Saturday, February 21, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1508

Dear Readers,

to lament is not helpful. Therefore I will stop to explain to you why I was not able to this or that. Instead I will talk what I achieved despite working ten to twelve hours per day. I want and I need to be in a positive mood.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress 
  2. First review sighted
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. The end of an independent digital publisher
  2. Still looking for fantasy books to read in 2015?
  3. Kickstarter: I pledged 
  4. Steampunk

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Crimson Peak

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 body

The Lighthouse
Based on the time I could use for reading I'm totally happy with the result. I finished one book, I continued one book and I started to read a new book.



I finished

- Android Hunters (digital, November 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q3B5NCU] by Johnathan Bergeron.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is a temporary comment. A full review is in progress.

As I said in my update during reading, the beginning was a bit disjointed.
But the more I read the more I liked the story which really has several twist and turns.
I must say I have been surprised by the vehemence of emotion presented in form of violence, hate, haughtiness and team spirit.

I "hated" the end because it put me to a halt and I want to know how the story will continue.

It is a kind of military science fiction but for me it is much more the question how to cope with what happened in the past under the impact of new development."


I'm

- 208 pages in The Return of the Discontinued Man (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1616149055] by Mark Hodder
This is the fifth book in the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. A great adventure!
And it is definitely not a book to devour. If you read too fast you will get lost. 


- 109 pages in The Eterna Files (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765336743] by Leanna Renee Hieber.
I can't help doing it! I started reading even the book was not on the list of books I want to read next.
I did not regret. There is a magical charm to be inherent in the book. After reading one third of the book I now that this is one of these books which you either like or dislike.

No progress

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


First review sighted
Less than seven weeks to go until you can get your copy of Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


Yesterday I sighted the first review over at Beauty in Ruins

Sci-Fi Review: Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh

My review will be available on 1rst of March 2015.  It will be interesting to read different reviews.




 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

The last week I received copies of two digital books authors, downloaded one digital copy for free and bought  copies of two digital books. Furthermore I received a copy of a real book.
I tear up when I look at all the books I received last week. The more books I get the less time for I reading I get. January 2015 has been an exception when it comes to reading.

 Let me start with the real book.
 First of all I send a big thank you over the pond to Tor/Forge.com. They have been so kind to send me a copy of Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
Of course I read about the book before but I must say the price for the digital copy (13 Euro) did not fit in my book budget for February and March. The more I'm happy that I received the hardcover copy. I love steampunk and I look forward how Elizabeth Bear present steampunk set in the wild wild West.
"“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I'm one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It's French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science." [Source]


Italian author Luca Rossi has been so kind as to send me a digital copy of The Branches of Time (digital, ) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00L3PI7AG].
"A shower of splinters exterminates the people of the island of Turios. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil and the Priestess Miril survive. They would like to give a worthy burial to their loved ones, but the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope of salvation lies in the magical protection of the Temple. But they must cope with dark threats. A shadow haunts their hearts, threatening to divide and destroy them; their bodies seem to be less consistent. The closeness between the two women contrasts with the isolation of Bashinoir.

In the realm of Isk, wizards and advisors must submit to the insatiable greed of sex and war as well as the power of King Beanor. The last of his young wives, however, does not want to surrender to the loss of love and freedom. Will games and tricks under the sheets be the key turning point of a millenarian war." [Source]

I must say that parts of the description sound interesting But especially the second part does not intrigue me. With less than 200 pages it is a short book. Nevertheless I don't have any clue when I will read it.

I downloaded the digital copy of the next book for free. The description aroused my interest. I talk about Caught in Time (digital, March 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00452V8GY] by Sheron Wood McCartha.

""Caught In Time" is a time travel adventure. Rowyna Grae always thought that she was human until the day Arwoyn Telluria reveals that she was created secretly in his medical lab using parts of his DNA...specifically the gene for time travel. He confides that she came to him long ago when he was a boy telling him that she was from the far future. So, the older Arwoyn creates her to return to fulfill her destiny. But things go awry. Arwoyn dies, the new regime want to turn her into a stealth assassin, the young timelab assistant, Richard Steele, sends her to the wrong place and loses her. She lands with dangerously packed bags a thousand years into the past at the king's hunting lodge with an agenda to kill the king who is the original mutant of a dangerous line of "talents". Within a mere day, she manages to kill six men defending herself against robbers and rapists. Of course she falls in love with the very man she is supposed to kill, not knowing who he really is. The gun, science book, and alien crystal found in her bags create havoc as she changes the past and reorders Richard Steele's reality up the time stream. The charming medieval past isn't so charming when there's no running water, no central heat, court intrigue, and war on the horizon. Will she be forever "caught in time" or will she be "caught in time" for a final rescue? What's a resourceful replicant to do? The answer is...quite a lot, and therein lies a fun romping read." [Source]

I must say that the GOODREADS average rating for the following book does not look good (2.73 of 5 stars). But that will not hinder me to give the book a try. The description is interesting and the copy was not that expensive.
Something Coming Through (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00MNGZXHE] by Paul J McAuley.
"One of our finest SF writers moves closer to home. London is devastated. New worlds are being explored. And the aliens have arrived...

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliantly SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could for ever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. Authorities who believe that their visions point towards a new kind of danger.

And on one of the Jackaroo's gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.

Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo's benevolence..." [Source]

After enjoying The Britannia Conspiracy (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00JQOQIPM] by Peter C. Middleton it was no question for me that I want to continue with the Britannia Chronicles series. A few days ago I bought a digital copy of The Britannia Contagion (digital 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00TE3PJ0K] by Peter C. Middleton.
"In the second book of The Britannia Chronicles, the Bubonic Plague has returned to London, this time with devastating ferocity. It kills within eight hours and for the first few hours after infection victims have an unquenchable thirst for human blood.

The capital is in turmoil. The infected are feeding on anyone they can find and the virus is spreading at a phenomenal rate. To make matters worse, existing anti-biotics are completely ineffective and those responsible for engineering this deadly variant, have kidnapped and infected the Prime Minister's daughter. With her own child and her entire nation facing extinction, Karen Shaw must call on the help of the Alexander Ackerman and the Guardians. They have just hours to find those responsible, discover their motives and obtain a cure. To obtain the answers they must delve into the darkest annals of London's history, but while they hunt for clues they are being hunted themselves by the deadliest creatures ever to inhabit our plane." [Source]

The last and final book for today is something special for me because the publishing date will be 30th of March 2015! Author Timothy S. Johnston has been so kind to send me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. My review will be available on publishing day.
I talk about the third book in the science fiction murder mystery series The Tanner Sequence.
So far I reviewed The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] which is a finalist in EPIC'S 2015 eBooks Competition in the category science fiction!
Furthermore I read and enjoyed The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E].

The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] is the title of the third book in the series.
"2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he’s ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he’s in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner’s prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF’s relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he’s being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can’t cut the strings, he’ll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death…" [Source]

The Void from Timothy S. Johnston and Carina Press is available for PRE-ORDER now!



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...



The end of an independent digital publisher
 The independent digital publisher MusaPublishing has been founded in 2011.
Yesterday (Friday, 20th February 2015) following announcement has been posted on the Musa Publishing blog:

Musa Publishing Announcement

Dear Readers,

The rising costs of doing business and reduced sales have hit us extremely hard in spite of our fantastic books and enthusiastic efforts of staff and authors alike. We deeply regret that Musa Publishing will be closing its virtual doors on February 28, 2015.

Until then, our books will be deeply discounted.  Feel free to stock up while our store remains open.

Our authors will all be released from their contracts with us.  It is our hope that you will seek out books by authors you love, and will support them on social media and in their future publishing endeavors.

From the hearts of all at Musa, we thank you for your loyalty.
Musa Publishing

That means one platform less for unpublished authors and also one platform less for readers.
But there are some days left where you can discover authors unknown to you.
Till February 28, 2015 you can buy all books deeply discounted. 
 The books are available in following formats: PDF, ePub and Mobi(Kindle).
Maybe you will find something interesting for you when you visit
till February 28.





Still looking for books to read in 2015?
Nowadays you can get so many recommendations. But what do publisher recommend?
If you have some time and you are looking for fantasy books then I recommend to have a look at following post over at Fantasy Faction:

Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels of 2015: Publishers’ Choice




Kickstarter: I pledged
I assume most of you know Kickstarter. Nowadays it is no more longer unusual to raise money for the publishing of a book. Yesterday I pledged for a book project. I don't do that often. But let me start at the beginning. Yesterday I read following post over at ONLY THE BEST Science Fiction & Fantasy:


I read and liked The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833] by Courtney Schafer a lot. I got a copy of the second book in her The Shattered Sigil series, The Tainted City (pb, October, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833]. But I lost track and with reading the post mentioned above it popped up in my mind. Of course I would like to know how the story will end. Therefore I pledged.
I do not want to repeat all the details which you can read in the post mentioned above. Read the post in case you are interested in.


Steampunk
If you would like to know more about the joy of Steampunk then you should read following post over at Airship Ambassador:



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'm not a big fan of horror movies but the following one aroused my interest:

Crimson Peak
"In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers." [Source]
Have a look at the first teaser trailer


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.

Sometimes I run out of words. Fortunately we have a body we can use to express ourselves. But body language is not always unambiguous ...............


"The body says what words cannot.

Martha Graham, US choreographer and dancer, 1894 - 1991

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a friend whose book with Musa came out the same day they announced they were closing their doors. Very sad.
Caught in Time looks interesting.
Thanks for the mention of Bob's review! I was excited to see it.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

I highly appreciate Bob's review.
It is exactly what "Dragon of the Stars" deserve.

I hope your friend find a new publisher soon.

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