Monday, January 26, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: The Martian by Andy Weir

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Dear Readers,

on 1st of December 2014 I bought a copy of  The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir and

NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN!


The Martian aroused a lot of interest. Stellar reviews popped up and finally it won the GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2014 in the category science fiction. In the meantime there are nearly 61000 ratings with an average of 4.36 stars and nearly 11000 reviews over at GOODREADS.
Today I add my two cents.


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 Martian (digital 2014) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00FAXJHCY

"Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" [Source]


The Delivery
The 334 pages are divided into five main parts which are subdivided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters followed by an epilogue.

Does this book deserve all the praises? I can answer the question with one word: YES!

In a case you expect criticism I must disappoint you. Instead I will try to explain why The Martian is one of the best books I read in 2014.

Mars also known as the "Red Planet" is the second smallest planet in the Solar System and it is the fourth planet from the Sun.
After the Moon the "Red Planet" is the next goal in the history of manned spaceflight.
That means so far (January 2015) no human being left his traces on Mars. The travel to Mars is still science fiction.
But thanks to several unmanned exploration missions we know a lot about the planet. Add to this the known knowledge of botany, the experience of manned spaceflight to the Moon and orbital mechanics. Based on that it should be possible to write a realistic book about a manned Mars mission.

That is what author Andy Weir delivered with The Martian. But he delivered so much more.
He gave the mission a "face" in form of  astronaut Mark Watney. This strong, intelligent, humorous, flexible, smart, reflective, persistent and articulately individual is such a believable, lovable and adorable character. It is nearly impossible to deny to follow Mark Watney through thick and thin.


The cherry on the cake is to combine the realistic mission with the extraordinary character in a cast away situation.
To be the only human being on Mars with limited resources, no communication with Earth and no hope to be rescued - Only a person with the personality of Mark Watney is able to avoid the state of shock and to face fate in a most positive way.

So please visualise the situation mentally - He is alone, nobody to communicate with except himself, in matter of life and death.
In order not to go mad you need to talk to yourself and put every thought and every idea and every plan to a diary. That is the reason why the first chapters deal with a lot of explanations. I admit that I did not understand every detail but the descriptions  - for example how to produce soil on Mars - made the scenery so true-to-life.
I know that there are readers who did not really like this passages. But from my point of view the story would not work without. The inventiveness of Mark Watney is impressive. That also shows why it takes a long time and endless tests to find the right persons for such a mission.
Of course Apollo 13 and Cast Away and MacGyver popped up in my mind because you  each mission/person is in one way or the other included in the story. Bur these are three different stories and The Martian is just one.

It is amazing to read how Mark Watney extents and change his plans after he found a way to get oxygen, food and water on a more or less regularly base.
I admit I dropped the book and applauded when Mark found a way to communicate with Earth.
That means there are more Persons involved than in Robinson Crusoe.
With the start of communication the story continues at three different places: Mars, Earth and the spaceship on the way back to Earth.
Of course one can say that a few characters on Earth look a bit stereotype. But that did not disturb my reading pleasure.

The whole story is full of dramatic events and the final ... No, no ... you have to read the book on your in order to know what happens with Mark Watney  ....
 
This is the best  science fiction novel I read in 2014. No other book delivered a better symbiosis of entertainment and science on such a high level.



The Inevitable

You want science fiction with a lot of science presented in an entertaining way?
You look for a This strong, intelligent, humorous, flexible, smart, reflective, persistent, articulately and believable character?
You want to know how it is possible to survive on Mars for a certain time?

Then I recommend to read The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1504

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Hello and welcome to issue #1504 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
due to the fact that I needed some rest I had to postpone this issue of the Weekend Wave from Saturday to Sunday. Between the periods I slept I found at least a bit of time to finish one more book.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
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  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. Recognisable archetypal characters
  2. The Natives of Britain
  3. Videophones
  4. Importance of reviews

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Skyrim in Game of Thrones style
  2. Advanced Archery

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 arrow

The Lighthouse
I really try to use as much of my spare time  as possible for reading. That is definitely the reason why I could finish book seven and eight in January 2015. There is still one more week to go and it is possible to end the month with ten books read. I have three reviews in progress and I hope to finalise them as soon as possible.



I finished

- Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Finally I finished the book and now I sit in front of the screen to enter my comment and my rating.

I want to be honest and therefore I would need to ratings. Even the rating is named my rating, it is more a combination of rating about the book itself and personal impressions.

In principle MALICE is a well executed book and if you like epic fantasy beyond the popular grim dark stories and you are look for a less complicated story then it could be a book for you. So in this case my rating for the book would be four stars.

But when it comes to the question if I personally liked the book I must say not really. It was not the kind of story I expected I have had only partial interest in few characters and it did not really hook me. In my case it is the classic situation of wrong reader right book and vice versa. SO my personal rating ended up with two stars.

Now what would be the fair rating to enter? Four start would not conform to my personal likeness and entertaining factor. Two stars would not be fair as against the author.

So if you are disappointed by my comment I can give you only one advice: Please read it yourself and build up your mind."


- The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] by Mark Hodder
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"First of all let me tell you that I love the series.
I belong to the group of readers who thought after reading book three that the series came to its end. So I was more than happy when I found that the series will continue with a new story arc. I was not sure which way Mark Hodder would go after the events in book three. But he chose well and delivered a new, incredible, intense and intelligent story. The reader needs to take care not to get lost in the time travel aspects. For fans of the series it is good to know that they will meet again characters who appeared in the previous books.

I can promise you that you will discover who is Abdu El Yezdi. This is such a clever mix of history, time travel, steampunk elements.

Now I look forward to read book 5 The Return of the Discontinued Man. Fortunately I own a copy."

I'm

- 28 pages in my unproofed paperback review copy of  Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
That means I read just the first chapter. A festivity is a good place to introduce a new world and characters to the readers. 
.

- 25 pages in The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] by Mark Hodder
I'm a big fan of the alluring Burton & Swinburne series and with the fourth book in the series we enter a new story arc. It is as good as expected.

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


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

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

Last week I bought one digital copy and I received one digital review in exchange for an honest review.

A few days ago I received a really kind mail from author Tim Vander Meulen. Like many other authors, he tries to find people to spread word about his books. Mails from authors differ a lot. In case of Tim Vander Meulen I must say, he found the right words to grab my attention. Even if his book would have not been of interest for me, I would have spread word about it because of the mail he wrote.
But the good thing is that beside writing appealing mails, Tim Vander Meulen delivers good book descriptions. In the end it was the following description which finally convinced me to offer to read and review A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Tim Vander Meulen which is the first book in the Dark World series.
"War is on the enemy's mind. Brutality lurks among the far reaches. Northerners are prowling like snakes throughout the wide expanse of the world, hunting those who are not loyal to their master. Beauty has run its course.

For a hundred years, the Elves have not known the sting of war. And yet it is a thing forever imminent, since anyone is susceptible to succumb to darkness. Even with their superior integrity, fortitude, and humility, the Elves are never far from the yearning clutch of evil.

The leader of the Elves in the south is troubled by an onslaught of Possessors against their homeland. In his investigations, he is met by a band of Dwarves and two human boys who bear the most terrible news. The kingdom of men has been invaded. As far as anyone knows, these two refugees are the only remnants of the human race in the world. The boys had first consulted the Dwarves, and now they ask for the aid of the Elves to recapture their homeland. Before the leader can make his decision, his world is turned on its head.

Can the boys succeed in their mission? Will the Elves and Dwarves agree to their request? Will they all be strong enough to resist not only the enemy but the dark tendencies inside them, both of which seek to destroy them?

War is not only something external; blood does not only bleed on the outside. The true war is within the characters themselves. The Elves, Dwarves, and men are not enemy to ugly orcs or goblins; they fight the Possessors. These Possessors are Elves and Dwarves and men, only they have chosen to abandon their old ways and join a cause that opposes the survival of their former kindred. They are so called because they possess the sign of evil that was branded upon them by their master, the Shadowlord. It takes great courage to survive the growing night, and morality has no place in the grand shift of the world. “A Humble Heart” is a term applied to Delenas Farlong, the leader of the Elves, who throughout the tale faces tremendous adversity and who shows great valor and humility as he leads his people on their dangerous journey.

“Dark World” is teeming with adventure! Because their world is threatened, the noble races must brave perilous expeditions to repress the dark and defend their way of life. Their primary objective is to reclaim what was lost to them, namely the country of men. The survival of the two human refugees, Henty and Clese, is paramount, since they could very well be the last of their kind." [Source]

For me that sounded like the return of one of these good old fantasy adventures which I loved to read several years ago. Elves, Dwarves, Humans; someone bad infected beings with his evil plans, travels, battles, inner fights and more.
I have  expectations and I hope the book will keep what the description promise.



I bought a digital copy of A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Ashley Capes because I read THIS CONVINCING REVIEW over at Fantasy Literature.
"Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.

But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not." [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...


Recognisable archetypal characters
Where do you find them? Learn more about them in the following excellent post over at The History Girls:

Commedia dell'Arte - by Ann Swinfen



The Natives of Britain
The following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors is a really interesting one. A look in to British history and the perception of the early inhabitants.

Changing Faces of Britain’s Natives


Videophones
What can I say more as that this is again such an enjoying and informative post over at Dark Roasted Blend

Videophones from the Future Past


Importance of reviews
I think it need to be more precise. The importance of reviews over at Amazon. There is an enlightening post written by blogger and author Roland D. Yeomans on his blog Writing in the Crosshairs. I must admit I learned something new and have now a better understanding of  reviews on Amazon. But to be honest  with this knowledge I understand a lot better why there are so many short and often meaningless reviews over at Amazon.



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 like the video game SKYRIM and I like A Song of Ice and Fire also known as Game of Thrones.
Last week I found a video showing a SKYRIM intro made in the style of the Game of Throne series


My favorite weapon in role playing video games is the bow and crossbow. The history of archery is long one and many skills have been lost. Would you like to know what is possible if you have the proper skills to use bow and arrow? Then have a look at following video. When I watched it the first time I sat dumbfounded in front of the screen.


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.

There are things which do not return ...............



"It is with a word as with an arrow - once let it loose and it does not return.

Author unknown
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1503

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Hello and welcome to issue #1503 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
this has been a sad week. On Monday 12th January we had to put down Pablo, our 15 years old tomcat. Our other cat Lily is missing him. She nearly stopped eating and we needed to chaperon her. On Tuesday I went to my root amputation which has been successful.I had to stay home for the rest of the week, avoiding computer, physical activities and talk. Next week Tuesday the doctor will take the stitches out.
I spent a lot of time with an ice pack in my left hand and my reader in my right hand.  Reading was a kind of compensation.

Now I'm in somewhat strange mood which I can't really describe. It seems I should follow the advice given in the quote I share with you today.



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. What are the Kargrandes?
  2. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing
  3. Intelligence work in the 16th century
  4. Medieval Plants

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CHAPPiE

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 visit

The Lighthouse
This month is crazy when it comes to reading. I can't remember when I read six books in 16 days and additionally half way through two other books. I do not scrutinize I just enjoy it. I'm sure it will not go on like that. Next week I want to work on reviews.


I finished

- Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The first book in the "Dr John Watson" series.
A World War I crime mystery starring Dr John Watson.
Murder in the gruesome trenches of Flanders Field. John Watson face the enemy in front and a killer in the back.

This is an intense story where the aged Dr John Watson shows his detective qualities. Strong characters - male AND female - in their daily fight to survive. You do not read often the name of the famous detective. It is not necessary because you immediately identify the chapters where he appears and I must say there have been passages which touched me deeply."

- The Immortality Game  (digital November 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00PGW5YZ8] by Ted Cross.Last week I told you how I discovered the book. I could not resist and read it.
After slow start - this related to the development not to the pace of the action itself - but then the tension rose and I was hooked till the last page.
There is a full review in progress.

- The Invisible Library (digital, December 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00M44051E] by Genevieve Cogman.
 I was not impressed after finishing the first chapter. But then the story blossomed and delivered everything promised in the description: Stolen books, hidden libraries, forbidden societies and secret agents in alternate London. 
There is a full review in progress


I'm

- 334 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
I'm halfway through. For me it is like the preparation of something big to come. It is interesting to see in which way the characters develop. Some seem predictable. But is always good for a surprise.

- 183 pages in The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] by Mark Hodder
I'm a big fan of the alluring Burton & Swinburne series and with the fourth book in the series we enter a new story arc. It is as good as expected.

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books


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

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

Last week I received physical copies of two books which I ordered in advance. Both books are related to series and unbelievable but true I read the previous books of both books which means I can continue both series.

 Let me start with the third an final book in the ACK-ACK MACAQUE trilogy.
 MACAQUE ATTACK (pb, January 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082850] by Gareth L. Powell
"INFINITE MONKEYS

He’s saved the world twice. Now the dangerous but charismatic Ack-Ack Macaque finds himself leading a dimension-hopping band of angry monkeys, facing an invading horde of implacable killer androids, and confronting the one challenge for which he was never prepared: impending fatherhood!

Meanwhile, former journalist Victoria Valois finds herself facing old enemies as she fights to save the electronic ghost of her dead husband, and Merovech, King of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and France, receives a troubling message from the dead sands of Mars..." [Source: Back of the book]
I look forward to see how the trilofy will end. So far it has been a wild and funny ride .....


With next book I return to England in the year 1193. It is the time of Richard Lionheart, Prince John
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisburne. The big difference compared to other books covering this period of time is the main character: Guy of Gisburne!
With Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables delivered the second book in the Guy of Gisburne series.
"Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent to Prince John, is all that stands between England and anarchy, fighting a shadow battle to protect the kingdom from those who would destroy it.

Returning to England after foiling a plot to destroy Jerusalem, Guy of Gisburne is arrested and hauled to the Tower of London; John, England's regent in the absence of its monstrous King, needs his knight once more. A killer has broken into the Prince’s most secure castle in the north and left a message, drawn on the skin of one of his victims: 'the circle is closing,' signed with a handprint in blood. Is the threat genuine? Who or what is the Red Hand? Someone is killing John's men, and the obvious culprit—the most dangerous man in the Kingdom, Hood himself—has an alibi even Guy can't deny." [Source]
I hope the book will be as entertaining as the first one.


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...

What are the Kargrandes?
To be honest I do not know the answer. But I can tell you who rose the question and where you can find hints.

The question is related to

Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

"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.
For more information about the question please read the following announcement by Dancing Lemur Press LLC

"What are the Kargrandes? That is the question posed on a website announcing the April 7, 2015 release of Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh–www.whatarethekargrandes.com. Every Monday, a new clue appears, along with another piece of the puzzle. Clues can also be followed on Twitter through the hashtag #whatarethekargrades. The final clue will be posted April 6, one day before the book’s release.
Cavanaugh’s first three books, CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, are all Amazon best-sellers in the US and UK. Dragon of the Stars is a stand-alone book, and the Kargrandes are a key part of the story.
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?
Fans are encouraged to visit every week for a new clue and share the site on social media.

Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design, graphics, and  technical editing. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group–www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com. His website is www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com and the Kargrandes site is www.whatarethekargrandes.com.

Dragon of the Stars will be available April 7, 2015 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Science fiction–space opera/military/adventure. Trade paperback $16.95 ISBN 9781939844064, eBook $5.99 ISBN 9781939844057 www.DancingLemurPress.com"


Amazing, Amazing, Amazing
In this case AAA has nothing to do with credit rating. I repated the word thrice in order to emphasise how much a love the following post I found over at Dark Roasted Blend. Have a look at
Amazing Automatons, Robots & Victorian Androids



Intelligence work in the 16th century
Recently I reviewed  Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by  Anna Castle. I mentioned it several times that the author post information related to her books.
In Death by Disputation the reader meets poets and spies. Therefor I recommend to read to following post by  Anna Castle to all her readers and everyone who is interested in intelligence work in the 16th century:




Medieval Plants
As a reader of medieval mysteries I know that often herbs and plants play a certain role. When I want to know more about a specific herb I often use Wikipedia.
Now I discovered a really interesting post series on a blog I follow. In case you are interested in the topic you should definitely visit  Sci-Fi Fan Letter and have a look at the first two posts of a post series about medieval plants:




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.

There will be definitely a lot of action delivered with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second trailer gives a small foretaste.


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 following quote express a lot about I feel a t the moment ...............


"Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.

Audrey Giorgi

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1502

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Hello and welcome to issue #1502 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I was not sure if I would find time to write this post because our 15 years old tomcat who is really sick needs more attention than ever. He got problems to eat and drink. If the current situation does not change until tomorrow then .....
On upcoming Tuesday I have to visit and oral surgeon for a root amputation. He told me in advance that I should prepare a lot of ice packs for cooling my jaw after the surgery.
Hopefully it will not hinder me to enjoy reading.



ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. Writing and listening
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. 3D-Printed Body Parts
  2. Alt Hist Issue 7 and FREE Newsletter
  3. The World of Nicolas Lenoir
  4. Beauty
  5. Pirates - Romantic Heroes?

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CHAPPiE

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 eating

The Lighthouse
Incredible! So far I finished three books, started a new one and continued one from my no progress list. Furthermore I posted two reviews.

I finished


- The Candle Man (pb September 2012 [ ISBN-13:978-1409137948] by Alex Scarrow.
So far interesting and tough. Victorian London has been a dangerous place.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A different but consistent approach to the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
Good story, well written, excellent atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London full of period details, combined with interesting characters.
It got a bit predictable at the middle of the book."


- Deeds of Darkness (digital, 23rd October 2014) Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00N01TI36] by Edward Marston which is the fourth book in The Home Front Detective Series.
For more information read my full review.



I'm

- 280 pages in Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan.
Impressive combination of Dr Watson and WW I.

- 219 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
I'm back into epic fantasy after a break.



No progress


- 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,

Writing and Listening
I like to listen to music while I work on a post like this one. But I prefer more and more instrumental music., especially game soundtracks. Today I listened to Assassin's Creed Black Flag soundtrack.
One of my favorites is the SKYRIM OST FULL.

 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

Two more digital copies found a new home on my reader.
 On 8th of January I read following post over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist:

 I do not want to talk about the decision whether to read and review self-published books or not. There is a book mentioned in the post which aroused my interest. I was impressed when I read that the author paid 2000 USD out of his own pocket for the cover art done by the well known Stephan Martiniere. I was surprised by the cheap price for the digital copy and base on price, cover and blurb I decided to buy a copy of  The Immortality Game  (digital November 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00PGW5YZ8] by Ted Cross.
"Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child. When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying to stay alive and save her loved ones, Zoya opens the package and discovers two unusual data cards, one that allows her to fight back against the mafia and another which may hold the key to everlasting life.." [Source]


The second digital copy I bought is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez series. Bartholomew Fair ( digital December 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00QQGF7I2] by Ann Swinfen.
"When Bartholomew Fair, London’s largest public festival, is threatened in 1589 by five hundred armed soldiers dismissed from service without pay, the authorities act swiftly and decisively to prevent trouble. Yet other trouble is brewing. Young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez stumbles upon a sinister troupe of Italian puppeteers bent on making mischief, but it soon becomes apparent that more than mischief is in the air. Sir Francis Walsingham’s agents are baffled by the ill-assorted conspirators, including one of their own men. Time is running out, and a missing cache of gunpowder cannot be found . . ." [Source]

So far I read  The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez which is the first book  and enjoyed it a lot. 


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...


3D-Printed Body Parts

It seems that 3D print offers more opportunities than one can think of. Have a look at this excellent idea presented over at the WebUrbanist:
Exo-Prosthetics: Light, Cheap & Custom 3D-Printed Body Parts
 

Alt Hist Issue 7 and FREE Newsletter
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.

"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]
So far I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 and Alt Hist Issue 5.
Now the release date of Alt Hist Issue 7 is coming nearer.
Editor Mark Lord has been so kind as to post blurb and editorial - smaller changes may be possible.

Alt Hist returns with the seventh issue of the popular magazine of historical fiction and alternate history. This is the biggest issue of Alt Hist so far and this time we have seven wonderful short stories for you—including two parts of the popular Battalion 202 series and stories from Alt Hist favourites Priya Sharma and Andrew Knighton. If you like historical fiction, then you are sure to love this issue of Alt Hist.
Alt Hist Issue 7 features the following stories:

  • “The Vivisectionist’s Daughter” by Jason Kahn
  • “Cold Flesh” by Andrew Knighton
  • “The Independence Day” by Pavel Nikiforovitch
  • “Heff in Dearborn” by Michael Fertik
  • “Battalion 202: The Sheep and the Goats” by Jonathan Doering
  • “Set Britain Ablaze” by Jonathan Doering
  • “The Red Vortex” by Priya Sharma
Please read the full post including blurbs for each story over at
Alt Hist Issue 7 – Blurb and Editorial Teaser

If you are interested in alternate history then I recommend
TO JOIN MARK LORD'S NEWSLETTER
for free
"Hear about book releases first and benefit from exclusive freebies. I won’t bombard you with annoying emails! You will just get the occasional message from me when I release a new story and if I am offering any free content – for example free review copies of my work."




The World of Nicolas Lenoir
On 5th of January 2014 I posted my review of 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.
"You want to read a dark crime mystery with Victorian flair, an intriguing main character,  thoroughly world building and an satisfying end which leaves you with the urge for more

THEN

Darkwalker is your book of choice."

In less than a month the second book Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor will be published.
"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..." [Source]
Of course I ordered a copy in advance.

Now E L Tettensor delivered additional information about the world of  Nicolas Lenoir.
I'm always happy when I can learn more about the world of a series I like.
All fans and soon to be fans should not miss to read




Beauty
"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholderr"  or as Miss Piggy said: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."
But the definition of beauty changed in the past and will change in the future. What do you know about the definition of beauty in the Georgian era?  You may remember pictures seen in museums or films set in the era. In case you are interested in, I recommend to read following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:




Pirates - Romantic Heroes?
M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) author of  The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy  (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) wrote an interesting post about the perception of pirates in today's world which I find worth reading. Have a look at

PIRATES - Enemies of humanity (hostis humani generis) become romantic heroes



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.

After watching the first trailer of CHAPPiE  I thought this would be a more funny science fiction film. But the latest trailer shows that there will be a lot of action beside the humorous moments.
I like to see this film.

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.

Don't ask me why I chose again a quote related to eating. Maybe it is a kind of hint to me to do something like going to gym  ...............


"Eating everything you want is not that much fun. When you live a life with no boundaries, there’s less joy. If you can eat anything you want to, what’s the fun in eating anything you want to?

Tom Hanks, US actor (1956 - )

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: Deeds of Darkness by Edward Marston

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Dear Readers,
it is really unusual that I do not start to read a series with the first book. But happened with The Home Front Detective Series.


There has been an extraordinary good offer for a digital copy of  Deeds of Darkness (digital, 23rd October 2014) Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00N01TI36] by Edward Marston which is the fourth book in the series. I paid 1,89 EUR for my copy. Today (2015-01-07) I would have to pay 12,67 EUR for a copy!!!!


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:



Deeds of Darkness (digital 2014)
[ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00N01TI36]

"In June 1916, a young woman is found murdered in a cinema. Harvery Marmion and Joe Keedy set out to find the killer who so elusively fled in the dark. Before long, two more victims, of striking similarity but differing backgrounds, are found dead around the city.

Meanwhile, miles from home, Marmion's son Paul prepares for life on the front line as he marches towards the Battle of the Somme. Suffering a vicious blow in No Man's Land, Paul is left blinded for the rest of his life. Marmion must come to terms with the permanent darkness of his son's life, while continuing to search for the brutal killer who only strikes in the dark." [Source]


The Delivery
The 268 pages are divided into 20 consecutively numbered chapters.


War, the war we know as World War I, covers the whole country of England, it inhabitants from the new born child to the old people on their deathbed, from the banker to the priest, from the policeman  to the murderer. From the doctor to the soldier.
It is the war which has an impact on every aspect of daily life.
It is the war which dominates the story in  a way which creeps slowly but surely  under your skin.
It makes the whole story and especially the action and thoughts of several characters understandable and  comprehensible.
The whole story would not work without the impact of World War I.
To explain it to the very detail on a microscopical level would lengthen this review to a short story.

On the surface we have the Marmion family. Harvey and his daughter Alice work for the police. Son Paul is a soldier located near the rive Somme in France. Harvey's wife Ellen stays at home.
Inspector Harvey build  team with Sergeant Joe Keedy who is the fiancé of Alice. They both have to cope with their boss Claude Chatfield who is a more stereotype character.

People want to escape the stranglehold of war and cinema with the amazing films starring the unforgettable Charlie Chaplin are perfect for this purpose.

As a consequence of war women get more liberty. It is nearly unbearable for Reverends that women go to cinema unchaperoned.
And it is in a cinema where the murder of a young women took place.
It is up to Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy to hunt the murderer. It is a depressing task and it needs the strong characters of Marmion and Keedy to follow all the leads pressurised by Claude Chatfield, annoyed by partly aggressive or snooty or craving for attention  witness and suppressive news from the front in France. Furthermore not to forget the impact of the Zeppelin bombings, angered neighbours and provocative women.

The twisted story keeps you guessing until near the end of the story. The depiction of a country and its inhabitants under the pressure of war is remarkable. The characters except the a bit stereotype Claude Chatfield are well described and show development within the story.
This case keeps you captivated until the end and makes it not easy to stop for some hours of sleep.



The Inevitable

For me this is definitely one of the best detective stories set in the time of World War I which I read so far.It is a great mix of war impact and crime mystery which are completely interwoven.

Deeds of Darkness is top notch World War I crime mystery!





Further Information

Where to find more About Edward Marston and his The Home Front Detective Series
Website : http://www.edwardmarston.com/

The Home Front Detective Series: http://www.edwardmarston.com/homefront.html

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: Death by Disputation by Anna Castle

4 comments
Dear Readers,

welcome to my first review in 2015. Come with me on a time travel back to England in 1587.


Origin
Author Anna Castle has been so kind to provide me a digital copy of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] which is the second book in her new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series.  


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:



Death by Disputation (digital 2014)
[ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW]

"Religious extremists threaten the stability of Elizabethan England from both the Catholic right and the Protestant left. The Lord Treasurer recruits Thomas Clarady to infiltrate a radical group of Puritans at Cambridge University and appoints Francis Bacon to be his spymaster. Francis happens to know a great deal about religious hotheads, since his mother is one of the hottest. The commission gets off to a deadly start when Tom finds his chief informant hanging from the roofbeams. Now he must catch a murderer as well as a seditioner. His first suspect is the volatile Christopher Marlowe, who keeps turning up in the wrong places.

Dogged by unreliable assistants, chased by three lusty women, and harangued daily by the exacting Bacon, Tom risks his very soul to catch the villains and win his reward" [Source]


The Delivery
The 303 pages are divided into 48 consecutively numbered chapters followed by Historical Notes.

With the second book in a series you have two different kind of readers. There are the ones who know the first book and there are the ones who do not know the first book.

In case you missed Murder by Misrule  let met tell you that it is possible to read and enjoy Death by Disputation without knowing the first book. But you will definitely miss the character development and other impacts.


With Death by Disputation Thomas "Tom" Clarady, the young man who does the legwork for Francis Bacon change from Gray’s Inn to Cambridge University in order to work undercover. But the story takes an unforeseen turn with the death of the chief informant. Suddenly Tom's official tasks are doubled.

Not to forget all the impacts of social interaction including ladies who want to bed Tom - you will learn something about the use of onion juice and tar - young women he admires and more.
His only connection to the "normal" world are the letters he exchange with Francis Bacon on a daily base. He is clearly missing his companions Allen Trumpington,  Ben Whitt and Stephen Delabere.
It is most impressive to read how the world of religious zealots takes it toll. Does Tom Clarady remain the a good-hearted mischief-maker as we got to know him from his adventures described in Murder by Misrule?

All persons, places, sounds, smells clearly show the effort of a well done research. This is an extraordinary depiction of the Elizabethan England.
One of the many highlights is the appearance of  Christopher Marlowe who plays a not unimportant role.


The whole story is carried by an unerring use of the English language which sounds to me very Elizabethan. Do you know  a "tickle-brained pignut" is?

The plot keeps the pages turning. I promise you will keep guessing until near the end.Even at times where the action is not fast paced you will be highly entertained with ongoing misunderstandings, misadventures, absorbing and accurate historical details and witty humor. Sometimes laugh and cry follow each other.
And even I, who is definitely not a fan of romance appreciated the romantic dash which complements this gorgeous piece of historical mystery.

Finally there is something which is not directly part of the story but part of the book.
Do not unterestimate the Historical Notes which are on the one hand enlightening and helpful and on the other hand are like a bait to discover Elizabethan England

The Inevitable

This highly entertaining opus is a gorgeous piece of historical mystery.
Accurate historical details, page turning plot, bodacious, lovable and believable characters, gorgeous depictions and bewitching use of language will transfer you through time and space back to Elizabethan England and does not bring you back before you read
 ....... "I am ready to serve, my lord, as always."
THE END





Further Information

Where to find Anna Castle and more about her books
Website & newsletter signup: www.annacastle.com
Email: castle@annacastle.com
Blog: www.annacastle.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anna.castle.104
Twitter: @annacastl


Book one is still available
Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS
Read the first chapter of Murder by Misrule.

Book three - The Widow's Guild - will be out in June 2015
Read the description


A final candy

You liked the  "tickle-brained pignut"?
Then you should try the Shakespeare Insult Kit

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1501

6 comments
Hello and welcome to issue #1501 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
welcome to 2015!
I neither wrote an end of the year 2014 post nor did I write a beginning of 2015 post. I did not spend much time in front of my PC because I have problems with my back like my wife. So we both tried to rest and used electric blankets. Heat is a real benefaction.
My wishes for 2015 are plain and simple:
- Stay healthy
- Read as many books as possible
- Write as many reviews as possible


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. Information about  Christopher Marlowe

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Penny-Farthing

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 sports

The Lighthouse
I'm so happy! I finished 2014 with 75 books read and I have had a good start into 2015. I finished my first book for this year and put my nose in xx more books.
.

I finished

- Murder by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by  Anna Castle which is the second book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series
A full review is in progress and should be available soon.

I'm

- 62 pages in Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan.
So far not bad. The story is developing.


- 62  pages in  The Candle Man (pb Septembe 2012 [ ISBN-13:978-1409137948] by Alex Scarrow.
So far interesting and tough. Victorian London has been a dangerous place.




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

Last year I read and enjoyed The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy  (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir). So I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy of the next book in the series:
The Unfortunate Isles (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir
"December 1804. Having permission to depart Gibraltar Bay, the British naval frigate ‘Perpetual’ heads into the Atlantic. Because of the need to scrape the ship’s bottom, Captain Quintrell careens the ship on an isolated beach in the Azores. What he discovers on the Western Isles both disgusts and disturbs him, and brings him into direct conflict with a piratical scoundrel whose evil knows no bounds. Fredrik van Zetten proves to be the most fiendish adversary Oliver Quintrell has ever encountered. Despite murmurings and misgivings amongst the crew, ensnaring the rogue privateer and bringing him to justice becomes an obsession and diverts the captain from the Admiralty orders he is committed to follow. Having successfully delivered van Zetten once to the authorities, Oliver Quintrell will not let him slide out of his hands a second time. With a few new faces adding colour and intrigue to life below decks, the regular crew of His Majesty’s frigate ‘Perpetual’ embarks on another dangerous and exciting seafaring adventure." [Source]
For more information about the The Oliver Quintrell series I recommend to read
Q&A with author of THE UNFORTUNATE ISLES



The following book was an unexpected Christmas gift from my daughter.
The Candle Man (pb September 2012 [ ISBN-13:978-1409137948] by Alex Scarrow.
"1912. Locked in an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic, a mysterious man tells a young girl his life story as the ship begins to sink. It all starts in Whitechapel, London in 1888...

In the small hours of the night in a darkened Whitechapel alley, young Mary Kelly stumbles upon a man who has been seriously injured and is almost unconscious in the gutter. Mary - down on her luck and desperate to survive - steals his bag and runs off into the night.

Two days later, an American gentleman wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He has suffered a serious head injury, and with no one to help him remember who he is he starts to wonder how he will ever find his way home.

One terrible truth links these two lost souls in the dark world of Victorian London - a truth that could ruin the name of the most influential man in the land...

Back in 1912, as the Titanic begins its final shuddering descent to the bottom of the frozen, black Atlantic, one man is about to reveal the truth behind a series of murders that have hung like a dark fog over London for more than two decades...the identity of Jack the Ripper." [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...


Information about Christopher Marlowe
As I mentioned above I finished - Murder by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by  Anna Castle which is the second book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series. Within the book Christopher Marlowe plays a certain role. Author  Anna Castle has been so kind as to put together information about xx on her blog. Have a look at




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


Movies


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

Did not find a trailer I would like to share with you.
Instead I like to show you how to ride a penny-farthing. Don't try to ride it downhill.



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.

Following quote fits perfectly to the past days between Christmas and New Year ...............


"Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it's well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.

Dorothy Draper, US novelist (1922 - 2007)
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