Saturday, May 21, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1621

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Dear Readers,
I really look forward to enjoy two weeks just for relaxing and recharging.
No work, no PC, no phone .... only my wife, me, four books, and the Baltic Sea Coast.

That means I will be back on 11th of June with issue #1624 of the Weekend Wave.
And what happens in the meantime?
Last week I told you try to prepare something for the time of my absence. I don't know how but I prepared something.
You will get more information within this post.


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress 
  2. While I'm away ...
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. THE DAVID GEMMELL AWARDS FOR FANTASY
  2. Hypnotism
  3. Pigeons
  4. Beards 
  5. Interview with Edward Lazellari

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CGI animated short films

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 vacation

The Lighthouse
However with some effort I finally finished two books which would have not been possible without the bank holiday on Monday.
Reading progress dropped dramatically. I explained the reason for that in the introduction to this post.


I finished

- Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
I promised the author a review which will be done after my holiday.
Nevertheless I can tell you that the author did a great job.
Excellent start of the trilogy. Complex an intriguing story, battles, twist and turns, and I was not sure who would be alive at the end of the book.


I'm


- 283 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.


- 130 pages 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.


- 100 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......


No progress

- nothing to report


While I'm away ...
I'm not sure if every reader of my blog recognized the subheading of my blog:
Spotlights Sci Fi, Fantasy & more
The & more is definitely part of my blog. Monday has been a bank holiday in Germany and we used it to fill out our annual tax declaration which is far beyond to be a pleasure. Nevertheless after we finished the task, an idea popped up in my mind. Did I ever write a post how my interest in modern police procedural returned? I checked my post list but did no find a post related to the topic.
Instead of reading I started to search, collected information and wrote two posts which I finished on my first day out of office on Friday, 20th of May.
you will get these posts while I'm away ...

The schedule

28th of May It was not the XBox; the Ed James story
On 4th of June From Ed James to James Oswald and Stuart MacBride

I will talk a little bit about the authors, their books, and why I like their books respectively why I want to read them.
Don't worry I will not present each book in detail. Instead these posts are peppered with links which let you the choice to get more information about books and authors or not.



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 told you about  For winter nights – A bookish blog. Over there I found following post:


This post inspired my to buy a digital copy of following book
Cold Granite (digital, February 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9ZZO] by Stuart MacBride.
"Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them…" [Source]
Will be interesting to see if I like this one as much as I like the books in the Scott Cullen Mystery series by Ed James.


I loved to read London Falling (digital, 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER81ZU] and The Severed Streets (digital, May 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IXLVW3W] both by Paul Cornell, There was no other decision then to order the third book in the Shadow Police series in advance. The digital copy of Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (digital, 19th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B018XV0A4I] by Paul Cornell arrived on Thursday.
"Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes’ ghost walked the city, and now someone has put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. What could be the motive? The small team of Metropolitan Police detectives who have The Sight find themselves pursuing a criminal genius who soon lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofhouse seeks the answers, finally, about why she brought the team together. Quill battles for his sanity. Costain battles for his soul. And Sefton just wants to bring his team back together, even if that takes him to the edge of death." [Source]
Sounds  like a good story. In case you would to get more information about this book I recommend to read




What will happen when you transfer a stage magician gets the opportunity to visit a world where magic is real? One answer has been given by author Dan Koboldt in his book The Rogue Retrieval (digital, 19th January 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B0124Q9WDI].
"Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out." [Source]

I often order books in advance. It is helpful for my planning and there is a real benefit when it comes to the price. In case the price for the book increase, I still pay the price valid at the time of the order. In case the price for the book decrease, I pay the lowest price. On the other hand such kind of orders is good for authors, publisher, and seller.
A few days ago another digital copy arrived which I ordered in advance. This time it was the 11th and latest book in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series by author Ashley Gardner. First I thought something went wrong with the price. I could not believe to get a copy of a brand new book for just 2,99 EUR = 2.35 GBP = 3.39 USD!
The Alexandria Affair (digital, 17th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C3ETC54] by  Ashley Gardner.
"Captain Gabriel Lacey accompanies famous dandy Lucius Grenville to Egypt, a land that Lacey has long anticipated visiting. Lacey travels there for more than a simple holiday, however--James Denis has tasked him with finding an "object" from ancient Alexandria and procuring it, whatever the cost.

The task does not turn out to be so simple. Locating what Denis wants proves difficult, sending Lacey and Grenville exploring tombs down the Nile. Lacey must deal with treasure hunters, a shadow following him and his friends, murder, and missing his new family as he explores the exotic country he has so longed to see." [Source]

That means for know I own copies of all books in the series. As you could read above I still have not finished the first one


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...


THE DAVID GEMMELL AWARDS FOR FANTASY
I hope you don't mind when I show you the official opening message
Voting on the longlists is now open


You can now vote for one nominee on each of the three lists of nominations for the Legend Award (best novel), the Morningstar Award (best debut) and the Ravenheart Award (best cover art).

Voting on the longlists closes at midnight (GMT) on Friday, 24th June.

The shortlists will be opened for voting on Friday 8th July.

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy enter their eighth year in 2016, once again recognizing and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork. 2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the awards were created.

We’re pleased to announce that 2016’s Gemmell Awards presentation will take place at Fantasycon, the UK’s longest-running fantasy convention. This year, Fantasycon (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/) will be held in Scarborough, between 23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September.

Fantasycon is the British Fantasy Society’s (www.britishfantasysociety.org) annual conference and has been part of the UK scene since its inception in 1972. Past guests include Joan Aiken, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Joanne Fletcher, James Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Tom Holt, Graham Joyce, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin, Sarah Pinborough, Michael Marshall Smith and Tad Williams.

This year’s Guests of Honour are Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course.

SCHEDULE

These are the dates to note for this year’s voting rounds. (All times GMT, ie UK times.)

The longlists will be published on this website, and voting will open, at midday, Friday 13th May.

(Note that for the first two weeks following publication of the longlists – ie until Friday 27th May - we will consider additional nominations submitted by members of the public. These must be for books published in 2015 in the English language, including translations, and which meet our criteria in being novel-length fiction, and cover art, within the epic, heroic fantasy tradition exemplified by David Gemmell’s own work. An email address for these nominations will be provided when the longlists are published.)

Voting on the longlists closes at midnight, Friday 24th June.

The shortlists go up and voting begins at midday, Friday 8th July.

Voting on the shortlists closes at midnight, Friday 19th August.

We post regular updates and news relevant to The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy on our official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gemmellawards


 A T T E N T I O N
you should be aware of the fact, that the nominations are out
B  U  T
THE ARE NOT COMPLETE !!!
The DGLA announced that they will take crowd-sourced nominations until 27 May

In order to avoid the disadvantage for such nominations it would be more than fair to wait with your vote until after 27 May.
There is still enough time until the longlists closes at midnight, Friday 24th June.

Nevertheless if you are pretty sure about your votes then


I will vote after my return from holiday.


Hypnotism
Hypnotism has been a famous amusement around 1900. A significant proof for that are the hypnotism posters shown over at The Public Domain Review.



Pigeons
In a lot of towns they are not really welcomed because their excrement cause problems. But that may change for some of them as following post over at  WebUrbanist demonstrate ...






Beards
Beards have a long history and it seems nowadays beards are as fashionable as in Victorian era. There is also a long history of beard taxes and the more fashionable beards get today the more the idea of a beard tax is growing. If you do not believe me then visit Atlas Obscura and have look at




Interview with Edward Lazellari
Last week I told you about the fourth book which I will read during my holiday.
Awakenings (paperback, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765366313] by Edward Lazellari which is the first book in the Guardians of Aandor series.
"Awakenings by Edward Lazellari launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It's as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth's lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction." [Source]
 In case you would like to get more information about the author, the book in the series, and future plans then I recomment to visit Civilian Reader and read




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 order to sweeten your weekend and put a smile on your face I share with you three wonderful CGI animated short films.


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 fully agree to following quote.

"Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.

Source, Author unknown

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1620

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Dear Readers,
as you may have noticed there was no Weekend Wave on Saturday which was the result of a more than crazy week.
Do you know the phenomenon that every time the last two weeks before you go on holiday turn into a tsunami of work. Suddenly a dozen or more tasks pop up and each of them needs to be finished before your holiday?
This is what happened to me last week and which will continue next week.
I will not tell you how many extra hours I spent.
Nevertheless the delay of this post and my nearly dropped down to nothing reading progress are obviously results. I was too exhausted and tired for writing and reading. I needed a rest on Saturday.
I have had a plan what to post during my absence. It went all down the drain. With some luck - it all depends on what will happen next week - There will be a kind of alternative. Will tell you more next Saturday.


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. The fourth book 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A new source
  2. A world to explore
  3. Globes
  4. Panoramic prints
  5. Marble

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. YouTube channels

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 bull (animal)

The Lighthouse
Reading progress dropped dramatically. I explained the reason for that in the introduction to this post.


I finished

- no book



I'm

- 297 pages in Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
With some look I will finish this excellent start of a series within next week. I got in contact with author Felix A. Münter and he informed me that there will me more books set in this world after the trilogy.
That means after a long time I will read an epic fantasy series in my first language.


- 242 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.
Just a small progress in for of 30 pages.


No progress

- 109 pages 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.



- 86 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......




- nothing to report



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 a paperback review copy, bought one digital copy for 0,99 EUR (= 1.12 USD = 0.78 GBP), and received two digital copies which ordered in advance.

Let me start with the paperback review copy. You find the story behind the book later on in this post.
Awakenings (paperback, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765366313] by Edward Lazellari.
"Awakenings by Edward Lazellari launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It's as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth's lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction." [Source]

0,99 EUR (= 1.12 USD = 0.78 GBP) is price which most of the time I'm willing to pay for a digital copies which arouse my interest.
I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy of 1906: A Novel (digital, 22nd January  2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00B4ZK7EE] by James Dalessandro.
"EVERY DISASTER HAS A STORY, none more thrilling this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, and rescue-and-murder, is based on recently uncovered facts that will forever change our understanding of what really happened. Told by Annalisa Passarella, a feisty young reporter, the novel paints a vivid picture of life in the post-Victorian city, from the gilded ballrooms of Nob Hill to the seedy bars of the Barbary Coast; from the slave ships in the bay, to the front row seats of Enriso Caruso's sold out performance. At its center is an ongoing battle-fought even as the city burns-that pits imcompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. leading the fight to save the city is Hunter Fallon, the rebellious indealistic scion of a family of police officers. With him at every dangerous step is Annalisa, who uses her newspaper connections and her charm to infiltrate the inner circles of the corrupt political machine." [Source]
The final two digital copies which I ordered in advance cover my interest for science fiction and Victorian era.
First we travel into the future with the promising
Central Station (digital, 10th of May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01A5VHDEY] by Lavie Tidhar.
"A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve." [Source]

I read books by Lavie Tidhar before and he delivers good stuff. I ordered this one because I wanted to know how he will cope with science fiction.
I also wanted to know what other blogger think about this book and during my research I discovered a book blog I never visited before. I'm really happy about this discovery and will tell you why a little bit later in this post. For now let me tell you that the review I found revealed several information about the book which I have not been aware of before.

The fourth and final book today is a travel back into the world of Victorian murder mystery. It has been a bit of surprise because the expected publishing date has been 30th of May.

Keaper of Peas (digital, 15th March 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CTPR598] by Annelie Wendeberg.
"On December 10, 1880, Coroner Sévère makes a gruesome discovery: nine newborns, buried in flowerpots, and hidden in plain sight in Whitechapel. A mortician receives the bodies and vanishes. Clues for the two seemingly unconnected cases are scarce.

When police and coroner learn that the missing mortician might have spent his last moments at the bosom of the infamous prostitute Miss Mary, a series of events is nudged into motion. Lies are unearthed, rumours spread. Yet, the killer remains a faceless phantom. His secret seems buried forever.
Until the night Sévère requests Miss Mary’s services…

Warning: Post-mortems and prostitution are shown unprettified." [Source]

Something which I really appreciate are the warnings given by the author for the faint hearted.



The fourth book
There is a story behind the fourth and last book I will read during my holiday. A while ago I received a really kind mail from Edward Lazellari who is the author of the Guardians of Aandor series.
He told me that he have had a look at what I'm reading over at GOODREADS and he thought I may would like his series. We exchanged several mails tried to get an impression of each other.
The Guardians of Aandor series consists of to books so far (published in 2011 and 2013) and the third one to be published this year.
After reading the description of the first book I agreed to receive a signed paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.
I agreed and last week the paperback copy arrived.
The description which you could read in the book received part of the post sounded after my liking and seems to be the right choice for my holiday.




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 new source
Like many, many other readers and blogger I read post and reviews on other blogs. It is not that easy to find blogger who share my taste. Therefore I was more than happy when I discovered


I read the review of  Central Station (digital, 10th of May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01A5VHDEY] by Lavie Tidhar. Kate, the mastermind of the blog did a great and convincing job. Next I opened her Book Reviews list and found a lot of books which I either read or I want to read.
This morning I spent a certain amount of time in order to read reviews of some of the books I read. I'm more than happy that I spent the time because I know now that I found one more trustworthy source who shares my taste.
This is extremely helpful when it comes to books unknown to me where do not want to depend on other sources only. I added the blog immediately to my feedly reader which I use instead of the gone Google Reader.
In case you don't know this blog I recommend to visit  For winter nights – A bookish blog
and have a look at the Book Reviews list and the Index of Authors in order to find out if it would be worth to follow this blog.



A world to explore
Compared to our time the Victorian era has been a time still full of places and things to discover. It has also be a time where women started to explore the world. They entered a part of society preserved for men. Some of these female explorers are still present today like Nellie Bly others fell into oblivion for most people. To be a female explorer in Victorian era need a lot of self-confidence and courage. Read more about some of these women over at  English Historical Fiction Authors.



Globes
They are such wonderful and fascinating things. They inspire to travel to foreign countries with the tip of the finger and much more. I remember we had one made of plastic when I was a boy. But those ones are nothing to compared you can get from a small company in case you can pay the price.
Read the full story over at Atlas Obscura ...





Panoramic prints
I must say I'm fascinated by panoramic prints and I adore the artists. I do it even more since I read the excellent post over at  Atlas Obscura ...





Marble
A material with a hard surface and full of beauty at times. But it can be more. Visit WebUrbanist 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.

Today I want to talk about two YouTube channels I subscribed. Both are neither video game related nor music related.

I'm interested in history. I read books, watch documentations and films. Furthermore I discovered some YouTube channels which take a different approach to certain events in history.


A hundred years ago the Great War also know as World War I was in full progress.
A certain Thomas Edward Lawrence has been involved.
He is also known as Lawrence of Arabia and many people have heard about him. When you ask for their source of knowledge most refer to the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film starring Sir Alec Guinness as T. E. Lawrence.

But what does the film deliver? Is fiction or do you get hard facts? A good question which would take time to answer properly.

At this point the YouTube channel  History Buffs comes into play.
What do they do?
"A show dedicated solely to reviewing historical movies.
Ever wondered how much a film is based on a true story?
This is the place to find out."

This is what they have to tell you about the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film.
From my point of view they did a great job.

This leads me directly to the second YouTube  channel The Great War.
What is their purpose?
"The Great War' shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918,exactly 100 years ago. Our host Indy takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Learn more about the Allies and the Central Powers, emperors, Winston Churchill, Wilhelm II, soldiers, battles and of the life aside the battlefield. Subscribe to our channel to watch a new video every Monday, Thursday & Saturday!"

This is their take on how T.E. Lawrence became Lawrence of Arabia.

Together both videos last 36 minutes. Just 36 minutes to get well informed about Lawrence of Arabia in a well done an entertaining way.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about history for all people who prefer videos instead of books.

In future I will share with you some more of the YouTube channels 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.

Sometimes it could wise to not follow proverbs. The following quote is a good example for that ..........

"Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.

Josh Billings, American humorist, 1818- 1885

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1619

4 comments
Dear Readers,
time is running. On the one hand I look forward to our holidays. On the other hand there is so much which needs to be done until then at work and at home.
The good thing is that there are a couple of public holidays and the weather finally changed. It seems I underestimated the impact of sunshine on my mood. Of course it does not recharge the batteries and lessen the stress but it helps to cope in a different way with all the things which put pressure on me.
I finally decided which book will be third and last but one paperback I want to read during my holiday.


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. The third book 
  3. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Printing Press
  2. Apothecary
  3. Macro images
  4. Mimic the process of intelligent life
  5. The Times They Are a-Changin

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 DLC: Far Harbor
  2. SHOOT

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 childishness

The Lighthouse
I'm getting better. Last Sunday I finished a book within a day.  started a book on Friday and finished it today (Saturday) It's a bit unusual but sometimes it is good to be spontaneous. Beside that I continued reading of all my current reads and started a new one.


I finished

- The Raft (digital, 22nd April 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00WGSX9N4] by Fred Strydom.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I admit that based on the description I expected an other story.

The beginning was confusing. Whenever I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel the world turned upside down. Time leaps and different memories caused a lot of knots in my brain. But nothing has been written in vain or without reason. Nevertheless I read the book in one day because I needed to know what comes next. The author is such a clever story teller. He achieved to turn me into a distrustful reader and I'm still not sure if the end was just one more fake memory. I don't know how to tell details of the story without spoiler.

In order to enjoy the book to full extent it is most important to be open-minded, to be patient at times and to show endurance."


I'm

- 151 pages in Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.
What a big surprise. Until page 77 I thought this is an entertaining read with promising characters and the plot is nothing new.
BUT with chapter three the scope changed, unexpected things happened and now the story is so much more. New areas and characters come into play which gives the whole story so much more depths.
Good to know that there will be two more books


- 211 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.
The page counter on my reader shows more pages as the information on Amazon. I'm at the beginning of chapter 26. I love the characters.


- 109 pages 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.

There is something in the book which force me to continue reading .....

- 86 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......


No progress

- nothing to report



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

There are several reasons why I buy books
- First and foremost I love to read books
- It had been on my to buy list
- There is a good offer
- I find something most interesting for an acceptable price
- I'm collecting a series
In the end price is an important criteria especially when it comes to digital books. As far as I can see the price for e-books is increasing. New books are published as hard cover and e-books for nearly the same price.
In case it is a book I want to read, I put the digital version on my to buy list and wait patiently until the price drops to a limit which I'm willing to pay.
I have books on my to buy list for several years because the price remains on a high level.
There is another thing which really annoys me. There are series which I started to read in paperback format and I want to read the whole series in the same format. But then the publisher decides to decline the paperback format and continues the series in stead in digital format.
Did you recognize how often the price for books changes over at Amazon?
There are books which showed three and more different prices per day!!
I do not check my Amazon wish lists 24 hours a day. That would destroy my daily life. Nevertheless I do it more or less regularly which means twice twice a day.
So far it is quite sufficient and I could buy a lot of books for cheap.
And I have to stop to buy until I reach my monthly budget. This is absolutely mandatory in order not to crash. But there is a kind of flexibility. I transfer budget from one month to the next in case there is some money left at the end of the month.

Now you know a bit more about my book buying habits.

Did I buy digital copies last week? Yes, I did. In sum I bought digital copies of five books which I present you in no specific order.


Victorian era was not the time where everyone spoke Oxford English. I'm one hundred percent sure that in a lot of parts in Victorian London I would have been lost due to the English spoken at that time. And the following book is the proof for that.
Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs, and Tipping the Velvet (digital, 15th March 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CTPR598] by Patrick Chapman. (Sorry, I did not find additional information about the author).
"Would you like to go to a penny gaff with a scammered moll? Give me a half tusheroon from your mollsack, and then we can have an ‘aipenny bumper. Are you still a booze-shunter or have you become one of those balloon juice lowerers? Did you hear about the spunk faker who got batty fanged by a pudding scammerer? Look at that marm-puss in an arse-cooler, the one walking past the muffin-walloper: I’ll bet she tips the velvet. And don’t forget - if you don’t want to visit the carsey you can always have a bit of cockney luxury.

If you understand what’s being said above, you don’t need to buy Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet – you obviously speak like a Victorian Londoner already. However, if you want to understand the strange world of Victorian slang, Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet will introduce you to some of the more ear-catching words found in the everyday speech of 19th century Londoners.

Whether you are an ‘appy dosser, a bumaree, a fingersmith or a mush-fencer, I’ll wager my beaver that this book will give you some of the words you need when you talk to a bangtail or a blower." [Source]

I love to read murder mysteries set in different period of times. I follow blogs and sites which deal with history and related books.
The next book I discovered over at English Historical Fiction Authors as the price of a giveaway. I found the book description promising and therefore I tried to get more information about
The Colour of Poison (digital, 16th February 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BVC7FSU] by Toni Mount which is the first book in the Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery series and at the same time her debut novel.
"The first Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery by Toni Mount.

The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the King.

Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman's rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him?

Only one thing is certain - if Seb can't save his brother, nobody can." [Source]
I read the first chapter by using the Amazon  Look inside function and I was hooked!
Author Toni Mount is history teacher, a writer, an experienced speaker. It seems she knows a lot about history and how to fascinate readers. Later on you can read two other pieces which are a proof for that.


Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter impressed me that much that I tried to find out when the next book in the trilogy will be published. To my pleasure it is available and the price is really cheap. I paid just 1,99 EUR = 2.27 USD = 1.57 GBP for the digital copy of Exil (digital, 9th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B01DP9YXKA] by Felix A. Münter.
"Ein Jahrzehnt nach der Schlacht um Westrin befinden sich die kaiserlichen Zwillinge unentdeckt in der zweifelhaften Sicherheit der Seekönigreiche. Noch sind die ahnungslosen Kinder sich ihres Schicksals und der schweren Bürde auf ihren Schultern nicht bewusst. Als durch eine Unachtsamkeit ihre Tarnung auffliegt, sind die Kaisertreuen jedoch gezwungen aus den Schatten ihres Exils zu treten. Unaufhaltsam entfaltet sich der nächste blutige Krieg um Westrin und die Kaisertreuen werden mächtige Verbündete brauchen, um zu bestehen …" [Source]
Fortunately the description does not contain major spoiler.


"The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force, originally numbering six men, was founded in 1749 by the magistrate Henry Fielding, who was also well known as an author." [Source]
The history of the Bow Street Runners lasted from 1749 to 1839. I read several books starring the Runners in different years. I read several books in the Sir John Fielding series by Bruce Alexander (1932 - 2003).
In 2015 author Edward Marston started his new series Bow Street Rivals. Of course this new series aroused my interest and last week I found a cheap offer for the first book in the series.
Now I own a digital copy of
Shadow of the Hangman (digital, 19th February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q1ULQVK] by Edward Marston.
"1815.
Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief-takers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital. The Home Secretary, Viscount Sidmouth, faces a crisis. During a massacre of American prisoners of war at Dartmoor, two escape and come to London in search of retribution. If their demands are not met, Sidmouth will be killed.
The Skillen brothers are hired to catch the fugitives and must compete with the Runners to bring the villains to justice in a compelling tale of murder, kidnap, revenge, intrigue and political machination." [Source]
This sounds exactly after my fancy ....


I own copies of several books related to Steampunk. Even I'm not new to Steampunk  I appreciate to read about it, to see what other people create and more. The following book has been a while on my to buy list and last week I finally bought a digital copy of
Steampunk For Simpletons: A Fun Primer For Folks Who Aren't Sure What Steampunk Is All About (digital, 24th March 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00JA2SX3A] by Travis Sivart and Wendy Callahan. 
"New folks discover steampunk every day, and often their first question is, "What is steampunk?", and their second question is, "What do steampunks do?".

Steampunk For Simpletons starts with those questions and expands outward to cover a plethora of topics. We give a primer followed by a guided tour through the world of steampunk, from the basics such as where to go and what to do, to the aesthetic of the arts within steampunk.

Travis I. Sivart and Wendy L. Callahan are both published steampunk authors, as well as having a weekly radio show on the subject. Though they do not claim to be the ultimate or complete authority in this beloved genre, they wrote this book hoping to help new folks find their way into the hobby, or help others expand their knowledge of the aesthetic. They also drew upon the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of many others (like their cats) from the steampunk community, making their book an inclusive and cooperative work." [Source]
This is a source book and no novel. A 4.23 rating on GOODREADS and recommendations I received from other Steampunks is an indication for me that the book is a good choice for both, the interested ones and the experienced ones.




The third book
After the decision to take two books about Victorian era with me, I started to think about the two more books I want to read during my holiday. I roamed through my book shelves and stacks. Fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, alternate history, historical fiction, medieval mysteries, and more. So many great books to choose from. I stopped before I got a headache and remembered a book which I won in a giveaway.
I read the first part of the duology in November 2015 and wrote following on GOODREADS:
"The story is an excellent blend of science fiction and mystery.

The mystery is much more complex than one think in the beginning. Due to a lot of twists and turns the reader keeps guessing nearly until the end of the book. The pacing is well done.
Beginning with page one the reader is part of the story. "The world" is reduced to the generation ship ARK which is inhabited by 50000 people. That should give you an impression of the ship dimension.

One may not always agree with the actions of detective Bryan Benson because he is stubborn at times.
One thing I liked a lot were all the references to the past.

I look forward to read the second book in the duology. When everything goes well,TRIDENTS FORGE will be published in April 2016."

This was my opinion about The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
Two weeks ago I received  the paperback copy of The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.


"The Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G and begun the long, arduous task of building their new colony by the sea. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G's natives, the G'tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods. But the first official greeting ceremony between humans and g'tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors begin to circulate that the massacre was no accident, and the Ark's greatest hero, Bryan Benson is told to stop coaching his new love of American football and tackle the mystery. Paired up with native 'truth-digger' Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson finds himself thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea whom to trust, how to speak the language, and how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants to kill him. Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side is prepared for or can afford to lose." [Source]
 And this is the third book I want to read during my holidays. I hope it will be as good or even better than the first part.

Which will be the fourth and final holiday reading?
This depends on the fact if the paperback copy arrives in time or not. 
Anyway I will talk about it in the next issue of the Weekend Wave.



A book for you?
Time travel is something a lot of people would like to do. If I could I would immediately visit Victorian London.
I still remember The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1845950996], by Ian Mortimer which I liked a lot - my review.
Yesterday I received a mail which recommended following book.
The Time Traveller's Handbook: 19 Experiences from the Eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock (first published in October 2015; this digital edition, 24th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B016I3AOX0]by
"Travel through time to witness some of the most extraordinary and colorful events in world history with this unusual and entertaining guide that includes fascinating cultural details from each period, including what and where to eat, what to wear, how to act like a local, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Have you ever wished you could have experienced some of the most interesting and important events that have helped shape history? With The Time Traveler's Handbook you can! Johnny Actonis, David Glodblatt, and James Wyllie transport you back in time, providing a “you-are-there” front-seat view of some the greatest moments in the human timeline.

Filled with engaging and colorful details, The Time Traveler's Handbook helps you make the most of your “travels,” giving you background information, insight into local customs, and advice on all aspects of period life to make your adventures authentic and help you actually live them. Forget museums and history books—The Time Traveler's Handbook gives you unprecedented access to a wide range of milestones, including Celebrations & Exhibitions; Moments That Made History; Cultural & Sporting Spectaculars; Epic Journeys and Voyages; and Extreme Events. Observe Mount Vesuvius erupt (and survive), see the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, boogie with the Beatles in Hamburg, accompany Marco Polo to Xanadu, attend the opening night of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, smell the cordite at the battle of Bull Run, and sit ringside at Foreman and Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa.

Illustrated with color and black-and-white paintings and photographs of famous figures and locations, as well as detailed maps and illustrations to aid in your journey through time, The Time Traveler's Handbook is the ultimate guide to exploring history that unlocks the wonders of the past as never before." [Source]

As you can see this edition will be available on May 24th 2016. I must say it arouse my interest. It contains really different events and I would like to have a deeper look. Maybe this is a book for you too .....


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...

The Printing Press
Any expectations or guesses what you will get now? I'm sure it is not what you think. We travel back in time ... Head over to nerdalicious and read the enlightening and fascinating post related to The Colour of Poison.



Apothecary
What do you know about medieval apothecaries? For me it is a place where you could get herbs. Fortunately there is a great opportunity to learn more about medieval apothecaries in a short time. The only thing you need to do is to visit English Historical Fiction Authors and read



Macro images
Did you ever see macro images of spiders? The photographs over at  Atlas Obscura gave me the creeps. But there are more than only spider images ...





Mimic the process of intelligent life
There is a long history behind today's result of artificial intelligence. It started more or less with mimicking the process of intelligent life. There is an amazing and most interesting post available over at The Public Domain Review.
I do not want to spoil the party for you. Therefore the link does not show the real header of the post. 



The Times They Are a-Changin
Is there anyone who does not know this famous Bob Dylan song? If you don't know then listen.
And there are changes in the the book blogosphere.
If you are interested in SFF books I'm sure you read the following post over at SF Signal:


The reasons are understandable but it is a great loss. Whenever a site or a blog leaves the blogosphere it is the time when other blogger do start think about their on situation. So do I. But before I go into detail, I recommend to read the post by Adam Whitehead over at The Wertzone.


My situation is a bit different. Before I started my blog it was crystal for me that my available time for the blog is limited. I wanted to write one weekly post and whenever possible to write and post reviews. And that is what I'm doing since I started back in April 2010. That with this amount of content my readership will be limited. Nevertheless I'm happy about everyone who follows my blog. Most interesting thing is that a lot of authors like my blog.
I do not depend on review copies. Most of the books I review or talk I about I bought on my own. From time to time I accept review copies.
Of course I also had doubts during the past years. But there was always the same clue. I will continue with my blog as long as at least one person is reading my posts.
I never wanted to be a professional writer. I always wanted to share my love for books with other people.
I will see what the future has in mind for me ....

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.

Only one week left until the new DLC for Fallout 4 will be available.
As usual Bethesda delivered a trailer. Enjoy the first impressions of Far Harbor.


SHOOT is one more excellent example of a great 3D animated short.
ENJOY!


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 fully agree with following quote. I showed it to some colleagues last week and it put a smile on their faces and I could see them traveling back in time in their thoughts ..........

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.

The Fourth Doctor, Dr Who
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