Friday, July 22, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1130

Hello and welcome to issue #30 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This is a special issue because it will be posted on my birthday :-) One the one hand I'm happy that I found time to put it together. On the other hand work dominated the whole week. It ain't funny when you are too tired for reading and blogging in the evening. I hope I do not fall asleep before I have finished this issue ...

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Cake and music
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. The Hodder and Stoughton parcel
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Give me one, give me two ...
  2. You want to help your favorite author
  3. Money, Tattoo and Art
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Dark Knight Rises
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 Birthday

The Lighthouse

This week I hit the rock bottom concerning reading. Three days without reading! In sum I read 326 pages. I finished no book! And there was no time for reviews. I'm grumpily. I miss my "drug". There is a saying. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I have my own saying. 70 pages a day keeps grumpiness away.

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


- 471 pages in The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
Still 103 pages left .....

- 59 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
I read my first Jon Snow chapter.
.

- 230 pages in The Immorality Engine by George Mann
Excellent read.

- 62 pages in The Light of Epertase by Douglas R. Brown

- 61 pages in Fistful of Reefer by David Mark Brown


All my plans for the week went down the drain. Any plans for the next weeks? Nothing specific. Only: read as much as I can and write as much as possible. Not sure what the result will look like.
Anyway I want to enjoy my holiday. As I did not want that my wife spends too much time in the kitchen we bought cake today. I look forward to eat my favorite one: Black Forest cake. Beside reading there is something more which helps against grumpiness - listen to music. In the past days I listened to Set Fire to the Rain performed by Adele. I like her voice.



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 always exciting when you get in contact with a publisher. Recently I received a mail from Hodder and Stoughton. I have been asked if I would like to be added to a mailing list. It is good for a book lover, blogger and reviewer to get in contact with publishers. Of course I agreed to be added to the mailing list. And in order to show my interest in the publishing program I added the titles of three books I'm interested in. Today the postman delivered a parcel from Hodder and Stoughton. A big thank you goes to James Frost from who sent me copies of the following books:

Let me start with the book where I received a mail with additional information from the publisher:
Bricks (4th August 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-14444706284] by Leon Jenner.
"Leon originally published parts of BRICKS online as a downloadable audio book. It was phenomenally successful and the book received over 250,000 downloads (I have attached some clips from the original audio for you to listen to). Now, for the first time, the novel is available to read in its entirety.
BRICKS is the story of a bricklayer, a practitioner of the red art of masonry, a member of an ancient line of apprentices who work with their hands to form monuments to humanity from the elements of nature. But he is no ordinary bricklayer, and neither is his skill in the shaping and moulding of stone. This bricklayer’s proficiency and dexterity in his craft was forged by his past life as a Druid priest.
Like the bricklayer in our time, the ancient Druid was also a builder of worlds. However, his building blocks were much bigger, he is higher being who can travel through worlds and time. As our bricklayer regresses to his life as a Druid he remembers his part in thwarting the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar and the lasting effect this chain of events had on the history of Western civilization.

All is not what it seems though, and as the bricklayers narrative progresses his vision of ancient Britain begins to fray and we are left wondering whether, in his attempt to escape reality, he has become lost in his own fantasies.

BRICKS is a beautifully written book that examines the mysticism and myth of Britain’s heritage through the eyes of a modern day bricklayer. Leon Jenner vividly creates the world of the Druids, and the mortals that lived alongside them, and draws you into the battle to protect England’s shores from Caesar and his troops."

I read the information above. Then I watched following trailer.


Finally I tried to find reviews, impressions and opinions. I found these comments which are not positive. I was not sure if i would like to read it. But the book is astonishing thin. I stands for 136 pages including illustrations! And so I decided to give it a try in order to form my own opinion about the book.

Then next book aroused my interest with following text on the cover:

WHEN THE END OF THE WORLD COMES
DO YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO GO?
OR THE LAST TO SURVIVE?
Outpost (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1444709032] is the debut by Adam Baker. It is a post apocalyptic thriller. I can't remember when I read the last time an post apocalyptic thriller. From time to time I like to read something beyond fantasy and science fiction.

"They took the job to escape the world
They didn`t expect the world to end.

Kasker Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home.

But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channels die, replaced by silent wavebands.

The Rampart crew are marooned. They must survive the long Arctic winter, then make their way home alone. They battle starvation and hypothermia, unaware that the deadly contagion that has devastated the world is heading their way..." (Source)

I'm interested in history. Nowadays I like to read especially about medieval England. In former times I also read alternate history like Fatherland by Robert Harris. That is the reason why The afrika Reich (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1444710649] by Guy Saville aroused my interest.
"1952. It is more than a decade since the Dunkirk fiasco marked the end of Britain`s war and an uneasy peace with Hitler.
In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle and jet fighters patrol the skies. Britain and the Nazis have divided the continent but now the demonic plans of Walter Hochburg - architect of Nazi Africa - threaten Britain`s ailing colonies.
In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract. Burton grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite his own misgivings and the protests of the woman he loves. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. No one - black or white - will be spared.
But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton is forced to flee for his life.
His flight takes him from the unholy killing ground of Kongo to SS slave camps and on to war-torn Angola, finally reaching its thrilling climax in a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of the Reich itself." [Source]
The last book for today is a special one because it belongs to the books which I eagerly expect.
I have posted about the book and the trailers before (here, here, here). I ordered the German edition in advance. But I admit that I'm happy for getting an ARC of THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE (18 August, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1444721294] by Daniel Polansky.
"Welcome to Low Town. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.
Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You`d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.
But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley.
And then another.
With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he`s the only man with a hope of finding the killer.

If the killer doesn`t find him first." [Source]
I recommend to visit the official site because the author delivers a lot of information.


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...

Did I mention that tomorrow (July 23rd) is my birthday? It should be a day of joy and fun. A day full of cake and presents. I'm sure I will get some books (what else!!). But I would like to gice something to you. Therefore I thought I would be a nice idea to share with you the links to giveaways of books I like. Don't hesitate and take part. You are of wide scope because I do not participate ....

There are two possibilities to win a copy Of the English edition of

"Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging.
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse. From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him. Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne." [Source]
I read and reviewed the German edition (my review in German). It is an excellent read. So don't hesitate to take part in following giveaways:

Giveaway! "Prince of Thorns" by Mark Lawrence over at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews

Win a copy of Mark Lawrence's PRINCE OF THORNS over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Both giveaways are opened worldwide.


I'm sure there are authors who you like more than others. Did you ever think about how you could possibly help these authors and you did not find answers? Then you should read following post by author Stephen Zimmer because you get useful hints:


There are several non book related blogs which I follow. One of them is WebUrbanist.
Today I recommend to visit following three posts.

It is not that difficult to betray the human eye. But you must see the pictures at following post because they are gorgeous.


Do you like Tattoos and do you like science fiction? Then you should definitely visit

How does money ant art fit together? I must say I like the answer given over at


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.

Another trilogy is coming to an end. In this case it is a film trilogy. It started with Batman Begins in 2005. It has been followed by The Dark Knight in 2008 and it will end with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. So far we do not know much about Christopher Nolan's plans and ideas. But I'm sure he will present us a worthy end. A first teaser is going round. Therefore I assume a lot of you have seen the teaser before. I liked the first two movies a lot. So I could not withstand to post the teaser ....



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.

There was no way out. Today's quote topic must be birthday. I asked myself if we have birthday too. Are we as old as ediFanoB? I need to think about it. In the meantime have a look ...


"Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
Author unknown

"Today is the yesterday you worried about tomorrow.
Author unknown

"I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing “Happy Birthday”.
Author unknown

"Personally I think birthdays and anniversaries are like menstrual cramps, a regular pain in the ass that's somehow connected to birth.
Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, September 30, 2003

"It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'
Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Outpost sounds interesting. Saw the Dark Knight Rises trailer last week - doesn't show a lot, but it doesn't have to!

ediFanoB said...

Alex,

I hope Dark Night Rises will be a s good as I expect.

I hope Outpost will as interesting as I expect after the blurb. We will see.

Nic said...

Good Morning Edi,

you're good. ;-)

You mention three books, and all of them were or are now (after your blogging) on my so called interest-list. "Outpost" came in my focus after I read a review at Graemes'place.

"The straight razor cure" catched my interest through the book trailers, and "The Afrika Reich" you shoved my nose in.

History or alternate history is something that I also enjoy.

Atm I am reading the 3rd book The Walk in Hell of The Southern Victory / The Great War Series by Harry Turtledove, which was started by How few remain, in which the Confederates won the American Civil War.

Batman...Nolan did a great job in reanimating that dead patient. I am eagerly awaiting "The Dark Knight rises"

ediFanoB said...

Hi Nic,

I hope you will not blame me when your purse is empty ;-)

Harry Turtledove is not unknown to me. But so far I read none of his books.

There are so many books I would like to read. When I look at my GOODREADS book shelf I'm afraid that can't read all the books until the end of my life ...

RaveAir said...

I just arrived from my 5 days holiday at Croatia, but I'd like to say a happy birthday to you.

(Unfortunatelly I haven't finished with the Unseen Academicals yet.)

ediFanoB said...

Thank you RaveAir. I hope you enjoyed your holiday

Nic said...

Hi Edi,

I won't blame you. But it could be that my financial minister (aka my better half) will blame you ;-)

cya

Nic

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Edi! Want to see the cover for my next book? My publisher sent it Tuesday and I posted it today.

ediFanoB said...

Alex, of course I would like to see the cover for your next book. Will visit your site immediately :-)

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