Saturday, April 30, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave #1618

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Dear Readers,
today is the end of April 2016. Unfortunately I red and reviewed less books than expected. But I don't want to look back and yammer. It is much more helpful to think positive and look into the future. May is the month which offers me more time for reading than any other month. The reason for that is quite simple: a number of public holidays offering the opportunity for long weekends and my official holiday.
When I look back I must say I always read less than I expected. I remember times when I took ten books with me for two weeks. With an e-reader the number of books does not matter.
Nevertheless I will take a few paperbacks with me. It is always a longer process to come to the final decision which books to choose.
This year I do not want to spend too much time for it and fortunately I got some unexpected help. I will talk about it 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 
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 value of documentation
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. 3D chalk art
  2. Sheep put you to sleep
  3. To be in the pillory
  4. A very special tourist guide

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The final trailer with a very short introduction at the end

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 desk

The Lighthouse
I 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 started to read a book which is also not typical for me.


I finished
- Unexpected Rain(digital, 7th May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00PFBQRW4] by Jason W. LaPier which is the first book in The Dome Trilogy. I bought the digital copy in October 2015 but forgot to present it.
"In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard's Star, a recently hired maintenance man has just committed murder.

Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.

His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn't commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead." [Source]

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I wanted to read something what I define as space murder mystery. I flipped through the content of my e-reader and found a copy of Unexpected Rain.
I read it in two days and have not been disappointed. I liked the two main characters who are far from being perfect fighting against bureaucracy, space pirates and other obstacles. Sometimes it seemed there are more pawns than in a chess game.
Humanity conquered space but still suffers from problems we know from today. Skin colour is still important.

There is one thing which hindered me to give a higher rating. Sometimes explanations and discussions slowed down the story a bit too much.
Nevertheless I want to read the second book in the trilogy -
Unclear Skies - which is available."


I'm


- 186 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.
As good as the previous books

- 81 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. Again a book which I did not show you when I got the digital copy for free in November 2013.
"In China they whisper about the Jade Owl and its awful power. This ancient stone, commissioned by the Empress Wu and crafted by a mineral charmer, long haunted the folk of the Middle Kingdom until it vanished into an enigma of legend and lore. Now the Jade Owl is found. It wakes to steal the day from day. Its power to enchant and distort rises again. Its horror is revealed to a band of five, who must return it to the Valley of the Dead before the laws of ch’i are set aside in favor of destruction’s dance. Five China Hands, each drawn through time’s thin fabric by the bird, discover enchantment on the secret garland. Five China Hands, and one holds the key to the world’s fate. Five China Hands. Only one Jade Owl - but it’s awake and in China, they whisper again.

Professor Rowden Gray has come to San Francisco following a new opportunity at the East Asian Arts and Culture Museum, only to find that the opportunity has evaporated. Desperate, he means to end his career in a muddle of pity and Scotch, but then things happen. He latches on to a fascinating young man who is pursuing a lost relic that Professor Gray has in fact been seeking. Be careful for what you seek - you may just find it. Thus begins a journey that takes the professor and his companions on a spirited adventure across three-thousand miles of Chinese culture and mystery - a quest to fulfill a warrant long set out to ignite the world in myth and legend. The Jade Owl is the beginning of a series - a legacy that fulfills a terrible truth; and in China, they whisper again." [Source]
There is something in the book which force me to continue reading .....

No progress

- 77 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.



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

Two more digital books found a new home on my e-reader.
As I wrote above I enjoyed Unexpected Rain.
Therefore I decided to buy a copy of Unclear Skies (digital, 25th January 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B014U1HAXE] by Jason W. LaPier which is the second book in The Dome Trilogy.
"Justice isn’t what it used to be

Rogue cop Stanford Runstom blew open a botched murder case and was given a promotion – of sorts. But doing PR work for ModPol, the security-firm-for-hire, is not the detective position Runstom had in mind, particularly when his orders become questionable.

Freedom always comes at a price

Despite being cleared of false murder charges, Jax is still a fugitive from justice. When ModPol catches up with him, keeping his freedom now means staying alive at any cost, even if that means joining Space Waste, the notorious criminal gang.

Security can be deadly

When ModPol and Space Waste go head to head, old friends Runstom and Jax find themselves caught between two bloodthirsty armies, and this time they might not escape with their lives." [Source]
After reading the first book and the description of the second book I recommend to read the books in order.


The description of the following book was/is a bit eerie. The whole mankind without memory. Is it possible to survive? I'm highly interested in the book and that is the reason why I bought a digital copy of The Raft (digital, 22nd April 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00WGSX9N4] by Fred Strydom.

""The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event … and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero."

On day zero, humankind collectively lost its memory. The collapse of civilisation was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. For a man named Kayle Jenner, confined by a regime to a commune on a remote beach, all that remains is the vague and haunting vision of a son … That, and a wooden raft.
It is a raft that will set Kayle on a journey across a broken world to find his son.Braving a landscape of elusive encounters, a maze of other people's dreams, and muddled memories, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero – a truth that makes both fools and gods of men." [Source]



The value of documentaries
I'm a big fan of the BBC documentaries. Especially when the look back into certain  periods of times. It is no secret that I'm fascinated by the Victorian era.
Furthermore I'm happy that the BBC share their documentaries via YouTube.
Since a couple of months we own a modern TV with the functionality to see YouTube videos on the screen.
Last week my wife and I saw the excellent documentation about bakers in Victorian era. Did you know that the anticipated average life of baker in 1840 was just 40 years!!

BBC Victorian Bakers Part One

BBC Victorian Bakers Part Two

These two videos reminded me of the birthday gifts from my daughter last year.  One these books will be part of my holiday reading.

During my holiday I want to read following two books related to the Victorian era:


The Victorians ( pb, 2003)[ISBN-13: 978-0099451860] by A. N. Wilson.

"People, not abstract ideas, make history, and nowhere is this more revealed than in A. N. Wilson's superb portrait of the Victorians, in which hundreds of different lives have been pieced together to tell a story - one which is still unfinished in our own day. The 'global village' is a Victorian village and many of the ideas we take for granted, for good or ill, originated with these extraordinary, self-confident people. What really animated their spirit, and how did they remake the world in their view? In an entertaining and often dramatic narrative, A. N. Wilson shows us remarkable people in the very act of creating the Victorian age." [Source]

How to be a Victorian (first published 2013; this issue 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0670921362] by Ruth Goodman.


"Step into the skin of your ancestors . . .

We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert, but what was it like for a commoner? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Catch the omnibus to work and wash laundry while wearing a corset?

How To Be A Victorian is a new approach to history, a journey back in time more intimate, personal, and physical than anything before. It is one told from the inside out--how our forebears interacted with the practicalities of their world--and it's a history of those things that make up the day-to-day reality of life, matters so small and seemingly mundane that people scarcely mention them in their diaries or letters. Moving through the rhythm of the day, from waking up to the sound of a knocker-upper man poking a stick at your window, to retiring for nocturnal activities, when the door finally closes on twenty-four hours of life, this astonishing guide illuminates the overlapping worlds of health, sex, fashion, food, school, work, and play.

If you liked The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century or 1000 Years of Annoying the French, you will love this book." [Source]
Beside that I will take two more paperbacks and of course my e-reader with me.

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...


3D chalk art
Again and again I'm impressed what you can do with chalk. Enjoy 3D chalk art over at Weburbanist.




Sheep put you to sleep
Maybe it would be wise to visit the following link over at Atlas Obscura after reading the whole post because I can't ensure that you will still be awake.





To be in the pillory
"As every single person on the Internet knows, women who dare to enter the public eye are regularly pilloried. Message boards are rife with misogyny. Trolls lurk under every tweet. "Don't read the comments" has become a necessary mantra."
This is the introduction to a most interesting post over at Atlas Obscura.
It is a proof that a lot of things happened before the era of social media.



A very special tourist guide
There are many tourist guides and guidelines available round the world. Some of them put a smile on our face like the following one over at Atlas Obscura.
I do not want to spoil the party for you. Therefore the link does not show the real header of the post. 




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

Movies

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

This is the final trailer of ..... X-Men: Apocalypse 
Now we are sure that a certain mutant will be back ....



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'm still thinking about the possible answer to following quote. Brain death? Thoughtless? At-rest? ......

"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?

Laurence J. Peter, Canadian educator, 1919 - 1990

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1617

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Dear Readers,
I admit that I'm counting the days until my next holiday. I feel exhausted and need a rest. But before holiday my wife will celebrate her birthday AND we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!! Unbelievable! I have been busy searching for unexpected and unusual gifts. Fortunately I found some and I hope my wife will like them. I can't deliver any details because my wife reads my blog.


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. The house on the rooftop
  2. Alarm clocks
  3. Hidden collections
  4. Glass bricks
  5. Fallout: New Vegas - Choose Your Own Apocalypse

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. They are coming back .... after 20 years

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 thinking


The Lighthouse
Yay! Against all odds I finished two books and started to read a new one.

It seems it is not the right time for me to read fantasy. In the past weeks I preferred mysteries. I'm sure that will change. In a few weeks I need to decide which real books I want to read during holiday. I always take some real books with me beside my reader.


I finished

- The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I do not read books set after 1945 often.
Nevertheless the description was promising and the book did not disappoint me because I did not make the mistake to compare the main character Duncan Forrester with Indiana Jones.

The story definitely deliver mystery and adventure. You meet a lot of amazing people who really existed at the time the story takes place.

The depiction of all places and areas where the story takes place are excellent. The background of the story has been researched very well. The story delivers a lot of twist and turns.

The end felt a bit rushed and for my taste there have been too many coincidence.

Nevertheless I'm eager to read the sequels
THE AGE OF OLYMPUS, planned to be published in April 2017
THE AGE OF EXODUS, planned to be published in April 2018"


- Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Even the book is not too long with around 318 pages, it took me an unusual long time to finish the book.
The reason for that was not the quality of the story. I just read it when I was in the right mood for epic fantasy.

All in all a strong debut with interesting characters, action and, a story which revealed details well dosed. The stage has been prepared for the next novel."

I'm


- 139 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.




No progress

- 77 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.



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 copy of a book I ordered in advance and I bought cheap digital copy of a book which is something for the historical interested in me. Furthermore I missed to mention the acquisition of three digital copies starring Mrs Hudson.

We think we know a lot about life in the Wild West. In fact there are not so many primary sources. One of these sources has been published in a digital edition.
I talk about Life of John Wesley Hardin (first published in 1896; digital, 14th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01EAV0OYQ] by John Wesley Hardin. It is a biography and therefore it is subjective. Nevertheless it is a document of this period of time.
"In an American Old West populated by fierce outlaws, badmen and gunslingers, John Wesley Hardin was perhaps the most notorious.

Born to a Methodist preacher in 1853, near Bonham, Texas, Wes Hardin killed his first man, a former slave of his uncle’s, at the tender age of 15. Fearing that he’d receive unfair treatment in a Union occupied state where one third of the police force were former slaves, Hardin went into hiding.

The authorities wasted no time in discovering Wes Hardin, but when they sent three Union soldiers to arrest him, Hardin confronted his pursuers: ‘thus it was by the fall of 1868 I had killed four men and was myself wounded in the arm’.

Knowing he could not return, Hardin travels with outlaws, drives cattle, and gambles his way across the state. In his biography he details the mounting body count, and justifies every shootout, claiming to have ‘never killed a man wantonly or in cold blood’.

Throughout this lively account, Hardin narrates in meticulous detail the various troubles he runs into, including his encounter with the famous “Wild Bill” Hickock. He negotiates the quarrels and the blood feuds of his late teens and early twenties with surprising good fortune, even managing to find time to marry and have children, before capture in his mid twenties. In the ten years between his first killing in 1868 and his final capture, he killed more than a score of men and became the most wanted fugitive of his time.

The imprisonment of Wes Hardin marks the end of the journal, which remains the only authentic autobiography of a wild west gunslinger to date. Written during his time in prison, it is an understandably biased tale, but nonetheless a unique and gripping first-person account of an interesting life and an interesting period in American history.

This version of Hardin’s autobiography also includes several other materials from the original publishers, dealing with Wes Hardin’s release and subsequent shooting in 1895.

John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon. His memoir was published the year after his death in 1896." [Source]
After enjoying The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-085766te4839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.I definitely wanted to know how the story will continue. Therefore I ordered a copy of the sequel in advance. A few days 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]

There is a bunch of characters who are related to Sherlock Holmes. One of them is Mrs Hudson who is the landlady of 221B Baker Street. Recently I discovered a series dedicated to Mrs Hudson which is the The Holmes & Hudson series by Martin Davies. I jumped at the chance to get digital copies of all three available books.

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (digital, this edition 15th July 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B010NT7B9K] by Martin Davies.
"What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn’t called Sherlock Holmes?

An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying: murdered, somehow. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson. Yet instead of deduction, it will be the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson and her orphaned assistant Flotsam that will be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

From the coal fire at Baker Street to the smog of Whitechapel and the jungles of Sumatra, from snake bites in grand hotels to midnight carriage chases at the docks, it's time for Mrs Hudson to step out of the shadows. Playfully breaking with convention, Martin Davies brings a fresh twist to classic Victorian mystery." [Source]


Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose (digital, this edition 19th October 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B016K9UL2G] by Martin Davies.
"Dangerous magicians! Precious gems! Dastardly Plans! Sherlock Holmes is just the man...But what if Holmes isn't the only brains at Baker Street?

As snow falls on Baker Street, the wintry city is abuzz with rumour and excitement: the Malabar Rose – a fabled and frankly enormous ruby – has been sent as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Victoria by the Marharajah of Marjoudh. An extraordinary condition is attached to the gift, though: the gem must be displayed at London’s sumptuous Blenheim Hotel to be admired by all. How can the safety of this priceless jewel be assured? The authorities wisely enlist the help of Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr Watson… but fortunately for them, they are also on the receiving end of help from Holmes’s redoubtable housekeeper Mrs Hudson and her able assistant, Flotsam the housemaid.

The Malabar Rose isn’t the only exotic attraction stirring up excitement in the city, however. World famous magician the Great Salmanazar will be amazing the lucky few who can secure tickets at a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. Not only that, but the world’s most beautiful woman – the glamorous, if rather risqué, fire dancer Lola Del Fuego – will be joining him on the bill.

With all this excitement and the peculiar case of a disappearance in Ealing, Mrs Hudson and Flottie have their hands full this festive season. Their investigations take in snow-shrouded streets on Christmas night, a toyshop full of wonders, a tumultuous Covent Garden as the New Year rings in and even theatre dressing rooms in Stepney. This fresh twist on classic Victorian mystery will delight fans and new readers alike." [Source]


Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament (digital, this edition 18th December 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B010NT7B9K] by Martin Davies.
"A dark mystery for Sherlock Holmes… and of course Mrs Hudson!

A man is accidentally knocked down outside 221B Baker Street by a carriage. His dying words are clear: he has seen a man rise from the grave.
At the same time a visitor arrives with a mystery of unparalleled international importance. The Viscount Wrexham is missing, presumed dead, in strange circumstances.

In the North, rumours stir of a dead man haunting the moors. Broomheath Hall is, apparently, beset by ghostly lights and spectres. What does it all mean? Can arcane knowledge bring people back from the dead? And what is the connection with the Cumberland town of Alston?

The redoubtable Mrs Hudson - Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper and the Great Detective’s best kept secret - and her assistant Flotsam are once again thrown into dark adventure full of gripping twists and murderous intrigue. Together with Holmes and Dr. Watson they must race against the forces of darkness to uncover the truth behind the mysterious document known as the Lazarus Testament.

As mystery after mystery is slowly uncovered, everyone’s future hangs in the balance. The puzzle must be solved. But not before a slice of Dundee cake...

The third in the bestselling Sherlock Holmes & Mrs Hudson Mysteries, this is a dark but heart-warming story that will transport readers to a Victorian world of foggy streets, snow-covered fells and grand characters." [Source]
I could not find any information if there will be more books in the series or not.
In case you are interested in you should check the price for the first book which is often quite cheap.



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 house on the rooftop
The replica of a famous film house found a new home on the rooftop of a building. In case you visit New York before end of October 2016, you can see the house in reality. You find details and pictures in following post over at Weburbanist.




Alarm clocks
There are still a lot of people around the world who use alarm clocks. I belong to them. I did not need it in the past days because I woke up before the time set on my alarm clock. Do you know since when alarm clocks are in use? I did not know until I read following post over at Atlas Obscura





Hidden collections
When we visit a museum we mostly forget that only fractions of museum collection. The following post over at  WebUrbanist left me dumbfounded.



Glass bricks
In my childhood I played with Lego and I remember that I owned a few glass bricks. But those are not comparable with the new glass bricks used in the Netherlands. Pictures tell more than thousand words. Therefore I invite you to visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Fallout: New Vegas - Choose Your Own Apocalypse
There is not one week without a new Fallout 4 related video over at YouTube.
Ten years ago people played Fallout: New Vegas on PS3. Fortunately we still have our PS3 and I own a copy of the game.
Would you like to play Fallout: New Vegas as an interactive novel entirely within YouTube? Then I have really good news for you. Since last week it is possible!
The only thing you need is the following video to start the story. Enjoy!



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

Movies

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

They are coming back .... after 20 years 
You may remember the year 1996. Independence Day hit the cinemas. After 20 years the aliens return in Independence Day: Resurgence. The scond official trailer promise a lot of action.


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.

To think is an ability which is often not welcomed ......

"Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

Howard Mumford Jones, American literary critic, poet, journalist, intellectual historian, and professor of English at Harvard University, 1892 - 1980

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1616

4 comments
Dear Readers,
last week delivered typical April weather which means contrary weather. I felt the same which means I did not get a lot of things done.
I hope I can finish one or two more books this month.


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. Incredible photographs
  2. A painting as an eye witness
  3. Next step on the way to space tourism
  4. Reality stood model for fantasy
  5. Nessie
  6. The "resurrected" Rembrandt

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Trailer, trailer, trailer

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 evil


The Lighthouse
I recognized that I'm quite unsettled when it comes to reading books. No progress in my current reads. I'm undetermined in my decision what to read next respectively what to read instead. The only thing that works is to find more and more interesting books.

I finished

- no book


I'm

- 167 pages in The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott
The depiction of the after war snow covered Oxford and London is excellent. The main character is no super hero. The story takes it time to unfold.



No progress

- 77 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.


- Unfortunately the page count for this book on my new reader differs from the old one. I finished chapter 17 of 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.
The book is good but I did not find time to continue.

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

Again a post convinced me to buy a book. Thanks to SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine for the post

Your assumption is right. The book I talk about is set in 1946. This is an unusual period of time for me. After reading the post I wanted to get to know the character who meets Ian Fleming, Thor Heyerdahl, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and, other people during his adventure.
Therefore I bought a copy of  The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott and started to read it as I stated above. This is the first book in the new Duncan Forrester Mystery series.
"It is the winter of 1946, and after years of war, ex-Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester is back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. But his peace is shattered when a much-disliked Fellow is found dead in the quad, stabbed and pushed from an upper window. A don is suspected and arrested for the murder, but Forrester is not convinced of his friend’s guilt. On the hunt for the true killer, he finds himself plunged into a mystery involving lost Viking sagas, Satanic rituals and wartime espionage." [Source]





Beginning of April I told you about my first contact with books set in Regency era. Now I discovered a second series which seem to fit to my taste. I talk about the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series by author Ashley Gardner. So far ten books are available.
I must say I find the book covers misleading. For me they promise Regency romance which is not my cup of tea. Fortunately the book descriptions promise different content. I show you the first book in the series as an example.

The Hanover Square Affair (digital, January 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by  Ashley Gardner.
"Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a former cavalry officer who returns to London in 1814 and finds himself embroiled in mystery. The disappearance of a beautiful young woman sets Lacey on the trail of an enigmatic crime lord-and into a murder. He shares the hunt with his new friend, Lucius Grenville, a wealthy man-about-town whose ennui drives him to assist Lacey in his quest. Lacey moves from the glitter of the haut ton to the underbelly of Regency London and everywhere in between. Meet Marianne Simmons, the actress who is Lacey's upstairs neighbor; Colonel Brandon who first made then broke Lacey's military career; Nancy, a game girl who sets her sights on Lacey; and Louisa Brandon, the colonel's beautiful wife and Lacey's conscience." [Source]
You can download a copy for free!! I don't know how long this offer will be valid.

I decided against the free download and went for the first omnibus containing books one to three plus two short stories for just 3,99 EUR (= 4.50 USD; = 3.17 GBP.
Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
"A collection of the first three novels in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series plus two Captain Lacey short stories originally published in mystery magazines.

The Hanover Square Affair (Book 1)
A Regimental Murder (Book 2)
The Glass House (Book 3)
"The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswold" (short story)
"The Gentleman’s Walking Stick" (short story)

Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic Wars with little money and no purpose, but with a sense of honor and fairness. He’s pulled into a search for a missing young woman, and thus begins investigating crime, using his status as a gentleman--albeit a poor one--to cross the boundaries between the top of society and the working class of the back streets.

In The Hanover Square Affair, a missing girl and horrific corpse plunge Captain Lacey into the dark underworld of Regency London.

In A Regimental Murder, Captain Lacey is on hand to save the life of a beautiful widow, then investigates the death of her husband, a colonel who had been accused of murdering a cavalry officer during the Peninsular War.

In The Glass House, Lacey investigates the death of a barrister’s young wife, and links her to a notorious brothel where the haut ton play.

Two short stories finish off the collection. In “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald,” Lacey is asked to locate a man’s missing daughter, though he senses that the family would be just as happy for her to remain missing. In “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick." [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...


Incredible photographs
In case you are in no good mood and the weather is a mirror of your mood you need something positive and extraordinary.
The following post over at Weburbanist is just the right "medicine"





A painting as an eye witness
Can you imagine the explosion of a ship around 1621? I can't. But there are paintings which show a lot of details. There is an informative post over at The Public Domain Review.



Next step on the way to space tourism
A hotel in space is a dream of many people. In order to build it a lot of money is necessary. Therefore it is always worth to search for alternatives and there are interesting results. One possibility is shown over at Weburbanist




Reality stood model for fantasy
The famous The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells has been first in 1897. Part of the story is the hopeless fight of HMS Thunder Child versus a Martian Fighting Machine. Do you know which ship H. G. Wells used as a model for his ship?
Read the full story over at the Dawlish Chronicles.




Nessie

Over at Atlas Obscura you can read the latest news regarding the famous Loch Ness Monster.





The "resurrected" Rembrandt
No, there is no Rembrandt DNS available. But there are other ways to paint like the famous painter. For details please visit 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.

Sometimes one has to be patient and wait for good trailers. Now I have been rewarded for my patience.
Today I want to share four trailers with you.

I like actor Benedict Cumberbatch and I look forward to his appearance in the Marvel Comics film universe as Dr. Strange


I'm not a violent person BUT I really like the new Suicide Squad trailer. The music reminded me of my youth .....



Sometimes you need only a few notes until you can identify a song or a film music them. The same happened to me when I saw the following trailer. The Harry Potter universe will return to cinema. A leap in time in form of 70 years and a change of the location opens a new adventure. I want the suitcase !!!!



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.

The following quote has a point ......

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.

Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, 1623 - 1662
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