Saturday, May 28, 2016

It was not the XBox; the Ed James story

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Dear Readers,

when you read this post I'm away on holiday.

There has been a time when I liked to read crime fiction by authors like Martha Grimes, Elizabeth George, and others. Over the years I lost interest in reading modern crime fiction.

It changed again in 2014, the year, when I discovered author Ed James and his first book in his Scott Cullen Mystery series. Ghost in the Machine has been published - it is important to mention self-published - first in 2012.

Who is Ed James?

"Ed James writes crime fiction novels, predominantly the SCOTT CULLEN series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians – the first four are available as singles and in omnibus CULLEN YEAR ONE. The series started with GHOST IN THE MACHINE which has been downloaded over 280,000 times. COWBOYS AND INDIANS Cullen 7) is out since August 2015. He is currently developing two new series – DI SIMON FENCHURCH and DS VICKY DODDS - set in London and Dundee respectively. SNARED (Dodds 1) is out since April 2015. He also writes the SUPERNATURE series, featuring vampires and other folkloric creatures, of which the first book SHOT THROUGH THE HEART has been published in October 2013.

Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex-battery chickens and rescue ducks across two breeds and two genders (though the boys don’t lay eggs). While working in IT for a living, Ed wrote mainly on public transport but now writes full time." [Source - updated by me]



One thing I know for sure. Praises like the following ones
“Rankin for the Xbox generation”
“son of Rebus meets Christopher Brookmyre”

did not convince me to give Ghost in the Machine a try.

In fact it was the description in combination with the cover that convinced me to give Ghost in the Machine a try and it did not disappoint me.

This is the original cover from the edition I bought


Since 2012 Ed James has been and still is very, very busy.

Until middle of May 2016 he has written and published nine books and there will be three more books out until the end of the year and more to come in 2017 ...

Except one book they are all police procedurals. 

So far I read seven of the nine published books and reviewed ..... NONE!

I think now the time has come to make up leeway. During my holiday I will spend some time to think about how to continue with my blog and how to improve the number of reviews which include the Scott Cullen Mystery series.
One thing I know for sure. In July 2016 I will definitely read the seventh Scott Cullen Mystery.

There are several reasons why I like the series so much.
Location, characters, and plot fit together perfectly.
There is real character development within each book and from book to book.
Scott Cullen is at the bottom of the hierarchy which automatically leads to problems with superiors because he is good officer AND a real pighead. 
Not to forget his private life which has an impact on his work and vice versa.


Now the time has come to present you the available books in a not too boring format. It took me some time to come to following solution.


Therefore I decided to present the books in form of a list with titles where each contains a link which will lead you to the detailed book site over at one of my favourite sources -  FANTASTIC FICTION - plus whether I read the book or not.


Scott Cullen Mysteries
1. Ghost in the Machine (2012), read
2. Devil in the Detail (2012), read
3. Fire in the Blood (2013), read
4. Dyed in the Wool (2013), read
5. Bottleneck (2014), read
6. Windchill (2014), read
7. Cowboys and Indians (2015), to be read
Cullen Year One (omnibus) (2014), Recommendation in case you want to meet Scott Cullen, cheaper than the single books





DS Vicky Dodds
1. Snared (2015), read

Novels
Shot Through The Heart (2013), not my cup of tea


As you can see the latest book is from 2015. Did  Ed James give up writing?
On the contrary. He is more busy than ever.  When will we get a new book? What about the new series and when will we get the next Scott Cullen Mystery?


There will be a new book out in June 2016 by no other person than Ed James!

This leads my directly to the second part of this post.

Let me quote from the last Ed James Newsletter:
"Meet PC Craig Hunter. Ex-Army, ex-CID, now in uniform. Ex-colleague of a certain recently promoted Detective Sergeant... A straightforward domestic call out soon descends as Stephanie Ferguson, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, makes allegations against her stepfather. Before a statement can be taken, Steph runs away, leading Hunter on a chase to find her. Where has she gone? Did she run? Or did someone take her?

I will do a proper blurb, of course. The current title for the book is MISSING, which might change. It was SHE'S GONE, which is mince. Rumour suggest it might feature more than a few characters from another of my series, including a mouthy ex-DC in a prominent role. I hope it'll be the first in a new series, but that's dependent on whether you lot like it or not!

It'll be out 01-Jun-16. No later, maybe sooner."
There you have it! Of course I want to read and review this book.

But that isn't all what we can expect from Ed James.
As stated in the information about the author, there are two more series in progress. When will we meet DS Vicky Dodds again?
Due to information straight from the newsletter, she will return in
"FALLEN, to come out probably April 2017 (two years after the first one). So all Vicky fans can relax, there will be more of her."

What's about Scott Cullen?
Again straight from the newsletter
"The next Cullen, the eighth (how did that happen?), will be HEROES AND VILLAINS, and will be released on the 12th January 2017, which is only a little bit later than I said in the afterword for the last book."

Finally there are good news regarding the arrival of the first two DI Simon Fenchurch books.
Due to information coming from the newsletter, from Amazon, and from FANTASTIC FICTION

DI Fenchurch
1. The Hope that Kills (2016), ordered in advance
2. Vicious Cycle (2016), ordered in advance

the first to books will be published more or less back to back which is not usual but good for interested readers.

Now I hope DC Craig Hunter and DI Simon Fenchurch will be as good as Scott Cullen and DS Vicky Dodds.



Ed James is available on
Website         
Twitter           edjamesauthor
GOODREADS  Author Ed James 

A post about Ed James and his books would be incomplete without the
"Video of Ed James going around Edinburgh and highlighting key locations in the city which feature in the Scott Cullen books, particularly the new novel BOTTLENECK."


Of course there are a lot more crime novels available set in different countries and so on. I must say that in this case I fell in love with Scotland and that is one of the reasons why I want to read other crime fiction set in this country.
To my pleasure with the help of Ed James and For winter nights – A bookish blog I found two more authors which I want to discover.

In case you want to know more about then return to my blog on 4th of June 2016 and read From Ed James to James Oswald and Stuart MacBride


ENJOY READING

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1621

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Dear Readers,
I really look forward to enjoy two weeks just for relaxing and recharging.
No work, no PC, no phone .... only my wife, me, four books, and the Baltic Sea Coast.

That means I will be back on 11th of June with issue #1624 of the Weekend Wave.
And what happens in the meantime?
Last week I told you try to prepare something for the time of my absence. I don't know how but I prepared something.
You will get more information within this post.


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. While I'm away ...
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. THE DAVID GEMMELL AWARDS FOR FANTASY
  2. Hypnotism
  3. Pigeons
  4. Beards 
  5. Interview with Edward Lazellari

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CGI animated short films

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 idioms Quote related to vacation

The Lighthouse
However with some effort I finally finished two books which would have not been possible without the bank holiday on Monday.
Reading progress dropped dramatically. I explained the reason for that in the introduction to this post.


I finished

- Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
I promised the author a review which will be done after my holiday.
Nevertheless I can tell you that the author did a great job.
Excellent start of the trilogy. Complex an intriguing story, battles, twist and turns, and I was not sure who would be alive at the end of the book.


I'm


- 283 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.


- 130 pages in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.


- 100 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......


No progress

- nothing to report


While I'm away ...
I'm not sure if every reader of my blog recognized the subheading of my blog:
Spotlights Sci Fi, Fantasy & more
The & more is definitely part of my blog. Monday has been a bank holiday in Germany and we used it to fill out our annual tax declaration which is far beyond to be a pleasure. Nevertheless after we finished the task, an idea popped up in my mind. Did I ever write a post how my interest in modern police procedural returned? I checked my post list but did no find a post related to the topic.
Instead of reading I started to search, collected information and wrote two posts which I finished on my first day out of office on Friday, 20th of May.
you will get these posts while I'm away ...

The schedule

28th of May It was not the XBox; the Ed James story
On 4th of June From Ed James to James Oswald and Stuart MacBride

I will talk a little bit about the authors, their books, and why I like their books respectively why I want to read them.
Don't worry I will not present each book in detail. Instead these posts are peppered with links which let you the choice to get more information about books and authors or not.



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 told you about  For winter nights – A bookish blog. Over there I found following post:


This post inspired my to buy a digital copy of following book
Cold Granite (digital, February 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9ZZO] by Stuart MacBride.
"Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them…" [Source]
Will be interesting to see if I like this one as much as I like the books in the Scott Cullen Mystery series by Ed James.


I loved to read London Falling (digital, 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER81ZU] and The Severed Streets (digital, May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IXLVW3W] both by Paul Cornell, There was no other decision then to order the third book in the Shadow Police series in advance. The digital copy of Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (digital, 19th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B018XV0A4I] by Paul Cornell arrived on Thursday.
"Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes’ ghost walked the city, and now someone has put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. What could be the motive? The small team of Metropolitan Police detectives who have The Sight find themselves pursuing a criminal genius who soon lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofhouse seeks the answers, finally, about why she brought the team together. Quill battles for his sanity. Costain battles for his soul. And Sefton just wants to bring his team back together, even if that takes him to the edge of death." [Source]
Sounds  like a good story. In case you would to get more information about this book I recommend to read




What will happen when you transfer a stage magician gets the opportunity to visit a world where magic is real? One answer has been given by author Dan Koboldt in his book The Rogue Retrieval (digital, 19th January 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B0124Q9WDI].
"Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out." [Source]

I often order books in advance. It is helpful for my planning and there is a real benefit when it comes to the price. In case the price for the book increase, I still pay the price valid at the time of the order. In case the price for the book decrease, I pay the lowest price. On the other hand such kind of orders is good for authors, publisher, and seller.
A few days ago another digital copy arrived which I ordered in advance. This time it was the 11th and latest book in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series by author Ashley Gardner. First I thought something went wrong with the price. I could not believe to get a copy of a brand new book for just 2,99 EUR = 2.35 GBP = 3.39 USD!
The Alexandria Affair (digital, 17th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C3ETC54] by  Ashley Gardner.
"Captain Gabriel Lacey accompanies famous dandy Lucius Grenville to Egypt, a land that Lacey has long anticipated visiting. Lacey travels there for more than a simple holiday, however--James Denis has tasked him with finding an "object" from ancient Alexandria and procuring it, whatever the cost.

The task does not turn out to be so simple. Locating what Denis wants proves difficult, sending Lacey and Grenville exploring tombs down the Nile. Lacey must deal with treasure hunters, a shadow following him and his friends, murder, and missing his new family as he explores the exotic country he has so longed to see." [Source]

That means for know I own copies of all books in the series. As you could read above I still have not finished the first one


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...


THE DAVID GEMMELL AWARDS FOR FANTASY
I hope you don't mind when I show you the official opening message
Voting on the longlists is now open


You can now vote for one nominee on each of the three lists of nominations for the Legend Award (best novel), the Morningstar Award (best debut) and the Ravenheart Award (best cover art).

Voting on the longlists closes at midnight (GMT) on Friday, 24th June.

The shortlists will be opened for voting on Friday 8th July.

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy enter their eighth year in 2016, once again recognizing and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork. 2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the awards were created.

We’re pleased to announce that 2016’s Gemmell Awards presentation will take place at Fantasycon, the UK’s longest-running fantasy convention. This year, Fantasycon (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/) will be held in Scarborough, between 23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September.

Fantasycon is the British Fantasy Society’s (www.britishfantasysociety.org) annual conference and has been part of the UK scene since its inception in 1972. Past guests include Joan Aiken, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Joanne Fletcher, James Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Tom Holt, Graham Joyce, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin, Sarah Pinborough, Michael Marshall Smith and Tad Williams.

This year’s Guests of Honour are Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course.

SCHEDULE

These are the dates to note for this year’s voting rounds. (All times GMT, ie UK times.)

The longlists will be published on this website, and voting will open, at midday, Friday 13th May.

(Note that for the first two weeks following publication of the longlists – ie until Friday 27th May - we will consider additional nominations submitted by members of the public. These must be for books published in 2015 in the English language, including translations, and which meet our criteria in being novel-length fiction, and cover art, within the epic, heroic fantasy tradition exemplified by David Gemmell’s own work. An email address for these nominations will be provided when the longlists are published.)

Voting on the longlists closes at midnight, Friday 24th June.

The shortlists go up and voting begins at midday, Friday 8th July.

Voting on the shortlists closes at midnight, Friday 19th August.

We post regular updates and news relevant to The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy on our official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gemmellawards


 A T T E N T I O N
you should be aware of the fact, that the nominations are out
B  U  T
THE ARE NOT COMPLETE !!!
The DGLA announced that they will take crowd-sourced nominations until 27 May

In order to avoid the disadvantage for such nominations it would be more than fair to wait with your vote until after 27 May.
There is still enough time until the longlists closes at midnight, Friday 24th June.

Nevertheless if you are pretty sure about your votes then


I will vote after my return from holiday.


Hypnotism
Hypnotism has been a famous amusement around 1900. A significant proof for that are the hypnotism posters shown over at The Public Domain Review.



Pigeons
In a lot of towns they are not really welcomed because their excrement cause problems. But that may change for some of them as following post over at  WebUrbanist demonstrate ...






Beards
Beards have a long history and it seems nowadays beards are as fashionable as in Victorian era. There is also a long history of beard taxes and the more fashionable beards get today the more the idea of a beard tax is growing. If you do not believe me then visit Atlas Obscura and have look at




Interview with Edward Lazellari
Last week I told you about the fourth book which I will read during my holiday.
Awakenings (paperback, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765366313] by Edward Lazellari which is the first book in the Guardians of Aandor series.
"Awakenings by Edward Lazellari launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It's as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth's lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction." [Source]
 In case you would like to get more information about the author, the book in the series, and future plans then I recomment to visit Civilian Reader and read




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.

In order to sweeten your weekend and put a smile on your face I share with you three wonderful CGI animated short films.


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


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.

I fully agree to following quote.

"Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.

Source, Author unknown

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1620

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Dear Readers,
as you may have noticed there was no Weekend Wave on Saturday which was the result of a more than crazy week.
Do you know the phenomenon that every time the last two weeks before you go on holiday turn into a tsunami of work. Suddenly a dozen or more tasks pop up and each of them needs to be finished before your holiday?
This is what happened to me last week and which will continue next week.
I will not tell you how many extra hours I spent.
Nevertheless the delay of this post and my nearly dropped down to nothing reading progress are obviously results. I was too exhausted and tired for writing and reading. I needed a rest on Saturday.
I have had a plan what to post during my absence. It went all down the drain. With some luck - it all depends on what will happen next week - There will be a kind of alternative. Will tell you more next Saturday.


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 
  2. The fourth book 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A new source
  2. A world to explore
  3. Globes
  4. Panoramic prints
  5. Marble

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. YouTube channels

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 idioms Quote related to bull (animal)

The Lighthouse
Reading progress dropped dramatically. I explained the reason for that in the introduction to this post.


I finished

- no book



I'm

- 297 pages in Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
With some look I will finish this excellent start of a series within next week. I got in contact with author Felix A. Münter and he informed me that there will me more books set in this world after the trilogy.
That means after a long time I will read an epic fantasy series in my first language.


- 242 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.
Just a small progress in for of 30 pages.


No progress

- 109 pages in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.



- 86 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......




- nothing to report



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 received a paperback review copy, bought one digital copy for 0,99 EUR (= 1.12 USD = 0.78 GBP), and received two digital copies which ordered in advance.

Let me start with the paperback review copy. You find the story behind the book later on in this post.
Awakenings (paperback, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765366313] by Edward Lazellari.
"Awakenings by Edward Lazellari launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It's as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth's lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction." [Source]

0,99 EUR (= 1.12 USD = 0.78 GBP) is price which most of the time I'm willing to pay for a digital copies which arouse my interest.
I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy of 1906: A Novel (digital, 22nd January  2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00B4ZK7EE] by James Dalessandro.
"EVERY DISASTER HAS A STORY, none more thrilling this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, and rescue-and-murder, is based on recently uncovered facts that will forever change our understanding of what really happened. Told by Annalisa Passarella, a feisty young reporter, the novel paints a vivid picture of life in the post-Victorian city, from the gilded ballrooms of Nob Hill to the seedy bars of the Barbary Coast; from the slave ships in the bay, to the front row seats of Enriso Caruso's sold out performance. At its center is an ongoing battle-fought even as the city burns-that pits imcompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. leading the fight to save the city is Hunter Fallon, the rebellious indealistic scion of a family of police officers. With him at every dangerous step is Annalisa, who uses her newspaper connections and her charm to infiltrate the inner circles of the corrupt political machine." [Source]
The final two digital copies which I ordered in advance cover my interest for science fiction and Victorian era.
First we travel into the future with the promising
Central Station (digital, 10th of May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01A5VHDEY] by Lavie Tidhar.
"A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve." [Source]

I read books by Lavie Tidhar before and he delivers good stuff. I ordered this one because I wanted to know how he will cope with science fiction.
I also wanted to know what other blogger think about this book and during my research I discovered a book blog I never visited before. I'm really happy about this discovery and will tell you why a little bit later in this post. For now let me tell you that the review I found revealed several information about the book which I have not been aware of before.

The fourth and final book today is a travel back into the world of Victorian murder mystery. It has been a bit of surprise because the expected publishing date has been 30th of May.

Keaper of Peas (digital, 15th March 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CTPR598] by Annelie Wendeberg.
"On December 10, 1880, Coroner Sévère makes a gruesome discovery: nine newborns, buried in flowerpots, and hidden in plain sight in Whitechapel. A mortician receives the bodies and vanishes. Clues for the two seemingly unconnected cases are scarce.

When police and coroner learn that the missing mortician might have spent his last moments at the bosom of the infamous prostitute Miss Mary, a series of events is nudged into motion. Lies are unearthed, rumours spread. Yet, the killer remains a faceless phantom. His secret seems buried forever.
Until the night Sévère requests Miss Mary’s services…

Warning: Post-mortems and prostitution are shown unprettified." [Source]

Something which I really appreciate are the warnings given by the author for the faint hearted.



The fourth book
There is a story behind the fourth and last book I will read during my holiday. A while ago I received a really kind mail from Edward Lazellari who is the author of the Guardians of Aandor series.
He told me that he have had a look at what I'm reading over at GOODREADS and he thought I may would like his series. We exchanged several mails tried to get an impression of each other.
The Guardians of Aandor series consists of to books so far (published in 2011 and 2013) and the third one to be published this year.
After reading the description of the first book I agreed to receive a signed paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.
I agreed and last week the paperback copy arrived.
The description which you could read in the book received part of the post sounded after my liking and seems to be the right choice for my holiday.




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...

A new source
Like many, many other readers and blogger I read post and reviews on other blogs. It is not that easy to find blogger who share my taste. Therefore I was more than happy when I discovered


I read the review of  Central Station (digital, 10th of May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01A5VHDEY] by Lavie Tidhar. Kate, the mastermind of the blog did a great and convincing job. Next I opened her Book Reviews list and found a lot of books which I either read or I want to read.
This morning I spent a certain amount of time in order to read reviews of some of the books I read. I'm more than happy that I spent the time because I know now that I found one more trustworthy source who shares my taste.
This is extremely helpful when it comes to books unknown to me where do not want to depend on other sources only. I added the blog immediately to my feedly reader which I use instead of the gone Google Reader.
In case you don't know this blog I recommend to visit  For winter nights – A bookish blog
and have a look at the Book Reviews list and the Index of Authors in order to find out if it would be worth to follow this blog.



A world to explore
Compared to our time the Victorian era has been a time still full of places and things to discover. It has also be a time where women started to explore the world. They entered a part of society preserved for men. Some of these female explorers are still present today like Nellie Bly others fell into oblivion for most people. To be a female explorer in Victorian era need a lot of self-confidence and courage. Read more about some of these women over at  English Historical Fiction Authors.



Globes
They are such wonderful and fascinating things. They inspire to travel to foreign countries with the tip of the finger and much more. I remember we had one made of plastic when I was a boy. But those ones are nothing to compared you can get from a small company in case you can pay the price.
Read the full story over at Atlas Obscura ...





Panoramic prints
I must say I'm fascinated by panoramic prints and I adore the artists. I do it even more since I read the excellent post over at  Atlas Obscura ...





Marble
A material with a hard surface and full of beauty at times. But it can be more. Visit WebUrbanist and have a look at ...





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.

Today I want to talk about two YouTube channels I subscribed. Both are neither video game related nor music related.

I'm interested in history. I read books, watch documentations and films. Furthermore I discovered some YouTube channels which take a different approach to certain events in history.


A hundred years ago the Great War also know as World War I was in full progress.
A certain Thomas Edward Lawrence has been involved.
He is also known as Lawrence of Arabia and many people have heard about him. When you ask for their source of knowledge most refer to the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film starring Sir Alec Guinness as T. E. Lawrence.

But what does the film deliver? Is fiction or do you get hard facts? A good question which would take time to answer properly.

At this point the YouTube channel  History Buffs comes into play.
What do they do?
"A show dedicated solely to reviewing historical movies.
Ever wondered how much a film is based on a true story?
This is the place to find out."

This is what they have to tell you about the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film.
From my point of view they did a great job.

This leads me directly to the second YouTube  channel The Great War.
What is their purpose?
"The Great War' shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918,exactly 100 years ago. Our host Indy takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Learn more about the Allies and the Central Powers, emperors, Winston Churchill, Wilhelm II, soldiers, battles and of the life aside the battlefield. Subscribe to our channel to watch a new video every Monday, Thursday & Saturday!"

This is their take on how T.E. Lawrence became Lawrence of Arabia.

Together both videos last 36 minutes. Just 36 minutes to get well informed about Lawrence of Arabia in a well done an entertaining way.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about history for all people who prefer videos instead of books.

In future I will share with you some more of the YouTube channels I like.


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


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 it could wise to not follow proverbs. The following quote is a good example for that ..........

"Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.

Josh Billings, American humorist, 1818- 1885
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