Saturday, April 23, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1116

Hello and welcome to issue #16 of Edi's Weekend Wave - Easter Edition.
Easter Weekend. That means for days in a row out of office. It also means to visit relatives. On Sunday we expect my mother and my sister. I will share work with my wife which means I'm responsible for the dessert and for the cake. I like to bake. Beside that I will find some time for reading and to play Final Fantasy VII which like more and more. And of course I deliver you this issue of my Weekend Wave.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Don't miss ....
  2. Blog content, reading progress
  3. Listening to ...
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received this week
  2. "My hype"
  3. Giveaway
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Decade’s Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies Viewer’s Poll
  2. Steampunk-inspired music
  3. Howls Moving Castle
  4. Inspiring places to work
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Game of Thrones title sequence
  2. Falling Skies
  3. X-Men: First Class
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 Cloud quotes....

The Lighthouse

In case you did not recognize, I run my second giveaway which will end on April 25th.

The Price

[ISBN-13: 978-0765316561]



Reading occurred to be a bit difficult last week. There is a direct relation between the time I spend for reading and the time I spend in front of my notebook. On Thursday I read only 57 pages and on Friday 52 pages. Fortunately I read a bit more the days before. In sum I read exactly 500 pages last week.


This week I finished one book:
- Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent.
My comment on GOODREADS:
" What a great read! The mix of historical facts of Russian history supernatural horror is brilliant. I have been emotionally touched by Aleksei Ivanovich Danilov's fate.
The second book in the Danilov Quintet is more than a worth sequel.

I expect to finish this fabulous book within this weekend."
I work on the review which I hope to present you within the next days.


Finally I decided to read Among Thieves (2011) by Douglas Hulick next.
So far I read 158 pages. What a great debut novel. Fortunately more and more blogger pay attention by posting very positive reviews. Even I did not finish Among Thieves so far I highly recommend it and I hope there will be more hype around this great read. I will return to Among Thieves later in this post. Anyhow I expect to finish the book within the next days.

I'm happy that finally my ordered copy of The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick has been delivered. I could not withstand and read the first chapter (16 pages). Pazel and Thasha are back! I must quote the very first sentence because it gives you a glimpse of what to expect:
"It might have been a palace window in Etherhorde: round, red-tinted, firelit from within, but it was a living eye set in a wall of sapphire lunging east through a cobalt sea."

Beside that I'm

- 271 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
again and again I'm surprised how easily I can return to this book for a chapter or two without losing connection.


- 235 pages in Shameless Wonders by A.P. Stephens
Only two chapters more. My plan is to finish the book by end of April.

- 117 pages in Out of the Dark by David Weber
As I read it mostly at the gym it will take a while until I will finish it. as I wrote last week I prefer to read the "alien chapters" and that hasn't changed.


I told you recently that my wife and I are playing video games on our PS2:
She plays Final Fantasy VI and I play Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy games are famous for their soundtracks. Some of the songs are real catchy tunes. There is one song from Final Fantasy VI which does not get out of my head. And this is the extended version of the extended version of the Veldt Theme ...

I'm hypnotized by that song!

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.

Let me say thank you to Tor/Forge.com for sending me a totally unexpected copy of Trades of the Flesh(March 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327840] by Faye Booth.
"Preston, 1888: as the century draws to a close, the prostitute murders in London have made young Lydia Ketch's 'trade' a political issue. Lydia, the tough but optimistic daughter of a former workhouse inmate, has spent a year working in the 'introduction house' of Kathleen Tanner, a job that has given her an income few others could match. When Lydia meets Henry Shadwell, a young surgeon with a passionate interest in biology, the two develop an instant - and non-professional - bond. And Henry soon enlists Lydia's help in his underground sidelines; first as a model for pornographic photography; then as an assistant in procuring corpses for medical experimentation. With the dangers of her own line of work becoming clearer by the day, and her new found delight in her own sexuality burgeoning, Lydia becomes disillusioned with her life as a prostitute. And it soon become clear that her trade - and Henry's - are even more dangerous than either had imagined. "Trades of the Flesh" is a gripping novel about the body and its desires, from a precocious voice in historical fiction." [Source]
I showed the book to my wife. She is really interested in to read it. I must say that the book is not after my current taste. I'm not interested in dark erotic tales. But I want to be fair. I will wait for the comments of my wife about Trades of the Flesh. Then I will finally decide whether I will give it a try or not. I have so many books ...

And finally I received my copy of the third book in the Chathrand Voyage series:

The River of Shadows (US,2011) [ISBN-13:978-0345523822] by Robert V.S. Redick. I'm happy that I ordered a copy in advance last year because I still wait for my reviewer copy. I don't know when this copy will arrive. But when I get it I promised the author to use it for a giveaway. So fingers crossed .....





Last week I told you that I received a signed reviewer copy of Prince of Thorns (hc, UK, 4th August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007423293] from author Mark Lawrence. Next month I will buy a copy of Prinz der Dunkelheit (pb, UK, 9th May)[ISBN-13: 978-3453528253] which is the German edition. I can't wait to start my project to read the same book in two different languages at the same time. I'm thrilled ....

Would you like to read a few pages of Prinz der Dunkelheit in German? Then click on the following picture.

Im Buch lesen



Lesen Sie im Buch


And now I come back to 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."

There is another Among Thieves giveaway over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. With some luck you can grab a copy of the US edition. But hurry up to take part. I don't know when the giveaway will be closed.


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...

Do you like fantasy movies? Then you instantly should head over to Tor.com and take part in
But you need to hurry up because the poll ends 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 24th.

Of course I left a comment with my favorite movies:
1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (no doubt about it)
2. Watchmen (best comic book adaption)
3. Inception
4. The Dark Knight

I'm sure that The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will make it to the top ten. And when talking about The Lord of the Rings I can't let you go without showing you a fan made trailer covering all three movies. I'm glad that we own the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings.


Watchmen shows one of my all time favorite characters - Rorschach. I wanted to show a video containing a best of Rorschach scenes. Unfortunately it is not permitted to embed the video. If you would like to see it then follow THIS LINK. Attention: This video contains violence.

In case you think I have abandoned steampunk, let me assure you the next steampunk books are on their way. Recently I discovered Escape the Clouds. This is a band who steampunk-inspired music. And that is what the band has to tell about the video I would like to show you:
"Every Storm has an End
A short film celebrating the release of our second, steampunk-inspired album Circumnavigator. We wanted to capture the core story presented on our web site and the album: a man's journey around the world to save his stricken wife.

The song is "Above the Overcast" - track #9 off the album. The album version is pure instrumental. The other ten songs are a mix of vocal tracks and instrumental pieces that evoke different moments along the journey." [Source]
Now watch, listen and dream ....



Maybe some of you know the wonderful animated movie Howl's Moving Castle. The castle itself is impressive. Beside the animated castle you can find other versions of it. I would like to show you two different version.

The first one is a papercraft version of the castle. Watch and enjoy the video:


I hope you agree with me that the papercraft version of Howl's Moving Castle is impressive.
Can you imagine a ceramic version? No? Then follow me to a gorgeous post which shows and explains and incredible epic ceramic project.


Attention: Don't forget to close your mouth after visiting the post.

Like millions of other people I have a nine to five job - to be more precise it is a seven to four one (in case nothing unusual happens. That means I spend a lot of time in a office which looks like millions of other offices. But it could be different as the following post from the good guys over at webUrbanist show. Have a look at

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 Wertzone is one of the blogs I follow. Adam is a profound connoisseur of the world of A Song Of Ice And Fire. Since I read The GAME OF THRONES title sequence I'm addicted to the title sequence. I highly recommend to read Adam's post because he explain in detail what is shown.
As the locations within the title sequence will change from episode to episode I hope that all of them will be available in near future. And now watch .....



"FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
At the center of the series is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart. [...]
FALLING SKIES focuses on the resilience of the survivors and their determination to maintain their humanity when all else has been destroyed. It is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. They may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. Most of all, the series is about the ties that bind people together in the most difficult of circumstances. " [Source]
This is a part of the synopsis of the upcoming TNT series Falling Skies. Have a look at the five minute teaser which gives you a first impression about what to expect. It seems there will be a lot of drama and action. I don't know whether one of the German TV channels will buy it ...



A new trailer of the next movie in the X-Men universe is available. X-Men: First Class will hit the cinemas in June (US =3rd and Germany = 9th). It contains a few new scenes.


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.

Escape the Clouds inspired me to fetch some cloud quotes for you ....

"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them.
Leonard Louis Levinson

"Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society -- things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.
E. B. White, US author & humorist (1899 - 1985)

"For each thorn, there's a rosebud...
for each twilight — a dawn...
for each trial — the strength to carry on,
For each stormcloud — a rainbow...
for each shadow — the sun...
for each parting — sweet memories
when sorrow is done.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

10 comments:

Mark Lawrence said...

I started 'Among Thieves' today. Three chapters in and enjoying it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy your Easter weekend! In our house, my wife bakes and I cook.
And glad we own the extended versions of LOTR as well. Need to do a marathon one Saturday...

ediFanoB said...

@Mark,
I did not have much time to read since yeasterday. But I know what I will do tonight until I fall asleep ... Among Thieves .... After 180 pages Drothe is still alive ...

I have an inner conflict: what to read first - Prince of Thorns or Prinz der Dunkelheit or read them parallel

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
my family and I enjoy our Easter weekend.
Dessert and the two cakes I baked have been a success.
All people who own a copy of the extended LotR movie trilogy are lucky persons and everyone who finds time for marathon on a Saturday should feel like to be in heaven ...

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Ich habe angefangen, Prinz der Dunkelheit auf Deutsch zu lesen. Danke fuer den Link!

Ich hab' viel verlernt. :)

I wish English had a word like "verlernen". Such a great word.

ediFanoB said...

Hey Bryce,

everything you wrote in German is accurate.

The dictionaries I use propose to translate verlernen with unlearn.

I learned French in school a long, long time ago. I didn't use it and therefore I forgot most of it. That happens if you don't use a language regularly.

Prinz der Dunkelheit ist das erste Buch, das ich nach langer Zeit auf Deutsch lesen werde :-)

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Vielleicht wirst du wiederanfangen nur auf Deutsch zu lesen! oder nicht. :D Ich wurde gerne deutsches Fantasy lesen. Ich muss etwas finden...Book Depository!

ediFanoB said...

Bryce,

I don't think that I will return to read books only in German.

Most of the authors I read write in English. And to be honest books in English are a lot cheaper than books in German.

Du suchst nach deutscher Fantasy?
Ich mag zum Beispiel Christoph Hardebusch (Book Depository link)
Ich habe seine STURMWELTEN Triologie gelesen und gemocht.
Besuche doch einmal Christoph Hardebusch im Internet.

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Vielen dank! I had no idea who to even look for. Perfect. :)

ediFanoB said...

Bryce,

you're welcome. In case you would like to get more links just send me a mail.

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