Saturday, June 28, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1426

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Hello and welcome to issue #1426 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
the first round in the FIFA 2014 World Cup has been finished last Thursday. Germany and USA made it to the second round. Only four more rounds to go until we know the new champion.

I will definitely watch a few games of the second round.

I'm happy that our tomcat reduced his nightly meowing dramatically which is good for him and for us. Now I sleep a lot better.

To my pleasure summer is still on hiatus. That means temperatures around 20 degrees °C (= 68Fahrenheit), cloudy and rain showers.



ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Stealing Artwork
  2. Mr Nicholas Culpeper
  3. Cars with propellers
  4. Babies

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Birthday wish list

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 information

The Lighthouse

I'm happy that I finished a book despite the fact that time for reading is still limited.


I finished


- The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes.
I wrote on GOOREADS:
" Mihir' review over at Fantasy Book Critic inspired to buy a digital copy of this first book in THE TIES THAT BIND trilogy which is a the same time the debut novel of Rob J. Hayes and it is a strong debut!

After reading a third of the book there was no other way out than to buy the rest of the trilogy which I did.

This is a really dark and gritty fantasy novel with strong and impressive characters. Don't expect heroes in golden armour.

For more information I recommend to read Mihir's review over at Fantasy Book Critic.




Only a small progress of 47 pages.



No progress

- 347 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.
177 pages left until the end.


- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.


- 76 pages in The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
One more Victorian crime series.So far it is convincing and therefore I bought a copy of the second book in the series.

- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 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

This week I received just one paperback copy which I ordered in advance.

The Shadow Master (pb, 24th of June 2014) [ISBN: 978-0857665157] by Craig Cormick

"In a land riven with plague, inside the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control: the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation.

And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack...

Assassination; ancient, impossible machines; torture and infamy – just another typical day in paradise." [Source]

Medici, Leonardo, Galileo ... that sounds very Italian. I look forward to read the description of the walled city in order to see if there is a relation to a real world town or not.
Author Craig Cormick talked about The Shadow Master and the sequel which is set in a Venice-like city,  in a guest post over at Fantasy Book Critic.




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...






Stealing Artwork
It happens again and again. There is no respect for artists and their work. I like steampunk a lot and I follow several steampunk blogs. Unfortunately I have a post back log which is the reason why I did not talk about the shamelessly  theft of steampunk art by an app developer.
Read the full story over at the Traveler's Steampunk Blog:

Game developers stealing Steampunk Artwork




Mr Nicholas Culpeper
There are a lot of fantasy novels and fantasy games where herbs play a role. Mr Culpeper worked on the so called medical astrology and he is the author of a famous book about herbs which is still available. That does not sound extraordinary but change immediately with the publishing year of the book: 1653 !
If you would to get to know a bit more about Mr Culpeper then I recommend following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:
 
Herbalist, astrologer, republican and altruist - meet the talented Mr Culpeper
by Anna Belfrage




Cars with propellers Over at Dark Roasted Blend started a new post series with tons of pictures. Have a look at There is a post series





Babies
I admit that this a somewhat misleading title. In fact I do not want to talk about babies. I would like to take you back in history to the Middle Ages. What do you know about pregnancy in the Middle Ages? I admit I did not have any knowledge about it. Fortunately there are blogs like The History Girls who cover topics which you do not find in the daily newspapers or within social medias.  There a some English 18
SALT AND CRUSHED ROSES - Medieval pregnancy and neonatal care 
 By Elizabeth Chadwick


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 do not share a movie trailer with you.
Instead I want to talk about my upcoming birthday next month. Especially I want to talk about the top of my birthday wish list.
The number one on my wish list is a four years old PS3 game!
It is from Rockstar,  the developer of the famous Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series. May daughter played several GTA games. I must say that I was not really interested in the GTA series.
I prefer to walk or to ride like in the game my wife and I currently play. It is another "old" PS3 title:  Two Worlds II
But that is another story.
Le me come back to the game I want:
"America, early 1900's. The era of the cowboy is coming to an end."
This is the beginning of the game description. I'm sure some of you know now the name of the game....


I talk about Red Dead Redemption

I watched reviews and game plays and I'm keen to ride together with John Marston.
This is an epic western game with a breathtaking landscape, amazing characters,  awesome music and a great story. It is like a good old Hollywood western transformed into a video game.

The following three videos should give you an impression.

"7 Things You Should Know About Red Dead Redemption"


Red Dead Redemption Review by IGN


Red Dead Redemption Short Film by John Hillcoat
"The director of The Road and The Proposition, John Hillcoat, brings you an entirely digital Western short film. It uses Rockstar's rich open world in Red Dead Redemption to tell the story of John Marston's struggle in the new American Frontier." [Source]





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.

TV, radio , Internet, newspapers and books, they all deliver a cornucopia of information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. How to cope with this tsunami of information? It is more than a challenge. The following quote is more than 65 years old but still up-to-date ......


"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

Gertrude Stein, US author in France, 1874 - 1946

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1425

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Hello and welcome to issue #1425 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
the FIFA 2014 World Cup is still going on. Tonight I will watch the second game  of the German team. Work keeps me really busy and unfortunately I do not sleep well as our tomcat disturb us with loud and long lasting meow. I hope that will change soon.
Beside that I'm happy that the heat did not return so far.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Buccaneers
  2. Shadowy oil pictures
  3. A villain

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

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 motivation

The Lighthouse

I read only 47 pages last week. I was too tired after work.



I finished

no book



I'm

- 157 pages in The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes.
Only a small progress of 47 pages.



No progress

- 347 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.
177 pages left until the end.


- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.


- 76 pages in The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
One more Victorian crime series.So far it is convincing and therefore I bought a copy of the second book in the series.

- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 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

I fed my reader with copies of two digital books which I bought.

 Author Michael J Sullivan is known for his excellent The Riyria Revelations. In April 2014 his first science fiction has been published:

Hollow World (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00FYUUIN0] by Michael J Sullivan
"The future is coming...for some, sooner than others.

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.

Welcome to the future and a new sci-fantasy thriller from the bestselling author of The Riyria Revelations." [Source]
Will be interesting to see how the author deals with science fiction instead of fantasy.


Let's have a look at the second book which is a debut novel. From time to time I like to read books set in a dystopian world. The description of Barricade sounded interesting and as the price was cheap, I bought a copy of

Barricade (digital, June 2014) [KINDLE ASIN: B00HRXQ1CY] by Jon Wallace.
"Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead.

A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, BARRICADE is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post- apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec.

Kenstibec is a member of the 'Ficial' race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another.

The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles.

On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant King with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity too." [Source]


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



Blogosphere

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






Buccaneers
I was not aware that there is a difference between buccaneers and pirates. Thanks to following post I found over at the English Historical Fiction Authors I know now a bit more about it. In case you are interested in, have a look at

Buccaneers: How they changed the world forever



Shadowy oil paintings
I'm fascinated by special oil paintings which I found over at  the WebUrbanist. The painting of modern  sky lines in oil-based paint is extraordinary. Have a look at

Gritty City: Dark Oils Capture Essence of Bustling Urbanity




A villain
There a some English 18th century villains who found the way into literature. There is an interesting post about one of them over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:
 
Jack Sheppard, Extraordinary Thief 
by Regina Jeffers




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.

Sometime ago I shared with you the trailer of the upcoming science fiction adventure Guardians of the Galaxy which showed more funny scenes. Now a second trailer is available which shows that there is more in the movie. Have a look.


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


Quotes

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

I want to read books, I want to write reviews. That means I'm motivated. But I lack the energy to set myself into motion ......


"We know nothing about motivation. All we can of is write books about it.

Peter Drucker, Austrian-born, American, management writer, 1909 - 2005

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1424

4 comments
Hello and welcome to issue #1424 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
are you interested in soccer? In case your answer is yes, you will know that the  FIFA 2014 World Cup started on last Thursday in Brazil.
Of course I will watch at least the first three games of the German team.  I know that this will reduce my time for reading but I want to see these games.
Fortunately the temperature dropped and I feel better.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Ancient Chinese Game Boards
  2. Special Glass Loaves
  3. The Winners of the Gemmell Awards 2014

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Z plus AGoT

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 mistakes.

The Lighthouse
I did nor find much time for reading last week. Fortunately there has been a public holiday in Germany on Monday last week which I used to finish a book. It seems I need to reserve two hours per day for reading. Without that there will be not much progress.


I finished

- Ghost in the Machine (digital 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B007U7GQHM] by Ed James
"Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders has only been three months in CID as a full DC. He is assigned a Missing Persons case which has stretched his uniform colleagues. Caroline Adamson - a young, recently divorced mother from Edinburgh - has disappeared whilst on a date. The more Cullen digs into her disappearance, the more he unravels her private life. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce from Rob Thomson? As Cullen's own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates, Caroline's body turns up and he finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine. 

Book one of the Scott Cullen series." [Source]


I wrote on GOODREADS:
First in series of the cases of Detective Constable Scott Cullen set in Scotland.
I really liked this police procedural novel. Schoolbook which is the Facebook in Scott Cullen's world and plays an important role.

I will definitely continue to read the series
."


ATTENTION
If you like to read police procedural novels then I recommend to give Ghost in the Machine a try.
You still can get the new digital version for free over at Amazon DE - UK - US
with an new cover




I'm

- 110 pages in The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes.
It is indeed dark and grim and character focussed.



No progress

- 347 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.
177 pages left until the end.


- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.


- 76 pages in The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
One more Victorian crime series.So far it is convincing and therefore I bought a copy of the second book in the series.

- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 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

I fed my reader with copies of three digital books. I bought two of them and got the third one for free.

The first book I bought is the third book in the Scott Cullen series by Ed James.

Fire in the Blood (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00B6RFDX0] by Ed James
"Book 3 in a series of Edinburgh-based police procedurals starring DC Scott Cullen which have been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride.

Dunpender Distillery in East Lothian is steeped in the traditions of whisky-making. Approaching the distillery's centenary, a special edition is being readied for blending when something unexpected is found - one of the two barrels contains a male human body, battered and unrecognisable.

Detective Constable Scott Cullen, caught up in the maelstrom of managerial positioning surrounding the impending merger of Lothian & Borders into the Scottish Police Service, is sent out east again. Cullen is soon delving into the ancient history of the Crombie family, owners of the distillery, and investigating the disappearances of the owner's son, Iain Crombie, and an employee, Paddy Kavanagh, who both went missing around the time the whisky was distilled. Cullen is soon contending with the skeletons in the closets at the Distillery, DI Bain's desire for a quick collar and too many suspects with plausible motives, and finds himself hunting for a killer with fire in the blood." [Source]

Let's have a look at the second book which is a debut novel which got me with the following line:  "In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, ..."


Shield and Crocus (pb and dgital, 10th of June 2014) [ISBN: 978-1477823903; KINDLE ASIN: B00HWI5OOK] by Michael R. Underwood.

"In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it. The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious ?Spark-storms? that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people?a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city's overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well?that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It's one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it's another thing to actually triumph.

In this stunning, original tale of magic and revolution, Michael R. Underwood creates a cityscape that rivals Ambergris and New Crobuzon in its depth and populates it with heroes and villains that will stay with you forever. [Source]
To be honest, after reading "In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, ..." I knew immediately that I want a copy of this book. What an interesting setting.

I got the digital copy of the third book for free.
The science fiction novel Flight of Icarus (digital, April 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B00J9XE99C] by  Alex Alexander
is the first book in the new Icarus Risen series.  The description did not sound extraordinary but I like to read science fiction from time to time and I like to give unknown authors - let me be more precise, uknown to me -  a try.
"Mankind has spread throughout the galaxy thanks to the development of Slip Stream tech. These large gateways are shortcuts through space time which create the illusion of faster than light travel. Following the last great war, ImperiuM Space is a place of order and predictability, at least for the majority.

To deal with those on the fringes, the Human Empire uses licensed couriers. It’s a benign title for anything ranging from assassin to bounty hunter. Ex-soldier Jubal takes on one final contract as a favor to an old friend. In doing so he must confront his past, which may or may not be his thanks to implanted memories. Unable to protect those closest to him, Jubal teams up with rival Zamera. The two quickly become the hunted as they flee to parts of the galaxy most human never knew existed.

This is the first book in the Icarus Risen series and includes a preview of book 2: Gift of Prometheus." [Source]



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



Blogosphere

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



Ancient Chinese Game Boards
Plying games has a long history in China and Japan. Today we still can have a look at really old game boards as the following post over at t  Dark Roasted Blend demonstrates:

Let's "Go!": Ancient Chinese Game Boards



Special Glass Loaves
I really admire people who adapt old techniques. There is an impressive example shown over at the WebUrbanist


Loaves of Art: Classical Works Revealed in Slices of Glass




The Winners of the Gemmell Awards 2014

Congratulations to

- Jason Chan, who won the Ravenheart Award for best cover art for the cover of Mark Lawrence's Emperor of Thorns



- Brian McClellan,  who won the Morning Star Award for the best debut novel with romise of Blood which is the first book in the Powder Mage Trilogy
Promise of Blood (hc and digital, April 2013) [ISBN-13:  978-0356501994; Amazon Kindle ASIN: B009SS9614 ] by Brian McClellan

"The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.
It's a bloody business overthrowing a king... Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.
But when gods are involved... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should..." [Source]



- Mark Lawrence, who won the Legend Award with Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] which is the final book in the Broken Empire trilogy.
 
For details have a look at the official site and read the post by Mark Lawrence.




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.

What do you get when you mix Zelda and Games of Thrones together? 
The following video shows the result. It is amazing for everyone who likes Zelda and Games of Thrones like I do.

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.

During my holiday I gained weight. Therefore I'm now on a diet. In principle I agree with following quote. Fortunately I drink enough water in form of tea. That helps me to suppress appetite.


"Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce, Irish author, 1882 - 1941

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1423

2 comments
Hello and welcome to issue #1423 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
finally I'm back. The break lasted longer as planned.
I feel a lot better compared to the time before my holiday.
I think you can imagine how my mail accounts looked like after my holiday and not to forget the more than 1000 unread blog posts. It spent some evenings last week to read them and to answer the mails will take some time.

This weekend we face temperatures beyond 30 C° (= 86 F). I can't cope will with such temperatures. I get angry and tired.

That is one reason why you get this issue of the Weekend Wave on Sunday instead on Saturday.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
  2. You Rock Award
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 Teaser
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
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The Lighthouse

From the six books of my holiday reading list I did not finish one, finished three and started reading two. Beside that I finished two more books. In sum I read eight books in May.
As expected return to work and hot weather slowed down my reading progress. I admit that the number of books in progress looks confusing. It just reflects my changing moods and my reading depends more and more on my mood. 


I did not finish

Yellow Blue Tibia (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0575083585] by Adam Roberts.
It does not happen that often that I do not finish a book.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I really, really wanted to like this books because the description was promising.
I stopped reading after 87 pages because I did not like the style and I could not really connect with the main characters.
As I did not finish the book, I do not rate this book."

I finished

- WILD CARDS I (pb, 2012; first published in 1987) [ISBN: 978-0765365071] edited by George R.R. Martin
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I must say I liked two thirds of the story. As expected with so many authors the the style and the quality differs from story to story.

It is like a sandbox."



- Frankenstorm (digital, 6th of May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00G9ABZNQ] by Ray Garton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The book did not match my expectations. I really liked the stories of several characters. But the title is totally misleading. The storm plays a minor role."

- The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is definitely epic fantasy. It may not present totally new tropes but there is much more behind the story as one thinks at first sight. I like the characters and their development.
Anyway one should be aware that there is a lot of fighting in the book- all battle scenes are described in an excellent manner.

I look forward to read the sequel."



- Necessary Evil (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" A more than worthy final book to end the Milkweed Triptych.

A book with a stubborn character who is full of love, passion, determination, endurance and will.

The whole series is one of the best alternate history series I read so far."




- The Suicide Exhibition (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091955977] by Justin Richards.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I have had expectations and for me this alternate history hit the bulls eye.
Normally I do not read that much WW II and Nazi stories.
But this one is a hit because it is so much more than just the question about who will win the war.
Interesting characters, interesting twist and turns, and, and,...

I can't wait to red the sequel THE BLOOD RED CITY ..."


 
- The Devil's Grin (pb and digital, first in 2012 [ISBN: 978-1481262262; Kindle ASIN: B00B7KGYAW] by Annelie Wendeberg
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" First of all I want to say that this is a short but well written and well executed Sherlock Holmes approach.
From my point of view it is a real challenge to install a new character in the world of Sherlock Holmes.
It is no more longer a secret that the main character Anna Kronberg is a woman in disguise. She is a tough and very intelligent woman on the same level as Holmes.
Nevertheless she is no replacement for Watson.

But there is one thing which hindered me to give five stars. It is difficult for me to find the right words to describe. For me "The Devil's Grin" sounds too modern.
I miss the "Victorian feeling/atmosphere" which I appreciate so much in books like
- "The Devil of Euston Square" by William Sutton
- "The Incendiary's Trail" by James McCreet
- " Mayhem" by Sarah Pinborough
- " Caversham Lock" by Michael Stewart Conway
- " Caversham Road" by Michael Stewart Conway
- " Shadow of the Serpent by David Ashton
- " Dodger" by James Benmore"



I'm

- 347 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.
177 pages left until the end.

- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.

- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.

- 60 pages in The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes.
I read some good reviews and I must say I like the setting, the characters and the atmosphere. I liked it that much that I bought digital copies of the rest of the trilogy.

- 76 pages in The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
One more Victorian crime series.So far it is convincing and therefore I bought a copy of the second book in the series.


No progress

- 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,


YOU ROCK AWARD

Something special happened to me during my absence. I received an award!!

Author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh does something special every year:
"Every year, I select a handful of blogger buddies and highlight them. I keep making new friends, so it doesn’t get any easier as the years pass! The people below are very special to me, and I hope you’ll read why and then pay them a visit." [Source]

On 26th of May 2014 he posted his fifth annual You Rock Awards!

And to my surprise .....


"Edi at Edi’s Book Lighthouse

I met Edi four years ago while searching for book bloggers who reviewed science fiction. Not only did he agree to review CassaStar, he posted the most amazing review just before its release. I’d already become a fan of his blog, and from that point onward, we became more than reviewer and author – we became friends. Sometimes you just need someone who ‘gets you’ and understands the heart behind what you write. Edi is that person. We have a lot in common and I always trust his judgment. If we ever get the opportunity to speak in person (he lives in Germany) I know we’d discuss books, movies, ideas, and life well into the night. Edi, honored to be your friend – and to know you by your real name.
Edi, you rock!"[Source]

Thank you so much Alex. I means a lot to me.

 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

In the past weeks I bought a few digital copies

The following two books belong to a series based on an interesting idea and I got the copies for in sum less than one Euro!!!
"Morin's first fantasy series, the Twinborn Trilogy explores the idea that while we sleep, some of us see through the eyes of another version of ourselves in another world. The connection works both ways and allows for transferring knowledge of magic and technology between worlds that might otherwise be unprepared for it." [Source]
Follow these links for more information about the author J.S. Morin and his Twinborn Trilogy.
He follows idea in his new series The Mad Tinker Chronicles. So far two books are available.

Book I
Mad Tinker's Daughter (digital, February 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IQBW30K] by by J.S. Morin
"The world told her No. She didn’t listen.

Madlin Errol is heiress to the greatest fortune in Tellurak. Her father, the Mad Tinker, has built an empire by crafting devices that no one else in the world could match. Madlin grew up spoiled, given everything she could wish for: the finest tools, all the raw metals she could ask for, and a workshop of her very own. Yet in her sleep, she lives another life, in another world.

Korr...a world where humans are subjugated, working menial jobs or even enslaved. The ruling kuduks treat them like talking animals. In that world, Madlin is known as Rynn, a girl who grew up without her parents, mired in the depths of an underground city, sleeping in a boiler room. But unlike so many of her fellow humans, she has seen a world where there are no limits. She, and a growing number of human rebels, have begun to fight back."[Source]


Book II
Rebel Skyforce (digital, May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KI5Z7DM] by J.S. Morin
"They won the battle, but the war has just begun.

After escaping Eversall Deep in what has become known as the Great Slave Revolt, Rynn and her fellow rebels are on the run. In their stolen airships, they must evade airships from nations across Korr as they seek to found a headquarters for the Human Rebellion.

Meanwhile, on Tinker’s Island, Cadmus works to build a new world-ripper from the plans he stole. Can he finish building it before his former owner constructs one of his own? Madlin could be a great aid to him, but she is having enough trouble just getting home, with two troublesome Veydran twinborn in tow.

The result is a tinker’s chess match, played between opponents sitting across worlds from one another. May the best inventor win!" [Source]



As described above I started with one more Victorian crime series. I talk about Alex Grecian's Scotland Yard Murder Squad which consists of three novels and a short story. The fourth book is in progress.

Book I
The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
"Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . .When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why?

Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist. [Source]
There is a book trailer available for


Book II
The Black Country (hc, pb, digital 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399159336; pb ISBN-13: 978-1405912495;Kindle ASIN:  B00CQDMX5Y] by Alex Grecian
"Scotland Yard's Murder Squad returns, in the stunning new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national best seller The Yard.

The British Midlands. It's called the "Black Country" for a reason. Bad things happen there.

When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

Not even the arrival of forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley seems to help. In fact, the more the three of them investigate, the more they realize they may never be allowed to leave...." [Source]



Sometimes I takes some time until a book appears on my radar.
London Falling (digital, 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER81ZU] by Paul Cornell is one of these books.
"The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal.
Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law – until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.
As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it." [Source]
London Falling is the first book in the James Quill series. I'm really interested in if I like the mix of police procedural and urban fantasy elements.


Publisher Gollancz promoted the following book. One could get a cheap digital copy for a certain period of time. A promising description and a good cover in combination with a low price convinced me to order a copy in advance of
In Dark Service (digital, May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IXTQ9QY] by Stephen Hunt
"Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He's living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter ...on those occasions when he isn't having to bail him out of one scrape or another. His days of adventure are - thankfully - long behind him. Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind with boredom. He's bored by his humdrum life, frustrated that his father won't live a little, and longs for the bright lights and excitement of anywhere-but-here. He's longing for an opportunity to escape, and test himself against whatever the world has to offer. Carter is going to get his opportunity. He's caught up in a village fight, kidnapped by slavers and, before he knows it, is swept to another land. A lowly slave, surrounded by technology he doesn't understand, his wish has come true: it's him vs. the world. He can try to escape, he can try to lead his fellow slaves, or he can accept the inevitable and try to make the most of the short, brutal existence remaining to him...unless Jacob gets to him first and, no matter the odds, he intends to. No one kidnaps his son and gets away with it - and if it come to it, he'll force Kings to help him on his way, he'll fight, steal, blackmail and betray his friends in the name of bringing Carter home. Wars will be started. Empires will fall. And the Carnehan family will be reunited, one way or another..." [Source]



Above I told you that I started to read The Heresy Within (digital, January 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCWWTYY] by Rob J. Hayes. After reading 60 pages I decided to buy copies of the two remaining books in the The Ties that Bind trilogy.

Book II
The Colour of Vengeance (digital, April 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00CCTFYEO] by Rob J. Hayes
"The Colour of Vengeance is the second book of the debut trilogy, The Ties that Bind by Rob J. Hayes.

Beaten, battered and damned near broken with a bounty on his head so large he’s tempted to turn himself in, the Black Thorn finds himself on trial for the crime of being him. Despite the impending probability of death he has but one thought on his mind; taking revenge against the Arbiter who took his eye.

In order to carry out his vengeance Thorn must first escape Sarth and recruit a new crew, each one with their own designs on revenge." [Source]


Book III
The Price of Faith (Digital, April 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN B00CCVVJVE] by Rob J. Hayes 

"The Price of Faith is the third book of the debut trilogy, The Ties that Bind by Rob J. Hayes.

Separated and miserable, Thanquil Darkheart and Jezzet Vel’urn both have their reasons for wanting to leave the Dragon Empire. Jezzet flees from the wrathful fury of an Empress scorned while accompanied by the ever insidious Drake Morrass and Thanquil sets out to find and judge his one heretical loose end." [Source]







A Teaser
In January 2014 I praised 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. Now I wait for the sequel.  Master of Plagues should hit the shelves in December 2014.
During my holiday the author posted a first teaser.
"Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…"
For me the teaser sounds very promising!


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...



Antique Digital Calculators
Isn't the use of the words antique and digital together an oxymoron? Maybe ....   But when you look at following post over at  Dark Roasted Blend, it fits perfectly for the showed items.
Have a look at

Antique Digital Calculators & Other Steampunk Gear



Shared photographs of Victorian London
During my holidays author  Annelie Wendeberg continued to share photographs of Victorian London which she found in a rare book during research for her books. Have a look at

The Queen’s London. A Pictorial and Descriptive Record (Part 3)




Colorful Language
I like to read about the English language and its change during the centuries. There was no wait I out to skip the following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:

Pudding sleeves, Finger Posts, and Mr. Prunella: A little colorful language for the parson 
by Maria Grace

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.

I did not find a movie trailer which I would like to share with you.
I remember the time when I had time to play computer and video games. I hope these times will come back. And with trailers like the following one my wish to play is rising.

Attention! There is a lot of blood and violence within the trailer.


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.

During my holiday I gained weight. Therefore I'm now on a diet. In principle I agree with following quote. Fortunately I drink enough water in form of tea. That helps me to suppress appetite.


"Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.

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