Saturday, August 17, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1333

Hello and welcome to issue #1333 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This weekend I'm busys with other things. A friend is visiting us and we want to spend time together. That means this issue maybe a bit shorter than usual but hopefully still interesting.


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. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
  2. Whitefire Crossing goes German
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Night Shade Books News
  2. The Arms and Armour of Robin Hood
  3. Giveaway
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Caroline Shenton

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 idiomsQuote related to reading

The Lighthouse

I'm happy that I could finish one more book. We will see how many books I will read in 2013.

I finished

- CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013)[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002][E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Excellent conclusion of the trilogy. My review and more will be available on September 17th, 2013.


- 132 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
This is the final book in the exquisite Broken Empire series. Yes, it is great.

- 109 pages in Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
This is the first book in the awesome Bryant and May Mystery series . These two extraordinary gentlemen are something special for me.....

No progress
- 157 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
The book is good but as I said recently I must be i the mood for it.

 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.

Last week including today  I received a paperback copy which I ordered in advance AND a hardcover which I won in a giveaway.

Let me start with the paperback copy: Gallow Cold Redemption (JAugust 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115101; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BU1DFZU] by Nathan Hawke  is the second book in the Gallow trilogy. I enjoyed the first book a lot and hope to present my review soon.
" I fought against your people, and I have fought for them. I have killed, and I have murdered. I betrayed my kin and crippled my king. I led countless warriors to their deaths and fought to save one worthless life. I have stood against monsters and men and I cannot always tell the difference.

Fate carried me away from your lands, from the woman and the family I love. Three hellish years but now, finally, I may return. I hope I will find them waiting for me. I hope they will remember me while all others forget. Let my own people believe me dead, lest they hunt me down. Let me return in the dark and in the shadows so no one will know.

But hope is rare and fate is cruel.
And if I have to,
I will fight." [Source]
The third and final book will be published next month. I hope to read the second book until then. I can't remember the last time when I read a trilogy consecutively.

From time to time I take part in giveaways and sometimes I win. Today I received a  hardcover copy of The Thousand Names (2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0091949891; KINDLE ASIN:  B00CQ1D5LM] by Django Wexler which I won over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.
"Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic....

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path." [Source]

The book aroused some interest. There are a lot of positive reviews and an excellent ranking over at GOODREADS. No question that I wanted a copy. Normally I do not buy hardcover. Therefore I more than happy than I won a hardcover copy.

Did you read The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833]  by Courtney Schafer?
"Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel." [Source]

I read it in 2011 and wrote on GOODREADS:
"There is more behind the story as you think at first sight.
Mountain climbing plays an important part in the book. I do not have any experience in this area but Courtney created breathtaking scenes.

I liked the two main characters - Dev and Kiran - more and more after every revelation."
Do you belong to the people who are waiting for the German edition?
Then I have good news for you. Since yesterday (August 16th, 2013) the German edition is available in paperback and Kindle version over at

Blutmagier The Whitefire Crossing (pb and digital , 2013) by Courtney Schafer?

 "Blutmagie ist die mächtigste und grausamsteMagieform. Magier mit dieser Gabe ziehen ihre Kraft aus Schmerz und Leid. Mein Name ist Dev. Ich verdinge mich als Führer durch das Weißfeuergebirge, und ganz nebenbei schmuggle ich magische Talismane von Ninavel nach Alathien. Doch dieses Mal soll ich einen jungen Mann einschleusen. Was ich leider zu spät erfahre: Er ist der entflohene Lehrling eines Blutmagiers ╬ und der denkt nicht daran, ihn einfach ziehen zu lassen. [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...

You may remember that a posted about the problems over at publisher Night Shade Books.
This week I received a mail from them with surprisingly good news for authors and readers:

"Night Shade Books August 15, 2013

Dear Night Shade friends,

There have been many changes with Night Shade Books over the last three months including the departure of Jason Williams, but what isn't different is that Night Shade has many great books coming out.

Trade paperback editions of The Eternal Flame by Greg Egan, Prepare to Die!, by Paul Tobin, Osiris by E. J. Swift, and The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton are now available and in stores. Available in the next few weeks are two debut novels that we are really excited about: The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, and Pete Rawlik's Reanimators.

Other books coming in the next few weeks include The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5 by Ellen Datlow, Neal Asher's Zero Point, and Laird Barron's new collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.

We have more books coming out later in the year, and are busily acquiring books for the next catalog season. Start Publishing continues to publish Night Shade's ebook catalogue, bringing Neal Asher's Prador Moon to the United States for the first time in ebook as well as creating individual ebook collections for both Martha Wells and Kameron Hurley's Night Shade works which are currently available now on all e-tailers. This is just the beginning of what Start Publishing has in store for all of the Night Shade authors on the ebook front. We are looking forward to a great future with Night Shade Books.

We're happy to say that Night Shade Books 2.0 is alive and well, and we continue to do what we've always done . . . find the right books for the right readers.

All the best,
Tony Lyons, Publisher for Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Jarred Weisfeld, President for Start Publishing, LLC
Jeremy Lassen, Editor for Night Shade Books

Night Shade Books, an imprint of both Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., and Start Publishing, LLC"

What do you know about the arms and armour of Robin Hood? I assume you know as much as I do from various movies, TV shows and books. But is that what we know historically correct? Since I read following post over at English Historical Fiction, I know that I have to revise my knowledge.

The Arms and Armour of Robin Hood by Steven A. McKay

Author Adam Christopher crossed 4600 followers on Twitter, Reason enough to celebrate it with a giveaway. These are the rules and the prices:

The competition is pretty simple: follow me on Twitter, then post a comment on this blog post with your Twitter ID, and you will be entered into the draw. If you’re not on Twitter, fear not, because there are four prizes – two for Twitter followers, and two for everyone else. So if you aren’t on Twitter, just post a comment here, and we’ll work it out.
There are four prizes!
The Age Atomic - 9-CD audiobook.
Seven Wonders - 12-CD audiobook.
Seven Wonders + The Age Atomic UK paperback bundle (2 sets).

Twitter followers will be in the draw for one audiobook and one paperback bundle, and likewise for those not on Twitter. The selection of the audiobook will be random, unless the winner has a terribly strong preference. You can only enter once. All prizes will be signed/personalised/defaced as the winner desires.
The competition is open to anyone, worldwide. Because WorldCon is coming up, I’ll leave it running until Wednesday 4th September.

You want to take part? Then visit Giveaway time!

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.

Last week I talked about a book and showed you an interview with an author. I told you that I found another interesting book, which I would like to present you instead of a trailer.

Do you know what happened in London on 16th of October 1834?
Caroline Shenton, the Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster is profound adept of the shocking event which happened on that day and she put together all the information in her book The Day Parliament Burned Down (August 2012) [Hardcover ISBN-13= 978-0199646708; Paperback ISBN-13= 978-0199677504; KINDLE ASIN: B008CNX5AO].
"In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor, and from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses the great conflagration destroyed Parliament's glorious old buildings and their contents. No one who witnessed the disaster would ever forget it.

The events of that October day in 1834 were as shocking and significant to contemporaries as the death of Princess Diana was to us at the end of the 20th century - yet today this national catastrophe is a forgotten disaster, not least because Barry and Pugin's monumental new Palace of Westminster has obliterated all memory of its 800 year-old predecessor. Rumours as to the fire's cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians?

In this, the first full-length book on the subject, head Parliamentary Archivist Caroline Shenton unfolds the gripping story of the fire over the course of that fateful day and night. In the process, she paints a skilful portrait of the political and social context of the time, including details of the slums of Westminster and the frenzied expansion of the West End; the plight of the London Irish; child labour, sinecures and corruption in high places; fire-fighting techniques and floating engines; the Great Reform Act and the new Poor Law; Captain Swing and arson at York Minster; the parlous state of public buildings and records in the Georgian period; and above all the symbolism which many contemporaries saw in the spectacular fall of a national icon." [Source]
Listen to what Caroline Shenton has to say about her book:

The Day Parliament Burned Down (August 2012)won the Political Boo of the Year 2013 Award

Lord Ashcroft presenteds Caroline Shenton with Political Book of the Year 2013

For more information about the author and the book please visit Caroline Shenton's site and follow her on Twitter.

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.

An advice for anyone who likes to read .....

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

P. J. O'Rourke, US humorist and political commentator (1947 - )


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll have to go check out Adam Christopher's giveaway - those are some great prizes.
Glad you enjoyed the third book. Hope it really was a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Bibliotropic said...

Read and loved "The Whitefire Crossing." And part of me wants to get the German edition so that I can make a focused effort in learning another language; books I've already read and can make comparisons to are one of the easiest ways I've found to increase my language skills.

I'm also very much looking forward to reading Wexler's novel. I bought myself a copy recently, and it's pretty close to the top of TBR Mountain. I'll probably end up reading it in September. Hope you enjoy it!

Zoltán Gecse said...

It's good to see you found some time to read and discover new books.

I'd like to recommend you an interesting article about the steampunk genre. You don't need to worry, the linked post is in English:

Rosalie Skinner said...

Good to hear Night Shade is still up and running.
More books to add to my reading list.
I must find time to finish more.

Courtney Schafer said...

Thanks so much for spreading the word on The Whitefire Crossing's German release! Much appreciated.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
in the meantime you received my review and I think all is said with that :-)

ediFanoB said...

Hello Bibliotropic,

to read one book in different languages is a good way to increase language skills.
But one should keep in mind that books are not always translated one to one.

It always depends on the foreign publisher and the translator.

I do not read often the same book in Eglish and in German.

Courtney Schafer told me that it seems that Blutmagier got "cleaned up" by removing so calle four letter words.

A good example for a well done translation is Der Prinze der Dunkelheit which is the German translation of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. I know it because I read the book in German and in English.

To be honest after reading several reviews I'm keen to read Wexler's book. But I have to finish some other books before.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

I can't imagine a life without reading. Thank you for the link. What a long article but it is really interesting.
From my point of view the steampunk literature does not run out of steam.


ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,

I think it is good for readers and authors that Night Shade continue to publish books.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Courtney,
it has been a pleasure to spread word about Blutmagier.

Even people outside Germany will read it in order to increase language skills.

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