Saturday, April 10, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #15

Hello and and a warm welcome to the debut of Edi's Weekend Wave. And as we are in calendar week 15 we start with issue #15. I can't imagine to have a blog without a kind of weekly roundup. But an own blog means a lot of work. I'm really busy wit reading books, replying mails and message, writing reviews and more. Who will be responsible for the Weekend Wave? Drum roll: I proudly present you my new contributors for the Weekend Wave: Bona, Fide, Bona Fide and the Keeper of the minutes (Kotm). I'm glad that I could convince my other personalties to contribute the Weekend Wave. Nevertheless there will be one part where I will be responsible for: All the things around our new home - The Lighthouse. Bona will write about books. Bona Fide shares her blogosphere discoveries with you. Freaky Fide presents the visual part of the Weekend Wave. And finally Kotm tries to fish some quotes an sayings from his endless memories.
And now I'm as excited as you what my new contributors have discovered for you. Enjoy reading.......

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Six days with the new blog
  2. New ideas in progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Free Fiction: What Lies Beneath by George Mann
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Harry Markov and Victorian Art
  2. Walker of Worlds: Science Fiction Appreciation Month
  3. Interesting Interviews on other Blogs: Gail Carriger, Michael J. Sullivan
  4. Win a walk on part in Dark Side
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Transformers, Transformers, Transformers
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 T . . . . . . . . .

The Lighthouse

This is the sixth day with the new blog. Yes, it is still new to me. I need to take care about a lot more things than before. But it still makes fun. There is one important thing I'm still missing: A rhythm for writing and posting. This is the sixth consecutive post. I know I can't continue this way because it is too exhausting. I will use the upcoming Sunday to think about several things and to write some mails. So please don't expect a post by tomorrow. I just need a bit time to breathe deeply.....

Unbelievable or not I work on new stuff for the blog. There are two things which I never did before: Giveaways and Interviews. I'm talking with my wife about giveaways. The hot topic is postage. I have a book for the first giveaway. Next step will be to decide whether it will be a worldwide or a restricted giveaway.
Anyway there will be a giveaway and it will be combined with a review.
Interviews. I toy with the idea of doing interviews since summer 2009. I don't have any experience and I'm afraid to ask boring questions or even worse to ask the wrong questions. Fortunately there are two authors who will be my "guinea-pigs". I have a first draft of a questionaire which I will finalize within this month. So I hope you can expect the first two interviews in May 2010........

By the way a piece of advice concerning giveaways and interviews is welcomed. Feel free to comment or send a mail with the subject 'ADVICE' to edisbooklighthouse@gmail.com.


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 five books. I bought two own my on. One was the prize of a giveaway.And another two I reveived from a publisher.

Recently I won an ARC of Silver (January 2010, 432 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1935142058] by Steven Savile.
"Sometimes the truth is anything but honest.
Sometimes the stories everyone knows by heart are lies.
Sometimes lies are all we have left.

Two thousand years ago, thirty silver Tyrian shekels were paid to secure the most infamous betrayal of all time. Melted down by the grandsons of Judas Iscariot, Menahem and Eleazar ben Jair, in the dark heart of the Sicarii fortress, Masada, the silver was re-forged as a dagger. When the Sicarii zealots committed mass suicide in AD73 the dagger of Iscariot and the truth of his sacrifice were lost. Until now.
A religious cult calling itself the Disciples of Judas has risen in the Middle East. Its influence is pernicious, its reach long. In thirteen cities across Europe thirteen people martyr themselves in the name of Judas, promising forty days and forty nights of terror. They twist the words of ancient prophecies to drive home the fear. On the last day, they promise, faith will fall. Everything you believe in will be proved wrong. Everything you hold true will fail.
Day by day the West wakes to increasingly more harrowing acts of terror. Fear cripples the capitals of Europe, who will be the next to fall? London? Rome? Berlin?
In a race against time – and prophecy – believing the terrorists intend to assassinate the Pope as part of their plan to bring down the Catholic Church, Sir Charles Wyndham’s team of combat specialists, codename Ogmios, tracks a labyrinthine course through truth, shades of truth and outright lies that takes them from the backstreets of London to the shadow of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin all the way into the heart of the Holy See itself.
Forty days and forty nights of fear. And today is day one." [Source]
I look forward to read it. Hopefully it will work for me.

Tor publicist Cassandra Ammerman sent me two books. But one must remain secret for reasons I will tell you within this month. The other one is a book which got mixed critics. So I'm glad that I can build up my mind on my own. I talk about Shadow Prowler (Feruary 2010, 396 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0765324030] by Alexey Pehov, which is the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy The Chronicles of Siala.
"After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring.
An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.
Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them." [Source]



Finally I bought following two books. First is a stand alone epic fantasy. Most of you will know the author. I loved his Mistborn trilogy. Yes, I talk about Brandon Sanderson and his Warbreaker (my copy is a reprint from March 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765360038].
"Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker."
The last book is the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series. I speak about Changeless (April 2010, 374 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074148], by Gail Carriger.
"Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it." [Source]

I loved Soulless (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0316056632], the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series.
It was the first book ever I "hijacked". I wrote in my review:
"For me Gail Carriger is the Ada Lovelace of the urban steampunk romance!
...
Soulless is a three S story: Sassy, Steamy, Smart."

One of my current reads (the end is near) and the next book to be reviewed is Ghosts of Manhattan (June 2010, 275 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1906727161], by George Mann. Do you know his Newbury & Hobbes series? If not it is high time to give it a go. From time to time George Mann offers Newbury & Hobbes short stories which have been published before in limited editions, for free. Recently he offered the download of Ghosts of Manhattan. If you want to try it to download directly then click here.

Phew! A lot of stuff. I need a rest. 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 hope a lot of you know our dear friend the indefatigable Harry Markov - the owner of two blogs (Through a Forest of Ideas, Temple Library Reviews) and one million ideas! If not it is high time to follow him.
Do you like the following picture?
"Brave Captain"

Then you should definitely read [Art Pick] Bizarre Victorian Animal Portraits !! Great post Harry!


This awesome logo should remind you of something great going on in April 2010. Mark Chitty, the mastermind behind Walker of Worlds celebrates his Science Fiction Appreciation Month! Loads of good stuff from guest posts over giveaways up to guest reviews available and forthcoming. What an opportunity to get information about science fiction - concentrated and from different angles. Don't forget to read the guest review by our Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB. He reviewed Crossover by Joel Shepherd.

Gail Carriger has been mentioned before. She has been so kind to answer Ken from Neth Space. Please read Gail Carriger Answers Questions Five. And read her sassy, steamy, smart books.

I must admit, I read a lot about Michael J. Sullivan's series The Riyria Revelations. A lot of people love his books. You want to know more about the author and his books? You are lucky. There is a really "fresh" Michael J. Sullivan interview over at Spekulative Book Review. Well done Tyson!

We are all big fans of the PAX BRITANNIA series by Jonathan Green. He has something to offer:
"Have you ever fancied seeing yourself immortalised in print in a rip-roaring steampunk adventure? Well, if you have, here's the perfect opportunity. Interested?"
For details just read Win a walk on part in Dark Side.

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 know I'm extraordinary and there was not way out for ediFanoB that I take over the movie area.
As you read at the signpost the topic ofthe week is transformer. No, I don't talk about the movies. I would like to show you some short videos from different parts of the world. This part of the Weekend Wave has been inspired by the awesome guys over at Steampunkopedia.

The first video - Steampunk Transformer was made by Oliver Metz.


The second video is from France. After watching it you will think twice whether to send mails or not...


And finally have a look at "Real Transformers"


That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed the short clips a bit. See you next time....


Quotes

Damned Fide! He confused me with his transformer stuff. Ho! we are not alone. Hey you in front of the screen. Do you know me? Based on the tie you needed for your answer, I assume the answer is no. 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.
As ediFanoB explained I'm now responsible for quotes and sayings. I have ha wonderful quotes for you. But I lost all due to Fide. He showed you transformer videos. Now you get transform quotes from me. Here we go ...


"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist painter (1881 - 1973)


"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger


"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Franklin D. Roosevelt,32nd president of US (1882 - 1945),radio address, October 26, 1939


"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
Napoleon Hill


"There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist (1875 - 1961)

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