Saturday, October 09, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #41

Hello and welcome to issue #41 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Yes, it is really me. I'm back after a week of silence. The world beyond my blog drew my full attention. There have been three days where I even did not switch on my laptop in the evening. But I'm happy that I left a few comments on other blogs. And now let's dive in this a bit delayed Weekend Wave issue .....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. October, the blog and me
  2. Reading
  3. Listening to .....
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. I can't get enough ...
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. How to win four steampunk books - US residents only
  2. Airship Ambassador
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Skyline
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 Sun ....

The Lighthouse

There is one thing I learned since the last issue of Edi's Weekend Wave: I have to be more careful with the promises I post. I think it is more worse to disappoint readers with unfulfilled promises than to post nothing. And it is the same with promising to write reviews. I'm in the third and last but one book I promised to read. Two of the books are in PDF format and reading on screen always takes longer than a real book.
Anyhow this October is a little bit different compared to other months. At the end of the month I will spend three days in UK - no vacation, it is a business trip. And the following two weeks I'm out of office. That means ten days with the opportunity to spend nine hours with other things than working. Sleep is no option. So many books are waiting for me.... especially The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney which is one of my read and review projects. Anyhow you should not miss the latest Paul Kearney interview over at Solaris editors' blog, which includes information about the upcoming Corvus (due to October 28th 2010, 416 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735760]. The Wertzone delivered a great Corvus review.

Beside that there are three more reviews ahead:

The science fiction debut CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
This is a book about friendship set in science fiction world including space battles. It contains some unexpected turns and is well done for a debut novel. Read more about in my upcoming review. In the meantime enjoy the amazing book trailer. I could not resist to post it again:

The next one is the second book in the The Rising Dawn Saga series. I read and reviewed The Exodus Gate (pb 2009, 566 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0615267470], the first book in the series.I have had some problems with the story.
BUT I promised Stephen Zimmer to read an review the next book in the series: The Storm Guardians (pb 2010, 543 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565636]. I finished it recently and now I'm working on the review ......

Today I finished The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper, which is the first book in the Pyke Mystery series.

So far I can tell you following:
A cracking good read! I'm glad that there are more books in the series.
My favorite town: London
The year: 1829
The main character: PYKE - a guy with rough edges
The story: full of intrigue
That is the kind of historical fiction I like.
I must admit that I liked Pyke more than other readers.

Of course there are some other posts broiling in our post kettle...

Reading? yes, unbelievable but true I still read books. Recently I read several posts where blogger talked about the books they want to read until the end of the year. This is indeed a good question. In July I wrote about my 28 books TBR pile. From the mentioned books I read seven so far. Now I decided for myself that I definitely want to read two more from this list: Kraken by China Miéville and Under the Dome by Stephen King. In the meantime I received a copy of another debut novel which I added to the two mentioned books: The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso. Don't get me wrong, I still hope to read more... I will give you an update on my TBR pile soon.

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.
Todays song is related to one of the books I bought this week. Ever heard of Zager and Evans? It is the name of a pop duo from the late sixties with only one top100 song - In the Year 2525. The song has been covered a lot of time and there is one version which I like beside the original one. It is the cover version performed by Fields of the Nephilim. Of course I present you both versions.

The Original

The Cover Version

Enjoy your weekend ....


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 SIX books. Pirates, Time Travel, Historical Thrillers and Steampunk. I'm sorry, no epic fantasy this week .....

Let's start with pirates. Thanks to Tor-Forge for sending my a copy of Pirate Freedom (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765318794] by Gene Wolfe. After reading the back of the book I'm sure, I will it enjoy as much as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
"It starts with a confession from a priest. His past has reached further back than what many would consider possible. Before he was a priest, he was the pirate Captain Crisoforo, and before he was a pirate, he was just Chris, a boy living in a monastery in Cuba the day after tomorrow.
One day Chris realizes that he is not meant for the monastery he has grown up in and leaves. On the streets of Havana everything looks strange and out-of-date, but Chris is too busy trying to find his next meal and a safe place to sleep, to contemplate the city's odd lack of modern conveniences.
He finds that this world is a much harder one than the one he remembers; it's a place where people steal, lie, and cheat. Where slaves are sold at auction and the Spanish, Freanch, and English are all battling for supremacy. When Chris is offered the opportunity to work on a ship in exchange for food and a small bit of money, he takes it, and thus begins his life as a pirate." [Back of the book]

When I want to read Pirate Freedom? Soon, which means after The Monarchies of God series and I'm thinking about to read it parallel to The Native Star.

The three historical thrillers belong to two series. In order to avoid spoiler I added a Goodreads link to each book where you get detailed information about each book.

The Revenge of Captain Paine (pb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
Second book in the Pyke Mystery series. Goodreads link. As I wrote above, I liked the first book a lot. Not decided yet when I will read The Revenge of Captain Paine.

The following two books belong to the Matthew Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom. So far I did not read the first one and therefore I do not know when I will read them. A lot of people like the series and therefore I'm sure it will not take that long until I will we read the first book in the series in order to get an impression.

Dark Fire (pb, 2004) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450782] by C. J. Sansom
Book two in the Matthew Shardlake series. Goodreads link

Sovereign (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0330436083] by C. J. Sansom
Book three in the Matthew Shardlake series. Goodreads link

I posted about The Native Star (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553592658] by M. K. Hobson in my Today I like Monday post. Instead of book cover and blurb you get the promising book trailer and a video interview.
The book trailer

The interview

When I want to read The Native Star? This question is a pain in the neck. I'm thinking about to read it parallel to Pirate Freedom.

The Last book for today arrived on Friday. Since I posted about the book and the series in deep in my Travel in Time post, I wanted to get a copy. I have a list with which book to buy in which month. And yes, I did it. I changed my October 2010 to buy list for TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] which is the first book in a news series (planned nine books!!) called TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow. And I did more. I started to read it. After 130 pages I can say I'm far beyond to be disappointed. I like the story, the style, the characters. It is hard to put down. For detailed information please read my post which I mentioned before. Now watch again the awesome book trailer:

Brian Ruckley, the author of the epic and heroic Godless World trilogy, returns with a new novel in 2011. He left his Godless World and travelled to Edinburgh. Does Brian Ruckley leave the fantasy genre? Don't worry. The Edinburgh Dead (pb, August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1841498645] is a dark heroic fantasy set in 19th century Edinburgh.
"The year is 1827. For Adam Quire, an officer of the recently formed City Police, Edinburgh is a terrifying place. It is a city populated by mad alchemists and a criminal underclass prepared to treat with the darkest of powers. But nothing can prepare him for the trail of undead hounds, emptied graves, brutal murders and mob violence that will take him into the darkest corners of the underworld and to the highest reaches of elegant Edinburgh society."
I think I found a great way to bring you in the perfect mood for the book - in case you can visit Edinburgh before you read the book:
Take one of the Black Hart Entertainment tours. No, I don't get money from them - I just found them first. There are more companies offering such kind of tours.

And again I could not resist to order the book in advance. I do this to several reasons: I don't miss a book, I get a pre-order price guarantee and I know what will be on my TBR pile in future. In case I should get a review copy - most unlikely - I will have a book for a giveaway.

No more today, see you next week ......


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...

For US residents only!
Do you like steampunk books or do you like to discover steampuk?
Then I highly recommend to read following post Pyr Steampunk Grab Bag Giveaway over at The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Bookreview. Attend the giveaway in order to win one of the two prize packs each containing following four books:
The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder (Snowbooks, UK, April 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906727208] (Pyr, US, September 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142407] (my review)

The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith
The Buntline Special (December 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142490] by Mike Resnick
The Horns of Ruin (December 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142490] by Tim Akers
I ordered these three books in advance.
Good look to all participants and keep in mind: The deadline is midnight October 16th..

I like to read steampunk. Therefore I always have an eye on steampunk book lists. Thanks to the PAX BRITANNIA (which is one of my favorite series) blog for information about another interesting steampunk site: Airship Ambassador
In case you are looking for steampunk books and reading lists I recommend to have a look at their Literature section. I presume myself innocent in case your book list will grow after visiting the site .....

That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

Tonight I will watch TV together with my wife. As it is an US series we are "only" three seasons behind. But I'm glad that the series found the way to German TV. I talk about Breaking Bad.
"Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade." [Source]
This is the trailer for all of you who don't know the series like me:

The a new trailer for the upcoming movie Skyline promise a lot of action:
"In the sci-fi thriller Skyline, strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth."

That's all for today. See you next time....


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.
Time travel - alluring and eerie at the same time. I would like to travel in time but only as an observer. Now you expect quotes about time and/or travel. I must disappoint you. Today I will enjoy you with something positive and optimistic.

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

"No matter how dark the night, somehow the sun rises once again and all shadows are chased away
David Matthew

"Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.
author unknown

"The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)


Sarah said...

I LOVE Breaking Bad. One of my favorite shows.

I'm glad you are back online. I've been wondering how you've been doing. Thanks for the update.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for posting the trailer yet again! The more I view book trailers, the more I realize mine is so different. Hope that's a good thing.
Excited about the review next week.
And excited about Skyline! Still a month away...

After all of this is over, a few days away from the internet might do me some good, too.

ediFanoB said...


after watching the first two episode of Breaking Bad I must say I love it too.
I asked myself again why so many great series come from US and not from Europe.

You may remember that I try to stop complaining - especially about time. Therefore I decided to post nothing.But now with some days off I will deliver some reviews.

ediFanoB said...


I think it is worth to post good trailers again. My review of CassaStaR is in progress and will be online on October 19th as promised. I hope skyline will be aired in Europe too.

From my experience I can tell you that a few days away from the internet is a refreshment for body and soul.

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