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 ....
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
- Reading progress
- The future of the blog
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
- Books I would like to buy
- A surprising delivery
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- Urban Fantasy at Seventh Star Press
- David Gemmell Legend Award 2010-11 Winners
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
- You think your job is worse?
- July is a great month ....
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuotes about English ....
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.
- 350 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
- 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 ....
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
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 ......
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
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
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 aboutIn 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.
The 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.
One 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 ......
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.
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,
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....
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)
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
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)
George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)