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

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Where to begin with my comment???
Winslow - that dude is amazing. A good singer as well, at least as far as Led Zeppelin songs.
Glad most of your experience at the Frankfurt Book Fair was good. That's interesting about the differences in eReaders and what Germans prefer. Good choice not to go with one that limits your book choices. That's why I like my iPad - I can download books from any store. (And for me, the backlit screen is no problem, because it's different than a computer monitor.)
And I'll have to look for Steve Umstead's books. Wait! I just looked - only $2.99 in the iBookstore. Cool!

ediFanoB said...

Alex,
all your comments are highly welcomed.

To be honest I do not understand the majority of my compatriots.

I think the Sony PRS-T1 is the right choice for me and my wife.

I think e-books are a great opportunity for authors, especially debut authors.

I think it is a good idea to show books by authors who do not have a contract with a big publisher.

RaveAir said...

ediFanoB: And how do you share your ebook reader with your wife? :)

I bought my Kindle 4 because I had many .prc files from the past, when I read ebooks with my old PDA (Mitac Mio 169RS). I love it, because there is no backlight, and the feeling as same as reading a normal book.

I tried to read ebooks or mostly comics with my iPad, but it's quite different. But very useful, I you want to read at night and don't want to switch on the light.

ediFanoB said...

RaveAir,

sharing is not that complicated.Each of us will get a micro sd card. My wife will use it while I'm at work or when I do something for the blog. I always have light switched on when I read in the evening. So there will be no change with the reader.

We do not have any books in mobi format. All our e-books are either in PDF or EPUB format.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Thanks for the report on the book fair.
I have a Kindle and would prefer a tablet that has colour and more uses. Still, it's good to have Kindle now available here in Australia at a reasonable cost. Tablets are still more expensive.
Love the quote. I have met people like that!!
Hope your wife likes her ebooks. :)

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