Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: I Dance With Dragons

Dear Readers,

I'm sure most of you read the A Plea to George R.R. Martin fans over at Voyager Books.

For all of you who still don't know I quote it for you:

"

Dear UK George R.R. Martin fans,

We know that there are a lot of you out there.

We know that most of you, like us, have been waiting nigh on six years to crack open the cover of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and dive back into Westeros to relish the adventures of our old friends Jon, Daenerys, Arya and Tyrion et al.

The wait is almost over – just 14 days and counting. But due to reasons out of our control, the embargo in Europe has been broken and a few US copies have been delivered to customers in error. Only 180 copies have escaped the embargo, but already there are spoilers leaking out.

And so, Voyager is asking you – if you can bear it – to avoid your favourite GRRM-related sites (except for George’s official site, and the Voyager site of course, where we will be screening comments as always) to ensure that the latest instalment of this epic story is not spoiled for you. You’ve got a remarkable journey ahead of you, and some stunning surprises, and nothing should come between you and that experience. The embargo is now being thoroughly enforced by all accounts and customers around the world to ensure that no more copies are sold early.

And we would also issue a plea to those 180 fans who have managed to get hold of a copy, to please consider all the other fans around the world who have to wait for the official 12 July pub date and save your spoilers!

Sincerely,

Jane, Emma and Amy
Voyager Editorial Team"



Now you may ask why I post about it. The reason is quite simple. Today I received one of the 180 copies.

I fully agree with the plea above which means I will not post about the ADWD content until the official publishing date.

But to be honest I have been overwhelmed when I opened the package. I think it is no spoiler when I post a pic with me and ADWD.



Following two pictures should give you and impression of the seize.


Believe me or not, I still did not read a single page. I'm awestruck ..... But tomorrow ......

ENJOY READING!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: The Rising Dawn Saga continues

There is a series where I read and reviewed the first two books. Even I like the author a lot, I had to state the fact that I did not really like the series. But I know a lot of people like the series.
Now people would assume that I will not post about the series any longer. To be honest that is not my understanding. I think the author and the readership deserve to get information about the upcoming books in the series. And that is the reason why I post today about the following book:


Read the offical Seventh Star Press announcement

Stephen Zimmer's Third Rising Dawn Saga Book Unveiled With Limited Edition
Hardcover Offer!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the title and brand new cover art
for Stephen Zimmer's third Rising Dawn Saga novel: The Seventh Throne.

A bold, ambitious series that pushes the boundaries of urban fantasy, The
Rising Dawn Saga has gained a steadily growing, very dedicated following
since the debut of The Exodus Gate in spring of 2009. Showing the
epic-scale possibilities of urban fantasy, the series draws heavily upon
mythical and supernatural lore, weaving it into a modern day tale of a
world tilting swiftly towards a dystopian nightmare.

Readers who have been journeying along in the Rising Dawn Saga will need
to hold on to their seat, as a conflict of cosmic scope escalates rapidly.
They will join the human soul Friedrich as he accompanies the powerful
Avatar Enki into the depth of the Abyss, to discover the fate of
Erishkegal, who crossed the Veil to spare a horde of outcast Nephilim ages
ago. It is a quest that will take them to the brink of hell itself, but
it is one that may hold astounding revelations.

Elsewhere, martial law is installed across the UCAS during the outbreak of
a deadly virus, and the onset of a war to the far east that threatens the
stability of the entire world. The imposition of a diabolical technology
looms, as centuries-old organizations in the service of Adonai race to
confront the looming menace.

Gregory Andreas, an ex-marine, leads a budding resistance to the
authoritarian government, as Dagian Underwood, the mastermind behind the
oncoming Living ID technology, reaches out to the dark realm of Set to
gain the help of an ally with a rare, formidable ability. Seth Engel and
his teenaged friends venture forth once again to seek proof of spreading
rumors; this time of rounded-up townspeople being herded into large
detainment facilities close to Godwinton.

Even the shapeshifting An-Ki are caught in the maelstrom of uncertainty,
as Godral and their others of Sargor's clan struggle to find their place
in the strange modern world, and Uria leads his renegade new clan into the
unknown. His path leads to an encounter with a mysterious individual
possessed of supernatural powers; who expresses the desire to be his
guide.

Threads intertwine as the dangers increase, and nowhere is safe as the
things of the material and non-material worlds clash. The Seventh Throne
will leave the reader hungry for the next installment, after a revelation
of tremendous magnitude culminates the latest Rising Dawn Saga adventure.

"I am very excited about this installment, as with three books out in the
Rising Dawn Saga I can really show readers how I build a series," Stephen
Zimmer commented. "Everything builds, and threads that may have seemed
ambiguous in the earlier books pay off in droves. For the dedicated
reader, I have worked hard to bring a level of range and depth that can be
explored again and again."

As with the previous Rising Dawn Saga books, readers can expect another
full set of Matthew Perry illustrations, with eight brand new ones
included in the regular edition of the book. The extensive Matthew Perry
body of artwork produced for The Rising Dawn Saga is, without a doubt,
highly unique in the publishing of fantasy works today, regardless of
major press or small press classification.

A pre-ordering window is now open for readers interested in a limited
edition hardcover of The Seventh Throne, which features a Matthew Perry
illustration not included in the regular editon. Only 75 numbered/signed
copies of the limited edition will be issued, at a price of just $35.95.

There is also a special pre-order offer for the regular trade paperback
edition. Both of the pre-order offers include an array of collectibles
from The Seventh Throne. Copies can be pre-ordered in the online store at
http://www.seventhstarpress.com/documents/books.html and all pre-ordered
packages will be shipped no later than August 16th.

The Seventh Throne will ultimately be available in trade paperback,
hardcover, and a variety of eBook editions.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.stephenzimmer.com


Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames@seventhstarpress.com
Seventh Star Press Mailing Address:
3801 Dylan Place Suite 116, #7
Lexington, Ky. 40514-1062

It seems there will be a lot of things going on for all fans of The Rising Dawn Saga. Hope you will enjoy The Seventh Throne a lot.

The good thing for me is that Stephen is also the author of the epic fantasy series Fires in Eden.
And he promised me that the next book in this series is nearing too!! So I wait for the next announcement.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez

Finally I'm back in the world of reviews. And today I present you a review of an reading experience. To read short stories is always a challenge for me because they mostly end when I want to read more. Reading books in PDF format on my notebook is another challenge. As I have to spend many hours a day in front of a screen I prefer to read real books in my spare time.
Nevertheless I agreed to read and review a short story in PDF format.

Celebrity Space (2010, Amazon Kindle edition, 3,000 words; ASIN: B004HD66P4) by Alain Gomez is the first of five planned stories in the Space Hotel series.

In near future life gets boring for the so called upper ten thousand, celebrities and sport stars. There is only one way out: Visit the stars, visit the famous Space Hotel. No problem for all who can afford the shuttle travel and the stay.
But there are also people like the former Navy man Dan Cooper
Alain Gomez, who tries to get back in line with a new job. He is responsible for the basic safety on board the automatic shuttle between Earth and Space Hotel. On his first travel something unusual happens. The end of the story is shocking and delivers space for a wide range of speculation.

is a mix of science fiction and horror. But the horror is not that spectacular and bloody. It is more subtle.
It is impressive how much information you can deliver within 3,000 words. And from my point of view you can't expect that the characters are fleshed out more. Alain Gomez delivers enough information to set your brain in motion. The more imagination you have the more creepier the story will get for you.
The fresh and light style fits perfectly to the story. It is a satisfying read for less than 15 minutes. But you can think about the story for hours.
For me this is exactly the kind of short story I was looking for. I definitely would like to read the other stories in the Space Hotel universe.

If you are looking for science fiction enriched with horror in a non door stopper format which entertains and stimulate your brain then Celebrity Space is the perfect peace for you.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1126

Hello and welcome to issue #26 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Another week passed by. The weather is not like what people expect in June. Instead of sun and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius we have a lot of rain and wind. They sky is gray most of the day. For me it does not matter (except Saturday/Sunday) because I spend a lot of time in office. I hope it will not rain tomorrow (Sunday) because my wife and I want to visit a medieval market. I look forward to drink a mug of cherry beer or two, listening to some bands and more ... It is always a pleasure. But before I have to finish this post.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Time goes by ......
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. One book, two trailers, three covers
  2. Diebe = Thieves - German followed by English
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Philosophy 101
  2. Douglas Hulick
  3. Win a complete fantasy series in ebook format
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Captain America
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 Quotes related to Listening ....

The Lighthouse

I'm on a good way concerning my reading progress. Last week I missed my target of 490 pages per week by 35 pages only. That means I read in sum 455 pages.
To my surprise I finished The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi and Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez (short story).


I'm
- 409 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
After a long time a small progress.

- 200 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
Plus 54 pages. slowly but surely.

- 140 pages in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
It is that good that I convinced my wife to read it too ...

- 103 pages in Redheart by Jackie Gamber.
Unusual book for me. There is a dragon and it is Young Adult.
Ilike it more than I expected.


Only five days until the end of June 2011 which also means half of 2011 is over then.
Half time reports are popping up. Like a lot of other book blogger I work on my half time report.
But as I wrote before there are five days left. I hope to finish a book or two until then. Every book I finish by end of June 2011 will be taken into consideration. I will surprise you with my half time report in a couple of days ....
And you won't believe it.I will be back with a review on upcoming Sunday!!


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.

It is time to post again about the debut novel of author Daniel Polansky. His novel will be simultaneously published with different titles in US and UK - why??
Doubleday will publish the book in US and Canada on August 16, 201. Title: LOW TOWN
Hodder & Stoughton will publish the book in UK and Commonwealth on August 18, 2011. Title:
THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE. Despite that it will be translated to eight other languages!
I think that is not bad for a debut novel.
In the meantime two trailers - one for the UK edition and one for the US edition - are available.

UK trailer


US trailer


I like the UK trailer a bit more. It is more related to fantasy.
Anyway I think the trailers have more in common than the covers. So far I found three covers.
From left to right you see US, UK and the German one.



















I must say I prefer the German cover. It will be interesting to see the covers for the other mentioned languages. I decided to by a copy of the German edition which will be published in October 2011.

And what is the book about?
"Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town.
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.
The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted." [Source]
For me it is one of the most awaited debuts in 2011 .....


Today I went shopping with my wife. And shopping always includes the visit of a book store. It is a good opportunity to see which books have been translated to German and how long it took. In former years it was possible that you had to wait to or more years for translation. But it seems there is a change. For the second time I found a book which is available in German two months before the first English edition.

I talk about Die Metropole der Diebe (DE pb, June 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-3492267540] by David Chandler

To be honest I have not been impressed by the cover. More important is that the UK and US editions will be published in July 2011!

UK and US edition share the title but not the cover. Den of Thieves (UK, July 7th and US, July 26th) [UK ISBN-13: 978-0007384181] [US ISBN-13: 978-0062021243].
On the left you see the UK cover and on the right you see the US cover. The US cover is as boring as the German cover. And the UK cover is done in the same style as the books in The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. But it is better than the German and the US one. Anyway the cover is not important for me. Therefore the decision which edition to buy has been finally based on the price.
German edition: 12.95 Euro
UK edition: 9.95 Euro
US edition: 5.50 Euro.
I ordered the US edition.
There is one more advantage for the UK and US editions. The following two books in trilogy will be published in October and December 2011. The second book in the German edition will be published in April 2012 !!

Now you need the synopsis in order to build up your mind:
"Croy is a knight errant, and bearer of an ancient blade with a powerful destiny. He′s also kind of, well, dim. He believes in honour and he believes that people are fundamentally good. Unfortunately, Croy lives in the city of Ness, a thriving medieval city of fifty thousand people, none of whom are fundamentally even decent, and who will gleefully stab you in the back ... if you give them a chance.

Ness is also the home to Malden. Malden is a thief. He lives by his wits, disarming cunning traps, sneaking past sleeping guards, and running away very fast whenever people are trying to kill him. Which is often. One time Malden stole a crown. And then he had to steal it back to avoid a civil war. Croy got the credit, of course, because he′s a noble knight. Another time the two of them went into the tomb of an ancient warrior race, and Croy accidentally started a barbarian invasion. Guess who had to clean that up?

They probably wouldn′t be friends at all if it wasn′t for Cythera. Cythera is a witch. A mostly-good witch. And despite herself she can′t stop thieves and knights falling in love with her ... At the same time." [Source]


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...

This week I found a superb post which I must share with you. It is about philosophy. Don't worry it is far beyond to be dry and boring stuff.
In order to water your mouth read just the beginning of the post:

"Philosophy slogans to pick you up, or bring you down

Why read the volumes and libraries written by dead philosophers when you can just pick up a few LOL lines from the internet?

Well, the answer to this is obvious, but this quote from George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones sums it up nicely: "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its sharp edge". That said, there are still volumes of stuff that's not worthy of anybody's time to read, except for academic research.

Just to save you some time, here is the hilarious collection of internet LOL quotes to brighten up your day, and perhaps make you to think deep and long about your own life and various idiosyncrasies thereof." [Source]
Are you as intrigued as I was when I read the lines for the first time? Then don't hesitate a second and read Philosophy 101 (Funny Pics) over at Dark Roasted Blend. You won't regret.


Recently I finished 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. For me it is one of the bet debut novels I read so far in 2011. My review is in progress (80% done) and I hope to share it with you at the end of next week.

"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."

Now you may ask why I post about Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick? I found a new interview with the author done by Mad The Hatter in my Google reader. I clicked on the link and that is what I got:

"Page not found
Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review does not exist."
I will try to find out what has happened with the interview.

From time to time I post about giveaways on other blogs. Today I have something special for you. The following giveaway is opened world wide and will end on June 30th 2011."

The price: A whole epic fantasy series published in four books. I talk about The Rys Chronicles series by Tracy Falbe.
Union of Renegades
"Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.
Desperate for help, Dreibrand and Miranda join Shan, a rys with emerging powers who plans to challenge Onja. In Shan’s pursuit of the rys throne, he exerts his magical powers, gathers his allies, and incites rebellion among Onja’s human subjects.
Great wealth and power will reward the kings, warriors, and spies that align themselves with the rys pretender, but defeat could mean worse than death. Onja can imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for Shan’s union of renegades." [Source]

The Goddess Queen
"Queen Onja has called for Shan’s head and her Kezanada agents stalk him with enchanted weapons. For Dreibrand Veta, his growing list of victories has increased his influence in circles of power, but his fame has not endeared him to everybody.
The rebellion proceeds slowly for Miranda who cannot rescue her children until Shan defeats Onja. Shan has learned much since beginning the rebellion. His powers are growing. He has used his magic to kill, and, when the spring comes, his armies will fight the armies loyal to Onja.
Despite Shan’s mounting confidence in his battle magic, Onja will tenaciously defend her throne, and Shan will discover that he does not know the powerful secrets of the Goddess Queen." [Source]

Judgement Rising
"To the victors go the spoils, and Shan and Dreibrand have flourished for five years as the leaders of their respective kingdoms. Allied by friendship, they greet the future with excitement and grandiose plans.
Dreibrand counts on his relationship with Shan to protect him from the encroaching Atrophane Empire as he carefully avoids direct confrontation with his former countrymen, now under the undisputed leadership of his old rival Sandin Promentro.
But a greater malice than imperial ambition threatens the new lords of the Wilderness. The long dead civilization of Nufal, where Dreibrand and Miranda nurture their fledgling kingdom, has not forgotten the brutal genocide of its ancient war with the rys. The ghosts of Nufal may have been extinguished but their avengers remain. The inheritors of Onja’s wealth and lands will now battle the nightmare of their judgment rising." [Source]

The Borderlands of Power
"Nufal is invaded and human warriors fight alongside their rys and tabre champions in a grueling clash of muscle and magic. Grim struggles smash strategy into chaos, and loyalties degenerate into desperate choices for survival. Tempet and Alloi, driven by their desire for revenge upon the rys, push King Shan deep into the violent reservoir of his power.
Still reeling in the aftermath of battle, Dreibrand Veta scrambles to assert his authority upon the remaining forces of the Atrophane Empire if he is to defend his land and overturn the censure that disgraces his name. Rebellion on the imperial frontier complicates these goals as does Shan's sudden unpredictability as an ally. Miranda braves the snows of the Rysamand Mountains to demand that Shan pay his debt to her by helping Dreibrand. Only ambition keeps despair at bay as forces vie for dominance in the borderlands of power. " [Source]
You can win all these books in ebook format. It is quite easy to enter the competition. Follow this link for details.

In case you do not win or you do not want to participate but you would like to enter the world of The Rys Chronicles there is another great opportunity. Tracy Falbe offers a free download of Union of Renegades which is the first book in the series. Just follow this link.

If anyone of you know the series or the first book I would be glad if you would share your thoughts with me and other readers.


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 look forward to July and August 2011. Within three weeks two superhero movies will hit the cinemas in German: Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger.
A young man wants to join the army. Result: Unfit. Then he volunteers for a top secret project. The birth of Captain America .....
Now a new trailer is available




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 assume you know that situation. You are talking about something interesting but nobody is listening. It is the same with . I tell him what to write but he ignores me most of the time. Therefore I thought it would be a good idea to present you some quotes related to listening ...

"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin

"There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.
Albert Guinon (1863 - 1923)

"Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
Dorothy Sarnoff

"A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

"Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.
Nick Diamos

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1125

Hello and welcome to issue #25 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Finished my first working week. Did not spend much time for blog and reading. You see me a bit confused because I thought I posted issue #24 last weekend. But I must admit this issue exist only in my memory. I feel a bit guilty. To be honest I was much more interested in to spend time together with my wife than with the blog and books. You will understand if you are in love .....

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. The future of the blog
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books I would like to buy
  2. A surprising delivery
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Urban Fantasy at Seventh Star Press
  2. David Gemmell Legend Award 2010-11 Winners
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. You think your job is worse?
  2. July is a great month ....
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 Quotes about English ....

The Lighthouse

What a terrible reading progress in the past week! Only 104 !!! Why? Several reasons which do not want to explain in detail. But I'm sure that will change with my new time-table.
As you assume right I finished no book.

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

- 145 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
So sad that I read only one chapter

- 116 pages in The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Two chapters and an interlude revealing more information ...

- 90 pages in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
One chapter and an interlude. I like Locke more and more ...


Again it is necessary to speak about the future of the blog. Don't be afraid I will continue.
BUT I need to define a proper time-table. Because without I'm afraid I get nothing done. Since my holiday I know life is more than eat, sleep, work, read, write, blog and what else has to be done. I definitely do not want to spend more than half of the weekend in front of my notebook!
I think it is much more effective when I spend 90 minutes per day from Monday to Friday and two hours each on Saturday and Sunday for the blog, reviews, mails and so on. Despite that I will continue to spend two hours per day for reading from Monday to Sunday.
I hope that will work because I have a back log of books to review. And a blog about books without reviews is like the Dead Sea without salt.
Of course it is necessary to do something for the body -my wife and I go twice a week to the gym - and to do something against stress - therefore my wife and I will attend a Qigong course in fall.


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.

In the meantime I sorted out which books I want to buy until the end of the year. I had to delete several orders which has been sad (Less money available). And it is even more sad when I see information about upcoming books of series I read. In this case there are only four possibilities: I will buy these books sometimes in 2012 or I will get a reviewer copy or I will win in a giveaway or I will get them as a gift.
Today I will present you two of these books. Both belong to one of my favorite genre: STEAMPUNK!

In May 2011 I reviewed The Falling Machine (278 p. ! May 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] by Andrew P. Mayer which is the first book of The Society of Steam duology.
Now I found out that the second book will be published earlier as I expected. Hearts of Smoke and Steam [ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] will hit the book stores in November 2011. And as I liked the first book I definitely want to know how the story continues. Hopefully I will get an ARC.
"Sir Dennis Darby has been murdered, the Automaton has been destroyed, and Sarah Stanton has turned her back on a life of privilege and comfort to try and find her way in the unforgiving streets of New York. But Lord Eschaton, the villain behind all these events, isn’t finished with her yet. His plans to bring his apocalyptic vision of the future to the world are moving forward, but to complete his scheme he needs the clockwork heart that Sarah still holds.

But she has her own plans for the Automaton’s clockwork heart—Sarah is trying to rebuild her mechanical friend, and when she is attacked by the Children of Eschaton, the man who comes to her rescue may be the one to make her dreams come true. Emelio Armando is a genius inventor who had hoped to leave his troubles behind when he and his sister left Italy for a life of anonymity in the New World. Now he finds himself falling in love with the fallen society girl, but he is rapidly discovering just how powerful the forces of villainy aligned against her are, and that fulfilling her desires means opening the door to a world of danger that could destroy everything he has built.

The Society of Steam takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for, and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost." [Source]

I admit I'm a big fan of Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne series. I read and reviewed
The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack
and
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

Now Pat over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist posted the cover of the third book in the series:
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1616145354].
I don't want to talk about the cover. Do you know the Mountains of the Moon? The term refers to a mountain range in Africa. Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke traveled there in order to find the source of the Nile. That means we will leave England and travel to Africa. I can't wait to read the book which will be the final one in the story arc. Maybe we will get a hint how the series will continue.


Surprise, surprise, surprise. Today I received a book which I ordered in advance in 2009! The publishing date has been postponed again and again. I talk about the third book in the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series. I bought a copy of the UK paperback published by Snowbooks. On the left you see the UK cover of The Immorality Engine (June 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1906727185] by George Mann. Further down on the right you see the US hardcover which will be published in September 2011 by Tor/Forge.com [ISBN-13: 978-0765327758]. Both covers are very different. The UK cover is done in the same style as the previous books. I must admit the clockwork horse looks tough.
"On the surface, life is going well for Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury, who has brilliantly solved several nigh-impossible cases for Queen Victoria with his indomitable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, by his side. But these facts haven't stopped Newbury from succumbing increasingly frequently to his dire flirtation with the lure of opium. His addiction is fueled in part by his ill-gotten knowledge of Veronica's secret relationship with the queen, which Newbury fears must be some kind of betrayal. Veronica, consumed by worry and care for her prophetic but physically fragile sister Amelia, has no idea that she is a catalyst for Newbury's steadily worsening condition.

Veronica and Newbury's dear friend Bainbridge, the Chief Investigator at Scotland Yard, tries to cover for him as much as possible, but when the body of a well known criminal turns up, Bainbridge and Veronica track Newbury down in an opium den and drag him out to help them with the case. The body is clearly, irrefutably, that of the man in question, but shortly after his body is brought to the morgue, a crime is discovered that bears all the dead man's hallmarks. Bainbridge and Veronica fear someone is committing copycat crimes, but Newbury is not sure. Somehow, the details are too perfect for it to be the work of a copycat. But how can a dead man commit a crime?" [Source]


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 know this man?


Yes, he is an author and he joined Seventh Star Press.

Seventh Star Press Acquires H. David Blalock's New Urban Fantasy Series,
The Angelkiller Triad
"Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the acquisition of The Angelkiller
Triad, a provocative new urban fantasy series, as H. David Blalock becomes
a member of the publishing company's growing family of authors.

The acquisition comes right on the heels of the addition of D.A Adams'
fantasy series, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, and follows a strong run of
releases that has seen titles such as Jackie Gamber's Redheart (YA
fantasy) and Steven Shrewsbury's Thrall (heroic fantasy) meet with a very
warm reception from reviewers and readers alike. It is yet another strong
testament to Seventh Star Press's committment to releasing quality titles
exhibiting many facets of speculative fiction.

H. David Blalock commented on his recent partnership with SSP. "I am
excited about doing the Angelkiller series with Seventh Star, and honored
to be in such talented company. I just hope I can keep up with this
high-energy group!"

The first book introduces Jonah Mason, the oldest, and most experienced of
the Angelkillers, an elite force in the Army of Light. They are fighting
an ancient war, one in which the Darkness achieved a great triumph long
ago that has had profound influence on the fabric of life as we know it.
It is the simple answer as to why bad things happen to good people. The
great battle may have been lost, but the war continues in a modern age,
pitting Jonah against the Enemy in a way even he had never faced. A
provocative mixture of the supernatural and technological, Angelkiller is
a very special, thought-provoking tale, one that shines forth in the upper
realms of urban fantasy literature.

Based out of the Memphis area, H. David Blalock has an impressive writing
career of 35 years and counting that has achieved numerous publishing
credits in print and online mediums. He is most known for his fantasy
novel Ascendant (Sam's Dot Publishing), which was the basis for a twenty
minute short film produced in 2010 that featured former WWE wrestler Al
Snow. The sequel to Ascendant, Emperor (Sam's Dot Publishing), was
released in March of 2011. David is also the founder of Imagicopter, an
author-driven organization that creates an array of event opportunities
for small press authors and artists, while also publishing the
highly-regarded Imagyro magazine.

“I was a fan of H. David Blalock since I read Ascendant, which is one of
the true gems in fantasy out of the small press world,” fellow Seventh
Star Press author Stephen Zimmer commented. “Angelkiller represents
something that is compelling, thought-provoking, and highly relevant.
With David's mastery of narrative and character, this series is going to
be a force to be reckoned with in urban fantasy.”

The projected release date window for Angelkiller is fall of 2011, in
limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, for readers
with the Kindle, the iPad, the Nook, Sony eReaders, and other electronic
reading devices.

Book 2, Traitor Angel, and Book 3, Doom Angel, will be released over the
course of 2012 and early 2013.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.thrankeep.com"


I posted several times about
In the evening of June 17th 2011 the winners have been announced. This is the official press release. None of the books I voted for won. But to be honest I did not expect it.
Nevertheless congratulations to all of the winners.

I think it was no real surprise that Brandon Sanderson won the Legend Award for Best Novel.
I assume a lot of people expected Towers of Midnight as the winning title. But the majority voted for The Way of Kings (mmpb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365279].
"I long for the days before the Last Desolation.
T
he age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honor in the hearts of men.
The world became ours, and we lost it. Nothing, it appears, is more challenging to the souls of men than victory itself.
Or was that victory an illusion all along? Did our enemies realize that the harder they fought, the stronger we resisted? Perhaps they saw that the heat and the hammer only make for a better grade of sword. But ignore the steel long enough, and it will eventually rust away.
There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to put aside healing to become a soldier in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young woman who wears a scholar's mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the highprince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the past as his thirst for battle wanes.
The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of ancient days can become ours again. These four people are key.
O
ne of them may redeem us." [Back of the book]

I did not expect that Darius Hinks would win the Morningstar Award for Best Newcomer with The Warrior Priest (black library, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1849700023].
"Warrior Priests are the holy crusaders of the Empire, crushing daemons, witches and heretics alike with righteous fury. These bold men wield death and damnation, with warhammers held high and the word of Sigmar on their lips. They provide the final bastion against the forces of darkness that would run rampant and forever turn the hearts of men. Jakob Wolff is one such warrior, and sets out to track down his brother, whose soul has been tainted by the Ruinous Powers. Family must be put to one side as he battles to prevent the Empire from sinking into Chaos, with only his strength of arms and the purity of his beliefs to call upon. " [Source]
I must admit that I never read a Warhammer novel. It is not my kind of stuff. But I know ther is a huge Warhammer fan base. And in the end the nominee with the most votes wins.


Olof Erla Einarsdottir won the Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Artist with following cover:
If you would like to see more of her art follow these links:
Deviantart, Olof Erla Einarsdottir website, Olof Erla Einarsdottir on facebook


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 think most of us who have job complain about work. I'm no exception when it gets stressful and when I have to spend more hours than expected. But it could be worse, really worse. Did you ever think about jobs in Victorian Age which delivers the background to a lot of steampunk novels? I invite you to watch a series of videos which gives you an impression of The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age.

http://youtu.be/RtoA17bidW8
The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part One

To be honest when I watched from 1:40 to 3:40 I really got claustrophobia!!

The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part Two



The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part Three

Herring caller, stone picker, rat catcher, chimney sweeper


The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part Four

Label sticking, cigar end collector, bone grubber, dustman, tosher, muddler, work houses,
stone breaking,


The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part Five

rope breaking, collect raw material, tanner


The Worst Jobs in History - The Victorian Age - Part Six




Why is July a great month?
First: July 23rd is my birthday
Second: On July 12th A Dance With Dragons by George R.R.Martin will be published
Third: On July 14th Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 2 will the cinemas in Germany!!

The latest Harry Potter trailer promises a lot of action. I hope the 3D effects will better than the ones in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.



There are still rumors about a 5th Indiana Jones movie. But Harrison Ford - the one and only Indy - doesn't get younger. He is one of my favorite actors. Therefore I'm glad that he returns to German cinemas in August 2011 in Cowboys & Aliens.



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 present you some quotes about the English language ....


"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Clarence Darrow, US defense lawyer (1857 - 1938)

"The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary.
Dave Kellett, Sheldon, 02-01-09

"England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Holiday 2011 Bansin

Since 2007 when way stayed several days in London we spent our holidays at home. Last year in August we decided that we definitely need some days off without stress, phone, computer, traffic noise and so on. A good friend recommended the Baltic Sea island Usedom. We decided to rent a holiday flat in Bansin (more info) from May 22nd to 29th 2011. Bansin is a small town with around 2500 inhabitants.

We rented a roofed wicker beach chair for six days and used it several hours per day.
That's me with The Lies of Locke Lamora (mmpb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0553588941] by Scott Lynch in my hands in "our" roofed wicker beach chair. The fine-grained sand led directly to the water.
In the background you can see the Bansin pier. The next picture has been shot from the pier.
We have had a kind of routine. After waking up in the morning we went to a baker and bought fresh breakfast rolls. after breakfast we walked to the beach and entered our beach chair. Mostly we spent three to four hours with looking, sleeping and reading. On two days we have had an extraordinary visitor: A swan!
Despite a water temperature of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius I could not resist to water my feet.
On our way back to the flat we bought fresh strawberries. Delicious, delicious, delicious!!
In the late afternoon we started our long walks (minimum two hours) either around the town or along the beach- imagine kilometers of water and sand without any humans in sight - or along the seafront to the next town Heringsdorf. The last picture has been shot from the Heringsdorf pier in direction to Bansin pier.
Every walk included the visit of our favorite ice cream parlor - cherry, orange, nougat, mocha, maple walnut, stracciatella, pistachio, raspberry, and, and, and, ..... No, no, we did not gain weight.

This was the most relaxing holiday in our life so far. No stress, no traffic noise, no computer. Only my wife and me. There was nothing we had to think about, to decide, to take care on, to be responsible for. And it was impressive how much we have to talk about after twenty years of marriage. It was that good that we decided to go again to Bansin in 2012. But there will be two differences. Next time we will stay two weeks and I will take less books with me.

I posted about my 2011 Holiday Book Bag which contained nine books. I read 660 pages in six days. That means 110 pages per day. Not that bad compared to my plan of 140 pages.

In the end I read two books
- Anno Frankenstein [ISBN-13: 978-1907519451]by Jonathan Green
- The Martian Ambassador (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] by Alan Baker
and I started to read the following two books
- The Quantum Thief (hc, US, May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329493] by Hannu Rajaniemi
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (mmpb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0553588941] by Scott Lynch

I hope and wish you find the right place to relax. It seems the older I get the more sensitive to noise I am.

I can't finish this post without saying thank you to my wonderful wife for an extraordinary holiday - I still LOVE YOU after all these years ...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Where is ediFanoB?

Dear Friends, Followers and Readers,

you may have been disappointed because my period of silence took longer than expected. I think you will understand when I tell you a bit about what happened from May 20th till June 5th.
In the evening of May 20th our twelve year old Opel Corsa B did not work any longer. We took it to the repair shop twice before. And on May 22nd we wanted to go on holiday! Desperation!!
After some discussion we decided to rent a car for ten days online - really unexpected expenses!

On Saturday morning a good friend took us to the car rental where a big surprise waited for us. Instead of an VW Golf we got an Opel Insignia Sports Tourer - for the same price.
I must admit it is a great car for long distances. We needed eight hours from Egelsbach to Bansin.
We spent six wonderful days in Bansin. There will be a separate post about our stay.
In the evening of May 29th we returned home after a nine hour trip. After several hours sleep we had to face reality - we needed a replacement for our broken car. There was no doubt that we could afford a new car. What to do?
We have a local car dealer in walking distance (12 minutes) who sells so called employee's cars. My wife and I decided to go there and look for a one year old Opel Corsa D. It didn't take long and we found one which met our expectations ( features and price). We got the car in the afternoon of June 3d. I don't want to bother you with all the details like insurance and so on.
Beside that we decided to spend our next holiday again in Bansin. But this time we will stay two weeks. We booked the holiday flat in advance. And there have been other things which needed to be done.

All these activities reduced my time for reading and blogging. It took me several days to check my Google Reader (+1000 unread items).

And as you can imagine there are other impacts with the car we bought and the holiday we booked in advance. We had to reduce our monthly expenses for books and beads. That means I will buy from now on only two to three paperbacks instead of six to seven. As I'm a friend of ordering in advance I had to reorganize/cancel a lot of orders. It is all a question of priorities.
We need a car and we need a holiday. And our holiday is much more cheaper than a trip to a foreign country.

Maybe my restricted purchase of books will give me the opportunity to read all my unread books.

Concerning the blog I hope to return to my posting scheme (Weekend Wave on Saturday and a review on Sunday) by end of this week. I still have a bunch of reviews to write. I will not promise anything.

Have a great week and enjoy reading

Friday, June 03, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1123

Hello and welcome to issue #23 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
You may know the feeling. After my two posts on Monday and Tuesday I have been really motivated to write more posts. But instead I spent my time with reading and my wife. Today is the first step back to the world of books and blogs.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Tor, Tor, Own
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Dwarfs at Seventh Star Press
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A disappointment
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 A quote for my wife ....

The Lighthouse

What did I read in the past three weeks?
During our stay at the Baltic sea I read 660 pages in six days. That means 110 pages per day. Not that bad compared to my plan of 140 pages. The following week I missed again my weekly reading goal of 490 pages. In sum I read 229 pages. But the last week I read 603 pages!



I finished four books:

- The Martian Ambassador by Alan K. Baker
A well done start of a new steampunk series with unexpected fantasy and myth elements.

- Anno Frankenstein by Jonathan Green
The latest Ulysses Quicksilver adventure is full of action and mysterious characters.

- The Dragon's Path (2011) by Daniel Abraham
Daniel Abraham is such an excellent writer. What a great first book in a new series!

- Heresy (2010) S J Parris
I can't wait to read the next Giordano Bruno novel. Oxford in 1385 comes alive.



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

- 122 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
The story continues on a high level

- 116 pages in The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Chocolate... Yes chocolate plays a role in this intriguing sf novel

- 40 pages in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
After reading the prologue I asked myself why it took that long to dive into this book ...


Before my holiday I promised to read and review Celebrity Space by Alain Gomez (short story) until end of May. I must admit I missed my target. I will catch up on soon.


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.

As I told you beginning of the week I have to reduce the number of books I can buy per month. Therefore I'm glad that I still receive reviewer copies.

This week I received in sum three books. One of them I bought on my own.

Once again a big thank you goes of the pond to Tor/Forge.com for sending me copies of the following two books.

Some weeks ago I received an ARC. Now sent me the US hardcover of 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 Zeus brains 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]
I recommend to read Adam's review of The Quantum Thief over at The Wertzone. As I own now two copies of the book. Therefore I decided that the The Quantum Thief ARC will be the book for my next giveaway.
I will run the giveaway when I have finished reading The Quantum Thief .......

The Chaos Crystal (US, hc, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765316851] is the final one in the Tide Lord series by Jennifer Fallon. It is always difficult when you get the last book in a series without knowing the previous ones. Therefore I do not know when I will read it.


A mass market paperback - 1256 pages - a weight of 586 gram = book one in The Stormlight Archives. The Way of Kings mmpb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365279] by Brandon Sanderson is a"little monster".
"I long for the days before the Last Desolation.
T
he age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honor in the hearts of men.
The world became ours, and we lost it. Nothing, it appears, is more challenging to the souls of men than victory itself.
Or was that victory an illusion all along? Did our enemies realize that the harder they fought, the stronger we resisted? Perhaps they saw that the heat and the hammer only make for a better grade of sword. But ignore the steel long enough, and it will eventually rust away.
There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to put aside healing to become a soldier in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young woman who wears a scholar's mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the highprince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the past as his thirst for battle wanes.
The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of ancient days can become ours again. These four people are key.
O
ne of them may redeem us." [Back of the book]
Another big fat novel I want to read. I definitely need to exercise my eyes in following way. Read two books at the same time - one with the right eye and one with the left eye ....

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 know this man?


Yes, he is an author and he joined Seventh Star Press.

"Seventh Star Press Proudly Announces the Acquisition of Fantasy Author
D.A. Adams' The Brotherhood of Dwarves Series

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the addition of fantasy author
D.A. Adams to its family of writers, with the acquisition of The
Brotherhood of Dwarves series.

The Brotherhood of Dwarves and Red Sky at Dawn, the first and second books
of the series, were originally released by Third Axe Media. The two
installments received excellent reviews, and sold very strongly on the
convention circuit. Planned for five books total, the third title in the
series, The Fall of Dorkuhn, will be released in its first edition by
Seventh Star Press. The series is known for its fresh approach to an
iconic fantasy race, blending traditional lore with all-new twists.

“With their outstanding marketing and promotional campaigns, Seventh Star
can provide *The Brotherhood of Dwarves* with the exposure it deserves.
I'm excited and proud to be the newest addition to their stable of
talented writers, ” commented D.A. Adams, regarding his relationship with
the Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher.

The Fall of Dorkuhn continues the story of the dwarf Roskin. In the
newest adventure of the series, Roskin returns home to a kingdom divided
by war with the ogres. On one side, his father desires to restore peace,
but on the other, Master Sondious, seeking revenge for having been
crippled, seeks to escalate the offensive aggression. Roskin and his
friends make a desperate attempt to resolve the growing rift, but unknown
to the dwarves, new and powerful menaces threaten to destroy the entire
kingdom...

Living and working in East Tennessee, D. A. Adams is an established
novelist, a farmer, a professor of English, and has contributed writing to
literary as well as fine art publications. He also maintains an active
blog, entitled "The Ramblings of D. A. Adams".

“D.A. Adams is an outstanding addition to our group of authors,” fellow
Seventh Star Press author Stephen Zimmer commented. “The Brotherhood of
Dwarves series is well-crafted storytelling with compelling characters,
set within a richly developed fantasy setting. It has very strong appeal
to those who like character-driven stories, as well as to fans of epic
fantasy. For those who love seeing dwarves in fantasy literature, it is
immensely rewarding.”

The projected release date window for The Fall of Dorkuhn is late summer
of 2011, in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats,
covering owners of the Kindle, the iPad, the Nook, Sony eReaders, and
other electronic reading devices.

The Seventh Star Press editions of The Brotherhood of Dwarves and Red Sky
at Dawn will receive trade paperback and eBook releases in late summer of
2011, with a hardcover edition of each to follow shortly afterwards.

Books four and five in The Brotherhood of Dwarves series are slated for
tentative releases in late 2012 and 2013.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.brotherhoodofdwarves.com"
If you want to get more information about the first book in the series - The Brotherhood of Dwarves - I recommend to read the extended review over at Hard Boiled Jim.


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.

My wife and I have been to cinema past week. after 137 minutes we left the cinema really disappointed. We like Johnny Depp and we like the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
We have had expectations. The trailers of On Stranger Tides looked promising. But the result ...
To keep it short the 3D effect looked totally artificial and cheap. Too many boring parts. In a pirate film I expect ships and a lot of water.

Today no new trailers. But in case you would like to get more information about the upcoming Tintin movie the I recommend to visit Tintin Movie News.

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 can tell you love is in the air since Edi and his wife returned from their trip to the Baltic Sea.
forced me to seach for a quote for his wife. And that is what I chose ...

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Jeanne Moreau
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