Saturday, September 29, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1239

Hello and welcome to issue #1239 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
A typical week is coming to an end. I read less than expected. I reviewed less than expected. I spent less time online than expected. I slept more than expected. Today I finally resumed sport. I spent 90 minutes in the gym which has been satisfying. At least one thing I enjoyed.

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. Digital
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Vintage
  2. Birth of a cover part three
  3. Shrinkage

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. RUIN

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 From Anonymus

The Lighthouse

I finished one book and read in sum disappointing 365 pages.

I finished

- Kingdom (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Anderson O'Donnell
I did not read the book I expected. Full revie on October 25th.


I'm

- 138 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence


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.


Last week I received one review copy and did not buy any book.

The book I received does not really belong to my reading comfort zone. I got a digital copy of Bending the Boyne (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B0057YJAYQ; ISBN-13: 978-0983155416] by J S Dunn.
"2200 BCE: Marauders invade ancient Eire seeking copper and gold. The astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian must use all their wits and courage to save their people, the peaceful starwatchers, from the invaders' long bronze knives and scavenging ways. Tensions between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle is a fresh take on Ireland's oldest legends.

BENDING THE BOYNE draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction." [Source]
I like history. But I do not know much about the period of time covered in the book. So I thought it was a good opportunity to get a copy in order to read and 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...

Do you like vintage stuff? I do - especially mechanical things like calculators. The inspirational people over at Dark Roasted Blend offer an fascinating post. Go there and get lost ....




In the last two weeks I posted about The Birth of a Cover - The Conception . Author Mark Lawrence has been so kind to share this event on his blog. And now the third part is available. In case you are interested in, have a look at The Birth of a Cover (III).

Shrinkage and small objects appear again and again in fantasy and science fiction. But you do not need a book or a movie for that. There are peole who create mesmerising objects. Thanks to the people of at the WebUrbanist I can give two links to two awesome posts. Follow the links and get lost in thoughts.





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.


There are many exciting videos, shorts and trailers over at youtube. Today I show you "an animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe": RUIN by Wes Ball. I must say these eight minutes and 30 second are impressive. I would like to see a whole movie. RUIN is an Oddball Animation project.




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.

Household tasks do not belong to my preferred pastime. I do not need any more reason to love the following quote .........

"A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. An experimental psychologist pulls habits out of rats.
Anonymus

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1238

 Hello and welcome to issue #1238 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
That has been a good week. I finally found a appropriate way to say thank you to author Rosalie Skinner for her patience. On Wednesday I enjoyed the new Hobbit trailer and on Friday I finished reading of The Hobbit. So all in all I feel well. I could never imagine that I would write one day "I miss the gym". I really miss it. No sports since August 27th and I have to wait two more weeks until I'm permitted to resume sports. I need the gym because I want to continue to lose weight.
And that is what I want to share with you today.


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. Hardcover
  2. Paperback
  3. Digital including a hint regarding Sullivan's War
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The History Girls
  2. Birth of a cover part two
  3. Unintentional faces in objects

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The H ....
  2. CGI effects
  3. Cinematic game trailer

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 Household

The Lighthouse

An excellent week regarding reading and reviewing. I finished four books and read in sum 865 pages.

I finished

- The Last City (e-book, July 2012) by Nina D' Aleo.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"That was a great debut novel. A mix of genres and a bunch of interestinf characters.
For my taste there have been too many fights.
Full review in progress .. should be available end of September 2012."


- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
After reading the book I can't wait to see the movies.


- EXMORTUS Book One - Towers of Dawn (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Todd Maternowski
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the first book in the Exmortus series.
It is fantasy, dark fantasy. There is sex,violence and religion.
I promised to write a full review of the first and second book which will be available in October.
So far I do not have decided yet how many stars I will give. I'm indecisive and need to think about it. So far it is something between 3 and 5 stars."


- Wake of the Bloody Angel (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Alex Bledsoe
The fourth Eddie LaCrosse adventure is as amazing as the previous ones.


I'm

- 39 pages in Kingdom (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Anderson O'Donnell
Did you ever read a Biopunk book? This is my first one. So far it is different but interesting. Not sure where it will end.

- 34 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
No progress compared to last week. I decided to finish some other books first and then concentrate on this one because I expect a lot ....

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.


Last week I received review copies and I bought books. I dediced to group them by format.

As you may know I do not buy hardcover. But the last week the kind people of Tor/Forge.com sent me two books. Both belong to series.

The first book is the fourth and last book in the Unincorporated series. With The Unincorporated Future (hc, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765328816] by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin. I own now two of the four books. It seems I need to buy the first two books in near future.
"Sandra O’Toole is the president of the Outer Alliance, which stretches from the asteroid belt to the Oort Cloud beyond Pluto. Resurrected following the death of Justin Cord, the unincorporated man, O’Toole has become a powerful political figure and a Machiavellian leader determined to win the Civil War against the inner planets at almost any cost. And the war has been going badly, in part because of the great General Trang, a fit opponent for the brilliant J. D. Black. Choices have to be made to abandon some of the moral principles upon which the revolution was founded. It is a time of great heroism and great betrayal, madness, sacrifice, and shocking military conflict. Nothing is predictable, even the behavior of artificial intelligences. There may be only one way out, but it is not surrender." [Source]

In 2010 I reviewed The Last Page (hc, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0765325160] by Anthony Huso. It is part of a duology which will be finished with Black Bottle. And now I'm very happy that I received a copy of Black Bottle (hc, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765328816] by Anthony Huso. I'm no sur if I will find time to read it until the end of 2012. But I learned to say "never say never". Of course I have a reading list. But from my experience one should not underestimate the importance of the own mood for reading. 
"Dark and rich, epic in scope, with Black Bottle Anthony Huso has crafted a fantasy like no other, teeming with unthinkable horrors and stylish wonders.
Tabloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her.
As this news spreads, Stonehold—long considered unimportant—comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.
Desperate to protect his people from the southern threat, Caliph is drawn into a summit of the world’s leaders despite the knowledge that it is a trap. As Sena’s bizarre actions threaten to unravel the summit, Caliph watches her slip through his fingers into madness.
But is it really madness? Sena is playing a dangerous game of strategy and deceit as she attempts to outwit a force that has spent millennia preparing for this day. Caliph is the only connection left to her former life, but it’s his blood that Sena needs to see her plans through to their explosive finish." [Source]


Months ago I ordered the paperback copy of The English Monster (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0857205377] by Lloyd Shepherd which has been delivered this week. I found the blurb really convincing. I like London. I like history.

"Two moments in England’s rise to empire, separated by centuries, yet connected by a crime that cannot be forgiven . . . London, 1811. Along the twisting streets of Wapping, bounded by the ancient Ratcliffe Highway and the modern wonder of the London Dock, many a sin is hidden by the noise and glory of Trade. But now two families have fallen victim to foul murder, and Charles Horton, a senior officer of the newly formed Thames River Police Office, must deliver revenge to a terrified populace.
Plymouth, 1564. Young Billy Ablass arrives in the busy seaport with the burning desire of all young men: the getting and keeping of money. Setting sail on a ship owned by Queen Elizabeth herself seems the likely means to a better life. But the kidnapping of hundreds of human souls in Africa is not the only cursed event to occur on England’s first official slaving voyage. On a sun-blasted Florida islet, Billy too is to be enslaved.
Based on the true story of the gruesome Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster is a breathtaking voyage across centuries, from the Age of Discovery to the Age of Empire, illuminating what happens to Britain as she gains global power but risks losing her soul." [Soul]

Today I bought a digital copy of Sullivan's War - The Complete Adeventure (e-book, 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B008N3RJC8] by Michael K. Rose.

"On Earth, a powerful politician has been murdered. When he's assigned to the case, Agent Frank Allen soon discovers that the man responsible, Rick Sullivan, is not yet finished killing. But Allen will also discover that Rick Sullivan is not the man he appears to be, and the war he's fighting, a war to rid his home planet of its oppressive government, is not his only battle.
As Allen pursues Sullivan across the known galaxy, he begins to question his own beliefs and loyalties. Will Allen be able to stop Rick Sullivan before he kills again? Does he really want to? As their lives become increasingly intertwined, both men realize they must face truths about themselves that neither of them are prepared for. And some of those truths will have consequences that neither of them could have ever imagined.
This edition collects Sullivan's War: Books I, II & III, which are also available individually." [Source]

There are two reasons why I bought a copy for 99 Cents (0.89 EUR) . The Sullivan's War collection has been on my radar since several months and today I have been invited to following event on GOODREADS:
"Hello, all! I'm excited to announce that for the first time ever, SULLIVAN'S WAR: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURE is on sale! This eBook edition collects all three of the books that were originally released individually. The sale runs for one week, through Friday, September 28th. For more information and links, please see this post:"

EBook Editions of Sullivan's War: The Complete Adventure Available at:
 [Source]

Of course I do not know if I will like the book and if it will hit my expectations. But I took the risk to spend 99 Cents (0.89 EUR) in vain.Don't get me wrong I do not buy every book you can get for 99 Cents (0.89 EUR). So have a look and decide on your own if you will take the same risk as I did.



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...


Once a while I post about blogs I follow. And today I talk about
"The History Girls are a group of best-selling, award-winning writers of historical fiction. Some of us write for young adults, some for fully fledged adults, some for younger readers.
[...]
Individual, entertaining, sometimes provocative: on this daily blog we'll share our thoughts on writing, research, reviews, and all aspects of our work. We love what we do and we want to talk about it." [Source]
I like the blog because you get a lot of information about history and also informative insight of writing and writing process.
In the past three days they offered three posts which sow you the variety of information you can get. Be warned!! Some of the posts are even longer than a short story!! That shows the enthusiasm of the writers. Have a look at following posts and build up your mind if this could be a blog for you worth to follow.

Unbelievable but true: there has been a time without washing machine

The flair of Paris in long gone time - Belle Époque

The pet subject of an author. This is really "hot".




Last week I posted about The Birth of a Cover - The Conception . Author Mark Lawrence has been so kind to share this event on his blog. And now the second part is available. In case you are interested in, have a look at The Birth of a Cover - Gestation, first Trimester.


Faces - what a wonderful subject. Isn't it amazing that we do not need more than :-) to recognise a face? That means it depends on us where we see faces or not. Faces are everywhere. The great people over at Dark Roasted Blend continue their post series about faces with




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.



I'm sure you saw the following trailer. But you may understand why I have to post it. After finishing the book my urge to watch the movie rose again.



I assume that most of the people know that in nowadays movies and TV series a lot of the scenery is not real. Did you see the amazing Game of Thrones series? So far I watched season one. I do not know when I will see the second season. Anyway the following video gives you an impression about visual effects in season two. soon by
ATTENTION! The following video contains a few spoiler.



Do you like cinematic game trailers? I must say they are even fascinating for people who do not play video games. I must say I have been impressed by the following one.
ATTENTION: The following video contains blood and violence.


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.

Household tasks do not belong to my preferred pastime. I do not need any more reason to love the following quote .........

"Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.
James Thorpe, US football player (1888 - 1953)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge by Rosalie Skinner


Dear Readers,

on Tuesday I explained in detail why I like Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series so much. I also told you why I find it that difficult to write a full review of Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge (eBook, September 2011) which is the third book in the series.


Instead of a full review you get a shorter one which I named for myself

EDIMENT

Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge (eBook, September 2011)
[MuseItUp Publishing, AMAZON Kindle ASIN: B006M6ICTC]


Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge continues exactly where Exiled: Winter's Curse ended. This sequel is as strong as the two previous books.
Before the story continues, Rosalie Skinner delivers two goodies: A map and a minstrel who resumes the story so far. Both are quite helpful for new readers - I highly recommend to read the two previous books before - and also for fans of The Chronicles of Caleath series.


There is no upcoming routine in this book. Again Rosalie Skinner shows her talent by changing the scope of the main theme. People need hope and they need a a hero with a powerful name: The Deathbringer. But when will he return?

Be warned! There is a kind of magic in this series which meanders through all books so far. You start reading and will be banished by the story. Cleverly written with intense decriptions of emotions and tough action sometimes born out of desperation. One moment you have smile on your face and with turning the page a shiver creeps up your spine. 


Old and new characters, some of them do not fully reveal their sinister plans, a world at the brink of destruction, twist and turns, action and thoughtful passages and magic .... 

Like in the previous books the development of Caleath develops. A new episode full of temptations which lurk in the powers of the world and also in himself. Good friends are rare and doubts are as painful as torture.


Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge is a book that ends far too fast. Shall I tell you that the end is nail-biting? I'm not sure. It is no spoiler but maybe it gives a hint. Does it? I should have no doubt. The end is nail-biting when Ravine ....... Caleath!!
And the Dragon Queen ...   No way! You have to discover it on your own.


Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge is the next strong sequel in The Chronicles of Caleath series.
If you look for an emotional character who desperately tries to change from reaction to action limited to one planet with unknown continents and cultures framed in a fantasy and science fiction setting then read Exiled:Autumn's Peril and Exiled: Winter's Curse and Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge by Rosalie Skinner.


As most authors Rosalie Skinner is keen to read comments from her readers and also from her soon to be readers. Several ways lead to Rosalie Skinner and her magnificient The Chronicles of Caleath series:
Facebook, GOODREADS, Official Site, Blog

ENJOY READING

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ediment: Exiled Winter's Curse by Rosalie Skinner


Dear Readers,

yesterday I explained in detail why I like Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series so much. I also told you why I find it that difficult to write a full review of Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook, September 2011) which is the second book in the series.

Instead of a full review you get a shorter one which I named for myself


EDIMENT

Exiled: Winter's Curse (eBook, November 2011)
[MuseItUp Publishing, AMAZON Kindle ASIN: B0065RMQYA]

Exiled: Winter's Curse continues exactly where Exiled: Autumn's Peril ended. The main difference between the two books is the scope of the main theme. The first book has been clearly dominated by revenge and trustfulness. With Exiled: Winter's Curse Caleath goes on a mission which Rosalie Skinner described as "killed or be killed". The reader get to know a new facet of Claeth's character. He pledges to help people which he attacked unwittingly before.

The high quality of character development continues. Rosalie Skinner's writing is like a magnifying glass wandering through Claeth's brain. She opens the drawers which contain pieces of his past. And these kind of flashbacks reveal also information about the space beyond the planet. At the same time the real time story is pushed forward with old and new twists and turns.

With the change of the season life gets harsher and has an impact on the story Beside that Caleath has to deal with new enemies, new characters who follow their own pecuiar plans. It is a pleasure to read how some of the new characters blossom. In several cases you have to answer for yourself the same questions as Caleath. Do people tell the truth? Would you offer your help? Not to forget the heinous decision: First shoot then ask or first ask then shoot. Sometimes only your instincts will guarantee your survival.
In the south it should be warmer .... dragon fire will let you sweat. And I can tell you that giant ants can give you the creeps nearly like giant spiders. Do not feel certain that all characters will be alive at the end of Exiled: Autumn's Peril.

When reading along you hopefully will notice the sometimes slight breath of irony which change the dark color of the cold and winterly world.

Exiled: Winter's Curse is a book which let you forget time and space BUT you will reach the end before you can say knife.

Exiled: Winter's Curse is the strong sequel in The Chronicles of Caleath series
If you look for an emotional character who desperately tries to change from reaction to action limited to one planet with unknown continents and cultures framed in a fantasy and science fiction setting then read Exiled:Autumn's Peril and Exiled: Winter's Curseby Rosalie Skinner.


As most authors Rosalie Skinner is keen to read comments from her readers and also from her soon to be readers. Several ways lead to Rosalie Skinner and her magnificient The Chronicles of Caleath series:
Facebook, GOODREADS, Official Site, Blog

ENJOY READING

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Rosalie Skinner and her Chronicles of Caleath series


Dear Readers,

From today till Thursday I dedicate three posts to author Rosalie Skinner The Chronicles of Caleath series.
She deserve it because she is so incredibly patient with me.

In August 2011 I posted about how I got in contact with Rosalie Skinner.
Since then she is a regularly guest in the comment section of my blog.
Despite that I visit her blog, we exchange mails, we meet us on cyber launch parties, there is Facebook, GOODREADS ....

AND I GET A DIGITAL COPY OF EVERY BOOK IN The Chronicles of Caleath series!!!

What did I do for Rosalie Skinner so far?
I posted several times  about her books - mainly every time around the publishing date of the next book. In the meantime five of the planned eight books have been published and book six is not that far away. I read three of the five books and I reviewed Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook , September 2011)[Kindle ASIN: B005JU9840] [Smashwords] [MuseItUp Publishing] which is the first book in the The Chronicles of Caleath series.

That sounds a bit sad for me and needs to be changed.
Therefore I decided to do following:

Today I tell you about the reasons for these posts and share with you common information about The Chronicles of Caleath series. On Wednesday and Thursday I deliver reviews of book two and three (for title and blurb scroll down).

Now let us have a look at 


 After reading three of the eight books I can confirm that The Chronicles of Caleath series delivers a great mix of fantasy, science fiction and adventure.  And what is it all about? I think I gave an adequate description in my review of Exiled:Autumn's Peril:

"I does not take long to identify that Rosalie Skinner took known fantasy topics, put them into a mixer and added her own ideas. The result is a universe with planets somewhere and sometime. Interplanetary travels are possible.
There are worlds with advanced technology and worlds with magic and medieval flair.
The story focus on an unknown planet which is definitely a fantasy world with a medieval touch.
There is magic, communication between animals and human beings, weapons like sword, bow and crossbow. There are several continents inhabited by different cultures. The reader will visit some of them. But there is a serious problem in form of the visit of an uninvited civilization.
The main character Caleath is a very specific being. His body has been modified. There are nanobots in his blood and a kind of hard disc in his head.
The whole world seems to be the realization of a world from the virtual reality game which Caleath played in the past."


You find detailed information about each book - which includes the not published ones - on Rosalie Skinner's site. I think you should decide on your own if you want to read all the blurbs as they may contain spoilers. To follow the link just click on the book cover.

HERE WE GO:









As most authors Rosalie Skinner is keen to read comments from her readers and also from her soon to be readers. Several ways lead to Rosalie Skinner and her magnificient The Chronicles of Caleath series:
Facebook, GOODREADS, Official Site, Blog

ENJOY READING

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1237

 Hello and welcome to issue #1237 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Another week gone. It ha been a mixed week. On the one hand I have been highly motivated to finish  at least two reviews. But I had to listen to my body which wanted more rest. And to be honest I do not have the skill to write with eyes closed. Anyway I'm happy that I could visit some blogs, leave a few messages and enjoy reading. Autumn is coming nearer and that means the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 is coming nearer. The fair will be opened for public on October 13th and 14th. My wife and I will be there on October 13th. It is just a 30 minutes ride on the urban railway and the fair ticket includes free bidirectional ride.



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. Two digital copies
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. PAX BRITANNIA reading order
  2. Outside the comfort zone
  3. Ghost Town
  4. Birth of a cover
  5. Past and present

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Arrow
  2. Frankenwheenie
  3. The H ....

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 Good name

The Lighthouse

It seems I'm back to old reading habits which means o read several books parallel. I finished one book and read in sum 603 pages.

I finished

- All Timelines Lead To Rome (pb, digital, September 30th 2012)  by Dale Cozort
I read an eARC. Full review will be available on September 30th.



I'm

- 139 pages in Wake of the Bloody Angel (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Alex Bledsoe
Eddie is excellent ....

-192 pages in Th Last City (e-book, July 2012) by Nina D' Aleo.
I received an eARC for reviewing purpose. I must say this is an unexpected good debut novel. There will be a review by end of September.
It seems I did not mention the book before on my blog. Therefore you get a cover and a blurb.
"An intoxicating blend of noir crime, science fiction and fantasy THE LAST CITY is BLADE RUNNER meets PERDIDO STREET STATION.
Scorpia – the last city of Aquais – where the Ar Antarians rule, the machine-breeds serve and in-between a multitude of races and species eke out an existence somewhere between the ever-blazing city lights and the endless darkness of the underside.
As a spate of murders and abductions grip the city, new recruit Silho Brabel is sent to the Oscuri Trackers, an elite military squad commanded by the notorious Copernicus Kane. But Silho has a terrible secret and must fight to hide her strange abilities and monstrous heritage.
As the team delve deeper into Scorpia’s underworld, they discover a nightmare truth.
Hunted by demons, the Trackers must band together with a condemned fugitive, a rogue wraith and a gangster king and stake their lives against an all-powerful enemy to try to save their world and one another."  [Source]

- 114 pages in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
A long, long time ago I read a German edition. I has been no question for me that I wanted to read an English edition BEFORE December. Read further on and you will understand why I opened my digital copy .....

- 34 pages in King of Thorns (pb, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481897] by Mark Lawrence
Finally, finally I started it.

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.


Sometimes I change my mind and cancel orders for books which I ordered six months ago in advance because my desire to read the specific book disappeared.
That happened exactly last week. Which book I mean?  Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
I think this is nothing unusual. Instead I bought two books which I definitely want to read.

The first book is the third novel in the Bryant and May Mystery series which I fell in love with the first book. I could not withstand and bought Seventy-Seven Clocks Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
"The odd couple of detection—the brilliant but cranky detectives of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit—return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing until the final page. This time Bryant and May are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding—and a killer no human hand may be able to stop.
A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian garb defaces a painting in the National Gallery. Then a guest at the exclusive Savoy Hotel is fatally bitten by what appears to be a marshland snake. An outbreak of increasingly bizarre crimes has hit London—and, fittingly, come to the attention of the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
Art vandalism, an exploding suspect, pornography, rat poison, Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, secret societies…and not a single suspect in sight. The killer they’re chasing has a dark history, a habit of staying hidden, and time itself on his side. Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant may have finally met their match, and this time they’re really working against the clock...." [Source]


The second book has been on my list for a while and when I saw the limited time offer for 99 Cents (0.89 EUR) I clicked the buy button. Now I own a digital copy of another time travel related novel. I hope that I will not be disappointed by The Kronos Interference (e-book, June 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:  B008HJX4YA] by Edward Miller and J B Manas.
"How far would you go to save the world?
When physicist Jacob Newman is pulled from his family, his job, and his whole life to investigate a strange vessel discovered at the bottom of the South Pacific, he finds evidence of time travel, along with implications that a judgment day against mankind is imminent. But it isn’t until he cracks the time travel technology and uncovers a startling link to his own family history that he undertakes a dangerous mission back to 1924 to kill Adolf Hitler and undo a horrific episode of Earth’s violent past. The results are catastrophic, and soon he discovers much darker forces working against him—forces he must overcome if he hopes to save humanity and see his family again.
Written in the vein of the late Michael Crichton, James Rollins, and similar authors who inject high concept plots with little-known historical facts and a touch of cutting-edge science, The Kronos Interference offers international intrigue, fast-paced action, and plenty of twists and turns. The book received the coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who called it "impressively original" and a "tour de force." [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...


I read all PAX BRITANNIA books except the latest one so far. I like
Author Jonathan Green has been so kind as to deliver the reading order for all novels and short stories over at his blog. In case you are interested in have a look at Steampunk Thursday: Pax Britannia reading order
You don't know the PAX BRITANNIA series? Then I recommend to spend four and half minutes for the awesome introduction to the world of PAX BRITANNIA. I know the video is now nearly three years old but it is still worth to have a look at.


I am not separated from the rest of the world. I know that millions of people have to fight for survive. It is a shame to see what happens especially to children. I also admit that I do not want to be confronted with such kind of things while I'm reading. I read for relaxation, recreation and partly escape.
Anyway I appreciate it when author try to spread word about specific grievance in the world. The International Peace Day anually on September 21st is another opportunity to do  that. Author Edith Parzefall and her publisher decided to chose exactly this date for the release of Strays of Rio (pb, September 21st 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1771271493] by Edith Parzefall.
"Lisa Kerry witnesses a private death squad attack street kids close to her bookstore. When the police take no action, she vows to purge Rio of the ruthless killers. To keep him out of the line of fire, she must quell her affection for the one man cut out to exorcise the demons of her past. Drawing strength and rage from the abuse she suffered as a young girl in a juvenile detention center, Lisa closes in on her marks.

Unable to get to the rich and powerful leader of the recreational killers, she enlists the older brother of one of her street urchin friends—a drug lord. Lisa's pursuit of justice spirals into a violent struggle to survive, for herself, her young charges, and the man she loves." [Source]
For more information about the author and her books please visit Edith Parezfall's Blog.
Author and friend of the blog Rosalie Skinner - living on the other side on the planet from my point of view as she lives in Australia and I live in Germany - spread the word in her post International Day of Peace and the release of Strays of Rio!
To be honest I do not know if I will read the book but at least I wanted to spread word about it. Nowadays it is not that easy to be recognised in the waterfall of new books.


I must admit that I do not know any ghost town in Germany. Whenever it comes to ghost towns I think of America in first place. Maybe I'm wrong. But Dark Roasted Blend delivers again an example. Read the story and look at the pictures about the rise and fall of Bordeaux in

Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Bordeaux, Washington


Again everyone who is interested in can be eye witness of The Birth of a Cover. Author Mark Lawrence has been so kind to share this event on his blog.


I like it when past and present comes together. Art is an excellent stage for that. I think you know what happened 1906 in San Francisco. The people over at  WebUrbanist show  an impressive project by photographer Shawn Clover:

San Francisco Past & Present: Blended Images from 1906 and 2012 



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.

After several posts without real movie trailers I return today with two trailers and something special. Here we go:

I like heroes using bows and crossbows. That may explain my pleasure when I watched the following trailer:


ARROW is a TV show based on the DC Comic character Green Arrow. Please mark the word based clearly says that this is not 100% Green Arrow.
Anyway I would like to see some episodes to build up my mind. But I do not know if the series will ever be aired on German TV.

Does the name Tim Burton ring a bell? I like a lot of his movies and next month the wonderful Frankenwheenie will hit the cinemas. For me it is a must see!




DECEMBER 13TH 2012
 A day marked bold in my calendar. I'm sure I will get no tickets for this day but on that day The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Der Hobbit: Eine Unerwatete Reise will hit the cinemas in Germany. I can't wait to see the movie. Yesterday I watched all eight production videos in a row - 90 minutes !! I did not regret. It was amazing.
Did you see these videos? Do you follow The Hobbit blog? Do you know Planet Tolkien?

Would you like to return to Middle Earth and have a look at the actors, landscape and of cours a look behind the scenes then watch the production videos.
Attention! The first video contains the production videos one to six and lasts one hour.
The Hobbit - Full Production Video Blogs 1-6

Production Video #7

Production Video #8

As far as I understood Peter Jackson there will be at least one more video about the post production ......

THREE MONTHS TO GO ......


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.

The beginning of something great .........

"I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973),The Hobbit

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1236

Hello and welcome to issue #1236 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Finally I'm back with a new issue. On Monday I returned home from hospital.
I spent the week home to recover. I must admit I sleeped a lot.I don't know why but I miss energy and enthusiasm. But I wanted to write this post.


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. Four digital copies
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Airborne Aircraft Carriers
  2. A new airport for London

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fire

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 Good name

The Lighthouse

Last two weeks I found time to finish some books. That means most of the time I either slept or read. week I finished a digital magazine and read 324 pages which was sad.

I finished

- Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
An interesting read but definitely for everyone

- Full Dark House (pb 2004 and digital 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0553815528 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003PJ6FYS] by Christopher Fowler.
Arthur Bryant and John May are my new favorite crime/mystery heroes.


- The Map of Time (pb, July 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1451683035] Felix J. Palma
I have been impressed.


- The Doomsday Vault (pb, November 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0451464293] by Steven Harper
This is steampunk.


I'm

- 102 pages in Wake of the Bloody Angel (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B0079XQAYG] by Alex Bledsoe
On the road again with Eddie LaCrosse ....


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.


When I returned from hospital last week I felt the desire for ..... buying books. Fortunately it has been the beginning of the month and Idid not spend my book budget for this months. Finally I bought digital copies of following books. All four books have one thing in common. They all belong to series.

The first book is the second novel in the Bryant and May Mystery series which I fell in love with the first book. There is no way out I will buy and read all ten books published so far. I will start reading The Water Room (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKTS] by Christopher Fowler soon.

"When an elderly lady is found inside her own house with her lungs full of river water, London's Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to search for a logical solution. But the property's next tenant is plagued by mysterious damp patches and the sound of rushing water, and Arthur Bryant decides to divert the investigation into strange new territory. Meanwhile, his partner John May finds himself in hot water when he sets out to save the reputation of an academic whose arcane knowledge of London's forgotten underground rivers looks set to destroy his career. The geriatric detectives soon discover that in a city full of the rich, the poor and the dispossessed, there's still something for which a desperate murderer is willing to kill again. Pooling their information to investigate hitherto undiscovered secrets of the city, Bryant & May make some sinister connections." [Source]

The second book is about time travel. Even I did not read Blackout (digital, 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0053YQBT2] by  Connie Willis so far. I know it is the first part of a story which continues in   All Clear  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003F3FJIM].  I'm not sure how to manage but I want to read both books until end of 2012. Time travel and London in one book is compelling

"In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060—the setting for several of her most celebrated works—and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler’s bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.
Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory—but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong" [Source]

The last but one book shows clearly that I'm a book hunter and gatherer.I buy books in series where I did not read the first book. William Napier's Clash of Empires series is a good example for that. There was no way out. I must buy a copy of Clash of Empires: The Red Sea (digital, 2012] [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008E9RDUE] by William Napier. I hope the books in the series will be as good as I expect.
"The Mediterranean, 1571. For hundreds of years the Ottoman Empire has ruled the seas. But the seas are only a gateway to the lands they covet beyond.The armies of the Turk are picking off colonies and small islands, and if the Mediterranean falls, then finally perhaps the balance of power between crescent and cross will tip... It has been a momentous summer - the fall of Nicosia, Cyprus besieged and men flayed alive, their bodies displayed as trophies on opposing galleys. Now, as the sun rises on one October day, history will be written in blood. Five hours will shape history. Countries all over western Europe have sent ships and men. Caught up in it are Hodge and Ingoldsby - two young British soldiers who have survived the siege of Malta and are already living on borrowed time. Now, it seems the debt must be repaid..." [Source]

The last book for today is the fourth and final book in the excellent Legends of the Red Sun series. At least I read the first two books. And with The Broken Isles (e-book, July 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:  B0089YAJCI] by Mark Charan Newton I have book three and four on my reader.
"War spills into the Boreal Archipelago, as two rival cultures bring their eternal battle into this adjacent realm. Fresh from a military victory, Commander Brynd Lathraea plans to rebuild the city of Villiren, where he is confronted with a dilemma. There are friendly forces who have no other choice but to live alongside his own people, and their numbers will be required to fight in the looming conflict. The commander turns politician as he seeks to build bridges and embrace mysterious new technologies to further his ambitions. However, many in Villiren are sceptical of aliens coming to their city, tensions run high, and even the dream of a peaceful future brings with it inevitable clashes of beliefs. Meanwhile, Villjamur has been destroyed. A vast swathe of refugees from the legendary city are now on the run from an immense alien presence in the sky. Villages are being cleared and people are dying en masse. And Inquisitor Fulcrom finds himself at the helm of an operation to aid the refugee exodus to the coast, but it's a race against time before this threatened genocide is complete. Ancient civilisations line up on the field of battle. Exotic creatures and a possible god walk alongside citizens of the Empire. As the Legends of the Red Sun series draws to a close, there will be one final and immense conflict to decide the fate of multiple cultures forever." [Source]

I must say all the free digital books you can get are alluring. It is so easy to download a copy. But who will read them? In a good year I read 80 books which nearly covers the books I buy and the books I get for reviewing purpose. It would not be a problem for me to find every day one book for free. That would mean 365 books per year. Impossible to read them all. It looks good for statistics when an author can tell that thousands of people downloaded his book. But how many will read the book.
I downloaded a lot of books in the past month. It has been tempting. Now I decided to stop that because it does not make sense. Of course I like to get as many books as possible but why should I fill my reader with books I will never read.


How do you cope with all the books available for free? The bone and bane of digital books.


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...

As I could read on other blogs the world of books is as busy as a beehive. I'm sure you follow also other blogs which means you did not miss important information.

I'm still fascinated by dirigibles and planes. That is the reason why I like the following post over at Dark Roasted Blend:


London is my favorite town. The available space in the city is limited. But there is a need of more airport capacity. The people over at  WebUrbanist show  a possible solution. Have a look at


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.

I still wait for interesting movie trailers. Of course I love to watch The Hobbit trailer again and again. But that does not mean that I post this trailer every week.

Do you know what happened on 2nd of September 1666? I think two words will lead you in the right direction: FIRE and LONDON.

Following video give you an impression about what happened.

There is also an informative post by author Richard Denning over at English Historical Fiction Authors:

Richard Denning used the Great Fire of London as background for his novel The Last Seal (2011).

"September 1666: a struggle between two secret societies threatens to destroy London. Three hundred years previously the Praesidum defeated and incarcerated a demon beneath the city. Now the Liberati aim to release it and gain its power for themselves.
Meanwhile agents of the King are seeking four suspected foreign spies who are, in reality, disparate and unlikely heroes: GABRIEL, the sole remaining member of the Praesidum, crippled by his fear of failure; FREYA, a young thief orphaned by the Great Plague, driven by poverty and self-interest; TOBIAS, a cynical physician, obsessed by his desire for vengeance against the Liberati cavalier who killed his father, and finally and most vitally, BEN, a Westminster schoolboy, whose guilt over his parents’ death threatens to destroy him.
Thrown together by chance when Ben finds an ancient scroll revealing the location of arcane seals that bind the demon beneath London, the story launches into a battle between the Liberati and Praesidium, a battle which takes place within the Great Fire of London. These four must overcome their personal problems and work together if they are to foil the plans of the Liberati, protect the city and gain the means to defeat the demon." [Source]


Anyway you should not miss the Great Fire of London: Skyline Animation
Even it is only a black and white comparison it gives a good impression about what the fire destroyed.



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.

I hope Edi did not lose his name by this post .....

"A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
Lord Jeffery
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