Saturday, January 25, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1404

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Hello and welcome to issue #1404 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Yesterday I suffered from my Friday evening syndrome which means resting on the sofa with my e-book reader alternating between reading, sleeping and talking to my wife. I dropped every thought about PC, mails, blog and so on. It has been a good decision. This morning our living alarm clock in form of our tomcat woke me up with his dissonant cries to remind me to serve him a tasty meal at his usual time which means 5.30 am. After feeding the cats I could not fall asleep again and started reading. I finished the book before I sank again in the arms of Morpheus. I woke up at 9 am and felt refreshed and ready for the day.
And it has been a good one so far. What else should I say after finishing a book, buying two games and writing this post in a relaxed mood.



ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. Similar experience
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Go Alex, go
  2. Recycling
  3. The Green Wall
  4. ABC
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Point and Click

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

The Lighthouse

I did not expect that I could continue my reading progress on the level of last week. But I found enough time to continue reading one of my books in progress and to finish one more book. So no complaints related to reading.



I finished

- Blackdown (digital, October 2013; pb December 2013) [Kindle Asin: B00FSOTXD8; ISBN-13: 978-1494855437] by D M Mitchell. I got a digital copy for free recently.
"‘THE MOST SAVAGE OF BEASTS IS TO BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEART OF MAN.’

It is 1817, Regency England. Thomas Blackdown, a thieftaker and ex-soldier, receives word that his brother and father are in deep trouble and need his help. But Blackdown is a man that harbours bitter memories; a man banished from his homeland because of a terrible accident, and so is reluctant to return to his ancestral home in Somerset.

However, once there he discovers that his brother has been savagely murdered – torn to shreds, some say by a mythical creature the locals call the Blackdown Beast. Thomas Blackdown does not believe in any creature of fantasy, and is determined to bring to justice his brother’s murderer, encouraged by his brother’s fiancé, Julianne Tresham, and aided by the faithful servant Addison.

But Blackdown is quickly drawn deep into a complicated web of deceit, power, greed and murder involving Lord Tresham – Julianne’s father – and the cold Sir Peter Lansdowne. What is the mysterious Lupercal Club? Why do ex-soldiers go missing from Commodore Pettigrew’s travelling theatre? What strange thing is happening in Devilbowl Wood where Blackdown’s brother was found mutilated? And does a savage, hellish creature really prowl the night?

Soon, Blackdown must fight for his own life and face up to his demons both imaginary and real. He will need all his wits and skills to survive if he is ever to discover the shocking truth behind the evil that has penetrated as far as the government itself.

Set in Regency England following the end of the Napoleonic wars, ‘Blackdown’ is D. M. Mitchell at his creative best, crafting a believable world of strange, larger-than-life characters, with his trademark intricate plotting and surprise ending, it is a novel that is a rollicking good thriller, horror and adventure story rolled into one.

And in Thomas Blackdown, Mitchell has given us a hero like no other before – a D’Arcy with bite, a Bond in breeches…" [Source]

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"England 1817. Ex-soldier Thomas Blackdown returns home. Why? He received a cry for help from his younger brother Jonathan Blackdown. His return set the wheels in motion. After reading the first quarter of the story I thought it as too predictable. Despite that I liked the fact, that the reader did not know more than the main character. So far it was a solid story.
But that changed.
The more Thomas Blackdown discovered, the more interesting the story got. The predictability vanished in a net of unforeseen revelations. The characters are a cornucopia of emotions and blood sweat and tears are no foreign words. There is a real end to the story which leave enough room for sequels.

I would like to read more books starring Thomas Blackdown."


I'm

- 112 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
I read 90 pages in the last week and it is a pleasure to follow Giordano Bruno through the twist and turns of the story.


No progress


- 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,


- 175 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

This week I continued to complete my collection of the ten books series  Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky by purchasing a copy of the seventh book:  Heirs of the Blade (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0230756991].
If you would like to read the blurb then follow THIS LINK.
As with a lot of other series I read only the first book so far. That leads me directly to the next topic.



Similar experience
Do you know the Twilight Reign series by Tom Lloyd? I read the first book published in 2006. The fifth and final book has been published in 2012.  Now fellow blogger Mihai  posted his review of Moon's Artifice, which is the first book in a new series by Tom Lloyd, over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.
I have to say thank you to  Mihai twice. First of all he deserves compliments for a well done review of Moon's Artifice.

Secondly he reminded me of another series where I own copies of all books but failed to read the rest of the series.

Finally we share similar experience. We both read each one book by Tom Lloyd and we both did not finish one series by the author.

I decided for myself not to jump into the new series as I own copies of all five Twilight Reign books.

For me it makes much more sense to finish the series first.
It seems I have to go through my shelves over at GOODREADS in order to identify all the unfinished series where I own copies ... 

But that is something completely different and it is a task which will take some time ....



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...

Go Alex, go
Author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh  is not far away from an epic milestone. If you do not know Alex J. Cavanaugh, his excellent  Cassa trilogy
-- On October 17th 2010, I posted my review of CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067]
-- On December 21st 2011, I posted my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945]
-- On September 17th 2013, I posted my review  of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

and his great blog,
then take the opportunity to take part in following giveaway:



This blog is nearing 2000 GFC followers and to celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway!

Here’s the rules: 

Must be a GFC follower. (If you’re following in another manner, time to click that GFC button!)
Open to everyone.
Open until the magic number 2000 is hit and holds for one day.

To enter:

Leave a comment. Current followers get five entries, followers after 1962 get ten entries, and follower number 2000 gets twenty entries. (One comment per person.)

Tweet about it – five entries.(@alexjcavanaugh)

Blog about it – ten entries. (Leave a link here. Bonus five entries for creativity!)

Prizes:

First place – Signed copy of one book, $10 iTunes card, and one book donated to the library (middle school, high school, public) of your choice.

Grand prize – Signed copy of all three books, $10 iTunes card, t-shirt of your choice from Neat-O-Rama, designed by Retro Jeremy Hawkins, and three books donated to the library of your choice.





Recycling
Nowadays recycling is getting more and more important as more and more people understand that resources on Earth are limited. But what do you know about recycling in the past?
There is a really impressive post about recycling in Victorian Paris over at The History Girls. I recommend the following post to everyone who is interested in history and recycling.



The Green Wall
To be honest, I know there is the Great Wall in China but I never heard about the Green Wall until today. Read the following post over at the WebUrbanist and you may agree that the described project is something worth to support. Unfortunately I'm not free of doubts if this project will come true.

12-County Coalition: Building the Great Green Wall of Africa


ABC
Yes, I know and you know that these are the first three letters in alphabets based on Latin alphabet. Do you remember the ABC books you got in your childhood?  Today I invite you to enjoy  a
over at The Public Domain Review



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.


Point and Click

Today I do not share movie trailers with you. The reason for that is a mail with the header


The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief, Gothic series, Panzer Elite, Painkiller, Aquanox 1 and 2, and more exciting Nordic Games titles 60% off!  

which I received from GOG.com. Formerly known as Good Old Games, GOG is a sale and distribution service for PC games. I'm sure a lot of you receive newsletters and ads from different companies. Of course the above mentioned mail is related to a promotion -
The Nordic Nights Weekend Promo until 27 January 2014 at 23:59 PM EST.


I like GOG.com because they offer something which I like:  Good Old Games!
In the 1980s and 1990 I have  been a big fan of the Sierra On-Line games. It was a time when a good story counted more than graphics.
I also remember that the introduction of the point and click interface was a kind of revolution especially for graphic adventures games.
I can't remember the exact date when I lost interest in such kind of games and to be honest it does not matter here and now.
The more important thing is that my interest in old games and especially my interest in point and click games returned.
I entered the promotion site mentioned above in order to check the 24 games included.  And to my surprise the list contains point and click games and some of them show a release date in 2012 and 2013!
I could not resist and watched trailers and video reviews of following games:

The first one is a detective mystery consisting of three episodes:
The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief

The story
"The Raven – Legacy of a master thief is a thrilling crime adventure in three episodes from the creators of „The Book of Unwritten Tales“. Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story.

Paris, 1960: Europe is in the grip of the gentleman master thief The Raven. His burglaries are spectacular and he always emerges unscathed. Young hotshot investigator Nicolas Legrand stuns the public when he confronts the master thief and fatally wounds him.

London, 1964: An ancient ruby – one of the legendary „Eyes of the Sphinx“ – is stolen from the British Museum. At the crime scene: a raven feather. Is somebody trying to follow in the Ravens footsteps? – Legrand is back on the case.

At the same time in Zurich a phone rings. Constable Anton Jakob Zellner looks up from behind a mountain of files. He has no idea what lies hidden in a bank vault, just a few hundred meters away from him. As he reaches for the receiver his life takes a crucial turn…" [Source]
The trailer

The game is available in English and in German.
Of course I read several reviews and watched some video reviews. I recognized that there is a difference between reviews from Germany and reviews From USA. The German ones are more positive.
It is definitely a game for people who enjoy point and click adventures and who can't get enough of Agatha Christie novels.


For more information please visit The official Raven site and if you would like to purchase a copy for $ 9.99 (valid until 27 January 2014 at 23:59 PM EST) then head over to  The Raven at GOG.com

I bought a copy - my wife is interested too - spent the afternoon with download and will play a bit after I have finished this post.


The second game has been mentioned in the description of the first game. I talk about The Book of Unwritten Tales

The story

"The Book of Unwritten Tales is a humorous Point & Click homage to the RPG and fantasy genre.
 In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbours the dark secret of a powerful artefact. Whoever calls this artefact his own, will determine the fate of the world. While the Army of the Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret, the Alliance's four heroes find themselves involuntarily drawn into the crisis..." [Source]
The trailer


So far, so good. It was the following video which convinced me and my wife to purchase a copy.

If this is the kind of humor you like then you should visit the Official site for detailed information. You would like to play a demo first? No problem at all. Just follow THIS LINK which lead you to a list of download mirrors. 

if you would like to purchase a copy for $ 7.99 (valid until 27 January 2014 at 23:59 PM EST) then head over to The Book of Unwritten Tales at GOG.com.

Of course I look forward to play this game too ...



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


Quotes

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

I think I follow the following advice well when it comes to quotes ....



"When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France, French novelist, 1844 - 1924

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Edi's weekend Wave issue #1403

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Hello and welcome to issue #1403 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This will be a busy weekend. On Friday evening I used the time after taking care of my duties at home and before I go to bed to put together the topics for this issue. Fortunately that went well. Today (Saturday) I have been nice to myself as I slept a bit longer and spent the morning for reading. And now after lunch I start to write this post. Afterwards I will continue to work on my next review and tonight my wife and I will watch two documentations on TV - One about General Custer and one about the eve of the First World War.
On Sunday I have to work half of the day. Afterwards my wife and I will go for a meeting with people who like Steampunk as much as we do.
With some luck I will find some time for reading in the evening.
 


ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. A book addict and his New Year's Resolution
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Pirates Ahoy!
  2. Alt Hist Issue 6 ahead
  3. Your cats will like it if you can afford it
  4. How to prevent air pollution in 1906
  5. Fantasy - high, weird, epic
  6. Light Pollution
  7. Slang
  8. Macadamization
  9. More Sherlock Holmes
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock

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

The Lighthouse

Last week was a dream from reading point of view. I finished three books!! Of course I must admit that I spent most of my spare time for reading. Fortunately I could do that because my wife was busy with her hobbies.



I finished

- London Darkness: Infernal Inventions (digital, 2012) [Kindle Asin: B008BO5S68] by Chris Stocking.

I wrote on GOODREADS:

"This is a book where you get more blood than steam.
It is a book about admiration, love, revenge and profit seeking.
I expected a different ending which would have fitted a bit more to the story.

I will definitely read the sequel "London Darkness: War of the Devices" which is set 15 years after the events taken place in "London Darkness: Infernal Inventions"."



- Aetherresonanz (digital, 2013) [Kindle Asin: B00GWO2N9O] by Anja Bagus.
"Baden-Baden 1912: Das Amt für Ætherangelegenheiten wurde gegründet, um die Forschung über die Auswirkungen des Æthers zu bündeln. Aber die Menschen im Kaiserreich wollen immer noch nicht wahrhaben, dass die Welt sich unwiderruflich verändert hat. Annabelle Rosenherz versucht, in der Gesellschaft Verständnis für die Veränderten zu wecken. Sie selbst kann aber nicht vergessen, was ihr wegen ihrer eigenen Veränderung angetan wurde. Um dem ewigen Grübeln zu entfliehen, geht sie einem Hinweis auf ihren vermissten Vater nach und besucht einen alten Freund der Familie. In dem Anwesen des reichen Industriellen Rudolf Bader begegnet sie nicht nur der Vergangenheit, sondern auch den Auswirkungen, die viele falsche Entscheidungen auf die Gegenwart haben. Während die Polizei mithilfe des Amtes unerklärliche Todesfälle untersucht, kommen sie bei ihren Ermittlungen den ewig stampfenden Dampfmaschinen der Bader-Æther-Werke immer näher. Verbirgt die Fabrik einen Mörder oder sucht man an der falschen Stelle? Æther und Maschinen, Liebe, die den Tod nicht akzeptieren will und falsche Entscheidungen: Ætherresonanz ist Steampunk aus Deutschland, dessen Dampfdruck die Kessel zu sprengen droht." [Source]

This is the second book in a German Steampunk series. I liked the first book despite the fact it contained romance parts.


So I have had expectations.
But I must say I have been a bit disappointed because there was definitely too much romance for me in Aetherresonanz.

The book is not bad but I did not hit my taste.

There will be a third book and I hope the author will reduce the romance part to the extent of the first book.

I will have a look at the sequel......



- Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway

"When a young woman is found dead on an allotment early one morning, Furnivall and Stubbs are summoned to the scene. She is lying on her back, fully dressed in undamaged clothes, and yet somehow she has bled to death. A monster has come to stay in a slightly run- down suburb in a small town at the heart of Queen Victoria’s Empire. The investigation will take them into the world of hard- headed criminal business as well as to the heart of one man’s madness." [Source]
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I read "Caversham Lock" with a great pleasure. This first "Furnivall and Stubbs Case" delivered such a satisfying read for me.

With "Caversham Road" author Michael Stewart Conway returns to the world Detective Constable Jim Furnivall and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.
Again the author shows his extraordinary talent to animate the gone world of the Victorian era. I love his detailed descriptions of nearly everything important to the story, which is a superb whodunnit with a lot to fathom. Even the name of Sweeny Todd is mentioned, it is not the case of Sweeny Todd.
Furthermore the development of the main characters is excellent.

To be honest, I do not have anything to complain about. This is a crime novel set in Victorian era with top-notch characters and story.

I do not understand why this series has not been picked up by a publisher.

I can't wait to read the next book "Caversham House" and I hope that Michael Stewart Conway will write more Furnivall and Stubbs cases."


Dear Readers,
i really love the books by . Caversham Lock and Caversham House have been extraordinary good reads. To say it more graphical, they have blown me away.  If you look for top-notch crime novels set in Victorian era with fascinating characters, well researched and with descriptions which let the Victorian era come alive in your head THEN you should by  digital copies.
And to be honest, the price per book is ridiculous low.

Caversham Lock (digital, 2012)[AMAZON ASIN: B00A3VLV68] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de  = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 1.02 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD

Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de  = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 0.99 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD
Caversham House (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00G4DSL9O] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de  = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 0.99 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD
 



I'm

- 24 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
In case you do not know the book, I added the cover and the blurb for you.
"S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult. It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align—an astrologi­cal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth. When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that some­thing far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court. Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger? In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S. J. Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller." [Source


No progress


- 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,


- 175 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

This week I received two paperback copies which I ordered several months ago in advance.
The author of the first book is  Mark Hodder, the man behind the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] fascinated me from the first time I read about it. First published in 2012 I had to wait until now as I do not buy hardcover.
"A man without faith.
A woman without hope.

My name is Aiden Fleischer, and today my assistant and I awoke on another planet.

On Ptallaya, we were welcomed by the Yatsill. The creatures transform their society into a bizarre version of our own, and we find a new home beneath the world's twin suns.

But there is darkness in my soul, and as the two yellow globes set ...

A RED SUN ALSO RISES

... and with it comes an evil more horrifying than any on Earth."[Source= Back of the book]
Of course this book is part of my to be read in 2014 list. In some ways the cover reminds me of Victorian London .....


I like it when historical fiction and historical fantasy come together as it happens in the second book I received: The Emperor of all Things (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0857501592] by Paul Witcover.
"Tempus Rerum Imperator: Time, Emperor of All Things.

The year is 1758. England is at war, embroiled in a globe-spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. And now, after more than two years of military and diplomatic setbacks, the country itself is at risk. Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion - an invasion rumored to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn ...again. Yet beneath the surface, behind the scenes, another war is raging. A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself.

Daniel Quare is a journeyman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces. But Quare is more than he seems. He is a Regulator, a member of an elite spy network within the guild - a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England's exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries, whether in business or in war. It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote. But there he finds more than he bargained for. A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properties - deadly properties that seem to have more to do with magic than with any science familiar to Quare or to his superiors in the guild, Sir Thaddeus Wolfe, Grandmaster of the Order, and Theophilus Magnus, head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators. But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well. The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin, and a French spy - and cold-blooded killer - who seeks to bring the prize back to his masters.

Soon Quare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods, in which nothing is as it seems ...time least of all."[Source]

It is not difficult to check the historical background. The Worshipful Company of Clockworkers established in 1631 is the oldest surviving horological institution in the world and the English clockmaker Daniel Quare has been one of the company masters. England was at war.  I look forward to dive into The Emperor of all Things ...




A book addict and his New Year's Resolution
Do you know this feeling when you see a book and suddenly you forget everything and you are dominated buy this one solely thought "I MUST HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK!"
It is something similar to Odysseus' experience with the Sirens.
So far I have been strong and resisted to buy more books than the ones on my to buy list for 2014 which I put together in 2013. But that does not mean I get less books. The reason is quite simple. In some cases I receive review copies and then there are these free books offers. I assume most of you know legal sources for free books. I admit I look over at Amazon for free digital books regularly and I found some real gems.
Anyway I do not have the time to post every day a list of books for free. I live in Germany and that means I would have to check at list the kindle book stores in Germany, UK and USA.

But I'm sure if you are an real book addict you know how to satisfy yourself ......



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...



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Pirates Ahoy!
http://www.eltettensor.com/pirates-ahoy/
On 8th of January 2014 I posted my review of Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor. It has been a great read.
It seems the book aroused some interest - unfortunately on the wrong sites - as E L Tettensor described in her post Pirates Ahoy! I think this is really annoying for every author.
So hope to cope with piracy sites which offer illegal free downloads? I think as an author you are like Don Quixote. You can't change the moral compass of the people behind on own your own.
But it is necessary to talk about such things and spread word about it. Literary property is worth to be defended.




Alt Hist Issue 6 ahead

On August 14th, 2012, I posted my review of Alt Hist Issue 4 edited by Mark Lord.

On August 4th, 2013, I posted my review of Alt Hist Issue 5 edited by Mark Lord.

Now editor Mark Lord posted the latest news about the upcoming issue 6 which should be available by the end of January/start of February2014.

"Alt Hist Issue 6 includes four wonderful alternate history stories, plus a great “straight” historical fiction set in 1914 about a teenage girl accused of war crimes. The alternate history stories cover some classic areas for speculative fiction and of interest to alternate history buffs: what if Hitler one the war, what if the Germans invaded Britain in WW2, who really killed JFK and what if the Cold War turned hot? But none of these tales are just speculation on alternative versions of history. They all share what you have come to expect from Alt Hist: a strong story and engaging characters." [Source]

A short summary of each story is available at
What’s Coming up in Alt Hist Issue 6



Your cats will like it if you can afford it

You share your life with cats. You have space to share with your cats. You spend each cent you can afford for your cats. The I have the ultimate recommendation for you presented over at he WebUrbanist. Have a look at
3D Cat Furniture Set: Modular Hangouts for Walls & Ceilings



How to prevent air pollution in 1906

We all know that traffic cause air pollution. For me it was astonishing to see how progressive some people have been in London 1906 with the launch of electronic busses! Thanks to Ian Mansfield and his outstanding blog Ian Visits dedicated to London for the following most informative post:

The Fraud that Killed Off London’s First Electric Buses




Fantasy - high, weird, epic
Sometimes you open posts and then you stay there minute by minute by minute, .... With some luck you leave before the clock hand shows the next hour. So you have been warned before. It is not my failure when you spend more time than expected over at the following two posts over at  Dark Roasted Blend. It is all about fantasy. Hope you enjoy it

Strange Shadows: Best Classic Fantasy





Light Pollution

Pollution is a hot topic when it comes to air pollution. But what does light pollution mean?
There is no extended explanation necessary. You just need to have a look at the fascinating pictures over at the the WebUrbanist. Look and gape at
Darkened Cities: Urban Skylines Minus Light Pollution



Slang

As reader of books set in the Victorian era  or later, I have an interest in the language which has been used at the specific era. I also like to baffle my colleagues in UK with words long forgotten or with a changed meaning. Luckily there are blogs who deliver great posts about the use of language in former times.  I read with great pleasure the following post over at The Cat's Meat Shop:
Chimney Sweep Slang


Macadamization

First of all let me clarify that it has nothing in common with macadamia nuts. It refers to road building and to a man with name John Loudon McAdam. There is an enlightening post over at The English Historical Fiction Authors:
John Loudon McAdam, Colossus of Roads



More Sherlock Holmes 

Last year I showed my admiration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his immortal characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with several posts on my blog. Do you know My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning?
It is a blog I discovered recently. They post a lot of different stuff from pictures to ads. It seems the also have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes.
Have a look at following link and you will understand what I mean ....

Weekly Sherlock Links Compendium (January 1 - January 10, 2014)


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

Last week I showed a first trailer of the fourth season of the Game of Thrones TV series, In the meantime a second trailer is available and of course I would like to share this piece.
I read all the books so far and honestly I dropped the question when the next book will be written and published. Time will tell ....




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


Quotes

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

I have nothing to add to following quote ....


"People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

Frederick Douglass, US abolitionist, 1817 - 1895

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Edi's Wekkend Wave issue #1402

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Hello and welcome to issue #1402 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
The first week of 2014 is gone. I had to work more hours than expected and therefore I have been tired in the evening. I wanted to write two more posts but that does not work with closed eyes. Nevertheless I try to find time to write my third review in January 2014. There are 20 days left until end of the month ...

From time to time my wife and I are spontaneous. We visited the Echdampf-Hallentreffen in Karlsruhe and enjoyed "steam-driven model railways, road vehicles, ships and stationary engines".
That is the reason why you get this post a bit later than usual.  

ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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



  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. Get a digital copy of  The Return of the Free by Mark Lord for free
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. When I was young
  2. The end of a trilogy is in progress
  3. Walking Cities
  4. What a great site!
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock

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

The Lighthouse

I'm satisfied with my reading progress in the last week. I finished two books because I found the time to read 70 pages per day. 2012 started similarly and I ended up with 81 books.

I still work on my books to read in 2014 shelf.So far the list contains 62 books. I'm sure there will be some changes within the year depending on my mood, on promises, on unexpected deliveries and more.



I finished

- Hive Monkey (pb, January 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1781081662] by Gareth L. Powell.
My comment on GOODREADS:
Hive Monkey (Ack-Ack Macaque #2)Hive Monkey by Gareth L. Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good sequel but I liked the first book a bit more.






- Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows (pb, 24th September 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781081624] by Toby Venables.
My comment on GOODREADS:

The Hunter of Sherwood: Guy of Gisburne: Knight of ShadowsThe Hunter of Sherwood: Guy of Gisburne: Knight of Shadows by Toby Venables
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally I finished reading my paperback copy which stands for 544 pages and not of 384 pages as shown here on GOODREADS.

WOW! I'm a lucky reader. This is the third book I read in 2014 and like the two other ones it is a really good one.

It definitely exceeded my expectations.

Toby Venables did a great job with is characterisation Of Guy of Gisbourne, Robert of Locksley, Prince John and King Richard.They all appear authentic and to follow their development in form of flashbacks within a persuading, powerful and fascinating story is most convincing.

I wish to read more stories with Toby Venables' Guy of Gisburne!


I'm

- 74 pages in London Darkness: Infernal Inventions (digital, 2012) [Kindle Asin: B008BO5S68] by Chris Stocking.
In case you do not know the book, I added the cover and the blurb for you.
"Victorian London–When Ryker Mayson comes across the dead body of a high-ranking member from the League of Inventors, his life changes forever. Murder, lies, and deceit become all too familiar as Ryker searches the dark city streets to find out who is behind these deaths, and why. With the help of Wendell, his Gnomish best friend, Celia, his prostitute lover, and some newly made friends from the League, he scours the city in search of whomever is lurking in the shadows, slaying unsuspecting inventors for taking part in a tragic injustice." [Source]
I find it a bit confusing when authors use the long and short form of their fist name like in this case where you either find Christopher or Chris.



No progress


- 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,


- 175 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson




 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

This week I received my paperback copy of A Study in Ashes (digital, pb, December 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537201; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00D5BEDPE] by Emma Jane Holloway.
"As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville Affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day — or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.

But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines–and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is…he’s dead." [Source]
This is the third and final book in the The Baskerville Affair series. So far I have read the first book which I liked except some romance parts.


In 2012 I read and reviewed REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505] by Terry Persun starring the extraordinary Neil Altman who has been trained by his parents to ac the two halves of his brain independently.
Author  Terry Persun has been so kind to inform me that Neil Altman  returns in Backyard Aliens (pb Dec 2013, digital Jan 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00HMCE5LE; ISBN-13: 978-1620151969]. He asked me if I would like to get a digital copy and I said yes.
"A followup to "Revision 7:DNA"

A pair of intriguing aliens pull at the hearts and minds of Neil and Mavra while the government is bent on research and analysis. Terry Persun’s latest science fiction novel explores the idea of alien contact through his main characters’ Neil and Mavra Altman—a detective who can think independently from both sides of his brain and the professional psychic he’s married to.

After two young boys find what they believe is a dinosaur egg, the military gets involved immediately. When aliens emerge from the eggs, Neil and Mavra are struck with a moral decision whether to allow the military to analyze the aliens or to help the aliens go free. Their travels eventually take them to Area 51, where Neil and Mavra are forced to come up with a foolproof plan. Excerpt: She didn’t look back from then on. She held the aliens tightly and rounded the corner. Neil stood inside the building and took her arm and led her to a running jeep. “In the back and under that blanket,” he said as he helped her climb in. Mavra lay on her back and the aliens didn’t move. She couldn’t help wondering how they could possibly trust humans after what they’d been through the last few days. Perhaps they knew there were good ones and bad ones. Perhaps they understood the difference between humane interaction and scientific research. Whatever it was, they held to her. Not moving and not talking, just still. She heard Neil say, “Nice night,” to the guards as they passed through the main gate." [Source]
With around 200 pages it is shorter than most of the books I read. Therefore I did not hesitate to add the book to my books to read in 2014 book shelf.



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...


When I was young
I was highly interested in airplanes. I read all the books and magazines  I could get. There has been a time where supersonic passenger planes have been a hot topic. I liked to see all the coloured dreams of engineers. Nowadays it is just a faint memory. Therefore I send a  big thank you to the stuff of Dark Roasted Blend who refreshed my memory with following gorgeous post.




The end of a trilogy is in progress
Author Sabine Atkins announced that she is now working on the third and final book of her Varangian Trilogy. So far two books have been published and I reviewed both of them:




She has been so kind to post a small teaser of the prologue. I liked it a lot to get a first impression of the third and final book in the Varangian Trilogy.


Walking Cities
 The idea of a walking city is not new. You find them in fantasy and science fiction. But there are also people who work on serious designs. If you would like to know more about walking city then I recommend to have a look a following impressive post over at the WebUrbanist.


What a great site!
Last week I discovered

"The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online." [Source]
This is an absolutely impressive and gorgeous project. I have been blown away.  I could get lost in all the available books and pictures. In order to avoid that I limited the time to spend over there.  Let me give you two examples to underline what I mean. Have a look at





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.

When it comes to the Game of Thrones TV series, we are far behind. So far season one and two have been aired in free TV. As far as I know we can expect season three around Easter.
Nevertheless I watch trailers related to season for like the following one which is really, really short ....




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 is the kind of office conversation which you need on Monday morning to confuse your colleagues ....


"It doesn't make a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature.'

Steven Wright, US comedian and actor, 1955 -

Monday, January 06, 2014

Take part in Cover Wars January 2014

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Dear Readers,

I know a post on Monday is unusual for me. But in this case it makes sense to post this information today or never.

In the evening of 5th of January 2014 I received following information from author Sabine Atkins:


I would like to let you know that my latest book THE HURT CIRCUIT is participating in Cover Wars and a Scavenger Hunt over at the Masquerade Crew website.


If you like, please ask your readers to vote for THE HURT CIRCUIT cover (created by Ida Jansson)  here:


There is no registration required, and people can vote daily. They can vote for their two favorite covers.

Anyone who participates in the Scavenger Hunt has the chance to win an Amazon Gift Certificate!
Here's THE LINK


You may remember that I'm a fan of  her Varangian Trilogy. So far two books have been published and I reviewed both of them:




As everyone knows good books raise the expectation for the next book, especially when it will be the final book in a series. Sabine Atkins decided to take a break from the  Varangian Trilogy and to focus on two other projects: to raise a dog and to write a dystopian science fiction novel because of an intoxicating inspiration.
Have a look at the result of the latter project.

Sabine Atkins invited interested readers to read the prologue and the first chapter of THE HURT CURCUIT for free! Just click on the following link



I read the excerpt and I like the setting and the character of Calen.


And this is the cover in question plus the blurb

The Hurt Circuit (October 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1494713911; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00GA0R4WG] by Sabine Atkins.


"Sometimes you need to lose everything to reach for your dreams. There's just one thing on the mind of Calen Firth-Shelby, the nineteen-year-old former snowboarding hot shot, girls magnet and political prodigy, who came in last place on the Hurt Circuit four years ago: surviving long enough on the Baffin-Chain (a man-made prison island which is infested by cannibals) to prevent his teenage siblings, twins Stella and Paul, from suffering the same fate. In the not-so-far future, the mega-rich live in constant fear: the "Suburban Tribes" that emerged from years of extremely violent global riots are more or less successfully kept out of the major cities and the state-of-the-art mountain enclaves of the most influential billionaire families. But the greatest threat comes from within. First it came in the form of the catastrophic "Billionaire-Wars," now it disguises itself as ubiquitous, highly intrusive surveillance technologies, as complex corporate lawsuits/espionage - and as the Hurt Circuit. While the super-billionaires are racing each other to expand their conglomerates beyond Earth, their teenage children are transported to middle schools situated in enemy territories, to stay there for one year as hostages. There, on the Hurt Circuit, the teenagers have to complete dangerous assignments which often result in gruesome injuries and casualties. They are also exposed to a great deal of bullying from their peers: embarrassing secrets are gleefully dissected by obscure HC councils, and the inevitable suicides are covered up as unfortunate mishaps. The winners and their families are rewarded with even more money and a worldwide celebrity-status, while the losers are quickly hidden away by their disappointed families. If they are lucky. Calen isn't even that lucky. Tethering between life and death and unaware that he's still on the Hurt Circuit, albeit on a secret level, he breaks out of prison. However, his reappearance in high society not only triggers assassins to come after him, but also opens old wounds in family members and childhood friends. To make matters even worse, world-famous pop star Mallory (a capricious diva) and beautiful athlete Jazmin (who struggles with her identity) both fall in love with him. Calen finds himself again in front of the ever-present cameras of the surveillance agencies and entertainment broadcasters, exposing his body and mind to all kinds of intrusive technologies while concealing his efforts of protecting his siblings and to defeat the Hurt Circuit." [Source]

Now it is up to you to decide whether to vote or not.
Thank you for taking time to read this post.

ENJOY READING

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Edi's Spotlight: Darkwalker by E L Tettensor

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Introduction

Dear Readers,
welcome to my second review in 2014. I work on my New Year's resolution which means in this case to write and post 24 reviews.
Is it good or bad when I quote myself? Normally I try to avoid that. But in this case I just use what I wrote on 14th of December 2013 about the discovery of the book I review today.

It still happens. I see a cover, read a blurb and know immediately that I must have a copy, a paper copy. This was the case when I discovered Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor which is the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.


For me it was a superb read and like a lot of other books I read within 2013, it deserve a review.  So I decided to share my opinion about the Hounds of Autumn with you which may give you some arguments why it is worth to get a copy and read it.



Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:



Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013)
[ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK

"He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…...
" [Source]


My Expectations
What more shall I expect as a most entertaining book with a Victorian setting and an antihero after reading following statement:
" E L Tettensor  likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness." [Source]



The Delivery
The 360 pages are divided into 26 consecutively numbered chapters and an epilogue. Narration is in the third person via several different point-of-views, whereupon the most parts are told from Nicolas Lenoir's point of view.

I As I mentioned above, I saw the cover, read the blurb and ordered a copy immediately. The paperback arrived a few days later and I had a closer look.
Nicolas Lenoir ,that sounds French in my ears. The clothing of the man on the cover is in Victorian style. I know this because I sewed something similar last year. But neither the cover nor the blurb offer any information where and when the story takes place. It is charming to see how I have been convinced that Darkwalker takes place in Victorian era. This raised my curiosity to a new level.
I belong to the kind of readers who can't resist to get more information about towns, rivers, countries, dishes, drinks and more used in a book. English is not my first language which is the reason why I need a dictionary from time to time.
That said I sunk into the first chapters.

Nicolas Lenoir is the broken man as described in the blurb. He works in Kennion. Together with Brackensvale - with around 200 inhabitants a real backwater hamlet, Denouth, North Haven and Berryvine they are known as the five villages. To my surprise none of these villages exist in England. So my assumption to get a story set in England has been wrong. Several years ago Nicolas Lenoir has been a legendary police inspector in Serles. A town in France? No. The only Serles I found is an Austrian mountain. Nicolas Lenoir likes to eat steak serlois. Does that ring a bell? It sounds really similar to serloin steak.  He has a marked preference for absinthe. Bingo!! Absinthe has been a famous drink in the 19th century. The people use horses and carriages for transport. They know flintlock and crossbows.  horses,



Conclusion:  E L Tettensor created her very own and unique world. She did it in a way that the reader feels familiar and smoothly peregrine at the same time. This is excellent because it intensifies the mesmerising effect of Darkwalker. Such a basement - which is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time -  is the nearly consummate stage for an intensive, dark and emotional story and striking characters.

Darkwalker is not a one-man show. Based on all information delivered by the cover and the story, Nicolas Lenoir and a lot of other people are similar to us. In other words they are human beings. But there is also another, ancient race named Adali. If would play in our world it would be gypsy to act as Adali. They are a poor race as they are constantly faced with the prejudice to be vagabonds and thieves. Little is known about their culture and as we all know missing knowledge lead to distrust and hate. And when adjectives like magical and supernatural comes into play, it heatens animosity. It is a culture clash.
 The Adali are he exotic touch in Darkwalker beside Darkwalker. Darkwalker? Yes, there is .........   It is up to you to discover Darkwalker in Darkwalker.

Before I add a few words to  Nicolas Lenoir, it is worth to talk about two three other characters. The young boy Zach reminded me of the Artful Dodger, a character from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Mark my words. I said reminded and not copy. It is a talent to create a unique character in such a way that you as a reader get the impression that you know something about this character. Zach is a trigger for some events and has his own story.
I talked about the Adali. On of them is Lady Zera. She tries to establish a position in human society. She is intelligent, eloquent and witty. But she is also afraid that any  Adali rumor will have a negative impact on her way into society.

Nicolas Lenoiris a police inspector. He works together with Sergeant Bran Kody. The young man is in many ways like an image of the young Nicolas Lenoir when yonder entered the police.  You may imagine what it means to work together with a broken man whom you constantly remind of the past.

Nicolas Lenoir who is heavily laden with events of his past which he tries to drown  with a lot of green fairy which is another expression for absinthe. He does not treat Sergeant Bran Kody well. To be honest this is an understatement. Nicolas Lenoir is no friend of the police routines he has to follow and he makes no secret of it. I know another brilliant detective who used drugs and doubted police methods. No, I will not name the detective I have in mind, If you can't guess then follow THIS LINK.  I admit that I did not like the inspector in the beginning. I even thought I would not like him until the end of the story. But that changed .........

Again as she exercised her world building, E L Tettensor  did a great job with her characters. They are sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time. I have been impressed by the character development especially of Nicolas Lenoir.

Now it is time to speak about the plot. At first sight there is a "whodunit" crime novel blended with dark magic. But there is so much more. There are people who either try to find their place in society or to find their place at the job or to find a home ..... Furthermore there is Nicolas Lenoir with the burden of his past, the current events and an unknown future.  And there is the Darkwalker ....

It is a real joy to read how E L Tettensor  cope with the cornucopia of themes, topics and emotions . Believe it or not all the stuff mentioned is interwoven and delivered with a Victorian and slightly gothic touch. Not one thing works without another. Dialogue, inner dialogue, action, descriptions are wonderfully composed and delivered in a prose which fits perfectly.

I do not beat about the bush.  E L Tettensor  pulls no punches. The story itself is a dark one. People are hurt physically and mentally. Nevertheless the use of violence is not exaggerated.

Finally you should know that Darkwalker has a real end which let you leave the story satisfied BUT with the urgent need to read more about the past and future of  Nicolas Lenoir  ,,,,,,, and   .... Darkwalker .... and .... the history of the world E L Tettensor has created ... and ....,,


The Inevitable

I did not like the story!  I LOVED IT!!


E L Tettensor  delivered a strong debut with Darkwalker. Plot, characters and world  are sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time.

You want to read a dark crime mystery with Victorian flair, an intriguing main character,  thoroughly world building and an satisfying end which leaves you with the urge for more
THEN
Darkwalker is your book of choice.





These are my totally subjective closing words

I can't wait to read the sequel. Do I have to bother the author in order to get a date for the next book? NO!
E L Tettensor has been so kind to deliver this information in her GOODREADS profile:

"The sequel to Darkwalker is due December 2014." [Source]

 E L Tettensor delivered more information about the sequel in an interview over at My Bookish Ways.
"The sequel to DARKWALKER, tentatively titled MASTER OF PLAGUES, comes out in December 2014. I’m really excited about that, because it’s a very different kind of mystery than its predecessor. Hopefully, Lenoir will be making an annual appearance after that."

That will be a wonderful Christmas 2014 for me.
What about you? 
Keen to read Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor ?

In case you are still not convinced then I recommend to discover the world of E L Tettensor and Nicolas Lenoir by
- visiting the official website,
- reading and excerpt and an essay by following THIS LINK,
- reading the interview over at The Bibliosanctum -
- reading the interview over at My Bookish Ways
- following the author on Twitter
- following the author on GOODREADS

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