Sunday, November 30, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave isse #1149

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Hello and welcome to issue #1448 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
my posts in November 2014 mirror more or less the time I could/can spend for the blog.
Now I look forward to a few days off which will give me the opportunity to come at least with one more review.
The veterinarian confirmed that our tomcat suffers from diabetes. He needs know every twelve hours an insulin injection. That means we have had to adjust our daily life in order to delivery the injections in time.

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. Troll Bridge Architecture
  2. Liquid History
  3. Julia Pastrana

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Jurassic World

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 undo

The Lighthouse
Again I surprised myself with my reading progress. I finished two more books and continued one of my current readings.


I finished



This has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. Characters easily to follow, to adore and to hate. What an incredible swashbuckling, gritty, dark story full of action, intelligent conversation, twist and turns, revelations and emotions.

I'm totally keen to read the next book in the "GREYCOATS" series and hope it will be published soon!"


I finished

- The Tainted Price the second book in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I bought the complete Oliver Quintrell Trilogy.
But as these are three books, I want to count them as three different books.

Therefore I will rate the first two books separately and the third book within the trilogy entry.

Wow!
The second book continues on the high level of the first book. Compared to the first book there is some more action.
"


- The Second Staircase (digital 2009) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0031RS7HC] by Christopher Fowler which is the fourth book in the Bryant and May Mystery
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I love the series and I love this book too.

For me it is so much more than just another crime case.

This is a book about London, about history, about people coping with age in a changing world.
I highly appreciate the character development. Maybe that has something to do with my own age. I'm not sure if I would have like the story in the same way when I have been thirty years younger."



I'm


- 497 pages in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
Finished the second book. Another excellent read!

-166 pages in  Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
I'm impressed. This book delivers tons of naval details which force me to use a dictionary quite often. Beside that I like the characters.
Nothing to add to my previous comment.




No progress

- 172 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.

- 230 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.


- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 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

In the past week one digital copy found a new home on my reader.
I read several reviews which praised the following book and as I found a good offer, I bought a digital copy of The Northern Sunrise (digital, March 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Rob J. Hayes. This is something completely different compared to the previous grim dark fantasy The Ties that Bind trilogy.
"The Northern Sunrise is a stand alone book by the author of The Ties that Bind trilogy. Set in a new world of corruption, deceit and thievery; mixing magical fantasy and alchemy-punk with a healthy smattering of airshippery.

There comes a point in every thief's life where one has to take stock of all that they have achieved. We have stolen almost everything there is worth stealing: Prince Henri's Jadefire ring, the Marquisse d'Bola's collection of prized toy soldiers, Elize Gion's Living Autumn, the very first airship schematic, and who could forget we definitely made off with Baron Rivette's pride.

The trick, I find, is not to break in. No. The trick is to convince the mark to invite you in."." [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...


Troll Bridge Architecture
I admit that I did not know that troll bridge architecture exist. That changed with the following enlightening blog entry:



Liquid History
That sounds nice. but what does it mean? Is it a part of history covering the history of alcoholic drinks? I may disappoint you when I answer the question with "NO".  The header of  of the following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors contain the answer:



Julia Pastrana
Ever heard the name before? Maybe you have seen pictures of the woman born in the mountains of Western Mexico in 1834. If you want to know more about Julia Pastrana and her fate then you should visit The Public Domain Review and read






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.

21 years ago Jurassic Park hit the cinemas which I still remember.
In June 2015 Jurassic World will appear on the big screen. I know the story sounds familiar. Nevertheless I want to see the movie. I like what I saw in the trailer and to be honest a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur is something promising. An intelligent dinosaur on the hunt ....



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.

Life does not include an "undo" button like many computer programs and video games. An insight which is much older than computer programs and video games as following quote confirm ...............


"What's done cannot be undone.

William Shakespeare, English dramatist, 1564 - 1616, Macbeth, Act V, sc. 1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE VOID - A new chapter in the TANNER SEQUENCE by Timothy S. Johnston

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Dear Readers,

on Sunday, 23rd of November 2014 I posted my review of The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the first book in the science fiction murder mystery series The Tanner Sequence.
My review of the second book -The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] - is in progress.

Today I can share good news with all fans and soon to be fans of The Tanner Sequence.
Author Timothy S. Johnston has been so kind to offer me brand new information including cover revelation of the next book in the series:


THE VOID 
is coming March 30, 2015.

The Void 
A Tanner Sequence Novel 
(digital, 30th March 2015) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI]


A Tanner Sequence Novel
Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. 
But when his ship breaks down in interstellar space and another murderer starts carving a path through the people around him, Tanner realizes that he might be in over his head. Unfortunately there’s no one to call for help, and the days are ticking down to his probable death. He’s facing a mysterious threat in deep space, but he knows that if he can’t decipher the clues and capture the killer, he’ll at least die trying …

The Void is coming from Timothy S. Johnston and Carina Press on March 30, 2015.
All books in The Tanner Sequence series can be read without knowing the other ones.
Each book delivers a standalone murder mysteries set in unique and claustrophobic environments.

BUT
I highly recommend to read the books in the released order because that give you the opportunity to follow the character development of Lieutenant Kyle Tanner.

The Tanner Sequence
The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2]  available
The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] available
The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] READY FOR PRE-ORDER


 
Meet the author and his books over at
Author's Website
Facebook
Twitter
GOODREADS


Monday, November 24, 2014

Britannia's Shark - The next chapter in the Dawlish Chronicles by Antione Vanner

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Dear Readers,

a while ago I discovered the naval fiction series Dawlish Chronicles by Antoine Vanner.
Of course this is not the one and only naval fiction series.
That leads inescapably to the question "What does make the series so special?

The first argument is the period the series is set in.
The Dawlish Chronicles cover the years from 1859 to 1918. Do you remember history lessons at school? The period is characterised by a rapid political and technological development which culminated in World War I.
From naval point of view it was the transition from "sail and wood" to "steam and steel".

The second argument is the main character: Nicholas Dawlish (1845 - 1918)
There is no dictionary entry for person with this name and the reason is simple:
Nicholas Dawlish is a completely fictional character invented by  Antoine Vanner but with an own biography which you can read by following THIS LINK.

Nicholas Dawlish's life it is a great , entertaining, emotional and informative adventure which started with Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] and covers the period September 1877 to February 1878.
The following Britannia's Reach  (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00I9I8DWC] covers the period November 1879 to April 1880.

So far I read and enjoyed Britannia's Wolf.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"There are still many untold stories of British naval history from Victorian times. Especially when it comes to the change from wooden and wind driven to steel made and stream driven war ships.

Fortunately there are authors like Antoine Vanner who did an excellent job in telling an excellent historical naval fiction from a lesser known conflict.

Nicholas Dawlish is a tough main character with a deeply hidden soft spot.
Sometimes I felt a little bit over strained by the the level of sea battle details.

A more than promising start of the Dawlish Chronicles.
Recommended to everyone who likes strong and detailed naval historical fiction."


Now the third chapter is on the way. Due to information from Antoine Vanner Britannia's Shark should be available in early December 2014.


 

Britannia's Shark  
(digital and paperback, Decmber 2014) 

"It’s 1881 and a daring act of piracy draws the ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, into a deadly maelstrom of intrigue and revolution. Drawn in too is his wife Florence, for whom the glimpse of a half-forgotten face evokes memories of earlier tragedy. For both a nightmare lies ahead, amid the wealth and squalor of America’s Gilded Age and on a fever-ridden island ruled by savage tyranny. Manipulated ruthlessly from London by the shadowy Admiral Topcliffe, Nicholas and Florence Dawlish must make some very strange alliances if they are to survive – and prevail."



For more information about Antoine Vanner and the Dawlish Chronicles please visit
Author's Website
Author's Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Edi's Spotlight: The Furnace by Timothy S Johnston

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Dear Readers,

it is science fiction time. Time warp ..... into the year 2401 AD.
This is the first case of investigator Lieutenant Kyle Tanner from CCF (= Confederated Combined Forces).

Origin
In August 2014 I visited Sci-Fi Fan Letter. Since then I own copies of two more digital books.
I read both - I finished the second one on 2012-09-22 - and liked them a lot.

I talk about the science fiction series The Tanner Sequence  by Timothy S. Johnston, so far consisting of The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2]  and The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E]. The title of the next book is The Void and is coming in early 2015.


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:


The Furnace (digital 2013) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2

"Dead Space, 2401 AD

Kyle Tanner is about to die. Alone, floating in a vacsuit only a few million kilometers from a massive, uncaring sun, he has barely enough time or juice to get out a distress signal before either his oxygen runs out or he succumbs to the radiation.

When the CCF sent investigator Kyle Tanner to SOLEX One, a solar energy harvester past Mercury, he thought it would be an open-and-shut murder case. A crew member was found dead, minus his head and hands. Not the worst Tanner has ever seen, but the deeper he delves, the more nightmarish it becomes. A shadowy figure, bleeding from his hands, assaults Tanner in his quarters. Then two more turn up dead, missing their heads and hands as well.

With no one to trust and everyone a suspect—even the intriguing chief engineer, Shaheen—Tanner must navigate a crew on the brink of madness to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the whole of the human race. Even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice…" [Source]


The Delivery
The 334 pages are divided into five main parts which are subdivided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters followed by an epilogue. Narration is in first person via main character Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.

 The book description delivers a good summary of what to expect from The Furnace. I wrote a first impression over at GOODREADS but I thought this book deserve an extended praise to raise the interest in a book which delivers hours of excellent entertainment. Or as I said:
The Furnace .... took me by storm.


As explained in the description the story starts nearly at the end of the story. In the supposed to be last hours in his life, investigator Lieutenant Kyle Tanner records the events of the past days.

Immediately I felt the heat from the sun, my pulse raised in fear of radiation and I lost contact to my surrounding.
Kyle Tanner is an experienced investigator with a lot of success. He is also analytical and has the right gut feeling. The way Kyle Tanner works reminded my of a famous detective from Victorian era ...... The energy harvester SOLEX One is the crime scene and all crew members are under suspicion. It is like an over dimensional locked room.

During the investigation Timothy S. Johnston delivers scientific stuff. He does it in an entertaining and believable way. Instead of bombarding the reader with tons of scientific terms, he let the scientists on board explain things to Kyle Tanner
and these explanations are the proof that the author definitely spent time for research.

The investigation itself is intricate due to the number of suspects, their relationship within the group, the opinions of the suspects about the government and society and the technological aspect of the crime.

Interrogation can be very boring and exhausting. Fortunately The Furnace shows the contrary. It does not take long and the reader starts guessing fuelled by new information on all areas.
I should not forget to tell you that Kyle Tanner's past which is revealed slowly has a certain impact especially on his private live.

The murder of more crew members boil and speed up the story and a love affair complicates Kyle Tanner's work. It is also the time we learn something new about him. For me it was like Kyle Tanner turns into a kind of John McClane, well-known from the Die Hard movies. It is the time when the detective story turns into a breathtaking, emotional and irresistible space action thriller.  Sometimes I nearly forgot to breathe.

I was quite happy that the end was different compared to the one I expected. Even the case is solved by then, there are several questions left unanswered which means stuff  for more books to come.


The Inevitable


 A crime has been committed. 
A famous investigator gets the order to find the killer. 
Sounds like a description I read one thousand times before. 
That is true. 

But that is also the point where the similarities to these stories end. The Furnace takes place in 2401 AD. The crime scene is SOLEX ONE, a research station orbiting the sun. The investigator is Lieutenant Kyle Tanner from CCF (= Confederated Combined Forces).

What starts as an usual investigation at an unusual place turns into much more.
Revenge, treason, conspiracy, scientific invention, a pinch of love, action, fleshed characters which develop and whom you will eagerly follow are the ingredients of The Furnace which took me by storm.

I have had a great and entertaining time with Kyle Tanner and other characters and all my guesses went wrong.

 Looking for a scifi crime which is more than a scifi crime then give The Furnace a try. I would like to see this story on a big screen. The good thing is there will be at least two more books starring Kyle Tanner. For more information about The Tanner Sequence series I recommend to visit the official site.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave #1447

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Hello and welcome to issue #1447 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
finally I'm back - more or less. It is crazy how work keeps me busy. Beside that we have to take care on our sick tomcat..
Let me give you a short update.
My wife took our tomcat to the veterinarian twice in the past days. There seems to a sparkle of light. Now we know for sure that he has a problem with the heart, he is nearly deaf, he does not see well and he suffers from diabetes.
Next week there will be an ultrasonic testing of the internal organs in order to exclude more health problems. If there are no more other health problems then it is possible that he will live - how long nobody knows. Anyway with diabetes he needs daily injections and he needs special food.
We hope the best.
I really wanted to write  more reviews in 2014 than in 2013 but I failed. Nevertheless I work on improvements in this area for 2015.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. What to read in the remaining days of 2014
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. Tiny Flip Books
  2. Sherlock Holmes exhibition
  3. The largest warship in the world in 1802
  4. 32-pounder
  5. One song two versions

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Homesman

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 animals

The Lighthouse
In the last 14 days I finished four books and started to reads two new books. I hope to find enough time to finish some more books until the end of 2014.


I finished

- Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht.  
This is an awesome steampunk novel written in German by the fantastic Chris Schlicht.

- Floating Gold which is the first book in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I bought the complete Oliver Quintrell Trilogy. But as these are three books, I want to count them as three different books.

Therefore I will rate the first two books separately and the third book within the trilogy entry.

What shall I say? A naval fiction without pirates and naval battles. Instead a great mix of mystery, treasure hunt and naval fiction with a cast of interesting characters.

I enjoyed it a lot."


- Traitor's Blade (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00HEG6UGG] by Sebastien de Castell 
I wrote on GOODREADS:
 "This debut novel really impressed me.

This has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. Characters easily to follow, to adore and to hate. What an incredible swashbuckling, gritty, dark story full of action, intelligent conversation, twist and turns, revelations and emotions.

I'm totally keen to read the next book in the "GREYCOATS" series and hope it will be published soon!"


- TimeRiders: The Infinity Cage (2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337203] by by Alex Scarrow.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The last and final book in the series.
I read the book in one day.
After 300 pages there was still no hint how the story would end and I was near the edge of diappointment.
But the last 100 pages have been most satisfying.
There is even the possibility to return to the main characters one day.

Until then there is enough stuff to think about.

What a great time travel series with a worthy final!!"



I'm


- 253 pages in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
Finished the first book. Excellent!

-125 pages in  Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
I'm impressed. This book delivers tons of naval details which force me to use a dictionary quite often. Beside that I like the characters.
Nothing to add to my previous comment.




No progress

- 172 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.

- 230 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.


- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 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

In the past two weeks I just one digital copy.
HMS Surprise (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian which is the third book in the famous Aubrey-Maturin series.
"Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey’s career in Nelson’s navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian sub-continent, and through the archipelago of spice islands where the French have a near-overwhelming superiority.

Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea. Rarely has a historical novelist combined action and lyricism of style in the way that O’ Brian does. His superb sense of place, brilliant characterisation, and a vigour and joy of writing lift O’Brian above any but the most exalted of comparisons." [Source]
Beside that I received today the paperback edition of an unproofed review copy of Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Dear Alex I thank you so much!!
"The ship of legends…
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?" [Source]
My review of  Dragon of the Stars will be available on 1st of March 2015. Furthermore I will be part of the blog tour for 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...


Tiny Flip Books
In case you like tiny flip books then you must visit following post over at the WebUrbanist:


Sherlock Holmes exhibition
Unfortunately I do not have any opportunity to visit London until 12 April 2015 which is a bit sad because I would like to visit the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museam of London. Therefore I'm happy when I can at least read reports from people who visited the exhibition. Here is one I found over at The Cat's Meat Shop:



The largest warship in the world in 1802
A sailing vessel with a crew of 1050 is nearly beyond my imagination. Where did the store all the food and water? How did they sleep?
Margaret Muir author of The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] put together a lot of information about the Santísima Trinidad. Have a look at


Ship smasher
Since I started to read naval fiction I have one more dream: To visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Until my dream willconme true, I enjoy post like the following one by authorAntoine Vanner over at is informative blog Dawlish Chronicles:


One song two versions
I admit I like the Game Of Thrones Theme Song a lot. Since the start of the series more and more versions of the song pop up. Today I want to share with you the following two versions I like too.
The first one may a be a bit unusual because it is polayed ona water jug, pans and glasses but it sounds good.

The second version shows how powerful cellos are.

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 my wife and I were talking about which movies we woild like to see in cinema in December 2014.
On top of the list is The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies followed by Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb starring the unforgettable Robin Williams.


Then I have had a look at the upcoming movies in December 2014 and I found one more most interesting film starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Hilary Swank. I talk about The Homesman, an American perio dram set in the 1850's.to see. I got hooked by the trailer. For me it seems that Tommy Lee Jones is getting better and better the older he gets.



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.

Which animals do you like?  ...............


"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Winston Churchill, British politician, 1874 - 1965

Monday, November 17, 2014

Again no Weekend Wave

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Dear Readers,

as you have recognised in the meantime, there was no Weekend Wave last weekend.
I'm sorry for that.

Last week has not been a pleasant one.

Furthermore our 15 years old tomcat has a lot of health problems. This week we will face the question if life is still worth for him or if we have to decide to euthanize him.

Based on that you may understand that was and I'm still  not in the right mood to write a post.




ENJOY READING

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1445

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Hello and welcome to issue #1445 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
53 days until the end of 2014. 46 days until Christmas. I do not need to think about Christmas presents because my wife and I bought our present several weeks ago: A new sewing machine.
Instead I started to think about which books I want to read until the end of 2014.  It is much more difficult as I assumed. I avoided to make any plans because I know from my experience that most of my reading plans failed. But one thing I know for sure. I want to read more books than the 61 I read in 2009.  I is still a marvel for me how I manged to read 81 books in 2012.

In order to get stressed less I started to listen to game soundtracks. I must say it works partially.
You find a lot of them over at YouTube.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. What to read in the remaining days of 2014
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. Dragon of the Stars cover
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Keyboard and sport
  2. Animals in Devon
  3. Gray's Inn

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 
  2.  The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
  3.  Iron Sky: The Coming Race

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 difference

The Lighthouse
I finished one more book and put my nose into some more books.
.


I finished

The Simulacrum (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00LXAHH3O] by Brad Seggie and Linda Yezak.I wrote on GOODREADS:
" It was interesting to learn more about Creationism.
But I was a bit disappointed by the end of the story."




I'm


- 172 pages in
Creationism and evolution play an important role in this book.

-328 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht.  
The author did such a great job.

- 82 pages in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
Good stuff.

- 69 pages in  Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
I'm impressed. This book delivers tons of naval details which force me to use a dictionary quite often. Beside that I like the characters.

- 128 pages in Traitor's Blade (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00HEG6UGG] by Sebastien de Castell 
Deliveres sword and sorcery in an entertaining manner.


No progress

- 172 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.

- 230 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.


- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 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

Inspired by The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) I could not resist to buy digital copies of the first two books in the famous Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. I paid just 2,54 EUR = 3.17 USD both.
Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
"Set sail for the read of your life …

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime.

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.

This brilliant historical novel marked the début of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever, the author of what Alan Judd, writing in the Sunday Times, has described as ‘the most significant extended story since Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time’." [Source]


Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
"Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Now, for the first time, they are available in electronic book format, so a whole new generation of readers can be swept away on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the second book in the series.

Patrick O’Brian is regarded by many as the greatest historical novelist now writing. Post Captain, the second novel in his remarkable Aubrey/Maturin series, led Mary Renault to write: ‘Master and Commander raised dangerously high expectations; Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them.’

This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining and enjoying more amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge: instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France. Aubrey’s adventures in escaping from France and the debtors’ prison will grip the reader as fast as his unequalled actions at sea." [Source]



In 2010 I read and reviewed TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] by Alex Scarrow. I liked it a lot. On6th of November 2014 I received my copy of the ninth AND FINAL book in the series: TimeRiders: The Infinity Cage (2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337203].
"Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists.
Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . .

The end is approaching for the TimeRiders. In a final effort to prevent time travel destroying history, Liam and Maddy jump forward to 2070 to confront the enigmatic Waldstein and prove once and for all if he is friend or foe. What they discover is more shocking than anyone could have imagined and soon the TimeRiders are on one final mission - back to Biblical times to save the whole of humanity..." [Source]

Do you know the feeling when you have have a copy of the last book in series in your hands and you are torn between to devour it immediately and to avoid to open it at all cost because you do not want the series to be finished?  So far I escaped to the sea and follow alternating Captain Oliver Quintrell and Captain Jack Aubrey.   I will start to read TimeRiders: The Infinity Cage as soon as I'm in the right mood and have enough time.


The kind people over at  Tor/Forge.com sent my a copy of the US edition of TheTime Roads (October 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0765331250] by Beth Bernobich.
"Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man's benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time." [Source]
I read some mixed reviews about the book. One of the imprtant questions for is how much romance is in the book?
As I have somany other books on my to read list it will take some time until I can answer the question by myself.




Dragon of the Stars cover
There is an author who wanted to write one book. Now he presented the cover of his next book which will be his fourth. I talk about author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh.
And here is the cover of  Dragon of the Stars which will be released on  April 7, 2015:





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...


Keyboard and sport
I admit that I spent way too much time hitting the buttons of my keyboard instead of using the treadmill. Maybe I should replace my current used keyboard with the one shown over at the WebUrbanist:




Animals in Devon
I talk about Devon, the  county of England. Would you expect to meet a wallaby in Devon? There is more behind Devon than one thinks. Read the enlightening post over at  English Historical Fiction Authors:







Gray's Inn
Last week I informed about a post series over at at Anna Castle's blog. She is the author of Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS]  which is the first book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series starring a "brain and muscle team" in person of Francis Bacon and Thomas Clarady.
Now the third post is available. In case you missed my post last week I show the links to part one and two too:



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.

Less than a month to go until The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies will hit the cinemas and it seems we can expect a lot of action.




I'm not sure when we will get a PS4 but I know for sure that my wife and I are eagerly to get and play The Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt. This is the opening cinematic of the game. Awesome!!
 really look forward to spring 2015.




It must be around two years ago when I talk about a move named IRON SKY which my wife categorized as a movie for boys. Now the sequel IRON SKY THE COMING RACE is in progress.
The following teaser trailer give you a first impression about what to expect.

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.

An obvious difference between an airship and a brick ...............


"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

Douglas Adams, English science fiction novelist, 1952 - 2001

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Edi's Weekende Wave issue #1444

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Hello and welcome to issue #1444 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm a sort of back. The past weeks have been absolutely dominated by work at work and at home. Too many things which needed to be done at the same time. Next week will be really busy too. I'm drowning in unread blog posts and mails. Furthermore there was not much time left for reading.
I really hope to return to normality by middle of November.



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. Always 1895
  2. Medieval Sorcery
  3. Gray's Inn
  4. Music Western Steampunk

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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 laughing

The Lighthouse
Since my the last issue of the Weekend Wave three weeks ago  I finished three books. It should be possible to finish four more books until the end of 2014 in order to reach my target of 60 books.


I finished

Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"There are still many untold stories of British naval history from Victorian times. Especially when it comes to the change from wooden and wind driven to steel made and stream driven war ships.

Fortunately there are authors like Antoine Vanner who did an excellent job in telling an excellent historical naval fiction from a lesser known conflict.

Nicholas Dawlish is a tough main character with a deeply hidden soft spot.

Sometimes I felt a little bit over strained by the the level of sea battle details.

A more than promising start of the Dawlish Chronicles. Recommended to everyone who likes strong and detailed naval historical fiction."


The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205] by Rod Duncan
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The story is set in an alternate historical England enriched with elements from the Victorian era and steampunk.
Furthermore there is a female main character with a secret.
The story is presented in elegant and flowing prose.

Well done.
I look forward to the next volume of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire."

The Britannia Conspiracy (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00JQOQIPM] by Peter C. Middleton
"I'm not a fan of zombie stories.
But this mix of history, mythology world destroying thriller and a pinch of horror was most entertaining.

Due to information at the end of the book there will be a sequel - THE BRITANNIA CONTAGION - available in December 2014."

I'm



- 172 pages in The Simulacrum (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00LXAHH3O] by Brad Seggie and Linda Yezak.
Creationism and evolution play an important role in this book.

- 258 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht.  
Excellent stuff. 


No progress

- 172 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.

- 230 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.


- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 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

Within all the time I spent for work I found possiblities to buy a few books. I present you my new purchased copies in no specific order.

Did you ever read a book starring forensic investigator Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke? I never heard the name before. Dr Thorndyke is a fictional detective invented by author R Austin Freeman (1862 - 1943). A forensic investigator set in a time long before CSI. That sounded very interesting to me. And when I found out that I could get 65 stories for 2,02 EUR (= 2.53 USD; 1.58 GBP) I did not hesitate to buy digital copies of following three books:

The First R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 27 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others 
 [Kindle ASIN:  B00IJKQH96]

 
 The Second R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 20 More Classic Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others
[Kindle ASIN: B00JM0635U]

 
The Third R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 19 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others
[Kindle ASIN: B00K6Y240Y]



A few weeks ago I discovered and read following review over at GOODREADS. A nautical fiction without pirates and roaring broadsides? The reviewer did not miss it. So I tried to get more information about author M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) and her naval fiction books. It did not take long until I discovered that her The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy is available as a complete digital book at a cheap price. So I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy of The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
"Set sail with Captain Oliver Quintrell on three voyages spanning the years 1802 through 1804.
When commanded to go to the nether ends of the globe during the Peace of Amiens, Captain Quintrell cannot conceive what manner of dangers await him (FLOATING GOLD).

After one successful mission, war with France resumes and Quintrell is despatched on another secret mission far from the sea-lanes of Europe (THE TAINTED PRIZE).

In 1804, with his regular crew aboard, Oliver is commanded to assist in the defence of Gibraltar. But the insidious enemy that confronts him is both deadly and unforgiving in whom it targets (ADMIRALTY ORDERS)." [Source]



I read the description of the following book and have been hooked immediately. A story set in 1727 gaol is promising. 

The Devil in the Marshalsea (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAT9IJK] by Antonia Hodgson
"London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: Those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: do the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense." [Source]



As promised by author  Heather Blackwood. the fourth book in her  The Time Corps Chronicles series has been published in October 2014. So far I read the first two books. There will be a fifth book which is planned for 2015. Of course I bought a copy of The Sound of Wings (digital, 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00OASUQ70].
"When Astrid, a fledgling psychopomp, sent her cousin Elliot to the Library, she thought she was saving his life. Now he is trapped in an endless building that exists in the space between worlds, a place that even the most skilled psychopomp or veteran Time Corps member can never reach. Now Elliot, an agent who has traveled through space and time, must escape from a place outside of both.

Neil Gray never knew who he truly was or where he came from, but he knew he was through being an obedient assassin for Mr. March. As a Time Corps agent and a free man, he is ready for his next adventure when a tragic encounter threatens his future. Hazel Dubois, his dear friend, is left to solve the mystery surrounding Neil's very existence, one that leaves even the most ancient beings of their acquaintance perplexed.

Huginn is one of the oldest Time Corps members, and though he is an amnesiac raven, dormant memories start to break free in his mind. He and his feline partner, Pangur Ban, must follow the bread crumb trail of his memories and uncover truths both new and ancient if they are to save their friends.

All paths lead to the strange interdimensional Library, but the Librarian is one of the most feared creatures in all the worlds, and he does not treat visitors kindly." [Source]


I admit that I'm a big fan of  the DC Scott Cullen Crime Series by Ed James. So far I read the first four books which I enjoyed a lot. Of course I needed a copy of the sixth novel Windchill (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0XK22A] by Ed James.
"WINDCHILL covers two cases over the festive period, two stories joined at the hip.

Still reeling from the events of the previous Spring, Detective Constable Scott Cullen's ambition has almost burnt him out. With his drinking out of control, Cullen's hopes of promotion are dashed by the shrinking police force and managerial game playing - his only pleasure is the prospect of Christmas spent in front of the TV.

In CHRISTMAS STEPS, when a corpse is found in a burnt down house, Cullen's Christmas plans are pulled apart as he unpicks the victim's life just as his own private life is picked apart by his boss, DI Colin Methven.

In WINDCHILL, the murder of a young barman in his Edinburgh flat leads Cullen into the murky world of pubs and bookmakers, while the most likely suspect has a cast-iron alibi.

WINDCHILL is a claustrophobic police procedural novel about dashed friendship, alcohol abuse and trust.

The sixth book in a series of Edinburgh-based police procedural starring DC Scott Cullen, the first of which which has been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride." [Source]


The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton is a short story in the world of Drakenfeld. I own a copy of  Drakenfeld (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CYM1920] by Mark Charan Newton and so it was just a question of time until I go my digital copy of  Retribution (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00N4UYYDC].
"THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT. Having just solved a difficult case in his home city of Tryum, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld and his associate Leana are ordered to journey to the exotic city of Kuvash in Koton, where a revered priest has gone missing. When they arrive, they discover the priest has already been found - or at least parts of him have. But investigating the unusual death isn't a priority for the legislature of Kuvash; there's a kingdom to run, a census to create and a dictatorial Queen to placate. Soon Drakenfeld finds that he is suddenly in charge of an investigation in a strange city, whose customs and politics are as complex as they are dangerous. Kuvash is a city of contradictions; wealth and poverty exist uneasily side-by-side and behind the rich facades of gilded streets and buildings, all levels of depravity and decadence are practised. When several more bodies are discovered mutilated and dumped in a public place, Drakenfeld realizes there's a killer at work who seems to delight in torture and pain. With no motive, no leads and no suspects, he feels like he's running out of options. And in a city where nothing is as it seems, seeking the truth is likely to get him killed ...Retribution is the second Lucan Drakenfeld novel, following Drakenfeld." [Source]



In July I bought the first two books in the Shoal science fiction trilogy:
- Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson

- Nova War (digital, first published in  2009) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson, which is the second book

Now the time Had come to buy the third an final book Empire of Light (digital, first published in  2010) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003X27L2W] by Gary Gibson
"The third novel in the Shoal space opera series featuring Dakota Merrick continuing from Stealing Light and Nova War.

The nova war has begun to spread as the Emissaries wage a fierce and reckless campaign, encroaching on the area of space occupied by humanity and forcing the Shoal into a desperate retreat. While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible for creating the Maker caches, Corso, left in charge of a fleet of human-piloted Magi ships, finds his authority crumbling in the face of assassination attempts and politically-motivated sabotage. If any hope exists at all, it lies in an abandoned asteroid a thousand light-years beyond the Consortium's borders, and with Ty Whitecloud, the only man alive with the skill to decipher the messages left behind by an ancient race of star travellers. Unfortunately Whitecloud is locked in a prison cell aboard a dying coreship adrift in space, awaiting execution for war crimes against Corso's own people. But if humanity has any hope of survival, Corso is going to have to find some way to keep him alive - and that's only if Dakota doesn't kill him first ..." [Source]


In August I talked about the following stand-alone fantasy novel and now I bought a digital copy.  The Free (digital and pb October 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00IA2E614; ISBN-13: 978-0316233491] by Brian Ruckley.
"A warrior of legend. A warrior to be feared.

The famed Yulan is leader of The Free, the last remaining band of mercenaries in the Hommetic Kingdom. He and his comrades have earned a reputation of mythic proportions by selling their martial and magical talents to the highest bidder. Feared and revered, they were once seen as a threat to the Hommetic Kingdom's power - until they outlasted it in the course of a bloody rebellion.

With the oppressive monarch overthrown, The Free plan to finally lay down their weapons, hoping for a chance of peace at last. But their enemies will not let them rest just yet. For the final contract Yulan is offered is one he'll be unable to refuse - not when he learns the target is the very man responsible for the worst atrocity he has ever witnessed. It is an evil that Yulan failed to prevent - one that has haunted him ever since. And now is his last chance to right that wrong.

But as Yulan and his companions embark on their last journey, a potent mix of vengeance, love and loyalty is building to a storm. It is a storm so violent it is likely to destroy the last of the free companies. And only then will they discover the true price of freedom." [Source]

I like historical fiction and I like series. And then there are books which I like to have as real books. The following book belongs exactly to this category.
 Lamentation (digital and pb October 2014; hc February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00K6ECROM; pb ISBN-13: 978-1447260257; hc ISBN-13: 978-0316254960] is the sixth book in the The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. This series is from my point of a must read for fans of historical thrillers. Unfortunately I read only  Dissolution ( first printed in 2003, paperback 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450799] so far which me really impressed. For more information about the author and the series please visit the official website.
"As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart in the new installment of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.

Autumn, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors prepare for a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. The Catholics decide to focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, the Protestant Queen Catherine Parr. As Catherine begins to lose the King's favor, she turns to the shrewd, hunchbacked lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, to contain a potentially fatal secret.

The Queen has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, a memoir so radical that if it came to the King's attention, it could bring her and her courtly sympathizers to ruination. The London printer into whose hands she entrusted the manuscript has been murdered, the book nowhere to be found.

Shardlake's investigations take him down a trail that begins among printshops in the filthy backstreets of London, but leads him once more to the labyrinthine world of court politics, where Protestant friends can be as dangerous as Catholic enemies, and those who will support either side to further their ambition are the most dangerous of all." [Source]
This is the official book trailer




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...


Always 1895
The more I read about Sherlock Holmes the more I'm fascinated.  I don't know if you ever read an original Sherlock Holmes novel and/or a short story. Did you ever notice that reality on Baker Street is always st at 1895?
There is a famous poem which ends with the words   And it is always eighteen ninety-five.

221B

Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game’s afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears–
Only those things the heart believes are true.

A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.
  by Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) All Poetry Dot Com 
 Listen to Basil Rathbone


There are several awesome websites dedicated to Shcerlock Holmes and Dr Watson available in the world wide web.

Now one of the sites is back after a nearly seven months break:


Mastermind Matt Laffey returned with a fantastic post which is a cornucopia for all people interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Be aware that you definitely need more than 10 minutes to read the whole post and to follow all the links.  Enjoy


By the way did you know that you can read most o the Sherlock Holmes online for free. The University of Adelaide offers a list with links. Checkout following THIS LINK.



Medieval Sorcery
Helloween is over. But it is still a good time to talk about sorcery. There is an enlightening post about medieval sorcery available over at English Historical Fiction Authors:





Gray's Inn
Begin of July 2014 I talked about Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle which is the first book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series starring a "brain and muscle team" in person of Francis Bacon and Thomas Clarady. Since then I follow Anna Castle's blog.  
This is not the first time that I tell you that I like it a lot when authors talk about their research for books.
Therefore I read with great pleasure the following two posts over at Anna Castle's blog:




Music Western Steampunk
I do not have a favorite steampunk band. But I like it when artist use steampunk elements within their videos. The following video is a good example for that:


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 really look forward to spring 2015.
Why?
Marvel's The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will hit the cinemas around the world.
he teaser trailer and the extended UK trailer look both very promising



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.

The past weeks have been tough. there was neither time for inner jogging nor outer jogging. That means there was also nothing to laugh about. Nevertheless I like the following quote ...............


"Laughter is inner jogging.

Norman Cousins, US essayist and editor, 1915 -1990
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