Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Hello and welcome to issue #1317 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Despite my fatigue and all the stress I finished a book! Thatwas at least something I enjoyed last week. Next weekend I will be not at home. My wife and I bought tickets for a steampunk festival in northern Germany.  But I will prepare something in advance for next Saturday.


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. Keep a promise
  2. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A German steampunk serial
  2. Want to be a test reader?
  3. Underwater
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The JockStrap Raiders

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 Confession

The Lighthouse

It is unbelievable but true. Despite my fatigue I found time for reading. finished a book and tried a new German steampunk serial. This is still far beyond my reading progress in 2012. But under the current conditions 372 pages are really satisfying. After a long time I read something in German ....


I finished

- The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez.
This blend of fantasy and science fiction enriched with historical elements is a good debut and which I finished with the impression that there is a lot of potential for future books set in the same world(s).
As agreed with author Michael J. Martinez I will post my full review after my holiday which means end of May.

- Die Steampunk-Saga Episode 1: Tinker-Kate und die Geheime Bruderschaft (digital, 2013) [ ISBN-13: 978-3954466108] by Steve Hogan


- Die Steampunk-Saga Episode 2: Der Silberne Dolch (digital, 2013) [ ISBN-13: 978-3954466115] by Steve Hogan


I will tell more about this series later.


I'm

- 212 pages in The Tattered Banner (digital ARC, 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1481013222] by Duncan Hamilton 
Following Soren's development. It is entertaining, smooth read. How can a story be fascinating but not gripping at the same time?.




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

Last week I neither received a review copy nor I bought a book. Instead I promised an author to share word about his book and I ordered a copy of a book in advance.

Author D.E.M Emryss asked people for support by sharing word about his digital book It Began With Ashes (digital, 2012) [ Kindle Asin: B00ACLW7TO].  I have had a look at the cover and read the description.

"The cost?

War.

Wroge was divided by the Saive War. The Arneuton kingdom enslaved the Keltir clans into their invasion, and swept across the territory, converting and conscripting the weak, culling the strong. Five Years of war, the blood of four races, millions of deaths. The Arneut conquered. The Keltir were released from their imprisonment, but the Vikir and Narz were forever banished from Wroge's borders.

Draven fought for peace. He fought another man's war and paid for his freedom in blood. But even peace comes with its price. Taxes to another man's king. Draven's fight might have ended with the Saive War, but the struggle to afford safety for his family is far from over.

When the Vikir threaten Wroge's northern border they come with a debt of their own. And it's not taxes they're after. They come because of the Keltir's betrayal in the Saive War. They come from blood.

But Wroge's fate won't be decided by ageing warriors and old grudges. The lives of four young men, divided by peace, united by conflict, will shape the future of the war torn land.

'It Began With Ashes' is the story of how life's greatest struggle is to accept who you are - a tale of broken promises, bitter grudges, and brotherhoods bound in blood." [Source]

I confess I did not read the book. But I found the description convincing enough to share information with you. With 170 pages it is short compared to the books I read normally. Over at Amazon you can have a look inside the book and read the prologue and the first two chapters.



Sometimes it happen to me that I see a cover, read the description and immediately order a copy. It happened to my last week with this book:

"Captain Jim Wedderburn has looks, style and courage by the bucketful. He’s adored by women, respected by men and feared by his enemies. He’s the man to find out who has twisted London into this strange new world, and he knows it.
But in Dream London the city changes a little every night and the people change a little every day. the towers are growing taller, the parks have hidden themselves away and the streets form themselves into strange new patterns. there are people sailing in from new lands down the river, new criminals emerging in the east end and a path spiralling down to another world.

Everyone is changing, no one is who they seem to be." [Source]
Cover and description belong to Dream London (pb, October 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781081747] by Tony Ballantyne.
The cover is amazing and I'm sure I have not discovered all the details so far. For me the cover and the blurb fit together very well.
I'm not sure how many books I will read in 2013. But I know that Dream London will definitely belong to my must read in 2013 list.



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 repeat it again and again that I like steampunk. So I read with great surprise that German publisher Cora who is well known for romance novels will publish a digital steampunk serial in nine parts.
The first part -  Die Steampunk-Saga Episode 1: Tinker-Kate und die Geheime Bruderschaft (digital, 2013) [ ISBN-13: 978-3954466108] by Steve Hogan - is available for free. Within minutes I fed my reader with a copy and read the 39 pages. The story is sent in an alternate Victorian London in 1851. There are atuomatons, dirigibles and steam driven air taxis. The main character is Kate who is the pilot of such a taxi. The depiction of London itself and of the atmosphere is not bad. Dead bodies have been found without a drip of blood ...
Yes, there are vampires and there is a secret brotherhood. And there is a mysterious and good looking stranger which arouse the interest of Kate.
All in all it was not bad as a first part of a serial.
I decided to buy and read the second part: Die Steampunk-Saga Episode 2: Der Silberne Dolch (digital, 2013) [ ISBN-13: 978-3954466115] by Steve Hogan.
I finished the 37 pages in around forty minutes and switched off my read in disappointment. I will not continue to read the remaining seven parts. The love story between Kate and the stranger dominated the second part. The Vampires stand for some goose flesh moments and the steampunk delivers the background.
In the end that means that the publisher delivers what he is known for: romance novels with different backgrounds.


 Would you like to read an old fashioned high fantasy novel, complete with royalty and magic and the end of the world  long before the publishing date?
Then I found the right place for you. Just click on the following link in order to visit the blog of author Joseph Robert Lewis for details:


I visit Dark Roasted Blend on a regular base. The blog is always good for excellent and inspiring posts including pictures. Go and have a look at

While reading the text and watching the pictures three book covers popped up in my mind. All these books are on my very long to read list and I own a copy of one of the books.


First published in 2011 Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell which is the first book in the The Gravedigger Chronicles series, is nowadays available in different formats. Unfortunately I could not find any information about when the series will be continued.
In case anyone of you know more about the sequel please let me know.
"When the last of the Gravediggers, an elite imperial infiltration unit, are disbanded and hunted down by the emperor they once served, munitions expert Colonel Thomas Granger takes refuge in the unlikeliest of places. He becomes a jailer in Ethugra - a prison city of poison-flooded streets and gaols in which a million enemies of the empire are held captive. But when Granger takes possession of two new prisoners, he realises that he can't escape his past so readily. Ianthe is a young girl with an extraordinary psychic talent.
A gift that makes her unique in a world held to ransom by the powerful Haurstaf - the sisterhood of telepaths who are all that stand between the Empire and the threat of the Unmer, the powerful civilization of entropic sorcerers and dragon-mounted warriors. In this war-torn land, she promises to make Granger an extremely wealthy man, if he can only keep her safe from harm. This is what Granger is best at. But when other factions learn about Ianthe's unique ability, even Granger's skills of warfare are tested to their limits. While, Ianthe struggles to control the powers that are growing in ways no-one thought were possible. Another threat is surfacing: out there, beyond the bitter seas, an old and familiar enemy is rising - one who, if not stopped, will drown the world and all of humanity with it..." [Source]

The next cover looks like the "steampunked" version of an atmospheric diving suit. It belongs to Dead of Veridon (mmpb, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322043] by Tim Akers and it is the second book in the  Burn Cycle series.
 "Trouble finds Jacob Burn. Kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life, out of everything that is familiar, even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him. 
A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Everything gets more difficult when he's appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage." [Source]

This is the third and last cover and belongs to Captain Nemo (first published in 2002, re-released in 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0857683427] by Kevin J.Anderson.


"Captain Nemo is the fictional life story of one of Jules Verne's most memorable characters from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. It covers his boyhood friendship with the dreamer, Jules Verne, adventures aboard sailing ships, battles with pirates, and survival on a mysterious deserted island. Each time he returns home to his beloved France, Captain Nemo shares the tales of his exploits with the struggling writer Verne.
We follow Nemo's exploration of hidden caverns that lead to the center of the earth, travels across darkest Africa in a hydrogen balloon, and his imprisonment by an evil Ottoman caliph who commands the dark genius to construct a sub-marine boat, the Nautilus, in order to attack merchant ships that venture through the newly completed Suez Canal." [Source]
I'm pretty sure that there are more fantasy book covers which show atmospheric diving suits.


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 trailer I would like to share with you. Instead I present you a CGI short movie peppered with action and humor. Enjoy The JockStrap Raiders" by Mark Nelson. It is not necessary to tell you anything about the story because it is completely self-explanatory.



 
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.

Any book addict will understand the following words ......


"When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.

Marie de Sevigne, O Magazine, December 2003

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1316

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Hello and welcome to issue #1316 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

This is a busy weekend for me. I attend a sewing course together with my wife. I still love to read books but I feel the need to do something different with my hands beside hitting the keyboard and turning pages. When the time is ripe I will show you the result which is definitely connect to one of my reading preferences: Steampunk.
I need to come back to  Australian author Rosalie Skinner and her excellent fantasy series Chronicles of Caleath. There two books left until the completion of the series. Book seven -  Adrift: In Seach of Memory - is "knocking" on the door. Rosalie Skinner has been so kind to post a sneak preview of the book.


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. Awaited digital copy
  2. Unexpected delivery of real book
  3. CassaStorM news
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The impact of Nightshade Books going down
  2. A new fantay series
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Into Darkness

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 Television

The Lighthouse

I will talk again about my reading progress when there will be a significant progress. Don't ask me how I feel with the situation. I think it does not make sense to repeat a  no progress  comment. I really look forward to May 2013 where I definitely will have more time for reading.


I finished

- no book


 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 we faced a post strike in our region. I do not know if this is the reason for delayed deliveries. I know from my experience that book deliveries from USA can last ages due to customs. Nevertheless I received copies of books, digital copies.
Surprise, surprise! After coming home for the sewing course I found a delivery in our post box. And yes, I received a real book!

End of March 2013 I posted about Promise of Blood (hc and digital, April 2013) [ISBN-13:  978-0356501994; Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009SS9614 ] by Brian McClellan which is the first book in the Powder Mage Trilogy. A lot of promising reviews popped up and the author did a blog tour where he posted about different aspects of writing and the book. If you are interested in details I recommend to visit the official website where Brian McClellan put together all the links.
As I really like the cover of the book I post it again together with the description.

"The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.
It's a bloody business overthrowing a king... Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.
But when gods are involved... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should..." [Source]

Last week I posted about The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson which is the first book in the The Land of Hope and Glory series. Do you remember the cover? Do you remember the first three words on the cover? No? Here it is again:

The first three words on the cover are .......

Gunpowder and magic!

Does this ring a bell?
It seems that Promise of Blood and The Place of Dead Kings have something in common:

Powder and Magic


So it will be interesting to read how both authors cope with powder and magic in their books.

I know more about what Geoffrey Wilson did because I read the first book in his series.

Anyway I really look forward to read The Place of Dead Kings and Promise of Blood within in my holiday in May.
Fortunately there will be more books by  Brian McClellan (the title of the next book is The Crimson Campaign; expected publishing date: February 2014) and Geoffrey Wilson (no title and publishing date for the third book yet)

It will be interesting to see if there will be more books in future with the combination of powder and magic.


History  is an amazing topic and to read historical fiction is splendid amusement including the delivery of historical facts. In 1565 the siege of Malta took place. It was a bloody and brutal event. Since today I own two books which tell the story of the siege from different point of views.

In 2011 I bought a copy of Clash of Empires: The Great Siege (pb, 2012] [ISBN-13: 978-1409102830] by William Napier.
"1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle and bloodlust: the siege of Malta. Formed in the Holy Land in the 11th century, a small band of knights had long sought a home. Driven from their lands by Ottoman might, they came to rest in Malta from where they watched the Turks and corsairs raid the Spanish empire. As word came from Constantinople that Malta was in the sights of the Ottoman Empire, all of Europe watched as a force of over 30,000 men besieged the island - itself only peopled by only 500 knights and a few thousand local soldiers. On that small rock an epic struggle will be played out - the story of individual men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding." [Source]



Today I received a copy of  Sword & Scimitar (first pb, 2013] [ISBN-13: 978-1472201904] by Simon Scarrow.
"1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided. At Queen Elizabeth's command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign.
As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island..." [Source]

I think it would be an interesting project to read the two books, review them and then write of their approach to the siege. It is a shame. I'm full of interesting ideas and I do not know how to let them come true.

CassaStorM News
Last week I posted about (September 17th, 2013)  [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Yesterday (Friday) he revealed the story about how the following song became the theme song for CassaStorM. You can read the full story here.




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 told you about the going down of publisher Night Shade Books. One of my current reads is The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez. I promised to review the book around publishing date beginning of May 2013. The publisher of the book is Night Shade Books. Within last week I received a mail from author Michael J. Martinez. He asked me if it would be possible to postpone the review and I told him that I will do that.

If you want to get more detailed information I recommend to read following post by Michael J. Martinez  over at his blog.


Recently I read following text on a blog:

“In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way upstream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.
In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together.
For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans.” [Source]

It did not take long to find out that this is the description. brand new fantasy series The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs which had been sold to Gollancz.  The release date for the first book in the series is planned for Spring 2014.
I visited the author's site and to my surprise there is  a map available on the blog.
The description aroused my interest and I added the series to my 2014 discovery list.



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 actor Benedict Cumberbatch and I like Star Trek. These are two good reasons to show you the lastest trailer of the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness.

 
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.

How does your desk look like? Is the surface visible? My desk is mostly covered with books and papers ......


"Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.

Clive Barnes

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1315

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Hello and welcome to issue #1315 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

It seems finally spring comes to Germany. It is nice to wake up in the morning and the sun is shining. In the southern hemisphere Autumn is knocking on the door as Australian author Rosalie Skinner shows in her atmospheric post. By the way do you know her excellent fantasy series Chronicles of Caleath? I posted about the series in detail and reviewed the first three books (Exiled:Autumn's Peril, Exiled: Winter's Curse, Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge). Before I get lost in the praise of books in the introduction let me say that I have had a big smile on my face on Friday late afternoon. You will find the reason for that in the books section of the post.


ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Review copies
  2. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Opera stages
  2. Reading in another language
  3. Re-reading
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Elysium

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 Desk

The Lighthouse

I'm for beyond my reading progress in 2012. At the moment I can't understand how I manged to read 490 pages per week. Now I'm more than happy when I read more than 300 pages which I failed last week. I read in sum 157 pages. One thing is for sure, last year I slept less.

I finished

- The Incendiary's Trail (digital 2011) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004P1JB82]by James McCreet.
An absolutely satisfying read for me. It was exactly my cup of tea. While reading I felt like to be in London of 1844. The story delivered twists and turns, interesting characters and character development. I look forward to read the next book in the series.



I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week. Instead I continued with a sewing project.


- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week. It is not the right time for this book.


- 98 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
No progress because I concentrated on finishing The Incendiary's Trail.

- 171 pages in The Tattered Banner (digital ARC, 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1481013222] by Duncan Hamilton 
No progress because I concentrated on finishing The Incendiary's Trail.


- 87 pages in The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez.
So far I don't no the connection between the two time lines ...


- 62 pages The Forever Knight (hc, US, 2nd of April 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0756407513] by John Marco.
I crossed the 50 pages hurdle and I still enjoy reading. delivers enough information for readers like me who do not know the previous books starring Lukien, the former Bronze Knight of Liiria.

 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.

Now the time has come to explain what put a big smile on my face in the late Friday afternoon. When my wife and I returned from our weekly shopping I checked our post box. I found two large envelopes. The first one came from UK and the second one from US.

I opened the first one and found a copy of The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.
I post last week about the book and that the author promised me to send a copy. Thank you very much Geoffrey Wilson.
In case you missed my post last week I deliver again the cover and the description of The Place of Dead Kings.
"In Land of Hope and Glory, Geoffrey Wilson created a world where the Indian Mutiny takes place in a very different England, while magic is a weapon controlled by her foreign oppressors.
Now, the rebellion of 1852 has failed and brutal General Vadula governs England. Only a few small bands of English rebels still hold out against the Rajthanan empire.
Jack Casey, reluctant hero of the resistance, has survived to live with his daughter in the remote wilds of Shropshire, training young rebels to use the conqueror's magic. But he is gravely ill, with only two months to live ...
Then rebel spies bring news of a rogue Indian sorcerer in Scotland. Mahajan has discovered a mysterious power in the uncharted country to the north - a power that could be the legendary Holy Grail. The Rajthanans have already assembled an army to search for Mahajan. Jack has nothing to lose now. He agrees to lead his own men, disguised as porters for the conquerors, on the same gruelling march.
They hope to find a weapon that will free England from her oppressors. But they discover something that is beyond what any of them ever expected." [Source]
The second envelope contained a big surprise. So far I never received a review copy six months before the publishing date. A big thank you goes to author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh and his publisher Dancing Lemur press for the copy of the third and final book in the fantastic series:
CassaStorM
(September 17th, 2013) 
[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] 
[E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

I read, liked and reviewed the two previous books:
My CassaStaR review and
My CassaFirE review which include the book trailers
The CassaStorM review date has not been fixed yet. Maybe I will combine it with an interview or something else .... I will discuss ideas with and inform you in time what and when to expect. When I look at my schedule nothing will happen before June 2013. 


I confess I like CSI: Vegas and I like the Armageddon movie. Based on that knowledge you may understand why following book description aroused my interest:
"What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?" [Source]

This is the description of
 The Last Policeman 
(audio, pb, digital, 2012) 

 There are more than 2000 ratings for this book on GOODREADS. I checked the price for the digital copy on Amazon.de = 2,37 EUR (3.11 USD) and Amazon.co.uk = 2.03 GBP (2,38 EUR, 3.12 USD).
So I did not hesitate to buy I digital copy. I hope the book will deliver what is promised.

There is a special offer for people who live in USA. Check following post:


Furthermore there is a book trailer

and in case you like the book I can tell you that the second novel will be published in July 2013.
This is what you will get:
 Countdown City (audio, pb, digital, July 16th 2013) by Ben H. Winters
"There are just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.
The second novel in the critically acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Countdown City presents a fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?" [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...

Opera is not my cup of tea. But I'm often impressed when I see pictures of opera sets and stages. The inspiriting people of WebUrbanist put together and excellent collection of impressive opera stages. I recommend to visit



Reading books in another language makes fun. I'm German and I like to read in English. In the beginning I could not understand why people insisted to get either UK or US editions of the same book depending on where they live. In the meantime I know that English is not equal English. You even get dictionaries for British English and American English.
Stefan Fergus over at Civilan Reader released following post

which reminded of two things:
1.)The above described difference between UK and US editions
and
2.) That I still wait for the mmpb edition of the book.
The waiting will come to an end. In August 2013 DAW Books will publish the US mmpb edition of Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines [ISBN-13:  978-0756408176]. So far the cover is not available.
And this is the description:
"Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . ." [Source

I must say I could not resist the description even I do not like vampires.
But I love books and libraries.  Furthermore I found out that Libriomancer is just the first book in the Magic ex Libris series!
The series will continue on 6th of August 2013 with the release of Codex Born hardcover [ISBN-13:  978-0756408169] by DAW Books.
"Isaac Vainio’s life was just about perfect. He should have known it couldn’t last.
Living and working as a part-time librarian in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Isaac had finally earned the magical research position he dreamed of with the Porters. He had been cleared by Johannes Gutenberg to practice libriomancy once again, reaching into books to create whatever he chooses from their pages. Best of all, it had been more than two months since anything tried to kill him.
And then Isaac, along with a dryad named Lena Greenwood and Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah, are called to the small mining town of Tamarack, where a pair of septuagenarian werewolves have discovered the body of a brutally murdered wendigo.
What begins as a simple monster-slaying leads to deeper mysteries and the discovery of an organization thought to have been wiped out more than five centuries ago by Gutenberg himself. Their magic rips through Isaac’s with ease, and their next target is Lena.
The dryad’s powers are unique, and Gutenberg’s enemies mean to use her to destroy everything he and the Porters have built. But their plan could unleash a darker power, an army of entropy and chaos, bent on devouring all it touches.
The Upper Peninsula is about to become ground zero in a magical war like nothing the world has seen in more than five hundred years. But the more Isaac learns about Gutenberg and the Porters, the more he questions whether he’s fighting for the right cause.
One way or another, Isaac must find a way to stop a power he doesn’t fully understand. And even if he succeeds, the outcome will forever change him, the Porters, and the world." [Source]


I'm always interested in when other blogger write about their reading habits and the reasons why they change their reading habits. So I read the post

over at Walker of Worlds with great interest. Mark Chitty, the author of the post goes in a completely other direction in case of reading habits compared to me. He wants to spend more time for re-reading. I understand the reasons why Mark wants to change his reading habits. When I remember well there have been been only two books which I read again. The first book was The Hobbit which I read long ago in German and in 2012 in English. The second book was Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson which is the first book in  he Malazan Empire series. I did that because I wanted to read the whole series within 2013. As you could read above I got stuck in the second book. Hopefully I will resume soon.
Anyway re-read is no option for me as long as I fail to read the books I buy.
That leads me to the question: Do you re-read books? If you do that I would like to know how often do you re-read a specific book.


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.

District 9 directed by Neill Blomkamp has been a surprisingly good movie. Now Neill Blomkamp returns with a science fiction film in August 2013 starring Jodie Foster and Matt Damon:

"Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds." [Source]



After reading available information ant after watching the trailer I definitely want to see the movie. The premise of the film is nothing revolutionary. But it will be interesting to see how Neill Blomkamp cope with the story.
 
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.

How does your desk look like? Is the surface visible? My desk is mostly covered with books and papers ......


"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?

Laurence J. Peter, US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)
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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1314

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Hello and welcome to issue #1314 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

In the past months my blog showed as much reviews as you find skyscrapers in the Sahara. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I work on two reviews which I hope to finish in a couple of days.
I'm sorry for the delay of the post. Unfortunately I have been too tired to finish it on Saturday.


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. A physical book
  2. A digital copy
  3. A promised copy 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Unusual review
  2. A publisher with a problem
  3. A giveaway for US contestants
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The future of airships

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 Curiosity

The Lighthouse

My reading progress express my curiosity for books and is at the same time an indicator for my mood. With all these unread books around me I feel like boy visiting a toy shop. In sum I read 385 pages.

I finished

- no book



I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week.I tried to practice a bit in form of discovering the secrets of our sewing machine.

- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week. I was not in the right mood to continue.

- 98 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
A small progress. The chapters are are short but nevertheless push the the story forward.


- 171 pages in The Tattered Banner (digital ARC, 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1481013222] by Duncan Hamilton 

A small progress. There has been one event which indicate that there is more behind the story than one first expect.

- 191 pages in The Incendiary's Trail (digital 2011) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004P1JB82]by James McCreet.
I bought the book last week. I just wanted to have a first look but I could not stop reading. A fascinating story, told in a clever way with really interesting characters.

- 47 pages in The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez.
A promising start with two time lines. A mix of science fction and fantasy. Alchemy plays a certain role.

- 39 The Forever Knight (hc, US, 2nd of April 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0756407513] by John Marco.
A promising start. 

 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.

So far I did not read a book by Guy Adams. A couple of months ago The GOOD The BAD And The INFERNAL (pb, 26th of March 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-1781080894] aroused my interest and I ordered a copy in advance.
"“You wish to meet your God?” the gunslinger asked, cocking his revolver, “well now... that’s easy to arrange.” Every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes once more, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven.
It is due to appear on the 21st September 1889 as a ghost town in the American Midwest. When it does there are many who hope to be there: traveling preacher Obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah, a brain-damaged Civil War veteran; Henry and Harmonium Jones and their freak show pack of outlaws; the Brothers of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset (inventor of the Forset Thunderpack and other incendiary modes of personal transport); finally, an aging gunslinger who lost his wings at the very beginning of creation and wants nothing more than to settle old scores.
A weird western, a gun-toting, cigarrillo-chewing fantasy built from hangman’s rope and spent bullets. The West has never been wilder." [Source]

I admit the blurb sounds weird. Sometimes I feel the need to read something like that. In the meantime I read the Falcata Times review of the book. It was not the kid of book they expected which does not mean it is bad. So I have to find out on my own whether I will like it or not.

I bought a digital copy of the following book:
Cloud Shadows (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN:  B00BWDNAF6] by Milo Crispin which is the first book of the Spireminster Chronicles.
"Cloud Shadows is set within an alternative nineteenth century Britain - a twilight Britain of princes and great rural estates which lies under the shadow of war.
The year is 1894 and Dr. Elfred Spirk, tormented recluse and former airshipman, struggles to find meaning in his life after his wife's tragic death. Pulled from the very brink of self-destruction when his old plans for an aerial expedition are seized upon at last, he finds himself thrust into the centre of things. But all is not what it seems, and as he struggles to achieve his dream of sailing across one of the last true wildernesses, he becomes aware that he is but a pawn in a greater struggle between sinister forces ...
Forces that will seek to demand his allegiance by any means that they can." [Source]

There is a little story behind why I bought the copy. Author Milo Crispin sent me a review request for Cloud Shadows. As always I have a look at the request. In this case I read the keywords fantasy, alternative history and steampunk(ish) which forced me to have a closer look. got me with the background of the story. English history changed on Saturday the 14th October 1066 during the Battle of Hastings. I checked immediately the price of the digital copy - 1.15 EURO (= 1.49 USD; = 0.79 GBP) - and decided to buy a copy. Afterwards I informed that I want to read and review his book and that I do not need a review copy because I bought one on my own. Normally I don't do that but in the case I was in a good mood, the price was cheap and the story promising. I look forward to my holiday in May where I want to read a lot of books ....


In July 2012 I did a triple post (review, interview, giveaway) for the alternate history debut novel Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Wilson.
I wrote:
"Land of Hope and Glory is THE REFRESHING ALTERNATE HISTORY SETTING with THE ULTIMATE MIX OF STEAM, MAGIC, ACTION, MYTHS, and LEGENDS!"

 Within last week I received a mail from Geoffrey Wilson. He told me that his second book The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] is out now! I missed it with all the trouble in the past month! So was really happy to receive the information directly from the author. But there was more. Geoffrey Wilson asked me if I would like to get a review copy of The Place of Dead Kings. Of course I said yes, yes, yes!
This is not the end of good news. finished the third book and will soon start to work on maps and timeline. Watch the website for updates. Finally there is the plan for a giveaway of The Place of Dead Kings.

And now I show you the cover and the description of The Place of Dead Kings.
"In Land of Hope and Glory, Geoffrey Wilson created a world where the Indian Mutiny takes place in a very different England, while magic is a weapon controlled by her foreign oppressors.
Now, the rebellion of 1852 has failed and brutal General Vadula governs England. Only a few small bands of English rebels still hold out against the Rajthanan empire.
Jack Casey, reluctant hero of the resistance, has survived to live with his daughter in the remote wilds of Shropshire, training young rebels to use the conqueror's magic. But he is gravely ill, with only two months to live ...
Then rebel spies bring news of a rogue Indian sorcerer in Scotland. Mahajan has discovered a mysterious power in the uncharted country to the north - a power that could be the legendary Holy Grail. The Rajthanans have already assembled an army to search for Mahajan. Jack has nothing to lose now. He agrees to lead his own men, disguised as porters for the conquerors, on the same gruelling march.
They hope to find a weapon that will free England from her oppressors. But they discover something that is beyond what any of them ever expected." [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...

Two days ago author Peter V. Brett surprised the reader of his blog Peephole in My Skull with a very unusual book review.
Why unusual? I think the introductory words explain all.
"You may be wondering how I am reviewing a book that is not due to be published for several months. The truth is, I couldn’t wait."
The book in question is the final volume of the Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark LawrenceEmperor of Thorns (hc, 6th of August 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0425256855]
"To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good.
The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days, the future so bright that those who see it are the first to burn. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne whoever seeks to thwart me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.
This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Don't think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me.
Follow me, and I will break your heart." [Source]


Like  Peter V. Brett I like the series a lot. Is there a better way to express the love for a book in the way  Peter V. Brett did it in a spoiler free.
Of course is on my 2013 list!


Depending on which blogs you follow you may heard about the problems occurring to publisher Night Shade Books. It is sad to see that another publisher will disappear. If you want to know more about what happened I highly recommend following post over a Staffer's Book Review:



Before I started with my own blog I have been a contributor to Only The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy.
If you live in USA and if you are interested in science fiction and fantasy then I recommend to have a look at
Giveaway: SF/F Variety Pack
The winner will get six books!! Good Luck!


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. Therefore you get something completely different.

Airships
I like airships a lot. As you may know the airship era ended with the Hindenburg disaster on 6th of May 1937. The following video delivers original footage. Therefore the sound quality is not that good.

Of course there are still blimps and other dirigibles. But that is nothing compared to the majestic 245 meters (803 feet) long LZ129 Hindenburg gliding through the air.

Airships have not been forgotten and there have been several attempts to reestablish airships as cargo lifter.

Now it seems that several companies work on the construction of so called hybrid airships. The Californian company Aeros is on of the companies working of a new generation of airships. Have a look at the following video.

The US Army is one step ahead as the following video shows.

I hope airships will return in form of hybrid airships. I would like to travel with one of them and see the world from above and gliding through air at a modest speed.



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.

Can you imagine a life without curiosity?  .......


"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker, US author, humorist, poet, wit (1893 - 1967)
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