Saturday, June 29, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1326

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Hello and welcome to issue #1326 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

With end of June we pass the half year mark of 2013.That means it will not take long that lists with half year favorites will appear. I did not decide yet if I want to post such a list or not.


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
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. To Reduce Waiting Time
  2. One Day Deal
  3. Editor Blows Own Trumpet
  4. The David Gemmell Legend Award
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Children Who Built Victorian Britain

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

The Lighthouse

My reading progress is not as good as I would like. Anyway I'm happy that I finished  one more book and found time to continue reading my books in progress. As I wrote above, most of the time it was too hot for any activities. So my reading progress as expected.

I finished


- Queen's Adept (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007ZLYBKM] by Rodolfo Martinez
I wrote on Goodreads:
The book delivered much more than I expected after reading the description.
My relationship to the main character Yaxtor Bandan is ambivalent.
The story is interesting with twists and turns.
I really hope that the sequel will be translated to English.




I'm

-  256 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper

- 234 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.

- 123 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

No progress



 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.

A big thank you goes to  Mark Lawrence, author of the exquisite Broken Empire series, who has been so kind to send me a signed paperback copy of his upcoming book
Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058].
"The path to the throne is broken - only the broken may walk it.

***

To reach the throne requires that a man journey. Even a path paved with good intentions can lead to hell, and my intentions were never good.

The Hundred converge for Congression to politic upon the corpse of Empire, and while they talk the Dead King makes his move, and I make mine. The world is cracked, time has run through, leaving us clutching at the end days, the future so bright that those who see it are the first to burn. These are the days that have waited for us all our lives. These are my days. I will stand before the Hundred and they will listen. I will take the throne whoever seeks to thwart me, living or dead, and if I must be the last emperor then I will make of it such an ending.

This is where the wise man turns away. This is where the holy kneel and call on God. These are the last miles, my brothers. Don't look to me to save you. Don't think I will not spend you. Run if you have the wit. Pray if you have the soul. Stand your ground if courage is yours. But don't follow me.

Follow me, and I will break your heart."[Source]


I'm not obliged to review it BUT I enjoyed  Prince of Thorns and  King of Thorns so much that it will be a pleasure to review it. I could not withstand to open the book and to read the "afterthought". It contains exactly one revelation which does not give away a bit of the story but raise the expectation: THERE WILL BE NO MORE BOOK in the Broken Empire series!
Mark Lawrence delivered good reasons for his decision.
Now I'm even more eager to read  Emperor of Thorns....
Anyway Mark Lawrence did something to reduce the waiting time until the release of Emperor of Thorns.
I will tell more about it later on.



I maintain several wish lists over at Amazon. I use them for keep track on prices for books I want to have. It is a lot easier to go through the list than to copy and paste the ISBN from another list.
From my experience the prices for digital copies change quite often.  Therefore I check my wish lists more or less regularly.
Sometimes it takes a long time until I get a copy of a specific book.
In September 2010 I read
Arorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat (Reviewed Liviu Suciu)
and watched the following trailer



Aurorarama (first published in 2012) [ Hardcover ISBN-13:  978-1935554134; Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1612191317; Kindle Edition ASIN: B0040SY392; NOOK Edition ISBN-13: 978-1935554882] by Jean-Christophe Valtat (Twitter) is the first book in the The Mysteries of New Venice series.
"1908. New Venice--"the pearl of the Arctic"--a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate carriage-sleds and elegant victorian garb, of long nights and vistas of ice.

But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like qaartsiluni--"the time when something is about to explode in the dark." Local "poletics" are wracked by tensions with the Eskimos circling the city, with suffragette riots led by an underground music star, with drug round-ups by the secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night. An ominous black airship hovers over the city, and the Gentlemen are hunting for the author of a radical pamphlet calling for revolt.

Their lead suspect is Brentford Orsini, one of the city's most prominent figures. But as the Gentlemen of the Night tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a mysterious message from a long-lost love that compels him to act." [Source]
Today (June 29th 2013) I bought a Kindle copy for 2.19 EUR (2.86 USD, 1.87 GBP) over at Amazon.de!
Of course I checked Amazon.com = 2.87 USD and Amazon.co.uk = 2.67 GBP.

To be honest I do not know how long the price for the Kindle edition will be valid. So I think it is a good opportunity in case you are interested in .

The Mysteries of New Venice series continues in October 2013 with  Luminous Chaosurorarama (first published in 2012) [ Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1612191416Kindle Edition ASIN: B007SGXEDO].
"Book two in The Mysteries of New Venice, the steampunk adventure series The Guardian called a "magnificent achievement"
It's 1907 in the icily beautiful New Venice, and the hero of the city's liberation, Brentford Orsini, has been deposed by his arch-rival -- who immediately assigns Brentford and his friends on a dangerous diplomatic mission to Paris.
So, Brentford recruits his old friend and louche counterpart, Gabriel d'Allier, underground chanteuse and suffragette Lillian Lake, and the mysterious Blankbate--former Foreign Legionnaire and leader of the Scavengers, the city's garbage collecting cult--and others, for the mission.
But their mode of transportation--the untested "transaerian psychomotive"--proves faulty and they find themselves transported back in time to Paris 1895 ... before New Venice even existed. What's more, it's a Paris experiencing an unprecedented and crushingly harsh winter.
They soon find themselves involved with some of the city's seediest, most fascinating inhabitants. But between attending soirees at Mallarmé's house, drinking absinthe with Proust, trying to wrestle secrets out of mesmerists, and making fun of the newly-constructed Eiffel Tower, they also find that Paris is a city full of intrigue, suspicion, and danger.
For example, are the anarchists they encounter who are plotting to bomb the still-under construction Sacre Coeur church also the future founders of New Venice? And why are they trying to kill them?
And, as Luminous Chaos turns into another lush adventure told in glorious prose rich in historical allusion, there's the biggest question of them all: How will they ever get home?" [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...

Let me come back author Mark Lawrence for the second time in this post. He takes care on his readers. In order to bridge the time gap until the release date of Emperor of Thorns in August 2013, he wrote the short story Sleeping Beauty featuring Jorg Ancrath ... AND ... you can get it for free in PDF format!!



The following information is of interest for all people who can order books over at Amazon.com and who like fantasy.
On Saturday 29th June you can get a KINDLE copy of


for 2.99 USD.
"Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles-until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom. Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires in order to keep a secret too terrible for the world to know? And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend."
 Theft of Swords by by Michael J. Sullivan contains the first two books of the  Riyria Revelations series.




Mark Lord , editor of Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History The new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History , author and friend of the blog wrote a post with following header

Hell has its Demons – Editor Blows Own Trumpet

 over at Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History The new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History

It is about his new book Hell has its Demons (digital, 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00DO30OGA], which is the first in the Demon Hunter trilogy. I have had the pleasure to read it before the publishing date and I liked it.

"What if the demons portrayed in the Middle Ages were real and could be conjured by necromancers?

And what if those seeking power decided to use demons to get what they wanted? In Hell has its Demons a plot unfolds to use demons to take the ultimate prize of all – the crown of Edward III, King of England.

Investigating an infestation of demons in the town of St Brett’s is the last thing that Jake Savage wants to do this summer. But for his master, the controversial Oxford scholar Roger Sotil, it is a chance to prove that demons can be conjured and avoid charges of heresy.

In St Brett’s Roger sees demons possessing the townspeople. Jake thinks they are just acting very strangely. The people are scared and want answers fast. A beautiful woman, Isabel Haukwake, is accused of witchcraft. Roger feels sure that she isn’t guilty. Jake knows she isn’t. He was once engaged to marry her, until his father took her from him." [Source]

Get your Hell has its Demons FREE KINDLE COPY  until end of Saturday here:
Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de and their other stores



Let me com back to author for the third time in this post. There is an award and it is the one award which Mark Lawrence would like to win. Read his post from June 28th where he explain in detail why he would like to win
So go and vote in the following three categories. The first round ends on 31st July 2013.
- The Legend Award is the highlight of the nights events at our Award Ceremony where the winner of the book voted best release of the year is presented with a unique, scale model of Snaga (the legendary axe of Druss the Legend) from Raven Armoury. The blades of the axe are laser-etched with the winner's name & novel.
- The Morningstar Award is to celebrate the newcomers to the fantasy genre, whose first book published in English will fight it out amongst the other young bloods to be crowned the fans undisputed New Blood Fantasy Champion
- The Ravenheart Award is to celebrate the hard working artists of the fantasy genre, whose covers tantalise and enchant readers. The award is open for any Fantasy book published in English in the year of nomination with the winner being crowned 'Ravenheart Fantasy Artist of the Year' for their work. With so many hours of hard work put into the book jackets that help make a title so special we felt that the artists deserve to be recognised.


I voted for CAMERON, Miles - The Red Knight - Gollancz in the category The Morningstar Award.
Follow THIS LINK to place your The Morningstar Award vote. In order to vote mark your choice and scroll down the list until you find the vote button. Click the button to send your vote.




I voted for STONE, Steve - Orb, Sceptre, Throne - Bantam Press & Tor in the category The Ravenheart Award.
Follow THIS LINK to place your Ravenheart Award vote. In order to vote mark your choice and scroll down the list until you find the vote button. Click the button to send your vote.



Follow THIS LINK to place your The Legend Award vote. In order to vote mark your choice and scroll down the list until you find the vote button. Click the button to send your vote.
I voted for ???? in the category The Legend Award.
When you read the whole post, I'm sure you will know who got my vote. It is no secret and therefore I write it down in big and bold letters:
I VOTED FOR

I will keep you informed about The David Gemmell Legend Awards.


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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Instead of a movie trailer I would like to share with you information about the life of children in Victorian England.
"The catalyst to Britain's Industrial Revolution was the slave labour of orphans and destitute children. In this shocking and moving account of their exploitation and eventual emancipation, Professor Jane Humphries uses the actual words of these child workers (recorded in diaries, interviews and letters) to let them tell their own story. She also uses groundbreaking animation to bring to life a world where 12-year-olds went to war at Trafalgar and six-year-olds worked the fields as human scarecrows." [Source]
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain Part 1

The Children Who Built Victorian Britain Part2

The Children Who Built Victorian Britain Part 3

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.

When I listened to people at public places in the past weeks I got the impression there is nothing more important as the weather ....which I can understand very well because it is holiday season in Germany.

"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.

Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1325

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Hello and welcome to issue #1325 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

What a week! Unusual high temperatures in our region ( 37 °C = 98.600 °F)  did not encourage me to read books and to write reviews. Fortunately the temperature dropped to 24 °C = 75.200 °F on Friday after a night with rain, thunder and lightning. On Sunday my wife and I will go to Frankfurt by train and visit a fabric market. We need supply for new sewing projects. My next review should be finished in couple of days.


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. I could not resist
  2. A Steampunk trilogy in one book
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Daedalus Incident News
  2. Unauthorized Installations
  3. Public Toilets
  4. Low Tech Cameras
  5. Vanished London 
  6. Books and Chains
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. World War Z

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

The Lighthouse

As I wrote above, most of the time it was too hot for any activities. So my reading progress as expected.

I finished

- no book



I'm

-  223 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper

- 176 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.

- 180 pages in Queen's Adept (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007ZLYBKM] by Rodolfo Martinez

No progress

- Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

 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.

Honestly, I did not want to buy a book last week. But when I saw following book, I could not resist and paid 1.59 EUR (= 2.23 USD; 1.44 GBP).
London & Londoners in the 1850s & 1860s (digital; first printed in January 1924) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004TTX18Q] by Alfred Rosling Bennett.

"'One of the best books about daily life in Victorian London.'
Alfred Rosling Bennett was born on 14th May 1850, and died aged 78, on 24th May 1928. He was a pioneering electrical engineer, remembered by the Times' obituarist for his groundbreaking work in telephony. In 1877, for example, he connected the Canterbury Music hall in Lambeth to the Queen's Theatre in Long Acre, via an overhead telephone line - the first such experiment carried out in London.

LONDON AND LONDONERS IN THE 1850s & 1860s is not, however, about Rosling Bennett's career. The book begins with his early childhood in Islington and focuses, almost exclusively, on daily life in the mid-Victorian metropolis. For example, selecting at random from the first few chapters, we learn about the interiors of omnibuses -- "The floor was covered with a thick layer of straw - in imitation of stage-coach practice - dry and clean every morning, but, as may readily be supposed, in wet weather damp, dirty, and smelly for the rest of the day. It was warm for the feet and kept out draughts, but promoted a too-evident stuffiness, especially when the let-down window of the door was up and the portal itself closed - there were no microbes to worry us in those days - and if a sixpence or a four-pennybit were dropped the chance of recovering it was small indeed." -- and the delivery of milk -- "Now and then, a man and girl driving a couple of very clean cows came round and drew milk from the udder straight into customers' jugs, or at least into a measure that was at once emptied into the jugs. That might be supposed to be a very direct, honest procedure, calculated to render adulteration laws vain and nugatory; but our milkman said that if people could only see the quantity of water 'them poor cows' were compelled to drink before starting, they would cease to wonder that the milk was so thin and blue." -- and the range of popular 1850s 'treatments' for cholera, namely "acorns, mustard plasters, castor-oil, laughing-gas, cold mutton broth, and hot mint-tea".

Victorian memoirs are often very dull things, regaling one with bland tales about meetings with famous folk, assorted commonplaces and platitudes. Rosling Bennett, on the other hand, from the vantage of the 'modern era' of the 1920s, applies a scientific rigour to the memories of his youth. He disdains singing his own praises for telling the reader about barbers touting "bear's grease" as the essential hair-oil (one enterprising hair-dresser even displaying a live bear to woo customers); or a detailed description of police uniform; or a paragraph about the itinerant sellers of draught excluders - the list is endless.

I have encountered no comparable work which conveys the same amount of intriguing information about daily life in the Victorian city, in such a concise and pleasurable manner. For that reason, I commend this book to the reader.

Lee Jackson" [Source]

I trust this description because the author Lee Jackson is a profound expert of Victorian London and the mastermind behind The Dictionary of Victorian London and The Cat's Meat Shop. I highly recommend to visit both if you have any interest in Victorian London.


I know that a lot of people do not like to wait for the next book in a series like me. Therefore I like releases like the following one. Now you can get all three books of The Bookman Histories  in a single volume (digital or paperback). The Bookman Histories (digital and paperback December 2012, 1022 pages) [Kindle ASIN: B00APOAD76; ISBN-13:  978-0857662996] by Lavie Tidhar.
"Containing all three Bookman History novels: "The Bookman", "Camera Obscura" and "The Great Game".

When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. Camera Obscura Can't find a rational explanation? Call in the Quiet Council! The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start..."The Great Game": when Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer...and stumble upon the greatest conspiracy of his life!" [Source]
I read and reviewed The Bookman in 2010.
My judgement:

That is steampunk in 3D!
Highly recommended from the bottom of my heart.


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...

On June 16th 2013 I posted my review of The Daedalus Incident 332 pages (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00B0SBF8W] by  Michael J. Martinez

Today I have good news for all US residents who are interested in this book. There is a giveaway of a paperback copy over at Far Beyond Reality.  For details please read

The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez (includes giveaway!)

Beside that Michael J. Martinez informed over at his blog that you can

Listen to a sample of the Daedalus audiobook!

I can't judge the quality because I do not listen to audio books. I'm a reader, not a listener.



In world full of rules, laws and formalism it is good to see that there are still people with a lot of imagination combination with bit of subversion.  The following post over at WebUrbanist shows several felicitous examples.




Nowadays public toilets go without saying. Can you imagine a town Like New York or Paris or London without public toilets?There was a time where such facilities did not exist. Come with me back to London in 1851 when some entrepreneurs had an idea. Head over to The Cat's Meat Shop and read



Low tech cameras,do they still exist? This is a good question in a time where we are surrounded by digital cameras. Therefore I was really happy when I discovered the following post over at WebUrbanist. I like this kind of stuff a lot. have a look.


I'm big fan of the Bryant and May Mystery series by Christopher Fowler. If you do not know the series I recommend to read the excellent article about the series by the author himself. Christopher Fowler started a new post series which I definitely will follow because it is about London. This is the link to the first post



Nowadays many people do not value books. One reason may be the availability. In medieval times boos have been rare and libraries and monasteries tried to secure their written treasures. One of the most effective solution was to chain the books. For more information please read
over at English Historical Fiction Authors.



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Zombies- I admit that I'm nit interested in zombie stories and movies.
BUT
I promised wife to go with her to cinema and see World War Z which will hit the cinemas next week. So I thought why not share the latest official trailer 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.

To think ....isn't it something to torture our brain?

"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

B. F. Skinner, US psychologist (1904 - 1990)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Edi's Spotlight: The Deadalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez

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Dear Readers,
with this review I keep two promises. The first one I gave to the author of the book and the second one I gave to you. This is the first sign of life in the review desert of this blog.
I use this opportunity to change the style of my review a bit.

There is a story behind each book I buy/receive and I like to share these stories with you.
For me reading a book is like a travel where I follow the characters like an invisible shadow.
So I thought to write the review in form of a travel diary.
The travel ticket consist of cover, some facts and the blurb.



THE STORY BEHIND
In December 2012 I came in contact with author  Michael J. Martinez. He told me that his debut novel will be published in May 2013. The author has been so kind to add me to his reviewer list. End of March 2013 I received a digital review copy of The Daedalus Incident. As you may know the publisher of the book - Night Shade Books - went down. As a result the publishing date of The Daedalus Incident went down the drain and Michael J. Martinez asked me to postpone the review of the book. Of course I said yes.
On June 13 you could read following post on the author's site:

Buy The Daedalus Incident on Kindle NOW!

With this news in the back I got the GO for my review of The Daedalus Incident. For the release date of the paperback please follow the updates on the author's site.



THE TRAVEL TICKET




The Daedalus Incident 
332 pages (digital 2013)
[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00B0SBF8W]
"Mars is supposed to be dead.
Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.
Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents… and the immense Void between the Known Worlds.
With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl witha remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself." [Source]



 THE TRAVEL DIARY
 A warm welcome to my first travel diary. The ticket promised a two time lines journey which will lead me to the planet Mars in a possible future set in the year 2132 and back to an alternate history of the 18th century set in1779. 
One need to be prepared for such extraordinary voyages. I took countermeasures against the possible suffer from sea, space and time travel. 
On the way to Mars I got a brief introduction before I met Lt. Shaila Jain member of the Joint Space Command for the first time. By the way the JSC is the security force for all EU/US space missions. She is a straightforward woman, who is  neither a friend of military hierarchy nor of conventions.  By first sight I knew should would cause trouble.
Mars in 2132 is a raw-material supplier without atmosphere. Mining on Mars is no walk in the park and the appearance of quakes on the red planet was like the seed for riots.caused . I met some more people but I do not want to bother you with names. All in all there is group of people - miners, scientists, security, administration -  with relationsbetween each other on several levels.

There was nothing extraordinary regarding the place and the people except the quakes.
I decided to continue my travel on the future time line.

A blink of an eye later I switched to the 18th century time line. I looked over the shoulder of Lt. Thomas Weatherby and read a letter to his father. I was on board a sailing vessel named HMS Daedalus
 I don't know if this is a coincidence but when you look back into the history of the Royal Navy, you will easily detect the launch of a 32-gun frigate named HMS Daedalus in 1780
Anyway I missed something. There was no motion of the sea. We went on deck and there I stood agape and dumbfounded. There was no water! The HMS Daedalus sailed through space! What an unforgettable moment. Sailing through space on a 18th century sailing vessel with gravity and oxygen. Unbelievable! A magic word reached my ears: ALCHEMY!!
This alternate version of the 18th century bewitched me every minute again. 
As much as I would like to go into details I can't do that because I will not spoil the party.
But it is not forbidden to lure you. 
I met historical persons like CENSORED, CENSORED and CENSORED.
Imagine everything you know from Treasure Island, Horatio Hornblower, Francis Drake  and move it from Earth to space. Islands turn into planets and space is the equivalent to the seven seas. Be part of a three dimensional sailing vessel battle. Feel the pressure of conventions and hierarchy on a HMS ship. Discover the world of Alchemy with the reluctant Alchemist Dr Finch.
Follow Lt Thomas Weatherby on his adventurous travel to discover mesmerising mysteries and secrets. Accompany the former housekeeper Anne Baker on her way to burst through the 18th century rules and conventions to blossom as an anchor in case of relationship and as an eye-opener for Lt. Weatherby.

I think you can imagine which time line I preferred.
But the contrast between the two story lines is like the salt in the soup.
Like a pendulum the story switches between the two story lines. Wherever you are you can't wait to change the time line in order to follow what is going on in the other century.  The chapter wise change give the story a certain base speed. But Michael J. Martinez delivers a lot of action on both story lines. Sometimes you feel like some waiting for his next adrenalin injection. The time between action is far beyond to be a holiday. All the character development and interaction need some time and is most welcomed.

I see the question on your your forehead: Is there a connection between the two time lines?
The long answer is .... go, grab your copy of The Daedalus Incident and read it.
The short answer is indeed very short and consists of the word YES.
And yes, the The Daedalus Incident has a real end but it should be no problem for the author to write a sequel.


I hope my words reflect that I liked this travel a lot.
Any criticism? I would not say it is criticism. I would call it more a remark. I think it is quite difficult to write a climax for a story which paced along on a high level. From my point of view there is no big difference between the story and the climax. The 18th century story line is excellent, extraordinary and vibrant. That does not mean that the future story line is bad. But two story lines like the 18th century story line would have been the cherry on the cake.

Now the time has come to reveal the last passage of my travel diary.

When I returned home from this extraordinary travel I felt very satisfied. This amazing mix of alternate history, science fiction and mystery is highly entertaining and stands out like a lighthouse in the fog of books.

With The Daedalus Incident author  Michael J. Martinez satisfies an unsaid longing for books delivering an enjoyable and infatuate adventure which takes you on travel which is limited  by the power of your imagination only.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1324

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Hello and welcome to issue #1324 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
It seems that I talk again and again about reviews but nothing happens.
Indeed it is true that I did not post a  single review in 2013. Not that good for book blog. But I'm very happy to announce that the time without reviews is over. Come back tomorrow and read my first review in 2013!



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. Real books
  2. Digital copies
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Finally it is available
  2. The Lady vanishes
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug
  2. Elysium

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

The Lighthouse

At least I read some pages. I still try to remember how I managed to read 70 pages per day in 2013. Anyway I'm happy about every page I read.

I finished
- The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007FU2IKI] by D L Mackenzie
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"After the blurb and the praises I expected a kind of steampunk story which is not set in London.
This is the first novelette in a series. The 64 pages could not convince me to continue the series. The main character Phineas J. Magnetron had solved problems without difficulty. Beside that the pace was slow and the story did not intrigue me."



I'm

-  181 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper

- 166 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.

- 32 pages in Queen's Adept (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007ZLYBKM] by Rodolfo Martinez
This seems to be a really interesting mix and there are airships ....
For more information go to the book section of the post.

No progress

- Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.


 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.

A week without a new digital or paperback copy is nearly unthinkable for me. Last week I bought one digital copy and one paperback copy. Furthermore I got the first novelette of a series in digital format for free and received four novellas in digital format as a gift.

Let me start with the real book.
I was in the search of Victorian baking recipes when I came across the name of Mrs Beeton.
"Isabella Mary Mayson (March 12, 1836 – January 1865), universally known as Mrs Beeton, was the author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and is the most famous cookery writer in British history.
[...]
Published in 1861, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain." [Source]

Of course I checked if the book is still available. Fortunately it has been reprinted many times. But not all reprints  deliver the full text. Therefore I was happy when I found the edition published by Wordsworth Editions. And yes, I bought a copy because it is an amazing source about daily life in a Victorian household.
Mrs Beeton's Household Management (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-1840222685] by Isabella Beeton.
"A classic of domestic literature, Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management is both an entertaining curiosity and an important social document, providing an invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of a Victorian household. Encyclopaedic in its range, the book contains 2,751 entries covering (besides its countless recipes) advice on childbirth, fashion, home remedies, animal husbandry and the management of servants, and even dealing with the sensitive subjects of violence, cruelty, illness and death, and contentious issues still current, such as factory farming.
Born in 1836, the eldest of twenty-one children, Isabella's upbringing was far from conventional and she was never the stately matron of our imaginings. She was already a working journalist when at the age of twenty-one she began to write her epic work in the form of magazine supplements; these were published in the famous single volume of 1861. When she died at only twenty-eight her book had already met with phenomenal success and to this day it remains legendary the world over." [Source: Back of the book]

32 pages in Queen's Adept (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007ZLYBKM] by Rodolfo Martinez is  - especially the English version  - a result of the digital world. The original title of the book is El adepto de la reina.
"The People's Covenant and God's Hammer have raged a Cold War that has lasted for over twenty years. A war without armies, where battles are fought in the dark and information is the most dangerous weapon.
In this world --which sometimes seems the Middle Ages, sometimes the Renaissance and sometimes the Nineteenth Century-- lives Yáxtor Brandan, empirical adept at the service of the Queen of Alboné. A relentless, amoral and unscrupulous character, Yáxtor fights to recover his own past as he tries to prevent a new player in the espionage game to end the world, as he knows it." [Source]


The Appendices are impressive: Maps, glossary, chronology and more!

I recommend to read the interview with a lot of information about the history of the book and about sff in Spain.

Monday Original Content: Interview with Spanish author  Rodolfo Martinez.


I got a digital copy of - The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007FU2IKI] by D L Mackenzie for free. This is the first novelette in The Magnetron Chronicles.
"In this first novelette of the series The Magnetron Chronicles, we are introduced to Phineas J. Magnetron, an eccentric Nineteenth Century inventor blessed with a strange gift he doesn't completely understand. As a former soldier and current member of the Hogalum Society, an inscrutable secret organization of crime fighting adventurers, Phineas is no stranger to peril and derring-do. But when the Society founder dies, Phineas embarks on a daring and improbable caper to bring the good doctor's greatest dream to fruition posthumously. In the process, he not only horrifies his Society brothers, but unearths a haunting and compelling mystery." [Source]







Author Peter Lukes has been so kind to send my copies of following four novellas published by Musa Publishing. I must say I'm interesting in all of them.



Transpecial (April 2013) [available formats] by Jennifer R. Povey ,
"Humanity fired first
First Contact. With aliens so strange and predatory that humans could only react with revulsion and primal rage. And so, humanity fired first. Now, the ky'iin are raiding the solar system. The potential key to mankind's salvation? An unlikely pair of diplomats. One, a brilliant young linguist from Mars with a profound social disorder. Through her autism, she sees the beauty within the ky’iin. The other, a ky’iin negotiator who looks beyond humanity’s violent actions to the potential within. Can they serve as the bridge to unite the two species and stop the Contact War? Or will war-mongering saboteurs destroy them before they can act." [Source]

Word Count: 79,000,
ISBN: 978-1-61937-525-3
Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten, Editor: Estela Kennen



The Ugly Tin Orrery (May 2013) [available formats] by Rachael Acks
"Captain Ramos never thought a cheap child's toy would be the gateway to murder and a mystery that holds countless lives in the balance...
The citizens of the duchies in North America rely upon travel by air and rail. Unfortunately for them, pirates stalk both land and sky. Captain Marta Ramos is infamous as the scourge of the Rocky Mountains, but mysteries have a terrible habit of falling into her lap, and she just can't seem to let them alone. During a robbery of a freight train bound for the Grand Duchy of Salt Lake City, Captain Ramos picks up a tin orrery that is ugly, cheap, and plainly a toy. But when she learns its former owner has been murdered, her curiosity is piqued. The trail leads her on a chase across duchies and into dangerous political waters. When her own crew is put in danger, all for the sake of a poorly made child's toy, Captain Ramos must unravel the true purpose of the ugly tin orrery before it's too late for them all." [Source]

Word Count: 17,983, ISBN: 978-1-61937-546-8
 Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten,  Editor: Tricia Schwaab


Immaterial Evidence (May 2013) [available formats] by Milo James Fowler
"A detective with a price on his head...An invisible criminal with nothing to lose.
 
The vault door never opened. The bank went into lockdown in less than a minute. Yet the security footage was unmistakable: a hundred silver bars had simply vanished.
Ever since the city’s most dangerous crime boss put a price on his head, private investigator Charlie Madison has lived as an exile in Little Tokyo. But now an old friend and police sergeant has lured Madison back into the city to hunt down an invisible criminal—if he can.
As Madison makes his clandestine return, high-profile people start disappearing. And when federal agents swoop onto the scene to take matters into their own hands, they offer Madison a deal he can't refuse—as long as he agrees to work with them. With Japanese freedom fighters and refurbished killing machines threatening to take the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust, the United World government needs all the help it can get.
Embroiled in an unimaginable mystery, one private eye must rely on his wits to solve a case where the evidence is immaterial, and the odds are stacked high against him at every turn." [Source]

Word Count: 27,000, ISBN: 978-1-61937-608-3
Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten Editor: Estela Kennen


Black School(May 2013)[available formats] by Richard C. White

 "The only thing more dangerous than a snow maiden is being in love with a snow maiden.

Talk about your rock and hard place.

It all changed in a flash. One minute I'm a pretty happy-go-lucky rogue with a snow maiden as a companion. The next thing I know I'm meeting her family and being sized up for husband material . . . or a coffin if I don't live up to expectations. Given the way her relatives are looking at me, I'm thinking most of them are hoping for the latter. Still, they need my skills to rescue one of Yuki's cousins from a mess he's in. Apparently this school for wizards they enrolled him in is the best in the Empire. Turns out there's a small catch. One member of each graduating class has to be sacrificed to the demon that rules the school and the faculty think Yuki's cousin fits the bill perfectly. So, all I have to do is sneak in to this school, spirit out the young man without being detected and bring him back to a camp full of people who'd rather run a sword through me or freeze me solid for having the gall to date Yuki.Pack of blood-thirsty snow spirits behind me? Check. School full of powerful wizards in front of me. Check.
Seems my usual run of luck has arrived right on time." [Source]

Word Count: 9,700, ISBN: 978-1-61937-448-5
Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten, Editor: Jessica Robinson




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...


Buy The Daedalus Incident on Kindle NOW!

This is the header of a post over at Michael J. Martinez's site. I can understand the joy of the author because the original publisher of the book - Night Shade Books - went down. I know the book well because I belong to the people who received a digital review copy.
And I'm happy that you can read my review of The Daedalus Incident  (digital 2013)
[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00B0SBF8W] by Michael J. Martinez on Sunday, June 16, 2013.




You want to know who is the lady? Then you have to follow the link above. I can assure you that the lady is neither Lady Di nor the Lady in Black.

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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Originally I wanted to post several videos related to the Victorian Era. But when I found the following two trailers I changed my plan.

I know you see the trailer of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 7, 2013). I hope you understand that I could resist to post it. So Legolas will be back and Smaug will be in action. I can't wait to see the full movie.




"In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well." [Source

This is the story of Elysium (August 9, 2013) an upcoming science fiction action film directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring Jodie Foster and Matt Damon. I think the trailer gives a good impression of what to expect. Have a look ...

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.

Music is still important to me. I listen to music  while sweating in the gym, surfing in the WWW, and more. But I never listen to music while I read a book because when I read I imagine all the noises within the story ....

"Phonograph, n. An irritating toy that restores life to dead noises.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

EDI'S Weekend Wave issue #1323

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Hello and welcome to issue #1323 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm sorry for the delay. I enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday. Today (Sunday) it is raining again.
Fortunately there is no flood in our region as we have in other parts of Germany.


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. A digital copy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Giveaway for creative people
  2. "King Kong of Grimdark"
  3. "The Omnibus Law"
  4. Chocolate
  5. The Victorian Web
  6. London History
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Victorian Ladies

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Part of a review?

The Lighthouse

My reading progress dropped to a chapter per day which happens when you fall asleep with a book in hand on the sofa after two pages. From Monday to Friday I read every morning 30 minutes before I went to work. I hope next week I will be less tired in the evening.


I finished
no book


I'm

-  151 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper



No progress

- Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

- The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.


 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.

In the past week I bought one digital copy in order to complete my collection of a series. I talk about the Bryant and May Mystery series by Christopher Fowler. If you do not know the series I recommend to read the excellent article about the series by the author himself.
So far I read the first two books.  
Now I bought a digital copy of Bryant and May on the Loose (digital 2009) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0031RS7HC] by Christopher Fowler which is the seventh book in the Bryant and May Mystery series. The good thing is that is still writing new books and I want them all.
"The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line. This is the twenty-first century and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London's most unusual crimes can save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers - leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder.
It isn't so much the discovery of the headless corpse that's potentially so politically explosive as where it's found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature - half man, half stag - carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve. The Home Office has reluctantly authorized the PCU to reunite for one last encore performance - in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They've got until the end of the week to solve a murder with unlikely links to gangland crime, Slavic mythology, the 2012 London Olympics, and the sort of corruption only obscene amounts of money and power can buy.
It's the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve - and it could be just the case that kills them." [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...

2012. Mark Lawrence, author of the Broken Empire series with book three - Emperor of Thorns (hardcover) [ISBN-13: 978-0425256855] - to come in August 2013, did a stupidly huge giveaway.

2013. Maybe you did not take part in or you did not win the 2012 stupidly huge giveaway. Do not worry! feels with you and started the

which is opened worldwide until 8th of July 2013. For details please visit the link above.
Anyway I need to tell you the scope in advance. Unbelievable but true:
"You can send in anything you like as a competition entry. Anything."
Good luck to all participants


What or who is the  "King Kong of Grimdark"?
It is the subject of the email you need to send if you want to take part in a worldwide open giveaway. I'm sorry that is not correct. If you should live in Mangazeya then you are excluded!
The price is a copy of

Did I arouse your interest? Then you should visit Only the Best SciFi/Fantasy and take part in

Good luck to all participants!


On 30 of January 1836 The Times newspaper published the so called  "The Omnibus Law". Thanks to Joan Lennon who wrote about it in her post Travelling Manners - The More Things Change ... over at The History Girls. It is surprising how many of the rules are still useful after 177 years!
Rule six  needs slight update by replacing straw by floor:
"Do not spit on the straw. You are not in a hogsty but in an omnibus travelling in a country which boasts of its refinement."
Should you ever visit London and you are interested in the history of a town related transport system then you should visit the London Transport Museum.


Do you like chocolate? I do and it is nearly impossible for me to stop after eating one piece of a chocolate bar. Despite this fact I read the incredible post
Awesome & Weird Chocolate, Part 2
over at Dark Roasted Blend and ended up with a waterfall of saliva in my mouth. I recommend to read the post in a chocolate free area.

I mentioned several times that I'm interested in the Victorian era. There many sources in different media available. Of course you find a lot of interesting and informative sites in the World Wide Web. One of these resources is the excellent Victorian Web.This is is different compared to others in the way they work and present the information.
Instead of torture you with my humble explanation I quote a few sentences from the Introduction:
"[...] The Victorian Web, in contrast, presents its images and documents, including entire books, as nodes in a network of complex connections. In other words, it emphasizes the link rather than the search tool (though it has one) and presents information linked to other information rather than atomized and isolated."

A lot of people use the 61,408 documents and images (March 2012 and still growing) which is shown in the number of 1.5 million page views a month.
Before you visit let me warn you that it is not my fault when you spend hours instead of minutes over there ...



London. my favorite town. A town with a long and interesting history. I'm always happy when I find information about London's history which are new to me. Therefore I must read the post
over at Dark Roasted Blend. It sounds a bit morbid but there was a real reason behind this project.



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.


I did not find a movie trailer which I would like to share with you. Every time when this happens I go for a YouTube trip. It is incredible what you can discover over there. The following two videos are the result of my last trip and shows my interest in the Victorian era.  Nowadays you can get tons of information in form of books, films, exhibitions, museums and of course in the World Wide Web. One of the excellent sources is the Victorian Web which I mentioned above. I must say I like to get information from contemporary witnesses. They give a specific view on events and eras. As far as I know nobody who was born in England between 1837 and 1901 is still alive. That means there is no more contemporary witness of the Victorian era. Fortunately the BBC interviewed contemporary witnesses many years ago and fortunately there are people who make these interviews available on YouTube. So I'm happy to present you interviews with ladies born in the Victorian era. They tell us things which you do not find in history books at school ...


Victorian Ladies Part One


Victorian Ladies Part Two

 
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 could be part of a review ....

"Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

Samuel Johnson, English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)
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