Saturday, November 17, 2012

Edi's Book Lighthouse issue #1247

Hello and welcome to issue #1247 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Where are all the colors? When I go to work it is dark outside. During the day it is gray and turns dark again in the late afternoon. That makes me really tired and it is not that easy to get in a good mood. I miss sunshine ...

ENJOY READING ....

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


  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Bought and for free
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Whitefire Crossing goes German
  2. Modern Mechanix
  3. Action Figure Booth
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Oz, The Great and Powerful
  2. The Dwarven Song of Old Wealth

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 Fishing

The Lighthouse

Last week most of the time I fell asleep far to early. In sum I read 314 pages and I finished one book and a short story.


I finished

- REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505] by Terry Persun.
An interesting read about robots, humanity and time travel. Review is in progress and will be up before end of November.

- I finished a second German Steampunk short story written by a friend of mine. He is no author and wrote to stories for a competition.


I'm

- 178 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
no progress

- 75 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
no progress

- 84 pages in Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; amazon.de, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk] by Jordan Stratford.
no progress

- 94 pages in The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler.
no progress


- 125 pages in Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4] by Sabine Atkins.
I will return to the book within this post




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.


A few days ago I received a kind mail from author Sabine Atkins.
In September 2011 I reviewed her first book Varangian: The Stone of Babylon (eBook , September 2011) [ASIN: B005KN3XOC] (price: 1,59 EUR, 2.02 USD, 1.28 GBP). I read it in three days which means I liked it a lot.
Now the second book in the series, Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4], has been released and I'm the first reviewer who received a free review copy! I could not withstand and started reading the day after and I read a third of the book in one day! It is as good as the first one. Of course I want to deliver a review soon.
"What's the book about?

They had survived for centuries ... Now they didn't know whether they would survive the next second.

Two heroes, two different worlds - and not a lot of time left to prevent their destruction!

In the second part of the VARANGIAN trilogy, one of Edric's former enemies, medieval knight Count Baldwin, who inadvertently ended up in the supernatural realm of Teneo Mundus, is confronted with protecting a small group of refugees in a world he perceives as true hell.

On Earth, Edric is juggling the tasks of defending himself against assassins from Teneo Mundus, finding the artifacts which help him stop the destruction of both this world and Earth, and traveling with two smart, beautiful women whose characters are constantly on opposite sides.
" [Source]
You can read the first chapter for free here. As Sabine Atkins mentioned on her website, she used the service of a professional proofreader which is not usual when it comes to self-published books.

Between the first and second book of the Varangian trilogy Sabine Atkins ended up with a new idea.
"While creating the background for Edric, the hero in my "Varangian" book series, I ended up with wanting to write a Young Adult novel as well, but with a female main character and written for a predominantly young female audience." [Source]

Since a couple of weeks the result is availbale in form of The Secret Order of Maracanda  (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B00946EZX4].
"A girl of noble birth falls in love with a strikingly handsome warrior, who is both angel and demon ...
Princess Soraya is the daughter of the sultan of Maracanda, a bustling city on the Silk Road, one of the most important trading routes of the Middle Ages. Her careless life is interrupted when she goes on an ill-fated journey with her father, and her life is saved by Edric.
As if being overwhelmed by all her new feelings for a boy trained to become a merciless killer isn't enough, Soraya soon finds out that the sultan's trusted alchemist is involved in the dangerous endeavors of a secret group of alchemists and jinn.
This confronts Soraya and Edric with a choice between giving in to their growing desire for each other or saving a splendid city from destruction." [Source]
has been so kind as to send me a copy.

Sometimes it takes some time until I buy a book. Do you have an Amazon Wish List? I have one for kindle books, one for CDs, one for paperbacks and one for the rest. Amazon informed me that the deliver of my copy of Time's Arrow (pb, 13th of November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080634] by Jonathan Green has been postponed to December 2012. So I started to check my book list in order to rearrange orders. It ended up with the purchase of two digital copies.

There is a book. The first one in a series. It is epic fantasy delivered on 630 pages. A book, independently published by the author. There are 746 ratings on GOODREADS and the average rating is 4.66 stars of maximum 5 stars.
That means the book can't be that bad.
I talk about Blood Song (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B0070NSPCU] by Anthony Ryan. It is the first book in the Raven's Shadow series.
"An epic fantasy exploring themes of conflict, loyalty and religious faith. Vaelin Al Sorna, Brother of the Sixth Order, has been trained from childhood to fight and kill in service to the Faith. He has earned many names and almost as many scars, acquiring an ugly dog and a bad-tempered horse in the process. Ensnared in an unjust war by a king possessed of either madness or genius, Vaelin seeks to answer the question that will decide the fate of the Realm: …who is the one who waits?

Raven's Shadow is the first volume in a new epic fantasy of war, intrigue and tested faith." [Source]
Finally there has been a review over at Fantasy Book Critic which convinced my to buy a digital copy:

"Blood Song" by Anthony Ryan (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu and Mihir Wanchoo)


"Note that while Blood Song has been independently published by the author, the whole trilogy which it so magnificently debuts has been acquired by Penguin and will be traditionally published starting in 2013, so grab the ebook at its currently value price as fast as you can! " [Source]

And the price is indeed reasonable: amazon.de = 2,49 EUR, amazon.com = 2.99 USD, amazon.co.uk = 1.91 GBP  !!

Of course I don't know if the book is as good as the ratings show. I don't know if I will like the style of the author. But in this case I trust mentioned reviewers and I trust author Michael J. Sullivan, who started as an independent author. He rated the book with four stars and commented on GOODREADS:
"Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene." [Source]
You like epic fantasy but you are still not convinced whether to buy a copy or not? Then go Smashwords where you can read a (20% sample of Blood Song)


The second digital copy I bought, is a steampunk novel. It is no secret that I love to read steampunk novels and it seems that An Airship Named Desire (eBook , 2012) [ASIN: B0070NSPCU] by Katherine McIntyre delivers an entertaining adventure.
"Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers and soldiers... An Airship Named Desire is an action-filled steampunk adventure.
Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So, when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump at the opportunity. Somehow, though, their employer forgot to mention the box's military escort, and the Morlock mercenaries who would kill to get their hands on it. Oh, and that if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war.
Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back, and some of the toughest characters in the sky after them, they have to find a way to survive. If the crew of the Desire don't polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they'll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash." [Source]

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...

Beginning of November I posted about Courtney Schafer's The Shattered Sigil series. Now she posted on her blog that there will be a German edition starting with the first book - The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] - in 2013.
The story will be the same but there will be a new cover, a new title  = Die Blutmagier (The Bloodmages) and a new series title = Die Chroniken von Ninavel (The Chronicles of Ninavel).I must say I'm no friend of changing titles and series titles. But that s a publisher decision. Anyway I like the German cover.
The German cover                   The original


Due to information from publisher Bastei-Lübbe will be released on 16th of August 2013.




One of the blogs I follow is Modern Mechanix - Yesterday's Tomorrow Today. Over there you get a lot of information especially from the last century. Do you know how they teached first aid in 1938? Have a look at


Action Figure Booth is just the first part of a post title over at the WebUrbanist. I do not want to tell you more. It is amazing. Go and have a look at



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.


I know I talked about the movie before. Today I show you the full trailer of  Oz, The Great and Powerful. I prefer to watch the trailer instead looking out of the window where even the houses tend to turn their color into gray.



It is no secret that I can't wait to see The Hobbit. There is a 27 verse long poem The Dwarven Song of Old Wealth within the book. The following video delivers the poem set to music by Destiny Cross. I love this version.


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 found this quote and chose it without hesitation. No, I have nothing against fishing ...

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
Steven Wright, US comedian and actor (1955 - )

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

OZ The Great and Powerful looks amazing. There are so many OZ books - surprised there haven't been more movies based on them.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I agree with you.
Hopefully the movie will be as good as the trailer.

Rosalie Skinner said...

First off, I love the quote. We have an avid fisherman in the family. Not sure I will share it with him. LOL.
Oz, The Great and Powerful does look awesome.
Too many new books to add to my wish list.
Counting down till the Hobbit movie, but this week will be Skyfall... not even fantasy. :) Still, any Bond, James Bond, movie is always fun.
I won't tell you about our sunshine and perfect weather. Took the dogs to the beach today and they were bowled over by a sudden wave. (they are very little dogs)High drama, rescuing them from the rocks. They were shaken, not stirred. Won't try to walk the beach again, not when the tide is changing.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Rosalie,
glad you liked the quote.
There have been a lot of postive Skyfall reviews. I'm usre you will enjoy the movie.
Tide changing can be very dangerous. Fortunately none of your dogs has been injured.
I'm not jealous when it comes to weather. So enjoy the sunshine.

I definitely need to stop to look at free books over at Amazon. I should concentrate on reading the ones I own.
But I'm a book hunter and gatherer :-)

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