Saturday, September 17, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1138

Hello and welcome to issue #38 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
A few days off is like a fountain of youth for me and the blog. I can't remember the last time when I wrote and posted three reviews within a week! And beside that I played video games, read a lot, went shopping with my wife and more ... That means I'm mentally refreshed when I will return to work which is good for me and the company. But it only works with switched off company phone and company laptop. I want to emphasize that because I know a lot of people who continue to receive phone calls and mails while they are out of office. I'm not available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. I'm off when I'm off. And now

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. e+e+e+e
  2. Read what I liked for free!!! Varangian: The Stone of Babylon by Sabine Atkins
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A question and an opportunity to win
  2. Victorian Job Description
  3. From the present into the past to have a view into future
  4. Tintin and Lovecraft
  5. Tor Steampunk Week 2011
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Awakening
  2. The Mechanical Grave
Games
The old codger himself (ediFanoB) tortures PC and Consoles
  1. Still playing Oblivion

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

I read incredible 949 pages last week and finished three books! I'm more than happy. ven I could not read on two days I read 494 pages in five days and finished two books! I hope to read more within the next week. Am I weakening? Only three books parallel!!

I finished

- Honour and the Sword by A L Berridge
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I gave five stars due to following reasons: - An excellent description of the concept of Honour in 17th century - great description of the impact of the Thirty Years War on a small community - loveable characters you easily can connect with - delivered gamut of emotions - narrative structure above all author A L Berridge Then we have editor Edward Morton, MA, LittD, Cambridge, who collected different sources like the memoirs of a priest, interviews, letters and journals which. The whole story is told from different point of views based on the mentioned sources."


- The Moon Maze Game by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I would have given 3.4 stars which is not possible. It is definitely science fiction. But a kind of fiction I read twenty years ago. It is entertaining but far too predictable. If you don't know how a dream park works you will have more fun."


Exiled: Autumn's Peril by Rosalie Skinner
"I like books where the main character is not always loveable and where most of the characters are neither black nor white. Mixed with a fascinating background story which is revealed slowly, fantasy and science fiction, supernatural, magic and tech, Autumn's Peril is a great start for a new eight book series. Can't wait to read Summer's Peril."


I'm

- 530 pages in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.
Means I read 150 pages last week!

I will start with

-The Lion of Cairo by Scott Oden (PB)
History, adventure, fantasy

- Outpost Adam Baker (PB)
A post apocalyptic thriller

- The Hero always wins Robert Eaton (PDF)
Fantasy

Anyway publishers go into new directions and eBooks will play an important role. Later on I will show you an example.


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.

What does e+e+e+e mean?
It is quite simple. I wanted to express that I received four eBooks within last week. To be more precise, I received three novels and a short story.

Let me start with the short story:



Chivalry: A Jake Savage Adventure (eShort Story , September 2011)


The next one sounds a bit crazy.
Vonnegut and Douglas Adams rewrite Brave New World and find The Future Perfect [Kindle edition by Kirk Mustard. The title is quite long ..... Anyway a thank you goes to the author for sending me a copy.
And this is the short description:
"The Future Perfect is the hot new satire of the future. A funny, imaginative, provocative look a things to come.
San Francisco TV reviewer Joe Soko called it one of the best satires ever. It's a brilliant portrait of mankind - for anyone, sci-fi fan or not, who loves to laugh at or explore the absurdity, magic and mystery of human existence.
It's been called the next Brave New World, with a touch of Kurt Vonnegut and a hint of Douglas Adams. You won’t be able to put it down. " [Source]
I'm curious what to expect. Sounds like an interesting mix.


The next book is an electronic copy of The Seach for Artemis (2011) by P D Griffith. A thank you goes to publisher Gryff Publishing for sending the copy.
[ISBN 978-0983701705 (Kindle) ] [ISBN 978-0983701712 (eBook) ]
[ISBN 978-0983701736 (Paperback) ]

"Fifteen-year-old Landon Wicker is psychokinetic, but the tragic unleashing of his abilities forces him to run from everything he knows. Alone, terrified and unable to remember the events that compelled him to flee, Landon fights to survive and understand what's happening to him. He finds solace, however, in the company of hundreds of psychokinetics like him when he's brought to the Gymnasium.
Forced into a life where people don't just see - but control - the world around them and teenagers lift city buses with a thought, Landon struggles to accept his new reality and the guilt over his painful secret. But everything changes when a chance encounter with a mysterious girl propels him on a hunt for answers. Uncovering dark truths the Gymnasium would do anything to keep hidden, Landon must choose where his loyalties lie.
Will Landon accept his past - and his future? Will he discover the truth? What's hidden in the Restricted Tower, and who is Artemis?" [Source]
Imagine hundreds of psychokinetics gathered at one place. Hogwarts came up in my mind. But I think this will be different.
There is also a book trailer available.



This is the last book for today and a thank you goes to FSB Associates for sending a copy of Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the Shamalans (October 2011) by Robert Louis Smith.
[ISBN: 978-0615460475 (Paperback) ] [eISBN: 978-0983851202 (kindle version) ]
[eISBN: 978-0983851219 (epub version) ]

"Move over Harry Potter. From American cardiologist Robert Louis Smith comes the unique fantasy novel Antiquitas Lost, peppered with more than seventy eye-popping illustrations by Marvel Comics legend Geof Isherwood. This epic fantasy tale tells the story of a boy named Elliott, a lonesome kid with deformities on his hands and feet who is uprooted from his home after his mother falls gravely ill. When they move to New Orleans so his grandfather can help care for her, Elliott learns that the old man's eighteenth century mansion hides an ancient secret. While checking out some eerie old paintings and strange relics in the basement, Elliott strays through an ancient doorway into a tumultuous parallel world, full of bizarre creatures and warring races. He has stumbled into Pangrelor, the most ancient of all worlds and "mother to all the stars in the sky." As he learns to navigate his new surroundings, he discovers wondrous abilities he never dreamed he possessed, and an abiding connection to the primitive, alien world that will forever change him. But he must proceed carefully. For he soon learns that his actions in the ancient world will impact the upcoming battle for Harwelden, Pangrelor's greatest civilization, and will also resonate all the way back to New Orleans, perhaps deciding whether his own mother lives or dies." [Source]
I always hesitate when a new book is announced as the next big thing. Harry Potter has been a great success. I read all the books and liked them. I think it will be a real challenge to write something as successful. But here is a reason why we sometimes use the phrase never say never. One thing I can say for sure. The official Antiquitas site delivers a lot of information in advance. It seems that Robert Louis Smith put a lot of effort in the creation of the world and the story. I will know more as soon as I have read the book.


Now the time has come for an important of this issue. For the first time ever I have been mentioned in a book trailer !!!


Varangian: The Stone of Babylon (eBook , September 2011)
and don't miss

I'm sure you will understand that I'm a little bit proud. But there is more I have to tell you.

And this is an absolutely exclusive information for you!!

Author Sabine Atkins will give you (and all the people you tell about it) the opportunity to download Varangian: The Stone of Babylon for free!! So how does it work? First of all you need to go to following SITE on Smashwords. If you are a member then login else you have to create an account which is just a question of a couple of minutes. I know people will hesitate. The only thing I can tell you is that I'm a member. You need to be a member in order to write reviews and get books for free by using a coupon code.

And that is what Sabine Atkins offers: A coupon code which lets you buy Varangian: The Stone of Babylon for the promotional price of $0.00 !!!
The Coupon Code: VA58V expires on September 24, 2011

With this code you can download Varangian: The Stone of Babylon in different formats:
- Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser)
- Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy)
- Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)
- Epub (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)
- PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing)
- RTF (readable on most word processors)
- LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don't support .epub)
- Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)
- Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting)
- Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)


Now my dear readers it is up to you take the opportunity to get Varangian: The Stone of Babylon for free.

Sabine Atkins, thank you for your kind offer. I hope a lot of people will read and enjoy Varangian: The Stone of Babylon.


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...


What would you think about a book when you read following sentences:
"In my new novel, the future is bleak, my characters are flawed, and their quests are intensely personal. Writing this novel could have been depressing, but I set much of the story in an endurance contest called the Gauntlet, which provided some unusual and amusing research moments." [source]

I must say it aroused my interest. So if you would like to know more about the book and the opportunity to win a copy then you should immediately read
"Arranging" a Giveaway and Dark Future Humor over at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog. Taking part is easy. Just leave a comment. Not sure when the giveaway will end. So hurry up!

The wonderful and comprehensive Victiorian blog The Cat's Meat shop started a new series titled Victorian Job Descriptions. I think it is interesting for everyone who is interested in history and/or Victorian Aera and/or steampunk. Have a look.

Since my youth I like to read articles and to look at pictures which explain and show what people assumed would be our future. I'm sure you know what will come to you next. The awesome people over at WebUrbanist Put together a post which I like a lot.
Don't miss Past as Prologue? How Today Looked 100 Years Ago.

During my time at university I read nearly all the comics starring reporter Tintin. And I liked to read stories by H P Lovecraft. What would the covers of Tintin's adventures look like when you would mingle them with the world of H P Lovecraft? One possible result shows the post Tintin and Lovecraftian horror ... over at The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log.

And they do it again in 2011 !!
Tor.com has declared the week of October 3-7 Steampunk Week, and our authors want in on the fun! To celebrate all things steampunk, authors Lev AC Rosen, Marie Brennan, and George Mann will discuss the popular subgenre and their own steampunk works on September 21st, from 4 – 5 PM EST!
Read the full post over at Tor/Forge's Blog.
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.

Do you like supernatural thrillers? Then you should have a look at the trailer of the upcoming movie (November 2011) THE AWAKENING.
"In post-World War I England in 1921, an author and paranormal sceptic is invited to a countryside boarding school by the head master to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. But just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling encounter which makes her question all her rational beliefs." [Source]


I find the trailer promising. And I like that there is a female main character. Keep in mind that there was no emancipation in 1921 ....

"A short teaser for THE MECHANICAL GRAVE, a new steampunk horror show. A longer trailer will be coming soon before THE MECHANICAL GRAVE debuts this Fall.
The year is 1895. Steam-powered ships fly through the air. Clockwork robots have replaced servants. And a grisly murder has taken place in the dark night of New York City. Called to the scene of the ritualistic murder, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt discovers Detective Wayne and his police officers power usurped by two special investigators appointed by the White House: Occultist Edgar Allan Poe, a clockwork automaton housing the soul of the literary legend, and Mrs. Emma Entwistle, a dangerous assassin with a unique connection to the otherworld. When they elicit information from the demon Neshrew, a much darker and more dangerous plot of world domination is uncovered." [Source]

I find the teaser intriguing and I hope we do not have to wait too long for a full trailer.

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.

I still enjoy to play Oblivion. Therefore I did not spend time to look for other games. I count the days until 11.11.11 the launching day of SKYRIM.


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.

Today I present you one more quote from A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. It is an excellent reason for reading books ...



"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads live only one.
Jojen Reed

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for mentioning LJ's giveaway!
The Future Perfect sounds... different. But hey, it is Adams.
Free book! That I will check out.

ediFanoB said...

Alex, you know authors need support. Therefore it was a pleasure to mention LJ's giveaway. I like her post a lot.

Future Perfect tries to be provocative ...

It is Sabine's first book. I like it and therefore I post about it.

Mark Lawrence said...

You've been reading ADWD forever! :) I'm very interested to read your review!

ediFanoB said...

Mark, some books need more time. Nobody knows when the next book will be published. So reading ADWD is like celebrating each page.
To be honest I have no idea how to review ADWD. I tend to write something like very subjective and emotional reading impression. But first I need to read the remaining 327 pages ....

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