Sunday, August 31, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1435

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Hello and welcome to issue #1435 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
again you get the post on Sunday instead of Saturday. There are two reasons for that. Last week has been busy with work and creative sessions in the evenings. My beloved wife and I prepared top hats and goggles made of rubber foam and furthermore she sewed a blouse and I sewed a pair of trousers.
And why did we do this? Because of an event taking place on 30th and 31st of August 2014.

On Saturday my wife, some friends and I went to a fantasy and role playing convention named FaRK. We left home at 8 am in the morning and returned home at 10:40 pm. We drove in sum 370 km (= around 230 miles) and have had a fantastic day.

Instead of movie trailers I will show you some pictures of our creations and of course two videos where we got the idea from.

 And now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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




  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The art of swimming
  2. Early film trickery
  3. Maps


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Gluing
  2. Sewing

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

The Lighthouse
There has been not much time left for reading due to activies explained later on. Nevertheless I finished a book and started to read a new one.


I finished

- Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is an entertaining medieval historical mystery with lovable characters, profound historical background, scenes to smile and an interesting plot. It is "lighter" in tone compared to The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez set in the same period of time. Looking forward to read the next book in the series - Death by Disputation - to be published in December 2014."


I'm


- 112 pages in The Incorruptibles ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by John Hornor Jacobs.
There are a lot of good reviews available. So far it is not bad  but I do not share the praises. Will see what the remaining 130 pages will deliver





No progress

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



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

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


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


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


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




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


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

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

Incredible! A new book for me from a German author. That is something rare for me. In 2013 I devoured a copy of Maschinengeist (pb 2012, digital 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205; Kindle Edition ASIN: B008EV2YCO] by Chris Schlicht within one day.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Maschinengeist is a mix of steampunk, alternate history and crime. It is a dark one and has nothing to do with an idyllic world.
The language fits to the story which is predictable at a certain point.
Nevertheless it is most entertaining and I devoured it within one day.
"

And yesterday I found and bought immediately a paperback copy of Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht. I look forward to  read the next case of Oberkommissar Peter Langendorf
"Wir schreiben das Jahr 1900. Im Stadtmoloch Frankfurt-Wiesbaden versucht Oberkommissar Peter Langendorf, eine Mordserie aufzuklären. Ein Wahnsinniger tötet scheinbar wahllos Menschen, denen er ein Körperteil raubt und deren Leichen er an öffentlichen Orten zur Schau stellt.

Doch damit nicht genug - – wieder bekommt Langendorf es mit Ratten zu tun, diesmal mit Fliegenden, und auch die Familie von Wallenfels, seine alte Nemesis, scheint weiter üble Ränke zu schmieden." [Source]
I look forward to  read the next case of Oberkommissar Peter Langendorf. I'm sure this time it will take longer to finish the book which stands for 544 pages.




I read and liked Ghost in the Machine (digital 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B007U7GQHM] by Ed James. It is the first police procedural set in nowadays Scotland starring Detective Constable Scott Cullen. I own copies on book two and three of the ongoing series. When the price for Dyed in the Wool (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00DTG5BTM] dropped below four EUR, I bought a copy.
"Detective Constable Scott Cullen finds his professional and private lives at opposite ends of the spectrum. While his career is stagnating - impacted by the jockeying for position ahead of the formation of the Scottish Police Service, as much as by his own inability to push his case for promotion - his relationship with DS Sharon McNeill goes from strength-to-strength, until dinner with both sets of parents is interrupted by a call to action.

A body has been found in a Range Rover at the foot of a shale bing in West Lothian.

Cullen is forced to go back to his old stomping ground, haunted by figures from his past. DS Colin Methven, the latest officer occupying the position that Cullen has long coveted, is intent on straightening out Cullen’s cowboy nature, which has fractured his friendship with DC Angela Caldwell. Lurking in the background is DI Paul Wilkinson, trying to push Cullen back to a recent major case. As the mysteries are compounded, Cullen starts to feel lost among the dyed in the wool." [Source]


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

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

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

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

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!" [Source]

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 art of swimming
It seems nowadays less and less people learn how to swim. I learned to swim at school. But what do we know about the art of swimming in 1587? If you want to know more about it then visit The Public Domain Review and have a look at



 Early film trickery
Today a lot of film tricks are generated with computer power. For me it is much more fascinating to get information about film tricks in the early days of films. Over at The Public Domain Review: you can see an example of a film trick shown in a short movie from 1901.





Maps
I know that a lot of readers like maps related to books. Fortunately there are blogs who do a really good job to find maps related to fantasy books. If you like maps related to books then you should visit A Fantasy Reader 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.

A while ago my wife and I watched following videos.


The following pictures show what we made out of them.


Top hat and goggles created by my wife









This is my creation








Furthermore I tailored a pair of front fall trousers with in sum 16 buttons.






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


Quotes

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

Maybe one should not ask people to suggest solutions if oneself is aware that the other person does not have the knowledge needed for proper suggestions ....



"It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

Malcolm Forbes, US publisher and author, 1919 - 1990

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave isue #1434

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Hello and welcome to issue #1434 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm sorry for the delay but I had to work on Saturday. Fortunately  the problems with my back nearly disappeared. Thanks to the intense use of an electric heating pad.
While writing this post I listened to one of my favorite songs from 1977 which I still love after 37 years. 1977, when I was 18 years old and nobody thought about the world wide web ......


And now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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



  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Eighteenth Century Marriage
  2. Microscope and camera in 1909
  3. A Guinness World Records attempt
  4. Cabinet of curiosities
  5. Windowless but panoramic view


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Automata
  2. Outcast

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

The Lighthouse
My reading progress looks a bit crazy. But I'm happy with the result. I finished one book and two short stories. I started a new book and continued two other books.



I finished

- The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Open the book and trval back to Enland in the year 1586. If you know a bit of English history then I do not need to talk about the rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth spiced with plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Then you also heard about the Queen's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. Even Walsingham plays a major role in the book author Ann Swinfen tells the story of sixteen year old Christoval Alvarez, a talented musician, mathematician and junior physician who escaped the Spanish Inquisition in Portugal. It is a pleasure to follow the sympathetic and engaging Christoval who needs to keep a secret which is most important for his future. Ann Swinfen composed a wonderful mix of historical details, the role which plays Christoval within the historical events and the engrossing life of Christoval. The story does not end with a cliffhanger. I'm very happy that there will be more books starring Christoval Alvarez and that I own copies of The Enterprise of England and The Portuguese Affair "

- The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"As an Officer of the Sun Chamber, Lucan Drakenfeld must uphold the two-hundred-year-old laws of the Vispasian Royal Union, whatever the cost. While stationed in the ancient city of Venyn, a metropolis notorious for its lawless nature, Drakenfeld receives a series of mysterious letters, written in blood, that warn of an imminent assassination attempt on the life of the city's young Prince Bassim. Supported by his fiery colleague Leana, Drakenfeld's investigation leads him down the city's corridors of power. But nothing is as it seems. Who is behind the conspiracy that threatens the young prince, and will the duo be able to unearth the perpetrator before the prince's time is up?" 

- The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds (digital Juni 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00LA15DQE] by Karen Charlton

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I like to discover new series and I must say to read a short story for introduction is quite helpful for me. I like historical crime fiction set in England. After reading a lot of mysteries set in the Victorian era I was happy when I discovered this story set in Regency England. Meet Detective Stephen Lavender of the Bowstreet Runners and his sidekick Constable Woods. The story which circles around the disappearance of family diamonds is an excellent introduction of the main characters, the Regency era and the difficulties of police work at that time. It was a pleasure to read how the author delivers such rich content in a short story.
Now I look forward to read The Heiress of Linn Hagh which is the first book in the Detective Lavender Mysteries."



I'm


- 178 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.
The tutor Francis Bacon and his students still have a lot of work to do to solve the murder case.



- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
That means I read two chapters. One should that chapters are longer than a short story. It is a fascinating book.



No progress

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

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


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


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


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




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


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

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

Last week I received on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance. Furthermore I bought digital copies of two books and two short stories.

The first book for today is the third book in The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez series where I finished the first book this week.
The Portuguese Affair ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by Ann Swinfen.
"The year after defeating the Spanish Armada, England retaliates. The expedition to Portugal sets out to destroy what remains of Spain’s Atlantic fleet, drive the Spanish out of Portugal, put the claimant Dom Antonio of Aviz on the throne, and seize the Azores. But from the time the English fleet, led by Drake and Norreys, reaches Plymouth, things start to go wrong. Christoval Alvarez, sent to carry out two missions by Walsingham, has a more important private plan in mind. Are any members of the family still alive? And what will become of the disaster-ridden expedition?" [Source]
As you could read above I enjoyed The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez a lot and I hope the series will continue on this level.


The next book received a lot of great reviews on GOODREADS. I ordered the copy in advance because I was hooked by the description. That may surprise you because the description does not give away that much....
The Incorruptibles ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by John Hornor Jacobs.
"In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way upstream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.

In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together.

For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans." [Source]

Now it is time to look at the two short stories.

The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton is a short story in the world of Drakenfeld.
"As an Officer of the Sun Chamber, Lucan Drakenfeld must uphold the two-hundred-year-old laws of the Vispasian Royal Union, whatever the cost. While stationed in the ancient city of Venyn, a metropolis notorious for its lawless nature, Drakenfeld receives a series of mysterious letters, written in blood, that warn of an imminent assassination attempt on the life of the city's young Prince Bassim. Supported by his fiery colleague Leana, Drakenfeld's investigation leads him down the city's corridors of power. But nothing is as it seems. Who is behind the conspiracy that threatens the young prince, and will the duo be able to unearth the perpetrator before the prince's time is up?" [Source]
I read the story on Friday and I liked it as you could read above.



The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds (digital Juni 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00LA15DQE] by Karen Charlton is a short story in the world of Detective Lavender.

"London 1808: The famous Skelton Diamonds have disappeared, and Detective Stephen Lavender is asked to investigate the crime.

But why should he feel so uneasy, so reluctant to accept this case? Can he trust the wealthy, powerful politician who's summoned him?

In this short story, Lavender and his loyal assistant, Constable Woods, plunge into the seedy backstreets of Regency London and steer a tricky path through the opulent drawing rooms of aristocratic suspects in pursuit of the missing diamonds.

Welcome to the world of Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer with the Bow Street Runners, whose further adventures can be followed in 'The Heiress of Linn Hagh."[Source]
I read the story on Friday and I liked it as you could read above.


The last book for today is the paperback copy of  Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (August 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160022] by George Mann

"Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train.

In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock." [Source]

In 1915 Mycroft Holmes is 68 years old, Sherlock Holmes turned 61 and John H. Watson 63. All dates coming from this source.

Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] by James Lovegrove took place in 1913 and I appreciated how the author coped with the aged heroes. I hope will find an appropriate way to present Sherlock and Mycroft. So far I do not know if Watson will be on the scene or not.


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...

Eighteenth Century Marriage
How to get a husband?  This question never seems to be outdated. But the ways to approach the target change from period to period. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you find an interesting article about how it worked in the eighteenth century. 





Microscope and camera in 1909
Have a look at the extraordinary equipment they used in 1909 to get for this period of time impressive micrograph. Visit The Public Domain Review and have a look at






A Guinness World Records attempt
You want to be part of the attempt to get the title for the  Most People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes ? No problem at all!!  Go to England, Yorkshire, Leeds, Temple Newsham on 31st of August 2014 at noon and for the £15 entry fee you will recieve a Deerstalker hat, pipe and magnifying glas. urthermore there will be a big Sherlock party.
For more details and background information head over to SHOTMAGS CONFIDENTAL and read


Yorkshire Gets Sherlocked!




Cabinet of curiosities
I'm fascinated by cabinets of curiosities. Unfortinately a lot of them have been lost in the past centuries. Fortunately there are books showing and explaining the content of cabinets which outlastet the time. There is an informative post including pictures about the collection of Levinus Vincent (1658-1727) over at The Public Domain Review:






Windowless but panoramic view
Do you prefer the window seat on a plane? Maybe the question will disappear in future. Have a look at the  amazing design studies over at the WebUrbanist:



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.

This week I would like to share with you two trailers.
I did not expect to see Antonio Banderas in a science fiction action film. But why not.
The story of Autómata show some similarities with I, Robot. The first trailer does not look bad.


Ancient China is always a good place for epic battles, assassinations, intrigues and more. In 2015 Nicolas Cage will appear as a mysterious warrior to support one party in the bloody game of power in Outcast. Following trailer gives a first impression. For me the trailer is too short to build up my mind.


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


Quotes

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

There is some sense behind the following quote ....



"The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.

Noel Coward , English actor and dramatist, 1899 - 1973

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1433

2 comments
Hello and welcome to issue #1433 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm a little bit handicapped in my mobility. I made a rash move and since then I have pain in the back when  try to bend down. Despite that I went to gym today and after half an hour treadmill I felt better. Now I sit in front of my laptop with an electric heating pad in the back. That helps a lot.

And now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. Three books for me and maybe for you too
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. World War I, French Navy, free e-book
  2. Dogs of War
  3. Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
  4. A special London guide
  5. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  6. A special short story
  7. High speed photographs


    Movies
    Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
    1. An upcoming video game

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

    The Lighthouse
    I admit  that I'm in a phase where I  have a knack for historical fiction. Nevertheless I'm sure that I will finish some more books by end of August.


    I finished

    - no book



     
    I'm

    - 117 pages in The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen
    Medicine, code breaking, spying , to hide a secret ... a lot of things to be done by the main character Christoval Alvarez

    - 145 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.
    The tutor Francis Bacon and his students still have a lot of work to do to solve the murder case.

    - 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
    A small progress but at least a progress. 

    - 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.
    Excellent historical fiction about a part of World War I which I do not know nearly nothing about.

    No progress



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

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


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


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




     Enjoy your weekend ....



    Books


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

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

    Last week I received on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance.
    Treachery (pb, August 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481224] is the fourth book in the historical thriller series  Giordano Bruno by S. J. Parris (pen name used by Stephanie Merritt).
    "Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake's departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission - and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake's life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake's young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry." [Source]
    So far I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them a lot. This is excellent medieval mystery reading.


    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...

    World War I, French Navy, free e-book
    As mentioned above I'm currently reading Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner. So far I like the story about the British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish. What do you know ab the role of the French navy in World War I? To be honest I knew nothing until I read following post over Antoine Vanner's blog:


    The last part of the post is also interesting. Instead of describing it in my humble English, I just quote the passage:


    Free E-Book Offer from Antoine Vanner


    Since publication of Britannia’s Wolf in early 2013 I have received a large number of queries from readers regarding the novel’s historical background. Like the next in the series, Britannia’s Reach, the Wolf is indeed inspired by actual events. I thought it appropriate therefore to offer my readers free a short e-book which expands on part of the historical context and which draws on my research. These articles can be read as “standalones” which do not require any familiarity with Britannia’s Wolf. Anybody who has already read the novel may find their curiosity about the background satisfied.

    Entitled “Ironclad Ships and Intrepid Men”, this e-book can be downloaded free for reading on your Tablet or Kindle.

    If you are interested in receiving a copy please send  an e-mail to dawlishchronicles@outlook.com and it will be forwarded to you.

    Of course I'm interested in background information. Therefore I sent a mail to the address above and within a few hours I received a reply from the author containing a 95 pages PDF document!!
    Incredible.




    Dogs of War
    You may know that this is a phrase from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It is also the title of a post you can read over at Antoine Vanner's blog and it has at the same time a literally meaning which is the subject of the following post




    Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
    These are the seven deadly sins also known as cardinal sins. Whenever I see, hear, or read about these sins one movie pops up in my mind: Seven
    This film impressed me a lot and is definitely nothing for people with weak stomach. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you find an interesting article about these sins and medieval society. 



    A special London guide
    The number of London guides is innumerable. But some of them are special and unique.   The Public Domain Review now present one of these gems. Go and visit




    It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
    This is the title of a song which become one of the most famous songs in World War I. There is a brief history available over at Ian Visits. Have a look at



    A special short story
    Once a while I read short stories. Nowadays you get a lot of this stuff online. First of all I was not aware to expect a short story when I read the following post title over at Pornokitsch:





    High speed Photographs
    Once a while you see stunning high speed photographs. If you want to see some more amazing photographs then go to 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.

    My wife and I started to save money for a specific purpose: We want to buy a PS4. There are several games coming which we would like to play.
    I must say that I was not really interested in the Assassin's Creed game series. But that changed after watching the following two videos showing scenes from the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity.



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


    Quotes

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

    Please do not follow the procedure described in the following quote. I assure you that it works ....



    "The phrase "action speaks louder than words," is most easily proven by a swift kick to the genitals.

    Devin J. Monroe , 1983 - , did not find more information about the author
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