27 February, 2010

Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup #09

Hello and welcome to issue #09 of my Weekly Roundup. Tomorrow is the last day of February. Where has the month gone? Concerning reading it has been a sad month. Three and a half books is far away from my planned six books. But finally I started to work on one of my New Year's resolutions - thanks tomy wife for putting pressure on me. Since last week we both go three times per week to a local fitness center. That means on the one hand less time for reading but on the other hand I do something for my health and to be honest I feel better. Blog wise you should have mentioned that we three post more regularly. And it seems that you our dear readers like the mix. Enjoy reading......

Bona Fide's Menu

Bona Fide's Post and Read Forecast
  1. Bona Fide's Forecast
  2. Bona Fide's Butcher's Bill: January Reads
  3. Bona Fide's February Reading List
  1. A book recommendation by Daniel Abraham
  2. Delivery of the week: Farlander by Col Buchanan
  3. Hijacking of the week: Soulless by Gail Carriger
  1. DRIN - Del Rey Internet Newsletter - February 2010
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Goats....

Bona Fide's Post and Read Forecast

Bona Fide's posts in March 2010

Friday, March 5th, Review: The Stolen Moon of Londor (2009) [US] [UK] , by A.P. Stephens
First book in the The White Shadow Saga. Epic quest with elves, dwarves, wizards.......

Saturday, March 6th, Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup #10
Content unknown so far

Friday, March 12th, Review: Farlander (2010) [US] [UK], by Col Buchanan
Another promising debut novel. The blurb is like a soft reverberation of The Malazan Empire

Saturday, March 13th, Bona Fide:Weekly Roundup #11
Content unknown so far

Friday, March 19th, Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010) [US] [UK], by J.K.Nemesin
A very promising debut novel.

Saturday, March 20th, Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup#12
Content unknown so far

Wednesday, March 24th, Review: The Exodus Gate (2009, 566 p.) [US][UK], Stephen Zimmer
Second series by Stephen Zimmer

Friday, March 26th, Review: Soulless (2009) [US] [UK], by Gail Carriger.
More and more people talk about it. I wanted to know more about vampires, werewolves and parasols.

Saturday, March 27th, Bona Fide: Weekly Roundup#13
Contains Bona Fide's Forecast for April 2010; Reading Forecast and the Reality; rest unknown

Bona Fide's Butcher's Bill: January Reads

I read and reviewed following three books
Seeds of Earth (2009) [US][UK], Michael Cobley
Spellwright (2010) [US March] [UK July], by Blake Charlton
The Stolen Moon of Londor (2009) [US] [UK] , by A.P. Stephens, will be posted on March 5th

I read 1/5th of the book in January. Wanted to continue in February and Failed. Will now continue in March.
The Gardens of the Moon (2009, 10th anniversary edtition) [US][UK], by Steven Erikson

I read 1/3rd of the book in February. I will finish and review it in March.
The Exodus Gate (2009, 566 p.) [US][UK], Stephen Zimmer

Again I didn't reach my target. There is one obvious reason for it: I have had less time for reading and reviewing. But I work on my schedule in order to optimize. Will see how it works in March.

Average Pages Per Day: 52
Average Publication Date: 2009
Average Books Per Day: 0.10
Books settled in London: NONE
Stolen moons: 1

Bona Fide's March Reading List
Even I missed my monthly reading goal of six books for the second time I plan again to read six books. Among my choice you find two debut novels: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Farlander. Beside this I will read my second sci-fi book in 2010: Crossover.

The Gardens of the Moon (2009, 10th anniversary edtition) [US][UK], by Steven Erikson
The Exodus Gate (2009, 566 p.) [US][UK], Stephen Zimmer
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010) [US] [UK], by J.K.Nemesin
Soulless (2009) [US] [UK], by Gail Carriger
Crossover (2006) [US] [UK], by Joel Shepherd
Farlander (2010) [US] [UK], by Col Buchanan


On last Monday Daniel Abraham - author of the Long Price Quartet - recommended a book on Facebook: "Do yourself a favor. Get this. You may quote me." Amazon.com: Bitter Seeds (9780765321503): Ian Tregillis: Books
I was curious and tried to find out what the book is about.
"Product Description
It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between.
Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.
When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities—a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present—Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.

Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different."
About the Author
IAN TREGILLIS lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos Laboratory. He is a member of the Wild Cards writing collective, directed by George R. R. Martin. Bitter Seeds is his first novel.

Ian Tregillis is also mentioned in the informative post series Authors Worth Watching, Spotlight 2 of 5 over at Stomping On Yeti. Anyway I put Bitter Seeds immediately on my list.

Delivery of the week
Today I received a my review copy of Farlander (2010) [US] [UK], by Col Buchanan. Thanks to Julie Crisp who is the editor of the book.
And this is the blurb
"The Heart of the World is a land in strife. For fifty years the Holy Empire of Mann, an empire and religion born from a nihilistic urban cult, has been conquering nation after nation. Their leader, Holy Matriarch Sasheen, ruthlessly maintains control through her Diplomats, priests trained as subtle predators.
The Mercian Free Ports are the only confederacy yet to fall. Their only land link to the southern continent, a long and narrow isthmus, is protected by the city of Bar-Khos. For ten years now, the great southern walls of Bar-Khos have been besieged by the Imperial Fourth Army. Ash is a member of an elite group of assassins, the R shun - who offer protection through the threat of vendetta.
Forced by his ailing health to take on an apprentice, he chooses Nico, a young man living in the besieged city of Bar-Khos. At the time, Nico is hungry, desperate, and alone in a city that finds itself teetering on the brink. When the Holy Matriarch's son deliberately murders a woman under the protection of the R shun; he forces the sect to seek his life in retribution.
As Ash and his young apprentice set out to fulfil the R shun orders - their journey takes them into the heart of the conflict between the Empire and the Free Ports ...into bloodshed and death."
The cover is mouth-watering. There is a dirigible.....
Farlander hardback will be on sale on March 5th 2010
Unfortunately I can deliver you a review until March 5th. But you can read my review in two weeks time.

Hijacking of the week
Soulless (2009) [US] [UK], by Gail Carriger has been my Valentine gift for my wife. That was on February 14th.
I could resist thirteen days until I "hijacked" the book. Which means I started to read it.
The Blurb
"Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?"

How could I withstand? London, Victorian Era combined with vampires and werwolves.
Maybe I can convince you to read it too. Listen to a free sample of the first chapter of Soulless!


I don't know whom of you receive DRIN - Del Rey Internet Newsletter. The February issue contains an article by Robert V.S. Redick - author of x and x - which I would like to share with you.

The Possibility and Promise of a Book
by Robert V. S. Redick

The Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick

Fantasy extends the promise of a feast. Suppose you're watching a ship sail towards you across a choppy bay. As it draws near and you gain perspective, you see that it's very large–no, gigantic–no, monstrous, larger by half than any ship you've ever heard of, let alone seen. There's a mad captain at the wheel, and fantastically muscled ogres turning the capstan, a young woman guarded by blue mastiffs emerging from the forecastle house, tiny figures in the shadows, fitting three-inch arrows to their bows–

Stop. There's a setting for you: as it happens, my own, in The Ruling Sea, which Del Rey brought to the states on February 16 (yeah, baby!). Trouble is, that setting guarantees you precisely nothing. The book in question could be glorious, or ghastly. You simply can't know which until you start to read.

Now consider plot. In my four-book series The Chathrand Voyage, two empires–long estranged but intimately bound by ties of history–find themselves at a crossroads. For years, they've tried to practice a kind of benign neglect, because both sides have found that preferable to another chapter in their long, ruinous, unnecessary war. Or have they? As my heroes discover to their horror in Book I, The Red Wolf Conspiracy, smiles and vague words of peace can sometimes be the perfect cover for an assassination attempt.

But by the same token, a nice setup can be a perfect cover for a half-baked novel. Again, such summary information can only tell you about one aspect of a book—one that's not, by any stretch, the most important.

What is? Fortunately, that's still up to the individual reader. The best the market analysts can do is when, and how deeply, the readers begin to care. Of course, caring is not the same as cheering. Beloved books, like beloved people, don't only make us jump for joy. They can also make us sad, furious, frightened or scandalized. But they always make us feel.

Plenty of books–genre and mainstream, old and new–don't pass this personal test. Something colder–sterile craft perfectionism, or a desperate grab for literary chique, or geeky hand-rubbing over a Nifty Idea (vampires plus time travel plus gorgeous handbags plus...)–takes the place of the novel's heart. When that happens, I walk. You can fill that space in the chest cavity with dust or diamonds: this reader still won't care.

Idealistic? You might say. Don't get me wrong, though: I want millions–nay, billions–to love The Chathrand Voyage series, to devour the books, and me by extension. I've deployed my own Nifty Ideas, after all: one former mentor asked if there was anything left in the sorcerer's lab, or was it all in the bubbling cauldron?

I don't know the magic spell that summons billions to the bookshops. Only Ms. J.K.R. knows that, and she can't be bribed. But I can promise you one thing: love The Ruling Sea or hate it, you won't ever ask yourself if the writer was indifferent. Happy sailing—and don't go barefoot on the lower decks.

You liked the article? Then give the entertaining Chatrand Voayge series a go.In the meantime the first two books are available: The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Rats and the Ruling Sea.


This time I want to do something different. As you may know movies have different release dates depending on the country they are shown. I live in Germany and when I can trust the schedule of my favorite cinema I have to go there several times in March. These are trailers of the movies I want to watch together with my wife:

The film, based on the novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, is an atmospheric psychological thriller set in a 1950s asylum for the criminally insane.



Nearly three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered by oceans.
(Don't get confused by the very short Italian introduction

And now tell me which movies are on your agenda for March.


The Men Who Stare At Goats inspired me to search for quotes related to goats........

" Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.
Yiddish proverb

"Bring me A bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat.
Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and musician (1685 -1750)

"Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat.
Irish sayings

"SATYR, n. One of the few characters of the Grecian mythology accorded recognition in the Hebrew. (Leviticus, xvii, 7.) The satyr was at first a member of the dissolute community acknowledging a loose allegiance with Dionysius, but underwent many transformations and improvements. Not infrequently he is confounded with the faun, a later and decenter creation of the Romans, who was less like a man and more like a goat.
Ambrose Bierce, American writer and journalist (1842 - 1914)


Harry Markov said...

I want to watch Alice too. If not for the story, because it eerily sounds like Narnia at this point.

Good picks. :) I hope you manage them all. :)

ediFanoB said...

I hope I will manage them all. Will return to SOULLESS after writing this comment :)

I'm a big fan of Johnny Depp which is one of the reasons I want to watch Alice.

Krista said...

Great Round up! Oh and I'm going to be reading The 100 thousand Kingdoms with Barnes and Nobles online Fantasy/Sic. Fi. book club in march and the author will be joining us if you are interested! :)

ediFanoB said...
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ediFanoB said...

Hey Krista,
thanks for compliment and information.

Would you be so kind as to send me the dates when the book club will read THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS. Due to me limited time I need to check dates and time before I can decide whether to take part or not.

Krista said...
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Krista said...

Well, the good thing is that you can join in at any time with questions or any thoughts on the book. The Author will be there through the whole month of March. Some of us do like to break down the book and discuss it as we go along but not everyone does. Sometimes they just have questions for the author and or what they thought about the overall story, characters and such. So you are more than welcome to pop in when ever you have a chance. You just sign in and make a pin name and reply away :)

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Fantasy-Science-Fiction/BREAKING-NEWS-N-K-JEMISIN-WILL-BE-OUR-GUEST-THROUGHOUT-THE/m-p/477819#U477819 <--this is the link for a little more information about her stoping by in march, the discussion schedule, the author, and her book.

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Fantasy-Science-Fiction/bd-p/fsf <--- this is the link to the many different threads for Fantasy and Sic. Fi book club. Our moderator hasn't made a thread for the 1oo thousand Kingdoms disscusion with Jemisin yet,but he will at the beginning of March.

If you have any question feel free to ask I do not mind at all! :)

ediFanoB said...

Hey Krista,

you don't need to post the detailed informations. Just send me a mail edifanob[at]gmail[dot]com.

ediFanoB said...

Krista, and now we have had overlapping comments. Thank you so much for the details. I will read it and keep you informed.

Dave said...

It's funny that you mention "The men who stare at goats" because that is next on my watching list! I saw the cast and decided those guys could not ALL have picked to work on a movie that wasn't a fantastic script.

The first goat-quote is the best! :-)