Saturday, July 06, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1227


Hello and welcome to issue #1327 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Summer is back to Germany. My wife and I will have a fantastic weekend which means I have to hurry up with my post.
On Saturday evening we will enjoy an open air concert of  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The following peace of music gives you a first impression what will get:

On Sunday we will travel 280 KM ( approximately 174 miles) south to Breisach near the border to France where will meet with friends. Together we will travel on board a ship on river Rhine followed by a steam train travel. THIS LINK lead you to the translated website with detailed information about the travel.

I hope all of you will have a fantastic weekend too.


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. New books on my shelf/reader
  2. Books for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Competition - Robot For A Day
  2. What you can get in Julyl
  3. Harry Potter's Diagon Alley in Google Street View
  4. Wooden Skyscraper
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Children Who Built Victorian Britain

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 Weather

The Lighthouse

Work keeps me really busy. So I'm happy about every page I read before I fall asleep. My wife recommended me a German Steampunk book and I could not resist. This is the second time in 2013 that I read a book in my first language.

I finished
- no book


I'm

-  374 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
A progress of 125 pages which is not that bad

- 202 pages in Aetherherz (May 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484903537; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CP6V0D8] by Anja Bagus.
"Ein Annabelle Rosenherz Roman: Seit der Jahrhundertwende steigt grüner Nebel über den Flüssen auf. Æther ist für die Industrie ein Segen, für die Menschen ein Fluch. Luftschiffe erobern den Himmel, Monster bevölkern die Auen. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1910: Im mondänen Baden-Baden scheint die Welt noch in Ordnung. Doch während die Kurgäste aus aller Welt durch die Alleen und den Kurpark flanieren, sterben junge Frauen an einer mysteriösen Vergiftung. Das Fräulein Annabelle Rosenherz versucht die Ursache herauszufinden und gerät dabei selbst in große Gefahr, denn sie hat schon lange ein Geheimnis. Als sie der Wahrheit zu nahe kommt, nimmt man sie gefangen. Auf den finsteren Höhen des Schwarzwalds verliert sie fast ihren Verstand und es entscheidet sich, ob Annabelle sich selbst akzeptieren kann, und ihre erste Liebe stark genug ist, den Widerständen der Gesellschaft zu trotzen." [Source]

A refreshing story set in the town of Baden-Baden in the year 1910. It is the first book in a new series.


No progress

- 234 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.

- 123 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

 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 bought a digital copy of The Last Banquet (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0857868800; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CD344F4] by Jonathan Grimwood.
"Jean-Marie Charles d’Aumout is many things. Orphan, soldier, diplomat, spy, lover. And chef.

This is his story.

We meet Jean-Marie d’Aumout as a penniless orphan eating beetles by the side of a road. His fate is changed after an unlikely encounter finds him patronage and he is sent to military academy. Despite his frugal roots, and thanks to it and courage in great measure, he grows up to become a diplomat and spy.
Rising through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society, he feasts with lords, ladies and eventually kings, at the Palace of Versailles itself.
Passionate love, political intrigue and international adventure abound in Jean-Marie’s life, but his drive stems from a single obsession: the pursuit of the perfect taste. Three-Snake Bouillabaisse, Pickled Wolf’s Heart and Flamingo Tongue are just some of the delicacies he devours on his journey toward the ultimate feast.
But beyond the palace walls, revolution is in the air and the country is clamouring with hunger of a different kind." [Source]
Why did I buy a copy of The Last Banquet? A post over at Pornokitsch inveigled me. Some people have the gift to write alluring reviews. Have a look at


and then you may understand what I'm talking about .....



Last week I received to review requests via GOODREADS. Unfortunately I have a review backlog and therefore I can't accept more review requests until November 2013. But I can talk about the books offered for review. Maybe they are of interest for you.

I'm not sure if I mentioned that I'm not really interested in YA novels. Of course there are a few exceptions. Today I present you Roy Huff's Everville series which contains of two books so far.
Everville: The First Pillar (2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0988936409; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BCOQSSQ] by Roy Huff
"Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between" [Source]

There is a giveaway over at GOODREADS opened to many countries which runs until August 10th 2013. GIVEAWAY LINK

The series continues withEverville: City of Worms (August 2013)  by Roy Huff
"College freshman Owen Sage has just started to understand the darkness that has tried to overtake Everville and the earthly realm. With the help of The Keeper and the Fron army, Owen has managed to buy some time, but new problems have already emerged, new secrets need to be revealed, and the race against time to stop Them from conquering both dimensions has only just begun. The Keeper, Owen Sage, and his friends at Easton Falls University must now battle threats from within. To do it, they must reunite with familiar creatures and join forces with new ones as they navigate their journey to the truth that awaits them in Everville." [Source]
There is a giveway over at GOODREADS opened to many countries which runs until August 29th 2013.
GIVEAWAY LINK

Of course I do not know hwo good the books are. But I recognised a lot of positive feedback.


I received one more review request from author A C F Crawford. His fantasy debut novel Sailor of the Skysea (2013) [Edition ASIN: B00BQO25SY] by has been released in June 2013.

"Hardened sailor Ytzak Anan is an outsider. The color of his skin holds him back in a brutal, post-colonial world. And now his dreams of captaining his own ship, along with all his savings, have been stolen by a faithless lover.

Up a mighty river and out to sea once again, Ytzak searches for meaning and a new start. But the cruelties of ruthless men dog his steps, and mysterious forces seem to be guiding his journey for purposes unknown…

In this explosive debut, author A. C. F. Crawford has created something new in the realm of fantasy.

From high-seas adventure to a climactic clash with a malevolent autocrat, from back alley brawls to arcane shamanic sorcery, Sailor of the Skysea explores a mythical world with a truly American feel." [Source]
I read a part of the prologue and combined with blurb it is interesting for me. But I have neither time to read it nor to review it.


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...


Publisher Angry Robots turned four on July 1st 2013, which is an excellent reason for a celebration with authors, fans, and readers. So they started and exciting competition

There will be two winners: an UK-based winner and an overseas winner.
Both winners  have the choice to get either a dozen of Angry Robot Books OR a Nook ebook reader loaded with a dozen of books.
Beside that the UK-based winner will spend a day over at the Angry Robot offices in Nottingham!

The competition ends on July 14th. For details please follow the link above.


How do you cope with all the books released every month? Do you order catalogues from publishers? Do you check booksellers like Amazon? Do you trust your favorite blogger to deliver the right selection?
I must say I use a nix of several sources and I know I will never get a list of all books which could be of interest for me. Beside that I would need a warehouse to store all the books, a fortune to buy them and at least nine lives like a cat or to be immortal to read them.
I must say I appreciate what sites like SF SIGNAL are offering. I do not need to explain in detail because the name of the post is the explanation.

Like millions of other people I read the Harry Potter books and watched the movies. Of course it would be cool to visit some of the locations. Thanks to Jamie Gibbs and his blog Mithril Wisdom I know now that it is possible to visit one of the locations without to leave home.
I do not want to repeat all the stuff he showed and told about. Just click on the following link:

See Harry Potter's Diagon Alley in Google Street View!

Can you imagine a skyscraper made of wood? I never thought about it. Fortunately there are people who do. For more information please read
over at WebUrbanist.

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.

Today you get something different as usual. It is neither a movie trailer nor a cgi short movie nor history related documentation nor a game trailer.
I thought it is time to show you something more practical. Did you ever bake a Victorian sponge cake? No? Then have a look:



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.

It seems a lot of people forget the following when they travel to a foreign country ....

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Clifton Fadiman, US author, editor, & radio host (1904 - 1999)
[Source]

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Everville series sounds interesting.
I saw Jamie's post. Think of all the other worlds they could create.
Safe travels and have a good time at the concert and with your friends this weekend!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
that was an awesome weekend.

An excellent concert on Saturday evening and a fantastic meeting on Sunday except the rivers of sweat running down our bodies.
Fortunately there was a gentle breeze during our boat trip.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Glad you had a great weekend. Ahh for some warmth. Mind you, our daytime temps are around 23 C. Night time around 4 deg. Brr.
I don't know how you find time to even think about baking cakes. hehe.
As for finding which books to grab from all those released online, it's an impossible task. I have trouble just keeping up with new books from my publisher. Time, funds... it's daunting.
Your suggestions help. :)

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,
sorry for the late reply.
The weather shows that we both live on different continents.

Sometimes I feel totally sad surrounded by so maany good books and not enough time to read them

Hilario said...

Fantastic!

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