Saturday, April 09, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1114

Hello and welcome to issue #14 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This was an unusual week: Spent more time at work as expected; finished less books than expected; received more books than expected; my joy to play video games returned unexpected.
Fortunately you get your as expected.
Now let's see if the post meets your expectations.
I hopefully expect you will

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Belated celebration of my blogoversary
  2. Blog content, 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. What I like on other blogs
  2. Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter Theories
  3. Don't miss this giveaway ...
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Anonymus
  2. Green Lantern
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....

The Lighthouse

Just one week ago I pronunced the first birthday of
Edi's Book Lighthouse!!!

Except some nice words there has been no celebration. But the combination of an unexpected delivery and a discussion with my wife convinced me to have a belated celebration.

If you would like to take part then return on Monday. Yes, believe me. There will be something special for you on this blog.

DON'T FORGET TO VISIT Edi's Book Lighthouse ON MONDAY, APRIL 11th 2011


In sum I read 538 pages last week which is more than impressive when you take into account that there was no time for reading on Friday and very limited time on Thursday. Instead of reading I spent time at work. Happens!

This week I finished one book:
- First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The book hit my expectations.
It is epic fantasy without the dark and gritting tone. Loveable characters and some magic moments. "
I selected a new book for the gym. I like to read while I'm on the treadmill:
Out of the Dark (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325525] by David Weber.
"Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.
N
ow Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.
H
is chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity--but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.
T
hen, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity...until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth." [Source]
After a long time I read again science fiction. So far I read 38 pages and I like it.

ExceptThe River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick all my April picks are on my desk. Now I need to decide which one to read first:
- Dark Jenny [ISBN-13: 978-0765327437] by Alex Bledsoe
- The Dragon's Path (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327437] by Daniel Abraham
- Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick

Beside that I'm

- 203 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
I could have been more but with one day without reading ...

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

- 201 pages in Shameless Wonders by A.P. Stephens

Tomorrow you will get my review of Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer


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 in sum seven books. I presented three of them last week and as I did not want to copy and paste the stuff from last week post I decided to show you in this case the covers only.



















I want to read them all and I want to read them now, which is obviously impossible. Despite my outstanding decision I would like to share with you what Daniel Abraham has to say about his novel:

The map of The Dragon's Path is available as a free download. Just follow THIS LINK.


You may know that I stay in contact with author Stephen Zimmer who is one of the authors of small publisher Seventh Star Press. Stephen surprised me with a copy of Redheart (April 19th, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108672] by Jackie Gambler which is book one of The Leland Dragon Series. I read YA books seldom. After flipping though the pages I decided to give it a try. As you can see Redheart will be published soon. But to be honest my reading list for April 2011 is full and as you could read above ambitious too. I added Redheart to my May 2011 reading list.
"Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.
A
s the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in." [Source]

What shall I say about the next book? It is the fourth book in the simply brilliant A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin: A Feast for Crows [ISBN-13: 978-0006486121]

A Magic of Dawn (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0756406462] by S L Farrell is the final book in the Nessantico Cycle.
"A masterwork of fantasy, The Nessantico Cycle is the epic tale of an empire at its height, yet poised on the brink of what could be a devastating descent into ruin. Told from the viewpoints of numerous characters, it is a sweeping saga of murder and magic (portrayed both as a powerful religion and a forbidden art), of deception and betrayal, of Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a realm facing war on every front." [Source]
Read the author's description of the town Nessantico:
"Imagine Renaissance Florence blended with late Imperial Rome and spiced with some of the trappings of ‘fin de siécle’ Vienna: a great city of a far-reaching empire; a city situated at the center of civilization; a city where art and music and writing flourish, where the world’s greatest minds and greatest talents come to make their reputations, while the trade of a hundred lesser nations passes through the ports and the streets." [Source]
I think I have to read this series soon which means within 2011. I will have some days off at the end of May. I need to write down my holiday reading list. I think that would be a good idea for some posts .....

One book left. And I will not tell you today which book it is. Come back on Monday, April 11th 2011 ...


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...

Like most of you I follow other blogs. There are things I like and/or find helpful. Some are inspirational. Today I will give you two examples.
When you follow Fantasy Book Critic then you will have noticed that they have a new design since March 26th 2011. I like this blog a lot. It looks professional compared to my blog. I'm not envious. My blog reflects exactly how much time I can spend for it. There is especially one thing I appreciate a lot: The fabulous Upcoming Releases page. I always search for sources like that.
Of course I continue to use GOODREADS and the awesome Fantastic Fiction.

Recently I discovered A Fantastical Librarian and added the blog now to my blogroll.
I told you that I bought a copy of the final book in the Nessantico Cycle. That means I own copies of one more completed series. I asked myself if I really have an overview about all the series I started and/or finished. The answer is no! Since I saw the great Series(In Progress) site over at A Fantastical Librarian I'm thinking about to do something similar. Thank you Mieneke for inspiration.


Do you know Twitter? Then you maybe interested in following post over at Grasping for the Wind:
Which of the theories do you like most? My favorite one is Tweetnarök.


In December 2010 I reviewed The Half-Made World (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325525] by Felix Gilmann.
The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared—the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.
I finished my review with following words:
Don't miss to read one of the best fantasy books in 2010

This is fantasy for the mind and the heart

The Half-Made World will reverberate in your mind for weeks

Now I found a world wide open giveaway for you over at Voyages Extraordinaire which will end on April 23rd.



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.

On September 30th 2011, Anonymus directed by Roland Emmerich will hit the cinemas.
"Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage." [Source]
That is a completely different setting compared to 2012. But it is a setting I like. Now the first official movie trailer is available. Have a look and decide whether it is as intriguing for you as it is for me.



Another super hero movie based on comic will hit the movies in June 2011:
GREEN LANTERN It looks impressive ...


I must ad mit I'm not familiar with the Green Lantern history. Fortunately I found a video which contains the Green Lantern History:


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 keep it simple as my mind. Some random quotes for you ...

"If you cannot convince them, confuse them.
Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)

" Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it.
Rebecca Johnson, in 'Vogue'

"Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Wendell Johnson

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Green Lantern looks great! I need to see if The Half-Made World is available for the iPad. If not, I just won an Amazon gift card.

ediFanoB said...

@Alex,

indeed Greet Lantern looks great!
I checked amazon.com
I found a Kindle Edition. Not sure whether this version works on iPad or not.

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