Saturday, October 23, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #43

Hello and welcome to issue #43 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
After my days off I return to work on Monday. It has been a good time for me and for the blog. I like to read especially in Autumn and Winter. I bought several packages of my favorite tea mix: fennel, anise, caraway. I like to drink tea while I'm reading.
I don't want to slow down you any longer.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Assassins, Thieves ....
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Seventh Star Press, Stephen Zimmer and me
  2. Steampunk and alternate history
  3. Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. I for E
  2. Octopus
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 Nonsense ....

The Lighthouse

I still can't believe it. This is my 10th post since Thursday, October 14th. It is the result of some days off. On Monday I return to work. From Tuesday to Thursday I'm on a business trip to UK. The preparation of my specialpost with the title Book Twister is not finished yet. I'm afraid I can't post it in the middleof the week as I wanted. We will see ...

I still work on my number one project: to read and review The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. When everything goes well I will finish the second book The Heretic Kings by Monday.....

Three days ago we - Bona, Fide, Bona Fide, KotM and me - started our new post series xx days until Christmas 2010. I don't know which books will be recommended when. They don't talk about their plans. I expect several surprises for you and me. Anyhow always keep in mind that it is also satisfying to present oneself with a book or something else ....

There will be no review within next week. I don't know when to write them in the next days.
But there will be some reviews in November.


I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In September and October I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
There was no way out. Today I needed to listen to my favorite Band Rammstein. They will play one concert in Madison Square Garden on December 11th 2010. I have been on concert last year and I have been blown away. They are incredible. I read that all tickets for the only US concert have been sold within 30 minutes. Maybe some of you have been lucky to get a ticket. The following video shows Rammstein performing Du hast which is one of thei top tracks. The song has been recorded during a concert in Nimes, France in a Roman amphitheatre in 2005.





Enjoy your weekend ....

Books

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

This week we received again zero books.
As you may have mentioned The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso is one of my current reads. I'm only 50 pages in but I liked what I read so far. reviews and two interviews
There is an opportunity to win a copy but you must hurry up.
In order TO ENTER: go to Giveaway: The Last Page by Anthony Huso and leave a comment on this blog. Open to all countries. Limit one per person. Contest ends 5:00 pm on Monday, October 25th 2010. Winners will be notified via e-mail.
Read the reviews over at Mad The Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Reviews and Fantasy Book Critic.
Don't miss the interviews over at Grasping for the Wind and Mad The Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review.

Of course you get the cover and the blurb:
"The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what's living in the city's sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold's reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold's dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy--adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood--and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph's veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever." [Source]


Whenever I find time I try follow twitter conversations about books. On October 22nd Julie A.Crisp - Editorial Director at Tor UK over at Pan Macmillan - posted about the new cover for Among Thieves (pb, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0330536202] by Douglas Hulick. Never heard about book and author before. I was not that difficult to find out the ISBN. But I wanted more. Fortunately James from Speculative Horizons posted about Among Thieves. Due to his information thieves are the new assassins. He expects some more thief novels. I copied the blurb from Speculative Horizons.
"Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he’s a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side.

When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who’s been leaning on his organization’s people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And there’s a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for - including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes.

When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magic…that's if he can survive long enough to use it."

Six months until Among Thieves will be published. I ordered a copy in advance ....


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 stay in contact with Stephen Zimmer who is the author of The Rising Dawn Saga series and The Fires in Eden series. All books in both series are published by Seventh Star Press. It took some time but finally you can find Seventh Star Press on Facebook. You don't need search. Just follow the direct badge/link:


Keep an eye on Seventh Star Press especially in first week of November ....
Do you know author Steven L. Shrewsbury? His forthcoming novel Thrall will be published by Seventh Star Press.
"Thrall tells the tale of Gorias La Gaul, an aging warrior who is thrust into a maelstrom involving warring factions, demonic forces from his past, and a grandson who is in the shadow of necromancy. Set in an antediluvian world, around the mythical city of Khabnur, Thrall brings to life a tale of adventure, adversity, and courage. From Nephilums to undead dragons, the world revealed in Thrall is as dangerous and unpredictable as much as it delivers resoundingly to those who love well-crafted, hard hitting fantasy in the vein of Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell." [Source]

I like the The Fires in Eden series and therefore I read Stephen Zimmer's post New Book Around Corner, New Dates added with great pleasure. He handed in the final text for the new The Fires in Eden book!!
Stephen wrote: "It may well be the largest book yet" To be honest I can't wait to get more details.
For more information about The Fires in Eden series click here.
For more information about The Rising Dawn Saga series click here.

In less than two weeks the first novel in the Vampire Empire series: The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith will be published. I ordered the book in advance.
is promising.....
"In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.
It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.
Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans."
VampChix posted a very positive review And I'm eager to see if I will like it as much as described in the review.
But that is not the main reason why I post about The Greyfriar. Clay and Susan Griffith wrote an interesting post over at The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review. Title - Steampunk as Alternate History - and content fit perfectly to the next topic and is worth reading. I recommend it.
Would you like a sneak peek at The Greyfriar? Read a preview over at Tor.com

I know I'm a bit late because it began three days ago. Nevertheless it is worth to mention and in which way you are interested in steampunk you should have a look and more at

Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com



"Last year at around this time, Tor.com was deep in the throes of Steampunk Month, our first attempt to focus on a specific topic for a short period of time and see what we could say about it. A year later, steampunk is still hunting for the tiniest glimmers of recognition within mainstream culture. Whereas, in our corner of the world, you can’t take more than a few steps without encountering a glittering new dirigible or an old standby whose brass accents are being buffed to a high sheen. Everyone has an opinion about steampunk these days."
A lot of good stuff (including fiction and giveaways) is on the way. Don't miss the sneak peek at Jeff VanderMeer's up coming Steampunk Bible - AWESOME!!


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 failed to find movie trailers worth to show you. But no without a video. My first language is German. In order to communicate with people around the world I treat you and other in English. Of course I try to improve my English - more or less successful. Yesterday author Blake Charlton talked on facebook about some videos he found over at youtube. I could not resist and watched some of them. What shall I say? Blake wrote that "Kory Stamper is linguistically brilliant, funny, & purple-haired." That is the way I like to improve my English. None of my English teachers at school looked like that ....
Have a look at the following two videos:

I for E


Octopus


Octopus reminded my of Kraken which reminded me of Kraken (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0333989517] by China Miéville which I definitely will read until the end of 2010.

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.
After my Christmas gift recommendation last Wednesday I feel a lack of inspiration. But what shall I do? ediFanoB ordered quotes and I have to deliver. He is a slave driver. You can't press quality out of a genius like you squeeze the juice of a lemon. That is nonsense! Nonsense? Nonsense .....

"I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
Jean Kerr

"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.
Robert Frost, US poet (1874 - 1963)

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss, US author & illustrator (1904 - 1991)

"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.
Anonymus

3 comments:

Sarah said...

I am a huge Rammstein fan. I think, in general, I'm just a sucker for all things German....

I really need to get my hands on "The Last Page." I have it on hold at the library but they are taking forever to get it to me. Oh well. I keep meaning to start on Zimmer's books, but with what just happened I'm not really in the mood for MORE serious right now. I'll probably start it as soon as I'm done with Terry Pratchett. I'm really excited about it!

I'm glad you are doing well... staying busy and out of trouble and all that.

ediFanoB said...

Sarah,
the older I get the more I like Rammstein :-)

I'm torn between The Last Page and The Monarchies of God series.

I can understand why you don't want to read Steven's books NOW.

I think The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron would be something to read for you. Just look at my Bedlam One Three One post.

Thank you I'm fine. The weeks until Christmas will be different. A lot of work with deadlines is waiting for me which means less reading and blogging.
I don't complain because without work no money and without money no books.

Keep a stiff upper lip! The future is yours.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rammstein sold out in 30 minutes? That's impressive.

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