Saturday, May 28, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent

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While you read the following review my wife and I are on our way back home from our one week stay at the Baltic sea.




Follow me to space and time to Russia, 1825. Dive with me into the the second book in the in the Danilov Quintet series: Thirteen Years Later (pb, February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0553819595] by Jasper Kent.

After the events in summer 1812 - all described in Twelve (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142414] - we return to Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov in Thirteen Years Later.
The voordalaki (we would call them vampires) are history ...
The world has changed. There have been more or less peaceful years after the war. But under the surface anarchy is seething. Tsar Alensandr has to face several threats at once. Beside A revolt growing within his army, a promise once sealed in blood and then broken appears to be the far more danger for Aleksandr, his family and Russia. Fortunately there are few men whom Aleksandr can trust. One of them is the former captain and now general Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov. The general lives a comfortable life. A life which isn't ethical for many people. In St. Peterburg he shares his life with his wife Marfa and their son Dmitriiy. That is not enough. In Moscow he shares his life with Domnikiia, a woman who is more than a concubine to him and their young daughter Tamara. Aleksei's life comes out of balance when Dmitriiy discovers the secret life of his father. But that is not the only thread Aleksei has to face. Shadows from the past come alive. In the name of the tsar he investigates the revolutionaries secretly which is dangerous. But like the tsar and in the name of the tsar and in his own name he has to face a far more danger from the past. Aleksei's and Aleksandr's fate are inseparably linked. Both men try to save their beloved ones and their beloved Russia ....

I wrote on Goodreads:
"What a great, great read! This is definitely a more than worth sequel of Twelve. The mix of historical facts of Russian history, supernatural horror and personal fate is simply brilliant. I have been emotionally touched by Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov's fate. I needed to know how it would end."

My opinion differs from other reviewers.
Of course Thirteen Years Later is different to Twelve. First of all there is a time difference of thirteen years. The protagonists aged. To be honest look at yourself and think about what you did thirteen years ago. I'm sure you focus now on other things. In 1825 there is no war. I don't to tell you about the difference between war and peace.
For me it is quite understandable that Aleksei spends more time with his both families - the official one and the secret one. I think it is important that Jasper Kent did not skip these passages from the book because they have a direct impact on the story. Aleksei tries to protect the ones he loves against all threats. These family passages have an impact of the pace of the story. For me they are like the slow way up on top of a roller coaster.

I think there is something which a lot of readers do not keep in mind. The series is called the Danilov Quintet. That means we follow the history of the Danilov family over two or three generations. And this family history is the main story arc which is intrinsically tied to the Russian history and the voordalaki. The history is painstakingly researched up to details.
Jasper Kent offers the reader and Aleksei a much more scientific perception of the voordalaki. Together with the information from Twelve we get a better picture of the voordalaki and their past. But that is still not enough. The introduction of new protagonists is done with ease. Jasper Kent peppers the story with mystery, intrigue and twists and turns. The whole story is written in a intimidating style in a prose which melts on your tongue.
I have been emotionally touched by Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov's fate. You will understand as soon as you have finished the book. One thing is for sure. In the next book we will follow another member of the Danilov family.

For me Thirteen Years Later is a more than well executed sequel to Twelve and it is one of the best books I read so far in 2011.

If you like history combined with family fate and a different view on vampires then you need to read Twelve and Thirteen Years Later.
Anway I must say there is not much to improve. I have high expectations.

And now go buy and read Twelve and Thirteen Years Later.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

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First of all a big thank you to author Stephen Zimmer who sent me a copy of Thrall (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-09780983108634] by Steven Shrewsbury. Instead of the cover I show you the trailer.


I wrote about on Goodreads:
" A very satisfying read. The concept of an aging warrior is great.
Well executed heroic fantasy."
Thrall is the short - 263 pages - but exciting story about the aging warrior Gorias La Gaul which ends with the following words: THE END ?

Matthew Perry's portrait of Gorias La Gaul !

A real impressive guy.

The world of Gorias La Gaul differs as much from our world as it differs from the well known medieval fantasy settings. It is a world where you meet dragons, beautiful maidens, angels, necromancers, zombies, long living heroes and a mammoth cavalry ridden by barbarians.
It is a world full of blood and sweat and fights. It is dark, snaggy and straight forward.

Gorias La Gaul is a man with an eventful past. Or in other words: He is a living legend. Now he is on a journey to visit his grandson. But his path is plastered with barricades in form of old enemies, an upcoming war and more. It is incredible to read how much happens in this limited number of pages. And there is more than just hard-hitting action. Excellent dialogues build a great counterpart to all the action. It is a fast paced story with little time for world building and for the history of Gorias La Gaul. But that is nothing I want to complain about. Due to the above described end of the book I expect a sequel. A sequel which takes care of the history of Gorias La Gaul.

Thrall is definitely a character driven story. Thrall is nothing without Gorias La Gaul and vice versa.

If you are looking for a great heroic fantasy read which fits between door stoppers like The Wise Man's Fear (trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss then Thrall is the perfect choice.

And for all of you who have never read heroic fantasy before, let me tell you that Thrall is a good one to begin with. Did you ever read a book about an aging warrior? It is a kind of embarrassing in time of youthful madness.

Let me close with a Gorias La Gaul quote: "Deliverance Will Come ....."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1120

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Hello and welcome to issue #20 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I started to prepare this post a few days ago because there will be definitely no time on Saturday. It will be the day before we go to the Baltic sea. Please keep in mind that there will be no Weekend Wave next week. But you get something else.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Again weak reading progress
  2. What to read when
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A four-leaved book clover arrived this week
  2. "My hype"
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Share, like and hide
  2. Give me one
  3. Give me two
  4. Ulysses Quicksilver
  5. Pester part of post: The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Iron Sky
  2. Cowboys and Aliens
  3. TinTin
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 Vacation quotes ....

The Lighthouse

For the second since I started I missed my weekly reading goal of 490 pages. In sum I read 281 pages in only four days!!! The reason is quite simple. As always in the past twenty years the lat two weeks before my holiday are incredibly busy. I work ten and more hours per day. And the result is: I fall asleep on the sofa with a book on my nose. I sure that will change until the next .


I finished one book last week (my week goes from Saturday to Friday):

- Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
First published in 1987 it contains most of the stuff we appreciate in nowadays
steampunk novels. A great read!!

I'm
- 350 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
Again no progress.

- 62 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
No progress ....

- 256 pages in The Dragon's Path (2011) by Daniel Abraham
I like it a lot - especially captain Marcus Wester ....

- 115 pages in Heresy (2010) S J Parris
No progress ....

I hope to finish some of them within the next two weeks because I plan to read other books during my vacation.

On upcoming Sunday my wife and I travel to the Baltic sea. In case you read my Holiday Book Bag post you maybe surprised that I did not take one of my current reads with me. I must say I did not want to take something with me that is connected to all the hours I spent sleeping on the sofa. I will finish The River of Shadows, Heresy and The Dragon's Path when we return home.
Of course I will read and review Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez (short story). I want to do it on Monday May 30th.
You will not believe what happened today.
Unexpectedly I could leave work earlier as expected.
That gave me time to visit a book store in order to take some pictures of Prinz der Dunkelheit.
So far so good.
Late afternoon our car conked out!!!! No obvious reasons. DESPERATION!! Did we have to cancel our well deserved holiday trip? NO. Even it will get more expensive as expected we decided to rent a car - online! Thanks to internet.
Saturday will be a very busy day: Need to go to next town in order to get the rented car, shopping, cleaning 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 in sum four books. Two of them I bought on my own.

A big thank you goes of the pond to Tor/Forge.com for sending me copies of the following two books which are both second books in their series.


Shadow Chaser (hc, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765324047] by Alexey Pehov is the second book in The Chronicles of Siala trilogy.
"Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his band of outcasts continue their journey toward the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. But before they can reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles... and evade the frightful enemies on their trail. Once they have breached Hrad Spein, a task entire armies of warriors and wizards have failed to achieve, Harold must venture, alone, into the secret heart of the most dangerous place in his world. There he will fight legions of untold mysterious powers before he can complete the quest for the magic horn that will save his beloved land from The Nameless One. " [Source]
I read the first book in the series and I liked it. But I remember that a lot of people found it too conventional. I will definitely read Shadow Chaser.


The Illusion of Murder (hc, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322043] by Carol McCleary is the second book starring Nellie Bly as main character.
"History, mystery, murder and magic accompany Nellie Bly – Victorian Age detective, reporter, and feminist – as she takes up a challenge by Jules Verne to beat the eighty days it took his fictional hero Phileas Fogg to race around the world. Nellie tackles the journey--alone, with a single change of clothes--against the wishes of her publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, who felt it was “too dangerous for a woman to attempt.”
In her official account of the journey, Seventy-Two Days Around the World, Nellie leaves out one riveting event: a mysterious death. In the bustling harbor city of Port Said, she witnesses an event that makes her a target for a killer and involves her in international intrigue with the fate of nations at stake.
On board the ships that take Nellie from the Land of the Pharaohs to the exotic Orient and across the Pacific are the most famous magicians in the world... but a killer also stalks the decks. As magicians conjure the fantasy and a spiritualist raises the dead, Nellie wonders if Mr. Pulitzer had underestimated the danger." [Source]
The Illusion of Murder has been on my "radar" since a while as a lot of other books. The blurb is promising enough for me. I like the mix of real person biography with mystery and murder. One more book where I do not know when to read it. Time and mood will tell.

The next book
- is the second in the Burn Cycle series
- belongs now to my growing list of steampunk and steampunk related books
- is another book in a series which I have not started reading yet
- is part of a series which is not finished yet

I like the cover of Dead of Veridon (mmpb, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322043] by Tim Akers a lot. It looks like the "steampunked" version of an atmospheric diving suit.
"Trouble finds Jacob Burn. Kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life, out of everything that is familiar, even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him.
A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Everything gets more difficult when he's appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage." [Source]


The last book for today is the fourth and last book in the Trial of Blood and Steel series by Australian author Joel Shepherd.
Have a look at the author's site where you can see that the cover of Haven (pb, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143633] follows the style of the previous books.

Do I need to mention that I own copies of all books in the series. If you want to read the blurb then follow this link.

In case you do not know the Trial of Blood and Steel series I recommend to read the reviews of the first book in in the series Sasha (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1591027874] over at Neth Space and Grasping for the Wind. Even more I recommend to read A Brief History of Lenayin which contains the author's description and explanation of the world he created.

And for all of you who are tired to follow tons of links let may say that Trial of Blood and Steel is epic fantasy starring a strong female main character Sashandra “Sasha” Lenayin.


I must say I like the "my hype" part of the Weekend Wave. And today I show you that you can buy copies of Prinz der Dunkelheit (pb, May , 13 EUR) [ISBN-13: 978-3453528253] which is the German edition of Prince of Thorns (hc, UK, 4th August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007423293] by Mark Lawrence.



Despite that Mark Lawrence take care on his German readership. There is a giveaway on Goodreads available to people who live in Germany. And he contacted several German book blogs.
I know that some of my readers speak German too. If you live outside Germany you can buy a copy ofPrinz der Dunkelheit over at BookDepository.com.
As you may know I'm German but I prefer to read and post in English. I like to talk about books beyond national frontiers.
Lastly let me tell you that my review of is in progress. I will post it on Goodreads as soon as possible.


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...

There are news and/or information which you find on nearly every sff blog. Sometimes I post them too and sometimes not. But when the "American Tolkien" write an in depth post about the history of the most anticipated book in 2011 I have to write about it too. I love his still to be finished series so much. And to be honest when he, one of the 100 most influential persons of 2011 gives away some "secrets" (something we call spoiler today) I do not mind. Read and marvel at Talking about the Dance. As you can see I avoided to name the author. It is not necessary ....

On May 22nd I will post my review of Thrall (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108634] by Steven L. Shrewsbury. Heroic fantasy starring the aging warrior

Gorias La Gaul
portrayed by Matthew Perry


If you are an US resident then you have the opportunity to win a copy of Thrall. There is a giveaway over at SciFiChick which ends on June 10th. Good luck!

And there is more. SciFiChick one for two giveaway. With one entry you can two books.
A great opportunity for all US residents to dive into the Fires in Eden series created by Stephen Zimmer. The giveaway ends on June 3rd.

I read and reviewed
Crown of Vengeance (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565612]
and
Dream of Legends
(2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108627].

Dream of Legends stands for 723 pages and is a real "door stopper". So you will get a lot of stuff to read in case you win. Good luck!

I'm a big fan of the most entertaining steampunk series PAX BRITANNIA. I will read the sevenths and latest Ulyses Quicksilver adventure Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green soon. So far I could watch the trailer. I told Jonathan that there are problems with copyright and therefore the trailer can't be watched in countries like Germany. He is a man who listen to his fans. Now an updated version of the trailer is available and of course I need to show you:


In the meantime is preparing his next PAX BRITANNIA project: A collection of all Ulysses Quicksilver short stories. Have a look at what to expect:


I know some of them . That means I need to ......


I like the The David Gemmell Legend Award.
And therefore I pester you with the repetition of my spread word about The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011 in order to remind you that the final voting for The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011 is still open.
And these are the shortlists in the three categories:

The MORNINGSTAR Award shortlist for Best Fantasy Newcomer/debut
CHARLTON, Blake - Spellwright (Tor US)
HINKS, Darius - Warrior Priest (The Black Library)
JEMISIN, N.K. - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit UK/US)
PEHOV, Alexey - Shadow Prowler (Tor US)
VICTORIA, Mary - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)

RAVENHEART Award shortlist for best Fantasy Book Jacket/artist

EINARSDOTTIR, Olof Erla - Power & Majesty

LOCKWOOD, Todd - The Ragged Man (Pyr)

NIELSEN, Cliff - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

SULLIVAN, Jon - Shadow King (The Black Library)

VICTORIA, Frank - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)


David Gemmell LEGEND Award shortlist

BRETT, Peter V - The Desert Spear (Voyager)
HEITZ, Markus - War the Dwarves (Orbit UK/US)
JORDAN, Robert and SANDERSON, Brandon - Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight (Orbit UK/Tor US)
PEVEL, Pierre - The Alchemist in the Shadows (Gollancz)
SANDERSON, Brandon - The Way of Kings (Gollancz/Tor US)
WEEKS, Brent - The Black Prism (Orbit UK/US)

Go and VOTE!


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.

Do you know what is on the back of the moon? Do you know that flying saucers are not the result of alien technology? Do you know that there will be a movie which will answer these questions?
Watch the third Iron Sky trailer and visit the Iron Sky site.


In case you missed trailer one and two ....


I'm no Nazi. It is good that Germany lost World War II. Read more about Nazi UFOS and their background which is the background of the movie.

Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors and I'm happy that he will be back in cinema soon with
Cowboys and Aliens.



Steven Spielberg works together with Peter Jackson. Their project: The Adventures of Tintin
which is a new step in Spielberg's career. This wil be the first animated movie directed by Spielberg. I read Tintin's adventures around 25 years ago and I still like his adventures.
I'm interested in the movie. Have a first glance:



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.

Languages. As soon as you start to translate it is getting difficult. I know there is a big difference between British English (BE) and American English (AE). Just take holiday (BE) and vacation (AE). In German I use the word Urlaub. Now it is up tome to decide whether I use holiday or vacation. After reading the post you know that Edi prefers to use holiday. I think he needs a counter part. Therefore I searched vacation quotes for you ....

"Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.
Author unknown

"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
Elbert Hubbard, US author (1856 - 1915)

"Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle, US television actor & comedian (1908 - 2002)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: The Falling Machine by Andrew P Mayer

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2011 seems to be a good year for friends of steampunk novels. And to my pleasure there are more and more series.

Only eight days left until the first book in the new The Society of Steam duology will hit the book stores. Thanks to Jill Maxick from PYR for sending me an ARC of The Falling Machine (278 p. ! May 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] by Andrew P. Mayer.

Why did I read the book? Because I received an ARC? No, in this case I asked for an ARC based on the blurb I read:
"In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime...
But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.
The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost. " [Source]
It seems there is a kind of trend to use New York instead of London as setting for steampunk novels. I just remember Gods of Manhattan (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735395] by Al Ewing and Ghosts of Manhattan (2010) by George Mann (my review).
All three novels have more in common than one think at first sight. Superheroes, a lot of action, New York and steam. They are all most entertaining.

The specific of The Falling Machine is the development of a female heroine in a misogynistic society and Tom the extraordinary automaton. You find both of them in the center of the cover.

The Falling Machine is the first part of a duology and with 278 pages it is as short as Gods of Manhattan.
Conclusion: I expected a short prelude ending with a cliffhanger which has to lay the foundation to a hopefully grand final. What does this mean for the author? Nothing less than a tour de force.

And that is what Andrew P. Mayer delivered with The Falling Machine. He chose the setting and the ingredients well.

New York 1880. At first sight it looks like the New York we know from history. Did you know that the torch-bearing arm of the Statue of Liberty was displayed in Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882? You will visit the arm within The Falling Machine. Even the Brooklyn Bridge is under construction. It is the location of the splendid opening sequence which contains everything - obvious and adumbrate - what you will harvest until the end of The Falling Machine. When I read the opening sequence I remembered immediately the scene on the Tower Bridge in Sherlock Holmes movie. But compared to The Falling Machine opening the movie scene is just a weak reverberation. The opening is full of humor, information, action, mystery, dialogue, gadgets, airships, automatons, superheroes and super villains in different dosing. The introduction is far beyond to be like a slow blossoming flower. It is the precision landing into the heartbeat of The Falling Machine.

A heartbeat which will push you through the 25 named and numbered chapters. A heartbeat which is not always regular because of some unexpected twists and turns in the story and in the development of the characters. Some of them appear like blanked out tin toy soldier but that is definitely a wrong impression. Andrew P. Mayer knows well to inhale his characters distinctive personality. And two of them we get to know better than the rest. On the one side is Sarah who is like a snake at the beginning of molting. She wants to change but is often hostage of society rules and her sometimes unconditional obedience against her father. That leads sometimes to unreproducible decisions. I promise you that the Sarah from chapter one is clearly different from Sarah in chapter 25. On the other side is My favorite character is Tom the automaton who sometimes act more human as humans in way of humanity and stupidity. I don't want to give away too much about Tom. Do you know the Turing test? It is of importance for Tom.

And to my surprise there is not an obvious cliffhanger. It is more like to be on tenterhooks and nail-biting waiting how the story will continue and the question of questions will there be more books with Tom and Sarah?????

Of course there is something to bellyache about The Falling Machine. It is tooooooooooooo short.

I want more and I want it now. And I want a movie too.


The Falling Machine is THE mystery superhero steampunk novel which will hinder you to fall asleep.

Well done Andrew P. Mayer and congratulations to PYR for a good choice.



VIVA LA STEAMPUNK!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Holiday Book Bag

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I count the days until my wife will travel to the Baltic sea where we will stay for a week.
We leave on May 22nd and return on may 29th. That means six days to relax.
We will rent a roofed wicker beach chair and use it several hours per day.
Just imagine: Sand below your feet, water only a couple of meters away, fresh air, no stress, no noise, no problems. A great surrounding to read books.
In order to read I need to take some of them with me which leads directly to the question: Which books?

I own around 160 unread books. I know I'm crazy because I still be new ones.
I confess I'm book addicted!

160 books to choose from. Which criteria should I use for my choice? I took criteria in account which I discarded a few minutes later. Finally I decided that this is no question to be answered by using criteria. It is simply a decision based on gut feeling and mood.

One thing I know for sure.
We (my wife and I) need a dictionary or two (English - English and English - German). There are still words we do not know :-)

Inspired by the fellowship of the ring I restricted the number of books to nine. Before you ask, yes, I'm aware of the fact that I can't finish them all within six days. Fortunately I have some more days off after our return .....

I would like to share with you the final content of my holiday book bag. Except my first choice I present you the books in no specific order.



FIRST
I had no doubt about my first choice which was one of the most anticipated books in 2011. It is "brick" with a weight of 1.286 kg = 2.8351 lbs and a measured height of 6 cm = 2.3622 inch.
"Only" 994 pages!!
The Wise Man's Fear (trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Since I received my copy I fought a desperate fight to withstand reading it immediately. Again and again I told myself:
"Wait until your holidays. You will enjoy it double when you are totally relaxed."



Eight places left in my bag. Only eight !! Do I regret my decision to limit the number of books? NO! I don't! Because my gut feeling tells me that these are the right books for my holiday.

I'm sure some of the books will surprise you - maybe you even do not know them. That means also an opportunity for you. Some of the books are brand-new. In one case I received my copy end of last week. All books have been published for the first time in the past six years.


SECOND
I own and read all books in the most entertaining steampunk series PAX BRITANNIA.
All? To be honest that is not true. I did not read the latest Ulysses Quicksilver adventure Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green. The reason for that is quite simple: May 12th 2011 is the official publishing date. But I'm a lucky guy because I received my copy a few days ago. Anno Frankenstein is the seventh Ulysses Quicksilver adventure and it is a must read for me. I will patiently wait until my holiday.

"In 1998 Magna Britannia remains the undisputed superpower of the world whereas, since the Second Great European War, Hitler's Nazi party has been reduced to the status of an underground terrorist movement. But fifty-five years ago... The Nazis are at the height of their power. Much of Europe has fallen beneath their inexorable march, but with the automaton armies of Magna Britannia poised to invade and bring about a swift end to the war, Germany finds its resources stretched to the limit. What Hitler's legions need now is a miracle. And a miracle may be what they are about to receive; a gift from the future, something that should not exist in the year 1943, for one man has stolen fire from heaven. But another has followed him back from the future to ensure that history follows its pre-determined course. Ulysses Quicksilver finds himself in Anno Frankenstein where the bodies of the fallen are reconstructed and resurrected that they might fight again. Behind enemy lines, Ulysses Quicksilver must infiltrate the most heavily-defended fortress on the planet, and there face an age-old enemy one last time. Should he fail, history will be re-written and Ulysses Quicksilver will cease to exist, having never even been born at all." [Source]


THIRD
I assume it is no surprise for your that there is a second steampunk novel in my bag. Maybe you expected more. It would be possible because there are more steampunk novels on my shelf. I chose The Martian Ambassador (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] by Alan Baker which is the first in the brand-new Blackwood & Harrington Mystery series. I found the ingredients London, life on Mars, crime and clockwork irresistible.
"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]
In case I like The Martian Ambassador I do not have to wait long for the next book. Feaster for the Stars will be published in August 2011. I forgot to mention that three-legged Martian omnibuses reminded me of War of the Worlds.


FOURTH
Mars. The red planet. With my fourth pick we return to Mars - in future. A couple of days ago The Quantum Thief (hc, US, May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329493] by Hannu Rajaniemi hit the book stores in US. Tor/Forge.com has been so kind as to sent me an ARC.
"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]
It is the first book in a trilogy and it is the only sf book I chose. The blurb is promising and after reread of Adam's review of The Quantum Thief over at The Wertzone there was no more reason to ignore The Quantum Thief.


FIFTH
With my fifth pick I time travel to England in 1540. This will be my second dive into the world of Matthew Shardlake. Dark Fire (pb, 2004) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450782] by C. J. Sansom is the second book in the series. The main character is unusual and the author is known for his excellent description of historical England.
""It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty-one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend's young niece who is charged with murder. Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about to lose her case when he is suddenly granted a reprieve - one that will ensnare him again in the dangerous schemes of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general." In exchange for two more weeks to investigate the murder, Shardlake accepts Cromwell's assignment to find a lost cache of "Dark Fire," an ancient weapon of mass destruction. Cromwell, out of favor since Henry's disastrous marriage to Anne of Cleves, is relying on Shardlake's discovery to save his position at court, which is rife with conspiracy." [Source]


SIXTH
What do you think when you read Venice, vampire, assassins, historical fantasy? Sounds good for me. Venice is a town with a fascinating history. As much as I love London I look forward to discover Venice and I'm nosy how the vampires will be described. The Fallen Blade (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074391] by Jon Courtenay Grimwood 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]

SEVENTH

There is a kind of connection between my sixth and seventh pick. It is the renaissance background. Magic of Dawn (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0756406462] by S L Farrell is the first book in the Nessantico Cycle which is in fact a trilogy. Of course I own copies of all three books.
"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]
Machiavellian politics promise gray characters and that promises entertaining hours.


EIGHTH

Epic fantasy, female main character, series are three ingredients I like to be combined. And that is what the Trial of Blood and Steel quartet delivers. And the good thing is that the whole quartet is available. I wait for the delivery of the fourth and final volume. That is a good reason to enter Sasha (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1591027874] by Australian author Joel Shepherd.
"Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands. Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before. Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit--the Synnich--who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. When the Udalyn people--the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage--are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?" [Source]
It seems Joel Shepherd has delivered something excellent when I trust(and I do) comments like the following one.
"The result is an intelligent book – politics are serious, magic doesn’t solve problems, mistakes are made. This gives Shepherd’s world a realism often lacking in epic fantasy and earns the comparisons to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire that it’s often given." [Source]


NINTH
There are books where I got the impression everybody read it except me. One of these books is e The Lies of Locke Lamora (mmpb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0553588941] by Scott Lynch.
What shall I say about a book where the number of GOODREADS reviews exceed the number of pages. My expectations are high ...
"In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood,” one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling.…
An orphan's life is harsh - and often short - in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains - a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans - a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful - and more ambitious - than Locke has yet imagined.
Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men - and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game - or die trying.…" [Source]



Nine books with around 4850 pages. Nine books from nine different publishers. Nine books and no hardcover. Nine books and only one ARC. Nine books and they all are part of series. Nine wonderful books. None of the books is a stand alone novel. It seems I'm a series junkie. Ni I can't wait to enter the roofed wicker beach chair and start reading ...

I will post about this reading experience after our return.

ENJOY READING

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1119 gone with the wind

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I'M SORRY!
I'M REALLY SORRY!
There will be no Edi's Weekend Wave today

I don't know why but the last two weeks before my holiday always tend to be a kind of nightmare. Last week ( the last but one before my holiday) was a ragbag of unexpected events:
- A wedding anniversary which ended in a three hour traffic jam and a broken battery
- Even I worked only fours days I spent as much time as I would have worked six days
- Due to tiredness I did not find much time for reading
- Due to blogger.com problems I could not write my Edi's Weekend Wave.

It is now 5:30 am in Germany on Saturday, May 14th. I got up that early to check whether blogger.com is working again or not. As you can see it is working.
Unfortunately I don't have time to write Edi's Weekend Wave today instead of yesterday because my wife and I will visit friends. That means we will return home late. Too late to work on a post.

I hope you will understand .....

At last I would like to share two things with you.

Last week I received one book. It is the first book in a new steampunk series. I talk about
The Martian Ambassador (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777080] by Alan K. 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.
E
verything 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]
For me the setting sounds promising and I look forward to read it. The second book in the series - Feaster from the Stars (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777547] will be published by Snowbooks in August 2011. I like the cover a lot because it delivers atmosphere. You need to touch it because the planets and other things are raised.

Today is the final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. We will watch it because it makes a lot of fun. And yes, I have a favorite song. Just watch the following video:


That is all for today and I hope next week will be different than the last one. Or as the grandmaster of fantasy wrote:

"Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate

J. R. R. Tolkien
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)


ENJOY READING!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1118

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Hello and welcome to issue #18 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Only two weeks left until my wife and I will spend a week at the Baltic sea. When I recall the past week I must say I need it more than ever. One week without phone, computer, street noise and stress. I look forward to next Tuesday (May 10th) when my wife and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. And we will do it in a more unusual way. Instead of having a party with friends we will visit a special exhibition and the Cologne Zoo. The weather forecast looks promising ...
This my second and last try to write this post after I lost a lot of the content.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Weak reading progress
  2. What to expect until end of May 2011....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book+book+book+book+book+book+book+book+book received this week
  2. "My hype"
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Fascinating, mysterious, eerie
  2. To repeat something must not be bad: The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Green Lantern
  2. Terra Nova
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 A single quote ....

The Lighthouse

For the first time since I started I missed my weekly reading goal of 490 pages. In sum I read 468 pages in only four days!!! There was no time for reading in the past three days and only very limited time to go online.

I finished one book last week (my week goes from Saturday to Friday):

- Shameless Wonders by A.P. Stephens
Surprise, surprise I posted my review of Shameless Wonders last Sunday!


I'm
- 350 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
No progress since last Weekend Wave.

- 62 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
I lost contact to my surrounding while reading ....

- 80 pages in The Dragon's Path (2011) by Daniel Abraham
I like it a lot - especially captain Marcus Wester ....

- 102 pages in Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
First published in 1987 it is still fresh and strange and captivating ....

- 115 pages in Heresy (2010) S J Parris
1583 - a secret book - Giordano Bruno recruited by Sir Francis Walsingham - tasty ....

I hope to finish some of them within the next two weeks because I plan to read other books during my vacation.

Three weeks left in May and the last week I will spend together with my wife at the Baltic sea without computer. What does this mean for the blog?

There will be Weekend Waves on May 14th and 21st. But there will be definitely none on May28th!! But don't worry I will post something instead.

Beside that I desperately want to finish and post some reviews. I know the following list is ambitious but my blog needs some "meat".

Reviews planned
- Among Thieves (2011) by Douglas Hulick
- Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent
- Thrall (2010) Steven L. Shrewsbury
- The Falling Machine (2011) by Andrew P. Mayer
- Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez (short story)

During our stay at the Baltic sea I will spend more time for reading as usual. I started the selection process which books I will take with me. I will post about the process and the result soon.


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.

It seems there is a relation between the time I spend for reading and the number of books I receive. The less I read the more books I receive. I can't remember the last time when I received nine books in one week!

A big thank you goes of the pond to Tor/Forge.com for sending me copies of the following four books.

I never read a book by Christopher Pike so far. Now I received two books at the same time.

Sati (first published in 1990) [ISBN-13: 978-0765331373]
"I once knew this girl who thought she was God. She didn’t give sight to the blind or raise the dead. She didn’t even teach anything, not really, and she never told me anything I probably didn’t already know.
On the other hand, she didn’t expect to be worshipped, nor did she ask for money. Given her high opinion of herself, some might call that a miracle.
I don’t know, maybe she was God. Her name was Sati and she had blonde hair and blue eyes.
For all who meet her, Sati will change everything. Sati may change everything for you." [Source]
To be honest that does not sound like a book I would like to read. My wife is interested in. Will see whether she will like it or not.

The Season of Passage (first published in 1992) [ISBN-13: 978-0765331298]
"A terrifying novel of horror and salvation from the New York Times bestselling author of Bury Me Deep. Dr. Lauren Wagner is eager to take part in the first American manned expedition to Mars, but a mystery awaits the expedition. What happened to the Russians who reached Mars first? And what of the voices Lauren hears?" [Source]
That sounds more interesting. But to be honest it did not make it to my 2011
TBR pile. I swim in a pool of unread books.

I received an ARC of the following book which I did not finish. I talk about The Unremembered (hc, US, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325716] by Peter Orullian.
"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." [Source]
This book was not my cup of tea. I agree with Paul's review over at Blood of the Muse.

I'm afraid I own a copy of the UK paperback edition of the following book. In 2007 author Stephen Hunt started his Jackelian series. Now I received a copy of The Rise of the Iron Moon (hc, US, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765327666] which is the third book in the series.
"How can one plucky orphan girl save the world from destruction?
Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, lonely orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant after accidentally killing one of her guards. Her mysterious rescuer claims to have escaped from terrible forces who mean to enslave the Kingdom of Jackals, just as they conquered his own nation.
Purity doubts his story, until reports begin to filter through from Jackals' neighbours of the murderous Army of Shadows, marching across the continent and sweeping all before them.But there's more to Purity Drake than meets the eye.
And as Jackals girds itself for war against an army of near-indestructible beasts serving an ancient evil with a terrible secret, it soon becomes clear that the Kingdom's only hope is a strange little orphan girl and the last, desperate plan of an escaped slave from a land, far, far away... " [Source]
Need to check my shelves soon. I read and enjoyed the first two books in the series. Not decided yet when to read it.


The following five books I bought on my own. What a mix! Steampunk, science fiction, epic fantasy, historical thriller, historical crime.

Again a science fiction novel found the way to my shelf. Veteran (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575094116] by Gavin Smith which is at the same time debut novel and first book in the Veteran series.
"Three hundred years in our future, in a world of alien infiltrators, religious hackers, a vast convoying nation of Nomads, city sized orbital elevators, and a cyborg pirate king who believes himself to be a mythological demon Jakob is having a bad day: "Nothing gets in the way of a hangover like being reactivated by your old C.O and told to track down an alien killing machine. The same kind of killing machine that wiped out my entire squad. And now it's in my hometown. My name is Jakob Douglas, ex-special forces. I fought Them. Just like we've all been doing for 60 bloody years. But I thought my part in that was done with. My boss has other ideas. If I didn't find the infiltrator then he'd let the Grey Lady loose on me. And believe me; even They've got nothing on her. So I took the job. It went to shit even faster than normal. And now I'm on the run with this teenage hacker who's had enough of prostitution. The only people I can rely on want to turn the internet into God. And now it turns out that They aren't quite what we'd all thought. I've been to the bottom of the sea and the top of the sky and beyond trying to get to the truth. And I still can't get far enough away from the Grey Lady. All things considered I'd rather be back at home deep in a whiskey bottle." Veteran is a fast paced, intricately plotted violent SF Thriller set in a dark future against the backdrop of a seemingly never ending war against an unknowable and implacable alien enemy." [Source]
I found the blurb intriguing enough to buy the book. I expect a lot of action.


Beside fantasy and science fiction I like to read historical thriller/mystery. One of the series I follow is the The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. So far I read the first book. Today I received a copy of Heartstone (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0330533799] which is the fifth novel in the series.
"Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of 'monstrous wrongs' committed against a young ward of the court, which have already involved one mysterious death, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth. Once arrived, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone; and Shardlake takes the opportunity to also investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Events will converge on board one of the King's great warships, primed for battle in Portsmouth harbour: the Mary Rose..." [Source]
It is steampunk time! Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green is the seventh Ulysses Quicksilver adventure.
"In 1998 Magna Britannia remains the undisputed superpower of the world whereas, since the Second Great European War, Hitler's Nazi party has been reduced to the status of an underground terrorist movement. But fifty-five years ago... The Nazis are at the height of their power. Much of Europe has fallen beneath their inexorable march, but with the automaton armies of Magna Britannia poised to invade and bring about a swift end to the war, Germany finds its resources stretched to the limit. What Hitler's legions need now is a miracle. And a miracle may be what they are about to receive; a gift from the future, something that should not exist in the year 1943, for one man has stolen fire from heaven. But another has followed him back from the future to ensure that history follows its pre-determined course. Ulysses Quicksilver finds himself in Anno Frankenstein where the bodies of the fallen are reconstructed and resurrected that they might fight again. Behind enemy lines, Ulysses Quicksilver must infiltrate the most heavily-defended fortress on the planet, and there face an age-old enemy one last time. Should he fail, history will be re-written and Ulysses Quicksilver will cease to exist, having never even been born at all." [Source]
What shall I say? Ulysses Quicksilver is one of my favorite steampunk characters and I can't wait to read how the story continues ...

The last but one book is The Death of Instinct (2010)[ISBN-13: 978-0755344024]by Jed Rubenfeld.
"September 16, 1920. Under a clear blue September sky, a quarter ton of explosives is detonated in a deadly attack on Wall Street. Fear comes to the streets of New York.
Witnessing the blast are war veteran Stratham Younger, his friend James Littlemore of the New York Police Department, and beautiful French radiochemist Colette Rousseau. A series of inexplicable attacks on Colette, a secret buried in her past, and a mysterious trail of evidence lead Younger, Littlemore, and Rousseau on a thrilling international and psychological journey - from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Dr Sigmund Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage instincts. As the seemingly disjointed pieces of Younger and Littlemore-s investigations come together, the two uncover the shocking truth about the bombing - a truth that threatens to shake their world to its foundations." [Source]
Some years ago I read and liked his first book: The Interpretation of Murder (2007)[ISBN-13: 978-0755334797].


I must say I like the "my hype" part of the Weekend Wave. There are two debut novels which I try to push a bit.
Last week I posted a bit more about the debut novel of author Daniel Polansky which will be published as (LOW TOWN (US), THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE (UK) and Der Herr der Unterstadt (DE).
This week I return to Prince of Thorns (hc, UK, 4th August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007423293] by Mark Lawrence. There are two reasons for that. First of all there is an Interview with Mark Lawrence over at Fantasy Faction.
Secondly today I received my copy of Prinz der Dunkelheit (pb, May 10th 2011, 13 EUR) [ISBN-13: 978-3453528253] which is the German edition.
That means I now own an ARC of the English edition and the official German edition. Look at following photographs.


Both covers have a similar look which I appreciate because wherever you go you will identify the book immediately.


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 assume you like to read fantasy and science fiction. Further on I assume you don't lack imagination. Can you imagine the result when you mix photographs with videos? Go to


There you can compare your imagination with real results. I spent much more time over at WebUrbanist than expected.


Every year there is a discussion about awards. Are they good or bad? Is a juried award better than a public award? Anyhow I recomment to read over a Floor to Ceiling Books.
I read the arguments and I still like the The David Gemmell Legend Award.

And therefore I repeat to spread word about The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011
in order to remind you that the final voting for The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011 is still open.
And these are the shortlists in the three categories:

The MORNINGSTAR Award shortlist for Best Fantasy Newcomer/debut
CHARLTON, Blake - Spellwright (Tor US)
HINKS, Darius - Warrior Priest (The Black Library)
JEMISIN, N.K. - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit UK/US)
PEHOV, Alexey - Shadow Prowler (Tor US)
VICTORIA, Mary - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)

RAVENHEART Award shortlist for best Fantasy Book Jacket/artist

EINARSDOTTIR, Olof Erla - Power & Majesty

LOCKWOOD, Todd - The Ragged Man (Pyr)

NIELSEN, Cliff - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

SULLIVAN, Jon - Shadow King (The Black Library)

VICTORIA, Frank - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)


David Gemmell LEGEND Award shortlist

BRETT, Peter V - The Desert Spear (Voyager)
HEITZ, Markus - War the Dwarves (Orbit UK/US)
JORDAN, Robert and SANDERSON, Brandon - Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight (Orbit UK/Tor US)
PEVEL, Pierre - The Alchemist in the Shadows (Gollancz)
SANDERSON, Brandon - The Way of Kings (Gollancz/Tor US)
WEEKS, Brent - The Black Prism (Orbit UK/US)

Go and VOTE!


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.


Latest Green Lantern trailer. The more trailers I see the more I want to watch the movie.


It is a shame. None of the German broadcast companies develops fantasy and/or science fiction series. In this case I have to look at UK and US. In Fall 2011 FOX will present an new science fiction series which looks like a mix of Jurassic Park, Primeval and Avatar.
The title of the series is TERRA NOVA and this is the plot description plus the first trailer
"The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a portal allowing travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs."[Source]






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

Quotes

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

It seems Edi lost the overview. He should know which books he own and which not. I think I found an adequate quote for him ....

"If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue.
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