Saturday, June 08, 2013

EDI'S Weekend Wave issue #1323

Hello and welcome to issue #1323 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
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.


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress 
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. A digital copy
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Giveaway for creative people
  2. "King Kong of Grimdark"
  3. "The Omnibus Law"
  4. Chocolate
  5. The Victorian Web
  6. London History
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. 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
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Part of a review?

The Lighthouse

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.

I finished
no book


-  151 pages In The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper

No progress

- 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
over at 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)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now I want to know how weird chocolate can be!
The Stupidly Huge Giveaway - that is an awesome name.

Zoltán Gecse said...

I read Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May on the loose. It was good, however I wasn't entirely satisfied with the end of the book.

Maybe you also got the information Jasper Kent's People Will released today. I fear a little bit about this book, because I have high expectations in it.
And James S. A. Corey new book also on the shelfs of bookstores...

Bryce L. said...

Thanks for the mention, Edi! Lots of good stuff this week, and lots of that centered around Mark Lawrence. :)

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
As I could read your on your blog you liked the chocolate link.

Mark Lawrence is always good for a surprise.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,
so you are several books ahead of me in the Bryant & May series.

In the meantime I bought a digital copy of The People's Will by Jasper Kent. I understand your concern about the book. I really liked the first two books I read so far.
The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey is excellent. So far I read the first book.

I definitely need more time for reading.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Bryce,
it was a pleasure to mention your giveaway. Mark Lawrence write tough books.
I look forward to read Emperor of Thorns.

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