Saturday, August 25, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1234

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Hello and welcome to issue #1234 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Last Sunday it has been hot in Germany. Despite the heat I prepared the schedule for the week .... Now it is Saturday and my schedule for the week has gone with the wind. I'm disappointed with myself. There was no power left in the evening to do something creative like writing a review. Even reading has been arduous. But today I want to relax and enjoy. Later on my wife and I will visit a medieval fair in the wonderful town of Speyer. It is just a one hour drive from our home. And her are some impression of Speyer:
And yes, again I have a schedule for next week. On Tuesday and Wednesday I will be out of town and without internet access. But I hope .... no I don't tell you. No more promises. You will see if there is something on the blog or not.
Hello? Hello!! Hope you are still awake. I finished chatting ...

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. Two hardcovers
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Water-based communities
  2. Unusual landscapes

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Village
  2. Infected

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 Wonder

The Lighthouse

Last week I finished a digital magazine and read 324 pages which was sad.

I finished

- The Speculative Edge, Issue 2 (pb, September 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1478274384],
This is a new magazine and you can read my review at the end of August 2012



I'm

- 305 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
No progress

- 202 pages in Full Dark House (pb 2004 and digital 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553815528 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003PJ6FYS] by Christopher Fowler.
I love this book and especially the characters!!


- 156 pages in The Map of Time (pb, July 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1451683035] Felix J. Palma
What a book. Stories within the story.



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.


The kind people of Tor/Forge.com sent me two books last week. Both belong to series.

Let me start with  The Formula for Murder (hc, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765328694] by Carol McCleary. This is the third appearance of  Nellie Bly as the main character.
When I want to dive into the world of , I need a copy of the first book
The Formula for Murder (hc, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765328694] by Carol McCleary. Back to the blurb and cover of The Formula for Murder.

"History, mystery, murder, and mad science accompany plucky Victorian newspaper reporter Nellie Bly when she travels to the haunted moors of England to investigate the mysterious death of another journalist.

Refusing to believe the young writer committed suicide, Nellie’s search for the truth takes her from foggy Londontown to the ancient Roman ruins at Bath and the eerie landscape of Dartmoor. Stalked by a killer as she unravels the mystery behind a series of deaths, Nellie encounters a handsome young biology teacher named H. G. Wells, whose knowledge leads Nellie into the realm of science gone mad. Joined by Oscar Wilde, fleeing a sex scandal, and Arthur Conan Doyle, pursuing a legendary beast of the moors, Nellie struggles to stay alive as she hunts down a scientist who is trying to recreate in a test tube the work of God. Join Nellie Bly again in this third installment to Carol McCleary's hit mystery series." [Source]

Furthermore I received a copy of Queen's Hunt (hc, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322180] by Beth Bernobich. This is the second book in The River of Souls series.
"Queen's Hunt is the second title in Beth Bernobich’s River of Souls novels, following her startling debut, Passion Play. Filled with dark magic and sensual images, this is fantasy writing at its best.
Ilse Zhalina has left to start a new life in a garrisoned fort, leagues from her estranged lover, Raul Kosenmark. The violent quarrel that ended Ilse and Raul's relationship was quite public. And also, quite fake. They hope to mislead Kosenmark's enemies so that he can continue to influence the politics of the kingdom in an attempt to stave off an ill-advised war, while keeping Ilse safe from royal assassins who would kill anyone Raul is close to. Ilse longs for Raul, but is set on her own quest to find one of the three fabled jewels of Lir. One of the jewels is held by King Dzavek, sworn enemy of Veraene, who has used the jewel's power to live for centuries. Ilse seeks one of the other stones to counterbalance Dzavek's efforts to destroy her country.
In her search, she encounters a shipwrecked prisoner from another land, a woman who has a secret of her own...and the second jewel in her keeping. The two women become allies in their quest for the third jewel, because finding and controlling these stones could mean salvation for both of their nations. And their failure the ruin of their peoples." [Source]
Beside it is the second book in a series, the blurb did not convince me.


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...

How many water-based communities do you know beside Venice? There are more than you may think. Have a look at the vey informative post of at the WebUrbanist:
Water Worlds: 15 Real Floating Towns and Ocean Cities


Last week I learned something new. Do you know microsonic landscapes? I never heard that before. But I'm fascinated siince I saw the result over at WebUrbanist. Read, look and enjoy
Microsonic Landscapes: What Music Looks Like in 3D


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.

In case you expected information and trailer of a movie with title VILLAGE, I must disappoint you. After a long, long , long time, my wife and I bought a boardgame! You must know that in the past - at a time when PC was something very exotic - we liked to play boardgames. But with the discovery of a quite interesting game our desire for boardgames blossomed again.  The name of the game is Village. To my surprise the game is available at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com!
Tomorrow we will play it for the first time. Have a look at following video which gives you a first impression of Village.


Again I must disappoint you in case you expected information and trailer of a movie with title INFECTED.
I'm addicted to books and my wife is addicted to books and beads. But that is not enough. The less time you have the more you want to do. And now we both have been infected by the steampunk virus. So far I read only steampunk novels. But know my wife and I want to be creative. Next month, when I will have a few days of, we want to do things like ... I wanted to show some pictures but I don't do that without authorization. Instead you have to follow this link in order to see an example of what I mean.

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


Quotes

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

I like following quote. What does this say about me? I believe in wonder. But that does not work because my mind is closed by belief in wonder? The more I think about it .... I have a mind opened by thoughts and questions and isn't the mind a wonder?


"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
Gerry Spence

Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Review: The Sixth Sense by Lawrence W Gold

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Dear Readers,
today I present you something new on Edi's Book Lighthouse. For the first time ever you get a guest review!!

I still remember the time when I entered the world of book blogs as a contributor of Only The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy. Enough about me.

Let me introduce to you Legolas, passionate beadworker - Legolas Perlenuniversum - and avid medical thriller reader.

A warm welcome Legolas. I hand over the blog to you for today.

Thank you Edi. Let me start with a few words from my side before we go into detail.

When Edi asked me if I would be interested in a medical thriller, I said: "Depends on the topic."
After reading the synopsis, I said: "YES."
I like to read medical thrillers, the bloodier and nastier the better. Since I suffer myself to a hypersensitivity of olfactory sence, it fascinated me to read, how the main character deals with it.

Enough about me, this is the book I reviewed for you:
The Sixth Sense 
by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1478267607 
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Date of publish: July 31, 2012 
Pages: 422, S.R.P.: $16.99 
Lawrence W. Gold provided the digital copy for this review.
"Arnie Roth, a family practitioner, develops viral encephalitis. He awakens from the near-death experience with a new appreciation for life and an unexpected talent, his sensitivity to smell has increased a thousandfold."

My Take
Lawrence D. Gold himself is a doctor, and knows how to describe medical events such that even someone whose native language is not English, understands what is going on.

The author does not dwell on the story with lengthy-trivial descriptions.
Ever the doctor, he drives the story forward consistently.

At the beginning of the book I was pleasantly surprised, because I find, descriptions that tell me, who ate when and what yogurt, or worn at a special time, what sort of dress pattern is just plain annoying. In lengthy descriptions, I tend to read across.

Gold's writing style is expressed in very sober and clear, lacking long convoluted sentences. Even highly sensitive thoughts and feelings are unfortunately described very businesslike.

The author takes his time to introduce the various characters. So you will not be overwhelmed at the beginning of a flood of information.
At first it was a bit strange that the narrative changes between first-person and third-person.
There were also some confusing time jumps that were made without separation using breaks, so I sometimes did not know where on the time line I was.

The story was very interesting. The various characters will be aligned in two main strands. However, one can already anticipate some events pretty early.
There are no big surprises, and at the end of the book, everything is love, peace and harmony.

Lawrence D. Gold failed that I was suffering with the protagonist ;or feelings-whether positive or negative -. developed for the other characters. More description of feelings in the book would have done well.

That's my personal opinion though. Maybe I'm from the point of writing a review, more critical than otherwise have been.

Conclusion
This book is not for lovers of action or strong feelings and certainly not for readers who love sprawling descriptions.
The idea of ​​writing about a doctor whose smell and taste explodes, and what pitfalls and obstacles this can bring with it has pleased me. The implementation in words however, a little less austerity and a little more feeling would have been good for the book

Had I read this book even if I had known what to expect: Probably not.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1233

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Hello and welcome to issue #1232 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week! I do not want to bore you with details. Do you know the feeling to wake up on Saturday morning with the satisfying feeling that the past five days went well? It is great. So without any further ado

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. My summer reading list 2012
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Only one book
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Author's service
  2. Video read-through
  3. A wicked delivery
  4. A special diet

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Looper

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 Visit

The Lighthouse

Last week I finished two books, started to read to new books, read in sum 501 pages and delivered two reviews.

I finished

- City of Shadows (2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337074] by Alex Scarrow (sixth book in the TimeRiders series)
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Definitely as good as the first book in the series. There are so many things going on. So many revelations in one book! And there are still open questions which hopefully will be answered in the seventh and final book."

- The House of Silk [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by Anthony Horowitz
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"What an impressive read, so vivid, so emotional. This is the best Sherlock Holmes novel not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I read so far.
I hope and wish that Anthony Horowitz will write more Sherlock Holmes novels"


I'm

- 305 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
Slowly but surely I travel through the book.

- 16 pages in Full Dark House (pb 2004 and digital 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553815528 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003PJ6FYS] by Christopher Fowler.
I could not resist and read 3 chapters. The first chapter has been so convincing. I found a new series for me!

- 47 pages in The Map of Time (pb, July 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1451683035] Felix J. Palma
More time travel


MY SUMMER READING LIST 2012

I think it is time to have a look at the list which contains 20 books.
So far I read eight books but I did not finish one of them. Another three are in progress. That does not look bad. I posted two of three reviews I promised. And I can assure you that more reviews are in the pipeline.

I must say that I'm quite happy with my choice.
Anyway as I did not finish one of the books I decided to add another book.
Full Dark House (pb 2004 and digital 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553815528 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003PJ6FYS] by Christopher Fowler.
"When a bomb devastates the office of London's most unusual police unit and claims the life of Arthur Bryant, his partner John May searches for clues to the bomber's identity. Before long he is on the trail through Blitz-ravaged London and the gothic world of the theatre." [Source]
I think I told enough about the book in the last issue.
After reading the first three chapters I know I chose the right book!
The good thing is that there are nine more books in this series!




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.


In issue #1231 of Edi's Weekend Wave I told you that I bought digital copy of the fourth Eddie LaCrosse Wake of the Bloody Angel (pb and digital, July 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327451 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Alex Bledsoe.
To my surprise the kind people of Tor/Forge.com sent me a paperback copy! That's great because there are books which I like to have as real books.
I tell you once again that I'm a big fan of Eddie LaCrosse and I read and reviewed The Sword-Edged Blonde (my review),  Burn Me Deadly (my review) and Dark Jenny (my review).

"Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery - one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina's tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no - even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king's fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.
To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew.and his even more legendary treasure." [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...

I belong to the people who like to order books in advance. One reason is the price guarantee you get for example over at Amazon.de.
But once a while it happens that such an order is cancelled after a year because the publishing date has been postponed again and again.
I'm a fan of the Chathrand Voyage series by Robert V.S. Redick.
I do not really  remember when I ordered The Night of the Swarm which is the fourth and final book in the series.
But I remember that my order has been cancelled in spring 2012.
I said to myself that in this case I will wait until the book will be avaible.

Fortunately author takes care on his readership and I highly appreciate his post
THE NIGHT OF THE SWARM: An Open Letter to my Readers because it contains the final release dates for the book:
"The Night of the Swarm will be published October 25, 2012 by Gollancz (in the U.K.) and January 15, 2013 by Del Rey."
I enjoyed The Red Wolf Conspiracy (2008) (my review), The Rats and the Ruling Sea (The Ruling Sea) (2009) (my review) and The River of Shadows (2011) a lot and look forward to read hwo the story around the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and his friends will end inThe Night of the Swarm.


Thanks to Pyr-omania where I found following video:
I must say this the first time I saw such kind of video.
If you would like to have a digital copy of the catalogue then I have good news for you: You can download The Pyr Fall-Winter 2012-2013 catalog in PDF format by clicking on the link.


Do you receive wicked deliveries once a while? I must I say I never received something like describe on Stainless Steel Droppings. Read Something Wicked(ly fun) This Way Came and have a look at the pictures.


Finally I want to talk about diet. I still go to the gym three times a week and I still follow the nutrition schedule I got from my wife.
But that is not the kind of diet I want to talk about. Have a look at the following video and you know what kind of diet I mean.
I must say the authors has a point .... For more information visit The Digital Diet.



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.

Time travel. Everywhere time travel. And of course ther will be a time travel movie in September:
"In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination." [Source]
This is the story of Looper, an upcoming science fiction film.
And this is the trailer:
The story sounds interesting and there will be a lot of action. Not decided yet if Iwant to see Looper or not.

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.

What shall I say? Need a visit first ....


"Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.
Audrey Giorgi

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: The Brotherhood of Piaxia by Michael Drakich

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Dear Readers,
today I review a book from my summer reading list 2012. The author sent me a review request several months ago. Somehow I missed his first request. Fortunately he came back to me again. And luckily I decided to give the book a try.

Introduction
 Author Michael Drakich sent me a digital copy of The Brotherhood of Piaxia (digital, March 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007KPS442] which I read for this review.

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:

The Brotherhood of Piaxia (digital, March 2012)
[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007KPS442]
"Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end." [Source]

My Expectations
Based on the blurb and on the cover I expected a character driven story with intrigue, betrayal and acion.

The Delivery
The 311 pages of the story are divided into 44 consecutively numbered chapters which are framed by a prologue and an epilogue.
But there is more at the beginning of the book which I really appreciate. The authors delivers a list of characters without any spoiler and a map.

Incredible! So far I did not use the word fantasy. The Brotherhood of Piaxia is  a fantasy novel and delivers ingredients which you can expect from this kind of novel: Swords and magic, a lost princess, a world with a medieval touch.

That sounds like a standard fantasy novel and it would be definitely fall short in case of The Brotherhood of Piaxia. Michael Drakich used the mentioned ingredients as a skeleton for his book. It is the "meat" around the bones which separates The Brotherhood of Piaxia from a standard fantasy novel.


There are a lot of opportunities to begin a novel and each has its advantages/disadvantages.
A novel which delivers a lot of information about the world and the history of the world will be sensed as a slow starter by a lot of people.
And The Brotherhood of Piaxia is such a kind of novel. I must say sometimes I like it and sometimes not.In case of The Brotherhood of Piaxia I like it.
I absorbed all the information like a sponge. While doing that I have been sucked into the story. I do not have problems with novels which have more than three characters. And as Michael Drakich delivers a list of characters right at the beginning of the book, it should be no problem to follow them.
From my point of view every character get the adequate attention due to their importance.
As a father of a grown up daughter I can tell you that the realisation of Tessia is brilliant.
The whole story would not work with all the different characters which all follow their own plans. That means there is a lot of intrigue. All these small stories within in the story are like beans entwining around a beanpole.
My favorite characters are not the ones mentioned in the blurb. I loved
Bron, a shepherd with secrets and Grott, a leader of brigands who shows more brain and heart as expected.
The world itself shows a medieval touch and the scenery depictions are well done. I did not have problems to imagine the different towns and the landscape. The magic used is understandable and fits.

Nothing to criticize?
There is one thing which annoyed me a little bit. I found several solutions at the end of the story far too easy. But that does not disturb the good impression left by the rest of the book.

The Brotherhood of Piaxia is what it want to be - a real entertaining fantasy story. It comes along with more characters than you normally get but a lot less then you meet in a famous series you can watch at HBO.
It has definitely more magic than a famous fantasy trilogy you could see in cenimas. There is less blood and gore than in a book with a title how to serve a drink. It is also a book which do not drown in romance.

For me is a book which you like to read when you want to have a well dosed mix of well known books.

Or in simple words The Brotherhood of Piaxia is like the espresso you enjoy after a good meal.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Alt Hist Issue 4 edited by Mark Lord

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Dear Readers,

in September 2011 I reviewed Chivalry: A Jake Savage Adventure (eShort Story , September 2011)[Amazon, Smashwords]by Mark Lord, who is a UK based writer with a Master in Medieval Literature. He is also the mastermind of the  Praeter Naturam blog.


Introduction
A while ago Mark Lord contacted me asked me if I would like to read and review an issue of a magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History.

I followed the provided link and visited Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History for the first time. This is the website of the Alt Hist magazine. And I think you know by now that Mark Lord is the editor of Alt Hist.
Whoelse is more profound than the editor to tell more about  Alt Hist.
"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]
With all the information - which I just shared with you - in my mind, I agreed to read and review the latest issue of Alt Hist. Mark Lord has been so kind to send me a digital copy of Alt Hist Issue 4. Before we go into details let me tell you that Alt Hist publishes twice a year in May and in November.




Alt Hist Issue 4 (digital and print, May 2012) 
[ISBN-13: 978-1477428320 and Kindle ASIN: B00861E376
edited by Mark Lord 

My Expectations
I expected to discover interesting and entertaining short stories written be not so well known but aspiring writers.

The Delivery
Alt Hist Issue 4 features seven stories by six authors and editorial by Mark Lord.

At the end of each story you get basic information about the author and a link to a website or a blog which I appreciate.
I could not detect any obvious mistakes which means the proof-reading has been done well. I mention this because it seems no matter of course when it comes to digital publishing. Also the formatting worked well on my reader.

Now let's have a deeper look at the editorial and the seven stories.

Editorial by Mark Lord
Mark talks about the genre variety of Alt Hist Issue 4 und correlate genre with the stories which is a useful information. Despite  that Mark explained the story behind the cover. I can tell you that the cover image shows a part of  Le Vauban (cuirassé) by Paul Jazet (1848-1918) and is related to the first story of Alt Hist Issue 4.

The product description on Amazon delivers a one sentence long blurb of each story. Of course I deliver these blurbs. Look at the italic text.  And I added my comments to each story.

Restless by Dylan Fox set in the 1860s onboard a fleet of British ironclad warships steaming towards China.
The story is a modern version of David versus Goliath enriched with warships and interesting characters.


Kleine Menschen by Eric Jackson is a historical fantasy story set in World War II Germany.
First of all you should know that Kleine Menschen means small people. This is an interesting mix of war story and fantasy and mystery. Regarding the height of the characters it has something in common with a Matryoschka. For me the height of the characters is a symbol for power. And even in war children do not lose their imagination.


Feast of Faith by Shane Rhinewald explores the struggles of common soldiers during the First Crusade who don’t have enough to eat.
To be honest most of us do not know what it means to be hungry, really hungry. A tough story which will get under your skin.


Three Months of Summer by Svetlana Kortchick is a love story that happens during the German occupation of Ukraine in 1942.
I have only one word for this story: BITTERSWEET


The Stork by George Piper is a backwoods horror that will scare and surprise you.
Once a while I try to read horror stories. But I must say every try failed. Horror is definitely not my cup of tea. I think that make it understandable that The Stork was not my favorite story.


Battalion 202: A blinded Falcon by Jonathan Doering
and
Battalion 202: Into the Darkness by Jonathan Doering
are two alternate history stories about the resistance to a German invasion of Britain.
From my point of view it has been the right decision to add both stories to the content of Alt Hist Issue 4.
The first story tells the beginning of Battalion 202. The second one is a tough story about a young boy and his experience what it means to kill a man. In my youth I read a lot of books about WW II.
Battalion 202 brings alive what happened at the home front. It is easy to forget that the stories about Battalion 202 are fiction.
Well executed and haunting stories.


And what do I think about Alt Hist Issue 4?

A well done magazine which delivers exactly what the editor promised:
Well written and entertaining stories set in different period of times and an informative editorial.

If you want to discover alternate history beyond all the well known authors then you should give a Alt Hist try. You will get an entertaining and well written bunch of stories. Even you do not like all stories (who loves all stories and books) like me, you get a lot of impressions and ideas how history could have been.

I have been convinced and fortunately the previous issues of Alt Hist are still available. You want to know how to get those ones? Just follow the link: How to get Alt Hist


If you want more information about the current and the previous issues of alt hist I higle recommend to visit Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1232

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Hello and welcome to issue #1232 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Last week I needed a lot more sleep than usual. That means I have had less time for reading and reviewing and searching for interesting topics. I wanted to finish two reviews but failed. But I went three times to the gym and on Monday my wife and I watched Merida (original title: Brave) in cinema. That was a nice one. A movie where you could easily separate yourself from the rest of the world. 
ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Reading progress
  2. Advice needed-Result
  3. Book junkie
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books I bought
  2. A new project
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Snug Nugget
  2. The SSP Feel the Fire contest
  3. The Steampunk Style Test

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Next Monday I will see ...

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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Last week I slept mostly instead of reading. Therefore the result is no surprise: I finished no book and read in sum 322 pages.

I'm

- 305 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
A small progress last week.


- 118 pages in The House of Silk [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by Anthony Horowitz
A small progress last week.

- 243 pages in City of Shadows (2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337074] by Alex Scarrow (sixth book in the TimeRiders series)
Halfway through. Exciting read with a lot of revelations.


Advice needed - Result

A big thank you goes to Wendy L. She is my 150th follower. This is a number of followers I did not expect to achieve. Compared to other blogs my post frequency is low. But occasionally I find the time to post more.
Anyway I'm happy that there are people who like what I do.


I'm definitely a book junkie. Every day I check the list of free books in German and English over at the Kindle shop at Amazon.de. Again and again I find interesting books. There is a lot of space on 16 GB SD CARD.


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.

As I wrote before, I download a lot of books, mostly unknown books. I decided not to present them here. I concentrate on the books I buy and the ones I receive for reviewing purpose.

Last week I bought three books. Two of them belong to my 2012 Summer reading list and have been highly anticipated.

On Saturday morning I we went to gym and when we returned a neighbour handed over an Amazon package to me. Hastily I opened the five centimeter thick package and there it was: A paperback copy of one of my most anticipated novels in 2012:

King of Thorns (pb, August 2012) 
[ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] 

"The boy who would be King has gained the throne...
Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother—and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen—and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery. King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed, and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain—all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle..." [Source]
More than 500 pages reading pleasure ahead. Now I need to hurry up to finish one of my current reads. And I'm pretty sure I will finish the next book within the next two days.

On Tuesday last week I received a copy of the other book from my 2012 Summer reading list. It is the last but one book in the TimeRiders series and belongs also to my list of highly anticipated books. As I wrote above, I could not resist and started reading of
City of Shadows (2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337074] by Alex Scarrow
"Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. 
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. 
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.
But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . .
Hunted by cyborg assassins from the future, the TimeRiders must abandon New York and go on the run. They escape to Victorian London and the streets where Jack the Ripper roams. But, before they can establish their new base, they make their most shattering discovery yet - and it will change everything . . ." [Source]

And what I have read so far fits perfectly to the description by author Alex Scarrow  delivered in following video.

Before I present the last book I bought last week, I must write a little bit more about the TimeRiders series . Of course I ordered a copy of the seventh and final book in the series but after reading the blurb, I have doubts that this will be really the end of the series. I have to ask the author.
Nevertheless this is what will be published on 7th February 2013:
The Pirate King (2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337180] by Alex Scarrow
"Relocated to Victorian London, the TimeRiders joy-ride back to 1666 to witness the Great Fire of London. In the ensuing chaos, Liam and their newest recruit, Rashim, find themselves trapped between the fire and the Thames. They escape onboard a river boat, only to be confronted by an unscrupulous captain with his heart set on treasures of the high seas . . . Back in 1888, Maddy and the rest of the team are frantically trying to track them down. But with limited resources at their new base, can Liam and Rashim survive the bloodthirsty and barbaric age of piracy long enough to be rescued?" [Source]
I know that all sounds a bit enthusiastic. But I really, really, like this time travel series. I read all the books so far and I reviewed the first three books in the TimeRiders series:

- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] by Alex Scarrow 
- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] by Alex Scarrow
- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489] by Alex Scarrow

That's enough about time travels. But when I think about the blurb of the next and last book I bought last week then I must admit that there is also a kind of time travel involved. From time to time I mention blogs which I follow. When I do that it is often related to books which I discovered over there. And over at Rob's Blog o' Stuff I found the book which aroused my interest. I read Strange Launch & Full Dark - Two New Reviews  which contained parts of a review of Full Dark House (pb 2004 and digital 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553815528 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003PJ6FYS] by Christopher Fowler.
I will not quote the review. Read the full review by Mark Yon which you find over at SFFWorld.com.
Based on that review I finally bought a digital copy of Full Dark House which is the first book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.There is an excellent article about the series by the author himself which I recommend to read if you are interested in the books.
"When a bomb devastates the office of London's most unusual police unit and claims the life of Arthur Bryant, his partner John May searches for clues to the bomber's identity. Before long he is on the trail through Blitz-ravaged London and the gothic world of the theatre." [Source]

I know the blurb is not that extraordinary and overwhelming.
But I assure you that you will see the by with other eyes as soon as you have read the review mentioned above.

I have been that thrilled that I started to think about to add the book to my 2012 reading list.


New Project
In 2011  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.
n 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 wrote on GOODREADS:
"Beside all the stress I finished reading another great fantasy reading. There is more behind the story as you think at first sight. Mountain climbing plays an important part in the book. I do not have any experience in this area but Courtney created breathtaking scenes. I liked the two main characters - Dev and Kiran - more and more after every revelation. I look forward to read the next book in the series. I hope I will write and finish my full review before the publishing date of the next book."

I still need to write my ful review. Despite this fact offered me a copy of The Tainted City (pb, October, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] which is the second book in the The Shattered Sigil series.
"Dev is a desperate man. After narrowly surviving a smuggling job gone wrong, he's now a prisoner of the Alathian Council, held hostage to ensure his friend Kiran - former apprentice to one of the most ruthless mages alive - does their bidding.
But Kiran isn't Dev's only concern. Back in his home city of Ninavel, the child he once swore to protect faces a terrible fate if he can't reach her in time, and the days are fast slipping away. So when the Council offers Dev freedom in exchange for his and Kiran's assistance in a clandestine mission to Ninavel, he can't refuse, no matter how much he distrusts their motives.
Once in Ninavel the mission proves more treacherous than even Dev could have imagined. Betrayed by allies, forced to aid their enemies, he and Kiran must confront the darkest truths of their pasts if they hope to save those they love and survive their return to the Tainted City." [Source]
Of course I want to read and review The Tainted City. In 2011 I read and reviewed The English and German edition of Prince of ThornsDer Prinz der Dunkelheit by Mark Lawrence. Now Courtney Schafer asked me if I would like to do the same for The Whitefire Crossing. The German edition will be published approximately in 2013. I did not hesitate to say yes. So I have my first project in 2013.


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


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

I did not read many post on other blogs last week. But there is one post by Jamie Gibbs over at his blog Mithril Wisdom. In his post
Snug Nugget is the Humble Bundle for books he talks about  
I think this an interesting concept with benefits for authors AND readers.




Last week I posted about



This week I have the pleasure to inform you about the



Follow the link, have a look at the prices and take part!


As you may know I read a lot of steampunk novels. So far I never thought about steampunk fashion. But I wanted to know what kind of steampunk fashion would fit to me. And fortunately I found
The Steampunk Style Test over at Hello Quizzie.

Of course I share my result with you. In case you do the test please leave a comment with your result.

The Steampunk Style Test Result:
The Officer 
46% Elegant, 45% Technological, 50% Historical, 60% Adventurous and 14% Playful!
"You are the Officer, the embodiment of steampunk’s military sensibilities.  It is an inevitable fact that advances in technology find some way to advance warfare; indeed, it is often the case that military necessity provides the means of developing new technology.  You may be attracted to the technological appeal of steampunk weaponry, or perhaps you enjoy the glamour of Victorian uniforms.  You combine a readiness for danger and a technological aptitude with a very sharp sense of fashion.  You may be an army engineer, a mechanized dragoon, or an airship captain, but regardless you approach fashion with military efficiency and with style."

It would like to be an airship captain .....


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 Monday my wife and I will go again to cinema. This will be the third consecutive Monday. I think I do not to tell anything about the film.
Watch the trailer and you know what we will enjoy.

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.

Opportunity. Whenever the word comes up in mind I remember immediately a song line: "Opportunity comes once in a lifetime."
Do you know the song where this line appears? The answer is
HERE ...


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison, US inventor (1847 - 1931)

Monday, August 06, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Red Leaves and the Living Token by Benjamin David Burrell

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Dear Readers,

Today Edi's Book Lighthouse is the tour stop on the Red Leaves and the Living Token blog tour.

The picture above shows all the tour stops.

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

Introduction
 Author Benjamin David Burrell sent me a digital copy of his fantasy debut novel Red Leaves and the Living Token.This is the first of so far six planned Red Leaves Novels. The second book - Red Leaves and Death's Shadow - is coming soon.

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:


Red Leaves and the Living Token  
(digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524
AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36]
 "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]
My Expectations
Based on the blurb I expected a coming of age story mixed with myths and magic including twists and turns. The cover promise a lot of non human characters.

The Delivery
The 200 pages of the story are divided into a prologue and thirteen numbered chapters.
Without any judgement let me say, that this is short compared to most of the books I read.So I could read the book in just two sessions.

I will not give any more detailed information about the story itself because the blurb above delivers enough about the plot.

But do not think it delivers all aspects of the story. There is more behind the story as you may think after reading the blurb. And the revelation of information about characters and especially about the past is well dosed and intertwined with current development. There is much more to unveil in the following books.

Benjamin David Burrell knows to tell a story. The mix of action, inner thoughts, descriptions, dialogue and information from the past has been varied in a manner that keeps the pace steady. 

Remember I mentioned the non humans on the cover. And indeed I could not detect one human being. There are three main races of people:
- the zo with their hunched over furry animal like bodies
- the botann with their bodies of branches and leaves
- the petra with their bodies of stone
Each of them inhabitat specific areas of the world and do not allow others to pass them. There is always the danger of conflicts. Beside that there are also areas where the three races intermingle.

But as ancient journals show there has been another, superior race called the Reds. They disappeared with the murder of the last living Red which lead to a disastrous war. Until today the past in form of the Reds has an impact on the daily life. With every page the urge to get more information about the Red rises.  A hunger which will hopefully satisfied in the following books.

It is not difficult to connect with the main characters. Fortunately there  are characters who are neither black nor white and what you always hope and not always get there are characters which follow their very own plans.

The description of the landscape is well done and transport enough information to create images in your head.

All in all this is a well done debut novel with a lot of potential and a minor flaw. To have a cast of characters at hand in the beginning would have been helpful. Thanks to the notes I took while reading it was not necessary for me to page back and forth.

I know there will be people complain about the cliffhanger like end of the book. Let me tell you that the end of Red Leaves and the Living Token looks much more like a rest on a long journey and I must say I lookforward to continue the journey.

All in all is fantasy novel which delivers more as you may assume at first sight. It is a good start into a world full of mysteries interesting characters and races. it has the potential to be a series beyond the well-trodden path of coming of age stories. The heyday lies ahead.

For more information about the books please visit Benjamin David Burrell's website.

And of course visit the above mentioned blog tour stops.


ENJOY READING

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1231

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Hello and welcome to issue #1231 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week!
I went to work and wrung my brain out. I went to the gym three times. I read a less then I wanted. I wrote no review as I wanted. I slept bad in the night and felt tired during the day. I received a lot of messages but was too tired to answer most of them.

There is something really obvious. If you do not sleep well and if you do not sleep enough life does not go well.
Do you know the feeling when you come home from work where a lot of great books are waiting to be read and reviewed, where a sheet with dates and ideas for the blog lays on the table, where people wait for a message from you and the only thing you are able to do is to sit on the sofa and close your eyes until dinner.
But there has been something positive at the beginning of the week:
My wife and I went to cinema and we both enjoyed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. So not everything is bad.
I hope I will finish this post before I fall asleep in front of my laptop.
People listen to an unfinished symphony but who will read an unfinished post.
And now without further ado

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress
  2. Advice needed
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Review copies I received
  2. Books I bought 
  3. A review copy with a story behind
  4. A book for free
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Something
  2. Deep in the ocean
  3. SSP announce TotB in the realms of SaS - what?
  4. Crayon
  5. The winner takes a lot - An author and his giveaway 
  6. I like this monthly feature

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Instead of a movie trailer

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 Peace

The Lighthouse


Last week has been a constant battle between reading and sleeping. I'm happy that I finished at least one book. In sum I read surprising 506 pages. 

I finished
- Caliban's War (digital, 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007PR3238] by  James S A Corey
It is as good as the first book in the sf series Expanse. Excellent reading. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
 

I'm

- 271 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
A small progress last week.


- 97 pages in The House of Silk [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by Anthony Horowitz
I love this Sherlock Holmes novel since I finished the preface.



Advice needed

I'm happy with the increasing numbers of followers. I never thought that 149 would follow my blog. Every day when I visit my blog I check the number of followers and I ask myself what can I do to get one more.
You see I do not have impossible targets. I really would like to see the number 150.

And that is where I need your advice. What shall I do to get one more follower? Any ideas are highly welcomed.
I look forward to read your proposals in the comment section of this post.



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.


Tor/Forge.com surprised me with three review copies. Therefore I send a big thank you over the pond.

I'm not interested in Urban Fantasy. So I need to think about what I will do with the paperback copy of  Kitty steals the Show (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365668] by Carrie Vaughn. It is the tenth book in the Kitty Norville series about a werewolf named Kitty. Kitty hosts a talk radio advice show for supernaturally disadvantaged. There are plans for at least two more novels ....
"Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world--and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it.
Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game--a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries--than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who've set their sights on her and her friends.
All the world's a stage, and Kitty's just stepped into the spotlight." [Source]



The two hardcover copies Ireceived from Tor/Forge.com are much more interesting for me.
The first one is The Devil Delivered (hc, June 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765330024] by Steven Erikson. I do not want to tell more about the book and the author because the blurb delivers all information.
"Three wonderfully unique novelettes from the man behind the groundbreaking New York Times bestselling series Malazan Book of the Fallen
In between writing his ten-book epic that changed the way many look at fantasy storytelling, Steven Erikson also wrote great stories set outside of his awe-inspiring Malazan world. These three tales contain all the same style and flavor that made him a New York Times bestseller.
This collection includes:
The Devil Delivered: In the breakaway Lakota Nation, in the heart of a land blistered beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains of North America, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the world's powers to their knees.
Revolvo: In the fictitious country of Canada, the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience.
Fishing with Grandma Matchie: A children's story of a boy tasked with a writing assignment becomes a stunning fantastical journey with his tale-spinning grandmother."[Source]

There are still so many authors for me to discover. One of them is John Scalzi. So far I did not read one book by John Scalzi. And now I got a copy of Redshirts (hc, June 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765316998].
"Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to theUniversal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of theUniversal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting,and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to theship's Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn't be better.until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethalconfrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's captain, its chiefscience officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky alwayssurvive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy belowdecks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission.Then Andrew stumbles on information that completelytransforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what thestarship Intrepid really is.and offers them a crazy, high-riskchance to save their own lives" [Source]
I must the that the blurb aroused my interest. But time will tell when I find time to read the book.


I bought two digital copies last week. As a big fan of the  Eddie LaCrosse novels by Alex Bledsoe
- The Sword-Edged Blonde (my review),
- Burn Me Deadly (my review)
- Dark Jenny (my review).
it has been only a question of time until I bought my digital copy of the fourth Eddie LaCrosse Wake of the Bloody Angel (pb and digital, July 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327451 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Alex Bledsoe:

"Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery - one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina's tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no - even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king's fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.
To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew.and his even more legendary treasure." [Source]
There has been a Kindle book offer over at Amazon.de. I could not resist to buy a 500 page digital copy for just one EURO.
The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (digital and pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1849013055 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003U2TCOU] by Mike Ashley.
"Stories of the fall of civilisation, the destruction of the Earth and the end of the Universe itself 
The last sixty years have been full of stories of one or other possible Armageddon, whether by nuclear war, plague, cosmic catastrophe or, more recently, global warming, terrorism, genetic engineering, AIDS and other pandemics. These stories, both pre- and post-apocalyptic, describe the fall of civilization, the destruction of the entire Earth, or the end of the Universe itself. Many of the stories reflect on humankind's infinite capacity for self-destruction, but the stories are by no means all downbeat or depressing - one key theme explores what the aftermath of a cataclysm might be and how humans strive to survive" [Source]
This is a good opportunity to get a lot of (short) stories by different authors. And apocalypse and how people copy with the apocalypse is an exciting question.


What would you do in case you get a review request for a book which you do not want to read but you know someone who will definitely read it? I did following. I asked if I would get a guest review for the review copy and the answer was yes. So I accepted the review copy and in near future you can read a guest review of The Sixth Sense (digital and pb, July 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1478267607 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008PP3N0G] by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. Before you get the cover and the blurb, let me tell you that this is a medical thriller.
"Arnie Roth, a family practitioner, develops viral encephalitis. He awakens from the near-death experience with a new appreciation for life and an unexpected talent, his sensitivity to smell has increased a thousandfold.
At first Arnie is enthralled with his talented nose as he savors the aromatic delights of his world. Soon, however, Arnie discovers that all smells are not sweet and many come with unsolicited messages that profoundly affect his psyche.
Arnie can detect danger, disease, drugs, contaminated food and medications, and he senses when his wife is horny. He smells when people are lying to him.
Arnie's nose captures molecules beyond smell, the invisible chemicals that effect human behavior known as pheromones, his sixth sense.
Soon the surge of aromas inundates Arnie and puts his sanity in jeopardy." [Sent by mail] 


I assume most of you like books for free like I do. In case you know the Phoenix Pick Catalogue then you can skip this part of the post. I did not know it. I have to say thank you to Grasping for the Wind where I ffound following post:
[FREE EBOOK] Pallas by L. Neil Smith

If you want to know how you can get a free digital copy of Wind Over Pallas (digital and pb, 2010) by L. Neil Smith, please follow the link above.
"Ex-U.S.-Senator Gibson Altman rules the prison colony where everyone is expected to live by rules that govern every aspect of their lives.
The inhabitants of the experimental colony survive in a society plagued by crime, corruption and despair, toiling endlessly at tasks they are appointed to. Altman lives a life of luxury, ruling the lives of the souls trapped within his experiment and brooking no opposition to mandate.
However, Pallas, the terraformed asteroid, is also home to Curringer, a society in stark contrast to Altman's prison. It is a community where individual freedoms are championed and men and women are free to live as they please.
Emerson Ngu escapes from Altman's prison colony and becomes a hero of Curringer. Altman is driven by a deep hatred of Emerson and his triumph and will do anything to get his revenge on him. But in the process will he also destroy his own daughter and even the world of Pallas?"[Source

Despite the fact that you can get a free book I recommend to visit Phoenix Pick Catalogue because they have some interesting titles in their catalogue.



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


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

I appreciate  Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series and she writes often comments. Beside that she writes posts about fantasy related topics. Today I recommend to read Rosalie's post about the use of the word "something" in fantasy novels over at Fantasy Faction. And this is the post:


We know more about the moon than about our oceans. And there is life deep in the ocean. But to be honest, do you want to meet the animals shown over at WebUrbanist ? Have a look at

Let me solve the riddle of the mysterious headline SSP announce TotB in the realms of SaS. It means Seventh Star Press announced Thunder on the Battlefield in the realms of Sword and Sorcery.
Thunder on the Battlefield is the name of a new anthology project.
Don't worry. I will not post the whole announcement which you can read here. I think the first two paragraphs will give you a first impression what to expect.
"Seventh Star Press proudly announces a new anthology project with James R. Tuck, author of the highly acclaimed Deacon Chalk stories released by Kensington Publishing. An open call for submissions has been issued regarding the new anthology, Thunder on the Battlefield, which will take the reader on many adventures within the realms of Sword and Sorcery.
Writers are encouraged by James to explore the possibilities of the genre. The time of the story could be placed in an ancient world, or even perhaps a futuristic one where a cataclysm has set a modernistic society back into a barbaric age. The setting could be the heart of Africa, the steppes of Russia, the snowbound wastes of Iceland, or the hills of China. Warriors were found throughout the ages, the Celts, the Vikings, the Samurai, the Israelites, the Zulu, the Romans, and many more. The challenge to the writer is to bring their best and make it heroic.
[...]
Thunder on the Battlefield is slated for release in the 2nd quarter of 2013 in both print and eBook editions."
That means that around this time in 2013 I will post about the result



Did you know that is possible to use crayon without using it? Don't worry I'm not confused. When you look at
over at WebUrbanist, you will understand what I mean.


I MUST talk about the very first giveaway of
author  Stephen Zimmer !!
As you can see  Stephen Zimmer offers a lot. So don't hesitate to enter the giveaway. The following link takes you immediately to  Stephen Zimmer 's blog:

Good luck to all participants.


There is a feature over at Fantasy Book Critic which I highly appreciate.
At the beginning of the month Liviu delivers a great post with the title
Spotlight on [name of the month] Books.
Every issue contains an excellent book collection. Often I find books over there which I missed somehow. You need books for your TBR pile? Then go quickly to Spotlight on August Books.


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 Monday my wife and I will go again to cinema. This time we want to have fun. Which Movie? let me give some hints. Bow and arrow, red hair, Pixar .... Any clue? I think most of you may know the title of the movie. For the rest I post again the trailer.





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


Quotes

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

Habits. They have an impact on our life. Are you a slave to your habits? Or do you belong to the people described in the following quote ...


"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
Agatha Christie, English mystery author (1890 - 1976)
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