Saturday, December 11, 2010

Edi's Weekend Wave #50

Hello and welcome to issue #50 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I feel I'm drowning in a literary sense of the word. Books, posts, reading, reviews, expectations, wishes, work, deadlines, bad weather, tiredness ... At the same time I'm dreaming: just me with a mug of tea and a book in my favorite chair totally separated from the rest of the world. When I look at the final result of this post I do not feel really satisfied with the result. But it is the best what I can deliver now. I think I expect too much from myself. And it is high time to change that - even I do not know how. A mental holiday would be great. Therefore I will return soon to The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (hc). This is definitely a candidate for my book of the year 2010.
Anyhow I hope you find something interesting for you in this issue of Edi's Weekend Wave.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Blog content and reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Satellites? Tor satellites!
  2. Advantages for registered users
  3. Giveaway
  4. The modern way of blogging: Un:Bound Video Edition
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Santa Claws
  2. BBC Chronicles
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 COW ....

The Lighthouse

This is the second Weekend Wave in December. I need to hurry up with reading without loosing the joy of reading.
I finished The Last Page by Anthony Huso ( a full review is in progress) and Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space edited by Alva J Roberts (pdf) (I will write down some thoughts).

I continued reading The Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney (second omnibus, contains three books) and I could not withstand to start reading The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (hc). I like it since the first page.
Beside that following books are waiting for me:
- Kraken by China Miéville (pb)
- Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)
- Vipers by Lawrence C. Connolly (pdf)
- Dark Side by Jonathan Green (pb)
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (pb)

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 five books and I bought them all on my own.

I read and loved following books:
These two books are the German edition of Game of Thrones Sideby George R.R. Martin.
The translation has been criticized due to completely wrong translated words, mixing names up and more.

Since I started to read books in English I wanted to read the original.
But I postponed my wish from year to year. There have been and there are still so many other books I would like to read. I needed a kind of trigger.
And the trigger found me:
After reading the post A Game Of Thrones Books In Order and finally after watching the following video

I decided to order A Game of Thrones (mmbp, 1997) [ISBN-13: 978-0553573404] by George R.R. Martin.
Now I have a copy next to me. Next step is to read it ......
And this is the cover

The next book is part of a series written by an author whose books I like a lot: Tad Williams
This week I received my copy of Shadowrise (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1841492964] which is the third book in the Shadowmarch series.
Instead of a book blurb you get a plot summary:
"The first Marchlands kingdom, Southmarch (commonly called "Shadowmarch"), lies directly on the edge of the mysterious Shadowline, a shroud of endless mist that marks the entrance to the realm of the fairy-folk, the Qar. Crossing the Shadowline is said to drive any human mad, but, as far as anyone knows, the line has not moved any further south for centuries. Now, inexplicably, it has begun to creep slowly but surely deeper into the lands of Southmarch, bringing an unknown menace with it.
Coupled together with this threat is the dissension and endless political maneuvering of many of Southmarch's nobles. The king of Southmarch has been captured and is imprisoned in a distant land, and when the prince regent is murdered, the burden of rule falls to the inexperienced princess, Briony, and her moody brother, Barrick. Faced with invasion, betrayal, and conniving nobles seeking to take advantage, it is up to them alone to hold Southmarch together." [Source]

The last three books belong together because they are part of the The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron. I posted about these books some time ago.
"In a world where everything has a soul, Eli Monpress is a wizard with an uncanny knack for getting inanimate objects to do what he wants. He's also the age's most famous thief, and he's about to pull off his biggest heist yet: stealing the king of Mellinor, a country whose laws have forbidden magic since its founding. But when the king's brother, a banished wizard, steps in to claim the throne for himself, it will be up to Eli to fix the whole mess - the very mess he started." [Source]



















From left to right:
Book one: The Spirit Thief (September, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069052]
Book two: The Spirit Rebellion (October, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069113]
Book three: The Spirit Eater (November, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0316069083]

Book four is in progress: The Spirit War (September, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0356500133]

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...

Dou you know Tor.com?
"Tor.com, a site for science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers, presents original short fiction, new sequential art, extensive art galleries, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the science fiction and fantasy field; both professionals working in the genres and fans. Its aim is to provoke, encourage, and enable interesting and rewarding conversations with and between its readers.
Tor.com’s philosophy is one of publisher agnosticism, and as such, boasts contributors and content from many different SF/F publishers, as well as fans from all corners of fandom." [Source]
This week Tor.com announced to new satellites:
Tor.com Fantasy is hosted by Aidan Moher of the science fiction and fantasy blog A Dribble of Ink.

Aidan is also a contributor to Tor.com, SF Signal, and “the lackey for io9’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.”

Not a fan of Facebook? You can also follow Tor.com Fantasy on Twitter.



Tor.com Steampunk is hosted by Ay-leen the Peacemaker of the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana.

She also took part in our recent Steampunk Fortnight event.


Tor.com Steampunk can also be followed on Twitter.



Tor.com also offers free stories. But as an registered user you have some advantages. Just read the explanation from editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden:
"Our Christmas story for 2010, "The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree" by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn, is shocking, lyrical, inventive, and as you might guess, a little mad. It will appear on the site on December 21st, but if you were a registered member of Tor.com, you'd be getting it a week early, personally emailed to you by elves and wood sprites laboring in the vast Tor.com network operations center.”
I'm a registered user. Of course registration is free. In case you would like to register just click HERE.



From time to time I write about giveaways on other blogs. Of course I only mention giveaways which are opened world wide. And the following fits perfectly because the editor of the book has been mentioned within this post before. Ken the mastermind behind Neth Space, has five copies of the updated Wild Cards edited by George R.R. Martin for giveaway. For details about the book and the giveaway just click on


"Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin’s Wild cards shared-world series.
There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces—those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.
Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo–winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn." [Source]

There are blogger who are creative and try new things. One of these blogs is UN:BOUND.
On 6th December 2010 Un:Bound Video Editions was launched. The first issue consist of a four part video. The following trailer should give you an impression what to expect. I can't tell you any details because so far I did not find the time to watch the four parts. But hopefully within this weekend .....

Good luck to Hagelrat and her team.


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.

I'm sorry to say but I didn't find a trailer worth to show you.
I know that a lot of people who love books like cats a lot. We own two cats - Pablo and Lily. And there are things which are mutually exclusive: Christmas tree and cats. We tried and we gave up. Just watch the following video and you know the reason why ......


Did you like it? Then I highly recommend to visit The Official Simon's Cat Website !!


You like the Chronicles Of Narnia? The don't forget to read my post BBC Chronicles of Narnia which contains links to all parts on youtube.


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 we mentioned cats in this post. Do you know another animal starting with the letter "C"?
Cows came up in my minds.Lovely! Therefore you get cow quotes Today I do something completely different. I present you three quotes I found randomly ...

"The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might;
to eat with apple tart.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (1850 - 1894)

"Custard: A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow, and the cook.
Ambrose Bierce, journalist and writer (1842 - disappeared 1913

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
Joan Gussow

"Condensed milk is wonderful. I don't see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans.
Fred Allen

"Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hopes that the cow will back up to them.
elbert Hubbard

"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter.
Dave Barry

"f happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.
William Lyon Phelps

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Dawn Treader had at least a dozen trailers before the movie (and twice that in darned commercials) and the only one that looked interesting was for Thor.
However, I'll take Simon's Cat any day!

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
It is true that there have been a lot of Dawn Treader trailers before. But there is always a difference between trailers and the final movie. I think I will watch the BBC Chronicles of Narnia first before I decide to watch Dawn Treader in cinema or not.
I saw the Thor trailer but I'm not really interested in the Thor Movie.

Simon's Cat is awesome. Every day when I see our cats I must think of Simon' Cat.

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