Saturday, November 20, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #47

Hello and welcome to issue #47 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Yes, I'm still alive. But I do not find the time for more posts. I'm sorry for that and I hope you continue to visit my blog even there is only one post per week. I'm sure there will better times in future.
And now ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content
  2. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. Giveaway: Rachel Aaron
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A book trailer with restrictions
  2. Visit the White House
  3. Epic Fantasy -Genre Landscape
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Cowboys and Aliens
  2. The Chronicles Of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  3. The Green Lantern
  4. Your Highness
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 Mars ....

The Lighthouse

I now one post per week is not much for a blog. But it is the reality I have to cope with. The good thing is that I still work on my review projects - on a real low level. I'm happy that I still find time for reading.

So let's talk about reading progress.
- The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney --- still not finished yet
- The Last Page by Anthony Huso --- still not finished yet
- Under the Dome (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0340992586] by Stephen King --- I read 280 pages so far and I must say I'm diappointed so far after all the hype. The idea with the dome is good. But the town at its in habitants look like parts of a box of bricks. I hope the remaining 600 pages will be better. If not, Under the Dome will be my reading disappointement of the year.

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. That is again an opportunity to present you some of the books which are on my 2011 radar.

In July 2010 I reviewed The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. For me The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack is still one of the debut novels of 2010. Now I look forward to the next book in the series:
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. And again we will get to different covers. On the left you see the UK cover and on the right the US cover. Both have their allurement. Thanks to Aidan at A Dribble of Ink for posting the US cover.

"A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-driven vehicles. The British Empire's capital is in chaos, and in the midst of it all, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wayward assistant, Algernon Swinburne, are beginning to suspect that someone, somewhere, is up to no good!" [Source]

UK version will be published by Snowbooks in March 2011. Pyr will pubish the US version some time later in 2011. I like the US cover a lot. But I want to read the book as soon as possible. Therefore I will go for the UK version of The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. I did the same with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack.

The second book will also be published by Snowbooks in March 2011. I talk about The Martian Ambassador by Alan Baker.

"WELCOME TO LONDON, 1899 It has been six years since the discovery of intelligent life on Mars, and relations between the two worlds are rapidly developing. Three-legged Martian omnibuses stride through the streets and across the landscape, while Queen Victoria has been returned to the vigour of youth by Martian rejuvenation drugs. Victorian computer technology is proceeding apace, thanks to the faeries who power the ‘cogitators'; while the first 'ther zeppelins are nearing completion, with a British expedition to the Moon being planned for the following year. Everything seems to be going swimmingly until Lunan R'ondd, Martian Ambassador to the Court of Saint James's, dies while attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace. The discovery of strange, microscopic larvae in his breathing apparatus leads Queen Victoria to suspect that he may have been the victim of a bizarre assassination. The Martian Parliament agrees, and they are not pleased. No Martian has ever died in such suspicious circumstances while on Earth. An ultimatum is given: if Her Majesty's Government cannot solve the crime and bring the perpetrator to justice, the Martians will! Enter Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator for Her Majesty's Bureau of Clandestine Affairs. Along with Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research, Blackwood is charged with the task of solving the mystery of Ambassador R'ondd's death, before the Martians take matters into their own hands, possibly igniting an interplanetary war in the process!" [Source]
That sounds like an interesting mix of steampunk, private eye and War of the Worlds. I'm not sure whether this will be a stand alone novel or the first book in a new series.

The third and last book for today is the second book in a series. I talk about Blake Charlton and his Spell series.
I liked Spellwright a lot as I expressed in my review of Spellwright. A few days ago Blake Charlton posted a synopsis of Spellbound, the second book in the series. The author of the synopsis is Megan, who is a beta-reader and friend of Blake Charlton.

"Francesca DeVega is a successful healer in the city of Avel, wielding magical text to close wounds and disspell curses, but her life is thrown into chaos when a dead patient suddenly sits up and tells her to run. Now Francesca is in the middle of a game she doesn’t understand, one that ties her to the notorious rogue wizard, Nicodemus Weal, and brings her face to face with demons, demigods, and a man she thought she’d never see again.
It has been ten years since Nicodemus Weal escaped the Starhaven Academy, where he was considered disabled and useless, where he battled the demon who stole his birthright and killed his friends. Unable to use the magical languages of his own people, Nico has honed his skills in the dark language of the kobolds, readying himself for his next encounter with the demon. But there are complications: his mentor suffers from an incurable curse, his half-sister’s agents are hunting him, and he’s still not sure what part Francesca DeVega will play. He certainly doesn’t know what to make of Francesca herself….
Introducing new twists to the unique magical system of Spellwright and uncovering more sinister dangers, Spellbound is sure to please Blake Charlton’s fans and earn him new ones." [Source]
I really look forward to read Spellbound next year. The magical system is awesome!

In my Bedlam One Three One post I wrote about The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron.
If you want to know more about Rachel Aaron and her books and to win one of her books then go to SciFiGuy.ca and read Guest Post & Giveaway with Rachel Aaron. The giveaway is opened internationally. But hurry up because the giveaway ends on November 24th.


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 still feel lonely without Bona Fide. Nevertheless I hope I found some interesting pieces for you.

Do you like book trailers? I must admit I like to watch them. Of course not everyone is worthy of an Oscar.
within this week I made a sad experience. I wanted to watch a book trailer on youtube. Instead of the trailer I received a message: This video is not available in your country. Hey, I live in Germany I wanted to have a look at the trailer of The Greyfriar (November 2010, US) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142476] by Clay and Susan Griffith.
I do not post the trailer but you can watch it over at Lou Anders' blog. Of course I posted a comment and Lou Anders replied:
"It seems the music used, though public domain here, may be owned by Sony Music Corp in Germany, and so is blocked there. "
This is a really bad thing. In case you live neither in US nor in Germany please let me know whether the trailer is blocked in your country or not. I would like to know if German readers are the only ones to be excluded.

Would you like to visit the White House? Of course there are official tours. But today I would like to show you an other opportunity which I found over at WebUrbanist.com.
Go and have a look at The Zeifel Tower: A Big-Time Miniature White House.
It is quite impressive.


Fortunately I found some time within the week to read a few posts. And there has been one which impressed me a lot.
"Imagine if you will a world of different kingdoms and nations. Fine. Yes, ours is a world of kingdoms and nations. Then imagine a different set of kingdoms and nations, one ruled not by politicians, kings, and tyrants but rather by (hopefully not so tyrannical) authors. Authors who rule over continents of genre - fantasy, science fiction, horror." [Source]
This is the beginning of an impressive and informative post The Genre Landscape - Epic Fantasy by Patrick of at Stomping on Yeti. For me this post is a must read for every fantasy fan. Absolutely awesome. Go and read it.

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.

Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. And he will be back on the big screen in 2011!
"1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival." [Source]
This is the synopsis of Cowboys & Aliens
I really look forward. But we have to wait until Summer 2011. Fortunately I can present you a trailer - a mouth watering trailer from my point of view. WATCH!

I don't think that I have to tellyou much about the next movie:
The Chronicles Of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I watched the first two movies in the series and of course I will watch the third one. But I'm not sure whether to watch the 2D or the 3D version. Enjoy the trailer.....


In June 2011 another super hero movie will hit the cinemas: The Green Lantern
This is the official synopsis:
"In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all."
And this is the trailer .....



Thanks to Pat from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist who discovered and posted my last trailer for today.
Your Highness is an upcoming fantasy comedy about Thadeous, a lazy and arrogant prince and his heroic brother Fabious, who must complete a quest in order to save their father's kingdom. But that is not that easy. There is a giant troll, an evil wizard and not to forget two women: Fabious' virginal bride Belladonna and a warrior princess, interested in the lazy prince ....
I hope it will be as funny as the trailer shows. We have to wait until April 2011 to proof.
In the meantime have a look at the first 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.
The Martian Ambassador inspired me to search for quotes related to Mars. And that is what I found ....

"A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
Herbert Prochnow

"The question is not so much whether there is life on Mars as whether it will continue to be possible to live on Earth
Author unknown

"Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Computers are from hell.
Author unknown

8 comments:

LEC said...

Edi, I think you'd be interested to know that according to the Pyr Books website (link here: http://www.pyrsf.com/ClockworkMan.html) THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CLOCKWORK MAN is listed as being released in March 11, so at about the same time as the Snowbooks edition, also to be published in March. So if you do really like the US cover/edition better it's still possible for you to get it and not have to wait longer to read the book...

ediFanoB said...

Hello LEC,

thank you very much for this information which is appreciated. I must admit that I did not check Pyr Books website. But I will do in future.
I own the Snowbooks edition of The Strange Affair Of Spring-Heeled Jack.

Now it is up to me either to continue with the Snowbooks edition or change to the Pyr edition ...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've heard several people say Under the Dome was a disappointment, especially the ending.
Looking forward to all three movies! And sadly I was disappointed with the Harry Potter movie.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Alec,

as far as I can see you are not the only one who was disappointed with the Harry Potter movie.
But we (my wife and I) want to see it anyway. wait just wait until the hype has gone.

In the meantime I'm halfway through Under The Dome. It is getting a bit better. To be honest I don't know they end and avoided to read anything about it.

Three movies? I posted four trailers. Even the Green Lantern one is of small seize ....

Alan Baker said...

Hi Edi. I saw your comment on The Martian Ambassador on the Snowblog, and followed your link here. In answer to your question, this is indeed the first of what will (hopefully) be many adventures for Thomas Blackwood and Lady Sophia Harrington. I've submitted the second novel to Snowbooks, and am waiting to hear what they think. Thanks very much for your interest, and I hope you enjoy Ambassador.

Alan Baker said...

Hi Edi. I saw your comment on The Martian Ambassador on the Snowblog, and followed your link here. In answer to your question, this is indeed the first of what will (hopefully) be many adventures for Thomas Blackwood and Lady Sophia Harrington. I've submitted the second novel to Snowbooks, and am waiting to hear what they think. Thanks very much for your interest, and I hope you enjoy Ambassador.

Alan Baker said...

Sorry. I accidentally sent that post twice. Maybe I belong in the Victorian period!

ediFanoB said...

Hello Alan,

thank you very much for additional information. I liked to read that there will be (fingers crossed that Snowbooks will accept) more stories with Thomas Blackwood and Lady Sophia Harrington.
I find the setting intriguing and promising.
THE AMBASSADOR is on my 2011 to buy list.

Don't worry about sending the post twice. Happens ...

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