Saturday, January 21, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave #1203

Hello and welcome to issue #1203 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week! Five ediments (reviews) in a row. Today I feel a bit tired. The gray and rainy weather is not really helpful. Anyway I try to deliver something interesting for you.
Let's have a look .....

ENJOY READING


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. DON'T FORGET THE GIVEAWAY!
  3. From Monday to Sunday next week
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. E-book fever
  2. Do you like Dwarfs?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The incredible 500! The "Choose Your Novel" Giveaway
  2. The voice of an author
  3. Weather

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Homage

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 Something about language

The Lighthouse

Last week O wrote and posted five ediments (short reviews), visited a lot of blogs and left comments, worked on a secret project. The impact of my reading progress is immense. I read in sum 176 pages! Anyway it was enough to finish one book.

I finished

- The Burning Sky (ecopy, 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B004MDLL9K] by Joseph Robert Lewis
I liked the steampunk novel a lot and work on my review


I'm

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

- 124 pages in Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1616145354] by Mark Hodder
NO PROGRESS

- 101 pages in Hearts of Smoke and Steam (327 p., November 2011)[ISBN-13: 978-1616143756] by Andrew P. Mayer
A lot of action ...

- 259 pages in Songs of the Dying Earth (2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765320865] edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
NO PROGRESS

- 111 pages in Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) by Robert Lyndon
NO PROGRESS

This result is sad for me. But that will change soon. Conclusion: When I post the whole week there is nearly no time left for reading. So I will post less except times when I will do something special.


REMINDER! REMINDER! REMINDER!

The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM CET January 22, 2012.

For details visit
Stephen Zimmer visit the Lighthouse: Interview and Giveaway


As I mentioned recently I will be on a business trip to Rome from Wednesday to Sunday next week.
On Monday I will announce the winner of the giveaway. Beside that I would like to inform you, that there will be NO Weekend Wave on next Saturday. I will post something different instead. In case I find time till Tuesday I will prepare one more post.

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.

E-book fever is contagious! It seems I'm infected. I try my best to be cured but copies of three books found their way to our Reader. They are related to two series.

Recently I finished Gabriel's Redemption by Steve Umstead (available in paperback [ISBN-13: 978-0765329561] and also for all major e-reader platforms). The first book of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy trilogy has been published in July 2011. I want to know how the story continues. So I needed copies of book two and three. But instead of buying two books I bought one. The whole trilogy is now available in one book

Gabriel's Journey by Steve Umstead

Available for all major e-reader platforms.
Please visit Steve Umstead's site for details.


As I wrote above I finished The Burning Sky (ecopy, 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B004MDLL9K] by Joseph Robert Lewis today. For me it was quite clear, that I wanted to read the remaining book of the trilogy. The second one is The Broken Sword (ecopy, 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B004Z81SCC]
"For fans of swashbuckling adventures such as The Princess Bride and The Three Musketeers:
When they tried to conquer the New World, the Espani lost everything: soldiers, ships, wealth, and even their faith. But Don Lorenzo Quesada believes an ancient holy relic will restore his country to prosperity and honor, unless the military finds it first. Accompanied by his best fencing students, his Incan wife, and her sabre-toothed cat, Lorenzo races across his wintry homeland through a gauntlet of blood-thirsty assassins, undead demons, and giant beasts to recover the sacred skyfire stone.
But when the stone is stolen and a massive Espani warship sets sail for Marrakesh, Lorenzo must stop a war that could destroy all the nations of the Middle Sea, even if it costs him both the holy stone and his life." [Source]
The third book is The Bound Soul (ecopy, 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B005IGHZGS]
"A murder in a hotel lobby. A high-speed chase across the entire length of the continent. And a manhunt through the ancient and deadly streets of Alexandria.

Qhora Yupanqui has always feared being alone, and now she is. Exiled from her Incan homeland, deprived of her dashing husband, and separated from her beloved beasts, she must gather her own allies to find a killer and free the souls of hundreds of murdered men and women.

With the help of Taziri Ohana's amazing inventions, Mirari Velasquez's unshakable loyalty, and Salvator Fabris's deadly blade, Qhora unravels the mystery of the soul-stealing metal aetherium and the ancient cult of priests and assassins who not only want to rule the world, but overthrow Death itself.
" [Source]
Steampunk, swashbuckling adventure and action adventure in one trilogy sound great and looks fascinating.


Author D.W. Hawkins sent me an electronic copy of The Sentient Fire (e-book, 2011) [where to buy] which is Book One Of The Seven Signs.
"In one short night, Dormael Harlun’s life was changed forever.
Tired and half drunk, Dormael stumbled upon Shawna Llewan, a beautiful young woman, wounded and near death. What he didn’t realize was that his decision to come to her aid would be only the beginning of his unwitting role in a labyrinthine and perilous game.
Suddenly, Dormael and Shawna find themselves surrounded by enemies bent on their destruction. All avenues to safety are closing rapidly, and their only hope is to find the key to a dangerous secret lost to antiquity. With every ally a potential foe, they can rely only on Dormael’s brother Allen and his cousin D’Jenn to escape the will of a tyrant, the designs of a traitor, and the attention of powers beyond their imagining. Dormael has never been much for games, but destiny has rolled the dice for him and irrevocably placed him in the middle of a deadly game he must desperately play for keeps. Should he lose, he will forfeit not only his own life, but the lives of the ones he loves." [Source]

D
o you like dwarves? Then following press release should be of interest for you.

Cover Art Revealed and Special Print-eBook Bundle Announced for Reissue of First Two Titles in The Brotherhood of Dwarves Series


Seventh Star Press proudly announces the reissues of the first two books in The Brotherhood of Dwarves series, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, and Red Sky at Dawn.

To commemmorate the Seventh Star Press editions of these two titles, the publisher is offering special bundles that combine both the print and eBook versions of the books. Readers can get the first two books in this fashion, or a bundle of all three books in the series including the recently-released third title, The Fall of Dorkhun.

The Brotherhood of Dwarves and Red Sky at Dawn feature covers and illustrations from fantasy artist Bonnie Wasson. The latest artist to work with Seventh Star Press, Bonnie created and designed a new look for the first two titles that is consistent with the brand new third release.

The first two books were originally self-published by D.A. Adams and edited by Sherrie Shuler. They became strong sellers on the convention circuit and received a wave of positive reviews. The reissues were planned when D.A. came aboard Seventh Star Press for the release of his latest installment, The Fall of Dorkhun.

( interior illustrations by Bonnie Wasson for The Brotherhood of Dwarves and Red Sky at Dawn)

Living and working in East Tennessee, D. A. Adams is an established novelist, a farmer, and professor of English. He has contributed writing to literary and fine art publications, and maintains an active blog, entitled "The Ramblings of D. A. Adams".

Softcover and eBook formats will be available by mid-February, with a collectors' hardcover limited editions planned for mid-summer of 2012.

(all three covers side by side)

Those wanting to pre-order one of the special softcover-eBook bundles should visit: 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.brotherhoodofdwarves.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...

I found an extraordinary giveaway. I don't want to repeat the details. Please go and read

I hope you took part and if not I really would like to know the reason why.


In December 2011 I reviewed King's Envoy (pb, July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1936850136] by Cas Peace. Now the author did something new. She recorded her reading of the first chapter of King's Envoy. I think itis for everyone a surprise to listen to the own voice for the first time.
Regarding that this was no professional recording, I must say it sounds promising. Built up your mind:




WEATHER
"The state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc. Weather refers to these conditions at a given point in time (e.g., today's high temperature), whereas Climate refers to the "average" weather conditions for an area over a long period of time (e.g., the average high temperature for today's date)." [Source]
We talk about it every day. We watch the weather report. We are longing for weather forecasts.
Weather has definitely an influence on our life. And when we look back in time we will easily detect its importance especially during wars and battles. Let me give you just two examples: Normandy Landings 1944 and Battle of Waterloo 1815. But if you would like to know the weather on a certain day in the past it is getting difficult to get proper data.
That leads to the question why do we need that information. In fantasy and science fiction it is up to the author to think about it. He or she decide if weather is important or not.
It is getting difficult when we look at historical fiction. Imagine you want to write a book set in London, first week of September 1666 . If you would write that there have been heavy showers the whole week, you would change history because you would drown the Great Fire! In reality the weather report looked as followed: Sunday 2nd September 1666 Weather Report - hot, dry and windy [Source]. I think that shows the importance of weather in historical fiction. I'm no author. But I'm sure and author can give you far better explanation about the importance of weather in historical fiction. If your are interested in I highly recommend to read
over at The History Girls


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.

Honestly I did not find a trailer I would like to share with you. Instead I found something special. With the following two videos I pay homage to two guys which let me still laugh out loud.
I like them a lot.







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.

I still try to improve my English. But what will happen when I reach a certain level?


"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Clarence Darrow, US defense lawyer (1857 - 1938)

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some excellent cover art today!
And yes, I played both videos. Muppets are just awesome, no matter what one's age.

ediFanoB said...

It seems people are not interested in to win books. I do not understand why people do not take part in David Powers King's awesome giveaway.

There are so many cover to discover.

I most most of the day solving software problems (sync between Reader and PC ended up somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Finally I switched from Sony software to Calibre - a wise decision.

David P. King said...

Such an epic post! Lots of cool stuff to look through. Thanks for putting in so much time to highlight all this awesome!

I gave you a shout-out on my blog today! :)

ediFanoB said...

Hi David,

thanks for stopping by and for the shout-out.

I always try to find interesting things for me regularly weekend post.

Hope you will get well soon

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