Saturday, July 25, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1530

4 comments
Dear Readers,

the hot summer weather in Germany takes a break- at least for a few days. I'm so happy a about it.
It is a benefaction to have a relaxing sleep during the night.

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. Alt Hist Poll
  2. Meet a 16th century surgeon
  3. Incredible paperwork

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fan made trailer - Pandora's Star
  2. Fan made introduction - Pandora's Star

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 poetry
The Lighthouse
It takes a while to read a book with 856 pages.



I finished

- no book


I'm

- 169 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Again a small progress.


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

- 559 pages in Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton
I'm totally fascinated by the scope of the book. So many different characters, advanced technology, history, descriptions from clothing details to planetary systems AND everything is somehow connected!

No progress

Nothing to tell





 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

Real books. It is still a pleasure to get real books. Last week I got three of them. My daughter surprised me with following three books. I was pleased and happy because two of these books have been on my wish list for a while. All three are related to my favourite town London. But it is the London of the past I like.

Let me start with the biggest surprise.
London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green.
"Dr Matthew Green explores the sights and sounds of London through history. This is a fascinating and unique guide to the capital that takes the reader off the beaten track and into unexplored territory.

This book allows the reader to travel through time to six key periods in the history of London. From Shakespeare to the plague, medieval London to the swinging 60s, readers can totally immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of our capital at each particular moment.

It's vividly written, and after reading this book you'll never rush through the streets of Covent Garden or St Paul's again without pausing for at least a moment to think of all the mad characters and epic lives that ran through the same streets centuries before.

Whether you are a tourist looking for an alternative way to see the city, or a Londoner that wants to learn more about the world around you, this is a must-have guide." [Source]
I must say this sounds really intriguing to me and the following video where Dr Matthew Green talks about his book supports the content in a vivid way.




I love to read about Victorian London and I like to discover the inhabitants of Victorian London. I do not glorify this period of time because  I know it has not been a good period of time especially for women and children.

The following two books should deliver what I want to know. Both books look at the inhabitants and it will be interesting to read how each author approach the topic.
I really appreciate that both books contain photographs.


Victorian London ( pb, 2006)[ISBN-13: 978-0753820902] by Liza Picard.
"Like her previous books, this book is the product of the author's passionate interest in the realities of everyday life - and the conditions in which most people lived - so often left out of history books.

This period of mid-Victorian London covers a huge span: Victoria's wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostitution, crime, prisons and transportation; the public utilities - Bazalgette on sewers and road design, Chadwick on pollution and sanitation; private charities - Peabody, Burdett Coutts - and workhouses; new terraced housing and transport, trains, omnibuses and the Underground; furniture and decor; families and the position of women; the prosperous middle classes and their new shops, e.g. Peter Jones, Harrods; entertaining and servants, food and drink; unlimited liability and bankruptcy; the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti-semitism; the Empire, recruitment and press-gangs.

The period begins with the closing of the Fleet and Marshalsea prisons and ends with the first (steam-operated) Underground trains and the first Gilbert & Sullivan." [Source]


The Victorians ( pb, 2003)[ISBN-13: 978-0099451860] by A. N. Wilson.
"People, not abstract ideas, make history, and nowhere is this more revealed than in A. N. Wilson's superb portrait of the Victorians, in which hundreds of different lives have been pieced together to tell a story - one which is still unfinished in our own day. The 'global village' is a Victorian village and many of the ideas we take for granted, for good or ill, originated with these extraordinary, self-confident people. What really animated their spirit, and how did they remake the world in their view? In an entertaining and often dramatic narrative, A. N. Wilson shows us remarkable people in the very act of creating the Victorian age." [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...


Alt Hist Poll
One of the sites I follow is Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History - The new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Editor Mark Lord posted an interesting poll related to the question of free online reading. Take part by following the link



Meet a 16th century surgeon
Through all centuries men lost limps in battles. But what kind of replacement did they get? Meet one of the fathers of surgery over at The History Girls delivered by author Ann Swinfen




Incredible paperwork
I think you silhouette which is a wonderful art which seems to be on the way into oblivion. But paper is still important when it comes to art. There is a man who delivers incredible paper art by using a X-acto knife and tweezers.  Visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy








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 trailer this week.
I mentioned it several times how much I like to read Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton.

I'm not the only fan of the book. Today I would like to share with you two fan made videos which show how far appreciation for a book can go.

Fan made trailer - Pandora's Star

Fan made introduction - Pandora's Star


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.

Here is an unusual definition of poetry ....


"I have nothing to say, and I am saying it, and that is poetry.

John Cage, American composer, 1912 - 1992

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1529

4 comments
Dear Readers,

the weather in our region annoys and exhaust me.
It definitely hinders me to enjoy live. If I could I would return immediately to the Baltic Sea coast. The only thing which give me some comfort is the amazing book I'm currently reading:
Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton. I did not expect it to be that good. It will take a while to finish the book because the high temperatures have a negative impact on my reading speed.


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. Hellish Weather on Other Planets
  2. No place for me
  3. The gym alternative
  4. Bad conscience 
  5. An author and her book

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Heroes Reborn

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 time
The Lighthouse
Reading slowed down the past two weeks. But I'm happy that I continued my two current reads and started a new one which absorbed me.




I finished

Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp. This German high fantasy book delivers a lot of twists and turns, likable characters and a kind of medieval world mixed with magic driven airships."I'm happy that I read this book which shows there are also German fantasy authors who write great stories. The world is amazing and the characters are lovable and not to forget to mention the many twists and turns and a revelation at the end which give the perfect reason for a sequel." 


I'm

- 155 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
At least a small progress.


- 152 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
At least a small progress.

- 297 pages in Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton


No progress

Nothing to tell





 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

It is science fiction time. Reading Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton inspired my to buy following digital copies.

First of all I needed a digital copy of the second book in the Commonwealth Saga. Now Judas Unchained  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
is on my reader waiting that I finish Pandora's Star soon.
"The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from Britain's No. 1 Science Fiction writer

It is around the year AD2400 and a war between humans and Gaens is raging over many starsystems. Against this backdrop, Captain Wilson Kime confides to Paula Myo, chief investigator at the Intersolar Serious Crimes Directorate, his belief that humans are being manipulated. With the help of the one creature she can trust, Qatux, a Raiel, Paula Myo's team set out on an investigation to discover the unknown entity responsible for corrupting the humans, which leads to a race against time as both humans and Gaen hurry to deploy their new doomsday weapons." [Source]



Tracer ( digital July 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PW4O06Y] by Rob Boffard aroused my interest some month ago and I ordered a copy in advance which now has been delivered.
"In space,
Every. Second. Counts.

Our planet is in ruins. Three hundred miles above its scarred surface orbits Outer Earth: a space station with a million souls on board. They are all that remain of the human race.

Darnell is the head of the station’s biotech lab. He’s also a man with dark secrets. And he has ambitions for Outer Earth that no one will see coming.

Prakesh is a scientist, and he has no idea what his boss Darnell is capable of. He’ll have to move fast if he doesn’t want to end up dead.

And then there’s Riley. She’s a tracer – a courier. For her, speed is everything. But with her latest cargo, she’s taken on more than she bargained for. A chilling conspiracy connects them all.

The countdown has begun for Outer Earth – and for mankind." [Source]
In the meantime I found out that story of  Tracer which is  Rob Boffard's debut novel will be continued with Zero-G in January 2016.



Recently the first book in a hard-SF trilogy aroused my interest and when I saw a cheap offer for Roboteer ( digital July 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TXH9GHY] by Alex Lamb which is the first book in the Roboteer tilogy, I could not resist and bought a copy
"The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer. Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly. Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever...but at a cost." [Source]

The last book for today is something completely different. It has been published for the first time in 1982 and takes place a long way back into English history. It is about a man who died in 1485 at the age of 32. I talk about Richard III King of England for just two years. Yes, it is the man who is the subject for the play with the same name written by William Shakespeare.
I bought a digital copy of  The Sunne in Splendour ( first published in 1982, this digital edition  July 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B008NB2GI2] by  Sharon Penman.
"Richard, last-born son of the Duke of York, was three when the battle of St Albans began the War of the Roses, eight when his father and brother Edmund were brutally slain at Wakefield Green, nine when his resplendent brother Edward, aged nineteen, won the crown for York, and seven months short of his own nineteenth birthday when he bloodied himself at the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury, earning his legendary reputation as a battle commander and ending the Lancastrian line of succession. But Richard was far more than a warrior schooled in combat. He was also a devoted brother whose defence of George of Clarence continued even in the face of madness; whose loyalty to his brother the king endured even unto death, despite his distaste for Edward's libertine appetites and political expediency. And he was an ardent suitor. His all-consuming love for Anne Neville began in childhood. Wed at fourteen to Edouard of Lancaster in a loveless match and widowed six months later, she came to Richard afflicted with wounds of the soul that only his patient tenderness could heal. But heal they did and theirs became a marriage as remarkable for its consistency as for its ardour. Richard was indeed many things, patron of the arts, indulgent father, generous friend. Above all, he was a man of fierce loyalties, great courage and firm principles, who was ill at ease among the intrigues of Edward's court. The very codes Richard lived by betrayed him. But he was betrayed by history as well. Leaving no heir, his reputation was at the mercy of his successor; and Henry Tudor had too much at stake to risk mercy. Thus was born the myth of the man who would stop at nothing to gain the throne. Filled with the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and love of daily life, the rigours and dangers of Court politics and the touching concerns of very real men and women, The Sunne in Splendour is a richly coloured tapestry of medieval England." [Source]
I like historical fiction and this seems a really good book. This is definitely a book for dark and cold winter days with a mug of hot tea next to you.....

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...


Hellish Weather on Other Planets
Maybe I should not complain about the weather on planet Earth. It isn't any better on other planets as you can see on following post  over at Dark Roasted Blend. Have a look at




No place for me
Do you like mountains and are you free from giddiness? The you will like what you will see over at the WebUrbanist. For me this would be a real nightmare.





The gym alternative
Are you tired of running through the same park day by day? Your gym is boring you?
Then you may visit  Atlas Obscura who offer interesting alternatives ....





Bad conscience
Posts like the following one over at Bookworm Blues gnaw at my conscience, It reminds me of all the series I started to read and then lost contact after the first or second book.
Maybe I should take such kind of posts like the light beam of a lighthouse - showing something I forgot in the book ocean at home. It took me some time to find the books. But now they are in the front row on my book shelf ......



An author and her book
Publisher like to force their authors to talk about their books and I like to listen. Beside blog tours and book shop tours it is getting more an more common to use videos on YouTube.
In March 2015 I read  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN:B00LUJD700] by Becky Chambers and I loved it. A couple of days ago following video has been published and from my point of view Becky Chambers did a good job.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet  is an absolutely wonderful space opera. If you like that kind of stuff then read it.

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.



Heroes Reborn
Do you remember the TV series Heroes? The series has been aired in Germany too. I liked the first two seasons. After that I lost interest. Now the heroes return in the new series Heroes Reborn.
After watching the trailer I'm willing to give Heroes Reborn a try in case it will be aired in Germany.





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.

Do you remember the TV series Heroes? wear a wrist watch? I stopped to do that several years ago because there a so many possibilities to inform about current time. Nevertheless I like following quote because there is more behind than one might think ....


"A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

Segal's Law

Sunday, July 12, 2015

No Weekend Wave issue #1528

1 comments
Dear Readers,

I'm sorry to say that there will be no Weekend Wave this week.
Due to unexpected events I had/have to spend my time for other things.
Fortunately it is nothing serious but time consuming.

I will be back next week.

But I don't want to miss to show you what I look forward to see around Christmas time ...


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1527

1 comments
Dear Readers,

today it is time to talk about the weather in Europe. My wife and I suffer from the heat wave which started middle of last week. We do not cope well with temperatures between 34 and 40 °C (= 93.2 and 104°F). There is neither air conditioning at work nor at home. There is no time where I sleep well. The thermometer shows 28 °C (= 82.4 °F)  at 1:30 and also at 6:00 a.m despite the fact we open doors, windows and shutter during the night and the temperature outside drops to 25 C° in the small ours. I'm tired and exhausted after four days sleeping not more the four hours per night in too hot rooms. In my desperation I started to wear wet shirts which cool me down a bit for a short time.
I really, really hope the weather will change soon. Due to weather forecast a change is possible by middle of upcoming week.

Nevertheless I did not want to renounce this post.

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. Medieval armor
  2. Amsterdam 1886
  3. New skyscraper in Paris
  4. Firework illustrations from the past

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The first American television series starring Sherlock Holmes

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 advertising
The Lighthouse
As could not sleep due to the heat I spent more time for reading. I finished two books and I'm just 100 pages away from the end of the next book.



I finished

- Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Really entertaining space opera with well fleshed characters.
I look forward to the new adventures of the Comet crew.
It is remarkable that the author did not shy away from killing of one of the more important characters."

- The Atlantis Gene ( digital March 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by A. G. Riddle.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This was a reading experience.
I just wanted to know why so many people like this self published book.
I got a copy for less than one Euro.

I found the super short chapters annoying because it led to an impaired reading fluency.
The concept behind the story is intriguing. The characters are developable.
At least I found it interesting enough to decide to read the next book in the series too."


I'm

- 371 pages in Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp. This German high fantasy book delivers a lot of twists and turns, likable characters and a kind of medieval world mixed with magic driven airships.

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 four digital copies found a new home on my reader.

I bought a copy of  Blood and Iron ( digital July 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Y3EFAWW] by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin because I wanted to know how a well known fantasy author will cope with steampunk.
"A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh.

New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as 'hell with the lid off.'

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake's cousin, Veronique 'Nikki' LeClerque. Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nikki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake's courage, every bit of Rick's cunning, every scintilla of Nikki's bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable." [Source]

Did you ever read a punk rock urban fantasy? I didn't. But that will change with the digital copy of    I Kill Monsters ( digital February 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by Dennis Liggio.
"Mikkel and Szandor kill monsters. They're not government funded, they're not from a time-honored lineage of hunters, nor are they rich kids with lots of toys. They're two twenty-something brothers from the poor side of town who have taken it on themselves to rid the streets and underground of creatures who would prey on the innocent. Donning gas masks and using makeshift weaponry, they delve into the labyrinthine sewer system of New Avalon to grapple with snarling zombies, flesh-eating ghouls, insectoid hive creatures, and more. It's a dirty job and it rarely pays, but someone has to do it.

Hired by a woman from the rich side of town who believes she's being stalked by monsters, the two brothers think they've finally gotten an easy job that will pay well. But as they follow the clues, things are not adding up. Kidnappings, jackbooted commandos, and mysterious emails are just the beginning. Soon they find themselves involved in something bigger than monsters. It's anybody's guess whether they'll come through it alive, much less get paid.

I Kill Monsters is an exciting punk rock urban fantasy for those who enjoy their protagonists with a mouth on them and a weapon in their hands." [Source]


I wanted to know why so many people like The Atlantis Gene ( digital March 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by A. G. Riddle. Therefore I bought a digital copy.
"70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how. Now the countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin. Will we survive this time?

Only geneticist Kate Warner and counter-terrorism agent David Vale can save the future of humanity. But first they must learn to work together - and trust each other - as they race to unlock the truth of the Atlantis Gene...

An exhilarating thriller that reveals the secrets of modern science and ancient conspiracies, Nazi artefacts and alien technology, this is the ebook bestseller that took the US by storm. [Source]



I like books with many pages and I like science fiction.
I don't know for how long Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton has been on my to buy list. Now I own a digital copy of the first part of the Commonwealth Saga.

"Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such sf giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton’s bestselling fiction—powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills—has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora’s Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet.

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship’s mission for its own ends,.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

Could it be that Johansson was right?" [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...


Medieval armor
That means for me especially suit of armor. I asked myself how a knight would have coped with high temperatures like we have now in Germany. I must have been like inside a heated can. There is an interesting post over at Dark Roasted Blend. Have a look at





Amsterdam 1886
Do you know that the Netherlands did not go for war from 1833 to 1940? This is impressive when you look around what happened in Europe during this period of time. But there was a serious bloodshed in 1886. There is an enlightening post over at the Dawlish Chronicles. Just follow the link.




New skyscraper in Paris
All big cities around the world seem to be keen to get skyscrapers. Sometimes I think there is a challenge to be the town with the most highest one. But there is one town which took not part in the competition in the last 42 years. Thanks to the WebUrbanist for bringing up this to my attention. For details visit following post.


To be honest I'm not sure if it is a good idea to build such a glass tower in the middle of the town. I hope they checked the impact of sunshine before. Because if not the could face the same problems which appeared in London in 2013.




Firework illustrations from the past
Nowadays it is no problem to see pictures or videos showing fireworks. But what about fireworks which took place a long time ago? Fortunately there still exist firework illustrations from the past. There is a small collection available over at Atlas Obscura. Have a look at






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.

The first American television series starring Sherlock Holmes
It is no secret that I like Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes a lot.There are a lot of films and TV series starring Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes. And especially a lot of the old material is available on YouTube. You can view all 39 half-hour of the 1954 TV series over at the OnlineFilmCollection channel. So far I watched a third of the first episode. From my point of view the clothing looks too modern. Nevertheless will definitely watch some more episode as soon as I find time. In case you would like to have a look at the first episode then visit





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 .........


"Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Stephen Leacock, Canadian teacher and political scientist, 1869 - 1944
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