I'm sorry for the delay. I enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday. Today (Sunday) it is raining again.
Fortunately there is no flood in our region as we have in other parts of Germany.
ENJOY READING ....
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
- Reading progress
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
- A digital copy
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- Giveaway for creative people
- "King Kong of Grimdark"
- "The Omnibus Law"
- The Victorian Web
- London History
- Victorian Ladies
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
German proverbs, sayings and idiomsPart of a review?
My reading progress dropped to a chapter per day which happens when you fall asleep with a book in hand on the sofa after two pages. From Monday to Friday I read every morning 30 minutes before I went to work. I hope next week I will be less tired in the evening.
- 151 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
- Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
- The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.
Enjoy your weekend ....
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 past week I bought one digital copy in order to complete my collection of a series. I talk about the Bryant and May Mystery series by Christopher Fowler. If you do not know the series I recommend to read the excellent article about the series by the author himself.
So far I read the first two books.
Now I bought a digital copy of Bryant and May on the Loose (digital 2009) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B0031RS7HC] by Christopher Fowler which is the seventh book in the Bryant and May Mystery series. The good thing is that is still writing new books and I want them all.
"The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line. This is the twenty-first century and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London's most unusual crimes can save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers - leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder.
It isn't so much the discovery of the headless corpse that's potentially so politically explosive as where it's found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature - half man, half stag - carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve. The Home Office has reluctantly authorized the PCU to reunite for one last encore performance - in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They've got until the end of the week to solve a murder with unlikely links to gangland crime, Slavic mythology, the 2012 London Olympics, and the sort of corruption only obscene amounts of money and power can buy.
It's the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve - and it could be just the case that kills them." [Source]
No more today, see you next week ......
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...
2012. Mark Lawrence, author of the Broken Empire series with book three - Emperor of Thorns (hardcover) [ISBN-13: 978-0425256855] - to come in August 2013, did a stupidly huge giveaway.
2013. Maybe you did not take part in or you did not win the 2012 stupidly huge giveaway. Do not worry! feels with you and started the
which is opened worldwide until 8th of July 2013. For details please visit the link above.
Anyway I need to tell you the scope in advance. Unbelievable but true:
"You can send in anything you like as a competition entry. Anything."Good luck to all participants
What or who is the "King Kong of Grimdark"?
It is the subject of the email you need to send if you want to take part in a worldwide open giveaway. I'm sorry that is not correct. If you should live in Mangazeya then you are excluded!
The price is a copy of
Did I arouse your interest? Then you should visit Only the Best SciFi/Fantasy and take part in
Good luck to all participants!
On 30 of January 1836 The Times newspaper published the so called "The Omnibus Law". Thanks to Joan Lennon who wrote about it in her post Travelling Manners - The More Things Change ... over at The History Girls. It is surprising how many of the rules are still useful after 177 years!
Rule six needs slight update by replacing straw by floor:
"Do not spit on the straw. You are not in a hogsty but in an omnibus travelling in a country which boasts of its refinement."Should you ever visit London and you are interested in the history of a town related transport system then you should visit the London Transport Museum.
Do you like chocolate? I do and it is nearly impossible for me to stop after eating one piece of a chocolate bar. Despite this fact I read the incredible post
Awesome & Weird Chocolate, Part 2
over at Dark Roasted Blend and ended up with a waterfall of saliva in my mouth. I recommend to read the post in a chocolate free area.
I mentioned several times that I'm interested in the Victorian era. There many sources in different media available. Of course you find a lot of interesting and informative sites in the World Wide Web. One of these resources is the excellent Victorian Web.This is is different compared to others in the way they work and present the information.
Instead of torture you with my humble explanation I quote a few sentences from the Introduction:
"[...] The Victorian Web, in contrast, presents its images and documents, including entire books, as nodes in a network of complex connections. In other words, it emphasizes the link rather than the search tool (though it has one) and presents information linked to other information rather than atomized and isolated."
A lot of people use the 61,408 documents and images (March 2012 and still growing) which is shown in the number of 1.5 million page views a month.
Before you visit let me warn you that it is not my fault when you spend hours instead of minutes over there ...
London. my favorite town. A town with a long and interesting history. I'm always happy when I find information about London's history which are new to me. Therefore I must read the post
Dark Roasted Blend. It sounds a bit morbid but there was a real reason behind this project.
That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......
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.
I did not find a movie trailer which I would like to share with you. Every time when this happens I go for a YouTube trip. It is incredible what you can discover over there. The following two videos are the result of my last trip and shows my interest in the Victorian era. Nowadays you can get tons of information in form of books, films, exhibitions, museums and of course in the World Wide Web. One of the excellent sources is the Victorian Web which I mentioned above. I must say I like to get information from contemporary witnesses. They give a specific view on events and eras. As far as I know nobody who was born in England between 1837 and 1901 is still alive. That means there is no more contemporary witness of the Victorian era. Fortunately the BBC interviewed contemporary witnesses many years ago and fortunately there are people who make these interviews available on YouTube. So I'm happy to present you interviews with ladies born in the Victorian era. They tell us things which you do not find in history books at school ...
Victorian Ladies Part One
Victorian Ladies Part Two
That's all for today. See you next time....
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.
This could be part of a review ....
"Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.”
Samuel Johnson, English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)