Sunday, January 27, 2013

Will be back soon

Dear Readers,

if you ever replaced mainboard, CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD, ODD and installed OS and other software from scratch, then you will know how I spent most of my spare time since last Sunday.

Now it is Sunday, January 27th 2013, 11 p.m. and most of the work is done.

I hope you will understand that I'm too tired for a full Weekend Wave.

Until then enjoy the following breathtaking cinematic trailer for

The Elder Scrolls Online - The Alliances

Sunday, January 20, 2013

NO Weekend Wave issue #1303

Dear Readers,

I'm sorry. There will be no Weekend Wave. Our main PC crashed yesterday and I'm totally busy with hadware checks and possible alternatives.

I hope to be back soon.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1302

Hello and welcome to issue #1302 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Incredible how fast the last week passed. Today my wife and I visited an exhibition:
"Gustave Caillebotte. AN IMPRESSIONIST AND PHOTOGRAPHY 18. October - 20. January 2013 
The SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE Frankfurt is devoting an extensive exhibition of paintings, pastels and drawings to Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). Whereas in Germany the life and work of Caillebotte are only now beginning to spark interest and appreciation, in France, the United Kingdom and in the United States the artist is considered a star of Impressionism. His radical, very modern, photography-like depictions provide insight into the close relationship between photography and painting in the evolution of a new way of seeing. Thanks to the unusual perspectives resulting from the way, Caillebotte framed his windows on the world, may of his works anticipate a photographic view which would only gradually evolve in that medium.The exhibition thus also encompasses outstanding examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century photography as a way of calling attention to Caillebotte´s pioneering role." [Source]
Following video shows some of his paintings.
I I must say to see some of these paintings in reality impressed me.

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. Two new books
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Steampunk in oil
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Dark Vessel

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 Religion

The Lighthouse

I could not read as much as I wanted in the past days due to one reason: I have been to tired after long working days. In sum I read y348 pages from Tuesday to Saturday.


I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week

- 358 pages in Gardens of the Moon (hc,10th Anniversary Edition 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0593065068] by Steven Erikson
Many interesting characters, intrigues, magic, history and fighs ...

- 354 pages in Great North Road (digital, 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00844Y4UQ] by Peter F. Hamilton
A lot of criminal investigation so far



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 received two books. The first book is a review copy.
The second book is a paperback copy I ordered in advance several months ago. 

Tor/Forge.com has been so kind as to sent me of the sequel to   The Quantum Thief (hc, US, May 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329493] by Hannu Rajaniemi.
The story continues with The Fractal Prinec (hc, US, November 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765329509].
"The good thing is, no one will ever die again. The bad thing is, everyone will want to.

A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.

Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time.

In Hannu Rajaniemi’s sparkling follow-up to the critically acclaimed international sensation The Quantum Thief, he returns to his awe-inspiring vision of the universe…and we discover what the future held for Earth." [Source]
I read The Quantum Thief and remember that sometimes the story confused me.

I wanted a copy of the following book since I read the description.
ACK-ACK MACAQUE (pb, January 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781080603] by Gareth L. Powell.
"In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’. The trouble is, Ack-Ack Macaque is a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he’s starting to doubt everything, including his own existence.

A century later, in a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s and nuclear-powered Zeppelins encircle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who butchered her husband and stole her electronic soul. Meanwhile, in Paris, after taking part in an illegal break-in at a research laboratory, the heir to the British throne goes on the run.

And all the while, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon." [Source]
This is definitely the next book I will read.

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...

From time to time I talk about blogs I visit. Today I recommend to to visit The Steampunk Tribune and read a post about an artist who paint his steampunk paintings in oil which gives them a unique appearance:



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.

Like the last weeks I show you another CGI short movie instead of a movie trailer. The title of the short movie is DARK VESSEL and offers robos and a dark atmosphere.

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.

A look at the news confirm the following quote ...


"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist (1623 - 1662)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1301

Hello and welcome to issue #1301 of Edi's Weekend Wave which is the first one in 2013.
Fortunately I found some time for reading since the begin of 2013. And I need time for reading when it comes to my reading dreams.

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost
The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Reading progress
  2. My 2013 reading adventure
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A history book
  2. Awesome giveaway
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. UNDERGROUND
  2. Home Theaters
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Red

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 Time

The Lighthouse

I will continue to talk about my reading process in a slightly different form. You will find the number of pages I read on the right side at the statistic part. 


ow there are two days left to finish reading my 80th book in 2012! I'm quite happy with the number of books. But I read less pages than in 2011 which shows that the number of books is relative. Nevertheless I did not expect to reach 80 books because there have been weeks where I read nearly nothing. In sum I read 626 pages last week.

I did not finish

- Water Harvest (digital, 2nd edition) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B005MYLBS4] by  Eric Diehl
I stopped reading after 137. I posted about the reasons for that.


I finished

- an unpublished book by Mark Lord, an UK based writer. All in all I liked the historical fiction story with a supernatural touch set in England of 1377 and I could not detect real flaws. The end was different compared to my expectations. asked me if I could read his new novel and tell him if the story is understandable and makes sense. It is historical fiction set in England ...


I'm

- 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
This week I had the pleasure to enjoy chapter five which delivered the fundamentals of Victorian tailoring

- 189 pages in Gardens of the Moon (hc,10th Anniversary Edition 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0593065068] by Steven Erikson


- 78 pages in Great North Road (digital, 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00844Y4UQ] by Peter F. Hamilton
This is science fiction and in form of a real book it is like a brick.
I think I forgot to tell that I bought a digital copy last year. Therefore I add the cover and the blurb.
"In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones – but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation – claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra. Investigating this alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. The bio-fuel flowing from St Libra is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. So a vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and teams of engineers, support personnel and xenobiologists are dispatched to the planet. Along with their technical advisor, grudgingly released from prison, Angela Tramelo. But the expedition is cut off, deep within St Libra’s rainforests. Then the murders begin. Someone or something is picking off the team one by one. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t so sure. Maybe she did see an alien, or maybe she has other reasons for being on St Libra ... This is a stunning standalone adventure, by a writer at the height of his powers." [Source]


I'm going on an adventure, an reading adventure. Indeed my reading adventure started on 2nd of January 2013. It is the try true one of my dreams:
- To read all books in the Malazan Empire series within one year

Why is this an adventure for me? Did you know that the ten books by Steven Erikson consist of 10,891 pages and contain 3,300,026 words!
I thought it would be a good idea to visualize these figures.

I own physical copies of all the books by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont except Blood and Bone (pb, Bantam Press, December 2012;  ISBN-13: 978-0593064474) or (pb, Tor Books, May 2013; ISBN-13: 978-0765330017) by Ian C. Esslemont.
The tower of Malazan Empire books shows a height of 64 cm = 25 inches



As you can see I own copies in hard cover, paperback and mass market paperback. I think this must be a horror for collectors. For me it does not matter because I'm happy to own all these books as physical copies. I like to read  digital books but there are still books which I want to have as real books.

All the books have been stored at different locations. While I was searching for them I found many, many other unread books. It seems I have to make some more decisions soon about what I want to read next.


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.

I did not buy books last week but I expect several books in February.
But I found a book which aroused my interest and therefore I would like to share with you:
Doktor Glass (digital, paperback) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009NI33R2; ISBN-13: 978-0425258170] by Thomas Brennan
"In the tradition of Drood, a superb supernatural mystery set in Victorian Liverpool.

The Transatlantic Span is the industrial marvel of the nineteenth century, a suspension bridge stretching from Liverpool to New York City. It's a work of art...until a faceless corpse is found in its shadows. Inspector Matthew Langton, tortured by grief for his late wife, takes charge of the investigation, believing the faceless man a part of a conspiracy to assassinate Queen Victoria on the upcoming Inauguration Day of the Span. But the truth is far more bizarre. There are chilling rumors of the Jar Boys, soul snatchers who come under cover of night. Most frightening of all is the mythic and elusive Doktor Glass, who may not only be behind the illicit trade in souls...but who may hold the key to what happened to the inspector's own beloved wife on her deathbed. Exciting and atmospheric, Brennan's debut novel is at once a page-turning mystery, a tour de force of revisionist imagination, and a gripping drama of the lengths people go to assuage grief in the name of love." [Source]
A bridge from Liverpool to New York City ...Supernatural mystery ... Victorian era ... in the tradition of Drood.
That aroused my interest.  I loved to read Drood (pb, 2009) [ISBN-13: 978-1847249326] by Dan Simmons. I expressed my liking inMy review of Drood.

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...

It is no secret that I like The Chronicles of Caleath series by  Rosalie Skinner a lot. I think my post from September 18th 2012 shows express exactly what I mean.
In less than a fortnight book six UNDERGROUND: The Day of the Sun will be released.
Publisher MuseItUp is preparing the publishing day and I got the permission from author Rosalie Skinner to present you the brand new banner!
I must say I like what they did and I look forward to read UNDERGROUND: The Day of the Sun.

Imagine you have enough money and space to build your own cinema home theater. My home theater would be inspired by steampunk. But I must say that the ones shown over at WebUrbanist are impressive. 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.

Like last week I show you another CGI short movie instead of a movie trailer. The title of the short movie is RED and offers a dark atmosphere.



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.

Another true word from author H. G. Wells which I should memorize and tell it myself regularly ...


"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
H. G. Wells, English author, historian, & utopian (1866 - 1946)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Edi's DNF: Water Harvest by Eric Diehl

Dear Readers,

as I wrote yesterday, I use now a new post category in order to give an explanation why I did not finish reading a book.
I can't write reviews about books which I did not finish.

The History
In November 2012 I received a review request from author Eric Diehl for his science fiction novel Water Harvest (digital, 2nd edition) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B005MYLBS4].
After reading the follwing blurb I accepted the request and told the author, who sent me a digital cop, that I will read and review Water Harvest 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]


The Result

I slightly changed my schedule and started reading on first of January 2013. After 11 chapters which means 137 pages I decided to stop reading Water Harvest.

I like to share the reasons why I did not finish the Water Harvest.

In simple words: the book did not work for me. 
Characters are quite important for me. And if I can't connect to characters I get a problem. To whatever reason the characters of did not touch me. I did not care if someone got injured and so on. I really felt separaed for them.

It is the freedom of the author how to name the characters. But it is also the freedom of the reader to like the names or not. I found the names sometimes confusing. And the confusion continued with the change of character perspectives.

Beside that I could not cope with the writing style of the author. There has been something which hindered me to find the right reading rhythm.

Don't get me wrong. I did not say anything about the quality of the story. As most readers and also authors know, not every book works for every reader.

I can't give no other recommendation as the following one: You need to find out on your own whether you like
Water Harvest or not.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

First Post in 2013

Dear Readers,

welcome to 2013. I hope you have had a good start.

I just take the opportunity to talk a bit about the last year and share some thoughts regarding the blog in 2013.

Regarding the blog I updated the page with the information about the blog. Furthermore I changed the format of the book statistics on the right side. Despite that I try to change my regularly review day from Sunday to Wednesday. And finally I introduce a new post category named Edi's DNF = Did Not Finish


In 2012 I read less pages but more books compared to 2011.
I sum I read 81 books which is incredible for me.
One thing I definitely missed was to have more time for reviews.

I do not have any targets for 2013 like reading 100 books and review all of them. Instead I have some dreams and I'm curious to see if one of the following dreams will come true ......

- I dream to improve my sewing knowledge
There is a reason why I read The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn

- I dream to write and post one review per week 
Tomorrow you will read an unusual start in my reviewing year

- I dream to read all books in the Malazan Empire series within one year

I own physical copies of all the books by Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont except Blood and Bone (pb, Bantam Press, December 2012;  ISBN-13: 978-0593064474) or (pb, Tor Books, May 2013; ISBN-13: 978-0765330017) by Ian C. Esslemont.

In case you plan to read the Malazan Empire series and you do not want to do it alone, then I recommend to read following post by fellow blogger Bryce L.:

You are not sure whether to read the Malazan Empire series or not?
No problem. I have the ultimate decision-making help for you.
Just read the following post by Neth:


Finally let me tell you that there are good reasons to read the books  NOT in the chronological order. I will follow the recommendation given by Adam Whitehead who is the guy behind The Wertzone:



I read the first book in the series - Gardens of the Moon - 2009. I own a hardcover of the 10th anniversary edition.
"The vast Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, its subject states bled dry by interminable warfare and clashes with Anomander Rake, Lord of Moon’s Spawn, and the mysterious Tiste Andii. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet the Empress’ rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his cynical squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to heal the still living and mourn the many
dead. The Empress has other ideas. However, it would appear the Empire is not the only player in this great game. A more sinister, shadowbound force is poised to make its first move." [Source]

ENJOY READING

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