Saturday, August 07, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #32

Hello and welcome to issue #32 of Edi's Weekend Wave. Holiday is over. On Monday I return to work. I'm glad that I found time to read more books than expected. And I'm proud that I found time to prepare my first giveaway. Now there is only one more thing left, I would like to post on the blog: Interviews. I can promise you I'm on a good way. When everything goes fine I will post my first interview before autumn :-)
Enjoy reading ...

UPDATE (August 8th)
I'm sorry to say but the tags of this post does not work. So far I did not find the reason why.
I hope that will not hinder you to enjoy this issue of Edi's Weekend Wave.


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. My first giveaway - Don't forget to take part
  2. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: Sacred Treason by James Forrester (pb)
  2. Book received this week: Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space edited by Alva J Roberts (PDF copy)
  3. Book received this week: The Scarab Path by Adrian Tchaikovsky (pb)
  4. Book received this week: Sturmwelten - Jenseits der Drachenküste by Christoph Hardebusch (pb)
  5. Stomping On Yeti: 2011: The Year of the Fantasy Doorstop - A great post
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Lightspeed Magazine
  2. Edgar and The Way of Kings ARC
  3. Again Fantasy Map Maker
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Monsters
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 Jungle

The Lighthouse

Yes, it is true. Yesterday (August 6th, 2010) I posted my first giveaway.
Don't hesitate to take part. Edi's Giveaway: The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
It is a great read and the first book in a series.

As you can see in the right column of the blog I read three books - The King's Bastard [ISBN-13: 978-1907519000] by Rowena Cory Daniells, Hyperion [ISBN-13: 978-0553283686] by Dan Simmons and Sacred Treason [ISBN-13: 978-0755356027] by James Forrester.
Three completely books and I enjoy to read them with a few restrictions: Hyperion (read 120 pages so far)- There is part named THE PRIEST'S TALE which I did not really like; Sacred Treason (read 104 pages so far) - why are there so many chapters? I can't really cope with two pages long chapters; The King's Bastard (read 162 pages so far) - no complaints.
And as crazy as I am, I read one more book in secret. No, I don't tell you which one .... Books, books, books ... I want to read more books ... Go away ... leave me alone ....


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 four books. Three of them I bought by myself and one is a reviewer copy.

The first book fits perfectly to the historical thrillers I like. In May I read and reviewed The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1845950996], by Ian Mortimer. His full name is Ian James Forrester Mortimer. So far he published eight non-fictional books under the name Ian Mortimer.
And now he goes fiction. Sacred Treason (August 2010, 416 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0755356027] is his debut novel.
"London, December 1563. England is a troubled nation. Catholic plots against the young Queen Elizabeth spring up all over the country. At his house in the parish of St Bride, the herald William Harley – known to everyone as Clarenceux - receives a book from his friend and fellow Catholic, Henry Machyn. But Machyn is in fear of his life, claiming that the book is deadly... What secret can it hold? And then Clarenceux is visited by the State in the form of Francis Walsingham and his ruthless enforcers, who will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. If Clarenceux and his family are to survive the terror of Walsingham, and to plead with the queen’s Secretary of State Sir William Cecil for their lives, Clarenceux must solve the clues contained in the book to unlock its dangerous secrets before it’s too late. And when he does, he realises that it's not only his life and the lives of those most dear to him that are at stake..." [Source]
I opened the package and started reading immediately. Good Stuff!

Within this week I received a mail by Alva J Roberts, Editor & Art Director at Pill Hill Press - a small, independent publisher specializing in horror, suspense, dark fantasy and science fiction. She told me about their new science fiction anthology Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1617060007] edited by Alva J Roberts. And I thought by myself that after reading a fantasy anthology (Swords & Dark Magic (July 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0061723810]), it would be interesting to read and review a sf short story collection. So I got a PDF review copy.
"This short story collection features thirteen fantastic adventures set in the cold vacuum of space. Read about rogues, scoundrels, aliens, robots, heroes, junkers and priests as you explore the rich and creative diversity of the following stories:

Junker's Fancy By Rosemary Jones, Leech Run By Scott W. Baker, A Space Romance By Paul A. Freeman, Hawking's Caution By Mark Rivett, Parhelion By David Schembri, To Stand Among Kings By Kenneth Mark Hoover, The Unicorn Tree By Alethea Kontis, The Beacon of Hope By Gregory L Norris, Tangwen's Last Heist By C.B. Calsing, The Stand-Ins By Gef Fox, Glacier Castle By Will Morton, Rescue By Margaret Karmazin, At One Stride Comes the Dark By Murray Leeder." [Source]
I know I have a lot to read. But the book is not that long (266 pages) and I'm keen to read some sf stories ...


The last but one is book five in the Shadows of the Apt series.The Scarab Path (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0330511452] by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
"The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home. The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities who refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat yet again. Out past the desert of the Nem the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones..." [Source]

Shame on me! So far I read only the first book in the series. One reading goal for 2011...

The last book is a German one and still not translated to English. It is the final book in the Sturmwelten trilogy. It is a world full of ships, pirates, magic and adventures. Sturmwelten - Jenseits der Drachenküste [ISBN-13: 978-3453523982] by Christoph Hardebusch.
"Ein mächtiger Sturn zieht über den Weltmeeren auf. Denn als das schwarze Schiff erneut gesichtet wird und die Jagd nach seinemGeheimnis ihren Höhepunkt findet, erwachen magische Geschöpfe aus dem Dunkel der Vergangenheit. Eine gewaltige Seeschlacht entbrennt, und für den Freibeuter Jacquento ist endlich der Augenblick gekommen, in dem sich nicht nur sein Schicksal, sondern die Zukunft der ganzen Welt fürimmer verändern wird ..." [Back of the book]
I look forward to read the end of the trilogy. But it is a bit unusual to read a book in German after a long time. It is my first read in German in 2010 !!!

D
o you like to read books which you easily can use as doorstop? Then 2011 will be the year for you. Why?
Just have a look at the awsome post by Patrick over at Stomping on Yeti:


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 online magazines? It doesn't matter because there is one which is really interesting for sff fans. I would like have more time to discover LIGHTSPEED.
What do they say about themselves?
"Lightspeed is an online magazine focusing exclusively on science fiction. Here you can expect to see all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. No subject will be considered off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.
Each month at Lightspeed, we bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Lightspeed, it is our hope that you’ll see where science fiction comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.
Lightspeed also features a variety of nonfiction features, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories.
Our regular publication schedule each month includes two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with four nonfiction articles. New content (Fiction and Nonfiction) will be posted on the first four Tuesdays of each month. Ebook editions and editorials will be available on the 1st of the month."[Source]
I promise you a lot of interesting things. Go and discover LIGHTSPEED. You won't regret...

There is a lot of hype around The Way of Kings [ISBN-13: 978-0765326355] by Brandon Sanderson. Do you would like to get a ARC? Then you have to convince Edgar, the raven. You do not believe me?
The read following post: The Way of Kings ARC Giveaway. But you have to hurry up. Winners will be chosen on Monday morning ( August 9th, 2010).



I like maps - especially fantasy maps. And there is a site - I mentioned sometimes ago - where the name is program: Fantasy Map Maker
They run a contest:
Map-Making Competition: Win $100 Worth of ProFantasy Mapping Software
Maybe you would like to take part. The rules are simple. Just follow the link above.

Now read on view Meet the Judges and their opus - a lot of gorgeous maps...


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.

"Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…… Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border." [Source]
This is the second part of the official synopsis of Monsters (2010), a movie with a production budget of $15,000 !!!

Here is the rest:
"Written & directed by Gareth Edwards
Starring Scoot McNairy (“In Search Of A Midnight Kiss”) and Whitney Able (“All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”)
The breakout hit of this years SXSW, Gareth Edwards’ groundbreaking new film is as much a poignant contemporary romance as it is an epic science fiction adventure. Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went. The result is a film as cutting edge as it is classically composed, as emotionally satisfying as it is visually stunning, and the bold announcement of a major new talent." [Source]
This is the trailer - watch and marvel

And additionally I can show you a movie clip:


I hope I get the opportunity to watch Monsters in Germany....

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.
Inspired by the Monsters movie trailer I searched for "Jungle" quotes.
And that is what I found ...

"Sure, the lion is king of the jungle
but airdrop him into Antarctica,
& he's just a penguin's bitch

Dennis Miller, American Comedian and Actor (1953 - )


"Life is a zoo in a jungle.
Peter De Vries


"The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
Desmond Morris


"If there were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.
Ghanan Proverb

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

THe year of the fantasy doorstop does not sound promising!

ediFanoB said...

Hey Alex,
does this mean the post
2011: The Year of the Fantasy Doorstop does not contain a book you are interested in?
I own two of the books and would like ten more.

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