Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Dear Readers,

despite the fact that I'm still on hiatus I'm desirous of sending Christmas greetings to you.

I feel a lot better since I spent time for rest and relaxation.
It may sound a bit strange but there is a video game which helped me a lot:

(available for PC, XBox One, PS4)

My wife and I play the game since the PS4 release date and it is great.
It is so much more than a simple farming game.

You will understand what I mean when you read the GAMESPOT review and watch the video review by CornshaqGaming:

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift then this could be one.

Now I wish you and your dear and near ones

a peaceful, relaxing, and joyful  Christmas!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Reading Impression: CassaDawN by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Dear Readers,

today is publishing day of CassaDawn [Kindle ASIN: B01M8JNF3Y] by Alex J. Cavanaugh, a short story set in the Cassa universe.
I don't know how often I praised the excellent  Cassa trilogy [Kindle ASIN: B00ZAP5PV4].

I have had the pleasure to read and enjoy CassaDawN a while ago and today I finally can share my thoughts about it with you in form of following reading impression.

For me it is a challenge to talk about a short story without giving away too much.

The missing piece in the Cassa series !

I read CassaStaR, CassaFirE, CassaStorM and liked them a lot like many other people.

I was not aware of the fact that there was a missing piece.
It rested in my subconsciousness until the copy of CassaDawN arrived.

This prequel is the perfect gift for all fans of the Cassa series
AND
it is the perfect appetizer for potential Cassa series readers.

I started to read CassaDawN and thought I know what will happen because I read the series.

But I did not know how it happened and that is what CassaDawN delivers in an excellent and matchless way. Far too fast I reached the end despite I slowed down myself and consumed it word by word.

The atmosphere of the Cassa series is breathing through the whole story.
It just sucked me in and I wanted to get more and more of it ... Fortunately the Cassa series is out there.
Enter the world of Cosbolt pilots and navigators.
Get fascinated by breathtaking space flight maneuver.
Get to know young Byron fixated on one aim, wearing invisible blinders.
Get emotionally touched in a future where friendship, honesty, fidelity, respect and love are still highly valued. 

CassaDawN is without any doubt one of the best arguments why you either should read the Cassa series
OR
to get the missing peace as a fan of the series.


From Star to Fire to Storm and now we have Dawn to start with.
CassaDawN - When the title match the story perfectly!

Monday, December 05, 2016

On hiatus due to health problems

Dear Readers,

please apologize my absence in the past weeks.
I'm not able to spend enough time for posts because the side effects of a surgey in the upper jaw turned my body upside down.

I hope to be back after Christmas.

There will be one post on December 6th which I prepared a while ago.

Wish all of you a

Happy Merry Christmas.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1647

Dear Readers,

there are two reasons why I had to postpone the post. It has been a tough week and I was too tired in the evening to start preparations. Yesterday and today we have been visited by relatives and it would have been impolite to sit in front of my laptop during that time.

It is a bit ironical. I have several games which I would like to play but I'm too tired for that. I'm more than happy when I read some pages.

I have been really disappointed by book. A good cover and a promising description does not mean you get what you expect.


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 profession long gone: Telephone Operators
  2. How to get a free audiobook - if you like to read crime fiction
  3. Animated paper

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Kong Skull Island

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 Quote related to truth

The Lighthouse
I finished one book and one short story. Furthermore I continued to read one of my two "bricks". That was less than I wanted.


I finished

- The Tyrant Rises (digital, 17th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01M9CJ425] by Chris Dutton.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The cover is amazing and the description is more than promising.
I picked the book and read it during the weekend.
And now I'm here and have to report what a disappointment it has been.
I found the first four chapters confusing. The following chapters also did not deliver what I expected. Furthermore the style was not my taste.
Nevertheless I read the book until the end, always hoping something will change.

I decided not to rate this book because all the disappointment is the result of my expectations and my taste."






Yes, I'm reading a real book.
- I'm on page 121  in The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron which is the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
No time to continue

My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 39% in The Cold Between Hanging Cage (digital, March 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ZP5WLQG] by Elizabeth Bonesteel
I needed to read something different beside the two epic fantasy bricks and a space opera was highly welcomed. I like the story with its twists and turns. The characters are interesting and I could connect easily to the main characters.

- 44% in The Heiress of Linn Hagh (digital, 9th June 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00QKUW8WM] by Karen Charlton.
Good stuff!

- 15 % done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
A small progress in form of 3%.

- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

I like to surf while I have a break. It is often a good opportunity to discover books like the following ones.


I saw the cover, read the description, and was convinced that is exactly a book for me. I talk about  The Tyrant Rises (digital, 17th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01M9CJ425] by Chris Dutton.
"The fate of Europe is in the balance.

1815. Wellington retreats from Waterloo. The Napoleonic War becomes The Rambling War.

1853. Europe is broke and France is ruled by a puppet government that answers to both Prussia & Great Britain. The embers of outright revolution are inflamed by an unknown force, with Wilhelm Stieber, the sneakiest and cleverest agent of them all, chief amongst the suspects. Who is he working for? And how can they possibly use revolution to their own ends? Who is the power behind the forces of revolution? And can it be vanquished?

William Hope finds himself in a secret technological weapons facility. The only problem is that it is run by Brocklehurst, a traitor to the nation. He is working with an arcane fiend called Rune, and it desires the Lady Amara. Brocklehurst's only option is to kill William, who must find a way to escape.

Amara is taken from her home and enslaved to imbue an automaton army with the souls of the dead. The automata are virtually indestructible, and anyone owning them may just own Europe. She may hold the key to defeating them. After all, she did enable their creation. But what can a slave girl do?

William and Amara must team up - with Brocklehurst's valet, Bob - to identify and defeat the threat to Europe.

The first book in an alternate European history tale; a thought provoking, white-knuckle ride that expands to encompass the whole of Europe." [Source]

I always look for interesting space operas and technothrillers. When the description is interesting and furthermore it is a cheap offer then often I can't withstand to buy a digital copy. It happened with the following book.
Freefall (digital, 15th November 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B01M683QKZ] by Felix R Savage which  is the first book in the new Earth's Last Gambit series.
"An alien ship is orbiting Europa. A handful of astronauts must confront the threat, alone.

Despite NASA budget cuts threating to put a sharp end to his career as an astronaut, British-born space shuttle pilot Jack Kildare knows without a doubt that his life will never be the same. Photographs snapped from the International Space Station reveal an alien spaceship in orbit around Europa, opening a terrifying new chapter in human history, and Jack finds himself in the center of a gigantic international effort to respond to the alien threat.

But when he is dismissed from NASA over a trumped-up security gaffe, Jack and his close friend Oliver Meeks combine their skills in an attempt to generate an innovative new development: a spaceship drive based on their observations of the alien craft's technology.

With the unknown threat driving international competition and the entire planet's spaceflight resources thrown into the fray, the focus of attention turns toward one single goal… a ship capable of traveling to Jupiter to confront the alien menace… the Spirit of Destiny. Amid unknown entities pushing to destroy the project from the inside out, and enemies baying for blood, Jack finds himself submerged in a world of secrets, sabotage attempts and cold-blooded murder.

Can Jack decode the secrets surrounding the arrival of the alien spaceship in our solar system? Or will his dreams of the ultimate space adventure be taken into the ashes with the Spirit of Destiny?


ABOUT FREEFALL: Freefall is the first book of a fast-paced trilogy of technothrillers. It contains hard science fiction elements in the tradition of The Martian and other science-based thrillers. You won't need a calculator to follow the story, but if you'd like to build a spaceship to the Spirit of Destiny's specifications, it really will take you to Jupiter! ($300 billion budget not included.)

Shiplord, the second book in the Earth's Last Gambit Trilogy, will be published soon." [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...


A profession long gone: Telephone Operators
I think the smart phone generation can't imagine a time when you needed a telephone operators. Vintage Everyday shows photographs from a time long forgotten. Did you know the telephone operator was profession practiced by women. Have a look at



How to get a free audiobook - if you like to read crime fiction
So you like crime fiction and you enjoy audiobooks which I can't because they are like sleeping pills for me then you should visit following link and decide if the offer is something for you or not.
I read  Shallow Waters (digital, 20th April 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R9Q4CUM] by Rebecca Bradley which is the first book in the x series.
I rated it with four stars and wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the debut crime novel by Rebecca Bradley.

It is a dark and gripping tale starring DI Hannah Robbins who has a personal relationship with Ethan, a news reporter. This gives the story more depths. There are twists and turns but there parts which are too predictable."





Animated paper
There are so many different things which you can do with paper. Head  over to WebUrbanist 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.

More and more trailers for films which will hit cinemas in 2017 are popping up. Today I decided to share a trailer which shows something really big. Seems to be an entertaining film.



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


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

We live in a time where truth is getting more and more important. The problem is to identify the truth .....


"Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'"

Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet and artist, 1883 - 1931

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1646

Dear Readers,

at least I found time to create my new character in Skyrim Special Edition for PS4. The number of mods increased rapidly. This November I'm really tired and I lack enthusiasm and energy.

Nevertheless I took my time to follow the election in USA and the reactions. Of course it looks different from the other site of the pond. I have been impressed by posts from authors, book blogger, game sites, and more. I follow a lot of blogs and most of the time you do not see any political statements over there. It changed after the election for from my point of view more than understandable reason.
This election has also an impact on Europe. This is grist to the mill of parties like the Front National in France. There are elections in several European countries in 2017 .... I'm afraid of hate, racism, and violence.

Why are so many people acting without any common sense?



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. LEGO in Rome
  2. Selfies from 1920
  3. Mobile phone expectations
  4. Digging into the past
  5. Victorian Tattooed Ladies 
  6. Supermoon

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets

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 Quote containing moon

The Lighthouse
I finished one book and one short story. Furthermore I continued to read one of my two "bricks". That was less than I wanted.


I finished

- CassaDawn (digital, 6th December 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01M8JNF3Y ] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
For now I can tell you that I liked it a lot. My review wil be available on December 6th.

- For Reasons Unknown (digital, 1st October 2015)  [Kindle edition ASIN: B010L6dL3NK] by Michael Wood.
 I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Since my love to read crime fiction returned, I discovered amazing authors like Ed James, Harry Bingham, Stuart MacBride, James Oswald, Rebecca Bradley, and not to forget Ian Rankin.
So far I did not read all their books but the ones I read gave me a great time.

Nevertheless I'm open-minded to discover authors who are new to me. I know for certain that there are more gems waiting for me.
One I discovered end of October 2016 and it has blown me away!!
What an impressive debut novel "For Reason Unknown is!
I finished the book a few days ago and still the story reverberate in my mind. The story has been intense immensely supported by the in depth haracterisation of acting persons. It was like looking directly into the soul of people. It has been fascinating and at the same time disturbing to read how psychologically damaged people cope with their life and what a great impact it had on the life of involved people leading to partial demolition of police pprocedurals.

I look forward to meet Matilda Darke and her team again. "


Yes, I'm reading a real book.
- I'm on page 121  in The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron which is the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
No time to continue

My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 12 % done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
Still enjoy the story told by different characters.

- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

I received copies of two books which I ordered in advance and I bought a digital copy.

Last week I received a paperback copy of the fourth book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle and it won't be the last and final one ....
The Plague of Swords (pb, October 2016) [ISBN: 978-0316302425] by Miles Cameron.
"One enemy has fallen ... a greater one remains ... now it's war The Red Knight withstood the full might of his enemy and won the day. In a victory which will be remembered through the ages, he brought disparate factions together and turned them into allies against a more powerful foe than they had ever seen. Now, he will need his allies more than ever. Because behind one adversary hid another--one with allies of their own--whose goal was never to destroy Alba, but to distract the Kingdom while achieving his true aim. And whatever it is, it's probably not in the Red Knight's interest. With one army defeated, now the Red Knight must fight again--and for every one of his allies there is a corresponding enemy. Spread out in different lands, and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed their foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost." [Source]


So far I did not read the first book in the Central Corps series. While writing these lines I feel a temptation to stop and open my digital copy of 
The Cold Between Hanging Cage (digital, March 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ZP5WLQG] by Elizabeth Bonesteel but I finally resisted and present you instead the sequel.
Remnants of Trust (digital, 8th November 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BSJO4US] by Elizabeth Bonesteel
"Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.

But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.

An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own “accidents,” it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past." [Source]


810 pages, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, for 1,59 EUR (= 1,73 USD, = 1.38 GBP). I did not need more arguments to convince myself to get
a digital copy of Rogues (digital, August 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00N01TMFA] edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
"A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heartand yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis" [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...

LEGO in Rome
No, the Vatican has not been rebuilt by using LEGO. Head  over to WebUrbanist and see what you can find in the streets of Rome ....



Selfies from 1920
You may think this is a joke. No, it is not.  Visit boingboing and be astonished by



Mobile phone expectations
Younger generations can't believe that there has been a time without mobile. I grew up without but I liked the photographs which showed the expectations of other people. Vintage Everyday shows you what people like me could see in their youth



Digging into the past
Come and have a look what they found beneath London. IanVisits present



Victorian Tattooed Ladies
They definitely existed. There is an enlightening and entertaining post covering this topic over at The History Girls




Supermoon
What does it mean? Do we have more than one?. It is an event. The last time it happened fourteen years before my birth on January 26, 1948. I'm not sure if i will be still alive or even able to recognize it when it happens again on November 25, 2034. Therefore I hope the weather condition will be good enough to enjoy supermoon on November 14, 2016. You will find all you need to know about supermoon over at EarthSky 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.

There are many comics made into movies. Most of them coming from DC ore Marvel Comics. But there is another one in preparation to hit the cinemas in 2017. I talk about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which is based on the French comic Valérian and Laureline.
This is the first teaser
My first comment: Interesting creatures .....


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


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

With the supermoon ahead I thought it would be a good idea, to search a quote containing moon and I found .....


"The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within reach of predatory human hands."

Havelock Ellis, English physician and writer, 1859 - 1939

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1645

Dear Readers,

since one week our copy of the Skyrim Special Edition for PS4 rest on a shelf. At least I found some time to install the game and my wife started the decision process which mods to install. So far I was too tired to play a single minute. arrived. Also reading progress slowed down.

Nevertheless I will do minimum two things:
- Write and publish this post
- Read and review the ARC of the upcoming short story CassaDawn (digital, 6th December 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01M8JNF3Y ] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


Everything else depends on how much sleep I will need.


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. Any coins left?
  2. Political cartoon
  3. Enjoy the work of Julien Gaulthier
  4. Real history
  5. Discoveries from above

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Historical accuracy of Master and Commander

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 Quote related to tolerance

The Lighthouse
Beside the two "bricks" I'm currently reading I needed a dose of crime fiction and started a third book.  Honestly I really enjoy my three current reads and I don't confused. 

I finished

- no book


Yes, I'm reading a real book.
- I'm on page 121  in The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron which is the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
Glad to be back in the world of the Red Knight. A lot of things are brewing and the tense is rising.

My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 6 % done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
I like the story, I like the style, and there are characters I care for. Excellent stuff.


- 54 % done in  For Reasons Unknown (digital, 1st October 2015)  [Kindle edition ASIN: B010L6dL3NK] by Michael Wood.
 Seems I need a daily dose of crime fiction and this is a good one.


- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

I received copies of three books which I ordered in advance.

I admit it was not the cover of the following book which aroused my interest. For me this is not the expected cover for a fantasy novel. What do you think about the cover after you ave read the description?
Beside the cover the first sentence of the description nearly stopped me to order a copy of
"For fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch, a picaresque fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.

Ashes lives in Burroughside—the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis. His neighbors are gangs of fellow orphans, homeless madmen, and monsters that swarm the streets at nightfall. Determined to escape Burroughside, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards. When he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside’s brutal governor, he is forced to flee for his life, only to be rescued by an enigmatic man named Candlestick Jack.

Jack leads a group of Artificers, professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create stunningly convincing illusions. Changing a face is as simple as changing a hat. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company: Juliana, Jack’s aristocratic wife; William, his exacting business partner; and Synder, his genius apprentice. But all is not as it seems: Jack and his company lead a double life as thieves, and they want Ashes to join their next heist. Between lessons on light and illusion, Ashes begins preparing to help with Jack’s most audacious caper yet: robbing the richest and most ruthless nobleman in the city.

A dramatic adventure story full of wit, charm, and scheming rogues, The Facefaker’s Game introduces an unforgettable world you won’t soon want to leave." [Source]

I read and liked A Murder of Mages (digital, July 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PT4J12K.] by Marshall Ryan Maresca which is the first book in the The Maradaine Constabulary series.
So it was no question that I wanted to continue reading the series. Now a copy of the second book in the series arrived.
An Import of Intrigue (digital, 1st November 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B01BK0SQEK] by Marshall Ryan Maresca 
"This second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series blends high fantasy, murder mystery, and gritty urban magic...

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly." [Source]

The last book for today is a real paperback copy. There was/is no digital copy available.
In this case the cover fits to the story. I must say that I the description convinced me to order a copy. It reminded me of the time when I read cyberpunk stories.
The Courier (pb, 1st November 2016) [ISBN-13: 978-0756412074] by Gerald Brandt is the debut novel of the author and at the same time the first book in the San Angeles series.
"A far-future science fiction debut set in San Francisco—action adventure with a cyberpunk tone.

Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border, where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of 14, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. Witnessing the murder of one of her clients changes everything. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone seems to want.

Now the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets. Running from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand. They work together to stay ahead of the corporate killers, until Miller falls into their hands. Kris realizes being alone isn’t the answer, and she’s willing to do anything to get him back." [Source]
I must say I do not understand the publishing policy in case of the books by Gerald Brandt. The Courier has been published in paperback and hard cover.
Since 1st of November the second book in the San Angeles series - The Operative - is available in digital format and in hard cover.
I hope there will be a paperback edition soon. I don't like to mix digital and paperback editions.



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...

Any coins left?
Coins are still in use. But there are intentions to get rid off them. I hope that will not happen soon because then would miss what is shown in following post over at WebUrbanist. Head over and have a look at



Political cartoon
They exist since a long time and some of them from the past still sound funny like the following one presented over at Atlas Obscura



Enjoy the work of Julien Gaulthier
For me it is always a pleasure to discover concept artists which are new to me.
I hope you will enjoy



Real history
For me it is amazing that there are still places on Earth where you can travel back in time by visiting them. There is an excellent example shown and explained over at Atlas Obscura




Discoveries from above
It is amazing what you can discover on aerial shots. Admire the surprising revelations shown 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.

Historical accuracy of Master and Commander

I really like the YouTube channel of the History Buffs.
The video series where they discuss the history accuracy of films is excellent.

Did you ever see Master and Commander or read Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian?
I read the book before I saw the film. I thought the film was not bad when it comes to historical details. But of course I'm no expert. Therefore I was happy I found the following video over at the  History Buffs.
Don' start watching the video if you are in a hurry because you need 21:35 minutes to see it.  

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


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

I think the following quote fits to Red Dead Redemption ....


"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority."

Ralph Washington Sockman, senior pastor of Christ Church in New York, 1889 - 1970

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1644

Dear Readers,

on Friday our copy of the Skyrim Special Edition for PS4 arrived. So far I did not install the game. We need to check and decide which Mods to install (yes, there are mods for PS4), to prepare basic character sheets, and other stuff. Beside that Friday afternoon/evening I hit rock bottom of the week.
Which means I was happy to keep my eyes open for a certain period of time which I used to read some blog posts and watch a few videos.


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. Alt Hist 9
  3. James D. Oswald interview
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A famous library
  2. Fakery
  3. Eight Legs
  4. Diet

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Street Magic

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 Quote related to observation

The Lighthouse
Last week I finished one book and one short story. Now the time has come to read "bricks". The first book stands for 1065 pages and the second book stands for 717 pages. This is not a good choice from the point of view of my reading challenge. But I'm in the right mood for epic fantasy.
I finished

- Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I absolutely loved this exquisite homage to the Golden Age of Crime.
It was a clever choice by the author to tell the story as a novel within a novel.
Strong characters in a story with a lot of twist and turns deliver excellent entertainment.

Atticus Pünd - what an unforgettable name for a private detective!"


- The Hunt (digital, December 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017N02PH0] by Oscar de Muriel.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I think it is more than fair to tell potential readers that this short story does not contain a Frey and McGray case. It does not contain any crime.
In fact the short story delivers an insight of the Frey family which is most interesting for fans of the series and to be honest I liked a lot.
I'm a fan of the series and I like the style of the author. Based on that I rate the short story with four stars."


Yes, I'm reading a real book.
- I'm on page 16  in The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron which is the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
I liked the first book in the series a lot and the average rating of 4.28 stars over at GOODREADS seams to be a good omen.


My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 2% done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
Not enough read for a first comment



- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

End of the month means not much money left for new books. Even I now started to read two real epic fantasy "bricks" I still can't deny my love of crime fiction and when I found cheap offers for following books I bought copies of them.

I read the prelude of following book and I was hooked. It was enough to get a copy of  Anglesey Blue (digital, 30th September 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01LWUHBL2] by Dylan H. Jones which is the first book in the new Tudor Manx Mysteries series.
"MURDER. BETRAYAL. REVENGE.
It’s not the homecoming Detective Inspector Tudor Manx was expecting, but solving the case is the just the start of his problems.

A brutally mutilated body found crucified to the bow of a fishing boat sends shockwaves through the peaceful haven of Anglesey.

Is it a message or a premonition of more murders to come?

Detective Inspector Tudor Manx, a smart, hard-drinking, cigar-smoking policeman is assigned to the case - his first murder investigation since being transferred to the North Wales Constabulary from the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime and Operations Unit.

Manx’s hopes for a quiet life on the island are abruptly dashed when he’s pressured to solve the case quickly with an inexperienced team.

Adding to his mounting problems, Manx’s troubled past returns to haunt him. The last time he stepped foot on Anglesey, he was still a teenager. Manx left the island after the disappearance of his younger sister, Miriam; a cold-case that still remains unsolved.

In the closing hours of the investigation, a devastating revelation tests Manx’s razor-sharp instincts and forces him to choose between his family and his duty as a police officer." [Source]
I have a knack for female main characters be it in books, video games or films.
It is one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to play Skyrim Special Edition on PS4. And it is also one of the reasons why I bought digital copies of following two books which belong to the DCI Mathilda Darke series.

For Reasons Unknown (digital, 1st October 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B010L6L3NK] by Michael Wood.
"Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…

A darkly compelling debut crime novel. The start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and James Oswald.

DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda's case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…" [Source]
For Reasons Unknown (digital, 26th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01BS9XGOS] by Michael Wood.
"The second book in Michael Wood’s darkly compelling new crime series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.

When elderly George Rainsford goes to investigate a suspicious noise one night, the last thing he expects to find is a bloodbath. A man has been killed and a woman brutally beaten, left for dead. The victims are Lois Craven and Kevin Hardaker – both married, but not to each other. Their spouses swear they knew nothing of the affair and, besides, they both have alibis for the attack. With nothing else to link the victims, the investigation hits a dead end.

The pressure is on for investigating officer, DCI Matilda Darke: there’s a violent killer on the loose, and it looks like her team members are the new targets. With no leads and no suspects, it’s going to take all Matilda’s wits to catch him, before he strikes again." [Source]



Alt Hist Issue 9
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.


"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]



James D. Oswald interview
He is an author and best known for his Inspector McLean series. But did you know that he is also the author of the fantasy series The Ballad of Sir Benfro.
If you want to know a bit more about the author and his books then I recommend to visit Civilian Reader and enjoy




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 famous library
Did you know that the British Library was created on 1st of July 1973. To be honest I thought it was much older.
There are more astonishing things to discover. You would like to get more information? Then visit TimeOut and read



Fakery 
First I was not sure whether the word is a real one or not. But dictionary confirmed that fakery is nothing artificial.
Visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Eight legs
You know an animal with eight legs? Anyway you should be careful when you meet one as shown over at WebUrbanist



Diet
In principle a diet is nothing bad as long as you don't overdo it. But there are specific diets which I would never try. I admit I did not feel well when I read following post over at Atlas Obscura





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 case you haven't seen yet following video then do it now. It is just hilarious.



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


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

I think the following quote fits to Red Dead Redemption ....


"You can observe a lot just by watching."

Yogi Berra, American professional baseball player, manager and coach, 1925 - 2015

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1643

Dear Readers,

I'm torn between reading and video gaming in my spare time.So far I read during the week in the evening and play on the weekend if I'm not too tired.

Less than one week to go until my wife and I will get our copy of Skyrim Special Edition for PS4. So we know what we will do from 28th to 30th of October 2016.
Don't worry. There will be a new issue of the Weekend Wave on 29th of October.


 
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. Sea-monsters and submarines
  2. More sea-monsters
  3. Cures one does not want to try
  4. There is more caffeine in the world than one thinks

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  2. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 
  3. Horizon Zero Dawn

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 Quote which fits to Red Dead Redemption

The Lighthouse
The result of last week is: I finished one book and two short stories. Furthermore I continued one book. All in all a good progress. 


I finished

- Late Whitsun (digital, 13th October 2016) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B01LYIXLV0] by Jasper Kent
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the first of three planned books starring private detective Charlie Woolf. The story takes place in Brighton and the year is 1938.

Charlie Woolf is neither a new Sherlock Holmes nor an action orientated detective. Nevertheless Woolf thinks a lot and sometimes it seems he moves in a circle. But there was something which forced me to continue reading. The story contains twists and turns.

I was not sure how to rate the book. Finally I decided to give four stars.

I will definitely read the second book starring Charlie Woolf."


- Der Traum vom Fliegen: Ein Steampunk-KurzKrimi aus den Floodlands (digital, first published 12th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01E7Y4M30] by Nina C. Hasse.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Dieser Kurzkrimi gibt einen ersten Blick in die Welt von Remy Lafayette, Gesichtsanalytiker und Berater beim New York Floodlands Police Department und Detective Madeline Vezér im Jahr 1891. Die Personen, der Rahmen und die Handlung haben mir gefallen. Steampunk Elemente werden dezent verwendet."
My humble translation:
"This short crime gives a first glimpse into the world of Remy Lafayette, facial analyst and advisor to New York's Floodlands Police Department and Detective Madeline Vezér and takes place in 1891. I liked the characters,the setting, and the story.Steampunk elements are subtly used."


- Die Marmortreppe: Ein viktorianischer Kurz-Krimi (digital, 13th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B00X3VVD22] by Robert C. Marley.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ich mag die drei bisher erschienen Fälle mit Inspector Swanson.
Bei diesem Kurz-Krimi deutet nur wenig darauf hin, dass er in viktorianischer Zeit spielt. Die Geschichte plätscherte so vor sich hin bis zur Auflösung von Inspector Swanson im Kreise der Verdächtigen."

My humble translation:
"I like the three so far published cases starring Inspector Swanson.
There was not much that give a hint that this short crime story was set in Victorian era. The story dawdles along until the the presentation of the solution by Inspector Swanson surrounded by the suspects."




My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 40% in Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
I take my time to read and enjoy it.



- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.





Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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


Last week I received digital copies of two books and one short story.

I still remember how much I enjoyed the extraordinary debut novel  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B00LUJD700] by Becky Chambers.
Therefore it was no question that a copy of   A Closed and Common Orbit (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01ARXVTFE] by Becky Chambers. was a must.
"Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers' beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars." [Source]


After reading a promising review over at a German steampunk blog, I could not resist to buy copies of following short story and a novel.
Der Traum vom Fliegen: Ein Steampunk-KurzKrimi aus den Floodlands (digital, first published 12th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01E7Y4M30] by Nina C. Hasse.
"Eigentlich wollen Remy Lafayette und Detective Madeline Vezér einen vergnüglichen Nachmittag in Barry Bartleby's Kabinett der Wunderlichkeiten und Kuriositäten erleben, doch dann geschieht ein Unglück: Eine Artistin stürzt während ihres Auftritts ab und stirbt. Ein Unfall – oder nicht?

Bei ihren Ermittlungen in der Zirkustruppe stoßen die beiden auf zahlreiche Ungereimtheiten und einen Gegner, der ihre Nachforschungen mit allen Mitteln verhindern will." [Source]
The story takes place in 1891 which means two years before the story in following book.

Ersticktes Matt (digital, 25th July 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01J2MYUIO] by Nina C. Hasse which is the first book in the Floodlands series.
"Ein Viertel ohne Hoffnung.
Ein Mörder ohne Skrupel.

New York, 1893.

In den Floodlands, einem Elendsviertel mitten im East River, verfolgt die Polizei ein Gespenst. An jedem Tatort eine weibliche Leiche, eine Schachfigur in der Hand. Das Spiel eines Wahnsinnigen?

Für Remy Lafayette, Gesichtsanalytiker und Berater beim New York Floodlands Police Department, wird die Jagd zu einer Reise in die eigene Vergangenheit, als seine ehemalige Verlobte in den Sog der Ereignisse gerät." [Source]
I hope the book is as good as praised in the review. One more book which I will read in my first language.



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...

Sea-monsters and submarines
There is quite a story available over at The Old Salt Blog




More sea-monsters
I must admit the story is more about an unconfirmed marine animal than about a sea-monster. Read the full story over at The Portalist



Cures one does not want to try
When you look back into the medical history you will find cures which you definitely do not want to try nowadays. Head over to Atlas Obscura and read





There is more caffeine in the world than one thinks
What do you think you will get when you visit Dark Roasted Blend and have a look at




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.

Goods things await us in 2017. Here are two things which I love to see and play in 2017.

Let me start with the movie. In 2017 we will accompany the Guardians of the Galaxy when they start into their second adventure. And the first trailer delivers the first quote:  "Do you need a hug?"

Rockstar Games knows to raise maximum attention with minimum effort.
So many people longing for Red Dead Redemption 2. Unfortunately we have to wait until fall 2017.  Even you may have seen the first trailer I must post it.
The trailer is shorter than I expected. The landscape is beautiful. But it says nothing about the story and the game play. I wait for more information

But before xx there will be Horizon Zero Dawn in February 2017.
Here is another video which delivers some information about the animal like machines in the game:

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


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

I think the following quote fits to Red Dead Redemption ....


"What's another word for Thesaurus?"

Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, 1879 - 1919
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