Sunday, March 11, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1210

Hello and welcome to issue #1210 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
The good thing is that I can't infect you with this post. It all started in the night from Thursday to Friday. I don't want to go into details. I think you can imagine when I tell you that my whole family including me came down with stomach flu!
This is the reason why I had to postpone the Weekend Wave and why this issue is a bit shorter as usual.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Announcement
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Give me an E and give me a P
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A question

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. John Carter - Your decision

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 Result, Resultat, Résultat

The Lighthouse

Last week no reading on Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to sickness. In the remaining four days I read in sum 258 pages.

I finished NO book.


- 450 pages in The Wise Man's Fear (994 pages, trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss
NO PROGRESS. I don't know why but I'm not in the right mood to continue reading the book. So I postponed reading.

- 189 pages in Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1616145354] by Mark Hodder

- 304 pages in Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) by Robert Lyndon
The travel continued with 68 pages. Vikings ahead.

- 199 pages in Crimea (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141013503] by Orlando Figes.
I learned something about the increasing influence of newspapers and the miserable military nursery.

- 11 pages in The Sign Of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and drugs ...
NO PROGRESS. I will restart the book later

- 181 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 characters and the magic.

- 217 pages in The Istanbul Puzzle (Kindle edition, January 2012) [ASIN: B005S9KQ8Y] by Laurence O'Bryan
A conspiracy thriller with a lot of historical elements


It seems April and May will be busy months for me. Last week I told you that on April 10th I will be part of the The Sela Blog Tour.

And crazy as I am I will be part of another blog tour on Arpil 11th!

In January I posted about author D.W. Hawkins who 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]
Recently D.W. Hawkins asked me if I would like to be part of the Sentient Fire blog tour. As I promised to review the book I saw no problem to do that as part of the blog tour.


March 12th
- Interview with Greg Pellechi's @ The World Writ Small

March 14th
- Greg Pellechi's review of The Sentient Fire @ The World Writ Small

March 16th
- Guest Post: "Writing Believable Characters" @ The World Writ Small

March 24th
- Interview with A.F. Stewart @ A.F. Stewart's Blog

April 1st
- Guest Post: "Action Scene Writing" @ Indie Book Blog

April 6th
- Interview with Heather Powers @ Earth's Book Nook

April 9th
- Guest Post: "My Favorite Fantasy Books" @ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

April 11th
- Edi's Review of The Sentient Fire @ Edi's Book Lighthouse

As you can see the tour starts tomorrow. In case you you like to win a Smashwords coupon for a The Sentient Fire digital copy and/or an $25 Amazon Gift Card you should visit the blog tour stops. There will be different rules per blog.

Good luck to all of you and don't forget to visit Edi's Book Lighthouse on April 11th.

And if you can't to get a copy you can buy it at/for

Enjoy your weekend ....


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 I could not withstand to buy another ebook. But that does not mean I gave up to buy real books. There are series where I continue to buy real books.

This time I start with the paperback copy. I'm a fan of The Pike Mystery series by Andrew Pepper and last week I received book five in the series, Bloody Winter (pb, March, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1780116].
"A body is discovered in a ditch outside the town of Dundrum in County Tipperary. The local land agent tells Knox, a young Irish policeman with divided loyalties, that it is the body of a vagrant and that the landowner Lord Cornwallis wants the case dealt with swiftly and quietly. The potato crop has failed for a second time and the Irish people are dying in their thousands. However when Knox examines the corpse it is clear that this man died wearing a Saville Row suit. Keeping his investigations secret, it becomes clear to Knox that the stranger came from London. Three months earlier Detective Inspector Pyke receives a letter from the daughter of a family friend. She has married a wealthy industrialist who owns ironworks in Merthyd Tydfil and her son has been kidnapped. Lured by the promise of a substantial fee and wanting to escape the tensions of Scotland Yard, Pyke agrees to go to Wales to investigate. There, he discovers a town riven with social discord following the brutal suppression of a workers strike and the importation of cheap Irish labour. The kidnapping is linked to a group of rebels but Pyke soon begins to suspect the case is not as clear cut as it seems. What are the links between the rebellion in Wales and the unrest in Ireland, and has Pyke finally bitten off more than he can chew?" [Source]
That reminded me of the pile of unread historical thrillers/mysteries ....

Last week I read:
"Icy sweat streamed from Alek’s pores. He’d been optimistic. Way too optimistic. Kidnapping in the Islamic world was almost always a form of extortion – so he’d been told. But the appearance of the knife, big enough to gut a bear, had changed everything.

He shook his head in disbelief. Only an hour ago he’d been happy in his hotel room, a place that was now as unreachable as a childhood dream.

His heart banged against his ribs as if it wanted out. He looked around. Was there someone else in the pillared hall he could appeal to?

The bead-like eye of the video camera blinked on. Alek’s arms and legs jerked, straining at the orange nylon rope binding him to the smooth pillar. Musty air filled his nostrils. He was trembling, as if he had a fever.

When the two men had entered his room, he’d gone with them quietly. How stupid he’d been. Why hadn’t he shouted, roared, jumped for the window? He’d seen the look in this bastard’s eyes, as hard as stone. Now it was too late.

‘Let me go,’ he screamed.

His voice echoed. A hand held his shoulder. He threw his head from side to side, straining his neck. The rope around his ankles, knees and chest held him tight. His pulse thumped against it.

The knife glistened in the air like falling water. Only the prayer his mother had taught him could help him now.

Agios o Theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos, eleison imas!

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us!

He closed his eyes. Icyness hit his neck. Then a hot torrent fell on his chest. Warmth gushed down his legs, soaking him. A foul smell rose around him.

And an eerie calm descended.

He looked around the ancient hall, taking in its forest-like rows of pillars. The entrance he’d found must have been sealed up over five hundred years ago, before the ancient city of Constantinople above him fell to a Muslim army and its name was changed to Istanbul. There were treasures down here any museum director in the world would beg for. But he wished he’d never found the place.

He stared at the aluminium tables nearby. What he’d seen on those tables had terrified him.

A black mist rushed towards him. Would Sean find out what had happened?

Agios o Theos, agios . . .

A minute later the two fountains of blood, two foot high at their peak, from the left and right arteries emerging from Alek’s chest, bubbled like cooling coffee percolators. The flesh around them shone with a silky gleam. But Alek’s eyes were closed and his face was peaceful." [Source]

This is the first chapter of The Istanbul Puzzle (Kindle edition, January 2012) [ASIN: B005S9KQ8Y] by Laurence O'Bryan.
I could not resist and bought instantly a digital copy.

No more today, see you next week ......


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 admit there was not much time to find interesting things worth to share with you.

2012 is the first year where I take part in blog tours. I think blog tours are a good way to for authors to present their books to different readerships and also a good way for blogger to get new readers.
But that is my opinion.

I would like to know what you - my reader and follower - think about blog tours?

Just leave a comment. I read and comment back.

That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

John Carter hit the movies. Not sure if you should go to cinema or not?
Maybe this ten minute film clip is an argument for you.

That's all for today. See you next time....


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.

Results! Results! So many people ask for results. Here is one answer:

"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
Thomas A. Edison, US inventor (1847 - 1931)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My review of John Carter goes up tomorrow - I thought it was great! A throwback to the old style, Golden Age of movies and books. Really resonated with me, as I finally made the connection between that style of movie and my style of writing.
Thanks again for following my tour. Hope everyone at the house is feeling better.

RaveAir said...

I hope you feel yourself better now!

Unfortunatelly we have been ill for 1 week or more... Not easy to count the days, when 1 child sick, and it much worse if 2 childen and my wife sick at a same time. But to now we're almost OK.

Due to our children will be at my parents to the following days, I try to convince my wife to go to the John Carter movie.

... and finally I'd like to mention I started to read CassaStar...

ediFanoB said...

Thank you Alex!
We all feel better now. It is incredible how loss of water weaken the body.

I read your John Carter review and it is really helpful. My wife and I will go to cinema next week.

ediFanoB said...


I'm sorry to read that your family has been ill. I hope all of you are feeling better now.
It is a mess when more than one person is sick at the same time.

Thank you! We all feel better now.

I hope you like CassaStaR

Rosalie Skinner said...

Goodness, hope you and your family feel better soon RaveAir and you too Edi...
Will have to head on over to Alex's review. Loved the trailer for John Carter...
I have been watching Hell on Wheels. Must be the time to for Westerns. hehe.
Take care of yourselves.. hope you keep improving healthwise.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Rosalie,

thank you for your wishes. We all feel better. But my wife needs a bit more time to recover whereas my daughter returned to school and I returned to work.

When everything goes well we will watch John Carter next week.

My wife likes western starrring John Wayne a lot.

I received your mail which I will reply soon. Thank you so much!!

Rosalie Skinner said...

Hope your wife is well on the way to good health again Edi.
Glad you liked the email!! :)
There is a special deal on Book Four of the Chronicles..
Buy EXILED: The Battle for Enderseer Hold, and get BOOK ONE.. Exiled: Autumn's Peril FREE!!!
Limited time only.. but I am thrilled the publisher is making this offer!!

I am toying with the idea of going to see John Carter too.. after watching the trailer. hmm...
Thanks for sharing it.. I enjoyed the preview!

Nic said...

Hi Edi,

how is "Hawk Quest" form Robert Lyndon? It's on my "to-buy-list", but first off all I have to finish "The Winter King" by Bernard Cornwell. (rereading it for the fourth time)


ediFanoB said...

Hi Nic,

unfortunately I neither find much time for reading nor reviewing.

"Hawk Quest" is really an epic adventure
(for me Only two hundred pages left) and I like the characters and there happens a lot during the real long journey. I never imagined before that it would have been possible to undertake such a travel in the year 1072.

But as always some people like it and some people dislike it.

Anyway there will be a second novel where the main characters will be on a diplomatic from Constantinople to Song China.

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