Saturday, November 27, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #48

Hello and welcome to issue #48 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is the seventh try to write some introductory words. I did not want to repeat the same stuff in other words from last week. Nothing has changed in the past week - except it snowed last night. Not that much as in other regions but enough to cover everything in white. I live on fourth floor and it is nice to look at. Beside looking out of the window and dreaming I found a bit time to stroll around the net. And that is what I found for you.
ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Reading progress
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 last post: Speculative Horizons
  2. The Green Bird
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Arms Race
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 Lost ....

The Lighthouse

I definitely want to present you one more review within November. So have a look at the blog the next three days. Which book I want to review? It will be Under the Dome by Stephen King.

So let's talk about reading progress.
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney --- still not finished yet
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso --- still not finished yet
- Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King --- I finished the book and as far as I can see, Under the Dome is my reading disappointment of the year. I work on my review which will be hopefully finished and posted until the end of November.
I like to read when I'm on the treadmill. But not every book fits size wise. Fortunately I found one:
- Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe --- So far I read 80 pages

34 Days until end of 2010. Time to prepare my final reading schedule:
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney (omnibus, contains three books)
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso (hc)
- Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (pb)
- Kraken by China Miéville (pb)
- The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (hc)
- Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space edited by Alva J Roberts (pdf)
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)
- Vipers by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)

It saddens my heart when I think about the books which did not make it to the list. Anyhow I think it is an interesting mix and some of the books will be candidates for my best of 2010 lists. So I have to hurry up with reading ..... and maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe I find a way to read them all and more ....

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 I received a review request from small publisher Fantasist Enterprises. Based on following informations I decided to accept the review request.
"The Veins Cycle is a series of supernatural thrillers by veteran short story author Lawrence C. Connolly. The main action of the series takes place within a 24-hour period. Leading off with Veins (2008), the narrative begins with a quiet, edgy sort of horror interspersed between scenes of high-speed action, and moves into break-neck carnage with Vipers (2010). The planned third book, tentatively titled Vores (2012) will draw the series to a close with what promises to be an earth-shattering bang.
The Veins Cycle deals with issues concerning ecology, ancestral memory, spiritualism / religion, psychological damage, and duty. Strong female characters are important to the books, and Connolly explores the female psyche and women's issues with a skilled hand." [Source]
I'm not a fan of spiritualism/religion but the got me with the strong female characters. Fantasist Enterprises sent me pdf copies of the books:

Veins (2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1934571002] by Lawrence C. Connolly.
"Fleeing from what should have been a perfect crime, four crooks in a black Mustang race into the Pennsylvania highlands. On the backseat, a briefcase full of cash. On their tail, a tattooed madman who wants them dead.
The driver calls himself Axle. A local boy, he knows the landscape, the coal-hauling roads and steep trails that lead to the perfect hideout: the crater of an abandoned mine. But Axle fears the crater. Terrible things happened there. Things that he has spent years trying to forget.
Enter Kwetis, the nightflyer, a specter from Axle’s ancestral past. Part memory, part nightmare, Kwetis has planned a heist of his own. And soon Axle, his partners in crime, and their pursuer will learn that their arrival at the mine was foretold long ago . . . and that each of them is a piece of a plan devised by the spirits of the Earth." [Source]

Vipers (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1934571033] by Lawrence C. Connolly.
"Axle and Bird are back from the dead. No longer merely human, they must now work to further the oohaate—the spirit path. Whether they will like what they find at the journey's end remains to be seen, but for now, there's no turning back.
An explosion at Windslow Mine has set things in motion. The forest is crawling with snakes, driven from their nests by underground fires.
And the snakes are not alone.
Other forces are emerging, rising from the earth's molten veins, preparing to reclaim a smoldering world. By daybreak, the residents of Windslow, Pennsylvania, will know that the world is burning beneath them.
By daybreak, the nightmare begins." [Source]
To be honest I'm not sure whether I will like it or not but to discover books like these is the salt in the soup of a reader.


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...

Time to say good bye. James Long, the good guy behind Speculative Horizons will be the new Editorial Assistant at Orbit Books. A dream have come true for James. I won't get so far to say that it is nightmare for his readers but it is definitely a loss of an independent voice in the still growing world of book blogs.
I will miss Speculative Horizons. Anyhow I wish James best of luck in his new job.

On October 27th I posted about The Tales of the Dying Earth (pb, 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-1857989946] by Jack Vance. In order to honor the career of Jack Vance, Tor published the anthology Songs of the Dying Earth (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765320865] edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
"To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology:Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance’s greatest novel.
Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.
This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz." [Source]
Author Kage Baker, who passed away in January 2010, contributed the story The Green Bird. Tor.com has been so kind as to post The Green Bird. That means you can
read the complete The Green Bird story for free.
I hope you enjoy The Green Bird....



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.

Today I present you a short film - a steampunk short film. Arms Race is Nigel Clegg's the debut film.
It is a steampunk action adventure set during the Crimean War.

Hope you like it as much as I did.



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 lost my original search topic and therefore I thought it would be a good idea to search for LOST quotes instead. And that is what I found ....

"I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.
Totie Fields

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Mark Russell, US comedian, political commentator, & satirist (1932 - )

"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
Paul Fix

"He who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit.
Author unknown

"I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere.
Author unknown

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heard Speculative Horizons was closing down. Wishing James the best.
And I imagine Under the Dome is a tight squeeze on the treadmill's bookholder...

Sarah said...

I know you said you were really busy recently so I'm amazed you managed to post this. I am glad you are doing well. I am excited to read your review of Under the Dome. It has been really hyped but I always appreciate people who aren't afraid to be critical.

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
to be honest Under The Dome neither fit to the treadmill's bookholder nor was it the right one to read in bed ...

ediFanoB said...

Sarah,
a weekly roundup is just a question of collecting things during the week. And to be honest I can't imagine a blog without posts. I think there are so many blogs who post daily. So I'm a bit different.

I'm not afraid to be critical. On Goodreads I gave Under The Dome two stars.
And now I write down why.
Not sure whether I can finish it today or tomorrow ....

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