Saturday, May 21, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1120

Hello and welcome to issue #20 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I started to prepare this post a few days ago because there will be definitely no time on Saturday. It will be the day before we go to the Baltic sea. Please keep in mind that there will be no Weekend Wave next week. But you get something else.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Again weak reading progress
  2. What to read when
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A four-leaved book clover arrived this week
  2. "My hype"
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Share, like and hide
  2. Give me one
  3. Give me two
  4. Ulysses Quicksilver
  5. Pester part of post: The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Iron Sky
  2. Cowboys and Aliens
  3. TinTin
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 Vacation quotes ....

The Lighthouse

For the second since I started I missed my weekly reading goal of 490 pages. In sum I read 281 pages in only four days!!! The reason is quite simple. As always in the past twenty years the lat two weeks before my holiday are incredibly busy. I work ten and more hours per day. And the result is: I fall asleep on the sofa with a book on my nose. I sure that will change until the next .


I finished one book last week (my week goes from Saturday to Friday):

- Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
First published in 1987 it contains most of the stuff we appreciate in nowadays
steampunk novels. A great read!!

I'm
- 350 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
Again no progress.

- 62 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
No progress ....

- 256 pages in The Dragon's Path (2011) by Daniel Abraham
I like it a lot - especially captain Marcus Wester ....

- 115 pages in Heresy (2010) S J Parris
No progress ....

I hope to finish some of them within the next two weeks because I plan to read other books during my vacation.

On upcoming Sunday my wife and I travel to the Baltic sea. In case you read my Holiday Book Bag post you maybe surprised that I did not take one of my current reads with me. I must say I did not want to take something with me that is connected to all the hours I spent sleeping on the sofa. I will finish The River of Shadows, Heresy and The Dragon's Path when we return home.
Of course I will read and review Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez (short story). I want to do it on Monday May 30th.
You will not believe what happened today.
Unexpectedly I could leave work earlier as expected.
That gave me time to visit a book store in order to take some pictures of Prinz der Dunkelheit.
So far so good.
Late afternoon our car conked out!!!! No obvious reasons. DESPERATION!! Did we have to cancel our well deserved holiday trip? NO. Even it will get more expensive as expected we decided to rent a car - online! Thanks to internet.
Saturday will be a very busy day: Need to go to next town in order to get the rented car, shopping, cleaning and more ....

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 I received in sum four books. Two of them I bought on my own.

A big thank you goes of the pond to Tor/Forge.com for sending me copies of the following two books which are both second books in their series.


Shadow Chaser (hc, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765324047] by Alexey Pehov is the second book in The Chronicles of Siala trilogy.
"Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his band of outcasts continue their journey toward the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. But before they can reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles... and evade the frightful enemies on their trail. Once they have breached Hrad Spein, a task entire armies of warriors and wizards have failed to achieve, Harold must venture, alone, into the secret heart of the most dangerous place in his world. There he will fight legions of untold mysterious powers before he can complete the quest for the magic horn that will save his beloved land from The Nameless One. " [Source]
I read the first book in the series and I liked it. But I remember that a lot of people found it too conventional. I will definitely read Shadow Chaser.


The Illusion of Murder (hc, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322043] by Carol McCleary is the second book starring Nellie Bly as main character.
"History, mystery, murder and magic accompany Nellie Bly – Victorian Age detective, reporter, and feminist – as she takes up a challenge by Jules Verne to beat the eighty days it took his fictional hero Phileas Fogg to race around the world. Nellie tackles the journey--alone, with a single change of clothes--against the wishes of her publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, who felt it was “too dangerous for a woman to attempt.”
In her official account of the journey, Seventy-Two Days Around the World, Nellie leaves out one riveting event: a mysterious death. In the bustling harbor city of Port Said, she witnesses an event that makes her a target for a killer and involves her in international intrigue with the fate of nations at stake.
On board the ships that take Nellie from the Land of the Pharaohs to the exotic Orient and across the Pacific are the most famous magicians in the world... but a killer also stalks the decks. As magicians conjure the fantasy and a spiritualist raises the dead, Nellie wonders if Mr. Pulitzer had underestimated the danger." [Source]
The Illusion of Murder has been on my "radar" since a while as a lot of other books. The blurb is promising enough for me. I like the mix of real person biography with mystery and murder. One more book where I do not know when to read it. Time and mood will tell.

The next book
- is the second in the Burn Cycle series
- belongs now to my growing list of steampunk and steampunk related books
- is another book in a series which I have not started reading yet
- is part of a series which is not finished yet

I like the cover of Dead of Veridon (mmpb, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-0765322043] by Tim Akers a lot. It looks like the "steampunked" version of an atmospheric diving suit.
"Trouble finds Jacob Burn. Kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life, out of everything that is familiar, even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him.
A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Everything gets more difficult when he's appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage." [Source]


The last book for today is the fourth and last book in the Trial of Blood and Steel series by Australian author Joel Shepherd.
Have a look at the author's site where you can see that the cover of Haven (pb, 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143633] follows the style of the previous books.

Do I need to mention that I own copies of all books in the series. If you want to read the blurb then follow this link.

In case you do not know the Trial of Blood and Steel series I recommend to read the reviews of the first book in in the series Sasha (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1591027874] over at Neth Space and Grasping for the Wind. Even more I recommend to read A Brief History of Lenayin which contains the author's description and explanation of the world he created.

And for all of you who are tired to follow tons of links let may say that Trial of Blood and Steel is epic fantasy starring a strong female main character Sashandra “Sasha” Lenayin.


I must say I like the "my hype" part of the Weekend Wave. And today I show you that you can buy copies of Prinz der Dunkelheit (pb, May , 13 EUR) [ISBN-13: 978-3453528253] which is the German edition of Prince of Thorns (hc, UK, 4th August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007423293] by Mark Lawrence.



Despite that Mark Lawrence take care on his German readership. There is a giveaway on Goodreads available to people who live in Germany. And he contacted several German book blogs.
I know that some of my readers speak German too. If you live outside Germany you can buy a copy ofPrinz der Dunkelheit over at BookDepository.com.
As you may know I'm German but I prefer to read and post in English. I like to talk about books beyond national frontiers.
Lastly let me tell you that my review of is in progress. I will post it on Goodreads as soon as possible.


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...

There are news and/or information which you find on nearly every sff blog. Sometimes I post them too and sometimes not. But when the "American Tolkien" write an in depth post about the history of the most anticipated book in 2011 I have to write about it too. I love his still to be finished series so much. And to be honest when he, one of the 100 most influential persons of 2011 gives away some "secrets" (something we call spoiler today) I do not mind. Read and marvel at Talking about the Dance. As you can see I avoided to name the author. It is not necessary ....

On May 22nd I will post my review of Thrall (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108634] by Steven L. Shrewsbury. Heroic fantasy starring the aging warrior

Gorias La Gaul
portrayed by Matthew Perry


If you are an US resident then you have the opportunity to win a copy of Thrall. There is a giveaway over at SciFiChick which ends on June 10th. Good luck!

And there is more. SciFiChick one for two giveaway. With one entry you can two books.
A great opportunity for all US residents to dive into the Fires in Eden series created by Stephen Zimmer. The giveaway ends on June 3rd.

I read and reviewed
Crown of Vengeance (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0982565612]
and
Dream of Legends
(2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0983108627].

Dream of Legends stands for 723 pages and is a real "door stopper". So you will get a lot of stuff to read in case you win. Good luck!

I'm a big fan of the most entertaining steampunk series PAX BRITANNIA. I will read the sevenths and latest Ulyses Quicksilver adventure Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green soon. So far I could watch the trailer. I told Jonathan that there are problems with copyright and therefore the trailer can't be watched in countries like Germany. He is a man who listen to his fans. Now an updated version of the trailer is available and of course I need to show you:


In the meantime is preparing his next PAX BRITANNIA project: A collection of all Ulysses Quicksilver short stories. Have a look at what to expect:


I know some of them . That means I need to ......


I like the The David Gemmell Legend Award.
And therefore I pester you with the repetition of my spread word about The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011 in order to remind you that the final voting for The David Gemmell Legend Award 2011 is still open.
And these are the shortlists in the three categories:

The MORNINGSTAR Award shortlist for Best Fantasy Newcomer/debut
CHARLTON, Blake - Spellwright (Tor US)
HINKS, Darius - Warrior Priest (The Black Library)
JEMISIN, N.K. - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit UK/US)
PEHOV, Alexey - Shadow Prowler (Tor US)
VICTORIA, Mary - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)

RAVENHEART Award shortlist for best Fantasy Book Jacket/artist

EINARSDOTTIR, Olof Erla - Power & Majesty

LOCKWOOD, Todd - The Ragged Man (Pyr)

NIELSEN, Cliff - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

SULLIVAN, Jon - Shadow King (The Black Library)

VICTORIA, Frank - Tymon’s Flight (HarperCollins Australia)


David Gemmell LEGEND Award shortlist

BRETT, Peter V - The Desert Spear (Voyager)
HEITZ, Markus - War the Dwarves (Orbit UK/US)
JORDAN, Robert and SANDERSON, Brandon - Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight (Orbit UK/Tor US)
PEVEL, Pierre - The Alchemist in the Shadows (Gollancz)
SANDERSON, Brandon - The Way of Kings (Gollancz/Tor US)
WEEKS, Brent - The Black Prism (Orbit UK/US)

Go and VOTE!


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.

Do you know what is on the back of the moon? Do you know that flying saucers are not the result of alien technology? Do you know that there will be a movie which will answer these questions?
Watch the third Iron Sky trailer and visit the Iron Sky site.


In case you missed trailer one and two ....


I'm no Nazi. It is good that Germany lost World War II. Read more about Nazi UFOS and their background which is the background of the movie.

Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors and I'm happy that he will be back in cinema soon with
Cowboys and Aliens.



Steven Spielberg works together with Peter Jackson. Their project: The Adventures of Tintin
which is a new step in Spielberg's career. This wil be the first animated movie directed by Spielberg. I read Tintin's adventures around 25 years ago and I still like his adventures.
I'm interested in the movie. Have a first glance:



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.

Languages. As soon as you start to translate it is getting difficult. I know there is a big difference between British English (BE) and American English (AE). Just take holiday (BE) and vacation (AE). In German I use the word Urlaub. Now it is up tome to decide whether I use holiday or vacation. After reading the post you know that Edi prefers to use holiday. I think he needs a counter part. Therefore I searched vacation quotes for you ....

"Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.
Author unknown

"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
Elbert Hubbard, US author (1856 - 1915)

"Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle, US television actor & comedian (1908 - 2002)

3 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lots of trailers for us today! Definitely want to know what you thought of Dragon's Path. And bummer about the car. Don't let it ruin your holiday.

Mark Lawrence said...

have a great trip - glad the car could be replaced!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex and Mark,

my wife and I have had six wonderful days. Will post about our trip and what happened afterward soon.

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