Saturday, August 31, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1335

Hello and welcome to issue #1335 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I admit I'm tired. Nevertheless I try to deliver an interesting post. Depending on my current reading taste, parts of the post are related to crime in  the Victorian era.

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
  2. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Pinnacle Book Achievement Award 2013
  2. What will happen when mankind disappear
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Murder on the Victorian Railway

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 Quote from a book

The Lighthouse

There is something wrong with me. I can't remember a time when I fell so often asleep while reading. I know that I'm no longer twenty years old and that work take its toll. This was not my week when it comes to reading. I did not finish a single book and spent more time for sleep than for reading. I'm still not able to read with closed eyes.




I finished

- Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
 I enjoyed the third book in the series as much as the two previous books.
The story takes place in 1973 and bears a lot upon the Victorian era and Victorian London.
Arthur Bryant and John May are inimitable and the belong to my favourite characters.

This shows more twists and turns as expected ...



No progress

- 150 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
No progress.

- 157 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
No progress. 


 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.

Last week I received one paperback copy which I ordered recently.

Cauchemare is the French word for nightmare.  It also the name of the villain in Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165416] by James Lovegrove.
"It's the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence.  Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital.  He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack.  He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication.  He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems?  Is he connected somehow to the bombings?  Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet." [Source]

Sherlock Holmes, Victorian London and a pinch of steampunk gadgets are the key words which convinced me to buy a copy.
I could not resist and have had a look at the book. It seems the author is working on a kind of series. The next book should be released in August 2014 with the title Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War
I read the foreword without know it belongs to the story. It was not that easy to stop reading at this point But I managed it after some minutes and switched to the acknowledgements.
Do you belong to the people who read acknowledgements? I read it most of the time because you can discover interesting information.  James Lovegrove thanked especially two persons and one of the names rang a bell: George Mann. Recently I mentioned his excellent Newbury & Hobbes Investigations series. But there are more books available and more to come. In sum there are/will be four books and all of them are related to the most famous fictional detective and his partner: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.


 George Mann and Sherlock Holmes

I own a copy of Encounters of Sherlock Holmes (February 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160039] edited by George Mann.
"A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.

Introduction by George Mann
The Loss of Chapter Twenty-One by Mark Hodder
Holmes and the Indelicate Widow by Mags L Halliday
The Demon Slasher of Seven Sisters by Cavan Scott
The Post-Modern Prometheus by Nick Kyme
Mrs Hudson at the Christmas Hotel by Paul Magrs
The Case of the Night Crawler by George Mann
The Adventure of the Locked Carriage by Stuart Douglas
The Tragic Affair of the Martian Ambassador by Eric Brown
The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman by Richard Dinnick
The Pennyroyal Society by Kelly Hale
The Persian Slipper by Steve Lockley
The Property of a Thief by Mark Wright
Woman’s Work by David Barnett
The Fallen Financier by James Lovegrove." [Source]


I ordered a copy of  Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes (February 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160046] edited by George Mann in advance.
"A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, edited by respected anthologist George Mann." [Source]

So far the names of the authors and the titles of their stories are unknown.





It seems it has been only a question of time until dive into the universe with own novels. Without doubt and with trust in the author I ordered copies of following two books.

This the first book.
Sherlock Holmes: The Will of the Dead (November 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1781160015] by George Mann
"A young man named Peter Maugram appears at the front door of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson’s Baker Street lodgings. Maugram’s uncle is dead and his will has disappeared, leaving the man afraid that he will be left penniless. Holmes agrees to take the case and he and Watson dig deep into the murky past of this complex family.

A brand-new Sherlock Holmes novel from the acclaimed author of the Newbury & Hobbes series." [Source]
There is no information about the year. Therefore I do not know if the author follows the time line from the original stories or not.
The description sounds like a " normal" Holmes case.





This is the second book.
 Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-
1781160022] by George Mann

"Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, 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. In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock." [Source]

As far as I know the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle cover the period from 1880 to 1914. That means George Mann goes one step beyond. It will be interesting to read whether the author follow the known timeline, then we will meet an 60 year old detective or if the author present a detective of unknown age.





There are two more Sherlock Holmes books by Guy Adams who is an avowed Sherlock Holmes fan. The covers of his novels are done in the same style as the covers for the Sherlock Holmes novels by George Mann and James Lovegrove. I do not own copies of the following two books but they are on my list

The first Guy Adams book
Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God (2011) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0857682826]
"The nineteenth century is about to draw to a close. In its place will come the twentieth, a century of change, a century of science, a century that will see the superstitions of the past swept away.

There are some who are determined to see that never happens. A body is found crushed to death in the London snow. There are no footprints anywhere near it. It is almost as if the man was killed by the air itself. This is the first in a series of attacks that sees a handful of London’s most prominent occultists murdered. While pursuing the case, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves travelling to Scotland to meet with the one person they have been told can help: Aleister Crowley.

As dark powers encircle them, Holmes’ rationalist beliefs begin to be questioned. The unbelievable and unholy are on their trail as they gather a group of the most accomplished occult minds in the country: Doctor John Silence, the so-called “Psychic Doctor”; supernatural investigator Thomas Carnacki; runic expert and demonologist, Julian Karswell...

But will they be enough? As the century draws to a close it seems London is ready to fall and the infernal abyss is growing wide enough to swallow us all." [Source]



The second Guy Adams book
Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau (2012) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0857682826
"Following the trail of several corpses seemingly killed by wild animals, Holmes and Watson stumble upon the experiments of Doctor Moreau.

Moreau, through vivisection and crude genetic engineering is creating animal hybrids, determined to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin. In his laboratory, hidden among the opium dens of Rotherhithe, Moreau is building an army of 'beast men'. Tired of having his work ignored -- or reviled -- by the British scientific community, Moreau is willing to make the world pay attention using his creatures as a force to gain control of the government." [Source]
So Doctor Moreau left his island. The Island of Doctor Moreauherlock Holmes by H.G. Wells has been published in 1896.
That fits in the Sherlock Holmes timeline.


Finally I want to return to  Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove.

If you want to know more about the book then I recommend to read Gregory Pellechi's review over at ADVENTURES in SCIFI PUBLISHING.


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...

Congratulations to author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh.
His book CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.)[ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] - my review - won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Science Fiction!




Earth does not need makind. I think as soon as we disappear flora and fauna will adopt quickly the towns and more. Partially it happens nowadays. Have a look at following post over at the WebUrbanist:

Animal House: Woodland Creatures Adopt Deserted Cabins


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.

Today I want to share with you the documentation about a specifc crime in Victorian era.
It is about the first murder taken place on Britain's railways in 1864.
n a first class carriage - and a body on the railway embankment. For the first time, a murder has taken place on Britain's railways. This has been a spectacular murder and with the railway newspapers could be transported to most of the regions in a short time. So the murder aroused a great interest.
Let me tell you in advance that this excellent BBC TWO documentation last one hour.
I found it worth watching as I'm interested in the Victorian era in crimes whicht happened beside the most famous Jack the Ripper in 1888.




Recently I posted about author  JUDITH FLANDERS who wrote several books about the Victorian era. And there is one book by her which fits perfectly to the topic crime in Victorian era and the Victorian taste for crime.
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (hc 2011, digital 2011, pb 2011) [Hardcover ISBN-13:  978-0007248889; Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0007248896; Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.
"In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction.

Murder in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold-blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, ballads, opera, and melodrama—even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and the new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other—the founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell.

In this meticulously researched and engrossing book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder, both famous and obscure: from Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus, to Burke and Hare’s bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedy of the murdered Marr family in London’s East End. Through these stories of murder—from the brutal to the pathetic—Flanders builds a rich and multi-faceted portrait of Victorian society. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the utterly dangerous, The Invention of Murder is both a mesmerizing tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable." [Source]


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 effect of following sentence depends on your imagination ...

"The sound of flesh and bone impacting on concrete was like no other.

Christopher Fowler, page 371, Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1334

Hello and welcome to issue #1334 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
How fast a year pass. On August 25th 2012 I told you that my wife an I will visit a medieval fair in the wonderful town of Speyer. We did it again today! Unfortunately we had to copy with rain showers but that did not hinder us toe enjoy the fair. Now you know the reason for the delay of the post.


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
  2. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Bleeding Heart
  2. The return of Harry Lytle
  3. Breathe history
  4. LEGO and Brooklyn
  5. Crazy theories
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Riddick: Dead Man Stalking

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 Quote related to mistakes

The Lighthouse

This was not my week when it comes to reading. I did not finish a single book and spent more time for sleep than for reading. I'm still not able to read with closed eyes.




I finished

no book



I'm

- 150 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
Better a small progress than nothing.



- 199 pages in Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
This shows more twists and turns as expected ...
Last week I wrote that this is the first book in  the Bryant and May Mystery series.
This is wrong. Seventy-Seven Clocks is the third book in the series.


No progress
- 157 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
The book is good but as I said recently I must be i the mood for it.


 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.

Last week I received one paperback copy which I ordered in advance.

Beside a lot of other things I like books, libraries and magic. But I'm not keen to read vampire stories. When I read the description of the following book for the first time I was not one hundred percent sure if I wanted to read it or not. Finally a neurotic fire-spider  tipped the scales and I ordered a paperback copy of Libriomancer (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0756408176] by Jim C Hines which arrived a few days ago.  Libriomancer is the first book in the Magic ex Libris series.
"Isaac Vainio has spent the past two years working at the Copper River Library in northern Michigan, secretly cataloguing books for their magical potential, but forbidden from using that magic himself . . . except for emergencies. Emergencies like a trio of young vampires who believe Isaac has been killing their kind, and intend to return the favor.

Isaac is a libriomancer, brilliant but undisciplined, with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages. And attacking a libriomancer in his own library is never a good idea.

But vampires are only the beginning. This was merely the latest in a series of attacks against members of Die Zwelf Portenære, a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Among the casualties is Ray Walker, Isaac’s friend and mentor in magic.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of a dryad named Lena Greenwood. Lena packs a pair of wooden swords and proves to be quite adept at helping to beat down various magical threats. She also seems to be a little too interested in Isaac . . . not that he minds. Yet Lena’s nature could make her a greater threat than any vampire.

Along with a neurotic fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac and Lena set out to find and stop whoever is behind the attacks. But things are worse than Isaac imagined. An unknown killer of unimaginable power has been torturing and murdering humans and vampires alike. And Gutenberg, now more than six hundred years old, has disappeared.

As Isaac searches for Gutenberg and the murderer, hoping they aren’t one and the same, he uncovers dark secrets about magic’s history and potential. Secrets which could destroy Die Zwelf Portenære and loose a magical war upon the world. If Isaac is to have any hope of preventing that war, he will have to truly master the magic of libriomancy.

Assuming he doesn’t lose control and wipe himself from existence first." [Source]


A book for you?
Author K W Jeter is connected to Steampunk forever as he is the man who coined the term "Steampunk". I read and enjoyed his Steampunk novels Morlock Night (1979) and Infernal Devices (1987). Now the author returns to the world he left 25 years ago with Fiendish Schemes (hc and digital, October 2013; pb, Novelmber 2013) [HC ISBN-13: 978-0765374028, KINDLE ASIN: B00CQY7T3Y; PB ISBN-13: 978-0765330949]. I must say I'm really curious to read how the author tackle the topic with the background of rising popularity of Steampunk in society.  
"In 1986 K. W. Jeter coined the term "steampunk," applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with Fiendish Schemes, a tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in new self-imposed exile…accumulating debts.
The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father's grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess.
If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity—and making money—than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world." [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...

The Bleeding Heart
This is the title of the 11th book in the Bryant and May Mystery series by Christopher Fowler. The author shared details about the next book in his post

I'm nearly halfway throught the third book - Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] - I enjoy the mystery.  If you do not know the series I recommend to read the excellent article about the series by the author himself.




The return of Harry Lytle
Sometimes authors and readers need as much endurance as the Himalaya is high. In this special case I talk about the author Paul Lawrence and his The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series.
In April 2010 I reviewed The Sweet Smell of Decay (June 2009, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636426] and in June 2010 I reviewed A Plague of Sinners (May 2010, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636914]. I loved to read both books and could not wait for the third one. On October 11th 2011 Paul Lawrence posted following sad news:
"Death of a Publisher

11th October 2011

And on this day it came to pass that Beautiful Books went into administration. Sad news for many - and my sympathy to anyone who may have lost their job as a result.

In the meantime the Harry Lytle Chronicles are looking for a new home. Interested publishers should contact Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown." [Source]
Paul Lawrence started to search a new publisher for the third Harry Lytle book. The months passed by and he keipt informed his readers via Facebook and GOODREADS. And after a long, long time he found a new home for his book at publisher Allyson & Busby.
The 27th of January 2014 is the publishing day of AHearts of Darkness (hc, January 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015275] !!
So far the cover is not available. But at least I can deliver the description.
"1666. London is recovering from the Great Plague and mourning its dead. The city is free at last, like a great old bear, beaten to its knees, bloody but unbowed. But the disease slithered out of London to wreak its evil upon other towns and cities. The worst was over, the Pestilence gone, in search of new feeding grounds, bounteous and plentiful in the villages outside of the London.

Henry Lytle, who works for Lord Arlington's intelligence service, is sent to Essex where the plague is breeding to track down a traitor and bring him back alive. But things get tricky when Lord Arlington's latest recruit for the mission is a man Lytle left dead. Having learnt first hand of Lord Arlington's barbaric cruelty, Lytle knows he can't refuse the job. Travelling into a disease-ridden village with a murderer seems like a better option." [Source]


I'm so happy that the series continues and my wife too who read the first two books recently.. 


Breathe history
Whenever I read fictional books I try to imagine the the landscape, towns, people and so on. It works up to a certain point. To visit historical places is  something which helps me a lot. There are castles, abbeys, houses where I really get lost. To go there is like a time travel.
I do not know if I will ever get the opportunity to visit The Lord Leycester Hospital which is an impressive and fascinating building. Why it is a building that breathe history?
Why is it that unique? The following post over at  English Historical Fiction, give the answer .....





Lego and Brooklyn
There is no question that I love what other people do with LEGO.  I found one more awesome example ove at the WebUrbanist. Have a look and you may understand why I behave like a child when I see such results.


Crazy Theories
Do you have a theory about the Universe, Life, Time or other things?
I like to read about theories and therfore I visited the WebUrbanist with great pleasure in order to read








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.


Sometimes I miss - for whatever reason - information about upcoming movies.
Doe this name  ring a bell?  So far the kick-ass character Riddick appeared in two movies, Pitch Black (released 2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (released 2004). After nine years he found the way back to the screen. In September 2013 Riddick: Dead Man Stalking will hit the cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past." [Source]

I must say I enjoyed the first two movies and look forward to see the tird. Vin Diesel is the perfect actor for the role of Riddick. At first sight it looks like another action movie. But Riddick is different kind of character. There is always a plan behind his moves.




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 do you copy with mistakes? .....

"When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don't, you only make matters worse.

Ward Cleaver

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1333


Hello and welcome to issue #1333 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
This weekend I'm busys with other things. A friend is visiting us and we want to spend time together. That means this issue maybe a bit shorter than usual but hopefully still interesting.

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
  2. Whitefire Crossing goes German
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Night Shade Books News
  2. The Arms and Armour of Robin Hood
  3. Giveaway
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Caroline Shenton

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 reading

The Lighthouse

I'm happy that I could finish one more book. We will see how many books I will read in 2013.




I finished

- CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013)[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002][E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Excellent conclusion of the trilogy. My review and more will be available on September 17th, 2013.
.


I'm

- 132 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
This is the final book in the exquisite Broken Empire series. Yes, it is great.



- 109 pages in Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
This is the first book in the awesome Bryant and May Mystery series . These two extraordinary gentlemen are something special for me.....


No progress
- 157 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
The book is good but as I said recently I must be i the mood for it.


 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.

Last week including today  I received a paperback copy which I ordered in advance AND a hardcover which I won in a giveaway.

Let me start with the paperback copy: Gallow Cold Redemption (JAugust 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115101; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BU1DFZU] by Nathan Hawke  is the second book in the Gallow trilogy. I enjoyed the first book a lot and hope to present my review soon.
" I fought against your people, and I have fought for them. I have killed, and I have murdered. I betrayed my kin and crippled my king. I led countless warriors to their deaths and fought to save one worthless life. I have stood against monsters and men and I cannot always tell the difference.

Fate carried me away from your lands, from the woman and the family I love. Three hellish years but now, finally, I may return. I hope I will find them waiting for me. I hope they will remember me while all others forget. Let my own people believe me dead, lest they hunt me down. Let me return in the dark and in the shadows so no one will know.

But hope is rare and fate is cruel.
And if I have to,
I will fight." [Source]
The third and final book will be published next month. I hope to read the second book until then. I can't remember the last time when I read a trilogy consecutively.


From time to time I take part in giveaways and sometimes I win. Today I received a  hardcover copy of The Thousand Names (2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0091949891; KINDLE ASIN:  B00CQ1D5LM] by Django Wexler which I won over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.
"Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic....

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path." [Source]

The book aroused some interest. There are a lot of positive reviews and an excellent ranking over at GOODREADS. No question that I wanted a copy. Normally I do not buy hardcover. Therefore I more than happy than I won a hardcover copy.





Did you read The Whitefire Crossing (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-1597802833]  by Courtney Schafer?
"Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel." [Source]

I read it in 2011 and wrote on GOODREADS:
"There is more behind the story as you think at first sight.
Mountain climbing plays an important part in the book. I do not have any experience in this area but Courtney created breathtaking scenes.

I liked the two main characters - Dev and Kiran - more and more after every revelation."
Do you belong to the people who are waiting for the German edition?
Then I have good news for you. Since yesterday (August 16th, 2013) the German edition is available in paperback and Kindle version over at
KINDLE EDITION  Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.de
Paperback  Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.de

Blutmagier The Whitefire Crossing (pb and digital , 2013) by Courtney Schafer?

 "Blutmagie ist die mächtigste und grausamsteMagieform. Magier mit dieser Gabe ziehen ihre Kraft aus Schmerz und Leid. Mein Name ist Dev. Ich verdinge mich als Führer durch das Weißfeuergebirge, und ganz nebenbei schmuggle ich magische Talismane von Ninavel nach Alathien. Doch dieses Mal soll ich einen jungen Mann einschleusen. Was ich leider zu spät erfahre: Er ist der entflohene Lehrling eines Blutmagiers ╬ und der denkt nicht daran, ihn einfach ziehen zu lassen. [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...

You may remember that a posted about the problems over at publisher Night Shade Books.
This week I received a mail from them with surprisingly good news for authors and readers:

"Night Shade Books August 15, 2013

Dear Night Shade friends,

There have been many changes with Night Shade Books over the last three months including the departure of Jason Williams, but what isn't different is that Night Shade has many great books coming out.

Trade paperback editions of The Eternal Flame by Greg Egan, Prepare to Die!, by Paul Tobin, Osiris by E. J. Swift, and The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton are now available and in stores. Available in the next few weeks are two debut novels that we are really excited about: The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, and Pete Rawlik's Reanimators.

Other books coming in the next few weeks include The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5 by Ellen Datlow, Neal Asher's Zero Point, and Laird Barron's new collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.

We have more books coming out later in the year, and are busily acquiring books for the next catalog season. Start Publishing continues to publish Night Shade's ebook catalogue, bringing Neal Asher's Prador Moon to the United States for the first time in ebook as well as creating individual ebook collections for both Martha Wells and Kameron Hurley's Night Shade works which are currently available now on all e-tailers. This is just the beginning of what Start Publishing has in store for all of the Night Shade authors on the ebook front. We are looking forward to a great future with Night Shade Books.

We're happy to say that Night Shade Books 2.0 is alive and well, and we continue to do what we've always done . . . find the right books for the right readers.

All the best,
Tony Lyons, Publisher for Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Jarred Weisfeld, President for Start Publishing, LLC
Jeremy Lassen, Editor for Night Shade Books


Night Shade Books, an imprint of both Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., and Start Publishing, LLC"



What do you know about the arms and armour of Robin Hood? I assume you know as much as I do from various movies, TV shows and books. But is that what we know historically correct? Since I read following post over at English Historical Fiction, I know that I have to revise my knowledge.

The Arms and Armour of Robin Hood by Steven A. McKay



Author Adam Christopher crossed 4600 followers on Twitter, Reason enough to celebrate it with a giveaway. These are the rules and the prices:

The competition is pretty simple: follow me on Twitter, then post a comment on this blog post with your Twitter ID, and you will be entered into the draw. If you’re not on Twitter, fear not, because there are four prizes – two for Twitter followers, and two for everyone else. So if you aren’t on Twitter, just post a comment here, and we’ll work it out.
There are four prizes!
The Age Atomic - 9-CD audiobook.
Seven Wonders - 12-CD audiobook.
Seven Wonders + The Age Atomic UK paperback bundle (2 sets).

Twitter followers will be in the draw for one audiobook and one paperback bundle, and likewise for those not on Twitter. The selection of the audiobook will be random, unless the winner has a terribly strong preference. You can only enter once. All prizes will be signed/personalised/defaced as the winner desires.
The competition is open to anyone, worldwide. Because WorldCon is coming up, I’ll leave it running until Wednesday 4th September.

You want to take part? Then visit Giveaway time!

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.


Last week I talked about a book and showed you an interview with an author. I told you that I found another interesting book, which I would like to present you instead of a trailer.

Do you know what happened in London on 16th of October 1834?
Caroline Shenton, the Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster is profound adept of the shocking event which happened on that day and she put together all the information in her book The Day Parliament Burned Down (August 2012) [Hardcover ISBN-13= 978-0199646708; Paperback ISBN-13= 978-0199677504; KINDLE ASIN: B008CNX5AO].
"In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor, and from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses the great conflagration destroyed Parliament's glorious old buildings and their contents. No one who witnessed the disaster would ever forget it.

The events of that October day in 1834 were as shocking and significant to contemporaries as the death of Princess Diana was to us at the end of the 20th century - yet today this national catastrophe is a forgotten disaster, not least because Barry and Pugin's monumental new Palace of Westminster has obliterated all memory of its 800 year-old predecessor. Rumours as to the fire's cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians?

In this, the first full-length book on the subject, head Parliamentary Archivist Caroline Shenton unfolds the gripping story of the fire over the course of that fateful day and night. In the process, she paints a skilful portrait of the political and social context of the time, including details of the slums of Westminster and the frenzied expansion of the West End; the plight of the London Irish; child labour, sinecures and corruption in high places; fire-fighting techniques and floating engines; the Great Reform Act and the new Poor Law; Captain Swing and arson at York Minster; the parlous state of public buildings and records in the Georgian period; and above all the symbolism which many contemporaries saw in the spectacular fall of a national icon." [Source]
Listen to what Caroline Shenton has to say about her book:




The Day Parliament Burned Down (August 2012)won the Political Boo of the Year 2013 Award

Lord Ashcroft presenteds Caroline Shenton with Political Book of the Year 2013

For more information about the author and the book please visit Caroline Shenton's site and follow her on Twitter.


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.

An advice for anyone who likes to read .....

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

P. J. O'Rourke, US humorist and political commentator (1947 - )


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1332

Hello and welcome to issue #1332 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Reading books! What a wonderful and satisfying pastime. Sometimes you may be too tired, distracted or simply oversaturated. Fortunately there are books which let you forget everything. I have the highly appreciated opportunity to read  some awesome, but totally different books (two finished, three in progress) which gave/give me everything what I'm craving for.
Furthermore I love the unscheduled discovery of books which happened to me a few house ago.  With that in mind I dismiss you to the new issue of  Edi's Weekend Wave.



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
  2. The debut of a new character in a new anthology
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A trilogy for free
  2. Gravity
  3. Mudlark
  4. Cross an airplane with a hovercraft
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Judith Flanders

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 advice

The Lighthouse

Incredible! Since last Saturday until today I finished two books, posted a review and started to read three new books. It has not been easy because of limited time. Therefore I'm really happy with the result.



I finished

- The Executioner's Heart (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1781160053] by George Mann
Another excellent book in the series.


- Gallow The Crimson Shield (July 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115088; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BU1DFXW] by Nathan Hawke
There is more behind he story as one think at first sight. Splendid descriptions of fights and landscape and a character torn between two worlds.


I'm

- 92 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,
This is the final book in the exquisite Broken Empire series and so far it is compelling read.

- 177 pages  in CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013)[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002][E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh
I belong to the lucky people who got a review copy of the final book in the series. My review and more will be available onSeptember 17th, 2013.
It is as good as I hoped.

- 37 pages in Seventy-Seven Clocks (digital, 2010) [Kindle Edition: B003M5IL24] by Christopher Fowler
This is the first book in the awesome Bryant and May Mystery series . These two extraordinary gentlemen are something special for me.....


No progress
- 157 pages in Tomorrow the Killing (pb ARC, 2013) by Daniel Polansky.
The book is good but as I said recently I must be i the mood for it.


 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.

Last week including today I received two pre-ordered paperback copies, one ordered paperback copy and I bought a digital copy..


The world of Victorian crime and mystery is like a magnet for me. That does not mean that I buy every book which postulate to be the next must read book in this genre. But the description of Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.

"Murder. Vice. Pollution. Delays on the Tube. Some things never change…

London 1859-62. A time of great exhibitions, foreign conquests and underground trains. But the era of Victorian marvels is also the time of the Great Stink. With cholera and depravity never far from the headlines, it’s not only the sewers that smell bad. Novice detective, Campbell Lawless, stumbles onto the trail of Berwick Skelton, an elusive revolutionary, seemingly determined to bring London to its knees through a series of devilish acts of terrorism.

But cast into a lethal, intoxicating world of music hall hoofers, industrial sabotage and royal scandal, will Lawless survive long enough to capture this underworld nemesis, before he unleashes his final vengeance on a society he wants wiped from the face of the Earth?

Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square is the first of a series of historical thrillers by William Sutton set during the mid-nineteenth century, featuring Metropolitan policeman, Campbell Lawless, aka the Watchman, on his rise through the ranks and his initiation as a spy.

Before Holmes, there was Lawless…

Before Campbell Lawless, the London streets weren’t safe to walk…"[Source]
For more information about the author and his book please visit the official William Sutton site and read the latest interview over at My Bookish Ways.



I do not have finished the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. But that did not hinder me to get a copy of The Crown Tower (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0356502274] which is the first book in the Riyria Chronicles.

"TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords (publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order).

The Riyria Chronicles
1. The Crown Tower (August 6, 2013)
2. The Rose and the Thorn (September 17, 2013)

The Riyria Revelations
1. Theft of Swords (contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
2. Rise of Empire (contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
3. Heir of Novron (contains Wintertide & Percepliquis)" [Source]


Last week I talked about Three (pb July 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0857663634] by Jay Posey which is the first book in the Legends of the Duskwalker series.
 "The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise." [Source]
This week I received my paperback copy. One more book for reading when the days get shorter.
Following reviews are helpful in case you not arguments to buy a copy:





A few days ago author Stephen Zimmer posted about the debut of his new character Rayden Valkyrie which makes her debut in a new fantasy anthology in his post

Rayden Valkyrie Debuts Today in Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword!

The story All the Lands, Nowhere a Home is part of a new two volume fantasy anthology published by Seventh Star Press.

THUNDER ON THE BATTLEFIELD: SWORD (August 2013) by James R Tuck.
"HARK! to the sounds of battle. Mighty men and women who take their destinies with the strength of their arm and the sharpness of their blades. These are tales of warriors, reavers, barbarians, and kings. Lands of wonder populated with monsters, black-hearted sorcerors of Stygian power, and heroes who have blood on their hands and on their steel.

This is SWORD AND SORCERY.

Edited by James R. Tuck, acclaimed author of the Deacon Chalk Novels, the Sword volume features tales from the following authors:

G. Jerome Henson: “THE HORDE”
Jay Requard: “PAPER DEMONS”
D.T. Neal: “THE WOLF & THE CROW”
John F. Allen: “FOREST OF SHADOWS”
Marcella Burnard “EMISSARY”
David J. West: “THE DOGS OF WAR”
Alexis A. Hunter: “THE RED HAND”
James R. Tuck “WHERE THE RED BLOSSOMS WEEP”
Loriane Parker: “THIEF OF SOULS”
W. E. Wertenberger: “THE GNAWED BONE”
Stephen Zimmer “ALL THE LANDS, NOWHERE A HOME”
J.S. Veter “THE WITCH OF RYMAL PASS” "
[Source 1, Source 2]


THUNDER ON THE BATTLEFIELD: SORCERY (August 2013) by James R Tuck.
"BEHOLD! the clash of war. Steel upon steel and heroes fighting shield to shield. The only true victory is a brave death and the destruction of your enemies. These stories harken back to a barbaric past that never was. A time when heroic men and women cut glory from the cloth of a sorcery-filled world and stole gold from the hands of the gods themselves. This is fiction that takes no prisoners. No quarter asked. No quarter given.

This is SWORD AND SORCERY.

Edited by James R. Tuck, acclaimed author of the Deacon Chalk Novels, the Sword volume features tales from the following authors:
"Jeffe Kennedy: “NEGOTIATION”
Alex Hughes: “THE FOURTH RULE”
Selah Janel: “THE RUINS OF ST. LOUIS”
Steve Grassie: “MARK OF THE WARRIOR”
James R. Tuck: “ANGELS OF SCRAWL”
M.B Weston: “THE CHERUBIAN, THE LINDWORM, AND THE PORTAL”
Brady Allen: “GRINDING THE GEARS”
S.H. Roddey “BLACK ICE”
Steven S. Long: “THE TWO FIRES”
D.A. Adams: “ACROSS THE WILDS”
Mark Taverna “DARK GENESIS”
Steven L. Shrewsbury “WHORE OF JERICHO” "
[Source 1, Source 2]


So far both books are available in digital format. Printed editions will follow soon.


THUNDER ON THE BATTLEFIELD: SWORD (August 2013) by James R Tuck.
KINDLE EDITION Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.de
NOOK EDITION   Barnes & Nobles

THUNDER ON THE BATTLEFIELD: SORCERY (August 2013) by James R Tuck.
KINDLE EDITION Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.de
NOOK EDITION   Barnes & Nobles


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...



Author Joseph Robert Louis posted following announcement on his blog:



Free this week: Halcyon (A Steampunk Trilogy)

The title says it all. From August 8 to August 12 2013, you can get Halcyon, the complete trilogy of steampunk thriller novels, for free on Amazon. 

These are the direct links to

 You want to more of the content and to see the cover? Here we go:


"All three novels in the Halcyon trilogy of steampunk thrillers:

Book 1: The Burning Sky

When a mysterious explosion destroys an airship, four strangers come together to uncover a vast conspiracy to plunge the nation of Marrakesh into a devastating war.

Taziri Ohana, inventor of the experimental airship Halcyon, leads the investigation across the length of the country. With the aid of a brutal detective, a holy swordsman, and an exiled princess, she discovers clandestine meetings, deadly beasts, horrific experiments, and bizarre machines that reveal a far-reaching plot against the royal family and her countrymen.

Book 2: The Broken Sword

Master swordsman Lorenzo Quesada believes he can peacefully restore his country's prosperity and honor using the legendary Skyfire Stone. But Salvator Fabris, the most feared fencer and assassin in Italy, also wants this holy relic.

And then famed inventor Taziri Ohana arrives on Lorenzo's doorstep with a tale of a horrible plane crash and three frightened passengers: a scholar, a politician, and a scowling Italian chemist named Dante. Unwilling to abandon strangers in need, Lorenzo takes them with him across the wintry wastes into the mountains, where they encounter creatures far more terrifying than mere assassins.

Book 3: The Bound Soul

In her darkest hour, exiled princess Qhora Yupanqui allies herself with both strangers and enemies to find her husband's killer and free his immortal soul from eternal bondage.

From the soaring skies of Marrakesh to the perilous streets of Alexandria, Qhora tracks the murderer to a strange temple where men forge mystical swords and where immortal youths called Anubis and Bast wield god-like powers. But she also finds two new friends: a gunslinging Spartan dwarf and a vicious harpy eagle from her homeland." [Source]

I remember I read the first book of the trilogy last year and liked it a lot. So it is up to you to dive into a steampunk trilogy for free.



When you cross an airplane with a hoovercraft you get an ecranoplan also know as a ground effect vehicle. I remember I heard about that a long, long time ago when I was interested in airplanes.
 Read the text and take a look at the breathtaking pictures over at Dark Roasted Blend post: The Ecranoplans Showcase, Part 1
There is a second page available. Look at the end of the post.



In Germany we use the word "Dreckspatz" especially for children who dirtied theirselves. When you look for a translation you get several proposals like litter lout, litterbug, mucky pup and mudlark. Mudlark is an interesting word with a history behind and is related to the River Thames. It was an occupation in the Victorian Era.  Are you hooked? Then I recommend to read following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors:





Would you like to climb the facade of a building with any risk? Then you should think about a trip to London as the guys over at WebUrbanist found out. Have a look at 


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.


Like last week I did not find a trailer I liked to share with you. So I started to think about what to do instead. I admit I buy a lot of books over at Amazon.de and as a customer you receive newsletters. The ones I receive are mostly related to books in English. From time to time I wonder about the selection of books presented in such newsletters. This morning (Saturday, 10th of August 2013) I checked my mail accounts and found a newsletter titled
Europäische Geschichte: Englische Bestseller  
which means
European History: English Bestseller
Most of the time I do not read these newsletters when the title contain words like young adult, romance, urban fantasy and more.
In this case I opened the mail and the first of eight books presented in the newsletter attracted my attention. Within a couple of minutes I checked the book, bought a copy, visited the author's site, watched a 35 minute video and came up with an idea for this issue.

WHO IS JUDITH FLANDERS?
She is an author and journalist who  worked 17 years as an editor for several publishing houses. Her first book has been published in 2002.

WHY DO I WRITE ABOUT  JUDITH FLANDERS?
It has nothing to do with the fact that we both were born in the same year. It is more that we share the passion for the Victorian Era. She write about it and I will read her books. Yes, I did not read a book by Judith Flanders so far. That will change with the book I discovered in the aforementioned newsletter.
I bought a digital copy of The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dicken's London (hc 2012, digital 2012, pb 2013) [Hardcover ISBN-13:  978-1848877955; Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1848877979; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00993KE46] by Judith Flanders.
"The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented transformation, and nowhere was this more apparent than on the streets of London. In only a few decades, London grew from a Regency town to the biggest city the world had ever seen, with more than 6.5 million people and railways, street-lighting and new buildings at every turn. In The Victorian House, Judith Flanders described in intimate detail what went on inside the nineteenth-century home. Now, in The Victorian City, she explores London's outdoors in an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets. From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colourful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, via the many uses for the body parts of dead horses or the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. No one who reads Judith Flanders's The Victorian City will view London in the same light again."[Source]

I don't know how long the price for the Kindle edition will be valid. So checkout the links

Price on 2013-08-10 at
Amazon.com = 1.45 USD; Amazon.co.uk = 0.99 GBP; Amazon.de = 1,09 EUR



WHY SHOULD YOU SPEND 35 MINUTES TO WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH Judith Flanders?
I watched the interview with great pleasure. She definitely knows how to tell stories. It seems the interviewer  has been as mesmerized as I am by Judith Flanders because sometimes he forgot to ask the next question. If she writes as good as she talks then her books must highly informative and entertaining at the same time.

As explained in the interview, Judith Flanders wrote more books about the Victorian Era and especially about Victorian London. For more information about her and her books I recommend to visit the official Judith Flanders site.  Furthermore you can follow Judith Flanders on Twitter.

I think you will not be surprised when I tell you, that while gathering information about Judith Flanders and her books, I discovered another quite interesting book, which ....... no, no, no! I'm sorry I have to stop right now because that will lead to another story which will be available soon. It is about a building in London ..............

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.

I have nothing to add to following quote .....

""Careful with fire" is good advice we know. 
"Careful with words" is ten times doubly so.

William Carleton, Irish writer and novelist (1794 -1869)
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