Saturday, March 03, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave #1209

Hello and welcome to issue #1209 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
It is March 2012! Two months gone and in two months time my wife and I go on holiday. Until then I have a lot of things to do especially regarding my blog. I hope spring will arrive soon. I need sun, mild temperatures, trees which turn green, birds that sing and more. I hope that will give more power to execute the ideas I noted down.

Before I forget I would like to welcome all new followers who joined the blog last week. I hope that you and all other readers will find something enjoyable today.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. What a great day
  3. Announcement
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Ebooks versus paperback 3:1
  2. Looking forward to
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Giveaways worth to mention
  2. Ancient Calendars
  3. Time and tiny figures
  4. Book catalogs

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. John Carter
  2. Snow White
  3. Marvel Avengers Assemble

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 Ambrose Bierce

The Lighthouse


Last week I did not find much time for reading. I read 249 pages only. I need to read more because I promised reviews.

I finished NO book.


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.

- 189 pages in Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1616145354] by Mark Hodder
A good progress with 63 pages. Back in Africa with Burton.

- 304 pages in Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) by Robert Lyndon
The travel continued with 45 pages.


- 99 pages in Crimea (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141013503] by Orlando Figes.
That means I read two more chapters. I never thought that a history book could be that entertaining.

- 11 pages in The Sign Of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and drugs ...
NO PROGRESS

- 83 pages in The Sentient Fire (e-book, 2011) [where to buy] by D.W. Hawkins which is Book One Of The Seven Signs.
I like the magic in the book ...


On Tuesday, February 28th, I have been the second stop on the CassaFirE by Alex J. Cavanaugh blog tour. It has been a great day for me and also for Alex J. Cavanaugh. I want to say thank you to all visitors.

DON'T FORGET
you can win this awesome price package from Alex J. Cavanaugh's publisher Dancing Lemur Press:
To be entered to win is quite easy.
Just visit
Alex J. Cavanaugh during the two-week/ten stops blog tour and leave a comment.


ANNOUNCEMENT

I will be part of another blog tour. The following part of the post has been taken from Seventh Star Press:

Jackie Gamber's Sela Blog Tour Dates, Sela Cover Unveil, and Limited Hardcover Edition Announced


Seventh Star Press is proud to announce 36 blog tour dates for award-winning author Jackie Gamber's Sela, Book Two of the YA fantasy Leland Dragon Series, and the follow-up to her highly-acclaimed novel Redheart. In addition, Seventh Star Press is unveiling the cover art and two interior illustrations created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Sela.

The Sela Blog Tour is being hosted by Babs Book Bistro, and will feature 35 blog sites over 36 days, beginning March 27th and running through all of April. The tour will include a mixture of reviews, giveaways, interviews, and guest posts from Jackie. The tour will culminate with a special encore and wrap-up visit at From The Bookshelf of T.B. on May 1st.

Sela picks up a few years after the events of Redheart. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the

crystal ore buried deep in Leland's mountains, and his latest device to obtain it is by marriage to a Leland maiden.

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland's Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?

Sela will be released in softcover and eBook versions during the first week of April, following the launch party at MidSouthCon in Memphis, TN during the March 24-26 weekend. Continuing the Seventh Star Press tradition of releasing collectible, limited edition hardcovers, Sela is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies.

The limited hardcover edition is signed and numbered by Jackie Gamber, and includes a bonus illustration from Matthew Perry not included in other editions. It will be accompanied by an assortment of collectibles, including a set of glossy art cards, bookmarks, and magnets. The limited edition hardcovers will also be bundled with the eBook version, with buyers able to choose an ePub, Kindle, or Nook version.

The Sela Blog Tour Dates and Participants Are As Follows:


March 27 Lisa's Book Reviews

March 28 Watch Play Read

March 29 Stuck In Books

March 30 Fade Into Fantasy

March 31 Ian's Realm

April 1 Jelly Bean Chair Reviews

April 2 Once Upon A Time

April 3 A Book Vacation

April 4 Jess Resides Here

April 5 Soliloquy

April 6 Vilutheril Reviews

April 7 Ritesh Kala's Book Review

April 8 Sci Fi Guys

April 9 Unputdownable Books

April 10 Edi's Book Lighthouse

April 11 Workaday Reads

April 12 Eva's Sanctuary

April 13 Book and Movie Dimension Blog

April 14 Babs Book Bistro

April 15 Azure Dwarf Horde of Fantasy and SciFi

April 16 Fade Into Fantasy

April 17 Reading Away the Days

April 18 Splash of Our Worlds

April 19 Ali's Bookshelf

April 20 Sheila Deeth

April 21 I Heart Reading

April 22 All-Consuming Media

April 23 Spellbound By Books

April 24 One Thrifty Gurl

April 25 Evie Bookish

April 26 Booklady's Booknotes

April 27 Ella Bella Reviews

April 28 I Smell Sheep

April 29 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

April 30 Darlene's Book Nook

May 1st From The Bookshelf of T.B. (special tour encore and wrap-up visit)

Contact: C.C. James

Public Relations, Seventh Star Press

ccjames@seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky



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.

Ebooks are definitely dangerous. Last week I could not withstand to buy three digital copies. Beside that I received a paperback which I ordered last year in advance.

I bought copies of three ebooks last week. They all belong to The Brotherhood of Dwarves series by D. A. Adams. As far as I know there will be to more books in the series.

BOOK ONE
The Brotherhood of Dwarves (first published in 2005, this Kindle edition 2012) [AMAZON ASIN: B0076OCAKG] by D. A. Adams.
"Roskin, heir to the throne of a remote, peaceful kingdom of dwarves, craves excitement and adventure. Outside his own kingdom, in search of fortune and glory, he finds a much different world, one divided by racial strife and overrun by war. The orcs to the south want to conquer all dwarves and sell them as slaves. The humans to the east want to control the world’s resources. Caught in the middle, Roskin finds himself chased by slave traders and soldiers alike as he discovers that friendship is the best fortune of all. Just when he thinks he has triumphed, an act of betrayal sends him into bondage. His only hope of escape is the faltering courage of a disgraced warrior whose best days are behind him…" [Source]






BOOK TWO
Red Sky at Dawn (this Kindle edition 2012) [AMAZON ASIN: B0076P464S] by D. A. Adams.
"Crushaw, Molgheon, and Vishghu have liberated the Slithesythe Plantation, and now, they must make their way to safe lands before being caught and returned to certain bondage. Across the orc lands, they and Roskin recruit and train an army of freed slaves, for between them and freedom are thousands of well-armed, well-trained orc warriors. Near the Pass of Hard Hope in the shadows of the eastern mountains, they make their desperate stand. But even if they succeed, Roskin’s ordeal is far from finished, as he is haunted by visions of something awful back in Dorkhun…" [Source]







BOOK THREE
The Fall of Dorkhun (this Kindle edition 2011) [AMAZON ASIN: B006CQV4JW] by D. A. Adams.
"The Fall of Dorkhun continues the story of the dwarf Roskin. In the newest adventure of the series, Roskin returns home to a kingdom divided by war with the ogres. On one side, his father desires to restore peace, but on the other, Master Sondious, seeking revenge for having been crippled, seeks to escalate aggression against the ogres Roskin and his friends make a desperate attempt to resolve the growing rift, but unknown to the dwarves, new and powerful menaces threaten to destroy the entire kingdom…" [Source]
Dwarves! Will be interesting to read how D. A. Adams describe his dwarves. I think a lot of people will name Gimli when they will be asked for the name of a famous dwarf.







Since I read The Ten Thousand which is the first book in the Macht trilogy and the Monarchies of God series by Paul Kearney I'm a big fan of his books. Don't ask me why I did no review one of these books so far.
Of course I own a copy of Corvus which the second book in the Macht trilogy but I did not read it so far. And this week I received the third and final Macht book: Kings of Morning (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519390] by Paul Kearney.
"For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange and brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody series of battles and sieges. He is not yet thirty years old.

A generation ago, ten thousand of the Macht marched into the heart of the ancient Asurian Empire, and then fought their way back out again, passing into legend. It has been the enduring myth of Corvus' life, for his father was one of those who undertook that march, and his most trusted general, Rictus, was leader of those ten thousand. But he intends to do more. The preparations will take years, but when they are complete, Corvus will lead an invasion the like of which the world of Kuf has never seen. Under him, the Macht will undertake nothing less than the overthrow of the entire Asurian Empire." [Source]
I will come back to Paul Kearney later.


I love book series. And so far I read and reviewed all Eddie LaCrosse novels by Alex Bledsoe:
The Sword-Edged Blonde (my review), Burn Me Deadly (my review) and Dark Jenny (my review).

Eddie is character whom I like a lot. And therefore I'm more than happy that in July 2012 the fourth Eddie LaCrosse novel will be published:
Wake of the Bloody Angel (pb, July 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765327451] by Alex Bledsoe:
"Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery - one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina's tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no - even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king's fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.
To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew.and his even more legendary treasure." [Source]


There is also a trailer available but to be honest for me the trailer is not one which would convince me to buy the book. That is my opinion. Maybe you will like the trailer. Have a look:


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...

Regularly readers know that I post about giveaways on other blogs.
I told you above that I received a copy of Kings of Morning (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519390] by Paul Kearney.
He is an excellent writer and I highly recommend his books even I have to read Corvus and Kings of Morning by myself.

Would you like to win a copy of Kings of Morning (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1907519390] by Paul Kearney?
Then take part in Win a copy of Paul Kearney's THE KINGS OF MORNING over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. This giveaway is opened world wide.

You would like to have one more opportunity to win? No problem.
The Speculative Scotsman is Giving the Game Away | Win One of Three Complete Sets of The Macht Saga !
Attention in order to take part in this world wide open giveaway you have to answer following question:
Which of the United Kingdoms does Paul Kearney come from? Answer: Northern Ireland.
Beside the giveaway The Speculative Scotsman reviewed the whole trilogy: Book Review | The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney, Book Review | Corvus by Paul Kearney, The Scotsman Abroad | The Kings of Morning, In the Evening


Do you have a paper calendar at home? We have a big one on the back of the kitchen door with a column for each human being and animal living in our household. I can't imagine to live without.
And calendars have a long history. I'm really fascinated by the old ones.
If you like old calendars like I do then you should have a look at Stunning Art of Ancient Calendars over at Dark Roasted Blend.


Time is related to calendars. What do you think about the combination of time and art? I know that is a wide area. Maybe I have to be more precise. I think it will be more clear after you visited Moments in Time: Tiny Figures Balanced on Watch Hands over at WebUrbanist.


Week by week we are roaming the blogosphere for new books. I belong to the people who like to know in advance when books will be published. Therefore I like that publisher offer their catalogs for download (and yes it is free). Yesterday Lou Anders from Pyr posted a message on Facebook that the new Spring-Summer 2012 Catalog is now available for download in PDF format. Now I have a copy of the catalog and have had a first look yesterday evening. There are some books I'm really interested in. I will talk about them within the next issues of the Weekend Wave.



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.

So the release date of John Carter is coming nearer and I'm glad that I can present you a four minute video which shows from my point of view what you can expect. I seems the dialogues are not the highlight of the movie:



This is not a new trailer. But Mirror, Mirror - a different approach to the Snow White fairy tale - will hit the cinemas at the end of March.


I neither watched Thor nor Captain America. But I'm interested in Hawkeye. I like archers. And this is the Marvel Avengers Assemble trailer:


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 must admit I have knack for Ambrose Bierce and hos Devil's Dictionary ....

"Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sela's artwork is really cool.
Very excited for The Avengers and John Carter.
Thanks for mentioning the giveaway - one more week!
And thank you again for the honor of my book's launch day appearance here.

RaveAir said...

I still have bad feelings about the Disney produced John Carter movie, but...
BUT! I can see many positve things:
- It looks like the main events and fighting scenes played at sunlight. I hate when a film played mostly in dark.
- The landscapes and a background are beautifull. As I see it'll be a great movie experince.

The "Mirror, mirror" movie looks a total disaster, and somehow anoying. Altough I can't it explain why...

Avengers... Avangers... hmm... I always love the comics, and love the films based on comics. Both the Thor and Captain America were good films. Not exceptionally good, just consumable good. First I think the man with single, mighty hammers sounds ridiculuos but after watching the Thor movie I can accept it.
During the wathing the trailer of Avengers I think the same about the girl with a single pistol and the archer guy. I hope this movie will be a ROCK!

ediFanoB said...

Alex,

I'm sure a lot of people will take part in this exquisite giveaway.

I think it really depends on what you expect from The Avengers and John Carter.

Let me know when I have to think about an idea for your third book :-)

ediFanoB said...

Hi RaveAir,

I watched several trailer and I think it really depends on your expectation.

As I said in my post John Carter is no movie for people who like intense dialogue.
For me it looks more like a movie where you just have fun.

Mirror, mirror looks like a movie for 40+ people who like to smile.

Fingers crossed for The Avengers.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Hi Edi,
I am loved this weeks post. Paul Kearney's comp, Alex's blog tour, the upcoming Sela blog tour.. all great.
I am interested in the John Carter movie. Hmm. Seems like a familiar genre. hehe.
It's hard to believe it is March already.
Ahh wish I had holidays coming. Oh well.. enough procastination and back to work.. Thanks again for a great blog post. So much information. Added more books to my To READ list... for when those elusive holidays come around.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Rosalie,

it is always a pleasure to see you visiting my blog.

You know this weekly post is the "heart" of my blog.

I hope writing goes well.

Whenever you find time to read, just enjoy it.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for commenting at Under the Tiki Hut.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Carol,
as my blog has been part of the blog tour it goes without saying for me to visit all other participating blogs and of course to leave a comment.

Thank you for stopping by.

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