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

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ready for Captain America. And saw Green Lantern - it was fun!

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