Sunday, September 25, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1639

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Dear Readers,

last Sunday we returned from our trip to the Baltic Sea coast. The weather has been extraordinary good. I could swim in the Baltic Sea. I did it the last time exactly one week ago.

I really wanted to write this post on  Saturday but I have been upset by problems with GOODREADS and Blogger! I needed to switch off my laptop in order to calm down.

Now it is Sunday morning and I try again. In the meantime it is Sunday afternoon and I had to cope with problems. As a result I decided to write my post offline from next issue on. It is such a waste of time to correct html coding and so on.
I hope that there are not too many spelling mistakes within the post. As it is my "lucky day" today, spell check does not work for me.

I think I would have been a lot happier when I would have spent the day with reading instead with this post.
 
ENJOY READING ...


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  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. Books I read during my holiday
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Surrealist Artwork
  2. Codex Silenda
  3. Victorian Computer

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Video games

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 heaven

The Lighthouse
My reading progress shows clearly the difference between holiday and work. During my holiday I finished seven books in two weeks. Last week I needed a lot of time to read all the mails I received and to check all the blogs I follow. There was only some time left for reading. I started to read a steampunk book written in my first language.




I finished
- Vergessene Erfindungen ( pb, 2nd edition 2016, first published in 2004  [ISBN-13: 978-3832163402] by Christian Mähr
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Die Idee an sich war gut.
Leider war das Buch stellenweise einfach zu technisch.
Ich denke, die Zeit wird kommen, dass wir auf bestimmte Erfindungen aus der Vergangenheit zurückgreifen sollten."
"The idea was good. Partially the book has been too technical.
I thin a time will come where it would be wise to remember such inventions."


- Love Story, With Murderers (digital, June 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CM9CJWY] by Harry Bingham
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"What shall I say?
I love to read Fiona Griffith stories. She is so different.
Harry Bingham did again an excellent job. A good story and strong Fiona moments.
I look forward to the next book.
I convinced my wife to try the first book in the series and she liked it as much as I did."


- Behind the Throne (digital 2nd August 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01D90138A] by K.B. Wagers.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"When a book description ends with praise like the one for this book I read it with reservation.
I must say it was not necessary except for one point:
If you expect a lot of space battles based on the mentioned "all-out galactic war" then you will be disappointed.
Nevertheless there is a lot of planet bound action which is the expression of all the court intrigue from scandals to assassinations.
Another good thing is that the author never forget to deliver enough history and culture to make the reactions of the characters plausible.
You may not agree to every decision made by the main characters but they are comprehensible.
Due to the first person narration I felt more involved.

This is a promising space opera debut and I look forward to read the rest of the trilogy."


- Duskfall ( digital 21st June 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01F2YVQ92] by Christopher Husberg

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I'm happy that I discovered and read this book because it was such a satisfying read for me.

Three strong characters which follow their paths in world where a lot is brewing under the surface and more is coming from the past.. I'm not a fan of vampires but then I met Astrid .... There is magic too. Different races inhabit the world and they do not like each other. Revelations, turns and twists keep the story moving. Not to forget some excellent fighting scenes.
At the end of the book you know a lot more will come in the following four books of "The Chaos Queen Quintet".

This strong dark fantasy debut is one of my best discoveries in 2016!"

- The Hope that Kills (digital, 1st September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] by Ed James
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"So far I read the first DS Vicky Dodds book, the first Craig Hunter book, and all seven Scott Cullen books.
Now I met DI Fenchurch for the first time.
The plot was a really good one. It started with a simple murder investigation and ended up in a complex web of different crimes. Fenchurch is different compared to the characters of the other series. He is not bad but he is not my favourite character created by Ed James. That may change with more books in the series.

There is one thing which really annoyed me and which nearly led to just a three stars rating. Again and again the police officers failed to take suspects into custody. Sometimes it looked like a miracle that they finally got the suspect. For me it was believable that they failed once but to be so stupid to fail again and again ........

Nevertheless I will give the second DI Fenchurch a try."

- Stranger of Tempest (digital, 10th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01175KEAC] by Tom Lloyd
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I read the book within two days.
It has been a good fantasy story with interesting characters.
I would have given five stars but there was a long, long subterranean travel which I found tiresome despite the fact that there was a lot of action."

- The Dead Songbird (digital, February 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BD75QQW] by Harriet Smart
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is for fans of Victorian mysteries.

The series started with The Butchered Man which liked a lot and if you want to participate in the character development of the two main characters - Chief Constable Major Vernon and police surgeon Felix Carswell - then I highly recommend to read it first.

The Dead Songbird comes with a different pace and very emotional actions. It is a book about buggery in Victorian era and it is about the impact of a femme fatale on men.
Of course there are two mysteries - a murder case and a kind of stalking - without the story would not work. Nevertheless they are the explicit expression of the actions and emotions of the characters in Victorian society.

I look forward to see how Vernon and Carswell will develop in the next book."



My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 25 % done in Die äußerst seltsame Reise des Mongomery Flagstone (digital, 1st July 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01HVA7QP8] by Ralph G. Kretschmann
I enjoyed it so far. Every new revelation lead to new questions. Whom to trust? Who is drug addicted? What happens in London?

- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



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

During my absence I received digital and paperback copies of books which I ordered in advance. Furthermore I could not resist a few cheap offers and finally I received an unexpected review copy

From time to time I like to read books in my first language. The description in combination with a really cheap offer led me to the decision to buy a digital copy of The Smoke Die äußerst seltsame Reise des Mongomery Flagstone (digital, 1st July 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01HVA7QP8] by Ralph G. Kretschmann.
"„Die äußerst seltsame Reise des Montgomery Flagstone“ spielt in einer zukünftigen Welt, in der die Menschheit auf einer völlig veränderten Erde die Dampfkraft als vorherrschende Energiequelle nutzt. Was man über frühere Zeitalter weiß, beruht fast ausschließlich auf Grabungsfunden der Archäologischen Gesellschaft, einer beinahe allmächtigen Institution. Alle Wissenschaft untersteht ihrer Kontrolle und kaum etwas geschieht ohne ihre Genehmigung. Montgomery Flagstone wird mit seinem Freund Kant zu einer Ausgrabung gerufen, bei der Dinge zutage gefördert wurden, die sich die Archäologen nicht erklären können. Was sich den beiden dort offenbart, sprengt sämtliche Grenzen der Vorstellungskraft und konfrontiert sie mit der Frage, woher wir eigentlich kommen und wie weit wir wirklich zu gehen bereit sind.

Doch die Zeit drängt, denn im Hintergrund nehmen gefährliche Intrigen ihren Lauf, die die Zivilisation in ihren Grundfesten zu erschüttern drohen. So treten unsere Helden mit dem Mut der Verzweiflung eine waghalsige Reise an, denn es gilt nicht nur skrupellosen Machtmenschen zuvorzukommen, sondern auch mörderische Monstermaschinen aufzuhalten, um die Erde zu retten." [Source]

In order to give you an idea what the book is about I tried to translate the description.
"The story is set in a future world.Mankind is using steam power as the predominant source of energy on the totally changed planet. All knowledge about previous eras is based mostly of the excavations of the Archeological Society which is a most powerful institution. All science is under their control and nearly nothing happens without their approval. Montgomery Flagstone and his friend Kant get a call to support an excavation with mysterious finds. What is revealed to them over there is beyond their imagination and touches the question where mankind came from and how for they will go.
Time is running out  because dangerous intrigues taking place and could shake civilization to its foundations. The safety of Earth lays in the hand of the heroes.
They work up the courage to undertake a daring travel to pre-empt scrupulous power seeker and to stop gruelling monster maschines in order to save Earth."



I really like Indiana Jones like stories and when I read the description of the following book which promise an adventure set in 1898 with a strong female main character I did not hestitate to order a copy of The Smoke Hunter (digital, 13th September 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C652PXQ] by Jacquelyn Benson
"Chasing a threat born in smoke...

London, 1898. Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city . But is it the key to unravelling an ancient mystery or a clever hoax?

Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America - with a merciless enemy hot on her heels.

In a race to uncover the map's secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she's not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them.

For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees.

Join Ellie and Adam as they battle rivers of scorpions, plummeting waterfalls and pre-historic death traps on the journey to uncovering a deadly secret that could shake the fate of the world." [Source]


The following book has been on my to buy list for a while. Last week I found a cheap offer and bought a digital copy of
Downstation (digital, 18th February 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C652PXQ] by Simon Morden.
"A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through...and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf's cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London - other people have arrived here down the ages - all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one - who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.

And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures,split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London's there have ever been." [Source]


For me there was no question that I wanted a paperback copy of the third book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
So I was quite happy when the copy of Dread Wyrm (pb, August 2016) [ISBN: 978-0575113381] by Miles Cameron arrived shortly before my holiday.
"SOME ARE BORN TO POWER
SOME SEIZE IT
AND SOME HAVE THE WISDOM NEVER TO WIELD IT

The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, against armies and against the might of an empire without flinching. He's fought on real and on magical battlefields alike, and now he's facing one of the greatest challenges yet.

A tournament.

A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will present arms and ride against each other for royal favour and acclaim. It's a political contest - and one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly - and the prize he's fighting for isn't royal favour, but the throne of Alba itself.

Where there is competition there is opportunity; the question is, will the Red Knight take it? Or will the creatures of the Wild seize their chance instead . . ." [Source]


 A big thank you goes to Dancing Lemur Press for sending me a paperback review copy of The Remnan (pb, 7th February 2017) [ ISBN-13: 978-1939844293] by William Michael Davidson
"One nation, without God ...

Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants - those who display symptoms of faith - and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.

But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.

Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?" [Back of the review copy]



Books I read during my holiday
This was the list of books I wanted to read:
1) - Vergessene Erfindungen ( pb, 2nd edition 2016, first published in 2004  [ISBN-13: 978-3832163402] by Christian Mähr

2) - Fool's Assassin ( pb, 16th July 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0007444205] by Robin Hobb

3) -  The Hope that Kills (digital, 1st September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] by Ed James

4) -  Love Story, With Murderers (digital, June 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CM9CJWY] by Harry Bingham


5) - Behind the Throne (digital 2nd August 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01D90138A] by K.B. Wagers

6) - Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (digital, 19th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B018XV0A4I] by Paul Cornell
7) - Beloved Poison (digital, 4th August  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01HN8IEWC] by E.S. Thompson
In the end I red four (1, 3, 4, 5) of the seven mentioned books and replaced the remaining three books (2, 6, 7) by
- The Dead Songbird (digital, February 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BD75QQW] by Harriet Smart


- Duskfall ( digital 21st June 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01F2YVQ92] by Christopher Husberg


- Stranger of Tempest (digital, 10th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01175KEAC] by Tom Lloyd

I just picked them based on my mood and I was happy with my choice.




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...




Surrealist Artwork
I love to dive into the artwork shown over at WebUrbanist and enjoy



Codex Silenda
Do you know the codex? For me t was completely new. It is awesome. Just visit  WebUrbanist and enjoy



Victorian Computer
It is always fascinating for me to read such posts like the following one. The Victorian era has been a most imaginative and inventive one. The  following post over at Atlas Obscura is an excellent example for that:


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 about video games.
Before my holiday I emphasized my wish to get a copy of Bioshock: The Collection. Fortunately there was enough money left to buy a copy which I did.
After a few hours of game play I must say I'm fascinated by the world and the story.  The list of games I want to play is getting longer and I need to find a proper share of spare time between reading and playing.

The list of remastered games is getting longer but there are PS3 games which won't be remastered for PS4. That does not matter for me because there are games which are worth to play them on PS3.
The good thing is that we own a PS3 and a PS4 and two TVs. That means my wife and I can play different games at the same time.

A few weeks ago I wrote about No Man's Sky which my wife and I loved to play. In the meantime our love for the game dropped distinctive.
For now we stopped playing the game. We will see if there will be new content in near future or not.

That brings me back to the list of games I want to play (either to start new or to continue):

PS3

- Read Dead Redemption
I tried it last year but was not so happy with my handling of horses.
Now I started it again and I love it. Yesterday evening I used it to calm down my anger about Blogger and GOODREADS. 
Even after six years it is a fantastic game and still looks good. I understand very well why so many people are longing for Read Dead Redemption 2.

- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 
My wife and I played Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and on PC. But since we prefer to play a bit more comfortable in front of a TV, it was no question that we bought a PS3 version. I can't count the hours I spent with these games.

- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
We played it many, many hours on PS3. Nevertheless we decided to get a copy of  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. Of course we are aware that there is no mod support so far. Nevertheless the graphic enhancement is like the cherry on the cake. We booth look forward to start a new game with new characters.

- Fallout 3
We own a copy of the game of the year edition. I played it last year and I will return. I find it not that difficult to resume the game after a long pause.

- Fallout: New Vegas
We own a copy of the ulitmate edition. I played it last year and I will return. I find it not that difficult to resume the game after a long pause.


PS4

- Fallout 4
We own a copy of the game and of all DLC. Whenever I'm in the right mood and find time I play. I discovered so many places and played so many side quests. But lot of the main quest and most of the DLC are still waiting for me.


- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
We own a copy of the game and of all DLC.  This is such an awesome game and we love it.

- Bioshock: The Collection.
As I wrote above, I'm just a few hours in the first of the three games.

- No Man's Sky 
We may resume the game. It depends totally on additional content.

The next two games on our list:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
My wife started to think about her new character. She plays mostly male characters whereas I play mostly female characters. Due to my preferred weapons - bow and crossbow - I play as a wood elf. Not sure if I will change this time ...


 - Horizon: Zero Dawn (1st of March 2017)
This game ticks many boxes for me: open world, female main character, bows, role-playing, action
In the meantime several videos are available. I found it quite interesting what director Mathijs de Jongefrom Guerilla games had to say about the game in following interview


All these games guarantee many, many hours of entertainment and one thing is for sure: To play video games is not a question of age.

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.

In the end it depends on how you define interesting ....



"In heaven all the interesting people are missing."

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844 -1900

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1636

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Dear Readers,

I'm looking forward to enjoy two weeks off from work. Two weeks at a different place .. enjoying the Baltic Sea coast together with my wife. There are so many books I want to read. I'm still fighting with myself which books I want to read.
In case I find some time today, I will prepare something for the next two weeks .....

Holiday mood is on and that is what I have found worthy to share with you.
While I wrote this post I listened to following song:


Checked spelling .. listened one more time to the song and now I have to start packing ... 

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. Books for holiday
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. This is more than cosplay
  2. Phenakistoscope
  3. 350 years ago
  4. A good housewife
  5. New York 1901

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Bioshock

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 nature

The Lighthouse
Nearly unbelievable. After a long time I finished two books in one week and I started new books which I want to read during my holiday.



I finished

- Cowboys and Indians (digital, 31st August 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] by Ed James.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"1st of September 2016 marks the start of a new Ed James "DI Fenchurch" mystery series with The Hope That Kills .
I wanted to read and finish the latest Scott Cullen mystery and as you can see I have been successful.
Like the six previous ones "Cowboys and Indians" has been a great one.

A lot is happening in the Scott's relationship with Sharon and both are deeply involved in two cases.
Beside that a person from his past police career returns and cause trouble.

If you read the previous books then you won't be disappointed.
If you want to enter the world of Scott Cullen I highly recommend to start with the very first book 
Ghost in the Machine . "

Knots & Crosses ( digital, 18th September 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B002UPVVVU] by Ian Rankin
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"For many years I hesitated to read the first book starring Inspector Rebus.
Knots & Crosses has been published first in 1987 which means 29 years ago.

Recently I got the opportunity to get a digital copy for less than one Euro. I did not hesitate to buy a copy and now I read it within three days
. What shall I say? I was really good. I can't understand why I hesitated that long.
Inspector Rebus is a fascinating character. The only reason why I did not rate it with five stars is the ending. After the development of the story I really expected a much more dramatically end.

Anyway Inspector Rebus found a new fan. So far there are "only" 19 more Rebus books waiting for me."



My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.

- 31 pages in Vergessene Erfindungen ( pb, 2nd edition 2016, first published in 2004  [ISBN-13: 978-3832163402] by Christian Mähr

- 37 % done in Love Story, With Murderers (digital, June 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CM9CJWY] by Harry Bingham
The special Fiona Moments continue.

- 11 % done in - Behind the Throne (digital 2nd August 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01D90138A] by K.B. Wagers.
Good to meet a mature main character in a space opera. I like it so far

- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



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

Digital copies of several books found a new home on my reader. There will be no new books in the following two weeks. Sorry that is not completely true.
There will be new books which I ordered in advance but I won't see them before we return from our holiday.
In the past weeks Amazon.de surprised me with several unexpected cheap offerings. To be honest can you resist to buy a digital copy for just 0.99 Euro (= 1.10 USD; = 0.84 GBP) ? Most of the time I can't and that is the reason why I now own digital copies of the first six Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin!
Don't worry. I do not intend to present all six books in detail. I concentrate on the first one. For the rest please visit The Rebus Books In Order.

Knots & Crosses ( digital, 18th September 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B002UPVVVU] by Ian Rankin.
"And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve." [Source]
As you could read above I read and enjoyed it. I will definitely read more Inspector Rebus novels. Will be interesting to see how Ian Rankin developed his character Inspector Rebus in the past thirty years. Yes, the author is still writing new Inspector Rebus novels.


I'm so happy that the new Ed James book has been published before my holiday.
I can't wait to put my nose into The Hope that Kills (digital, 1st September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] which is the first DI Fenschurch novel.
"The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn—nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined." [Source]

Sometimes loving to read series is like a "curse" because when the next book appears I feel the need to get a copy. I don't have any overview how many series I'm following. I bought the following digital copies because I liked either the first book in the series or I like a short story starring the main characters.

So far I read two short stories in the Detective Lavender Mystery series by Karen Charlton. Now the third book in the series has been published and I have a digital copy of  The Sculthorpe Murder (digital, 30th August 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B01D04S0KO] by Karen Charlton.
"Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London’s Bow Street Police Office.

Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods soon discover there’s more to William Sculthorpe’s demise than meets the eye. Mystery surrounds the old man and his family, and the stench of revenge hangs heavy in the air. Are the Panther Gang really responsible or is something more sinister afoot? As Lavender delves further into long-hidden secrets, Woods has demons of his own to contend with: ghosts from his past that stalk him through the investigation.

Uncovering decades of simmering hatred and deceit, Lavender and Woods must use all their wit and cunning to solve this evil crime." [Source]


I really enjoyed the first book in the Daniel Cheswis Mystery series by DW Bradbridge and bought the second in the series. Now I found out that there is a third book and now I own a digital copy of the third book too.

The Combermere Legacy (digital, 4th January 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B01A60ZKYY] by DW Bradbridge.
"1644. The war between Parliament and Crown has cost the people of Nantwich dearly, and tensions hang heavy as the summer heat over the streets.

In this time of relative peace, long-buried hatreds have their chance to resurface, and while reluctant parliamentarian intelligencer, Daniel Cheswis, treasures these scant few days with his new bride, he knows they cannot last. For outside Daniel’s door, old debts, betrayals, and mistakes are already turning the people of Nantwich against one another, and there is one secret which has been buried longer than any other, a secret which it is Daniel’s lot to uncover.

Why was a prominent landowner beaten to death seventy years ago, over the lease to Ridley Field? And what has his death to do with another murder, today, in that very field? Or with the strange engraving found amongst the new Mrs Cheswis’ belongings?

When Daniel’s duty calls him once more, it is not only old hatreds which will be unearthed, but, in this time when gold feeds the furnaces of war, enough hoarded treasure to reignite bloody violence within Nantwich’s walls." [Source]


Finally I could not resist to buy a digital copy of Beloved Poison (digital, 4th August  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01HN8IEWC] by E.S. Thompson
"Ramshackle and crumbling, trapped in the past and resisting the future, St Saviour’s Infirmary awaits demolition. Within its stinking wards and cramped corridors the doctors bicker and fight. Always an outsider, and with a secret of her own to hide, apothecary Jem Flockhart observes everything, but says nothing.

Six tiny coffins are uncovered, inside each a handful of dried flowers and a bundle of mouldering rags. When Jem comes across these strange relics hidden inside the infirmary’s old chapel, her quest to understand their meaning prises open a long-forgotten past – with fatal consequences.

In a trail that leads from the bloody world of the operating theatre and the dissecting table to the notorious squalor of Newgate and the gallows, Jem’s adversary proves to be both powerful and ruthless. As St Saviour’s destruction draws near, the dead are unearthed from their graves whilst the living are forced to make impossible choices. Murder is the price to be paid for the secrets to be kept." [Source]
I like the title, the cover, and the description.


Now don't ask me when I want to read all this stuff ..... Anyway I know that money will be limited when I retire and by then I will have enough books and no need to buy more ....




Books for holiday
When I look back I must say that I always took too many books with me for a two weeks holiday.
This time I try to be realistic.
I take my reader with me which contain many, many, many books. Beside that I will go for exactly two paperbacks.

The first one is written in my first language and is about forgotten inventions.
This is a fascinating topic and it seems that we may need some of them in future.
Vergessene Erfindungen ( pb, 2nd edition 2016, first published in 2004  [ISBN-13: 978-3832163402] by Christian Mähr
"Wer kennt noch die geniale Natronlok, die jahrelang lärm- und abgasfrei durch Berlin und Aachen fuhr, ehe sie aus dem Verkehr gezogen wurde? Oder den Stirlingmotor und das Ionentriebwerk?

Für jeden verständlich erklärt Christian Mähr verblüffende Ideen aus der Technikgeschichte. Er bettet sie geistreich ein in die Umstände ihrer Entwicklung und ihres Verschwindens. Dabei wirken die zehn spannendsten Erfindungen, die zu ihrer Zeit keine Chance hatten, heute erstaunlich zeitgemäß." [Source]
I read the first story about the Flettner Rotor and it was amazing. There are nine stories left and I'm sure I will finish it during my holiday.

The second paperback is starring one of my favourite fantasy characters FitzChivalry Farseer.
He appeared in the Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb.
I read and loved both trilogies.
In 2014 the first book in the new Fitz and the Fool Trilogy has been published and in 2015 I bought a paperback copy of Fool's Assassin ( pb, 16th July 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0007444205] by Robin Hobb.

"Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.

Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe." [Source]
And now one year later the time has come to enjoy the next adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer.


On top of my list is the new crime fiction by Ed James. Therefore I can't wait to put my nose into The Hope that Kills (digital, 1st September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] which is the first DI Fenschurch novel.


Furthermore I want to finish following two books which I'm currently reading:

Love Story, With Murderers (digital, June 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CM9CJWY] by Harry Bingham


- Behind the Throne (digital 2nd August 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01D90138A] by K.B. Wagers.
"Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive.

Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.

But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She'll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive.

A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy - not to mention an all-out galactic war - Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold, or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire . . ." [Source]
In case I like it I do not have to wait too long until the story will continue.
The expected publishing date for After the Crown is 13th of December 2016 [Source].

And if there is time left then I will start with the third book in the Shadow Police series:
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (digital, 19th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B018XV0A4I] by Paul Cornell.

"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]


Just in case I should not like one of the books above then I will replace it by
Beloved Poison (digital, 4th August  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01HN8IEWC] by E.S. Thompson


I'm happy with my choice of books. It clearly shows that I love series.


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...


This is more than cosplay
Do you know Dandelion, a character from the Witcher 3 game?
It seems he left the game and became a real person. Just head over to
Cosplay Kotaku and have a look at



Phenakistoscope
Do you know what it is? You will find the answer over at The Public Domain Review.





350 years ago
What happened 350 years ago? Let me give you a hint: Pudding Lane
Does that ring a bell? For more information head over to English Historical Fiction Authors and read


 

A good housewife
I was born in 1959. Do you know what it meant to be a good housewife at this period of time? Fortunately there are documents which explain in detail what has been expected. For details visit  vintage everyday and read




What happened in New York 1901
To be more precise I have to add what happened on 23rd Street? 
You will get the answer over at vintage everyday





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.

Bioshock
I'm not a fan of first person shooters. But as with a lot of hings there is an exception. And when it comes to video games the name of the exception is Bioshock because it combines shooting with excellent story telling. Since we got our PS4 I waited for the PS4 version of the game. Now I need to save some for Bioshock: The Collection. It seems there is a lot of game remastering done nowadays and it is always a question if they are or will be worth the money. It seems that this is no question with Bioshock: The Collection as for example stated in following video:



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.

Shout it out loud. It is so important ....

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.."

E. B. White, American author, 1899 -1985

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1635

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Dear Readers,

again I'm back with my post on Sunday instead of Saturday. There was no time to prepare the post in the previous days.
The whole week including to today we had and have to cope with temperatures up to 35 °C (= 95 °F). It is not the first time that I tell you that this is definitely too hot for me. I get exhausted, bugged, and bad-tempered.
While writing this post I wear a headband in order to avoid sweat running into my eyes. There is no air condition in our flat.



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. On short notice 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The history of photography
  2. Clock Whisperer
  3. Lego and Star Wars: A good combination
  4. Roswell: Bits and pieces
  5. A look into the past

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The power of paper
  2. For Fallout lovers

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 responses

The Lighthouse
Slowly but surely I work on my return to for me normal reading habits. I finished one book and continued two of my current reads.


I finished

- Bullet in the Blue Sky ( digital, 4th August  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01HN8IEWC] by Bill Larkin
I wrote on GOODREADS:
The cover reminded me of the Fallout 4 video game.

This is a well done thriller with a good mix of ingredients like an earthquake, police procedural, foreign spies, hidden military actions, rescue, survival, and emotional moments.
No, there are no zombies.

I felt well entertained by this after a slow start fast moving story interspersed with flash backs.
Be aware of the fact that there is violence and not every character you meet in the beginning will survive."


My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.

- 45 % done in Cowboys and Indians (digital, 31st August 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] by Ed James.
This is sevenths and latest book in the DC Scott Cullen Crime Series.
There is a lot on the plate for Scott Cullen

- 37 % done in Love Story, With Murderers (digital, June 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CM9CJWY] by Harry Bingham
I have high expectations after the first book.
There are again these what I call "Fiona moments". Excellent


- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



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

There is nearly no week without a new book. But the number of books slows down by the end of a month. So there was only one digital copy which found a new home on my reader.

I really like the idea of a female private detective working in the Victorian era.
That is the reason why I could not resist to buy a digital copy of The Secrets of Wishtide ( digital, 14th July 2016)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01E0PXU66] by Kate Saunders which is at the same time the first book in the new Laetitia Rodd Mystrery series. The author is known as an author of children's books. It will be interesting to read how she will cope with the Victorian era.

"Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry ? a match he is determined to prevent.

In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth ? which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses.

Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible new detective, the first book in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series will enthral and delight." [Source]



On short notice

FOR FREE ON 27 and 28 August 2016 !!

Are you interested in Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor James Moriarty?
Then you maybe interested in the following book:
Moriarty Meets His Match: A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery (Digital, 1st June 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B01FT2270Y] by Anna Castle which is the first book in her new The Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series.

"Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down.

At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on?

Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves." [Source]




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 history of photography
What answer you would get when you as ask an average user of a smart phone about the history of photography? A clever person would share the link to following video:

The History of Photography in ....... 5 Minutes


Clock Whisperer
Mechanical clocks are are amazing things. Like other stuff they need to be maintained. The older clocks are the more carefully you need to be. Meet a female clock whisperer over at Atlas Obscura:



Lego and Star Wars: A good combination
Give enthusiastic Lego and Star Wars Fans access to the bricks and then you get results like shown over at Kotaku


Roswell: Bits and pieces
After 59 years the Roswell incident is still something worth to be discussed and from time to time few new bits and pieces find their way into the discussions. If you want to know more then head over to Atlas Obscura
and read


A look into the past
I admit I like to look into the past, to see how our lived. The good thing is that nowadays so many black and white photographs have been uploaded to the net which makes it comfortable to enjoy them. Vintage everyday is an excellent source for that as the following post shows:



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.

The power of paper
It is incredible what you can do with paper.
Have a look at the following two videos. For me they do not look like  faked ones.






For Fallout lovers
What shall I say? If you like the Fallout game series you will like following post over at IGN:




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.

Today I want share something to think about ....

"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."

Kurt Vonnegut, American author, 1922 - 2007
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