To be honest, I did not find time and power to prepare post for the time I will be on holiday. That means there will be no post from 10th to 27th of May 2014.
I hope I will return refreshed and recharged.
Today you get more "meat" for your TBR pile and a couple of interesting links covering different areas.
ENJOY READING ....
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
- Reading progress
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
- New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
- The Holiday book list
- A book for me! A book for you?
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- The Devil's Dictionary
- Umbrella-sized bicycle
- Preservation and conversation
- Painted past: Movie Posters
- Shared photographs of Victorian London
- Fan made book trailer
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuote related to age.
This was an unusual week from reading progress point of view. It does not happen often that I a buy a book and finish it in two sessions. It would not have happened without my day off on Monday.
- Den of Thieves (July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0062021243] by David Chandler.
A progress of nearly 100 pages. Entertaining.
225 pages left until the end. I'm sure I will finish the book before my holiday.
- Fragment (July 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9QMQ] by Warren Fahy
"Jurassic Park meets Lost in this electrifying new adventure thriller.
When the cast and crew of reality TV show ‘SeaLife’ land on picturesque, unexplored Henders Island it’s a ratings bonanza. But they’re blissfully unaware that the decisions they make there will shape the fate of mankind … if they can only survive.
For they quickly discover that the island is seething with danger. Having evolved in total isolation from the rest of the planet for millennia, Henders is home to host of vicious and exotic predators, terrifying creatures who live in a lightning fast blur of kill or be killed.
A team of crack scientists is sent in to assess the situation and they are astounded by what they find. It soon becomes clear that if even the smallest bug ever made it off Henders island, life on earth as we know it would change very quickly indeed.
The President is faced with the toughest decision of his career: take the risk of letting one of these creatures escape so that further research can be done, or nuke the island to protect the rest of planet Earth? Just when it seems the stakes couldn't get any higher, the scientists make a surprise discovery that changes everything…" [Source]
I wrote on GOODREADS: "This was a mixed bag. The description of who was wearing which t-shirt was boring. The action scenes have been executed well. There was no real character development and the characters followed certain stereotypes. The discussions of theories have been interesting."
I bought a copy, have had a look and finished the book in two sessions.
- 358 pages in WILD CARDS I (pb, 2012; first published in 1987) [ISBN: 978-0765365071] edited by George R.R. Martin
I read about 100 pages. 220 pages left until the end. Will continue reading after my holiday.
- 166 pages in Frankenstorm (digital, 6th of May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00G9ABZNQ] by Ray Garton
"A storm of epic proportions is brewing off the coast of northern California. Residents have been warned to prepare for disaster. It's a false hope in the face of what's coming. . ." [Source]I'm halfway through the book and I must say it is not as I expected. So far the storm plays a minor role.
- 201 pages in Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.
320 pages left until the end. Will continue reading after my holiday.
- 51 pages in The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron.
I will continue reading during holiday
- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.
- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.
- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.
- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
Enjoy your weekend ....
Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.
New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
Last week I received two paperback copies and bought xxx digital copies.
In June 2011 I finished Among Thieves (UK pb, April 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0330536202], (US pb, April 2011[ISBN-13: 978-0451463906] by Douglas Hulick which is the first book in the new A Tale of the Kin series.
On 28th of June 2011 I ordered a copy of the sequel Sworn in Steel (pb, planned release date 3rd of April 2012). Now we have May 2014 and finally my copy of Sworn in Steel (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0330536202] by Douglas Hulick.
"It’s been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and unexpectedly elevated himself into the ranks of the criminal elite. Now, as the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he’s learning just how good he used to have it.Of course I would like to know how the story continues. But after the long pause between book one and two, I need definitely to go back to book one and read a least my notes.
With barely the beginnings of an organization to his name, Drothe is already being called out by other Gray Princes. And to make matters worse, when one dies, all signs point to Drothe as wielding the knife. As members of the Kin begin choosing sides – mostly against him – for what looks to be another impending war, Drothe is approached by a man who not only has the solution to Drothe’s most pressing problem, but an offer of redemption. The only problem is the offer isn’t for him.
Now Drothe finds himself on the way to the Despotate of Djan, the empire’s long-standing enemy, with an offer to make and a price on his head. And the grains of sand in the hour glass are running out, fast..." [Source]
I liked The Lies of Locke Lamora (mmpb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0553588941] by Scott Lynch a lot. Of course I own a copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies (mmpb, 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0553588958]. And since today I own a copy of Republic of Thieves (pb, May 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1473202894].
"After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi.
It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal - to destroy Locke for ever.
The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success." [Source]
The following was on my to buy list for a long time. Last week I detected a cheap offer and bought a digital copy of Fragment (July 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9QMQ] by Warren Fahy. The rest of the story you could read above.
There was a good offer for the following books and therefore I ordered a digital copies of
Frankenstorm (digital, 6th of May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00G9ABZNQ] by Ray Garton in advance. I started to read directly after the delivery. For more information look above.
Dead Image (digital, 6th of May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00G9ABZNQ] by Joan Lock
"The explosion was heard 20 miles away. It killed canal boatmen & wrecked the exotic Pompeian villa of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the fasionable St John''s Wood artist. But what caused the Regent''s Park Explosion? Fenian bombs or sabogate by rival railways?'" [Source]What shall I say? It is difficult for me to resist a crime novel set in Victorian London. The author Served six years in The metropolitan police.
The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes.
"Thanquil Darkheart is an Arbiter of the Inquisition, a witch hunter tasked with hunting down and purging heretics. Thanquil Darkheart is also something else, expendable.
When the God-Emperor of Sarth tells Thanquil there is a traitor operating among the highest echelon of the Inquisition he knows he has no choice but to sail to the city of Chade and follow the Emperor's single lead.
The Black Thorn is a murderer, a thug, a thief and worse but he's best known for the killing of six Arbiters. These days he travels with a crew of six of the most dangerous sell-swords in the wilds.
After a job well done they find themselves on the run from the law once again but the boss has good news; a new job, the biggest any of them have ever pulled. First, however, they need to evade capture long enough to secure travel to the free city of Chade.
Jezzet Vel'urn is a Blademaster; a swords-woman of prodigious skill but she knows that for a woman like her in the wilds there are two ways out of most situations; fight or screw. Truth is, all too often for Jezzet's liking, it comes down to a combination of the two.
Jezzet is chased half-way across the wilds by a vengeful warlord until she makes it to the free city of Chade. Instead of sanctuary, however, all she finds are guards waiting to turn her over for some quick gold." [Source]
This is the first book in the debut trilogy, Ties that Bind. I read a lot of praises for this book.
The Blackheath Seance Parlour (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00ECAPULI] by Alan Williams
"In 1842, two sisters drunkenly debate their future, their family chocolate business has failed and so they decide to open a seance parlour. The locals are shocked but soon their shop is crammed with people wanting to contact the dead. Despite their change in fortune, a rift forms between the sisters, as young sister Judy gets her novel published, finds a man and proves to be more capable of contacting spirits than Maggie. Spurred on by jealousy, Maggie tries harder and soon even the Queen is consulting her. The Church decides they must be stopped by any means possible." [Source]The high society in Victorian England liked seances and spirituality. Despite the cover which promised for me romance, the description delivered different information.
In November 2013 I read CyberStorm (digital, pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537188; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BT4QRHG] by Matthew Mather. I liked it and as a result I added The Atopia Chonicles, which is the first book in the Atopia Chonicles series to my to buy wish list.
And now I own a digital copy of The Atopia Chonicles (digital, pb, 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00DUK1RKY] by Matthew Mather.
" What could be worse than letting billions die?The second book in the series - The Dystopia Chonicles - will be released in August 2014.
In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind’s insatiable appetite for natural resources.
The Atopia Chronicles (Book 1 of the Atopia series) is the tale of mankind’s dark slide across the apocalypse as humans and machines merge in a world teetering on the brink of ecological ruin." [Source]
In 2010 I mentioned The Disappearing Spoon (hc, ) [ISBN-13: 978-0316051644] [In the meantime available as Kindle edition ASIN: B005M4A8FG] by Sam Kean. But I never bought a copy. When I saw the offer for The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code (digital, 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00FOQRYDQ] by Sam Kean, I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy.
"From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.One is never to old to learn new things or to refresh knowledge.
In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future." [Source]
Holiday reading or to be spoilt for choice
Every year the same procedure. I want to read as much as possible but the time is limited and I do not want to carry a 20 kilo bag full of books.
Of course I will take my digital reader with me which contains around 500 books. Normally that would be more than enough. For some reasons I'm keen to read real books during my holiday.
A few weeks ago I talked about the possibility to read the five remaining books in the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling. Finally I decided against that option. I want to take books from different authors with me.
Based on my mood I started to put together the final holiday book list.
- The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron.
- Necessary Evil (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.
This is the third and final book in the excellent Milkweed Triptych series.
- The Suicide Exhibition (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091955977] by Justin Richards.
Finally I added following three books. I list them in no specific order.
I wanted definitely one more epic fantasy beside The Red Knight. Finally I decided to go for The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
"The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime - and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor's unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life.The last two books result from an extensive travel through my shelves. They were hidden behind a lot of other books. When I read the descriptions again I knew the time has come to read them.
From the crumbling catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels emerge. Their hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and iliberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead... [Source]
Yellow Blue Tibia (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0575083585] by Adam Roberts.
"Russia, 1946, the Nazis recently defeated. Stalin gathers half a dozen of the top Soviet science fiction authors in a dacha in the countryside somewhere. Convinced that the defeat of America is only a few years away, and equally convinced that the Soviet Union needs a massive external threat to hold it together, to give it purpose and direction, he tells the writers: 'I want you to concoct a story about aliens poised to invade earth ... I want it to be massively detailed, and completely believable. If you need props and evidence to back it up, then we can create them. But when America is defeated, your story must be so convincing that the whole population of Soviet Russia believes in it--the population of the whole world!' The little group of writers gets down to the task and spends months working on it. But then new orders come from Moscow: they are told to drop the project; Stalin has changed his mind; forget everything about it. So they do. They get on with their lives in their various ways; some of them survive the remainder of Stalin's rule, the changes of the 50s and 60s. And then, in the aftermath of Chernobyl, the survivors gather again, because something strange has started to happen. The story they invented in 1946 is starting to come true ... A typically mind-blowing SF novel from one of the genre's literary stars." [Source]Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
"New Crobuzon is a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. Isaac, a brilliant scientist, is asked by a bird-man Garuda to restore his power of flight. But one lab specimen threatens the whole city. A vividly colored caterpillar eating a hallucinatory drug grows in order to consume all." [Source]
Beside this six physical copies I take my reader with me. Just in case ....
In sum we stay 13 days plus two days for travel.
All six books stand for 3117 pages. My average reading speed is 35 pages per hour. In order to finish all six books I need to spend seven hours for reading each day ..... We will see.
A book for me! A book for you?
Books, books, books!! I admit, I can't get enough.
Let me show you my latest discovery which ended up in an advance order. Maybe you find cover, description and video as intriguing as I did.
The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb, 26th of August 2014) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Rod Duncan is the first book in the Gaslit Empire duology. The second book - Unseemly Science - will follow in 2015.
"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.
But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…" [Source]
The following video delivers more information about the cave and the book.
No more today, see you next week ......
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...
That sounds cryptic. It is my abbreviation for Women in World War II. What do you know about female soldiers in WW II? The 8th of May 1945 marks the victory over Nazi Germany. I do not know how many female soldiers fought and died in this terrible war. The following post over at Dark Roasted Blend shows that women fought for their country:
The Devil's Dictionary
"CABBAGE, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head." [Source]This is an entry from the famous satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary by writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce (1842 - ca. 1914). I like the dictionary a lot. You can read it online or get a digital copy for free in different formats over at Project Gutenberg.
I would like to have something similar with definitions of nowadays world and I found a site which I would like to share with you. Visit TL;DR WIKIPEDIA and discover explanations like the following one:
A globe is a three-dimensional model of Google Earth." [Source]
The world is full of creative and inventive people and with the world wide web the can share their ideas with many people. I like to cycle. Unfortunately I do not have that much space at home. A foldable bicycle would fit but I do not really like the available ones. Now I found a very interesting bicycle concept over at the WebUrbanist:
Preservation and conservation
Rare books, especially really old ones need to be treated very carefully. It is a real art to preserve and conserve such treasures.
Special Collections presents some rarities and the preservation and conversation of these treasures. Have a look at
Painted past: Movie Posters
I really enjoy to have a look at vintage movie posters. Dark Roasted Blend presented another nice collection of vintage movie posters. Have a look at
Houses in history: The Terrace House
A lot of people are interested how people lived in the past. Fortunately there are still buildings from the past which give us an impression about housing. If you are interested in such things like the history of the Terrace House then I recommend to read following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors:
by Maria Grace
There is a contrast between life and death. The Public Domain Review shared a remarkable image from around 1770:
Shared photographs of Victorian London
Last week I mentioned author Annelie Wendeberg and her books. I also follow her blog. She is a very kind author because she started to share photographs of Victorian London which she found in a rare book during research for her books. In sum there are 300 photographs. So far she posted 12 photographs on her blog split in two post. Have a look at
That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......
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.
Today I want to share with you a fan made book trailer. It is about the 15th book in series. I checked my GOODREADS book shelves and that is the result. The 15th book will be published on 27th of May 2014. So far I won the first 12 books on the series and I read the first three books. I remember I liked the series and I can't remember the reason why I did not continue to read the series. I assume it was the same reason as most of the time: I discovered something which intrigued me more.
I must say for some seconds I thought about to change my holiday reading list again but I forbid myself to do that as I know what would happen if I would do that - I would spend the rest of the day to change the list.
I'm talking and talking and I did not tell you the name of the author and the title of the series.
Here we go:
I'm really impressed by the fan made trailer. Have a look and judge on your own
Time is running. Just two months to go until my birthday. I started to think about a birthday gift because I know it will not take long until I will be asked for wishes.
I must say that Murdered: Souls Suspect is so far at the top of my list. The following 28 minute video presentation convinced me:
32 years ago it has been E.T. who wanted to return home. In the meantime a lot of films returned in form of remakes. Now seems the time has come to present a another I want to go home move with
That's all for today. See you next time....
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.
A bit more than 15 years to go until I turn seventy. Nevertheless it seems following quote is not totally wrong .........
"The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all.”
Doris Lessing,in: O Magazine from October 2003, 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013
Doris Lessing,in: O Magazine from October 2003, 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013