Saturday, May 10, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1419

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Hello and welcome to issue #1419 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

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 ....



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. The Holiday book list 
  3. A book for me! A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. WiWWII
  2. The Devil's Dictionary
  3. Umbrella-sized bicycle
  4. Preservation and conversation
  5. Painted past: Movie Posters 
  6. Contrast 
  7. Shared photographs of Victorian London

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fan made book trailer

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

The Lighthouse

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.


I finished

- 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.


I'm


- 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. 


No progress

- 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 ....



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

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.

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]
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.


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]




Digital copies


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?

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]
The second book in the series - The Dystopia Chonicles - will be released in August 2014.



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.

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]
One is never to old to learn new things or to refresh knowledge.




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.

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]
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.

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 ......



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...


WiWWII
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:

DRB History Issue: World War Two


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:
"Globe
A globe is a three-dimensional  model of Google Earth." [Source]


Umbrella-sized bicycle
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:

Micro-Cycle: Hubless Bike Folds Down & Fits into Backpack

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

Thrilling Vintage Movie Posters



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:

Make Yourself at Home in a Georgian Town House



Contrast
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

The Queen’s London – A Pictorial & Descriptive Record (Part 1)


The Queen’s London. A Pictorial and Descriptive Record (Part 2)



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.

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
There are kids and there is an alien. The tricks look better but to be honest I do not like the shaking hand held camera .....

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.

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

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1418

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Hello and welcome to issue #1418 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
In one week my wife and I will drive to Usedom and have a well deserved rest.

I look forward to relax in a roofed wicker beach chair at the Baltic Sea coast with a book in my hands like in the following picture from 2011.

That means there will be no Weekend Waves on 18th and 25th of May. I try to prepare something instead.

We go there for the fourth time consecutively. Some may find it boring but for us it is the perfect place to relax and recharge.


Apology  
This is for all my visitors who left a comment in the past weeks. Please apologize that I did not reply so far. I will do that tomorrow, 4th of May 2014.


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. Holiday reading or to be spoilt for choice
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Laws and rules
  2. Sewing machine
  3. Prostitution in Victorian era

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Murdered: Soul Suspect

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 desert

The Lighthouse

When I take in account my current reading speed I'm more than happy that I finished one more book and continued It seems I'm really lucky with my choice of books. Beside work and the daily necessities it is reading I enjoy. Even I fall so often asleep while reading. It may be crazy to read so many books parallel but it fits perfectly to my changing moods. To my surprise I finished to more great books necessities I finished an awesome book and put my nose into five more books. Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read until I fall asleep.



I finished

- A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] by Mark Hodder.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" This is a bit unusual book.
You get a Victorianesque adventure mixed with science fiction and a dash of romance.
Furthermore there is an intelligent story with complex concepts - the name Charles Darwin should give you a hint.

For me it was definitely not a book easy to devour. I needed time to get a real understanding of the concepts behind."



I'm


- 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.
This is the first time for me that I read a Victorian crime novel where Karl Marx plays a certain role. Furthermore I admire the amount of work which the author spent for research.
320 pages left until the end.

- 227 pages in  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.

- 250 pages in WILD CARDS I (pb, 2012; first published in 1987) [ISBN: 978-0765365071] edited by George R.R. Martin
A progress of 200 pages is not that bad. Every story delivers a new point of view. I like it.
320 pages left until the end.


No progress


- 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 ....



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

Last week I received three paperback copies, bought one digital copy and got one digital copy for free.

Last year I enjoyed the steampunk novel - Bronze Gods (pb, April 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0425258194] by A A Aguirre. Now I received the second book in the xxx series:
Silver Mirrors (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-042525820] by A A Aguirre.
"As powerful magic comes creeping back, dangerous days are dawning…...

Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko were lucky to make it out of their last mission alive. Since then, strange troubles have plagued the city of steam and shadows, apparently as a result of magic released during the CID inspectors’ desperate interruption of an ancient ritual. The fabric of the world has been unsettled, and the Council has assigned Mikani and Ritsuko to investigate.

They soon discover that matters are worse than they imagined. Machines have developed minds of their own, cragger pirates are raiding the seas with relentless aggression, and mad elementals are running amok. As the chaos builds to a crescendo, Mikani and Ritsuko must fight a war on two fronts—and this time, they may not be able to turn the deadly tide…." [Source]
This is definitely a candidate for my holiday reading list .....



When I read the description of the following book, the excellent Milkweed Triptych series popped up in my mind and I knew I wanted a copy of The Suicide Exhibition (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091955977] by Justin Richards.

"WEWELSBURG CASTLE, 1940.

The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. Ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp.


ENGLAND, 1941

Foreign Office trouble shooter Guy Pentecross has stumbled into a conspiracy beyond his imagining - a secret war being waged in the shadows against a terrible enemy.

The battle for Europe has just become the war for humanity." [Source]
I hope the first book in the Never War series will be as good as the Milkweed Triptych.



I even did not read the first book in the Legends of the Duskwalker series. Nevertheless I bought the sequel.
Morningside Fall (pb 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0857663658] by Jay Posey
"The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.

They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret – one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of what remains of the world." [Source]

I must say at the moment I'm not in the right mood  for the Legends of the Duskwalker series.

I don't think that I will read the first book in the series during my holiday.


Arctic Rising (pb and digital, first in 2012) [ISBN: 978-0765358738; Kindle ASIN:  B005KJJ4QW] by Tobias S Buckell
"Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.

Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. Soon Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations, which goes further than she ever imagined." [Source]


You can get a digital copy at Amazon -  DE - 1,82 EUR, US - 2.52 USD
I do not know how long the offer will be valid.

I bought a copy for several reasons beside the price: Global warming is a hot topic and I like female main characters a lot


Everyday you can find new books - to be precise digital books - for free. For a certain period of time I checked Amazon for free books on a daily base. It is time consuming and I still do not have enough time to read the books I buy. So it was by sheer coincidence that I discovered the following book:
The Devil's Grin (pb and digital, first in 2012 [ISBN: 978-1481262262; Kindle ASIN: B00B7KGYAW] by Annelie Wendeberg
"At the turn of the 19th century, bacteriological research has made a tremendous leap. When epidemics were still untamed and claimed thousands of lives, Pasteur and Koch isolated deadly bacteria to develop vaccines. Biological warfare was but a small step away...

In Victorian London's cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murders remains undiscovered until a cholera victim is found floating in the city's drinking water supply. Dr Anton Kronberg, England's best bacteriologist, is called upon to investigate and finds evidence of abduction and medical maltreatment. While Scotland Yard has little interest in pursuing the case, Kronberg pushes on and crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes. The detective immediately discovers Kronberg's secret - a woman masquerading as a man in order to practice medicine - a criminal deed that could land her in prison for years to come. But both must join forces to stop a crime so monstrous, it outshines Jack the Ripper's deeds in brutality and cold-bloodedness.

Warning: This book contains foul language, non-explicit sex-scenes, explicit dissection scenes, violence, and considerable female power." [Source]
I like Victorian crime novels a lot. It was not the mentioning of Sherlock Holmes which aroused my interest. A female doctor in Victorian England - unthinkable!!
Of course I tried to get more information about the author and the book. To my surprise Annelie Wendeberg is a German self publishing author and The Devil's Grin is the first book in the
"The Kronberg Thriller Series. At the turn of the 19th century, bacteriological research has made a tremendous leap. When epidemics were still untamed and claimed thousands of lives, Pasteur and Koch isolated deadly bacteria to develop vaccines. Biological warfare was but a small step away…" [Source]
There are two more books available. I need to read The Devil's Grin first before I decide to buy copies of the sequels.

In case you are interested in The Devil's Grin too, then I have really good news for you.
You can get a digital copy for FREE
at Amazon (DE, UK, US)
or
in epub format at Smashwords!


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 first book
- The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron.

The second book
- Necessary Evil (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.
This is the third and final book in the excellent Milkweed Triptych series.

The third book
- The Suicide Exhibition (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091955977] by Justin Richards.


You will get the rest of the list next Saturday .... It is really, really difficult to decide. Anyway it will by a gut feeling decision .....


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...


Laws and rules
Germany is a country full of laws, rules and standards. But none of them are as weird as the ones you can find in USA. Have a look at following post over at the WebUrbanist:




Sewing machine
Two years ago I started to sew. I really like it because it is as relaxing as reading for me. I must admit that I did not think about the history of sewing machine until I read following post over at  at  English Historical Fiction Authors:
So you think you can sew, Mr Saint?


Prostitution in Victorian era
I mentioned author Annelie Wendeberg and her books before. I also follow her blog. I like it when authors write about their research for books and Annelie Wendeberg belongs to this kind of authors. The Victorian era was also an era of prostitution and it was dirty and often violent business. Read more about it in the following post by Annelie Wendeberg:
Whores 



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.

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
There are kids and there is an alien. The tricks look better but to be honest I do not like the shaking hand held camera .....

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 would like to stay in this house for a while .....


"I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.

Demetri Martin,in: New York Magazine from 3rd of October 2005
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