Saturday, September 26, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1539

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Dear Readers,
a busy week followed by a weekend without time to rest.
Finally the time has come to upgrade the PC from my wife from Win XP to Win 7. The good thing is that I did not need to by new hardware. I also decided to use the Windows Easy-Transfer program. There is a lot of data to be transferred. I use the time to write this post.
I'm using now a new "old" laptop. I got a Lenovo T520 from the company and yesterday evening I installed Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" with MATE desktop on it.

On the two previous laptops I used openSUSE. Why the change?

First of all this version will be support until 2019 which is a really long time. What I really appreciate is the fact that this distribution comes with a software package which is more or less ready to use. It delivers everything I need at once.
The only things I added was my Firefox profile and I installed CALIBRE.
I understand why Linux Mint is so popular. It makes it really easy to change from the Windows world into the world of Linux.

In case you want to give Linux a try I recommend to use Linux Mint.


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. The Enterprise-D Construction Project
  2. A special 3D printer
  3. An awesome museum
  4. Get more space
  5. Epic Fantasy update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Endurance/Ausdauer

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 greatness
The Lighthouse
There was not much time for reading. Therefore I'm happy that I finished one book, continued one and started a new one. I hope to find more time for reading next week.



I finished

- Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"What shall I say? It is as brilliant as the first part of the Commonwealth Saga.
This is indeed epic science fiction. I'm really impressed. Despite the facts that a lot of things happen and that there are many characters I never felt lost.
A lot has been written about the Commonwealth saga and I do not want to repeat what you can read in a lot of reviews.

I asked myself why I did not read these books earlier. But better now then never.

If you like science fiction you should give the Commonwealth Saga a try. There is no reason to be afraid of the number of pages."


I'm

- 154 pages in A Crown for Cold Silver (pb, September 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502830] by Alex Marshall - So for nobody knows the real author behind the pen name.
Read only one chapter.


- 129 pages in A Murder of Mages (digital, July 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PT4J12K.] by Marshall Ryan Maresca.
I like both main characters Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling a lot and the setting is interesting.

No progress

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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 told you that I used up my September book budget. Nevertheless I bought one digital copy and got one for free. How so? 
The publishing date of one of the books I ordered in advance has been postponed. Therefore I could use the budget for this book to buy an other book which was not part of my to buy book list. In the end it was more less the guilt of Wendell the creator of Bookwraiths. He wrote and published a totally convincing review about When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner which is the first book in The Chronicle of the Exile.
"The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series for fans of Patrick Rothfuss, When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.

If you pick a fight with Shroud, the Lord of the Dead, you had better make sure you end up on the winning side, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book that gives its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire." [Source]
Now I hope I will enjoy the book as much as Wendell did.

The second book for today has been on my to buy list. A few days ago I checked my books to buy list on Amazon and to my surprise I found The Archivist (digital, April 2012) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B0127X3OQO] by Tom D Wright. Of course I "bought" a copy immediately.
"In 2052, Artificial Intelligence surpasses humans, and global technology collapses overnight. Thirty years later, primitive communities struggle to survive. Throughout this broken world, a secret organization called The Archives seeks to preserve what knowledge and technology has been left in the ashes. However, a Luddite cult-The Disciples of Earth-is just as determined to ensure there will be no technological rebirth for humankind.

Retrieval Archivist K’Marr’s mission seems : make contact with a source in a remote port town and trade vital technology that could secure humankind’s future.

But few retrievals are ever easy.

While keeping his promise to a dying man and avoiding Disciples who seem to know his every move, K’Marr fights to complete his mission and get back home to the woman he loves. Against the odds, The Archivist must do everything he can to return to The Archives." [Source]
While adding the information for The Archivist I have had a look at Amazon. Of course the book is no more longer free but if you are interested in you can get it at

Amazon US for 1.11 USD
Amazon UK for 0.99 GBP
Amazon DE for 0,99 EUR





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...



The Enterprise-D Construction Project
There are still a lot of science fiction enthusiasts out there.
"To create the entirety of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D in the Unreal Game Engine."


This is the project goal of the



Visit the site and watch the first ten minute video. It is absolutley amazing and impressive. If like the project you can support it.


A special 3D printer
3D printer open a lot of possibilities. Even the development of 3D printers open new areas. You will agree as soon as you visit the WebUrbanist and have a look at




An awesome museum
Museums are fantastical places. Today I want to show you a museum which displays absolutely amazing objects. This is a must see. Head over to the  WebUrbanist and admire what you will see at




Get more space
The world gets more and more crowded and of course there are people thinking about how to get more space. But not every Utopian dream should come true. Over at WebUrbanist you can build up your mind about one of these Utopian dreams. 





Epic Fantasy - Update
In the past weeks I informed 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. In the meantime two more posts are available and they are excellent.
















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


Movies

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

Less than two months to go until one of my most anticipated video games will be available:

Until then I will enjoy the FALLOUT 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series.

The third video available and it is about ENDURANCE or as we say in German AUSDAUER.
I'm happy to present you the video in two different languages.




Bethesda really knows how to tease people. Since I watched the following video I want to create my character NOW!! I love the perk chart. So many choices.



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


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 does not fit to me but I'm not sad about it because you can be happy without the things mentioned in the quote .....

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Daniel J. Boorstin, US historian, 1914 - 2004

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave #1538

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Dear Readers,
incredible but true today is Saturday, I slept well last night and there is nothing else which hinder me to write my post today. Finally the rain stopped and sunbeam find their way through holes in the clouded sky and lift my mood.
I look forward to a FALLOUT 3 session late afternoon while my wife will visit a friend.

Of course I will finish the post first.

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. The Canals of Mars
  2. Abandoned Spacecraft
  3. Libraries
  4. Guns
  5. Epic Fantasy update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Perception/Wahrnehmung

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 body
The Lighthouse
Even I did not finish a book I'm happy with my reading progress. I finished one book, continued one of my current reads and could not resist to put my nose into a new book. This is the short version of my reading experience last week


I finished

- no book


I'm


- 712 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
A progress of 390 pages is like reading a "normal" paperback. I'm sure I will read the remaining 190 pages until the end of next week. There is so much going on in the book that I need take a break here and then in order not to miss details. Investigator Paula Myo is one of my favorite characters.


- 142 pages in A Crown for Cold Silver (pb, September 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502830] by Alex Marshall - So for nobody knows the real author behind the pen name.
At least I read 70 more pages. After a grim start the author introduce characters and the world in an entertaining way.

No progress

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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

This is the second part sharing with you books which I bought recently.

As a member of GOODREADS I receive book recommendations. It does not happen very often that I pick up an recommendation. I must say I was beating about the bush when it cam to the following book and it has been a recommendation which finally convinced me to buy a copy of
A Murder of Mages (digital, July 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PT4J12K.] by Marshall Ryan Maresca which is the first book in the The Maradaine Constabulary series.
"A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city as seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain law and order, the hardworking men and women of the Maradaine Constabulary.

Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of death, injured in the line of duty—has been forced to fake her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support her family.

Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an Uncircled mage—almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall anyone around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with either of them.

Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled mage— sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s desperate to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they, too, become targets." [Source]
The setting and the characters sound interesting - a mother of two is not an expected main character.
As you could read in the description this is the first book in the second series by author Marshall Ryan Maresca.
The most interesting thing regarding both series is the fact that they both take place in the same town. This also the reason why also bought a copy of the other series in order to see how it works for readers to read two different series by same author taking place in the same town.

The Thorn of Denton Hill (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGLZYG.] by Marshall Ryan Maresca which is the first book in the Maradaine series.
"Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down.

With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere's clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle. Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere's side.

So much so that soon not only Fenmere, but powerful mages, assassins, and street gangs all want a piece of “The Thorn.” And with professors and prefects on the verge of discovering his secrets, Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of course, Fenmere puts an end to it first." [Source]

While preparing the information about the two books by Marshall Ryan Maresca, I discuss with myself if one of these books will be the next one I want to read.
The opponent is a copy of the following book which I bought a few hours ago due to two reasons: It has been offered for 99 EUR Cents!! (= 1.13 USD; 0.73 GBP) and it is taking place on Mars. 
I talk about Champion of Mars (digital, April 2012) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B007ZB9XEG] by Guy Haley.
"In the far future, Mars dies a second time. The Final War between man and the spirits is beginning.

In a last bid for peace, disgraced champion Yoechakanon Val Mora and his spirit lover Cybele are set free to find the long-missing Librarian of Mars, the only hope to save the remnants of mankind. In the near-future Dr Holland, a scientist running from a painful past, joins the Mars colonisation effort, cataloguing the remnants of Mars' biosphere before it is swept away by the terraformation programme.

When an artefact is discovered deep in the caverns of the red planet, the actions of Holland and his team lead to tragedy, with profound consequences that ripple throughout time, affecting Holland's present, the distant days of Yoechakanon, and the eras that bridge the aeons between." [Source]

Maybe you want to pick up a copy of Champion of Mars by Guy Haley.
I don't know how long the offer will be valid.
Just check the following links



 The last two books for today belong to the Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton set in his Commonwealth Saga universe. Last month I bought a copy of  The Dreaming Void  (first published in 2007; digital 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] and copies of book two and three followed. For me it is good to know that one of my favorite characters - Investigator Paula Myo - appears in the trilogy.
The Temporal Void  (first published in 2007; digital 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK219E] by  Peter F. Hamilton is the second book in the Void Trilogy.


"The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream's deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.

Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance...but she is fast losing a race against time.

At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream's Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed." [Source]


The Evolutionary Void  (first published in 2007; digital 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B003XREHVK] by  Peter F. Hamilton is the third and final book in the Void Trilogy.
"Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent-- or facilitate --the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy--energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies... from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker -- as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer -- continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies -- and temptations more powerful still.

With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion." [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...



The Canals of Mars
The Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli is inseparably connect to the planet Mars.  A mistranslation of one of his observations inspired the theory of life on Mars and also found the way into science fiction as you can read over at Hodderscape.




Abandoned Spacecraft
No. Unfortunately no. I can't present you an abandoned alien spacecraft I found in the wood near my home. Of course I would like to do that.  In order to discover abandoned spacecraft on Earth you have for example to travel to Russia or instead visit the WebUrbanist and have a look at




Libraries
I like libraries and you can find astonishing ones around the world. But they are nothing compared to the libraries I found over at WebUrbanist. I must say the pictures presented in the following post unsettled me. These are not the libraries I would like to visit. In order to build up your mind have a look at




Guns
When it comes to weapons, especially guns it seems there is only one maxim:
The Bigger The Better
The following post I discovered over at Dark Roasted Blend looks like a proof for that. Have a look at





Epic Fantasy - Update
In the past weeks I informed 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. In the meantime ELEVEN posts are available and they are excellent.













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



Movies

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

Less than two months to go until one of my most anticipated video games will be available:

Until then I will enjoy the FALLOUT 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series.

The second video is now available and it is about PERCEPTION or as we say in German WAHRNEHMUNG.
I'm happy to present you the video in two different languages.

From my point of view the translation is good. Nevertheless I appreciate that the German edition will include the option to play the game in English.





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


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.

I really like following quote. The bad thing is that many many people are no good gardeners because of daily manipulation via advertisement.

"Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.

William Shakespeare, English poet, 1564 - 1616

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1537

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Dear Readers,
There was not much time on Saturday to write the post because my wife and I went to see a musical. We liked it a lot. It is incredible what most of the non professional actors delivered. Following trailer gives an impression.

As always I tried to find some interesting posts for you. Today most of them are related to writing experience and research.


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. Pedestriennes
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Writing experience
  2. Research I
  3. Research II
  4. Research III
  5. Something creepy
  6. Epic Fantasy update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Ímportance of Being Earnest Strong

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 castles
The Lighthouse
I finished one book, continued one of my current reads and could not resist to put my nose into a new book. This is the short version of my reading experience last week


I finished

- The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Truly Victorian.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I admit I was not sure if the team based on the real persons Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde would work. First of all Doyle is not Holmes and Wilde is not Watson which is good. I liked that Doyle and his immortal creation had some inner dialogue. All in all this is a good Victorian/Gothic mix. Victorians loved supernatural stuff and the author knows how to deal with that."


I'm


- 322 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
A progress of 111 pages is not bad. Still 430 pages to go until the end. It is still amazing to get new points of view on events from the past by small revelations. 

- 72 pages in A Crown for Cold Silver (pb, September 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502830] by Alex Marshall - So for nobody knows the real author behind the pen name.


No progress

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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

I have to admit that I'm a bit behind with presentation of books I bought and/or got for free.I checked my to buy/bought book list and this is the first part of books I missed to show. The second part will follow next week.

I have a knack for strong female characters. Back in July 2015 I discovered  A Crown for Cold Silver (pb, September 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502830] by Alex Marshall ( So for nobody knows the real author behind the pen name) and ordered a copy in advance. The copy arrived a few days ago and I could not resist to put my nose into the book as you could read above. I know the some of the book blogger I trust did not like it. In this case I want to make my own experience and so far (72 pages) A Crown for Cold Silver works for me ......
"An outstanding, game-changing epic fantasy debut featuring an unforgettable female warrior.

FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.

Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner." [Source]

There is only one crime fiction series set in present time which I really love and where I have read six of the available seven books so far. I talk about the DC Scott Cullen Crime Series by Ed James.
In the meantime book seven is out and of course I needed a copy of
Cowboys and Indians (digital, 31st August 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE].
"With a series of male rapes around Edinburgh puzzling police, a bloodied corpse is found in the shadow of Edinburgh’s Dean Bridge, half-naked and battered. Who is he? Did he fall or was he pushed?

As the victim is identified, the case only gets murkier. Detective Sergeant Scott Cullen of Police Scotland’s Edinburgh Major Investigation Team is sucked into the depths of the city’s financial services sector, facing up to some old enemies and creating some new ones. Just months into his new role, Cullen is torn by the trials of a management role, putting a friendship on the line. New leads take them no further forward — too many suspects in a world where nobody trusts anyone and all are out for themselves. Can Cullen catch a killer who could be anyone?

From bestselling author Ed James, Cowboys and Indians is a tightly woven, gripping crime novel challenging the honesty of professional liars." [Source]

I discovered the next book within following post over at Fantasy Book Critic.


Black Cross (digital, January 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00RH7F3OM] by J. P. Ashman
which is the first book in the Black Powder Wars series.
"Arcane magic can be a ruinous power, despite admirable intentions.

A mysterious scroll finds its way into Lord Severun’s hands, enabling him to release a dangerous experiment upon Wesson. With Sergeant Falchion unable to forgive himself for aiding the wizard, and desperate factions taking advantage of the devastating aftermath, Falchion embarks on an arduous quest alongside friends and strangers alike. However, even if their attempt to seek aid is successful and the city is saved, they risk revealing a secret that threatens much more than Wesson alone.

From a fantasy world not too dissimilar to our own dark and bloody histories, the beginning of an epic tale is told. Incredible magic is unleashed, allies become enemies; unlikely friendships are forged, and a foul plot is discovered that will shatter the long lasting peace of Altoln and her allies, plunging them into a gritty, brutal conflict that falls far from the fluffy fairytales of old." [Source]

The last book for today I discovered while strolling around Amazon. The description of The Arcanist (digital, July 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B011NK2D8C] by Greg Curtis
"Edouard Severin was useless. Happily useless.

The third son of Count Argus Severin he would not inherit the title of count nor the reins of House Barris. He was free to do what he liked with his life provided he didn't embarrass his family. And what he liked was to live in his ancient fort in the town of Breakwater, tinker with his machines and play with his magic. Life was good.

Then the city of Theria was attacked by a herd of stampeding mammoths, his older brother Marcus turned up on his doorstep in the middle of the night demanding his help, and he suddenly had to put his skills to use in investigating the crime.

Little did he know that the attack was merely the first step in a plan to seize control of the Kingdom of Therion, or that the one responsible would be a member of his own family." [Source]
I visited the author's blog where I found a post in which Greg Curtis explained where he got the idea for The Arcanist from. 14 years ago I have been totally fascinated by the role-playing video game Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura commonly known as just Arcanum. My daughter spent endless hours with the game. Exactly this game inspired  Greg Curtis !!

There is no way out. Even I'm aware that this is not the first time I mention Arcanum, I can't resist to show you the intro which I still remember.



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...

I like to read when authors talk about writing experience and research. It shows that it is not that easy just to sit down an write a book. All the research deliver new knowledge for me about certain period of time, about specific historical events and persons.
Look at all the fantasy books with a medieval setting. You will understand and imagine a lot with some historical background information. I think this one of the reasons why I like fantasy and historical fiction.

Writing experience
It is tough for an author without a contract with one of the big publishers to arise interest for his/her book. Author Johnathan Bergeron is working on the sequel of  Android Hunters (digital, November 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q3B5NCU] which is the first book in The Corli Saga.
In order to build up a readership, he started to publish chapters of his new book over at Wattpad.
Now he shared his experience which maybe interesting for readers and authors. I can't tell anything about Wattpad because I'm not a member.



Research I
Historical fiction delivers always something related to real places and persons. It is not always possible to visit places in question in person. Instead there is the possibility of armchair travelling.
Anna Castle is the author of the Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series. I  reviewed of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW]  which is the second book in the series. For more information please visit

Anna Castle is an experienced armchair traveller and she shared her experience a couple of days ago:

Research II
I'm sure I do not need to tell you about what happened in London of 1888. Now we are in 2015. How many places still exist after 117 years?  You find the answer in an excellent post over at The History Girls:



Research III
In case of historical fiction it is also inevitable to get background information which may have an indirect impact on your story or sometimes delivers a new twist for your story. There is a good example for that over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.




Something creepy
I don't want to give anything away. Therefore I "masked" the post header.
Just visit the WebUrbanist and have a look at





Epic Fantasy - Update
In the past weeks I informed 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. In the meantime TEN posts are available and they are excellent.













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



Movies

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

Less than two months to go until one of my most anticipated video games will be available:

Until then I will enjoy the FALLOUT 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series.

The first video is now available and it is about STRENGTH or as we say in German STÄRKE.
I'm happy to present you the video in two different languages.



From my point of view the pictures are self-explanatory. Nevertheless I look forward to the the rest of the videos.




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


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.

Sometimes I find quotes which just put a smile on my face and I look knowingly .....


"Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.

Rita Rudner, American comedian, 1953 -

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1536

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Dear Readers,
I hope the won't become a habit to post my weekly post on Sunday instead of Saturday. Friday has been a really long and exhausting working day. Therefore I deeded some rest and some PC free time on Saturday.

I admit that this issue is more on the historical side but for me history is  something which belongs to fantasy one way or the other.


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. Pedestriennes
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Battle of Agincourt
  2. Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men
  3. Elizabethan Theatre
  4. London 1190
  5. A special analog map
  6. Epic Fantasy update

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 happiness
The Lighthouse
However I finished two books which surprised me as I could not spend much time for reading.

I finished

- Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Before I share some thoughts about the second book in the series, I want you to take the following warning given in the description seriously:

Warning: This book does not attempt to prettify war. Do not buy if you abhor violence, intense language, and non-explicit sex.
The dystopian story of the unique protagonist Mickaela Capra - a girl with a horrible past - continues exactly at the point when book one ended. But one should not understimate the importance of other characters, especially Runner McCullough. A. Wendeberg is good in surprising her readers to let the story go into unexpected directions. With all the action and violence it is easy to lose sight of the scientific, religious, political and historical background which gives the story even more depth and let you start to think about events taking place in our real world. The BSA (= Brothers and Sisters of the Apocalypse) reminded me of the terror organisation IS.

I admit I was a bit shocked by the end. What a dramatic cliffhanger!! But this end forced me to get the next book as soon as possible because I can't wait to find out how the story will continue."


- Ice (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B013ZS1XA4] by Annelie Wendeberg
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Before I share some thoughts about the third book in the series, I want you to take the following warning given in the description seriously:

This book is not for sissies. Stay away if you can’t deal with F-bombs, C-bombs, war, sex, and animals being killed and eaten.

How would the story continue after the cliffhanger at then end of book two Fog. Ice continues two years later. What happened in the meantime? A. Wendeberg reveals Micka's fate in small pieces interspersed in the current events. With every new detail one understands more why Micka has to go on a long journey with one aim but an uncertain outcome. I was impressed by the support she got from people unknown to her. There are more people who believe in Micka and her mission than one would expect. And within all the brutality and desperation small islands in form of beauty deliver tiny moments of peace.
Like I mentioned in my thoughts about Fog it is important not to underestimate the scientific, religious, political and historical background.

And again like the previous Fog Ice ends with uncomfortable uncertainty or as the author states at the end: "I know it sucks when you want to read the next book in the series and the author hasn't finished it yet. I'm on it. Really.""




I'm


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


No progress

- 211 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton


- 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. It is one more book in my growing list of science fiction titles.

Ghosts of Innocence (digital, 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00KUEXBAM] by Ian S. Botts
"Master assassin Shayla Carver has killed many times. That's what assassins do, nothing to lose sleep over, but this mission is different. She's never killed a whole planet before. In a time when Earth is little more than a legend, life is dangerous for wayward colonies. Everyone fears the Emperor's power to order a Cleansing, the burning of all traces of civilization from the face of a planet. Shayla's own home world was Cleansed, and now, years later, she's ready to exact payment in kind. But her meticulous planning didn't prepare her for living undercover amongst some of the two billion people she's about to slaughter. Ordinary people. Not the strutting Imperials readily dismissed as legitimate targets or collateral damage. Then there's the Emperor himself. An ordinary man with troubles and dreams of his own. Did this man really order the slaughter of innocents? Can she? Now she's starting to lose sleep." [Source]
I found the description quite interesting.


Pedestriennes
To be honest I did not had any clue when I discovered the following book:
The Pedestriennes: America's Forgotten Superstars (digital, January 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00SXBM632] by Harry Hall
""The Pedestriennes: America's Forgotten Superstars" tells the little-known story of a handful of late 19th century female athletes who dazzled America with their remarkable performances in endurance walking. Frequently performing in front of large raucous crowds, pedestriennes walked on makeshift tracks setup in reconfigured theatres and opera houses. Top pedestriennes often earned more money in one week than the average American took home in a year. Newspapers reported on their achievements and interviewed the champions. Their walking outfits became fashion plates, their pictures were sold in stores and they made personal appearances as national celebrities. The pedestriennes' exploits reshaped the country's attitudes about what women could accomplish and established the foundation for modern sports, the revival of the Olympic Games and the suffragist movement." [Source]
Now I know at least a little bit more these forgotten heroines.  I added the boo to my list.




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...

The Battle of Agincourt
You may have read or heard about this famous battle taken place in northern France in the year 1415.
Would you like to learn more about this battle from the foremost expert?
Then I have good news for you which I found over at the MEDIEVALISTS NET. There will be a free two week online course taking place in October 2015.
For details follow this LINK.
There is an introductive trailer available which of course I share with you.


Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men The answer is given in following video.



Elizabethan Theatre
Maybe you read and/or heard about the famous Globe Theatre associated with William Shakespeare..
There is an informative post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.




London 1190
How did the town look like in 1190? Would you like to get some more information about that. Then head over to the English Historical Fiction Authors and have a look at



A special analog map
Sometimes it is like an real art to fold analog maps properly. You may say who cares in the age of the availability of digital maps. But analog maps come in handy as soon as you have no connection. Thanks to people with clever ideas it is possible to get analog maps which you do not need to fold. Instead you squeeze them. How?
Just visit the WebUrbanist and have a look at





Epic Fantasy - Update
 Last week I informed 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. In the meantime seven post are available and they are excellent.









UPDATE 2015-09-07!
Adam Whitehead is busy as a bee. Now part eight is available.



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 come back to the book which soon will be a movie:
The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir (my review).

Today I want to share two videos with you.
The first one  - Our Greatest Adventure - is promotional stuff for the upcoming movie but it is excellent stuff. It makes even more eager to see the film.

You may know Adam Savage as the co-host of the television series MythBusters. Beside that he is also an excellent interviewer. I was more than happy when I found the following video showing Adam Savageinterviewing author Andy Weir.
I was surprised how fast the vivid, entertaining and informative 55 minutes interview passed. I'm happy I spent the time to see and enjoy it.


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


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.

I need to verify the following quote for my own .....


"Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.

John Stuart Mill, English economist and philosopher, 1806 - 1873
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