Saturday, March 30, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1313

Hello and welcome to issue #1313 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

I'm happy that cough and cold are gone and will not hinder me to enjoy the Easter weekend. The weather is still winter like which I try to ignore by consuming mugs of tea and reading books. But there are other news which I'm not happy about. I will talk about it within the post.
As the day travel along and I write line after line, the postman delivered a book, I received an E-ARC and downloaded the first part of a serialized novel for free. These are my Easter eggs. Of course I have to add these books to this post which is getting longer and longer ....


Nevertheless I wish you and your dear and near ones  a HAPPY EASTER!

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. Digital copies
  2. A physical ARC directly from the author
  3. An E-Arc directly from the author
  4. A serialized historical novel 
  5. I want this book
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Amazon to buy GOODREADS
  2. The Green Fairy
  3. Upcoming giveaway
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A Game of Thrones

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 Hell

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I'm happy with my reading progress last week because I read in five days more pages than in the weeks before. I finished one book, continued to read one and started a new one. In sum I read 406 pages.

I finished

- 237 pages in The Secrets of the Lazarus Club (pp, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0141035895] by Tony Pollard


I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week

- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week

- 77 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
A small progress


- 134 pages in The Tattered Banner (digital ARC, 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1481013222] by Duncan Hamilton
"Unique talent always attracts attention…
In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.
Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.
Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life." [Source]

I know this is crazy but when I read the review request from I could not resist. So far it is not my novel of the year but an enjoyable read which is not bad for a fantasy debut novel. With chapter 21 which I finished before I started to writ this post the story turns into a new direction and I'm curious to see where it will end.

To get a first impression of the story and the style of the author you may read an excerpt which you will find here.


 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.

I must confess I can't stop buying books. Following five digital copies (one is an omnibus containing three books) found a new home on my reader which has a lot of free space since I bought an 8 GB microSD card.

Let me start with the Bryant and May Mystery series by Christopher Fowler. There is an excellent article about the series by the author himself which I recommend to read if you are interested in the books.
So far I read and enjoyed the first two books. Now I bought a digital copy of The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B003M5IKQG] by Christopher Fowler which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series. The good thing is that is still writing new books and I want them all.
"One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunk middle-aged lady coming out of a pub in a London backstreet. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbing, there's a twist: the pub has vanished and the street itself has changed. Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before, but the elderly detective has already lost the funeral urn of an old friend. Could he be losing his mind as well?Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs. It seems a silent, secret killer is at work, striking in full view...and yet nobody has a clue how, or why - or where he'll attack next. The likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient with a reason for killing. But knowing who the killer is and catching him are two very different propositions. As their new team at the Peculiar Crimes Unit goes in search of a madman, the octogenarian detectives ready themselves for the pub crawl of a lifetime, and come face to face with their own mortality..." [Source]



Recently I combed through Fantastic Fiction in search of books about London in the 19th century. I love this town and I like this period of time. I would like to time travel there but after all I know about this period, I do not want to live then and there.

After a while I discovered two series which aroused my interest. They have nothing to do with steampunk or historical fiction. Both are related to crime and mystery.

The series Denton by Kenneth Cameron is set in 1900s London and the main protagonist is the American novelist Denton which is not the usual hero. The Denton Novels (digital 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00AES03LO] by Kenneth Cameron is an omnibus which contains the first three novels. I deliver the description and the cover of each book.
"Introducing an intriguing new hero in the world of crime fiction...American novelist Denton is an uncomfortable outsider in class-ridden turn-of-the-century England." [Source]

"In The Frightened Man American novelist Denton is about to be plunged into the dark heart of a society where privilege and propriety hide unspeakable horrors. When a stranger turns up at his door declaring he has just seen Jack the Ripper, Denton dismisses his lurid ravings as the delusions of a madman. But then a prostitute's horribly mutilated body is discovered that night - and Denton suspects the two events are connected. While the police investigation grinds towards a seemingly pre-ordained conclusion, Denton becomes obsessed with finding out who the victim really was and who killed her - a search that leads him by degrees into the darkest, most violent underbelly of London." [Source]

"In The Bohemian Girl, Denton receives a strange letter which demands his attention: a note from a young woman, Mary, saying she's in terrible danger and needs his help. The letter is months old, and was only forwarded to him when the buyer of a painting found it stuck behind the frame. Presumably whatever Mary was frightened of has already happened. So why did she hide the note behind this particular painting, instead of sending it? The search for answers leads Denton into the heart of Bohemian London - a world of brilliance and depravity, of unconventional morals and shifting sexual identities, where the border between genius and madness is hard to discern but easy to cross." [Source]

"In The Second Woman, Denton is drawn into a complex web of murder and revenge when a mysterious Polish woman is found dead in the house adjoining his - the one occupied by his lover, Janet Stryker - and while the police remain baffled, he begins to suspect she is the victim of some sort of political conspiracy. But involving himself in the life and death of Lydia Alken will prove more dangerous than he could have imagined, as Denton himself falls victim to the fledgling British Intelligence Service and discovers exactly what the price of freedom really is, while the real story of Lydia Alken's murder provides the biggest shock of all." [Source]


London in the 1840s is the stage of the Albert Newsome series by James McCreet. Before I go into details I must praise the author's site. delivers a lot of information in general and in detail for each book. To give you a first glimpse let me quote the author's introduction to his books:
"In the beginning was the word . . .
Detective” was just an adjective until the 1840s. Only with the birth of the Metropolitan Police’s Detective Force in 1842 did newspapers begin to give those intrepid men the noun they deserved and help to create the enduring figure of the literary investigator.
My London books focus on an ensemble cast comprising police detective Inspector Newsome, ex-detective George Williamson, would-be detective John Cullen, and a shady pair known as Noah Dyson and Benjamin. In each story, they invariably compete against each other on cases that sometimes seem to be more about who is the best detective rather than who committed the crime.
In all of the books, I aim to evoke the very origins of the genre - a time when forensic science was in its infancy, when photography was a scientific oddity, when parts of the city were ‘no-go’ zones and when the only tool a detective had was his own keen intelligence. Welcome to Victorian London . . ." [Source
After reading these words I got the feeling that I found something I will like and with the following part of an interview I have been finally hooked:
"The language of your books is quite distinctive. Readers might have to go to the dictionary a few times . . .
Part of the immersion in a story is a certain degree of unfamiliarity. If you were dropped into the 1840s, there would be words and concepts that would seem initially alien. That’s why I use a few obsolete words, why I use some contemporary spellings and why I ‘censor’ expletives or blasphemies. This was the reality of Victorian prose and I hope it brings the period to life. Also, I’m a reader who likes to be occasionally surprised by language. In an age of texts and tweets, we’re in danger of losing the rich vocabulary of English. An unknown word, to me, is a gem in the text. It adds colour and texture, whether or not I look it up." [Source]

Now let me give you some information about the books I bought and I hope to read them soon. As far as I read on the site there is character development and there will be also new characters.

The Incendiary's Trail (digital 2011) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004P1JB82]by James McCreet.
"Murder is rampant in Early Victorian London. Detective Inspector Newsome of the new Detective Force decides to recruit a recently-apprehended master criminal to help bring the culprits to justice. A polymath with a mysterious past, the man is no eager volunteer. And when the ghastly murder of conjoined twins galvanizes the city, Newsome blackmails his prisoner - Noah Dyson, as he calls himself - into working with the Force's finest: Sergeant George Williamson. Unknown to the policemen, the criminal genius behind the murder shares a dark past with their new associate. It is not justice that is on Dyson's mind, but retribution. As Williamson and Dyson together close the net, the murder-rate soars and the streets of London begin to burn. Ingeniously plotted and seething with grotesque characters, James McCreet's striking debut will grip readers from its first dark pages." [Source]
I recommend to read the additional information about the book offered by the author.



The Vice Society (digital 2010) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004CJ8X2M]by James McCreet.
"In Victorian London, gruesome events are afoot. Some are asking why the Detective Force's Inspector Albert Newsome is investigating the curious but - apparently - insignificant death that occurred in Holywell Street. What seemed like a common enough incident is complicated when the Inspector discovers his ex-colleague (and master detective) George Williamson is also pursuing the case, as well as a sinister former criminal named Noah Dyson. Then the questions begin to multiply: why are prostitutes being poisoned? Who is exerting pressure on the Commissioner of police? And who, or what, is 'Persephone'? From the gutter to the drawing rooms of St James, the two detectives choose their allies and plunge into the underworld of Victorian London, where nothing is quite as it seems and the razor's flash waits around every corner." [Source]
I recommend to read the additional information about the book offered by the author.


The Thieve's Labyrinth (digital 2011) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B004WDZZWE]by James McCreet.
"A death on Waterloo bridge, a body in the river near Wapping, a lady robbed on Wych Street - all common enough daily incidents in early Victorian London. But when an outrageous theft is committed at the port, the clues from these seemingly unconnected crimes soon point irresistibly to a mystery deeper and murkier than the Thames itself. The rapacious Inspector Newsome has much to prove, ex-police detective George Williamson faces difficult choices, and the mysterious Noah Dyson is once more drawn unwillingly within the reach of the authorities. Meanwhile, competing against them all, there is the enigmatic figure calling himself Eldritch Batchem ...Lives and reputations are at stake. As the investigators pursue a macabre trail into the city's darkest passages, each seeks a prize more personal than mere justice. And in the race for a solution, all stand to discover much more than they are prepared for ..."The Thieves' Labyrinth" is a dazzling Victorian entertainment - a gripping, richly atmospheric murder mystery." [Source]
I recommend to read the additional information about the book offered by the author.


There is a fourth book available. Be sure that The Masked Adversary is on my list.If you want to know more about the content of the book I recommend to read the excellent information on the author's site. As far as I could see there a slight spoiler regarding the appearance of characters. I think this is normal when it comes to the fourth book in a series.

In 2010 Author James McCreet offered a list of his top ten Victorian detective stories in The Guardian. This list is quite interesting because it contains sources about London itself, the daily life and the society. Have a look at   James McCreet's top 10 Victorian detective stories


Last year I tried to read The Jackal of Nar (mmpp, US, 2000)[ISBN-13:  978-0553578874] by John Marco and stopped after 308 pages because I felt separated from the characters. I added a comment on GOODREADS. To keep the story short. Author contacted me and asked me to give his next book a try.
Today I received a signed ARC of The Forever Knight (hc, US, 2nd of April 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0756407513] by John Marco a. You may say that is nothing unusual and in most cases I would agree. But John lives in USA and I live in Germany and he paid the postage!!!
Of course I will give The Forever Knight a try and whatever will be the result I will post about it on this blog.

This is the cover and the description of The Forever Knight.
"Lukien is the Bronze Knight, beloved by his kingdom and renowned in battle throughout his world. After betraying his king and losing his beloved, he wishes only for death, but rather than die, Lukien is given a chance for redemption: to be the protector of the Inhumans—those fragile mortals who live deep in the desert, far from the prying eyes of their world. These remarkable individuals have been granted magical powers in exchange for the hardships and handicaps life has handed them. And Lukien, now immortal himself, must be their champion. But how can one man, even an immortal warrior, protect hundreds from a world of potential enemies?" [Source]

The book will be released directly after Easter. In order to celebrate the release you can read and exclusive excerpt and take part in a Kindle contest over at Litererary Escapism. This is the official link:

Exclusive Excerpt: THE FOREVER KNIGHT by John Marco (+Kindle Contest)

GOOD LUCK!


In December 2012 I told you that I came in contact with author Michael J. Martinez and that he added me to the reviewer list for his book The Daedalus Incident (pb, 7th of May 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1597804721].
Today I received my electronic review copy! Fingers crossed that I stay healthy because I have a lot to read and review in April 2013 and one of the books will be the The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez.
"Mars is supposed to be dead…a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.
Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its lucrative mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation — and, inexplicably, a 300-year-old journal.
Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.
With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.
Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!" [Source]


Author Mark Lord is currently writing a new novel set in the Hundred Years War called Stonehearted.
As he is more than happy with the writing progress, Mark Lord decided to publish the whole book in form of a serialized novel. That means every one or two months a new part will be available.

By The Sword's Edge is the first part of  Stonehearted and for a certain period of time you can get it for free over at Smashwords!
This link provide more information about where you can get the novel.
"In By The Sword’s Edge two young people are thrust into the harsh realities of war. Richard Stone is a knight in training and son of a rich Norfolk merchant. Their neighbours are the d’Aubrays, who hold Sarbrook castle, but have sold or rent much of their land since falling into poverty. The lord of Sarbrook is missing in France, captured many years ago and not returned despite the payment of ransom. His daughter, Eolande d’Aubray is desperate for her father to return. Only he, it seems, can save her from the prospect of an unwanted marriage." [Source]
So if you are interested in historical fiction in from of a serialized novel this is an opportunity for you.



Once a while it happens that I discover a cover and know within a second that I must have a copy of this specific book. This is the cover which I like so much. It promise a lot.


Promise of Blood (hc, April 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0356501994] by Brian McClellan is the first book in the Powder Mage Trilogy.
"The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.
It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should..." [Source]

Finally I recommend to read this review of Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan over at Fantasy Faction.


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...

The Easter weekend started with bad news for me!
This is no  April Fool as the official press release above confirms. Additionally I give you the link to the statement of GOODREADS co-founder Otis Chandler. This is the second book community after Shelfari to be part of Amazon.
I really liked GOODREADS so far. A great place to organise and discuss books independant from book seller. Amazon does not buy things like GOODREADS without expecting benefit.
Things will definitely change and the changes are on the run. Have a look at
A first sign of Amazon-Goodreads deal [screenshots] 
over at EBOOK FRIENDLY.
Don't get me wrong. I buy books from Amazon because Amazon is a good source for books in English in Germany. But where I buy my books and where I talk about books are two different things.
Now I have to think about what I will do. Leave GOODREADS or stay.


Do you know the Green Fairy? I admit that I read about it but never tasted it. If you would like to get more information about the Green Fairy I recommend to read following post over at Dark Roasted Blend:


I do not know whether you follow author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh.

In six months time you can buy copies of

CassaStorM
Alex J. Cavanaugh
(September 17th, 2013) 
[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] 
[E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

I read, liked and reviewed the two previous books:
My CassaStaR review and
My CassaFirE review which include the book trailers

Alex J. Cavanaugh is an excellent author and a fantastic and kind blogger.
There is now way out. I need to share his latest news regarding CassaStorM.

"My publisher has agreed to give out two copies of CassaStorm to two lucky commenters next month [April]. US and Canada will receive print books and overseas will receive eBooks. One comment per day. Each comment is one entry except – the first and one hundredth comments on each day will receive ten entries!" [Source]

So don't forget to visit Alex J. Cavanaugh.



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Season three of the amazing A Game of Thrones TV adaption is ahead. That means people like me have to wait a year until it will be aired on German TV. A few weeks ago we recorded season two which has been aired on thre consecutive evenings. To be honest I do not belong to the people who spend four hours in a row in front of a TV screen. Of course the season has been synchronised in German. That is what they do with all the English stuff. But in this case the made a great mistake from my point of view: They translated all the names!! I hate it and it is confusing!
Anyway I still like the intro of season one and the slightly changed intro of season two. Now I'm really curious to see the intro of season three.
I can't resist and post both trailers.

Season one opening

Season two opening


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 truth in the following quote when you look the news .......


"Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Aldous Huxley, English critic and novelist (1894 - 1963)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1312

Hello and welcome to issue #1312 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Why do I have still the impression that 2013 is not my year!
I look fashionable with bobble hat, scarf and wrapped in a blanket. Tons of paper tissue around me for my dripping nose and one mug of tea after the other to soften the cough and to heat me up. When I look through the window there is no sign of spring.
Nevertheless I try my best to deliver at least my weekly post with fewer topics than usual. It seems this will be one more month without review.


Enough told for today.


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. One review copy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Google Reader replacement
  2. Body Paint Illusions
  3. The Paris Floods from 1910
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Star Trek Into Darkness

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 Arrest

The Lighthouse

It is so sad when I see all these lovely books around me. Now I look forward to Easter and hope to find time for reading.


I finished

-

I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week

- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week

- 237 pages in The Secrets of the Lazarus Club (pp, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0141035895] by Tony Pollard

No progress this week

- 54 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

No progress this week





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.

I received a hardcover this week.
Thanks to Tor/Forge.com for sending me a copy of Homeland (hc, US, 2012)[ISBN-13:  978-07653233698] by Stephen Hunt Cory Doctorow. which is the sequel to Little Brother (pb, US, 2010)[ISBN-13:  978-07653223118]. To be honest I did not read Little Brother and I'm not sure if Homeland is after my taste. Any comments regarding the two books are welcomed.
"In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state. A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his onetime girlfriend Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier. Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want. Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place." [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...

Last week I told you that I will try several Google Reader replacements as Google Reader will definitely disappear on 1st of July 2013. In fact I tried two alternatives. Author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh recommended Feedly. I tried but I must say it is not my first choice. I tried to set it up in way that it looks not so different to Google Reader but in the end I failed. Maybe I was not patient enough. Then I installed the FireFox add on Bamboo Feed Reader. This reader delivers what I need. The reader is lean, not difficult to handle and fits to my notebook screen. The reader works with FireFox. If you do not use this browser, s you have to continue your search. The cherry on the cake would be to have more sorting order options.
So slowly but surely I will stop using Google Reader and turn to Bamboo Feed Reader.


I must say I missed to visit WebUrbanist. This site is full of interesting topics beyond books. Today there is a real eye-catcher. You will understand what I mean when you visit



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Despite my dripping nose I spent some time looking around for new and interesting trailers. as I like the actor Benedict Cumberbatch and I like Star Trek too, I will definitely watch  Star Trek Into Darkness. There is a slightly new trailer available.


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.

Unfortunately the following quote does not work in case of cough and cold .......


"Don't get yourself arrested and make your day worse! If you need to vent, just smash something that's already broken! You can't get in trouble for wrecking the unsalvageable!

R. Stevens, Diesel Sweeties, 11-06-06

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1311

Hello and welcome to issue #1311 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

First of all let me express how good it is to be back after ten days without Internet connection at home!!!

That is the reason why I had to skip issue #1310 of the Weekend Wave. Reading progress went down the drain because I tried to find solutions for our Internet problem and due to the fact that I had to spent some more unexpected extra hours at work.

Today I spent several hours to check all the blog entries and more in order to find content for this post.

Enough told for today.


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. Three more books
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Google Reader 
  2. Shared world
  3. Currency and money
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. What to do without internet?

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 See

The Lighthouse

I finished a book yesterday which made me happy. My reading progress is still poor but I hope it will change now to the better.


I finished

-

I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week

- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week

- 237 pages in The Secrets of the Lazarus Club (pp, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0141035895] by Tony Pollard

No progress this week

- 54 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

No progress this week





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.

In the meantime I received copies several books which I ordered in advance. 

The first one is Gideon's Angel (pb,26th February 2013) [ISBN13: 978-1781080849] by Clifford Beal. I talked about this book in February 2013.

"He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. 1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.
A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.
Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again." [Source]

Also the second book has been mentioned in February 2013:
The Prisoner of Heaven (pb, March 2013) [ISBN: 978-0062223470] by
Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
"Barcelona, 1957. It is the week before Christmas in the Sempere & Sons bookshop. Daniel Sempere has married the love of his life, Bea, and they have had a son whilst their partner in crime, Fermín, is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. Just when it seems as if luck is finally smiling on them, a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters the shop. He insists on buying the most expensive volume on display—a beautiful illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo—and then proceeds to inscribe the book with the words ‘For Fermín Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future’. Who is this man and what does he want of Fermín? The answer lies in a terrible secret that has lain hidden for two decades, an epic tale of imprisonment, betrayal, murder and love that leads back into the very heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books." [Source]

The third and last book for today is the first book in a new fantasy series. There are several reviews available which praise the book. I bought a copy because the blurb convinced me.
The Red Knight (pb, January 2013) [ISBN: 978-0316212281] by Miles Cameron is the first book in the The Traitor Son Cycle.
"Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.
Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.
It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.
The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with. Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war. . . " [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...

I think most of you read the news about the disappearing of Google Reader on 1st of July 2013. I must say I have been shocked, sad and angry in this order. I appreciate this tool a lot because it is  an efficient and convenient  way to organise all my links to the many blogs I follow.
I will use the time left to find a replacement. What I saw so far was not really convincing. Anyway like a lot of other people I need such a tool.
The first one I will try is the FireFox add on Bamboo Feed Reader.

Some months ago I got the opportunity to read the ARC of The Kaiser Affair (Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00BQ4XM6I) and other digital book shops) by Joseph Robert Lewis which is the first book published book in the shared world of The Drifting World Chronicles.


"When a master thief escapes from prison, detective Bettina Rothschild must put him back behind bars before the scandalous fiasco destroys the Ministry of Justice. Her investigation leads from decaying cemeteries where ravens conspire to warehouses where wondrous machines are built in secret, and even to the fabled Drifting Isle above the city of Eisenstadt where an ancient tomb hides a deadly secret. /
The relentless chase proves taxing for a young woman who relies on her cane and her steamcarriage to get about, but that's where a good husband steps in. While Bettina picks locks and interrogates suspects, her beloved Arjuna defends her from the most brutal and bizarre assassins in Eisenstadt. /
But as the clock ticks down, Bettina finds too many questions still remain. How did the thief escape from prison? How can he afford to hire so many killers? And why would he go to the Drifting Isle only to steal a giant beetle?" [Source
It has been an enjoyable read and I look forward to read the next books set in the same world. There will be two more books in Spring 2013:

Black Mercury (Spring 2013) by Charlotte E. English.
"Caspar Goldstein is the star of the steam car racing scene in the city of Eisenstadt. All he cares about is winning the coveted Autocarriage Cup, and he’s in with a chance—until a crash at the track throws his plans into disarray. When a chance discovery brings a new superfuel into his life, he can’t resist the opportunity to claim some for himself.
But when black mercury powers the first ever flight to the mysterious Drifting Isle, its fame quickly spreads—and everyone wants what Caspar’s got. He’s made a grave mistake, but it’s too late to back out now. Unsure who to trust, Cas must rely on his few true friends for help; but how can inventors, autocarriage drivers and pigeons hope to face down the deadliest of assassins and thieves?" [Source]


The Machine God (Spring 2013) by Meilin Miranda.

"Professor Oladel Adewole has lost tenure, and the beloved, much-younger sister he's raised has died. With no reason to stay, he leaves his homeland for the University of Eisenstadt.
One thing makes life in his new home bearable for him: the island floating a mile above the city. Adewole is an expert in the myths told all over the world about it, but no one's ever been there, nor knows how it got there.
When a brilliant engineer makes it to the island in her new invention, the government sends Adewole up with its first survey team. The expedition finds civilization, and Adewole finds a powerful, forbidden fusion of magic and metal: the Machine God.
The government wants it. So does a sociopath bent on ruling Eisenstadt. But when Adewole discovers who the mechanical creature is--and what it can do--he risks his heart and his life to protect the Machine God from the world, and the world from the Machine God." [Source]

Of course there will be more books. For more information please visit
The Drifting World Chronicles.



Money makes the world go round and is part of dreams and imagination.
Over at Dark Roasted Blend you can have a look at
Fictional Currency and Imaginary Money



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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

What did I do in the days without Internet access beside go to work and try to fix the problem? I must say I was not in the right mood either for reading or writing reviews. Instead my wife and I started to play another video game which I mentioned in issue #1309: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
We love the game which looks gorgeous and delivers a lot of content.
Following video review will give you a good impression about what to expect.

It is addicting. But today I did not play because I wanted to write this post and return to reading.

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.

How we do see things is not question of using glasses or not .......


"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Anais Nin, US (French-born) author & diarist (1903 - 1977)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Good News: Internet connection is back

Dear Readers,

this morning the problem with Internet access at home has been fixed!!!
The technician needed around one and a half hour to localise and fix it.
What a relief after ten days. You may imagine the number of mails I have to reply now and my Google Reader ......  I'm afraid there will be some night shifts for me ....

Anyway the whole family is happy and I will return to normal blog service at the upcoming weekend.

ENJOY READING

Friday, March 08, 2013

No internet connection

Dear readers,

I use my lunch break at work to inform you that we have a problem with our internet connection at home since Tuesdayy, 5th of March 2013.

That means tons of unanswered mails and no posts.

I hope the problem will be fixed soon.

In the meantime
ENJOY READING

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1309

Hello and welcome to issue #1309 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Look at the calendar. We reached March 2013! Where has the time gone? Again I'm late with my . But there is a reason for that. No, no it has nothing to do with my workload. Yesterday (Saturday) was a day with sunshine!! For you it maybe nothing unusual but for us in Germany it has been something extraordinary. There was no sunshine in the past months. So I enjoyed the sun instead of writing the post. With every hour of sunshine my mood changed to the better. I feel great today even the sky is grey again. I'm no sun worshipper but the past months showed me the impact of insufficient sunshine.

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. Review copy
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The impact of visiting other blogs
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sharing interests

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 Sun

The Lighthouse

I finished a book yesterday which made me happy. My reading progress is still poor but I hope it will change now to the better.


I finished

- The Astrologer (epub ARC, March 2013) by Scott G F Bailey.

What a surprising read. This is a well done historical fiction. I try to review it soon.


I'm

- still 76 pages in The Victorian Tailor (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0312642334] by Jason Maclochlainn
No progress this week

- 85 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pp, reprint 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
No progress this week

- 237 pages in The Secrets of the Lazarus Club (pp, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-0141035895] by Tony Pollard

No progress this week

- 54 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.

No progress this week





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.

Author Michael Drakich is a man who likes to write books in different genres. In August 2012 I reviewed his fantasy novel The Brotherhood of Piaxia. In December 2012 I reviewed his science fiction novel Grave is the Day. Recently he sent me a digital copy of his latest book Lest The Dew Rust Them which is a thriller. He liked my reviews of his precious books and would like to read what I think about his new book. I must say that the description is promising enough to give it a try.
Lest The Dew Rust Them (digital, February 2013) [ASIN: B00BKJYBUU] by Michael Drakich
"Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations! Homeland Security Director Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations. Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of swordsmanship and Robert cannot help but believe there is a connection between him and the Sword Masters. As he goes about the task, each step in his search is made more difficult through the interference of politicians, the media and his own government. Robert’s examination constantly draws him back to Alexander who regales him with a tale of swordsmanship from his lineage featuring events of mankind’s bloody past and often oddly having a connection to the case before him. With the clock ticking as New York collapses into a deep panic, he must catch the Sword Masters before it is too late!" [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...

Today I want to show you what happens when I visit blogs. I admit that I do not have enough time to spend hours online in order to discover new books. Like you I follow blogs and whenever I find interesting books I share the information with you.

Do you know The Speculative Scotsman, the blog of Niall Alexander? If not I recommend to give it a try. Niall has a very unique style.
It was his review of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch  which got the ball rolling. This is not a book review! It is a post about a so called JRPG (Japanese role-playing game). I sent a link of the review and a link of the following video review to my wife.

Like me, my wife liked it immediately and she ordered a copy of the game. The copy has been delivered yesterday and today (Sunday) we have had a first look. It is absolutely gorgeous!

You may remember that l talked about the new upcoming book CassaStorM by Alex J. Cavanaugh. He is also an enthusiastic and communicative blogger.
I found a book which aroused my interest in his post Big Thanks, Ninja News, Jewel of Shaylor Cover Reveal, and a Neumarian Uprising!
I talk about  Escapement (digital, February 2013) [Kindle Asin: B00BC1H1I0] by Ciara Knight which is the first book in the Neumarian Chronicles series.
"Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death." [Source]

The blurb has been interesting enough for me to buy a digital copy. I'm sure that I would not have discovered the book without following Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog. I think it is getting more and more difficult to arouse interest for a book without having a contract with one of the major publishers. Fortunately there are examples that it is possible to arise interest with a lot of enthusiasm, endurance and power. Alex J. Cavanaugh and his Cassa series is a very good example for that.

The Wertzone is another excellent blog. Yesterday I read Adam's review of The Grim Company by Luke Scull.
I recommend to read the convincing  and helpful review. 
Anyway I deliver the description and the cover. The great thing is that you can get a massive free sample for free over at Amazon UK, Amazon DE and AMAZON US. Despite that the price for the whole digital copy is unbeatable:  £1.71,EUR 2,14, $2.79 !!!
The Grim Company (digital, ) [Kindle Asin: B00APDVEJI] by Luke Scull
"The grey granite walls of Dorminia rise to three times the height of a man, surrounding the city on all sides save for the south, where the Broken Sea begins. The stone is three-foot thick at its weakest point and can withstand all but the heaviest assault. The Crimson Watch patrol the streets even as Salazar's Mindhawks patrol the skies.
The Grey City was not always so. But something has changed. Something has broken at its heart. Perhaps the wild magic of the dead Gods has corrupted Dorminia's Magelord, as it has the earth itself. Or perhaps this iron-fisted tyranny is the consequence of a lifetime of dark deeds...
Still, pockets of resistance remain. When two formidable Highlanders save the life of a young rebel, it proves the foundation for an unlikely fellowship. A fellowship united against tyranny, but composed of self-righteous outlaws, crippled turncoats and amoral mercenaries. A grim company. But with the world entering an Age of Ruin, this is not a time of heroes..."[Source]

Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' Reviews has an interesting feature named Waiting on Wednesday which is used to spotlight upcoming books. The latest post delivered information about the upcoming steampunk book Bronze Gods (pb, April 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0425258194] by A A Aguirre. The Description intrigued me:

"Hy Breasil is grimmer than it used to be.
Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.
That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad. Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.
But when the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…" [Source]
I ordered a paperback copy in advance and await the delivery beginning of May.


I really like to visit Alternate History. The new release posts show books which I do not see on other blogs. The new releases post from 26th of February mentioned a series which I never read about before: London Darkness by Christopher Stocking.  It did not take long to find out, that the book shown is the second in the series. I read about the two books over at GOODREADS. The descriptions of the book led to the irresistible wish to get copies. Whenever I find the combination of Victorian London, dirigibles and automatons mixed with unusual characters interesting characters. So you will not be surprised when I tell you that I now own digital copies of:

London Darkness: Infernal Inventions (digital, 2012) [Kindle Asin: B008BO5S68] by Christopher Stocking.
"Victorian London–When Ryker Mayson comes across the dead body of a high-ranking member from the League of Inventors, his life changes forever. Murder, lies, and deceit become all too familiar as Ryker searches the dark city streets to find out who is behind these deaths, and why. With the help of Wendell, his Gnomish best friend, Celia, his prostitute lover, and some newly made friends from the League, he scours the city in search of whomever is lurking in the shadows, slaying unsuspecting inventors for taking part in a tragic injustice." [Source]
London Darkness: War of the Devices (digital, February 2013) [Kindle Asin: B008BO5S68] by Christopher Stocking.
"Fifteen years have passed since the events with Caiden and the forces of Partum Chaos transpired, and the League of Inventors is flourishing with Ryker and Adelina as Head Inventors. London's defenses are at peak performance, and all seems well for Ryker; his wife, Celia; and Lance, their fifteen-year-old son. But, when a mysterious Frenchman arrives with talks of impending war, American musicians in the forest, and strange automatons, Ryker must figure out who is his friend, and who is his foe in order to save what he has worked so hard to create." [Source]


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.

But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Regularly readers of the blog will know that sometimes I do unusual things. This week you get neither a movie trailer nor short movies.
This week I want to talk about sharing interests, love and happiness.

In May my wife and I will celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. That is a long time. Five years before our wedding a young hero entered the world of video games: LINK
He is the star of the Nintendo video game series The Legend of Zelda.
Since 1991 my wife and I follow the video series on all the various consoles (NES, SNES, N64GC, Wii). It is amazing that we still love each other and we still share the love for video games in common and the love for the Legend of Zelda series in detail. The only thing that changed was the time we spent for playing. In November 2011 we both have been overwhelmed by SKYRIM which is an absolutely awesome game. At the same time the latest Legend of Zelda has been released. But we did not pay attention to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii. That changed by end of last week! We went to the local Toys'R'us in order to have a look at new board games. By random we found out that they offered reduced copies of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword!!! Instantly we forgot the board games and bought a copy.
Since then we enjoy ourselves in the evening by playing the game. Of course it is a single player game. But it makes so much fun to discover the world together!! I don't know if you can imagine what it means to play video games together with my beloved wife after so many years.
The following video review shows why we love this game:


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.

The post started with sun and it ends with sun .......


"If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.

Benjamin Franklin, US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
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