On Wednesday last week I read the sad news that our local cinema will close forever in August 2013 because the owner is not able to raise funds for the conversion to digital technology. The conversion is mandatory because movies will be delivered in digital format only.
My wife and I liked to go there because we do not need to see every movie in 3D and the tickets have been a lot cheaper than in the so called multiplex cinemas. As I said it is sad but we can't change.
Beside that I hope you will enjoy what I put together for you.
ENJOY READING ....
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The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
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- Books for you?
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- Transport in Victorian London
- Do you abandon books?l
- Ideas, ideas, ideas
- Pub names
- Heads will Roll
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In case of reading this has been a great week. I finished two books and made a significant progress in the third book.
- Aetherherz (May 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484903537; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00CP6V0D8] by Anja Bagus.
German Steampunk. I enjoyed a lot.
- The Last Days Of Newgate (pb, 2006) [ISBN-13: 978-0753821688] by Andrew Pepper
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The second book in the Pyke mystery series is an absolutely great read and while other people complain it is too long with more than 500 pages, I find the content fit to the length.
This book is much more then a pure murder mystery. It is a great mix of murder mystery, Pyke's biography, historical and alternate history events, introduction into economy and a secret ode to London.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series."
- 309 pages in The Place of Dead Kings (pb, March 2013)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721157] by Geoffrey Wilson.
Jack Casey - the main character - is a tough guy.
- 123 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
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.
This week I received the paperback edition of the first book in a fantasy series with an unusual cover which I ordered in advance. Normally I'm not a fan of vikings but this new series caught my attraction. Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke
"Nathan Hawke is the pseudonym of fantasy author Stephen Deas.Yes, this is the real cover!!! Publisher Gollancz UK "banned" title and author name to the back.
Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow - Truesword, Griefbringer and trouble for anyone who crosses him.
I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander bastard here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face.
For my king I will travel to the end of the world. I will find the fabled Crimson Shield so that his legions may carry it to battle, and when Sword and Shield must finally clash, there you will find me. I will not make pacts with devils or bargains with demons for I do not believe in such things, and yet I will see them all around me, in men and in their deeds. Remember me then, for I will not suffer such monsters to live.
Even if they are the ones I serve." [Source]
I must say I like it a lot. It will be interesting to see if this is a flash in the pan or not. Book two and three will be published in August and September.
A few hours ago I have been invited to a free download of a fantasy short story via GOODREADS. I did not hesitate to download a copy of Nash of the Thieve's Guild [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B005RZHBRS] by Tony Passarelli.
"The City of Port Gardale is under the rule of the Godking. The Thieves’ Guild is a secret organization that operates in the shadows and back alleyways of the Port City. Life can be hard for a thief, especially hard for a boy thief...
Meet Nash of the Thieves’ Guild; he knows the meaning of hard because he is desperate.
Desperate for a virgin and desperate to stay alive!
Will the young thief spill his oats or will his deadly rival Jadrien spill his beans?
Fun and frolics, thrills 'n spills. It's time for high adventure where life is sweet and danger is only one footstep away.
Short story: 5,000 words. Not suitable for younger readers." [Source]
You can download a KINDLE copy of Nash of the Thieve's Guild for free on 13th and 14th July 2013 at Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon DE
To be honest I do not know how good or bad the is. So you need to build up your own mind. As soon as I find time to have a look I will post my opinion.
The following three books belong to two series where I read all published books so far which is quite an exception.
So far I read and enjoyed the first two books - The Martian Ambassador (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] and The Feaster from the Stars (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777-080] in the Blackwood & Harrington Mystery series Alan K Baker (on some covers Alan Baker).
Yesterday I discovered that in May 2013 The Gods of Atlantis (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1907777882] has been published.
"Something has been discovered beneath the most sacred of burial sites on the island of Atlantis ... something that may require the rewriting of the early history of human civilisation. In London, Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator for Her Majesty’s Bureau of Clandestine Affairs and his colleague Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research, are instructed to investigate the recent disappearance of the scientists Albert Michelson and Edward Morley along with the prototype of their “Tele-manipulator”, a device which will allow the control of mechanical devices with the human mind. Michelson and Morley were engaged on an international speaking tour, and were last seen in the Atlantean capital, Poseidonis... In their latest adventure, Blackwood and Harrington embark on a perilous journey from the fogbound streets of London to the sundrenched and myth-haunted island of Atlantis, where they will make a shattering discovery about the ancient history of Earth ... and Mars..." [Source]Of course I want a copy of the book. As I ordered a lot of books in advance I have to wait until October to buy a copy. But that is not a problem because there are some other books I want to read before ....
In 2009 I read The Affinity Bridge (pb, 2008) [ISBN-13: 978-1905005888] by George Mann.
I loved the first book in the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series. In case you never heard about this series I add the cover and the description.
"Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution.Since the beginning of 2013 I was aware that the fourth novel in the series should be published in July 2013. The Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series belongs to the series where do not buy paperback editions. I checked Amazon DE for The Executioner's Heart and found the link to the US KINDLE and hardcover edition. As described before I want a paperback copy. I was not sure about the publishing date of the paperback.
Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. For this is also a world where ghostly policemen haunt the fog-laden alleyways of Whitechapel, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where Sir Maurice Newbury , Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, works tirelessly to protect the Empire from her foes.
When an airship crashes in mysterious circumstances, Sir Maurice and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is baffled by a spate of grisly murders and a terrifying plague ravaging the slums of the city." [Source]
Fortunately I follow a lot of blogs. One of them is Falcata Times. Yesterday (July 12th) following post popped up in my Bamboo Reader:
The Executioner's Heart!! I copied the ISBN and used it to search the book at Amazon DE. I found the book listed with following title: Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes 4) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From now on I will use either ISBN number or author name to search for books. Search by title is not trustworthy!
Of course I ordered a copy of The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] by George Mann which will be delivered next week.
"A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate."[Source]All Newbury & Hobbes Investigations fans should mark the 24th of September 2013 in their calendars because it is the publishing date of The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781167427] by George Mann
"A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes." [Source]Be sure I ordered a paperback copy in advance. I'm happy that the series continue.
There will be more books by George Mann of 2013 and beginning of 2014. Let me pique your curiosity with one Name ... Sherlock Holmes ..... But that is another story.
the number of Steampunk books on my shelf is growing. That reminds me to have a look at my Cherie Priest books ... but that is also another story....
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...
London is my favorite town and that is one of the reasons why I follow Ian Visits. Ian post about London in the past and present. Transport in London has a long history. See what some people planned 160 years ago:
Do you abandon books? Most of the time I follow my own 50 pages rule which means every book gets 50 pages to convince me to continue reading. If I can't copy with the style of the author I read less. There is a real interesting evaluation over at GOODREADS. I recommend to have a look at following link. There are some surprising results.
Can you imagine a world without ideas? I can't. Some ideas are inventive whereas others make us laugh or shaking our head. Enjoy another entertaining post over at the WebUrbanist:
From time to time I like to read historical fiction. I love to question events, inventions and people in such kind of books. I stop reading immediately and start use lexicons or internet.
It is surprising how accurate the authors of such books are.
Therefore I like to read when such authors write about research for their books. Do you know which kind of telephones were in Russia within 1890s? The following post delivers the answer:
Pubs, taverns and inns - one should underestimate their role in fantasy, mystery and history. For me it is amazing when I read such kind of books when events or inventions or person. There are pubs in England with well documented history which goes back several hundred years. Have a look at the following post about to famous pub names:
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.
Sleepy Hollow - Does that ring a bell? Whenever I hear or read Sleepy Hollow I think immediately of Johnny Depp starring as Ichabod Crane in the movie directed by Tim Burton.
Now Sleepy Hollow returns as a new TV series on FOX.
About The Show
"What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity's last hope?I'm not sure if one of the German TV channels will by the show. At least I can have a look at the trailer which I share with you.
Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")." [Source]
LEGO always remind me of my childhood. I liked to bild aircraft carriers and planes. It was the time when you just got the pure bricks. In 2014 the LEGO Movie will hit the cinemass
"The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world." [Source]
This is the first trailer. I need some more trailers to build up my mind.
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.
Do you still use ink and paper to write letters? If you do I bow to you because I think every handwritten letter is like a gift ....
"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”
Phyllis Theroux, in House Beautiful Magazine