Saturday, April 26, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1417


Hello and welcome to issue #1417 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I have had several days off around Easter. I spent most of the time reading and sleeping. Anyway they three working days last week proofed that I need more time plus absence of work, computer, phone, tasks and noise in order to get back my missing mental vigor. I feel like a shadow of myself. In two weeks time my wife and I will enjoy for two weeks the Baltic Sea coast. I hope I will return in a good shape. Until then you will get three issues of the Weekend Wave including this one. Furthermore I hope to deliver a review which I promised to deliver on 10th of April.
It is impossible to write a review when the words get lost between brain and fingers ....
But there is light in the dark.

A heartfelt thank you goes to author and friend of the blog  Alex J. Cavanaugh for his touching words in his post on 23rd of April 2014
So far there was no opportunity to meet in person. But we developed a strong virtual relationship which I was not sure that it would be possible. Thank 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. More "city books"
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A hidden gem and a place to calm down in London
  2. A green park in the desert
  3. Do not forget the knowledge of our ancestors
  4. Learn from the past
  5. The roots of English Architecture
  6. Alcohol in China
  7. Discover Dieselpunk

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Earth to Echo

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 noise

The Lighthouse

It seems I'm really lucky with my choice of books. Beside work and the daily necessities it is reading I enjoy. Even I fall so often asleep while reading. It may be crazy to read so many books parallel but it fits perfectly to my changing moods. To my surprise I finished to more great books necessities I finished an awesome book and put my nose into five more books. Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read until I fall asleep.



I finished
- The Coldest War (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.
This book belongs definitely to my 2014 top ten reads.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" What an extraordinary book!
Sometimes one read about the so called middle book syndrome when it comes to the second book of a trilogy.
But that is nothing that THE COLDEST WAR suffer from. On the contrary!

Great story and excellent characters and a totally surprising end!!

Can't wait to read the third and final book of the trilogy."


- Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" It is always a risk to use characters and/or settings from famous authors.

The Artful Dodger is a well known character who appeared in "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

What happened to him? There was no answer from Charles Dickens.

Fortunately there is "Dodger" by James Benmore.

After reading the book I'm more than happy that James Benmore took the risk to continue the story of the Artful Dodger after the events described in "Oliver Twist".

The result is an excellent book. I was a great pleasure to read "Dodger". The author hit the bull's eye. Extraordinary good description of Victorian London combined with emotional characters and a story with twist and turns.

I was not aware that there will be a second book starring the Artful Dodger.
Now I look forward to end of Mai 2014 when "Dodger of the Dials" will be released."




I'm

- 131 pages in Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.
A well executed Vicotrian crime fiction which shows that speed and action is not always necessary to deliver a good story. I like all the background information about Victorian London and society. The main character Campbell Lawless develops from page to page and it is good to see that he is no copy of Sherlock Holmes.



- 146 pages in A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] by Mark Hodder.
I'm halfway through this book full of wonderful ideas.



- 51 pages in The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron.
"Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.
Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.
It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.
The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with. Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war. . . " [Source]

This is the first book in the The Traitor Son Cycle and at first sight it looks like a story which delivers nothing new under the sun. But there is something which draws me more and more into the story from page to page ......



- 51 pages in WILD CARDS I (pb, 2012; first published in 1987) [ISBN: 978-0765365071] edited by George R.R. Martin
"The first volume of George R. R. Martin's WILD CARDS shared-world series, back in print after a decade—and expanded with new, original material.

There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces—those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.

Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo–winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn." [Source]
To be honest I do not know why I hesitated so many years to put my nose into the first book of the series. When the rest of the book is  as good as the prologue and the first two stories, I will definitely read more WILD CARDS books.



No progress

- 135 pages in  Den of Thieves (July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0062021243] by David Chandler.


- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.



- 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 week I received two paperback copies.

The first one I mentioned above. It is
WILD CARDS I (pb, 2012; first published in 1987) [ISBN: 978-0765365071] edited by George R.R. Martin

The second one is epic fantasy set in an ancient city ... From time to time I like stories which focus on a restricted area.

The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell

"The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime - and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor's unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life.

From the crumbling catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels emerge. Their hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and iliberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead... [Source]

More "city books"
Dear readers, do you like books who are set in one town instead of a continent or a world?
Beside The City by Stella Gemmell I ordered four more books which take place in cities. They all will be released in June and July 2014 and in January 2015. I show you the books in the release order.


Shield and Crocus (pb and dgital, 10th of June 2014) [ISBN: 978-1477823903; KINDLE ASIN: B00HWI5OOK] by Michael R. Underwood.
"In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it. The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious ?Spark-storms? that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people?a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city's overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well?that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It's one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it's another thing to actually triumph.

In this stunning, original tale of magic and revolution, Michael R. Underwood creates a cityscape that rivals Ambergris and New Crobuzon in its depth and populates it with heroes and villains that will stay with you forever. [Source]
To be honest, after reading "In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, ..." I knew immediately that I want a copy of this book. What an interesting setting.



The Shadow Master (pb, 24th of June 2014) [ISBN: 978-0857665157] by Craig Cormick
"In a land riven with plague, inside the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control: the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation.

And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack...

Assassination; ancient, impossible machines; torture and infamy – just another typical day in paradise." [Source]

Medici, Leonardo, Galileo ... that sounds very Italian. I look forward to read the description of the walled city in order to see if there is a relation to a real world town or not.



With next book we go underground.
The Buried Life (pb, 29th of July 2014) [ISBN: 978-0857665218] by Carrie Patel
"The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…" [Source]





An underground city with gaslight - what will be the model for the town? London, Paris or .. ? - and a female inspector sounds interesting. I hope the first book starring Inspector Liesl Malone will be a good one because the sequel will be published beginning of January 2015.


Cities and Thrones (pb, 29th of July 2014) [ISBN: 978-0857665218] by Carrie Patel
"In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recolleta, Oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy." [Source]

So there will more than just the city. Are the foreign states and the farming communes also located underground?



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 hidden gem and a place to calm down in London
If you want to know more about London then I recommend to follow the high quality blog Ian Visits. He knows his town very well and is up to date. There are several buildings and places I want to visit with my wife in 2016 based on Ian's recommendation. Maybe you would like to visit the following building described in


A green park in the desert
I like to see visions of architects which have nothing in common with megalomaniac dreams. You will know what I mean when you have a look at following post over at the WebUrbanist:




Do not forget the knowledge of our ancestors
It seems the more information are available the less people are interested in where information has been derived from. I admire our ancestors who collected information and discovered the world. Go to The Public Domain Review and have a look at
This is a great example to present information to people with different linguistic background.




Learn from the past
Despite all the admiration of the work of our ancestors we should not forget that they have not been free of failure. Arrogance and ignorance will never die.
The WebUrbanist put together


The roots of English Architecture
I think one can't deny that our knowledge about architecture in the past has also an impact on architecture in fantasy books. Of course not every reader and author has an university degree in architecture. And of course not everyone is interested in architecture. But in case you belong to the group of readers who like to get an introduction into English Architecture, I recommend a post series over at  English Historical Fiction Authors:
Early English Architecture - Part One 
by Octavia Randolph


Alcohol in China
We do not get much information about things that happen in China which have not been filtered by authorities before. It seems understandable from government point of view when you read following post over at CHINAHUSH:


Discover Dieselpunk
There is a perfect but limited opportunity to dive into the world of .  You want to know more about Dieselpunk. Head over to Steampunk News in order to grab a free eBook:



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.

32 years ago it has been E.T.  who wanted to return home. In the meantime a lot of films returned in form of remakes. Now seems the time has come to present a another I want to go home move with
There are kids and there is an alien. The tricks look better but to be honest I do not like the shaking hand held camera .....

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 would like to stay in this house for a while .....


"The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.

Arthur Schopenhauer,German philosopher, 1788 - 1860

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello and welcome to issue #1416 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
The past two days I tried to relax, to ban work from my mind. Despite things which needed to be done at home, I spent most of the time sleeping and reading. I thought that two days would be a fair amount of time to relax. Today is Saturday and I must admit to myself that I need more time. Nevertheless I want to deliver my weekly post as "a sign of life". I'm more than happy that we do not have any Easter commitments. I will use the remaining days (three) until I have to return to work. Until then I will enjoy every minute I can spend for reading. My appetite for books is immense and that is the reason why I started six different books. I need to find out which book fits to my mood.



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. Blood transfusion
  2. History on YouTube
  3. All optical illusions
  4. Ancient engineering failure
  5. eBook publishing in the 21st century

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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 a place to stay

The Lighthouse

I finished an awesome book and put my nose into five more books. Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read until I fall asleep.



I finished
- The Violent Century (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1444762891] by Lavie Tidhar.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I'm deeply impressed and emotionally touched.

What makes a man? What makes a hero?
These two questions appear again and again within the story. Fortunately Lavie Tidhar avoided to answer these questions. It is up to the reader to find his/her answer after reading the book.

This is definitely one of the best books I read in 2014 so far."




I'm

- 98 pages in The Coldest War (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.

"For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security.
Meanwhile, a brother and sister - the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities - escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.
As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost." [Source]

This is the second book in the Milkweed Triptych series which started with the excellent Bitter Seeds. The excellent The Violent Century reminded me of the Milkweed Triptych series and I wanted to continue to read about people with superhuman abilities. I liked the first book -   - a lot and had no problems to continue with the second book. And The Coldest War continues the series on a high level.

- 107 pages in Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore.
"London, 1850s.

After five years in an Australian penal colony, the Artful Dodger returns to London in search of a hidden fortune. Unaware of the fate that befell Twist, Fagin and Sikes, Dodger revisits the criminal underworld of Dickensian London to seek out his old comrades, any of whom might possess the key to the treasure.

He finds the city a changed place from his youth: with law and order upheld by a new police force, Fagin gone to the gallows, his old gang scattered and danger around every corner." [Source]
I bought the copy end of 2013. I do not remember why I decided to have a look at it now.
So far it is a great read. I devoured the first hundred pages within today. I like the writing style a lot.



- 68 pages in Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.


"Murder. Vice. Pollution. Delays on the Tube. Some things never change…

London 1859-62. A time of great exhibitions, foreign conquests and underground trains. But the era of Victorian marvels is also the time of the Great Stink. With cholera and depravity never far from the headlines, it’s not only the sewers that smell bad. Novice detective, Campbell Lawless, stumbles onto the trail of Berwick Skelton, an elusive revolutionary, seemingly determined to bring London to its knees through a series of devilish acts of terrorism.

But cast into a lethal, intoxicating world of music hall hoofers, industrial sabotage and royal scandal, will Lawless survive long enough to capture this underworld nemesis, before he unleashes his final vengeance on a society he wants wiped from the face of the Earth?

Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square is the first of a series of historical thrillers by William Sutton set during the mid-nineteenth century, featuring Metropolitan policeman, Campbell Lawless, aka the Watchman, on his rise through the ranks and his initiation as a spy.

Before Holmes, there was Lawless…

Before Campbell Lawless, the London streets weren’t safe to walk…"[Source]
 I think it is impossible for me to start a bunch of books without at least one set in the Victorian era. So far I like especially the description of London in 1859/60. The author does not whitewash the state of things in the poor quarters of London.. Despite that it is quite interesting to follow the former clockmaker's apprentice Campbell Lawless in his new job as a novice detective.


- 60 pages in A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] by Mark Hodder.
"A man without faith.
A woman without hope.

My name is Aiden Fleischer, and today my assistant and I awoke on another planet.

On Ptallaya, we were welcomed by the Yatsill. The creatures transform their society into a bizarre version of our own, and we find a new home beneath the world's twin suns.

But there is darkness in my soul, and as the two yellow globes set ...

A RED SUN ALSO RISES

... and with it comes an evil more horrifying than any on Earth."[Source= Back of the book]
I have been fascinated by the book from the first time I read about it. First published in 2012 I had to wait two years until the release of the paperback as I do not buy hardcover.

It is as imaginative as I expected.......



- 135 pages in  Den of Thieves (July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0062021243] by David Chandler.
"Croy is a knight errant, and bearer of an ancient blade with a powerful destiny. He′s also kind of, well, dim. He believes in honour and he believes that people are fundamentally good. Unfortunately, Croy lives in the city of Ness, a thriving medieval city of fifty thousand people, none of whom are fundamentally even decent, and who will gleefully stab you in the back ... if you give them a chance.

Ness is also the home to Malden. Malden is a thief. He lives by his wits, disarming cunning traps, sneaking past sleeping guards, and running away very fast whenever people are trying to kill him. Which is often. One time Malden stole a crown. And then he had to steal it back to avoid a civil war. Croy got the credit, of course, because he′s a noble knight. Another time the two of them went into the tomb of an ancient warrior race, and Croy accidentally started a barbarian invasion. Guess who had to clean that up?

They probably wouldn′t be friends at all if it wasn′t for Cythera. Cythera is a witch. A mostly-good witch. And despite herself she can′t stop thieves and knights falling in love with her ... At the same time." [Source]
 The Ancient Blades trilogy has been published in 2011. I own copies of all three books which dusted in the back of a shelf. I thought it would be a good idea to read a more traditional fantasy series. So far the story did not disappoint me.



- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.




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

This week I received no book.



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...



Blood Transfusion
Do you know when the first blood transfusion involving a human has been performed in England?
Make an educated guess.
1900? No!
1800? No!
1700? No!
It happened in 1667! Incredible!!
Read the details over at The Public Domain Review


History on YouTube
Of course you you know hat you can find historical videos on YouTube. But now you can view additional 85,0000 historic films spanning the years from 1896 to 1976!
The film archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection to
 its YouTube channel.
I hope to find some time for discovery soon.


Optical Illusions
In the past weeks I shared with you the links to the awesome optical illusions post series over at Dark Roasted Blend. In case you missed a link you should use the following one which delivers the links to all six posts at once.




Ancient engineering failure
Engineering failures in the past happened often due to lacking knowledge or insufficient material. The WebUrbanist collected a dozen of these historical engineering failure. I'm sure most of them are not unknown to you. Have a look at
Ancient Engineering Fail: 12 Historic Structural Disasters

 eBook publishing in the 21st century
 Author and friend of the blog Rosalie Skinner put together a most informative post about eBook publishing base on her own experience. This is an informative post for authors AND readers.


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.

Since a few days I know which movie I want to see end of May 2014:
I like the story and the trailer promise a lot of action ......



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 would like to stay in this house for a while .....


"His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.

J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892 - 1973, The Hobbit

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1415


Hello and welcome to issue #1415 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I started to change all my passwords and I have a lot because I use unique passwords for all accounts. Did you change your passwords?  Before you start to change your passwords I recommend to read Heartbleed bug: What you need to know (FAQ) over at cnet.
I wanted to post a review on Thursday but I was far too tired.
I'm longing for my free days from 17th to 22nd of April.
This will be a shorter issue of the Weekend Wave as my brain feels like a desert.

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. Moriarty
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Regency English
  2. Optical Illusions Part 6
  3. Edwardian Nightlife

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Dark Noir

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 money

The Lighthouse

Despite my battery is running low, I found time for reading. The result shows two books finished, one book continued and one book started. "Consuming" which means in this case reading is a lot easier then write a review or a post.



I finished

- Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
 I'm really, really impressed.

 - Dragonfly Warrior (digital, December 2013) [ASIN: B00HCQAUCS] by Jay Noel
I finished the book in two sessions. Well executed steampunk novel.

I'm

- 64 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
A small progress. This is no book to devour before you fall asleep as you one miss too much.

- 81 pages in The Violent Century (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1444762891] by Lavie Tidhar.
I received the copy today. I just wanted to take a first look and stopped after 81 pages because I had to do something at home. I admire the story and the style.



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

This week I received just a paperback copy of The Violent Century (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1444762891] by Lavie Tidhar.

"They'd never meant to be heroes.

For seventy years they'd guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable at first, bound together by a shared fate. Until a night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.

But there must always be an account... and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

Recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism, a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms; of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields, to answer one last, impossible question:

What makes a hero?" [Source]

As you could read in the previous section, the book captured me. It happens not that often that I start reading a book five minutes after I received it. So far I can say I admire story and style.


Moriarty
Thanks a lot to Gavreads for sharing the information about the next novel by Anthony Horowitz.
After The House of Silk the author returns to the world of Sherlock Holmes.

MORIARTY
Does anyone believe what happened at the Reichenbach Falls?

"Sherlock Holmes is dead.

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

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

Author of the global bestseller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page.

Moriarty will be published on Thursday 23rd October 2014." [Source]
I read and liked The House of Silk. Moriarty made it directly to my books to buy list.


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



Blogosphere

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



Regency English
What do you know about the invention of modern day boxing? We have to go back in history for nearly 300 years! There is an enlightening and not to long post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:



Optical Illusions Part 6
Three cheers for Dark Roasted Blend because they continue the optical illusions post series with part 6. Go and enjoy





Edwardian Nightlife
This is a topic I did not know much about. Fortunately there are blogs which cover such topics. Head over to Edwardian Promenade and have a look at

The Cave of the Golden Calf: The Real Delphine’s

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


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

I found no movie trailer I would like to share with you. Instead I like to show you a cgi short movie. Please do not watch when your not sober ...



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.

A good advice for many people .....


"Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of USA, 1743 - 1826

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1414


Hello and welcome to issue #1414 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I'm as tired as the sky is gray outside. No manic traces like last week. Nevertheless I cleaned the kitchen in the morning. Seems the is my new part in sharing housework. Later on I tried to explain to my daughter how to repair a bicycle inner tube. I long for my days off in two weeks time. I need some rest in order to avoid situations like yesterday evening when I fell in sleep again in front of my laptop. This time I was not  that lucky. I hit the wrong button and with this action I marked all  my unread blog post in my Bamboo Reader as read!  Now I have to check blog by blog in order to see which posts I wanted to read.
Tomorrow my wife and I will visit following exhibition together with some friends.

ESPRIT MONTMARTRE. Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900


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. Binbineqegabenik
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Modern Day Boxing
  2. House hunting
  3. Optical Illusions Part 5
  4. An extraordinary cafe 

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Jupiter Ascending

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 lie

The Lighthouse

I read around 345 pages last week. It was not enough to finish two books. Anyway I'm happy with the progress and with each page my love for the Malazan Book of the Fallen series grows. I could not resist to start the third book in the series


I finished

- 676 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2001) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
Excellent!

I'm


- 700 pages in Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
Just 78 pages left. I can't imagine that the story will end with the end of the book.

- 40 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Excellent!

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

This week I received just a paperback copy of  the seventh and the last for now Nightrunner book - Shards of Time (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0345522313] (digital April 2014)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FO5YFUM] by Lynn Flewelling.
"Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.

The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts . . . and things worse than ghosts.

Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death." [Source]
To read the for me remaining five books during my holiday in May is one of the options I have in mind. But I'm quite sure that it will be impossible for me to read five books with in sum  2332 pages in twelve days. That would mean to read 195 pages per day.  With a reading speed of 35 pages per hour I would have to spend nearly six hours per day for reading ....


Binbineqegabenik
This is the name of one of the main characters in one of my favorite fantasy series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams. And now after more than 25 years he returns to the world of Osten Ard.

This is the message from the author's blog:
"From Tad: THE LAST KING OF OSTEN ARD
I guess the cat has been debagged.
Several of you have seen and shared the news that, yes, I am returning to Osten Ard for a series of books called (collectively) “The Last King of Osten Ard”. It will feature many of the same characters a generation later (and many new ones as well). The book titles will be (as of now):

The Witchwood Crown
Empire of Grass
The Navigator’s Children

This is assuming I don’t do my normal try-to-squeeze-two-books-into-the-last-volume trick.
I haven’t gone back to my old worlds very often, precisely because I never wanted to be doing so simply to be doing it. (That’s called “franchising” and I don’t like it much, personally.) I always said, “If a story ever comes to me that wants to be written, then yes, I’ll consider it.” And it finally did. In fact, it sprang out of a conversation with wife Deborah Beale late last spring, and it’s been coming together for most of a year now, so we kept it secret pretty long.
I believe I can now write a story worthy of those much-loved settings and characters, one that people who haven’t read the originals can enjoy, but which will of course mean more to those who know the original work. More than that, I feel I can do something that will stand up to the best books in our field. I have very high hopes. I’m excited by the challenge. And I’ll do my absolute best to make all the kind responses I’ve already had justified.
-Tad"

Such wonderful news. Whenever the first book will be published, I will drop my current read as soon as I can grab a copy!


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...



Modern Day Boxing
What do you know about the invention of modern day boxing? We have to go back in history for nearly 300 years! There is an enlightening and not to long post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:


House hunting
This is nothing new. Do you have any idea how house hunting worked in Edwardian London? In case you would like to know more I recommend following post over at the Edwardian Promenade:



Optical Illusions Part 5
I assume there are many people who are fascinated by optical illusions. This must be one of the reasons why Dark Roasted Blend continues the optical illusions post series with part 5 which is as good as the previous four ones. Go and enjoy





An extraordinary cafe
If you ever should get the opportunity to go to South Korea, then you should visit the following cafe. It is not famous for its coffee. It is the the shape which makes it unique. Thanks to WebUrbanist for

Camera-Shaped Cafe Offers Picture-Perfect Cups of Coffee


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


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

I really liked Captain America 2: The Return of the First Avenger. I must say I would like to see a  Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow solo movie. When everything goes well my wife and I will see Snowpiercer next Tuesday.
Now I know which movie I want to see in July.
"In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen's reign." 
This is the IMDB summary. You need to see the trailer in order to get a hint about what to expect. Seems one can expect a lot of action.



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 'm not sure about following quote. We lie around 200 times per day. It starts often in the morning with a "Good morning", which is most of the time not true. When I enter the office I just say "Morning" and I imploringly hope that none of my colleagues ask me "How do you do?". I do not want to start my working day with a lie .......


"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

Samuel Butler, English composer and novelist, 1835 - 1902
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