Saturday, March 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1513

Dear Readers,

this one of three posts you will get from today on in consecutive order. Tomorrow I will present you a guest post by author Timothy S. Johnston and on Monday you will get the review of his new book The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI].
I'm happy that from time time to offer you more than just my weekly post.


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 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Acheron Books
  2. Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
  3. Shadow Art

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Robot Overlords

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 scientists
The Lighthouse
Don't ask me how I managed but I finished two books and I hope to finish my remaining current read in the next days.

I finished

- The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Epic fantasy full of adventure, fights, blood and gore, love, friendship, hope and desperation.
Meet elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, dragons, wizards and ... humans."

- The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
My review will be available on 30th of March 2015.


- 356 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
Read nearly 100 pages.

No progress

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

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

Two digital copies found a new home on my reader. There is a story behind these books which I share with you in a separate topic within this post.

 When I read the description of the following book, the name Indiana Jones popped up in my mind. Beside that it sounds like an enjoyable adventure. And an Italian aircraft mechanic as main character is something new to me .......
The Ministry of Thunder (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Davide Mana.
"Shanghai, 1936.
Felice Sabatini is just a mechanic, working on Italian aircraft in China. He isn’t looking for trouble, much less interested in getting caught up a in a conspiracy against China, Japan, and Germany. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happens. Three different factions are after an ancient artifact and the mystical power it controls. Power that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could end up destroying the very world as we know it. Felice knows nothing of immortals, fox women, ninjas or dragons, never mind the Ministry of Storms. He is a rational man, after all. But before this journey is over he will be called upon to face all of that, never mind the power of ancient Chinese magic and a menace from Beyond Time. From the crowded streets of Shanghai to the empty stretches of the Desert of Inescapable Death, Ministry of Thunder is an explosive mix of Oriental Fantasy and New Pulp." [Source]

This is the second book I received.
Lieutenant Arham: Elves and Bullets (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Alessio Lanterna.
"The Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner… in hard-boiled style!

The word bastard does not even begin to describe Lieutenant Arkham of the Federal Guard of the city of Nictropis. He’s much worse.

Arkham doesn’t want to investigate the elf murder he’s been assigned. Elves are the most powerful beings in Nictropis, aristocratic and dangerous. But when a charm is used against him to compel him to do so, he really has no choice.

Ogres, trolls, goblins, organized crime juiced with magic, hitmen trying repeatedly to kill’s more than enough to give a guy sleepless nights. If can he can survive, that is.

A techno fantasy noir set in a dark, dirty, corrupted world, and the most unpleasant leading character you can imagine." [Source]
I could resist to ask for a copy of this book after reading the description. I got hooked by the last sentence. I hope I will not be disappointed.

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...

Acheron Books
To discover books written by authors in foreign countries is limited by language. If I do not speak the language and there is no translation into a language I know, I don't have any opportunity to read such books.
I'm so happy that I can read in two languages: German and English. But it is especially my knowledge of English language which gives me the opportunity to discover authors around the world because so many books are written or translated into English.

One week ago I received following mail:

"Hi, Edi.

My name is Adriano Barone and I'm Acheron Books' Editorial Director.

Acheron Books is a digital start-up and it is the first publishing house that produces Italian fantasy, science fiction and horror fiction and distributes it worldwide in the English language in (DRM-free) e-book format.

We think that bringing Italian speculative fiction, set in Italy and with strong reference to Italian history, folklore and culture could be really interesting for an international readership, but of course we need the readers to know about our project. So we ask you if it is possible to send you copies of our e-books (you can see them here at a glance: for reviewing. We can provide them both in .epub and .mobi format.

Of course we are at your disposal in case you wish to know more about us.

Thanks in advance for consideration.

Best regards."

My reply

"Hi Adriano,
thank you very much for your kind mail. I like to discover fantasy and science fiction from different countries. Most of the time language is an insurmountable obstacle. English is not my first language and therefore I know what I'm talking about.
For me it would be a pleasure to discover Italian fantasy and science fiction authors and spread word about them and their books.
I have had a look at your publishing program and there are two books which I would like to read and review:
- The Ministry of Thunder by Davide Mana - Lieutenant Arkham: Elves and Bullets by Alessio Lanterna

In return of  digital copies of these books in .epub format you will get a review of each book.
I look forward to your reply.
Best Regards,

As you could read in the book section, I received the requested titles.
From my point of view this is the way it should go. If you want to enlarge your readership, it is mandatory to translate your books into other languages than your local language.
Digital books are perfect to spread books around the world.

Do you like to discover Italian science fiction and fantasy authors and their books then you should visit Acheron Books by using following link

You can buy Acheron Books directly on the publisher site. But I also discovered the books over at Amazon.

Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
You find the answer over at the WebUrbanist:

Invisible Bicycles: Tokyo’s High-Tech Underground Bike Parking

Shadow Art
I always try to have something for they in my weekly post. Over at  the WebUrbanist you can have a look at fascinating examples of shadow art      .

Drawing with Darkness: 24 Incredible Works of Shadow Art

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.

Today I want to share with you the UK trailer of a British independent science fiction film which tells the story of an Earth which has been conquered by robots. All inhabitants are controlled by electronic implants. A band of kids led by the talented Sean try to stand up against the robots ....

Independent film means limited budget -$21 million due to Wikipedia! This is nothing compared to the Transformers films. Will be interesting to see the full result. Even the story is  nothing absolutely new.

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.

A good advice ...................

"The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nikola Tesla,, Modern Mechanics and Inventions. July, 1934, Serbian American inventor and engineer, 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The underground bike parking is amazing. It's like that parking garage for cars from Mission Impossible.
Both of the new books from Archeron sound great! Will have to explore their site for more gems.

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