Saturday, November 24, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1248

Hello and welcome to issue #1248 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 ...


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

  1. Reading progress
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Books, Books, Books, Books, Books, Books, ....
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A nice story
  2. Public Camouflage
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Rabbitkadabra

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 Immortality

The Lighthouse

I'm delighted with my reading progress! I finished two books and read in sum 604 pages! Next step will be to write reviews.

I finished

- Varangian: The Assassins of Teneo Mundus (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00A6UY3S4] by Sabine Atkins.
Expect a full review within the next days.

- Mechanicals: A Steampunk Novel of the Crimean War (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ;,,] by Jordan Stratford.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A book with an interesting setting and a got start. I like the first third of the book. Then something changed and the novel never reached the potential. The Crimean War was not tha present as I expected. The whole story was more like three short stories."


- 178  256 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
A good progress with 78 pages.
Thanks to Mark Lawrence for recognising the mistake.

- 96 pages in Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
small progress; read 21 pages.

- 128 pages in The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler.
Read 35 pages.

- 79 pages in Ashes of Heroes (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009NNL4V4] by Gabriel Archer & Jack Canaan
It is good. I like the characters, the story and the prose. There is more to tell about this book later on .....

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.

The last week I received books from different sources - I participated in a free ebook giveaway; I bought a real paperback; I received two digital review copies; I downloaded a digital copy for free.

On Thursday I posted about Thanksgiving - Free Books from Night Shade Books. I don't know how long the offer will last. So read my post for details and maybe you still can get following three books in digital format for free:

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht which is the first book in the  The Fey and the Fallen series.

"Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant — his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed.

A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970's era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam's real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting "The Fallen" can save Liam... from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him." [Source]

The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams which is the first book in the Tower and Knife trilogy.
"There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon's law...but now the pattern is running over the Emperor's own arms. His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. While Beyon's agents scour the land for a cure, Sarmin, the Emperor's only surviving brother, awaits his bride, Mesema, a windreader from the northern plains. Unused to the Imperial Court's stifling protocols and deadly intrigues, Mesema has no one to turn to but an ageing imperial assassin, the Emperor's Knife. As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses — a path that just might save them all!" [Source

Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio which is the first book in the Girl Genius novels series.
"Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!
The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over—and terrorizing—the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach—and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!" [Source]

I'm happy that my copy of Time's Arrow (pb, 13th of November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080634] by Jonathan Green arrived earlier as the announced date. I'm a big fan and I read all PAX BRITANNIA books except this one.

"Paris. City of lights. City of lovers. City of dreams. Yet if one man gets his way its inhabitants will soon be forced to endure a nightmare such as they have never known.
But dandy detective and Hero of the British Empire Ulysses Quicksilver is determined to get in his way; although he has problems of his own to deal with first before he can try to rescue the French capital from its earth-shattering fate.
Arriving at a murder scene - with the dead man's blood on his hands - Ulysses is forced to go on the run, so that he might track down the real killer. His intention: to clear his good name, and get back to England in one piece and as quickly as possible; for the love of his life is about to take a most ill-advised trip to the Moon.
But that might be easier said than done, for the terrorist known only as '-Le Papillon' is preparing to bring chaos to the capital.
When a butterfly flaps its wings, a wise man prepares for stormy weather. And with Ulysses Quicksilver involved, it's bound to be the worst storm on record" [Source]
I received a kind review request from author Eric Diehl. He asked me if I would like to read and review his science fiction novel Water Harvest (digital, 2nd edition) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B005MYLBS4]. I read the blurb and found it interesting enough to ask for a review copy. BUT I told the author that I will read and review the book at the end of January 2013.
"The continuous harvest of atmospheric moisture by lunar orbiters foments a plan set in place to destroy the Harvest fleet, but it is derailed by a twist that allows time for development of a technological work-around. Time passes, and the ruling Houses are caught unawares by an invasion intended to wrest control of the Harvest. The interlopers are aided by wizard-like practitioners whose hallucinogen-induced evocations bend the norms of nature to their will.
Cairn, heir to Alar, is taken captive and then dispatched to carry the warlord's edict. The Maester Viizar, Gezladorn, has his own agenda, contrary to that of the lunar warlord. The Maester is able to manipulate some of the players through mind-control, pitting them one against the other.
Cairn learns of a human-like species that has always kept to itself in the planet's vast cavern system, and he leads a band of men and UnderWorlders on a subterranean journey to rise into the bowels of House Alar. Alliances fall apart and it becomes unclear who is the true enemy before Alar ultimately triumphs." [Source]

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...

With a book blog it is inevitable the you sooner or later receive review requests. I wrote several times about this topic. Today I return to the topic with a special story.
On Tuesday last week. I received a review request where I tought that the authors checked my blog before they sent their request. That is quite unusual for me and as far as I remember I did not happen before. Furthor on the mail contained the blurb, the cover and a digital copy in two different formats!! So far both authors did a great job. Then I read the blurb and looked at the cover of Ashes of Heroes (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009NNL4V4] by Gabriel Archer & Jack Canaan.
"Everything was in place: a thousand years war waiting for a champion; a great evil was stirring in the Ash Lands; a wise priest kept an ancient prophecy; there was a reluctant hero fated to fall in love with the beautiful maiden.
Then the hero readily slaughtered an innocent village and it all went to hell...
In the ensuing mayhem – dark-alley knife fights, merciless executions, savage massacres, bloody civil war, epic battles, duels for love, cold betrayals, and hot jealousies – two men battle for the chance to lead their country to salvation. In turn, each will become savior and traitor, hero and rogue, redeemer and accuser, until there is nothing left to them except cold steel and raw humanity.
Follow the aging priest down his misguided path and witness how the fear of his mortality has stripped him of his morality, leaving nothing but an obsession of creating a hero in his own image, price be damned. Escort the morally gray, real characters, matched only by those of G.R.R. Martin's Games of Thrones, as chaste maidens become lewd whores, godly men shift into depraved killers, and hesitant heroes turn in to willing villains.
Follow the narrative’s bloody footprints, past deflowered flowery maidens, around depraved ambitions and good intentions – careful, don’t trip over the bodies - until you make a left at the dark humor, then keep going until you are steeped in the Ashes of Heroes..." [Source]

To be honest I always get sceptical when the name George R.R. Martin is mentioned.Despite that I found the blurb intriguing. I used my lunch break at work to read the first chapter and ........... I knew I have to read this book!
Anyway I need to post the biographies of the authors. It seems they are fans of a certain kind of humor .....

"Captain Gabriel Archer, IX, Ph. D., Esq. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with your wife or – if you are a beautiful woman – you. Mr. Archer is an expert marksman and can shoot an a amoeba off a fly’s head. He practices law in NYC for fun. He is the first sword of the Empire. He endorses self-reliance over political candidates. His hobbies include your wife (or, quite possibly, you, Mrs. Dear Reader); writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Jack Canaan; creating fictitious and utterly true autobiographies; and breathlessly staring at the mirror. He has an advance doctorate in armchair philosophy and has spent years learning to make armchairs from Buddhist monks high in Himalayan mountains. He looks striking in a tuxedo. Although warned many times not to, he went there. He also discovered Martha’s Vineyard in 1602." [Source]

"Sir Jack Canaan ibn Hatzel, Sr., M.D. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with one of the women you know, or - if you are that woman - you. He is so pleasant that imaginary friends invented him for company. Dr. Canaan has worked for every single intelligence agency in the world, often double- and triple-crossing himself to the point that he remained loyal. He is a veteran of the First Angelic War and the Second Lebanese War. His hobbies include pleasing dear readers; writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Gabriel Archer; ripping wings off angels; and unmasking hypocrisies. Ancient Canaan is named after him. He once had a date with destiny, but stood her up in favor of a ménage à trois with fate and karma. He does everything better naked." [Source]

Do you like camouflage? To be more precise, do you like public camouflage? You have no idea what that could be? Then I highly recommend to visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy the following post:

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.

I did not find a movie trailer which I would like to share with you. Instead you get one more CGI short movie. It is a clorful one and fits perfectly as a medicine against November depression.
Ladies and gentlemen enjoy Rabbitkadabra!

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.

Immortality ... Do you want to be immortal? For me this is a question which can't be easily answered with yes or no.

"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky


Mark Lawrence said...

heh - I'm going to guess you're on page 256 cos you were on page 178 for 4 weeks and this week you read 78 pages :D #thePowerOfMathematics!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some amazing book covers this week.
I did take advantage of the free books and have all of them on my iPad now.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Mark,

thanks a lot. Mental arithmetic does not include to hit the right keys on the keyboard.
Now it should be OK.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
indeed some amazing book covers.
I look forward to see the cover of CassaStorm.

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