Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dear Readers,

no Fallout 4 session today. Instead I supported my wife who is suffering from back pain. But on Sunday morning ......
Reading progress did not work as wished. I was just too tired in the evening.
It seems I have to start to think about to buy a new e-book reader because my Sony PRS-T1 shows more and more problems. The only thing I know is that the device must work with EPUB and I want physical buttons for page forward and backward.
The highlight of the week has been our evening in the cinema when we enjoyed every minute of DEADPOOL.


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. Results
  2. Spot the monsters
  3. Victorian party entertainment

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. SIGGRAPH 2016

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 cell phone
The Lighthouse
I finished no book last week. But I put my nose in some books from my list.


I finished

- no book


I'm

- 168 pages in Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.
Only a small progress

- 112 pages in A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.
I like that the story reveals more about Nine-Nails McGray.

- 127 pages in Dockyard Dog (digital, 1st February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Lyle Garford which is the first book in the Evan Ross series.
So far I can tell that most of the action does not take place on water. But that is nothing negative because the reader gets instead information about slavery and Royal Navy behaviour in foreign countries.

- 161 pages in The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.
I like the characters and how the story develops.

 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 bought only one digital copy. But it is a special one because this time my wife AND I will read the book. There are not so many books we read both. Will be interesting to discuss about the book.

The Anthrax Protocol (digital, 23rd February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00Y6RB1U6] by James Thompson
"It Kills Slowly…

In an excavation site in Mexico, a team of archeologists uncovers the lost tomb of Montezuma--and a deadly strain of anthrax as ancient as the Biblical plagues. One by one, the team falls violently ill, bleeding from their eyes and ears before succumbing to a slow, painful death. Whatever was buried with the Aztec chief is still active, infectious--and now airborne…

It Spreads Quickly…

In Austin, a young archeologist listens to the dying words of her mentor in Mexico--a warning to quarantine the site before all hell breaks loose. In Atlanta, the CDC's Dr. Mason Williams leads an emergency squad on a life-or-death mission--into the hot zone. At Fort Detrick, an army officer sends a trained team to secure the anthrax--as a biological weapon. But time is running out. The disease is spreading rapidly across the border, into the airports, and across the globe, killing thousands. With no cure, no vaccine, and no way to contain it, there will be no hope for humanity--to survive…" [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...


Results
Today (27th February) author Mark Lawrence posted the results of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. A good opportunity to discover books by authors of self-published fantasy books.




Spot the monsters
Do you like medieval maps and are you interested in monsters? Then the following post is perfect for you. Visit Atlas Obscura and have a look at


Victorian party entertainment
I still remember some birthday parties of my daughter when tons of toilet paper rolls caused a lot of fun. The children played game we called "mummy roll". In Victorian era they did it the other way round which you can read 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.

SIGGRAPH 2016
SIGGRAPH means Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques. The 2016 festival is ahead and in order to encourage submissions a retrospective trailer has been put together and I want to share this video with you. I was surprised how many entries I could identify.


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 know young people who think it is impossible to survive without a smart phone. I say it is possible. I do not own a private one. But I have to use a company phone .........

"I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say 'Mitch,' and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly.

Mitch Hedberg, American comedian, 1968 - 2005

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1608

Dear Readers,

there was no Weekend Wave yesterday. The reason is simple bad maybe not understandable for every one. I was not in the right mood and instead of bothering myself with sitting in front of my notebook I decided to postpone the post to Sunday. But I did something which in the end  changed my mood:
First I started to read a book set in the Caribbean Sea and then I indulged myself in enjoying a long Fallout 4 session on our PS4.



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. Discover Sci-Fi - A new site
  2. Flu season
  3. A painted bedroom brought to life
  4. Getting in the mind of murderers
  5. A very specific library 
  6. A new blogging project

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fellout 4

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 cats
The Lighthouse
I finished one book which did not meet my expectations.
It is nearly impossible that I will read all the books I put on my list for February 2016. I think I will be more than happy if can finish half of the list. But crazy as I am I started to read a book which has not been on my list.


I finished

- The Fifth Heart (paperback, January 2016) [ISBN-13:978-0751548574] by Dan Simmons.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I loved "Terror" and I loved "Drood".
I expected something similar which I did not get.
For me it seems Dan Simmons wanted too much.
I expected a Holmes novel. Therefore there was a way too much of Henry James.
The historical details were interesting but not in this context. It disturbed the story itself.
I'm sure there are people who will like the level of historical detail and who will like Henry James."



I'm

- 153 pages in Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.
Half way through. Good stuff.


- 79 pages in A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.
Continues on the high level of the first book.

- 44 pages in Dockyard Dog (digital, 1st February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Lyle Garford which is the first book in the Evan Ross series.
So far convincing. The first meet of the main characters with Captain Horatio Nelson is ahead....

 Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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

The boon and bane of following manifold blogs and sites. Sometimes I do not follow my in advance prepared to buy plan and that is the result.

I follow Historic Naval Fiction because I like to read such kind of stories from time to time. Sailing in the Caribbean Sea especially during winter or on rainy days is satisfying. On 17th of February I read their presentation of following book and I could not withstand to buy a copy and yesterday (Saturday) it was raining that much that I started reading before I played Fallout 4.
Dockyard Dog (digital, 1st February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Lyle Garford.
"In 1784 when Lieutenant Evan Ross is badly injured in a fight with British Royal Navy deserters his Captain abandons him in the Royal Navy hospital on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

Upon recovering he meets Captain Horatio Nelson, newly appointed to command of the Northern Leeward Islands squadron and the Royal Navy Dockyard at English Harbour in Antigua. Nelson's primary task is stamping out rampant American smuggling activity. But to succeed, Nelson needs information.


Lieutenant Ross serves as a spy for Nelson against the smugglers, but they aren't his only foe. French and American spies supporting the smugglers are playing for far higher stakes, sowing the seeds of violent unrest. Lieutenant Ross is soon in the midst of desperate action and working with a beautiful slave woman to gain information as he struggles to stop to their plot.

Dockyard Dog is the first novel in the Evan Ross series." [Source]
When I look at my GOODREADS bookshelves I have to state that I own copies of a lot of detective/police stories mostly set in past or future. I discovered following book over at GOODREADS and found the description interesting enough to buy a digital copy of Murder In-Absentia (digital, 19th October 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B015TXPPG6] by Assaph Mehr.
"A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.

Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.

Murder in absentia is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world.

This is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic - it will appeal to lovers of urban fantasy, detective murder mysteries and ancient Rome." [Source]



After a long time I bought a copy of a fantasy novel written in my mother language. It is the first book in a trilogy and I hope the book will deliver what has been promised in the description.
Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
"800 Jahre herrschte das Imperium von Westrin über die Welt, doch das Kaiserreich ist nur noch ein Schatten früherer Zeiten. Während eines besonders harten Winters stürzen sich gleich drei Nachbarreiche wie Aasgeier auf das Land, bereit, das sterbende Kaiserreich unter sich aufzuteilen.

Doch das Imperium ist noch nicht tot. Alle Hoffnung der Zukunft liegt auf den kaiserlichen Zwillingen - kleinen Kindern. Wenn es nur gelingt, sie aus dem von Krieg, Intrigen und Gewalt versehrten Land zu retten, dann hat das Westrin vielleicht eine Chance. Dann überlebt es vielleicht auch den Sturz eines Kaisers…" [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...


Discover Sci-Fi - A new site
The book market is nearly unmanageable. As an author without a big publisher in the back it is most important to get noticed. Why do all the promotional work alone? Why not band together? It maybe one step in the right direction and following ten indie authors took action:
Jay Allan, Evan Currie, Joshua Dalzelle, Michael Grumley, Autumn Kalquist, Matthew Mather, Samuel Peralta, Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Darren Wearmouth, and Nick Webb

They founded a new site:



To start with the authors offer a free digital book from one of the authors.
Beside that they are running an awesome CONTEST which ends in seven days..
"$100,000 total prize value includes the Grand Prize, plus 2500 second prizes of value of $40 each."

The grand prize is 40 signed trade paperbacks.
The 2500 prizes contain 10 ebooks each. 


Flu season
It is winter in Europe and it means it is flu season. Nowadays we know more or less how to treat flu. But how did people cope with the flu late 18th and early 19th century? There is an interesting post covering this topic over at English Historical Fiction Authors.





A painted bedroom brought life
I admit that this sounds a bit weird. But you will understand immediately when visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Getting in the mind of murderers
In case this is something you are interested in then it would great for you if you could travel to London and visit the Museum of London before 10th of April 2016. For details have a look at following post over at Atlas Obscura



A very specific library
There are more libraries than just the ones containing books. Have a look at the following one presented over at WebUrbanist. This is more serious as one thinks at first sight.



A new blogging project
Unbelievable but true. Adam Whitehead the mastermind behind The Wertzone decided to start a new blogging project which could be interesting for a lot of people.
He wrote:
"This new blog will concern itself with fantasy geography, mapping and other issues related to maps. As the title implies, it will deal primarily with maps related to A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, but it will also deal with maps related to other fantasy novels and other topics related to ASoIaF and GoT."
Welcome to



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 still have not finished Fallout 4. The reason is limited time. Instead of a film trailer I would like to share with you the following Fallout 4 cartoon parody which I like.

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.

Our cat shows us every day why the following quote is true ..........

"Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.

Jacquelyn Mitchard, American author and journalist, 1956 -

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1607

Dear Readers,

last Sunday I made a wrong move and my back started to pain - low-back pain! I treated myself with electric heating pad and TENS. On Monday and Tuesday I worked from home. I was on a good way until Thursday evening when I made another wrong move which threw me back. Nevertheless my wife and I went to cinema and watched The Hateful 8. It is a long film with a break in the middle. We enjoyed the film and as expected there was a lot of blood and no happy ending. Excellent actors and a good story with twist and turns let time pass fast in this intimate play.
Next film on our list is Deadpool which will start in our local cinema on 18th of February 2016.
Unfortunately my back problems have had an impact on my reading progress and my blogging activities.
I hope you may understand why this post is shorter than usual.



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. Roller coaster for cars
  2. A 19th century word game
  3. Informative eggs and artichokes

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Hail, Caesar

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 potatoes
The Lighthouse
I finished no book in the past week. But I continued reading Memories of Ice which is a real brick with in sum 913 pages and there are only 190 pages left. Beside that I started one new book.


I finished

- Memories of Ice (this pb edition, August 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"It has been a long journey but I'm so glad that I never gave up. It has been such a satisfying read. The end has been really sad for me because one of my favourite characters died. No worries I don't tell the name.

I look forward to continue the series."


- The Dragon's Path (digital, April 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B004SBMJSI] by Daniel Abraham

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I finished the book on 2016-02-13. It was a satisfying book and I'm really nosy to read what will happen next to the main characters. Of course there was a lot of introduction and information but all servers for a great story. I like Cithrin, Geder, and Marcus. Each character has something I like and even I do not agree every action, I can understand the reason for them. And the characters develop."

I'm

- 37 pages in The Fifth Heart (paperback, January 2016) [ISBN-13:978-0751548574] by Dan Simmons.
Need to read more for first impression.


 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 two digital copies and one paperback copy of books I ordered in advance.

The Strings of Murder (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel - read my review - impressed me and now I'm happy that I have a copy of the second book on my read.
A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.

"New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient - a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won't she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition? McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill - home of the Lancashire witches - where unimaginable danger awaits..." [Source]



It is time for a new fantasy series. I like the cover and the description of
The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.

"Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.

Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people’s years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence. All their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again..." [Source]


I have been intrigued by the description of following book. Now I hope the author's style is to my liking.
Graft (paperback, February 2016) [ISBN-13: 978-0857664990] by Matt Hill
"It’s Under the Skin meets The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Fifth Element… with extra limbs.

Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy.

Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs.

Now Sol and Y are on the run from both Y’s traffickers and the organisation’s faithful products. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol’s ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it’s all over.

Not that there was much hope to start with.

A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag." [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...


Roller coaster for cars
I don't tell you more. Go, visit WebUrbanist and be astonished.



A 19th century word game
Nowadays I don't read or hear much about party games. Therefore I like it when I get information about what people played in the past, especially in the 19th century. Recently I found following post over at Atlas Obscura.






Informative eggs and artichokes
There is a long history about what one can use to smuggle information. The following post over at Atlas Obscura shows the use of food for this purpose.




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

Movies

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

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival opened with Hail, Caesar. I read about the film in the news and I thought it would be a good idea to watch the trailer. What shall I say? I really liked what I saw and that is the reason why I wan to share the trailer with you - even I know the film hit cinemas in USA last week. In Germany we have to wait until 18th February. 


This will be the third film my wife and I will see in 2016 and it will be completely different to the previous two: The Hateful 8 and Deadpool.


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.

Nothing to add to following quote .............

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Douglas Adams, English writer and humorist, 1952 - 2001

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1606

Dear Readers,

I was aware that the time I could spend for reading in January won't continue forever. But it ended earlier than I expected. Nevertheless I don't want to complain. One thing is for sure. I won't be possible to read ten books in February....



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. High quality work
  2. Wearable skylines
  3. McSki
  4. Painting or photography?

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. What can happen when you reply a spam mail?

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 bureaucracy
The Lighthouse
I finished no book in the past week. But I continued reading Memories of Ice which is a real brick with in sum 913 pages and there are only 190 pages left. Beside that I started one new book.


I finished

- no book

I'm

- 728 pages in Memories of Ice (this pb edition, August 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
"Only" 190 pages left. It is great.You want to read epic fantasy? Then you must give The Malazan Book of the Fallen a try. The good thing is that the whole series - ten books - is available.

- 245 pages inThe Dragon's Path (digital, April 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B004SBMJSI] by Daniel Abraham

As planned I started with the re-read of the first book in the epic fantasy series The Dagger and the Coin.

 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 one digital copy of a book I ordered in advance.
buy a copy of The Alchemy of Chaos (digital, February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B011IUSO4O] by Marshall Ryan Maresca which is the second book in the The Maradaine series. 
"The saga of the streets of Maradaine that began in The Thorn of Dentonhill continues….

Veranix Calbert is The Thorn—the street vigilante who became a legend to the people of Maradaine, especially the gangs that run the neighborhood of Aventil. The Thorn continues to harass Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of the Dentonhill neighborhood. Veranix is still determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang to bring the drug into Aventil.

But it’s also Exam Week at the University of Maradaine, where Veranix is a magic student. With his academic career—and future as a mage—riding on his performance, Veranix needs to devote himself entirely to studying and participating in a fellow student’s thesis experiments. There’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits.

Then a series of strange pranks begin to plague the campus, using a form of magic that Veranix doesn’t recognize. As the pranks grow increasingly deadly, it becomes clear that there’s someone with a vendetta against the university, and The Thorn may be the only one capable of stopping them. Between the prankster, the war brewing between the Aventil gangs, and the flamboyant assassins Fenmere has hired to kill him, Veranix may end up dead before the week is out. Which just might be preferable to taking his exams…." [Source]

Most interesting is the fact that the author writes two series which take place in the same town. So far I read and liked A Murder of Mages (digital, July 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00PT4J12K] which the first book in the The Maradaine Constabulary series.


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...


High quality work
There has been a time when Germany was known for high quality work. It seems that nowadays a lot of products contain predetermined breaking points.
Atlas Obscura shows a real high quality work.




Wearable skylines
Skylines of big cities are available as screen saver - are these still in use - or wall hanging and more.  Now you can wear them as you can see over at
WebUrbanist. Maybe we will get famous fantasy towns too.......






McSki
It seems McDonald is everywhere ..... Not sure if there is one in the Mariana Trench. At least there is one in northwest Sweden. Have a look at  the WebUrbanist.


Painting or photography
Sometimes it takes more than one look to find out the origin as you can see over at the 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.

I did not find a movie trailer worth to share with you. Instead I show you a video which has been recommended to me by my wife. It is funny and has a serious background.



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.

Nothing to add to following quote .............

"Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Charles Caleb Colton, English cleric, writer and collector, 1780 - 1832

Monday, February 01, 2016

What to read in February 2016

Dear Readers,
this is the first post in a new post series which should serve to following purposes:
1.) To show you books which may have not been on your radar
2.) To give my to read list a better structure and a proper overview

In 2015 I followed more or less my gut feeling when I had to decide what to read next. In 2016 I want to give my to read list a bit more structure. That does not mean I will get rid of my gut feeling. Beginning of every month I will post a list of books which I would like to read  in this month.

Today  I share with you my to read list for February 2016. I don't believe that I will be able to read ten books as I did in January. Nevertheless I put together a list of 10 books.
I must admit the selection of the books took longer than expected. The first version of the list ended up with 25 titles put together in less than two minutes.
Then I asked myself what I would like to read most and came up with following list:

The list does not include Memories of Ice (this pb edition, August 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson which takes me much longer to read than I had expected due to length and complexity.

The books are in a certain order because some of them will be delivered within February.

I added a comment to each book in order to explain why I chose the book.

Without further ado I present you my February 2016 want to read list.

Book One
The Dragon's Path (digital, April 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B004SBMJSI] by Daniel Abraham

"All paths lead to war...

Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path-the path to war." [Source
In March 2016 the final book in 
The Spider's War (digital, March 2016) [Kindle ASIN:  B00PW5V3E0] by Daniel Abraham is the fifth and final book in the epic fantasy series The Dagger and the Coin and will be published in March 2016. I read the first book back in 2011. I remember that I liked it a lot but I do not remember many details. The upcoming release of the final book was the trigger for the decision to read all five books in 2016. And  in order to read all five books I start with the re-read of the first book. 



Book Two
So far I read exactly three books by Dan Simmons: Hyperion, Terror and Drood
To be honest I love them all three. When I discovered last year that Dan Simmons worked on a book starring Sherlock Holmes, I ordered a paperback copy in advance and received my copy a couple of days ago.
This won't be my first Sherlock Holmes pastiche. I'm really curious how Dan Simmons will present Sherlock Holmes in The Fifth Heart (paperback, January 2016) [ISBN-13:978-0751548574].

"In the tradition of Drood, a historical mystery in which Sherlock Holmes and Henry James team up to solve a literary puzzle.

In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus--his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.

This leads to serious complications for James--for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power -- possibly named Moriarty -- that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?" [Source]



Book Three
Beside the fact that I promised the author to read and review his book after I bought a digital copy of Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle, I find the description promising.

"Betrayal casts long shadows – none know this better than Brice Serholm.

As a decorated general in the kingdom's elite Blade Knights, Brice had to overcome the taint of treason and betrayal to attain his rank. When Brice and a force of Knights are sent on a mission to investigate claims of rebellion in one of Avidar's provinces, their ship is magically attacked, and the resulting investigation tests every oath Brice swore before his king.

Meanwhile, an inhuman infant escapes the capital's Slave-Hold, the king's mistress comes into possession of a unique dagger, and Del'Ahrid, the king's most trusted First Advisor, begins to question everything he built his honour and life upon.

Events are in motion that will test every man, woman and child – and a conflict is coming that will shake the kingdom to its very foundations.
So begins the Mahaelian Chronicle." [Source]


Book Four
What shall I say? After having a great time with The Butchered Man (digital, November 20111) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00P0I1Z88] by Harriet Smart - read my review - it was beyond question that I will read the next book in the series. I hope The Dead Songbird (digital, February 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BD75QQW] by Harriet Smart will meet my expectations.
"“Death is too good for a whore like you. But He may show you mercy yet. BE PREPARED”

Celebrated singer Anna Morgan has come to Northminster to escape a troubled past and sing at the city's Handel Festival. But when she continues to receive the poisonous letters that have been plaguing her, she turns to Chief Constable Major Giles Vernon and Police Surgeon Felix Carswell to find her persecutor, drawing the two men into her charismatic orbit.

At the same time a talented young tenor is found dead in curious circumstances in a locked chapel, and the hunt for a murderer is on. Together, Vernon and Carswell must untangle the web of secrets that surround the dead man, uncovering a Northminster that throbs with clandestine passions and thwarted desires, a world of illegal pornographic books and risqué theatricals.

However, Felix finds himself bedevilled by romantic feelings for the beautiful Anna, who may or may not be his father's mistress, while Giles must face the tragedy of his own marriage before he is able to determine the truth behind the mystery of The Dead Songbird.

The Dead Songbird is the second Northminster Mystery featuring early-Victorian detectives Vernon and Carswell." [Source]


Book Five
Author  Tim Akers goes fantasy with his new series The Hallowed War. There is always something exciting when an author tries something different. Instead of the book description available over at GOODREADS I decided to use the one given by the author on his site. This one is longer is a way more informative. I do not want to compare the book with work of other authors before I read the book. But I must say that some passages and/or keywords reminded me of other books. This is nothing bad. It makes me even more curious.
The Pagan Night (digital, January 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B018JPMZ8W] by Tim Akers.
"The island of Tenebros is a land torn apart by its own gods, driven mad when the Celestial Church banished the old religion from the north and united the two nations of Tener and Suhdra under one holy banner. But pagans still haunt the nights, and the spirits of earth and air and fire that they once worshiped still roam the forests of the north. When a group of Tenerran rebels desecrate a holy doma, killing priests and summoning a hidden god, the countryside is thrown into civil war. It’s a battle that will reveal a secret hidden since the Crusades, unveil a corruption in the Church that will change the balance of power in the heavens, and test the trust between a father and his son.

Malcolm Blakley is the Duke of Houndhallow, faithful servant of the Celestial Church and first among the Tenerran Lords. He gained fame in the Reaver War, when Tener and Suhdra put aside generations of mistrust and political strife to fight off an invasion of inhuman murderers. But time has passed, old prejudices and older grudges have settled back in place, and the two countries are ripe for war. The Celestial Church is losing its grip on the north, a situation made worse by the abuses of certain Suhdrin Lords and the Church’s unwillingness to discipline the noble Houses of the south. When war comes, Malcolm will do anything he can to keep the peace. Failing that, he will end the war quickly, at any cost, even if it means betraying his family to the Church he loves.

His son, Ian, is of a different mind. Tired of putting up with the abuses of the south, and unsure of his own allegiances, Ian is determined to make his own path. He falls in among the pagan rebels and forges a new destiny, one that will put him at odds with his father, his faith, and his history. But sometimes truth is thicker than blood, and the dizzying power offered by the old gods is sharper than any sword.

Gwendolyn Adair is the Huntress of House Adair, tasked with keeping the godsroads safe from the mad gods who roam the forests at night, working hand in hand with the Celestial Church and the Inquisition to protect the faithful from the pagan threat. But secretly, her family has been hiding a great heresy from the Church. At the end of the final Crusade, as the Inquisition was razing the old holy sites and banishing the gods of their people, Gwen’s ancestors secreted away one of the old gods. The House Adair has spent generations of misdirection and heresy keeping that hallow ground safe, but the High Inquisitor has caught their scent, and is on the hunt for the truth. The war that follows will test Gwen’s mettle, her courage, and her strength. And in the end, the decisions she makes may change the world forever, or end it.

Enter a world of mad gods, inquisitor-priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill the broken spirits of the world and the noble Houses caught in their midst, fighting their own battles of politics, prejudice and power. Face the darkness of winter, know the hope of spring, and keep the faith of the Winter Sun." [Source]


Book Six
Again What shall I say? After having a great time with The Strings of Murder (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel - read my review - I can't wait to get my copy of A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.
"New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient - a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won't she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition? McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill - home of the Lancashire witches - where unimaginable danger awaits..." [Source]







Book Seven
Science fiction covers a lot of different topics. when I read that a labor organizer is the main character of  Windswept (digital, September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0142YPNEM] by Adam Rakunas, I knew that I wanted to read the book soon. It sounds like a book with space battles and therefore has a different scope compared to the other science fiction book I want to read in February.
"Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she's supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She's only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out — against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies. As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she's just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she's going to have to fight her way through the city's warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague." [Source]


Book Eight
The cover in combination with the description aroused my interest and therefore I want to give this new fantasy series a try.

The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.

"Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.

Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people’s years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence. All their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again..." [Source]


Book Nine
I highly appreciated the accuracy of The Winter Siege (digital, September 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by DW Dawbridge.
Now I want to if the second book in the Daniel Cheswis Mystery series is as good or even better than the first one.
A Soldier of Substance (digital, October 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00P2RBIUC] by DW Dawbridge

"1644.

The smoke of parliamentary musket, cannon, and mortar fire is in the air around the royalist stronghold of Lathom House. Though guards still stand atop its walls, it is besieged on all sides, and it is only a matter of time until the house, along with its embittered and unwavering countess, Lady Charlotte de Tremouille, falls to Parliament’s might. Yet somehow, a royalist spy still creeps, unseen, through its gates, and brings the countess Parliament’s secrets.

Barely recovered from the trials of the last few months,Daniel Cheswis is torn from his family and sent north, to uncover the identity of the traitor; though before he can even begin, Cheswis finds himself embroiled in a murder. A woman has been garrotted with cheese wire in her Chester home, suggesting there is more than just the usual hatreds of war at play.

As lives are lost and coats are turned on both sides, Cheswis is tasked with finding the murderer, uncovering the traitor, and surviving his soldierly duty long enough to see Lathom House fall." [Source]


Book Ten
I hope the final book in the space opera series Far Star Trilogy will be the highlight of the trilogy.
 Furneral Games (digital, 18th January 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00WR12LCU] by Jay Allan.

"The battle for the unification and rule of the Far Stars Confederation will be decided in this exhilarating third and final book in the swashbuckling space saga begun with Shadow of Empire and Enemy in the Dark.

The Far Stars stands on the edge of a precipice. The forces of Governor Vos have surged forth, conquering worlds and imposing the emperor’s brutal rule over millions. Only one thing stands in the way of total victory: Marshal Augustin Lucerne and his newly created Confederation. Vos has a simple plan: assassinate the marshal, and manipulate his generals to fight over his legacy, destroying each other in the process.

But another threat lurks: Arkarin Blackhawk. The smuggler and mercenary has been the marshal’s ally, working in the shadows and unraveling Vos’ plans. The governor can only hope the mysterious adventurer continues to resist a formal position in the Confederation.

Or he can have Blackhawk assassinated, too.

Because with Blackhawk succeeding Lucerne, the black and gold imperial flags will be stained red with blood. For his is a dark and dangerous past, and if he is put at the helm of the Confederation armies, the brutal imperial general he once had been may rise once again.

The Far Stars are facing the final battle. The Imperials seem unstoppable. But if Blackhawk somehow survives—and can come to grips with the horror deep within him—he just might be able to save the Far Stars from the iron hand of empire." [Source]


That's it.
Enjoy Reading!





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