Saturday, June 30, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1226

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Hello and welcome to issue #1226 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
The weather is hot and humid which I do not like because it makes me tired and angry at the same time. No good conditions for doing somethig creative. So do not expect too much from this Weekend Wave issue ....

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress
  2. Work in progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Review copy
  2. Paperback copy
  3. Digital copy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Alive and well
  2. Topographic Tomes 
  3. Free book on June 30th 2012

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something practical

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 Age

The Lighthouse


Reading goes well. I read 678 pages which means I finished four books and a short story.

I finished

- Red Leaves and the Living Token (digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524; AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36] by Benjamin David Burrell

I wrote on GOODREADS:

"For me it is a kind of a refreshing dark fantasy tale which is well executed. This is the first of six planned books.
The end of the novel is like a rest on a long journey and I must say I lookforward to continue the journey."
- The Scourge of the Betrayer (digital, May 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0087D3H34] by Jeff Salyard.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"After reading several glowing reviews I expected a lot.

I'm not sure if I read the right reviews or the wrong book or vice versa.
I admit the idea of story is good.
But I could not cope with the execution. I do not like stories without chapters - an endless stream of words.

I think this time I have been the wrong person to read and like this book."


- Der Eisplanet (February 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007C711JS] by Torsten Ralf Oster
The blurb sounded interesting but the book has been disappointing. Der Eisplanet = The Ice Planet. Ice, ice world, ice names, ice characters ....


- Action Jack und die Steintafel der 6 Artefakte - Band 1 (Die Kristallkugel von Naica) (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007NLSIVM] by Joachim H. Schwartz
To keep it short: This is a lightweight copy of Indiana Jones. Fast food read.


- Demon River (January 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004A8ZSXW] by Mark Lord

I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Intense Short story which delivers everything mentioned in the description."

As my comment does not makes without the description, I add the description.
"Set in a fantasy world of dark magic, Demon River is a short tale of politics, false religion, demons and treachery.

Benetus, the King's chancellor, fears the return of a rival he had thought banished from court. Benetus turns to the help of demons to rid himself of his enemy. But things are not always as they seem in the spirit world." [Source]


I'm


- 114 pages in The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.
No progress


- 79 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
No progress


- 126 pages in Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Williams.
This is alternate history I like.


Despite the weather I try work on what I want to do the next three months.I'm still not satisfied with the numbers of reviews.

July
I will definitely post a review and an interview which belong together (I need to read and write the review and the interview is in progress)

Depending on a reply I will have a second interview combined with something special.

I work on a half year report and my summer reading list for July, August and September. Tomorrow is the 1rst of July. So I have to hurry up with the reading list.

Beside that I have the strong will to write three more reviews.


August
I will be part of a blog tour with a book review (the good thing is that I have finished reading).

Beside that I want to write and post three more reviews.

September
When everything goes well I will finish two books which I put on hold.

And I want to write and post four reviews.



 Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week I received a paperback review copy, bought one real paperback and bought a digital copy of a short story.


On GOODREADS I have a Malazan Empire shelf. This reflects one of my big reading projects. So far I have read nothing more than The Gardens of the Moon (2009, 10th anniversary edition) [ISBN-13: 978-0593065068] by Steven Erikson the author of the ten book series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Ian C. Esslemont who is the co-creator of the Malazan world is still writing books set in this world.
To my great pleasure the great people over at Tor/Forge for sent me a copy of Orb Sceptre Throne (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329999]. Thank you very much for that. Now my contains 14 books and 13 of them unread.
"The epic new chapter in the history of Malaz—the new epic fantasy from Steven Erikson's friend and co-creator of this extraordinary and exciting imagined world. Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity. While, as ever at the centre of everything, a thief in a red waistcoat and of rotund proportions walks the streets, juggling in one hand custard pastries, and in the other the fate of the city itself.
Far to the south, fragments of the titanic Moon's Spawn have crashed into the Rivan Sea creating a series of isles...and a fortune hunter's dream. A Malazan veteran calling himself 'Red' ventures out to try his luck—and perhaps say goodbye to old friends. But there he finds far more than he'd bargained for as the rush to claim the Spawn's treasures descends into a mad scramble of chaos and bloodshed. For powers from across the world have gathered here, searching for the legendary Throne of Night. The impact of these events are far reaching, it seems. On an unremarkable island off the coast of Genabackis, a people who had turned their backs upon all such strivings now lift their masked faces towards the mainland and recall the ancient prophesy of a return.
 And what about the ex-Claw of the Malazan Empire who now walks the uttermost edge of creation? His mission—the success or failure of which the Queen of Dreams saw long ago—is destined to shape far more than anyone could have ever imagined." [Source]

In July 2011 I read following post over at Layers of Thought:
Review: The Map of Time ~ by Felix J. Palma
As I do not buy hardcover I put the book on my list. And today arrived my The Map of Time (pb, July 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1451683035]
paperback copy.


"Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? The author explores this question in the novel, weaving an historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel." [Source]


Be sure that Felix J. Palma's first book in his Map of Time series will be part of my summer reading list. Book two - The Map of the Sky will be published in September 2012 (hardcover). That means I have to wait until 2013 for the paperback. 


In October 2008 I read one of the best books in my life: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. And this week I found following post
"Rose of Fire", a short story by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.
I could not resist to by a digital copy of Rose of Fire (June 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008B7VCBK].

"Set at the time of the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, “Rose of Fire” tells the story of the origins of the mysterious labyrinthine library, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which lies at the heart of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s novels The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and now The Prisoner of Heaven." [Source]
Mihai (Dark Wolf) wrote in his post that you can read the story for free. That is true. But I want to read it offline and therefore I bought a digital copy which is cheap.


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 is this phenomenal detective. You know the one you can see in cinemas and on TV but never in real life. He is known since 1887 and seems to be immortal. You want to know more? Then read
4 Capital Clues That Prove Sherlock Holmes Is Alive and Well 
over at bookgasm.



Did try to carve books? What a question! No book lover damage books. But there are artists who know what to do with books after reading as you can see over at the WebUrbanist. Enjoy
Topographic Tomes: More Carved Books by Guy Laramee



As I appreciate  Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series, I need to inform you that you can get the first book in the series
Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook, September 2011) (read my review)
FOR FREE ON JUNE 30TH 2012 !!!

And this is the official announcement:

FREE EBOOK... Amazon Best seller. One day only.

EXILED: Autumn's Peril
Book One is being offered FREE 
for ONE DAY on 30th JUNE as an 
END OF FINANCIAL YEAR celebration.

Grab your copy today. Please tell your friends.

Keep posted on the upcoming release of Book FIVE by  following this blog or The Chronicles of Caleath


So hurry up to get your digital copy.




That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......

Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Today you get no movie trailer because I did not find one I would like to share with you. Instead I show you something useful .... in case you are a fan of steampunk. But it may be also interesting for other people.
Have a look at how to build a steampunk mechanical arm.



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.

There is something which a lot of people want but never will be ....

"You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.
George Burns, US actor & comedian (1896 - 1996)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1225

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Hello and welcome to issue #1225 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
My wife and I are still on diet and every session at the gym is getting better. The time I am galled turned to a normal level.
Tomorrow (Sunday) my wife and I will visit a medieval fair. And to be honest despite my diet I will enjoy at least one cherry beer.
Following teaser gives you an impression.

And now

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. Review copies
  2. New digital copies
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Paper
  2. Books
  3. Cover Art

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Dark Knight Rises

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 Originality

The Lighthouse


Another week with an excellent reading result. I read respectable 652 pages and finished three books. And again I read books in German. The reason for that is our Sony Reader. There are many opportunities where you can download  digital copies for free. As a result digital books changed my reading habits a bit. But I still love real books.



I finished


- The Fall of Dorkhum [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B006CQV4JW] by D A Adams
This is the third book in the The Brotherhood of Dwarves series.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"If you really want to enjoy the book you should definitely read the two previous books.

The main story continues with the return home of Roskin and the impact of his return. Beside that we follow the story of his compagnions and the history of one of them is revealed.
This book is the perfect prelude for forthcoming events in the world of the brotherhood of dwarves.
"

- Ripper - Ein Zeitreise-Thriller (German Edition) (February 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0079LQPNY] by
It is a so called time travel thriller revolving around the famous Jack the Ripper. A good idea but badly executed.


- Grimstein (March) [Amazon Kindle ASIN:B008CCJJBE] by
Short but creepy story with supernatural touch.



I'm


- 114 pages in The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.
No progress


- 146 pages in The Scourge of the Betrayer (digital, May 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0087D3H34] by Jeff Salyard.
Nearly halfway through the book. It is not exactly what I expected after reading some reviews. But it i good

- 79 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
Only a minor progress

- 101 pages in Red Leaves and the Living Token (digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524; AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36] by Benjamin David Burrell
That means I'm half way through a well written dark tale.



 Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week I received two paperback review copies directly from authors. Beside that I downloaded a digital copy for free and bought one.


In Weekend Wave #1223 I talked about The Lighthouse Keeper (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1907777622] by Alan K. Baker.
"A TERRIFYING MYSTERY OF THE SEA

In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished without trace from the remote Scottish island of Eilean Mòr. An emergency relief crew was sent to man the lighthouse. At the end of their month-long duty, they resigned from their posts, and never spoke of what they had experienced on the island. The mystery of Eilean Mòr has never been solved. Until now.
In the present, a group of environmental researchers arrives on the island to observe the wildlife. While exploring the lighthouse, now automated and deserted, one of the team discovers a manuscript written by one of the relief keepers, a man named Alec Dalemore. As a sudden storm moves in, cutting off their escape, the researchers come to realise that Dalemore wrote the manuscript as a warning to all the lighthouse keepers who would come after him. A warning of something on Eilean Mòr and in the surrounding ocean - something ancient and powerful, and strange beyond imagining...
The Lighthouse Keeper is a supernatural tale based on the Flannan Isles mystery, one of the greatest unsolved enigmas in maritime history. Blending factual firsthand reports with speculative fiction, the novel takes the reader on a journey to the edge of reality, where the greatest of human fears - the fear of the unknown - holds dominion." [Source]
And this week I received my review copy. Thanks to Alan K. Baker. There will be a review within July.


It is no secret that I like historical fiction. Beginning of June I received a mail from author Geoffrey Williams. He asked me if I would like
- to read his book
- to review his book
- to conduct an interview

After having a look at the cover and reading the summary, I have been convinced to say yes. And this week I received a signed paperback review copy of Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126]. Thanks a lot Geoffrey Williams.
"It is 1852. The Indian empire of Rajthana has ruled Europe for more than a hundred years. With their vast armies, steam-and-sorcery technology and mastery of the mysterious power of sattva, the Rajthanans appear invincible. But a bloody rebellion has broken out in a remote corner of the empire, in a poor and backward region known as England.
At first Jack Casey, retired soldier, wants nothing to do with the uprising, but then he learns his daughter, Elizabeth, is due to be hanged for helping the rebels. The Rajthanans will spare her, but only if Jack hunts down and captures his best friend and former army comrade, who is now a rebel leader. Jack is torn between saving his daughter and protecting his friend. And he struggles just to stay alive as the rebellion pushes England into all-out war." [Source]
Doesn't it sound interesting? India rules Europe! The good thing is. that there will be at least three copies.


I also received a request for reviewing the following book:
Orb (digital, November 2011)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B006H4TEOG] by
Gary Tarulli.
"Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board--an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only of the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche.
It is during the long and isolating interstellar journey that a physical relationship develops between Kyle and the ship's physician, Kelly Takara. That part is easy. Understanding the reasons for avoiding the emotional commitment desired by Kelly is harder. So, too, is trying to penetrate the mind of Larry Melhaus, the mission's brilliant and reclusive physicist--a failure of communication made exponentially more troublesome when the scientist's disturbing behavior begins to threaten the crew.
And while Kyle seeks a path to comprehending himself and Melhaus, the ship's crew, led by their strong-willed commander, Bruce Thompson, attempt to fathom a planet where none of the precepts of science seem to apply. A world where every preconceived notion of what constitutes life must be re-examined and challenged.
Two divergent journeys: One inward, one outward. Strange if they culminate at the same destination..." [Source]


As I do not know in advance how much time I can spend for my blog, I do not promise more than one review per month (partial I make exceptions and promise two). So I replied that I can't read and review the book before October.


The last book for today I discovered on Facebook:
Oblivion's Forge (digital, 2011 or 2012?)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0082XW04G] by Simon Williams
Wen you go to GOODRADS you do not find any book description. Fortunately I found one over at the site for the book(s).
"Picture a distant world, probably in the distant future, where most technology is no longer even a memory. A world which for a number of reasons is like no other. A world where two great powers will struggle for control. One of them has crossed great swathes of the known Existence to find this world, the other has controlled, nurtured and dominated it in one form or another since the dawn of known time.
Thus two opposing, universal forces are preparing to destroy each other. One is an implacable, faceless destroyer of worlds- the other is the ancient master of all the races that live on that world.
Both are, in the simple terms of the Younger Races, evil beyond comprehension.
And caught in the midst of all this are the races of this world, human and non-human.
The story of Aona is not a fable of good versus evil. It’s a tale of incomprehensible forces, survival, companionship, betrayal, and above all else, the gradual realisation amongst the main characters that this war is not simply a struggle for one world, but something far, far greater." 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...

You know how to fold paper? Are you sure? If yes you can try to compete the artists of the reasults shown over at the WebUrbanist. Go and have a look at;
Ghostly Paper Mansions and Spectral Stop-Motion Animations


Of course I have favorite authors. When it comes to historical fiction you will find A L Berridge at the top level of my list. She is also a lover of real books. I higly recommend to read her post
'History in my Hand: The Beauty of Books' by A.L. Berridge
over at The History Girls.
nce  a while I talk about blogs I follow.


Space art from a time before my birth? How does it look like? Colorful.
Visit Dark Roasted Blend and let
Rare and Wonderful 1950s Space Art
put a spell on you ...


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......

Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

This is not the first trailer of The Dark Knight Rises I show you. I really look forward to see the third and final movie in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. In Germany we have to wait until July 26th when The Dark Knight Rises will hit the cinemas.



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.

There is something which a lot of people want but never will be ....

"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
Laurence J. Peter, US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Spirit of Fire by Stephen Zimmer

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Dear Readers,
a warm welcome to you and of course 
to author Stephen Zimmer.

Today is a special day for me and for Edi's Book Lighthouse because
today this blog is the center, the navel of the



And what will you get today?
MY REVIEW OF
 Spirit of Fire 
(2012) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B0087P0EOW

Introduction

It is no secret that I have a special relationship to Stephen Zimmer. I like his Fires in Eden fantasy series a lot. But this relationship does not have any impact on my reviews. I even bought a copy of Spirit of Fire for this review (and of course for my reading pleasure).

These are the landmarks of the Fires in Eden series in chronological order:

Book One
Crown of Vengeance (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108627] my review.
Book Two
Dream of Legends (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108627] my review

Short Stories
- Into Glory Ride (December, 2011) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B006KYX44O] by Stephen Zimmer (Chronicles of Ave Series) my review 
- Land of Shadow (December, 2011) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B006KZ143G]  by Stephen Zimmer (Chronicles of Ave Series) my review
- Lion Heart (December, 2011) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B006KZ1TI6]  by Stephen Zimmer (Chronicles of Ave Series) my review

Book Three
Spirit of Fire (May 2012) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B0087P0EOW]
"A maelstrom of war engulfs lands resisting the designs of the Unifier to bring about a new order, of a kind that has never existed within Ave. Battered by a massive invasion force from Gallea, the tribal people of the Five Realms and their Midragardan allies are being driven eastward, towards the sea, while the Saxan lines are wearing down ever thinner on the Plains of Athelney.
Time is running out quickly, as an ancient creature of legend soars through the skies with a brave young Saxan. They carry the desperate hopes of two realms sorely beset by a voracious enemy. Diabolic entities conduct a great hunt, as a malignant darkness deepens across all of Ave. Exiles from another world must gain refuge, or find themselves ensnared by the long reach of the Unifier. The very nature of creation itself stands in the balance." [Source]

My Expectations

I read all previously published books and stort stories. I expected nothing more then the excellent sequel of the great epic fantasy series Fires in Eden.

The Delivery
The Fires in Eden series is far beyond to be an example for short novels. After Crown of Vengeance with 612 pages and Dream of Legends with 746 pages, Spirit of Fire delivers 772 pages. I leave it to you to imagine if it makes sense to read Spirit of Fire without knowing the previous books.
As in the previous books Spirit of Fire is divided in sections - in sum seven - and each section is divided in several named chapters. Each chapter is told from a character's point of view.
But there are obvious improvements. For the first time readers get a map and an appedix which delivers information about characters, races and places. The number of character point of views has been reduced. That gives the story a more smooth flow and to follow a character on more than three consecutive pages increase the intensity of the story.

That leads me directly to my main and only critisism.
To be honest there have been passages I skipped. Imagine a dinner. What do you want to know about this dinner? First of all there is always the question which information are important for the progress of the story. The second question is what kind of atmosphere do I want to create.
The following example has not been taken from the book itself. I created it on my own in order to demonstrate what I mean:
Imagine a royal dinner. You get the description of the room which includes the color of the tapestry, the motives, the ornaments on the cutlery including information about the history of the cutlery, the temperature of the plates and so on. It takes pages until the story continues. Instead of two pages you get six. I'm sure there are people who like that. I do not belong to this group of people. And to be honest passages like the described one slow down the story. Stephen Zimmer is an author from the bottom of his heart with great attention to detailed descriptions. Partially it looks like he is obsessed by details. I mean obsessed in a very postive way to deliver an all-embracing view of the world he created for his readers.
In the end it is the author who decide what to offer his readers.
When I read a book I want to enjoy the whole book and dropping passages is not the way I read. Nevertheless I will definitely read the next books in the Fires in Eden series.

Even it took some space to explain my criticism there is much more to say about Spirit of Fire.
Let me return to the characters. features  familiar characters like Janus, Dragol, the Wanderer, Gunther, the Unifier and more. We learn more about these characters.
I must confess I loved every appearance of the Unifier, this janus face antagonist, this wolf in sheep's clothing. Every book reveals more of his plans. Beside that there is a strong development of some characters, especially Dragol. Compare the Dragol from the beginning with the Dragol from end of Spirit of Fire.
Not unexpected was the introduction of new characters like the young boy Thomas and the female archer (and more) Brynhild. We will definitely meet them again in book four. And with Spirit of Fire, Stephen Zimmer gives the reader a wider scope of the impact of war on the average Ave inhabitant. The  sudden destruction of a peaceful living , of daily routine, love and happiness  gives you goose flesh and increase your sympathy for people like you and me.

Action? Yes, there is action, dramatically, full of adrenaline. The otherwordler, their allies and the inhabitants have to face new and impressive creatures like the Uktena (70 foot serpent) or the powers of the Aetherworld ....

Spirit of Fire is the profound sequel of the series. A story which seems to be linear offers unexpected twists and turns which keep the pendulum between desperation and hope moving.

Spirit of Fire
- delivers new characters and character development of the familiar characters,
- let you discover of new regions of Ave,
- let you face more terrible creatures,
- let you look through a spy hole into the Unifier's thoughts and plans,
- let take you emotionally part in the desperate wish of survival of the Ave inhabitants,
- Reveals new hints regarding The Prophecy.

Spirit of Fire is the expected, well executed (apart from my criticism) and highly entertaining, strong advancing adventure which makes it nearly unbearable to wait months for book four.  

After Crown of Vengeance and Dream of Legends , Stephen Zimmer delivers with Spirit of Fire  the next highlight in the Fires in Eden series.
This character driven epic fantasy adventure in a fascinating but still not fully known world where beings follow devious plans  and face much more resistance than ever expected, delivers hours of entertainment.


Finally I have to reveal something really new. I deciphered the secret message hidden in the title

Spirit of Fire




and



S o F



stands for




Stephen offers Fantasy


For more information about the publisher, the author and his books then please visit following websites:
www.seventhstarpress.com, www.stephenzimmer.com, www.firesineden.com, www.risingdawnsaga.com

As any author Stephen Zimmer is keen to read comments and reviews of his book. So feel free to comment here or to contact the author by MAIL: stephen at stephenzimmer dot com, or at FACEBOOK.

And as any blogger I like to read comments ......

ENJOY READING

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1224

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Hello and welcome to issue #1224 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Since 4th of June I am galled more often than usual. I'm on a diet because I need to lose weight. Fortunately I have the best compagnion for this task: My wife. We changed nutrition - which means NO MORE SWEETS!!! - and we go to gym. There is a strong relation between sweets and state of petulance. Instead of thinking about food I read more which is a good alternative.


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Light and Breezy
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A review copy
  2. Does anyone read this book?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Thanks to Wag The Fox
  2. History of Tailsitter Airplanes

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Rise of the Guardians

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
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The Lighthouse


Another week with a crazy reading result. You know more reading means less sleep. On Thursday I had my breakdown. I fell asleep before 8 pm and slept till the other morning. Happens .... In sum I read amazing 881 pages and finished three books!!   I would write as many reviews as I read I would be happy. The last week I finished a picture book, a short story and four novels! It seems my diet influence my reading in a positive way ....

I finished

- Spirit of Fire (2012) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B0087P0EOW] by Stephen Zimmer.

Don't forget to come back on June 20th when I post my review as part of the


- The Brotherhood of Dwarves [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0076OCAKG] by D A Adams
This is the first book in the series with the same name.

I wrote on GOODREADS:

"This is a first book in a series which means at the beginning of the story you get more information than usual.
So be patient because the real story starts with the second chapter.
I promise you a fast and fun read including character development and action.

Did I mention that this is a book starring dwarves? If you like dwarves you will like the book."

- Red Sky at DawnThe Brotherhood of Dwarves [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0076P464S] by D A Adams
The second book in the The Brotherhood of Dwarves series.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The story of Roskill the dwarf continues.
What happens when something happens to the heir?"


I'm


- 114 pages in The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.
So far I read eight of the thirty stories. I like the variety of the book.

- 50 pages in The Scourge of the Betrayer (digital, May 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0087D3H34] by Jeff Salyard.
I could not resist to start reading ...

- 67 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
This is the first book of the Tyrants and Kings trilogy. I don't how long I own copies of the complete trilogy. Afte reading the short story The Hundredth KillI thought it would be a good idea to read more books by John Marco.



After a long time I like to share a music video with you. The video is a bit strange but it is the song which has a certain fiscination. I listen to this song the whole time while I write this post and I feel light and breezy.
It is the first time that a listen to Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun.
Her  Do You Remember spreads a kind of magic (for me). The song starts at 0:28.






 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.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!! Last week I did not buy a single book. Nevertheless I received a digital copy.

Author Benjamin David Burrell sent me a mail asked me if I would like to read and review his fantasy tale Red Leaves and the Living Token (digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524; AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36]. Furthermore he asked me if I would like to be part of his upcoming blog tour in July and August.
Before I made my decision I read the book description and have had a look at the cover.
"Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won’t survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he’s confronted by Moslin, his son’s nurse, who’s been filling Emret’s head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse’s stories, and he’ll live.
In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret. He returns hours later to find them both missing.
Now, he has to dig into the loathed fairytales to figure out where they may have gone. He’d also like to know why he keeps having visions of a temple on a mountain with a vat of glowing weapons, a vaporous black creature emerging from a lightning storm, himself in glowing armor leading an army, and the same mythical Red Tree hidden in a dense forest." [Source]

There are interesting beings on the cover. I assume they are part of the story. I really want to know more about them. And the book description sounds interesting too. Therefore I decided to read and review the book and post my review as part of the blog tour.  I will inform you about tour details soon. Benjamin David Burrell has been so kind as to provide me with a digital copy of Red Leaves and the Living Token.

Finally let me say that Red Leaves and the Living Token is the first of so far six planned Red Leaves Novels as I read on the author's website.


In the beginning .... there was a trailer:
I must admit I find this trailer convincing. Therefore I gathered information about the book.
Existence (pb, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007XULYAU] by David Brin.
"Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”
 Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity." [Source]
It seems people either love or hide it.
I would like to know if there is someone following this blog who read the book and who would like thare his/her impressions about the book with me. I look forward to your comments.



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...

Once  a while I talk about blogs I follow. One of these blogs is Wag The Fox. Last week I read following post over there:

Author David Nickle wrote about his new book Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594].
"They were the beautiful dreamers.
From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds. They slipped into the minds of Russia's enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse. They moved as Gods. And as Gods, they might have remade the world. But like the mad holy man Rasputin, who destroyed Russia through his own powerful influence... in the end, the psychic spies for the Motherland were only in it for themselves.
 * * *
It is the 1990s. The Cold War is long finished. In a remote Labrador fishing village, an old woman known only as Babushka foresees her ending through the harbour ice, in the giant eye of a dying kraken – and vows to have none of it. Beaten insensible and cast adrift in a life raft, ex- KGB agent Alexei Kilodovich is dragged to the deck of a ship full of criminals, and with them he will embark on a journey that will change everything he knows about himself. And from a suite in an unseen hotel in the heart of Manhattan, an old warrior named Kolyokov sets out with an open heart, to gather together the youngest members of his immense, and immensely talented, family. They are more beautiful, and more terrible, than any who came before them. They are Rasputin's bastards. And they will remake the world." [Source]
This book aroused my interest. I put it immediately on my to buy list.
So I want to say thank you to Wag The Fox for posting David Nickle's guest post.

There is a book trailer available.


Anyway I recommend to visit the excellent site about the author and the book.


Since my youth I'm interested in airplanes. I like to read about aviation history. Now Dark Roasted Blend surprised me with following excellent post: History of the Tailsitter Airplanes

That was an interesting part of the aviation history which began with the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel.



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.

What comes up in your mind when you read Bogeyman, Jack Frost, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa? If you are not fossil you may remember your youth. Now let me throw one more name in the ring: Dreamworks Animation.
The result is Rise of the Guardians which will hit the cinemas in November 2012.
It tells the story of the well known immortal characters with extraordinary abilities mentioned above. They are also known as the guardians. The beliefs and imagination of all children of the world is in danger when an evil spirit known as the Pitch starts turn the world into "total darkness". 
And this is the official trailer.


Did you see Santa's tattoos? Doesn't he look like a Rusian cossack?
This is definitely a movie I must see!!


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.

Limitations and handicaps. Of course we would like to get rid of them ..... Really ?? .....

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard, US author (1856 - 1915)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: First Cause by Paul West

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Dear Readers,

nowadays there are many ways to get in contact with an author. A while ago I met Paul West on Facebook. We talked about things in common and books in detail. It did not take long until he told me that he is an author.
To keep the story short I agreed to read and review his debut novel First Cause (digital book, self-published) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B004XQV7ZE]. Paul West has been so kind as to send me a digital copy.

Introduction

Today with some delay I present you my review of a surprising read. I was not sure what to expect from a book with this title and subtitle: First Cause  A Novel About Human Possibilities

Title, blurb and cover do not reveal much as you can read and see.

 First Cause (digital book, self-published)
 [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B004XQV7ZE]

"The world is in chaos from a two-day battery of explosions in many of its major cities.

A week after the explosions, journalist Adam Grey wakes up in the hospital. He pieces together the events leading to his injury, involving a woman named Angela.

Senator Cyrus Reardon has been appointed the new President of the United States' decimated government. A politician who isn't generally fond of his peers, he's faced with leading a discordant provisional Cabinet, addressing the nation's growing panic, and trying to separate fact from fiction.

Confronted with the truth behind the attacks, they--along with the world at large--are forced to reconsider conventional assumptions about human nature and possibility.

Everything we know is until we find out otherwise..." [Source]

My Expectations

I have had a look at the author's site where I discovered that there is a long story behind this book (it was a screenplay idea in the early 1990s, fell into oblivion for nearly ten years on a shelf, awakened again in 1999).
Some books need their time until they want to be written and read.
I avoided to read any reviews and with that I started as an unsuspecting reader.


The Delivery

My digital copy delivered 218 pages text divided into 16 chapters.
Quite short for A Novel About Human Possibilities. But as always quantity does not define quality.

After I have finished a book I mostly add short impression on GOODREADS. In case of First Cause I wrote:
"A thoughtful debut novel with a scifi touch."
This single sentence contains two information about the book and one information about the author Paul West.

Let's see what is hidden behind the thoughtfulness and behind the scifi touch.

Some of the important characters are mentioned in the book description above (which you hopefully read).
It is up to journalist Adam Grey to find out the truth behind the explosions in the major cities of the world. 
Angela is responsible for the revelation of the scifi touch: Aliens caused the explosions. But I promise you that you will be surprised by these aliens. You will not get any more details about the content itself.


It does not take long until you recognize that the story is told in flash-back sequences which changes around half way through the story.
Step by step Adam gathers pieces of information. And every piece is connected with more than one decision:
- Is the information believable?
- If it is believable how does it fit to the so far known information?
- Is the information worth to share or is it dangerous to share?
- With whom do you share the information?
- Whom can you trust?

- What is the impact of the information?
You see where the thoughtful derives from.

Paul West delivers the hunt for information and what finally happens in an entertaining way. It is like throwing a rock in a lake and study what happens whereupon the rock represent information, the lake represent makind and each drop of water represents a human being and the resulting wave represents what happens.

And Paul West delivers more. With the alien element he installed a mirror of the society, especially western society. The reader gets the opportunity to reflect possible developments of society.

Fortunately Paul West is far beyond to be schoolmasterly. All the thoughtful things are well hidden behind deliberately dosed action, thriller elements and conspiracy.

From my point of view there are two minor issues which do not destroy the overall positive impression:

At times the author tends to expand explanations when he delivers extended descriptions when the reader expect the continuation of the story.

The end is a bit aprupt and therefore leaves the reader with open questions.
Is the end volitional or will there be a sequel?
There is a man who knows the answer.

All in all I liked this "[...] thoughtful debut novel with a scifi touch."

So my first impression was not that bad. But it deserves an amelioration.

First Cause is a thoughtful, intelligent written debut novel with thriller elements and a scifi touch. 

Stay away if you look for an straightforward action packed thriller with alien invasion.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Of Thieves and Elves by A. P. Stephens

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Dear Readers,

with some delay I present you today my first review of a supernovella. What is a supernovella? I do not know the answer. You should ask author A.P. Stephens who proclaimed his latest publication Of Thieves and Elves (2012) a supernovella. A.P. Stephens is not unknown to me. I reviewed the first two books in his The White Shadow Saga:

- The Stolen Moon of Londor (my review)
- Shameless Wonders (my review)


A.P. Stephens has been so kind as to send me a signed digital copy of his supernovella Of Thieves and Elves (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007SIT5XA] which is set in the world of Londor.


Introduction
It seems there is a kind of a trend to publish short stories set in the same world as the books in a series. A.P. Stephens is no exception in this case. But he is an exception when it comes to the length of an additional story.
His supernovella is much more than a short story.


Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:


Of Thieves and Elves (2012) 
[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007SIT5XA]


"A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan’s safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing.
The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits’ stronghold—the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter—the very origin of the world’s evil.
Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized." [Source]

My Expectations

With The Stolen Moon of Londor and Shameless Wonders in mind I expected nothing less than a fast paced action adventure.

The Delivery

To warm up let me start with something formal.
The supernovella consist of 210 pages which are divided into 29 numbered chapters. To be honest I know full novels which have less pages.

This is the story of two elves. There is the young and talented apprentice Tride who is an excellent and strong Fighter. And then we have the Elder Eonen who is an experient user of elven magic.

Against all odds Eonen decided to choose Tride to accompany him on a secret mission. Both have their likes and dislikes. But it is not difficult for the reader to connect to these two characters. Even you may not agree with several decisions and actions taken, you always understand the reason behind it. Eonen and Tride have a kind of father and son relationship.

Beside Eonen and Tride there are more characters, each with an own reason and the pursue of their goals is like colliding boulders in an avalanche. The good thing is that it takes a while to identify the good and the bad guys and some of them remain gray.

At first sight has delivered a fast paced action adventure which takes you for a ride like leave in a storm. But the story delivers much more. There is the emotional relationship between Eonen and Tride which culminates in the essential question of trust and faith. Other characters try to remain in power or to come into power. In turn there are people who fight for their freedom or seek for revelation or salvation.

Let me come back to the action. Do not expect epic battles. With Of Thieves and Elves A.P. Stephens delivers one to one fights and group fights. His fight depictions are gripping. intense and partial bloody.
It happened to me that I ducked my head several times in order to escape a mortal sword blow.

For readers of  The Stolen Moon of Londor and/or Shameless Wonders the world is familiar. If you do not know one of these books then you get enough information to imagine the lands of Londor.

My expectations have been fulfilled to the point.

So if you look for a fantasy story with interesting characters (good, bad, gray) each with own motives, a story full of action interspersed with thoughtful parts and story with twist and turns then the supernovella Of Thieves and Elves is definitely a book for you.

And for The White Shadow Saga readers it is a most welcomed intermezzo before the final book of the series and another satisfying view into the lands of Londor.

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