Saturday, May 09, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1519

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Dear Readers,

in less than 12 hours my wife and I will start our journey to the Baltic Sea coast where we will spend two weeks. I really need a break and I hope that you will understand that there will be no posts from me within the next two weeks.

I'm happy that I finally decided which books I want to read in the next two weeks. I must say it was not that easy. In the end my gut feeling which tipped the scales.

See you again on latest on 30th of May 2015.
Have a good time and

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. Holiday reading list 
  3. I look forward to the release of ...
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Victorian skyscraper
  2. Selling wives
  3. A look from the present into the past into the future
  4. The art of juggling with words

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something completely different

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 weather
The Lighthouse
I finished one book and I stopped reading one book which does not happen that often.


I finished

Snared (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Ed James.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"So far I read four books in the Scott Cullen series which I liked a lot. Therefore I gave the first book in a new series a try.

What satisfying read. a great plot, good pace, realistic characters and a main character with self-doubt trying to fulfil her own expectations which she sometimes do not really know for herself.
I appreciated a lot that the reader does not know more than the main character DS Vicky Dodds.
I thought I identified the bad guys quite early but that turned out to be totally wrong.

I want more DS Vicky Dodds."



I'm

- 34 pages in Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
Too early for a comment.

- 145

I did not finish

- Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I received a review copy of this book.
But I will never write a real review of it because I stopped reading after 80 pages.
I have had high expectations after the description and several glowing reviews.
I have been highly disappointed after reading 80 pages because within these pages nothing what I expected has been delivered. I must say most of the time I felt bored. No character aroused my interest.

That does not mean it is a bad book. It is a book which missed my taste 100%. For me it is the classical situation of right book, wrong reader and vice versa.

I do not rate the book because I did not finish it."



No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.



 Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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


Last week I bought just one digital copy.
Once again I return to the Victorian London. This time it is up to Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to act as detectives in The Detective and Mr. Dickens: Being an Account of the Macbeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them Snared (digital, April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by William J Palmer. This book has been published firs in 1990 with title The Detective and Mr. Dickens.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of crimes in this delightful Dickensian romp, with the canonical author teaming up with a famous upstart to solve a devilish murder.

In Victorian London, Charles Dickens and his protege, the renowned author Wilkie Collins, make the acquaintance of the shrewdest mind either would ever encounter: Inspector William Field of the newly formed Metropolitan Protectives. A gentleman's brutal murder brings the three men together in an extraordinary investigation that leads Dickens to the beautiful young actress Ellen Ternan. Almost immediately, she becomes the love of his life. But first, Dickens must protect her from the noose, as she is the main suspect." [Source]
William J Palmer wrote three more novels in his Mr. Dickens. series.
In case I like the first book I will go for the other books which are all available in Kindle Edition.


Holiday reading list

Of course my eReader will accompany me. From all the books on the reader I chose the following one which I definitely want to read:


 Chasm City (pb, digital) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B000OIZUH6] by Alastair Reynolds.

"The once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet- has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted -from the people to the very buildings they inhabit- only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a low-life postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget." [Source]
I'm in the mood for a big science fiction story. Holiday is the perfect season for really long stories and  Chasm City  stands for more than 700 pages.


Beside that I limited myself to four real books. It took me hours to decide which books I want to take with me. Finally I ended up with an interesting selection.
All four books have one thing in common. Each of them is a second book in a series.

I present you my selection in no specific order.

In 2012 I read the excellent historical fiction Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) by  Robert Lyndon who returned with the sequel  Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764].

"AD 1081: Vast empires struggle for dominance

From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south, battles rage across Europe and around its fringes. But in the east, an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder.

Seeking the destructive might of this 'fire drug', the mercenary Vallon is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a secret and near-impossible quest to the far-off land of Song Dynasty China. Leading a highly trained squadron, Vallon is accompanied by the physician Hero, Wayland the English and a young upstart named Lucas.

All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets.

It's a quest that leads them across treacherous seas and arid desserts, and into an uncharted land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die... but the rewards could be unbelievable." [Source]
I have expectations after I enjoyed Hawk Quest so much. I forward to the next travel with Vallon, Hero and Wayland.


With next book I return to England in the year 1193. It is the time of Richard Lionheart, Prince John
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisburne. The big difference compared to other books covering this period of time is the main character: Guy of Gisburne!
With Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables delivered the second book in the Guy of Gisburne series.

"Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent to Prince John, is all that stands between England and anarchy, fighting a shadow battle to protect the kingdom from those who would destroy it.

Returning to England after foiling a plot to destroy Jerusalem, Guy of Gisburne is arrested and hauled to the Tower of London; John, England's regent in the absence of its monstrous King, needs his knight once more. A killer has broken into the Prince’s most secure castle in the north and left a message, drawn on the skin of one of his victims: 'the circle is closing,' signed with a handprint in blood. Is the threat genuine? Who or what is the Red Hand? Someone is killing John's men, and the obvious culprit—the most dangerous man in the Kingdom, Hood himself—has an alibi even Guy can't deny." [Source]
Guy of Gisburne is a tough and taciturn character which I like a lot and I hope the book will be as entertaining as the first one.



You may remember that I highly praised Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] which is the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir series and therefore it was no question to buy the sequel.
And now the time has come to devour  Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.

"Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever..." [Source]

 The fourth and last book is a steampunk adventure.
 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]

I look forward to the release of ....
the third  book in the Gideon Smith series.
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (October 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13:  
978-0765334268] by David Barnett which will be published on 13th October 2015.
"In an alternate ninteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire.

Back in London, Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging though London's less salubrious quarters.

While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley.

With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more...but where is Gideon Smith?

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett's riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was...but should have been." [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...


Victorian skyscraper
We all know that there was no real skyscraper in Victorian London. But as I could read over at Ian Visits there have been ideas and plans. For details read



Selling wives
I don't talk about human trafficking. It is about what could happen to wives 200 years ago  in case of the breakdown of a marriage. For more information head over to the English Historical Fiction Authors and read



A look from the present into the past into the future
Yay! I managed to use past present and future in one sentence without talking about grammar.You will understand what I refer to as soon as you have a look at following post over at he WebUrbanist.




The art of juggling with words
For me to juggle with words is an art. Talented persons appeared and disappeared in the past centuries. Sometimes you can read about such talented persons.
On January 4th, 2015, I posted my review of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by Anna Castle which is the second book in her new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series. In her latest post the author talks about such a talented person who is a minor character in the book:



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.

No movie trailer this week.
I don't want make you envious with the following video. I just want to show you where my wife and I will spend the next two weeks in order to relax.



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.

Weather is important when it comes to vacation. I must say I don't have high expectations when it comes to the weather for the next two weeks. I can summarize my weather expectations in two words: No rain .........


"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Kin Hubbard, American cartoonist, 1868 - 1930

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

EPIC WORLDS - Free Fantasy Writing Contest

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Dear Readers,

today I have the pleasure to share with you the information about a contest which I think is of interest for everyone who is interested in writing fantasy. The picture and the text details have been provided by Inkitt. I don't have any business relations with them and I was not paid for this post.

Drums Roll !

What is Inkitt?
Inkitt is a free writing platform where authors can get creative and watch their stories grow, and they’re opening a new writing contest for entries this spring.
Inkitt is a place for writers and readers to collaborate, trade feedback and ideas to improve their work. In the long run, Inkitt’s goal is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they want without worrying about the impediments and unfairness of traditional printing and self-publishing.

Writing Contest: Epic Worlds – A New Adventure
This month Inkitt’s writing contest is “Epic Worlds: A New Adventure”. Take millions of readers on an epic journey with your best fantasy stories. Submit ancient tales about dragons and griffins, or tell your vision of the future through a science fantasy story. Unleash your imagination and show what you've got and write a truly unforgettable fantasy adventure. Write an adventure that Bilbo Baggins would envy, one that enchants and excites, astounds and has everyone on the edge of their seats.

What are the Guidelines?
Fiction up to 15,000 words. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible. The contest opens on May 6th and closes on June 3rd.
The contest is free to enter and authors will retain all rights to any work submitted. Authors must ensure that all ratings are appropriate for their stories.
Multiple entries are allowed, but each individual participant may win only one prize.
Physical prizes can only be shipped to the United States, Canada, countries in the EU, and Australia/New Zealand. Cash prizes can only be transferred to PayPal supported countries.
There is no age requirement for participation but all stories must be rated appropriately by their authors.
Guidelines for submission must be adhered to.
Inkitt staff are not eligible to receive prizes, or be chosen as winners.


To win:
Authors will collect community votes. First, second, and third place winners will then be chosen by the Inkitt staff from the 10% of stories as determined by the community.


Prizes:



1st place: $100 Cash and 5 printed-and-bound copies of story with cover created by Inkitt’s designer


2nd place: $50 Cash


3rd place: $30 Cash






How to enter:


Contest URL: www.inkitt.com/epicworlds

For information during the contest use
Twitter Hashtag: #EpicWorlds

Good luck to all participants!
 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1518

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Dear Readers,

I do not want to repeat my statements from last week. I think when you see that I read  in sum 179 pages last week you  may understand that I'm not in a good condition. Now I must "survive" one more week until my holiday.
I still have not decided which books to read during my holiday. 

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. Do I need this part one
  2. Do I need this part two
  3. Walking
  4. Titanic
  5. Penny Black

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something different

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 management
The Lighthouse
Every reading session ended in the world of oblivion which means I fell asleep quite soon.


I finished

- no book



I'm

- 34 pages in Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
Too early for a comment.

- 145 Snared (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Ed James.
So far it delivers what was promised.

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.



 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


New "food" for my eReader.
From time to time I like to read crime fiction.
I admit that I'm a big fan of  the DC Scott Cullen Crime Series by Ed James. So far I read the first four books which I enjoyed a lot. Therefore it was no question that wanted a copy of the first book in a new series. Now I own a digital copy of Snared (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Ed James.
"Vicky Dodds—single mother, commitment-phobe, Detective Sergeant—is adding Dundee, Scotland to the Tartan Noir map.

When a dog breeder in and around Dundee disappears, DS Dodds and her team are tasked with finding out who is behind the attacks.

But as the crimes escalate, and the attacker’s message becomes clearer, Vicky begins to question where her own sympathies lie.

From the acclaimed author of the Scott Cullen series, Snared is an unyielding police procedural that fearlessly examines the uncomfortable grey areas between right and wrong, and between “us” and “them.” " [Source]
I could not resist and started reading. So far it delivers what was promised.

With my holiday ahead I thought it would be a good idea to read some epic science fiction and to continue a series. So far I read Revelation Space (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-0441009428; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B001QL5MAA] by Alastair Reynolds which is the first book in the Revelation Space universe. I decided to buy a digital copy of   Chasm City (pb, digital) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B000OIZUH6] by Alastair Reynolds.

"The once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet- has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted -from the people to the very buildings they inhabit- only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a low-life postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget." [Source]
Of course I know that this not the sequel to Revelation Space.
But that does not matter as long as it is a great story.
An average rating of 4.10 out of five over at GOODREADS is excellent.

Finally there was a cheap offer for a historical crime fiction and I got a digital copy of the first book in the John Shakespeare series.
Martyr (digital, September 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00ICN507U] by Rory Clements.
"In this ingenious debut, Rory Clements introduces John Shakespeare, Elizabethan England’s most remarkable investigator, and delivers a tale of murder and conspiracy that succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and a crime thriller.

In a burnt-out house, one of Queen Elizabeth’s aristocratic cousins is found murdered, her young flesh marked with profane symbols. At the same time, a plot to assassinate Sir Francis Drake, England’s most famous sea warrior, is discovered—a plot which, if successful, could leave the country utterly defenseless against a Spanish invasion. It’s 1587, the Queen’s reign is in jeopardy, and one man is charged with the desperate task of solving both cases: John Shakespeare. With the Spanish Armada poised to strike, Mary Queen of Scots awaiting execution, and the pikes above London Bridge decorated with the grim evidence of treachery, the country is in peril of being overwhelmed by fear and chaos. Following a trail of illicit passions and family secrets, Shakespeare travels through an underworld of spies, sorcerers, whores, and theater people, among whom is his own younger brother, the struggling playwright, Will. Shadowed by his rival, the Queen’s chief torturer, who employs his own methods of terror, Shakespeare begins to piece together a complex and breathtaking conspiracy whose implications are almost too horrific to contemplate. For a zealous and cunning killer is stalking England’s streets. And as Shakespeare threatens to reveal a madman’s shocking identity, he and the beautiful woman he desires come ever closer to becoming the next martyrs to a passion for murder and conspiracy whose terrifying consequences might still be felt today…." [Source]
There are mixed reviews of Martyr over at GOODREADS.




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...



Do I need this part one
To be honest I do not understand this selfie hype. Maybe the reason is quite simple. I don't own a smart phone because I don't need one. And therefore I do not have any need for the following item presented over at the WebUrbanist. Have a look at




Do I need this part two
I think I do not have an extravagant taste when it comes to furniture. Therefore I would never spend a minute think about to buy the piece presented over at the WebUrbanist. Have a look at




Walking
In the world of Jane Austen the use of horses and carriages is really common. But that is completely different to the real world. There is a real enlightening post about this topic over at the English Historical Fiction Authors fist perfectly this exhibition.



Titanic
Two weeks ago my wife and I visited  a Titanic exhibition. The following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors fist perfectly this exhibition.






Penny Black
It seems that in the world of electronic communication the little thing called stamp gets lost.. Of course the history of the Penny Black is not more than a mouse click away. But how fast disappear the information out of your mind? I find it really helpful when I can read  post about topic where the author took his time to put together the information and talks about it in his/her own words.
That is the reason why I appreciate following post over at The Virtual Victorian.




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.

No movie trailer this week.
Instead I like to share with you an amazing animated short video.
Just lean back and enjoy ........


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.

My comment to the following quote: True! True! True! ...................


"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Peter Drucker, American management writer, 1909 - 2003
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