Saturday, July 27, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1330

Hello and welcome to issue #1330 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Germany awaits the hottest weekend in 2013 so far.  We expect sticky 38 C° (= 102.20ºF). I know that some of you live in areas where temperature goes beyond 40 C° (= 104.00ºF).
Anyway that means if do not have an air condition at home (like me) you have to air your flat early in the morning and then close all doors and windows and the blinds in case you have some. Then slow down every any activity to a minimum.  My plan is to spend as much time as possible for reading.



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. A new series to discover
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Ulysses Quicksilver goes to Germany
  2. More Airships
  3. Notebooks
  4. London's Forgotten Bank
  5. The Man Who Caught The Wind
  6. My Blog has been mentioned
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Gravity

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 idiomsQuotes

The Lighthouse

My reading progress suffer from the hot summer. I makes no fun when the spectacles slid from the nose because of the sweat running down the head.   


I finished

- no book



I'm
- 139 pages in The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] by George Mann
The author is an excellent story teller but the hot weather prevent me from reading more.story captivated me from the first page and let me forget the heat for a while.

- 57 pages in Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke
Only a small progress but enough to grow my interest in Gallow the main character.

No progress

- 139 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
It is good but maybe not the right one for me at the moment.



 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
In order to be informed about the world of books I follow blogs and sites and of course I receive newsletter. One of these newsletters is from Endeavour Press, on of the leading independent publisher of digital books. Each newsletter deliver information of a bunch of books from different genres. Furthermore copies are divided into three price categories: free, cheap and normal. I took the opportunity to download a copy of following novella for free:
Highwayman: Ironside (June 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00D89Y10K] by Michael Arnold.
"England: 1655.

A nation reeling from the turmoil of bloody civil war. An island in the iron grip of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate.

The forces of King Charles have been utterly defeated. The sovereign is dead, his supporters beaten, humiliated and scattered.

But it is not just former Cavaliers who find themselves hounded by the new regime. Many of those who fought for Parliament have fallen foul of the oppressive rule of the Major-Generals.

One such man is Major Samson Lyle: Roundhead, outlaw, fugitive. Forced into exile after a dispute with the ruling elite, he has returned, intent on waging war against those now in command. Skilled with pistol and blade, Lyle takes the fight onto the busy roads south of the capital, forging a formidable reputation as a notorious highwayman.

Along with his trusted young ward Bella, and Eustace Grumm, an irascible former smuggler, Lyle dodges the ever-present threat of capture to menace those against whom he has sworn revenge. But when the robbery of a powerful lawyer alerts Lyle to the imprisonment of a former comrade, the Major is plunged into a dangerous game of intrigue and deceit that may finally prove his undoing. And he must tread carefully, for Parliament have dispatched their own man to hunt the elusive outlaw.

The villainous Colonel John Maddocks is tracking Lyle's every move, and soon he will come face to face with the Ironside Highwayman." [Source]
Isn't it intriguing? I could not resist and look forward to follow Major Samson Lyle.
I checked again and you can still get a copy for free. I do not know how long the offer will be valid.

So check Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de if Highwayman: Ironside (June 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00D89Y10K] by Michael Arnold is still available for free.

It did not take long until I found out that Michael Arnold is the author of the critical acclaimed historical series The Civil War Chronicles which consist of four novels so far. The official site delivers a lot of information about and around the books.
Traitor's Blood (first published in 2010) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1848544048; Kindle Edition ASIN: B004JHY6JQ] by Michael Arnold
"Once seen in the heat of battle, Captain Stryker is never forgotten. A hardened veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, he has come home to England to seek revenge on the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.

Stryker is driven by loyalty rather than conviction to serve King Charles's cause. He has no truck with aristocracy, preferring the company of a handful of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forrester and his foul-mouthed sergeant, Skellen. But when the existence of a dangerous spy at the heart of the Royalist establishment is discovered, it is Stryker whom Prince Rupert chooses to capture the man before he realises the game is up.

Lightly armed and with only a handful of men, Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time. But unbeknown to Stryker, someone else is also closing in on his quarry, someone whom Stryker has sworn to kill: Captain Eli Makepeace, his nemesis, the man who nearly destroyed him . . ." [Source]

I like it when an authors present his book(s). So this is what Michael Arnold has to say about Traitor's Blood.





A new series to discover
There are terms who work like trigger for me when it comes to books. That happened last week when I read Victorian Era, Steampunk, Magic, Sherlock Holmes and female main character. That led me to the site of Emma Jane Holloway which shows the following subtitle
Clockwork Magic and Talking Mice

Emma Jane Holloway is an author who will debut with three books in her first series The Baskerville Affair. Meet Evelina Cooper, niece of the most famous Sherlock Holmes in an alternate Victorian London.
I read the descriptions of all three books and an excerpt of the first one .......
TRAPPED!!
There was no way out I ordered paperback copy of each book. In sum the three books deliver around 1800 pages of reading pleasure!

Now have a look at the books, read the excerpt, visit the site of Emma Jane Holloway  and decide for yourself if this is something you would like to read. Don't ask me for advice as I'm definitely prejudiced. 

The Baskerville Affair

A Study in Silk (digital, pb, September 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537188; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00C4BA48G] by Emma Jane Holloway.
"Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with - not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse ...

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask." [Source]




A Study in Darkness (digital, pb, October 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537195; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00CNQ7BCY] by Emma Jane Holloway.
"When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her Uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.

Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe.

As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper." [Source]







A Study in Ashes (digital, pb, December 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537201; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00D5BEDPE] by Emma Jane Holloway.
"As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville Affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day — or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.

But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines–and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is…he’s dead." [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...

More Airships
Last week I wrote about the silent kings of the air - Airships. I recommended to visit Dark Roasted Blend and to have a look at the fascinating post


Part 1 - that means there will be more posts. I checked the blog every day because I was really keen to get more of this stuff. Fortunately Dark Roasted Blend did not tantalize me for too long. One week later they came up with the following post.



 I do not know how much time I spent for watching all the pictures. I have a dream. I would like to travel around the world on board of one of these giants. I'm afraid this dream will not come true because these impressive airships do not exist any longer and there is no one like Howard Hughes to spend money for such kind of projects. You may remember his "Spruce Goose" project.

Notebooks
Due to Wikipedia Notebook  may refer to different things. In this case I refer to the good old notebook made of paper. I still use a lot of paper in different formats at home and at work. Since I read the following post over at The Happy Nerd which is the blog of author John Marco, I started to thing if it wouldn't be a good idea to use notebooks instead of all the sheets of paper. My desk would look different.



Ulysses Quicksilver goes to Germany
Most of German publisher are not interested in to publish Steampunk novels from German authors. If you are not able to read in English you have to hope and wait that books will be translated.
I'm a big fan of  the PAX BRITANNIA series by Jonathan Green. I read all the books in the series published so far. And now the time has come that the first book in the series will be translated to German! Congratulations Jonathan Green. I think it is a good decision at the right time as Steampunk gain more and more interest in Germany. For details please read following post

The cover for the German edition fits perfectly to the story.

So far no publishing date has been announced.



London's Forgotten Bank
Can you imagine London without banks? Recently I read The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper one bank in London played an important role.But there are more interesting and important banks which grew especially in the 1850s.
Author Christopher Fowler shared information about the private bank C. Hoare & Co. in his post



The Man Who Caught The Wind
It sounds like the title of a book but it is the header of a post over at English Historical Fiction Authors. It seems that we sometimes forget the importance of wind. Do you know who invented a still used scale to measure the strength of wind? You have to go back in history for more than 200 years. If you would like to get more information then I recommend to read



My Blog has been mentioned
One of the blogs I follow is the Gollancz Blog, which the blog of the publisher. In #1329 of Edi's Weekend Wave  I talked about my reading progress regarding Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke,
In case you do not remember or you are a first time visitor I post again cover and blurb.
The cover is unusual. Neither the author no the title of the book is shown. Publisher Gollancz UK "banned" title and author name to the back. Book two and three will be published in August and September.
"Nathan Hawke is the pseudonym of fantasy author Stephen Deas.

Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow - Truesword, Griefbringer and trouble for anyone who crosses him.

I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander bastard here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face.

For my king I will travel to the end of the world. I will find the fabled Crimson Shield so that his legions may carry it to battle, and when Sword and Shield must finally clash, there you will find me. I will not make pacts with devils or bargains with demons for I do not believe in such things, and yet I will see them all around me, in men and in their deeds. Remember me then, for I will not suffer such monsters to live.

Even if they are the ones I serve." [Source]
Now I will come back to my first impression I delivered additional to my reading progress:
"In two words: Bloody and interesting"

Gollancz Blog found I worth enough to mention it in following post:

You may understand that I was happy when I read it!


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


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

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.


I was not sure what to expect when I read that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the main actors in the upcoming science fiction thriller Gravity.
IMDb delivered an one sentence summary of the plot:
"Astronauts attempt to return to Earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in orbit."
Have a look at following three trailers. I can sum up my feelings in one word: Trepidation

Trailer one

Trailer two

Trailer three




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


Quotes

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

I love proverbs and quotes. Without I would not share them with you. Today you get a quote about quotes. From my point of view Philip G. Hamerton has a point.

"Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?

Philip G. Hamerton, English author, art critic and artist (1834 – 1894), was an English artist and art critic and author. "The Intellectual Life"(1873)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1329

Hello and welcome to issue #1329 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Summer! The whole day sunshine and temperature of 30 C°(= 86.000ºF) and more. In principle I like summer. But my summer looks different to the summer we face in Germany. I'm longing for a light breeze combined with a temperature of maximum 20 C° (= 68.000ºF). The older I get the more I suffer from temperatures beyond 25 C°. I do not sleep well in the night because our flat is still hot from the day. Beside that my power of concentration diminish and I get really aggressive. Reading, reviewing and blogging does not make fun under such conditions.
I did my best to cope with the external conditions and put together following post for you. Please apologise mistakes in advance.


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
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Michael Sullivan
  2. City Evolution
  3. Five Years
  4. Airships
  5. Libriomancer Giveaway
  6. Abandoned Railroad and Train Bridges
  7. Mihai interviewed Sarah Pinborough
  8. 3B Printing
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Lone Ranger
  2. Steampunk from Germany

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 idioms Weather

The Lighthouse

I do not really know how but I finished at least one book and put my nose in two new books and made a slight progress in fourth one.


I finished

- The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.
I like the mix of medieval, magic and guns a lot. The character development of Jack Casey is strong and impressive.


I'm
- 48 pages in The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] by George Mann
The story captivated me from the first page and let me forget the heat for a while.

- 25 pages in Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke
In two words: Bloody and interesting

- 139 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
It is good but maybe not the right one for me at the moment.

No progress




 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.

This week I received two paperback copies which I ordered recently and one unexpected paperback review copy.

Thanks to Tor/Forge.com for sending me a copy of This River Awakens (pb, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765335005] by by
Steven Erikson who is the author of the famous ten book series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. You do not know the series? Then Just read the following post by Neth:


This River Awakens is Steven Erikson's first novel beyond fantasy. So far I'm not sure whether I want to read this book or not. Have a look at the cover and the blurb.
"In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it's the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family's isolation and he quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As summer brings release from school, two figures preside over the boys' activities: Walter Gribbs, a benign old watchman at the yacht club, and Hogdson Fisk, a vindictive farmer tormented by his past. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank - a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all...
Steven Erikson first novel, This River Awakens, is a lyrical, tender and disturbing portrayal of a rite of passage that is both harsh and revelatory." [Source]

Does anyone of you read and can tell me her/his impression?

Last week I told you about books by George Mann who is one of my favorite authors. And this week I received my copy of of  The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] which is the fourth book in the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series.
 "A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate."[Source]

All Newbury & Hobbes Investigations fans should mark the 24th of September 2013 in their calendars because it is the publishing date of The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781167427] by George Mann


Another author I like is by Mark Hodder, the man behind the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] which is the fourth book in the series and the first in a new story arc.
"Burton & Swinburne return in a new series!

The Beast is coming. History will be remade.

Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men-including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel-has received guidance from the Afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted-including Brunel!

The government, in search of answers, turns to the Afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly-knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king's agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi's silence. But the Beast has been summoned.

How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity-by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?" [Source]


The cover is awesome and the description is more than promising to me.

 



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...



As you can see the story of Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn continues with two books in a The Riyria Chronicles. This is your chance to explore the beginning of the story of Hadrian and Royce.
The Crown Tower (pb, 6th August, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502274]
"TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords (publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order)." [Source]



The Rose and the Thorn (pb, September, 2013)
"TWO THIEVES WANT ANSWERS. RIYRIA IS BORN.

For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception --- Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of --- but she's about to find out.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords (publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order)." [Source]

There are several possibilities to win copies of The Crown Tower and other stuff.



Beside that you can win more free stuff. Please visit following link for details:



City Evolution
I still remember the time when I played SIMCITY on my good old NES. In case you do not know what I'm talking about I recommend to have a look at following video

It is still impressive to follow the evolution of a city and it gets even more interesting when you get the opportunity to see the evolution of a real city in 3D.  To my pleasure the people over at WebUrbanist released following amazing post:



On Monday July 15th you could read following post over at Tor.Com


"Tor.com is celebrating its fifth birthday this week and as one of the many things we’re doing to mark the occasion, we’ve assembled the entire last five years of our award-winning original fiction into one handy, and possibly physics-defying, ebook.
This ebook is free to Tor.com’s registered users to download, as a thank you for joining and contributing to our community over the years. Enjoy!
Download The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on Tor.com"
 So if you would like to get this ebook for free you need an account. If you do not have one it is up to you to decide if this free ebook is worth to register or not.
Maybe it will help you to decide when I tell you that this ebook contains 151 stories from different authors!!



I admire the long gone silent  kings of the air - Airships. Whenever I get the opportunity to see pictures or movies starring airships I have to watch them.So I could not resist to visit again Dark Roasted Blend when they presented following post:



On April 13th 2013 I wrote about the Magic ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. In August 2013 DAW Books will publish the US mmpb edition of Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines [ISBN-13:  978-0756408176] and the second book Codex Born will be published soon. Author Jim C. Hines will

Taking part in the giveaway is simple. Follow the link above and leave a comment in the comment section.




I like these old wooden railroad bridges like shown in the movie The Lone Ranger. It is sad to see that a lot of them have been abandoned. But the remaining parts look still impressive and when I start to think about the people who built these bridges I express my admiration with a silent Kudos!  If you would like to see some of the bridges you should have a look at following post over at the WebUrbanist:



You know that I have a review backlog. One of the books which still need to be reviewed is Mayhem (digital 2013) [ASIN: B00BTEWYEG; HC ISBN-13: 978-1780871257] by Sarah Pinborough.

"A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East End. Though newspapers have dubbed him ‘the Torso Killer’, this murderer’s work is overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel crimes.
The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames – and the heads are missing. The murderer likes to keep them.
Mayhem is a masterwork of narrative suspense: a supernatural thriller set in a shadowy, gaslit London, where monsters stalk the cobbled streets and hide in plain sight..." [Source
It has been a more than satisfying read. If you want to know more about Sarah Pinborough and her books, then I recommend to to read Mihai's interview with Sarah Pinborough over at Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews. Now I know that there will be a second book starring the fascinating Dr Thomas Bond.





3B Printing - what the hell is that? I do not want to solve the conundrum. If you want to know more then there is no other way as to visit

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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

I like actor Johnny Depp a lot. Therefore I look forward to August when The Lone Ranger will hit the cinemas in Germany. I'm aware that there have been several negative reviews but in this case I don't care.


Steampunk
Even in Germany the enthusiasm for Steampunk is growing. After a successful crowd funding campaign for the  AIRLORDS OF AIRIA movie project  the team presented a short film in order to show people what to expect. Have a look at the full short film and build up your mind:
From my point of view the team did a great job and I hope it will not take too long until the full movie will hit the cinemas.



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


Quotes

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

Do you still use ink and paper to write letters? If you do I bow to you because I think every handwritten letter is like a gift ....

"I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.

Edgar Allan Poe, US author, editor, poet (1809 - 1849)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1328

Hello and welcome to issue #1328 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

On Wednesday last week I read the sad news that our local cinema will close forever in August 2013 because the owner is not able to raise funds for the conversion to digital technology. The conversion is mandatory because movies will be delivered in digital format only.
My wife and I liked to go there because we do not need to see every movie in 3D and the tickets have been a lot cheaper than in the so called multiplex cinemas. As I said it is sad but we can't change.
Beside that I hope you will enjoy what 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
  2. Books for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Transport in Victorian London
  2. Do you abandon books?l
  3. Ideas, ideas, ideas
  4. Connected
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In case of reading this has been a great week. I finished two books and made a significant progress in the third book.


I finished
- Aetherherz (May 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484903537; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CP6V0D8] by Anja Bagus.
 German Steampunk. I enjoyed a lot.

The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The second book in the Pyke mystery series is an absolutely great read and while other people complain it is too long with more than 500 pages, I find the content fit to the length. 
This book is much more then a pure murder mystery. It is a great mix of murder mystery, Pyke's biography, historical and alternate history events, introduction into economy and a secret ode to London.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series."


I'm

- 309 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.
Jack Casey - the main character - is a tough guy.


No progress


- 123 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

 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.

This week I received the paperback edition of the first book in a fantasy series with an unusual cover which I ordered in advance. Normally I'm not a fan of vikings but this new series caught my attraction. Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke
"Nathan Hawke is the pseudonym of fantasy author Stephen Deas.

Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow - Truesword, Griefbringer and trouble for anyone who crosses him.

I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander bastard here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face.

For my king I will travel to the end of the world. I will find the fabled Crimson Shield so that his legions may carry it to battle, and when Sword and Shield must finally clash, there you will find me. I will not make pacts with devils or bargains with demons for I do not believe in such things, and yet I will see them all around me, in men and in their deeds. Remember me then, for I will not suffer such monsters to live.

Even if they are the ones I serve." [Source]
Yes, this is the real cover!!! Publisher Gollancz UK "banned" title and author name to the back.
I must say I like it a lot. It will be interesting to see if this is a flash in the pan or not. Book two and three will be published in August and September.



A few hours ago I have been invited to a free download of a fantasy short story via GOODREADS. I did not hesitate to download a copy of Nash of the Thieve's Guild [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B005RZHBRS] by Tony Passarelli.
"The City of Port Gardale is under the rule of the Godking. The Thieves’ Guild is a secret organization that operates in the shadows and back alleyways of the Port City. Life can be hard for a thief, especially hard for a boy thief...

Meet Nash of the Thieves’ Guild; he knows the meaning of hard because he is desperate.

Desperate for a virgin and desperate to stay alive!

Will the young thief spill his oats or will his deadly rival Jadrien spill his beans?

Fun and frolics, thrills 'n spills. It's time for high adventure where life is sweet and danger is only one footstep away.

Short story: 5,000 words. Not suitable for younger readers." [Source]


ATTENTION
You can download a KINDLE copy of Nash of the Thieve's Guild for free on 13th and 14th July 2013 at Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon DE
To be honest I do not know how good or bad the is. So you need to build up your own mind. As soon as I find time to have a look I will post my opinion.


The following three books belong to two series where I read all published books so far which is quite an exception.

So far I read and enjoyed the first two books -  The Martian Ambassador (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] and The Feaster from the Stars (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] in the Blackwood & Harrington Mystery series Alan K Baker (on some covers Alan Baker).
Yesterday I discovered that in May 2013 The Gods of Atlantis (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777882] has been published.
"Something has been discovered beneath the most sacred of burial sites on the island of Atlantis ... something that may require the rewriting of the early history of human civilisation. In London, Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator for Her Majesty’s Bureau of Clandestine Affairs and his colleague Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research, are instructed to investigate the recent disappearance of the scientists Albert Michelson and Edward Morley along with the prototype of their “Tele-manipulator”, a device which will allow the control of mechanical devices with the human mind. Michelson and Morley were engaged on an international speaking tour, and were last seen in the Atlantean capital, Poseidonis... In their latest adventure, Blackwood and Harrington embark on a perilous journey from the fogbound streets of London to the sundrenched and myth-haunted island of Atlantis, where they will make a shattering discovery about the ancient history of Earth ... and Mars..." [Source]
Of course I want a copy of the book. As I ordered a lot of books in advance I have to wait until October to buy a copy. But that is not a problem because there are some other books I want to read before ....



In 2009 I read The Affinity Bridge (pb, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1905005888] by George Mann.
I loved the first book  in the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series. In case you never heard about this series I add the cover and the description.
"Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution.

Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. For this is also a world where ghostly policemen haunt the fog-laden alleyways of Whitechapel, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where Sir Maurice Newbury , Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, works tirelessly to protect the Empire from her foes.

When an airship crashes in mysterious circumstances, Sir Maurice and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is baffled by a spate of grisly murders and a terrifying plague ravaging the slums of the city." [Source]
Since the beginning of 2013 I was aware that the fourth novel in the series should be published in July 2013. The Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series belongs to the series where do not buy paperback editions. I checked Amazon DE for  The Executioner's Heart and found the link to the US KINDLE and hardcover edition. As described before I want a paperback copy. I was not sure about the publishing date of the paperback.
Fortunately I follow a lot of blogs. One of them is Falcata Times. Yesterday (July 12th) following post popped up in my Bamboo Reader:
I read the post immediately. This post led me to Amazon UK where I found the paperback version of The Executioner's Heart!! I copied the ISBN and used it to search the book at Amazon DE. I found the book listed with following title: Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes 4) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From now on I will use either ISBN number or author name to search for books. Search by title is not trustworthy!
Of course I ordered a copy of  The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] by George Mann which will be delivered next week.
 "A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate."[Source]
All Newbury & Hobbes Investigations fans should mark the 24th of September 2013 in their calendars because it is the publishing date of The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781167427] by George Mann
 
"A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes." [Source]
Be sure I ordered a paperback copy in advance. I'm happy that the series continue.
There will be more books by George Mann of 2013 and beginning of 2014. Let me pique your curiosity with one Name ... Sherlock Holmes .....   But that is another story.

the number of Steampunk books on my shelf is growing. That reminds me to have a look at my Cherie Priest books ... but that is also another story....


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...

London is my favorite town and that is one of the reasons why I follow Ian Visits. Ian post about London in the past and present. Transport in London has a long history. See what some people planned 160 years ago:



Do you abandon books? Most of the time I follow my own 50 pages rule which means every book gets 50 pages to convince me to continue reading. If I can't copy with the style of the author I read less. There is a real interesting evaluation over at GOODREADS. I recommend to have a look at following link. There are some surprising results.


Can you imagine a world without ideas? I can't. Some ideas are inventive whereas others make us laugh or shaking our head. Enjoy another entertaining post over at the WebUrbanist:


From time to time I like to read historical fiction. I love to question events, inventions and people in such kind of books. I stop reading immediately and start use lexicons or internet.
It is surprising how accurate the authors of such books are.
Therefore I like to read when such authors write about research for their books. Do you know which kind of telephones were in Russia within 1890s? The following post delivers the answer:


Pubs, taverns and inns - one should underestimate their role in fantasy, mystery and history. For me it is amazing when I read such kind of books when events or inventions or person. There are pubs in England with well documented history which goes back several hundred years. Have a look at the following post about to famous pub names:



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Sleepy Hollow - Does that ring a bell? Whenever I hear or read Sleepy Hollow I think immediately of Johnny Depp starring as Ichabod Crane in the movie directed by Tim Burton.

Now Sleepy Hollow returns as a new TV series on FOX.
About The Show
"What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity's last hope?

Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")." [Source]
I'm not sure if one of the German TV channels will by the show. At least I can have a look at the trailer which I share with you.



 LEGO always remind me of my childhood. I liked to bild aircraft carriers and planes. It was the time when you just got the pure bricks. In 2014 the LEGO Movie will hit the cinemass

"The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world." [Source]

This is the first trailer. I need some more trailers to build up my mind.

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


Quotes

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

Do you still use ink and paper to write letters? If you do I bow to you because I think every handwritten letter is like a gift ....

"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Phyllis Theroux, in House Beautiful Magazine



Saturday, July 06, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1227


Hello and welcome to issue #1327 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Summer is back to Germany. My wife and I will have a fantastic weekend which means I have to hurry up with my post.
On Saturday evening we will enjoy an open air concert of  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The following peace of music gives you a first impression what will get:

On Sunday we will travel 280 KM ( approximately 174 miles) south to Breisach near the border to France where will meet with friends. Together we will travel on board a ship on river Rhine followed by a steam train travel. THIS LINK lead you to the translated website with detailed information about the travel.

I hope all of you will have a fantastic weekend too.


ENJOY READING ....

Edi's Guidepost

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Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Competition - Robot For A Day
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  3. Harry Potter's Diagon Alley in Google Street View
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  1. The Children Who Built Victorian Britain

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
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Work keeps me really busy. So I'm happy about every page I read before I fall asleep. My wife recommended me a German Steampunk book and I could not resist. This is the second time in 2013 that I read a book in my first language.

I finished
- no book


I'm

-  374 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
A progress of 125 pages which is not that bad

- 202 pages in Aetherherz (May 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484903537; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CP6V0D8] by Anja Bagus.
"Ein Annabelle Rosenherz Roman: Seit der Jahrhundertwende steigt grüner Nebel über den Flüssen auf. Æther ist für die Industrie ein Segen, für die Menschen ein Fluch. Luftschiffe erobern den Himmel, Monster bevölkern die Auen. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1910: Im mondänen Baden-Baden scheint die Welt noch in Ordnung. Doch während die Kurgäste aus aller Welt durch die Alleen und den Kurpark flanieren, sterben junge Frauen an einer mysteriösen Vergiftung. Das Fräulein Annabelle Rosenherz versucht die Ursache herauszufinden und gerät dabei selbst in große Gefahr, denn sie hat schon lange ein Geheimnis. Als sie der Wahrheit zu nahe kommt, nimmt man sie gefangen. Auf den finsteren Höhen des Schwarzwalds verliert sie fast ihren Verstand und es entscheidet sich, ob Annabelle sich selbst akzeptieren kann, und ihre erste Liebe stark genug ist, den Widerständen der Gesellschaft zu trotzen." [Source]

A refreshing story set in the town of Baden-Baden in the year 1910. It is the first book in a new series.


No progress

- 234 pages in  The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.

- 123 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

 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.

I bought a digital copy of The Last Banquet (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0857868800; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CD344F4] by Jonathan Grimwood.
"Jean-Marie Charles d’Aumout is many things. Orphan, soldier, diplomat, spy, lover. And chef.

This is his story.

We meet Jean-Marie d’Aumout as a penniless orphan eating beetles by the side of a road. His fate is changed after an unlikely encounter finds him patronage and he is sent to military academy. Despite his frugal roots, and thanks to it and courage in great measure, he grows up to become a diplomat and spy.
Rising through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society, he feasts with lords, ladies and eventually kings, at the Palace of Versailles itself.
Passionate love, political intrigue and international adventure abound in Jean-Marie’s life, but his drive stems from a single obsession: the pursuit of the perfect taste. Three-Snake Bouillabaisse, Pickled Wolf’s Heart and Flamingo Tongue are just some of the delicacies he devours on his journey toward the ultimate feast.
But beyond the palace walls, revolution is in the air and the country is clamouring with hunger of a different kind." [Source]
Why did I buy a copy of The Last Banquet? A post over at Pornokitsch inveigled me. Some people have the gift to write alluring reviews. Have a look at


and then you may understand what I'm talking about .....



Last week I received to review requests via GOODREADS. Unfortunately I have a review backlog and therefore I can't accept more review requests until November 2013. But I can talk about the books offered for review. Maybe they are of interest for you.

I'm not sure if I mentioned that I'm not really interested in YA novels. Of course there are a few exceptions. Today I present you Roy Huff's Everville series which contains of two books so far.
Everville: The First Pillar (2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0988936409; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BCOQSSQ] by Roy Huff
"Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between. With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between" [Source]

There is a giveaway over at GOODREADS opened to many countries which runs until August 10th 2013. GIVEAWAY LINK

The series continues withEverville: City of Worms (August 2013)  by Roy Huff
"College freshman Owen Sage has just started to understand the darkness that has tried to overtake Everville and the earthly realm. With the help of The Keeper and the Fron army, Owen has managed to buy some time, but new problems have already emerged, new secrets need to be revealed, and the race against time to stop Them from conquering both dimensions has only just begun. The Keeper, Owen Sage, and his friends at Easton Falls University must now battle threats from within. To do it, they must reunite with familiar creatures and join forces with new ones as they navigate their journey to the truth that awaits them in Everville." [Source]
There is a giveway over at GOODREADS opened to many countries which runs until August 29th 2013.
GIVEAWAY LINK

Of course I do not know hwo good the books are. But I recognised a lot of positive feedback.


I received one more review request from author A C F Crawford. His fantasy debut novel Sailor of the Skysea (2013) [Edition ASIN: B00BQO25SY] by has been released in June 2013.

"Hardened sailor Ytzak Anan is an outsider. The color of his skin holds him back in a brutal, post-colonial world. And now his dreams of captaining his own ship, along with all his savings, have been stolen by a faithless lover.

Up a mighty river and out to sea once again, Ytzak searches for meaning and a new start. But the cruelties of ruthless men dog his steps, and mysterious forces seem to be guiding his journey for purposes unknown…

In this explosive debut, author A. C. F. Crawford has created something new in the realm of fantasy.

From high-seas adventure to a climactic clash with a malevolent autocrat, from back alley brawls to arcane shamanic sorcery, Sailor of the Skysea explores a mythical world with a truly American feel." [Source]
I read a part of the prologue and combined with blurb it is interesting for me. But I have neither time to read it nor to review it.


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...


Publisher Angry Robots turned four on July 1st 2013, which is an excellent reason for a celebration with authors, fans, and readers. So they started and exciting competition

There will be two winners: an UK-based winner and an overseas winner.
Both winners  have the choice to get either a dozen of Angry Robot Books OR a Nook ebook reader loaded with a dozen of books.
Beside that the UK-based winner will spend a day over at the Angry Robot offices in Nottingham!

The competition ends on July 14th. For details please follow the link above.


How do you cope with all the books released every month? Do you order catalogues from publishers? Do you check booksellers like Amazon? Do you trust your favorite blogger to deliver the right selection?
I must say I use a nix of several sources and I know I will never get a list of all books which could be of interest for me. Beside that I would need a warehouse to store all the books, a fortune to buy them and at least nine lives like a cat or to be immortal to read them.
I must say I appreciate what sites like SF SIGNAL are offering. I do not need to explain in detail because the name of the post is the explanation.

Like millions of other people I read the Harry Potter books and watched the movies. Of course it would be cool to visit some of the locations. Thanks to Jamie Gibbs and his blog Mithril Wisdom I know now that it is possible to visit one of the locations without to leave home.
I do not want to repeat all the stuff he showed and told about. Just click on the following link:

See Harry Potter's Diagon Alley in Google Street View!

Can you imagine a skyscraper made of wood? I never thought about it. Fortunately there are people who do. For more information please read
over at WebUrbanist.

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


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

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Today you get something different as usual. It is neither a movie trailer nor a cgi short movie nor history related documentation nor a game trailer.
I thought it is time to show you something more practical. Did you ever bake a Victorian sponge cake? No? Then have a look:



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


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

It seems a lot of people forget the following when they travel to a foreign country ....

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Clifton Fadiman, US author, editor, & radio host (1904 - 1999)
[Source]
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