Saturday, July 26, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1430

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Hello and welcome to issue #1430 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
what a week! I do not want to bother you with details. It ended with a longer sleep on Saturday. All in all the week was more on the sunny side of life.
Now I look forward to tomorrow(Sunday) when my wife and I will go to a medieval fair which takes place in the garden of Karlsruhe Palace.

Enough about me.
Have a look at what I put together for you.

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. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Welded Swords
  2. A famous villain from Tudor England
  3. Travel in 16th century
  4. 18th century make-up
  5. Old sayings
  6. Historical sources
  7. A tale of an author
  8. Three-wheeled microcars
  9. Behind the scenes at a museum 
  10. What do you get when you mix books, banks and London?

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Risen 3 Titan Lords

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 middle age

The Lighthouse
Good news! I finished a book from my no progress book list. I continued reading one book of my no progress book list and started to read a new book.



I finished


- The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is epic fantasy but I could not really enjoy it. I did not find the right way to connect to the characters. For me the story was a mixture of interesting, boring and confusing chapters.

I was either the wrong reader for the right book or the right reader for the wrong book. I can't give any recommendation to read or to stay away from the book. The only thing I can say that the book did not work for me."


I'm

- 148 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
I'm still fascinated. A book full of ideas. 475 pages until the end.



- 170 pages in Murder (digital, hc 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y; ISBN-13: 978-1780872346] by Sarah Pinborough.
I have had high expectations. But after reading half of the book I'm really disappointed. This is just Mayhem part 2. No new case as I expected. Furthermore there are endless pages about the relationship between one woman and two men. I'm not a fan of romance. Not sure if I will continue reading



No progress

- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.


- 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

This week I bought digital copies of of a novella which you also can read online for free.
Once a while I read short stories and novellas  because they often give an introduction to a new series and therefore they are a good indicator for what to expect in future books.

"Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI, which you can learn more about here. The first volume is due out in late 2015." [Source
After reading the information above I was hooked. Even you can read the story for free at Tor.com , just click the link if you would like, I bought a digital copy of Brisk Money ( digital July 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00KUXUSYU] by Adam Christopher.
"Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.


The first of these stories was recently unearthed by author Adam Christopher. On the topic of how the manuscript made its way from Chandler’s study in California to Christopher’s home in England, Christopher is suspiciously quiet." [Source]




A book for you?
"It’s a stunning title and whilst perhaps not for everyone it’s a book that I did get a lot out of as it is something that really gets to the readers heartstrings as we can look back on the time period concerned with the beauty of hindsight. All round a great book with characters that not only draw you in but one that has been carefully crafted for maximum effect." [Source]
This part of a book review over at Falcata Times aroused my interest. A book not for everyone.
I followed several recommendations on this blog in the past and I have never been disappointed.
The book takes place in 1926 in South-West Germany. I must say I do not read often books set in this period of time and taking place in my home country.
Nevertheless the review and the book description convinced me to add the book to my to read and to buy list.
Maybe the review over at Falcata Times and the following description will convince you to.
A Wolf in Hindelheim (digital 2013, pb 2014, hc 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00C1DG59E; ISBN-13: 978-0099558972; ISBN-13: 978-0091954024] by Jenny Mayhew
"An atmospheric and gripping novel from an exciting new voice for fans of The Snow Child and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

South-West Germany, 1926. The disappearance of a baby girl calls for Constable Theodore Hildebrandt and his son Klaus to visit the remote village of Hindelheim, a place where nothing ever happens. But the news of the missing baby has brought darkness to the community. It is as if someone or something wicked is playing a game. As the wind blows and the mist thickens, tensions rise among the villagers as everyone falls under suspicion. And when the rumors begin and secrets start to unravel, the quiet village of Hindelheim is set to change forever." [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...

Today I present the stuff I like to share with you in a certain order. It is a chronological order of the post contents. The following ten pieces cover the time from the 5th century to the 21st century and delivers a colorful mix which you hopefully will enjoy as much as I did. All these posts are related to history and/or books.

Welded Swords
I love to read about old techniques and their surviving through centuries. Swords are famous weapons in fantasy and also in the history of mankind. There is an excellent post about welded swords over at English Historical Fiction Authors:

A Sinuous and Deadly Beauty: Pattern Welded Swords



A famous villain of Tudor England
What would a good fantasy or historical mystery without villains? The history of mankind is full of villains and some of them are like blueprints for villains in fiction. With the following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors:I made the virtual acquaintance with a famous villain so far unknown to me.

Tudor England's Most Infamous Villain: Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich of Leez


Travel in 16th century
Today we have a lot of different means of transport in order to get from A to B compared for example with travel in 16th century. At least I know a bit about this topic in medieval times since I read and reviewed The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1845950996], by Ian Mortimer.
Begin of July 2014 I talked about Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle which is the first book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series starring a "brain and muscle team" in person of Francis Bacon and Thomas Clarady. Since then I follow Anna Castle's blog.  
This is not the first time that I tell you that I like it a lot when authors talk about their research for books.
Therefore I read with great pleasure the following two posts over at Anna Castle's blog:






18th century make-up
I'm not interested in nowadays make-up. But I like to see and read about what kind of make-up has been used in former times why. There is an enlightening post about 18th century make-up over at English Historical Fiction Authors:

Make-up in the Eighteenth Century - a fatal attraction.


Old sayings
I like to visit The Public Domain Review again and again  because it is a great place to discover things from the past and especially old books. A few days ago I read with great pleasure


Historical sources
So far I read and reviewed all books by author A. L. Berridge.
The Chevalier Series
So far the series consist of two novels:
- Honour and the Sword (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043739], my review
- In the Name of the King (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043746], my review

The Harry Ryder Series
- Into the Valley of Death (May 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0241954102], my review

She posts regularly over at The History Girls and she likes to share information about the research for her books. Her latest post is about the importance of primary sources. That sounds jejune. I promise you it is just the contrary. The post reads like written with lifeblood:

'From the Horse's Mouth' 
by A L Berridge


A tale of an author
I heard about Beatrix Potter before.  I admit I never read one of her books. Nevertheless I appreciated the following post over at The Public Domain Review which delivers an insight of the woman behind the books.




Three-wheeled microcars
Dark Roasted Blend shows tons of pictures spiced with additional text to give an overview about three-wheeled microcars. Some of them I saw in my youth which reminded me of my age. I enjoyed the post and wallowed in memories.


Behind the scenes at a museum
You may know that museums never have enough space to show all the amazing stuff they own. Tons of things are hidden in the rooms behind the exhibition rooms. It would be a dream come true for me if I could have a look behind the scenes at some museums.
Once a while other people get the opportunity to do that as shown in the following post over at The History Girls:

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUMS 
by Eleanor Updale



What do you get when you mix books, banks and London?
Do you have answers for this question? I will not reveal anything. In order to see the answer to the question you have to visit
I promise you it is worth to visit and to enjoy all these wonderful and marvelous .......  No, I don't tell you. Go and enjoy it yourself. 


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 want to talk about an upcoming RPG. Since we have the opportunity to play PS3 games on a 32" (= 81 cm) screen my wife and I have fun with games like Two Worlds II, Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim, which I played for nearly 120 hours two years ago but never finished.
On 15th of August 2014  Risen 3 Titan Lords  will be released. I admit I do not know the previous Risen games. But I got hooked by the following video feature about Risen 3 Titan Lords .
If the game is as good as shown in the feature, I definitely want to play it. I nearly forgot to mention that the game will be available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.


My wife watched the feature too. It must be good because afterwards she told me: "let's preorder the game!"



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.

Do you think about your age? It seems I do it more often the older I get. The following quote is helpful in the way if you want to check if you reached middle age .........



"Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.

Ogden Nash, US poet and humorist, 1902 - 1971

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1429

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Hello and welcome to issue #1429 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
Germany won the FIFA 2014 World Cup in an exciting match versus Argentina. With the return of the team the heat also returned to Germany.
Today is the hottest day of the week with 35 C°(= 95 Fahrenheit). Far too hot for me.
But I will not complain. Despite the rising heat I read more than in the past weeks.

Before I started to write the post I checked my Amazon wish list in order to check for offers ..... and there have been two!! Will tell you more about it within this post.

Now I hope I can finish the post before I end as a puddle of sweat. As you can see from the post date I was not able to finish the post on Saturday. The heat took its toll. My concentration went to zero and I made too many mistakes.
Therefore I decided to get up early on Sunday and finalize the post.




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. A cloud for your home
  2. A series coming to an end
  3. How to support imagination
  4. A Photo Tour of Hadrian's Wall
  5. Review and Giveaway (US only)

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

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 paradox

The Lighthouse
I surprised myself last week with the finishing of two books and the continuation of one of my no progress books.



I finished


- Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is much more than a Victorian crime novel taking place in London. There parts which sound more like a social novel and a historical novel. But it is all interwoven. I laved to follow Campbell Lawless and Ruth Villliers.

I look forward to read Lawless and the Flowers of Sin which will be published in August 2014."

- Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"An excellent first book in the Shoal epic science fiction series.

I like the impressive character Dakota Merrick a lot. A story action packed with twist and turns,revelation and emotion and a historical background which goes back centuries."



I'm


- 299 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
I was in the right mood to continue the book. 400 pages left until the end.




No progress


- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.



- 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

This week I bought digital copies of two books, got one digital copy for free and received one paperback which I ordered several months ago.

In April 2014 I devoured Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore which is his answer to the question:
What happened to the Artful Dodger after the events described in Oliver Twist?

Since then the sequel is on my wish list and yesterday I saw that the price for the Kindle edition at Amazon.de dropped to 2,09 EUR (= 2.83 USD or 1.65 GBP) !!! I could not resist and bought a copy of
Dodger in the Dials  (digital, hc, pb) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00HVBK14Q; ISBN-13: 978-1780874685; ISBN-13: 978-1848664104] by James Benmore.
"Two years on from the events of Dodger, Jack Dawkins is back as top-sawyer with his own gang of petty thieves from Seven Dials. But crime in London has become a serious business - and when Jack needs protection he soon finds himself out of his depth and facing the gallows for murder.

The evidence against him seems insurmountable, until a young reporter by the name of Oliver Twist takes up his cause. After freeing Jack from gaol, the pair must bury their past differences and join forces to hunt down the men who framed Jack and stole that which he treasures most." [Source]
ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION
If you are interested in the Kindle edtition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there the price has been reduced too and I don't know how long the offer will be valid.



In May 2013 I have been mesmerized by the excellent Mayhem (digital 2013) [ASIN: B00BTEWYEG; HC ISBN-13: 978-1780871257] by Sarah Pinborough.
The story is based on real events (The Thames Torso Murders of 1887 - 1889) and persons (Dr Thomas Bond).
There will be at least three books starring Dr Thomas Bond and I want to read them all.
Since the first announcement of the sequel it is on my wish list and yesterday I saw that the price for the Kindle edition at Amazon.de dropped to 2,09 EUR (= 2.83 USD or 1.65 GBP) !!!
I could not resist and bought a copy of
Murder (digital, hc 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y; ISBN-13: 978-1780872346] by Sarah Pinborough.
"Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames... and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy." [Source]


ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION
If you are interested in the Kindle edition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there the price has been reduced too and I don't know how long the offer will be valid.


Womanizer, murderer, gambler, genius
The true story of the man who invented paper money
This is the official subheading of
The Great Gambler (digital, 2014; first published in 2006) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y] by Claude Cueni.
"In this colorful historical novel set in 17th century England, France and Italy, bestselling author Claude Cueni tells the story of John Law of Lauriston, the man who invented paper money. He was also a mathematical genius, a masterful gambler, a duelist, murderer, womanizer and lover. But he is best known as the inventor of modern finance and architect of the most catastrophic financial crash in history. At the height of his career, Law was an advisor to the the King of France, Louis XIV, The Sun King, and also owner of the Mississippi Corporation, with vast holdings in the Americas, and thus the wealthiest man of his time.

This book contains adult situations and language." [Source]

I did not hesitate to download a digital copy as it has been offered for free.

ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION
If you are interested in the Kindle edition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there you can get a free copy too.
I don't know how long the offer will be valid.


I'm a big fan of the books by author Mark Hodder, the man behind the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. I still need to read  The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] which is the fourth book in the series and the first in a new story arc.
Nevertheless I ordered a copy of the fifth book which arrived yesterday.
The Return of the Discontinued Man (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1616149055] by Mark Hodder.
"It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another-visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about…what?

When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined-a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!" [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...

A cloud for your home
Are you bored by your ceilings? You like to watch the clouds in the sky on a sunny day?
Then you should have a look at following post over at WebUrbanist.



For reader living in USA
If you are an inhabitant of USA and you like to read fantasy then I highly recommend to read following post over at Fantasy Faction.



A series coming to an end
Unbelievable but true there are still long running series coming to an end. There is nothing to complain about the author. An output of 10 books in six years is fantastic for readers an the author deserves respect. I talk about the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Shadows of the Apt
1. Empire in Black and Gold (2008)
2. Dragonfly Falling (2009)
3. Blood of the Mantis (2009)
4. Salute the Dark (2010)
5. The Scarab Path (2010)
6. The Sea Watch (2011)
7. Heirs of the Blade (2011)
8. The Air War (2012)
9. War Master's Gate (2013)
10. Seal of the Worm (2014)

[Source]

I own copies of book one to seven. So far I read the first one. Your review is helpful and I hope more people will discover the series.
There is a well done review of Empire in Black and Gold over at  Mithril Wisdom.
For more information about the series I recommend to visit the official Shadows of the Apt site and the Shadows of the Apt Wiki.



How to support imagination
Again I must come back to historical naval fiction author  Antoine Vanner.
While reading a book we try to imagine the characters and the landscape based on what we get delivered from the author. Even the descriptions are excellent I fail sometimes with my imagination. Therefore it is always good when we can have a look and maybe to touch things in reality. Fortunately we have museums and sources. In the following post author Antoine Vanner shows a connection between his books and reality.





A Photo Tour of Hadrian's Wall
The following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors goes in the same direction as the previous one.  It is a good opportunity for all who who do not have the opportunity to go there by themselves and furthermore you get background information.





Review and Giveaway (US only)
As often I'm behind with reading posts on other blogs. On Friday evening I read following post
over at The True Book Addict

HFVBT: Antonia Hodgson's The Devil in the Marshalsea - Review and {Giveaway}

It is all about a book which made it immediately to my book list.
The Devil in the Marshalsea (digital, hc, pb 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Antonia Hodgson.
"London 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games brothels and coffee-houses to the hell of a debtors' prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor Captain Roberts has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die.

A twisting mystery a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense." [Source]
The book description and the review forced me to add the book to my list.
As mentioned in the post heading there is a giveaway ...  But the giveaway is open to U.S. only.
In case you live in USA and you are interested in to win a copy then you should visit the  post link by clicking on the post heading.
ATTENTION!! The giveaway ends on 22nd of July 2014.


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 first teaser trailer of the next film starring Daniel Radcliffe gives nothing more than a first impression. Horns is based on the book with the same title by Joe Hill. I did not read the book and I need more input before I decide whether I want to see the film or not



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.

This week I faced several strange phenomenons on my laptop. Even a paradox is not a phenomenon, I show sympathy for the following quote .....


"Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.

Edward Teller, US physicist, 1908 - 2003

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1428

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Hello and welcome to issue #1428 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
one day to go until the final match of the FIFA 2014 World Cup between Germany and Argentina. I think it is no surprise that I support Germany. I hope that both team will deliver a great game and may the best team win.


The preparation for the renovating of the face of the building we live in did not go as expected. A lot of rain delayed the erection of the scaffold.
I wanted to have a good start on Saturday morning. Therefore I slept a bit longer as usual. I did not need an alarm clock to wake up. Heavy drilling did that for me!
The construction worker continue to work on the scaffold today. The drilling is needed to implement anchors for the scaffold.
To illustrate how noisy that is let me tell you that my wife and I can't understand each other during the drilling. We have to cope with.
Nevertheless I started to work on my post and I hope I will finish it in a proper time.

Today I have some good news related to series I like.



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. What do you do in case you can't leave a comment on a blog?
  2. Filmed in 1900 and released in 1903
  3. The year 2000 seen from 1894
  4. Navajo Code Talkers
  5. Confusing calendars
  6. Powdered wigs
  7. Training tragedies
  8. Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy official extended trailer

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 women

The Lighthouse
Against all odds I finished a book this week. I was not sure when this will happen and hope that more will follow soon. Furthermore I continued reading at least one of the books from my no progress list.



I finished


- The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian


I'm


- 409 pages in Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.
111 pages left until the end.


No progress


- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.



- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.



- 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

This week I bought digital copies of four books. Two of them have been on my list and the other two I found while checking offers on Amazon.

Within issue #1427 of Edi's Weekend Wave, I asked you to support author Sean McLachlan  with the blurb of the sequel of Radio Hope (digital January 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00I5HHTVS] which is the first book in the Toxic World series.
On 8th of July 2014 Sean McLachlan posted the final blurb and the cover for Refugees from the Righteous Horde (digital July 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00LM30K4U] and on 9th of July I bought my copy.
"When you only have one shot, you better aim true.
In a ravaged world, civilization’s last outpost is reeling after fighting off the fanatical warriors of the Righteous Horde. Sheriff Annette Cruz becomes New City’s long arm of vengeance as she sets off across the wildlands to take out the cult’s leader. All she has is a sniper’s rifle with one bullet and a former cultist with his own agenda.
Meanwhile, one of the cult’s escaped slaves makes a discovery that could tear New City apart. . ." [Source]
I must say that I really like the cover and I hope the story will continue on the same level as the first book in the Toxic World series.









The following book has been on my list since last year. And a few days ago I bought my digital copy. For me this is not the first book by Mark Charan Newton. I own copies (pb and digital) of all four books in the Legend of the Red Sun series and read the first two books.

Drakenfeld (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CYM1920] by Mark Charan Newton

"The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, nations have flourished but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive . . .

Receiving news of his father’s death Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King’s sister has been found brutally murdered – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power. Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realises the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands." [Source]
It seems that Drakenfeld is different to the previous books. It has a more historical touch.


While searching Amazon for book offers I discovered the first book of a science fiction trilogy for just 1.99 EUR (you can get it in USA for 2.71 USD and in UK for 1.19 GBP). I talk about

Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson
"For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes.

Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide.

Biographies Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. His first published novel was Angel Stations (2004), followed by Against Gravity (2005). [Source]

The book description sounded interesting and therefore I bought a copy. I sneaked into the first two chapters and I liked what I read.

Based on that I checked the price for

Nova War (digital, first published in  2009) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson, which is the second book in the Shoal trilogy.
"In Stealing Light, Dakota discovered the Shoal’s dark and dangerous secret, now she works towards stopping not only the spread of this knowledge, but also the onset of the Nova war.

Found adrift near a Bandati colony world far away from Consortium space, Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes rapidly clear to them, that the humanity’s limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy – filtered through the Shoal – is direly inaccurate. The Shoal have been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, with their own FTL technology for over fifteen thousand years. Realising that the Shoal may be the Galaxy’s one chance at sustained peace, Dakota is forced to work with Trader to prevent the spread of deadly knowledge carried on board the Magi ships. But it seems that the Nova War is inevitable…" [Source]

The copy was not that much more expensive and fit into my budget. So I bought a copy.

The third and final book  Empire of Light (digital, first published in  2010) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003X27L2W] is now on my to buy list.




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...

What do you do in case you can't leave a comment on a blog?
Like many other people I follow author blogs. A lot of them deliver news and additional information related to their books. From my point of view it is also a good to tool to get in contact with an author and vice versa.
The blog of author Alex J. Cavanaugh is an excellent example for communication between author and readers.
Today I want to talk about blog which deliver information about a series started at the end of 2013.: E L Tettensor, who is the author of the Nicolas Lenoir series.
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.
In June 2014 the author revealed the cover  of Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434]which is the second book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.
I wanted to leave a comment but I ended up with an error message. I thought that something is wrong with my browser and/or my laptop.
On 8th of July 2014 E L Tettensor announced the availability of  Master of Plagues for pre-order. Again I tried to leave a comment and again I failed. Then I tried to leave a comment on two more PCs and with two different browsers on each. Nothing worked. Now I was sure that there was something wrong with the blog. Finally I sent a mail to E L Tettensor and informed her about the problem. I did not take long until I received a first reply.  Soon after the first mail a second mail popped up. The author asked me if I could try again to leave I comment. I did and failed again. Before I replied I started a Google search with the error message and got results with hints. I added links to my mail and sent it to E L Tettensor.
Several hours I received a thank you mail saying that I have been most helpful and that the problem has been solved based on the information I sent.You can read the official post by following THIS LINK.
I think this is a good example for communication between author and reader and vice versa because it shows the interest of the reader and that authors take their readers seriously.

Of course I took the opportunity to pre-order the paperback edition of Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor. Maybe you are interested too. Have a look at the cover and read the blurb.
"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]


Filmed in 1900 and released in 1903
I do not want to repeat the text of the following post over at  The Public Domain Review is a cornucopia of gems. 
It is amazing to see how they surprise the readers every week with extraordinary findings.
The film they presented is starring Little Tich. I never heard or read this name before. Maybe you know him. Go and watch the film at




The year 2000 seen from 1894
This  is the second gem for today I discovered over at The Public Domain Review.  I assume the Astor family is not unknown to you. John Jacob Astor IV was the richest passenger aboard the RMS Titanic and did not survive the crash with the iceberg. Beside being a rich businessman he was also the author of a science fiction novel A Journey in Other Worlds: A romance of the Future (1884) describing the life on Saturn and Jupiter in the year 2000.  The book includes descriptions of the use of solar power, air and space travel, and a worldwide telephone network.
I know that you can get a digital copy for free either on Amazon [Kindle Edition ASIN: B0082S9R0G] or over at Project Gutenberg. But you also can read it online at





Navajo Code Talkers
During a war it is most important to have a highly secured communication. One possibility to secure messages was/is the use of languages only know by a few people. During World War II  Navajos have been highly appreciated Code Talkers. Last month the last of the Navajo Code Talkers died. Read more about it in the following post over at Steampunk News:



Confusing calendars
Nowadays we do not think about the use of the Gregorian Calendar. But it can get confusing when it comes to history and historical fiction. There is an interesting post about calendars and dates over at The History Girls. Have a look at




Powdered wigs
There has been a time where powdered wigs have been really popular. There is an interesting post about powdered wigs and why the author of the post is thinking about to start a campaign to Bring Back the Wig  over at The English Historical Fiction Authors. Have a look at





Training tragedies

Last week I talked about the books, blog and site of the historical naval fiction author  Antoine Vanner. I must say I have been impressed by the blog and the site. The following post is a good example to show you why I have been so impressed. Have a look at





Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue
I know that a few of my followers are interested in the German language. In June 2014 the German Steampunk blog Clockworker started to post a series written by A.-G. Piel. I did not find detailed information about the author. So if you like to put your nose in to a German adventure story with steampunk elements then you should have a look at Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue. So far four parts have been posted and more will come.



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.

There is an official extended trailer of The Guardians of the Galaxy which I would like to share with you.



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.

I assume most women will agree to following quote .....


"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.

Joseph Conrad, English novelist, 1857 - 1924
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