Sunday, January 25, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1504

Hello and welcome to issue #1504 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
due to the fact that I needed some rest I had to postpone this issue of the Weekend Wave from Saturday to Sunday. Between the periods I slept I found at least a bit of time to finish one more book.

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 or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Recognisable archetypal characters
  2. The Natives of Britain
  3. Videophones
  4. Importance of reviews

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Skyrim in Game of Thrones style
  2. Advanced Archery

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 idiomsQuote related to arrow

The Lighthouse
I really try to use as much of my spare time  as possible for reading. That is definitely the reason why I could finish book seven and eight in January 2015. There is still one more week to go and it is possible to end the month with ten books read. I have three reviews in progress and I hope to finalise them as soon as possible.



I finished

- Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Finally I finished the book and now I sit in front of the screen to enter my comment and my rating.

I want to be honest and therefore I would need to ratings. Even the rating is named my rating, it is more a combination of rating about the book itself and personal impressions.

In principle MALICE is a well executed book and if you like epic fantasy beyond the popular grim dark stories and you are look for a less complicated story then it could be a book for you. So in this case my rating for the book would be four stars.

But when it comes to the question if I personally liked the book I must say not really. It was not the kind of story I expected I have had only partial interest in few characters and it did not really hook me. In my case it is the classic situation of wrong reader right book and vice versa. SO my personal rating ended up with two stars.

Now what would be the fair rating to enter? Four start would not conform to my personal likeness and entertaining factor. Two stars would not be fair as against the author.

So if you are disappointed by my comment I can give you only one advice: Please read it yourself and build up your mind."


- The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] by Mark Hodder
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"First of all let me tell you that I love the series.
I belong to the group of readers who thought after reading book three that the series came to its end. So I was more than happy when I found that the series will continue with a new story arc. I was not sure which way Mark Hodder would go after the events in book three. But he chose well and delivered a new, incredible, intense and intelligent story. The reader needs to take care not to get lost in the time travel aspects. For fans of the series it is good to know that they will meet again characters who appeared in the previous books.

I can promise you that you will discover who is Abdu El Yezdi. This is such a clever mix of history, time travel, steampunk elements.

Now I look forward to read book 5 The Return of the Discontinued Man. Fortunately I own a copy."

I'm

- 28 pages in my unproofed paperback review copy of  Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
That means I read just the first chapter. A festivity is a good place to introduce a new world and characters to the readers. 
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- 25 pages in The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] by Mark Hodder
I'm a big fan of the alluring Burton & Swinburne series and with the fourth book in the series we enter a new story arc. It is as good as expected.

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.


 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.

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

Last week I bought one digital copy and I received one digital review in exchange for an honest review.

A few days ago I received a really kind mail from author Tim Vander Meulen. Like many other authors, he tries to find people to spread word about his books. Mails from authors differ a lot. In case of Tim Vander Meulen I must say, he found the right words to grab my attention. Even if his book would have not been of interest for me, I would have spread word about it because of the mail he wrote.
But the good thing is that beside writing appealing mails, Tim Vander Meulen delivers good book descriptions. In the end it was the following description which finally convinced me to offer to read and review A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Tim Vander Meulen which is the first book in the Dark World series.
"War is on the enemy's mind. Brutality lurks among the far reaches. Northerners are prowling like snakes throughout the wide expanse of the world, hunting those who are not loyal to their master. Beauty has run its course.

For a hundred years, the Elves have not known the sting of war. And yet it is a thing forever imminent, since anyone is susceptible to succumb to darkness. Even with their superior integrity, fortitude, and humility, the Elves are never far from the yearning clutch of evil.

The leader of the Elves in the south is troubled by an onslaught of Possessors against their homeland. In his investigations, he is met by a band of Dwarves and two human boys who bear the most terrible news. The kingdom of men has been invaded. As far as anyone knows, these two refugees are the only remnants of the human race in the world. The boys had first consulted the Dwarves, and now they ask for the aid of the Elves to recapture their homeland. Before the leader can make his decision, his world is turned on its head.

Can the boys succeed in their mission? Will the Elves and Dwarves agree to their request? Will they all be strong enough to resist not only the enemy but the dark tendencies inside them, both of which seek to destroy them?

War is not only something external; blood does not only bleed on the outside. The true war is within the characters themselves. The Elves, Dwarves, and men are not enemy to ugly orcs or goblins; they fight the Possessors. These Possessors are Elves and Dwarves and men, only they have chosen to abandon their old ways and join a cause that opposes the survival of their former kindred. They are so called because they possess the sign of evil that was branded upon them by their master, the Shadowlord. It takes great courage to survive the growing night, and morality has no place in the grand shift of the world. “A Humble Heart” is a term applied to Delenas Farlong, the leader of the Elves, who throughout the tale faces tremendous adversity and who shows great valor and humility as he leads his people on their dangerous journey.

“Dark World” is teeming with adventure! Because their world is threatened, the noble races must brave perilous expeditions to repress the dark and defend their way of life. Their primary objective is to reclaim what was lost to them, namely the country of men. The survival of the two human refugees, Henty and Clese, is paramount, since they could very well be the last of their kind." [Source]

For me that sounded like the return of one of these good old fantasy adventures which I loved to read several years ago. Elves, Dwarves, Humans; someone bad infected beings with his evil plans, travels, battles, inner fights and more.
I have  expectations and I hope the book will keep what the description promise.



I bought a digital copy of A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Ashley Capes because I read THIS CONVINCING REVIEW over at Fantasy Literature.
"Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.

But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not." [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...


Recognisable archetypal characters
Where do you find them? Learn more about them in the following excellent post over at The History Girls:

Commedia dell'Arte - by Ann Swinfen



The Natives of Britain
The following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors is a really interesting one. A look in to British history and the perception of the early inhabitants.

Changing Faces of Britain’s Natives


Videophones
What can I say more as that this is again such an enjoying and informative post over at Dark Roasted Blend

Videophones from the Future Past


Importance of reviews
I think it need to be more precise. The importance of reviews over at Amazon. There is an enlightening post written by blogger and author Roland D. Yeomans on his blog Writing in the Crosshairs. I must admit I learned something new and have now a better understanding of  reviews on Amazon. But to be honest  with this knowledge I understand a lot better why there are so many short and often meaningless reviews over at Amazon.



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.



I like the video game SKYRIM and I like A Song of Ice and Fire also known as Game of Thrones.
Last week I found a video showing a SKYRIM intro made in the style of the Game of Throne series


My favorite weapon in role playing video games is the bow and crossbow. The history of archery is long one and many skills have been lost. Would you like to know what is possible if you have the proper skills to use bow and arrow? Then have a look at following video. When I watched it the first time I sat dumbfounded in front of the screen.


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.

There are things which do not return ...............



"It is with a word as with an arrow - once let it loose and it does not return.

Author unknown
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2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're one chapter in - awesome!
Roland's post about book reviews was really good.
A bone mask? Now I'm curious.
Have a good week, Edi!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
in the meantime I reached page 100. So even I will not have that much time for reading this week, I'm pretty sure to finish the book by end of the week.

And with your book at hand I will have a good week :-)

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