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)

2 comments:

Sarah said...

I need to check out those books you posted. I love Pornokitch's reviews. Always great and witty.

As for the time zones, I think most everyone I talk to is on another time zone. All I can do is write whatever I want to say and then wait for a response for however long it takes. Not much else I can do. I think you and I are eight hours apart, but I'm not sure. Right around there...

ediFanoB said...

Sarah,

you are right. we are eight hours apart.
Despite this not that small time difference we found a way to communicate.

I do the same like you do. I write and wait for response.

But due to my unusual sleeping times I'm often online when other people are online too. I go to bed late, around 1:30 am CEST (Central European Summer Time). That is around 5:30 pm MDT (Mountain Daylight Time).

I like pornokitch's reviews too.

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