Saturday, October 31, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1544

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Dear Readers,
since yesterday I do not feel well. Not sure if a cold is on the way or if I'm just exhausted.Nevertheless I want to write this post and share some information with you.

Today is the last day of October and a lot of people celebrate Halloween. We do not celebrate it but I like all the costumes.
Some of the post content may give you a creepy feeling which I think is not to bad on a day like this.



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. Books which may interest you 
  3. Books you can get for free
  4. Publishing date of Alt Hist 8
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Gravestone symbols
  2. Black magic
  3. Coin clipping
  4. Submersibles

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Divinity Original Sin Enhanced for PS4

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 love
The Lighthouse
I did not find much time for reading. Therefore I concentrated on Red Mars which is excellent.



I finished

- no book


I'm


-  260 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I love it.



No progress

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner



- 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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

Again copies of new books (paperback and digital) found a new home on my book shelves or on my reader.

I spent 0,73 EUR (0.80 USD, 0.53 GBP) for a digital copy of a space opera trilogy.  I talk about The Elfrida Goto Trilogy which is part of the The Solarian Wars Saga (digital, July 2015 [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by Felix R. Savage.
"The year is 2285. Humanity is losing its grip on the colonized solar system. Genocidal AI terrorists ravage far-flung colonies, and the UN bureaucracy is seemingly determined to seize defeat from the jaws of victory.

Elfrida Goto, a Space Corps agent, is responsible for protecting vulnerable space colonists. But a ruthless conspiracy interferes, determined to use her for their own criminal purposes. Her career in ruins, Elfrida confronts the deadly forces threatening the solar system with nothing but courage, her sense of humor, a few good friends, and a sword ... that isn't even hers.

Trapped on a dying space station, stranded in the asteroid belt, and racing across the searing dayside of Mercury, the battle accelerates to a terrifying climax. Elfrida has one last chance to save humanity. But first she'll have to save herself." [Source]

I ordered a paperback copy of the following back in advance and it has been delivered last week.
Black Wolves (paperback, October 2015 2013) [ ISBN-13: 978-0356503202] by Kate Elliott which is the first book in the Black Wolves trilogy.

"An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.

Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father's fate." [Source]

Kate Elliott is a wonderful author. I read some of her books several years ago.


Books which may interest you
Did you like the film In Time starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried?
Time Heist (digital, December 2014)[AMAZON ASIN: B00PJBSL74] by Anthony Vincino which is the first book in the Firstborn Saga.

"We tried to kill ourselves. We had the weapons. We had the desire. Somehow, we failed. Humanity survived. Go figure.

They called it the Dissolution, but it's been a couple hundred years and if you ask around, nobody in Unity remembers what all the fuss was about. What everybody had been so willing to die for. Nobody cares.

I don't, at least. I've done my part. Worked Time Vice for the better part of twenty-years putting the bad guys into a Stream dream. Now I want out.

The numbers on my arm tell me I'll be dead soon. Less than a day left. I can live with that. What I can't live with is knowing a Unity Leader helped Malcolm Wolfe, the man who murdered my wife and a million other innocents, escape prison.

Finding Malcolm means uncovering secrets that could tear Unity apart from the inside. But if I don't stop him, there probably won't be a Unity to save anyhow.

Looks like we might get a chance to wipe ourselves out after-all. Now I just got to catch him before my numbers catch me." [Source]




Books for free
In January 2014 I shared with you my opinion about - Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway


"When a young woman is found dead on an allotment early one morning, Furnivall and Stubbs are summoned to the scene. She is lying on her back, fully dressed in undamaged clothes, and yet somehow she has bled to death. A monster has come to stay in a slightly run- down suburb in a small town at the heart of Queen Victoria’s Empire. The investigation will take them into the world of hard- headed criminal business as well as to the heart of one man’s madness." [Source]
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I read "Caversham Lock" with a great pleasure. This first "Furnivall and Stubbs Case" delivered such a satisfying read for me.

With "Caversham Road" author Michael Stewart Conway returns to the world Detective Constable Jim Furnivall and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.
Again the author shows his extraordinary talent to animate the gone world of the Victorian era. I love his detailed descriptions of nearly everything important to the story, which is a superb whodunnit with a lot to fathom. Even the name of Sweeny Todd is mentioned, it is not the case of Sweeny Todd.
Furthermore the development of the main characters is excellent.

To be honest, I do not have anything to complain about. This is a crime novel set in Victorian era with top-notch characters and story.

I do not understand why this series has not been picked up by a publisher.

I can't wait to read the next book "Caversham House" and I hope that Michael Stewart Conway will write more Furnivall and Stubbs cases."


For whatever reason I did not read the third book in the series Caversham House.


If you look for top-notch crime novels set in Victorian era with fascinating characters, well researched and with descriptions which let the Victorian era come alive in your head THEN you should by  digital copies.
And to be honest, the price per book is ridiculous low.

I received the information that book four and book five will be free from 1st to seventh of November!

To be honest the price for each book is ONE Euro! Of course I like to get books for free. I buy books because I like to read. I also know that an author needs to earn money. Without money there will be no new books.
In this case I wanted to show my respect for the  books written by by Michael Stewart Conway and therefore I bought the following two books today for two Euro instead of waiting until tomorrow and get them for free.


Under the White Horse (digital, October 2014[AMAZON ASIN: B00OXRVYO2] by Michael Stewart Conway is the fourth Furnivall and Stubbs case.
"Mrs Berengaria Suffolk was lying on her own kitchen floor, looking at the ceiling. At least, she would have been looking at the ceiling if her head hadn't been placed so neatly in the sink. But Mr Furnivall is much more interested in the findings of a properly- constituted inquest in a small town in Wiltshire. If the local police inspector, doctor and solicitor all agree that nothing is amiss, then surely all is well. But Mr Furnivall is not convinced. Furnivall and Stubbs are out of their jurisdiction, and must tread carefully." [Source]



In the Invisible Light (digital, September 2015 [AMAZON ASIN: B015XUK3TY] by Michael Stewart Conway is the fifth Furnivall and Stubbs case.
"Furnivall and Stubbs are sent to Dublin to protect the hangman, who is under threat from a secret society sworn to protect all Irishmen- even murderers- from an Englishman with a rope. But there is more to the trip than they first realise. Meanwhile, at home in Reading, a telegraph boy has gone missing and it seems to have something to do with Horace Maxwell Tapper, a dapper little man who lives in a quiet suburban villa and discreetly rules the world." [Source]
It is definitely time to return to the series. But first I have to finish some of my current reads.









Publishing date of Alt Hist 8 So far I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4, Alt Hist Issue 5 and Alt Hist Issue 7. Now Alt Hist issue 8 is available.

Editor Mark Lord put together following stories
  • Demons and the Deep Blue Sea by Andrew Knighton
  • Dewey Defeats Truman by Mark Devane
  • His Last Day by Richard Buxton
  • The Retreat Proceeded Orderly, at Least    by Kenan Orhan
  • The Fullness and the Hollowness by Jonathan Doering
  • Small Miracles by Jonathan Doering
 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]
Alt Hist Issue 7 is now available at Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords.


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...



Gravestone symbols
When you look at old gravestones you often can see symbols but you may not know the meaning. Over at WebUrbanist you find the explanation for 15 gravestone symbols.



Black magic
Black magic is nothing new. Over at The Public Domain Review you can have a look into an 18th century black magic manual. 



Coin clipping
Did you know that coin clipping was an act of high treason in the 17th century. There is an enlightening post available over at English Historical Fiction Authors.



Submersibles
Did you know that the first submersible attack took place in September 1776? Sounds nearly unbelievable. For details please visit English Historical Fiction Authors and read






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.

Today I got neither a film trailer nor something related to FALLOUT for you.
On last Wednesday we received our highly awaited copy of Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition and today I want to share first impressions. My wife and I found some time to pay together. The co-op mode works perfect. The organisation of the inventory maybe not perfect but that does not matter when you discover all the things you can do.
One thing is most important: Save often!
Later today we want to continue the discovery of the world.
It works exactly as described in the following video review.

If you have a PS4 and a partner that love this kind of game as you do then you will have a lot of fun and entertainment



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.

There is nothing to add to following quote .............................

"A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes unnecessary.

Ingrid Bergman, Swedish movie actress, 1915 - 1982

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1543

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Dear Readers,
in the night from 24th to 25th of October 2015 the European Union change time from Central European Summer Time (CEST) back to Central European Time (CET) which means the weekend will last one hour longer.
I know it will take some days until I get used to the changed time. Our cat is a creature of habit and she does not like any change of her feeding time.
I'm not sure if this one additional hour will be enough to reduce my backlog
of feedly entries and mails. It is always incredible to see what I receive within three days.
I think I mentioned last week that I attended a three day SharePoint training course in the past 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 
  2. The Gollancz Festival Sale 2015
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Witches
  2. Back to the roots
  3. Beautiful Bookstores
  4. Oranges
  5. Epic fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Luck/Gück
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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 life
The Lighthouse
I finished one book which did not convince me and continued three books. Red Mars is still amazing.



I finished

- What Remains of Heroes (digital, April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WBTLL60] by David Benem.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The more I read the more I lost contact to the story and the characters.
I finished the book because I hoped it would change but that did not happen.

I'm sure that there will be readers who will like it a lot. But for me this was a prologue with the length of a book. Maybe the real story will start in the second book.

So what remains of Heroes? In this case not much.
Nevertheless this has nothing to do with the fact that this is a self-published book.
I started reading "The Weight of a Crown" by Tavish Kaeden - also a self-published book - and I like it a lot more.

What Remains of Heroes did not work for me."



I'm

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
Good stuff.



- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.
A small progress

-  188 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I love it.




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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

The list of new books I bought/received last week is a lot smaller compared to the previous one.


Sometimes one has to react fast. Today I checked my books to buy list over at Amazon and when I saw the offer for following book in  digital format (the price dropped from 8,49 EUR to 0,99 EUR !!) I hit the to buy button immediately.
Herald of the Storm (digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ABLJ41E] by Richard Ford which is the first book in the Steelhaven series.
"Welcome to Steelhaven...

Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States.

But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end." [Source]
This book has been on my list for a while. I read some reviews by blogger whom I trust and they have not been disappointed.
I admit that without the cheap offer it would be still on my to buy list.

ATTENTION!
In case you are interested in the book too then you should check Amazon in your country because at least in UK and US the cheap price is offered too.
Just check price for Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ABLJ41E



Two weeks ago I bought a copy of The Winter Siege (digital, September 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by DW Dawbridge which is the first book in his Daniel Cheswis Mystery series.
Last week I could not resist to buy a copy of the second book in the series:
A Soldier of Substance (digital, October 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by DW Dawbridge.
"1644. The smoke of parliamentary musket, cannon, and mortar fire is in the air around the royalist stronghold of Lathom House. Though guards still stand atop its walls, it is besieged on all sides, and it is only a matter of time until the house, along with its embittered and unwavering countess, Lady Charlotte de Tremouille, falls to Parliament’s might. Yet somehow, a royalist spy still creeps, unseen, through its gates, and brings the countess Parliament’s secrets.
Ba
rely recovered from the trials of the last few months, Daniel Cheswis is torn from his family and sent north, to uncover the identity of the traitor; though before he can even begin, Cheswis finds himself embroiled in a murder. A woman has been garrotted with cheese wire in her Chester home, suggesting there is more than just the usual hatreds of war at play.

As lives are lost and coats are turned on both sides, Cheswis is tasked with finding the murderer, uncovering the traitor, and surviving his soldierly duty long enough to see Lathom House fall." [Source]
I know it is not logical to buy a second book in a series without reading the first one. But what is logic when it comes to books ....


I like the Gideon Smith series a lot and therefore I ordered a copy of the third book in advance and it arrived a few days ago.
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (October 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0765334268] by David Barnett.
"In an alternate ninteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire.

Back in London, Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging though London's less salubrious quarters.

While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley.

With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more...but where is Gideon Smith?

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett's riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was...but should have been." [Source]
I knotted my fingers together literally in order to hinder myself to start reading it immediately.



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...



Witches
What do you know about witches? Can you identify one? Did they exist and are they still among us?
Maybe it would be wise to have a look into the past in order to see how our ancestors coped with witches. Good to know that one can be certain that a topic like is will be picked up overt at The History Girls



Back to the roots
Nowadays most navigation is done by using satellites and other devices.
But electronic devices can be hacked and manipulated. And there is no exclusion of navy.  But which mariner is able to navigate by using stars? The US Navy identified this weak spot and started to take action. For details including a view into the past visit The History Girls and read




Beautiful Bookstores
There is nothing more to add. Visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Oranges
Yes, I talk about fruits. But do you know that around 110 years ago oranges played a certain role in art? In case you don't believe me you should visit The Public Domain Review and enjoy





Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 22 posts are 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.

Less than four weeks 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.

Today is the time for the seventh and last video in the series and it is about LUCK or as we say in German GLÜCK :-)
I'm sure that Bethesda will come up with some more footage in the remaining two weeks in order to keep attention on a high level.



Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I know that some of my followers are Star Wars fans and especially for them I share following trail which is something special. This trailer contains all available teaser and trailer in a chronological order and I must it is well done.
I hope you will enjoy

Star Wars: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Supercut of ALL trailers



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 is still valid despite the fact that we now use online bookstores too ..............................

"There must be more to life than having everything.

Maurice Sendak, American writer and illustrator of children's books, 1928 - 2012

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1542

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Dear Readers,
October 2015 is a crazy month in every aspect.
I have to work a lot and it seems the more I work the more books I buy and the less books I read.
It seems to be a period of time where the number of special offers for books I'm interested in is rising.
Every new Fallout 4 trailer is taking my mood to the sunny side.
Not to forget Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced a co-op game which I can't wait to play together with my wife.

Beside that I will attend an external three day SharePoint training course together with a colleague next week.
And the month will end with the visit of a fair on 30th of October.
Like in the past years my wife and I will spend a day at the Kreativ Welt Messe in Frankfurt. It is a large creative exhibition where you can discover ad buy stuff for hobbies like sewing, knitting and much more.

The most tricky thing this month is to find time for reading and for playing Fallout 3. It is impossible for me to finish Fallout 3 before the release date of Fallout 4.

Seems I'm a bit bubbly today. I think the reason for that is my good mood after watching again the atmospheric Fallout 4 The Wanderer Trailer. If did not see it so far then scroll down and have a look.

I must say Mars (the planet) is a hot topic for me.
On Monday my wife and I saw . This is such an excellent film and actor Matt Damon did a great job acting as astronaut Mark Watney.
It does not matter whether you read The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir (my review) before like me or not like my wife.
For me this is definitely on of the best films in 2015. Of course you can't put everything written into a film. But The Marsian captured the mood and the technical aspects perfectly.

Nevertheless I highly recommend to read the book even you saw the film because author Andy Weir did a great job.

Not to forget that there are more books where plays a significant role. I show you a trilogy in the book section.

I hope you did not get bored.

Now discover the rest of the post and


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
  2. The Gollancz Festival Sale 2015
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Unexploded Bombs
  2. The Strength of Nature
  3. Something from Outer Space
  4. Executions
  5. The Victorian Cult of Death
  6. DIY Halloween Masks
  7. Epic fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Agility/Beweglichkeit
  2. The Wanderer Trailer

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 openings
The Lighthouse
I created a new bookshelf on GOODREADS: tried-but-not-for-me. This is not my own invention. A lot of other people have a similar bookshelf. I will use it for all the books I tried to read but gave up after 50 pages or more. I think this a better place for some books than my did not finish shelf.
In order to decide what to read next I started to put my nose into several books and read one or two chapters to get a first impression. Nevertheless I stick to my rule to read 50 pages in order to convince to read the rest.


I finished

- no book



I'm

- 53 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
Only a small progress.


- 116 pages in What Remains of Heroes (digital, April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WBTLL60] by David Benem.
I have mixed feelings. There has been a longer period without the main character. The story switched to other characters and I was not interested in all of them. Will see how the story will continue.

- 58 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.
Good to see that Francis Bacon, Thomas Clarady, Benjamin Whitt and Lady Alice Trumpington aka Trumpet are back.
Anna Castle continues the series on a high level. I like it

-  109 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
This was my reading highlight of the week. I'm so glad I picked up this book. Kim Stanley Robinson is an excellent story teller. The description of a society containing of 100 persons and their relationships is  intricate and the author handles it so well.


 while What a boozy main character. Interesting.
here

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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

This is the next bunch of digital copy which I either bought or got for free.
As you can see it is much easier to get new books than to read the ones I own.

I continue with the presentation of digital copies which I bought recently.

There is one advantage when you buy books published ten or more years ago. A lot of them have been converted into digital format and you can buy whole series at once.
So far I did not read one book by Kim Stanley Robinson. But that changed due to my purchase of the whole Mars trilogy in digital format. As you could read above I started to read the first book and it is amazing.

Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
"In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research & cutting-edge science in the 1st of a trilogy chronicling the colonization of Mars: For eons, sandstorms have swept the desolate landscape. For centuries, Mars has beckoned humans to conquer its hostile climate. Now, in 2026, a group of 100 colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers & Arkady Bogdanov lead a terraforming mission. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage & madness. For others it offers an opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. For the genetic alchemists, it presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life & death. The colonists orbit giant satellite mirrors to reflect light to the surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth. Massive tunnels, kilometers deep, will be drilled into the mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves & friendships will form & fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope & ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in evolution, creating a world in its entirety. It shows a future, with both glory & tarnish, that awes with complexity & inspires with vision." [Source]

Green Mars (first 1993; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
"The second volume in the bestselling Mars trilogy – and now part of the Voyager Classics collection.

Mars can be plundered – for the benefit of a ravaged Earth. It can be terraformed to suit Man’s needs – frozen lakes form, lichen grows, the atmosphere slowly becomes breathable. But most importantly, Mars can be owned. On Earth, countries are bought and sold by the transnationals. Why not Mars too?

Man’s dream is underway, but so is his greatest test. The survivors of the First Hundred – Hiroko, Nadia, Maya and Simon among them – know that technology alone is not enough. Trust and co-operation are need to create a new world – but these qualities are as thin on the ground as the air they breathe." [Source]

Blue Mars (first 1996; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
"The final novel in the worldwide bestselling Mars trilogy, now part of the Voyager Classics collection.

Mars has grown up.

It is fully terraformed – genetically engineered plants and animals live by newly built canals and young but stormy seas.

It is politically independent. A brave and buzzing new world. Most of the First Hundred have died. Those that remain are like walking myths to Martian youth.

Earth has grown too much.

Chronic overpopulation, bitter nationalism, scarce resources. For too many Terrans, Mars is a mocking utopia. A dream to live for, fight for… perhaps even die for." [Source]

I got a digital copy of the following book for free.
The Case of the Six Watsons (digital, September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by Robert Ryan.

"A collection of six stories, inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's originals and adapted to feature much-loved Dr John Watson, Sherlock Holmes's long-suffering sidekick." [Source]
How could I resist to get a book with six short stories starring Dr. John Watson.










Last week I talked about The Winter Siege (digital, September 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by DW Dawbridge which is the first book in his Daniel Cheswis Mystery series. It did not take that long to decide that I would like to get a copy and I bought one.
"1643. The armies of King Charles I and Parliament clash in the streets and fields of England, threatening to tear the country apart, as winter closes in around the parliamentary stronghold of Nantwich. The royalists have pillaged the town before, and now, they are returning. But even with weeks to prepare before the Civil War is once more at its gates, that doesn’t mean the people of Nantwich are safe.

While the garrison of soldiers commanded by Colonel George Booth stand guard, the town’s residents wait, eyeing the outside world with unease, unaware that they face a deadly threat from within. Townspeople are being murdered – the red sashes of the royalists left on the bodies marking them as traitors to the parliamentary cause.

When the first dead man is found, his skull caved in with a rock, fingers start being pointed, and old hatreds rise to the surface. It falls to Constable Daniel Cheswis to contain the bloodshed, deputising his friend, Alexander Clowes, to help him in his investigations, carried out with the eyes of both armies on his back. And they are not the only ones watching him.

He is surrounded by enemies, and between preparing for the imminent battle, watching over his family, being reunited with his long-lost sweetheart, and trying, somehow, to stay in business, he barely has time to solve a murder.

With few clues and the constant distraction of war, can Cheswis protect the people of Nantwich? And which among them need protecting? Whether they are old friends or troubled family, in these treacherous times, everyone’s a traitor, in war, law, or love.

When the Winter Siege is through, who will be among the bodies?" [Source]
This historical mystery sounds promising to me. Such kind of books are a good contrast to the science fiction books I read.



ATTENTION !! ATTENTION !! ATTENTION !!

This weekend the Gollancz Festival 2015 takes places. In case you do not have the opportunity to be in London like me you can participate online. Have a look at

There is one event which you should definitely not miss which is


From 16th to 18th October you can buy digital copies of 60 books which you find by clicking on the link above.
"If eBooks are more your style we’ve got over 60 titles at just £1.99. Now is the perfect time to try new authors, pick up old favourites in a new format or stock up your eReader. We have a full list of all 60 eBooks on sale."
I checked Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk and it seems the reduced prices are not limited to UK.
Nevertheless check the price before you buy!

I bought copies of following two books and paid 2,49 EUR (= 1.84 GBP; 2.84 USD) each which is incredible when you look at the release date of the following book.
Luna: New Moon (digital, 17th September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00VRT927A] by Ian McDonald
"The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the Moon's vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other." [Source]

As well the second book is a science fiction one.
Luna: New Moon (digital, 17th September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JDQEETK] by Tony Gonzales
"They left Sol in two great ships, carrying with them the last hope for humankind. Destined for different stars, their mission was to ensure the survival of our species. One ship was never heard from again. Decades later, the other arrived at a lifeless world, where the survivors learned that Earth was lost not to famine, but to an alien species determined to eradicate humans from existence.

Man is not alone in the universe, and the last of us are hunted. Driven by strong characters facing tremendous odds, Tony Gonzales delivers SF in the grandest tradition: an epic adventure full of colossal ships, vast battles and unimaginable challenges." [Source]
My collection of science fiction novels is growing and I read some really good ones this year.


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...


Unexploded Bombs
There have been a lot after the end of the Vietnam War. Fortunately people are creative. Over at WebUrbanist you can see what you can do with unexploded bombs.




The Strength of Nature
Fortunately the world did not face an atomic war so far and I really hope that this will never happen. What will happen with nature after an atomic war?
We don't know but we can see what happens in the Fukushima area. The pictures shown over at WebUrbanist give a good impression. I must say parts of some of the pictures reminded me of the Fallout games ...




Something from Outer Space
How do aliens look like? Thin body, huge head, and large eyes as we seem to know since the Roswell Incident. One could think that there have been earlier visits from outer space. The following post over at The Public Domain Review





Executions
I like posts which start like
"This is a gruesome post. If you are squeamish, don't read on."
To be honest I'm not sanguinary. We all know that executions belong to the history of mankind and they are still  not extirpated.
There has been a time in England when executions were common and looked like an event for the whole family. There is an interesting post about executions over at The History Girls




The Victorian Cult of Death
Compared to moder times the Victorian society had a special relationship to death and dying. There is a quite interesting post regarding this matter available over at The Virtual Victorian





DIY Halloween Masks
Halloween is coming nearer and you maybe in the need of a mask. In case you need some inspiration. Then you should visit WebUrbanist and have a look at 




Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 18 posts are 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.

Less than four weeks 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 sixth and last but one video is available and it is about AGILITY or as we say in German BEWEGLICHKEIT :-)


Now only one Special is left: LUCK




THE WANDERER TRAILER
They a so clever at Bethesda. They know how to arise interest in FALLOUT 4.
I think I watched the following (ONE MINUTE !!) trailer more than a dozen times.
I

Of course I can't wait to get my copy of Fallout 4.

BUT

I don't forget the game to be released on 27th of October 2015:
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
Normally I don't use much magic in role playing games. I prefer to be an archer. That may change with this game after I saw following trailer showing combat details of the game:





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 is still valid despite the fact that we now use online bookstores too ..............................

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and abolitionist, 1813 -1887

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1541

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Dear Readers,
another busy working week is over. My backlog of unread mails and blog posts is growing. Seems I need a few days off to go through all of them.
I started to gather information for this post on Friday evening which is nearly the worst time to do that because at the end of the working week I'm tired.
But as we will visit friends on Saturday afternoon and I want the post to be out on Saturday I had to do that.

Hope you will like the mix of information I put together for you.


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. #SPFBO and an important and interesting question
  2. I will never cross this bridge
  3. Mudlarking
  4. A battle as a backdrop for a novel
  5. Mad Tales
  6. The Swiss Army Knife
  7. Epic fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Intelligence/Intelligenz
  2. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition 
  3. Sherlock Christmas special

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 openings
The Lighthouse
I created a new bookshelf on GOODREADS: tried-but-not-for-me. This is not my own invention. A lot of other people have a similar bookshelf. I will use it for all the books I tried to read but gave up after 50 pages or more. I think this a better place for some books than my did not finish shelf.
In order to decide what to read next I started to put my nose into several books and read one or two chapters to get a first impression. Nevertheless I stick to my rule to read 50 pages in order to convince to read the rest.


I finished

- A Murder of Mages (digital, July 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PT4J12K.] by Marshall Ryan Maresca.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Kevin recommended the book and I'm happy that I followed the recommendation in this case. Thank you Kevin!

A Murder of Mages delivers a fantasy world which is in this case a really big town enriched with magic. The police procedural is described very well and the inspector tandem reminds in some aspects of Holmes and Watson.
The the two main characters are the stars of the book.
I like Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling a lot and their first case is full of twists and turns. The blend of work and private life is excellent.
It is a dark novel

I would have liked to get more information about the town and more fleshed out secondary characters.

All in all a more than promising start of a new series.

There is a second series set in the same town which I need to discover too."



I'm

- 33 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
I like the prose and the characters presented so far. Will definitely continue reading.

- 65 pages in What Remains of Heroes (digital, April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WBTLL60] by David Benem.
What a boozy main character. 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.


Tried but did not work for me

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.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I read the first part of the book (300 pages). But the only part I found interesting was the first chapter.
I really hoped that I would like the prose and could connect to the characters but it did not happen within the next 25 chapters.

I have to accept that the book did not work for me.

A classic example for right book wrong reader or vice versa."


 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 continue with the presentation of digital copies which I bought recently.


On January 4th, 2015, I posted my review of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by Anna Castle which is the second book in her Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series.  


Today (October 10th) is the publishing date of the next Francis Bacon Murder Mystery and I have already received my digital copy of The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.
"London, 1588: Someone is turning Catholics into widows, taking advantage of armada fever to mask the crimes. Francis Bacon is charged with identifying the murderer by the Andromache Society, a widows’ guild led by his formidable aunt. He must free his friends from the Tower, track an exotic poison, and untangle multiple crimes to determine if the motive is patriotism, greed, lunacy — or all three." [Source]
On January 4th, 2015, I posted my review of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by Anna Castle which is the second book in her Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series
I enjoyed the book a lot and therefore I will definitely have a look at The Widows Guild when we come back home late this evening.


The second book is by an author which I see quite often on Amazon when I look for science fiction books.
The Oncoming Storm (digital, September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00UXX5BLM.] by Christopher Nuttall which is the first book in the Angel in the Whirlwind series.
"In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy’s two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine “Kat” Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy’s newest warship, Lightning.

Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew’s respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn’t just a possibility—it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy’s war machine destroys everything she holds dear?" [Source]


What shall I say about author Peter F. Hamilton? Pandora's Star  and Judas Unchained belong to my favorite science fiction books.  I think it is worth to discover books not set in the Commonwealth universe.

Therefore I bought the first book in the Night's Dawn trilogy The Reality Dysfunction (digital, reprint 2006) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK21DA] by Peter F. Hamilton.I admit I looked twice at the number of pages information because it showed 1236 pages!! I checked immediately the other two books and they also stand each for more than 1200 pages!! That means to be "occupied" for weeks.
"In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature’s boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal’s chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it “The Reality Dysfunction”. It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history. ‘Absolute vintage science-fiction." [Source]



So far I read to short stories in the Detective Lavender Mystery series by Karen Charlton. On seventh of October 2015 the second full novel has been published and I bought a copy of The Sans Pareil Mystery (digital, October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK21DA] by Karen Charlton.

"On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances.

Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

With the Napoleonic War looming dangerously across the Channel, this is a time of suspicion and treachery. Following the clues from the seedy back streets of Covent Garden up through the echelons of society, Lavender and Woods begin to fear that the case is much bigger than they’d dared imagine—and worse, that they are at risk of becoming mere players in a master criminal’s shadowy drama.

It will take all of Lavender’s skill and wit, and help from the beautiful Magdalena, to bring the mystery of the Sans Pareil Theatre to a dramatic conclusion in the final act." [Source]


From time to time I like to read mysteries - especially murder mysteries set in the past combined with a historical background.I admit I have a knack for this kind of stories set in England but I'm also open minded for other regions of the world which shows the acquisition of following book which I found over at Chanticleer Book Reviews. Murder at the Leopard (digital, October 2012) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B009UH7T58.] by R M Vassari  and Lucia Oliva Lampe is the first book in The Vespers Trilogy.
"Murder and political intrigue are the key elements in this mystery novel set in exotic and politically tense 13th century Sicily. "Murder at the Leopard" uses a detailed knowledge of the period and locale with many of the characters taken straight out of the mosaic of original 13th and 14th century Sicilian contracts.

A glittering commercial prize in the wars and politics of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been variously ruled by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and the Holy Roman Empire. Ironically, the island’s current peace and prosperity has come about only through the oppressive and exploitative 15-year rule of Charles of Anjou, brother to Louis IX, soon to be St. Louis, King of France. Despite the spiritual atmosphere of Holy Week festivities in 1281 Palermo, an angry tension simmering among the native populace rides uneasily just below the surface calm.

Still, most residents go about their daily lives as the political intrigue plays out in Naples, the site of Charles’ royal court. Charles’ justice system becomes reality, however, when a drunken wealthy merchant is murdered in Palermo’s streets after leaving The Leopard, a neighborhood tavern. The owner, Amodeus de Rogerio, takes the murder personally. Unfortunately, he’s also the prime suspect and is incarcerated within hours of the murder. His saucy wife, Ysabella, is left with their newly opened business, their 7 year old scamp of a son, and only a limited time to find the real culprit. With streets teeming with paupers and pilgrims, friars and farmers, aristocrats and almoners, all in town for the holidays, Ysabella finds many suspects, both strangers and friends.

A second murder soon follows, and the reputation of The Leopard is on the line. Regular customers are fearful of being the next victim, and the multitude of visitors in town for Holy Week don’t want to drink in a murderer’s den either. In her quest to restore The Leopard’s good name and save her husband, Ysabella and her family uncover illicit love affairs, long-kept secrets, and rebel spies.

But will she find the killer before the hangman’s noose finds her husband?

Murder at the Leopard is the first book of a trilogy of murder mysteries set in 13th century Sicily written by RM Vassari and Lucia Olivia Lampe. The "Vespers Series" is set between 1281 and 1283, a period of violence and tension that saw the overthrow of French Angevin rule by an island-wide uprising known now as the Sicilian Vespers.

The tales are richly woven using a detailed knowledge of the period and locale, with many of the characters taken from real life." [Source]
The second is available too. Malice stalks the Leopard (digital, October 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00GANYUDY] by R M Vassari  and Lucia Oliva Lampe
You find more information about The Vespers Trilogy over at the official blog.





The final book for today is the third book in the Toxic World series.
We Had Flags (digital, October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B015N5D8TQ.]  by Sean McLachlan
"A law doesn't work if everyone breaks it. For forty years, New City has been a bastion of order in a fallen world. One crucial law has maintained the peace--it is illegal to place responsibility for the collapse of civilization on any one group. Anyone found guilty of Blaming is branded and stripped of citizenship. But when some unwelcome visitors arrive from across the sea, old wounds break open, and no one is safe from Blame." [Source]
So far I read the first book which I enjoyed.






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...



#SPFBO and an important and interesting question
In the last week I talked about 


The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off!

started in March 2015 by author Mark Lawrence.

Maybe you have had a look at

Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off

and you discovered some interesting books.

Of course such an event leads to important and interesting questions like


Thanks to author Geoff Matthews  who put this question to all involved blogger and posted the result over at Fantasy Faction. Some answers surprised me and some I more or less expected.

I'm open-minded when it comes to self-published books. It is the same with books published by one of the big publisher. You need to find the one you like.
One thing is for sure. Without the development of digital books I would have missed several good books.



I will never cross this bridge
I'm scared of heights. Everything above two meters is a nightmare for me. Even the pictures of the bridge shown over at WebUrbanist made me feel giddy ...




Mudlarking
Interested in history and living near or in London or visiting London soon?
Then you should definitely read the following post over at The History Girls




A battle as a backdrop for a novel
You find battles in the history of nearly every country. Some of them are well known and famous like Waterloo. Others like the Battle of Nantwich a less known. But as you can see the latter got at least a Wikipedia entry. Authors of historical fiction and mysteries like to use events like battles as a backdrop for their novels. To do that delivers a lot of advantages when it comes to scenery and description of daily life. Author DW Dawbridge used the the Battle of Nantwich as a backdrop for his novel  The Winter Siege (digital, September 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] which is the first book in his Daniel Cheswis Mystery series.
He wrote an interesting post about the Battle of Nantwich over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.






Mad Tales
Author Christopher Fowler started a new post series presenting mad tales of London. If you like London and you want to get to know other aspects of the town you should have a look at




The Swiss Army Knife
In my youth it was a dream of nearly every boy to get a Swiss Army Knife. The more tools it contained the better. There is an informative post over at Atlas Obscura




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 15 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.

Six weeks 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 fifth video is available and it is about INTELLIGENCE or as we say in German INTELLIGENZ :-)


Now only two Specials left: AGILITY and LUCK  Finally I ordered a copy of FALLOUT 4 for PS4 in advance. It is a kind of preferred Christmas gift.


DIVINITY: ORIGINAL SIN ENHANCED EDITION
My wife and I love to play role playing games on consoles. Sitting in the preferred chair and in front of  a big screen. So far we could not play together the same game at the same time. But that will change at the end of the month.
We ordered a copy of Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for PS4 which offers an awesome coop mode. The following video shows what to expect in the coop mode. We look forward to enter the game.




Sherlock Christmas special
I'm a big fan of the BBC ONE Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson.
I can't wait to see the next Sherlock special set in Victorian London!!
This is the official TV trailer


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.

Advice for rpg players ..............................

"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

Laura Schlessinger, American talk radio host, 1947 -
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