Saturday, November 26, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1148

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Hello and welcome to issue #1148 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm frustrated, disappointed and totally tired. In the middle of past week I was not sure whether you well get a new issue of Edi's Weekend Wave or not. But a couple of minutes ago I said to myself: "You are not defeated yet and you will not surrender. Even you are terribly tired, you will deliver this issue. It is one of the last bastions between a life with a hobby or a life mainly consisting of work and sleep." Now have a look at one of the shortest Edi's Weekend Wave ever.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Reading list until end of 2011
  3. DISAPPOINTMENT and a question
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. C C Humphreys
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Surreal Art
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something to get in Christmas mood

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 Yes, I found one which begged me to quote it

The Lighthouse

My reading progress is not worth mentioning: 142 pages in seven days .....

I'm

- 154 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
NO PROGRESS!!!!!!!

- 401 pages in Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
A slight progress in an excellent book.

- 55 pages in of The Whitefire Crossing (ebook, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] by Courtney Schafer.
This is the second book which I'm reading on our new e-book reader. A promising beginning.


Including today there are only 36 days left until end of 2011. High time to have a look at the books which I imploringly want to read until then. Fortunately I will have a few days off between Christmas and New Year. So I hope to read and finish following five books:

- The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
- The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
- CassaFirE by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
- A Place called Armageddon by C C Humphreys

That means three times epic fantasy , one science fiction and one historical fantasy with in sum 2131 pages. Enough for 36 days.


Disappointment!
What happened.
In September and October I won books in giveaways and some publishers sent my review copies of books.
BUT so far I did not receive one of these books. In one case I contacted the blog who did the giveaway. The blog owner replied that the copy has been sent to me. He has been so kind to contact publisher again and they sent me a second copy which also did not arrive at my home.

That means I do not receive books from UK and US and I really do not understand why.
Did someone steal all these books (I talk about five books) ? Have they been lost in transit?

I'm at a loss with the situation and thankful for any advice.


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.

Last week I received a book which I ordered at Amazon.de. I was my top pick for the rest of 2012. I talk about A Place called Armageddon (pb, October 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1409121602]
by CC Humphreys.
"To the Greeks who love it, it is Constantinople. To the Turks who covet it, the Red Apple. Safe behind its magnificent walls, the city was once the heart of the vast Byzantine empire. 1453. The empire has shrunk to what lies within those now-crumbling walls. A relic. Yet for one man, Constantinople is the stepping stone to destiny. Mehmet is twenty when he is annointed Sultan. Now, seeking Allah's will and Man's glory, he brings an army of one hundred thousand, outnumbering the defenders ten to one. He has also brings something new - the most frightening weapon the world has ever seen...And yet, through seven weeks of sea battles, night battles, by tunnel and tower, the defence holds...and will until the final assault and a single bullet that will change history. But a city is more than stone, its fate inseparable from that of its people. Men - like Gregoras, a mercenary and exile, returning to the hated place he once loved. Like his twin and betrayer, the subtle diplomat, Theon. Sofia, loved by two brothers but forced to make a desperate choice between them. And Leilah, a powerful mystic and assassin, seeking her own destiny in the flames. This is the tale of one of history's greatest battles for one of the world's most extraordinary places. This is the story of people, from peasant to emperor - with the city's fate, and theirs, undecided... until the moment the Red Apple falls." [Source]

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...

Do you like surreal art? Then I recommend to have a look at Surreal Art Update: Glass Garage Gallery over at Dark Roasted Blend.




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.

How do you get in Christmas mood? Singing songs, reading books, shopping or see a movie. Nearly every year we get a Christmas movie. The 2011 Christmas movie is in 3D:



I saw the trailer recently in a German cinema and it looked nice and showed humor.

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.

Sometimes you surf around the net and find quotes like the following one ....

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

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1147

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Hello and welcome to issue #1147 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
You will recognize that it is a bit shorter as usually. I don't want to repeat the reasons for that. I'm happy that I could write this post and hope you will find something to enjoy

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. We did it, we did it, we did it
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Michael J. Sullivan
  2. Looking fora new urban fantasy series?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Author and Singer
  2. An impressive Victorian London compendium
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Mirror, Mirror and/or Snow White and the Huntsman
Games
The old codger himself (ediFanoB) tortures PC and Consoles
  1. The game we will play for the next months


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 Yes, I found one

The Lighthouse

Again I consumed most of my reading on Saturday and Sunday. In sum I read 450 pages which means I missed my weekly target by 40 pages. But the good thing is that I now have read more books in 2011 than I read in 2010 and 2009. Only eight books left until I reach the magic 70.
In case I count my current read - Theft of Swords omnibus - as two and finish it like the second current read - The Wise Man's Fear - then I need only five more .... I'm dreaming ...



Anyway I was more than happy to that I doubled my reading progress compared to the week before. Only 1830 pages left until I read my target of 25550 pages in 2011!

I finished

- TimeRiders: The Eternal War (416 pages, pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141336336] by Alex Scarrow
This is the fourth book in the planned seven book time travel series TimeRiders.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Compared to the three previous books Sal, Liam and Maddy had a lot more contacts with people from other time lines. Normally they avoid contact.
So travel ack in time to the American Civil War and meet Abraham Lincoln ...
As the previous books it ends with a revelation and new questions.
It was as good as book two and three. "


- Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge (eBook, November 11th 2011) [MuseItUp Publishing] by Rosalie Skinner,
This is the first book which I read on our brand new e-book reader!!
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Another great book in the series. Full of magic, supernatural,self-doubt, revenge, friendship, trust, deception and adventure. Characters to love and to hate.
Can't wait to read the next book.
"


I'm

- 154 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
NO PROGRESS.

- 335 pages in Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
NO PROGRESS



We did it! We bought an e-book reader even it is not Christmas!! My wife and I could not resist.
Not far away from our flat is a big store which sells everything from PC to television, from mobile phones to coffee machines. And last week they offered the e-book reader which we wanted to buy. I came home from work late and my wife told me about the offer. We looked at each other, grinned and went immediately to the shop and bought a white colored Sony PRS-T1. For details please read this excellent Sony PR-T1 review which includes two videos.
My wife and I are really happy with our choice. It is exactly what we wanted. As we own a lot of electronic copies it was no problem to fill a shelf. One thing we do not like is that there is no real space for the stylus.
My wife likes the PDF capabilities a lot. I have been surprised how fast the integrated dictionaries work. It is quite comfortable to press a finger on a word and get the translation within milliseconds.
As I wrote above it was Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge which I read as my first book on the reader. To be honest when I compare the e-ink display from the reader with the laptop screen it is like day and night. The e-ink display is really eye friendly. And when I fall asleep the reader goes into sleep mode too (after three minutes of inactivity). Even I still love real books I will read more e-books from now on.

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.

Last week I received the second omnibus in the Riyria Revelations series which contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm . I talk about Rise of Empire (pb, Dezember 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0356501079] by Michael J. Sullivan
"The adventure continues as Royce and Hadrian aid the struggling kingdom of Melengar as it alone stands in defiance against the newly formed empire. War approaches and a desperate gamble behind enemy lines is their only chance at forming an alliance with the Nationalists to the south.
But Royce has plans of his own as he uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, Royce must unravel Hadrian's hidden past. What he discovers will lead them to the end of the known world on a journey rife with treachery and intrigue.
When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.
Rise of Empire was originally published as: Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm." [Source]
As I liked the first part of the first omnibus that much, there is no way out the I will read the second omnibus as soon as I have finished the first one.


I like Stephen Zimmer who is one of the authors of Seventh Star Press a lot. Whenever possible I spread word about new books. And I must say Seventh Star Press is a busy publisher. This time it is all about a new urban fantasy series by Michael West.

Please note that following part of this post is the official press release:
"Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces New Four Book Urban Fantasy Series From Michael West

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce Legacy of the Gods, an exciting new urban fantasy series from Michael West that begins with Poseidon's Children. Four titles are scheduled in the series. The award-winning horror author's foray into urban fantasy is his second series with Seventh Star Press, joining his Harmony Indiana novels in a schedule that will see two books a year released from the prolific author.

Poseidon's Children has already received high praise from Maurice Broaddus, whose series, The Knights of Breton Court, has been making big waves in the urban fantasy world. As Maurice commented, “Poseidon’s Children is some of Michael West’s best writing and storytelling!”

As with all Seventh Star Press novels, the books will feature interior artwork, with covers and illustrations being done by acclaimed fantasy/horror artist Matthew Perry. His artwork appears in other Seventh Star Press releases from Jackie Gamber, H.David Blalock, Stephen Shrewsbury, and Stephen Zimmer.

"This has been an epic story that I have been passionate about for a long time, an idea that would not let go of my brain, it just kept growing, and growing, demanding that I start writing it all down,” Michael said in regards to the upcoming series. “I've talked about wanting to do this series for years, and my faithful readers kept asking me, 'When are you going to do that? When is it coming out?' Well, I'm happy to say that the answer is now, and I am so pleased that Seventh Star Press has given me the opportunity to finally make this dark, horrific, fantastical dream a reality."

In Poseidon's Children, man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current--high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that's just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes ... at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage,Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.

Michael West is a fast rising force in the speculative fiction world. His work includes novels such as The Wide Game (Graveside Tales), Cinema of Shadows (Seventh Star Press) and a single author collection, Skull Full of Kisses (Graveside Tales). He also has an array of short fiction published, spanning many magazines and anthologies, including appearances in Shroud Magazine, and the Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.

Amanda DeBord will be handling editing duties on Poseidon's Children and the other three Legacy of the Gods titles.

"Seventh Star Press is simply amazing to work with,” Michael commented. “They know good fiction, put out hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions of the highest quality, and they support their authors and releases more than any other publisher in the business. I could not be happier to be working with them on my Harmony, Indiana books and now the Legacy series."

The projected release date window for Poseidon's Children is March of 2012, with versions released in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, such Kindle, iPad, the Nook, and Sony/Sony compatible eBook reading devices. The second novel is slated for spring of 2013, with other titles to follow on an annual basis.

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


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...
Sometimes I'm surprised about what authors do beside writing. This time I talk about author Sabine Atkins.

Varangian: The Stone of Babylon (eBook , September 2011)
and don't miss

She is also a talented singer as you can hear in the following video.



Do you know that one of the best websites about Victorian London celebrated the 10th birthday? I'm sure that in case you are interested in Victorian London you know the Victorian London site as good as your vest pocket. If you don't know the site I highly recommend to visit. And if you would like to get more information about what happened on the mentioned site You should read Ten Years over at The Cat's Meat Shop.



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.

Last Tuesday my wife and I finally watched the Adventures of Tintin in 3D. I liked the movie a lot. There have been scenes where the whole cinema was laughing out loud. That was real entertainment. And compared to other 3D movies the effects have been done well.

Snow White. Two magic words. Two words which could be a synonym for fairy tale. I think one of the brest known versions is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm. When I hear the words Snow White, two movies always come up in my mind. The first one is from 1937 and the second one is from 1997. They show what you can do with this fairy tale. I show you the trailers without any further comment.

1937


1997


And what will we get in 2012? Two more Snow White movies which are as different as the ones I showed you before. Have a look at following two trailers. Can you imagine which one I want to see? are you interested in one of the new Snow white movies?

Mirror, Mirror


Snow White and the Huntsman


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

Games

Hey, it's me ediFanoB. Against all odds I play games. Once a while I will talk about games I like.

As I told you last week, the whole family is playing SKYRIM on PC and PS3. And you won't believe it but we also talk about the game. We share knowledge about dangerous places and where you can find good weapons and so on. I is a great game with so many possibilities and freedom. In the meantime you find tons of videos over at YouTube. Today I found a nice 8 minute video about character creation. Have a look. Be sure I will return to Skyrim as soon as I have finished this post.


That's it for now. See you when I have 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 tried to find a quote which fits to all these Snow White movies. I think the following one is not the worst choice ...

"Some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, sc. 1, Greatest English dramatist & poet (1564 - 1616)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1146

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http://www.towersofdawn.com/TheBooks.html

Hello and welcome to issue #1146 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
As I posted yesterday I have been really exhausted and tired. After one and a half day rest I feel refreshed enough to write the delayed issue #1146 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Let's have a look at what I found within a few hours worth to show you.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Courtney Schafer
  2. Rosalie Skinner
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Varangian story continues
  2. From THE LAST PAGE to BLACK BOTTLE
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. No movies today
Games
The old codger himself (ediFanoB) tortures PC and Consoles
  1. The game we will play for the next months


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 Yes, I found one

The Lighthouse

Most of the 525 pages I read last week I consumed on Saturday and Sunday. Anyway I was more than happy to that I doubled my reading progress compared to the week before. Only 1830 pages left until I read my target of 25550 pages in 2011!

I finished

- The Metalmark Contract (pb, March 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1612960111] by David Batchelor (I read a PDF copy)
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is a sf story for more technical orientated readers.
The use of abbreviations and titles is sometimes annoying. The end does not fit to the rest of the story. It is too "soft" and evaporating all the a good stuff which has been created before.
As the book ends with the hint that this is the end of book one I assume that there will be a sequel.
It is a solid book with interesting ideas."



I did not finish

- The Passage (pb, US 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0345525222] by Justin Cronin
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I stopped reading after 218 pages which is a quarter of the book.
So far I found only two passages interesting for me. I could not connect to any of the characters. the story went along slowly and partially as tough as leather.
I have had high expectations after all the hype and I have been disappointed.
It seems I should should stay away from hyped books.
One cannot love all books.
I do not rate the book because I did not finish it."



I'm

- 154 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
Only minor progress. I hope to finish it until end of 2011. It seems it takes longer to finish thick volumes even they are great.

- 335 pages in Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
I finished the first book of the omnibus - The Crown Conspiracy - and now I'm in Avempartha.
So far I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A few minutes ago I finished The Crown Conspiracy which is book one of the omnibus.
It made my day. What a great and entertaining read. A story with twists and turns and loveable characters.
If you are looking for and extraordinary good traditional epic fantasy then read
the Riyria Revelations series.
Review will follow when I have finished the omnibus.
"

- 159 pages in TimeRiders: The Eternal War (416 pages, pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141336336] by Alex Scarrow
This is the fourth book in the planned seven book time travel series TimeRiders.
This time the travel goes back to the American Civil War ....


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.

Last week I received two electronic copies of books. Every day I yearn for our Ebook Reader. I can't read books on my laptop after working ten or more hours in front of a screen.

Courtney Schafer, author of The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] , has been so kind to send me an electronic copy of her book.
"Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel." [Source]

I must say I really look forward to read it. You will understand me when you follow this link.

Last week I posted about Rosalie Skinner and her books.
And a few days ago I received an electronic copy of Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge (eBook, November 11th 2011) [MuseItUp Publishing] by Rosalie Skinner, which is the third book in the Chronicles of Caleath series.
"Rumors regarding the return of the Deathbringer are spreading but Caleath’s disappearance lengthens. Can he free himself and the Archimage Tallowbrand from the dragon’s lair? What interest does Azriel have in his survival? What does the future hold if such power is unleashed?
The threat facing the Southern Regions of Allorn spreads north as warm weather awakens the Tarack. An alliance of Vergöttern and human forces now face overwhelming odds as they battle to keep the rich grain belts free from the giant ants. Without Caleath, hope of keeping the Tarack confined fades.
On Dragonslair Island, Caleath’s return heralds a new threat. Releasing the dead Archimage Tallowbrand and surviving as the Deathbringer brings the sorceress Azriel’s plans closer to fruition.
To save Nasith he must face the Tarack queen and her horde. Each survived challenge only brings him closer to confronting the ever powerful Azriel." [Source]
I can't wait to read how Caleath's story will continue ...


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...

End of September 2011 I reviewed Varangian: The Stone of Babylon (eBook , September 2011) [ASIN: B005KN3XOC]by Sabine Atkins (Visit the author on GOODREADS)
Now you can read the prologue of the second book - Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus - over at the official website. The book will be published in 2012. As soon as I get the information I will let you know the final publishing date.


End of 2010 I reviewed The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso. It is part of a duology which will be finished with Black Bottle.
Then there was a long period of silence. Then I found following information over at Risingshadow:
Black Bottle (hc, US July 17th 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325174] by Anthony Huso.
"A sequel to The Last Page.
T
abloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her.
A
s this news spreads, Stonehold—long considered unimportant — comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.
D
esparate to protect his people from the southern threat, Caliph is drawn into a summit of the world’s leaders despite the knowledge that it is a trap. As Sena’s bizarre actions threaten to unravel the summit, Caliph watches her slip through his fingers into madness.
B
ut is it really madness? Sena is playing a dangerous game of strategy and deceit as she attempts to outwit a force that has spent millennia preparing for this day. Caliph is the only connection left to her former life, but it’s his blood that Sena needs to see her plans through to their explosive finish.
D
ark and rich, epic in scope, Anthony Huso has crafted a fantasy like no other, teeming with unthinkable horrors and stylish wonders."

I liked a lot The Last Page and look forward to read Black Bottle.

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.

Last Tuesday my wife and I wanted to see the Adventures of Tintin in 3D. Unfortunately my wife fell ill. So we postponed our Adventures of Tintin session to next Tuesday.

Beside that I did not find a trailer which I would have liked to show you.

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

ames

Hey, it's me ediFanoB. Against all odds I play games. Once a while I will talk about games I like.

Since 11.11.11 our family owns two copies of SKYRIM (PC and PS3).
My wife and I play on PS3 and our daughter on PC. After a few hours of game play I can tell you we love it. It such an awesome game!!!

In case you are not familiar with the ElderScrolls series you should have a look ad following video.


The following sneak peek gives you on impression of Skyrim.




That's it for now. See you when I have 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.

There was not much time for research. But I found the following one which I would like to share with you .....

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

Saturday, November 12, 2011

APOLOGY

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Dear Readers,

in case you expected issue #1146 of Edi's Weekend Wave I must disappoint you. I was too exhausted and too tired to write the post in time.
Please apologize

You will get issue #1146 of Edi's Weekend Wave on Sunday, November 13th.

In the meantime enjoy following video.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1145

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Hello and welcome to issue #1145 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
To be honest I could repeat nearly the same words I used last week but that would be boring. The sad thing is that I have a lot of ideas and plans for the blog. That sounds good except I do not have any idea when to realize them. After a long sleep from Friday to Saturday I woke up and said to myself: "Don't look back, don't lament, lower your sights and enjoy life!!" Lots of unread books, promised reviews, unanswered mails and comments and more. And what did I do on the 66th day until end of 2011 before I started to write this post? I continued reading of two books, played Oblivion and chattered with my wife. Now I'm in a good mood,listen to music I like and let the words flow. I'm curious where and when this Weekend Wave will end. As you can see I fell asleep before I could finish the post. Nevertheless I returned to my laptop on Sunday because I know the Weekend Wave is the "heart" of my blog. And there will be no life without a heart.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. More steampunk for me
  2. Rosalie Skinner and her books
  3. Two books maybe for you and me
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Disimprovement
  2. A steampunk giveaway
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Tintin, Tintin, 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 An everlasting quote

The Lighthouse

The turn for the better. Thanks to last Saturday and Sunday when I read 299 pages. In the following five days it dropped dramatically to 146 pages. That means 29 pages per day. In sum I read 445 pages last week. Not that bad compared to the week before.

I finished

- Exiled:Winter's Curse (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) [ISBN-13: 978-1927085783] by Rosalie Skinner
Well done Rosalie! The story continues on a high level with few answers and more questions. I can't wait to read the next book


I'm

- 142 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
Forty pages more. Better than nothing. It is a great read.


- 173 pages in The Passage (pb, US 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0345525222] by Justin Cronin
To be honest I'm disappointed. So far only two passages which I found really interesting.
I will read up to page 218 (quarter of the book). Then I will finally decide whether to continue reading or not.

- 170 pages in Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
Keep in mind that I read 170 pages till last Friday. Now I'm on page 230 and I expect to finish the first book of the omnibus - The Crown Conspiracy - by Sunday evening. I love the story. I love the characters. When I read it I totally loose contact to the world around me. That is epic fantasy I like!

- 141 pages in The Metalmark Contract (pb, March 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1612960111] by David Batchelor (I read a PDF copy)
A first contact sf novel. So far an interesting read. The reactions and actions of the Earthlings are not unexpected.



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.

Last week I received one book which I ordered in advance. It is the first in a new series and it is steampunk. I talk about The Doomsday Vault (pb, November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0451464293] by Steven Harper.
"In a Britannia of clockwork automatons and airships, Alice Michaels’s prospects are looking grim.
The Honorable Alice B. Michaels is in a life or death struggle for survival—socially speaking, that is. At age twenty-one, her unladylike interest in automatons, and the unfortunate deaths of most of her family from the clockwork plague have sealed her fate as a less than desirable marriage prospect. But a series of strange occurrences is about to lead Alice in a direction quite beyond the pale.
High above the earth on the American airship USS Juniper, Gavin Ennock lives for the wind and the sky and his fiddle. After privateers attack the Juniper, he is stranded on the dank, dirty, and merciless streets of London. When Alice’s estranged aunt leaves her a peculiar inheritance, she encounters Gavin under most unusual—even shocking—circumstances.
Then Alice’s inheritance attracts the attention of the Third Ward, a clandestine organization that seizes the inventions of mad geniuses the plague leaves behind—all for the good of the Empire. But even the Third Ward has secrets. And when Alice and Gavin discover them, a choice must be made between the world and the Empire, no matter the risk to all they hold dear." [Back of the book]
For more information visit the Clockwork Empire Facebook page and read The Clockwork Author: An Interview with Steven Harper over at Friskbiskit.


In the last issue of the I talked about book confusion. Author Rosalie Skinner wrote in the comments section of the post:
"Edi, The confusion with Amazon is truly amazing.
I know my second book has been out for over a month now, and hasn't appeared on either UK or USA Amazon. I don't understand. It was delivered to them by the publisher and they haven't placed it yet. Meanwhile I am getting people buying the paperback book with a similar title. I worry they expect the newly published book. Nothing I can do about it. Except scratch my head and frown."
The only thing I can do for Rosalie is to spread word about her books and where you can get them.

On September 21st I reviewed Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook, September 2011, MuseItUp Publishing. ) by Rosalie Skinner which is the first book in The Chronicles of Caleath series.:


Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook , September 2011)
[Kindle ASIN: B005JU9840] [Smashwords] [MuseItUp Publishing]

Last week I finished reading of the second book in the series: Exiled:Winter's Curse (eBook, October 2011, MuseItUp Publishing). The review is in progress. So far I can say the story continues on the high level from book one.


Exiled:Winter's Curse (eBook, October 2011)

In case you would like to buy a copy please use the links under the covers.
Dear Rosalie, at least the readers of my blog know where to buy your books.


Today I would like to present you two books which maybe interesting for you.

A few days ago I received a mail from Phillip Rhodes. He wrote:
"I’m writing to kindly ask if you can review, recommend or simply plug my new Science Fiction eBook The Lost Diaries of John Smith (eBook, October 2011) [Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Smashwords]." And he attached a copy of his book in different formats.
To be honest I understand such kind of requests and after reading the description I found the book worth to spread word about it. I'm also sure I will give it a try. But I can't promise when.
As you all know I have a review back log. Therefore I told the author that I can and will spread word about The Lost Diaries of John Smith and I can't promise more. Now have a look at the cover and read the description in order to build up your mind.
"“Imagine the world ending as told 20 years after the event. The Lost Diaries of John Smith was written by Amy Cooper on an old typewriter in 2035. She was born in 2010 and survived a devastating firestorm that killed countless millions in 2014. This is her story. Her prose is first hand and accompanies the lost diaries of the man who saved her life. The Lost Diaries of John Smith is acknowledged to be the best written account of survival in a post-apocalyptic Scotland. It also highlights the secretive mining operations by both man and alien.”
The premise behind The Lost Diaries of John Smith is that on the morning of 14th May 2014 most of Europe and North Africa will be consumed by a massive firestorm that kills countless millions and changed humanity forever. Scotland survives the conflagration, but food becomes scarce and starvation beckons. At first many think the UK was devastated by a massive, pre-emptive nuclear attack, but weeks later and survivors start to report seeing large flying objects over Southern Scotland and Northern England." [Source]

And I do it again. I like Stephen Zimmer who is one of the authors of Seventh Star Press a lot.
So every time he comes up with new books I try to help to spread word.
Please note that following part of this post is the official press release:

D.A. Adam's The Fall of Dorkhun, Book Three of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series, Unveiled with Limited Edition Hardcover Offer

Seventh Star Press proudly announces The Fall of Dorkhun, Book Three of the Brotherhood of Dwarves series by D.A. Adams.

The Fall of Dorkhun is now available for pre-order in both limited edition hardcover and softcover versions, both of which include special packages of collectibles. The limited edition hardcover run of 75 signed and numbered copies marks the newest addition to a growing line of affordable, high quality hardcover editions published by Seventh Star Press. The limited edition hardcover features an exclusive illustration commission not found in any other version, as well as a special signature page and unique ISBN number.

The Fall of Dorkhun also marks the debut of Seventh Star Press' newest artist, Bonnie Wasson. Bonnie created the cover art and illustrations for The Fall of Dorkhun, as well as for the forthcoming reissues of book one and book two in the series, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, and Red Skies at Dawn. She joins Matthew Perry in producing some of the finest quality presentations in the small press world, creating an exciting and fast-growing collection of speculative fiction artwork in the process.

(two of the interior illustrations by Bonnie Wasson for The Fall of Dorkhun)

The Fall of Dorkuhn continues the story of the dwarf Roskin. In the newest adventure of the series, Roskin returns home to a kingdom divided by war with the ogres. On one side, his father desires to restore peace, but on the other, Master Sondious, seeking revenge for having been crippled, seeks to escalate aggression against the ogres Roskin and his friends make a desperate attempt to resolve the growing rift, but unknown to the dwarves, new and powerful menaces threaten to destroy the entire kingdom...

Living and working in East Tennessee, D. A. Adams is an established novelist, a farmer, a professor of English, and has contributed writing to literary as well as fine art publications. He also maintains an active blog, entitled "The Ramblings of D. A. Adams".

Limited edition hardcover and special softcover collectors packages include an assortment of collectible extras, such as a 14X20 art poster, bookmarks, a set of glossy art cards, a magnet, and a pair of buttons. Packages are scheduled to be shipped the second week of December, when the trade paperback will be made available everywhere, along with several eBook formats, including the Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Sony eReaders and other electronic reading devices.

The Fall of Dorkhun was edited by Philip Hopkins. Book One, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, and Book Two, Red Skies at Dawn, will be reissued by the end of 2011, with two more books remaining in the series.

Those wanting to reserve one of the 75 limited edition hardcovers, or pre-order a softcover collectors package, should visit Seventh Star Press' online store at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/documents/books.html


It sounds interesting for me. And I especially like that Seventh Star Press reissue book one and two. As a reader of series I do not like to start with a book from the middle.


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 Germany we have this lovely word VERSCHLIMMBESSERUNG which you may know as DISIMPROVEMENT. It is the best description I found for the new Google Reader. Every time when I open my Google ReaderI feel like I enter a cemetery with blurry contours. I like gray characters in a book but no gray sites. And not to mention a few other things.


Once a while I inform you about international giveaways. Today I show one for all steampunk interested readers. The only thing you have to do is to leave a comment.

In May 2011 I reviewed The Falling Machine (278 p. May 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] by Andrew P. Mayer which is the first book of The Society of Steam duology.

"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]
Now the second book Hearts of Smoke and Steam (327 p., November 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] is on the way to the book stores..
"Sir Dennis Darby has been murdered, the Automaton has been destroyed, and Sarah Stanton has turned her back on a life of privilege and comfort to try and find her way in the unforgiving streets of New York. But Lord Eschaton, the villain behind all these events, isn’t finished with her yet. His plans to bring his apocalyptic vision of the future to the world are moving forward, but to complete his scheme he needs the clockwork heart that Sarah still holds.

But she has her own plans for the Automaton’s clockwork heart—Sarah is trying to rebuild her mechanical friend, and when she is attacked by the Children of Eschaton, the man who comes to her rescue may be the one to make her dreams come true. Emelio Armando is a genius inventor who had hoped to leave his troubles behind when he and his sister left Italy for a life of anonymity in the New World. Now he finds himself falling in love with the fallen society girl, but he is rapidly discovering just how powerful the forces of villainy aligned against her are, and that fulfilling her desires means opening the door to a world of danger that could destroy everything he has built.

The Society of Steam 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]
You would like to win both books? Then go to

Fingers crossed for all participants!

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.

On next Tuesday my wife and I will go to cinema and watch the Adventures of Tintin in 3D.
As I showed you the trailer sometime ago I did not to show it again. But I found something incredible and worth to show you.
"The full trailer for the new Tintin movie, with all footage replaced with clips from the 1990s cartoon series.

Original trailer audio is still present.

This took a good while to do! But I'm farly pleased with the results. Footage is from 'The Crab With The Golden Claws', 'The Secret Of The Unicorn' and 'Red Rackhams Treasure'. Can't wait for the movie!"
Watch the result!


As you could read in the text above, the new movie is based on three Tintin adventures. Maybe you would like to see the cartoon series version of The Secret of the Unicorn then you should follow the following links. Each part last around ten minutes.

Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn (Part 1/4)

Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn (Part 2/4)

Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn (Part 3/4)

Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn (Part 4/4)


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.

From time to time I find quotes which are many year old but they still fit. The following one is a good example for that .....

"A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights, 1993
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