Saturday, July 24, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #30

Hello and welcome to issue #30 of Edi's Weekend Wave. Be warned! This is a big fat post after my birthday. Still full of cake I feel the need to share "brainy calories" with you. Enjoy the meal ...

I'm sorry for the delay. I have had technical problems.

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Birthday, Thoughts, Presents
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: Bringing Forth The End Of Days by Simon Law (PDF copy)
  2. Book trailer: Dante's Journey by J C Marino
  3. One more vampire book for me
  4. Paperback ordered in advance: Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. pornokitsch
  2. Massive giveaway of 13 books at once!!
  3. Book hoarder?!
  4. German book covers
  5. Paul Kearney interview
  6. Sci-fi alien lego landscape
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A new species
  2. Third movie in a series
  3. Franco-German TV network airs a British mystery series The Prisoner
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 Cake . . . . .

The Lighthouse

Birthday! Some like it, some not. For me it really depends on the age. In the youth you can't wait to grow older. Up a certain age you would like to be timeless. It is no secret. Yesterday (July 23rd) I turned 51. Some times my back aches. But as soon I read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, read write posts, I feel immediately young.
I think the main reason can be ascribed to the choice of books I read, movies I watch and music I listen too.

As a reader of this blog you may know what kind of books and movies I like. Music is another topic.

Of course I like to get gifts. I think you can imagine that it is getting difficult for your beloved ones and your friends to choose something which you like but don't already possess. In order to avoid this my family and I started to write wish lists several years ago. You mean that with a wish list there is no surprise about what you get? That is not true because with a list of 30 and more items you will never know what you get. And the big advantage is that you neither get things double or things you don't like.

This year my birthday list has been different to the past ones. It was a list without any book !! Only DVD and CD.

Bored? OK. This is what I got from my wife and my daughter:
(click on pic to enlarge)

The facts: One eau de toilette, three DVDs, five CDs

The smell of the eau de toilette is awesome. I fell in love with it the first time I smelt it. Of course I told my wife about it. But I never expected to get it, because it is expensive. It is from the company Hermes in Paris and it is named Voyage.
How to describe the smell? Believe it or not but there is a whole world of blogs dedicated to fragrances!! Here is an example: Hermes Voyage d’Hermes

And that was just the prelude!

The second set of packages contained DVDs of three of my favorite movies from 2009 and 2010.
I could immediately start with the praise of all three movies ..... I love them, I love them, especially WATCHMEN with one of my top heroes: Rorschach ... But I won't because I want to post the post today. Therefore you get only the title of the movie and a trailer.

WATCHMEN



THE DARK KNIGHT



SHERLOCK HOLMES


If you ever get the opportunity to watch them, then do it.
Anyway you should read my absolutely top graphic novel:
Watchmen (new edition 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1401222666] by Alan Moore
The first cover is from the 2008 edition; the second one is from the 1995 paperback edition of which I own a copy.



The last set of packages contained five CD from three bands.
I will list the name of the band, the name of the cd and for each band the link to the homepage and a link to myspace where you can listen to some of the songs. Be warned: There is some heavy stuff coming along ...

Let's start with the German medieval rock band Vermaledeyt and their latest Album Relikt. Vermaledeyt on myspace.

Next album - Seven Sins a Second - is from Finnish gothic metal band Sinamore. Sinamore on myspace.

And finally three CDs - SUDEN UNI, KIVENKANTAJA, V:HÄVITETTY - all from Finnish pagan/folk metal band Moonsorrow. Moonsorrow on myspace.

That is all folks. I listen to the music I got during I write this post.
Don't worry, today I have a lot more to post.

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 PDF copy of a book from an author who is member of Goodreads like me.
As you know I do not really like to read PDF because it is exhausting for my eyes. But when I'm interested in a book and PDF is the only possibility to get a review copy ........

First of all let me say thank you to debut author Simon Law for sending me a PDF copy of Bringing Forth The End Of Days (2009) [ISBN-13: 9781608602032]. It is part sci-fi thriller, horror story, mystery and suspense novel all tied into one.
"A mysterious green gas released upon the world causes the earth's entire plant life to slowly wilt over and die. Oxygen levels drop to dangerously low readings bringing forth the birth of strange new technologies and surgical procedures to combat against the effects of the poison air. Flash forward ten years to the story of a group of survivors as they struggle to find salvation in the desolate world. With oxygen now completely non-existent in the air, their existence relies upon a strange machine to provide them with the clean air they need. After years of isolation, they encounter what appear to be other humans outside in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere. Uniting with their new friends and now hopeful, they embark on a mission to find more survivors. But the path ahead holds many dangers and one person in the group has been hiding a dark secret from them."

I found the blurb interesting and will read and review the book in August 2010.

Recently I reviewed Dante's Journey (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1935188094] by J C Marino. A few days ago the author informed me about the availability of the book trailer. And of course I want to share the trailer with you:



Vampires .... There only few vampire books I read and liked. But that will change with the upcoming first novel in the Vampire Empire series: The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith, who are also on twitter. I like the cover and the blurb is promising.....
"In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.
It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.
Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans."
From time to time I order books in advance. The latest one is the paperback copy of Thirteen Years Later (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0553819595] by Jasper Kent which is the second book in the Danilov Quintet series. You want more information? OK. THE COVER - THE BLURB - THE TRAILER - Here we go .....
"In the summer of 1812, before the Oprichniki came to the help of Mother Russia in her fight against Napoleon, one of their number overheard a conversation between his master, Zmyeevich, and another of their number. He learns of a feud, an unholy grievance between Zmyeevich and the Romanov dynasty that began a century earlier at the time of Peter the Great. Indeed, while the Oprichniki's primary reason for journeying to Russia is to stop the French, one of them — Iuda — is following a different agenda, for he is to be the instrument of revenge on the Romanovs.
But thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov, Iuda would not be able to begin to complete his task until thirteen years later. But now, in 1825, Russia once more stands on the brink of anarchy, and this time the threat comes from within."



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 follow a blog named pornokitsch. No and no it has definitely nothing to do with porn. If you are a fan of K. J.Parker and/or Mark Charan Newton you will be interested in following post:

"We have done a bit of research for our recent articles on book collecting, and rather than let it all go to waste, it seemed like a good chance to try something new. Handy, A5-sized, printable checklists for collectors, to help them identify first (or otherwise interesting) editions."
Of course these bibliographies will be updated. For latest version follow this link.

Do you like giveaways? What would you think about a massive giveaway of 13 books at once?
You think that is a fairy tale? No, No, No!

Incredible Magemanda hosts on her blog Floor to Ceiling Books a
MASSIVE Horus Heresy giveaway - Black Library!

The competition will run until midnight on Friday 30th July. So click on the link, read the rules and take part.
GOOD LUCK!

This week I read a very interesting post about book hoarding over at Fyrefly's Book Blog.
Due to the definition of a book hoarder by Fyrefly,
"I noticed recently that I am a book hoarder. By that, I don’t mean that I am a book acquirer, or even a book collector (although I certainly am both of those things too.) What I mean by hoarder is that recently, I’ve been tending to keep books that I know I’m going to love on my TBR pile, rather than actually read them. "
I must admit I'm a book hoarder too. What's about you? Go, read the post and leave a comment.

For all of you who don't know: I'm German and I live in Germany. But I prefer to read 99% of my books in English. Therefore I don't take care of German covers of translated fantasy books. But the good thing is that blogger who are neither German nor live in Germany compare UK/US book covers with German book covers.
If you like to compare covers or if you are even nosy what kind of covers are used in other countries, I highly recommend to read Phil's post German covers exploration part 1 over at A Fantasy Reader.

I liked to read The Ten Thousand (2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1844165735] by Paul Kearney.
"The world of Kuf, an ancient Assurian Empire, dominant, prestigious and thought to be invincible, is about to be shaken to very foundations. An exile from the empire, the Great King's brother hires a force of Ten thousand elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, The Ten Thousand find themselves abandoned. This is the story of their fight for freedom, and marks the start of a brand new series by one of the finest writers of fantasy."



I look forward to the sequel Corvus (October, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735777].
"It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father was. But fate has different ideas. A young warleader has risen to challenge the order of things in the very heartlands of the Macht. A soldier of genius, he takes city after city, and reigns over them as king. What is more, he had heard of the legendary leader of the Ten Thousand. His name is Corvus, and the rumours say that he is not even fully human. He means to make himself absolute ruler of all the Macht. And he wants Rictus to help him."
Beside that I wait for delivery of the first omnibus of Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God series.
So I was glad to find a new interview with Paul Kearney over at Fantasy Book Review.

Finally I wold like to water your mouth with a landscape - a lego landscape. Look at this:

Do you like it? Do you want to see more? Then go and have a look at Containment: A Steampunk Sci Fi Alien Lego Landscape.



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 two trailers and something about TV.

Our oceans are full of wonders and unknown species. Thanks to Syfy who sighted a new species called Sharktopus ....


And one more trailer with water. In December 2010 the third Narnia movie - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - will hit the cinemas. I have seen both movies before and I was a bit disappointed by the second one. After watching the trailer I seems that I will like the third one more than the second one.

Chronicles Of Narnia 3

From time to time I like to watch Franco-German TV network ARTE because they unearth long forgotten but still worth to see TV series. I talk about The Prisoner.
"The prisoner which originally aired in 1967 in Britain and 1968 in America, is one man's struggle (by name No. 6) against the tyranny of the village and his attempts to escape it at all costs. Throughout the surreal series, there are many references to society that are pertinent to this day, although it is unabashedly science fiction, it is a very relevant show that is brilliantly written, and greatly acted." [Source]
And this is the 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.
Birthday. What belongs to a birthday beside gifts and greeting cards? Cake of course! Therefore I searched Cake quotes for you.
And that is what I found ...

"A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician (1897 - 1977)


"A bad review is like baking a cake with all the best ingredients and having someone sit on it.
Danielle Steel


"I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
Mitch Hedberg


"I'm amazed. When I was 40, I thought I'd never make 50. And at 50 I thought the frosting on the cake would be 60. At 60, I was still going strong and enjoying everything.
Gloria Stuart


"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.
Author unknown

4 comments:

Magemanda said...

Happy birthday!

(and thanks for the link back - much appreciated)

ediFanoB said...

Magemanda,

thanks for the wishes.

A giveaway like yours must be mentioned!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like you got some good stuff for your birthday!

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
I like the stuff very much. Looking forward to see the movies again :-)

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