Sunday, April 18, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #16

Hello and welcome to issue #16 of Edi's Weekend Wave. I still try to find my posting rhythm. One reason for that is, that I now post by using Central European Summer Time (CEST) instead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). And I can tell you a six hours time differences makes a real difference. Beside that the only thing I know is, that I can't post daily. Even with the support of my "contributors" I still need too much time to prepare a post. I know, who likes to read a lamentation. Enjoy reading ...

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. The influence of the mood on reading
  2. Comments? Comments!
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review
  2. Speculative fiction in other countries: Romania
  3. Sometimes it is a must to show a video
  4. The ultimate review of Black Hills by Dan Simmons
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Teaser Trailer: Reign of Death
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 W . . . . . . . . .

The Lighthouse

Does your mood has an impact on the book you read? For myself I can answer the question with YES. And I have an up to date example. This year I wanted to read the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. I read The Gardens of the Moon (2009, 10th anniversary edition) [ISBN-13: 978-0593065068] for the first time in 2009. I was an intense read. And I'm sure I did not understand all. So I started to reread it. Week after week I read a few pages. But it is impossible to read such a novel in this way. So I asked myself Why I didn't read it in an other way - means for example the whole book in one week. Impossible! I couldn't concentrate on just one book exclusively. And beside that there was a distance between the Bridge Burners and me which was unusual because I like them very much. What to do? Finally I decided to stop reading The Gardens of the Moon and decided to start a new try in summer.
Instead I will read Silver (January 2010, 432 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1935142058] by Steven Savile. For more information please look at Edi's Weekend Wave #15.

Like every other blogger I like to get comments. A comment is an obvious sign that someone read your post.
No comments = nobody read the post. This equation isn't true. Most of the readers don't write comments. I follow a lot of blogs by myself and it is impossible to leave a comment on every post I read. Fortunately there are some statistics. Therefore I know that there are some more readers beside my wife.
But please feel free to leave comments........


Books

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

This week we received in sum two books - one bought and one ARC.
We expected more books from US and UK by air mail. But there is a serious problem in Europe:
Volcanic ash: Europe flights ground for third day. Fortunately I have copies of all books which I want to read and review in near future at home.

The delivery of The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (April 30th 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906727208] by Mark Hodder has been a big surprise for me because the publishing date is still April 30th 2010. Nevertheless I'm glad I got it. I have been tempted to change my reading and reviewing plan for April. But after the change of the reading list which ediFanoB explained above, He didn't want to change again. I think it is the right decision. Instead ediFanoB will tell you more about Mark Hodder, Burton & Swinburne and Sexton Blake within the next two weeks. Please forgive me. I'm chattering and chattering without giving you more information about The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack. Well, this is the cover - I love it - and the blurb. I'm really excited to read it.
"It is 1861, and Albertian Britain is in the grip of conflicting forces. Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labour; Libertines oppose restrictive and unjust laws and flood the country with propaganda demanding a society based on beauty and creativity; while The Rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour to the limits with magic, sexuality, drugs and anarchy. Returning from his failed expedition to find the source of the Nile, explorer, linguist, scholar and swordsman Sir Richard Francis Burton finds himself sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, employs him as "King's Spy". His first mission: to investigate the sexual assaults committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack; to find out why chimney sweeps are being kidnapped by half-man, half-dog creatures; and to discover the whereabouts of his badly injured former friend, John Hanning Speke. Accompanied by the diminutive and pain-loving poet, Algernon Swinburne, Burton's investigations lead him back to one of the defining events of the age: the brutal assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840; and the terrifying possibility that the world he inhabits shouldn't exist at all." [Source]
Second book I received this week is the ARC of a debut novel. I talk about Wintercraft (May 13th, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0755370962] by Jenna Burtenshaw.
"Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort. Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane -- the High Council's most feared man -- recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council's experiments into the veil, and he's convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace. The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft -- a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft. To help Artemis, Edgar and herself, Kate must honour her pact with a murderer and come face to face with the true nature of death." [Source]
I really admit how busy Jenny Burtenshaw tries to spread word about her book:
- Jenna on Twitter, - Jenna's blog, - Wintercraft website, Wintercraft giveaway and a book trailer:



I have been captivated by my own post. I must read, I must read, I must read, ....... , 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...

On April 15th, The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review celebrated the first blog-o-versary. Congratulations! Keep up the good work. Only fifty weeks and two days to go until I will celebrate ....
Let me come back to The Mad Hatter.

If you are no US resident then skip the following passage.
The celebration is connected with a giveaway. Read and take part.
"To thank my loyal and new readers I'm giving away an ARC of Ares Express by Ian McDonald and one mystery book. A second place winner will also be chosen for a mystery book. To enter send an email to madhatterreview (AT) gmail (dot) com with your full name and snail mail address and "BLOGOVERSARY" in the subject line. Also, include whether you are more of a Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Urban Fantasy fan, which I'll use to give the winners a list of books from my vast library to choose from for the mystery book. These could end up being almost anything. The deadline is midnight April 21st. I'll announce the winner on the following day or as soon as I remember. This contest is open to the people of the United States only. If you send multiple entries you will be disqualified from the contest." Good look to US participants!

I like to read about speculative fiction in other countries.
What do you know about speculative fiction in Romania?
Don't turn pink when your answer is NO. Then you know as much as I did before I read A glimpse of the Romanian speculative fiction market over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews. A very deserving post by Mihai (Dark Wolf). Kudos!

Sometimes there are trailers - publisher trailers - which you must show on your blog. Even you are the 99th blog doing it. I speak about the gorgeous Voyager 15th Anniversary Trailer. I watched the trailer several times this week and I still like it. If you don't have seen it so far then do it. You won't regret.


So far I read two Dan Simmons novels in my life: Terror (2008) [ISBN-13: 978-3453406131] and Drood (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1847249326]. Both are excellent books - read my review of Drood. I bought the next novel Black Hills (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316072656] without hesitation. It is on my shelf since two months. I know I will read and review it within 2010. But now I'm not sure whether to write a review or not. The reason is quite simple: I read the ultimate Black Hills review. Go and read Black Hills review over at Kamvision. I don't need to praise this review more because it tells its own tale.....

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


Movies

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

In this city, you're never more then ten meters away from a rat
This is the headline of the Reign of Death movie poster. Reign of death is is a science fiction pulp noir detective short film, starring Noel Clarke, written and directed by Matthew Savage. Watch the awesome teaser trailer.

Become a fan of Reign of Death on Facebook.

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.
My original idea was to present you quotes related ash. I case you can't imagine why you should read the whole post more carefully. I was not that happy with my first results. Then I recognised that Washington contains the word ash. I changed my mind immediately and therefore I present you today quotes related to Washington,
And here we go ......

"Washington is the only place where sound travels faster than light.
C. V. R. Thompson


"The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
P. J. O'Rourke,US humorist & political commentator (1947 - )


"After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
Fred Thompson, Speech before the Commonwealth Club of California, US Senator, 1994-2002, actor


"George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three days of uninterrupted shopping?
Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Bolt from the Blue, 1994


"I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won't.
Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

4 comments:

Cindy said...

You're doing great with the blog! Keep up the good work

ediFanoB said...

@Cindy,

thank you. Nice to see you here.

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Nice Weekend Wave. Always good to hear the personalities' thoughts on what's in the news. :)

ediFanoB said...

Hi Bryce,

the personalities are inseparably connnect with me and the blog. And I won't hide them any longer :)

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