Saturday, April 24, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #17

Hello and welcome to issue #17 of Edi's Weekend Wave. This is a tough weekend for me. Three consecutive posts including two reviews, additional work for the company,gym and less sleep. I times like these I tend to listen to just one song again and again - for hours. Since three days I listen to Don't Tell Me That It's Over by Amy Macdonald. Insane? Maybe. I do it because it is good for my mood. I still surprised that I find time for reading. So far I'm totally happy with the books I chose. Enjoy reading .....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Thoughts.....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. One more book for my list
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Tatty's Treasure Chest
  2. Reviews which remind me to read a book
  3. Google reader discovery
  4. Alternate History
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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 NOTHING. . . . .

The Lighthouse

I'm still thinking about my posting scheme. A lot depends on the time I have to spend at work. And I have an overwhelming desire to read, read, read.... My interview format is still in progress - maybe my expectations are a way to high..... There is still the giveaway which I wanted to do within April...... And then there are these thoughts before I fall asleep. Was it the right decision to start an own blog? Are two or three posts per week sufficient?
We will see.....

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 just one book.
Author Nick Valentino has been so kind to send my a signed copy of his debut novel Thomas Riley (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1590807002] and a wonderful Thomas Riley bookmark (we love bookmarks).
You can expect a review within May 2010. Thomas Riley is a steampunk adventure novel for reade of the age of 13 and up - Fortunately up because we all passed the age of 13 in eighteen hundred and .......... No, No, No, we are not immortal but some years older than 13.
Let's have a look at the blurb:
"For more than twenty years West Canvia and Lemuria have battled one another in a constant war.
From the safety of his laboratory, weapons designer Thomas Riley has cleverly and proudly empowered the West Canvian forces with his brilliant designs. But when a risky alchemy experiment goes horribly wrong, Thomas and his wily assistant, Cynthia Bassett, are thrust onto the front lines of battle.
Forced into shaky alliances with murderous sky pirates in a deadly race to kidnap the only man who can undo the damage--the mad genius behind Lemuria's cunning armaments--Thomas' own genius is put to the ultimate test." [Back of the book]
For more information visit Sir Thomas Riley.

A few days ago I read following:
......... is the best of both worlds: an alternative historic fiction set in a renaissance Venice at the height of her power, populated by supernatural creatures and backstabbing political intrigue, AND a fast-moving fantasy adventure tale of vampires, werewolves, assassins, and pirates." [Source]
I must say it aroused my interest. And after having a look at the cover and reading the blurb I decided to add the book to my list. Unfortunately it will be released in January 2011!
The Fallen Blade (January 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074391] by Jon Courtenay Grimwood.
"In the depths of night, customs officers board a galley in a harbor and overpower its guards. In the hold they find oil and silver, and a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy has no name. The officers break the boy’s chains to rescue him, but he escapes…
Venice is at the height of its power. In theory Duke Marco commands. But Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They command the seas, tax the colonies, and, like those in power before them, fear assassins better than their own…
In a side chapel, Marco’s fifteen-year old cousin prays for deliverance from her forced marriage. It is her bad fortune to be there when Mamluk pirates break in to steal a chalice, but it is the Mamluks’ good luck – they kidnap her…
In the gardens beside the chapel, Atilo, the Duke’s chief assassin, prepares to kill his latest victim. Having cut the man’s throat, he turns back, having heard a noise, and finds a boy crouched over the dying man, drinking blood from the wound. The speed with which the boy dodges a dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. And the assassin knows he has to find the boy…
Not to kill him, but because he’s finally found what he thought he would never find. Someone fit to be his apprentice…" [Source]
That sounds intriguing......

No more today, must go away reading the book which me hooked
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...

Do you read Children's/Young Adult literature? Then you should have a look at the new baby sister blog of Falcata Times: Tatty's Treasure Chest
So what can you expect?
"Hail Mighty Readers,
Having looked at all the titles coming out we thought that it would be a great idea to set up a seperate site that deals directly, and only with, Children's/Young Adult literature. We've done this for a number of reason's:
1) A single day a week was severely limiting how many crackers we could let you know about.
2) We could add separate categories so that you can sort your viewing out by age group, by our reviews (we have paw ratings).
3) We can bring more interviews and reviews directly to you so that you're kept abreast of whats arriving on those bookshelves and make sure that you're the superstar of either your own home or your young relatives.

We hope you'll join us on this treasure hunt and help fill your own mini reader's shelves with some absolute corkers and make reading time a pleasure for all.
Your Exploratory Researcher, Tatty"

I think I'm not the only one who buys books and then forget the book because of buying other books. Fortunately there is a kind of "rescue" for "forgotten" books. Reviews from other bloggers.
One of these books is The Gaslight Dogs (April 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316021791] by Karin Lowachee.
"At the edge of the known world, an ancient nomadic tribe faces a new enemy-an Empire fueled by technology and war.
A young spiritwalker of the Aniw and a captain in the Ciracusan army find themselves unexpectedly thrown together. The Aniw girl, taken prisoner from her people, must teach the reluctant soldier a forbidden talent - one that may turn the tide of the war and will surely forever brand him an outcast.
From the rippling curtains of light in an Arctic sky, to the gaslit cobbled streets of the city, war is coming to the frozen north. Two people have a choice that will decide the fates of nations - and may cast them into a darkness that threatens to bring destruction to both their peoples."
Thanks to Kristen from Fantasy Cafe for her Gaslight Dogs review and thanks to Andrew Liptak from SF Signal for his Gaslight Dogs review. I hope to read and review The Gaslight Dogs within May 2010. In the meantime read the mentioned reviews. And in case you like the cover then you can download a wallpaper of the cover by following this link.

As always I'm behind with my Google reader entries. Therefore it takes some time to read reviews I'm interested in. Yesterday I checked the entries for Fantasy Book Critic. And I found two unread reviews by Liviu Suciu. And to my suprise he reviewed two books by the same author within five weeks. I talk about two books by Ian Whate.
Let's start with the first book in the City of a Hundred Rows series and at the same time Ian Whate's debut novel: City of Dreams and Nightmare (March 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0007345243].
"They call it the City of a Hundred Rows. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.
Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley’s unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she proves to have secrets of her own…" [Source]

Read Liviu's great review and you will understand why I want to read this book!

And Ian Whates is a really busy author. His second book - a science fiction novel - will hit the stores soon.I talk about The Noise Within (April 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735654].
"On the brink of perfecting the long sought-after human/AI interface, Philip Kaufman finds his world thrown into turmoil as a scandal from the past returns to haunt him and dangerous information falls into his hands. Pursued by assassins and attacked in his own home, he flees. Leyton, a government black-ops specialist, is diverted from his usual duties to hunt down the elusive pirate vessel The Noise Within, wondering all the while why this particular freebooter is considered so important." [Source]
And again it was Liviu with his awesome review who convinced me that I need to add this book to my list. My science fiction book list is growing....


I'm member of the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club over at Goodreads.
The May 2010 Sci Fi Theme is Alternate History. Follow the link for the Wikipedia explanation of Alternate History. So where do you look for alternate history books? My first source recommendation is
"Uchronia: The Alternate History List is a bibliography of over 3000 novels, stories, essays and other printed material involving the "what ifs" of history.
The genre has a variety of names, but it is best known as alternate history. In an alternate history, one or more past events are changed and the subsequent effects on history somehow described. This description may comprise the entire plotline of a novel, or it may just provide a brief background to a short story. Perhaps the most common themes in alternate history are "What if the Nazis won World War II?" and "What if the Confederacy won the American Civil War?" For more about alternate history and this bibliography, please read the extended introduction."
My second recommendation is a site which I discovered two days ago.
"On this web site, we review books about alternate history - events that might have been that weren't.
  • Some of the books contain serious historical studies of what might have been if leaders of the past had made different decisions or luck had not influenced historical events in a particular way.

  • Other books that we look at, include novels or short stories - sometimes these books involve realistic changes to history that could have happened, but didn't - whereas in other cases, they involve fantastic elements such as time travel or travel between parallel worlds, dinosaurs or even or vampires"
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 is the latest trailer of The Sorcerer's Apprentice (release date: July 16th, 2010).
I hope the movie will be as good as the trailer shows. Synopsis:
"Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE." [Source]



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.
The original idea was ... nothing. You know that men have drawer labeled NOTHING in there brain. That is something completely beyond women's grasp. Men can hang around and think of .... NOTHING. And I can tell that is sometimes not that bad. Therefore you get today qoutes related to NOTHING.
And here we go ......

"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)


"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)


"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Frank Zappa,US musician, singer, & songwriter (1940 - 1993)


"Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.
Jonathan Winters


"There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
Martin Gardner,US logician, mathematician (1914 - )

4 comments:

Legolas said...

Thanks a lot for the trailer of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. But it takes such a long time till it starts.

Oh, by the way: I love your quotes

ediFanoB said...

@Legolas,

at your service :) Will try to find out if there is another movie before which you could like...

As you love my quotes here are just three more for you:

“I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.”
Oscar Wilde quotes (Irish Poet,Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.”
Alan K. Simpson

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein, German born American Physicist (1879-1955)

Alec said...

Aye, three posts is tough work! Remember to enjoy yourself, because thats why you do this in the first place.

I enjoy my moments of nothing very much. My gf doesn't like them though...

Also, would be nice if there were a comments button at the end of the post so you don't have to scroll all the way back up.

ediFanoB said...

@Alec,

when I open my posts the comment button is always at the bottom of the page. You are the first one who told about a different appearance of the comment button. Strange! Need to investigate.

To be honest it is impossible to run a blog without enjoying it.

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