Saturday, June 16, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1224

Hello and welcome to issue #1224 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Since 4th of June I am galled more often than usual. I'm on a diet because I need to lose weight. Fortunately I have the best compagnion for this task: My wife. We changed nutrition - which means NO MORE SWEETS!!! - and we go to gym. There is a strong relation between sweets and state of petulance. Instead of thinking about food I read more which is a good alternative.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. Light and Breezy
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A review copy
  2. Does anyone read this book?
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Thanks to Wag The Fox
  2. History of Tailsitter Airplanes

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Rise of the Guardians

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 Parents

The Lighthouse

Another week with a crazy reading result. You know more reading means less sleep. On Thursday I had my breakdown. I fell asleep before 8 pm and slept till the other morning. Happens .... In sum I read amazing 881 pages and finished three books!!   I would write as many reviews as I read I would be happy. The last week I finished a picture book, a short story and four novels! It seems my diet influence my reading in a positive way ....

I finished

- Spirit of Fire (2012) [Kindle edition, ASIN: B0087P0EOW] by Stephen Zimmer.

Don't forget to come back on June 20th when I post my review as part of the

- The Brotherhood of Dwarves [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0076OCAKG] by D A Adams
This is the first book in the series with the same name.

I wrote on GOODREADS:

"This is a first book in a series which means at the beginning of the story you get more information than usual.
So be patient because the real story starts with the second chapter.
I promise you a fast and fun read including character development and action.

Did I mention that this is a book starring dwarves? If you like dwarves you will like the book."

- Red Sky at DawnThe Brotherhood of Dwarves [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0076P464S] by D A Adams
The second book in the The Brotherhood of Dwarves series.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The story of Roskill the dwarf continues.
What happens when something happens to the heir?"


- 114 pages in The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.
So far I read eight of the thirty stories. I like the variety of the book.

- 50 pages in The Scourge of the Betrayer (digital, May 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0087D3H34] by Jeff Salyard.
I could not resist to start reading ...

- 67 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
This is the first book of the Tyrants and Kings trilogy. I don't how long I own copies of the complete trilogy. Afte reading the short story The Hundredth KillI thought it would be a good idea to read more books by John Marco.

After a long time I like to share a music video with you. The video is a bit strange but it is the song which has a certain fiscination. I listen to this song the whole time while I write this post and I feel light and breezy.
It is the first time that a listen to Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun.
Her  Do You Remember spreads a kind of magic (for me). The song starts at 0:28.

 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.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!! Last week I did not buy a single book. Nevertheless I received a digital copy.

Author Benjamin David Burrell sent me a mail asked me if I would like to read and review his fantasy tale Red Leaves and the Living Token (digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524; AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36]. Furthermore he asked me if I would like to be part of his upcoming blog tour in July and August.
Before I made my decision I read the book description and have had a look at the cover.
"Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won’t survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he’s confronted by Moslin, his son’s nurse, who’s been filling Emret’s head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse’s stories, and he’ll live.
In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret. He returns hours later to find them both missing.
Now, he has to dig into the loathed fairytales to figure out where they may have gone. He’d also like to know why he keeps having visions of a temple on a mountain with a vat of glowing weapons, a vaporous black creature emerging from a lightning storm, himself in glowing armor leading an army, and the same mythical Red Tree hidden in a dense forest." [Source]

There are interesting beings on the cover. I assume they are part of the story. I really want to know more about them. And the book description sounds interesting too. Therefore I decided to read and review the book and post my review as part of the blog tour.  I will inform you about tour details soon. Benjamin David Burrell has been so kind as to provide me with a digital copy of Red Leaves and the Living Token.

Finally let me say that Red Leaves and the Living Token is the first of so far six planned Red Leaves Novels as I read on the author's website.

In the beginning .... there was a trailer:
I must admit I find this trailer convincing. Therefore I gathered information about the book.
Existence (pb, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B007XULYAU] by David Brin.
"Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”
 Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity." [Source]
It seems people either love or hide it.
I would like to know if there is someone following this blog who read the book and who would like thare his/her impressions about the book with me. I look forward to your comments.

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...

Once  a while I talk about blogs I follow. One of these blogs is Wag The Fox. Last week I read following post over there:

Author David Nickle wrote about his new book Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594].
"They were the beautiful dreamers.
From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds. They slipped into the minds of Russia's enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse. They moved as Gods. And as Gods, they might have remade the world. But like the mad holy man Rasputin, who destroyed Russia through his own powerful influence... in the end, the psychic spies for the Motherland were only in it for themselves.
 * * *
It is the 1990s. The Cold War is long finished. In a remote Labrador fishing village, an old woman known only as Babushka foresees her ending through the harbour ice, in the giant eye of a dying kraken – and vows to have none of it. Beaten insensible and cast adrift in a life raft, ex- KGB agent Alexei Kilodovich is dragged to the deck of a ship full of criminals, and with them he will embark on a journey that will change everything he knows about himself. And from a suite in an unseen hotel in the heart of Manhattan, an old warrior named Kolyokov sets out with an open heart, to gather together the youngest members of his immense, and immensely talented, family. They are more beautiful, and more terrible, than any who came before them. They are Rasputin's bastards. And they will remake the world." [Source]
This book aroused my interest. I put it immediately on my to buy list.
So I want to say thank you to Wag The Fox for posting David Nickle's guest post.

There is a book trailer available.

Anyway I recommend to visit the excellent site about the author and the book.

Since my youth I'm interested in airplanes. I like to read about aviation history. Now Dark Roasted Blend surprised me with following excellent post: History of the Tailsitter Airplanes

That was an interesting part of the aviation history which began with the Focke-Wulf Triebflügel.

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.

What comes up in your mind when you read Bogeyman, Jack Frost, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa? If you are not fossil you may remember your youth. Now let me throw one more name in the ring: Dreamworks Animation.
The result is Rise of the Guardians which will hit the cinemas in November 2012.
It tells the story of the well known immortal characters with extraordinary abilities mentioned above. They are also known as the guardians. The beliefs and imagination of all children of the world is in danger when an evil spirit known as the Pitch starts turn the world into "total darkness". 
And this is the official trailer.

Did you see Santa's tattoos? Doesn't he look like a Rusian cossack?
This is definitely a movie I must see!!

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.

Limitations and handicaps. Of course we would like to get rid of them ..... Really ?? .....

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard, US author (1856 - 1915)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Keep going to the gym! You can do it.
Not sure about Rise of the Guardians - saw the trailer before Madagascar III. (Which was actually really funny and the better of the two movies I saw that weekend.) Sadly Brave is getting mixed reviews, but I'd planned on seeing Abraham Lincoln first anyway. Finishing the book now and hope the movie is half as good!

Stephen Tremp said...

I echo Alex's thoughts. Keep hitting the gym! I have P90X and work out at home. It works for me.

And thanks for stopping by and for the Tweets and Facebook blasts. Much appreciated! Enjoy Breakthrough and have a great day!

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ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
of course I keep going to the gym. It is definitely good for me.

I'm interested in your thoughts about the Abraham Lincoln movie.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Stephen,

thanks for stopping by. I can tell you when you make it to Alex' blog then you can be sure that a part of the Ninja Army does a couple of things for you :-)

And I did not download a digital copy for pleasure. I want to read 'Breakthrough' but at the moment I do not know when.

Sebastian Clouth said...


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We would love to republish samples of your work in our new Books section. Every post would be accompanied by a description of you and a link back to your site. Our visitors would love to read your content and find out more about you!

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Rosalie Skinner said...

Hi Edi,
As a sugar addict, I keep telling myself if I stay away from the evil poison for 28 days, it becomes a habit. I really hope I get through today without falling prey to sugar... Then I can work towards getting through tomorrow.
The gym and having a good diet companion is wonderful. Good on you. IF it helps your reading count, hey, another bonus.
Good health to you!
Oh yeah.. great posts.. I am waiting for the Abraham Lincoln movie too. Some good reading to look forward to as well. Thanks.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Rosalie,

I'm sure you will beat the sugar devil!

Now we entered the third week of our diet and I do not have problems with sweets.

Of course it is great to do it together with my wife.
With an age of 50+ it is getting more and more important to do something for your health. And the positive change of my reading count is highly welcomed.

In the meantime I read about about the Abraham Lincoln movie youe and Alex mentioned. I must say it sounds indeed interesting.

Thanks for the kind words and good luck and fingers crossed for your fight agianst the sugar devil.

Rabid Fox said...

The gym sucks. I do not envy you in that regard.

Thanks for the mention. All credit goes to David Nickle and Chizine, of course. I'll hopefully get round to reading it before the end of the year--that and another Chizine title, The Steel Seraglio, which looks really promising.

ediFanoB said...

@Rabid Fox,
when you are 50+ like me and you want to enjoy life it is necessary to do some sports. I decided to go to gym because it is weather independent.

Not all credit goes to David Nickle and Chizine because you posted it on your blog.

The Steel Seraglio is on my list :-)
Anyway thank you for recommending it.

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