Sunday, August 23, 2015

Edi's Impression: Dragon's Destiny by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Dear Readers,

what to write about a short story which fits perfectly to a book? I thought about it and this is my conclusion.

First  there was light .... oops.
Please apologise.

First there was the brilliant

It all started with  CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  I presented my review on October 17th 2010.

 On December 21st 2011, I presented my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

On September 17th 2013, I presented  my review of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I think each review shows how much I love this series. In case you still have not read the trilogy or you would like to get all  three books in one digital copy then you should read following information.

CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh  ISBN 9781939844118,  Price - $5.99 eBook boxed set Science fiction/adventure (FIC028010) and science fiction/space opera (FIC028030)

With his first standalone science fiction novel Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU]  Alex J. Cavanaugh opened a new chapter which tried to describe in my review.

I have had a pleasure to present a guest post written by the author himself on publishing day.
wrote about the secret power of the book - the power of love - which is an unusual science fiction theme.

Dragon of the Stars definitely has an end. But the future of sever characters remain uncertain. It was up to the reader to imagine how the story would continue.

No one knew which way Alex J. Cavanaugh would choose for his characters until 17th of August 2015 .....
On that specific day you could read following statement on the author's site

Dragon’s Destiny!

At the request of Truedessa, I have written a short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars.

This short story is available for free to anyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! Just send me an email (alexjcavanaugh AT, tell me what happens to Aden at the end of Dragon of the Stars, and tell me what format you want – ePub, Mobi, or PDF file.

Thanks to everyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! It still amazes and humbles me. To think I never even wanted to be an author...

My first thought when I read the news was:
"Incredible! Alex J. Cavanaugh is an author who loves his readers!"
I can't remember a similar action by an other author.

Even I was happy with the official end of  Dragon of the Stars, I was totally curious which path Alex J. Cavanaugh would take.
Without spoiling I can admit that Dragon's Destiny fits perfectly to Dragon of the Stars.
You need to know the bittersweet end of the Dragon of the Stars in order to fully understand and appreciate what Alex J. Cavanaugh did with Dragon's Destiny.Without change of the style he shifted the perspective of the main characters into something promising.
I would not go that far to say that it is the perfect end for those readers who prefer a kind of happily ever after. But it definitely soften the end of Dragon of the Stars.

I thought about the future of the main characters after I finished Dragon of the Stars.
For me there have been several options - in fact I thought there would be enough content for a sequel.
Nevertheless I'm thankful with the way Alex J. Cavanaugh opted. To give his readers a choice between two options offered by himself.
For me he just put in words one of the possibilities I was thinking of by myself.

Now it is up to the readers to choose. I go for the option Dragon of the Stars + Dragon's Destiny  + my own thoughts.

Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for excellent additional free content.

Let me finish with a proposal. Wouldn't it be nice to add Dragon's Destiny as an extra to Dragon of the Stars.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1534

Dear Readers,

I can't express how happy I was last weekend when posted my review of 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman.
Today I have had the pleasure to read something special by author Alex J. Cavanaugh:
A short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] - my review.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Strychnine
  2. Seance
  3. Photographs
  4. North-East Passage

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Martian

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 words
The Lighthouse
There was no time to finish a book. But I felt the need to pick up the book with following heavy with meaning sentence
Sherlock Holmes is dead ... and I have killed him.

I finished

no book


- 163 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
It is as good as the first book.

- 64 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Mickaela Capra is on the way to her first task

- 75 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Even this books shows that Sherlock Holmes is definitely immortal. I like how the author develop the characters.

No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.

 Enjoy your weekend ....


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 received a paperback copy of the sixth and final book in a series.
I talk about alluring Burton & Swinburne series by author Mark Hodder.
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats (pb, August 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-1633880528].
"Having returned from his expedition to the future, Burton reveals to the authorities what he witnessed there. In response, prime minister Disraeli initiates a programme whereby the empire's elite have their consciousnesses transferred into mechanical bodies, thereby ensuring eternal rule. As a brutal plutocracy emerges, Burton and Swinburne find themselves leading a revolution." [Source]
I look forward to discover how the series will end.

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


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...

I assume that most people know that it is a poison. For me it was a big surprise to discover how Strychnine was used in the late 19th and early 20th century. Read interesting and surprising details over at English Historical Fiction Authors

when you talk about seance sooner or later the name Helena Blavatsky comes into play. Read about a scandal she has been involved over at Atlas Obscura

There is a lot what you can do with photographs. Look at the amazing results over at the WebUrbanist

North-East Passage
Do you know the Company of Merchant Adventurers? I must say I neither read nor heard about it until I read following post which has nearly the length of a short story and is peppered with facts over at The History Girls 

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


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.

Did you read The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir (my review) ?
If not then I highly recommend to do that before the film hits the cinemas begin of October 2015.
For me all trailers shown so far show that they stick to the book which is awesome.
Have a look at the latest trailer

Did you identify the song starting at 0:53? If not follow this link for more information where the song comes from.


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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....

"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

Sir Winston Churchill, British politician , 1874 - 1965

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: 1884 No Boundaries by A. E. Wasserman

Dear Readers,

I subscribed a daily newsletter from Historicalnovelsociety

Historical Fiction Daily A web magazine of the Historical Novel Society

There was a link to the review of following book in one of the recent issues of the magazine.
1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman

The review ended with "Very strongly recommended for fans of the period."

Indeed I'm addicted to this period.
The mentioned review and the book description convinced me to buy a digital copy.
I threw my books to read list overboard and dived immediately back into the year 1884.
Now I'm back and want to share my thought about this book with you.

Here we go.

1884 No Boundaries
(digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0]
by A. E. Wasserman

"Love, murder, sex, and terrorism swirl within a collapsed world economy.

No, it’s not today.

It’s London, 1884.

Recently married LANGSFORD, born of wealth and privilege, is bound by the restrictions of Victorian society. Dynamite has been invented, but the term “homosexuality” has not and men can be arrested for either.

Langsford accompanies his visiting friend, HEINRICH, eighteen, who innocently flirts with young ANNA at London’s Leadenhall Market.

What should be the end of the story becomes the beginning, for Heinrich falls in love with her, never part of the plan. Instead it becomes the catalyst for everything that follows when he flees Germany to return to her. Events unfold that expose terrorists, espionage and international intrigue.

Langsford walks a fine line as he crosses boundaries he never imagined, rubbing elbows with spies, killers and would-be assassins to save his friend, stop an assassination, and prevent a war." [Source]

The 323 pages of the book are divided into four named parts which are subdivided into 70 consecutively numbered chapters. The four parts are enveloped by an epilogue and background information. The story is told from third person point-of-view.

With such an excellent book description it is not necessary to repeat it with my own words. But is important to talk about characters.The three main characters have been introduced in the description.

LANGSFORD is a Lord and his first name is not mentioned once in the whole book. He spent time in school with HEINRICH who is the the second son of the patriarch and German Reichsgraf (Count of the Empire)  Dieffenbacher. While in England a lot of people call him Henry instead of Heinrich.
Finally there is young ANNA Boardman who is working as a shop girl. Her parents died of typhoid when she was a child  The parents of her childhood friend Charlotte whose aunt and uncle had taken her after the sad event.

Beside that a lot more people come into play. Their descriptions vary on their importance for the story. None of these characters appear one dimensional. Furthermore they all use language in a style that fits perfectly to their social rank. Combined with the detailed description of clothing, habits and actions it is one of the ingredients which make  it one of the ingredients which let 1884 No Boundaries shine as a star in the historical fiction heaven.

Language is really important and I admired that part of the books are presented bilingual which means English AND German. It makes really sense as one of the main characters is German and part of the story takes place in Prussia and other parts of Germany.
As a reader with English as first language you do not need to worry. Every word has been translated.
My first language is German and I can assure your that the use of German language has been done without faults. That is not a matter of course which I know from other books.

The depiction of the scenery and locations from a pub in London over the different cabins in German trains to a hamlet in Prussia is excellent and it is the perfect "drug" to blossom the world of  1884 No Boundaries in your imagination.

Are there boundaries for love? The answer is stated in the title:  1884 No Boundaries
And this answer is also valid for the areas stated in the sub title: A STORY OF ESPIONAGE, AND INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE

It is Heinrich Dieffenbacher who set the story in motion with his crossing of social etiquette. It was outrageous in Victorian Era to talk to a woman about love without knowing her and without following the rules of courtship. It was a scandal to do that as an aristocrat and furthermore to disobey the social rank!
at this point the story could have ended as one of the many social dramas. But that was not the intention of the author. Remember the title:    1884 No Boundaries

It is this disobeying of social boundaries which is the read thread, the leading theme of the whole book. You would not believe me if I would enumerate all the boundaries which have been crossed until the end of 1884 No Boundaries.
I admit that Heinrich Dieffenbacher has an exquisite talent to be at the wrong place, to be at the wrong time and taking the wrong action.
What do you expect from a young man in love, with a determined future in front and who is wholehearted and cooperative? A young man who has just one aim - to marry the woman he loves.

Fortunately is such a lovable character who can count on his friends and especially on Lord Langsford. Langsford appreciate Heinrich a lot and he supports him with all his power, influence and intelligence from the bottom of his heart.

It is Heinrich's talent to be at the wrong place that set another story into motion which involves terrorism, colonial policy, social unrest and creation of political awareness.
The criss crossing of the different story lines drive the plot along and culminates in explosions on several levels physically and emotionally.

So far we have a fantastic story set in the year 1884  which demonstrate what it meant and would could happen if you crossed boundaries on every level in life.

But that is not all. It is unavoidable and a must to talk to talk about two pages with the heading
BACKGROUND: 1884 NO Boundaries
Let me quote a few but impressive words:
"The history is real - [...]. Many people of the people in the tale are also real. [...] Henry and Anna are based on real individuals [...]"
Beside that several events did really take part like the Congo Conference in Berlin 1884-85. Not to forget the accuracy when it comes to inventions like dynamite, the method of transportation of goods and people, the political development and social etiquette.

I don't know what to expect more from a historical fiction book.
It is such an excellent reflection of society and the times presented in a most entertaining way. It is satisfying and it is demanding to get more information about the world in 1884.

1884 No Boundaries is one of the best historical fiction books I read in 2015.

I was more than happy when I discovered that there will be more books starring Lord Langsford.

Additional Information
Site: A. E. Wasserman
Facebook: AE Wasserman

1884 No Boundaries excerpt

The future of Lord Langsford
1886 No Ties
1884 No Time

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