Sunday, June 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1526

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Dear Readers,

as you could see I posted a review instead of the new issue of the Weekend Wave on Saturday.
I felt the need to share my thoughts about the book I finished. As far as I remember it was the first time that I did it. I hope you will understand.
Now without further ado into the  Weekend Wave.

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. PETA and history
  2. AI art
  3. Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from? 
  4. The forgotten underground cathedrals
  5.  Unusual Theme Parks
  6. A test commercial

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A song in an ad and what happened next

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 reading
The Lighthouse
Slowly but surely I finish my current reads in old fashioned style one after the other.


I finished

- Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog 
 is 
THE MONUMENT 
which
deserved.

 Read my full review.



I'm

- 83 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
Small progress


No progress

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Was not in the right mood for the book.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Was not in the right mood for the book.



 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 two more digital copies found a new home on my reader.

I bought a digital copy of a high fantasy book written in my first language! I have expectations after reading the description of Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp.
"Knappe Liocas und Kriegerin Moriana erwachen am Schauplatz einer Katastrophe. Eine unbekannte Macht hat die Heere der Allianz von Valdora und der wilden Tequari vernichtet. Gemeinsam versuchen die Todfeinde herauszufinden, was geschehen ist. Gejagt von den Häschern des valdorischen Königs und den Inquisitoren der Hohen Priesterschaft stoßen sie auf eine mörderische Verschwörung geheimnisvoller Magier. Ihre Spur führt nach Amhas, ins Reich der Handelsfürsten und Söldnergilden, und erst dort offenbart sich das ganze Ausmaß der Bedrohung. Hinter der letzten Pforte werfen die Strahlen der Schwarzen Sonne ihr verzehrendes Licht auf die Welt Caldris." [Source]
I have had a first look and to my surprise there is an airship in the very first pages. Furthermore there is magic, a prophecy and intrigues.

The second digital copy reflects my rising interest in science fiction. The description was promising enough to order a copy in advance.
I talk about Crashing Heaven ( digital June 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00SRXR5SW] by Al Robertson.
"A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.

With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.

Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?" [Source]
I tried to imagine the virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to the mind of the main character but it seems I need more input. That will be an interesting read.



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...


PETA and history
Not sure if you know PETA (= People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). From my point of view it is a honorable aim to fight against animal abuse. But it seems that sometimes they overshot the mark. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is one of the oldest pubs in England.
"In a letter sent to the pub this morning, PETA suggest updating its name one more time to Ye Olde Clever Cocks – in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens." [Source]
To be honest will the change of a pub name prevent any animal abuse? This pub presents part of the history and I'm no friend of changing history.
There is an excellent post by author Clare Mulley regarding this topic over at The History Girls which I recommend to read in case you are interested in this matter.





AI art
AI (artificial intelligence) and art is an interesting combination. I do not want to say more except you should really visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy

Android Dreams: Google’s Neural Network Reveals AI Art



Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from?
If you think it all started with the internet then your guess is as bad as my guess.
I have to thank author Anna Castle for her enlightening post her blog. Please read the post with the wonderful header





The forgotten underground cathedrals
London underground is full of them and they are still in good order. It must be amazing to visit these constructions built in Victorian era. As far as I know the access is limited and therefore it is great to see at least some photographs. There is a small collection over at Atlas Obscura shared with following post:




Unusual Theme Parks
Not only children like to visit theme parks. Did you ever visit one of these extraordinary theme parks presented over at Dark Roasted Blend with following post



A test commercial
It seems except the time we sleep we are bombarded with ads and commercials. I must say the majority of commercials is boring. But fortunately there are people with fresh ideas like shown in the following video created by people studying at the University of Applied Science  and Art Department Design in Dortmund, Germany.  Have a look at the following commercial which I like a lot.




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.

Summertime.
Time to have some fun and it seems there will be a funny movie hitting the cinemas in July.
I like actor  Peter Dinklage a lot. His performance as Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series is brilliant.
I look forward to see him in the upcoming movie Pixels which seems to be a funny movie. There is a fine line between funny and tom foolish and I hope the movie will not cross this border.
Have a look at the second official international trailer.



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


Quotes

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

A life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author, 1917 - 2008

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog by Ray Ziemecki

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Dear Readers,

today is Saturday, June 27th 2015 and a couple of minutes ago, I finished a book which touched me at the bottom of my heart. It left me deeply affected and I needed an outlet for my thoughts and emotions. There was no one at home I could talk to except our cat. Then I switched on my PC and started to write instead and this is the result. 

We all have dreams and it is most joyful when a dream comes true. I  do not know how author Ray Ziemecki felt when he became a published novelist at age 78!! [Source].

I only know how I felt when I finished Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.

"It's 1914, the eve of the Great War. After a lengthy absence Holmes returns to Baker St. But, what has happened to bring about the shocking condition he was in? What strange adventure has reduced him to such an appalling state? Can Dr. Watson bring him back? And then came that chill winter night when Holmes stepped out of the front door and simply disappeared.

Gone in the fog." [Source]
After reading the 290 pages which are divided into eleven consecutive numbered chapters followed by a remarkable epilogue it is time for thoughts and emotions.

My brain is like a beehive which fits perfectly to the mentioned The Apiarist Handbook.
please bear with me when I deliver my thoughts not in a perfect order.

First of all it is important to state that this is definitely a Dr. John H Watson story. Even if the famous detective is mentioned in the title and despite his appearances within the story it is Ray Ziemecki's homage to one of his literary history’s most beloved characters.
After reading Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert RyanSherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog was  the second book celebrating Dr. John H Watson.

It is the love of this character which makes this book extraordinary in the universe of Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm pretty sure that it will be impossible for me to read all existing and still to come Sherlock Holmes stories until I die. But that is not my target. I'm more than happy when I can follow especially Dr. John H Watson during such emotional adventures as delivered with Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog.

At this point it is important to tell you that I love to read Holmes and Watson stories but I'm far beyond to be a profound expert of all Holmes and Watson related stuff which are called Sherlockians.
If you want to know more about it please follow the links at the end of the review.

For now let me tell you that Ray Ziemecki stuck to the Canon of Sherlock Holmes and all the dates I use refer to the Table of Major Events by Leslie S. Klinger.

Now follow me or to be more precise meet Dr. John H Watson  in London on the eve of World War I.
By 1900 in Britain life expectancy was about 47 for a man and about 50 for a woman. In 1914 Watson turned 62 and Holmes turned 60. That means they have been old and both lived a demanding life and there will come the time where such a life take its toll.
Holmes returns from a case in a critical condition. Watson fears the worst. He spends all his energy to nurse Holmes who does not want to talk about what happened. Watson has to fight against the repeated calls for Holms' service from the Government in form of his brother Mycroft Holmes who is seven years Sherlock's senior!
Despite the fact that he was far to be fully recovered, Sherlock Holmes served again his country and collapsed. After a stay in hospital it is Watson who nurse him again. Sherlock is not more than a shadow of his former self. But due to the intense and caring effort of Watson Sherlock made a little progress. He seemed to be on a good way until the evening when Sherlock went to buy tobacco for his pipe and did not return - Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog
What happened to Sherlock Holmes?
The answer is delivered in the second part where a sick with a fever, a starting pneumonia, injured and weakened Watson set every available wheel in motion in search for Holmes.
This is the time where Watson shows his true heart and surpassed himself. It is also the part where the talent of Ray Ziemecki shines even more brightly than in the first part.
He is a master of describing Watson's emotions and the threefold inner dialogue is excellent. There is Watson himself with his thoughts and the devil who mocks him. The following quote is an example for that:

"Quoth the devil:
"Little Dr. Watson's, playing in the rain,
trying to ignore lots and lots of pain,
searching all in vain.
He keeps on trying,
doesn't know he's dying.
Thinks that I'm lying ..
Ha! Ha! Ha!" [p. 249]
But there is also light in the dark. It is Sherlock Holmes who is giving advice and stands as firm as a rock against the devil's mocking.
There are such intense passages where I really felt Watson's pain.
 
Will Watson and all the helping hands rescue Sherlock Holmes? The answer is no secret. But there is a price to pay from everyone involved.


Beside all the inner dialogues and action Ray Ziemecki  delivers a vivid description of London, the living in different quarters and remains of the nearly vanished Victorian era. It is that down-to-earth that poor people from the bottom of social classes do not speak proper English. In parts it was a challenge for me because English is not my first language.

Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog ends with an epilogue. It was a real surprise for me.


Kudos to Ray Ziemecki !

 It takes passion, love and endurance to let a dream come true. To present such a debut at the age of 78 is unbelievable. It is the admirable example that age is no limit for dreams.

Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog 
 is 
THE MONUMENT 
which
deserved.


I want to read more books by Ray Ziemecki. starring Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes. He is currently working on his second book Holmes and Watson: The Twilight Years which will be published in 2016.

Therefore I hope and wish that Ray Ziemecki will live
LONG AND PROSPER





Additional Information

There are many sites and organisations who deliver information about Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
As promised I share with you the links of the ones I like

 always1895
Sherlockian.net
Sherlockian-Sherlock
The Baker Street Babes





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1525

2 comments
Dear Readers,

You may have been a bit surprised because there was no Weekend Wave on Saturday.
The reason is quite simple. I did not write one. Why??
I was too tired and fell asleep far too early. Seems my body and mind wanted a longer rest.



ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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



  1. Reading progress 
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. The Cassa Trilogy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Postman's Park
  2. Nature strikes back
  3. First manned flight
  4. Battle of Waterloo

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A song in an ad and what happened next

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 sleep
The Lighthouse
Once more I did not finish a book. Beside that I started one new book and finished one of my current reads. All in all not to bad when I look at the time available for reading.





I finished

- Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"She did it again!
E. L. Tettensor delivered a powerful and strong sequel to "Darkwalker".
This time there is less supernatural and more dark crime fiction.
Excellent characters and more inforamtion about the world in story full if twist and turns and a lot of deaths."


I'm

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.


- 110 pages in Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
So far a book about friendship with heartbreaking moments. It is more a Dr Watson book; excellent so far
 


- 63 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
Small progress

I did not finish



No progress

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Was not in the right mood for the book.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Was not in the right mood for the book.



 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 go one digital copy for free.
Of course I could not resist to download the digital copy of

Sherlock Holmes and the Adler Papers ( digital May 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00XWA0LGI] by John Hall.
"In this highly thrilling mystery, Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson embark on a mission to find a stolen photograph in order to save the King of Bohemia.

A year prior to this, Holmes and Watson had been on a similar adventure, trying to retain this same photograph from the grasp of the clever Mrs Norton (then Miss Adler).

However, with that mystery resolved to the satisfaction of the King, the original photo has now been stolen from Mrs Norton by Karl, his illegitimate brother, and his cousin, Gottfried who would inherit the throne should anything happen to the current King.

The photograph shows evidence of a scandal that will threaten the idea of a peace treaty to be signed by Scandinavian royalty.

Unless the Bohemian King abdicates from the throne, the photos and letters will be shown publicly, the Scandinavian king would not then sign the treaty and as a result there would be a terrible civil war.

Mrs Norton, the subject of the picture, leads the of men on a chase that is seemingly simple, but as soon as Holmes and Watson arrive in Bohemia, there are complications and a thread of lies that make it a harder for Holmes and Watson to get to the bottom of the problem.

It is a journey that both Holmes and Watson find to be full of twists and turns right until the very end. The question is, can the two men solve the crime in time before all enemies of the King rise to power?" [Source]







THE CASSA TRILOGY

It all started with  CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  I presented my review on October 17th 2010.

 On December 21st 2011, I presented my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

On September 17th 2013, I presented  my review of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


I think each review shows how much I love this series. In case you still have not read the trilogy or you would like to get all  three books in one digital copy then you should read following information kindly delivered by the author himself:


Release date - June 22 2015

CassaSeries
By Alex J. Cavanaugh 
ISBN 9781939844118
Price - $5.99 eBook boxed set
Science fiction/adventure (FIC028010) and science fiction/space opera (FIC028030)


 
The Amazon Best-Selling Series!

CassaStar - Few options remain for Byron. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth to his instructor, Bassa. As war brews on the edge of space, Bassa must make a decision that could decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission destined to stretch their abilities to the limit?

CassaFire - Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters behind him, the detection of alien ruins sends him to the planet of Tgren. Forced to train a Tgren named Athee and deal with an eager young scientist, he feels invaded. Tensions mount as the ruins reveal a potential weapon, plunging him further into the chaos. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

CassaStorm - Commanding the base on Tgren, Byron watches as a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the planet. When the war hits Tgren, it triggers nightmares in his son. The ancient alien ship begins transmitting a deadly code and the probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago returns. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Find it here:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.



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...


Postman's Park
I'm really interested in Victorian era and in Victorian London but so far I did not know Postman's Park in London.  It was My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning who enlightened me with following post:



Nature strikes back
What happens with abandoned villages within 50 years? One answer is delivered over at the WebUrbanist.



First manned flight
I learned in school about the Orville brothers and their successful  flight in 1903. But is this really true? There is a most interesting and informative post by author Ann Swinfen over at The History Girls.




Battle of Waterloo
In the past days the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo has been celebrated.
Adventures in Historyland presented two quite impressive post in word and painting about the first six hours and the last six hours of the battle.Be aware that you will need some time to discover both.





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.

This week I show you something different.

 I must say that I don't watch much TV. Mostly news and a few reports. Last week there was an ad before the news with a part of a song as soundtrack which aroused my interest.
It did not take long to find out that it was an the old Wanda Jackson song Funnel of Love from 1961. It also did not take long to find it over at YouTube.
I have been totally mesmerized by the song and listen to it whenever possible.


So far it is nothing unusual. It changed when I found following version of the song played at 33 rpm.
It is no problem to identify the song. The most interesting thing is the change of  Wanda Jackson's voice. Incredible!

Wanda Jackson turns 78 in October 2015 and is still performing - KUDOS!!.
Here is a video from 2011.



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


Quotes

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

A life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"[...]so convincing were those dreams of being awake that he woke from them in a state of complete exhaustion, and had to go straight back to sleep again.

From Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, US novelist 1923 - 1999

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1524

2 comments
Dear Readers,

I can't really explain but the last week was a bit strange. I slept more than usual and felt a bit unmotivated. Maybe that is not the right description. I think was more the amount of things I would like to do but I could not decide which one to start first. So I ended with collecting information which is not that bad as it sounds and it has to be done sooner or later.
At least I started to write two reviews and I hope to finish them within next week.
I remember my plan to write 24 reviews in 2015 which means two reviews per month. So far I wrote and posted seven.


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. Collage
  2. Victorian Art
  3. Street lightning and nocturnal activities

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Martian
  2. Sword Coast Legends

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 mysterious
The Lighthouse
After I finished I wanted to read more science fiction. So I started a new book beside the three I'm currently reading.




I finished

- Dark Run (digital, 4th June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T5H3YIO] by Mike Brooks
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ichabod Drift - a remarkable name for a main character. He is the captain of space ship with a faster than light power unit. Ichabod gathered an interesting crew. Each member has secrets and it is a strict rule on board that none is forced to talk about his\her past.

My favorite character is Jenna who is a really talented hacker.

The story starts with a bang and delivers action, character insight and unexpected turns. The first job ends quite soon and there is a short period where from my point of view lingers a bit and some of the events ended with a bit too simply solutions.

Dark Run is a good entry in the world of space opera. The interaction between the characters is well done and I would like to read more about Ichabod Drift and his crew.

This is a 4.5 star novel."

I'm

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.

 

- 176 pages  Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
Halfway through and it is good.

- 55 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
It is not exactly what I expected but not bad. Will see what will happen when the real treasure hunt starts.




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


As promised last week I present the rest of the books he is the second part of books I bought/received since the last Weekend Wave before my holiday. I present the books in no specific order.

I'm a series junkie and most of the books I show you today belong to series.

So far I read  The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez which is the first book  and enjoyed it a lot. Therefore I could not withstand to buy a copy of  Suffer the Little Children ( digital 27th March 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00VC5V6JQ] by Ann Swinfen.

"In Elizabethan London, no child is safe. Children are misused and exploited by parents, masters, strangers, and society at large. Even the children of the rich are in danger. When a five-year-old heiress to great estates is kidnapped, Christoval Alvarez, the players of James Burbage’s company, and a disreputable group of child beggars all become involved in the search. At Seething Lane, matters are approaching a crisis. Sir Francis Walsingham is dying and, as Thomas Phelippes struggles to hold the intelligence service together, he receives information that another attack on the Queen is planned. The identity of the assassin is unknown, but Phelippes does know the place and the date – Whitehall Palace on the day of the Twelfth Night Revels." [Source]


With a digital copy of Bryant and May The Bleeding Heart (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the eleventh book in the Bryant and May Mystery series, I'm just one book behind the available 12 books.
"It’s a fresh start for the Met's oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that's not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Stranger still, in the moments between when he was last seen alive and found dead on the pavement, someone has changed his shirt...

Much to his frustration, Arthur Bryant is not allowed to investigate. Instead, he has been tasked with finding out how someone could have stolen the ravens from the Tower of London. All seven birds have vanished from one of the most secure fortresses in the city. And, as the legend has it, when the ravens leave, the nation falls…

Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers, explore an eerie funeral parlour and unearth the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and the symbol of the Bleeding Heart seems to turn up everywhere - it’s even discovered hidden in the PCU’s offices. And when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to the headquarters of a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined, and that everyone is hiding something. The Grim Reaper walks abroad and seems to be stalking him, playing on his fears of premature burial.

Rich in strange characters and steeped in London’s true history, this is Bryant & May’s most peculiar and disturbing case of all." [Source]



Last year I bought a copy of the first book in the Far-Called trilogy but did not find time to read it. Despite that I bought a digital copy of  Foul Tide's Turning (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q363Y3A] by Stephen Hunt which is the second book in the series.
"Jacob Carnehan rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war – one in which he is hopelessly overmatched – and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far.

Carter Carnehan has gone from slave to revolutionary – but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire?

The Carnehans are about to find out…" [Source]

I think to buy a copy of a book in a series where I did not read even the first book is a classic symptom for a book hunter and gatherer.

But this is just the top of the iceberg. The next book is even better because it is the third book in a series ......



I still love to read books set in Victorian London and the following book is the third in the Gower Street Detective series.
As I mentioned before, so far I did not read the two previous ones.
Death Descends on Saturn Villa (digital, 4th June 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00PULYUQE] by M.R.C. Kasasian.
"London: 1883

125 Gower Street was once a house of justice, truth and perspicacity. Now madness, murder and scandal lurk in its empty halls. It is rumoured that its owner Sidney Grice - London's foremost personal detective - has been driven to the brink of despair.

But, as will all good stories, we must begin at the beginning. With Sidney Grice journeying to Yorkshire to solve a mysterious death. And with March Middleton, his ward, left to her own devices in a London swarming with danger and vice.

Curiosity, as we know, has a dark edge. So when an intriguing letter leads March to the gates of the palatial Saturn Villa, and into the nightmarish world of her long-lost uncle, it could be the beginning of an end, for all..." [Source]
There have been three reasons why I bought a digital copy of The Wake of the Dragon (digital, December 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B0080UVQIW] by Jaq D. Hawkins.
The copy has been offered for 0.99 EUR which is really cheap. Furthermore I like steampunk and airships and finally the description aroused my interest.
"No sane airshipman will fly near a storm, but the cover of storm edge offers effective concealment for airship pirates who can strike quickly from above before anyone knows a ship is near. With the protection of Aide, the goddess of air travel, one airship defies the elements to seek fortune for the rag tag aerialists who make up the pirate crew.

The elements are the least of their problems when they find themselves saddled with an airsick clerk, a crewmember suspected of working for the East India Company and a love sick farm girl whose headstrong misconceptions compel her to seek adventure where no decent woman would wander unescorted.

Battling businessmen, mechanoids and villagers armed with torches and pitchforks, Captain Bonny must decide who to trust, and if the only rational course of action is one of apparent madness." [Source]

I have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. I like it when Dr. Watson plays a major part since I read Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan. That is the main reason why I bought a copy of Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
"It's 1914, the eve of the Great War. After a lengthy absence Holmes returns to Baker St. But, what has happened to bring about the shocking condition he was in? What strange adventure has reduced him to such an appalling state? Can Dr. Watson bring him back? And then came that chill winter night when Holmes stepped out of the front door and simply disappeared.

Gone in the fog." [Source]
I was really surprised when I read that Ray Ziemecki became a published novelist at age 78!!
And I was even more surprised and impressed when I read that he is working on a sequel!!





Now I come to the last book for today.I think I would not have bought a digital copy without viewing a documentation about Mary Shelley a few days ago which brought up the name Frankenstein in my mind. While checking new releases the title Brother, Frankenstein aroused my interest together with a robot on the cover.
Then I read the description and I was hooked. A lot of interesting topics in one book. Witness starring Harrison Ford popped up in my mind beside other stuff.
Then I read following over at Amazon:
"Body of a killer, mind of a child, heart of a hero...
SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE OF .99! REGULARLY $4.99" ......
and bought immediately a digital copy of


Brother, Frankenstein (digital, June 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Michael Bunker

"Dr. Chris Alexander, a technological genius and borderline sociopath, has designed an advanced cybernetic life form from prototype decommissioned military drones and top-secret experimental DARPA technology. The HADroid was supposed to be a military grade robot with the transplanted heart and brain of a human donor that would "transform" into a devastating state of the art war machine when activated by its onboard human operator. But when the mad doctor steals the dying child of a simple Amish couple and transplants the brain and cardiovascular system of their dying eleven year old autistic son into the incredibly lethal robot the dark forces of government come looking for their investment. Dr. Alexander and the monster escape into another Amish community to hide among the plain folk while Frank, the autistic eleven year old boy trapped inside the body of the world's most deadly robot, befriends another child who will help the prisoner inside the machine to leave the world of autism and understand what it means to be human and Amish. But tensions arise among the plain and pacifistic yet closed minded Amish as they begin to suspect just what kind of technological monstrosity is hiding among them, and before long hard men who do the government's most dirty deeds will come looking for a killing machine only to find a boy named Frank who has the power to defend a closed society from the worst of the world." [Source]
ATTENTION! 
SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE OF .99! REGULARLY $4.99 from June 8th to June 14th


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For more information please visit the official Brother, Frankenstein site.


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...



Collage
Do you like collage? then you may like the special ones shown over at the WebUrbanist.



Victorian Art
Victorian people liked to read fairy tales. There is an impressive collection of fairy tale art available over at Dark Roasted Blend.




Street lightning and nocturnal activities
17th century London changed with the introduction of street lightning in form of increasing nocturnal activities. There is an enlightening post over at The Public Domain Review.





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


Movies

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

I think it was inevitable turn the following book into a movie.
The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir.

"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]
I highly recommend to read it before the movie. It does not matter if you know how it ends. It will be interesting to see the visualisation of the book
I reviewed The Martian in January 2015.

I hope the movie will be as good as the book. Here is the first trailer.




My wife and I stopped to play video games on a PC. For us it is much more convenient to sit on an armchair with a wireless controller. and playing on PS3 or PS4.
One thing I miss so far is  a game similar to Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale.for video game consoles.
But that will change with Sword Coast Legends. The PC version will be released in 2015 and the PS4 version will be released in 2016.
The following 10 minute game play trailer shows 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.

A life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, 1879 - 1955

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1523

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Dear Readers,

I'm back. I have to admit that the break took longer than originally planned.
In May I spent two weeks together with my wife on the Baltic Sea coast near Poland.
I must say I was not aware of the level of exhaustion I showed at the beginning of the holiday. I spent the first days with doing nearly nothing. I even lacked the power to read. Just enjoying fresh air and the sea.
I appreciated to have one more free week after our return. Last week I returned to work and now I feel ready to continue with my blog.

I decided to have a slow and smooth start. That means I will talk about the books I bought in the past weeks this week and next week.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress 
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. Holiday reading list 
  3. I look forward to the release of ...
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Missing Genre
  2. The shortest war in history
  3. A lighthouse in motion
  4. Households that refuse to move

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4

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 nature
The Lighthouse
Since 9th of May 2015 I stopped reading one book, I finished six books and started another four books. I definitely wanted to read more during my holiday but that did not happen. I needed more rest.



I finished

Chasm City (pb, digital) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B000OIZUH6] by Alastair Reynolds.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
""Life's what you make it."

This is the very last sentence of an extraordinary and fascinating piece of science fiction.
A multi-layered and complex story told in a satisfying style.
I'm still impressed."



-   Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1909679337] by David Barnett

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The steampunk adventure of Gideon Smith and Maria, the mechanical girl continues with action and mystery in an alternate America and the Lost World of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I liked it as much as the first book. Now I look forward to book three which seems to take place in England and the mentioning of Jack the Ripper in the title is promising "


- Windchill (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0XK22A] by Ed James.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The sixth book in the series delivered two cases on the same high level as the previous five books.

If you really looking for an excellent crime series with most interesting cases, extraordinary characters development then I highly recommend to read the Scott Cullen series.

Fingers crossed book seven will be out before end of 2015."


- Bottleneckl (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IZNBA44] by Ed James.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ed James is my favorite crime writer!

The fifth novel in the Scott Cullen series and like the predecessors it does not disappoint.

A lot of twits and turns combined with continuously development of Scott Cullen and other characters delivers an excellent and great read.

Can't wait to read the next book after how this one ended...."


- Among Wolves (digital, 21st May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Nancy K. Wallace.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Knowledge is power!
You will underline this sentence after reading this amazing debut novel which tends to be more a historical fantasy with a French background.

Lovable characters, good world building, secrets, amazing story with only a few death. Among wolves does not belong to the world of grim dark fantasy.
For me it ended with a cliffhanger.
I can't wait to read how the story will continue."


Steamtown - Die Fabrik (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WSCLPRU] by Carsten Steenbergen and T.S. Orgel
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"From time to time I read books in my first language and I'm so happy that I picked up this awesome steampunk crime novel.

Das Buch ist ein Knaller!
Ich bin so froh, dass ich diesen vorzüglichen Steampunk Krimi entdeckt habe.
Großartige Story, die Stoff für Folgebände bietet.
Vielschichtige Story mit Verwicklungen, Ränkespiele, Verschwörungen, interessante Charaktere und viel Action.

Bitte, bitte, bitte mehr davon!!! "





I'm

- 48 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Preparation for the long journey

- 115 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Dark and mysterious

- 124 pages  Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
Mysterious and exciting


- 154 pages in Dark Run (digital, 4th June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T5H3YIO] by Mike Brooks
Great characters, interesting story, believable tech.





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


The is the first part of books I bought/received since the last Weekend Wave. The rest will follow next week. I present the books in no specific order.

Once a while I read books in my first language. I'm more than happy that I picked up the following steampunk crime novel. Excellent stuff.
Steamtown - Die Fabrik (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WSCLPRU] by Carsten Steenbergen and T.S. Orgel
"Auf den Stufen der Bakers Hall von Steamtown liegt eine bestialisch zugerichtete Leiche. Der junge Agent Eric van Valen wird zusammen mit dem abgehalfterten Pater und Ætheromanten Siberius Grand und dem seltsamen Forensiker Mister Ferret vom Ministerium Seiner Majestät beauftragt, den Mörder zu finden - oder wenigstens jemanden, der schuldig genug aussieht. Doch was als simple Mordermittlung in der Unterwelt der von Plasmalicht und Kohlefeuer erhellten Stadtmetropole beginnt, scheint tiefer zu gehen und konfrontiert sie mit ihren düstersten Albträumen. Albträume, in denen höllische Geschöpfe auf die drei Ermittler lauern, dunkle Vergangenheiten und eine Verschwörung, die die Stadt Steamtown in ihren Grundfesten erschüttert." [Source]




As you could read above I read and like the following book a lot.
Among Wolves (digital, 21st May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Nancy K. Wallace.

"Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé's University, and there is just one more task he wants to complete - to preserve a complete history of Llisé.

The history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair, filled with harmony, resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling. Nothing untoward ever happens in this peaceful land. Or does it?

Trainee archivist Devin Roché has just taken his finals at the prestigious Académie. As the sixth son of the ruler of Llisé, his future is his own, and so he embarks on an adventure to memorize stories chronicling the history of each province.

As Devin begins his journey with only his best friend Gaspard and their guardian Marcus, he hears rumors of entire communities suddenly disappearing without a trace and of Master Bards being assassinated in the night.

As the three companions get closer to unearthing the truth behind these mysteries, they can't help but wonder whether it is their pursuit that has led to them.
But if that is the case, what do Llisé and Devin's father have to hide?" [Source]


Dark Run (digital, 4th June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T5H3YIO] by Mike Brooks
"The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past.

But when a face from Captain Ichabod Drift’s former life send them on a run to Old Earth, all the rules change.

Trust will be broken, and blood will be spilled." [Source]

This year I read more science fiction than the last year and it seems I just pick the raisin for me. One of the raisin is definitely the following book. So far I read half of it and I don't think that my mind will change.



The description of the following book intrigued me. This is the first book in the new space opera series The Dark Angels.
Pelquin's Comet (digital, 4th June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T5H3YIO] by Ian Whates.
"In an age of exploration and expansion, the crew of the freetrader Pelquin’s Comet – a rag-tag group of misfits, ex-soldiers and ex-thieves – set out to find a cache of alien technology, intent on making their fortunes; but they are not the only interested party and find themselves in a deadly race against corporate agents and hunted by the authorities. Forced to combat enemies without and within, they strive to overcome the odds under the watchful eye of an unwelcome guest: Drake, agent of the bank funding their expedition, who is far more than he seems and may represent the greatest threat of all." [Source]






The following book is the second one in the Never War series. I hope it will be as good as the first one.
The Blood Red City (pb, May 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0091955991] by Justin Richards.
"The alien Vril are waking, and the Never War is heating up. Colonel Brinkman and his team at Station Z desperately need answers – they have to discover exactly what they are facing and how the attack will come. But the information doesn’t come easily. With a major Vril offensive imminent, the Nazis step up their own project to exploit Vril weapons and technology.

Leo Davenport finds himself fighting with the Greek resistance as he struggles to solve an ancient mystery. Major Guy Pentecross must travel to the ruined deathtrap of the most dangerous city in the world to track down the one man who can help.

From a spaceship crash in Bavaria in 1934 to the rat-infested devastation of Stalingrad, from the ancient ruins of occupied Greece to the bombed-out streets of London, the second book of the Never War series continues a secret history of the Second World War in which humanity itself is fighting for survival…" [Source]

The last book for today is the second book in the fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns. I know that the third book will be out in July 2015. This is a series I want to have as real books. Therefore I had to wait for this book several months and I assume that will happen with book three too.
The Shadow Throne City (pb, June 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451418074]  by Django Wexler
"The King of the Vordan is on his deathbed. Soon his daughter, Raesinia will be the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a target for those who seek to control her. The most dangerous is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information, and master of the secret police. He is the most feared man in the kingdom, and he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy.

But Raesinia has found unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass. As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could shatter Orlanko’s powers, but perhaps at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke’s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise." [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...


Missing Genre
What happens with books which do not fit into a genre? Author Christopher Fowler shares his experiences with his famous Bryant & May series.




The shortest war in history
Wars had and have an impact on our history. Do you know the shortest war in history? I admit I didn't before I read following post over at the  Dawlish Chronicles.



A lighthouse in motion
This is an amazing story. To move a complete lighthouse from one place to another in order to rescue it. For details please have a look at following post.




Households that refuse to move
It happens that you have to move your household due to a new motorway or other reasons. But there are people who refuse to move. I'm not sure if they will be happy with the new situation.
Have a look at some examples over at the WebUrbanist.



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.

No movie trailer this week.
Despite our age my wife and I love to play video games. On 4th of June Bethesda released the first trailer for Fallout 4.  That put a big smile on my face. If you ever played a Fallout game then you will know that these games deliver great game play and excellent story telling. I really look forward to play Fallout 4 on our PS4.
In the meantime more than 10.800.000 people watched the trailer. I'm sure I'm not the only one who like it.

There will be more information about the game soon.
"Tune into Bethesda’s E3 Showcase on Sunday, June 14th at 7:00pm PT to see the world premiere of the game."

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.

For me it seems mankind veer away from the intention described in following quote .........


"My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.

Jane Goodall, English primatologist, 1934 -
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