19 September, 2009

Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup #38

Hello and welcome to a new issue of my Roundup. The work for the next Roundup starts as soon as I have finished the previous one. But it takes mostly until middle of the week until I decide what I want to post. Unfortunately I could not spend as much time as I wanted for the Roundup. Don't worry I don't want you to burden with my solicitudes. But I can bewray (I know it is an old world but I like it) something to you which you may not expect: I like and watch Grey's Anatomie. Watch First 5 minutes of Grey's Anatomy season 6 before you enjoy reading.....

Books

On May 26th in 1897 Bram Stoker published his still famous Dracula [US] [UK]. I must admit I never read the book but I still remember the movie from 1931 with the unforgettable Bela Lugosi.
Next month - more than 112 years later - the unexpected will happen: The sequel of Dracula - Dracula: The Undead (2009) [US] [UK] by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt - will hit the book stores!
And Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker!
You want more information about the authors, the book itself and the research for the book? Then I highly recommend to visit the official site.
It seems that book trailers are growing popular. So have a look at the following Dracula: The Undead book trailer:


Most of you may know Conan the Babarian movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Conan has been created by Robert E. Howard. Beside Conan he created another awesome character: Solomon Kane.
"He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect--he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane." [Source]
Fortunately you can still buy a book which includes all Solomon Kane stories and more. I added The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane (2004) [US] [UK] by Robert E Howard to my book list. You will find more about Solomon Kane at the Movies section.

Blogosphere

If you follow the Roundup regularly you know I have a predilection for steampunk. Therefore I read with great pleasure following post over at Steampunkopedia, one of my favorite steampunk resources.
Sept. 3, 2009 - Steampunkopedia is back!
The ultimate steampunk compendium has resumed its regular activity. The most up-to-date versions of our vast databases: Steampunk Chronology, Dieselpunk Chronology, Steampunk Links and Steampunk TV are available in English again.

STEAMPUNKOPEDIA is part of RETROSTACJA, one of the world's biggest steampunk websites (since 2002, in Polish). Please subscribe to our
RSS feed and update your bookmarks to:
www.republika.pl/steampunk/opedia.html
May The Steam Be With You!

You still question yourself: "What the heck is steampunk?" Then I highly recommend to read the Steampunk FAQ by Cherie Priest.

That reminds me of another good steampunk post with several links. If you missed it you now get the opportunity to read Steampunk Articles and Free Reads! by Heather.

You see there is no way out. Sooner or later I will arouse your interest for steampunk......

Movies

For me it is interesting to see that my taste concerning books, movies and music is turning in a somewhat darker direction the older I get. I got intrigued after reading this plot summary:
The first part in a trilogy series, "Solomon Kane" is an epic adventure adapted from the classic pulp stories by Robert E. Howard, creator of "Conan the Barbarian." Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) is a 16th Century soldier who learns that his brutal and cruel actions have damned him. Determined to redeem himself, Kane swears to live a life of peace and goodness but is forced to fight once more when a dark power threatens the land. [Source]
And now watch the trailer. For more information visit this fan page.



Quotes

This week all quotes are related to the Solomon Kane movie and the topic is: DEVIL

"An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case; God has written all the books.
Samuel Butler, English composer, novelist, & satiric author (1835 - 1902)

"It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.
John Steinbeck, US novelist (1902 - 1968)

"If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
Henry Fielding, English dramatist & novelist (1707 - 1754)

"Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
Jacob Braude

"Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
Alan Valentine

"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

1 comments:

Alec said...

I read dracula when I was 13... and could not sleep for a week. I still remember laying stiff in bed wondering if I should go get the garlic or not. It didn't help that my window would band with every little breath of wind. I just added Fevre Dream to my TBR list, so I guess I will be getting back into vampires shortly!