Sunday, August 30, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1535

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Dear Readers,
I'm sorry for the delay but yesterday I have been to tired to write the post. Happens....
Weather delivered again a weekend with hot temperatures. I'm happy that it will end in the night from Monday to Tuesday as weather forecast promised.


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. Alt Hist 8
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Henry Rider Haggard
  2. Epic Fantasy
  3. USS Macon
  4. Urban Simulator
  5. Fenestration

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 Fan Art and more
  2. A Game Epilogue

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 bravery
The Lighthouse
Another week without finishing a book passed by. At least some progress in my current reads. Seems I spent too much time with closed eyes ....



I finished

no book

I'm

- 211 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
Good stuff. Interesting news about relations and connections.


- 106 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Finished the first part which delivered some news. Now the real action will start.

- 140 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Truly Victorian.


No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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 bought one digital copy. I could not resist due to three facts: cheap offer (= 1,02 EUR, 1.14 USD, 0.75 GBP); Victorian crime story set in 1887 London, first book in a series.
The Malvern Murders (digital, revised in 2013)[KINDLE ASIN: 978-1633880528] by Kerry Tombs is the first book in the Inspector Ravenscroft series.

"1887. The year before the infamous 'Ripper' murders in London, and Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary fails to apprehend the murderer of a young girl. Reprimanded by his superiors, he is told to take a holiday in fashionable Malvern. After experiencing the rigours of the Water Cure treatment at the Tudor Hydropathic establishment, he is asked to help solve the murder of a prominent local business man - and soon uncovers a world of danger and deceit beneath the surface of genteel Malvern society.Before he can hope to solve the crime however, he must first strive to encounter the mysterious woman in black - and to survive the ancient curse of the Raggedstone Hill......" [Source]
So far the Inspector Ravenscroft series. consist of six books. I expected that all cases take place in London but to my surprise that is not true. Each sequel takes place in an other town. I must say I like it as much as the fact that Inspector Ravenscroft does not work alone. I look forward to meet Constable Tom Crabb.


Alt Hist 8
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.


"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]
I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 , Alt Hist Issue 5 and Alt Hist Issue 7.
Now editor Mark Lord posted good news.

Alt Hist Issue 8 – Pre-orders Available!!

 For details please visit the link above.


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...

Henry Rider Haggard
At lot of people know him as Rider Haggard. His name is inseparable connected to Allan Quartermain. Over at Interesting Literature you can read a collection of some interesting facts about the authors which you maybe not aware of.




Epic Fantasy
What is "Epic Fantasy"? Of course you find several definitions around the web. I like the one I found over at  Best Fantasy Books. Seems we can' live without definitions. But to be honest in the end it is the content that counts.
Don't worry I will not start a discussion about epic fantasy. In fact I want to inform you about an excellent post series over at The Wertzone. Adam Whitehead, who is the mastermind of the blog, started to write about the history of epic fantasy. So far he published two posts and they are excellent.




UPDATE 2015-09-30
In the meantime Adam Whitehead posted the next two parts






USS Macon
I live rigid airships. It is sad that these majestic giants of the air disappeared. The trigger for the decline was the tragic Hindenburg disaster. The US Navy also used rigid airships and one of them has been the USS Macon. She was only a couple of meters shorter than the Hindenburg. The xx crashed on 12 February 1935. Read about the xx and show a video of the wreck exploration over at The Old Salt Blog.

Wreck of the USS Macon — Flying Aircraft Carrier




Urban Simulator
When I read about urban simulator SimCity came up immediately in my mind. I could not believe what is under construction in the New Mexico desert. Go to WebUrbanist and have a look at this spectacular project:




Fenestration
That sounds like a boring topic but it isn't when goes about the future of fenestration. There are interesting things in progress as you can see over at the WebUrbanist in



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 did not find an interesting trailer to share. Instead I like to share with you music related to games and interesting DLC (= down loadable content) for a video game.

FALLOUT 4 Fan Art and more
I really, really, really look forward to the release day of FALLOUT 4. Until then I play FALLOUT 3 and hope to finish the game until beginning of November. Time to play is as limited as time for reading.

In the meantime FALLOUT fans around the world are busy and some of the deliver stuff in a professional quality. One of them is Gavin Dunne, the guy behind the internet music project Miracle Of Sound.
Look at and listen to what he did for FALLOUT 4.

This is not the first time he did this.
Maybe you know the his contribution to the Game of Thrones TV series. Here we go:



A Game Epilogue
Like me you will know that normally a video game ends when you defeat the final boss and or you solve the final task. Regarding this Dragon Age Inquisition has been an exception to me.You can continue to play after you solved the main quest. Means you can complete collections of things and so on. Furthermore it was/is possible to extend game play by buying additional contend in form of DLC (= downloadable content).
My wife and I finished the game begin of summer but we were not really interested in the offered DLC. But that may change now with the last announced DLC "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser". This additional content is different from other. It is the try to deliver an epilogue to the game. It takes place two years after the events of the game and tries to deliver answers to open questions and the opportunity to define your legacy.
My wife and I are intrigued and hope that "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser" will not be too expensive.
This is the trailer.



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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....


"Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

Thomas Fuller, English historian and churchman, 1608 -1661

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Edi's Impression: Dragon's Destiny by Alex J. Cavanaugh

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Dear Readers,

what to write about a short story which fits perfectly to a book? I thought about it and this is my conclusion.


First  there was light .... oops.
Please apologise.

First there was the brilliant
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.

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


With his first standalone science fiction novel Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU]  Alex J. Cavanaugh opened a new chapter which tried to describe in my review.

I have had a pleasure to present a guest post written by the author himself on publishing day.
wrote about the secret power of the book - the power of love - which is an unusual science fiction theme.

Dragon of the Stars definitely has an end. But the future of sever characters remain uncertain. It was up to the reader to imagine how the story would continue.

No one knew which way Alex J. Cavanaugh would choose for his characters until 17th of August 2015 .....
On that specific day you could read following statement on the author's site



Dragon’s Destiny!

At the request of Truedessa, I have written a short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars.

This short story is available for free to anyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! Just send me an email (alexjcavanaugh AT earthlink.com), tell me what happens to Aden at the end of Dragon of the Stars, and tell me what format you want – ePub, Mobi, or PDF file.

Thanks to everyone who has read Dragon of the Stars! It still amazes and humbles me. To think I never even wanted to be an author...



My first thought when I read the news was:
"Incredible! Alex J. Cavanaugh is an author who loves his readers!"
I can't remember a similar action by an other author.

Even I was happy with the official end of  Dragon of the Stars, I was totally curious which path Alex J. Cavanaugh would take.
Without spoiling I can admit that Dragon's Destiny fits perfectly to Dragon of the Stars.
You need to know the bittersweet end of the Dragon of the Stars in order to fully understand and appreciate what Alex J. Cavanaugh did with Dragon's Destiny.Without change of the style he shifted the perspective of the main characters into something promising.
I would not go that far to say that it is the perfect end for those readers who prefer a kind of happily ever after. But it definitely soften the end of Dragon of the Stars.

I thought about the future of the main characters after I finished Dragon of the Stars.
For me there have been several options - in fact I thought there would be enough content for a sequel.
Nevertheless I'm thankful with the way Alex J. Cavanaugh opted. To give his readers a choice between two options offered by himself.
For me he just put in words one of the possibilities I was thinking of by myself.

Now it is up to the readers to choose. I go for the option Dragon of the Stars + Dragon's Destiny  + my own thoughts.

Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for excellent additional free content.

Let me finish with a proposal. Wouldn't it be nice to add Dragon's Destiny as an extra to Dragon of the Stars.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1534

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Dear Readers,

I can't express how happy I was last weekend when posted my review of 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman.
Today I have had the pleasure to read something special by author Alex J. Cavanaugh:
A short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] - my review.



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. Strychnine
  2. Seance
  3. Photographs
  4. North-East Passage

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

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 words
The Lighthouse
There was no time to finish a book. But I felt the need to pick up the book with following heavy with meaning sentence
Sherlock Holmes is dead ... and I have killed him.



I finished

no book

I'm

- 163 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
It is as good as the first book.


- 64 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Mickaela Capra is on the way to her first task

- 75 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Even this books shows that Sherlock Holmes is definitely immortal. I like how the author develop the characters.

No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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 the sixth and final book in a series.
I talk about alluring Burton & Swinburne series by author Mark Hodder.
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats (pb, August 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-1633880528].
"Having returned from his expedition to the future, Burton reveals to the authorities what he witnessed there. In response, prime minister Disraeli initiates a programme whereby the empire's elite have their consciousnesses transferred into mechanical bodies, thereby ensuring eternal rule. As a brutal plutocracy emerges, Burton and Swinburne find themselves leading a revolution." [Source]
I look forward to discover how the series will end.








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...

Strychnine
I assume that most people know that it is a poison. For me it was a big surprise to discover how Strychnine was used in the late 19th and early 20th century. Read interesting and surprising details over at English Historical Fiction Authors



Seance
when you talk about seance sooner or later the name Helena Blavatsky comes into play. Read about a scandal she has been involved over at Atlas Obscura



Photographs
There is a lot what you can do with photographs. Look at the amazing results over at the WebUrbanist



North-East Passage
Do you know the Company of Merchant Adventurers? I must say I neither read nor heard about it until I read following post which has nearly the length of a short story and is peppered with facts 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.

Did you read The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir (my review) ?
If not then I highly recommend to do that before the film hits the cinemas begin of October 2015.
For me all trailers shown so far show that they stick to the book which is awesome.
Have a look at the latest trailer

Did you identify the song starting at 0:53? If not follow this link for more information where the song comes from.
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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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....



"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

Sir Winston Churchill, British politician , 1874 - 1965
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