Sunday, August 30, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1535

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Dear Readers,
I'm sorry for the delay but yesterday I have been to tired to write the post. Happens....
Weather delivered again a weekend with hot temperatures. I'm happy that it will end in the night from Monday to Tuesday as weather forecast promised.


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. Alt Hist 8
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Henry Rider Haggard
  2. Epic Fantasy
  3. USS Macon
  4. Urban Simulator
  5. Fenestration

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 Fan Art and more
  2. A Game Epilogue

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 bravery
The Lighthouse
Another week without finishing a book passed by. At least some progress in my current reads. Seems I spent too much time with closed eyes ....



I finished

no book

I'm

- 211 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
Good stuff. Interesting news about relations and connections.


- 106 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Finished the first part which delivered some news. Now the real action will start.

- 140 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Truly Victorian.


No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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. I could not resist due to three facts: cheap offer (= 1,02 EUR, 1.14 USD, 0.75 GBP); Victorian crime story set in 1887 London, first book in a series.
The Malvern Murders (digital, revised in 2013)[KINDLE ASIN: 978-1633880528] by Kerry Tombs is the first book in the Inspector Ravenscroft series.

"1887. The year before the infamous 'Ripper' murders in London, and Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary fails to apprehend the murderer of a young girl. Reprimanded by his superiors, he is told to take a holiday in fashionable Malvern. After experiencing the rigours of the Water Cure treatment at the Tudor Hydropathic establishment, he is asked to help solve the murder of a prominent local business man - and soon uncovers a world of danger and deceit beneath the surface of genteel Malvern society.Before he can hope to solve the crime however, he must first strive to encounter the mysterious woman in black - and to survive the ancient curse of the Raggedstone Hill......" [Source]
So far the Inspector Ravenscroft series. consist of six books. I expected that all cases take place in London but to my surprise that is not true. Each sequel takes place in an other town. I must say I like it as much as the fact that Inspector Ravenscroft does not work alone. I look forward to meet Constable Tom Crabb.


Alt Hist 8
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]
I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 , Alt Hist Issue 5 and Alt Hist Issue 7.
Now editor Mark Lord posted good news.

Alt Hist Issue 8 – Pre-orders Available!!

 For details please visit the link above.


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...

Henry Rider Haggard
At lot of people know him as Rider Haggard. His name is inseparable connected to Allan Quartermain. Over at Interesting Literature you can read a collection of some interesting facts about the authors which you maybe not aware of.




Epic Fantasy
What is "Epic Fantasy"? Of course you find several definitions around the web. I like the one I found over at  Best Fantasy Books. Seems we can' live without definitions. But to be honest in the end it is the content that counts.
Don't worry I will not start a discussion about epic fantasy. In fact I want to inform you about an excellent post series over at The Wertzone. Adam Whitehead, who is the mastermind of the blog, started to write about the history of epic fantasy. So far he published two posts and they are excellent.




UPDATE 2015-09-30
In the meantime Adam Whitehead posted the next two parts






USS Macon
I live rigid airships. It is sad that these majestic giants of the air disappeared. The trigger for the decline was the tragic Hindenburg disaster. The US Navy also used rigid airships and one of them has been the USS Macon. She was only a couple of meters shorter than the Hindenburg. The xx crashed on 12 February 1935. Read about the xx and show a video of the wreck exploration over at The Old Salt Blog.

Wreck of the USS Macon — Flying Aircraft Carrier




Urban Simulator
When I read about urban simulator SimCity came up immediately in my mind. I could not believe what is under construction in the New Mexico desert. Go to WebUrbanist and have a look at this spectacular project:




Fenestration
That sounds like a boring topic but it isn't when goes about the future of fenestration. There are interesting things in progress as you can see over at the WebUrbanist in



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



Movies

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

I did not find an interesting trailer to share. Instead I like to share with you music related to games and interesting DLC (= down loadable content) for a video game.

FALLOUT 4 Fan Art and more
I really, really, really look forward to the release day of FALLOUT 4. Until then I play FALLOUT 3 and hope to finish the game until beginning of November. Time to play is as limited as time for reading.

In the meantime FALLOUT fans around the world are busy and some of the deliver stuff in a professional quality. One of them is Gavin Dunne, the guy behind the internet music project Miracle Of Sound.
Look at and listen to what he did for FALLOUT 4.

This is not the first time he did this.
Maybe you know the his contribution to the Game of Thrones TV series. Here we go:



A Game Epilogue
Like me you will know that normally a video game ends when you defeat the final boss and or you solve the final task. Regarding this Dragon Age Inquisition has been an exception to me.You can continue to play after you solved the main quest. Means you can complete collections of things and so on. Furthermore it was/is possible to extend game play by buying additional contend in form of DLC (= downloadable content).
My wife and I finished the game begin of summer but we were not really interested in the offered DLC. But that may change now with the last announced DLC "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser". This additional content is different from other. It is the try to deliver an epilogue to the game. It takes place two years after the events of the game and tries to deliver answers to open questions and the opportunity to define your legacy.
My wife and I are intrigued and hope that "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser" will not be too expensive.
This is the trailer.



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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....


"Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

Thomas Fuller, English historian and churchman, 1608 -1661

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Edi's Impression: Dragon's Destiny by Alex J. Cavanaugh

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Dear Readers,

what to write about a short story which fits perfectly to a book? I thought about it and this is my conclusion.


First  there was light .... oops.
Please apologise.

First there was the brilliant
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.

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


With his first standalone science fiction novel Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU]  Alex J. Cavanaugh opened a new chapter which tried to describe in my review.

I have had a pleasure to present a guest post written by the author himself on publishing day.
wrote about the secret power of the book - the power of love - which is an unusual science fiction theme.

Dragon of the Stars definitely has an end. But the future of sever characters remain uncertain. It was up to the reader to imagine how the story would continue.

No one knew which way Alex J. Cavanaugh would choose for his characters until 17th of August 2015 .....
On that specific day you could read following statement on the author's site



Dragon’s Destiny!

At the request of Truedessa, I have written a short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars.

This short story is available for free to anyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! Just send me an email (alexjcavanaugh AT earthlink.com), tell me what happens to Aden at the end of Dragon of the Stars, and tell me what format you want – ePub, Mobi, or PDF file.

Thanks to everyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! It still amazes and humbles me. To think I never even wanted to be an author...



My first thought when I read the news was:
"Incredible! Alex J. Cavanaugh is an author who loves his readers!"
I can't remember a similar action by an other author.

Even I was happy with the official end of  Dragon of the Stars, I was totally curious which path Alex J. Cavanaugh would take.
Without spoiling I can admit that Dragon's Destiny fits perfectly to Dragon of the Stars.
You need to know the bittersweet end of the Dragon of the Stars in order to fully understand and appreciate what Alex J. Cavanaugh did with Dragon's Destiny.Without change of the style he shifted the perspective of the main characters into something promising.
I would not go that far to say that it is the perfect end for those readers who prefer a kind of happily ever after. But it definitely soften the end of Dragon of the Stars.

I thought about the future of the main characters after I finished Dragon of the Stars.
For me there have been several options - in fact I thought there would be enough content for a sequel.
Nevertheless I'm thankful with the way Alex J. Cavanaugh opted. To give his readers a choice between two options offered by himself.
For me he just put in words one of the possibilities I was thinking of by myself.

Now it is up to the readers to choose. I go for the option Dragon of the Stars + Dragon's Destiny  + my own thoughts.

Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for excellent additional free content.

Let me finish with a proposal. Wouldn't it be nice to add Dragon's Destiny as an extra to Dragon of the Stars.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1534

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Dear Readers,

I can't express how happy I was last weekend when posted my review of 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman.
Today I have had the pleasure to read something special by author Alex J. Cavanaugh:
A short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] - my review.



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. Strychnine
  2. Seance
  3. Photographs
  4. North-East Passage

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

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 words
The Lighthouse
There was no time to finish a book. But I felt the need to pick up the book with following heavy with meaning sentence
Sherlock Holmes is dead ... and I have killed him.



I finished

no book

I'm

- 163 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
It is as good as the first book.


- 64 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Mickaela Capra is on the way to her first task

- 75 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Even this books shows that Sherlock Holmes is definitely immortal. I like how the author develop the characters.

No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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 a paperback copy of the sixth and final book in a series.
I talk about alluring Burton & Swinburne series by author Mark Hodder.
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats (pb, August 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-1633880528].
"Having returned from his expedition to the future, Burton reveals to the authorities what he witnessed there. In response, prime minister Disraeli initiates a programme whereby the empire's elite have their consciousnesses transferred into mechanical bodies, thereby ensuring eternal rule. As a brutal plutocracy emerges, Burton and Swinburne find themselves leading a revolution." [Source]
I look forward to discover how the series will end.








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...

Strychnine
I assume that most people know that it is a poison. For me it was a big surprise to discover how Strychnine was used in the late 19th and early 20th century. Read interesting and surprising details over at English Historical Fiction Authors



Seance
when you talk about seance sooner or later the name Helena Blavatsky comes into play. Read about a scandal she has been involved over at Atlas Obscura



Photographs
There is a lot what you can do with photographs. Look at the amazing results over at the WebUrbanist



North-East Passage
Do you know the Company of Merchant Adventurers? I must say I neither read nor heard about it until I read following post which has nearly the length of a short story and is peppered with facts over at The History Girls 





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 you read The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir (my review) ?
If not then I highly recommend to do that before the film hits the cinemas begin of October 2015.
For me all trailers shown so far show that they stick to the book which is awesome.
Have a look at the latest trailer

Did you identify the song starting at 0:53? If not follow this link for more information where the song comes from.
.

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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....



"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

Sir Winston Churchill, British politician , 1874 - 1965

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: 1884 No Boundaries by A. E. Wasserman

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Dear Readers,


I subscribed a daily newsletter from Historicalnovelsociety

Historical Fiction Daily A web magazine of the Historical Novel Society

There was a link to the review of following book in one of the recent issues of the magazine.
1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman

The review ended with "Very strongly recommended for fans of the period."

Indeed I'm addicted to this period.
The mentioned review and the book description convinced me to buy a digital copy.
I threw my books to read list overboard and dived immediately back into the year 1884.
Now I'm back and want to share my thought about this book with you.


Here we go.


1884 No Boundaries
A STORY OF ESPIONAGE, AND INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE
(digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0]
by A. E. Wasserman


"Love, murder, sex, and terrorism swirl within a collapsed world economy.

No, it’s not today.

It’s London, 1884.

Recently married LANGSFORD, born of wealth and privilege, is bound by the restrictions of Victorian society. Dynamite has been invented, but the term “homosexuality” has not and men can be arrested for either.

Langsford accompanies his visiting friend, HEINRICH, eighteen, who innocently flirts with young ANNA at London’s Leadenhall Market.

What should be the end of the story becomes the beginning, for Heinrich falls in love with her, never part of the plan. Instead it becomes the catalyst for everything that follows when he flees Germany to return to her. Events unfold that expose terrorists, espionage and international intrigue.

Langsford walks a fine line as he crosses boundaries he never imagined, rubbing elbows with spies, killers and would-be assassins to save his friend, stop an assassination, and prevent a war." [Source]


The 323 pages of the book are divided into four named parts which are subdivided into 70 consecutively numbered chapters. The four parts are enveloped by an epilogue and background information. The story is told from third person point-of-view.

With such an excellent book description it is not necessary to repeat it with my own words. But is important to talk about characters.The three main characters have been introduced in the description.

LANGSFORD is a Lord and his first name is not mentioned once in the whole book. He spent time in school with HEINRICH who is the the second son of the patriarch and German Reichsgraf (Count of the Empire)  Dieffenbacher. While in England a lot of people call him Henry instead of Heinrich.
Finally there is young ANNA Boardman who is working as a shop girl. Her parents died of typhoid when she was a child  The parents of her childhood friend Charlotte whose aunt and uncle had taken her after the sad event.

Beside that a lot more people come into play. Their descriptions vary on their importance for the story. None of these characters appear one dimensional. Furthermore they all use language in a style that fits perfectly to their social rank. Combined with the detailed description of clothing, habits and actions it is one of the ingredients which make  it one of the ingredients which let 1884 No Boundaries shine as a star in the historical fiction heaven.

Language is really important and I admired that part of the books are presented bilingual which means English AND German. It makes really sense as one of the main characters is German and part of the story takes place in Prussia and other parts of Germany.
As a reader with English as first language you do not need to worry. Every word has been translated.
My first language is German and I can assure your that the use of German language has been done without faults. That is not a matter of course which I know from other books.

The depiction of the scenery and locations from a pub in London over the different cabins in German trains to a hamlet in Prussia is excellent and it is the perfect "drug" to blossom the world of  1884 No Boundaries in your imagination.

Are there boundaries for love? The answer is stated in the title:  1884 No Boundaries
And this answer is also valid for the areas stated in the sub title: A STORY OF ESPIONAGE, AND INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE


It is Heinrich Dieffenbacher who set the story in motion with his crossing of social etiquette. It was outrageous in Victorian Era to talk to a woman about love without knowing her and without following the rules of courtship. It was a scandal to do that as an aristocrat and furthermore to disobey the social rank!
at this point the story could have ended as one of the many social dramas. But that was not the intention of the author. Remember the title:    1884 No Boundaries

It is this disobeying of social boundaries which is the read thread, the leading theme of the whole book. You would not believe me if I would enumerate all the boundaries which have been crossed until the end of 1884 No Boundaries.
I admit that Heinrich Dieffenbacher has an exquisite talent to be at the wrong place, to be at the wrong time and taking the wrong action.
What do you expect from a young man in love, with a determined future in front and who is wholehearted and cooperative? A young man who has just one aim - to marry the woman he loves.

Fortunately is such a lovable character who can count on his friends and especially on Lord Langsford. Langsford appreciate Heinrich a lot and he supports him with all his power, influence and intelligence from the bottom of his heart.

It is Heinrich's talent to be at the wrong place that set another story into motion which involves terrorism, colonial policy, social unrest and creation of political awareness.
The criss crossing of the different story lines drive the plot along and culminates in explosions on several levels physically and emotionally.

So far we have a fantastic story set in the year 1884  which demonstrate what it meant and would could happen if you crossed boundaries on every level in life.

But that is not all. It is unavoidable and a must to talk to talk about two pages with the heading
BACKGROUND: 1884 NO Boundaries
Let me quote a few but impressive words:
"The history is real - [...]. Many people of the people in the tale are also real. [...] Henry and Anna are based on real individuals [...]"
Beside that several events did really take part like the Congo Conference in Berlin 1884-85. Not to forget the accuracy when it comes to inventions like dynamite, the method of transportation of goods and people, the political development and social etiquette.


I don't know what to expect more from a historical fiction book.
It is such an excellent reflection of society and the times presented in a most entertaining way. It is satisfying and it is demanding to get more information about the world in 1884.

1884 No Boundaries is one of the best historical fiction books I read in 2015.

I was more than happy when I discovered that there will be more books starring Lord Langsford.

Additional Information
Site: A. E. Wasserman
Twitter: twitter.com\aewasserman
Facebook: AE Wasserman

1884 No Boundaries excerpt

The future of Lord Langsford
1886 No Ties
1884 No Time




Saturday, August 15, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1533

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Dear Readers,

I'm a bit exhausted. It has been a week with extra hours at work and as a result I fell asleep on the sofa on Friday late afternoon after returning from work. Fortunately I could finish two really good books in the previous days. Furthermore I work on the review of one of these books. It should be ready within the next days.


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. Travel in London of 1888
  2. Art Nouveau
  3. Great Plague victims
  4. Importance of ranks

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Electric exercise gloves

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 guns
The Lighthouse
I does not happen very often. Last week I stopped reading a book.What a successful and satisfying week regarding reading. I finished two books and one short story. Reading is the a good counterpart to work. 


I finished

- Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Die Whitechapel Morde und der wohl immer unerkant bleibende "Jack the Ripper" bietet immer noch Stoff genug für neue Romane.

Robert C. Marley bietet viele Verdächtige, eine ohnmächtige Polizei, viel Lokalkolorit und eine durchaus logische Lösung.
Es bereitet Freude, mit Inspector Swanson - der tatsächlich existiert hat und auch in den Whitechapel Morden ermittelt hat - durch die dunklen und dreckigen Gassen des Stadtteils Whitechapel zu folgen.


The Whitechapel murder and the forever unknown "Jack the Ripper" still deliver enough content for new novels.

Author Robert C. Marley delivers many suspects, a helpless police, much local color and a possible and logical solution.

It as been a pleasure to follow Inspector Swanson - who was a real person and has been involved in the Whitechapel Murder investigation - to follow through the dark and muddy alley of the Whitechapel quarter."



- 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
Did I like it? YES!
Fully review is in progress and will appear on the blog within the next days.


I'm

- 120 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
Tension is rising. who is the head behind the mysterious Starflyer? When will MoonLightMountain start the next attack? 


- 25 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Mickaela Capra is training for her new task.


No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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 "only" two digital copies and both are related to the one and only Sherlock Holmes. Much more interesting is the fact that each book starts with a similar shocking statement. A statement which no fan of the detective ever wants to read or hear. Nevertheless I did not hesitate to buy the copies because whatever these books will tell, for me Sherlock Holmes is as immortal as John H.Watson .

Sherlock Holmes is dead ... and I have killed him.
This is the first sentence of The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle.
"Arthur Conan Doyle has just killed off Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem,” and he immediately becomes one of the most hated men in London. So when he is contacted by a medium “of some renown” and asked to investigate a murder, he jumps at the chance to get out of the city. The only thing is that the murder hasn’t happened yet—the medium, one Hope Thraxton, has foreseen that her death will occur at the third séance of a meeting of the Society for Psychical Research at her manor house in the English countryside.

Along for the ride is Conan Doyle’s good friend Oscar Wilde, and together they work to narrow down the list of suspects, which includes a mysterious foreign Count, a levitating magician, and an irritable old woman with a “familiar.” Meanwhile, Conan Doyle is enchanted by the plight of the capricious Hope Thraxton, who may or may not have a more complicated back-story than it first appears. As Conan Doyle and Wilde participate in séances and consider the possible motives of the assembled group, the clock ticks ever closer to Hope’s murder, in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle." [Source]

Sherlock Holmes is dead
This is the first sentence of the book description of  Moriarty (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Anthony Horowitz.
"Sherlock Holmes is dead.

Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace." [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...

Travel in London of 1888
London in the year 1888. Does this ring a bell? This was the year when the Whitechapel Murders started which are forever connected to the serial killer named "Jack the Ripper".
Do you know how  most people got around ? You find the answer posted over at The History Girls




Art Nouveau
Also known as Jugendstil was very popular from 1890 to 1910. One of the most prominent artists was Alphonse Mucha. Read more about Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha over at The Virtual Victorian

ALPHONSE MUCHA ~ ART NOUVEAU




Great Plague victims
I think it is nearly impossible to find something historical when you dig into London ground. Ian Visits posted one more example




Importance of ranks
I'm sure there are still people would wish back a time where everyone knew his place like in Regency England. There is an enlightening post over at English Historical Fiction Authors






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. Instead I want to share something useful with you. I'm sure you all are aware to avoid physical stress when it is hot outside. That include to  take exercise.
But there is a solution for that. Just have a look at the following video.


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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 quotes where I have nothing to add. The following one belongs to this category .....



"Guns don't kill people. People who say "Guns don't kill people" kill people. With guns.

Rob Delaney , American comedian, 1977 -

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1532

2 comments
Dear Readers,

I'm sorry for the delay of this issue of the Weekend Wave. The reason for that is quite simple. After another couple of days with high temperatures I was just too tired.
Fortunately it is not that hot today.
My wife and I took the opportunity to go to the gym in the morning. After spending  some relaxing time afterwards I feel refreshed and ready to write 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. From short story to novel
  2. A lesser known aspect of Machiavelli
  3. Mr Punch

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

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 convictions
The Lighthouse
I does not happen very often. Last week I stopped reading a book.What a successful and satisfying week regarding reading. I finished two books and one short story. Reading is the a good counterpart to work. 

I did not finish
Time And Time Again (pb, this edition 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0552770910] by Ben Elton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I will not rate this book because I did not finish it.

The description was promising. I like time travel with consequences. It was ok until chapter five. I thought this chapter belonged to another book. I could not believe this preposterous behaviour of a group of academics. Also the writing style differed compared to the precious chapters. I know it can happen that one dislike a chapter.
Therefore I read two more chapters. The related to the past was ok but chapter seven returned to present time and I did not like it.
I did not have any hope that this would change. Therefore I decided to stop reading.

It is definitely not my kind of book. This is one more case of right book and wrong reader or wrong book and right reader.

I can't offer any recommendation except that you need to find out on your own whether you like this book or not."


I finished

- 1/2986 (digital, September 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by Annelie Wendeberg
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Before I share some thoughts about this book I want you to take the following warning given in the description seriously:

Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. Do not buy if you abhor violence, intense language, and non-explicit sex.

This was a tough but excellent read. The main character Micka is a young girl but not in her world which differs a lot from ours.
This dystopian novel delivers a plausible explanation for the great catastrophe which happened in form of a great pandemic which wiped out most of the Earth's population. Survival is a day to day fight.
Micka is a real fascinating character and far beyond to be lovely and pretty girl. In fact she has a lot of problems and it would take for to long to explain the complexity of her character.
Fortunately she is intelligent enough to take the one and only opportunity to lead her life in an other direction.

If you like a strong and tough dystopian novel with a believable background then you should try "1/2986".

Book two is available and book three will follow soon."


I'm

- 59 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
There exactly continues where ended. 

- 85 pages in Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley.
The author promised a unique view of the events. One should know that the Inspector Swanson in the book is based on the real Inspector Donald Swanson who was in overall charge of the White Chapel Murders investigation. So far well done.
Most books set in Victorian Era I read in English. But I must admit that author Robert C. Marley is doing a good job to let come alive the period in German.

- 172 pages in 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
This pure chance find is surprisingly good. A vibrant and atmospheric read. I love it.

No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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

Time travel, science fiction, espionage and international intrigue are covered in the books I bought/received in the past week. I could not resist to start reading three of the four books which found a new home on my reader and on my shelf.

Let me start the only real book which disappointed me as you could read above.
Time And Time Again (pb, this edition 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0552770910] by Ben Elton
"It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.

Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.

Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century?

And, if so, could another single bullet save it?" [Source]

It is good to know that  Peter F. Hamilton wrote more books set in his Commonwealth Saga universe. With the purchase of a digital copy of  The Dreaming Void  (first published in 2007; digital 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] I can continue reading after I have finished Judas Unchained.
"It's AD 3580 and the Intersolar Commonwealth has spread throughout the galaxy. Its citizens are privileged and protected by a powerful navy. Yet at the centre of this galaxy is the Void, a sealed universe created by aliens billions of years ago. And the Void is far from inert. Its expansion has gradually been consuming nearby star systems--now it's trying to make contact. The Void chooses Inigo as its conduit, and he channels dreams of a simpler life within its bounds. Disaffected humanity hungers for this vision, adopting him as their prophet. But Inigo disappears and his followers instigate a pilgrimage to take them into the Void itself. An act that could trigger its expansion and thereby damage our galaxy beyond repair. Meanwhile, within the Void, a junior constable called Edeard begins his journey to greatness. He takes on his corrupt city, giving his people hope. He also becomes the focus of Inigo's dream--and thereby humanity's greatest hero." [Source]


I don't who many books have been written about Jack the Ripper and White Chapel Murders. I liked Inspector Swanson und der Fluch des Hope-Diamanten (digital, March 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley and therefore I did not hesitate to buy a copy of the next book starring Inspector Swanson. I look forward to discover if  Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley can add something new to the events taking place in London 1888.
"London, East End, 1888: Ein unheimlicher Killer verübt im Stadtteil Whitechapel eine bis dahin beispiellose Mordserie, der ausschließlich Prostituierte zum Opfer fallen. Er nennt sich selbst »Jack the Ripper«.

Scotland Yards Chief Inspector Donald Swanson und sein Team werden auf den Fall angesetzt. Doch alle Versuche, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen, scheitern. Sogar Oscar Wilde und Lewis Carroll geraten in den Dunstkreis der Ermittlungen.

Wer ist der perfide Killer? Und warum ordnet der Commissioner von Scotland Yard die Vernichtung von Beweismaterial an? Ist am Ende etwas dran an den Gerüchten, das britische Königshaus selbst habe seine Finger im Spiel." [Source]


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There was a link to the review of following book in one of the recent issues of the magazine.
1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
The review ended with "Very strongly recommended for fans of the period."
As you know I'm addicted to this period. Therefore I read the following  book description and bought a copy afterwards. I did not regret  as you could read above. I visited the site of the author and found out that there will be more books set in the period and starring Lord Langsford. Good for me!

"Love, murder, sex, and terrorism swirl within a collapsed world economy.

No, it’s not today.

It’s London, 1884.

Recently married LANGSFORD, born of wealth and privilege, is bound by the restrictions of Victorian society. Dynamite has been invented, but the term “homosexuality” has not and men can be arrested for either.

Langsford accompanies his visiting friend, HEINRICH, eighteen, who innocently flirts with young ANNA at London’s Leadenhall Market.

What should be the end of the story becomes the beginning, for Heinrich falls in love with her, never part of the plan. Instead it becomes the catalyst for everything that follows when he flees Germany to return to her. Events unfold that expose terrorists, espionage and international intrigue.

Langsford walks a fine line as he crosses boundaries he never imagined, rubbing elbows with spies, killers and would-be assassins to save his friend, stop an assassination, and prevent a war." [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...


From short story to novel
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]
I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 , Alt Hist Issue 5 and Alt Hist Issue 7Now editor Mark Lord posted really good news. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha.Pulley presented in Alt Hist 2 became a novel and audio book!
For details please visit

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Alt Hist short story becomes novel and audiobook


A lesser known aspect of Machiavelli
Many people did not read books by Niccolò Machiavellibut the term Machiavellianism is well known.  Did you know that he also wrote some comedies? There is an enlightening article available over at The Public Domain Review




Mr Punch
I think most people in UK know Mr. Punch and Judy. If you like me did not grow up in UK you may never heard of them. There is a brief but nevertheless interesting post available over at The History Girls





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.

Last week I delved into the past with  The Muppet Show.
This week I present you the transition of a bunch of  characters from comic book to animated movie. I think you know what I'm talking about when I tell you one name: SNOOPY.
Based on the following trailer I would say the transition worked well. Have a look at the official  PEANUTS MOVIE TRAILER:


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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.

How true is the following quote? Do you remember your convictions at the age of  18?



"At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author, 1896 -1940

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1531

2 comments
Dear Readers,

July 2015 is gone and the hot summer weather returns to Germany. I'm happy the I can start daily work one hour earlier which means 6:00 a.m. than 7:00 a.m.
The reason why you get this issue of the Weekend Wave on Sunday instead of Saturday is quite simple.
I spent the time to finish two books and to read a short story. And I must say I'm happy that I did it because it was really satisfying.



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. Vintage London
  2. Historical acoustical aids
  3. Paint matters 
  4. Lead Art 
  5. A praise for a series

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


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 thinking
The Lighthouse
What a successful and satisfying week regarding reading. I finished two books and one short story. Reading is the a good counterpart to work. 



I finished

Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I would have given more stars but that is not possible.

This is epic space opera at its best. I asked myself why it took me so long to buy a copy and to read this book. There is everything in you could expect from a science fiction story.

It could not be shorter. If you like science fiction and you haven't read it, then I highly recommend to get a copy and read Pandora's Star.

I can't wait to read the second part of the duology.

Kudos to Peter F. Hamilton."


- Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I loved to read Hawk Quest.
With Imperial Fire author Robert Lyndon sends the main characters of the first book - Vallon, Hero and Weyland - on a second trip through the medieval world. This time China is the target. The reader gets a good impression what it meant to travel the Silk Road during this period of time.

As to expect the travel party face more or less all kinds of difficulty one could expect and the author takes his time to give a good description of the events. In fact the travel itself takes around 2/3rds of the book.

One thing I did not understand why the author sent one of the main characters on an own, separate travel before the arrival of an important person. This separate journey was not important for the main story.

Finally I must talk about the end without giving away too much details.

I expected that the party would return home after achieving the goal. But that did not happen.
My guess is that the next book will cover the long travel home like the travel of Odysseus.
Will be interesting to see if my guess hit the bull's eye.

The biggest surprise which broke my heart was the death of one of my favorite characters.

All in all a good book if you like to discover the medieval world with interesting characters on a long and dangerous travel."


- The Piccadilly Pickpocket (digital May 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00Y3KKHGA] by Karen Charlton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the second short story starring the Regency Detective Stephen Lavander and his sidekick Constable Woods.

This is a lovely short story to escape for an afternoon into a world without high tech and stress.
It is impressive how Karen Charlton integrate real persons and events in the story.
Regency London, police procedural of the time and how to cope with daily life comes a alive in this entertaining story.

Do not forget to read the quite informative Author's Note at the end of the book. I did not know anything about the crime of "snuffing" before.

I really like the duo Lavender and Woods. After enjoying the available two short stories which give a good impression of the main characters and the author's writing style, the time has come to dive in the first full story delivered with The Heiress of Linn Hagh.

Not to forget that the Detective Lavender Mysteries series will continue in October 2015 with the second book The Sans Pareil Mystery"


I'm

- 20 pages in 1/2986 (digital, September 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by Annelie Wendeberg
Met the main character Mickaela who is a young girl in a tough world and she is an outsider too.



No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
No progress last week because I concentrated on finishing my other current reads.



 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 true that I buy less real books nowadays due to one reason: SPACE!
But there are . 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 copy of the only real book I received after ordering in advance months ago.
I talked about this book in March 2014. I think each reader has favorite books and characters.
FitzChivalry is one of those characters who appeared in the Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy Robin Hobb. Of course wanted to read the new book starring as soon as possible. But as I buy real books in paperback format I had to wait patiently. Finally I receiver my copy of Fool's Assassin ( pb, 16th July 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0007444205] by Robin Hobb which is the fist book in the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy.
"Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.

Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe." [Source]
I'm eager to read it. But will do that AFTER the upcoming next heat wave in Germany. Maybe I will even wait until autumn which would be for me the best season to read this book.


Once a while I like to read short stories. Especially if they are attached to a series. Such short stories offer the perfect opportunity to get to know the narration style of the author and the first contact to the main characters.
I think this is the first time where I bought and read two short stories without knowing the the first book in the series.
In this case I enjoyed the short stories that much that I will definitely read the series. The first book is a available since 2012 and the second book will be published in October 2015.
I talk about the Detective Lavender Mystery series by Karen Charlton.
Yesterday I bought a digital copy of the second short story starring Detective Stephen Lavender and his sidekick Constable Woods. I read The Piccadilly Pickpocket (digital May 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00Y3KKHGA] by Karen Charlton shortly after sun rise this morning.
"There’s no honour among thieves.

When a robbery in the crowded streets of Piccadilly takes an unusual twist, Constable Woods is blamed and a royal scandal threatens to erupt. Detective Stephen Lavender must act quickly to track down the rogues, clear his friend’s name and avert the crisis. But as the news of this high-profile crime spreads around Regency London, Lavender finds himself in a race against time with a murderous gang of cut-throats.
Can he solve this case before they extract their deadly revenge?

Welcome to the world of Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer with the Bow Street Runners, whose further adventures can be followed in ‘The Heiress of Linn Hagh’." [Source]


This year I read more science fiction than in the previous years and I enjoy it a lot. Of course it is exciting to explore outer space but I also like it when authors come up with their view of future Earth.
A few days ago I stumbled upon the new series by Annelie Wendeberg which aroused my interest. Read the description of the books and you may understand why. When I saw the price for the digital copies of  the first two books available so far I could not resist - One book free and the second for 99 Cent EUR (= 1,.09 USD, 0.70 GBP) !!
Welcome to the 1/2986 dystopian science fiction series.
"“Think of your darkest memory, and know that what is coming will be unimaginably worse. All your days. Every night. You’ll hate me for it. You’ll hate me as much as you can hate. I promise you that.”

Our world changed — our climate, our ecosystems, our food and water supplies. Our survival stands on a knife’s edge. Ten billion lives are lost. Three million survived. War is coming. This is our story." [Source]

1/2986 (digital, September 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by Annelie Wendeberg
"Remnants of humanity are scattered high in the mountains, far from the deadly disease that wiped out ten billion lives. While everyone claws for survival, Micka cuts lines and numbers into her skin. The day she decides to press the blade deeper, a stranger steps into her life and makes an offer she finds hard to decline.


Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. Do not buy if you abhor violence, intense language, and non-explicit sex." [Source]








Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
"Sixteen year-old Micka is rumoured to be the key to humanity's survival. But there's no time to care about hearsay when the Brothers and Sisters of the Apocalypse commence global genocide. Micka's world is ruled by terror, her friends are dying. All she can do is aim, fire, reload.


Warning: This book does not attempt to prettify war. Do not buy if you abhor violence, intense language, and non-explicit sex." [Source]





The story will continue with Ice (1/2986) in August 2015.
I could not resist and read a few pages of the first book.


Finally I bought digital copies of a complete trilogy for just 4,08 EUR (=  4.48 USD, 2.87 GBP).
Author Jeffrey Cook describes his Dawn of Steam trilogy as followed:
"An epistolary-format, Regency voiced alternate-history/steampunk series. There are three books in the series which follow a group of explorers and adventurers in a journey around the world, taking place between 1815 and 1819." [Source]

I think it is worth to mention that the story is told in form of a series of letters and journal entries.
It is mentioned that these books have been written by Jeffrey Cook and Sarah Symonds but I did not find any more information about her and and about her involvement in writing these books.

Dawn of Steam: First Light (digital, February 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00IOC6HNU] by Jeffrey Cook
"In 1815, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England's wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has traveled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. First Light is an epistolary novel, told primarily through the eyes of former aide-de-camp Gregory Conan Watts, describing the journeys of the airship Dame Fortuna and its crew through journals and letters to his beloved fiancee.

The first recruit is, necessarily, the airship's owner: war hero, famed genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armor Sir James Coltrane. Persuading him to lend his talents and refitted airship to the venture requires bringing along his sister, his cousin, and the crew that flew with him during the Napoleonic Wars. Only with their aid can they track down a Scottish rifleman, a pair of shady carnies, and a guide with a strong personal investment in the stories. When they set out, the wild places of the world, including the far American West, the Australian interior, darkest Africa, and other destinations are thought to be hostile enough. No one expects the trip to involve a legendary storm – or the Year Without a Summer of 1815-1816. The voyage is further complicated by the human element. Some parties are not at all happy with the post-war political map. Most problematic of all, the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary." [Source]


Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun (digital, August 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00N5D9BK4] by Jeffrey Cook
"In 1816, Gregory Conan Watts's chronicle of the adventures begun in Dawn of Steam: First Light continues – as does the Year Without a Summer. The crew of the airship Dame Fortuna travel to four continents and are embroiled in combat on three of them: conflict with New Spain in Britain's American colonies, an ambush in Machu Picchu, and entanglement in the Maori Potato Wars in New Zealand. As they progress through darkened skies, Gregory gradually discovers that nothing at all was as he thought it was. All his assumptions are cast into doubt: what their orders are, which tales of foreign lands are true, and what parts of the social order as he knows it really are natural. Also in doubt is whether they will all survive the experience. Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun is an alternate-history, early-era Steampunk epistolary novel." [Source]


Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00UIL0TOI] by Jeffrey Cook
"1817 sees the first signs of recovery from the Year Without a Summer – and the beginning of the end of the journey of the airship Dame Fortuna. The crew first accept a unique offer from the Shogun of Japan, traveling with the Dutch contingent from the island of Dejima into the isolationist nation. From there, their travels will take them through the English colonies in Australia and India, into darkest Africa, and eventually home to England. Along the way, confrontations loom, and both personal secrets and national conspiracies are uncovered. By the time a future queen is born, nothing less than the fate of England and the direction of world events are at stake. Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns is an alternate-history, emergent Steampunk epistolary novel, following after Dawn of Steam: First Light and Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun." [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...


Vintage London
Despite the fact that London develops in  direction which I do not like, it is still my favorite town. As you could read in the post last week it is especially historical London I'm interested in. Pictures and photographs are nice and deliver a lot of information. But I also like moving pictures.
I follow the blog Ian Visits which delivers interesting information about London on a regularly base.
Are you interested in vintage videos of London? Then visit



Historical acoustical aids
I reached an age where the sense of hearing starts to wane. I have problems to listen to people in a crowded pub with additional music in the background. Nowadays small and excellent acoustical aids are available. But what did people use in the past? There is an interesting post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors which is worth to visit in case you are interested in.

John Harrison Curtis and His Acoustical Chair by Geri Walton


Paint matters
Why? You will understand when you visit the WebUrbanist and have a look at



Lead art
I admit that I have been dumbfounded when I opened following post over at the  WebUrbanist




A praise for a series
Recently I talked about series which rest unread on my shelf. I must say that there are series where I forgot I own the books. There is an excellent post about the Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe over at Fantasy Faction which delivers a lot of reasons to read the books in case you do not know them like me. For me this is a series for cold and dark winter days. If you want to know more about the Book of the New Sun series then 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.

It seems 2015 is the year where beings return - The Terminator, Han Solo and Chewbacca, ... AND after 34 years The Muppet Show!
I really hope the new shows will be aired in Germany. Following video shows how the Muppets talked about their return. Have fun.


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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 definitely does not fit for Laurel and Hardy ....d


"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of USA, 1908 - 1973
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