Saturday, October 16, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #42

Hello and welcome to issue #42 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Another week gone and I have been lost in my readings in such an extent that I nearly forgot to write some posts. As you may have mentioned it changed a bit by last Thursday. Todays issue of the Weekend Wave contains some more blog related information which will show you what to expect the next days.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. For the time being
  3. Listening to .....
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. I can't resist, it must be on my list and hurray, hurray, there is a giveaway
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. When a reviewer review the review of an other reviewer
  2. Book covers: Spellbound and The Book of Transformation
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Retired, Extremely Dangerous
  2. The Tempest
  3. The Witches of Oz
  4. The Warrior's Way
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 Plagiarism ....

The Lighthouse

I could curse! I saved my post draft and left blogger.com for a break. When I opened my draft again, the whole section containing information about upcoming posts has been disappeared!! I don't know why. This is not very motivational. I try to restore it from my mind.

Did I surprise you with my posts on Thursday and Friday? I can tell you there will be more within the next days. In sum you will get four reviews from upcoming Sunday until next Friday:
- Sunday, October 17th:
Review of CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh
- Monday, October 18th: Review time
Bringing Forth The End Of Days (2009) [ISBN-13: 9781608602032] by debut author Simon Law. It is part sci-fi thriller, horror story, mystery and suspense novel all tied into one.
- Thursday, October 21st: Review time
The Storm Guardians (pb 2010, 543 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565636] by Stephen Zimmer
- Friday, October 22nd: Review time
The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper, which is the first book in the Pyke Mystery series.

Beside that I concentrate on my number one project: to read and review The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney. I really wanted to post the reviews of the five books plus an additional post in the last week of October. I must admit that has been too ambitious. I have to postpone it a week or two. But I will do it!

I'm still not sure what to post in last week of October due to a three day business trip to UK. I'm preparing I special post with the title Book Twister.
Anyhow you will get an update within next issue of Edi's Weekend Wave.

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.
After the problems I needed to listen to something to calm down. Finally I decided the German song called Die Flut (released in 1998) performed by Joachim Witt and Peter Heppner would be perfect.

Die Flut (Witt/Heppner) - MyVideo


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 zero books.
Therefore I take this opportunity to give you an update of my TBR pile. There have been changes since the last time I posted about it. To be honest there is no real TBR pile. I noticed that the decision which book to read next depends a lot on my mood. The following list contains books which I want to read within October/November. Of course I still want to read all the books I have shown you in July 2010.
The Belly of the Bow (pb, 1999) [ISBN-13: 978-1857239607] by K. J. Parker
The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso
Pirate Freedom (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765318794] by Gene Wolfe
The Native Star (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553592658] by M. K. Hobson
Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1617060007] edited by Alva J Roberts is a new science fiction anthology from small publisher Pill Hill Press. I promised to read and review it

The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith
ordered in advance; still don't know when my copy will be delivered.

TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] by Alex Scarrow.
will buy a copy in November

Beside these books there are still two more which I definitely will read until the end of 2010:
Kraken (tbp, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0333989517]by China Miéville
Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King

Some maths
I wanted to read 72 books in 2010. So far I read 45. I'm sure it is nearly impossible for me to read 27 books in the remaining 77 days. But I would be happy to read more than in 2009 where I read 61 books.
When I add the five books to the listed nine books I get 14. And when I add these to the 45 read so far I get 59.
That means I need to read three more to reach my target. So far I don't which books I will choose. but there are some "hot" candidates like
The Cobras of Calcutta (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0330471046] by Grant Sutherland
Corvus (October 2010, 416 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735760] by Paul Kearney
The Uncrowned King (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1097519048] by Rowena Cory Daniells
The Usurper (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519079] by Rowena Cory Daniells
Leviathan (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1847386748] by Scott Westerfeld
The Knife (pb 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1841495125] by K. J. Parker
As I told you before finally my mood will decide ..... Or do you have any recommendation which book I "must" read until the end of 2010?

For more than six months I thought about one topic: Interview
It is one of the things which you do not find on my blog. For now I decided not to do any interviews because I can't cope with my own expectations. It is not a final decision. Never say never. I will keep you informed.

I can't deny that I'm a bit proud of my headline
"I can't resist, it must be on my list and hurray, hurray, there is a giveaway"

Day by day I discover new books. Some of them I drop immediately. Some of them make it to my list. A few of them make it to the blog.

As most of the time I'm a bit behind with my google reader items. within last week I read following post from October 6 over at Tor/Forge's Blog: The Half-Made Frontier by Felix Gilman
Author Felix Gilman talked about his new novel The Half-Made World (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325525]. The article aroused my interest. But that was not enough for me. Fortunately one of my favorite reviewers - Liviu Suciu - posted his review of The Half-Made World over at Fantasy Book Critic. He convinced me to add the book to my list.


As I normally don't buy hardcover, I have to wait for a paperback edition - but maybe not due to the wonderful Shellie from Layers of Thought.
Nice Fall Header

On October 13th Shellie announced:
Preview and Giveaway: The Half-Made World ~ by Felix Gilman
I'm glad that this one is an international giveaway. Therefore be sure I will take part as soon as I have finished this post. You may have noticed that I didn't post the blurb. I thought it is not necessary because I'm sure you are really nosy and switch over to Layers of thought in order to get more information about the book and to take part in the giveaway. And if you still want more information about The Half-Made World then read Liviu's review which I mentioned before.
Good luck to all participants - even I hope that I will win The Half-Made World;-)


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'm aware of the fact that I'm not the first one who post about the following books and their covers. The reason is quite simple: I like both series.

On September 28th Mark Charan Newton posted Cover Art For The Book of Transformations - You Decide
An interesting discussion followed and a lot of people did not like the cover art draft. I did not post about but I left a comment. In the Legends of the Red Sun series cities play an important role. Therefore I didn't like the cover draft showing a female character in the foreground.

On October 15th Mark Charan Newton posted New Cover: The Book of Transformations and this is the result:
To be honest this is a satisfying result for me. I look forward to read The Book of Transformation which will be the third book in the The Legends of the Red Sun series:
"A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. But when a stranger called Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror becomes rampant.
The Inquisition is always one step behind, and military resources are spread thinly across the Empire. So Emperor Urtica calls upon cultists to help construct a group to eliminate those involved with the uprising, and calm the populace – the Villjamur Knights. But there’s more to Knights than just phenomenal skills and abilities – each have a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything they represent.
Investigator Fulcrom of the Villjamur Inquisition is given the unenviable task of managing the Knights, but his own skills are tested when a mysterious priest, who has travelled from beyond the fringes of the Empire, seeks his help. The priest’s existence threatens the church, and his quest promises to unravel the fabric of the world. And in a distant corner of the Empire, the enigmatic cultist Dartun Súr steps back into this world, having witnessed horrors beyond his imagination. Broken, altered, he and the remnants of his order are heading back to Villjamur.
And all eyes turn to the Sanctuary City, for Villjamur’s ancient legends are about to be shattered…" [Source]

I liked Nights of Villjamur (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0330461665] and City of Ruin ( 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0230712591] a lot.

Blake Charlton, author of Spellwright (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765317278] (my review) must be a happy man due to his post Todd Lockwood's Beautiful SPELLBOUND Cover Art. Look at both covers and you will see that they are done in the same style. From my point of view it makes sense to use one style for all books in a series.

















You want o know what other blogger think about the cover? Then please follow these links: A Dribble of Ink, LEC Book Reviews

I know that I'm far away to be a good reviewer. there isa reason why I call my reviews spotlight. Of course I try to improve especially by reading reviews by other people. Of course one needs an own style but I think there are some rules worth to follow. A real good way to improve is when a reviewer review the review of an other reviewer. This happens once a while. First of all I want to say thank you to Patrick from Stomping on Yeti for his lesson about A Bad Review. I highly recommend to read it, even you are a "reader" only. And don't forget to read the related comments.

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.

Next week RED will hit the cinemas in Germany and is the next movie I want to watch in cinema. The traile promises good entertainment.
"Red is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive." [Source]



I'm not sure whether I want to see the latest film adaption of Shakespeare's The Tempest. I like actress Helen Mirren who is part of The Tempest movie. Watch the trailer and build up your mind.
"In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller “The Tempest,” Academy Award-nominated Julie Taymor (”Across the Universe,” “Frida,” “Titus”) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar winner Helen Mirren (”The Queen”). Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural." [Source]



Have you ever seen The Wizard of Oz from 1939? 71 years The Witches of Oz return to the screen
"The Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children's book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her." [Source]



Once a while I like to watch a martial arts movie. In December 2010 The Warrior's Way - a mix of fantasy, western and martial arts - will be released. I don't tell you more. The extended trailer gives you a fair expression 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.
Plagiarism - derived from the Latin word plagiarius which means literally kidnapper. I think with a blog one is always in danger of plagiarism. It is a topic worth to think about from time to time. Of course there are quotes about plagiarism or which contain the word plagiarism. Here are a few I found:


"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein, Physicist (1879 - 1955)

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin, French Painter (1848 - 1903)

"If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition
Charles Caleb Colton, English sportsman and writer (1780-1832)

"When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
Wilson Mizner, Playwright (1876-1933)

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Looks like you have a busy plan laid before you for this blog.

Oh, I got the review books from Stephen Zimmer in the mail this week. I plan on starting one one of them tomorrow.

As for your taste in music... I LOVE Heppner. Such an amazing artist.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Sarah,

I would like to do a lot more. No complaints from my side as long as I enjoy what I do.

You can read my review of The Storm Guardians by Stephen Zimmer on upcoming Thursday.

I'm really interested in your opinion about Stephen Zimmer's book.

My taste in Music changed a bit in the past ten years. The older I get the darker and louder I like. One of my favorite bands is RAMMSTEIN.

DEZMOND said...

I expect from THE TEMPEST to be artsy and charming, and I love Helen Mirren. The only thing that keeps me a bit skeptic is Julie Taymor, the director, she always ruins films and great actors with her monotonous directing.

ediFanoB said...

@DEZMOND,

Helen Mirren is a great actress and I can't what to see her in RED.

I must admit that I'm not familiar with the work of Julie Taymor.
Let's hope the best that she did not ruin THE TEMPEST. So far I don't have any information whether THE TEMPEST will hit the cinemas in Germany or not.

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

Excellent post Edi!
and not because you said I am wonderful....lol.

Thanks for the heads up on the movies. Especially The Tempest, since I have Prospero's Hell to read and apparently it is what the book series is based upon. And I love Russel Brant he is hilarious.

Thanks for linking the contest. :)

ediFanoB said...

Hi Shellie,

thank you for the kind words. I always try topost something different than other blogger do :-)

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

Yes it is tough trying to be different. It because everything has been done.

But I do have to say your post are... :) I love your multiple personalities the best.

Here is a link for another give away for The Half-Made World. He did not say if it is international or not.

http://azuredwarf.blogspot.com/2010/10/steam-punk-winnerthe-half-made-world.html#comment-form

ediFanoB said...

Hi Shellie,

everyone wants to be unique ;-)

Concerning my different personalities let me say, than I plan to give them a bit more "freedom" on the blog. I expect some posts by Bona, Fide, Bona Fide and KotM (Keeper of the Minutes) within the next month :-) Need to push them a bit.

Thank you for the giveaway link. I will check

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