Saturday, August 21, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #34

Hello and welcome to issue #34 of Edi's Weekend Wave. Today I don't feel really well. It think I'm coming down with something. I'm sure yo know that: the nose feels different and the swallowing too. And I don't want to talk about my tiredness. Anyhow I want to write this issue. It will be a bit shorter as usual but now you know one reason for that. Have a great weekend and ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Bits and pieces
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Book received this week: ???
  2. A robot book
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. TBR - About piles and shelves
  2. Globes
  3. Apples
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A robot movie
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 Miss Piggy and more ....

The Lighthouse

Since yesterday we know who won my first worldwide giveaway. I hope the documentation of the drawing has been detailed enough. I wrote more about it than other blogger normally do. I wanted to show that the whole drawing has been no stitch-up. But I'm sure that none of the participants thought about my drawing in this way.

For me the giveaway has been a positive experience and therefore I plan to do a second giveaway within 2010. So far I neither know the date nor the book. Time will tell.
My reading speed slowed down dramatically and also my time for reading dwindled. That has an impact of some of my projects. I have to change my schedule again. Nevertheless you will get a review tomorrow (Sunday).
But I was happy to spend some time for reading posts on other blogs and to leave comments.

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 NO book. It is like a coin. On the one side I like to receive new books. On the other hand it is good for my TBR pile.

There is a wonderful book on my list which I did not buy so due to the price. But only four months left until Christmas .... It is an illustrated book. And it is about a robot. Welcome to Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel (hc, 2009, 168 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0810989504] by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett.
"This is the official illustrated history of Boilerplate, a turn-of-the-last century robot, and its colourful adventures around the world, including some with key historical figures. After losing a loved one to war, the brilliant Professor Archibald Campion invented a robot soldier and unveiled it at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Unusually, the U.S. was not engaged in any military conflict, and at the Exposition, Edison and Tesla were introducing their world-changing technology, and as a result, the robot, nicknamed Boilerplate, was pretty much overlooked. However, while Boilerplate was relegated to the dustbins of history, that didn't mean he didn't get out and about in the world. He and Professor Campion had remarkable adventures around the globe that included a trek across Antarctica, the Klondike Gold Rush, fighting alongside Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill, riding in the sands with Lawrence of Arabia, and finally ending up at the frontlines of World War I in France. This 4-colour book is profusely illustrated with incredible period illustrations including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and other images." [Source]

It is an extraordinary book. You will agree as soon as you have visited and discovered the awesome and gorgeous official Boilerplate website! The first one is an omnibus and the second one is the second book in a series.
Read more about Boilerplate in the Movie section of this post....

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...

TBR - an abbreviation well known by every book reader. Last week several blogger posted about there TBR piles. Just read the posts and the comments over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist (more than 125 books), DaveBrendon's Fantasy & SciFi Weblog (nearly 200 books). I have around 160 unread books.
What about you, dear readers? How many books on your TBR pile and what strategy you have to reduce your pile? I always try to read one more book than I buy/receive per month but most of the time I fail.

Recently I posted about maps. One can say maps are part of something greater - globes. If you are interested in globes, unusual globes including cubed ones then you should go to A Round-up of Unusual Globes.

Apple(s),a forbidden or mystical fruit and also part of the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". For me it is a delicious fruit and to be honest I eat one or more apples a day. There are different flavors from sweet to tart. If you want to know more about apple flavors then you should have a look at The Sprectrum Of Apple Flavours.

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.

I wrote about Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel in the section of this post. There is a company named Bad Robot Productions and the owner of the company is J. J. Abrams who is a well known movie producer.
And now I come back to Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel. J. J. Abrams picked up the rights ans will produce a movie starring Boilerplate! I'm excited. Of course I can't present you a trailer. Instead I show you the book trailer which gives you an impression about what to expect.


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.
Some readers liked the Miss Piggy quote I posted last week - me too. So you get one more. During my search for Miss piggy quotes I found some other quotes which I would like to share with you .....

"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'
Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (1922-2000)

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
Robert McCloskey

"Dogs have Owners, Cats have Staff.
Author unknown

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Author unknown

"Too much exercise can damage your health.
Miss Piggy, US Muppet and Pig

5 comments:

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

I think it was around 115 last I counted...and then I keep getting more. I always think I'll get to all of them, but I'm starting to think I never will. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Abrams directing Boilerplate would be fitting.
And my TBR pile is less than ten, but that's offset by a TBW (written) pile of just one.

Josh Healy said...

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ediFanoB said...

Bryce,

I'm sure your TBR will grow. But the good thing is that it will take a long time until you run out of books.

anyway it will be interesting to read debut novels when we are beyond 75 ;-))

ediFanoB said...

Alex,

a TBR pile with less than ten? How did you do that?
Did you stop to buy books? Did you refuse delivery of ARCs?

let's hope the best for the Boilerplate movie.

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