Saturday, October 29, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1144

Hello and welcome to issue #1144 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Last week I spent most of my time either working or sleeping. To be honest, that is not satisfying. Before I started to write his post I visited several book blogs. It seems I'm not the only one who struggles to find time for reading and blogging as I could read on other blogs. Anyway I'm glad I found time to prepare this post after my wife and I returned from the visit of a craft fair (Crafts, decorations, fabrics, fashion jewelry and beads, candles, teddy bears & dolls, ceramics, wool, patchwork and more). Fingers crossed I do not fall asleep before finishing the post.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Dreams, plans, reality
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Pre-order, cancellation, confusion
  2. Maybe a book for you
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Another kind of book trailer
  2. Harry Lytle
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Hugo

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 An everlasting quote

The Lighthouse

My reading progress dropped dramatically. I read only 252 pages! But I could finish at least one book. o be honest I do not really remember how I managed to read 509 pages. My wife got angry with me because I dropped the book I tried to read quite often. That happened nearly every evening. And I can't count how often I fell asleep while reading a PDF on my laptop. To write reviews was beyond my power.

I finished

Veteran (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575094116] by Gavin Smith
The was not satisfying for me. Beside that I liked the discussion which seemed to last endlessly and without real result.


I'm

- 102 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
NO PROGRESS!!

- 117 pages Exiled:Winter's Curse (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) [ISBN-13: 978-1927085783] by Rosalie Skinner
I wish I would have an e-reader. It does not make fun to read books on my laptop after more then ten hours of programming. I wanted to finish and review the book before release date of the next book in the series. No reasonable chance ......


- 108 pages in The Passage (pb, US 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0345525222] by Justin Cronin


- 98 pages in Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
Yes, indeed I received a copy!!!! Read the full story below. And yes, it is great!! I woke up very early this morning and started to read until my wife and I left for the visit of a craft fair.


When I started reading Theft of Swords, my Picks for rest of 2011 post came up in my mind. It was a great book list but facing reality I must say I was a dream, a wonderful dream. Goodbye picks. Hope to meet you in 2012. I'm not desperate but I'm disappointed. Of course I have dreams and plans concerning reading and reviewing. But in the past weeks first writing reviews got left in the dust. Now reading is on the edge. What will follow next? My blog? I don't know. I have had a good time in summer. Maybe I should forget autumn and look forward to winter.

Next thing I will do is to update my reading list for the rest of 2011. And of course I have to work on my review schedule.


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 the copy of a book which I expected to be published next month. It is a book which I highly expected. I will show you the book and then I need you to tell a story which I do not really understand.
I belong to the people who read with great pleasure that Michael J. Sullivan signed a contract with Orbit who will publish all the books in the series in the Riyria Revelations series in three omnibus and they will do it in three consecutive month starting in November 2011.
Of course I ordered all three books in advance.
Last Sunday I received a mail from Amazon.de saying that
Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan is no more longer available and therefore my order has been canceled!! To be honest i cold not understand it. I visited Amazon and found out that the book is now available with another ISBN and a new cover: Theft of Swords (pb, November 3rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0356501062] by Michael J. Sullivan. As I definitely want this book I ordered the one with the new ISBN. To my surprise it has been delivered three days ago!!! I know Amazon does not have any influence on publishing dates. So what did Orbit and what did Amazon.de?
It is fact, that I first ordered the US edition of Theft of Swords. This version has been replaced by the UK edition at Amazon.de.
I compared Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com Theft of Swords offers. All three offer a kindle version with UK cover. So nobody knows if the kindle version is the UK or the US edition.
GREAT!! Book wise you can order the UK edition at Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk and the US edition at Amazon.com. But the US edition will be published on November 23d and the UK edition is available.
I don't know who is responsible for this confusion, Orbit or Amazon.de. Anyway it is not very customer friendly. I don't know if many readers who ordered the book in advance do all the research I did. Maybe neither Orbit nor Amazon.de are interested in to sell copies. Poor Michael J. Sullivan. And I can tell you the stories continues with book two and three.

So all potential buyer and reader of the omnibus edition of the Riyria Revelations series on both sides of the pond, if you plan to buy the books at Amazon please check site information carefully.

I will buy all the UK edition as soon as the books will be available.

Finally I would like to show you the US and the UK cover and the blurbs of Theft of Swords. You will easily find out that the UK cover is a part of the US cover. To be honest why need the paperback two different covers whereas the kindle edition has no different cover. Is it possible that there are no big differences between US and UK edition?

UK Edition
Theft of Swords (pb, November 3rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0356501062] by Michael J. Sullivan.
"THEY KILLED THE KING.
THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN.
THEY MADE A BAD DECISION …

Royce Melborn is a superb thief, his partner, Hadrian Blackwater is a skilled mercenary. Together they make a profitable living as agents-for-hire to wealthy nobles until someone sets them up to take the blame for the murder of the king.

Captured and sentenced to death the two are saved by an unlikely woman with a simple demand that will change the lives of the thieves, the course of a kingdom, and the foundation of an empire." [Source]

US Edition
Theft of Swords (pb, November 23rd 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0316187747] by Michael J. Sullivan
"Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom. Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires in order to keep a secret too terrible for the world to know? And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend." [Source]

Regularly readers will know that I have a special relationship to Stephen Zimmer who is one of the authors of Seventh Star Press. Today I help to spread word about a new book in a specialand limited edition. please note that following part of this post is the official press release

"For Immediate Release
October 25, 2011
H. David Blalock's Angelkiller Unleashes New Urban Fantasy Series With Limited Edition Hardcover Offer
Seventh Star Press proudly unveils the cover art and pre-order windows for the limited hardcover and softcover editions of Angelkiller, book one of a provacative new urban fantasy series by H. David Blalock.

With only 75 limited edition hardcovers to be issued, Angelkiller continues the Seventh Star Press tradition of producing one of the best value limited hardcover editions available anywhere. The limited edition hardcover edition includes an exclusive illustration not found in any other version. The artist for the book and series is Matthew Perry, whose artwork can be found in other Seventh Star Press titles from Jackie Gamber, Steven Shrewsbury, Michael West, and Stephen Zimmer.

Angelkiller introduces Jonah Mason, the oldest, and most experienced of the Angelkillers, an elite force in the Army of Light. They are fighting an ancient war, one in which the Darkness achieved a great triumph long ago that has had profound influence on the fabric of life as we know it. It is the simple answer as to why bad things happen to good people. The great battle may have been lost, but the war continues in a modern age, pitting Jonah against the Enemy in a way even he had never faced. A provocative mixture of the supernatural and technological, Angelkiller is a very special, thought-provoking tale, one that shines forth in the upper realms of urban fantasy literature.

Based out of the Memphis area, H. David Blalock has an impressive writing career of 35 years and counting that has achieved numerous publishing credits in print and online mediums. He is most known for his fantasy novel Ascendant (Sam's Dot Publishing), which was the basis for a twenty minute short film produced in 2010 that featured former WWE wrestler Al Snow. The sequel to Ascendant, Emperor (Sam's Dot Publishing), was released in March of 2011. David is also the founder of Imagicopter, an author-driven organization that creates an array of event opportunities for small press authors and artists, while also publishing the highly-regarded Imagyro magazine.

The limited edition hardcover and special softcover collectors packages include an assortment of collectible extras, such as a 14X20 art poster, bookmarks, a set of glossy art cards, an Angelkiller magnet, and a pair of Angelkiller buttons. They are scheduled to be shipped the first week of December, when the trade paperback will be made available everywhere, along with several eBook formats, including the Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Sony eReaders and other electronic reading devices.


Angelkiller was edited by Amanda DeBord. Book 2, Traitor Angel, and Book 3, Doom Angel, will be released over the course of 2012 and early 2013.

Those wanting to reserve one of the 75 limited edition hardcovers, or pre-order a softcover collectors package, should visit Seventh Star Press' online store at http://www.seventhstarpress.com/documents/books.html

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's site at www.thrankeep.com"



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...

Last month I posted about The Burning Sky by Joseph Robert Lewis which is the first book in the completely available Halcyon Trilogy.
"When the brilliant young engineer Taziri Ohana survives a devastating attack on the Air Corps, she is the only pilot left to chase the criminals responsible across the skies of Morocco. While helping the police to investigate, Taziri uncovers a vast conspiracy of deposed aristocrats and wealthy industrialists plotting to overthrow the Queen and plunge the country into war.
With assassins stalking the streets and riots on every street corner, Taziri quickly learns to defend herself as only an engineer can – by inventing electrical tools and weapons from whatever is at hand! But the country’s only hope for survival may be a visiting Incan princess, a dashing Spanish fencer, and Taziri’s airship Halcyon plummeting out of the burning sky." [Source]
I own an electronic copy and I hope we will get our e-reader soon.
But that is not the reason why I talk again about this book. You know that there are several ways to spread word about a book. Book trailers is one opportunity. There are good ones and bad ones.
Today I would like to show you a different one. What do you think about Joseph Robert Lewis' idea and execution?

Did the video arouse your interest?
By the way Joseph Robert Lewis is author of more books which you can find on his blog.


Do you know Harry Lytle? He is the main character in The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series by Paul Lawrence. So far two books have been released. I read and reviewed them both:
The Sweet Smell of Decay (2009, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636426] Review and
A Plague of Sinners (2010, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636914] Review .
I liked both books a lot and therefore I was really happy when Paul Lawrence mentioned in August 2011 that the third novel will be published soon. Today I noticed following entry on the Harry Lytle site:

"11th October 2011
And on this day it came to pass that Beautiful Books went into administration. Sad news for many - and my sympathy to anyone who may have lost their job as a result.
In the meantime the Harry Lytle Chronicles are looking for a new home. Interested publishers should contact Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown."
Absolutely sad news for all Harry Lytle fans. But there is hope. Last Friday (October 28th) Paul Lawrence posted on Facebook:
"Dear all - apologies for not posting over last couple of weeks! I'll get back to the end of Titus' story over the weekend. In the meantime BEAUTIFUL BOOKS, who publish the Harry Lytles Chronicles have gone into administration. Another victim of tough conditions in the UK publishing market. This means that we will need to find a new publisher before being able to make the 3rd Chronicle available to all! The 4th Chronicle is also well underway, with lots happening in the world of Harry, Davy and Jane. Watch this space."
I want to read more Harry Lytle stories and therefore I hope Paul Lawrence will find a new publisher soon. Fingers crossed and good luck!

In the meantime visit the official Harry Lytle site where you can find interesting stuff regarding English history. And the good thing is that Paul Lawrence adds constantly new content.


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.

Sometimes it takes a while until a movie will find the way to cinemas in Europe. Hugo will hit cinemas in US on November 23rd 2011. In Germany we have to wait until February 9th 2012. Now the second trailer is available.
"Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. " [Source]



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.

From time to time I find quotes which are many year old but they still fit. The following one is a good example for that .....

"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it
Harry Emerson Fosdick, US clergyman (1878 - 1969)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wav #1143

Hello and welcome to issue #1143 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I "survived" another week with more working hours than expected. Despite the fact there was not much time for surfing the net I have to tell and show you a lot. So I hope you have some time to spend for my post. But I must warn you. It is possible that you will leave the blog with some more books for your list. Now

ENJOY READING ....

UPDATE
Please apologize for the delay. Yesterday night I fell asleep. A this time I had barely finished 50%. After a long sleep I returned to my blog after lunch and finished the other half.


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. One more unexpected but welcomed review copy
  2. A review copy I requested
  3. Edi made a present to his wife
  4. The Prince of Thorns cover
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. My Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 impressions
  2. A way of research
  3. Historical novels and accuracy
  4. The TOR winter 2012 hardcover & paperbacks
  5. Science Fiction book covers from the past
  6. Amazing, amazing, amazing
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock Holmes 2

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 Kotm loves A Wise Man's Fear

The Lighthouse

To be honest I do not really remember how I managed to read 509 pages. My wife got angry with me because I dropped the book I tried to read quite often. That happened nearly every evening. And I can't count how often I fell asleep while reading a PDF on my laptop. To write reviews was beyond my power.

I finished
- The Hero always wins by Robert Eaton (PDF)
I was a good read with ingredients I expect from a fantasy story:
Action, twist and turns, a bit of magic, loveable characters.
It ended with a cliffhanger. Therefore I hope that there will be
a sequel.

I'm

- 287 pages in Veteran (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575094116] by Gavin Smith
Not sure where it will end. Some parts reminded me of the Mad Max movies.


- 102 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
Superb!

- 62 pages Exiled:Winter's Curse (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) [ISBN-13: 978-1927085783] by Rosalie Skinner
Sorry Rosalie. No progress. Was too tired.

- 63 pages in The Passage (pb, US 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0345525222] by Justin Cronin
Till the middle of chapter three I was not sure if I wanted to continue reading or not. Then something aroused my interest .....

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.

Again Tor/Forge.com (a big thank you goes over the pond) surprised me with a review copy. At first sight I was not sure if I would like to read the book. But when my wife told me that she is interested in the book, I did a quick research and found a review of The Highest Frontier (September 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329561] by Joan Slonczewski . To be honest the author is new to me. I found the book interesting enough to add it to the list of books I would like to read until the end of 2011.

"One of the most respected writers of hard SF, it has been more than ten years since Joan Slonczewski's last novel. Now she returns with a spectacular tour de force of the college of the future, in orbit. Jennifer Ramos Kennedy, a girl from a rich and politically influential family (a distant relation descended from the famous Kennedy clan), whose twin brother has died in an accident and left her bereft, is about to enter her freshman year at Frontera College.
Frontera is an exciting school built with media money, and a bit from tribal casinos too, dedicated to educating the best and brightest of this future world. We accompany Jenny as she proceeds through her early days at school, encountering surprises and wonders and some unpleasant problems. The Earth is altered by global warming, and an invasive alien species called ultraphytes threatens the surviving ecosystem. Jenny is being raised for great things, but while she's in school she just wants to do her homework, go on a few dates, and get by. The world that Jenny is living in is one of the most fascinating and creative in contemporary SF, and the problems Jenny faces will involve every reader, young and old." [Source]

I like Rosalie Skinner's, giveaways. There will be giveaways for all books in The Chronicles of Caleath series. I reviewed Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook, September 2011) and I took part in the giveaway for the release of Exiled:Winter's Curse (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) [ISBN-13: 978-1927085783].
To my surprise I won three e-books!!! Again more "food" for the e-reader we want to buy. This time I handed over the book choice to my wife. I wanted that she also has some books available when we get our e-reader. Our book taste differs a bit. But maybe you will like one of the books. Therefore I show you the books my wife chose.

Book One
The Lycan Moon (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) by S. Durham.
"Rescued from the streets of Seattle by her adoptive mother, a witch and a seer, Dana Pierce learned early on about her talent as a witch. Now a successful news columnist, she not only embraces her craft, but has spent the last five years of her life in search of a man she believes she’s destined to help, a man cursed to immortality by an unfortunate ancestor.
Calen Meer has carved out a quiet life in the port town of Astoria, Oregon, and though immortality has made him a wealthy man, he lives simply, running a charter fishing business, where only a very few know he is a werewolf. That is until the infinitely curious, albeit irresistible, Dana Pierce enters his life.
As Ms. Pierce blithely goes about unearthing a past best left forgotten, Calen is torn between his anger at her intrusion into his life and the profound effect she has on him. But when several women are found brutally murdered, Calen must face the fact that a creature, not unlike himself, is not only escalating in its rabid need, but Dana may be his next victim. [Source]
Book Two
Becoming NADIA (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) by Cyrus Keith.
"“What’s one more little white lie?”

There's only one thing that pretty, popular TV reporter Nadia Velasquez is missing: her memory from before the explosion that killed everyone else in the room, including the President of Nigeria. But from the moment she meets FBI agent Jon Daniels, all hell breaks loose. Friends turn into deadly enemies overnight, and no one can be truly trusted.

When Jon and Nadia investigate further, they discover the living terror that is the truth behind Nadia's existence, a truth that could mean the death of millions." [Source]
This is the first book of the Project NADIA series. Book two, Unalive (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing), is also available.


Book Three
Fallon O'Reilly and the Ice Queen's Lair (PDF, 2010, Museit Up Publishing) by Debra K. Dunlap.
"Magic lives in the Americas, too…

Land of the Midnight Sun. The Aurora Borealis. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Dog sleds. Mount Denali. 60 degrees below zero. Moose. Grizzly bears. Salmon. Gold nuggets. Blueberries. Bunny boots and duct tape.
To most people, the word “Alaska” evokes visions of a wild, mysterious land, but for Fallon O’Reilly, it means home. Growing up in a village hidden deep in the wilderness, she eagerly anticipates her first sojourn at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Nothing dampens her enthusiasm; not the creepy bookseller, her sisters’ nagging or the world’s nastiest classmate.
However, when village inhabitants disappear, someone murders a student’s pet and she suffers a near-fatal attack by a horrible, hairy creature, Fallon’s curiosity draws her into a dark mystery. Can a twelve-year-old witch, together with her wheelchair-bound cousin and new found friend from Wyoming, uncover the identity of the evil behind the chilling events?
From the wind-swept tundra to the frozen peaks of Mount Denali, Fallon’s struggle to protect the school and her fellow students encompasses a journey of far more breadth than she expected." [Source]


Even I know that you have seen the following cover on other blogs I want to post it because I read, reviewed and liked a lot Der Prinz der Dunkelheit. That is the German edition of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

I wrote a review in German which you can find at GOODREADS.
I titled my review as followed: Die Schönheit von Bosheit und Gewalt in Wort und Tat
which means in English
The beauty of malice and violence in thought and deed.

The title of the next book is King of Thorns and the cover (on the left) also blends well with the cover of the German edition (on the right).
I look forward to read it.



Whenever I find time I go to my Google Reader, GOODREADS (ediFanoB on GOODREADS)Twitter (ediFanoB on Twitter) and Facebook (ediFanoB on Facebook). Last week I received a friend request from Steve Umstead. I did not take long to find out that he is an author. the first book of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy trilogy has been published in July 2011.
Gabriel's Redemption is available in paperback [ISBN-13: 978-0765329561] and also for all major e-reader platforms. Please visit Steve Umstead's site for details.
"Can a disgraced Special Forces soldier find redemption, and will redemption cost him more than just his own life?
North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after losing his covert team on a far off world called Eden. Now, he’s being offered an opportunity to command a new team, on a new world, with a new mission, but the true motives behind the mission are unclear.
From the decaying Caribbean to politically-charged South America, from the slums of Mars to a tiny colony on a planet six hundred light years from Earth, Gabriel’s Redemption follows the disgraced Commander Gabriel as he leads a Special Forces team to an ice-bound world. Their given mission: to eradicate a drug cartel that is producing a highly-addictive stimulant brutally extracted from the bodies of the native inhabitants. Upon arriving, Gabriel and his team find the mission isn’t exactly what it appeared to be, and that they weren’t the only force dispatched to the planet.
Gabriel’s Redemption is a near-future military science fiction story of a personal journey seen from the perspective of a soldier who has lost everything; one who desperately needs to redeem himself not only in his government’s eyes, but also his own. Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in this exciting tale of salvation." [Source]
And what happened next? No, Steve Umstead did not ask me to review Gabriel's Redemption. Quite the contrary it was me who asked him for a reviewer copy. As you know most authors are eager to get reviews of their books. Within hours I received an electronic copy of Gabriel's Redemption. More "food" for the e-book reader we want to buy. Steve Umstead also promised me that he will send me a copy of Gabriel's Return which is the second book of the trilogy in case I like Gabriel's Redemption. Gabriel's Return is available in several e-book formats. Please visit Steve Umstead's site for details.

I know I have a review backlog. But where would I be without hope. reading and reviewing is my passion. And I will find time to do the things I like.



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...

Last Saturday (October 15th) my wife and I went to the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. We spent around seven hours over there. Our main purpose was to visit hall 8.0 which contained mostly UK and US publishers.
Before I tell you more about our impressions of hall 8.0 I must talk about our short visit of hall 3.0 where you could find all the big German publishers. It was overcrowded. We had to shove our way through the crowd. It has been difficult to find a place where you could have a look at books in detail without being disturbed. It seemed the majority of the visitors were gathering gimmicks and everything for free. Despite that we did not find books we wanted to read. That is definitely a problem when you live in Germany and you read most of the books in English. In turns my wife and I pointed at books which we have read in English before. It takes some time until translated books appear in shops.

We decided to visit the 2012 Book Fair and to visit hall 6.0 (international publishers from around the world excluding UK and US).

And now I come back to hall 8.0. Before we could enter hall 8.0 we had to pass security check which did not take long. The hall breathed a relaxed atmosphere. Less visitors than in hall 3.0 and in general visitors behaved more friendly.

The first thing we noticed was the huge number of publishers with children's book in their portfolio. We visited several publishers like Pyr and Angry Robots where I could show my wife which books I either bought or received a reviewer copy. But sometimes it was not that easy to detect publishers (we had a list of publisher we wanted to visit) because a lot of publishers belong to group where we did not not the name of. For example it is good to know that Pyr is an imprint of Prometheus Books.
The most interesting thing is to discover books which you never heard of before. And I can tell you that we both found books worth to add to our lists. I decided to show you just two. Both are more or less are related to Victorian London.

Let me start with a collection of steampunk stories. I like to read steampunks and it seems this anthology offers a wide range of stories. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.

"Over 30 tales of extraordinary airships, clockwork automatons, intrepid adventurers, corsets and goggles from the best steam punk writers.

An anthology focusing on newer elements of steampunk, one which deconstructs the staples of the genre and expands on them, rather than simply repeating them, with a greater spread both in terms of location and character. This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility.

Contributors include: Jeff VanderMeer,Caitlin Kiernan Paul Di Filippo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine and many more. [Source]
Do you look for other mammoth books? Then I recommend to visit Mammoth Books section over at Constable & Robinson where you find more than 100 different titles. And the list of books is growing.


The second book is more history orientated. Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0752463780] by Simon Webb.
"The emergence of modern terrorism, a phenomenon thathas its roots in Victorian London.

London was a target for terrorists long before the provisional IRA and al-Qaeda.

Most people are unaware that London was a terrorist target as long ago as 1867.

Numerous parallels can be drawn with current new stories.

The worst terrorist bombing before 7/7 was in Clerkenwell in 1867 (12 people were killed)."
[From the Spring Highlights 2012]

I like to get more information about the history of London from different angles.


Finally I need to talk about e-readers. The e-book reader overview shows you how many different readers exist. But they are not all available in every country. The good thing is that there will be more e-readers available in Germany. The worst thing is how the big German book stores cope with the topic. Instead of pushing readers with E-Ink display they offer cheap readers with LCD. And it seems the average reader in Germany likes it. The reason for that is definitely the price. Germans are curmudgeonly.
Since the Frankfurt Book Fair my wife and I are totally persuaded of readers with E-Ink-Display. We both got the opportunity to play around with the Kobo eReader Touch Edition and a nice guy from Kobo explained us functions and answered our questions.
That was the first time we hold an e-reader in our hands. We liked it a lot. Recently I posted that we want to go for the Sony PRS-T1. After our return I compared the Kobo with the Sony. The price for both will be the same in Germany. So features must decide. For us the Sony won because he offers landscape mode, you can add freehand notes, there is on-screen markup and pinch-zooming. I recommend to have a look at the Kobo Touch Review and the Sony PRS-T1 Review. And we do not want to have a Kindle. We like to decide on our own where to buy our e-books.


Research is an important topic for every author. I think reader like you and me mostly do not have any clue about how much time authors spend for research. And I assume most of us can't even imagine how far authors will go. Harriet Castor the author of VIII (October 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1848774995] explained in detail a part of her research. Read the informative post THE FIGHTING WRITER by H.M. Castor over at The History Girls.


Accuracy is an important question to every historian novelist. A L Berridge, author of Honour and the Sword (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043739] (my review) and In the Name of the King (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043746] wrote a thoughtful post about this topic.
I recommend to read 'What It Says On The Sheet' by A L Berridge over at The History Girls.


Winter 2012? I know that sounds strange. But this is the full title of the catalog I received: TOR Winter 2012 Hardcover & Trade Paperback. In fact the catalog covers the releases from January to April 2012. Don't worry I will not show you all 49 presented books. In sum there are five to seven books which aroused my interest. In the end only one book made it to my 2012 book list. That sounds not much. But as I read UK and US editions it happens often that I own a UK copy before the release of the US edition and vice versa.

I'm sure most of you know the author Michael Moorcock. In my youth I read several books in the Elric of Melniboné series (link). In 2012 the author returns with a brand new trilogy The Sanctuary of the White Friars. In April 2012 book one - The Whispering Swarm (hc, April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765324771] - will be released. So faronly a black and white cover is available.
"Back in the Thirteenth Century, King Henry III granted a plot of land in the heart of London to an order of Friars known as the Carmelites. In return, they entered into a compact with God to guard a holy object. This sanctuary became a refuge for many of ill-repute, as the Friars cast no judgment and took in all who were in search of solace.
Known as Alsatia, it did not suffer like the rest of the world. No Plague affected it. No Great Fire burned it. No Blitz destroyed it. Within its walls lies a secret to existence – one that has been kept since the dawn of time – a bevy of creation, where reality and romance, life and death, imaginary and real share the same world.
One young man's entrance into this realm sends a shockwave of chaos through time. What lies at the center of this sacred realm is threatened for the first time in human existence." [Source]
London and fantasy is a combination I can't resist.


Do you remember these colorful science fiction book covers from the past? Over at WebUrbanist you can see a collection of 36 of them. Just have a look at
Blast Off! 36 Retro Sci Fi Book Covers


While searching for movie trailers I found following amazing, amazing, amazing video starring Michael Winslow. Just look and listen and be impressed:




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 liked the first Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr and Judd Law a lot. Therefore I really look forward to December. The following trailer shows why ....







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.

As you know Edi is reading The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss. Today he laughed out loud after reading a passage. He could not withstand and read the passage out for his wife. She laughed too. So I thought by myself the must be something worth to quote. There is a woman called Denna talking about a beautiful young noble ....


"If he were a little less sweet, he might be able to fit two thoughts in his head at the same time. Maybe they would rub together and make a spark. Even a little smoke would be nice, then at least it would be look like something was happening in there.
The Whis Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, page 94

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Books maybe unknown to you

Dear Readers,

my blog is one of many and like other blogger I receive review requests especially from authors directly or from small publisher. Depending on the information I get, I decide whether I would like to read and review a book or not. In case I do not want to read and review a book I normally promise the author to mention his/her book on my blog. I do this because of two main reasons:
- I know how important and also difficult it is for a new author to spread word about their work
- To give you the opportunity to discover new authors and their work

For each book I show you title, author, one source, the cover and the description. In sum you get information about four books in no specific order.


First Book for today
The Harrowing of Joshua (eBook, 2011) [Kindle edition; ASIN: B005QQLZ7A] by Hodden Grey.
""The Harrowing of Yeshua," is the first novel in The Megiddo series. In this high fantasy epic, the author creates a surreal afterworld called Timorous where the battle between good and evil plays out across a variety of locations, including the forlorn Beaches of the Condemned, the vile Sea of Diminishment, and the notorious Halls of Punishment.
Unfolding simultaneously in modern-day London and Timorous, the story features complex, flawed fictional and historical characters who grapple with shifting realities as they interact with mixed-breed monsters and other unworldly creatures.
In a storyline that will rattle readers' underlying beliefs about God and Man, the protagonist finds herself embarking on an existential exploration across nightmarish landscapes populated by historical figures and bizarre demons.
By blending high fantasy with biblical fiction, the author provides an unrestrained and imaginative tale, both alarming and uplifting at the same time, which questions the wisdom of Man's free will and introduces some new perspectives on the afterlife." [Source]
Visit the official Hodden Grey site for more information.


Second Book for today
Zoriam: The Bios River (eBook and pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 9780984638413 (Paperback) and 9780984638406 (eBook)] by Taoufik Jazouli
"On a hot and humid night in the city of Salzia, a maid gives birth to a baby boy. Moments later, lightning strikes the lonely townhouse where she works and lives, burning it to the ground. The infant is rescued from the flames by a mysterious old man, who names the baby Zoriam and raises the child as his son. The old man takes Zoriam far from Salzia, teaching him the skills of a warrior and keeping him hidden from the outside world. But the old man is not what he seems, and Zoriam’s past is far more complicated than the young boy realizes. Zoriam doesn’t understand why the old man is so protective, or why he seems to have so many secrets. When Zoriam stows away on one of the old man’s trips back to Salzia, he meets a girl who seems strangely familiar. Kalee, Zoriam’s new friend, has problems of her own: she’s trying to earn a living and protect her blind mother, Adair.
A chance encounter brings Zoriam and Kalee to King Corydon’s palace, where Zoriam is thrust into the middle of a brewing battle between Salzia and the nearby city of Yozana. The royal family is impressed with Zoriam’s courage and ingenuity—all except for Prince Ambrose’s wife, Hagale, who knows that Zoriam poses a threat to her diabolical plot to wrest control of the city from Corydon. When Hagale learns the truth about who Zoriam is, she’ll stop at nothing to get him out of her way. Zoriam will soon discover he can trust no one—not even the old man who raised him and who he considers a father. He’ll have to use every skill he has to uncover the secret of his parentage, end the war between the two cities, and save Prince Priam of Salzia. As if that wasn’t enough, he’ll also have to keep himself alive long enough to save his city—and his friends." [Source]
Visit the official Zoriam site for more information.


Third book for today
LOVE ME (eBook, 2011) [SMASHWORDS] by Danger_Slater
"Do you like tales of Cold War espionage? Taut psychological thrillers? Science fiction as a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy? How about cute angst-filled teenage vampire toyboys?
Well, too bad. None of those things are in this book.
Instead you’ll join a guy in a Viking suit on an absurdly epic quest to figure out the meaning of life. There will be obstacles, of course: rabid gangs of disgruntled grannies, rival cults of pie-enthusiasts, toasters, anti-matter conversion do-hickeys, Shadow Men, bandits, hippies, annoying celestial bodies, the Department of Internationally Sexy Affairs, and probably way too many dick jokes for this book to ever be considered for any serious academic curriculum. You know, the usual.
So what are you waiting for? Light a few candles, pour another glass of wine, and grab the lube.
You’re about to LOVE ME. " [Source]
For more information visit The Danger Show.


Fourth book for today
The New Death and others (eBook, 2011) [SMASHWORDS] by James Hutchings
"Death gets a roommate...

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...

44 stories. 19 poems. No sparkly vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction? " [Source]
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92126


For more information visit James Hutchings' blog.
UPDATE: James changed his blog. This is the new link:
James Hutching's blog.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Edi's Weekend Wave #1142

Hello and welcome to issue #1142 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Today my wife and I visit the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011. That means I prepared this post on Friday evening. That was a real challenge because on Friday evening I mostly hit rock bottom of the week which means I fall asleep quite early. I do not tell you how often my forehead hit the keyboard. So please be a bit clement with me. 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. Unexpected but welcomed review copy
  2. Riyria Revelations
  3. Lynn Flewelling
  4. Cover change
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A middle of the week post and the aftermath
  2. The Pay it Forward blogfest
  3. Weather Forecast
  4. Smell
  5. Power Strips
  6. Joseph Robert Lewis
  7. Dirty Books
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. TinTin

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 Kotm goes philosophical

The Lighthouse

Last week was a mess concerning reading. Nearly every evening I fell asleep with a book in my hand and there have been two days where I did not read a single page. That makes me sad and angry at the same time. In sum I read only 358 pages!! That means I missed my reading target by 132 pages. And I'm afraid that will continue the following three weeks. We will see.

I'm

- 122 pages in The Hero always wins Robert Eaton (PDF)
Some Surprises. Not sure where it will end.

- 109 pages in Veteran (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575094116] by Gavin Smith
Tough story. Quite different compared to the SF books I read so far in 2011. It does
not happen often that a main character is older than I am.

- 51 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
What shall I say? Excellent.

- 62 pages Exiled:Winter's Curse (PDF, 2011, Museit Up Publishing) [ISBN-13: 978-1927085783] by Rosalie Skinner
The book follows seamlessly Exiled:Autumn's Peril.


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.


While I do not find much time for reading I still receive books. Every delivery from Tor/Forge.com is like a lucky bag for me. Today they surprised me with a review copy of the second book in a series. I appreciate author Blake Charlton a lot. A big thank you goes to for sending me a copy of Spellbound (hc, September 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765317285] .
"In a world where one’s magical prowess is determined by one’s skill with words and ability to spell, Nicodemus is a wizardly apprentice afflicted by a curse that causes him to misspell magical texts. Now, the demon who cursed him has hatched a conspiracy to force Nicodemus to change language and ultimately use it to destroy all human life. As Nico tries to thwart the demon’s plan, he faces challenges from all sides. But his biggest challenge is his own disability, which causes him to create chaos wherever he goes. And the chaos surrounding Nico is affecting the world so profoundly that the kingdom to which he has fled to gather strength is on the brink of civil war, and he suspects that his closest allies—even Francesca, whom he loves more than life itself—may be subject to the demon’s vast powers. As Nico tries to forestall the apocalypse, he realizes that he doesn’t know if he can fully trust anyone, not even the woman he loves. And if he makes one wrong move, not only will his life be forfeit, he may end up destroying all mortal life as well." [Source]
Yes, I really want to read it as much as I want to read all the unread books I own. I have some days off between Christmas and New Year ......
In case you are interested in you can read my review of Spellwright (2010).

Last week I posted about Michael J. Sullivan who is the author of the Riyria Revelations series.
I have good news for all my US readers. You can win an advanced copy of Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) over at a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY. Giveaway ends November 22, 2011. That is a great opportunity to start with the series.

If you are not an US resident like me you do not need to be disappointed. Michael J. Sullivan
offers a short story which is a prequel to the Riyria Revelations. And you can get it free here!!!
(Click on the picture for further information)

Did you ever read a book by Lynn Flewelling? She is the author of two fantasy series:
Nightrunner - so far five books and a short story collection and Tamir Triad - a trilogy.
I own copies of all the books except the short story collection. In 2008 I read the first two books in the Nightrunner series. And then for whatever reason I lost track of this series until beginning of the week when I discovered that there will be a new Nightrunner book in 2012. Casket of Souls (pb, May 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0345522306].
"The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters.

More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before. Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhíminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface.

And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike—a plague that may well be magical in nature. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease." [Source]
I could not withstand and ordered a copy in advance. Anyway I plan to return to the series in May 2012. I remember that I liked Seregil and Alec a lot. I think it would be great to read several series within 2012.

Recently I reviewed Chivalry: A Jake Savage Adventure (eShort Story , September 2011) [Amazon, Smashwords]by Mark Lord.
On the left side you see the old cover and on the right side the new cover. Mark Lord explained on his blog the reasons for the change.

I think it is always difficult when you change a cover. But I liked that Mark Lord explained the reasons why the change has been done. That is something which is not naturally. Anyway I wait for the next Jake Savage story.




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...

Last Wednesday I posted the new trailer for CassaFirE (February 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] which is the second book by Alex J. Cavanaugh. That was nothing unusual. But what followed has been unusual to me. I got more comments than usual and the number of my followers increased. Such things do not happen out of nowhere. The reason for that has a name: Alex J. Cavanaugh! He mentioned my blog in a post - a special post - on his blog:
Pay It Forward! Due to unfortunate circumstances I could not take part. But today I want to send a big thank you over to Alex J. Cavanaugh and of course to all the kind people who left a comment.
The only thing I can do now is to show you the result of the Pay It Forward Blogfest, which gives you and me the opportunity to discover new blogs. Have a look at the list but do not forget that this is not the end of this post.




Weather is a favorite topic for every conversation. But does any one talk about the weather forecast and the people behind? I found a thoughtful post about Galveston, the 1900 hurricane and the US Weather Bureau. Read Sometimes the Best Isn't Good Enough by Dr.Wendell A. Howe over at his blog. Maybe this will give you a new topic for your next conversation.


It started with black and white movies. What will be the next advantage after 3D? Smell? At first sight movies with smell seem to be promising. But do we really want that? Read London Smells over at The Cat's Meat Shop. Now I ask again. Do we really want that?


Power strips can be a nightmare and boring. Fortunately there are still some creative people on this world. And there are really people who work on power strip concepts as the WebUrbanist found out: Read Buzz Cool: 10 Shockingly Creative Power Strip Concepts and have a look at the pics.

I like to read when one author discovers the work of an other author and find similarities.
Starring Joseph Robert Lewis in the role of the discoverer and Kate Elliott in the role of the discovered one. You want details? Then read Who is this Kate Elliott person? Then you will know more and maybe you found some interesting books for your list.


When it comes up to books - I mean physical books - people are getting headstrong. What's about you? Do you prefer antiseptic books or do you have a knack for dirty books like Michelle Lovric. Read her post In Praise of Dirty Books over at The History Girls.


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 look forward to the upcoming Tintin movie. I found a new trailer and hope you don't mind that it is a trailer for the German market. There are scenes which I did not have seen before.



There will be a movie in 2012 with the title THE AVENGERS .....



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.

Something to think about ....


"There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
G. K. Chesterton, English author & mystery novelist (1874 - 1936)
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