Saturday, April 11, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1515

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Dear Readers,

I will be honest. Last week I spent more time for playing Dragon Age: Inquisition than for reading.
I needed a visual escape from work.There is more behind the game than I expected. But the best thing is that I'm not the only enjoying the game. My wive and my daughter are playing the game too. We talk a lot about it ...

While writing this post I listened to "Free Me" an old Uriah Heep song from 1977. It touches something in me ... Maybe it reminds me that I turned 18 in 1977.
In case you do not know the song.....



I want to thank all readers who read the guest post by author and friend of the blog 
Alex J. Cavanaugh.
It is related to the release of his first stand-alone science fiction story Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] which I reviewed recently.


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. Elizabethan spies
  2. Swords and fans
  3. A view into the past: Supercomputers 
  4. Beautiful bacterias

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. I wait for 19th of May 2015

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 age
The Lighthouse
Despite all the time I spent for playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, I finished one book and continued my current read.



I finished



- Sherlock Holmes and the Holborn Emporium (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).

I wrote on GOODREADS:
" The number of Sherlock Holmes novels not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are legion.
I like to read books starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
This story is set in 1903. A new century means new challenges in form of conventions. Cars replace hansoms and more. The case itself is not the strongest one. But that is not that important because the secret star of the book is the department store Forrage which is the real Gamages in disguise. Furthermore the appearance of persons which existed like conjurer Will Goldston plus the relationships between the acting characters let forget about the case.
It is also very interesting to listen to Holmes and Watson when they talk about their future.

Anyway I'm happy I read the book which I could get for free.
"



I'm

- 124 pages in The Mechanical (digital and pb, March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JV1W61K; ISBN-13: 978-0356502328] by Ian Tregillis which is the first book in the Alchemy Wars Trilogy.
At least a progress of 60 pages.



No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.



 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 got two digital copies for free and bought one digital copy for 0.99 EUR Cent.


I think it is quite normal for book blogger  and avid readers to subscribe newsletters. I must say I'm happy that I subscribed to the Endeavour Press newsletter. Endeavour Press  is a London-based digital publisher. Every week they offer books for free and cheap offers. In the newsletter from April 7th I found two digital books for free and downloaded them immediately.

Sherlock Holmes and the Holborn Emporium (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).
"London, 1903.

Forrage’s, the world-famous emporium, and normally a place of wonder and intrigue, has had a shadow cast over it.

A.W.Forrage is being sabotaged by an unknown source. Cryptic threats are being sent, and his customers are in danger.

Desperate to save the store from closure Forrage seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Ordered to keep the scandal from the police, Sherlock and Watson begin to decipher the riddles as they are sent in.

The clock is ticking as they race from the depths of Santa’s Grotto in the basement, to the mysteries of the conjuring department.

Who would want to damage the reputation of the famous shop?

And, more importantly, who would want to inflict harm on unsuspecting children?

They must be a close associate; only someone who knows the particulars of the store could undertake the heinous acts undetected.

And with notable peers who have shares in his store, there is no lack of motive…" [Source]

The Adventures of the Spanish Drums (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] byMartin Daley
"October, 1903.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson’s latest adventure takes them away from the glittering metropolis of London, and into the depths of the Cumberland countryside.

On the arrival of a letter from Watson’s former Army colleague, Captain Harry Vaughan of the Border Regiment, they instantly stand to attention…

A daringly bold theft has taken place.

Someone has stolen the Border Regiment’s most prized possession – the Arroyo Drums.

Someone has been negligent in protecting the drums and the regiment find themselves embarrassed and discomfited.

The Regiment had captured the drums in a battle with the French during the Peninsular War in 1811.

They have proudly paraded their prize on the 28th October ever since.

Enlisting the help of Cornelius Armstrong, Carlisle Inspector for the local authorities, Holmes and Watson try to use their powers of reasoning to sift through what few clues they have.

Then another crime is discovered.

The Town Hall plaque has been stolen.

Is there a connection between both break-ins?

And why are the thieves targeting the Carlisle Regiment?

In a series of high-octane twists and turns, Sherlock and Watson attack the mystery head on and begin to uncover more evidence that points them in a surprising direction…" [Source]


Last week I received a kind mail from author Charles Wellington II containing information about his epic fantasy debut novel. He wanted to know if I would like to read and review the book.
Based on his kindness I took the time to read the description which was not nothing really new. But I found it convincing enough to buy a copy for 0.99 EUR Cent and to put the book on my reading list for June 2015.
This is the book I talked about:
Corsana: The Phalanx Syndicate (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00TSQWV86] by Charles Wellington II
"CK―Christopher Knight―has a secret, he’s a psionic; a human with the ability to will things to happen with the power of his mind. And while he has kept to the shadows, Christopher has always dreamt about being a hero. But hanging from the ceiling of a cave being tortured, and getting his face pummeled by an orc, wasn’t part of the dream.

When merchant ships start capsizing off the coast of Corsana, the port city mayor of Asic is forced to put out the call for adventurers to investigate. Seeing his chance at hand, CK leaps into the fire. Thrust into a hodge-podge group of unknown, untested, mercenaries―each with their own agendas for being there―CK must train, trust, and risk everything to become the hero he wants to be.

Before him lies an unknown destiny, but as that destiny begins to reveal itself, and a villain to focus on emerges, the eyes of a powerful presence―far greater than any he could have imagined―will be drawn to him; that is, if he can survive. And in a world teeming with goblins, orcs, giant, and dragons, and danger lurking around every corner, all odds are against him!" [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...


Elizabethan Spies
There is an enlightening post series about Elizabethan spies by author Jonathan Digby. So far two posts are available and a third part is in progress.  Both posts are available over at English Historical Fiction Authors:





Jonathan Digby is the author of A Murderous Affair (digital, November 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00FBE8SWW].
"The year is 1588.

The Spanish Armada has recently been defeated, and Queen Elizabeth rides in triumph through a celebrating London

But even in peace, the city has a deadly underbelly.

When the body of a Portuguese nobleman turns up on the banks of the Thames with a seal around his neck all fingers point towards Lord Rokesby as the murderer - particularly as the foreigner was last seen at a dinner party at his house the night before.

Yet there is more to this murder than meets the eye. John Lovat, Lord Rokesby's illegitimate brother, is called in to dig deeper into the events surrounding the death.

And the more he uncovers, the more complex the crime becomes.

Soon Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief counsellor and spy-master, takes an interest in the case.

And Lovat finds himself caught up in 'A Murderous Affair' - one that involves murder, betrayal and infidelity and which will take him from grand houses to the mean streets of Elizabethan London as he tracks down the truth." [Source]

The most interesting thing for me was that I found out that I bought a digital copy in 2013 but never mentioned it on the blog!!!  It seems I own too many books.....





Swords and fans
What do you know about fans? Yes, they still exist and they have a long history. You want to know more about fans. The I recommend the an enlightening post about fans over at English Historical Fiction Authors:




A view into the past: Supercomputers
It is always amazing to see the dimensions of so called supercomputers in the past where past means less than 100 years. Dark Roasted Blend is an excellent source when it comes to such kind of topics. I don't how much time they need to put together all these pictures. Have a look at




Beautiful bacterias
Bacterias and art how do they fit together? For the answer you have to visit the WebUrbanist: and have a look at

Beautiful Bacteria: Infectiously Intricate Paper Cut Art



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.

Yes, I wait for 19th of May 2015 because it is the release day of  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You may understand why after spending five minutes to watch following trailer ...............


The good thing is that I have some days off after release date .....





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.

Is there anyone who does not know conversation which include presentation of place where we would like to go to? I found quote which fits perfectly to such conversions ...................


"A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes,, US physician and author, 1809 - 1894

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Guest Post by Alex J. Cavanaugh

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Dear Readers,

today is the publishing day of

Dragon of the Stars 
(7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] 


And today I have the pleasure AND the honor to present you a special guest review by the author himself.

ENJOY READING!


An Unusual Science Fiction Theme – The Power of Love

Science fiction is all about themes. Often more than one. And the list of possible themes is huge. I know, because I Googled it and found a list on Wikipedia.

You know what theme I didn’t find though? Mine – the power of love.

Now, I never set off with that theme in mind. It developed organically. And it has remained consistent throughout my four books.

In my Cassa trilogy, each book took on its own variation of that theme. CassaStar focused on the love of brothers. CassaFire featured the love between a man and a woman. In CassaStorm, it was the love between parent and child.

In Dragon of the Stars, several aspects of love appeared.

Aden is a driven man, one born of royalty and wealth. We see his love for power and status. What he lacks is a genuine love for other people. He views others as a means to an end and has never equated love to true happiness. He’s not completely shallow though. There is the love of a son for his parents, in particular his mother.

What we witness over the course of the story is how his views change. His uncaring attitude towards others is challenged. It takes some of the things he thought he desired out of reach. He’s placed in a unique situation where he has to care about others if he hopes to survive and succeed. He’s also exposed to what it really means to love someone and to remain devoted no matter what. Ultimately, he realizes it’s our connections that matter most in life.

I think I’ve stayed with the theme of love because it is so universal. We all crave it, no matter what the circumstance. Even in the middle of war and the struggle to survive.


Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057


The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

Purchase:
Amazon  
Kobo  

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. 




Saturday, April 04, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1514

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Dear Readers,

first of all I wish you HAPPY EASTER!
Did you get some nice gifts? We bought our gift last Tuesday and I will tell a little bit about it in this post.
Rain and grey sky is like an invitation to play and to read.
On 7th of April I will have the pleasure to present you a guest post by author and friend of the blog 
Alex J. Cavanaugh. It is related to the release of his first stand-alone science fiction story Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] which I reviewed recently.

his one of three posts you will get from today on in consecutive order. Tomorrow I will present you a guest post by author Timothy S. Johnston and on Monday you will get the review of his new book The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI].
I'm happy that from time time to offer you more than just 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 
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. Noose and knots
  2. Tattoos in Victorian era
  3. Tower house

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Easter gift

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 everywhere
The Lighthouse
I'm that I could finish two more books and two start two new books. During the next days I will split my available time between reading and playing video games.



I finished

- 356 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" This was a tough read.
England in the year 1666.
Lytle and Dowling on a desperate mission. Who would enter voluntarily a village where the Black Death raged.
Do you know what happened in London in the year 1666? Yes, this event plays a certain role.
Like in the previous books the story is full of twist and turns.
It has been a bloody and violent time and the story reflect this very well.
Without giving away too much I can tell you that at least for me the end was heartbreaking.
"



- The Ministry of Thunder (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Davide Mana.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The delivered exactly what has been promised:

An explosive mix of Oriental Fantasy and New Pulp!

It was a hell of a ride and reminded me of Indiana Jones. But aircraft mechanic Felice Sabatini is far beyond to be a copy of Indiana Jones.
I really like his humor and how he handles critical situations and to be honest the book is full of such moments.
Oriental myths are implemented well.

I hope there will be more books starring Felice Sabatini soon."



I'm

- 63 pages in The Mechanical (digital and pb, March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JV1W61K; ISBN-13: 978-0356502328] by Ian Tregillis which is the first book in the Alchemy Wars Trilogy



No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.



 Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

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


This week I received just one paperback which I ordered in 2014.
The Diamond Conspiracy (digital and pb 2015) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00LMGM08GISBN-13: 978-0425267325] by  Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris  is the fourth The Ministry Of Peculiar Occurrences novel. I like this Steampunk series a lot and I look forward to follow Miss Brown and Mr. Brooks after crossing the Atlantic in book three .......
"For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself..." [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...



Noose and knots
You the the use of noose quite often in wild west movies. The noose is also not unknown in fantasy and historical fiction. It is the knot which makes the difference. There is a quite interesting post about noose and knots over at Anna Castle's blog:




Tattoos in Victorian era
There is an enlightening post about tattoos in Victorian era over at The History Girls which I recommend to read in case you are interest in the topic:




Tower house
There are pictures of an extraordinary tower house available at the WebUrbanist:

Dr. Seuss Tower House: Storybook Structure Grew with the Trees



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.

No film trailer today. Instead I talk about our Easter gift.
My wife and I belong to the people who buy things when we can afford it. One year ago we decided that we want to get a PlaySation 4 (PS4). We both like video games and there are some really interesting games for us in the pipeline. We did not have the money at that time and therefore we started to save money. It took until end of March. Finally we bought a PS4 on 31st April 2015! But what is a video game console without games. We did not want to wait until 19th of May 2015, which is the release date of  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. As fans of role playing games we decided to give Dragon Age: Inquisition to give a try.
I must say after playing around ten hours  must say it is more behind the game than I first expected. It is definitely for people like me who like to hunt and gather things.
Following video review shows what you can expect.

Even I like playing video games a lot it Leeds always to the emotional question: reading or gaming?
I listened to the Dragon Age: Inquisition soundtrack while I wrote this post.


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.

Is there anyone who does not know conversation which include presentation of place where we would like to go to? I found quote which fits perfectly to such conversions ...................


"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

Steven Wright,, US comedian and actor, 1955 -
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