Saturday, May 26, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1221


Hello and welcome to issue #1221 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I still have a lot of unread items in my Google Reader and there are still mails which wait for a reply. I hope to find time for that within the next days.

I'm sorry for the delay but I had to solve some html problems.


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
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books received, bought and ordered
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Submarine-themed Rooms
  2. Reading Speed
  3. Liquid Art 
  4. Tommy Atkins

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

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 lazy?

The Lighthouse


To my surprise I read 582 pages last week and finished one book. eading 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

- Rivers of London (pb, 2011, UK) [ISBN-13: 978-0575097582] by Ben Aaronovitch
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Thanks to my wife who convinced me to read the book.
It is not my book of the year but I liked the mix of magic, humor, London and all the allusions.
This is urban fantasy I like.

I will definitely read the next book in the series."

I'm

- 366 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 ...

- 56 pages in The Way of the Black Beast (pb and digital,2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1466321847, Kindle ASIN: B005NRXT6W] by Stuart Jaffe
This is the first book in the post-apocalyptic fantasy series The Malja Chronicles. The author sent me a digital copy.
There is an interesting magic concept. Next week I can tell more.


ANNOUNCEMENT
It is no secret that I have a special relationship to Stephen Zimmer. I like his Fires in Eden fantasy series a lot. So far two books have been published and finally the third book is on the way. And the promotion for the book started with a big bang: A 48 Date Blog Tour!!!
And yes, I will be part of this tour. And yes, I can't wait to get and read my copy of  Spirit of Fire!
Following official announcement from Seventh Star Press delivers all the details:


For Immediate Release
May 25, 2012

48 Date Blog Tour Announced and Cover Art Unveiled for Stephen Zimmer's Spirit of Fire



Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art and illustrations created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Spirit of Fire, Book Three of the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series by award-winning author Stephen Zimmer, as well as announce the dates and sites for the 48 day Spirit of Fire Blog Tour.  A pre-order window for a limited edition hardcover is also open in advance of the book's official release.


(Illustrations by Matthew Perry from the first edition of Spirit of Fire)

The Spirit of Fire Blog Tour is being hosted by Babs Book Bistro, and will feature 50 events over 48 days, beginning May 29th  and running through July 14th. The tour will feature a number of activities, including reviews, video, interviews, podcasts, guest blog posts, and contests/giveaways.

Spirit of Fire is the third title in the Fires in Eden Series, following Crown of Vengeance and Dream of Legends.  Also associated with the epic fantasy series is a growing collection of short stories, the Chronicles of Ave, that have been released on eBook and are part of the Seventh Star Singles catalog. 

In Spirit of Fire, a maelstrom of war engulfs lands resisting the designs of the Unifier to bring about a new order, of a kind that has never existed within Ave.  Battered by a massive invasion force from Gallea, the tribal people of the Five Realms and their Midragardan allies are being driven eastward, towards the sea, while the Saxan lines are wearing down ever thinner on the Plains of Athelney.
 
Time is running out quickly, as an ancient creature of legend soars through the skies with a brave young Saxan.   They carry the desperate hopes of two realms sorely beset by a voracious enemy.

Diabolic entities conduct a great hunt, as a malignant darkness deepens across all of Ave.  Exiles from another world must gain refuge, or find themselves ensnared by the long reach of the Unifier.  The very nature of creation itself stands in the balance.

It is a time when the honor and fortitude of many are put to the test, and terrible prices are paid for resisting great evils.  It is also a time of awakening for many, old and young alike, some of whom may yet discover the spirit of fire that lies within.

The third installment in the Fires in Eden series, Spirit of Fire is richly imagined epic fantasy with a diverse ensemble of characters that offers a new world to explore for readers who enjoy large-scale tales along the likes of George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Steven Erikson, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Spirit of Fire will be released in softcover and eBook versions during the first week of June.  The novel is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies. 

The limited hardcover edition will be signed and numbered by Stephen Zimmer 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 (provided as a direct ePub file for users with Nooks, iPads, or Sony eReaders, and gifted as a Kindle file for Kindle users).  Those interested in securing one of the 75 limited hardcovers can place a pre-order at: http://seventhstarpress.com/documents/pre_orders.html

The Spirit of Fire Blog Tour Dates and Participants Are As Follows:





May 29  Fantasy Book Review
May 30  Ginger Nuts of Horror
May 31  Mom Cat's Gateway Book Blog
June 1   Splash of Our Worlds
June 2   Soliloquy
June 3   Ritesh Kala's Book Review
June 4   Jess Resides Here
June 5   Reading Away the Days
June 6   Vilutheril Reviews
June 7   A Daydreamer's Thoughts
June 8  Red Headed Bookworm
June 9   Lisa's World of Books
June 10  Kentucky Geek Girl
June 11  Goatfairy Review Blog
June 12  Book and Movie Dimension Blog
June 13  Full Moon Bites
June 14  Stuck in Books
June 15  The Independent Review
June 15  Alchemy of Scrawl
June 16  Watch Play Read
June 17  A Book Vacation
June 18  Eva's Sanctuary
June 19  That Book Place Blog
June 20  Edi's Book Lighthouse
June 21  SpecMusicMuse
June 22  Once Upon a Time
June 23  Azure Dwarf Horde of Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
June 24  Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action
June 25  Eden Road Blog
June 25  Ali's Bookshelf (live podcast)
June 26  Workaday Reads
June 27  Bookishly Me
June 28  Earth's Book Nook
June 29  Darlene's Book Nook
June 30  The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
July 1     Evie Bookish
July 2     Urban Fantasy Reviews
July 3     The Cabin Goddess
July 4     TheSci-Fi Guys Book Review
July 5     The Speculative Salon
July 6     Ali's Bookshelf
July 7     Bunnys Review
July 8     Bee's Knees Reviews
July 9     In the Dark of Night with James Tuck
July 10   Edin Road Radio (live podcast)
July 11   A Few Words
July 12    Bab's Book Bistro
July 13   Alchemy of Scrawl  (live podcast)
July 14    Babs Book Bistro (live podcast)


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.

As every book addicted I lust for more books. So far the urge for more books is under control. The problem of limited space at home is no more longer a real problem since we have our e-reader.
Last week my lust for more books has been satisfied in following ways.
I
- received a hardcover review copy
- received a digital review copy
- bought digital copies


Let me start with the hardcover.
Thanks to Tor/Forge.com for sending me a copy of Secrets of the Fire Sea (hc, US, 2012)[ISBN-13:  978-0765327673] by Stephen Hunt which is the fourth book in the Jackelian series. Don't get confused. The UK edition has been published in 2010.
"The isolated island of Jago is the only home Hannah Conquest has ever know. But her carefree existence comes to an aprupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Grey, is brutally murdered. Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah's own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the knowledge to her ward before her head was separated from her neck. Menawhile a deadly power struggle is brewing on Jago. And as Hannah dig deeper into the mystery Alice left behind, assisted by two rather different detectives, she must race to unravel a chain of ancient riddles in order to save not just her own life, but her island home itself!"

As shown on Stephen Hunt's site the Jackelian series consists of six novels so far. The main characters differ from book to book. I found following information over at Wikipedia:
"While speaking at the Forum Fantastico, Hunt noted the versatility of fantasy as a genre, and described his Jackelian series as quest novel (The Court of the Air), adventure novel (The Kingdom Beyond the Waves), invasion tale (The Rise of the Iron Moon), murder mystery (Secrets of the Fire Sea), war story (Jack Cloudie) and spy novel (From the Deep of the Dark)."
So far I own copies of the first four books and I read the first two books.



With the exploding world of digital copies I receive more and more review requests directly from authors. Due to my limited time I have to decide which ones I want to read and review. I will post two results soon.

Author Stuart Jaffe convinced me to give his book The Way of the Black Beast (pb and digital,2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1466321847, Kindle ASIN: B005NRXT6W] a try.  I do not read often post-apocalyptic fantasy. The novel "survived" my 50 pages hurdle (I give a novel 50 pages to convince me to continue reading). Expect a review in June 2012.

"Malja wants answers. She wants to know why the two most powerful magicians in all of Corlin ripped her from her mother's arms, raised her only to fight, and then tossed her away to die at age ten. She wants to know why they are trying to recreate the spells which caused the Devastation that wiped out most of the world's population, leaving behind skeletal cities and abandoned technology. And she wants to kill them.
With Tommy, an orphan bearing the tattoos of a sorcerer, she crosses this shattered land. Despite the challenges they face -- crazed magicians, guitar-playing assassins, mutated beasts -- Malja pursues her vengeance with a single-mindedness that may destroy all she holds dear, forcing her to make a terrible choice between the family she lost and the one she has built.
" [Source]

After a long time (including order and cancellation of the paperback copy) I finally bought the digital copy of The Third Section (e-book, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B005GDZHL8] by Jasper Kent. I loved to read  the two previous books in the Danilov Quintet series: Twelve and Thirteen Years Later (my review). 
"Russia 1855. After forty years of peace in Europe, war rages. In the Crimea, the city of Sevastopol is besieged. In the north, Saint Petersburg is blockaded. But in Moscow there is one who needs only to sit and wait -- wait for the death of an aging tsar, and for the curse upon his blood to be passed to a new generation.
As their country grows weaker, a brother and sister -- each unaware of the other's existence -- must come to terms with the legacy left them by their father. In Moscow, Tamara Valentinovna Lavrova uncovers a brutal murder and discovers that it is not the first in a sequence of similar crimes, merely the latest, carried out by a killer who has stalked the city since 1812.
And in Sevastopol, Dmitry Alekseevich Danilov faces not only the guns of the combined armies of Britain and France, but must also make a stand against creatures that his father had thought buried beneath the earth, thirty years before." [Source]
I definitely want to know how the story continues and therefore I plan to read the book in June/July 2012.

Do you know Doomsday Book (1992) [ISBN-13: 978-0553562736] by  Connie Willis (my review) ?It is a time travel book and I liked it a lot. Since the release in 2010 Blackout (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0345519832] is on my radar. And now I bought a digital copy [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0053YQBT2].
"Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place. Scores of time-traveling historians are being sent into the past, to destinations including the American Civil War and the attack on the World Trade Center. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. MMerope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser, Mr. Dunworthy, into letting her go to VE Day. Polly Churchill's next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London's Blitz. And seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who has a major crush on Polly, is determined to go to the Crusades so that he can 'catch up' to her in age.
But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around everyone's schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids, blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel, V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history - to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.
From the people sheltering in the tube stations of London to the retired sailors who set off across the Channel to rescue the stranded British Army from Dunkirk, from shopgirls to ambulance drivers, from spies to hospital nurses to Shakespearean actors, Blackout reveals a side of World War II seldom seen before: a dangerous, desperate world in which there are no civilians and in which everybody - from the Queen down to the lowliest barmaid - is determined to do their bit to help a beleaguered nation survive." [Source]
I have high expectations and I'm afraid I have to buy a copy of All Clear  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003F3FJIM] as soon as the end of Blackout is coming nearer because All Clear delivers the second part of the story. The plan is to read the book(s) in summer 2012.


Author A. L. Berridge recommended my wife the  books by Karen Maitland who is also a historical fiction author. I visited the author's site and have been intrigued immediately.
My wife bought a digital copy of Company of Liars  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B002RI9R98] by Karen Maitland.
"1348 Plague has come to England. And the lies you tell will be the death of you.

A scarred trader in holy relics. A conjuror. A musician and his apprentice. A one-armed story teller.

A young couple on the run. A midwife. And a rune-reading girl. A group of misfits band together to escape the plague. But in their midst lurks a curse darker and more malign than the pestilence they flee..." [Source]
Karen Maitland has a great feature on her site for every book she has written which I really appreciate. She explains how the book became to be written. How Company of Liars  became to written.

The feature and the blurb convinced me to buy a digital copy of her next book The Owl Killers (original published in 2009 [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B002RI9R98].
"Fear is a question of what you believe. And belief could be the death of you. In the heart of the countryside lies an isolated village, where pagan Owl Masters rule through fear, superstition and murder. When a group of religious women ill-advisedly settles outside their village, they awaken dangerous jealousies. Why do their crops succeed when village crops fail? How do their cattle survive the plague? Are they concealing a holy relic that protects them from harm? The Owl Masters cry ‘witchcraft’ and sharpen their talons. As torment and hellfire rain down, the women must take a stand to stop this darkness spreading its evil across the land." [Source
Another promising blurb. Read How The Owl Killers became to be written for more information.

I like it when my wife and I read the same books. So I get a good feedback when I write reviews.

And the good thing is that there are/will be more books by Karen Maitland which are on our radar and it is out of question that we will buy these books to.


The Gallows Curse (original published in 2011 [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004PYDBHQ] by Karen Maitland is available.
"The Thirteenth century has just begun and King John has fallen out with the Pope, leaving babies to lie unbaptised in their cradles and corpses in unconsecrated ground. Across a fear-ravaged England, people are dying in sin.
And into the Norfolk village of Gastmere comes a new Lord of the Manor – the cruel and bloodthirsty Osborn, not long returned from crusading. Spying treachery at every turn, he is prepared on the slightest pretext to damn anyone to hell and the scaffold.
So when Elena, a servant girl, is falsely accused of murdering her child, she is convinced she will be next. But there are others who will defy Osborn’s brutal regime to save a girl who once took part in the secrets and strange rituals of the manor…" [Source]
The blurb gets even more interesting when you read How The Gallows Curse became to be written. Ever heard of sin-eaters?

And finally let's have a view into future. The next Karen Maitland novel  is in progress and the planned publishing date of The Falcons of Fire and Ice (pb) [ISBN-13: 978-0141047454] is end of March 2013.
"The year is 1539 and the Portuguese Inquisition ushers in an era of torture and murder. When the Royal Falconer is imprisoned on false charges to remove him from the inner circle of the boy King, the Inquisitors strike an impossible deal with his daughter, Isabela. Bring back two rare white falcons from Iceland within the year or her father dies.
Meanwhile in Iceland, a menacing stranger appears to have possessed the soul of a woman chained up in a volcanic cave and is threatening to destroy the community. The woman's twin sister, Eydis, is desperate to intervene but vivid dreams suggest the twins' only salvation lies with a young girl from afar, travelling in search of white feathers ...
Isabela's quest might hold a more crucial purpose then she could ever imagine and there are those among her travel companions who have an interest in doing her harm. But in order to fulfil her destiny, first she must reach Iceland's shores. Alive." [Source]
Of course I spent some time on Karen Maitland's site and I discovered an event which I would like to share with you. I hope Karen Maitland does not mind when I use her message to spread word about the event:

"Your Summer read
Nine writers from Ireland, Britain, France and Spain have banded together to offer some lucky person a chance to win ‘A Bumper Sack of Summer Reads.’

 Simply go to author Kristin Gleeson’s website, http://www.kristingleeson.com/
and leave a message that mentions ‘Bumper Sack of Summer Reads’ and you could be the lucky winner!

But hurry!  This fabulous offer only runs between 21 May and 11 June.

The 'sack' contains a wide variety of books and there should be something for everyone to enjoy.
Including
The Gallows Curse, by Karen Maitland
Selkie Dreams by Kristin Gleeson
Mrs. Jones by B.A. Morton
Song at Dawn by Jean Gill,
The Chosen Man by J.G. Harlond,
The Fenwold Riddle by Dave Edvarson
Micka by Frances Kay
The Assassin’s Wife by Moonyeen Blakey
Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton"

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 must admit the I have seen some of the pictures before. But They are worth to look at again. Follow me to
Dive! Dive! Dive! 16 Incredible Submarine-themed Rooms
over at  over at WebUrbanist.

I think reading speed is always a hot topic. Fellow blogger RaveAir found a nice test which he posted on his blog Rave on the Air.
Go to What speed do you read and let RaveAir know your result.

There is nearly no week where I mention a post over at Dark Roasted Blend. They do a great job.
Visit Liquid Art & Droplet: Photography
and you may understand why I like this blog.

Who is Tommy Atkins? I must say I did not have any clue when I started to read  'In Praise of Tommy Atkins' by A. L. Berridge over at The History Girls.
Let me quote the introduction of the post:
"‘Tommy’ really existed, although no-one knows his face. In 1843 the Duke of Wellington was asked for a 'typical' soldier's name, and remembered a badly wounded but stoical soldier he’d met in the Low Countries - Thomas Atkins. 

 He’s usually just ‘Tommy’ now, but as the British public began to take him to their hearts they also began to ‘gentrify’ him, to make him a suitably respectable idealized image of the British Soldier of the Queen."
What does Tommy Atkins mean for authors of historical fiction in common and in detail for author A. L. Berridge and her latest novel Into the Valley of Death (May 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0241954102] which I reviewed recently? In case you are interested in the answer to this question I highly recommend to read
'In Praise of Tommy Atkins' by A. L. Berridge


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.

Sometimes I watch movies like Safe on TV. I don't think I will see it in cinema. What's about you?
"A former elite agent takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who's been abducted by the Triads, then use a safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves"
[Source]




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 lazy? Then there is hope you will do something good ...

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
Robert Heinlein, US science fiction author (1907 - 1988)

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I am exhausted just looking at that book tour.
I might go see Safe. Always like a good Statham movie.
Now off to check out the submarine rooms!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

it is a long blog tour and Stephen Zimmer works like an animal. I hope he will survive his tour.
It is an experience. And hopefully there will be some results at the end.

Safe is just pure entertainment.

I like some of the submarine rooms.

Mark Lawrence said...

I like the Owl Killers cover!

Rosalie Skinner said...

Hi Edi, Thanks for another great post. Safe looks great.
What an incredible blog tour. Good luck to Stephen.

Zoltán Gecse said...

I ordered the Thirteen Years After and The Third Section last summer, but I haven't got time to read them.
Maybe during my June vacation...

ediFanoB said...

@Mark Lawrence,

the owl is one of my favorite animals.

ediFanoB said...

@Rosalie,

thanks for your kind words.
Need to visit your blog soon.

ediFanoB said...
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ediFanoB said...

@Zoltán,

I read Thirteen Years Later and reviewed it in 2011. Review link. I liked it a lot.

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