Saturday, September 03, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1136

Hello and welcome to issue #36 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Another week gone. I still enjoy life - especially reading and playing games. In the next days I need to take care on our telephone. It does not work well any longer. That means we need a new one. As you may know, selection process can be a tricky thing. Within the twenty years of our marriage my wife developed strategies to shorten the process. It always begins with a preselection done by me. The means in the next days I will check several sites and so on. Fortunately I finished this post before .....

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. Unexpected delivery
  2. The advantage of membership
  3. And I still buy books
  4. The kindness of authors
  5. A book for free
  6. Second trailer: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Always worth a look
  2. Perpetual Motion
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Knights of Badassdom
Games
The old codger himself (ediFanoB) tortures PC and Consoles
  1. Batman: Arkham City (PS3, 10.18.11)

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 Random quotes

The Lighthouse

Again I'm surprised how I managed to read 615 pages last week beside all the work, playing Oblivion and other things. Sometimes it sounds like reading is for me something like a job. To be honest I enjoy every page I read. I will get sick when I can't read. A day without books is torture.

I finished

- 7th Sigma by Steven Gould
Not exactly what I expected. I missed deeper information about some things.


I'm

- 306 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
Means I read 30 pages last week. Tyrion, Tyrion, where will you end?

- 22 pages in Honour and the Sword by A L Berridge
I really like the structure of the book.
There is Edward Morton, MA, LittD, who gathered all the sources (interviews, letters and more) and edited them. So the read gets different points of view but each POV is written in first person.
Great!

- 221 pages in King's Envoy by Cas Peace
I'm surfing from page to page ...

- 8 pages in VARANGIAN: The Stone of Babylon by Sabine Atkins.
I know that is not that much - just the prologue. But I received the
electronic copy this week.

- 35 pages in Exiled: Autumn's Peril by Rosalie Skinner
Caleath is a really interesting character.


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.

Tor/Forge.com surprised my with delivery of three reviewer copies. Thank you very much.

I like epic fantasy and I like epic space opera too. It is always difficult for me when I get books from within a series where I do not know the previous ones. The following books belong to this category. Before I start to read I have to decide whether I buy and read the previous books or not. That decision will take some time.

Let me start with The Unincoporated Women [ISBN-13: 978-0765319047] by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin which is the third book in the Unincoporated series.
"The Unincorporated Man is a provocative social/political/economic novel that takes place in the future, after civilization has fallen into complete economic collapse. This reborn civilization is one in which every individual is incorporated at birth, and spends many years trying to attain control over his or her own life by getting a majority of his or her own shares. Life extension has made life very long indeed.
Now the incredible has happened: a billionaire businessman from our time, frozen in secret in the early twenty-first century, is discovered and resurrected, given health and a vigorous younger body. Justin Cord is the only unincorporated man in the world, a true stranger in this strange land. Justin survived because he is tough and smart. He cannot accept only part ownership of himself, even if that places him in conflict with a civilization that extends outside the solar system to the Oort Cloud. People will be arguing about this novel and this world for decades." [Source]
Sounds interesting for me. But it is the third book in a series. Not sure if it works as a stand alone read too.


David Drake is a very profilic author. So far I read none of his books. But that may change as I received a copy of Out of the Waters [ISBN-13: 978-0765320797] which is the second book in The Books of Elements series.
"The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously and lavishly subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, strange and dark magic turns the panoply into a chilling event. The sky darkens and the waves crash in the flooded arena. A great creature rises from the sea: a huge, tentacled horror on snake legs. It devastates the city, much to the delight of the crowd. A few in the audience, although not Saxa, understand that this was not mere stagecraft, but something much darker and more dangerous. If all signs are being read right, this illusion could signify a dreadful intrusion of supernatural powers into the real world. Saxa's son, Varus, has been the conduit for such an event once before." [Source]
Will read some reviews before I decide to buy the first book in the series or not.


Also the third and last book belongs to a series. But in this case it is a standalone installment. I talk about The Moon Maze Game [ISBN-13: 978-0765326663] by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.
"The Year: 2085. Humanity has spread throughout the solar system. A stable lunar colony is agitating for independence. Lunar tourism is on the rise...
Against this background, professional 'Close Protection' specialist Scotty Griffin, fresh off a disastrous assignment, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to shepherd the teenaged heir to the Republic of Kikaya on a fabulous vacation. Ali Kikaya will participate in the first live action role playing game conducted on the Moon itself. Having left Luna--and a treasured marriage--years ago due to a near-tragic accident, Scotty leaps at the opportunity.
Live Action Role Playing attracts a very special sort of individual: brilliant, unpredictable, resourceful, and addicted to problem solving. By kidnapping a dozen gamers in the middle of the ultimate game, watched by more people than any other sporting event in history, they have thrown down an irresistible gauntlet: to 'win' the first game that ever became 'real.' Pursued by armed and murderous terrorists, forced to solve gaming puzzles to stay a jump ahead, forced to juggle multiple psychological realities as they do...this is the game for which they've prepared their entire lives, and they are going to play it for all it's worth." [Source]
It is possible that I read (more than twenty years ago) one or two books in the Dream Park series before. Anyway the synopsis promise a fast and funny read.


I'm member of Angry Robot Robot Army. One of the advantages is to get electronic reviewer copies. I must say so far I bought my copies of Angry Robot on my own. This week I got an
electronic reviewer copy of Debris (pb, October 2011) ] by Jo Anderton.
UK/Rest of the World[ISBN-13: 978-0857661531]
US/Canada [ISBN-13: 978-0857661548]
"In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.
She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.
Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.
Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton. " [Source]
I like the setting. It seems like mix of fantasy and science fiction. I added the book to my end of 2011 picks. But I'm not sure if I find time to read it soon. My list of science fiction books is growing. Suited, the second book in the The Veiled Worlds series will be published in summer 2012.

The publisher of the next book is again Angry Robot. The difference is that this time I bought a copy of my own. I talk about the second book in the Crown of the Blood series.
The Crown of the Conqueror (pb, September 2011) ] by Gav Thorpe.
UK/Rest of the World[ISBN-13: 978-0857661203]
US/Canada [ISBN-13: 978-0857661210]
"He had brought his master's Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn't what it was. Could it be that everything he's fought for all those years has been a lie? He had brought his master's Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn't what it was. Could it be that everything he's fought for all those years has been a lie? Book Two of a sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics. " [Source]
So far I did not read the first book in the series ....


Another thank you goes to Sabine Atkins for sending me a complete electronic copy of VARANGIAN: The Stone of Babylon. I posted in detail about the book recently. In order to purchase a copy just follow the links beneath the cover. Visit Varangian: The Stone of Babylon where you can read excerpts and more.



In March 2010 I reviewed The Stolen Moon of Londor (pb, 2010] by A P Stephens.
The author informed me that you now can download the Kindle edition for free over at Amazon US and Amazon UK. Of course I cecked the information. At Amazon US it is still listed with a price of 1.44 $. But over at Amazon UK you get the electronic copy for free !!!
If you are willing to install a desktop application from Kobobooks then you can download an electronic copy of the book from over there by following THIS LINK.

A few weeks ago I posted about the upcoming novel Daughter of Smoke and Bones (pb, September 2011] [ISBN-13: 978-0316199025] by Laini Taylor.
Now the second trailer is available. Here we go:



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...

I mentioned Fantasy Book Critic before. I really appreciate their Spotlight on [name of the month] Books post series. A new month means a new spotlight. You are not sure which books to buy and read in September 2011? Then use Spotlight on September Books as an inspiration. From the 42 featured books eight are on my list and so far I read two of them.

Which kind of energy will we use in future? The answer to the question is worth billions. That leads me to an old concept: Perpetual Motion. Now it would be easy just to follow the link. Of course you can do this. But wait a minute and let me tell you there is a great post over at Dark Roasted Blend stuffed with tons of pictures. I enjoyed Perpetuum Mobile: The Quest for Perpetual Motion a lot.


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 think Peter Dinklage did a great job as Tyrion in the absolutely awesome series Game of Thrones.

It seems he likes the genre in some ways. Why? Read the following synopsis and watch the trailer of Knights of Badassdom:
"In this comedic fantasy adventure, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who's just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe's "sorcerer" roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth's seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must join forces with other adventurers (Summer Glau, Danny Pudi) to become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be and conquer the unleashed evil." [Source]


I like the trailer seems to be a more funny film.

That's all for today. See you next time....


Games

Hey, it's me ediFanoB. Against all odds I play games. Once a while I will talk about games I like.

There are games which arouse my interest with trailers. Not sure if it is really a game for me I enjoyed the following trailer of Batman: Arkham City a lot. Such an intense atmosphere! Watch and judge yourself.



That's it for now. See you when I have 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.

Just three random quotes today because I have been a bit lazy ...


"If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
George C. Marshall, US general (1880 - 1959)

"Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.
Evan Esar, Esar's Comic Dictionary
American Humorist (1899 - 1995)

"Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors.
Quentin Crisp, english Writer (1908 - 1999)

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A couple of the books sound promising. I've been in a fantasy mood lately.
Knights of Badassdom - nails the D&D geek life, doesn't it?

Rosalie Skinner said...

The Knights of Badassdom reads and looks like an awesome romp. Will be waiting for the movie to come out.

Mark Lawrence said...

heh - I'm going to bet you're the last person to have got ADWD early to finish the book :)

ediFanoB said...

@Alex,
the reading mood is a tricky thing.
I always long for something which is not covered by my current reads.

Knights of Badassdom shows potential. a D&D geek life delivers a lot of opportunities ...

ediFanoB said...

@Rosalie,

it is always difficult to build up one's mind just based on a single trailer. I hope there will be more information soon.

ediFanoB said...

@Mark,

I think you would win the bet. But after waiting so many years for the book I enjoy each word to the full.

But I'm sure I will finish ADWD by end of 2011.

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