Sunday, August 24, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave isue #1434

Hello and welcome to issue #1434 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm sorry for the delay but I had to work on Saturday. Fortunately  the problems with my back nearly disappeared. Thanks to the intense use of an electric heating pad.
While writing this post I listened to one of my favorite songs from 1977 which I still love after 37 years. 1977, when I was 18 years old and nobody thought about the world wide web ......


And now

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. Eighteenth Century Marriage
  2. Microscope and camera in 1909
  3. A Guinness World Records attempt
  4. Cabinet of curiosities
  5. Windowless but panoramic view


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Automata
  2. Outcast

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 morals

The Lighthouse
My reading progress looks a bit crazy. But I'm happy with the result. I finished one book and two short stories. I started a new book and continued two other books.



I finished

- The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Open the book and trval back to Enland in the year 1586. If you know a bit of English history then I do not need to talk about the rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth spiced with plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Then you also heard about the Queen's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. Even Walsingham plays a major role in the book author Ann Swinfen tells the story of sixteen year old Christoval Alvarez, a talented musician, mathematician and junior physician who escaped the Spanish Inquisition in Portugal. It is a pleasure to follow the sympathetic and engaging Christoval who needs to keep a secret which is most important for his future. Ann Swinfen composed a wonderful mix of historical details, the role which plays Christoval within the historical events and the engrossing life of Christoval. The story does not end with a cliffhanger. I'm very happy that there will be more books starring Christoval Alvarez and that I own copies of The Enterprise of England and The Portuguese Affair "

- The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"As an Officer of the Sun Chamber, Lucan Drakenfeld must uphold the two-hundred-year-old laws of the Vispasian Royal Union, whatever the cost. While stationed in the ancient city of Venyn, a metropolis notorious for its lawless nature, Drakenfeld receives a series of mysterious letters, written in blood, that warn of an imminent assassination attempt on the life of the city's young Prince Bassim. Supported by his fiery colleague Leana, Drakenfeld's investigation leads him down the city's corridors of power. But nothing is as it seems. Who is behind the conspiracy that threatens the young prince, and will the duo be able to unearth the perpetrator before the prince's time is up?" 

- The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds (digital Juni 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00LA15DQE] by Karen Charlton

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I like to discover new series and I must say to read a short story for introduction is quite helpful for me. I like historical crime fiction set in England. After reading a lot of mysteries set in the Victorian era I was happy when I discovered this story set in Regency England. Meet Detective Stephen Lavender of the Bowstreet Runners and his sidekick Constable Woods. The story which circles around the disappearance of family diamonds is an excellent introduction of the main characters, the Regency era and the difficulties of police work at that time. It was a pleasure to read how the author delivers such rich content in a short story.
Now I look forward to read The Heiress of Linn Hagh which is the first book in the Detective Lavender Mysteries."



I'm


- 178 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.
The tutor Francis Bacon and his students still have a lot of work to do to solve the murder case.



- 176 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
That means I read two chapters. One should that chapters are longer than a short story. It is a fascinating book.



No progress

- 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.

- 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 98 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.


- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,




 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 on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance. Furthermore I bought digital copies of two books and two short stories.

The first book for today is the third book in The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez series where I finished the first book this week.
The Portuguese Affair ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by Ann Swinfen.
"The year after defeating the Spanish Armada, England retaliates. The expedition to Portugal sets out to destroy what remains of Spain’s Atlantic fleet, drive the Spanish out of Portugal, put the claimant Dom Antonio of Aviz on the throne, and seize the Azores. But from the time the English fleet, led by Drake and Norreys, reaches Plymouth, things start to go wrong. Christoval Alvarez, sent to carry out two missions by Walsingham, has a more important private plan in mind. Are any members of the family still alive? And what will become of the disaster-ridden expedition?" [Source]
As you could read above I enjoyed The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez a lot and I hope the series will continue on this level.


The next book received a lot of great reviews on GOODREADS. I ordered the copy in advance because I was hooked by the description. That may surprise you because the description does not give away that much....
The Incorruptibles ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by John Hornor Jacobs.
"In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way upstream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.

In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together.

For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans." [Source]

Now it is time to look at the two short stories.

The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton is a short story in the world of Drakenfeld.
"As an Officer of the Sun Chamber, Lucan Drakenfeld must uphold the two-hundred-year-old laws of the Vispasian Royal Union, whatever the cost. While stationed in the ancient city of Venyn, a metropolis notorious for its lawless nature, Drakenfeld receives a series of mysterious letters, written in blood, that warn of an imminent assassination attempt on the life of the city's young Prince Bassim. Supported by his fiery colleague Leana, Drakenfeld's investigation leads him down the city's corridors of power. But nothing is as it seems. Who is behind the conspiracy that threatens the young prince, and will the duo be able to unearth the perpetrator before the prince's time is up?" [Source]
I read the story on Friday and I liked it as you could read above.



The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds (digital Juni 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00LA15DQE] by Karen Charlton is a short story in the world of Detective Lavender.

"London 1808: The famous Skelton Diamonds have disappeared, and Detective Stephen Lavender is asked to investigate the crime.

But why should he feel so uneasy, so reluctant to accept this case? Can he trust the wealthy, powerful politician who's summoned him?

In this short story, Lavender and his loyal assistant, Constable Woods, plunge into the seedy backstreets of Regency London and steer a tricky path through the opulent drawing rooms of aristocratic suspects in pursuit of the missing diamonds.

Welcome to the world of Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer with the Bow Street Runners, whose further adventures can be followed in 'The Heiress of Linn Hagh."[Source]
I read the story on Friday and I liked it as you could read above.


The last book for today is the paperback copy of  Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (August 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160022] by George Mann

"Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train.

In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock." [Source]

In 1915 Mycroft Holmes is 68 years old, Sherlock Holmes turned 61 and John H. Watson 63. All dates coming from this source.

Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] by James Lovegrove took place in 1913 and I appreciated how the author coped with the aged heroes. I hope will find an appropriate way to present Sherlock and Mycroft. So far I do not know if Watson will be on the scene or not.


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...

Eighteenth Century Marriage
How to get a husband?  This question never seems to be outdated. But the ways to approach the target change from period to period. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you find an interesting article about how it worked in the eighteenth century. 





Microscope and camera in 1909
Have a look at the extraordinary equipment they used in 1909 to get for this period of time impressive micrograph. Visit The Public Domain Review and have a look at






A Guinness World Records attempt
You want to be part of the attempt to get the title for the  Most People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes ? No problem at all!!  Go to England, Yorkshire, Leeds, Temple Newsham on 31st of August 2014 at noon and for the £15 entry fee you will recieve a Deerstalker hat, pipe and magnifying glas. urthermore there will be a big Sherlock party.
For more details and background information head over to SHOTMAGS CONFIDENTAL and read


Yorkshire Gets Sherlocked!




Cabinet of curiosities
I'm fascinated by cabinets of curiosities. Unfortinately a lot of them have been lost in the past centuries. Fortunately there are books showing and explaining the content of cabinets which outlastet the time. There is an informative post including pictures about the collection of Levinus Vincent (1658-1727) over at The Public Domain Review:






Windowless but panoramic view
Do you prefer the window seat on a plane? Maybe the question will disappear in future. Have a look at the  amazing design studies over at the WebUrbanist:



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


Movies

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

This week I would like to share with you two trailers.
I did not expect to see Antonio Banderas in a science fiction action film. But why not.
The story of Autómata show some similarities with I, Robot. The first trailer does not look bad.


Ancient China is always a good place for epic battles, assassinations, intrigues and more. In 2015 Nicolas Cage will appear as a mysterious warrior to support one party in the bloody game of power in Outcast. Following trailer gives a first impression. For me the trailer is too short to build up my mind.


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.

There is some sense behind the following quote ....



"The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.

Noel Coward , English actor and dramatist, 1899 - 1973

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The windowless view is unnerving. I hate to fly and even though it's not a real window, that would make me ill to see.
The Sherlock party sounds like fun. I hope they break the record.
Glad your back is feeling better.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Hi Edi,
Sympathy with your back pain.

I have been absent online for a while. Family commitment, namely dementia in my 91 yr old mother. Takes a lot out of my day and recreation time.

Great to see your blog still offering amazing reading. I wish I had time to curl up with a good book/ebook and escape to another world.

The new movies look like they could be fun too. Hard to know. I loved reading I, Robot, but didn't find the movie as memorable. I guess that happens.

Finding time to watch movies seems easier than finding the time to read at present. Probably because I can watch and still do housework, cook, clean, iron, fold clothes etc. So much fun. (Notice the absence of SEWING) I leave that to you!!! Not my choice of occupation. :)

Hope your back improves.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Alex,
sorry for the delayed reply.
It has been a busy week.
Now back is in perfect condition.
A plane without windows is like living in a bunker.
I hope they will not transfer the idea to trains.


ediFanoB said...

Hello Rosalie,
first of all let me tell you that my back is now in perfect condition. It took some time.

I'm happy to see you back again.
I know from a lot of reports that taking care on people, especially on relatives with dementia is absolutely exhausting.

I agree with you that it is much more easier to watch movies instead of reading a book.

I hope and wish that you will find some time for reading soon.

I'm happy that my blog is still alive. The only thing I miss is to find the power and creativity to write reviews.

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