Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1107

Hello and welcome to issue #07 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is the last but one issue ...... in February. Don't worry i will still annoy you with my boring posts. The good thing is that I don't overwhelm you with countless posts. To my pleasure I feel a bit better compared to last week. It is going slowly but surely.
Let's have a look what I would like to present you.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Blog content, reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. All good things come in threes - A Tor/forge week
  2. Indecisive
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. What a giveaway!!!
  2. Translations
  3. Steampunk Roots
  4. Pyr Author Round Tables
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock Holmes Sequel
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 Random Quotes related to Writing ....

The Lighthouse

I'm so glad that I found time to read and enjoy in sum 559 pages.

I finished The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick and I added the book to my list of unwritten reviews.
The Buntline Special is the tenth book I read in 2011 which is more than I expected.

I'm
- 50 pages in Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer
- 285 pages in TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
- 85 pages in Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing
- 108 pages in Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

It is a great mix: Epic fantasy, time travel, steampunk and science fiction
Only historical thriller is missing
I like and enjoy them all. It makes a lot of fun to jump between them depending on my mood.
The only thing I miss is historical thriller/mystery but I work on it .....


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 has been a special one concerning the books I received. In sum I received three books and two of them are ARCs which I did not expect to receive. So first of all I send a big thank you over the pond to Tor/Forge.com. Every time when I receive books from authors or publishers I ask my wife what she thinks about the books based on the blurb and the back of the book. She reads different stuff than I do. But I can trust her when she tells me a book is worth to give it a try. This time I got one thumb down and two thumb up. Let me start with the thump down.

Among Others ( hc, January 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765321534] by Jo Walton.
"Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin." [Source]
Neither my wife nor myself have been hooked even we are both avid readers. Coming-of-age, diary, autobiography, troubled childhood .... that does not sound like my cup of tea. It is far beyond the stuff I read.
My recommendation for book lovers is The Shadow of the Wind ( pb, 2005) [ISBN-13: 978-0143034902] by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.


The next book has been released last year in UK and will be released in US in May 2011. It is science fiction and I got a thump up from my wife for The Quantum Thief (hc, US, May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329493] by Hannu Rajaniemi.
"Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy - from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to steal their thoughts, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of the Moving Cities of Mars. Except that Jean made one mistake. Now he is condemned to play endless variations of a game-theoretic riddle in the vast virtual jail of the Axelrod Archons - the Dilemma Prison - against countless copies of himself. Jean's routine of death, defection and cooperation is upset by the arrival of Mieli and her spidership, Perhonen. She offers him a chance to win back his freedom and the powers of his old self - in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed . . . The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. "[Source]
What else should I add. It is the first book in a trilogy. And in this case I trust another person beside my wife. Just read Adam's review of The Quantum Thief over at The Wertzone. I added The Quantum Thief to my top twenty to read list.

Finally let's have a look at the third and last book for today. Of course I have seen the cover (which I like) before. And I read the blurb before. To be honest when I read the word god twice within the first two sentences an alarm bell rings in my head. I'm not keen to read books about god(s). That is the reason why The Unremembered (hc, US, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325716] by did not make it to my list. Within the last week I received an ARC. What shall I do with a fantasy debut which aroused some hype? I showed it to my wife. She told me I should give it a try. Anyway there is an awesome official website, which offers a lot of information by using different media (videos, text, art, interactive map) about the world of The Vault of Heaven. I'm still not convinced if it is the kind of book I would like to read or not. But fortunately with the ARC I have the opportunity to find out.
And now enjoy the cover and the blurb.
"The gods, makers of worlds, seek to create balance - between matter and energy; and between mortals who strive toward the transcendent, and the natural perils they must tame or overcome. But one of the gods fashions a world filled with hellish creatures far too powerful to allow balance; he is condemned to live for eternity with his most hateful creations in that world's distant Bourne, restrained by a magical veil kept vital by the power of song.
Millennia pass, awareness of the hidden danger fades to legend, and both song and veil weaken. And the most remote cities are laid waste by fell, nightmarish troops escaped from the Bourne. Some people dismiss the attacks as mere rumor. Instead of standing against the real threat, they persecute those with the knowledge, magic and power to fight these abominations, denying the inevitability of war and annihilation. And the evil from the Bourne swells..
The troubles of the world seem far from the Hollows where Tahn Junell struggles to remember his lost childhood and to understand words he feels compelled to utter each time he draws his bow. Trouble arrives when two strangers - an enigmatic man wearing the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far - come, to take Tahn, his sister and his two best friends on a dangerous, secret journey.
Tahn knows neither why nor where they will go. He knows only that terrible forces have been unleashed upon mankind and he has been called to stand up and face that which most daunts him - his own forgotten secrets and the darkness that would destroy him and his world." [Back of the book]

As I told you above, I miss to read historical thriller/mystery. There are enough books on my shelf. The only thing I have to do is to decide which one to read. In the pastdays I hovered between The Pike Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. Do I want to continue a series or start a new one? Which period of time should be covered in the book? What kind of main character should it be? ....

Today I decided to start reading a new series. That means I will go for the first book in The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom.

Dissolution ( first printed in 2003, paperback 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450799] by C.J. Sansom.
"It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. Under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution.
But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robert Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.
Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes ..." [Back of the book]
That sounds very promising and when you research a bit you will find a lot of praise for the book.

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...

From time to time I post about international giveaways. And yes, I still take part in giveaways ...
This week I found an absolutely awesome giveaway and I won't take part!!
WHY?
The reason is quite simple. I own copies of all the books. Books. Yes, there is more than one book. The giveaway includes ten books!!
Before I tell you more about the prize you should know two things:

COMPETITION IS OPENED WORLDWIDE
COMPETITION RUNS UNTIL FEBRUARY 21th 2011

The wonderful Amanda over at Floor to Ceiling Books offers

HUGE Malazan Book of the Fallen giveaway!

The winner will get all ten Malazan Book of the Fallen books including a signed copy of the last book in the series The Crippled God (Trade paperback, February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0593046364] by Steven Erikson.

For detailed information about the series visit Malazan Empire. Even I read only the first book so far I can tell you this is one of the must read epic fantasy series and the good thing is: The series has been finished. You don't need to wait forthe next book.
In case you have questions concerning the reading order I recommend to follow this link.

GOOD LUCK to all participants!!


As you may know I'm German who likes to read in English. In former times I read a lot of translated books. There is always the question in the background about the impact of the translation. Last week author Blake Charlton posted a link to the following article: Found in Translation over at the New York Times Opinion Pages. Author Michael Cunningham offers some interesting thoughts about translation, the involvement of author, translator and reader and more. From my point of view it is worth reading.....


Do you know Matthew Delman? I think that depends on your interest in steampunk.
Let me quote his blogger profile:
"I've been called a Walking Encyclopedia, a Steampunk expert, and super crazy busy. Not sure about the first two, but the last one is patent fact. Free the Princess is where I educate on the 19th and early 20th century source material people might need to write Steampunk. You can also find my scribblings at The Secret Archives of the Alliterati, where I co-blog with L.T. Host and K. Marie Criddle; at Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders, where I'm Chief Editor; and at The Social Media Student. I'm also the Steampunk Imprint Editor for Flying Pen Press."
To be honest that sounds impressive. I visited his blog Free the Princess - A practical literary guide to Steampunk and the Victorian Era and got lost ... If you are interested in this topic I recommend a visit.

During the Upstate Steampunk Con, Greenville, SC, USA, Nov. 19th & 20th, 2010 Matthew Delman gave an extended lecture on the topic "Determining the Roots of Steampunk". Fortunately the whole presentation is available on YouTube. It is divided into seven parts. I show you the first part and give you the links for the rest. It takes more than one hour to watch them all. I highly recommend to watch all parts. You will get a lot of information. Awesome!!

Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part One


There are six more parts. And these are the links:

Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Two
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Three
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Four
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Five
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Six
Determining the Roots of Steampunk Part Seven


One of the blogs I follow is Pyr-o-mania. This week they introduced a new feature: Pyr Authors Round Tables.
"[...], we will be asking our authors a few questions about writing and their books."
Following authors attended the first round table: James Barclay (Demonstorm), Mark Chadbourn (The Scar-Crow Men) and Jasper Kent (Thirteen Years Later). I found their answers quite interesting and I look forward to the next round table.


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 a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. As you may know there will be a sequel which will hit the cinemas on December 16th 2011. Three days ago the title has been revealed: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
There is a behind the scene video available over at Entertainment Tonight.
I did not embed the video because it runs in an infinite loop. In order to watch the video - which I highly recommend - just follow THIS LINK. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Seems there will be again a lot of action ....

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.

I is quite difficult to search quotes without inspiration. That means today you get random quotes about Writing .....

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein, US science fiction author (1907 - 1988)

"Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
Carol Burnett, US actress & comedienne (1936 - )

"I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
Honore de Balzac, French realist novelist (1799 - 1850)

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to the Holmes sequel. And I thought Jules Verne invented Steampunk?

ediFanoB said...

Alex, there is a lot more behind steampunk than we normally know.
Matthew Delman does a great job. Of course Jule Verne belong to the roots of steampunk.

alex scarrow said...

Hi there Edi....thanks for name-checking TimeRiders. Glad to hear you're enjoying it! The 4th book coming out in August, subtitled 'The Eternal War' gets quite steam-punky. It's set in an American Civil War still going on in the present!

all the best

Alex Scarrow

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex Scarrow,

in the meantime I finished TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code.
Well done! Can't wait to read book four.

I hope more people will discover your great series.

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