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.


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. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
  2. The debut of a new character in a new anthology
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

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.


- 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 ....


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.


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.


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”
Marcella Burnard “EMISSARY”
David J. West: “THE DOGS OF WAR”
Alexis A. Hunter: “THE RED HAND”
Loriane Parker: “THIEF OF SOULS”
W. E. Wertenberger: “THE GNAWED BONE”
[Source 1, Source 2]

"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.


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”
Steve Grassie: “MARK OF THE WARRIOR”
S.H. Roddey “BLACK ICE”
Steven S. Long: “THE TWO FIRES”
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.
NOOK EDITION   Barnes & Nobles

NOOK EDITION   Barnes & Nobles

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...

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 ......

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 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.

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.

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 = 1.45 USD; = 0.99 GBP; = 1,09 EUR

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....


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)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael J. Sullivan - will download one of his books tonight. And will look for the steampunk series.
Glad you're enjoy CassaStorm and wow are you moving through it fast!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I wake up early in the morning and finished CassaStorM!
I could not wait to read the end. It looks like I moved through it fast. But I did not read faster than normal because I wanted to enjoy every single word. But I extended the time I spent for reading.

You did a great job. CassaStorM is a more than worth final book in the trilogy. I never expected such a revelation at the end.
Now I work on the review.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Another great interview Edi.
Glad you are getting reading done again.
I attended a Writers' Festival and listened to so many writers. Added heaps of titles to my 'to read' list. So many books, so little time.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,

I like to listen to authors when they talk about their books and their ideas. Often you get another point of vie to a story.

When we continue in this way it will not take long until we can cover the Moon with our to read lists :-)

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