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Bona Fide's Question of the Week
- Answers to questions from last Roundup
- Delivery of the week: Black Hills by Dan Simmons
- An anarchist classic: Hartmann the Anarchist by Edward Douglas Fawcett
- Harry Markov - Reviewer Time: Season Two
- Tor.com Webcomic: King of an Endless Sky by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon
- Razor Wire Public Hair ???
- I'm your pain in the neck: The David Gemmell Legend Award
- The Last Airbender
German proverbs, sayings and idiomsAnarchy....
Bona Fide's Question of the Week
Answers to questions from Roundup 06
No answers to that question. Maybe it was the wrong one.
I need to think about this topic. So this week no new question.
It has been on my list. Of course it has been on my list. After reading Terror (2007) [US] [UK] and the awesome Drood (2009) [US] [UK] (my review), by Dan Simmons it was just a question of time until I get my copy of Black Hills (2010) [US Februaryl][UK April]. And then I read Liviu's review. I have been blown away.
There was no way out. I wanted the book as soon as possible. So I checked amazon.de. You can't imagine my surprise, that the paperback was available. I still can't believe it. It as been published by hachette in US but it is not available at amazon.com!!! I ordered the book and on Friday I received my copy. This is the cover and the blurb.
"When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general's ghost enters him - and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.I can't wait to read it!!!
Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans. Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa's long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people's sacred
Black Hills. In August of 1936, a dynamite worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people's legacy-on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jeffersonface."[Source]
I discovered Hartmann The Anarchist (2009) [US] [UK] (186 p.), by Edward Douglas Fawcett. sometime in 2009 and I was intrigued. The story has been published first in 1892! But that is not the main reason why I wanted this book. It is settled in London and there are dirigibles. It is the harbinger of steampunk. Not decided yet when to read it.
"Dirigibles, Zeppelins, Airships, Blimps – whatever you want to call them there's no doubt these inflatable monsters of the sky exert a deep fascination for fans of aviation and modern day "Steam Punks" everywhere. Well, this book is where it all began!
Hartmann the Anarchist was originally published in 1892 when Edward Douglas Fawcett was 16 years old and has been out of print for more than 100 years. In it, Fawcett's imagination creates "The Attila" from a wondrous new form of lighter-than-air metal, canvas and ships' rigging and has it piloted by Rudolph Hartmann, one of the most fiendish villains in literary history, raining pitiless death and destruction from the skies on Parliament, St Pauls and the City. Just 20 years later, Fawcett's apocalyptic vision came true when German zeppelins bombed London.
Hartmann the Anarchist is a man who harnesses the power of science, engineering and Victorian ingenuity – only to use it for diabolical means although some might argue his choice of targets is understandable.
Keep watching the skies, comrades!" [Source]
Harry Markov is back! Back with second season of Reviewer Time over at Temple Library Reviews
And Harry, what did you change for the second season?
"As promised I have returned with the semi-beloved feature that has rippled through the fragile and ever changing ecosystem that we know as the Bloggerverse [is it just me or does it sound like a Marvel project waiting to happen]. Reviewer Time has returned. A new season with a new design, marvelous cast and revisited format. Your host has not been replaced by a semi-sentient robot with world domination written on his underwear and remains Geeky-Me, one of my multiple personalities. The spirit of this feature remains: see behind the curtains of the blogs that welcome with open arms [or drag in the dirt] genre fiction titles. However, there are certain changes."Who will be your first "victims"?
Gav from NextRead [February 14th]
Peter from Ubiquitous Absence [February 28th]
I look forward to read these new interviews. Alec and I have been part of the first Reviewer Time season.
Do you like comics, webcomics? Then you should have a look at King of an Endless Sky by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon over at Tor.com. It partly reminded my of the Little Prince.
If believe it or not Razor Wire Public Hair is book title. Don't worry it has nothing in common with all the books we present here on the blog. Go, look at the cover, read an amazon.com review over at Judge a Book by its Cover and build up your mind.
I posted about The David Gemmell Legend Award regularly in the past Roundups. This week you get an update!
This is the Legend Arward nomination list. You can vote here.
This is the Morningstar Award nomination list. You can vote here.
I voted for Lamentation by Ken Scholes,ISBN: 0765360918, which I reviewed recently.
This is the Ravenstar Award nomination list. The poll is now open and you can vote here.
If you want to meet interesting people, talk about fantasy books, share your opinions in a friendly fantasy atmosphere, support your favorite book and SIGN IN:
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Hope to meet you soon over at The David Gemmell Legend Award ...............
I was not sure whether I want to watch the Last Airbender or not. But the following trailer convinced me. Let's have a look at M. Night Shyamalan’s film adaptation of Nickelodeon’s stellar animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. But first a synopsis:
"Water. Earth. Fire. Air. In the old days, there was peace between the four nations of the world. The Avatar -- Master of all four elements -- kept peace between the the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Only the Avatar has the ability to Bend (manipulate) all four elements, but one day, he Vanished. Then the Fire Nation attacked, forcing a war on the other three nations for one hundred years. Now, for the good of the world, it's up to 12-year-old Aang (Noah Ringer), the new Avatar, and the last of the Air Nomads (Airbenders), to return peace and balance by putting an end to the war and mastering all four elements. Aang must accept his destiny by stopping the Fire Nation's war and defeating the Fire Lord for good." [Source]
Hartman the Anarchist inspired me to search Anarchy quotes. And I really found some.....
" The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.”
"Anarchy is the true nature of all things. Monarchy, democracy, communism, all useless forms to control the human mind. But a mind cannot be control. It cannot be restrained. It has no boundaries. It has its will. Anarchy is the true nature of all things... ”
"Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.”
"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”
"If you have an apple, and I have an apple, and we exchange the apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea, and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. ”
George Bernhard Shaw
George Bernhard Shaw