Saturday, September 24, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1139

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Hello and welcome to issue #39 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What shall I say? Beside the low temperatures over night we have had a lovely week weather wise. In Germany we call the period inside a season Altweibersommer. Depending on where you live you may know it as Indian summer or gossamer. The latter is not used often. Anyway I like this period because it is still sunny with mild temperatures. While I still wear my sandals without socks, people around me started to wear coats. But the most crazy thing is, that we can buy now Christmas cookies and cakes! I like gingerbread a lot especially when it is freshly baked. I wait for the day when we can Easter eggs on Christmas eve .... Seems I'm a bit bubbly today. Hope you don't mind. Have a look at what I found worth to post and

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Picks for the rest of 2011 - Update
  3. Frankfurt Book Fair 2011
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. I won a single e
  2. Tall Taller Tallerman
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The History Girls
  2. Maps
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. No movie trailer but a music video

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 Random quotes

The Lighthouse

I finished one book and read 745 pages. That was satisfying. I'm ahead of my target. I'm not sure where it will end. It depends on how much I will read in the remaining 99 days.

I finished

- Outpost Adam Baker (PB)
A post apocalyptic thriller
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I do not read post apocalyptic stories often. All in all I enjoyed Outpost. There have been some inconsistencies and I was not really happy with the ending. Anyway potential readers should know that there is a lot of violence and blood."


I'm

- 672 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
Means I read 142 pages last week! Only 287 page left! I sure I will finish the book by end of October. And I know which book I will read afterward: The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss !!

- 188 pages in The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden (PB)
History, adventure, fantasy
It is exactly the book reviewed over at My Favorite Books.

- 29 pages in The Hero always wins Robert Eaton (PDF)
Fantasy
a promising start.

On Sunday I will start with Phoenix Rising (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0062049766] by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. I need some steampunk and it is on my picks for the rest of 2011 list.

In August 2011 I posted about my picks for the rest of the year. I think I would be interesting to give you an update what happened with the 25 presented books so far.

I finished following books from the post:
- The Revisionists (September 2011) by Thomas Mullen
- Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
- King's Envoy (pb, July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1936850136] byCas Peace.
- Honour and the Sword (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043739] by A. L. Berridge
- Outpost (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1444709032] by Adam Baker
- 7th Sigma (hc, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312877156] by Steven Gould

And I'm in two more books:
- A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
- The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden

I think the result after five weeks is not the bad. I finished six of the 25 books and I'm in two more books.
And I read some more books which have not been on the list!
I will come back with a second update beginning of November.

Last week my wife and I decided to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011. as we both read mostly books in English, it is a great opportunity to visit all the publishers from UK and US. That means I have to prepare #42 of Edi's Weekend Wave in advance. I will share my impressions the week after


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.

One e means I received one electronic copy. I took part in a Giveaway over at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog and I won an electronic copy of

The Arranger (epub, September 2011)

"The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she finds the federal employment commissioner wounded, but she’s able to save his life.
The next day Lara leaves for the Gauntlet—a national competition of intense physical and mental challenges with high stakes for her home state. She spots the assailant lurking at the arena and soon after, she lands in deep trouble. Who is the mysterious killer and what is motivating him? Can Lara stop him, stay alive, and win the Gauntlet?" [Source]

The setting sounds interesting enough for me. I'm not sure if this will be a more serious or a more funny read. Time will tell.


Tall, Taller, Tallerman is a kind of wordplay. I'm sure it is not new for author David Tallerman.
In August I posted about his upcoming novel Giant Thief (UK, January 31st 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0857662118].
In order to refresh your memory I post again the blurb:
"Meet Easie Demasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

He's a sneak thief and a con man, but even the wicked cannot rest when their land is invaded by an army of mercenaries commanding an unstoppable weapon, magically-enslaved giants. Only, well, he's somehow managed to make off not only with the warlord's treasure, but also the special stone that controls the giants. Which means he now has an entire army on his tail." [Source]
The reason why I talk again about Giant Thief is the cover which has been revealed last week.
The giant in the back looks impressive. His name is Saltlick. I think he does not look like a thief. But what will you do when you are under the control of someone else?
David Tallerman posted in detail about the cover. Read it. I ordered Giant Thief in advance. The good thing is that there will be two more books starring Easie Demasco:
Crown Thief – from the Tales of Easie Damasco - October 2012, worldwide
tbc – from the Tales of Easie Damasco - mid-2013, worldwide
[Source]


A few weeks ago I posted about the upcoming novel Daughter of Smoke and Bones (pb, September 2011] [ISBN-13: 978-0316199025] by Laini Taylor.
I received a mail with additional information from Harry Cymbler who works for Hot Cherry:

"‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ has been described by Stylist magazine as "Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one" and by Wall Street Journal as a book to fill the void left by the blockbuster series Harry Potter. And with just over one week to go until the publication of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, here’s the new, exclusive, trailer."

"Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the story of 17-year-old orphan Karou who draws tales of monsters and demons that delight and enthral those around her. But she has a secret, a secret that ties her to a dusty subterranean chamber where her beloved guardian brokers, a demonic shopkeeper called the Wishmonger, deals in a place that is not here. A place that is Elsewhere. Karou runs errands for him around the world, buying teeth pilfered from the dead – and sometimes the living – to fill his mysterious jars and coffers. Living with one foot in each world, Karou has never really known which one is her true home. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing. Karou is neither purely good nor wholly evil, but you’ll be rooting for her every step of the way."

Join Daughter of Smoke and Bone:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSmokeandBoneGroup
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SmokeAndBone

You see there is some hype around the book. If you want to know more then you should definitely read the Book Smugglers Review. Ana and Thea did a great job! They explain to you while it is worth to read Daughter of Smoke and Bones.


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 read historical fiction. Did you know that a lot of women write historical fiction? Recently I discovered a new blog: The History Girls
They describe themselves as followed:
"The History Girls are a group of best-selling, award-winning writers of historical fiction. Some of us write for young adults, some for fully fledged adults, some for younger readers.
Among us, we cover every period from the Stone Age to World War II. Geographically, our novels will take you from Trondheim to Troy, and the Caribbean to the Wild West, via Venice, Victorian England and Ancient Rome.
Individual, entertaining, sometimes provocative: on this daily blog we'll share our thoughts on writing, research, reviews, and all aspects of our work. We love what we do and we want to talk about it. We hope you'll want to join in!" [Source]
The group consists of nearly 30 authors! That is impressive. I added the blog to my Google Reader. I look forward to read interesting posts and the discovery of new books.


Do you like maps? Did you ever see alternate history steampunk maps? No? The you should visit The Steampunk Tribune.


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.

This week I did not find a trailer. Instead I show you a music video of a German band which my wife and I like a lot: Victor and his Demons performed by Fiddler's Green



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.

Today I present you some random quotes ....


"It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing.
Scott Westerfeld, Peeps, 2005


"The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.
Noel Coward, English actor, dramatist, & songwriter (1899 - 1973)


"2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2.
Grabel's Law

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Really glad you won LJ's book - I told her you'd wanted to read it. And we have stores here that started selling Christmas ornaments in August.

ediFanoB said...

I'm glad too that I won the book.

So there are crazy people around the world :-)

RaveAir said...

I still wear t-shirts, while others coats. It's a little bit funny.

According to the Christmas I can no see any sign of this... yet. But after I tell about your blogpost to my workmate she said it is totally normal. She thinks a lot to the forthcoming Christmas, and started to the preparing to it also... but she is crazy. :)

Last week I finished the re-read of the 4th book of the A song of ice and fire series. I admit (again!) this GRR Martin guy is totally crazy and cruel. Yesterday morning started the 5th book, and I have high expectations!

ediFanoB said...

RaveAir,
nice to see you.
I know more people like you who wear t-shearts, while others wear coats.
For me it is a bit different. My back and my belly shivers much more faster than my feet. So it can happen I wear a sweater but no socks.

I think Christmas is sense in a lot of countries. It is more a business highlight.

George R R Martin is awesome.
I hope you will enjoy A dance with Dragons. I hope to finish it within October.

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