Saturday, June 26, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #26

Hello and welcome to issue #26 of Edi's Weekend Wave. I must admit I look forward to upcoming Sunday. Germany vs England - the will be a game full of passion and emotion.

don't want to complain but the last week has been very disappointing for me from reading point of view. I instantly hope that it will change soon. Fingers crossed ...
Anyway on upcoming Monday you will get a review, a special one. So look forward. Enjoy reading ......

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. What a month ....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. More science fiction for me: Hellhole by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Space Operas ...
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Green Hornet
  2. Gulliver's Travel
  3. Inception
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 Ruin . . . . .

The Lighthouse

What a month! From reading point of view June 2010 is a complete disaster. So far I finished just one book! Four days to go until end of month. Would be a dream to finish a second book. Reasons? Several. Believe me that is totally frustrating. Same is with reviews and with posts. I imploringly hope that July will be a better month.
Enough lamentation.
I must pull myself together. I need a small but realistic plan for the rest of June.
Tomorrow I will get up early - when it is cool outside - and write a review. About which book? That will be a surprise. And this evening I will finally start reading The Dream of Perpetual Motion (2010, 432 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0312558154] by Dexter Palmer and Dante's Journey (2010, 366 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1953188094] by J C Marino.I hope it will work when I go to bed earlier and try to use the small hours when it is still cool and fresh outside.

That means you can expect a review on June 27th and a month end post on June 30th.
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 (drum roll) two books like last week. They are completely different but have one similarity: both are books of a series.
Let's start with fantasy.
Terra Incognita - It is an age of sailing ships and unexplored seas, incomplete maps with entire areas marked "terra incognita." Two joined continents, two different cultures, two opposing religions. [Source]
The Map of All Things (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316004213] by Kevin J Anderson is the second book in the Terra Incognita series.
"After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade.
Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an underground vault - a map that can guide brave explorers to the mysterious Key to Creation. Omra dispatches his adoptive son Saan to sail east across the uncharted Middlesea on a quest to find it.
In Tierra, Captain Criston Vora has built a grand new vessel, and sets out to explore the great unknown and find the fabled land of Terravitae. But Criston cannot forget his previous voyage that ended in shipwreck and disaster . . . and the loss of his beloved wife Adrea, who - unbeknownst to him - fights to survive against palace intrigues and constant threats against her life in far-off Uraba. For Adrea is now the wife of the soldan-shah and mother of his adopted son . . .
The Map of All Things continues Kevin J Anderson's epic fantasy of sailing ships, crusading armies, sea monsters and enchanted islands." [Source]
The next book has nothing to do with fantasy and science fiction. But it belongs to great series where none of the "heroes" is younger than 70. And I can tell you when I will be as alive as the protagonists of the Gladdy Gold series when I'm that old I would by totally glad.
Getting Old is Très Dangereux (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0440245421] by Rita Lakin is the sixth adventure of Gladdy Gold and her "Gladiators. And believe me I can't wait to read what the will do this time.
"In Fort Lauderdale, self-proclaimed private eye Gladdy Gold is less interested in her cases than in her whirlwind romance with silver-haired Jack Langford. But just as Jack is about to pop the question to Gladdy, a curvaceous redhead from France interrupts with a mysterious agenda. She and Jack, it turns out, will always have Paris. And to make the matters worse, the seductress is being stalked by a killer.
Michélle DuBois is famous for her steamy bestselling exposés - and now someone wants to silence her forever. While Jack is bodyguarding his former lover, Gladdy must save her busybody friends from the pricey séances of a phony-baloney New Age guru. That's when Gladdy comes face-to-face with a dear departed friend with a message ....
Between a little jealousy and a geriatric assassin, Jack is in more danger than he knows. And Gladdy is the one woman with the je ne sais quoi that could just save this life." [Back of the book]
Come on, did you ever read a book with a geriatric assassin?

It seems there will be another interesting science fiction book for me. It will the beginning of a new series and it will be published in October 2010. I talk about Hellhole (October 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1847374264] by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert.
"Only the most desperate would ever dare to make a new home on Hellhole, a planet ravaged by natural disasters. Persistent volcanic eruptions, destructive storms and recent damage inflicted by asteroid impact make the planet a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits and charlatans. But its location out on the wild frontiers of the Constellation, among the Deep Zone worlds, makes it the final refuge for those fleeing from the rule of Diadem Michella Duchenet - a tyrant with a sweet face, but a dark and heardened heart.
General Adolphus, the military leader exiled to the planet when he was defeated in the first revolution against the Diadem, is determined to transform Hellhole into a place of opportunity. While the colonists are diligently working to develop the planet, the General is forging secret alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds. He dreams of turning his prison into the centre of a new coalition of planets free from the Diadem's iron grip.
Back on the decadent capital planet of Sonjeera, surrounded by corruption and consumed by the plots and feuds of the old guard nobles, Diadem Michella is confident that the General has been neutralized. She has no idea of the revolt growing in the Deep Zone . . . or does she?
But what no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides secrets of historic magnitude. Lurking beneath the surface are the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization, detailing an unrecorded past, which, if unearthed, could tear the fragile human civilization apart." [Source]
Sound like stuff I would like to read.

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...

Do you read science fiction? Do you like space operas? Than I have a great link for you
SF Signal MIND MELD: The Best Space Operas in Science Fiction.

I like steampunk and I work with PCs. That means I like gadgets like this steampunk USB drive which you can see when you follow this link.

When you think fake ATM is a problem of the western world only you are wrong. Just read Fake ATM in Beijing steals from bank customers.

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.

Surprise, surprise. I found three trailers for you. One for summer 2010, one for Christmas 2010 and one for January 2011.

Let's start with the future. In January 2011 another masked superhero movie will hit the cinemas. I talk about The Green Hornet. Watch the trailer. Seems to be a more funny movie. And following the trend it will be in 3D.


Christmas time is perfect for familiy movies. And it seems this year there will be a movie which I would like to see. Gulliver's Travel starring Jack Black.
Plot:
"Lemuel Gulliver, a free-spirited travel writer who, on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Liliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people." [Source]

Do you remember the novels by Jonathan Swift?

Finally there will be a movie which will hit the cinemas in July 2010: Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
"Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming"
Watch the impressive trailer.



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.
In one way or the other ediFanoB is a weird character. And sometimes I do not really understand why he acts like he acts. Sometimes it looks ruinous for me. That is the reason why I searched for quotes containing ruin.
Here we go ...

"The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.
Clarence Darrow, US defense lawyer (1857 - 1938)


"An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
Mark Twain,US novelist (1835 - 1910)


"Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones.
Oscar Wilde, Irish novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)


"The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Ernest Dimnet


"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.
Rita Rudner, US comedian

3 comments:

ediFanoB said...

I wanted to read again SF Signal MIND MELD: The Best Space Operas in Science Fiction but the only thing I see is following message: weslayus.com is temporarily unavailable.

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Yeah, i was excited about it too last night, but it wasn't working. Now it is though. :) Thanks for a great Wave.

ediFanoB said...

@Seak, now it works again. Need to read your latest It is new to me.
Thanks for your visit.

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