Saturday, December 04, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #49

Hello and welcome to issue #49 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm glad I found some time to gather all the stuff I present you today. You will recognize soon that today I offer you a wild mix from books to tentacles, from ancient recipes to giveaways, from old medicine to gift guides and not to forget an emotional touch. That means if you look for the latest book news you found the wrong address.

But if you look for something unusual then 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
  3. Something emotional
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. One book and one series I'm interested in
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Medicine, old medicine
  2. Christmas gift for Kraken fans
  3. A gift guide
  4. Busy authors produce food for bookish
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. BBC Chronicles of Narnia
  2. Plumb Porridge
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 ??? ....

The Lighthouse

This is the first Weekend Wave in December. A good opportunity to talk about the blog content until the end of 2010. Beside three more Weekend Waves (11th, 18th, 25th), I hope and wish to present you a few more reviews and of course a big fat end of the year post. Reviews depend on reading progress.

So let's talk about reading progress.
On Tuesday I finished Pirate Freedom (2010, pb) [ISBN-13: 978-0765318794] by Gene Wolfe. I left the book with ambivalent feelings and decided not to write a review. You will find some of my thoughts over at Goodreads.
The end of The Last Page by Anthony Huso is coming nearer - only 123 pages left.
I read nine of the thirteen stories gathered in Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space edited by Alva J Roberts (pdf). I liked some of the stories. My real problem is that I prefer to read longer stories.
Unfortunately no progress in The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney (omnibus, contains three books). But that will change soon.
Beside that following books are waiting for me:
- The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (hc)
- Kraken by China Miéville (pb)
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)
- Vipers by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)

And as a big fan of the PAX BRITANNIA series I must read Dark Side by Jonathan Green (pb). I received my copy this week.

This means my reading list is full except two reserved places. Yes indeed, I wait for two more books. I will keep the titles secret until I the delivery ....


While searching for content I listened to following song performed by Eluveitie, which is one of my favorite bands:


I'm fascinated by the instrument called uilleann pipes. I looked for more and finally found the following video.
Listen to the song in the beginning. Finbar Furey, an all Ireland Uillean Pipe Champion, performs The Coolin, one of the most famous Irish airs. Absolutely emotional .... touching ....



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 three books - one unexpected reviewer copy and two which I ordered.

Thanks to Tor.com for sending me a copy of Trio of Sorcery (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765328519] by Mercedes Lackey.
"New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey presents three exciting short urban fantasy novels featuring three resourceful heroines and three different takes on the modern world and on magics both modern and ancient.
Arcanum 101: Diana Tregarde, practicing witch, romance novelist, Guardian of the Earth. Studying at Harvard, Diana is approached by Joe O'Brian, a young cop who has already seen more than one unusual thing during his budding career. The distraught mother of a kidnap victim is taking advice from a "psychic' and interfering in the police investigation. Will Diana prove that the psychic is a fake? Unfortunately, the psychic is not a fake, but a very wicked witch--and the child's kidnapper.
Drums: Jennifer Talldeer, shaman, private investigator, member of the Osage tribe. Most of Jennie's work is regular PI stuff, but Nathan Begay brings her a problem she's never seen before. His girlfriend, Caroline, is Chickasaw to his Navaho, but that's not the problem. Somehow, Caroline has attracted the attention of an angry Osage ghost. Thwarted in love while alive, the ghost has chosen Caroline to be his bride in death.
Ghost in the Machine: Ellen McBridge: computer programmer extraordinaire, techno-shaman. The programmers and players of a new MMORPG find that the game's "boss,' a wendigo, is "killing' everyone--even the programmers' characters with their god-like powers. A brilliant debugger, Ellen discoveres that the massive computing power of the game's servers have created a breach between the supernatural world and our own. This wendigo isn't a bit of code, it's the real thing . . . and it's on the brink of breaking out of the computers and into the real world." [Book jacket]
I must admit I never read a book by Mercedes Lackey before. And as you may know I'm not the urban fantasy addicted. But I like female main characters. Anyway there is no more place on my 2010 reading list. Which means I will not read it before 2011.

The next book is the new Ulysses Quicksilver adventure in the world of PAX BRITANNIA. I look forward to dive into the Dark Side (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1906735852] by Jonathan Green.
"START A NEW LIFE ON THE MOON!
Ulysses Quicksilver visits the British lunar colonies, searching for his missing brother. Barty, believed to be on the run from gambling debts on Earth. The clues lead our detective and his faithful butler into the path of unsolved murders, battling robots,shady millionaires and stolen uncanny inventions. Used to working inside the law, Ulysses is stalled when his pursuit puts him on the wrong side of the Luna Prime Police Force.
But why is Ulysses' ex-fiancee Emilia also in the colonies? Who is the strange eye-patched man following Ulysses? And what is really happening in a secret base on the dark side of the moon?
Used to meeting every adventure with a devil-may-care attitude and a snappy one-liner, Ulysses will be forever changed by the revelations he discovers on this most deadly of trips." [Source: Back of the book]
And the good thing is that the book contains the additional novella Prometheus Unbound.

The third and last book is Revelation (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0330447102] by C. J.Sansom and it is the fourth book in the Shardlake series. Of course I own copies of the other books. I will read the series in 2011 ..... Don't laugh! I really want to read it.
"It is spring, 1543 and King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife — but this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.
Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy, a religious maniac who has been placed by the King's council in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. Should he be released as his parents want, when his terrifying actions could lead to him being burned as a heretic?
Then, when an old friend is horrifically murdered, Shardlake promises his widow — for whom he has long had complicated feelings — to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to connections not only with the boy in Bedlam, but with Archbishop Cranmer and Catherine Parr, and with the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.
As London's Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants, Shardlake, together with his assistant Jack Barak and his friend Guy Malton, follow the trail of a series of horrific murders that shake them to the core. Murders which are already bringing about frenzied talk of witchcraft and a demonic possession, for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer?" [Source]

Every week I discover books which are new to me. Even I know I should read all the unread books on my shelves first, I can't resist to add more books to my Goodreads to buy book shelf.

In 2011 well known author Dan Simmons ( I read and liked Terror, Drood, Hyperion) , will deliver a new stand alone novel: Flashback [ISBN-13: 978-0857383464].
"The United States has suffered a crippling economic and moral collapse fueled by Flashback, the cheap aerosol drug that allows its users to fully re-experience the best moments of their lives. It's a drug so sweet and addictive, it holds the nation in its thrall, devastating millions. A group of Japanese advisors essentially run the government, and the son of one of them has been killed. Fallen detective Nick Bottom is hired to investigate.
Nick knows Flashback -- he's an addict himself. After his wife was killed, he started flashing to be with her, and he only takes the case to get money to fuel his habit. His motivation changes when he uncovers evidence that suggests that the creation and appearance of Flashback--and America's capitulation to it--was an orchestrated plot that may have been responsible for his wife's death. Could America's total surrender to Flashback be the result of a large and terrible conspiracy? Nick is the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.
With his superlative blend of suspense and adventure, Dan Simmons shows why he is one of the most versatile writers at work today -- drawing on the conventions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror to create a pioneering, page-turning thriller." [Source]
I find the blurb promising. It is a completely different topic compared to his previous novels. The reminds me that I still have to read Black Hills .....


One of the blogs I follow on a regularly base is Falcata Times. I really appreciate the choice of books and the short but meaningful reviews. Last Thursday Falcata Times delivered a CRIME REVIEW.
"The modern crime reader is spoilt for choice with so many titles to choose from. [...]
... but if you want turn of the 20th Century there aren’t many to pick from."
That will change with the new Simon Ziele series by Stefanie Pintoff. Falcata Times reviewed the first novel in the series In the Shadow of Gotham (hc 2009, pb 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141399706].
"It is November of 1905...
Detective Simon Ziele loses his fiancée in the wreck of the General Slocum steamship disaster and shortly thereafter heads to Westchester County to escape the violence of the city. But just a few months into his tenure, he catches the worst homicide of his career: a young woman is brutally murdered in her own bedroom in the middle of a winter afternoon.
A day's investigating leads him to Columbia University's noted criminologist, Alistair Sinclair, and one of his subjects, Michael Fromley, who has a history of violent behavior and brutal fantasies. But what would lead him to target Sarah Wingate, a notable mathematics grad student at Columbia? Is it really Michael behind the murder, or is someone else copying his signatures? This is what Simon Ziele must discover, with the help of the brilliant but self-interested Alistair Sinclair, before the killer strikes again." [Source]

I have been intrigued by the blurb and the review. I did not take long until I found Stefanie Pintoff's site which delivers more detailed information. The good thing is there will be more books starring detective Simon Ziele.

The second book in the series, A Curtain Falls (hc 2010, pb May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312583965] is also available.
"It is March of 1906...
A killer lurks among the back alleys of Times Square, targeting the actresses of the Great White Way. When Detective Simon Ziele is drawn into the investigation, he knows exactly who to call upon for his expertise: criminologist Alistair Sinclair. Partnering together once again, they race to make sense of clues found in physical evidence as well as in secret messages embedded in the killer's communications." [Source]

In May 2011 book three of the series will be published. The cover of The Secret of the White Rose is not available so far. But there is a first blurb:
"New York City, October 1906. New York City has been unnerved by a series of anarchist bombings. When the judge presiding over a high-profile anarchist's trial is brutally murdered on the eve of jury deliberations, Detective Simon Ziele enters the world of New York's legal elite. But he soon finds himself caught in the midst of a conspiracy spun by plotters who have infiltrated the shrouded enclave of judicial chambers ..." [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...

What do you know about medicine in the 19th century? Maybe your read about medicine containing cocaine and other drugs. Do you want to more about these medicines and expecially about the packages and advertisment ? Then I highly recommend following post over at WebUrbanist:


As I mentioned above, Kraken by China Miéville (pb) is one of the books I want to read until the end of 2010.
Thanks to PAX BRITANNIA author Jonathan Green who posted an awesome gift for Kraken lovers: A custom-made tentacle for your own home. Be warned it is not that cheap but it looks great.
The porthole is 14 3/4"(38cm) in diameter.
The tentacle reaches approximately 31"(79cm) into the room.
For more details visit Art Akimbo's shop

Still looking for Christmas gifts? Prometheus Books has put together a special holiday gift guide. Maybe you find some inspirations over there ....

I'm pretty sure that you have read the news about the busy author Brandon Sanderson (maybe over at A Dribble of Ink). Unbelievable! When I look at my reading speed I must say it would be not necessary for me. There are so many books and I don't know when to read them. But there are readers who depend on authors like Brandon Sanderson. How many books do you read per year? Around 60 like me? Or do you read as much as Liviu Suciu, one of my favorite reviewers over at Fantasy Book Critic. So far he read 244 books in 2010!!! Read his post 2010 Reads in Book Covers (by Liviu Suciu). No, I'm not jealous. I only ask myself howit is possible to read so many books. If I would like to do that I would have to get rid of my job and my family. But I don't want to do that. Therefore I'm happy about every book I read.

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.

The Chronicles Of Narnia : Voyage of the Dawn Treader will hit the cinemas soon. Did you live in England from 1988 to 1990 and did you watch BBC? In case of yes I assume you know the following part of the post well.
From November 1988 to December 1990 the BBC produced and aired a the television serial The Chronicles of Narnia based on the books by C. S. Lewis. For detailed information click here.The following video shows the first part of the series. To be honest I find that the BBC version has a lot more charm. Ad the good thing is that all parts are available on youtube.
Hopefully I will find some time between Christmas and New Year in order to deliver you a list with links of all parts. Until then enjoy the first part....



I like to see when ancient recipes are cooked nowadays. Paul Lawrence, author of the Harry Lytle series which I appreciate a lot, delivers additional information to his series over at his facebook account and of course on the official Harry Lytle site. The latest contribution is about The highlight of Pepys' 1662 Christmas Dinner. Beside that Paul Lawrence delivers the link to a video - a special video showing the cooking of an ancient recipe.
Unfortunately it is not permitted to embed videos from The Guardian. Thefore you have to click on
in case you want learn how to cook Christmas Plum Porridge following an ancient English recipe. Will Plum Porridge be your Christmas dinner 2010?

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.
Today I do something completely different. I present you three quotes I found randomly ...

"Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
Laurence J. Peter, US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)

"Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
William Goldman

"The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.
David Richerby

4 comments:

Walter Rhein said...

That Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe video is awesome! Thanks for posting that!

ediFanoB said...

Walter,
I agree with you. And as I promised I will write a post containing the links to the whole BBC Chronicles of Narnia.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Still looking forward to the release of the Dawn Treader, as it was my favorite book. Just hope the studio gave it a better treatment than Prince Caspian.

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
I read a lot of comments about the movie. Most of them sounded disappointing.

I look forward to your opinion about the Dawn Treader.

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