished book.

I finished following books and added both to my list of unwritten reviews:

- TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
The third novel in the series. Alex Scarrow continues
on a high level. And again there is a bang at the end.
I look forward to the next trip back to the American Civil War ...

- Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing
Only 238 pages but what a story. Awesome. Meet super heroes and super villains in a Victorian New York.
I hope Mr. Ewing will deliver the next El Sombra adventure soon.


I'm
- 211 pages in Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer
After a moderate beginning it is getting better and better

- 308 pages in Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
This is the birth of a great classic space opera. Entertaining enough
that I don't want to put it down

- 63 pages in Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
Definitely a series for me. Even I don't know much about the main character Matthew Shardlake at this stage of the story I like him. He is intelligent, has a hunchback, works for Cromwell and fears him.

So I read a mix of space opera, epic fantasy and historical thriller. In the past weeks I got used to switch between four books. That means I need to decide for one more book.
I did. When you read further on you will see which book won the "race". It maybe a surprise for you.

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 two books which I ordered sometime ago in 2010. They have some similiarity. Each of them is the fourth book in their series. I read the first book in each series.

Last week I talked a bit about The Pike Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and this week I received book four in the series, The Detective Branch (February, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-075382768].
"Drury Lane, 1844: a robbery at a pawnbroker's leaves three people dead and it seems that a valuable religious artefact is the motivation. When sometime crook Pyke - now head of Scotland Yard's new Detective Branch - is called in, the clues lead to an old case that no one wants reopened - and Pyke must uncover secrets from the past that the church and the police would prefer remain buried.
Pyke's investigation takes him through the underbelly of Victorian London to a dissolute former Catholic priest and rumours of the devil worship - while he struggles tokeephis own criminal history from being revealed." [Back of the book]
Historical thriller/mystery must be part of my reading choice like epic fantasy. Therefore I decided to alternate between between The Pike Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom.

The second book is The Ragged Man (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0575085596] by Tom Lloyd.
To be honest I have only a faint memory of the first book. I Think it will be a wise decision to wait for the final fifth book and then read them all in a row. I pass on the blurb in this case it is not spoiler free. But I show you the UK cover.


I just finished this section of the when the postman delivered one more book. Like last week I send a big thank you over the pond to Tor/Forge.com.
I received a trade paperback copy of Green (February, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765321534] by Jay Lake.
"She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name - her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan.and the skills of an assassin.she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke's collection of beauties.

She calls herself Green.

The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke's city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed." [Source]
Last week I received a copy of The Unremembered (hc, US, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325716] by Peter Orullian. The blurb contained the word god twice.I told you that I'm not keen to read books about god(s). Now look again at the Green blurb. "..., where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals." Against my skepticism I will give a Green try. There a lot of mixed reviews over at Goodreads.

In the past days I worked on my huge Google Reader backlog. One of the many posts I have read has been Blackveil by Kristen Britain (Reviewed by Robert Thompson) which rang a bell.
Some of you may know that I started to read books in English in 2007. Yes in this case I'm a late bloomer. And I still remember that Green Rider (pb, 2000, first published in 1998) [ISBN-13: 978-0886778583] by Kristen Britain. I liked it a lot. Of course I bought book two and three in series, put them on my shelf and there they rest unread.
But now the time has come to read the second book in the series First Rider's Call (pb, 2005, first published in 2003) [ISBN-13: 978- 0743408943].
"When Karigan returned to Sacor City, she discovered the passage of time had not improved life for the Green Riders. She found them weakened and diminished. Veteran Riders had been killed yet few new Riders had heard the call. Rider magic was becoming unreliable, and strangest of all, Karigan was having ghostly visions – visions of a strong woman with wild flowing hair and a blue and green plaid draped across her shoulder, pinned with a golden brooch. This woman was no stranger to Karigan nor would she have been to any Green Rider, for she was Lil Ambriodhe, First Rider, and founder of the Green Rider messenger service. But why was she appearing to Karigan? And how could Karigan seek the help of a woman who had been dead for a millennium?" [Source]

Maybe you think it is not fair to read an "old" book from my shelf when I constantly receive new books. I think we should not forget "older" books. There are a lot of gems.
In case you have never heard of the Green Rider series before you should not hesitate to visit the official Kristen Britain site, where you get a lot information around the series.
Maybe it is a bit difficult for you to get the books. Then have a look at Orion Books UK who reissue the first three books in April 2011.


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...

The blogosphere is always in motion. New blogs arise older blogs disappear. Some look deserted. In the past months I got the impression that a lot of blogs I follow are either on hiatus or on the verge being closed. I must admit it is a recurring thought whether to continue with blogging or return to the status of an avid reader. I could post my reviews on Goodreads or try offer them as guest posts.
As a visitor of my blog you will have recognized the lack of reviews in the past weeks. At the moment my blog is more or less the platform for my Weekend Wave. Of course I thought about a hiatus. But to be honest I know that this would be the end of my blog. Therefore I continue with my one post per week.
I know I lost readers in the past weeks which I can understand. I don't want to discuss the reasons for the lack of reviews.
I would like to talk about the reasons why I blog. I like to read. I like to share my opinion about books. I like to discover things and share them with other people. I like what I do and I will continue as long as I have fun. I'm not keen to have thousands of clicks per day. Of course it is good to see that beside my wife some more people read what I write. And of course it is great to get comments.
One thing I know for sure. It is an illusion for me to have a blog with daily posts as long I have a job. That's fine ... for me. Finally it is up to you, dear reader, whether you like to visit a blog with maximum three posts per week or not. If you look for the latest book news - I can't deliver them.
I will concentrate on my Weekend Wave and on reviews.
So I promise you I will neither go on hiatus nor close the blog in the next months.

The reason why I wrote about this topic is following post Talking About Endings by fellow blogger Dave-Brendon de Burgh from South-Africa. And don't forget to read the comments. Patrick from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist hit the bulls eye with his comment which I can't withstand to quote here:
"Blog because you like what you do and don’t worry about anything else. As long as you’re having fun, it’s all good.
It’s not about numbers (hits, visitors, etc). If you no longer get a kick out of blogging, then it might be time to quit. Otherwise, just hang in there and have fun doing it."
From time to time I like to put my nose into top 50 or top 100 book lists. I do it mainly for two reasons. The first reason is to discover new books which means books I don't have on my list. The second reason is to check how many of the books I have read.
Recently the well done online fantasy and science ficition publication SF crowsnest published its top 100 fantasy,science fiction and horror books for 2010. The interesting thing is that it is based on the votes by readers. I recommend tohave a look at The Hyper Hundred... SFcrowsnest Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Books Chart, because it contains books I never heard from before. In sum I read nine of the listed books. How many books did you read?

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'm not a fan of horror movies. And I'm still not sure whether I want to see Priest or not. Fortunately there are still some days left until the film hits the movies.
"PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills." [Source]
Watch the trailer and build up your mind ....



Hanna - this is the title of an upcoming movie about a 16 year old girl. This girl has nothing in common with Hannah Montana. Hanna is special, very special ...

SYNOPSIS
"A teenage girl goes out into the world for the first time – and has to battle for her life. Director Joe Wright weaves elements of dark fairy tales into the adventure thriller Hanna, filmed on location in Europe and Morocco.
H
anna (played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, also directed by Joe Wright) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her widowed father Erik (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of North Finland. Erik has taught Hanna to hunt, put her through extreme self-defense workouts, and home-schooled her with only an encyclopedia and a book of fairy tales. Hanna has been living a life unlike any other teenager; her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. But out in the world there is unfinished business for Hanna’s family, and it is with a combination of pride and apprehension that Erik realizes his daughter can no longer be held back.
T
his turning point in Hanna’s adolescence is a sharp one; she is separated from Erik and embarks on the mission that she was always destined for. Before she and her father can reunite as planned in Berlin, Hanna is captured by agents dispatched by ruthless intelligence operative Marissa Wiegler (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). Marissa, a career agent, has long been harboring secrets that tie her to Hanna and Erik.
D
etained for observation and held beneath the Moroccan desert, Hanna soon turns the tables on her captors. Her daring escape to above-ground thrusts her into an unfamiliar landscape and world which she must quickly learn to comprehend and navigate. Marissa secretly sends a team of agents after Hanna, and joins the deadly pursuit herself. As Hanna journeys across Europe and nears her ultimate target, she faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity." [Source]
And now watch the trailer ......



Of course I know that a game is no movie. But in former time I liked and played The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind and Oblivion. Both are great fantasy games in an expansive world full of magic, monsters, towns. I liked to be a wood elf archer.
The more I read and with my hour long diving in the www I lost interested in playing games and of course there was not enough time.
But times they are a changing. Since I watched the trailer of the upcoming THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM (release date: November 11th 2011) , the yearning to play it awakened.
It is more than dragons, snowy mountains, a strong hero. It is the atmosphere which i can't escape.
Unfortunately I know that our PC fails the system requirements totally. That means no Skyrim without a new PC. The good thing is that my wife and my daughter are interested too. Together we will find a way ... I will keep you informed. Now have a look at the trailer.




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

Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

I is quite difficult to search quotes without inspiration. That means today you get random quotes about Writing .....

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney, US cartoonist & movie producer (1901 - 1966)

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'
Isaac Asimov, US science fiction novelist & scholar (1920 - 1992)

"Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant.
Scott Adams, Dogbert; Dilbert cartoons, US cartoonist (1957 - )

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1107

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Hello and welcome to issue #07 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is the last but one issue ...... in February. Don't worry i will still annoy you with my boring posts. The good thing is that I don't overwhelm you with countless posts. To my pleasure I feel a bit better compared to last week. It is going slowly but surely.
Let's have a look what I would like to present you.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Blog content, reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. All good things come in threes - A Tor/forge week
  2. Indecisive
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. What a giveaway!!!
  2. Translations
  3. Steampunk Roots
  4. Pyr Author Round Tables
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock Holmes Sequel
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 Random Quotes related to Writing ....

The Lighthouse

I'm so glad that I found time to read and enjoy in sum 559 pages.

I finished The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick and I added the book to my list of unwritten reviews.
The Buntline Special is the tenth book I read in 2011 which is more than I expected.

I'm
- 50 pages in Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer
- 285 pages in TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
- 85 pages in Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing
- 108 pages in Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

It is a great mix: Epic fantasy, time travel, steampunk and science fiction
Only historical thriller is missing
I like and enjoy them all. It makes a lot of fun to jump between them depending on my mood.
The only thing I miss is historical thriller/mystery but I work on it .....


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 has been a special one concerning the books I received. In sum I received three books and two of them are ARCs which I did not expect to receive. So first of all I send a big thank you over the pond to Tor/Forge.com. Every time when I receive books from authors or publishers I ask my wife what she thinks about the books based on the blurb and the back of the book. She reads different stuff than I do. But I can trust her when she tells me a book is worth to give it a try. This time I got one thumb down and two thumb up. Let me start with the thump down.

Among Others ( hc, January 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765321534] by Jo Walton.
"Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin." [Source]
Neither my wife nor myself have been hooked even we are both avid readers. Coming-of-age, diary, autobiography, troubled childhood .... that does not sound like my cup of tea. It is far beyond the stuff I read.
My recommendation for book lovers is The Shadow of the Wind ( pb, 2005) [ISBN-13: 978-0143034902] by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.


The next book has been released last year in UK and will be released in US in May 2011. It is science fiction and I got a thump up from my wife for The Quantum Thief (hc, US, May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329493] by Hannu Rajaniemi.
"Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy - from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars. Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons - the Dilemma Prison - against countless copies of himself. Jean's routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen. She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self - in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed . . . The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. "[Source]
What else should I add. It is the first book in a trilogy. And in this case I trust another person beside my wife. Just read Adam's review of The Quantum Thief over at The Wertzone. I added The Quantum Thief to my top twenty to read list.

Finally let's have a look at the third and last book for today. Of course I have seen the cover (which I like) before. And I read the blurb before. To be honest when I read the word god twice within the first two sentences an alarm bell rings in my head. I'm not keen to read books about god(s). That is the reason why The Unremembered (hc, US, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325716] by did not make it to my list. Within the last week I received an ARC. What shall I do with a fantasy debut which aroused some hype? I showed it to my wife. She told me I should give it a try. Anyway there is an awesome official website, which offers a lot of information by using different media (videos, text, art, interactive map) about the world of The Vault of Heaven. I'm still not convinced if it is the kind of book I would like to read or not. But fortunately with the ARC I have the opportunity to find out.
And now enjoy the cover and the blurb.
"The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance - between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world's distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.
Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells..
The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers - an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far - come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey.
Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upon mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him - his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world." [Back of the book]

As I told you above, I miss to read historical thriller/mystery. There are enough books on my shelf. The only thing I have to do is to decide which one to read. In the pastdays I hovered between The Pike Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. Do I want to continue a series or start a new one? Which period of time should be covered in the book? What kind of main character should it be? ....

Today I decided to start reading a new series. That means I will go for the first book in The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom.

Dissolution ( first printed in 2003, paperback 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450799] by C.J. Sansom.
"It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. Under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution.
But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robert Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.
Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes ..." [Back of the book]
That sounds very promising and when you research a bit you will find a lot of praise for the book.

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

Blogosphere

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

From time to time I post about international giveaways. And yes, I still take part in giveaways ...
This week I found an absolutely awesome giveaway and I won't take part!!
WHY?
The reason is quite simple. I own copies of all the books. Books. Yes, there is more than one book. The giveaway includes ten books!!
Before I tell you more about the prize you should know two things:

COMPETITION IS OPENED WORLDWIDE
COMPETITION RUNS UNTIL FEBRUARY 21th 2011

The wonderful Amanda over at Floor to Ceiling Books offers

HUGE Malazan Book of the Fallen giveaway!

The winner will get all ten Malazan Book of the Fallen books including a signed copy of the last book in the series The Crippled God (Trade paperback, February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0593046364] by Steven Erikson.

For detailed information about the series visit Malazan Empire. Even I read only the first book so far I can tell you this is one of the must read epic fantasy series and the good thing is: The series has been finished. You don't need to wait forthe next book.
In case you have questions concerning the reading order I recommend to follow this link.

GOOD LUCK to all participants!!


As you may know I'm German who likes to read in English. In former times I read a lot of translated books. There is always the question in the background about the impact of the translation. Last week author Blake Charlton posted a link to the following article: Found in Translation over at the New York Times Opinion Pages. Author Michael Cunningham offers some interesting thoughts about translation, the involvement of author, translator and reader and more. From my point of view it is worth reading.....


Do you know Matthew Delman? I think that depends on your interest in steampunk.
Let me quote his blogger profile:
"I've been called a Walking Encyclopedia, a Steampunk expert, and super crazy busy. Not sure about the first two, but the last one is patent fact. Free the Princess is where I educate on the 19th and early 20th century source material people might need to write Steampunk. You can also find my scribblings at The Secret Archives of the Alliterati, where I co-blog with L.T. Host and K. Marie Criddle; at Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders, where I'm Chief Editor; and at The Social Media Student. I'm also the Steampunk Imprint Editor for Flying Pen Press."
To be honest that sounds impressive. I visited his blog Free the Princess - A practical literary guide to Steampunk and the Victorian Era and got lost ... If you are interested in this topic I recommend a visit.

During the Upstate Steampunk Con, Greenville, SC, USA, Nov. 19th & 20th, 2010 Matthew Delman gave an extended lecture on the topic "Determining the Roots of Steampunk". Fortunately the whole presentation is available on YouTube. It is divided into seven parts. I show you the first part and give you the links for the rest. It takes more than one hour to watch them all. I highly recommend to watch all parts. You will get a lot of information. Awesome!!

Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part One


There are six more parts. And these are the links:

Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Two
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Three
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Four
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Five
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Six
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Seven


One of the blogs I follow is Pyr-o-mania. This week they introduced a new feature: Pyr Authors Round Tables.
"[...], we will be asking our authors a few questions about writing and their books."
Following authors attended the first round table: James Barclay (Demonstorm), Mark Chadbourn (The Scar-Crow Men) and Jasper Kent (Thirteen Years Later). I found their answers quite interesting and I look forward to the next round table.


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'm a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. As you may know there will be a sequel which will hit the cinemas on December 16th 2011. Three days ago the title has been revealed: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
There is a behind the scene video available over at Entertainment Tonight.
I did not embed the video because it runs in an infinite loop. In order to watch the video - which I highly recommend - just follow THIS LINK. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Seems there will be again a lot of action ....

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 is quite difficult to search quotes without inspiration. That means today you get random quotes about Writing .....

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein, US science fiction author (1907 - 1988)

"Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
Carol Burnett, US actress & comedienne (1936 - )

"I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
Honore de Balzac, French realist novelist (1799 - 1850)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1106

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Hello and welcome to issue #06 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
a new issue of means no hiatus. after a week with less internet, more sleep and trying to be more serene I feel better than last week.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Me
  2. Blog content, reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Another book goes movie
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The more posts the better?
  2. I love this post
  3. James S A Corey: Interview
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. X-Men: First Class
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 Random Quotes related to Art ....

The Lighthouse

Me
Compared to last week I feel better. More sleep, to be more serene, less internet and some other things have been a good choice. Don't worry I'm not on drugs (except books). Next step will be to return to my unwritten reviews. Slowly but surely I will reveal my thoughts about the books I read recently.

Reading has been a pleasure in the past week.

INTERRUPTION
I think this is the right time and place for a special apology.

Dear Stephen Zimmer, your Dream of Legends is one of my current reads. But there has been no reading progress in the past two weeks. I really look forward to read it but in order to enjoy it I need to be in a better condition. I'm afraid I will lose the thread when I read it now. I expect to resume reading Dream of Legends next week. I hope you will understand. You will have noticed that it took me also more time to read The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder.
I have to be careful with my choice what to read in case of complexity.

Last week I finished The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder and TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow. I enjoyed them both. And of course both have been added to my growing list of unwritten reviews which now contains:

- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney
- Dark Side by Jonathan Green
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly
- THRALL by Steven Shrewsbury
- Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
- The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
- TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow
- The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder

I hope to post minimum one review within February .....

Within the last week I started to read two other books: I'm 148 pages in The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick and 88 pages in TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow.
I can't deny that I have a temporary soft spot for Steampunk and Time travel.
My next reads beside Dream of Legends will be science fiction and again steampunk: Gods of Manhattan (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735395] by Al Ewing and Hellhole ( 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1847374264] by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert.


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 no books. That is always the opportunity to talk about books which are not on every ones radar. To be honest I could not decide which book to present you. So I picked one randomly.
"An intricate tale of murder and magic, deception and betrayal, Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a world on the brink of devastating war....
Over the decades and slow centuries, the city of Nessantico spread its influence in all directions, subsuming and converting the majority of other religions and lesser gods within the Holdings. Always strong even as the borders of the Holdings ebbed and flowed under the effects of war and commerce, always magnificent even as tastes and styles changed, always seductive and desirable no matter what other exotic lands and places might briefly come into fashion, Nessantico gathered to itself all that was intellectual, all that was rich, all that was powerful. There was no city in the known world that could rival it. But there were many who envied it..." [Source]
Interested in? It is the first book in a trilogy. I own paperback copies of book one and two. Paperback edition of book three will be released in April and of course I ordered it in advance.
I think I should read this trilogy within 2011.

George R.R. Martin wrote:
"XYZ is a relative newcomer on the fantasy scene, but he writes like a seasoned pro. Book Title is his best yet, a delicious melange of politics, war, sorcery, and religion in a richly imagined world peopled with a varied cast of haughty lords, scheming courtiers, beggars, priests, heretics, zealots, spies, assassins, torturers, tarts, and seductresses. They're vivid and memorable characters, and most are painted in shades of grey, my favorite color. XYZ's Nessantico evokes the Italian city-states of the Rennaissance, especially Venice, but this is a Venice where magic works. It's a fascinating place, and one that I look forward to visiting again."
Any idea about which book I'm talking about?
Today I would like to animate you to visit a few other sites.
Read the review of the book by a well known blogger by clicking HERE.
Visit the official site by clicking HERE.

Finally let me know if one of you dear readers read the book and whether it was worth reading or not ...


Last year I left following impression for a book over at Goodreads:
"A mix of Dexter, ER, Gray's Anatomy, House MD, Sopranos, The Godfather.
Absolutely entertaining!"
I talk about Beat The Reaper ( first printed in 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1847374264] by Josh Bazell
"Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient--and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program--and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper." [Source]

To pleasure there will be a Beat The Reaper movie within 2012 and maybe starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For details read
'I Am Number Four’ Director D.J. Caruso Hoping To ‘Beat The Reaper’ At Fox

Don't forget to visit the awesome Beat The Reaper site.


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...

The number of unread item is is still growing and it does not matter how many entries I read.
I did not add blogs in the past three months. That means people post more.
To be honest a blog with one daily post is fine for. But there are blogs which post more than 20 entries per day!! To be honest I'm not willing to follow these blogs any longer. I like diversity which means I prefer to follow 20 blogs with one post per day instead of one blog with 20 posts.

Dear readers, what do you think about blogs with more than 20 posts daily?

What To Blog About When You Don't Know What To Blog About
This is the header of my favorite post of the week. I highly recommend to read what author Ken Scholes wrote over at Genreality.

Who is James S. A. Corey? This is the pen-name of author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the personal assistant to well known author George R.R. Martin.
Leviathan Wakes (June 2011) [UK ISBN-13: 978-0316129084] is the debut novel and the first in the series by James S A Corey.
"Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe. " [Source]
I recommend to read Adams review over at The Wertzone.

Now you have some information about Leviathan Wakes. But it is always interesting what an author tells about his book. Fortunately a 30 minute interview with James S. A. Corey is available. The interview is divided in to three parts. I hope you will enjoy the interview as much as I did. I really look forward to read Leviathan Wakes.

Part one


Part two


Part three


Don't forget to visit Daniel Abraham's site ...

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 admit there are movies where I would like to see a prequel showing how it all began. In June 2011 we can watch the story of Professor X and Magneto.
"Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN." [Source]
This is the content of X-Men: First Class. Have a look at the trailer:


Did you notice the black jet with two engines? It is the famous Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - a mach 3+ jet from the sixties ...


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 is quite difficult to search quotes without inspiration. That means today you get random quotes about Art .....

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin, French Post-Impressionist painter (1848 - 1903)

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world
Edmond de Goncourt,French artist & novelist (1822 - 1896)

"Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842 - 1914))

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1105

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Hello and welcome to issue #05 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm still alive. Even my blog looks like a desert. I will tell you a bit about what is going on with me and the impact on the blog. Don't worry. I will not bother you with details. I think it is fair and as a follower/reader you should know what to expect in near future.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Me
  2. Blog content, 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. A book goes movie
  2. Patrick Rothfuss: Interview
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. One of my A Song of Ice and Fire characters
  2. Harrison Ford, Cowboys & Aliens
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 Random Quotes by H. L. Mencken ....

The Lighthouse

Me
I know it is a bit unusual header. As a follower/reader you will have recognized the lack of posts - especially reviews. I feel tired and exhausted. I need most of my power for work. There is not much left for other things. I'm not physically sick. It is a kind of mental exhaustion. One thing I know for sure: I need more sleep and I will sleep more. Beside that I will change my daily rhythm: Get up later and go to bed earlier. And I will do some other things which I don't want to talk about. I hope there will be a change by the end of the month.
Until then please don't expect more posts.
Of course I have been thinking about a blog hiatus. That would mean no post instead of one post. I don't think it will be helpful for me when I stop my Weekend Wave.
So let's see what will happen within the next weeks ...

I finished the first month with my 2011 reading goal. And I must say it is a good one.
In January I read 237 pages more than planned. Not bad. In sum I read six books and started three books.
I don't now how I managed to read 579 pages within the last seven days. I must admit I have had problems to follow The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder and Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer. Therefore I started to read a third book which has been easier to follow for me: TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow.
I know I wrote about my "hunger" for historical thrillers last week. Finally I decided to go for time travel.
I'm 195 pages in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder, 21 pages in Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer and 116 pages in TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow.

The list of reviews in progress is growing:
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney
- Dark Side by Jonathan Green
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly
- THRALL by Steven Shrewsbury
- Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
- The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

I will post them whenever I finish one.

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 five books I ordered in advance sometime in 2010. just one book. It is book six in a series where I read only the first book so far.

Let me start with a science fiction book: Hellhole ( 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1847374264] by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert. It is the first book in a new series.
"Only the most desperate would ever dare to make a new home on Hellhole, a planet ravaged by natural disasters. Persistent volcanic eruptions, destructive storms and recent damage inflicted by asteroid impact make the planet a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits and charlatans. But its location out on the wild frontiers of the Constellation, among the Deep Zone worlds, makes it the final refuge for those fleeing from the rule of Diadem Michella Duchenet - a tyrant with a sweet face, but a dark and heardened heart.
General Adolphus, the military leader exiled to the planet when he was defeated in the first revolution against the Diadem, is determined to transform Hellhole into a place of opportunity. While the colonists are diligently working to develop the planet, the General is forging secret alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds. He dreams of turning his prison into the centre of a new coalition of planets free from the Diadem's iron grip.
Back on the decadent capital planet of Sonjeera, surrounded by corruption and consumed by the plots and feuds of the old guard nobles, Diadem Michella is confident that the General has been neutralized. She has no idea of the revolt growing in the Deep Zone . . . or does she?
But what no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides secrets of historic magnitude. Lurking beneath the surface are the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization, detailing an unrecorded past, which, if unearthed, could tear the fragile human civilization apart." [Source]
I did not read much science fiction last year. That means a great opportunity for Hellhole.
You would like and appetizer? Then watch the book trailer....


I told you above that one of my current reads is TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow which is the second book in the TimeRiders series. Today I received a copy of book three: TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489]
"In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam's name get in there ...and why? Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future..." [Source]
Even the books are written for a younger audience, I read them with great pleasure. On the last but one page in there is following hint: "Next Stop: AMERICAN CIVIL WAR ....
I really hope that the next book will be published in August 2011 as mentioned.

I admit that I'm a fan of K J Parker. Therefore it was no question that I bought a copy of The Hammer (January 2011, 512 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1841495149] by K J Parker.

"The colony was founded seventy years ago. The plan was originally to mine silver, but there turned out not to be any.
Now an uneasy peace exists on the island, between the colonists and the once-noble met’Oc, a family in exile on a remote stronghold for their role in a vaguely remembered civil war. The met’Oc are tolerated, in spite of occasional cattle stealing raids, since they alone possess the weapons considered necessary protection in the event of the island’s savages becoming hostile.
Gignomai is the youngest brother in the current generation of met’Oc. He is about to discover exactly what it is expected of him; and what it means to defy his family." [Source]
The cover is in the same "artifact" look as The Folding Knife (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-978-1857236101] and to my shame it rests still unread on my shelf.

The last but one book is the second in the in the Danilov Quintet series My copy paperback copy of Thirteen Years Later (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0553819595] by Jasper Kent shows a cover in read.
"In the summer of 1812, before the Oprichniki came to the help of Mother Russia in her fight against Napoleon, one of their number overheard a conversation between his master, Zmyeevich, and another of their number. He learns of a feud, an unholy grievance between Zmyeevich and the Romanov dynasty that began a century earlier at the time of Peter the Great. Indeed, while the Oprichniki's primary reason for journeying to Russia is to stop the French, one of them — Iuda — is following a different agenda, for he is to be the instrument of revenge on the Romanovs.
But thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, Iuda would not be able to begin to complete his task until thirteen years later. But now, in 1825, Russia once more stands on the brink of anarchy, and this time the threat comes from within."

The video shows a cover in blue and you also find a blue cover over at amazon. So I don't know why the color has been changed.


The last book for today. What do you think when you read Venice, vampire, assassins, historical fantasy? I found the mix interesting. Therefore I ordered a copy of The Fallen Blade (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074391] by Jon Courtenay Grimwood which is the first book in the new Vampire Assassin trilogy.
"Venice 1407
The city is at the height of its powers. In theory, Duke Marco commands, but Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They seem all powerful, yet live in fear of assassins better than their own

O
n the night their world changes, Marco's young cousin prays in the family chapel for deliverance from a forced marriage. It is her misfortune to be alone when Mamluk pirates break in to abduct her – an act that will ultimately trigger war.
E
lsewhere Atilo, the Duke's chief assassin, cuts a man's throat. Hearing a noise, he turns back to find a boy drinking from the victim's wound. The speed with which the angel-faced boy dodges his dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. He knows then he must hunt him. Not to kill him, but because he’s finally found what he thought was impossible – someone fit to be his apprentice." [Source]
I'm thinking about to get the whole trilogy first before start to read. But that is only a lame excuse for avoiding the decision when to read it. I do not know it now ...


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...

In May 2008 I bought book which is still on my shelf - unread. Since I read following post - Mark Helprin's Winters Tale gets Director over at BCS Reviews, I'm thinking about to add Winter's Tale (1983, reissued 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0156031196] by Mark Helprin to my books I wish to read in 2011 list.
"New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake--orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying." [Source]
Dear readers, did one of you read Winter's Tale? Would you recommend it? Looking forward to your comments.

A lot of people wait for The Wise Man's Fear (March, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0756404734] by Patrick Rothfuss. Maybe I'm a bit late but in case you are interested in to get more information about Patrick Rothfuss and his work I highly recommend to have a look at
2010 Comic Con Patrick Rothfuss Interview by Suvudu. With around 30 minutes it is not a short interview. Enjoy!

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.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin is one of my favorite fantasy series ever. I'm not sure whether the new upcoming HBO series A Game of Thrones will be aired on German TV or not. But with every video I watch I'm longing more for the series. Today I present you one of my favorite characters: Aria Stark. Maisie Williams does a great job. Awesome!! Just have a look .....


I like Harrison Ford. I like aliens. And there a western movies I like. Therefore I really look forward to Cowboy & Aliens ...


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 is quite difficult to search quotes without inspiration. That means today you get random quotes by H. L. Mencken ......

"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)

"A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)

"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)
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