Sunday, June 19, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1625

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Dear Readers,
work is dominating life. I think it is not necessary to explain in detail the impact - postponed reviews, shortened posts, less reading ......

I can't change it and I hope it will getting better in July.

Please apologize the delay in my weekly 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. For free from Sunday to Tuesday, June 12-14
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. 1816
  2. Picture or Painting?
  3. Confusing currencies

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Bows and crossbows

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 opinions

The Lighthouse
At least I found time to finish one book.

I finished

- Missing (digital, 6th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01GCSJODW] by Ed James.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A new series with a striking main character.
I did not expect the appearance of Scott Cullen who is the main character of the Scott Cullen series. The Scott Cullen in this book acts a bit different to the one described in the series.

Proper police procedural, a really dark story line, and an excellent bunch of characters.
Look forward to meet Craig Hunter again."


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


- 43% done in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.
Again a small progress

- 58% done in The Devil's Workshop (digital, 31st July 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00I8AKG2G] by Alex Grecian.
Tension is rising.






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 digital copies found a new home on my reader. I ordered both in advance.

Even I read a lot of crime fiction in the past months, I do not forget fantasy. In February 2016 I ordered a copy of the following book based on the description and the cover which reminded me of Lord of the Rings.
Stranger of Tempest (digital, 10th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01175KEAC] by Tom Lloyd.
"Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.

Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won't turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years.

So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine..." [Source]
The Devil's Workshop (digital, 31st July 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00I8AKG2G] by Alex Grecian is the third book in the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series and one of my current reads. Therefore it was no question for me to order a copy of the latest book in the series.
Lost and Gone Forever (digital, 16th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01CQ8HWN6] by Alex Grecian.
"A man wakes in a cell. He doesn't know who he is or how long he has been here. He doesn't even know his name. All he knows is that someone has left the cell door open . . .

Nevil Hammersmith is a former a Metropolitan Police sergeant. He became a private detective when his colleague Walter Day went missing investigating the Ripper case. He's been looking for Day for an entire year, but it is as if his friend has completely vanished from the streets of London . . .

No one has heard from the Ripper in a long time.
No one knows when he will strike again.
That's just how he wants it. For the Ripper has plans for the city and the man in the cell - the man he believes is just like himself . . ." [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...


1816
What do you know about the year 1816? It was the year of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Did you know that 1816 is also known as the Year Without a Summer?
There is a most interesting post over at The Public Domain Review covering both topics and possible dependencies.



Picture or painting?
This is a question difficult to answer when you have a look at following post over at WebUrbanist


Confusing currencies

I will not go into details because I'm still confused by the video shown over
at English Historical Fiction Authors. Fortunately it is embedded in an enlightening 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.

Bows and crossbows
Crossbows and bows are my favourite weapons when it comes to games like Skyrim. Fortunately I found some time to watch some E3 2016 videos.
Even I know that graphics is not all what counts BUT when I saw the following video I knew instantly I must get a copy and to my pleasure my wife is as excited as I am.

I played Skyrim on PS3 more then 200 hours. AND I will play it again on PS4 - just hoping there will be time left to do this.

Beside that I know now which new game I want to play in 2017. A bow, a female main character, a fascinating setting - I talk about Horizon New Dawn.
After watching the video my wife turned around to me and said to me: "This is exactly your game!"

It is absolutely awesome that the both of us turn into fan boy and fan girl when it comes to video games. It shows that gaming is not a question of age. My wife is 56 and I turn 57 next month.




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.

Following quote is true but what would be the result when there would be a mind reader installed next to the painting ....

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.

Edmond de Goncourt , French writer, art and literary critic, 1822 -1896

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1624

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Dear Readers,
finally I'm back with one day delay. Unfortunately I had to work on Saturday and was too tired in the evening.
Holiday has been excellent. Maybe it was too good and I received "punishment" in form of extra hours in the first week after holiday.
I hope you will understand that this will be a short post.
So far I don't know if there will be a post on 25th of June because I have to work the whole weekend. It is still possible that the work will be postponed.
We will see ...


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress 
  2. For free from Sunday to Tuesday, June 12-14
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. Poison
  2. Newgate Gaol
  3. Spells. Pills, Plasters

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CALL OF CT­HULHU

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 work

The Lighthouse
What did I read in the past three weeks. I read more than I expected and less than I hoped. Beside that I read only two of the four books I wanted to read during holiday.


I finished

- The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Somehow I managed to finish the book in between preparation for holiday.

This is the fifth Bryan & May book I read and I liked it as much as the previous ones.
The characters alone are awesome and I mus say the end of the story shocked me.
Fortunately I know that there are more books. Without this information the would have ended really sad for me. That may show how much I love and care of the characters.
The title of the book is well reflected and the appendix show how much time and effort the author put into the book."


- 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 finished the first book The Hanover Square Affair.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This has nothing to do with all the Regency and romance stuff you can get. It is a promising start of the series. Excellent story, great characters, and an awesome depiction of London in 1816. I loved the book and it delivered all what I hoped to get.

I look forward to read the whole series.

I read this book as part of an omnibus. But I want to count it as a single book. Therefore I will enter book one and two of the omnibus as single books and the omnibus will present book three."


- Cold Granite (digital, February 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9ZZO] by Stuart MacBride which is the first book in the Logan McRae series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The book has been published first in 2005.
So it took 11 years until I discovered the first Logan McRae story.

Except the books by Ed James - Scott Cullen series and more - I did not read modern crime novels. Until now and I must say I'm so happy that I read COLD GRANITE !

What shall I say? Now I have two mystery series set in Scotland. Awesome characters which will develop in the next books. Good description of police procedural and a clever mix of several crimes."


- Natural Causes (digital, 22nd November 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00A8U3BRG] by James Oswald which is the first book in the Inspector McLean series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is definitely my third mystery series set in Scotland.

The difference to the other series is the fact that supernatural aspects come into play but do not dominate. Great characters, gruesome murders and well describe police procedural.

with Inspector McLean my three Scottish police musketeers are complete.

Scott Cullen. Logan McRae, and Anthony McLean.
Each of them is an excellent character and they have in common the love for their jobs and steadfastness.
This has been a most satisfying read and therefore I give five stars."


- Awakenings (paperback, 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-0765366313] by Edward Lazellari.
The review is in progress.

I'm


- 169 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.
So far not bad. I hope the tension will rising.


- 155 pages in The Devil's Workshop (digital, 31st July 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00I8AKG2G] by Alex Grecian.
My wife and I read this book parallel and we both enjoy.

I read

- 83% of Missing (digital, 6th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01GCSJODW] by Ed James.
Captivating!!

No progress

- nothing to report


For free from Sunday to Tuesday, June 12-14
Are you interested in Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor James Moriarty?
Then you maybe interested in the following book:
Moriarty Meets His Match: A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery (Digital, 1st June 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B01FT2270Y] by Anna Castle which is the first book in her new The Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Series.
"Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down.

At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on?

Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits -- and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves." [Source]
Sounds like an interesting addition to the world of Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
Due to information I got from Anna Castle's blog the Kindle edition of the book is available
FOR FREE FROM SUNDAY TO TUESDAY, 14 -19 June 2016 !!

I just downloaded a digital copy.



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 digital copies found a new home on my reader and one paperback found a place in one of my overcrowded shelves.

I talked about the first book above. I mean Moriarty Meets His Match: A Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery (Digital, 1st June 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B01FT2270Y] by Anna Castle.


I talked about author Ed James and his books end of May 2016 - My post. To my pleasure the first book in a new series arrived on 6th of June and I could not resist to start reading Missing (digital, 6th June 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01GCSJODW] by Ed James.
"A new series from the bestselling author of the Detective Scott Cullen Scottish crime novels.

Meet PC Craig Hunter of Edinburgh's Local Policing Unit. Ex-Army. Ex-CID. Back in uniform.

A straightforward domestic call out twists out of control when 16-year-old schoolgirl Stephanie Ferguson alleges her stepfather, Doug Ferguson, has been abusing her. Hunter is soon working with DS Chantal Jain of Police Scotland's Sexual Offences Unit to kick off the prosecution. But before a full statement can be taken, Stephanie disappears from hospital.

Now, Hunter must hunt the girl down before anyone else can. Where has Stephanie gone? Did she run? Or did someone take her? Will he get to the truth before it gets beaten into lies? Or before Stephanie is silenced for good... ? And why does this case keep throwing up old enemies from Hunter's past?

MISSING is a fast-paced police procedural, full of action and suspense that will grip you until its breathless conclusion." [Source]

The last book for today is the paperback copy of the third book in the  fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns. I had to wait a while until the publishing of the paperback and I expect this will happen again with the fourth book in the series.
The Shadow Throne City (pb, June 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451418074]  by Django Wexler
"In the latest Shadow Campaigns novel, Django Wexler continues his “epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict,” (Library Journal) following The Shadow Throne and The Thousand Names.

After the king’s death, war has come to Vordan. The Deputies-General, led by a traitor-seeking zealot, has taken control. Queen Raesinia Orboan is nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. Unwilling to see the country come under another tyranny, she sets out to turn the tide of history.

As the Sworn Church brings the powers of the continent to war against Vordan, General Janus bet Vhalnich offers a path to victory. Winter Ihernglass, newly promoted to command a regiment, has reunited with her lover and her friends only to face the prospect of leading them into bloody battle.

And the enemy is not just armed with muskets and cannon. Dark priests of an ancient order, wielding forbidden magic, have infiltrated Vordan to stop Janus by whatever means necessary.... (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...


Poison
Where is love there was/is the thought of getting rid of someone lurking deep in the shadows. It is incredible to read how many people were afraid of being poisoned in the Middle Ages.
There is a most interesting and entertaining post available over at The History Girls which will enlighten you.

 'Medieval Murder -Ten Handy Ways to Poison Your Spouse' by Karen Maitland


Newgate Gaol
As the name says it was originally a gate. If you would like to get more information about Newgate prison then I recommend to read following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors.



Spells, Pills, Plaster
These were important ingredients for women to win the love of their desired male.
Read more about it over at The History Girls.




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.

CALL OF CTHULHU
is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, the name of a role playing game, and the title of a video game to be released in 2017.The Last Days of Night 
I liked to read books and stories by H. P. Lovecraft in my youth.
This is the press release and the first trailer ...  atmospheric .....
"Call of Cthulhu: insanity is the only path for truth.

The E3 trailer for Call of Cthulhu, the official video game adaptation of Chaosium’s pen & paper RPG, rises from the depths. Developed for consoles and PC by Cyanide Studio in Paris, Call of Cthulhu will offer an RPG-Investigation title, packed with psychological horror and stealth mechanics. Cyanide Studios brings to life a disturbing world that players will have to explore and investigate while Cthulhu, the Great Dreamer, prepares its awakening. Today’s E3 Trailer offers but a glimpse at all that awaits you.

In Call of Cthulhu, players will control Edward Pierce, a former veteran and private investigator in 1920s Boston. Pierce will be investigating the tragic and mysterious death of Sarah Hawkins and her family in Darkwater Island. The game’s E3 Trailer showcases this disturbing Island and the eerie Hawkins Family Mansion, and gives a glimpse at how the intensity of the investigation will slowly start chipping away at your Sanity.

Insanity and the Cthulhu Mythos have long been entwined – as your investigation brings you closer to Cthulhu’s sphere of influence, madness will progressively engulf your senses, leaving you to increasingly question what is real and what is illusory. They say that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth and you will have to balance your sanity against your determination to discover it!

The Cthulhu Mythos has grown to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned, giving birth to countless stories, novels, and even movies ever since the original publication of Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.

Call of Cthulhu will release in 2017 on consoles and PC"


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.

Following quote seems worth to think about ....

"I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.

Bruce Grocott, British politician, 1940 -

Saturday, June 04, 2016

From Ed James to James Oswald and Stuart MacBride

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Dear Readers,

this post belongs together with  It was not the XBox; the Ed James story
which I posted on 28th of May 2016. I recommend to read this post first.

Today I continue to talk about crime novels set in Scotland. I want to talk about two authors, their books, and why I chose just these authors and not for example the famous Ian Rankin.

To be honest after the discovery of Ed James I was not really interested in other modern crime fiction authors.

Of course I recognized on GOODREADS that  Ed James himself read books by other crime fiction authors like James Oswald.

By the time one name crossed my path: James Oswald.
This culminated in the purchase of a copy of Natural Causes (digital, 22nd November 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00A8U3BRG] by James Oswald which is the first book in the Inspector McLean series end of March/beginning of April 2016.

Like Ed James, James Oswald started as an self-published author. Beside his famous Inspector McLean Mysteries series he wrote an epic fantasy series.
I do not want to compare the authors. But it should mentioned that Scott Cullen and Inspector McLean investigate in Edinburgh.

There is one remarkable detail in James Oswald's bio which I find worth to quote:
"In my spare time I run a 350 acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where I raise pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep. You can find out more at fliskmillan.com"
Now I own a copy of the first book. Do I like it? I don't know because until I started to write this post I have not read a single line!
Nevertheless I'm really sure I will like it due to following post I read over at For winter nights – A bookish blog.


What shall I say? After I finished the post, I switched on my reader and read the first 50 pages of Natural Causes.
Do I like it? NO!  I LOVE it!!
I love it so much that I bought a copy of the second book immediately and will buy more after my holiday.
From now on there is a second modern crime fiction author which gets my attention an appreciation.

Of course I present you the books by James Oswald in the same way as I did it with the books by Ed James. That means I present the books in form of a list with titles where each contains a link which will lead you to the detailed book site over at one of my favourite sources -  FANTASTIC FICTION - plus whether I read the book or not.

Inspector McLean Mysteries
1. Natural Causes (2012), in progress
2. The Book of Souls (2012)
3. The Hangman's Song (2014)
4. Dead Men's Bones (2014)
5. Prayer for the Dead (2015)
6. The Damage Done (2016)



James Oswald is available on
Website         
Twitter           SirBenfro
GOODREADS  Author James Oswald 




I thought two modern crime authors with their series would be enough. I was wrong!

All good things come in threes

Again I must refer to For winter nights – A bookish blog. After reading



there was no other way out than to buy the first two books in the series.
This was/is such a convincing praise of author Stuart MacBride and his Logan McRae series. The stories are set in Aberdeen which differs to the two previous presented authors.

You find want to know more about the author? Thea it is up to you to find out which version is more reliable ... Visit Stuart MacBride's About page.

Cold Granite (digital, February 2009) [Kindle edition ASIN: B002RI9ZZO] by Stuart MacBride has been published first in 2005 and that is what happened:
"Anyway, while I was doing all that IT stuff, I wrote a wee book about an Aberdonian detective sergeant and his dysfunctional colleagues: Cold Granite. HarperCollins bought it, and overnight I went from a grumpy project manager caterpillar to a writing butterfly. As long as you can picture a six-foot-tall, pasty-white, bearded butterfly with no wings, that spends all its time hanging about the house in its jammies."
Now it is 2016 and I read 50 pages of Cold Granite and it is awesome. I'm so sure that I will love the rest of the book too.
There is a strong indicator for that.
Early in the morning there were some minutes left until I had to go to work. I opened Cold Granite and a couple of minutes later I tried to find out if the rain was getting stronger or not. It was then that I realized that I completely forgot my surrounding and the rain was part of the story. Incredible!

From 2005 to 2016 is more than a decade. To my pleasure the series is still going on. In January the tenth book has been published. Beside the ten books there are also shot stories starring Logan McRae.

I know for sure which books I want (need) to buy after my holiday ......


Of course I present you the books by Stuart MacBride in the same way as I did it with the books by Ed James and the books by James Oswald. That means I present the books in form of a list with titles where each contains a link which will lead you to the detailed book site over at one of my favourite sources -  FANTASTIC FICTION - plus whether I read the book or not.
Logan McRae
1. Cold Granite (2005), in progress
2. Dying Light (2006)
3. Broken Skin (2007)
     aka Bloodshot
4. Flesh House (2008)
5. Blind Eye (2009)
6. Dark Blood (2010)
7. Shatter the Bones (2011)
8. Close to the Bone (2013)
9. The Missing and the Dead (2015)
10. In the Cold Dark Ground (2016)



Logan and Steel
Partners in Crime (2012) contains two stories
The 45% Hangover (2014) a novella
22 Dead Little Bodies (2015) a novella
22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories (2015) contains all four stories



Stuart MacBride is available on
Website         
Twitter           Stuart MacBride
GOODREADS  Author Stuart MacBride 
 

I hope I could explain why especially these three authors are my favourite modern crime writers. There are many more and maybe you prefer other authors or you do not like crime fiction at all.

It seems crime fiction and mystery is like a read thread in most of the books I read. Medieval mysteries, alternate history, Regency, Victorian Era, Steampunk, epic fantasy, science fiction, crime fiction. It is incredible to see how many books I read containing elements of crime.

Maybe you want to read something beyond science fiction and fantasy. Strong stories with intense characters who develop set in amazing towns.


I want to visit Scotland, walk trough the streets of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
For now Scotland, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen come alive in the books of the three authors which I presented to you within two posts.

Enjoy Reading





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