Saturday, April 02, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1113

Hello and welcome to issue #13 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
It took some time until I realized that this is a real special issue of the Weekend Wave.
There is something to celebrate .... which means I will "torture" a bit more with boredom as usual.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. One year??? One year!!!
  2. The future? The future!
  3. Blog content, reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. My picks for April and possibilities ....
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Jonathan Green and coming soon ...
  2. You want to be a contributor?
  3. Picture time
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Falling Skies
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 Sweet(s) quotes....

The Lighthouse

Ye mighty readers, I'm proud to announce that today, April 2nd 2011, is the first birthday of
Edi's Book Lighthouse!!!

I'm glad and proud that the blog survived a year with a lot of personal up and downs. But I don't want to lament about the negative points - except that I have been disappointed about the number of posts and the posting rhythm. It is definitely a big difference between contributing a blog and maintaining an own blog.

In the end the I prefer to look on the bright side. I would like to say thank you to a lot of people. Hopefully every one will understand when I name a few as the representative for all.

First and foremost I want to thank my wife. Without her morally support and her understanding when I spent half of the night for preparing a post, Edi's Book Lighthouse would have gone down the drain.

Stephen Zimmer, Robert V.S. Redick, Alex J. Cavanaugh and Alex Bledsoe you all are a wonderful. Unbelievable how you did take care on me and my blog.

A big thank you goes to Shellie Nunn, the creator of the new blog header.

I still buy the most books on my own. Of course every ARC/reviewer copy is welcomed. Thanks to all the authors and publishers who sent me books. I do my best to read and review them.

And finally I want to say thank you to all my followers, readers and commenter who give me the impression that not everything I write is rubbish.

The Future? The Future!
An anniverary is always a good opportunity to either say good bye or to herald news.
Don't worry!! I will continue with Edi's Book Lighthouse. Even I still do not have more time available for the blog I decided to work on changes.

You may have noticed that I changed the appearance of my current reads. Now you can see all of them instead of only two. And with the direct links to GOODREADS there is a comfortable way to get more information about the books I'm reading.

Today I removed two additional pages. Furthermore I work on my review index. In future there will be two review index sites - one by book title and one by author. I finished the work on the review index by title and I hope to finish work on the index by author within next week.

In near future I will update my blog roll.

The number of posts per week will not change significant. Anyhow it is my target to post more reviews. Four reviews per month would be great. Beside that I think about an additional middle of the week post. I will keep you informed about the progress


In sum I read 531 pages last week which is 41 pages more than expected.
I work on following review and hope to post it soon:
- Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer

This week I finished one book:
- The Horns of Ruin ( pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1616142469] by Tim Akers.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" That was not what I expected.
Far too many "magical" invocations. The main character Eva is a kind of super woman.
You never got the feeling that she is in real danger.
The story is more or less predictable. The story would also work without all the steampunk gadgets. So why use them?
I think this story would work far better as a comic. "

I started to read Shameless Wonders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1450733182] by A.P. Stephens which is the second book in The White Shadow Saga. After 116 pages I can tell you two things. There is no break between book one and two. There is a lot of action going on within these 116 pages. Promising .....

Beside that I'm
- 352 pages in First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain
Kristen Britain does not disappoint her readers. This is epic fantasy with magic and a strong heroine. Past and present events are interwoven.

- 175 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
I should spend more time for it ...

- 145 pages in Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent.
It is getting better with every page.




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.

Last week I received one book in PDF format. As you may know I read e-books from time to time.

Shameless Wonders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1450733182] by A.P. Stephens is the second book in The White Shadow Saga.
"SHAMELESS WONDERS continues the quest of Randor Miithra, wizard and servant to the elf-gods, as he leads his followers in search of the missing moon, Beldas. Across the troubled lands of Londor, the shadows of a relentless darkness have reached the broken borders of many kingdoms. Evil forces seek to manipulate and enslave the land and its people, with enemies both new and old vowing to yield to no one until victory is had.
As Randor and his company hasten into the south toward the dark realm of Valadure, the origin of the world’s downfall, they experience firsthand the treacheries of evil. Yet in their search to restore balance to the world of Londor, they must overcome more than the banners of darkness that stand before them. As internal discord and tragedy drive the company members apart, it seems they are farther than ever from returning Londor to the peace and prosperity it once knew. Prophesies are realized, deceit is revealed, and dreams are cast asunder. Not all is what it seems to be.
With the greatest of evil in their midst, can Randor Miithra and his companions overcome the power of the one who holds the key to healing Londor? One night can change the fortunes of all
." [Source]
I read and reviewed the first book The Stolen Moon of Londor which has been a solid start of the series. I'm nosy how the story will continue ...


Normally I don't tell you in advance what I will read next. But today I would like to share this information with you including links where you can win copies of some of the books.

I still wait for my copies of The third book in the Chathrand Voyage series:
The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick.
On the left you see the UK cover and on the right the US cover.

US version will be published on
19th April 2011 with ISBN-13:
978-0345523822
UK version will follow on
21st April with ISBN-13:
978-0575081840

This is the first of my four picks in April 2011. I hope I will receive my copy soon because I would like to present you and Robert my review before publishing date!
But I don't have any influence on the post.

My second pick is the recently published Dark Jenny [ISBN-13: 978-0765327437] by Alex Bledsoe which is the third book in the Eddie LaCrosse Mystery series. I still wait for delivery.
"Freelance Sword Jockey Eddie LaCrosse is in the wrong place at the wrong time while conducting a undercover investigation on the island kingdom of Grand Bruan. When a poisoned apple kills a member of the Queens personal guard, Eddie becomes the prime suspect in the murder. He must do do some fast talking to keep his head attached to his shoulders. Trying to clear his name and find the real killer, Eddie becomes embroiled in a nasty political scandal. Someone is trying to ruin Queen Jennifer, and they don't care who they kill on the way." [Source]
I recommend to read Graeme's review for more information about Dark Jenny.
You would like to win a complete set (three books) of the Eddie LaCrosse Mystery series?

Then I have the ultimate link for you. Fellow blogger The Mad Hatter runs a great contest over at Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review. The content is opened world wide and the deadline is midnight April 9th 2011.



My third pick is the first book in a series and I did not need to read the review by two of my favorite reviewers to order the book in advance. I expect delivery of my copy on April 4th 2011. Two sentences with information except title and author of the book and the review link.

The Dragon's Path (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327437] by Daniel Abraham.
"Summer is the season of war in the Free Cities.
Marcus wants to get out before the fighting starts. His hero days are behind him and simple caravan duty is better than getting pressed into service by the local gentry. Even a small war can get you killed. But a captain needs men to lead — and his have been summarily arrested and recruited for their swords.
Cithrin has a job to do — move the wealth of a nation across a war zone. An orphan raised by the bank, she is their last hope of keeping the bank’s wealth out of the hands of the invaders. But she’s just a girl and knows little of caravans, war, and danger. She knows money and she knows secrets, but will that be enough to save her in the coming months?
Geder, the only son of a noble house is more interested in philosophy than swordplay. He is a poor excuse for a soldier and little more than a pawn in these games of war. But not even he knows what he will become of the fires of battle. Hero or villain? Small men have achieved greater things and Geder is no small man.
Falling pebbles can start a landslide. What should have been a small summer spat between gentlemen is spiraling out of control. Dark forces are at work, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path — the path of war." [Source]
I know this short blurb does not tell you anything about Daniel Abraham's extraordinary quality as a writer. I'm sure the following review will convince you to read The Dragon's Path.

“The Dragon’s Path” by Daniel Abraham (Reviewed by Robert Thompson and Liviu Suciu)


My fourth and final pick in April 2011 gathered a lot of promising reviews in the past months. And again I ordered the book in advance without reading any review.
Among Thieves (UK pb, April 2011, cover on the left) [ISBN-13: 978-0330536202],
(US pb, April 2011, cover on the right) [ISBN-13: 978-0451463906] by Douglas Hulick is the first book in the new A Tale of the Kin series.
"Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization he’s a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side.
When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down who’s been leaning on his organization’s people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And there’s a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for - including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes.
When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magic…that's if he can survive long enough to use it."

Before I give you the link to a giveaway I really recommend to read the glowing review by SQT over at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin'News & Reviews because it is related to the giveaway. After receiving an extra copy of Among Thieves she decided immediately to start

Giveaway! "Among Thieves" by Douglas Hulick

ATTENTION: The winner of this world wide open giveaway will be picked by Tuesday April 5th 2011. That means you need to hurry up!!

And if you need one more review in order to decide then I recommend to read “Among Thieves” by Douglas Hulick (Reviewed by Robert Thompson)

To be honest these are not the only books I expect within April. These are the books which I definitely want to read and to review minimum two of them until end of April. As you can see I returned to epic fantasy after reading all the steampunk books. Don't worry steampunk will return in May.

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...

On March 28th 2011 Jonathan Green started a post series titled coming soon ... over at the PAX BRITANNIA blog. Each post contains the part of an picture. So far I have not been able to solve the riddle. I guessed twice and failed. Maybe one of you can solve it. These are the links so far:
Coming soon 1, Coming soon 2, Coming soon 3, coming soon 4, coming soon 5, coming soon 6,
I hope I will solve the riddle before the last post.

Readers, blogger and authors there is another opportunity to be part of the blogosphere. John Ottinger, the mastermind behind Grasping for the Wind is searching contributors.

John:
"Who am I looking for?
  • 1. Authors. You always need publicity, and there is no better way to do so than with a column or guest post at a blog read daily by 1,000+ readers.
  • 2. Artists. Want to showcase your SF art? Contribute a piece of your own work in a showcase each month at GFTW.
  • 3. Bloggers. Want to spread some link love around the net? Contribute to GFTW and have a premier SF/F blog boost your stats, gain new readers, and spread your name all over the net.
  • 4. Fans. Have an opinion? Want to voice it but don’t have enough time to run a full scale blog? Let me give you a bully pulpit."
You are interested in? Then just follow THIS LINK. Attention! John expects your contact by April 8th.

Once a while I share with you links to other blogs where you can see awesome and incredible pictures.

Today the time has come to visit Dark Roasted Blend again. I recommend to have a look at following two posts. A feast for your eyes ...

Extreme Murals & Painted Buildings and Uniquely Created Ads, Issue 14 which starts with a series of pictures which reminded me of the great movie Inception.

WebUrbanist presents a New View of Vincent: Tilt-Shift Perspective on Masterpieces. The tilt-shift photographs of Vicent van Gogh's masterpieces are absolutely gorgeous and spectacular. A must see!!!

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.

Yes, I live in Germany and no, I don't have access to US TV networks. But I'm always interested in new series because a lot of them will be aired in Germany too - of course a long time later. And the upcoming Falling Skies series is one of them:




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 like sweets and sometimes I'm sweet. That means for today quotes around sweet(s) ...

"There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (1850 - 1894)

"Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.
Turkish Proverb

"Honey is sweet! but the bee stings
Proverb

"Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
German Proverb

"Stolen sweets are best.
Colley Cibber
English actor & dramatist (1671 - 1757)

8 comments:

Sarah (Bookworm Blues) said...

Congratulations on making it a year. I checked out your wife's blog. She's an amazing craftswoman. Very neat stuff she has posted over there.

It's been a great year for you, and I only foresee better for your future. Congratulations again!

ediFanoB said...

Dear Sarah,

thank you very much for your kind words.
I hope and wish you a bright future after all what happened to you in the past months.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging! That is awesome. You know I'll always stop by for the weekend posts, even during this crazy A to Z Challenge month.
Now, when't the party?

Lydia K said...

I just made it a year too. Congrats!

ediFanoB said...

Hey Alex,

thanks for congrats! I know that you are one of my constant reader and commenter. I'm too busy for a party.

ediFanoB said...

@Lydia K,

Congrats back! The first year is something special. Heep up your good work and most important enjoy what you are doing.

John Dax said...

Congratulations on completing the first year. Many more to come, hopefully!

ediFanoB said...

@John Dax,

thank you. I will do my best to continue the blog.

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