Sunday, June 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1526

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Dear Readers,

as you could see I posted a review instead of the new issue of the Weekend Wave on Saturday.
I felt the need to share my thoughts about the book I finished. As far as I remember it was the first time that I did it. I hope you will understand.
Now without further ado into the  Weekend Wave.

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. PETA and history
  2. AI art
  3. Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from? 
  4. The forgotten underground cathedrals
  5.  Unusual Theme Parks
  6. A test commercial

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A song in an ad and what happened next

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 reading
The Lighthouse
Slowly but surely I finish my current reads in old fashioned style one after the other.


I finished

- Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog 
 is 
THE MONUMENT 
which
deserved.

 Read my full review.



I'm

- 83 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
Small progress


No progress

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Was not in the right mood for the book.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Was not in the right mood for the book.



 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 two more digital copies found a new home on my reader.

I bought a digital copy of a high fantasy book written in my first language! I have expectations after reading the description of Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp.
"Knappe Liocas und Kriegerin Moriana erwachen am Schauplatz einer Katastrophe. Eine unbekannte Macht hat die Heere der Allianz von Valdora und der wilden Tequari vernichtet. Gemeinsam versuchen die Todfeinde herauszufinden, was geschehen ist. Gejagt von den Häschern des valdorischen Königs und den Inquisitoren der Hohen Priesterschaft stoßen sie auf eine mörderische Verschwörung geheimnisvoller Magier. Ihre Spur führt nach Amhas, ins Reich der Handelsfürsten und Söldnergilden, und erst dort offenbart sich das ganze Ausmaß der Bedrohung. Hinter der letzten Pforte werfen die Strahlen der Schwarzen Sonne ihr verzehrendes Licht auf die Welt Caldris." [Source]
I have had a first look and to my surprise there is an airship in the very first pages. Furthermore there is magic, a prophecy and intrigues.

The second digital copy reflects my rising interest in science fiction. The description was promising enough to order a copy in advance.
I talk about Crashing Heaven ( digital June 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00SRXR5SW] by Al Robertson.
"A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.

With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.

Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?" [Source]
I tried to imagine the virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to the mind of the main character but it seems I need more input. That will be an interesting read.



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...


PETA and history
Not sure if you know PETA (= People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). From my point of view it is a honorable aim to fight against animal abuse. But it seems that sometimes they overshot the mark. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is one of the oldest pubs in England.
"In a letter sent to the pub this morning, PETA suggest updating its name one more time to Ye Olde Clever Cocks – in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens." [Source]
To be honest will the change of a pub name prevent any animal abuse? This pub presents part of the history and I'm no friend of changing history.
There is an excellent post by author Clare Mulley regarding this topic over at The History Girls which I recommend to read in case you are interested in this matter.





AI art
AI (artificial intelligence) and art is an interesting combination. I do not want to say more except you should really visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy

Android Dreams: Google’s Neural Network Reveals AI Art



Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from?
If you think it all started with the internet then your guess is as bad as my guess.
I have to thank author Anna Castle for her enlightening post her blog. Please read the post with the wonderful header





The forgotten underground cathedrals
London underground is full of them and they are still in good order. It must be amazing to visit these constructions built in Victorian era. As far as I know the access is limited and therefore it is great to see at least some photographs. There is a small collection over at Atlas Obscura shared with following post:




Unusual Theme Parks
Not only children like to visit theme parks. Did you ever visit one of these extraordinary theme parks presented over at Dark Roasted Blend with following post



A test commercial
It seems except the time we sleep we are bombarded with ads and commercials. I must say the majority of commercials is boring. But fortunately there are people with fresh ideas like shown in the following video created by people studying at the University of Applied Science  and Art Department Design in Dortmund, Germany.  Have a look at the following commercial which I like a lot.




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.

Summertime.
Time to have some fun and it seems there will be a funny movie hitting the cinemas in July.
I like actor  Peter Dinklage a lot. His performance as Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series is brilliant.
I look forward to see him in the upcoming movie Pixels which seems to be a funny movie. There is a fine line between funny and tom foolish and I hope the movie will not cross this border.
Have a look at the second official international trailer.



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.

A life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author, 1917 - 2008

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog by Ray Ziemecki

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Dear Readers,

today is Saturday, June 27th 2015 and a couple of minutes ago, I finished a book which touched me at the bottom of my heart. It left me deeply affected and I needed an outlet for my thoughts and emotions. There was no one at home I could talk to except our cat. Then I switched on my PC and started to write instead and this is the result. 

We all have dreams and it is most joyful when a dream comes true. I  do not know how author Ray Ziemecki felt when he became a published novelist at age 78!! [Source].

I only know how I felt when I finished Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.

"It's 1914, the eve of the Great War. After a lengthy absence Holmes returns to Baker St. But, what has happened to bring about the shocking condition he was in? What strange adventure has reduced him to such an appalling state? Can Dr. Watson bring him back? And then came that chill winter night when Holmes stepped out of the front door and simply disappeared.

Gone in the fog." [Source]
After reading the 290 pages which are divided into eleven consecutive numbered chapters followed by a remarkable epilogue it is time for thoughts and emotions.

My brain is like a beehive which fits perfectly to the mentioned The Apiarist Handbook.
please bear with me when I deliver my thoughts not in a perfect order.

First of all it is important to state that this is definitely a Dr. John H Watson story. Even if the famous detective is mentioned in the title and despite his appearances within the story it is Ray Ziemecki's homage to one of his literary history’s most beloved characters.
After reading Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert RyanSherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog was  the second book celebrating Dr. John H Watson.

It is the love of this character which makes this book extraordinary in the universe of Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm pretty sure that it will be impossible for me to read all existing and still to come Sherlock Holmes stories until I die. But that is not my target. I'm more than happy when I can follow especially Dr. John H Watson during such emotional adventures as delivered with Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog.

At this point it is important to tell you that I love to read Holmes and Watson stories but I'm far beyond to be a profound expert of all Holmes and Watson related stuff which are called Sherlockians.
If you want to know more about it please follow the links at the end of the review.

For now let me tell you that Ray Ziemecki stuck to the Canon of Sherlock Holmes and all the dates I use refer to the Table of Major Events by Leslie S. Klinger.

Now follow me or to be more precise meet Dr. John H Watson  in London on the eve of World War I.
By 1900 in Britain life expectancy was about 47 for a man and about 50 for a woman. In 1914 Watson turned 62 and Holmes turned 60. That means they have been old and both lived a demanding life and there will come the time where such a life take its toll.
Holmes returns from a case in a critical condition. Watson fears the worst. He spends all his energy to nurse Holmes who does not want to talk about what happened. Watson has to fight against the repeated calls for Holms' service from the Government in form of his brother Mycroft Holmes who is seven years Sherlock's senior!
Despite the fact that he was far to be fully recovered, Sherlock Holmes served again his country and collapsed. After a stay in hospital it is Watson who nurse him again. Sherlock is not more than a shadow of his former self. But due to the intense and caring effort of Watson Sherlock made a little progress. He seemed to be on a good way until the evening when Sherlock went to buy tobacco for his pipe and did not return - Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog
What happened to Sherlock Holmes?
The answer is delivered in the second part where a sick with a fever, a starting pneumonia, injured and weakened Watson set every available wheel in motion in search for Holmes.
This is the time where Watson shows his true heart and surpassed himself. It is also the part where the talent of Ray Ziemecki shines even more brightly than in the first part.
He is a master of describing Watson's emotions and the threefold inner dialogue is excellent. There is Watson himself with his thoughts and the devil who mocks him. The following quote is an example for that:

"Quoth the devil:
"Little Dr. Watson's, playing in the rain,
trying to ignore lots and lots of pain,
searching all in vain.
He keeps on trying,
doesn't know he's dying.
Thinks that I'm lying ..
Ha! Ha! Ha!" [p. 249]
But there is also light in the dark. It is Sherlock Holmes who is giving advice and stands as firm as a rock against the devil's mocking.
There are such intense passages where I really felt Watson's pain.
 
Will Watson and all the helping hands rescue Sherlock Holmes? The answer is no secret. But there is a price to pay from everyone involved.


Beside all the inner dialogues and action Ray Ziemecki  delivers a vivid description of London, the living in different quarters and remains of the nearly vanished Victorian era. It is that down-to-earth that poor people from the bottom of social classes do not speak proper English. In parts it was a challenge for me because English is not my first language.

Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog ends with an epilogue. It was a real surprise for me.


Kudos to Ray Ziemecki !

 It takes passion, love and endurance to let a dream come true. To present such a debut at the age of 78 is unbelievable. It is the admirable example that age is no limit for dreams.

Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog 
 is 
THE MONUMENT 
which
deserved.


I want to read more books by Ray Ziemecki. starring Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes. He is currently working on his second book Holmes and Watson: The Twilight Years which will be published in 2016.

Therefore I hope and wish that Ray Ziemecki will live
LONG AND PROSPER





Additional Information

There are many sites and organisations who deliver information about Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
As promised I share with you the links of the ones I like

 always1895
Sherlockian.net
Sherlockian-Sherlock
The Baker Street Babes





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1525

2 comments
Dear Readers,

You may have been a bit surprised because there was no Weekend Wave on Saturday.
The reason is quite simple. I did not write one. Why??
I was too tired and fell asleep far too early. Seems my body and mind wanted a longer rest.



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 Cassa Trilogy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Postman's Park
  2. Nature strikes back
  3. First manned flight
  4. Battle of Waterloo

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A song in an ad and what happened next

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 sleep
The Lighthouse
Once more I did not finish a book. Beside that I started one new book and finished one of my current reads. All in all not to bad when I look at the time available for reading.





I finished

- Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"She did it again!
E. L. Tettensor delivered a powerful and strong sequel to "Darkwalker".
This time there is less supernatural and more dark crime fiction.
Excellent characters and more inforamtion about the world in story full if twist and turns and a lot of deaths."


I'm

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.


- 110 pages in Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
So far a book about friendship with heartbreaking moments. It is more a Dr Watson book; excellent so far
 


- 63 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
Small progress

I did not finish



No progress

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Was not in the right mood for the book.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Was not in the right mood for the book.



 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 go one digital copy for free.
Of course I could not resist to download the digital copy of

Sherlock Holmes and the Adler Papers ( digital May 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00XWA0LGI] by John Hall.
"In this highly thrilling mystery, Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson embark on a mission to find a stolen photograph in order to save the King of Bohemia.

A year prior to this, Holmes and Watson had been on a similar adventure, trying to retain this same photograph from the grasp of the clever Mrs Norton (then Miss Adler).

However, with that mystery resolved to the satisfaction of the King, the original photo has now been stolen from Mrs Norton by Karl, his illegitimate brother, and his cousin, Gottfried who would inherit the throne should anything happen to the current King.

The photograph shows evidence of a scandal that will threaten the idea of a peace treaty to be signed by Scandinavian royalty.

Unless the Bohemian King abdicates from the throne, the photos and letters will be shown publicly, the Scandinavian king would not then sign the treaty and as a result there would be a terrible civil war.

Mrs Norton, the subject of the picture, leads the of men on a chase that is seemingly simple, but as soon as Holmes and Watson arrive in Bohemia, there are complications and a thread of lies that make it a harder for Holmes and Watson to get to the bottom of the problem.

It is a journey that both Holmes and Watson find to be full of twists and turns right until the very end. The question is, can the two men solve the crime in time before all enemies of the King rise to power?" [Source]







THE CASSA TRILOGY

It all started with  CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  I presented my review on October 17th 2010.

 On December 21st 2011, I presented my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

On September 17th 2013, I presented  my review of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.


I think each review shows how much I love this series. In case you still have not read the trilogy or you would like to get all  three books in one digital copy then you should read following information kindly delivered by the author himself:


Release date - June 22 2015

CassaSeries
By Alex J. Cavanaugh 
ISBN 9781939844118
Price - $5.99 eBook boxed set
Science fiction/adventure (FIC028010) and science fiction/space opera (FIC028030)


 
The Amazon Best-Selling Series!

CassaStar - Few options remain for Byron. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth to his instructor, Bassa. As war brews on the edge of space, Bassa must make a decision that could decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission destined to stretch their abilities to the limit?

CassaFire - Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters behind him, the detection of alien ruins sends him to the planet of Tgren. Forced to train a Tgren named Athee and deal with an eager young scientist, he feels invaded. Tensions mount as the ruins reveal a potential weapon, plunging him further into the chaos. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

CassaStorm - Commanding the base on Tgren, Byron watches as a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the planet. When the war hits Tgren, it triggers nightmares in his son. The ancient alien ship begins transmitting a deadly code and the probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago returns. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Find it here:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.



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...


Postman's Park
I'm really interested in Victorian era and in Victorian London but so far I did not know Postman's Park in London.  It was My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning who enlightened me with following post:



Nature strikes back
What happens with abandoned villages within 50 years? One answer is delivered over at the WebUrbanist.



First manned flight
I learned in school about the Orville brothers and their successful  flight in 1903. But is this really true? There is a most interesting and informative post by author Ann Swinfen over at The History Girls.




Battle of Waterloo
In the past days the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo has been celebrated.
Adventures in Historyland presented two quite impressive post in word and painting about the first six hours and the last six hours of the battle.Be aware that you will need some time to discover both.





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 week I show you something different.

 I must say that I don't watch much TV. Mostly news and a few reports. Last week there was an ad before the news with a part of a song as soundtrack which aroused my interest.
It did not take long to find out that it was an the old Wanda Jackson song Funnel of Love from 1961. It also did not take long to find it over at YouTube.
I have been totally mesmerized by the song and listen to it whenever possible.


So far it is nothing unusual. It changed when I found following version of the song played at 33 rpm.
It is no problem to identify the song. The most interesting thing is the change of  Wanda Jackson's voice. Incredible!

Wanda Jackson turns 78 in October 2015 and is still performing - KUDOS!!.
Here is a video from 2011.



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.

A life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"[...]so convincing were those dreams of being awake that he woke from them in a state of complete exhaustion, and had to go straight back to sleep again.

From Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, US novelist 1923 - 1999
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