Saturday, October 27, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1244

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Hello and welcome to issue #1244 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Partially good news. A colleague of mine could fix my laptop. I posted a review. But I failed reading. I must say the gray sky is not really motivating and I'm too tired for reading. Ihope that will change soon.
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. Bought two eBooks
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Rosalie Skinner and her Halloween sugar free gift
  2. Mihai and K J Parker
  3. Bridges and sculpture
  4. Origami
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Iron Man 3

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 Wrinkles

The Lighthouse

This is the second week in a row that I did not read a single page! It is frustrating.!!


I finished

- Nothing


I'm

- 138 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
no progress

- 75 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
no progress


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 weekend a friend is visiting us. Yesterday evening we talked about books im common. Then I mentioned Sherlock Holmes and received following question: "Do you know Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen?"  I never heard the name before. To keep the story short. It is a fictional character in detective stories created by the American author Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 – April 15, 1912). 

"Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875-1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring the "Thinking Machine", Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen. He worked for the Atlanta Journal, where he began their sports section; the New York Herald; the Boston Post; and the Boston American. In 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared in a serialized version of The Problem of Cell 13. In 1895, he married fellow writer Lily May Peel, with whom he had two children. While returning from Europe aboard the RMS Titanic, Futrelle, a first-cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead. He perished in the Atlantic." [Source

You can read some of the stories online on the offical Jacques Futrelle site.
As you may know I do not like to read books on my laptop. So I checked Amazon.de and found two collections for 0.89 EUR (around 1.16 USD) which I bought without hesitation.
Unfortunately I found no other covers as the ones shown over at Amazon.


The Thinking Machine. Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen (Vol. 1) [Amazon Kindle B007UDI9FI] by Jacques Futrelle 

Product description from Amazon
"In conmemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jacques Futrelle's death in the Titanic sinking, Nínive Editorial offers the best cases of Professor Augustus Van Dusen in two volumes. This is the first, with his Novel "The Chase of the Golden Plate" and 20 short stories."

The Thinking Machine. Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen (Vol. 2) [Amazon Kindle B008AZTX1Y] by Jacques Futrelle 

Product description from Amazon
"Nínive Editorial presents the second volume of the best cases of Professor Augustus Van Dusen. A collection of 23 short stories to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jacques Futrelle's death in the Titanic sinking."


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...

What do you know about Halloween in Australia? I know more since I read  Halloween.. Origins... over at author Rosalie Skinner's blog.

Rosalie is a good friend of the blog and therefore it is a pleasure for me to share with you following information:
 As a treat, no tricks involved, I am offering Book One in the Chronicles of Caleath, FREE on Amazon for five days leading up to Oct 31st.
If you have not yet discovered this epic fantasy science fiction series... take this opportunity to join Caleath and his adventures FREE.
Happy Halloween.
Offer opens on Oct 27th USA time.. so allow for global time zones. Thanks.

If you want/need more information about the book then I recommend to read my review of Exiled: Autumn's Peril


Once a while I write about blogs which I follow. Yesterday I found a very interesting post over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews. Mihai let the hearts of K. J. Parker beat faster. I highly recommend to read and enjoy



Bridges - you find them all over the world. A lot of them are decorated with sculptures. Of course this is a hat topic for the people over at Dark Roasted Blend. And that is what they gathered for interested readers:

Monstrous, Angelic, Unusual Bridge Sculptures


Do you like the wonderful world of Origami? Then the post over at WebUrbanist is a must read for 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.

I like to see that Iron Man will be back in May 2013. The trailer promise a more darker story. I look forward.


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.

The number of wrinkles does not reflect the wisdom of a man ...


"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
Abigail Van Buren, US advice columnist (1918 - )

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Kingdom by Anderson O'Donnell

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Dear Readers,

today my blog is part of the
(Click the picture for tour dates)
and within the tour I present to you my review of

Kingdom (2012)
by Anderson O'Donnell


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Synopsis:
"In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project--codename "Exodus"--has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.
Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation's collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.
In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead--an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.
And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution....closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus--and one man's dark vision for the future of mankind.
Welcome to Tiber City"

From the Back Cover
"Kingdom is a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O'Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we've been building for the last half-century. Hip and hellish, wild and weird, Tiber City is the dystopian megalopolis into which we will all soon move--whether we know it or not"

My Expectations
To behonest after reading the synopsis and the text from the back cover I expected a lot of the first part of the Tiber City trilogy.

The Delivery
The 267 pages of the story are divided into 28 consecutively numbered chapters which are framed by a kind of prologue and an epilogue.

Let me start with the things I liked. The idea of the story is a compeling one. Genetics are a hot topic. The description of Tiber City is felicitous.


But I felt separated from the main characters.There was no emotional connection. And when Dylan, who is one of the main characters, got lost in his thoughts I felt bored. I'm also have not been interested in drug experience of people.

Beside that there is violence with a lot of gore. But that left me cold because it was like a surgery report.
Most of the books I read have a kind of soul.I could not find the soul of Kingdom.

Another disappointment has been the lack of information about two things I have been most interested in: The Order of Neshamah and Project Exodus. I felt like reading with blinkers on.


Finally I must say the book did not convince me to read the rest of the trilogy. For me there is an obvious mismatch between the synopsis and the delivery.

It seems either I'm the wrong reader of the right book or the right reader of the wrong book.

Anyway I recommend to read more reviews (for example on GOODREADS) before you decide to go for Kingdom or to skip it.




About the author
Anderson O’Donnell presents a biopunk, dystopian noir-esque thriller in this amazing read, KINGDOM. Most people are familiar with the term “cyberpunk,” but “biopunk” is harder to nail down. In many ways, biopunk is similar to the cyberpunk genre, and shares many of the same themes and archetypes: the dystopian future; the overreliance on technology; mega-corporations; a constant and overwhelming flow of data; the anti-hero—these elements are integral parts of both genres.


Both genres are fueled, to some extent, by the sense of rebellion and desire for individual freedom expressed by the original punk rock revolution. But the main difference—the most important difference—is that while cyberpunk focuses on invasive technological modification of the human body, biopunk explores the dehumanizing consequences of biological modification, of re-arranging our DNA in the pursuit of perfection.
Anderson lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 sons. Anderson himself deems Kingdom as “a thrill-a-minute, bio-punk myth that manages to wrestle with the most pressing issues of the new millennium. O’Donnell has crafted a kickass novel of tomorrow night, when the big party gets raided by the monsters we’ve been building for the last half-century.”

His debut novel, Kingdom, a dystopian, biopunk thriller, is now available in paperback and ebook format. Kingdom is the first part of the Tiber City Trilogy. Look for part two, Exile, in the summer of 2013.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1242

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Hello and welcome to issue #1242 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm still in the state of clarifying my priorities and my old laptop ist not really helpful. I hope to sort out things by end of October. Until then you get shorter issues of the Weekend Wave. It took me some hours to put together this post.


ENJOY READING ....

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


  1. Reading progress
  2. When you have to work with an old laptop

Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Nothing bought
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A video for you but not for me

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

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 Happy or not

The Lighthouse

It happened! Last week I did not read a single page!

Despite the fact the I read only 246 pages,I finished one book.

I finished

- Nothing



I'm

- 138 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
no progress

- 75 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
no progress


I'm happy that I can use my old laptop while my current one waits for repair. But I have to copy with a bundle of disadvantages. all the things I normally do like reading posts, writing comments, searching information, blogging and so on need much more time. Despite that an old laptop also means former versions of software. I receive regularly messages that things do not why with my software version. every time when it comes to blogger.com and gmail, I receive following message : "You are using an old version of Firefox that Gmail no longer supports. Some features may not work correctly." And this is true. I have problems with formatting posts and mails. I visited my blog from an other PC and noticed discrepancies. Anyway as I said before, I'm happy that I still have a laptop. But you may know understand this is one of the reasons why my posts are getting shorter and I struggle to write 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.


Incredible! again a week passed andI bought NO book. And I still have to check the catalogs from the book fair.So no content today.



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 hate it when new book trailers are available and I can't watch them because I live in Germany. The Night of the Swarm & The Chthrand Voyage Quartet -- Book Trailer by Robert V S Redick, is a good example for that.
So please have a look at the trailer and share your impressions with me. Unfortunately I could not get the permission to post the trailer. So you have to follow THIS LINK in order to watch the trailer

 

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


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

Do you like LEGO and superheroes? In this case you should have a look at following video:


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'm married and I'm a happy man ....

"By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Socrates, Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Message from Michael J Sullivan

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Dear Readers,

Michael J. Sullivan, the author of the Riyria Revelations series asked me if I would spread word about a  free promotion from October 16th to October 18th 2012. As I like the series a lot I agreed to do that.






And that is what you get:



TWO SHORTS & TWO SAMPLES - FREE OCT 16 - OCT 18
In August 2013 the release of The Crown Tower will mark the publication of my second series. To celebrate the recent announcement, I'm expanding the bonus material for Greener Grass and making it free from October 16 - October 18. This file will contains the following:

Greener Grass (science fiction short)
The Viscount and the Witch (Riyria Chronical short)
Chapter one of Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations)
Chapter one of The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles)

Greener Grass (5,600 words)
HE WANTED TO ESCAPE HIS PROBLEMS. HE WANTED TO SEE THE FUTURE. HE NEVER CONSIDERED WHAT THE FUTURE WANTED.
Confronted with suffering a painful death from cancer, Dan Sturges, a retired Ford’s engineer, foregoes treatments to try an idea of his own. After reading a theoretical article in Scientific American on time displacement, Dan builds a time machine in his garage. With nothing to lose but a few months of pain, Dan pins his hopes on a future where cancer might have been cured, or at least a quicker death by electrocution. How could he have known that what happens after he presses the button is more shocking than the eighteen car batteries he connected himself to?

The Viscount and the Witch (5,400 words)
HE WANTED TO TEACH HIS FRIEND A LESSON. HE BELIEVES NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. MAYBE HE WAS WRONG.
Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team, and discovering which philosophy is the best to follow.

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations Sample Chapter)
THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.
There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles Sample Chapter)
TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.
A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.


I read The Viscount and the Witch before I started to read the Riyria Revelations series and wrote on GOODREADS:
" Absolutely mouth watering, promising, charming. It seems I "met" two new comrades."

So have a try ....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1241

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Hello and welcome to issue #1241 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What happens to people who want too much at the same time?
They achieve nothing! That is what happened to me in the past weeks. Most of the evenings ended up in frustration. There is no way out. I have to clarify for myself my priorities. This is a hard business for people who are interested in a lot of things.
But I know it has to be done by the end of this weekend. If I don't do it my hobbies will going down the drain and my wife will get angry because she does not want to have a frustrated and disappointed partner who is lamenting the whole evening.
That said have a look at what I put together for you.
To answer your questions in advance. Yesterday evening I have been to tired to finish the post. My wife and I spent seven hours at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012.

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. Nothing bought
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. How to make a CGI movie

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 Laugh and Life

The Lighthouse

Despite the fact the I read only 246 pages,I finished one book.

I finished

- An Atlantean Triumvirate (e-book, ) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B004CYF8G6] by Craig McNeill
I downloaded a digital copy for free.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the first book in the Atlantean triumvirate series.
It is a wild mix of alternate history, atlantis, dieselpunk and fantasy. There are some twists and turns and a lot of actions. Nazis play an important role.
There are characters which appear and disappear within one chapter.
All in all an enjoyable escapism story. Don't expect philosophical thoughts."




I'm

- 138 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
no progress

- 75 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
a small progress

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.


Incredible! Last week I bought NO book. And so far I did not find the time, to check all the catalogs which I gathered on the book fair yesterday. So no content today.



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...

Yesterday my wife and I visited the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012. We spent seven hours over there and have been exhausted when we returned home.
Based on our 2011 experience we decided to go on Saturday instead of Sunday. We prepared an agenda which halls to visit in advance.
Normally we do not visit the halls with the German publishers because we do not read many books in German. But this year we wanted to have a look at books related to our interest in beading, sewing and polymer clay. Therefore we visited halls 3 and 4 first. You need to do that early of opening of the fair because it takes not long until these halls get overcrowded. Unfortunately we did not find many books which aroused our interest. I must admit we did not discover both halls in total.
So we went to the presentation of the guest of honour: New Zealand. We expected to get information about country, culture and literature. But the presentation fell short of our expectations.
After that we spent some time outside in the sun and strolled along the booths which offered food and other stuff.
Finally we entered hall 8, our last hope. It is the hall for publishers from USA, UK and others. We spent nearly four hours in that building which is a large one.
We found kind publishers who showed us their books and have had a nice chat with them. And we visited KOBO where we could play around with their new readers. That was really helpful because we started to think about to buy a second reader. with the increasing number of ebooks, it happens that my wife and I want to read ebooks at the same time which does not work with one reader. So at least the visit of hall 8 could have been a satisfying one.
But we made the mistake to visit the large booth of Random House. Thee have been a lot of shelves and between the shelves around thirty tables with chairs. Six of the tables have been occupied by people who where negotiating. My wife and I found some interesting books and wanted to have a look at them. So we took them from the shelf and took place at an empty table. Within less than two minutes a young lady appeared and asked us if we have a meeting with the publisher and our answer was no. We explained that we only wanted to have a look at some books because that is the reason why we visit a book fair. The young lady disappeared. One minute later a second young lady appeared and told us in a not very polite way that we have to leave the table immediately because all tables are reserved for meetings. Dumbfounded we left the booth. I checked the booth entry but I could neitherr find a sign saying "ALL TABLES RESERVED FOR MEEtINGS" nor "POTENTIAL READERS UNWANTED". To be honest I never meet such an unfriendly publisher in all the years I visited the book fair.
Let me add that the whole fair last six days. The first four days are exclusively for professional visitors and the last two days are for private visitors. So I do not understand why publisher who do not want private visitors leave the fair after four days. Who needs private visitors who spread word and who are potential book buyers.  
This year we paid 32 EURO (= 41 USD)for the tickets. Next year we will do something different ...





 

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.


CGI movies are fascinating. Do you know how to make a CGI movie? I must admit I did not know much about it. But thanks to people who like to share their knowledge via youtube, it is no problem to get proper information. And from my point of view the following video is well done. Have a look!

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.

Household tasks do not belong to my preferred pastime. I do not need any more reason to love the following quote .........

"Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.
Cullen Hightower

Sunday, October 07, 2012

No Weekend Wave Issue #1240

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Dear Readers,

due to unexpected events I have not been able to write and post issue #1240 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

But you should not visit the blog in vain. I hope you enjoy following video and a quote:



How to mention Newton, Einstein and Frankenstein in one phrase ...

"We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankenstein logic.”
David Russell
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