Sunday, February 23, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1408

Hello and welcome to issue #1408 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm sorry for the delay but I needed the Saturday after my business trip to Spain to relax and recharge my battery. I reached home late on Friday - around 11 pm. I assume that some people think that a business trip is something where you can relax a bit. I must say that the spare time during the trip shrank to the time you need for shower and sleep. Even breakfast, lunch and dinner have been filled with discussions. The time on the plane was the only time left for reading. Nevertheless I enjoyed the trip because it is the only opportunity to meet my European colleagues once a year. It is still a big difference between face to face meetings and video conferences.
Enough about work.
There was not much time left to prepare this post. However I hope I picked up something interesting 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 
  2. A preview
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Recycling II
  2. Deep beneath London
  3. Spy and Pie
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

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 work

The Lighthouse

I hoped that there would be more time for reading during my business trip but that was an erroneous belief. Nevertheless I used the available time well and continued reading two books.



I finished

- No book


I'm

- 226 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
Related to the time available for reading is not bad.

- 276 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
Related to the time available a progress of 75 pages is not bad.

No progress

- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.

- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,


 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 my first post in 2014 I mentioned authors and books where I failed to read and/or review books in 2013. Author and friend of the blog Rosalie Skinner and her  Chronicles of Caleath series which consist of eight books belong to the list.
In September 2012 I wrote an extended post about author and series which is still valid. Now the seventh book in the  Chronicles of Caleath series has been published.
Rosalie Skinner has been so kind to sent me a digital copy of  Adrift: In Search of Memory (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:  B00IJDXXJA].
"Tag Seawell’s strange turns are frightening his shipmates. Each time his eyes turn black unexpected things happen. He can’t explain why. When strangers come to town searching for a man of his description, the locals fail to mention his existence. The stranger’s arrival and departure before Tag returns from sea, give him his first hope of learning about his past and perhaps curing him of the unexplained fits he falls into. Leaving his woman behind he follows the strangers and embarks on a perilous and confusing voyage of discovery.

Nothing prepares Tag for the revelations his journey brings. From pirates, to warring dragons, whales, starships and an alien god, new experiences jog old memories. Discovery comes with a price. Why does Death want his unborn child? Why does a race of sorcerers want his help? How is he supposed to influence warring dragons and how does he know and do things he should not know?" [Source]

There is an excerpt available HERE. Furthermore you can read an interview HERE:




On 16th of February I watched a 45 minute interview on German TV with Christopher Clark, author and Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College about World War I.
After that interview I knew that I wanted to read the book by Christopher Clark, And finally I bought a digital copy of The Sleep Walkers (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:  B008B1BL4E] yesterday.
The book is available in different formats like
hardcover, ISBN-13: 978-0061146657
paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0141027821

"In "The Sleepwalkers" acclaimed historian and author of Iron Kingdom, Christopher Clark, examines the causes of the First World War.
Sunday Times Books of the Year 2012.
The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down four great empires, killed millions of men and destroyed a civilization. What made a seemingly prosperous and complacent Europe so vulnerable to the impact of this assassination?
In "The Sleepwalkers" Christopher Clark retells the story of the outbreak of the First World War and its causes. Drawing on many fresh new sources, this account reveals a Europe very different from the familiar picture, putting Serbia and the Balkans at the centre of the story. Starting with the brutal assassination of Alexander I of Serbia in 1903, Clark shows how, far from being the place of enviable stability it appears to us, Europe was racked by chronic problems: a multipolar, fractured, multicultural world of clashing ideals, terrorism, militancy and instability, which was, fatefully, saddled with a conspicuously ineffectual set of political leaders. He shows how the rulers of Europe, who prided themselves on their modernity and rationalism, behaved like sleepwalkers, stumbling through crisis after crisis and finally convincing themselves that war was the only answer.
[...]
About the author: Christopher Clark is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. He is the author of "The Politics of Conversion", "Kaiser Wilhelm II" and "Iron Kingdom". Widely praised around the world, "Iron Kingdom" became a major bestseller. He has been awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany." [Source]



Preview
Before I left home for my business trip I received a kind mail from author Geoffrey Wilson. Depending on how long you follow my blog, you may remember that in July 2012 I did a triple post (review, interview, giveaway) for the alternate history debut novel Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Wilson.
I wrote:

"Land of Hope and Glory is THE REFRESHING ALTERNATE HISTORY SETTING with THE ULTIMATE MIX OF STEAM, MAGIC, ACTION, MYTHS, and LEGENDS!"

In 2013 he has been so kind to send me a copy of The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] which is the second book in the series.  There was a plan to post a review and to perform a giveaway. Unfortunately it did not work well. I read and enjoyed the book. But completely failed to perform any other activity.
Therefore now I'm more than happy that promised me a copy of the third and final book in the series! I will definitely read it and I have the strong will to review it. I hope this try will be more successful.
While I wait for my copy, you may want to purchase a copy. In order to do that you need information. Here we go:
The War of the Grail (pb, 2014)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721188] by Geoffrey Wilson.
"In Land of Hope and Glory Geoffrey Wilson imagined a world in which an Indian empire rules Europe through the power of magic.

In The Place of Dead Kings, Jack Casey — an old soldier who never meant to be a hero — became England's only hope.

Now it is 1856, King John is dead, and the war that Jack has dreaded since the start of the English rebellion has finally begun. Regiments of Rajthanan troops are massing to the south of free Shropshire, while to the north refugees bring stories of attacks by the devil himself. Both friends and enemies fear that unless Jack can find the elusive Holy Grail, there is no hope. . .

A strange set of maps that Jack discovered in Scotland could hold the key to England's freedom. Kanvar, the rebels' enigmatic Sikh ally, believes the charts will unlock the secrets of the Rajthanans' magic and perhaps guide Jack to the Grail itself. But can Jack harness the power of the Grail before the conqueror's overwhelming forces destroy the dream of a free England forever?" [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...

Recycling II
In  issue #1404 of Edi's Weekend Wave I talked about an really interesting post over at The History Girls which gave a deeper look into the history of recycling in Victorian Paris. Now the second part is available:



Deep beneath London
It is common knowledge the beneath London you find the famous London Underground. But there are much more things to discover. I do not talk about all the archeological artifacts. There are still a lot of air-raid tunnels from World War II. Long forgotten they come into use again. But not in form of shelter. I think the header of the post over at the WebUrbanist give a clear hint:

Deep Roots: Underground Farm in London Air-Raid Tunnels


Spy and Pie
Since the massive success of HBO's  Game of Thrones series, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister gain a lot of interest. But do you know a dwarf who played a role in real history? My answer was no until I read following post over at The History Girls:

The Hero of the Pie

In case you would like to get more information about Jeffery Hudson I recommend to visit History Today and/or to read

The true story of Sir Jeffery Hudson, the real-life Tyrion Lannister



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


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

The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will hit cinemas in  summer 2014. The first trailer of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been released. You get a first impression of the main characters. So far I'm not sure if the will be a more funny movie or not. Have to wait for the next trailer 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.

Just read and think about it ....



"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

Ellen Goodman, American journalist, 1941 -

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1407

Hello and welcome to issue #1407 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week! A lot of work combined with a cold dominated everything. I work only four days and stayed at home on Friday in order to recover. I need to recover soon as I go on a business trip to Spain next Tuesday and will return on Friday night.
All this will have an impact on issue #1407 and #1408 of my Weekend Wave.
Nevertheless I want to deliver my weekly post. Furthermore I hope to share with you two reviews within the 13 remaining days of February 2014.


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. A special map
  2. Beauty culture
  3. Fantasy and Banking
  4. Emblem book
  5. Rive Thames Police
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something I like a lot

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 vacation

The Lighthouse

Reading with a cold is worse. I was more than happy to finish a book in the beginning of my cold. I did not read a page from Wednesday to Friday. I hope to find more time for reading during my business trip.



I finished

- Radio Hope (digital January 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00I5HHTVS] by Sean McLachlan which is the first book in the Toxic World series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I was torn between four and five stars. Finally I gave five stars.
I work on a review which should be ready in calendar week 8, 2014.
"



No progress

- 141 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris

- 201 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.

- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

Last Tuesday I visited Writing in the Crosshairs, which is the blog of author Roland D. Yeomans. because I wanted read following post related to my current read at that time: Radio Hope 
 I enjoyed reading the interview with author Sean McLachlan about his book Radio Hope and left a comment.

It did not take long and I received a mail from Amazon which contained a gift from  Roland D. Yeomans!! Based on my comment on his blog he thought I might enjoy his French Quarter Nocturne (digital Dec 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B004YTMNRG].
"Long before man. Long before light. Darkness reigned.

Then, light pierced its flesh. It hates the light. It hates even more man who casts light like a garment over this world.
A man with the blood of Death in his veins. A revenant priest. Both thought their lives couldn't get any worse. Hurricane Katrina proved them both wrong.
In the French Quarter, the last thing the setting sun sees is the transformation of St. Peter Street to the cursed Rue La Mort.
At the corner where it clashes with Royal Street, the jazz club, Meilori's, shimmers into being for all the children of the night to behold.
It is the Crossroads of Worlds. Within lies hallways leading to realms long thought myths.
Outside the club stands a being from beyond Time itself, waiting for his chance to Meilori's owner, the man with the blood of Death in his veins, is the gatekeeper there along with his best friend, a revenant priest.
During the month following Hurricane Katrina, the shadowlanders that the owner has kept restrained are unleashed.
And the being from outside Time knows his chance has come at long last.
Against the backdrop of Katrina's aftermath, an agnostic jazz club owner and his best friend, a haunted priest, engage enemies in the shadows that challenge both their belief systems.
But there are two things not in doubt : their deep friendship for one another and the dark threat given license to kill by the absence of the police.
Samuel McCord is the owner of the jazz club Meilori's, a place in which almost anything is likely to happen and in which almost everything has.

He tries to live with the loss of his beloved wife while struggling against political incompetence and intrusions by the Russian Mob, European revenants, and an old enemy seeking final revenge.
Father Renfield tries to maintain his doubt-ridden faith under the twin barrage of his friend's questions and the overwhelming needs of Katrina's survivors.
The chaos in New Orleans has given the European revenants a chance to establish a beachhead in America.
Worse, McCord's life-long enemy, a man who insists on being called DayStar, is plotting in the shadows.
Gifted with a cruel intellect that makes Hannibal Lector look like a choir boy, DayStar has always been able to outwit McCord. But Sam's instincts tell him that if he is outwitted this time, all of New Orleans will suffer for his failure." [Source]

Of course I thanked the author for his gift. Furthermore I tried to be honest and told Roland D. Yeomans that I'm not sure if I will like his book because it does not really look like my cup of tea.
So the author has been so kind to send me some more information about the book and I promised him to have a look at it.

We will see .....


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...

A special map
Valentine Day has gone. How do you express your love on the remaining 364 days of a year? As a man you may need a kind of compass or better a special map. Fortunately The Public Domain Review deliver exactly what you need. Have a look at



Beauty Culture
I will be honest. My knowledge of beauty culture is limited. At least names like Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden are not unknown to me. But who was Annie Turnbo Malone?
There is an enlightening post over at the Edwardian Promenade:

Black Business in the Gilded Age: Poro Beauty College


Fantasy and Banking
I think Gringotts Wizarding Bank is one of the most famous banks in the world of fantasy. I'm sure you also know other banks in fantasy novels.  You can either test your knowledge or just enjoy the following inspiring post over at  Fantasy Faction:



Emblem Book
I really appreciate what The Public Domain Review is doing. I love to look at really old emblems. Did you know that  the first emblem book, the Emblemata", has been published in 1531 in the German town of Augsburg? Wouldn't it be great to have a look at the content of such an old book? I would love to do that. Fortunately there is an amazing opportunity to discover an emblem book from 1635. Go and have a look at



River Thames Police
In the 18th century the crime rate on the Thames increased. In the following post over at
the English Historical Fiction Authors you get information about what merchants and magistrate tried to do against it:
The Founding of the River Thames Police



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.

In the past days I spent nearly no time for surfing around due to my bad condition. That is reason why took me so long to watch the following amazing and alluring video. I liked to see some of my favorite characters like Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister.





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 couldn't agree more ....



"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.

Elbert Hubbard, US author, 1856 - 1915

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1406

Hello and welcome to issue #1406 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Today I feel dominated by a lack inspiration and energy. I found myself staring out of the window into the gray sky  without a single thought in my mind. Instead of singing the blues I should think positive. At least I finished one more book and I could support author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh,

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. Reminder
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Marocco
  2. 6th of February 2014
  3. Sea Serpent
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Planescape Torment

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 freedom

The Lighthouse

I tried my best to find as much time for reading as possible. Given the circumstances I happy with the result. I finished one book and continued to read two of my current reads.



I finished

- Red Axe, Black Sun (digital Dec 2013) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00HFTBU8U] by Michael Karner

"Dryston of Decia, a poisoned fighter, his ex-lover and sorceress Kyra Celeste and a girl with a death list tattoo will decide the fate of a whole world. Walking on a thin line between good and bad, survival and heroism, they struggle to solve the puzzle of secrets and conspiracies. In a war marking the end of time unpredictable magic, drugs, dead bodies, monsters and a secret plaster their ways and put feelings, loyalties and morals to the test. Will they find the man who is guilty of Dryston’s slow death? Is there a cure? With the fate of the world uncertain, prophecies told and legends rising, how will Dryston and his comrades decide the world’s fate?" [Source]
In case you are interested in the book, you should have a look at Amazom.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, as you can purchase a digital copy at a low price. I don't know how long the offer will be valid.   

I wrote on GOODREADS:

"I got a free copy through a promo campaign and decided spontaneously to read it.

I must say after I finished the book I was not sure how to rate it. There have been a lot of things I liked and also a few things I did not like. I finished the book on 7th of February 2014 and waited until the 8th of February to rate it.

Firs of all I must admit that the author delivered everything promised in the book description. He did even more with the delivery of more interesting characters.
I liked to follow each of the characters because they all have their own story and they all play a part in the events which have a great impact on the fate of the world. That may let you imagine that the story is more complex as one think at first sight.
Partially I found the pacing a bit uneven. Beside that it is a good fantasy debut novel which shows potential for hopefully following books because this one ends with a cliffhanger."



I'm

- 141 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
A progress of 30 pages which means I read chapter six.

- 201 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
A progress of 25 pages which means I'm halfway through chapter six. It is great to return to this book after a long break.

No progress



- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.

- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,






 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

Two digital copies found a new home on my reader.
The first one is - Red Axe, Black Sun (digital Dec 2013) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00HFTBU8U] by Michael Karner, which I described above.

The second one is the result of reading a post, discover an author new to me, discover other books by the author, find one for free and finally get a copy.
Last Monday I read following post over at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog
Naked in the Apocalypse, February Movie Preview, Cassa Updates, Movie Trivia Answers, and Ninja News

This post contained a guest post by author Sean McLachlan, with the interesting title People won’t be naked in the Apocalypse

This piece of text contains some interesting thoughts about dressing in post-apocalyptic books and is of course related to his latest book.

Radio Hope (digital January 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00I5HHTVS] by Sean McLachlan is the first book in the Toxic World series.
"In a world shattered by war, pollution and disease. . .
A gunslinging mother longs to find a safe refuge for her son.
A frustrated revolutionary delivers water to villagers living on a toxic waste dump.
The assistant mayor of humanity's last city hopes he will never have to take command.
One thing gives them the promise of a better future--Radio Hope, a mysterious station that broadcasts vital information about surviving in a blighted world. But when a mad prophet and his army of fanatics march out of the wildlands on a crusade to purify the land with blood and fire, all three will find their lives intertwining, and changing forever." [Source]

I think it is important to mention following statement y the author:
"No zombies, no aliens, just regular people trying to live with their grandparents' mistakes." [Source]


The post ended with:
Sean McLachlan is an archaeologist turned writer who is the author of several books of fiction and history. Check him out on his blogs Midlist Writer and Civil War Horror.

Of course I visited both mentioned blogs and on Midlist Writer I found a hint where to get a free copy of The Quintessence of Absence (digital May 2013) Smashwords] by Sean McLachlan

"Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?

In an alternate 18th century Germany where magic is real and paganism never died, Lothar is in the bonds of nepenthe, a powerful drug that gives him ecstatic visions. It has also taken his job, his friends, and his self-respect. Now his old employer has rehired Lothar to find the man's daughter, who is in the grip of her own addiction to nepenthe.

As Lothar digs deeper into the girl's disappearance, he uncovers a plot that threatens the entire Duchy of Anhalt, and finds the only way to stop it is to face his own weakness." [Source]
If you are interested in a copy then go to Smashwords and download a copy in one of the offered digital formats.



Reminder
I posted it on Tuesday;

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire just .99 for a limited time!


Get a digital copy of CassaFirE  from 4th to 10th of February 2014 for






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...

Marocco
Enter this word in Google and the first thing you get is the question
Did you mean: morocco ?

No, I really meant Marocco, better known as Bankes's Horse. Marocco was the name of a which has been accused of witchcraft! It happened a long time ago in the 16th century. I never heard about Marocco until today when I read the following post of at the English Historical Fiction Authors:
Marocco - the Horse Accused of Witchcraft                   by Grace Elliot



6th of February 2014
For me this was just another working day. But like all the other 364 days there are historical events related to the 6th of February. One of the blogs I follow on a regularly base is IanVisits.
Since 1994 England and France are connected by the Channel Tunnel. The 6th of February has a specific meaning in the history of the tunnel. For detailed information please read

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel Agreement


Sea SerpentThey belong to the oceans like Nessie to Loch Ness. The Great Norway Serpent is one of the most famous. You find a lot of information about this serpent and the man who depicted this one and many more in the 16th century of at The Public Domain Review in the post

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.


Planescape Torment
In former years we bought a lot of PC games. A few days ago my daughter showed my the box of the game Planescape Torment first released in 1999. She asked me if  I ever have played the game and my answer was NO.  I must say what a shame. This is such a great game. But before I bother you with praises in my humble English I recommend to watch following video.

If you own a copy and you want to play it again, you should invest some time to improve the game in order to run on modern systems.
I highly recommend to read and follow the instructions given in following post by Thunderpeel2001 on his blog Alphabetti Spaghetti:
Planescape: Torment - Best Mods/Increase Resolution Guide
It takes a while to download, copy and install all the necessary stuff but it is worth to do it. While writing this post I did all the work on our other PC. Hopefully I can play a bit in the evening.


In case you would like to purchase a copy for 9.99 USD 




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 have some people in mind after reading following quote ....



"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, 1813 - 1855

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire just .99 for a limited time!

Dear Readers,

today's post is a kind of thank you for author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh,

If you do not know Alex J. Cavanaugh, then let me tell you that he is the author of the excellent  Cassa trilogy

-- On October 17th 2010, I posted my review of CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067]


-- On December 21st 2011, I posted my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945]

-- On September 17th 2013, I posted my review  of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

Now for the first time ever CassaFirE gets a promotion. Get a digital copy of CassaFirE  from 4th to 10th of February 2014 for





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CassaStar was only the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren's civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan's technology and strange mental abilities.

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves, the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1405

Hello and welcome to issue #1405 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week! A week dominated by work. At 5 am, during the day, at 10 pm, at work and at home .... I think it is not necessary to tell you why this issue of the is shorter compared to the one from last weekend.
Nevertheless I hope to return to normal working hours.  While there's life, there's hope .....


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. Similar experience
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. I love maps
  2. A special map
  3. Indecisive?
  4. Whimsical Art
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Cinematic Game 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 alcohol

The Lighthouse

Unbelievable but true, I finished one more book. It admit it was a short one with just 139 pages. I read 70 pages on last Sunday and then it took me another four days to read the remaining 69 pages. In sum I read eight books in January which is very good for me.



I finished

- Backyard Aliens (pb Dec 2013, digital Jan 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00HMCE5LE; ISBN-13: 978-1620151969] by Terry Persun.
The author has been so kind to send me a digital copy and I was curious to read the second appearance of the extraordinary Neil Altman who has been trained by his parents to ac the two halves of his brain independently.
In 2012 I read and reviewed REVISION 7:DNA (e-book and pb, 2011) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B009AHUELE; ISBN-13: 978-1935961505]
And that is what I wrote on GOODREADS about Backyard Aliens:
"I read and liked the first appearance of Neil and Mara in Revision 7:DNA. 
So I have had expectations. In fact the story itself is good. I liked it too that the story is more focused on Mara. Unfortunately the story is not long enough. I felt like I have read only two thirds of the story. Based on that there was not enough space to give the reader more information about the aliens. I also wanted to get more information about other characters.
As I understood the reader can expect more books starring Neil and Mara and I will definitely read the next book. 
Anyway if you like a good story about human behavior when it comes to aliens, with two fascinating main characters you should give it a try but be aware the story ends after 145 pages and you can end up with the conclusion like me. Good but too short."



I'm



No progress

- 112 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.

- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,


- 175 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson




 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



With a digital copy of Bryant and May Off the Rails (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003U2TCOA] by Christopher Fowler, which is the eighth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series, I own now copies of all available books in the series.
"They've been given just one week to find a killer they'd caught once before . . .

Arthur Bryant, John May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the trail of an enigma: a young man called Mr Fox. But his identity is false, his links to society are invisible and his home yields no clues. All they know is that somehow he escaped from a locked room and murdered one of their best and brightest.

Now the detectives are being lured down into the darkest recesses of the London Underground where their quarry, expertly disguised, has struck again. Their search takes them into the vast labyrinth of tunnels, a subterranean world full of legends and ghost stations, which tie the city together. Edging closer to what lies hidden beneath the city - and to the madness that is driving a man to murder - Bryant and May are about to uncover a mystery as bizarre as anything they have ever encountered . . ." [Source]

Furthermore I could not resist to spend EUR 0,87 for a digital copy of The Galactic Mage (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B006VCZMVS] by John Daulton. This is the first book in the The Galactic Mage series.
"Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars—a quest that will likely bring about the very end he's seeking to escape.

Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own—one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity. Trapped aboard a spaceship she never asked to be upon, Orli is in a fight for her life and her sanity.

Worlds apart, Altin and Orli share a destiny, though neither knows the other is alive. The Hostiles know. And they have other plans." [Source]
I'm curious to see how this mix of fantasy and science fiction will work for me. There is a trailer available for the book which I of course share with you.


After buying the digital copies I traveled through the net in order to find some interesting topics worth to share with you. During this travel following book crossed my path and after reading this review by Stefan Raets, I have been hooked and purchased a digital copy of Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden.
"The kingdom of Carinthia is rich, powerful and undefeated. A thousand years ago, its ancestors were the spell-wielding northern tribes who crushed the Roman Empire. Their legendary hexmasters can destroy whole armies and turn battlefields into fiery lakes of lava.

Magic is Carinthia's wealth, protection and way of life. But the age of magic is dying. Some would do anything to see it return: any act, no matter how terrible, is justified, so long as the hexmasters can still protect their homeland.

The kingdom is poised between order and chaos - and the smallest spark is the difference between disaster and triumph." [Source]
Arcanum stands for 768 pages. That means the author has to tell a lot. So it would be interesting to know why Simon Morden wrote Arcanum. I know the reason because I read STORY BEHIND ARCANUM BY SIMON MORDEN.


No more today, see you next week ......



Blogosphere


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

I love Maps
Maps are fuel for my imagination. Therefore I was really happy when I discovered following post over at the London Historian's Blog:


A special map
Do you like and use Google Street View? The you should visit following post over at the WebUrbanist:

Indecisive?
Do you have a complete list of which book you want to buy in which month? I have a list which is partially filled with books ordered in advance. But there are still empty spots because I need leeway for unexpected discoveries, sales campaigns and for books which went under my radar.
Therefore I like posts like the following one I discovered over at a Fantasy Reader:


Whimsical Art
You may not know artist Boris Artzybasheff(1899 - 1965) , but you may have seen some of his illustrations. Just head over to Dark Roasted Blend and enjoy




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


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


Cinematic Game Trailer

Last week I talked about old fashioned computer games and showed you some videos.
Nowadays it s more and more common to create cinematic trailers for new games.
Today I would like to share with you the cinematic trailer for the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online.
I admit I have been impressed ....




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 think I follow the following advice well when it comes to quotes ....



"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.

Samuel Johnson, English author, critic, & lexicographer, 1709 - 1784
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