Saturday, August 20, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1134

Hello and welcome to issue #34 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Again and again I'm surprised how many blogger can spend so much time for their blog, social media, writing reviews, reading books and, and, and, .... My time is really limited by my job. When I leave home in the morning I do not know when I come back in the evening. Yesterday has been a good example for that. I wanted to leave work at 3 pm. Finally I left at 5.30 pm. Fortunately I have just a ten minute walk from company to my home. And then I had to hurry up because our annual department barbeque started a 6 pm! At 10 pm we (my wife and I) we arrived at home after barbeque. At 10.30 pm I fell asleep!! That means a whole day without reading and internet!!! Now it is Saturday late evening and I prepare the post which you are now reading. This issue is heavily trailer oriented. Hope you like it.
Ooooooooooooops!!! Please apologize. I fell a sleep while writing. That is the reason for the delay.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Apology
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Edric the Varangian
  2. The Kingdom of Gods Cover
  3. Craziness
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Dieselpunk
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Trespass
  2. The Woman in Black
  3. Bunraku
  4. Anonymous
  5. Red Tail
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 One and one

The Lighthouse

It seems there is a small progress in my reading speed. Last week I read 539 pages in six days. That means 89 pages per day and nearly 45 pages per hour!! But to be honest when it comes to A Dance with Dragons it drops to 20 pages per hour.

I finished

- The Awakening by DCS
I was confused a bit until I found the family tree of the Terenzio family.
I liked it and look forward to the next book in the series.

- The Revisionists (September 2011) by Thomas Mullen
It confused me several times. But there have been good parts too.


I'm

- 2183 (thanks to RaveAir) 218 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
A slow progress

- 258 pages in Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Absolutely great read!!

- 101 pages in King's Envoy by Cas Peace
Nothing really new but the setting is interesting and the writing
let you glide through the story.

Apology
On August 18th I wanted to post my review of The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky which I promised the author. That was the plan and I failed. I will make up for it as soon as possible.


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.

Do you know the Varangian Guard? I must admit I never heard about it. It was an elite unit of viking mercenaries and part of the Byzantine Army from 900 to 1400. They are part of military history.
Why the hell do I talk about long forgotten mercenaries? The answer is quite simple. It all started with a visit of Varangian: The Stone of Babylon!
This is the official website of the forthcoming book trilogy by Sabine Atkins.

The Bait

Hidden in time – Here to stay

Edric the Varangian protects the most powerful artifact in the world, and not even time can stop him from having lots of adventures.

Novel

Genres: Superhero, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

And that is the point where Sabine Atkins caught me! Look at the mix of genres! As soon as you know more about the Varangian Guard you can easily add history. But Sabine Atkins continue to water the mouth of potential readers.

This book is forthcoming. Follow my progress here, read chapters online for free!

Click here to start:

Prologue

Now you may say to offer a free read of the prologue is nothing unusual. And I agree with you. But there is more. Beside the prologue you can read seven more chapters!! Just follow the link above. After the seventh chapter you will ask how many chapters are missing until the end of the book? This is the answer given by Sabine Atkins:
"I’m currently writing/editing the last 3 chapters which will be published in the first book of my “Edric the Varangian” trilogy:

Chapter 8: Return to Black River Cave

Chapter 9: Seraphim Dream

Chapter 10: The most dangerous man who ever lived

That means you can read most of the book for free! Then there is only one question left:
“VARANGIAN: The Stone of Babylon” will be coming out in fall 2011!

I'm glad that I found time to read the prologue and chapter one. I must say style and story are convincing. Even in these parts of the book you get a first glimpse of what to expect:history, action, fantasy, alchemy and not to forget a spark of superhero. I definitely want to know how the story of Eldric continues! I look forward to fall 2011.

Dear Sabine Atkins, in case you are still looking for reviewers of VARANGIAN: The Stone of Babylon please let me know. I would like to read and review your book.

UPDATE
I received a kind mail from Sabine Atkins. She asked me to add following information which I do herewith:
"By the way, if possible, could you mention in your post that Edric is
an Anglo-Saxon Varangian? After 1066, many Anglo-Saxon mercenaries
joined the Guard, and I was especially fascinated with this aspect.
It's therefore also a, mostly forgotten, part of the history of Great
Britain."
And I do a little bit more. I provide you with a link where you can get detailed information about Anglo-Saxon Varangians:
English Refugees in the Byzantine Armed Forces: The Varangian Guard and Anglo-Saxon Ethnic Consciousness By Nicholas C.J. Pappas

And to my pleasure I will get the whole novel for reading and reviewing!!!

I like it when covers in series follow the same style. In October 2011 The Kingdom of Gods [ISBN-13: 978-1841498195] by N. K. Nemisin will be published. It is the third and final book in The Inheritance Trilogy. I own a copy of the first book - unread. I remember I read an excerpt and liked it. It is a shame how many unread books sit on my shelf. I will not go into the series details. Just visit the official N. K. Jemisin site.
A few days ago the cover of
The Kingdom of Gods has been revealed.
The cover fits perfectly to the other ones.

If you want to know more about these covers I highly recommend to read Cover Launch: THE KINGDOM OF GODS by N. K. Jemisin by Orbit Art Director Lauren Panepinto. Over there you get much larger pics of the covers and you can bask in cover details.


While searching for blog content I discovered an interesting science fiction novel. You may know that I do not read much SF. But since I started to read Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey my interest in SF is steadily rising. After reading following cover blurb I knew immediately that I want to read The Recollection (pb, August 30th 2011] [ISBN-13: 978-1907519987
] by Gareth L Powell.
"When his brother disappears into a bizarre gateway on a London Underground escalator, failed artist Ed Rico and his brother's wife Alice have to put aside their feelings for each other to go and find him. Their quest through the 'arches' will send them hurtling through time, to new and terrifying alien worlds.

Four hundred years in the future, Katherine Abdulov must travel to a remote planet in order to regain the trust of her influential family. The only person standing in her way is her former lover, Victor Luciano, the ruthless employee of a rival trading firm.

Hard choices lie ahead as lives and centuries clash and, in the unforgiving depths of space, an ancient evil stirs..."[Source]

I do not live near Bristol, UK. Therefore it is impossible for me to take part in
LAUNCH EVENT for GARETH L POWELL'S 'THE RECOLLECTION' at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Clifton Heights, Triangle West, BRISTOL, on Thursday 25th August 6 – 7pm.

But I can do other crazy things. I rearranged my open book orders and placed an order for a copy of
The Recollection (pb, August 30th 2011] [ISBN-13: 978-1907519987] by Gareth L Powell.
I expect delivery
beginning of next week. Next question will be when I want to read it. I posted my picks for the rest of 2011 last week. Even I have principles I must say my TBR list is not carved in stone ... I have to think about slight changes.

When you think this has been today's peak of my craziness I must disappoint you. I do not really remember how it happened but another book stepped into my way. City of Pearl (pb, 2004] [ISBN-13: 978-0060541699] by Karen Traviss. It is the first book in the Wess'Har Wars series. I'm sure some of you will know the series. I heard about it and the six books are part of my never ending book list. After rereading the blurb and the in depth review over at sffworld.com I could not withstand and ordered a copy.
"Three separate alien societies have claims on Cavanagh's Star. But the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten the tenuous balance of a coveted world.

Environmental Hazard Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to lead a mission to Cavanagh's Star, knowing that 150 years would elapse before she could finally return home. But her landing, with a small group of scientists and Marines, has not gone unnoticed by Aras, the planet's designated guardian. An eternally evolving world himself, this sad, powerful being has already obliterated millions of alien interlopers and their great cities to protect the fragile native population. Now Shan and her party -- plus the small colony of fundamentalist humans who preceded them -- could face a similar annihilation . . . or a fate far worse. Because Aras possesses a secret of the blood that would be disastrous if it fell into human hands -- if the gethes survive the impending war their coming has inadvertently hastened." [Source]

Fortunately my craziness stopped after ordering City of Pearl. And no, I won't tell you when I will read it....


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...

If you expected more Web Urbanist links I must disappoint you. Recently I mentioned dieselpunk in combination with

Fistful of Reefer by David Mark Brown. I know, I know. The review is still in progress. But that is another topic. Do you know what dieselpunk is?
I found following definition over at dieselpunks.org.
"Dieselpunk is an art style and subculture that blends the aesthetics / pop culture of the 1920s - 1950s with today. To us, the "diesel era" was a time defined by warfare, Art Deco, pulp heroes, swing music, and noir gum shoes. Our goal is to create something unexpected by merging the zeitgeist of the past with the technology and attitude of the future."

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.




TRESPASS
"In a private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family's estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle, a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion's renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah. But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter, Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias, who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives -- and their family -- intact." [Source: Additional trailer comment]

I assume you will agree that the plot is not that new. We have seen similar movies before. To be honest the trailer did not convince me to see the film on big screen. And since I read Nicole Kidman film Trespass goes straight to video I know I'm not alone with my opinion.
In case you did not see the trailer so far. Have a look and build up your mind.



THE WOMAN IN BLACK
There is a life after Harry Potter. In February 2012 Daniel Radcliffe will appear on the big screen as lawyer Arthur Kipps in the remake of 1989 television drama The Woman in Black. Like the first one the 2012 version of The Woman in Black is based on the novel The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I do not know whether the movie is a 100% book adaption or not.
"A young lawyer travels to a remote village to organize a recently deceased client's papers, where he discovers the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. " [Source]
And now have a look at the trailer.



BUNRAKU
"A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil woodcutter and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past. This classic tale is re-vitalized and re-imagined in an entirely fresh visual context, set in a unique world that mixes skewed reality with shadow-play fantasy, a place where even the landscape can betray you. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time. The world of BUNRAKU is past and present, fantasy and reality, Samurai and Western all combined. Like SIN CITY and 300, it gives classic conflict a whole new graphically supercharged dynamic. Resonating through a wide range of cultures and showcasing a mind-blowing array of martial arts disciplines, BUNRAKU is a fresh arena for breathtaking fight action." [Source: trailer text]
Gorgeous pictures which show what you have read before. I found it intriguing.



ANONYMOUS
This is not the first time that I show you a trailer of the upcoming movie directed by Roland Emmerich.
"In Elizabethan England, political intrigue abounds between the Tudors and the Cecils for the succession of Queen Elizabeth I (Vanessa Redgrave), as the Essex Rebellion moves against her. The film follows the involvement of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans), as not only the incestuous lover of Queen Elizabeth, but also the true author of the works of William Shakespeare." [Source: additional trailer text]
I like the story and I'm totally fascinated by the views of London.



RED TAIL LONG

"Red Tails is an upcoming film directed by Anthony Hemingway, from a script by John Ridley and story by executive producer George Lucas. It is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American combat pilots during World War II, and is the first Lucasfilm Ltd. production since Radioland Murders (1994) not to be associated with the Indiana Jones or Star Wars franchises." [Source: additional trailer comment]

I know there are countless movies about World War II. But Red Tail is not a war movie only. It is also a movie about American history and especially a movie about racism in the US Air Force.
The story is based the Tuskegee Airmen.

"1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.
As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight -- a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy -- and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long." [Source: additional trailer comment].

So I expect a movie who will give on the one hand a picture about the racism in The US Air Force and on the other hand I expect breath taking air battles. I do not glorify war but the world of propeller-driven airplanes is still fascinating me.

I show you two trailers. The first one gives you a more general overview. The second one shows some of the incredible air battle scenes.

Trailer 1


Trailer 2



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.

To be honest Edi is driving me nuts. Every time when I wanted to search for quotes he fell asleep. I'm afraid he is preparing his hibernation. At least I found two quotes worth to share with you. Both of them put a smile on my virtual face ...
"When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.
Lord Falkland (1610 - 1643)

"Television – a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
Ernie Kovacs, Comedian (1919-1962)

5 comments:

RaveAir said...

1. I completely understand your situation. Sometimes I also don't know when I'll arrive from my workplace. Plus it takes about 30-45 minutes travell by bus. But this is time when I have oportunity to read books.

2. I think you a little mistype the page number at the A dance with dragons. ;)

3. I'd like to show you the first teaser of a Hungarian made steampunk/fantasy film, the Thelomeris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVhQM0HRxAs

ediFanoB said...

@RaveAir,

My way from home to work is just a 10 minute walk. No time for reading.

I own a very special edition of A Dance With Dragons ;-) Thanks a lot for notifying.

Thanks a lot for the teaser. I will post about it in the next weekend wave.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The covers for the Kingdom series are really cool.
And if I wasn't able to blog from work, I wouldn't be able to keep up with everything either. That's also why I don't do that many social sites. Who the heck has time?

RaveAir said...

@ediFanoB

But maybe you don't have 2 small children to look after. :) It's not easy to find some calm hours or minute to reading books.

ediFanoB said...

@RaveAir,

my daughter turns 20 in November. :) But I know what you mean.

To be honest there are days where I read more, especially on Saturday and Sunday when I get up at 6 am when the rest of the family is still sleeping :)

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