17 July, 2009

Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup #29

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup. I escaped work and have some days off and I'm glad that I found the time to read beside sleeping and family. I started in on the sixth book of my summer 2009 reading list...The weather forecast for the weekend is rain, rain, rain, .... and to be honest I don't care. It is just one more opportunity to read!

Blogosphere

The David Gemmell Legend Award announced that audio of the award ceremony is now available, and this is the direct link to the award ceremony audio.

There was an interesting discussion about On Rape in Fantasy at Fantasy Debut. This is the second discussion on this topic I found within 2009. There was an intense discussion about this topic based on Ana's review of The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett in April.

I always in search of extraordinary stuff, which you know from my past Weekly Roundups. This week I want to present you with a doll - a leather doll (I know what you are thinking, but it is not that kind of doll, and I am not that kind of person!). Please click and watch the pictures of this awesome Steampunk Leather Doll.

I follow two new blogs that are both related to Steampunk:
The first one is Steampunk Art @ Oxford. The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, UK presents the first museum exhibition of Steampunk, which will run from October 13, 2009 through February 21, 2010.

Cherie Priest, author of books like Four and Twenty Blackbirds (SF Signal review) just went Steampunk! The Clockwork Century is the name of the alternate-history world setting she created.

Books

The first book settled in The Clockwork Century titled Boneshaker will be released in October 2009. Cherie Priest signed a contract for two more books. Amazon link doesn't show the cover. Therefore I added it for you.


Several years ago, I read The Last Rune, a series by Mark Anthony. It is the story of two people - Travis Wilder (saloon-keeper) and Grace Beckett (ER doctor) - who are drawn into another world called Eldh. I must admit it is still one of my favorite series to date. I'm still in search of other series where people travel between worlds. Is there a series which you would recommend me? And yes I know about Narnia...

Movies

I like steampunk (duh). Maybe you don't know that there are a lot of varieties - I would like to show you two of these. The first one is a little on the comic side. It is called Steam Punk Duel. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did:



The next one is a darker one. It is a short animated film. That means you should have some time to watch it because it lasts around 25 minutes. But I think it is most definitely worth watching The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello:


Quotes

This week you get, once again, two quotes and both are related to books and weather. I started to read Flood by Stephen Baxter. For more information please read Sandstorm Review or SF Signal Review.

"Weather forecast for tonight: dark: Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning."
George Carlin, US comedian and actor (1937 - 2008)

"Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content."
Paul Valery, French critic and poet (1871 -1945)

4 comments:

Shellie said...

Excellent post ediFanoB!

OnlyTheBestSciFi/Fantasy said...

If you are looking for books where people travel to other worlds, try the Entire and the Rose. That's the first thing that comes to mind that I have read recently. It wasn't my favorite, but it has been pretty well received.

ediFanoB said...

@ Shellie,
thank you very much for compliment. It is always a challenge to find interesting topics worth to post and not just copy posts from other blogs.

@ Alec,
thank you for recommendation.
I guess you mean The Entire and the Rose series by Kay Kenyon. I read mixed reviews about the first book of the series - Bright of the Sky. Need to read them again in order to decide.

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

Steampunk seems be becoming a popular genre to read. I've seen some good thoughts on Boneshaker. Need to add it my TBR wish list. Thanks for all the information here. Nice.