Saturday, July 16, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1129

Hello and welcome to issue #29 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
time is passing by so fast. Only one week to go until my birthday. I'm no friend of big celebrations. I will spend the day with my wife. Don't worry you will get a Weekend Wave.
Now let's have a look at what I want to share with you.

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. Books delivered by mail and snail mail
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A new steampunk heroine
  2. Fighting cyborg insects
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Secret of the Unicorn
  2. A Game of Shadows
  3. John Carter
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 Loneliness Quotes

The Lighthouse

Thanks to extended reading on last weekend I read in sum 587 pages. That means I read 97 pages more as planned. That helped me to finish The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I loved the book and I can't wait to read more. Fortunately Red Seas under Red Skies is on my shelf....

I'm
- 501 pages in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
My favorite characters are Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and not to forget Bran Stark and Hordor.

- 444 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
I wanted to finish the book. But there are still 131 pages left. There are so many things going on in the book. It is an awesome read.

- 30 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
I read my first Danaerys chapter. I decided to continue to read it slow and intense which means not more than one or two chapters per day. I really want to enjoy the book to the full.

- 87 pages in The Immorality Engine by George Mann
I missed steampunk. And I want to know how the first trilogy will end


My 2011 halftime report is still in progress as some reviews. I know, it is a shame and nobody is more unhappier about it than myself.


Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week I received three books in three delivered by mail and by snail mail. Let me start with the real one.

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera"
- George R.R. Martin.

is one of my favorite authors and when a recommendation from him finds its way to the cover of a book, it must be something special. I could not withstand to by a copy of Leviathan Wakes (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-031612908] by James S A Corey which is the first book in The Expanse series. The series will be continued with Caliban's War in 2012 and in Dandelion Sky 2013. When I look at all the blogs I follow it seems I'm nearly the only one who did not read the book so far. It is high time to reorder my reading list for 2011. And for all of you who do not own a copy or did not recognize the book so far, I present you the blurb and the cover.
"Welcome to the future. Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer, Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe." [Source: Back of the book]

I like to have a look at books from small publishers and self published books. You never know what you will get. Anyway I found following books worth to give a try.

Author David Mark Brown sent me mail including following text:
"Introduction to Reeferpunk (the series)
Reeferpunk is a dieselpunk, spaghetti-Western, refried alternate-history of what could have become of the southern half of North America if cheap oil never got cheap, and instead brilliant minds devised an early cellulosic ethanol from the wondrous cannabis plant. Mein Hanf!
What if during the turbulent years of the Mexican Revolution and the grisly war to end all war a sinister and wealthy oligarchy set their minds to control 30% of the world's known petroleum resources in order to bring a global economy to its knees just as it was learning to walk? What if the success of their evil plot relied, in part, on the gumption of a disillusioned Mexican revolutionary turned goat herder and hemp farmer, along with his two native American friends?
The pulp world of Reeferpunk promises to deliver a surge equivalent to a cocktail of 1 part serotonin, 2 parts adrenaline, with a dash of grenadine served over ice. It scratches the urge primeval. Whether experiencing an apocalyptic dust zone rampant with zombies, or torching an arsenal of German weaponry in revolutionary Mexico, Reeferpunk delivers thrilling, high-octane action."
To be honest I have been intrigued. That sounds like an enjoyable read. Therefore I accepted to get a pdf copy of Fistful of Reefer ( 2011) [ISBN-10: 9781465709] in order to read and review. And this is the cover by artist squidbunny:

If you would like to get more information about the author and the book the visit
by clicking on the picture.


Small publisher Rhemalda Publishing offered me a free download of epub version of the fantasy debut novel The Light of Epertase (August 1st, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365651] by Douglas R. Brown. It is the first book in the Legends Reborn trilogy which will be completed with A Kingdom's Fall (August 2012) and The Rise of Cridon (Fall 2013).
"Since the dawn of time, the Light of Epertase has determined when the throne was to be passed from elder to heir. For more than a thousand years, the Light's decision had never been challenged-until now. When a ruthless army advances on Epertase, the Light determines that corrupt King Elijah is no longer fit to rule - his daughter, and Princess Alina, is the kingdom's only hope for salvation. When evil men violently abduct her, Epertase's fall appears inevitable. But all is not lost, for Alina has a secret lover lurking in the outer mountains; a long-banished warrior willing to bring down armies and King Elijah himself to save her. His name is Rasi and he prepares for blood. Deadly men plan to sacrifice Alina for the Light of Epertase that lives within her soul. Rasi plans to kill all who try. The kingdom's fate hangs in the balance." [Source]
You will agree when I say that the blurb does not sound extraordinary. There was another reason why I accepted the copy. Look at the cover. The back of the rider looks like an octopus! Is he man with special abilities? I hope I can tell you more about the book in near future.

This is the book trailer:


The author proudly presents his book:



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...

Steampunk literature is blooming. One book and/or series after the other is popping up. Due to my limited budget and even my limited time for reading I can't get them all. But steampunk books with female heroines always get my interest. Blood in the Skies (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1434432087] by G. D. Falksen is no exception. Flying ace Elizabeth Steele is the heroine of the first book in The Hellfire Chronicles series. I can't buy it within 2011. So I hope to get a copy in 2012.
"In 1908, the world ended in fire.
Humanity, always bad at following orders, refused to die. Now, two hundred years later, what remains is divided between civilized order and lawless frontier. For the citizens of the Commonwealth, the brave pilots of the Air Force are all that stand between them and the dreaded pirate lords of the Badlands. For generations, the two forces have struggled back and forth in an endless cycle of invasion and reprisal. Now that is about to change, and flying ace Elizabeth Steele is about to find herself dragged into a web of intrigue aimed at the downfall of the civilized world.
Nothing that a clever girl with a trusty aeroplane and a charming spy at her side can't handle.

The first book of The Hellfire Chronicles, Blood In The Skies by G. D. Falksen is a fast-paced and gorgeously illustrated steampunk adventure story set in a world of excitement, danger, and aviation. Join Wing Commander Steele of the Commonwealth Air Force as she battles mysterious assassins and bloodthirsty pirates bent on delivering a doomsday weapon into the hands of a madman. " [Source]
You can read the prologue over at Tor.com by following this link.


Cyborgs are quite interesting. But I gave me the creeps when I read
over at WebUrbanist. I can't deny that for me the combination of cyborgs and machines out of control belong together. Maybe I'm a worrywart ....



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.

Recently I showed you a first teaser of the upcoming Tintin movie. Today I'm glad to present you the first trailer of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.



I look forward to December when Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows will hit the big screen. Look at the first trailer and I think you will agree that there will be a lot of action ...



To be honest I do not know the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Fortunately there will be a movie in 2012 based on the books:
"John Carter the newest movie from Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton is an action adventure story set on Barsoom, the exotic and mysterious planet we know as Mars. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic novel, John Carter is the story which inspired many of the most imaginative and well known Hollywood movies, past and present.
The movie tells the tale of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly involved in a conflict of epic proportions between the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
In a world on the brink of collapse, John Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter is released in cinemas on 9 March 2012." [Source]
This is the first trailer


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.

The quote topic of today has nothing to do with my current mood. I found the Loneliness related quotes randomly. Have a look ...

"To be an adult is to be alone.
Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, (1894 - 1977)

"The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain,(1835 - 1910)

"To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone.
Suzanne Gordon, Lonely in America, 1976

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The John Carter movie looks awesome - hopefully the Bruckkheimer's production influence overshadows Disney's.

Be eager to hear your thoughts on Leviathan Wakes - sounds like my kind of book!

ediFanoB said...

Alex, I'm sure we will get more information about the John Carter movie within this year. Then we will see who will overshadow whom.

Daniel Abraham is an author whom I like a lot. Therefore I have expectations ....

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