Saturday, August 16, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1433

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Hello and welcome to issue #1433 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm a little bit handicapped in my mobility. I made a rash move and since then I have pain in the back when  try to bend down. Despite that I went to gym today and after half an hour treadmill I felt better. Now I sit in front of my laptop with an electric heating pad in the back. That helps a lot.

And now

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. Three books for me and maybe for you too
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. World War I, French Navy, free e-book
  2. Dogs of War
  3. Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
  4. A special London guide
  5. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  6. A special short story
  7. High speed photographs


    Movies
    Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
    1. An upcoming video game

    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 phrase checker

    The Lighthouse
    I admit  that I'm in a phase where I  have a knack for historical fiction. Nevertheless I'm sure that I will finish some more books by end of August.


    I finished

    - no book



     
    I'm

    - 117 pages in The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen
    Medicine, code breaking, spying , to hide a secret ... a lot of things to be done by the main character Christoval Alvarez

    - 145 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.
    The tutor Francis Bacon and his students still have a lot of work to do to solve the murder case.

    - 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
    A small progress but at least a progress. 

    - 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.
    Excellent historical fiction about a part of World War I which I do not know nearly nothing about.

    No progress



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

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


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


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




     Enjoy your weekend ....



    Books


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

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

    Last week I received on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance.
    Treachery (pb, August 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481224] is the fourth book in the historical thriller series  Giordano Bruno by S. J. Parris (pen name used by Stephanie Merritt).
    "Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake's departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission - and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake's life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake's young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry." [Source]
    So far I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them a lot. This is excellent medieval mystery reading.


    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...

    World War I, French Navy, free e-book
    As mentioned above I'm currently reading Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner. So far I like the story about the British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish. What do you know ab the role of the French navy in World War I? To be honest I knew nothing until I read following post over Antoine Vanner's blog:


    The last part of the post is also interesting. Instead of describing it in my humble English, I just quote the passage:


    Free E-Book Offer from Antoine Vanner


    Since publication of Britannia’s Wolf in early 2013 I have received a large number of queries from readers regarding the novel’s historical background. Like the next in the series, Britannia’s Reach, the Wolf is indeed inspired by actual events. I thought it appropriate therefore to offer my readers free a short e-book which expands on part of the historical context and which draws on my research. These articles can be read as “standalones” which do not require any familiarity with Britannia’s Wolf. Anybody who has already read the novel may find their curiosity about the background satisfied.

    Entitled “Ironclad Ships and Intrepid Men”, this e-book can be downloaded free for reading on your Tablet or Kindle.

    If you are interested in receiving a copy please send  an e-mail to dawlishchronicles@outlook.com and it will be forwarded to you.

    Of course I'm interested in background information. Therefore I sent a mail to the address above and within a few hours I received a reply from the author containing a 95 pages PDF document!!
    Incredible.




    Dogs of War
    You may know that this is a phrase from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It is also the title of a post you can read over at Antoine Vanner's blog and it has at the same time a literally meaning which is the subject of the following post




    Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
    These are the seven deadly sins also known as cardinal sins. Whenever I see, hear, or read about these sins one movie pops up in my mind: Seven
    This film impressed me a lot and is definitely nothing for people with weak stomach. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you find an interesting article about these sins and medieval society. 



    A special London guide
    The number of London guides is innumerable. But some of them are special and unique.   The Public Domain Review now present one of these gems. Go and visit




    It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
    This is the title of a song which become one of the most famous songs in World War I. There is a brief history available over at Ian Visits. Have a look at



    A special short story
    Once a while I read short stories. Nowadays you get a lot of this stuff online. First of all I was not aware to expect a short story when I read the following post title over at Pornokitsch:





    High speed Photographs
    Once a while you see stunning high speed photographs. If you want to see some more amazing photographs then go to 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.

    My wife and I started to save money for a specific purpose: We want to buy a PS4. There are several games coming which we would like to play.
    I must say that I was not really interested in the Assassin's Creed game series. But that changed after watching the following two videos showing scenes from the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity.



    That's all for today. See you next time....


    Quotes

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

    Please do not follow the procedure described in the following quote. I assure you that it works ....



    "The phrase "action speaks louder than words," is most easily proven by a swift kick to the genitals.

    Devin J. Monroe , 1983 - , did not find more information about the author

    Saturday, August 09, 2014

    Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1432

    2 comments
    Hello and welcome to issue #1432 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

    Dear Readers,
    the last week I spent most of the time for three things: work, sleep and reading.
    On Thursday morning I had to get up at 3:45 CEST in order to execute a specific job. I'm sure you can imagine how tired I was in the evening. But that did not hinder me to finish a book.
    Reading keeps me vital.
    If I could I would read ten books at the same time.

    Today I share three books with you where I ordered copies in advance. Maybe they are also interesting for you.

    And now

    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. Three books for me and maybe for you too
    Blogosphere
    Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
    1. Futuristic vehicle
    2. Military kit through the ages
    3. English Riviera
    4. The 40 fruit tree
    5. Poppies, Blood, The Tower of London

    Movies
    Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
    1. The Boxtrolls

    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 optimism and pessimism

    The Lighthouse
    This was a somewhat crazy week. I never expected to finish two books and a short story and to start reading two more books.


    I finished

    - Murder (digital, hc 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y; ISBN-13: 978-1780872346] by Sarah Pinborough.
    I wrote on GOODREADS:
    "This the second book starring Dr Thomas Bond.

    I stopped reading after 170 pages because I was not sure if I wanted to read the rest of the book because I was disappointed at that time.

    After several days I decided to continue reading because I hoped for a satisfying end.

    For me Murder is just the second part of Mayhem. I do not understand why the story has been divided into two books.

    I did not like the endless pages about the relationship between one woman and two men. I'm not a fan of romance. Nevertheless I admit that parts of the relationship development are necessary for the story itself.

    I really missed to see Dr Bond working on new cases.

    Fortunately for me the story got better in the last third of the book. I can't tell you about the end of the book because that would be a spoiler. As far as I know there should be a third book. But how that will work based on the end of Murder is unpredictable for me.

    After 170 pages I would have rated the book with three stars. After finishing the book I changed my mind based on the last third of the story to rate Murder with four stars."


    - Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] by James Lovegrove.
    I wrote on GOODREADS:
    "This was the second time I read a book by James Lovegrove starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson after The Stuff of Nightmares.

    Set in 1913 and taking place in the surrounding of Sherlock's retirement cottage, Gods of War gives on possible answer of the following question: How will Sherlock Holmes (age of 59) and Dr Watson (age of 61) cope with their advancing age and inventions of the twentieth century on the eve on an upcoming war in Europe.

    James Lovegrove did an excellent job with his answer to the question. I loved the story from beginning to the end. I have had a great time to follow both gentlemen in a fresh and entertaining story with unexpected twist and full of stuff which will take easily one day to google them all."



    Der Satan von Bermondsey (Die geheimen Akten des Sir Arthur Conan Doyler (digital 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00JFUPBPU] by Raimon Weber
    After a long time I read something in my first language. The setting of the short story sounded interesting. Arthur Conan Doyle had a secret. He was a detective himself.
    It did not take long to read the 39 pages. It was a light read and did not convince me to read more stories starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

     
    I'm

    - 65 pages in The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen

    - 99 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.

    It is a new reading experience for me to read two books set in the same time and sharing protagonists like Sir Francis Walsingham.
    But that is also the point where the similarities end. The main characters are totally different. For me it seems that Murder by Misrule is a bit "lighter". Anyway I need to finish both books for a final verdict.

    No progress

    - 148 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.


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

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


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


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




     Enjoy your weekend ....



    Books


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

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

    Last week I received on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance. Furthermore I downloaded the digital copy of a short story for free.

    With the arrival of my paperback copy of Assail (pb, Tor Books, August 2014; ISBN-13: 978-0765330000) by Ian C. Esslemont, I own physical copies of all the books by the author set in the
    Malazan Empire.
    "Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventurers have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait -- hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures. But all accounts concur that the people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And beyond are rumoured to lurk Elder monsters out of history's very beginnings.

    Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. Not drawn by contract, but by the promise of answers: answers to mysteries that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought. Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far more power than he really should. Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.

    And lastly, far to the south, a woman guards the shore awaiting both her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the undying army of the T'lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond.

    Casting light on mysteries spanning the Malazan empire, and offering a glimpse of the storied and epic history that shaped it, "Assail" is the final chapter in the epic story of the Empire of Malaz." [Source]

    I got a digital copy of the following short story for free. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as a detective sounded interesting.
    Der Satan von Bermondsey (Die geheimen Akten des Sir Arthur Conan Doyler (digital 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00JFUPBPU] by Raimon Weber
    "Akte 3 – Wir schreiben das Jahr 1909. Im Londoner Stadtteil Bermondsey leben die Menschen unter widrigsten Umständen. Armut, Krankheit und schlimme Verbrechen gehören zum Alltag. Im dritten Fall der fesselnden Serie „Die geheimen Akten des Sir Arthur Conan Doyle“ trifft der scharfsinnige Schriftsteller auf einen traumatisierten Waisenjungen, der steif und fest behauptet, um ein Haar dem Tod in einer dunklen Höhle entkommen zu sein. Sein Körper weist merkwürdige Einstiche auf. Man munkelt, ein gehörntes Wesen – der Satan von Bermondsey – treibe sein furchtbares Unwesen in den nächtlichen Gassen. Ob der Junge beinahe sein Opfer geworden wäre? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ist einem Geheimnis auf der Spur, das sein ganzes Leben verändern wird- [Source]


    Three books for me and maybe for you too
     Of course I'm still interested in new books and I still like to read real books. Today I want to share three books with you which aroused my interest and therefore I ordered copies in advance. Two of the books are not part of a series.


    The Milkweed Tryptich trilogy by Ian Tregillis was an extraordinary good series which I enjoyed a lot. If you did not read it, I can tell you that I highly recommend it-
    Now I look forward to March 2015 when
     The Mechanical (digital and pb 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JV1W61K; ISBN-13: 978-0356502328] by Ian Tregillis will be published in. I like the cover and got hooked by the description
    "My name is Jax.

    That is the name granted to be by my human masters.

    I am a clakker: a mechanical man, powered by alchemy. Armies of my kind have conquered the world - and made the Brasswork Throne the sole superpower.

    I am a faithful servant. I am the ultimate fighting machine. I am endowed with great strength and boundless stamina.

    But I am beholden to the wishes of my human masters.

    I am a slave. But I shall be free.
    " [Source]



    The next book will be published in October 2014 and it is a stand-alone fantasy. I sounds like the right book for autumn. I talk about  The Free (digital and pb October 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00IA2E614; ISBN-13: 978-0316233491] by Brian Ruckley.
    "A warrior of legend. A warrior to be feared.

    The famed Yulan is leader of The Free, the last remaining band of mercenaries in the Hommetic Kingdom. He and his comrades have earned a reputation of mythic proportions by selling their martial and magical talents to the highest bidder. Feared and revered, they were once seen as a threat to the Hommetic Kingdom's power - until they outlasted it in the course of a bloody rebellion.

    With the oppressive monarch overthrown, The Free plan to finally lay down their weapons, hoping for a chance of peace at last. But their enemies will not let them rest just yet. For the final contract Yulan is offered is one he'll be unable to refuse - not when he learns the target is the very man responsible for the worst atrocity he has ever witnessed. It is an evil that Yulan failed to prevent - one that has haunted him ever since. And now is his last chance to right that wrong.

    But as Yulan and his companions embark on their last journey, a potent mix of vengeance, love and loyalty is building to a storm. It is a storm so violent it is likely to destroy the last of the free companies. And only then will they discover the true price of freedom." [Source]

    Finally I need to talk about an upcoming historical fiction book. Lamentation (digital and pb October 2014; hc February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00K6ECROM; pb ISBN-13: 978-1447260257; hc ISBN-13: 978-0316254960] is the sixth book in the The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. This series is from my point of a must read for fans of historical thrillers. Unfortunately I read only  Dissolution ( first printed in 2003, paperback 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450799] so far which me really impressed. For more information about the author and the series please visit the official website.
    "As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart in the new installment of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.

    Autumn, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors prepare for a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. The Catholics decide to focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, the Protestant Queen Catherine Parr. As Catherine begins to lose the King's favor, she turns to the shrewd, hunchbacked lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, to contain a potentially fatal secret.

    The Queen has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, a memoir so radical that if it came to the King's attention, it could bring her and her courtly sympathizers to ruination. The London printer into whose hands she entrusted the manuscript has been murdered, the book nowhere to be found.

    Shardlake's investigations take him down a trail that begins among printshops in the filthy backstreets of London, but leads him once more to the labyrinthine world of court politics, where Protestant friends can be as dangerous as Catholic enemies, and those who will support either side to further their ambition are the most dangerous of all." [Source]
    This is the official book trailer


    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...



    Futuristic vehicle
    Just head over to Dark Roasted Blend and enjoy an amazing vehicle:



    Military kit through the ages
    What do you know about the personal equipment of a common British soldier through the past 1,000 years? I must say I know a little bit mostly from reading of historical fiction.
    If you would like to get more information about that, then I highly recommend to visit The Telegraph and have a look at




    English Riviera
    Do you know the English Riviera?  I read about it but I have never been there. Over at The History Girls you can read about the historical background.



    The 40 fruit tree
    I saw a short report about this extraordinary tree on TV. But I'm happy that the WebUrbanist picked it up and so I can share it with you.




    Poppies, Blood, The Tower of London
    I do not want to say more than this is a demonstration of the power of images. Goto WebUrbanist be mesmerized by the pictures you see 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.

    I does not matter how old I get. I will love stop-motion animated films forever. That is the reason why I need to go to cinema in October 2014 in order to enjoy The Boxtrolls
    "A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow." [Source]
     Watch the following two trailers and have fun.



    That's all for today. See you next time....


    Quotes

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

    Are you an optimist or an pessimist? It does not matter when it comes to following quoute ....



    "The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

    James Branch Cabell, US essayist and novelist, 1879 - 1958

    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1431

    2 comments
    Hello and welcome to issue #1431 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

    Dear Readers,
    despite the fact we sweat a lot due to the heat my wife and I enjoyed the  medieval fair which took place in the garden of Karlsruhe Palace last Sunday.
    The last week was a week to forget regarding reading. I did not sleep well (too hot and too high air moisture, too noisy) and I assume you know what it means to go through the day in a tired and exhausted condition. Summer is definitely not my favorite season of the year.


    Enough about me.
    Have a look at what I put together for you.

    ENJOY READING ....



    Edi's Guidepost

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


    1. Reading progress
    Books
    The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
    1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
    2. A short story for you?
    Blogosphere
    Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
    1. Robots
    2. Made in the Trenches
    3. A book from 1580
    4. Die Abenteuer des Richard Donahue completed

    Movies
    Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
    1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    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 relaxation

    The Lighthouse
    My reading progress is like a ride on a roller coaster. At least I finished a short story and started a new book.


    I finished

    - Brisk Money ( digital July 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00KUXUSYU] by Adam Christopher.
    I wrote on GOODREADS:
    "I do not read short stories that often but this one I love. 
    The setting, the atmosphere , the characters. Raymond and Googol are awesome. 
    Can you imagine a robot private investigator with a memory not lasting longer than 24 hours and a kind of split personality? Read Brisk Money and you get an idea.
     I really look forward to read the whole LA trilogy which will start in 2015."



    I'm

    - 113 pages in Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] by James Lovegrove.
    After reading nearly one third of the book I must say that I like how the author cope with Sherlock Holmes at the age of 59.

    As far as we know Sherlock Holmes was born in 1854. He retired late 1903/early 1904. The story is set In 1913 and so he was 59 years old at this time. [Source for all dates]
    Furthermore I love all the historical details mentioned and set into relation to the story. I'm sure I did not discover them all.


    No progress

    - 148 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.


    - 170 pages in Murder (digital, hc 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y; ISBN-13: 978-1780872346] by Sarah Pinborough.

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

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


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


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


     Enjoy your weekend ....



    Books


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

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

    This month I expect the delivery of several copies which I ordered in advance. Some of them have been postponed. I will wait and see which copies will finally arrive.
    Nevertheless could not resist and bought digital copies of following three books.

    It has been mere chance that I discovered The Earl of Brass ( digital June 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00L4CWBVE] by Kara Jorgensen.
    "When Eilian Sorrell, a promising archaeologist and the eldest son of the Earl of Dorset, loses his arm in a dirigible crash, he fears he will face a bleak future among London's aristocracy. On a quest for normalcy, Lord Sorrell commissions a prosthetic arm but finds the craftsman is not what he seems.

    After the death of her brother, Hadley Fenice takes over his prosthesis business but knows it will be an uphill battle as women are discouraged from doing man’s work. In return for building Lord Sorrell an automaton arm, he offers her a chance at freedom by following him to the Negev Desert under the guise of a man.

    But what lies beneath the desert is more precious than potshards or bones. As they venture deeper, they discover a society where the path of life is not governed by gain but by passion. When imperialistic invaders come in search of a new colony to pillage, Eilian and Hadley are forced to defend their fleeting glimpse of paradise." [Source]
    Author  Kara Jorgensen is a new voice in the world of steampunk with her debut novel. I like to discover new authors and the description convinced me to buy a copy and give it a try.



    Yesterday I read following post over at The History Girls:

    It is the review of The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen which is the first book in The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez series.
    "It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham’s secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph – the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?"[Source]
    Beside the review mentioned above the official website of Ann Swinfen delivers information in form of a backstory. Furthermore you can read an excerpt.

    After reading all the information I could not resist and bought a copy.

    The good thing is that the second book in the series is available to and yes, I also bought a copy of the second book.

    The Enterprise of England ( digital June 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00LCCH04O] by Ann Swinfen
    "Facing the threat of King Philip’s Enterprise of England – Spanish invasion and annexation of the country – Sir Francis Walsingham’s secret service spreads a network of agents across Europe. After caring for hundreds of maimed and wounded soldiers returning from the fall of Sluys, young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez is sent on two dangerous missions to Amsterdam, where, amongst the friendly Hollanders, treason and treachery lurks. Christoval’s ship, sailing home, plays its part in the great sea battle in which the small and inexperienced English navy must confront the most powerful sea force in the world." [Source]
    Due to information delivered within the review the third book -
    The PortugueseAffair by Ann Swinfen - will be available before the end of summer.








    A short story for you?

    On 12th of July I told you that I bought a digital copy of  Drakenfeld (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CYM1920] by Mark Charan Newton.
    So far i did not read the book. Now the author announced the upcoming release (somewhere in August) of the short story The Messenger which is set in the world of Drakenfeld but set a few years before the timeline of the novel. You can read it as a taster of the book or as an additional information to the book.
    And this is the cover:





    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...



    Robots
    The following post over at Dark Roasted Blend fits well to the short story xx which I read last week:




    Made in the Trenches
    This year we remember WW1. From TV documentation over books to posts.  Whenever possible I like to get information from original sources like letters from soldiers.  The Public Domain Review present such an original source. Have a look at



    A book from 1580
    I must say I was really impressed when I visited The Public Domain Review saw following post. Unbelievable what people created 435 years ago. I think you will agree after having a look at





    Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue completed
    On 12 of July I posted about  a post series on the German Steampunk blog Clockworker.
    It was for all those readers who would like to put their nose in to a German adventure story with steampunk. At that time part one to four of Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue have been available.
    Now I can provide the links to part five to seven. In case you missed my post in July I post again the links to part one to four.



    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.

    What shall I say about the following trailer? I think I belong to the millions of people who are keen to see the the third and final part of THE  HOBBIT.  It seems we can expect a lot of battle scenes.,,,




    That's all for today. See you next time....


    Quotes

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

    The following quotes fit perfectly to my situation last week ....



    "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

    Sydney J. Harris, US journalist, 1917 - 1986
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