Monday, September 27, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Today I like Monday

Dear Readers,

I know it is Monday. And today I like Monday for several reasons. I finished a book. I went to dentist for my annual tooth check and everything is fine. Beside that I would like to share with you some book news.

In issue #39 of Edi's Weekend Wave I posted about the next book in one of my favorite series -
PAX BRITANNIA: Dark Side (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735852] by Jonathan Green.
"START A NEW LIFE ON THE MOON!
Yes, incredible opportunities await you on Earth's most popular emigration destination. Let us bring you to the moon in style. Our weekly flights depart from all the major London spaceports. From thearchitectural splendor of Luna Prime to Serenity City, there really is something for everyone. Or if it's adventure you're looking for, why not seek out old enemies and win new allies as you hunt for the killer of your nearest and dearest? So what are you waiting for? Murder and mayhem await you on the dark side of the moon. But remember, in space no one can hear you hullabaloo!" [Source]
I'm so excited to read about a "steampunked" moon.
In secret I waited for a trailer. Fortunately Jonathan Green "read" my thoughts :-))

Ta-da! I proudly present the first Dark Side trailer



I told you that I like to read historical fantasy.
In Edi's Weekend Wave #37 I informed you about an interesting post - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part one: The Past - over at Adventures in SciFi Publishing. The three-part series about historical fiction written by author M. K. Hobson.

In a further post I told you about - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part Two: The Present

Since September 26th - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part Three: The Future - is available.
Again you get book recommendations and some interesting thoughts.From the ten mentioned books, four are either on my list or I own a copy. Not bad.

Finally let me say that I could not resist to order The Native Star (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553592658] by M. K. Hobson. I was not sure about the romance factor in the book. But the great review over Dreams and Speculations at allayed my doubts.

I can't withstand to show you the trailer again


Enjoy Reading .......

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #39

Update: Did you miss #39 of Edi's Weekend Wave? Me too. What happened? I do not really know. I thought, everything went well. But when I checked my blog this morning, I did not find my post. NO, NO, NO, I don't to blame anybody. I identified the problem as a simple PEBKAC. Just look at the following cartoon from userfriendly.org which explains the meaning of PEBKAC
(Click on cartoon to enlarge)


Hello and welcome to issue #39 of Edi's Weekend Wave. Summer left our region. It is getting colder, rain, gray sky, less hours of daylight. That sounds depressing. But for me it is the start of the real reading season. Just me, good books, tea or hot chocolate, biscuits and my favorite reading chair. After a slow reading September (I will be happy when I finish three books by end of the month) I look forward to a busy reading October. To my pleasure I have two weeks off. I need these two weeks for my The Monarchies of God project.
I recognized that there is a small jubilee ahead. I'm not far away from my 100th post. Not bad for a part time blogger ...
And now

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Listening to ....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Aurorarama
  3. Clockwork Angel
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. K. W. Jeter: Steampunk roots
  2. Mark Hodder interview
  3. The Adventures of the 19XX
  4. PAX BRITANNIA
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My impressions
  2. Black Death: My impressions
  3. Next movie to watch: Adèle und das Geheimnis des Pharaohs
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 Tea ....

The Lighthouse

I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In September and October I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
While I wrote this issue of the Edi's Weekend Wave I listened to Zombie performed by The Cranberries with their Dolores O'Riordan. The song has been released in 1994.

Dolores O'Riordan is an extraordinary singer and Zombie is an extraordinary intensive song. So powerful.
Watch and listen to the original video:


The second video shows the interaction between Dolores O'Riordan and the audience:



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.

Another "one book week". Tor/forge publicist Cassandra Ammerman surprised me with a copy of the third book in the Onyx Court series by Marie Brennan.
I read and reviewed Midnight Never Comes (pb, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0316020299], which is the first book in the series.
"In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few." [Source] For more information follow this link.
The second volume - In Ashes Lie (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0316020329] - is on my shelf... unread.
"September, 1666 The mortal civil war is over. But the war among the fae is still raging, and London is its battleground. There are forces that despise the Onyx Court, and will do anything to destroy it. But now a greater threat has come, one that could destroy everything. In the house of a sleeping baker, a spark leaps free of the oven -- and ignites a blaze that will burn London to the ground. For three harrowing days, the mortals and fae of the city will fight to save their home. While the humans struggle to halt the conflagration that is devouring London street by street, the fae pit themselves against a less tangible foe: the spirit of the fire itself, powerful enough to annihilate everything in its path. Neither side can win on its own -- but can they find a way to fight together? " [Source] For detailed information follow this link.


And now I received book three: A Star Shall Fall (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325365]. The story continues. I don't want to give way too much of the story which is directly connected to the events described in book two.

Click here for more information

The next book in the Onyx Court series - working title 1884 - will be published in 2011.

What do you think about following book trailer?

Did it arise your interest? I must admit I read a review about the book before I watched the trailer. I'm not really sure whether I would have added the book to my list without reading
which is a great review. I highly recommend to read it.
It seems to be a wonderful book and I hope there will be a paperback edition within 2011.

Have a look at following trailer

For me the trailer is mouth-watering. A new steampunk series. Therefore I tried to get more information about A Clockwork Angel (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1406321326] by Cassandra Clare. It is the first book in the The Infernal Devices series. The official site is excellent and offers tons of information in a "steamy" ambience. But the more I read the less steampunk I found. And now I know the reason why. I found the answer in the offical FAQ.
There is an explanation about the use of steampunk in the book:
"Steampunk is very hard to define. There are a number of definitions to be found here, including this one from Tinker Girl at Brass Goggles, that I like: “Steampunk is a genre of fiction set somewhere in the 1800’s during the Victorian Era. The fictional part comes in that technology has gone a bit skewed - though the exact methods vary, generally steam-powered devices that would have been impossible or unfeasible at the time are found to exist. Examples include steam-robots, flying castles, under-water bases, moon rockets, time machines etc."
Obviously, this doesn’t really describe my Clockwork series, which is set in our recognizable historical past, not an alternate version of it. But I love the aesthetic of steampunk and tried to work it in in small ways, ..." [Source]
Combined with the other information I found, I must say, this is not what I expected. But I'm sure a lot of people will love it. I prefer another kind of steampunk books. You will find two within this issue of the Weekend Wave.

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...

It was science fiction author K. W. Jeter who coined the term "steampunk. Read the excellent Wikipedia article about Steampunk. K. W. Jeter is the author of Morlock Night (1979) and Infernal Devices (1987) which belong to the early steampunk books.
As you can imagine, I would like to read them. Sadly they are out of print. But there is always hope that a publisher pick up these books and republish them. And it happens:
September 23, over at Angry Robots, Two absolutely stunning new Steampunk covers
I jumped for joy! Angry Robots will publish both books with new covers in spring 2011. I think this is a result of the growing interest in steampunk in common and in steampunk literature in particular. I fully agree that the artwork by John Coulthart is absolutely stunning.
Morlock Night (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0857661005] by K. W. Jeter
"What happened when the time machine returned? Morlock Night is a memorably different excursion in science fiction - a gripping classic adventure in past, present and future - with some startling surprising!" [Source]
For detailed information I recommend to read Morlock Night by K. W. Jeter: Review over at RetroSpeculation.

"It all began when the Brown Leather Man, a mysterious being with a secret older than humankind, asked proper Victorian London gentleman George Dower to repair a weird device. How coud George have known that this was but one of the many infernal devices his genius father had built, and that he himself would soon be pursued by former clients of his father? For George had always been the unsuspecting key to his father's incredible plans, a key that others would like to possess - from the automaton who wore George's own face to the mad Lord Bendray, bent on using George to destroy the entire Earth." [Source]
I have been so excited that I ordered both books in advance!! I hope a lot more people will share my interest for these books.


In my 2010 half time report I wrote
NUMBER TWO
Even we have unanimous top read the gap between number two and number one is not that big. It is a debut novel. It is set in London and there is steampunk. Michael Moorcock wrote: "The best debut novel I have read in ages." We agree mostly with him. It is a great, great, great read. We will explain in detail in our upcoming review (will be posted in July). There are two completely different covers for UK (right) and US (left). For this reason I present you both covers of our number two:

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack
by Mark Hodder
(review in progress)



In July 2010 I reviewed The Strange Affair of Spring-Helled Jack by Mark Hodder. For me The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack is still one of the debut novels of 2010. Therefore I have been happy when I found the great and informative interview with Mark Hodder over at LEC Book Reviews.
To my pleasure there will be two more Burton &Swinburne books. The next one - The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man - will be published in 2011. This time the story is based around one of the famous real-life case in the United Kingdom: The Tichborne Claimant case. I did not know the case before. It is a quite interesting one.
So far no cover is available and it is not possible to order the book in advance. I will check regularly and keep you updated.
Expeditions to the mountains of the Moon is the working title of book three. Burton will return to Africa.
Furthermore Mark Hodder, whom you can meet on Twitter (just click on the name), has plans for a second trilogy.
I loved to read that. And if you are as interested in the Burton &Swinburne series as I'm then I higly recommend to read the mentioned interview.


Do you like webcomics?
The 19XX Movie Poster
Look at the picture. That promise dirigibles and adventure in an Art Deco world.
The webcomic The Adventures of the 19xx "will be updated every two weeks on Wednesdays, with extra stuff uploaded now and then as well."
The publishing started in 2009. But that should not hinder you to follow the whole story so far.
To enter the first page just click on following link:


I read several pages and have been intrigued. I will definitely follow the story ......

PAX BRITANNIA is one of my favorite steampunk series. Just read my latest post about PAX BRITANNIA:

Today I have some news one one reminder for you.
From now own you can access to the site of author Jonathan Green buy using
www.JonathanGreenAuthor.com

And this is the new official way to access to the PAX Britannia site:
www.PaxBritannia.com

Don't forget, the next Ulysses Quicksilver adventure - Dark Side (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735852] by Jonathan Green - is coming soon. Let me rock the house:
"START A NEW LIFE ON THE MOON!
Yes, incredible opportunities await you on Earth's most popular emigration destination. Let us bring you to the moon in style. Our weekly flights depart from all the major London spaceports. From thearchitectural splendor of Luna Prime to Serenity City, there really is something for everyone. Or if it's adventure you're looking for, why not seek out old enemies and win new allies as you hunt for the killer of your nearest and dearest? So what are you waiting for? Murder and mayhem await you on the dark side of the moon. But remember, in space no one can hear you hullabaloo!" [Source]
I'm so excited to read about a "steampunked" moon.


You still did not read a Ulysses Quicksilver adventure? Then let me tell you that also the first PAX BRITANNIA omnibus (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519567] which contains the first three Ulysses Quicksilver adventures is coming soon ....


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.

This week my wife and I have been to cinema twice.

On Monday we saw The Magician's apprentice starring Nicolas Cage.
I t was a nice movie. Just something to relax. I could not identify a specific meaning and depth.
For me it was the kind of movie which you watch just for plain entertainment. In half a year I will hardly remember that I have seen this film. The trailer shows some of the "magic" highlights.


On Thursday we saw Compared to The Magician's Apprentice it is a movie with meaning and depth. A ruthless depiction of the brutal life in the 14th century during the plague in England. A movie without happy end. I refused to imagine the nauseous smell of this time. Must have been as worse as the Great Stink. It is exactly the movie as promised in the synopsis
Plague-ridden medieval England: Bodies lie scattered in their hundreds, the country is in turmoil. One hope remains, rumours of a village that is unaffected by the deadly disease. As God’s ambassador, young monk Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) is tasked in leading the fearsome knight Ulrich (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to the remote village. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life.
Their journey is treacherous and filled with danger; encountering deadly bandits and vicious witch-burnings that will put their faith to the ultimate test. Though it’s upon entering the village that their true horror begins...
From Christopher Smith, director of cult hits Creep, Severance and Triangle, comes a brutal and terrifying epic that guarantees to chill the blood and stir the soul." [Source]
I show you once again the trailer:


Next week a french movie - Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (Germany title = Adèle und das Geheimnis des Pharaohs, which is not a one to one translation; English title = The extraordinary adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec), directed by Luc Besson - will hit the cinemas in Germany. I don't know if the movie will be shown in UK and USA. I show you the French trailer with German subtitles.I think you will understand without knowledge of the German language. The pictures speak for themselves. The film is based on a comic series of the same name. Maybe following synopsis is helpful for you:
"The adventures, set in Paris in the years before and after World War I, revolve around the protagonist Adèle Blanc-Sec. A cynical heroine, she is initially a novelist of popular fiction, who turns to investigative journalism as her research and subsequent adventures reveal further details of the mystical world of crime. Themes of the occult, corruption, official incompetence, and the dangers of patriotism suffuse the series. One interesting feature is the hiatus which separates Adèle's first exploits, taking place in 1910s Paris, from later ones, instead set in the post-WWI milieu. The separation is explained with her having been cryogenically hibernated following a grave injury. The expedient was deemed necessary by Tardi to avoid her entanglement in the First World War. In an interview he declared: "Her feisty nature made it impossible to provide her with a place in the war. She would not have been allowed to fight, and could no more have settled for being a nurse, than she could have remained home rolling bandages"." [Source]
Seems to be an amusing movie. Will tell you more as soon as I have seen it. Now enjoy 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.
ediFanoB wrote about autumn and he mentioned tea. We all like to drink tea. But we do not like eithe black nor green tea. And now enjoy the result of my search for tea quotes ...

"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.
William Ewart Gladstone, British Liberal Statesman (1809 – 1898)

"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President (1809-1865)

"Where there's tea there's hope.
Arthur W. Pinero

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me
C.S. Lewis, British Scholar and Novelist (1898-1963)

"Tea and books - Mmmmmm, two of life's exquisite pleasures that together bring near-bliss.
Christine Hanrahan

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: PAX BRITANNIA LEGO FRANKENSTEIN

I'm a huge fan of the PAX BRITANNIA series. You don't know the PAX BRITANNIA series? Then I recommend to spend four and half minutes for the awesome introduction to the world of PAX BRITANNIA:

I posted several times about the series - link1, link2, link3, link4, link5, link6, link7.
For more information about the author you can use following links: Jonathan Green blog, Jonathan Green on Twitter, Another Jonathan Green blog, Pax Britannia Appreciation Society on Facebook.
For more information about the PAX BRITANNIA series: Official PAX BRITANNIA blog, PAX BRITANNIA publisher Abaddon Books.

Now watch this:


This is Mark Harris stunning cover of Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green. The seventh Ulysses Quicksilver adventure will hopefully published in May 2011. Of course I ordered the book in advance!!

So far I have mentioned two labels from the post title: PAX BRITANNIA and FRANKENSTEIN.

What would you think about to be a part of the story - not physically but your name?
I would love it. But is there an opportunity to be part of the story? YES!

Author Jonathan Green announced:

Let me quote Jonathan:
"The Prize
A walk on part in the next Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia novel Anno Frankenstein, due to be published by Abaddon Books in 2011. It will be up to me how you appear in the book and whether you're a hero, a villain or a name on a tombstone, but your name will appear somewhere within the book."
How can you take part?
"All you have to do to qualify is create your own Pax Britannia scene - out of Lego! "
You are only four steps away to enter the competition:
"1) Create your Lego model.
2) Take a photograph of it.
3) Email your photograph, along with your name, to paxbritannia@hotmail.co.uk.
4) Do all of this by 31 October 2010."
For your inspiration Jonathan Green posted following video:


Unfortunately I can't take part because I don't own any Lego today but I still remember all the airplanes I built 40 years ago ......

GOOD LUCK to all of you who participate.

VIVA LA STEAMPUNK!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Don't miss Historical Fantasy: A History

Dear Readers,
I will be honest with you. I have a kind of review logjam. It is a nightmare to stare at white sheet of paper for hours. Maybe I have read too many good reviews in the past days which blocks me. I don't know the reason yet.
I want to be fair and honest to the authors of the books I review and of course I want to be honest and fair with you. And when I obviously can't deliver quality content I abandon to write just something. I hope you understand.


Instead I deliver a post especially for all of you who like to read historical fantasy.
In Edi's Weekend Wave #37 I informed you about an interesting post - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part one: The Past - over at Adventures in SciFi Publishing. The three-part series about historical fiction written by author M. K. Hobson.

Now the second part - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part Two: The Present - is available. Don't let you be mislead by the term historical fantasy. Part two contains a lot of information about all the different "-punk" categories. To be honest I never read before about "Timepunk". A highlight of the post is definitely all the book links. To my surprise I read 11 of the 60 mentioned books and another seven are on my list. That means I like historical fiction.

M. K. Hobson refers to an excellent post by author J.E. Remy. As there is no direct link in her post. I thought it would be good to post it: All Sorts of Punk

Finally I like to share one more link with you. Let me first quote what the author wrote about his site:
"This site provides a highly selective list of online resources and novel recommendations for the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, and historical fantasy. Its purpose is to introduce historical fiction fans to the world of fantasy literature, to introduce fantasy fans to the world of historical novels and short fiction, and to offer readers of both genres information on the overlapping genre of historical fantasy."
In case this text aroused your interest then go and visit:

ENJOY READING....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #38

Hello and welcome to issue #38 of Edi's Weekend Wave. It is weekend and of course something must happen. Today we have had a power outage for around one hour. It does not happen that often. One hour without electric power shows drastically how much we depend on electric power. Fortunately I did not loose that much of my post.
This issue of the Weekend Wave is a bit shorter. I did not spend that much time in the world wide web.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Time Zones and something from home ....
  2. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Resistance is futile ....
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A 200 lb reminder
  2. UK cover: The White Luck Warrior
  3. Gargoyles
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A Parody
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 Parody ....

The Lighthouse

The world of Twitter never sleeps. Most of my favorite blogger live in different time zones. The one hour time difference between UK and Germany is not really a problem. But when it comes to USA we have six and more hours. That makes it difficult to twitter with other people. The result is often a time-delayed question and answer.
The good thing it is that it works. It is easier for me to use twitter instead of facebook.
Do you have friends living around the world? How do you cope with time zones?

And now something from ediFanoB's home. His wife is also an avid reader. She managed all her books without using tools. But that is no more longer possible. ediFanoB always recommended to use Goodreads. Since yesterday his wife is member of Goodreads. In two short sessions she added 123 books - only the ones spread over the living room and from her memory. We know the work isn't still done yet. All the books in the cellar, in other shelves, under the bed ....
Anyhow if you don't know how to manage all your books and/or you need more recommendations then I highly recommend to sign up Goodreads.


I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In September and October I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
While I wrote this issue of the Edi's Weekend Wave I listened to Come Along performed by Swedish singer Titiyo. The song has been released in 2001. I like to listen to this song while I'm relaxed and feel a kind of longing for vastness and seclusion. Come Along has a hypnotic touch for me. I prattle and prattle... Just listen and enjoy:


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 one book. It is the first novel in a new epic fantasy series. I bought the copy on my own.

The Crown of the Blood (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0857660572] by Gav Thorpe. It is the first book in series which will be continued in April 2011 with The Crown of the Conquerer [ISBN-13: 978-0007345076]. Gav Thorpe is a well known author of Warhammer books.
"He had brought his master's Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn't what it was. Could it be that everything he's fought for all those years has been a lie? A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics." [Source]
You want more information about the book. Then I recommend to read Pornokitsch's review which ends with the words "..., this book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless... and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful."

And no, I can't tell you when I will read it ......

When I visit other blogs I'm always afraid to hear following sentence in my mind:
Resistance is futile, you must order this book!
And there is now way out. I have to buy. It happened a few days ago. "Crime scene": Falcata Times review of The Death of Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld. Some years ago I read and liked his first book: The Interpretation of Murder (2007)[ISBN-13: 978-0755334797].
"September 16, 1920. Under a clear blue September sky, a quarter ton of explosives is detonated in a deadly attack on Wall Street. Fear comes to the streets of New York.
Witnessing the blast are war veteran Stratham Younger, his friend James Littlemore of the New York Police Department, and beautiful French radiochemist Colette Rousseau. A series of inexplicable attacks on Colette, a secret buried in her past, and a mysterious trail of evidence lead Younger, Littlemore, and Rousseau on a thrilling international and psychological journey - from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Dr Sigmund Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage instincts. As the seemingly disjointed pieces of Younger and Littlemore-s investigations come together, the two uncover the shocking truth about the bombing - a truth that threatens to shake their world to its foundations." [Source]
I ordered a copy of the paperback edition - planned release April 2011 - immediately after reading the review.
I had to because I wanted to fall silent the voice in my head repeating the phrase Resistance is futile, you must order this book! Resistance is futile, you must order this book! Resistance is futile, you must order this book!

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 must confess, that I still haven't read Kraken (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0333989517] by China Miéville.
"The Natural History Museum's prize exhibit - a giant squid - suddenly disappears. This audacious theft leads Clem, the research scientist who has recently finished preserving the exhibit, into a dark urban underworld of warring cults and surreal magic. It seems that for some, the squid represents a god and should be worshiped as such. Clem gradually comes to realise that someone may be attempting to use the squid to trigger an apocalypse. And so it is now up to him and a renegade squid-worshiper named Dean to find a way of stopping the destruction of the world as they know it whilst themselves surviving the all out-gang warfare that they have unwittingly been drawn into..." [Source]
Today I found this impressive heavy weight (200 lb = 90 kg) reminder.
The creator of this gorgeous cake is Karen Portaleo from the Highland Bakery. In case you would like to see more pictures of the octopus and more great cakes visit their Flickr-Gallery.

Thanks to Twitter. I received the information that the author of the Aspect-Emperor series - R. Scott Bakker - has posted the UK cover of The White Luck Warrior (hc, March 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1590204641] which will be the second book in the Aspect-Emperor series. It is in the same style as the first book. Have a look and judge yourself:

Gargoyle ...
What is a Gargoyle in real life?
Only a water spout or more?
ediFanoB's wife likes Gargoyles.
When he saw Gargoyles & Grotesques, Part 1 over at Dark Roasted Blend, he forced me to post the mentioned link.
I think Gargoyles belong to fantasy and therefore it is worth to link the post.

Go and have a look at all these different Gargoyles.


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.

Do you like parodies? Then you are lucky because today I share one with you which a colleague of mine shared with me. Even you are not familiar with programming you will understand. Hope you like it as much as I did ...



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.
I searched for quotes containing parody. I found few but liked only one. Therefore you get only one quote today. Sorry, that is not true. As I'm kind hearted it was impossible for me to post just one single quote. It looks so desolate. Though I added one more which has nothing to do with parody ....


"The most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God
Friedrich Nietzsche quotes, German classical Scholar and Philosopher (1844-1900)

"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you
Friedrich Nietzsche quotes, German classical Scholar and Philosopher (1844-1900)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Travel in Time

Do you like time travel books/movies? I do.

I still remember the awesome TIME TUNNEL series from the sixties. For all of you who don't know the series I post a promo trailer for you

I think it is still worth to watch ...

My favorite time traveling movie is The Time Machine based on H. G. Well's 1895 novel of the same name.



Of course there is a reason why I post about time travel. Yesterday evening someone mentioned following book trailer:

I must say I have been blown away. Absolutely stunning, awesome, intriguing!!

This is the trailer for the first book in a news series (planned nine books!!) called TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow.
"Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand . . .’ But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose – to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world . . ." [Source]
I must admit that without this trailer I would not have noticed the series because it has been labeled as YA (young adult). After watching the trailer I tried to get more information about the books and the author. The official TimeRiders site offers a lot of information. I also read several reviews of the first book - TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] and most of the reviewers wrote explicitely that the TimeRiders series is more an all age series than YA only.
"The first book in the series sees our freshly recruited team thrown into the thick of it before they’ve had a chance to fully train. Paul Kramer, a brilliant physicist from the future, has plans to alter the past – to lead Nazi Germany to victory over the allies and to ensure an ordered World Reich under his rule.
Liam and the team’s support unit, Bob, are sent back in time to try and stall Kramer’s plans, whilst in the present, Maddy and Sal witness New York altered by the arrival of a time wave to a terrifying new reality – an apocalyptic landscape of ruins and the savage mutated descendents of some nuclear holocaust.
Can Liam and Bob fix history, before the mutants find the girls….and eat them?" [Source]
The good thing is that also the second book - TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] - is available.
"When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly – and until now – undiscovered species of predator.
Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs – and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality?" [Source]

The title reminds me of a movie .......

I think you know what I will present you next ... Of course the TimeRiders: Day of the Predator trailer



When you think that is all for today, then you failed. All fans of the series look forward to February 2011. When everything goes well TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489] will be published.
"In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam's name get in there ...and why? Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future..." [Source]
1193, Sherwood Forest .... that means for me Robin Hood, Little John, Tuck and more ....
All in all a series I'm really interested in. I like history, time travel and adventure.

ENJOY READING

Monday, September 13, 2010

Edi's Lighthouse Ledger: SepOct 2010 details part two

Dear Readers,

today I want to present you my most ambitious project for the next two months. There is a series consisting of five books. They have been published between 1995 and 2002. As you can imagine, some of the books are out of print. Fortunately Solaris reissued the whole series in form of two omnibus. I posted about both books in Edi's Weekend Wave #33.
To keep it short, I talk about The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney.

Of course a bunch of reviews is available - Use Google and search for Hawkwood and the Kings by Paul Kearney review and Century of the Soldier by Paul Kearney review. so far I did not read a negative review.
I'm keen to read and review the books.


I own copies of Hawkwood and the Kings (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735708] which contains Hawkwood's Voayge and The Heretic Kings and Century of the Soldier (pb 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519093] which contains The Iron Wars, The Second Empire and Ships from the West.


And now I come back to my ambitious project.
First step will be to read the books - "only" 1515 pages which is not much compared to other series.
Second step will be a The Monarchies of God and Paul Kearney week. That means six consecutive posts with a daily review of one of the books and a final post about Paul Kearney and his books. As I mentioned before, there are a lot of reviews available but I think Paul Kearney deserves much more attention.

I'm afraid I'm a bit rhapsodical. I think a need it after the kinky weekend.

Let me finish this post with two things:
The first one is the synopsis (only two sentences!) of Hawkwood's Voayge - the first book in the series:
"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."
I listened to following song during the time I wrote this post. It is from the Swiss band Excelsis:


ENJOY READING ...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #37

Please apologize my following harsh words: I'M TOTALLY PISSED OFF!!!
I should rename issue #37 from Edi's Weekend Wave to Triple Trouble Weekend. My schedule went down the drain.
Since Friday evening I have problems with internet connection, blogger and my laptop!! Instead of writing a review and continue reading, I spent hours for identifying of problems. There are still some left. Fortunately we have a second PC where I could work on issue #37. Now it is Sunday evening. I'm tired and glad at the same time. Finally I can present you issue #37 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Need to find a new date for my planned review on Sunday. It depends on when I come from work in the upcoming week.


Hello and welcome to issue #37 of Edi's Weekend Wave. As I promised within the past week no more lamentation. A book blog needs a more positive spirit. Another week gone. It has been a mixed one. Weather has been fine with temperatures around 20 degrees C°. I received several books which I ordered in advance. I slept too much and therefore read less. I tried to read posts and leave comments on other blogs. All in all it was not a satisfying week. I need to find a way to change it. It seems that there is no week where I lament.
ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Circles and motivation
  2. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Pendulum of taste
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. ediFanoB and The Wheel of time Reading Challenges
  2. Historical Fantasy
  3. Giant Robot in New York
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Estrange
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one
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 Circle ....

The Lighthouse

There is just one week between issue 36 and 37 of Edi's Weekend Wave. A week which I would describe as average. But something (I do not mean the otitis media of my daughter - poor girl) happened with me concerning my relationship to my blog. I posted about it on Wednesday. First of all I should enjoy what I do. It seems I have been in a kind of a psychological vicious circle which has had an impact on my zest of life which has had an impact on my work, my family and also on blogging and reading. I don't know how and why it happened but I left this circle.
On Friday evening we booked our first holiday since 2007. In May 2011 we will spend one week in Bansin, a town on the German Baltic shore near Poland. A great place for people who yearn for calmness like me and my wife. We will go there with a bunch of books. No computer, no phone, no traffic noise, .... out of this world.

Sorry, I come back to today.

All the changes I described in the above mentioned post should give my blog a more unique profile. I know most of the blogger long for a unique profile. But the most important thing is that I like and enjoy what I do. And hopefully there are some people who like it too.
Anyhow it will by an interesting process with uncertain outcome...

I think I mentioned several times that I listen to music while I write the Weekend Wave. In the next two months I will share with you the song(s) I listened to.
The song of this issue is an famous Irish traditional song. It has been interpreted by legions of musicians. I know a handful of different versions. But there is one version which is the one and only for me. I talk about

performed by
The voice and the music fit together perfectly. It is a timeless song ....

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. Two of them belong to existing series, one of them is the first book in a new series and the other is the first book of a duology.

Thanks to the great people over at Tor/Forge for sending me a copy of The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso. It is part of a duology which will be finished with Black Bottle. The book is on my list since I read the glowing review by Liviu over at Fantasy Book Critic. And only two days ago The Mad Hatter posted another glowing review! I'm sure that with the reviews which will follow one can easily built a "burning ring of fire".
"The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what's living in the city's sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold's reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold's dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy--adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood--and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph's veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever." [Source]


The Cobras of Calcutta (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0330471046] by Grant Sutherland is the first book in The Decipherer's Chronicles series which will tell the chronicles of Alistair Douglas. I posted about the book in May 2010.

"Between 1750 and 1815, Britain lost an empire, won another and emerged from the blood-soaked Napoleonic wars as the greatest power the world had ever known. But at the very centre of the Empire's success lies a secret institution, The Decipherers. These are the code breakers and interceptores - trusted agents whose trad carries them straight into the heart of the deepest conflicts. Among them is young Alistair Douglas.
He arrives in Bengal as a 'writer' for the East India Company, just as the whole province is thrown into confusion by the rise to power of the new nawab, whose army makes common cause with the French and marches against the Company's stronghold in Calcutta. Douglas finds himself thrown into the midst of battles and intrigues that will decide the fate of the Company - and the British nation - in the East.
Caught between belligerent superiors, a married woman he adores and the cannon fire of the enemy, he must try to survive at any cost ..." [Back of the book]
This book covers a part of history I do not know much about. In case I like the book I will go for the second one - The Harriers of London - which will be published in 2011.


Books in a series
Please click on the cover for more information


Blameless (pb 2010, 384 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074155] by Gail Carriger
(Book three; I read and liked book one; not reading list 2010)

Century of the Soldier (pb 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519093] by Paul Kearney
(The second omnibus, on reading list 2010, I have a plan ..., come back on Monday)

My taste is like a pendulum which do not oscillate but rotate. Imaging a circle which is divided in sections. Each section represent a special taste like epic fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, historical thrillers, science, history and so on. Above the circle rotates my taste pendulum.
When I look at the books I bought recently it seems my taste pendulum has reached the historical thriller section.
I'm sure the name Giordano Bruno is not unknown to you. Maybe you read this name after a long time - I don't know when you left school. Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was a famous Italian astronomer, mathematician and philosopher. He is not forgotten and will be known to a wider audience as the main character in a new historical thriller series with the same name: Giordano Bruno. Author of the series is S. J. Parris (pen name used by Stephanie Merritt). The first book in the series - Heresy - has been published in 2010 (hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-0385531283]. As you know I don't buy hardcover. Fortunately I found out that the paperback will be published in March 2011 [pb, ISBN-13: 978-0007317707]. And of course I ordered the book in advance. The book has been published with different covers. I show you the paperback cover. I'm sorry for the white border but I could not find a picture without.

"Masterfully blending true events with fiction, this blockbuster historical thriller delivers a page-turning murder mystery set on the sixteenth-century Oxford University campus. Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy." [Source]
You want to know more about Heresy? Then watch following video where S. J. Parris talks about her book


And of course I present you the official book trailer:


The series will be continued with Prophecy (hardcover, March/April 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0385531306].

"S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth's palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.
It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align - an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth.
When several of the queen's maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court.
Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger?
In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S. J. Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller." [Source]


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...

The Wheel of Time is one of the great epic fantasy series. Some years ago I bought Die Suche nach dem Auge der Zeit (tb, 2003) [ISBN-13: 978-3453863705] by Robert Jordan which is the German edition of The Eye of the World. I read around 100 pages but it did not work for me. I accepted that one cannot love every book.
There is a lot of hype around the final books written by Brandon Sanderson, which I follow from a distant point.
Now you may understand why I don't post about the series.
Last week Seak wrote in his It's News ToMe #23 "Everyone's doing it" - posting the Towers of Midnight trailer. I left a comment: "I promise, I will not post the Towers of Midnight trailer :-)"
And I keep a promise. But I'm sure that some of you would like to watch the trailer. If you want then click on the link to Seak's post.

This week I found an interesting post over at Adventures in SciFi Publishing. It is the first post in a three-part series about historical fiction which is according to wikipedia "a sub-genre of fantasy and related to historical fiction, which makes use of specific elements of real world history."
All parts are written by M. K. Hobson and the first part - Historical Fantasy: A History, Part one: The Past - has been posted on September 8th, 2010. I recommend to read it.

M. K. Hobson is the author of The Native Star (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553592658]. Never heard of the author before. As I'm a nosy person, I have had a look at The Native Star. To my surprise I found a book which I added immediately to my list. A fusion of fantasy, history and romance. I have been a bit incredulous when I read romance. But there are other intriguing ingredients. Read the blurb and then you will what I'm talking about.

"It’s 1876, and business is rotten for Emily Edwards, town witch of the tiny Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine. With everyone buying patent magicks by mail-order, she’s faced with two equally desperate options. Starve - or use a love spell to bewitch the town’s richest lumberman into marrying her.
When the love spell goes terribly wrong, Emily is forced to accept the aid of Dreadnought Stanton - a pompous and scholarly Warlock from New York - to set things right. Together, they travel from the seedy underbelly of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, across the United States by train and biomechanical flying machine, to the highest halls of American magical power, only to find that love spells (and love) are far more complicated and dangerous than either of them could ever have imagined." [Source]
Maybe you like it more visual. Then enjoy the The Native Star book trailer:



A giant robot in New York -What a headline! To be honest I expected reports on BBC, CNN and other news channels. But I found nothing except this article The Brooklyn Griffin Finds a Perch over at the New York Times City Room. So if you want more information about a nine feet high robot you have to read the article ....

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 July 2010 I reviewed Stop Me (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0749007133] by Richard Jay Parker. He is a man full of ideas.
Imagine a movie. A short movie. A real short movie. A move which lasts only one minute. Richard Jay Parker wrote the horror short Estranged and David McGillivray produced the movie. Unbelievable what you can show in one minute.Awesome!
WARNING: This movie contains adult content (violence) and is not for faint-hearted.



The release date of the last Harry Potter movie is coming nearer - yes I know the movie has been split in two parts. Advertisement accelerate. Watch the first TV teaser trailer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part One.




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.
ediFanoB's wrote about a vicious circle. That inspired me to search for quotes related to circle. And this is what I found:.

"I like to play blackjack. I'm not addicted to gambling, I'm addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.
Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (1968 - 2005)


"An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension: Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.
Albert Einstein, Physicist (1879-1955)


"The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are
C.S. Lewis, British Novelist (1898-1963)


"Join in the new game that's sweeping the country. It's called "Bureaucracy" Everybody stands in a circle. The first person to do anything loses.
Author unknown


"My idea of feng shui is to have them arrange the pepperoni in a circle on my pizza
Author unknown
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