Saturday, August 14, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #33

Hello and welcome to issue #33 of Edi's Weekend Wave. First working week after holiday is over. It takes me always some time to return to a kind of routine - not at work but for the rest of the day. I still search for a time for reading. Not to early, not to late, not to tired, ... and so on. Today I found out that 5:45 to 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning is a good time. Our cats wake me up around 5:30 am.The insist to get ther food regularly. And I can assure you that you wake up when a cat drive her head against your nose or jumps again and again on your bed.
Forme int does not make sense to go to bed again after feeding the cats. So I spend the time until we go for weekend shopping in my favorite reading chair. And I assume I will do the same on Sunday...
Enjoy reading ...


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Giveaways
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: The Uncrowned King by Rowena Cory Daniels
  2. Book received this week: Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney (omnibus volume 1)
  3. Excerpt: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  4. The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
  5. Words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, words, .....
  6. Convincing article by fellow blogger Bryce Lee aka Seak
  7. I need to finish Hyperion by Dan Simmons: A mouth-watering review by Pat
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Review Index returns
  2. Underrated author giveaway
  3. Steampunk Leather Dog
  4. Apocalyptic Art
  5. Secrets of the Abyss....
  6. London Panorama 1845
  7. Last minute information: A giveaway of a book I reviewed recently
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Skyline
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 GIVE

The Lighthouse

As you may know I run my first giveaway which is opened worldwide. In case you are a first time reader just click on following link:
Edi's Giveaway: The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
I like George Mann's books a lot. Therefore I posted about two other George Mann giveaways within this week.
These are the links for all of you first time readers:
Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Another George Mann giveaway
Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: One more George Mann giveaway

There are always a lot of giveaways running, some are opened worldwide others have restrictions.
I really like to take part in giveaways and I won around ten books in 2009!!
One problem is to get notice of all giveaways I'm interested in and where I can take part. As I live in Germany I look for worldwide giveaways.
I know that there are sites who list giveaways but I don't spend time to check them.
But since my first giveaway is running I'm thinking about a kind of service for you which is also related to my blog.
One result you got within this week in form of the above mentioned posts.
In other words, whenever I run a giveaway I will search for giveaways with books from the same author and which are opened worldwide.
And I will work to extend this service in future for books I review and for books I write about in other posts.
I hope you like my ideas.

Anyhow I would like to know
- Do you like giveaways?
- How often do you take part in giveaways?

It seems I have to think about polls ......

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 two books. The first one is an omnibus and the second one is the second book in a series.

Ever read a book by Paul Kearney? I read The Ten Thousand (pb 2008, 480 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1844165735] and I wrote about it. That was not Paul Kearney's debut novel. He wrote several books before - two series and four stand-alone novels. The Monarchies of God is one of the series and consist of five books published between 1995 and 2002. When I read the synopsis (only two sentences!) of Hawkwood's Voayge - the first book in the series - over at Paul Kearney's site I have been intrigued:
"The Western World is in flames, the cities and cathedrals of the Faith set to the torch by the invading Merduks. For buccaneer Richard Hawkwood escape seems the only answer, and an ancient logbook, found in a deserted ship a century before, tells of a free land across the Western ocean."
But much to my regret the first three books were out of print. Anyway I added the books to my neverending book list because I always hope that one day these books will be published again - either as an omnibus or as single books. And I'm right. Solaris publish the whole The Monarchies of God series in omnibus format!! That means series in two books. I ordered both in advance and today I received my copy of Hawkwood and the Kings (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735708]. The omnibus contains Hawkwood's Voayge and The Heretic Kings. I hope you will forgive me that I quote the back of the book. It just shows my excitement...
"THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNING...
For Richard Hawkwood and his crew, a desperate venture to carry refugees to the uncharted land across the Great Western Ocean offers the only chance of escape from the Inceptiones' pyres.

In the East Lofantyr, Abeleyn and Mark - three of the five Ramusian Kings - have defied their crue pontiff's purge and must fight to hold their thrones through excommunication,intrigue and civil war.

In the quiet monastery city of Charibon, two humble monks make a discovery that will change the whole world.

Aekir, the Holy City, has fallen and all now seems lost, but even on the eve of destruction the Faithful still war amongst themselves..." [Back of the book]
Now you may think what an artless cover... quite the contrary.
Read the full story about the covers for the two books:
Monarchies of God book cover artwork,Century of the Soldier Artwork, Century of the Soldier

Coincidenc? Also the second book I received this week is published by Solaris. The Uncrowned King (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1097519048] by Rowena Cory Daniells is the second book in the The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin series.
It is great that I received the book within this week because I have only 240 pages left in The King's Bastard (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519000]. So far I like the story a lot. It is incredible how the different stress of some words can have an impact on the recognition of a situation. Every action force a reaction. And every reaction is understandable from the character's point of view which must not be consistent with your own opinion.

The third and final book The Usurper (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519079] will be published in September. So I can read the series nearly back to back.

I still have to finish several series where the books have not been published shortly one after the other. You will get to know one later on ih this post.

There is a series where I own copies of the first two books of the planned seven. I talk about the Gentlemen Bastard series by Scott Lynch. I know that there are a lot of Locke Camorra fans. Book three The Republic of Thieves has been postponed several times. But it seems we can expect it in 2011. In the meantime a first excerpt is available online. I must admit I did not read it. So it is up to you to decide whether to risk a glance or not.

I'm a huge fan of The Chathrand Voyage series by Robert V. S. Redick. I reviewed the first two books of the series and wrote a post about Robert's world during my time as a contributor of Only The Best Sci-Fi/fantasy. These are the links:
The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick
Review: The Rats and the Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick
The World of Robert V.S. Redick

And this is the cover of book three
The River of Shadows (February,2011, hc) [ISBN-13: 978-0345523815]

I really look forward to get a copy because I can't wait to read how the story continues. By the way I like the cover. It has a cryptic touch...

Words. A novel consists of words and a series consists of even more words. Most people talk about how many pages a book has - which we all know can differ due to different reasons (language, format, font size). A lot more interesting is the number of words. In January 2011 The Crippled God (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765316561] by Steven Erikson will be published. It is the final book in The Malazan Book of The Fallen series .
Do you have any clue of how many words the whole series consist? One million? Two million? Three million?
I have been really impressed by the answer. You want to know the wordcount for The Malazan Book of The Fallen series? Then you have to read this post over at The Cesspit.
Advice: Don't forget to shut your mouth after reading the post.....

Are you looking for another author worth to discover? Then I recommend to read the convincing post of fellow blogger Seak (Bryce L.) over at Fantasy Literature. Something is missing .... Of course I should tell about which author we are talking: Why You Should Read… John Marco
Shame on me. I own the whole Tyrants and Kings trilogy by John Marco ..... UNREAD!!
Now go, check out whether John Marco is an author for you or not.

I'm reading Hyperion [ISBN-13: 978-0553283686] by Dan Simmons. So far I read 140 pages. There was one part which did not find interesting but the rest .... . Anyway after what I have read so far, I would recommend to read it. But I have another great argument. Just read Pat's review over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.

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 have been totally excited when I read
It's Alive! The Epic Fantasy Review Index Returns.
I still remember when I discovered this index. It has been a treasure chest for me.
Of course I left a comment:
"ediFanoB said... Hey Jeff,
that's wonderful! I always hoped you will return to work on your index some day.
Maybe you remember me. In October 2008 I supported you with a list of Bookspotcentral review links :-)"
And Jeff replied
"Jeff C said... Michael: of course I remember! Now I need to track down that email again, so I can finally update those links..that should probably be the first thing i do. I also have your new blog in my Google Reader list, so I'll eventually add your reviews to the index, too."
To be honest I still have a copy of the link spreadsheet :-) I highly recommend to use the Index and provide Jeff with links.

Do you know an author whom you find underrated? I opened my review of A Shadow in Summer [ISBN-13: 978-0765351876] by Daniel Abraham as followed:
"When reading blogs you will mention after a while that there are authors without much hype but always mentioned that they are worth to read. For me it seems Daniel Abraham is one of these authors. Since I read Keeping An Eye On... Daniel Abraham over at Stomping on Yeti."
A Shadow in Summer, which is the first book in the Long Price Quartet series, is a great read! I still need to read the remaining three books.
I mentioned Stomping on Yeti, a blog which is not known for giveaways. There have been a few but Patrick, the good guy behind Stomping on Yeti, thinks, that giveaways are a sin of blogging. OK, that is his opinion. Fortunately he makes exceptions. And one of this exceptions is the reason why a post about his latest giveaway.
That means you can win the complete Long Price Quartet series. How cool is that? The contest will run until Friday, August 20th at 11:59pm and as far as I can see it is opened worldwide. Now hurry up to take part.
These books deserve to be read by you. And if you don't win don't hesitate to buy them.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!


Steampunk is on the way to be more common. Books, fashion, music, movies ... What's about steampunk animals? Can you imagine a steampunk dog? You want an example? No problem. Marvel at the Steampunk Leather Dog. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Apocalypse and Art - does this combination fit together or is it scabrous? I think it lays in the eye of the beholder.
Go to Beauty in Destruction: Awesome Apocalyptic Art and form your on opinion. I found some of the pictures impressive.

Earth's oceans are still a region full of mysteries and secrets. Anyway whenever I find a post about the life in ocean depths I'm fascinated by what is living in the abyss. If you feel like me than you can withstand to have a look at Dwellers In The Abyss: Ugly, Monstrous Fish It is definitely partially eerie.... but worth

London is my favorite town. And this is one of my favorite blogs about London:
Ian Visits Illustrated London news. A must see is his Huge Panorama of London in 1845.
This thumbnail should give you a first impression of what to expect.
To be honest the scanned map is really huge - 6GB !!! And awesome Ian presents the panorama in different formats. I like the one in Google Maps style presentation very much. Go to Ian's site and be flabbergasted!

Just before I wanted to finish this post I received a mail from J C Marino, author of Dante's Journey (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1935188094], which I reviewed recently.
GOODREADS is hosting a giveaway of a Dante's Journey copy. This giveaway is available for following countries: US, CA, GB, AU, FR, DE, IE, IT, NZ, ES and ends on October 07, 2010.
But this giveaway includes a special gift: Joe Dante's badge!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!

And this is the Dante's Journey book trailer:


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.

In November 2010 a new Science Fiction/Thriller movie will hit the cinemas.
SKYLINE is directed by Colin Strause and Greg Strause; starring Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, and Brittany Daniel.
"After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an otherworldly force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now our band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels around them." [Source]
And this is the first teaser trailer.

To be honest I would like to see a bit more before I decide to watch SKYLINE.

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.
Edi talked about giveaways and I thought by myself why not search for quotes containing the word give.
And there are more than one thinks ....

"Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Napoleon Bonaparte, French general & politician (1769 - 1821)

"If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
Mel Brooks,US actor, comedian, & movie director (1926 - )

"Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
Sir William Osler, British (Canadian-born) physician (1849 - 1919)

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
Miss Piggy, US Muppet and Pig

6 comments:

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

As they say in Switzerland, Danke viel Mals! :D

ediFanoB said...

Welcome, linguistic genius ;-)

I really appreciated your John Marco post.
With all the books I would like to read I'm in the need of the ability to read minimum four books per day...

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

@edi - That's so true, I think that's why I start 2 to 4 books at a time because I actually think I can finish that many in a day. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The directors don't have a great track record, but Skyline looks interesting.

ediFanoB said...

@seak,
to be honest I do the same :D

@Alex,

let's wait for more information about Skyline and then we will see...

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Oh, and thanks, didn't mean to be rude. :D

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