Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Revision 7: DNA by Terry Persun

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Dear Readers,
it is time for my first review in November 2012. This review is a bit special because so far there is no review of the book available on GOODREADS.

Introduction
A few weeks ago Emily Duncan from Booktrope sent me a review request which I accepted after reading the book description. She has been so kind to send me a digital copy of REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505] by Terry Persun. In the meantime the author contacted me on GOODREADS and he is looking forward to my thoughts about his book.


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:

REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) 
[ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505]

"Time traveling robots, a walking medical experiment turned detective genius, and a kidnapped psychic combine in a story that will tear at your heart and get your adrenaline pumping.
The problem…
When it comes to investigating missing objects, Neil Altman stands out. After all, his parents severed the two halves of his brain when he was a child and then trained him to use each half independently. The problem is that he doesn’t believe in time machines, so Dr. Eric Steffenbraun’s project, stolen or not, already sounds far-fetched.
The proof…
Video is hard to deny, but Neil isn’t sure if the beings coming through the time machine are humans with masks or illegal humanoid robots. Besides, Dr. Steffenbraun could have faked the video if he feared the project was about to be cancelled.
The complication…
Neil’s wife, Mavra, is a well-known psychic in the area, and believes that Neil could be in danger. Knowing how she can get involved even when asked not to, he includes her in on the investigation. His plan is to keep her out of harm’s way. That is until she’s kidnapped.
The wildcard…
Miles away from Neil and the time machine, Fenny is trained to think on his own. He’s a utility robot with little understanding of what’s going on around him except what Dr. Smedley Klein has taught him—for now. Things are about to change for Fenny once Revision 7 is installed." [Source]

My Expectations
I like time travel stories. I must say I have been really curious how the author will cope with time travel.

The Delivery
The 265 pages of the story are divided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters. That means you get neither a map nor a list of characters. But to be honest you do not need them for this book.

After reading the blurb there is nothing left what I could and/or want to tell you about the story itself.

But there is still enough left to talk about. There are several story lines which are connect the one way or the other. It does not take long to identity that these story lines are represented by the characters. A lot of characters follow their own plans even they work together in a group.

This is definitely a character driven story enhanced with time travel theory.  There are two characters I liked most but for different reason.
Let me start with they extraordinary and strange Neil Altman. What a fascinating and eerie idea to train the two halves of his brain to act independently.  Imagine you talk to somebody who fix you with one eye while he is reading a book with the other eye and he follows the book and the discussion at the same time! I would always doubt if such a person would pay full attention to me. I admire Neil's wife Mara who lives together with him.
The second character is the robot named Fenny. Author Terry Persun did an incredible good job to describe he development of Fenny. There have been times during reading where I thought I could sense the same impressions and emotions as Fenny.

There is a lot of technical stuff - robot technology, time travel. Fortunately the author found a way to present this in an understandable and entertaining way.
Terry Persun did not forget to add a dose of action - do not expect planet wide battles - and a dash of humor.



No complaints? I must say I would prefer the term slight disappointment when it comes to the end of  REVISION 7:DNA. From my point of view the ending is shrinked to the minimum of explanation and emotion. I wanted to know more about a few things which I can't tell you because I do not want to spoil. Beside that the characters deserved to express more emotions because emotions are really important for the story.

Anyway if you like time travel, developing robots, a few extraordinary characters packed a in story with twist and turns and a dose of action, you should give REVISION 7:DNA a try. This is an entertaining science fiction story without starships, lightspeed and foreign planets. It covers the thrilling question about how human can robots be and gives you new input about time travel theory.



Additional information
There is an interview over at The Tarasphere where author Terry Persun talks about the idea behind the book and more.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday FOR FREE: Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus by Sabine Atkins

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Dear Readers,

here is a Cyber Monday offer which I would like to share with you:

Today you can get
 Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4] by Sabine Atkins -  which is the second book in the series  - for free over at
Amazon.de      Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com





"What's the book about?

They had survived for centuries ... Now they didn't know whether they would survive the next second.

Two heroes, two different worlds - and not a lot of time left to prevent their destruction!

In the second part of the VARANGIAN trilogy, one of Edric's former enemies, medieval knight Count Baldwin, who inadvertently ended up in the supernatural realm of Teneo Mundus, is confronted with protecting a small group of refugees in a world he perceives as true hell.

On Earth, Edric is juggling the tasks of defending himself against assassins from Teneo Mundus, finding the artifacts which help him stop the destruction of both this world and Earth, and traveling with two smart, beautiful women whose characters are constantly on opposite sides.
" [Source]
 
You can read the first chapter for free here. As Sabine Atkins mentioned on her website, she used the service of a professional proofreader which is not usual when it comes to self-published books.


For more information about the author and the books check out:






Saturday, November 24, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1248

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Hello and welcome to issue #1248 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Where are all the colors? When I go to work it is dark outside. During the day it is gray and turns dark again in the late afternoon. That makes me really tired and it is not that easy to get in a good mood. I miss sunshine ...

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. Books, Books, Books, Books, Books, Books, ....
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A nice story
  2. Public Camouflage
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Rabbitkadabra

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 Immortality

The Lighthouse

I'm delighted with my reading progress! I finished two books and read in sum 604 pages! Next step will be to write reviews.


I finished

- Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4] by Sabine Atkins.
Expect a full review within the next days.

- Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; amazon.de, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk] by Jordan Stratford.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A book with an interesting setting and a got start. I like the first third of the book. Then something changed and the novel never reached the potential. The Crimean War was not tha present as I expected. The whole story was more like three short stories."


I'm

- 178  256 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
A good progress with 78 pages.
Thanks to Mark Lawrence for recognising the mistake.

- 96 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
small progress; read 21 pages.


- 128 pages in The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler.
Read 35 pages.

- 79 pages in Ashes of Heroes (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009NNL4V4] by Gabriel Archer & Jack Canaan
It is good. I like the characters, the story and the prose. There is more to tell about this book later on .....



Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

The last week I received books from different sources - I participated in a free ebook giveaway; I bought a real paperback; I received two digital review copies; I downloaded a digital copy for free.

On Thursday I posted about Thanksgiving - Free Books from Night Shade Books. I don't know how long the offer will last. So read my post for details and maybe you still can get following three books in digital format for free:

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht which is the first book in the  The Fey and the Fallen series.

"Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant — his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed.

A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him." [Source]

The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams which is the first book in the Tower and Knife trilogy.
"There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon's law...but now the pattern is running over the Emperor's own arms. His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. While Beyon's agents scour the land for a cure, Sarmin, the Emperor's only surviving brother, awaits his bride, Mesema, a windreader from the northern plains. Unused to the Imperial Court's stifling protocols and deadly intrigues, Mesema has no one to turn to but an ageing imperial assassin, the Emperor's Knife. As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses — a path that just might save them all!" [Source

Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio which is the first book in the Girl Genius novels series.
"Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!
The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over—and terrorizing—the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach—and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!" [Source]

I'm happy that my copy of Time's Arrow (pb, 13th of November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080634] by Jonathan Green arrived earlier as the announced date. I'm a big fan and I read all PAX BRITANNIA books except this one.

"Paris. City of lights. City of lovers. City of dreams. Yet if one man gets his way its inhabitants will soon be forced to endure a nightmare such as they have never known.
But dandy detective and Hero of the British Empire Ulysses Quicksilver is determined to get in his way; although he has problems of his own to deal with first before he can try to rescue the French capital from its earth-shattering fate.
Arriving at a murder scene - with the dead man's blood on his hands - Ulysses is forced to go on the run, so that he might track down the real killer. His intention: to clear his good name, and get back to England in one piece and as quickly as possible; for the love of his life is about to take a most ill-advised trip to the Moon.
But that might be easier said than done, for the terrorist known only as '-Le Papillon' is preparing to bring chaos to the capital.
When a butterfly flaps its wings, a wise man prepares for stormy weather. And with Ulysses Quicksilver involved, it's bound to be the worst storm on record" [Source]
I received a kind review request from author Eric Diehl. He asked me if I would like to read and review his science fiction novel Water Harvest (digital, 2nd edition) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B005MYLBS4]. I read the blurb and found it interesting enough to ask for a review copy. BUT I told the author that I will read and review the book at the end of January 2013.
"The continuous harvest of atmospheric moisture by lunar orbiters foments a plan set in place to destroy the Harvest fleet, but it is derailed by a twist that allows time for development of a technological work-around. Time passes, and the ruling Houses are caught unawares by an invasion intended to wrest control of the Harvest. The interlopers are aided by wizard-like practitioners whose hallucinogen-induced evocations bend the norms of nature to their will.
Cairn, heir to Alar, is taken captive and then dispatched to carry the warlord's edict. The Maester Viizar, Gezladorn, has his own agenda, contrary to that of the lunar warlord. The Maester is able to manipulate some of the players through mind-control, pitting them one against the other.
Cairn learns of a human-like species that has always kept to itself in the planet's vast cavern system, and he leads a band of men and UnderWorlders on a subterranean journey to rise into the bowels of House Alar. Alliances fall apart and it becomes unclear who is the true enemy before Alar ultimately triumphs." [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...


With a book blog it is inevitable the you sooner or later receive review requests. I wrote several times about this topic. Today I return to the topic with a special story.
On Tuesday last week. I received a review request where I tought that the authors checked my blog before they sent their request. That is quite unusual for me and as far as I remember I did not happen before. Furthor on the mail contained the blurb, the cover and a digital copy in two different formats!! So far both authors did a great job. Then I read the blurb and looked at the cover of Ashes of Heroes (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009NNL4V4] by Gabriel Archer & Jack Canaan.
"Everything was in place: a thousand years war waiting for a champion; a great evil was stirring in the Ash Lands; a wise priest kept an ancient prophecy; there was a reluctant hero fated to fall in love with the beautiful maiden.
Then the hero readily slaughtered an innocent village and it all went to hell...
In the ensuing mayhem – dark-alley knife fights, merciless executions, savage massacres, bloody civil war, epic battles, duels for love, cold betrayals, and hot jealousies – two men battle for the chance to lead their country to salvation. In turn, each will become savior and traitor, hero and rogue, redeemer and accuser, until there is nothing left to them except cold steel and raw humanity.
Follow the aging priest down his misguided path and witness how the fear of his mortality has stripped him of his morality, leaving nothing but an obsession of creating a hero in his own image, price be damned. Escort the morally gray, real characters, matched only by those of G.R.R. Martin's Games of Thrones, as chaste maidens become lewd whores, godly men shift into depraved killers, and hesitant heroes turn in to willing villains.
Follow the narrative’s bloody footprints, past deflowered flowery maidens, around depraved ambitions and good intentions – careful, don’t trip over the bodies - until you make a left at the dark humor, then keep going until you are steeped in the Ashes of Heroes..." [Source]

To be honest I always get sceptical when the name George R.R. Martin is mentioned.Despite that I found the blurb intriguing. I used my lunch break at work to read the first chapter and ........... I knew I have to read this book!
Anyway I need to post the biographies of the authors. It seems they are fans of a certain kind of humor .....

"Captain Gabriel Archer, IX, Ph. D., Esq. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with your wife or – if you are a beautiful woman – you. Mr. Archer is an expert marksman and can shoot an a amoeba off a fly’s head. He practices law in NYC for fun. He is the first sword of the Empire. He endorses self-reliance over political candidates. His hobbies include your wife (or, quite possibly, you, Mrs. Dear Reader); writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Jack Canaan; creating fictitious and utterly true autobiographies; and breathlessly staring at the mirror. He has an advance doctorate in armchair philosophy and has spent years learning to make armchairs from Buddhist monks high in Himalayan mountains. He looks striking in a tuxedo. Although warned many times not to, he went there. He also discovered Martha’s Vineyard in 1602." [Source]

"Sir Jack Canaan ibn Hatzel, Sr., M.D. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with one of the women you know, or - if you are that woman - you. He is so pleasant that imaginary friends invented him for company. Dr. Canaan has worked for every single intelligence agency in the world, often double- and triple-crossing himself to the point that he remained loyal. He is a veteran of the First Angelic War and the Second Lebanese War. His hobbies include pleasing dear readers; writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Gabriel Archer; ripping wings off angels; and unmasking hypocrisies. Ancient Canaan is named after him. He once had a date with destiny, but stood her up in favor of a ménage à trois with fate and karma. He does everything better naked." [Source]


Do you like camouflage? To be more precise, do you like public camouflage? You have no idea what that could be? Then I highly recommend to visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy the following post:




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 did not find a movie trailer which I would like to share with you. Instead you get one more CGI short movie. It is a clorful one and fits perfectly as a medicine against November depression.
Ladies and gentlemen enjoy Rabbitkadabra!


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.

Immortality ... Do you want to be immortal? For me this is a question which can't be easily answered with yes or no.

"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving - Free Books from Night Shade Books

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Dear Readers,

as I do not know which blogs you follow let me tell you in a few words what fellow blogger Bryce L. posted over at Only The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy.


In Europe we do not celebrate Thanksgiving but this year  Night Shade Books offers a nice Thanksgiving gift.

You can get a free digital copy of following three books:

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht which is the first book in the  The Fey and the Fallen series.
"Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant — his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed.

A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him." [Source]





The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams which is the first book in the Tower and Knife trilogy.
"There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon's law...but now the pattern is running over the Emperor's own arms. His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. While Beyon's agents scour the land for a cure, Sarmin, the Emperor's only surviving brother, awaits his bride, Mesema, a windreader from the northern plains. Unused to the Imperial Court's stifling protocols and deadly intrigues, Mesema has no one to turn to but an ageing imperial assassin, the Emperor's Knife. As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses — a path that just might save them all!" [Source

Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio which is the first book in the Girl Genius novels series.
"Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!
The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over—and terrorizing—the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach—and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!" [Source]

AND THAT IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO

Email happythanksgiving[at]nightshadebooks[dot]com and you’ll receive an auto response from Night Shade Books with a username, password and link to our download site where you’ll be able to download the .epub or .mobi files of some of their most exciting and appropriately scrumptious titles: Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio, Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht, and The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams. ("at" and "dot" added) [Source]






Saturday, November 17, 2012

Edi's Book Lighthouse issue #1247

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Hello and welcome to issue #1247 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Where are all the colors? When I go to work it is dark outside. During the day it is gray and turns dark again in the late afternoon. That makes me really tired and it is not that easy to get in a good mood. I miss sunshine ...

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 and for free
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Whitefire Crossing goes German
  2. Modern Mechanix
  3. Action Figure Booth
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Oz, The Great and Powerful
  2. The Dwarven Song of Old Wealth

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 Fishing

The Lighthouse

Last week most of the time I fell asleep far to early. In sum I read 314 pages and I finished one book and a short story.


I finished

- REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505] by Terry Persun.
An interesting read about robots, humanity and time travel. Review is in progress and will be up before end of November.

- I finished a second German Steampunk short story written by a friend of mine. He is no author and wrote to stories for a competition.


I'm

- 178 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

- 84 pages in Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; amazon.de, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk] by Jordan Stratford.
no progress

- 94 pages in The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler.
no progress


- 125 pages in Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4] by Sabine Atkins.
I will return to the book within 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.


A few days ago I received a kind mail from author Sabine Atkins.
In September 2011 I reviewed her first book Varangian: The Stone of Babylon (eBook , September 2011) [ASIN: B005KN3XOC] (price: 1,59 EUR, 2.02 USD, 1.28 GBP). I read it in three days which means I liked it a lot.
Now the second book in the series, Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4], has been released and I'm the first reviewer who received a free review copy! I could not withstand and started reading the day after and I read a third of the book in one day! It is as good as the first one. Of course I want to deliver a review soon.
"What's the book about?

They had survived for centuries ... Now they didn't know whether they would survive the next second.

Two heroes, two different worlds - and not a lot of time left to prevent their destruction!

In the second part of the VARANGIAN trilogy, one of Edric's former enemies, medieval knight Count Baldwin, who inadvertently ended up in the supernatural realm of Teneo Mundus, is confronted with protecting a small group of refugees in a world he perceives as true hell.

On Earth, Edric is juggling the tasks of defending himself against assassins from Teneo Mundus, finding the artifacts which help him stop the destruction of both this world and Earth, and traveling with two smart, beautiful women whose characters are constantly on opposite sides.
" [Source]
You can read the first chapter for free here. As Sabine Atkins mentioned on her website, she used the service of a professional proofreader which is not usual when it comes to self-published books.

Between the first and second book of the Varangian trilogy Sabine Atkins ended up with a new idea.
"While creating the background for Edric, the hero in my "Varangian" book series, I ended up with wanting to write a Young Adult novel as well, but with a female main character and written for a predominantly young female audience." [Source]

Since a couple of weeks the result is availbale in form of The Secret Order of Maracanda  (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B00946EZX4].
"A girl of noble birth falls in love with a strikingly handsome warrior, who is both angel and demon ...
Princess Soraya is the daughter of the sultan of Maracanda, a bustling city on the Silk Road, one of the most important trading routes of the Middle Ages. Her careless life is interrupted when she goes on an ill-fated journey with her father, and her life is saved by Edric.
As if being overwhelmed by all her new feelings for a boy trained to become a merciless killer isn't enough, Soraya soon finds out that the sultan's trusted alchemist is involved in the dangerous endeavors of a secret group of alchemists and jinn.
This confronts Soraya and Edric with a choice between giving in to their growing desire for each other or saving a splendid city from destruction." [Source]
has been so kind as to send me a copy.

Sometimes it takes some time until I buy a book. Do you have an Amazon Wish List? I have one for kindle books, one for CDs, one for paperbacks and one for the rest. Amazon informed me that the deliver of my copy of Time's Arrow (pb, 13th of November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080634] by Jonathan Green has been postponed to December 2012. So I started to check my book list in order to rearrange orders. It ended up with the purchase of two digital copies.

There is a book. The first one in a series. It is epic fantasy delivered on 630 pages. A book, independently published by the author. There are 746 ratings on GOODREADS and the average rating is 4.66 stars of maximum 5 stars.
That means the book can't be that bad.
I talk about Blood Song (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B0070NSPCU] by Anthony Ryan. It is the first book in the Raven's Shadow series.
"An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to the Faith. He has earned many names and almost as many scars, acquiring an ugly dog and a bad-tempered horse in the process. Ensnared in an unjust war by a king possessed of either madness or genius, Vaelin seeks to answer the question that will decide the fate of the Realm: …who is the one who waits?

Raven's Shadow is the first volume in a new epic fantasy of war, intrigue and tested faith." [Source]
Finally there has been a review over at Fantasy Book Critic which convinced my to buy a digital copy:

"Blood Song" by Anthony Ryan (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu and Mihir Wanchoo)


"Note that while Blood Song has been independently published by the author, the whole trilogy which it so magnificently debuts has been acquired by Penguin and will be traditionally published starting in 2013, so grab the ebook at its currently value price as fast as you can! " [Source]

And the price is indeed reasonable: amazon.de = 2,49 EUR, amazon.com = 2.99 USD, amazon.co.uk = 1.91 GBP  !!

Of course I don't know if the book is as good as the ratings show. I don't know if I will like the style of the author. But in this case I trust mentioned reviewers and I trust author Michael J. Sullivan, who started as an independent author. He rated the book with four stars and commented on GOODREADS:
"Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene." [Source]
You like epic fantasy but you are still not convinced whether to buy a copy or not? Then go Smashwords where you can read a (20% sample of Blood Song)


The second digital copy I bought, is a steampunk novel. It is no secret that I love to read steampunk novels and it seems that An Airship Named Desire (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B0070NSPCU] by Katherine McIntyre delivers an entertaining adventure.
"Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers and soldiers... An Airship Named Desire is an action-filled steampunk adventure.
Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So, when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump at the opportunity. Somehow, though, their employer forgot to mention the box's military escort, and the Morlock mercenaries who would kill to get their hands on it. Oh, and that if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war.
Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back, and some of the toughest characters in the sky after them, they have to find a way to survive. If the crew of the Desire don't polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they'll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash." [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...

Beginning of November I posted about Courtney Schafer's The Shattered Sigil series. Now she posted on her blog that there will be a German edition starting with the first book - The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] - in 2013.
The story will be the same but there will be a new cover, a new title  = Die Blutmagier (The Bloodmages) and a new series title = Die Chroniken von Ninavel (The Chronicles of Ninavel).I must say I'm no friend of changing titles and series titles. But that s a publisher decision. Anyway I like the German cover.
The German cover                   The original


Due to information from publisher Bastei-Lübbe will be released on 16th of August 2013.




One of the blogs I follow is Modern Mechanix - Yesterday's Tomorrow Today. Over there you get a lot of information especially from the last century. Do you know how they teached first aid in 1938? Have a look at


Action Figure Booth is just the first part of a post title over at the WebUrbanist. I do not want to tell you more. It is amazing. Go and have a look at



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 know I talked about the movie before. Today I show you the full trailer of  Oz, The Great and Powerful. I prefer to watch the trailer instead looking out of the window where even the houses tend to turn their color into gray.



It is no secret that I can't wait to see The Hobbit. There is a 27 verse long poem The Dwarven Song of Old Wealth within the book. The following video delivers the poem set to music by Destiny Cross. I love this version.


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 found this quote and chose it without hesitation. No, I have nothing against fishing ...

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
Steven Wright, US comedian and actor (1955 - )

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1246

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Hello and welcome to issue #1246 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
You get this issue of the Weekend Wave with one day delay and it is a bit shorter than usual.
The reason for that is a course at the local adult education center which I attended together with my wife from Friday to Sunday.
I wanted to do something with my own hands,without using mouse and keaboard. It took a while to decide what to do. Finally I decided to learn sewing!!
I must say it makes a lot of fun but is exhausting at the same time. My first project is to sew a waistcoat. I will show you pictures when the work is done.
Now I'm sitting in front of my notebook and fight against my fatigue.
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. Real book
  2. Gift idea
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Daniel Polanski Interview
  2. PAX BRITANNIA week
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Shapeshifter

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 Motto

The Lighthouse

When I look at the time I could spent for reading, I must say I'm happy that I read in sum 465 pages. And with now five books in progress I have always something to read which fit to my mood.


I finished

- Redshirts (hc, June 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765316998] by John Scalzi.

- I finished a German Steampunk short story written by a friend of mine. He is no author and wrote to stories for a competition.


I'm

- 178 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence

A slight 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

- 84 pages in Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; amazon.de, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk] by Jordan Stratford. I like the story so far which is told from three different point of views. Dirigibles and mechanicals which appear like the steam driven version of BattleMechs.

- 94 pages in The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler.
This is the second novel in the Bryant and May Mystery series and I love it.

- 71 pages in REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505] by Terry Persun.
I received a review copy and after reading the blurb I could not resist to open the book and read....
"Time traveling robots, a walking medical experiment turned detective genius, and a kidnapped psychic combine in a story that will tear at your heart and get your adrenaline pumping.
The problem…
When it comes to investigating missing objects, Neil Altman stands out. After all, his parents severed the two halves of his brain when he was a child and then trained him to use each half independently. The problem is that he doesn’t believe in time machines, so Dr. Eric Steffenbraun’s project, stolen or not, already sounds far-fetched.
The proof…
Video is hard to deny, but Neil isn’t sure if the beings coming through the time machine are humans with masks or illegal humanoid robots. Besides, Dr. Steffenbraun could have faked the video if he feared the project was about to be cancelled.
The complication…
Neil’s wife, Mavra, is a well-known psychic in the area, and believes that Neil could be in danger. Knowing how she can get involved even when asked not to, he includes her in on the investigation. His plan is to keep her out of harm’s way. That is until she’s kidnapped.
The wildcard…
Miles away from Neil and the time machine, Fenny is trained to think on his own. He’s a utility robot with little understanding of what’s going on around him except what Dr. Smedley Klein has taught him—for now. Things are about to change for Fenny once Revision 7 is installed." [Source]


Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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


Last I received a paperback copy of  The Dragon Men (pb, November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0451464880] by Steven Harper which is the third book in the Clockwork Empire series.

"As China prepares to become the ultimate power in an era of extraordinary invention and horror, Alice Michaels' fate lies inside the walls of the forbidden kingdom.... Gavin Ennock has everything a man could desire--except time. As the clockwork plague consumes his body and mind, it drives him increasingly mad and fractures his relationship with his fiancee, Alice, Lady Michaels. Their only hope is that the Dragon Men of China can cure him. But a power-mad general has seized the Chinese throne in a determined offensive to conquer Asia, Britain--indeed, the entire world. He has closed the country's borders to all foreigners. The former ruling dynasty, however, is scheming to return the rightful heir to power. Their designs will draw Gavin and Alice down a treacherous path strewn with intrigue and power struggles. One wrong step will seal Gavin's fate...and determine the future of the world." [Source]
The good thing is that Publisher Roc requested one more  Clockwork Empire novel!!!



Gift idea
I told you about my sewing course which I attended together with my wife.
That leads me directly to another gift idea. Did you ever think about to do something together with your beloved one?
I can tell you that spending time together beyond holiday and family events is a highly valued and appreciated gift. Find something what the two of you would like to do together - sewing is just an example - and present it on Christmas. I promise you an unforgettable celebration.


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...

One of the blogs I follow is Mithril Wisdom. Jamie Gibbs offers a lot of good stuff.  Don't miss his


I read all PAX BRITANNIA books except the latest one so far. And next week on November 13th, the paperback edition of  Time's Arrow (pb, 13th of November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080634] by Jonathan Green will be published.

"Paris. City of lights. City of lovers. City of dreams. Yet if one man gets his way its inhabitants will soon be forced to endure a nightmare such as they have never known.
But dandy detective and Hero of the British Empire Ulysses Quicksilver is determined to get in his way; although he has problems of his own to deal with first before he can try to rescue the French capital from its earth-shattering fate.
Arriving at a murder scene - with the dead man's blood on his hands - Ulysses is forced to go on the run, so that he might track down the real killer. His intention: to clear his good name, and get back to England in one piece and as quickly as possible; for the love of his life is about to take a most ill-advised trip to the Moon.
But that might be easier said than done, for the terrorist known only as '-Le Papillon' is preparing to bring chaos to the capital.
When a butterfly flaps its wings, a wise man prepares for stormy weather. And with Ulysses Quicksilver involved, it's bound to be the worst storm on record" [Source]

 In order to celebrate the release, author Jonathan Green posted following announcement over at PAX BRITANNIA:
"Pax Britannia Week
In honour of the release of the eighth Ulysses Quicksilver adventure Pax Britannia: Time's Arrow, next week this blog is going to be celebrating all things steampunk.
So, see you on Monday."

Don't miss to visit PAX BRITANNIA if you like steampunk or you want to know more about it.

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 did not find a movie trailer I like. Therefore I present you another fascinating and impressive CGI animated short.
"Awesome animated short "Shapeshifter" created by CHRLX. Gabriel Byrne Narrates A Journey Through A Dream World. For more information on this short please visit http://charlex.com" [Source]

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

Quotes

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

The following quote is my motto for the rest of 2012. It fits perfectly...



"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German dramatist, novelist, poet, & scientist (1749 - 1832)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1245

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Hello and welcome to issue #1245 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
this post is the proof that I still work on my blog despite the fact that I still need to find solutions to reconcile my interests.
Only seven weeks until Christmas left. High to start thinking about presents. I do not belong to the group of people who buy their presents on Chrismas day. What do you think of handmade presents? I know many people (including me) will say that there is no time to do that. I must say my thinking changed a lot in the past months. I think, a handmade present shows appreciation much more than just buying things because you spent something precious for it: TIME!
So I decided to present you a few things and ideas for handmade stuff beside a few book recommendations.
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. Real book
  2. eBook
  3. Gift idea
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Remorse
  2. How to celebrate a special anniversary
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. In the unlikely event of ......

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 Fragrance

The Lighthouse

I'm back to reading!!!! But I did not continue to read my books in progress. I really like King of Thorns and Bending the Boyne but I needed something different. So I put my nose in two different books.


I finished

- I have been test reader for book by Joseph Robert Lewis which will be published this winter. It is a steampunk story set in a shared world. I will tell more about it around release date.

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

- 159 pages in Redshirts (hc, June 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765316998] by John Scalzi. With this book my joy of reading returned. It is intersting and funny. I think to read a book which often put a smile on my face has been the right "cure".

Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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


Last week the very kind folk over at  Tor/Forge.com surprised me with a copy of Forge of Darkness (hc, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765323569] by
Steven Erikson.
"Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the first book in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy that tells the tragic story of ruin of a realm.
This is the story of the early years of Anomander Rake, and his brothers, Andarist and Silchas Ruin.
It is a tale that begins within the Age of Darkness and the Birth of Light and involves the forging of a sword unlike any other, and tells of the tragedy that was the collapse of the realm of the Tiste Andii.
It is the story of the devastating civil war that tore their world apart -- a story of bitter family rivalries, of jealousies and betrayals, of wild magic and unfettered power, of death and terriifying destruction. It is the story of a how the goddess of the Tiste, Mother Dark, abandoned her children and turned her back on her people." [Source]

What shall I say? The ten book series The Malazan Book of the Fallen by
Steven Erikson is one of the most epic fantasy series. I own copies of all the books but read the first one only so far and I will not comment that.
In case you never have been in touch with the series I highly recommend to read
over at Neth Space 

If you want to know if it makes sense for newcomers to start reading Forge of Darkness without knowing the series and if it makes sense to start reading Forge of Darkness as an Malazan Empire expert, it is Neth who gives you the proper answer in his

Review: Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson



Let me list a couple of words and expressions.
History, mystery, Victorian aera, archeology, Egypt, female main character, series, .....
Does these words ring a bell? Maybe I should add that the first of 19 books has been published in 1975 and shows impressive rating details on GOODREADS: an average of four stars, 16434 ratings and 1474 reviews.
I talk about  Crocodile on the Sandbank (pb, 1975) by Elizabeth Peters which is the first book in the Amelia Peabody series.

I must say I never read one of these books but that will change due to a discovery last week.
Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk offer a Kindle edition of Amelia Peabody Omnibus (1-4) at a great price (1,29 EUR / 1.19 GBP). I bought a digital copy instantly - who knows how long this offer will be valid ....
"Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters' most brilliant and best-loved creation, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her shocking men's pants and no-nonsense attitude!
In this first adventure, our headstrong heroine decides to use her substantial inheritance to see the world. On her travels, she rescues a gentlewoman in distress - Evelyn Barton-Forbes - and the two become friends. The two companions continue to Egypt where they face mysteries,mummies and the redoubtable Radcliffe Emerson, an outspoken archaeologist, who doesn't need women to help him solve mysteries -- at least that's what he thinks!
Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist , together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapadeWhen Lady Baskerville's husband Sir Henry dies after discovering what may have been an undisturbed royal tomb in Luxor, she appeals to eminent archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife Amelia to take over the excavation. Amid rumours of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, the intrepid couple proceeds to Egypt, where they begin to suspect that Sir Henry did not die a natural death, and they are confident that the accidents that plague the dig are caused by a sinister human element, not a pharoah's curse.
The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is living up to his reputation as 'The Father of Curses'. Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the 'pyramids' of Mazghunah - countless mounds of rubble in the middle of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems of any interest but then a murder in Cairo changes all of that. The dead man was an antiques dealer, killed in his shop, so when a sinister-looking Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. At the same time she has to keep an eagle eye on her wayward son Rameses and his elegant and calculating cat and look into the mysterious disappearance of a mummy case...
The 1985-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband Emerson and their precocious eight-year-old son Rameses. The much-coveted burial chamber in Dahshoor is theirs for the digging. Yet there is a great evil in the wind that caresses the hot sands sweeping through the bustling streets and marketplaces of Cairo. An expedition cursed by misfortune and the daring moonlit abduction of Rameses alerts Amelia to the presence of her arch-enemy, the Master Criminal. And his is now a personal quest for the most valuable and elusive prize of all: vengeance on the meddling lady archaeologist with the parasol who has sworn to deliver him to justice...Amelia Peabody herself!" [Source]

Honestly I do not know whether I will like it or not.  Anyway the ingredients sound promising and one should not forget books which have been published more than 30 years ago.


Gift idea
I must say that I'm really happy that my wife and I own an eBook reader because it opens a completely new world of books. Day by day I discover new books and authors for me and my wife. And it is amazing to see how many books you get for free.
If your beloved one own a reader I recommend to spend time to discover new books and authors. And maybe you find something for your own.
I like that more and more authors offer a part of their book or a short story for free. That gives you the opportunity to find out if you like it or not. I use this opportunity and when I like what I read I buy the book / the series.

If you hurry up, you can get a steampunk book for free. I don't know whether the book is worth reading or not. But you can't do anything wrong when you get the book for free. And that is what I found over at Amazon.
Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; amazon.de, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk] by Jordan Stratford.
"A monster-hunting priest and his 16 year old protégé race across Europe in advance of a cavalry of steam-powered robots, while a young American reporter chronicles the first airship crossing of the Pacific – in reality a gun-running operation to arm the Russians." [Source]

I like Steampunk and I like that the author combined it with the Crimean War. To be honest when I discovered the book, I wanted to red it immediately! While writing this post I commuted between my laptop and the other PC where we download manage our digital copies. Now the book is on our reader and I'm sure I will find some time to have a first look ...


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...

Remorse
I think that is the right word when it comes to Courtney Schafer and her books. I read and liked The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] a lot. Recently I received a copy of the second book in her The Shattered Sigil series, The Tainted City (pb, October, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833]. But I still need to read the book.
It took me a couple of minutes to remember what I posted about a 2013 project  in August 2012.

"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."


Would you like to read an interview with author Courtney Schafer and what would you think about the opportunity to win a signed set of the mentioned books?
Then visit the Fantasy Cafe, read the interview and take part in the worldwide opened giveaway which runs until Thursday, 15th of November 2012! Good Luck and enjoy the interview!



There are many ways to celebrate anniversaries. Voyages Extraordinaire is one of the blogs I follow. Now they celebrate their fith anniversary. I could not withstand to quote the first paragraph of their anniversary post:
"At last there was nothing to do but go; and go we did, into that wondrous land of far-off valleys where the great rivers of a Continent come leaping down in little brooks and arching waterfalls from the ice-tongues; where rise, beyond the old horizon, the castellated crags and snowy spires we had read and dreamed of... We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?"

I can tell you it is the beginning of an extraordinary and impressing post. Go, visit and read

Fifth Anniversary of Voyages Extraordinaires

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'm pretty sure that you will see the following video at many, many place. It is far to good to be ignored. Even you are a fan of Lord of The Rings or bored by the flight safety instructions, it is worth to see it again and again. Without any further ado settle back and watch...



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 gray, cold and wet November delivers good opportunities to surpise and enjoy the ones you love with a flower ....


"The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Heda Bejar
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