Monday, September 29, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave #issue 1438

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Hello and welcome to issue #1439 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm still alive and I did not give up my blog. To keep it short. I have had plans but the remained plans. Some unexpected things came up which needed to be done.
That is the reason why you get this issue of the Weekend Wave on Monday instead of Saturday.

Furthermore some other posts are in progress. 3rd of October 2014 is a public holiday in Germany and I hope I can use poart of the day for the blog.

The visit of the fabric market on 7th of September has been successful. In less than two hours we spent the available money for items needed for new projects. I really hope to find enough time for sewing in autumn.

Unbelievable but true, a few days ago shops started to sell Christmas Stollen !!! That is something we eat at Christmas and now we have September!! I can't take long until they will sell Easter eggs at Christmas.


And now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Breathtaking, Breathtaking, Breathtaking
  2. The Newgate Calendar
  3. Creative Keyboard Designs


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Jupiter Ascending

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuote related to manners

The Lighthouse
I'm so happy that I managed to read several books since the last issue of the Weekend Wave. I finished one book from no press read and continued another. So far I read as many books as I read in the whole year 2015. But I don't think that I will "beat" the 81 books I read in 2012 .....



I finished

- Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"It took me a long time to read the book including a break.

I must say in the end it was not the right book for me. Despite the fact that it is well written and full of interesting ideas and characters, i never really felt with the characters.

Nevertheless I gave four stars because it is well done."

- Arctic Rising (pb and digital, first in 2012) [ISBN: 978-0765358738; Kindle ASIN:  B005KJJ4QW] by Tobias S Buckell
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A satisfying read with intelligent and emotional characters in a believable setting which hopefully will not come true."

- The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] by Timothy S. Johnston
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"As good and as spectacular as the first book in THE TANNER SEQUENCE.

It starts with a bang and then you need a lot of hot tea to escape tha cold. This is more than a simple scifi crime.

A rollercoaster ride packed with action and emotion."

- Devil in the Detail (digital, first edition 14th October 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B009O51HFO] by Ed James
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Excellent 2nd book in the SCOTT CULLEN MYSTRERIES series.

Convincing story and characters. It shows how arduous police work can be.

I have been that captivated that I started immediately to read boo three FIRE IN THE BLOOD."


- Fire in the Blood (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00B6RFDX0] by Ed James
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I read book 2 and 3 back to back. I do not like whisky BUT I LOVED the story. 
This is such an excellent series!!"



I'm



- 213 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht

I'm reading a book in my first language and it is a great read. Maschinenseele is like the predecessor
Maschinengeist  which means it is a mix of steampunk, alternate history and crime. It is a dark one and has nothing to do with an idyllic world. 

- 230 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.

- 31 pages  Dyed in the Wool (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00DTG5BTM] by Ed James

- 161 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.


- 67 pages in  The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205] by Rod Duncan


No progress

- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson



- 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

In the past two weeks I bought just one digital copy of a book.

There was a special offer for Annihilation (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00EGJ32A6] by Jeff Vandermeer which is the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy.
"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything." [Source]

A few weeks ago I told you that I bought a copy of  Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1909679337] by David Barnett which is the second book in the Gideon Smith series.
"Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire, a teeming metropolis where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, and where Queen Victoria presides over three quarters of the known world—including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Through a series of incredible events Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. But Gideon is a man with a mission, for the dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl, Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon—a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon off to points east.

Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies—to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.

Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!" [Source]
Now the kind people over at  Tor/Forge.com sent my a copy of the US edition of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0765334251] by David Barnett.

That will give me the opportunity to discover the difference between UK and US edition. To my surprise both books show the same number of pages but have different formats.

No more today, see you next week ......



Blogosphere


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...


Breathtaking, Breathtaking, Breathtakting
Go, visit A Dribble of Ink and get lost in


The Newgate Calendar
There are so many differen calendars available. But this one is a real special one.
Just read the interesting post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.

The Newgate Calendar, or, The Malefactors' Bloody Register by Catherine Curzon


Creative Keyboard Design
What kind of keyboard will we use in future? The Weburbanist shows some futurist desings. My favorite one is definitely the "Retro Typewriter Keyboard" .........






That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies

Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

I remember the the movie Jupiter Ascending should have hit the cinemas in summer 2014. I do not know the reasons why it has been postponed to February 2015.
The new extended trailer looks promising.....




That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

Following quoute stands for itself ...



"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Clarence Thomas, American lawyer and administrator, 1948 -

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Apology

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Dear Readers,

I'm sorry there will be no issue #1438 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I was too tired after a long working week.
Now I will have some days off and you can expect a post by middle of upcoming week.


ENJOY READING ....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1437

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Hello and welcome to issue #1437 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
this is my summary of the past week: more work, less reading, zero sewing.
But I look forward to 22nd of September because that is the day when I will enjoy some days out of office.
The visit if the fabric market last Sunday has been successful. In less than two hours we spent the available money for items needed for new projects.
I really hope to find enough time for sewing in autumn.
Unbelievable but true, a few days ago shops started to sell Christmas Stollen !!! That is something we eat at Christmas and now we have September!! I can't take long until they will sell Easter eggs at Christmas.


And now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB






  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. England’s royal roads and their origins
  2. Amazing street art
  3. Jack the Ripper finally identified?


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Assassin's Creed Unity

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuote related to everything

The Lighthouse
As more or less expected my reading progress dropped with my return to company. Nevertheless I'm happy that I finished at least one more book Hooray! I finished two books last week and started a new one. That is sad for my books with no progress but I feel well to follow my gut feeling when it comes to the decision what to read next.


I finished

-70 pages in The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] by Timothy S. Johnston.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A crime has been committed. A famous investigator gets the order to find the killer. Sounds like a description I read one thousand times before. That is true. But that is also the point where the similarities to these stories end.

The Furnace takes place in 2401 AD. The crime scene is SOLEX ONE, a research station orbiting the sun. The investigator is Lieutnant Kyle Tanner from CCF (= Confederated Combined Forces).

What starts as an usual investigation at an unusual place turns into much more. Revenge, treason, conspiracy, scientific invention, a pinch of love, action, fleshed characters which develop and whom you will eagerly follow are the ingredients of The Furnace which took me by storm. I have had a great and entertaining time with Kyle Tanner and other characters and all my guesses went wrong.

Looking for a scifi crime which is more than a scifi crime then give The Furnace a try.

I would like to see this story on a big screen.

The good thing is there will be at least two more books starring Kyle Tanner. For more information about The Tanner Sequence series I recommend to visit the official site."


I'm


114 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht

I'm reading a book in my first language and it is a great read. Maschinenseele is like the predecessor
Maschinengeist  which means it is a mix of steampunk, alternate history and crime. It is a dark one and has nothing to do with an idyllic world. 



No progress

- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson



- 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.

- 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.


- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

Last week I bought copies of three digital books and I received a paperback copy of a book which I ordered in advance several months ago.

The Quick (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0099569978] by Lauren Owen
This time I deliver two book descriptions. The first one is from the back of the book and the second one I found on a fan page. I think both together give a better overview. 
"You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother and sister alone in the world, a pair bound by tragedy. You will, in time, enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of the richest, most powerful men in England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide. It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, a world of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed." [Source]

"London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England." [Source]

Shadow Warrior (digital, September 2014) [ASIN: B00N9KQOQM] by Jay Noel is the second book in the Mechanica Wars series.
"The agony of a failed quest haunts Kanze Zenjiro, but the betrayal by those he trusted has turned his world upside down. With a heart full of hatred and defeat, Zen is desperate to get back to Nihon and demand the truth from his father.

Meanwhile, the Iberian Empire sends their soaring airships and steam-powered giants into The Orient. They threaten to upset the balance of power, hoping to exploit the faraway land in their greed for the resources needed to power their machines. Zen and his companions must fight to keep the world from plunging into total destruction.

And at the center of it all is a nine year old boy with the power of a god." [Source]

I read and liked  Dragonfly Warrior which is the first book in the series.

The first two books of an epic fantasy series standing together for 1310 pages for 7,27 EUR (= 9.41 USD, = 5.79 GBD) sounded like a good deal for me. Therefore I bought the first two books in the  The Faithful and the Fallen series by John Gwynne. I found mixed reviews but the comments from people I know and trust have been positive. I will see.
Before I show you the covers and the description let me tell you that you can download extracts from both books over at the author's site.

Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
"A black sun is rising …

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors under King Brenin’s rule, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed shields in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Some are skeptical, fighting their own border skirmishes against pirates and giants. But prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust." [Source]


Valour (digital March 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00HPYMWCI] by John Gwynne.
"The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize . .
.
Left for dead – her kin have fled and her country is overrun with enemies – Cywen fights to survive. But any chance of escape is futile once Nathair and his disquieting advisor Calidus realize who she is. They have no intention of letting such a prize slip from their grasp. For she may be their one chance at killing the biggest threat to their power.

Meanwhile, the young warrior Corban flees from his conquered homeland with his exiled companions, heading for the only place that may offer them sanctuary. But to get there they must travel through Cambren, avoiding warbands, giants and the vicious wolven of the mountains. And all the while Corban struggles to become the man that everyone believes him to be – the Bright Star and saviour of the Banished Lands.

Embroiled in struggles for power and survival, the mortal world is unaware of the greatest threat of all. In the Otherworld, dark forces scheme to bring a host of the Fallen into the world of flesh to end the war with the Faithful, once and for all." [Source]



I read and liked  Ed James.


No more today, see you next week ......



Blogosphere


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...


England’s royal roads and their origins
History is a fascinating thing. Unfortunately a life time is not enough to discover all the interesting stuff. So I take what I can get. I think that is one of the reasons why I really like the English Historical Fiction Authors. They deliver a lot of information beside their books in form of competent and interesting post and even sometimes in form of a post series. Author Patricia Bracewell delivered now four consecutive post about England's royal roads and their origins which I read with great interest. There is more behind these streets as I expected. Of course I share with you the links to all four posts.

The Royal Roads of Early England - Part I: The Icknield Way



The Royal Roads of England Part II: Watling Street


The Royal Roads of England Part III: The Fosse Way


The Royal Roads of England Part IV: Ermine Street



Amazing street art
´The Weburbanist is well known for excellent art posts and the following one is no exception. I'm still fascinated after my visit. Now go and have a look at




Jack the Ripper finally identified?
You may have heard or read about the following book:
Naming Jack the Ripper ( hc,pb, digital, 9th September2014)  [hc ISBN-13: 978-1493011902; pb ISBN-13: 978-0283072017; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LB89OXY] by Russel Edwards

The identity of the first serial killer treated like a celebrity is still unknown. Now Russell Edwards claims to have found evidence to proof who was Jack the Ripper.
To be honest I did not read the books
I read following feature  over at SHOTMAGS CONFIDENTAL:

Naming Jack the Ripper

 Furthermore I visited Casebook.org which is one of the world's largest public repository of Jack the Ripper related information.. A lot of people wanted to know what think about the latest Ripper revelation.
Executive Editor Stephen P. Ryder put together a brief primer which you can read HERE.

My comment:
So far I'm not convinced by the DNA evidence delivered by Russell Edwards. I agree with a lot of people who would like to see an independent test and verification of Russell Edwards' result. So far Mr. Edwards did not agree to it.

On the one hand I would like to know who was the real Jack the Ripper. On the other hand I would like to continue with the the uncertainty because this is a kind of "fuel" for our imagination .....


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies

Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

Some time ago I posted a traile of the upcoming video game Assassin's Creed Unity.  Now a new video showing a commented mission is available and I share it with you..

After watching the video I asked myself if there is too much help for the player within the game? But I assume that there will be different level of difficulty where the player can choose from.
I must say I'm still impressed by the landscape......


That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

Sometimes even the second part of the following quote does not work properly ...



"Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.

Edna Ferber, American author, 1887 - 1968
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