08 August, 2009

Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup #32

Hello and welcome to the first Roundup after my vacation. On Tuesday I returned to work and got a nice surprise from my colleagues. Just read Bona Fide: My Amazon gift coupon and me. When you look at the books I ordered you will detect that most of them are written by female authors. Normally I don't care about the gender of an author, but I thought I would point it out given the current debates raging across the blogosphere. Enjoy the Roundup!


There is one book which just missed my gift coupon order. And, of course, it is once again written by a female author. I am speaking of In Great Waters, by Kit Whitfield [US] [UK]. Paperback will be released in October 2009.
"During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any “bastard” child must be destroyed.
This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand. Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king." [Source]
Maybe the synopsis does not explain in detail why I want to read this book. I have been diligent in my research though and therefore you are only one click away from several insightful reviews [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].


As a book lover I also have a soft spot for libraries. One of the largest and most famous libraries was destroyed a long time ago: The Library of Alexandria. Other libraries like the Vatican Secret Archive are closed to the public, but there are a lot of other impressive libraries around the world. You want to know more? Then I recommend you check out Belle's Library. This is a weakly feature over at Jo's In and Paper. A must for book lovers....

Of course I would like to have my own private library. This is my dream: Jay Walker's library


Even though I'm an "old crock" I still enjoy animated movies. And in October (UK) and November (US) 2009 another movie based on a book by Roald Dahl will hit the cinemas: Fantastic Mr Fox [US] [UK]. Enjoy the gorgeous trailer below:

Reality - Fantasy

A lot of elements that we find in fantasy novels derive their origin from reality. This is not unusual. But when we can see, smell and touch things in reality it helps us to imagine. In a lot of fantasy novels you find pubs, taverns, inns or whatever you like to title the building where you go to consume alcohol. Most of them have a sign. And where else are you going to find so many imaginative pub signs, each with its own back story? You want to know more about pub signs and view a couple of them? Then I highly recommend a look at Britain’s Colourful Pub Signs, Part 1 Don't know what to expect? Then have a gander at the following picture - click for full view:


Pubs, pub signs ... that leads me to ... alcohol! And alcohol is a topic with which quotes are very familiar. Cheers!

"All right, brain, you don't like me,
and I don't like you,
but let's just get me through this,
and I can get back to killing you with beer.
Matt Groening, The Simpsons

"Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune."
Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
British physician (1654 - 1734)

"My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses.
Drinks right out of the bottle.
Henny Youngman, US comedian (1906 - 1998)


Shellie said...

Another informative and fun post... and I love the fact that you only bought books with your birthday present by female authors.

OnlyTheBestSciFi/Fantasy said...

Oh my god. I want that library. Is all this soul selling business legit? Because...

I wasn't familiar with the trailer you posted, and I am usually on top of my trailers.

I lived in Oxford for a year and my favorite pub there was the Kings Arms. Loved that place, and they had a really fun sign... ah how I miss the lukewarm pints.

ediFanoB said...

Shellie, thank you.

To be honest two of he books have been written by Dan Simmons and he is male :)
There are a lot of female fantasy authors. And I think a lot of them are underrated. But they have their fan base. We can change it a bit when we spread word about their good books.
Take "The Deed of Paksenarrion" omnibus by Elizabeth Moon. It has been published first in 1992. At that time I haven't read any books in English. The omnibus have never been translated.
And I must admit I would not have bought it without a recommendation.

ediFanoB said...

OnlyTheBestSciFi/Fantasy, you may understand now how I reacted when I saw the pictures of this library for the first time. I think this will be a dream forever.

I like to surprise you. Even it is with a trailer.

English pubs are great. Whenever you get the opportunity visit one.

I never lived in a foreign country for a longer period of time. Due to my job I stayed in several European countries - by the week.

Jo said...

Thanks for recommending Belle's Library! So awesome of you! :)

ediFanoB said...

you're welcome. Good posts and features must be spread.