Saturday, September 28, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1339

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Hello and welcome to issue #1339 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I spent a lot of time for reading in the past week. I felt the need to do it and fortunately I had the time to do it. Now I hope to find time to finish some reviews.  The weather in our region is surprisingly good which means sunshine and moderate temperatures - a golden autumn. I really like spring and autumn. I look forward to tomorrow where we will meet with some friends and have a pick nick in a park. That means to have fun and fresh air.
Don't forget the CassaStorM giveaway which will end 1st of October 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. 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. An extraordinary book store
  2. Interview I
  3. Pubs and justice
  4. Interview II
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Book recommendation video

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Quote related to nothing to do

The Lighthouse

I can't remember the last time when I read four books in a week! Since 2009 I record the number of books I read within a year: 2009 = 61, 2010 = 54, 2011 = 71, 2012 = 81, 2013 = 36 so far. I know the number of books read is no equivalent for joy of reading. But  I want to enjoy as many books as possible. With some luck I will read 14 books more until the end of 2013 which leads me to the unavoidable question which books will be the ones.
I want definitely finish my three books in progress and the rest? I still don't know. After reading a lot of non epic fantasy stuff my will return to epic fantasy and time travel.



I finished

- Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165416] by James Lovegrove.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I'm impressed.
a great approach to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a Steampunk England."


- 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]
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I gave four stars despite the fact I did not like a lot of parts.
There were too much drugs, myth and shamanism for my taste.
But the book is well written."

That means I will not continue reading The Mysteries of New Venice series which will continue in October 2013 with Luminous Chaosurorarama  [ Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1612191416Kindle Edition ASIN: B007SGXEDO].

Even it is a YA series I'm a fan of the fantastic time travel series TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow which will end in June 2014 with the ninth and final book.
I reviewed the first three books in the TimeRiders series:

- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] by Alex Scarrow 
- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] by Alex Scarrow
- MY REVIEW of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489] by Alex Scarrow

I finished

- The Pirate King (2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337180] by Alex Scarrow

 -  TimeRiders: The Mayan Prophecy (digital, pb, December 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337197; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00B43OJWW] by Alex Scarrow


No progress

I will return to following books soon. It is my gut feeling which decide what I read an my taste change within a day.  That is not nice for the authors but good books deserve good mood and full attention.

- the first chapter of 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.

- 150 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
No progress.

- 157 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.

To my surprise I received one book today which I expected to be delivered on Wednesday next week.

A Study in Silk (digital, pb, September 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537188; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00C4BA48G] by Emma Jane Holloway.

"Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with - not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse ...

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask." [Source]


Now you can check if this will be a book for you. Read the first 50 pages of A Study in Silk for free by following THIS LINK to get a first impression.
Anyway I recommend to read the really helpful review over at Book Spot Central.


I discovered following cover over at Alex J. Cavanaugh's latest blog entry.
It belongs to the short story My Killbot Buddy (digital; September 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FD19KB6] by Rusty Carl.
And this is the description:
"Peter Sumner is a man who loves solving problems. He's done so for most of his life. But when he awakes early in the predawn of an otherwise indistinct fall morning, he discovers that he has more problems than he can deal with.

Being chained to a hospital bed, with no memory of the past decade or more, and finding out he is the most wanted man on the planet... all things he'd rather not deal with at the moment.

With only his great-grandson and a combat rated robot as allies, Peter has to stay alive long enough to figure out why the world wants him dead." [Source]
Description AND cover aroused my interest and therefore I bought a copy. I assume I will read it within the next few days and let you know my impression.


No more today, see you next week ......



Blogosphere


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

Do you still visit book stores? I must say I do not often visit book stores because most of the book stores I know do not offer the books I like which is understandable when you know that I live in Germany and here the book stores offer mostly books in German.
Despite that I would like to visit the book store shown of at the WebUrbanist. Have a look at
Word Worship: Church Converted to Awe-Inspiring Bookstore


Interview I
Recently I won a hardcover copy of The Thousand Names (2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0091949891; KINDLE ASIN:  B00CQ1D5LM] by Django Wexler over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.
I recommend to visit Fantasy Book Critic and have a look at

Interview with Django Wexler (Interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)




Pubs and Justice
Do you know how important the pubs have been for justice London from 18th to 19th century? I must say I was not aware. Fortunately there are blogs like the London Historian Blog who enlighten their readers with posts like the following one:

"The coroner frequents more public-houses than any man alive".



Interview II
In April 2013 I talked about Dream London (pb, October 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781081747] by Tony Ballantyne.  The cover is fascinating and the blurb is promising.
I recommend to read An Interview with TONY BALLANTYNE

over at Civilan Reader in case you would like to get more information about the book and the author.
In order to refresh your memory I post again cover and blurb. I hope to receive my copy within the next to weeks and it is definitely a candidate for the list of books I want to read until end of 2013.


"Captain Jim Wedderburn has looks, style and courage by the bucketful. He’s adored by women, respected by men and feared by his enemies. He’s the man to find out who has twisted London into this strange new world, and he knows it.
But in Dream London the city changes a little every night and the people change a little every day. the towers are growing taller, the parks have hidden themselves away and the streets form themselves into strange new patterns. there are people sailing in from new lands down the river, new criminals emerging in the east end and a path spiralling down to another world.

Everyone is changing, no one is who they seem to be." [Source]


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.

Sometimes I sit in front of my screen and think about what to show you. Today is such a day. I have had a look at a lot of different stuff but nothing convinced me.
Finally I discovered The David Pakman Show book recommendations on youtube.
The following book recommendation shows the book(s) I will read next:




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 be honest I can't imagine that I have nothing to do. But I can't imagine to enjoy to do nothing when I have a lot to do. But maybe I did not understand the following quote in all its depths ....

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.

Mary Wilson Little,American author, 1880 - ?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave #issue 1338

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Hello and welcome to issue #1338 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week!!
On Monday the visit of a cold foiled my plans for the week. Nevertheless I delivered my post on Tuesday in order to celebrate the publishing date of CassaStorM by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Despite that I worked additional hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Thursday should have been the first day of a few free days. Due to unlikely events I had to spend half a day on work.
I think I need two more days to finally get rid of the cold. On Friday I rewarded myself. I spent the whole day either sleeping or reading and did not switch on my PC. Good decision because I read a whole book!! And not to forget: I received several books.



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. Fly or not?
  2. Catchpennies
  3. Victorian Violence
  4. 3D Printing
  5. Who was MacDonald Gill?
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Brain of a man

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

The Lighthouse

I read a book in one day! I spent the whole Friday either reading or sleeping. I hope to finish at least one more book until end of September.



I finished

- Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (pb, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765331571] by David Barnett.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Such a great read. I finished the book in one day.
Excellent story and excellent story telling. Lot of passages sounded like the penny blood which have been famous in Victorian England."




I'm

- 100 pages in Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165416] by James Lovegrove.
I like it a lot. Fully told from Dr. Watson's point of view.

No progress

I will return to following books soon. It is my gut feeling which decide what I read an my taste change within a day.  That is not nice for the authors but good books deserve good mood and full attention.

- the first chapter of 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.

- 150 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
No progress.

- 157 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.

What a week in case of receiving books: Two digital copies, two paperbacks and one more unexpected hardcover.

Today I spent exactly 1,98 EUR (= 1.67 GBP = 2.68 USD)  for two digital copies. The first one is a  present day tech-thriller and the second one is a historical fiction set in England of 1346.

CyberStorm (digital; pb March 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BT4QRHG; ISBN-13: 978-0991677191] by Matthew Mather.
"Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads.

Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world's news networks. As the world and cyberworld come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems..." [Source]
Once a while I like to put my nose in such kind of books. This one is special because two worlds - the real one and the cyberworld - crash at the same time. The snowstorm part reminds me of the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow.
When I checked my digital book wish list today, I saw the special price and bought it immediately. I know it is crazy. But this fits to my changing reading mood.

I'm interested in history and I like bows. Furthermore I know that the English longbow played an important role in English military history. Therefore it was no question that I added Master of War: The Blooding (digital, August 2013; pb January 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BOE1E6U; ISBN-13: 978-1781850596] by David Gilman to my book wish list. Today I noticed that the digital copy of Master of War: The Blooding belongs to a special offer during this weekend over at Amazon.de and when I saw the price, I could not resist to buy a copy. I'm definitely a dead loss when it comes to books ....
"England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion.

As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone learns the brutal lessons of war - from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.

Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that will forge a legend.

THE BLOODING is the first part of the David Gilman's epic novel MASTER OF WAR." [Source]



The two paperback copies I recieved this week belong both to series.

In the middle of the week I received the third and final book in the Gallow trilogy in form of a paperback. Gallow The Last Bastion (September) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115125; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BU1DG18] by Nathan Hawke. I enjoyed the first book and hope to return to the series soon.
"The last battle for the fate of your country is coming. My kin are out for blood and revenge. Another empire sees a chance to come in and pick up the pieces of our war. Most of your warriors are stuck hiding in the swamps, always aware that they do not have enough numbers to win a straight fight. And from over the seas, my people bring their most deadly weapons, the Fateguard. Living suits of armour, imbued with mystical and deadly power. The end times have come for your land. I have fought alongside you, I have bled for you, I have made myself a traitor to all I believe in for you. And yet you still do not trust me. But you have no option. This will be our last battle, and there is only one place that it can be fought. We must defend our stronghold, no matter how many lives it may cost, no matter how hard it is. For if we do not, there will be no mercy and no relief from the terrors to come. Good thing I'm on your side." [Source]




Today my paperback copy of The Rose and the Thorn (pb, September, 2013) by Michael J. Sullivan. This is the second book in The Riyria Chronicles. That means I own all books published so far starring Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn. This is another proof that  I'm a hunter and gatherer of fantasy series.
"TWO THIEVES WANT ANSWERS. RIYRIA IS BORN.

For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception --- Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of --- but she's about to find out.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords (publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order)." [Source]





It seems there is someone over at Tor/Forge.com who knows what I like to read! Another hardcover found the way to my home.

Thank you Tor/Forge.com for the copy of Jack Cloudie (hc, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765333209] by Stephen Hunt. Don't get confused. The UK edition has been published in 2011.
"A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea. Thanks to his father's gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket, desperate to graft enough coins to keep him and his two younger brothers fed. Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to the most useless airship in the fleet, serving under a captain who is most probably mad, Jack seems to be bound for almost certain death in the far-away deserts of Cassarabia. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Omar ibn Barir, the slave of a rich merchant lord finds his life turned upside down when his master's religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he survives the destruction of his home to enter into the service of the Caliph's military forces -- just as war is brewing. Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a senseless field of war. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack's true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph's court? A cult that hides the deadly secret to the origins of the gas being used to float Cassarabia's new aerial navy. If Jack and his shipmates can discover what Cassarabia's aggressive new regime is trying to conceal, he might survive the most horrific of wars and clear his family's name. If not!" [Source]
As shown on Stephen Hunt's site the Jackelian series consists of six novels so far. The main characters differ from book to book. Now I own copies of the first five books and I read the first two of them.
There is something more to mention
"While speaking at the Forum Fantastico, Hunt noted the versatility of fantasy as a genre, and described his Jackelian series as quest novel (The Court of the Air), adventure novel (The Kingdom Beyond the Waves), invasion tale (The Rise of the Iron Moon), murder mystery (Secrets of the Fire Sea), war story (Jack Cloudie) and spy novel (From the Deep of the Dark)." [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...

TO fly - a dream of mankind. A dream which light our imagination. The good guys over at WebUrbanist present an inspiring collection of vehicles and concepts:


The wonderful The Cat's Meatshop presented recently a collection of what people liked to read in the Victorian era: CATCHPENNIES


Last week I posted a link to an interesting post about the use of umbrella, hatpin and walking stick during the Victorian era. If you liked the post I highly recommend to read the next part of the post series over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:



Again and again I'm surprised about what you can do with a 3D printer. Have a look at what the people over at WebUrbanist found:


Who was MacDonald Gill? To be honest I did not know before I read following post over at London Historian's Blog

I must say that MacDonald Gill created some interesting things which have a kind of relation to fantasy.




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.

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Today you get something which is neither related to history nor to any movie.
Today you get the exclusive view into the brain of a man while having a tryst. I know this is a more poetical word. I think nowadays we use rendezvous or date ...


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


Quotes

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

There are quotes which do not need any further comment or explanation ...

"Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

Michel de Montaigne, 'De l'experience,' 1580-88, French essayist (1533 - 1592)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Edi's Spotlight: CassaStorM by Alex J Cavanaugh

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Dear Readers,

to be honest I thought days about how to write this specific review. There is a relation between the author and the reviewer. The two previous books raised the expectations for the third and final book.
Finally I found the conclusion. There is a book trilogy and there should be a review trilogy.

Don't miss the THREE QUESTIONS and the GIVEAWAY following the REVIEW.

On October 17th 2010, I presented my review of CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

"Conclusion:
For me CassaStaR is a well executed, character driven, easy to follow debut novel about friendship, I mean real friendship, set in space including battles.

I look forward to the next Alex J. Cavanaugh story - the groundwork is done and now I wait for the cherry ...
."
 On December 21st 2011, I presented my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
 "For me CassaFirE is definitely the cherry I expected. [...]
 CassaStaR is the cake. CassaFirE is the cherry. And CassaXxxX will be the cream on the cherry.
There is no way out for you Alex J. Cavanaugh. An author who pampers his readers with excellent books is doomed to write one more. The end of CassaFirE is a clear end. It is that clear that it screams for a third Cassa novel. I'm sure Athee and Mevine will agree."

Today is the publishing day of the third and final book in the Cassa trilogy.

And today I will answer the question  if


CassaStorM
(September 17th, 2013
[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] 
[E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]


is the cream on the cherry on the cake or not.

All of you, who would like to read the extensive, three parted description (the present - characters - setting) please follow THIS LINK.

All of you who have second thoughts to read the third book in a trilogy without knowing the two previous books should drop their doubts.

It is possible to read CassaStorM without knowing CassaStaR  and CassaFirE.
B U T
you will definitely miss a lot regarding character development and you will miss entertaining hours with two excellent books.



Leap in time
Twenty years after the events described in CassaFirE Byron is still on planet Tgren. He is now the Commander of the Cassan Base. Also his private life changed a lot. Byron and his beloved wife Athee are the proud parents of ten years old Bassan.
The whole story is told from the point of views from these characters. If you meet them for the first time, you should know that they use an additional form of communication: telepathy.

Wheels
There are two wheels set into motion. The first one is the declaration of war between the ten known races of the galaxy whereas the Tegren try to be neutral at all cost. The second one is the signal sent by the alien ship on Tgren in the same direction as twenty years ago. People are afraid that the mysterious and powerful probe will return ......

Thoughts
Welcome back Byron. After twenty years you are still the character we know from CassaFirE. You are still the honest, stubborn, undiplomatic, trustworthy and loyal officer. Even it seems that the time with your beloved wife Athee softened you little bit. Your son Bassan is proud of you. Did you spend enough time with him?
No time to think about it because it comes thick and fast - not only for Byron, the linchpin of the trilogy.

There are many, many relationships within the story. The more I think about them the more I discover. I'm not sure if I discovered them all. For me these relationships are like invisible elastics who keep the story together.

There is the most obvious triangle Byron, Athee and Bassan. At first sight they are just a family. A father, a mother and a son. But at the same time Byron and Athee are lovers, parents, working team mates, example for the mix of races and more. Bassan is a half-breed, the son of the commander, mother's darling and more.

The events are mentally and physically exhausting for all three. The war demands Byron's full concentration and "rob" the time he needs for his son and his wife. Athee support Byron at work as liaison officer to calm down unreasonable politicians and at home as the "anchor" of the family. And Bassan does what most young boys do. Discover the world and touch things you should not touch .... As a half-breed he has to cope challenges which should have disappeared in future ...
The description of the impact of outer events on the inner events (actions and emotions) of the Byron family and vice versa is one of the highlights of CassaStorM. And it gets really intense due to the use of telepathy which means you follow the thoughts and communcation of the characters directly! A reader can't be more nearer to a character as in such moments.

The story of young Bassan is a kind a coming of age story within the story. But that does not mean it is separate, it is quite the contrary. 

The characters put a heavy stamp on the story. Nevertheless the author delivers more. With the mystery of the alien ship transmission a strong plot driven element is added to the story. At this point science plays an important role and readers of CassaFirE will meet again Mevine who is now the leading science officer.
By interweaving character driven and plot driven elements raise to a new height.

Let me assure you that there are more characters which play important roles in the events described in CassaStorM.

A final book in a trilogy should deliver the answers to the open questions from all books. I promise you that you will not leave CassaStorM with unanswered questions.
That leads me to one of the many highlights of the book: The final revelation

I admit that the final revelation has been a big surprise to me and is a more than worthy end of the book and the trilogy.

Cream or not
Now the time has come to answer the question from the beginning.
YES, for me CassaStorM is the cream on the cherry CassaFirE on the cake CassaStaR, which I hoped to get, the readers deserved to get.

Congratulations Alex J. Cavanaugh. You crossed the high like the Himalaya hurdle to deliver a worthy end of your trilogy and excelled yourself. 

WHY?


CassaStorM  is the entertaining manifesto for trust, tolerance, respect, solidarity and love beyond space and time.
CassaStorM  is a magnificent end of the Cassa trilogy, fat free for the body but rich in mental calories for the brain. 
CassaStorM  is a touching and mesmerising space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.
CassaStorM  is the incredible end of a most entertaining trilogy packed with action, emotion, politics, science and mystery which does not leave you with unanswered questions



THREE QUESTIONS


Edi: On October 14th 2010 I wrote "Dear Alex J. Cavanaugh , I hope and wish all your effort will be crowned with success because I want to read more novels written by you." Three years later your third book is released today. So my wish has come true. Did you ever expect what happened within the past three years? 

Alex: ....... Not in my wildest dreams! I really thought I only had that one book in me. I didn’t even want to be an author, let alone the author of a trilogy. The past three years have been incredible though. Two Amazon Best Sellers – whoa! But more than that have been the friends I’ve made over the years. I never would’ve even started blogging had it not been for that first book. (And my publisher’s insistence that I get my butt online.) It’s all been worth it though. 

Edi: I remember that you wanted to write one book. Today your third book is available which is the conclusion of the Cassa series. Beyond all the joy and happiness there is one question running around my brain like car at the Daytona 500: Do you have more stories to tell and do you want to tell more stories? 

Alex:........ That is a loaded question. Do I have another story I could tell? Yes. Will I write it? I don’t know. Music has always been a part of my life and I strayed from it for so long – now that I am playing guitar and in a band, it seems so natural. It’s where I am supposed to be. Is there room for writing? That I don’t know. I hate to disappoint anyone, but I can’t give a clear answer right now. 

Edi: I can't imagine how much time you spent for CassaStorM and the preparation for the blog tour and, and, and. Do you still know how your wife looks like? I hope and wish you do something good for the both of you after the end of the blog tour. The Ninja Army will understand when you take a few days off ..... 

Alex: ........ My wife is beautiful – I will never forget what she looks like! The blog tour runs into November and then yes, we are taking a vacation. She deserves that and more. There had been a lot of time spent in front of my computer working on the tour, last minute revisions, etc. 

And I would like to thank you, Edi. You were one of those who encouraged me to continue this journey. I wrote CassaFire and CassaStorm for you. I’m glad you enjoyed the ride!


Alex, I feel deeply touched by your words. Instead of the thousand words circling in my brain, I just say THANK YOU!


THE GIVEAWAY   THE GIVEAWAY

This is the price. A digital copy of




CassaStorm
By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

"Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together."- Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes


“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” - Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…” - Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews


$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:
Amazon -


Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.



THE RULES

The giveaway is opened worldwide. In order to take part just leave a comment in the comment section of this post and tell me if you would like to read more books by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Leave your comment and an information how I can contact you in case you win until the end of 1st of October 2013.
The winner will be drawn on 2nd of October 2013 and an announcement will be posted on the same day.



Let me finish this post with the CassaStorM trailer.



ENJOY READING

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1337

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Hello and welcome to issue #1337 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Please apologise in the delay of the post. On Saturday I treated myself something luxurious after another exhausting week. I spent a whole day with reading and sleeping. Sometimes  it is necessary to do such things. I feel better now.


ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Fifty pages and a trailer
  2. The importance of Research
  3. An interview as a reminder
  4. Hatpin, umbrella, walking stick, cudgel, knuckleduster
  5. Again about The Official CassaStorM Blog Tour
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Great Exhibition

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

The Lighthouse

In sum I read on two days. Last Sunday I enjoyed a short story and yesterday (Saturday) i read a full book.  Sounds strange but in then end I'm really happy with the result. really, really look forward to my days off. I asked myself why I buy books when I do not find enough time for reading. There is something wrong with me. I can't remember a time when I fell so often asleep while reading. I know that I'm no longer twenty years old and that work take its toll. This was not my week when it comes to reading. I did not finish a single book and spent more time for sleep than for reading. I'm still not able to read with closed eyes.


I finished

- The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual (digital 2009) [Source] by Emma Jane Holloway
This short story is the prequel to the upcoming series Baskerville Affair by Emma Jane Holloway set in an alternate Victorian London and  starring Evelina Cooper, niece of the most famous Sherlock Holmes.
From my point of view the story gives a first impression of what to expect. The young heroine is curious, intelligent, sometimes impulsive and emotional. There is clockwork, mystery, magic and a touch of weirdness.
All in all a promising prequel.



- Maschinengeist (pb 2012, digital 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205; Kindle Edition ASIN: B008EV2YCO] by Chris Schlicht.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the third book I read in my first language within 2013 and all three belong to the genre Steampunk.
Maschinengeist is a mix of steampunk, alternate history and crime. It is a dark one and has nothing to do with an idyllic world.
The language fits to the story which is predictable at a certain point.
Nevertheless it is most entertaining and I devoured it within one day.
"


No progress

- the first chapter of 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.

- 150 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
No progress.

- 157 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.

Last week I neither expected a book and there was no time to discover more interesting books.
But when I came home from work on Thursday afternoon, a package from Tor/Forge.com waited for me. I never know in advance which books I will get. So each package from Tor/Forge.com is like a lucky bag. This time the content let me dance around the table.
I received a paperback copy of a book which was on my to buy list for October.





Thank you Tor/Forge.com for the copy of Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (pb, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765331571] by David Barnett.
"Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world—including the East Coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, told in Gideon’s favorite “penny dreadful.” When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work. Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him, Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities. Together they make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger.

But Trigger is little more than an aging fraud, providing cover for the covert activities of his lover, Dr. John Reed, a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day...but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire?

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

I admit I love the cover! There are so many details to discover from the man with the bird on his shoulder (you find him above the M of the author's name) to the three dirigibles at the top.

For more information about the book and the author I recommend to read the David Barnett interview over at My Bookish Ways.



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...

Only a few weeks to go until the release date of the first book in the new series by Emma Jane Holloway
The Baskerville Affair

A Study in Silk (digital, pb, September 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537188; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00C4BA48G] by Emma Jane Holloway.

"Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with - not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse ...

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask." [Source]


Now you can check if this will be a book for you. Read the first 50 pages of for free by following THIS LINK.
Furthermore the Baskerville Affair trailer is available.


I think you assumed that I ordered a copy of A Study in Silk in advance. I expect the delivery beginning of October.


I really like it when authors talk about research for a book. I like it even more when the research takes place in places which you can't visit every day.
Author and friend of the blog Rosalie Skinner has been so kind to share part of her research for the next book in her Chronicles of Caleath series. Have you ever been on board of an old sailing vessel?  I haven't. Therefore I enjoyed the following two posts.

Aboard the Notorious... or "when a pirate ship docks in our harbour' 

Aboard the 'Notorious'... research for Adrift: In Search of Memory.



In 2009(!!!) I read and enjoyed Lamentation (pb, US, 2009)[ISBN-13:  978-0765360915] by Ken Scholes. I bought copies of Canticle (book two) and Antiphon (book three) and lost track.
Then I read following interview over at Layers of Thought which reminded me that there are series where I lost track and which are worth to return to:

Interview: Ken Scholes author of The Psalms of Isaak series



Hatpin, umbrella, walking stick, cudgel, knuckleduster
Sounds like an interesting mix. Let me tell you that these items where in use during the Victorian era. If you would like to get more information then I recommend to visit English Historical Fiction  Authors and read

Victorian Violence: Repelling Ruffians (Part Three)         by Terry Kroenung


As this will be one of blog highlights in 2013. I post again about the upcoming publishing date of
CassaStorM
(September 17th, 2013) 
[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] 
[E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

Author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh celebrate his third and final book in the Cassa series with a blog tour and Edi's Book Lighthouse participate. The blog tour start on Monday and you can win awesome prices during the tour.

There are two events on September 17th. Alex J. Cavanaugh will teaming up with author Lynn Rush for his first ever Twitter party from 8-9:00 EST. Hashtag is #RUSHED and there will be chances to win prizes from both author. Edi's Book Lighthouse will present a CassaStorM review plus a short Q & A plus a giveaway. 

TOUR DATES AND PRICES [Source]

September
9 - The Non-Review
11 - The Unicorn Bell
15 - Anne R Allen’s Blog
16 – Literary Rambles
17 – Edi’s Book Lighthouse
18 - Mithril Wisdom
19 - Lynda Young
20 - Tossing It Out
23 - Under the Tiki Hut
27 – Cruising Altitude 2.0
30 - Write Now

October
4 - MsBookish
9 - The Writing Nut
11 - My First Book
14 - Untethered Realms
18 - Sia McKye Over Cofffe
21 - Stephen Tremp
28 - Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

November
4 - Donna Weaver
25 - Leave it to Livia

In addition, I am teaming up with author Lynn Rush for my first ever Twitter party on September 17 from 8-9:00 EST. Hashtag is #RUSHED and there will be chances to win prizes from both of us.


The week of my release, there will be an awesome prize package offered here for anyone who comments. And anyone who signs up to announce my book release that week (Taking the World by Storm) is eligible for this cool prize package: Cassa mug, Cassa mousepad, $25.00 iTunes gift card, and swag. You can sign up HERE. You have the option of just signing up or asking a unique question to go with your announcement post. (In addition to the questions, the information I send for the announcements will be different.)




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.

As I did not find a movie trailer worth to share with you, I continue with my travel back to the Victorian era. I admit I'm a big fan of BBC documentaries.

The topic of today is the Victorian Pharmacy. The whole documentation consist of four episodes and each episode last one hour.

Today I show you the first part and deliver the links to the remaining three episodes.
While watching the first episode I nearly forgot to finish this post.

The Victorian Pharmacy Epsiode One

The Victorian Pharmacy Epsiode Two

The Victorian Pharmacy Epsiode Three

The Victorian Pharmacy Epsiode Four

The pharmacy they used for the documentation is part of Blists Hill Victorian Town which is located near Birmingham in United Kingdom. I really would like to spend a day over there.
Following video give you a first impression of the location.

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.

We share our life with two cats and I confirm that following quote is true ...

"Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.

Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean
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