Saturday, May 19, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1220

Hello and welcome to issue #1220 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Yes, I'm still alive and refreshed after a very relaxing holiday.
My wife and I have had a wonderful time on the Baltic Sea island Usedom.

I hope you enjoyed Edi's Historical Week 2012. It has been a great experience for me. I have thank again author A.L. Berridge for her support.


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Announcement
  3. Reminder
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books bought and ordered
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A special beetle
  2. Rube Goldberg Machine
  3. Dieselpunk Art

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Dark Shadows
  2. Frankenwheenie

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 Pessimist

The Lighthouse



Reading progress? In the past three weeks I finished six books, two Sherlock Holmes short stories, dropped one book after 170 pages and started two new books. In sum I read 2319 pages. From reading point of view I'm totally happy.


I finished

- The Alchemist of Souls [ISBN-13: 978-0857662149] by Anne Lyle
The plan is to review it in June 2012

- Bitter Seeds (mmpb,2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765361202] by Ian Tregillis
Review in progress ... to be posted in May 2012

- The Feaster from the Stars (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] by Alan K. Baker
In 2011 I read the first book in the Blackwood & Harrington Mystery series. The plan is to review both books in a double feature in June 2012

- Gates of Rome (2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0141336497] by Alex Scarrow
This is the fifth book in the TimeRiders series. The plan is to review book four and five in a double feature in June 2012

- First Cause (e-book, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B004XQV7ZE] by Paul West
Review in progress ... to be posted in May 2012

- Of Thieves and Elves (2012)[Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007SIT5XA] a supernovella by A.P. Stephens
Review in progress ... to be posted in May 2012

I did not finish

- Babylon Steel (544p., pb, 2011] [ISBN-13: 978-1907992384] by Gaie Sebold
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I dos not happen that often that I stop reading a book.

I stopped reading Babylon Steel after 170 pages. There have been some nice ideas but I could not really connect to the characters and the story went along like a snail."

I'm

- 102 pages in Hereward (pb, 2012, UK) [ISBN-13: 978-0857662149] by James Wilde
I know Robin Hood but I never heard of Hereward before. What a dark and intriguing character. Warning: There is a lot of blood ...


- 171 pages in Rivers of London (pb, 2011, UK) [ISBN-13: 978-0575097582] by Ben Aaronovitch
This was a birthday gift for my wife. She read it and convinced me to read it too. And I must say it is surprisingly good. It has nothing to do with Harry Potter.


REMINDER

Don't forget that I still run two world wide opened giveaways:



Edi's Giveaway: In the Name of the King by A L Berridge This giveaway ends on Thursday, May 24, 2012


and


Edi's Giveaway: Into the Valley of Death by A L Berridge This giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

These are two excellent historical fiction books. To take part is simple. Just follow the links.

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 did not receive a real book. Instead I bought three digital copies - steampunk, epic fantasy, historical mystery - and I ordered a full trilogy in advance.

I'm a big fan of the world of PAX BRITANNIA series. And therefore it was just a question of time and money when I get my copy of Pax Omega (e-book, 2012)[Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007TKQIVO] by Al Ewing.
"Doc Thunder's last stand against a deadly foe whose true identity will shock you to your core! El Sombra's final battle against the forces of the Ultimate Reich! The Locomotive Man in a showdown with cosmic science on the prairies of the Old West! Jackson Steele defends the 25th Century against the massed armies of the Space Satan! A duel of minds in the mystery palaces of One Million AD! Blazing steam-pulp sci-fi the way you crave it! From the Big Bang to the End Of Time - eleven tales from Pax Britannia's past, present and distant future combine into one star-spanning saga set to shake the universe to its foundations - or destroy it!" [Source]

Daniel Abraham is an amazing author. In 2011 I read The Dragon's Path which is the first book in the Dagger and the Coin series. It has been a good start and now I can continue reading because I bought a copy of the second book: The King's Blood (e-book, 2012)[Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007NMTJHS].

"War casts its shadow over the lands that the dragons once ruled.

When an act of harrowing betrayal threatens to set the cities afire, all certainties are called into question. Only the courage of a young woman with the mind of a gambler and loyalty to no one stands between hope and universal darkness.

The high and powerful will fall, the despised and broken shall rise up, and everything will be remade. And quietly, almost beneath the notice of anyone, an old, broken-hearted warrior and an apostate priest will begin a terrible journey with an impossible goal: destroy a Goddess before she eats the world." [Source]


I like to read historical mysteries and when I saw the offer to get a copy for 99 cents (EUR) I could not resist.
The Redemption of Alexander Keation (e-book, 2009)[Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007RDBAFM] by Shona Maclean.
"Is the young man merely drunk or does his tottering walk suggest something more sinister? When he collapses, vomiting, over the two whores who find him on that dark wet night, they guess rightly that he's been murdered by poisoning. So begins this gripping tale set in the town of Banff, Scotland in the 1620s. The body of the victim, the apothecary's nephew, is found in Alexander Seaton's school house. Seaton is a school master by default, and a persona non-grata in the town - a disgraced would-be minister whose love affair with a local aristocrat's daughter left him disgraced and deprived of his vocation. He has few friends, so when one of them is accused of the murder, he sets out to solve the crime, embarking on a journey that will uncover witchcraft, cruelty, prejudice and the darkness in men's souls.It is also a personal quest that leads Alexander to the rediscovery of his faith in God as well as his belief in himself." [Source]


I belong to the people who do not like to wait too long for the next book in a series. Therefore I read with great pleasure that the new fantasy trilogy The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells will be published in three consecutive months.


"This series follows the fate of a tribe of dispossessed mystics, the T’Enatuath. Vastly outnumbered by mieren (people without magical abilities), the mystics are persecuted because the mieren fear their gifts. This persecution culminates in a bloody pogrom sanctioned by the mier King who lays siege to the Celestial City, last bastion of the T’Enatuath. When the city falls at great cost to both sides, the T’En leader negotiates their surrender and the mystics are exiled from their homeland.

A fantasy-family saga, the characters are linked by blood, love and vows as they struggle with misplaced loyalties, over-riding ambition and hidden secrets which could destroy them. Some make desperate alliances only to suffer betrayal from those they trust, and some discover great personal strength in times of adversity." [Source]
I could not resist and ordered the whole trilogy in advance. But I decided that I want to get all three books at once. That means I will receive the books by end of summer.


What do you think of the book trailer?


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 still work on my Google Reader in order to reduce the numbers of unread items. It is incredible to see what happens in just two weeks. I discovered some interesting posts which I would like to share with you.

I like steampunk - books, jewelry, costumes, gadgets and animals.
Follow THIS LINK to have a look at an extraordinary beetle.


This week I learned something new. Do you know what is a Rube Goldberg Machine?  I know it since I read
Mini Rube Goldberg Machine Makes Cool Travel Companion
over at WebUrbanist. It is absolutely incredible what fits into a pair of suitcases.


Do you know dieselpunk?I found some impressive dieselpunk art of at Dark Roasted Blend.



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.

Yesterday evening my wife and I went to cinema. We both love Tim Burton movies starring Johnny Depp. That makes it easy to identify the film we watched: Dark Shadows
I really liked it. There are so many  allusive hints. And Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins is stunning. Dark Shadows maybe not my movie of the year 2012 but it was most entertaining and that is one of the reason I go to cinema.
I'm sure most of you know the official trailer. Therefore I thought it would be a nice idea to show you the German trailer.


Of course we could see some trailers before the movie. But there was only one which aroused my interest: Frankenweenie

Tim Burton remaked his 1984 short film as a 3D black and white stop motion film which will hit the cinemas in autumn 2012.
Watch the trailer:
Remember Frankenstein from 1931? The unforgettable Boris Karloff ...




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.

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Is the glass half full or half empty for you? I'm neither pessimist nor optimist. I try to be a realist who still has dreams ....

"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
George F. Will, US editor, commentator and columnist (1941 -)

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice to have you back, Edi!
Didn't make it to Dark Shadows and with so many new films coming soon - and a need to see The Avengers again - I probably won't catch it until NetFlix. Did see Battleship last night and while it was nothing more than a big-budget B movie, it was a heck of a lot of fun.

Zoltán Gecse said...

The read 2319 pages are impressive!

ediFanoB said...

@Alex,
so Battleship hit the expectation you posted on your blog.

There are four movies which we (my wife and I) want to see in 2012:
- Men in Black 3
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Prometheus
- The Hobbit

ediFanoB said...

@Zoltan,

2319 pages in 21 days means a bit more than 110 pages per day.
Of course I have more time for reading when I do not have to work :-)

Rosalie Skinner said...

Well done on the reading Edi.
Dark Shadows trailer in German looks very interesting. hehe.
I hope to see the Hobbit sometime this year.
Glad you had a good holiday.

Oathsworn said...

Hi Edi,

I already read "Hereward" and it was fun.
You should read "Sworn sword" by James Aitchinson also. It plays in the same time period and shows "the other side of the coin".

Best

Nic

ediFanoB said...

Hi Nic,

thanks a lot for the recommendation. Today I bought a digital copy of "Sworn Sword".

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