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.


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. A book for you?
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

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 ....


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 ......


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 ......

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....


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


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for mentioning my award! I'm still stunned.
A slew of awesome Sherlock Holmes books for us today. Such a great character, even with all the different incarnations.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Great video of the first murder on a Victorian Train. Interesting how far forensic has come now.
Sherlock Holmes... great reading back in the day. So good to have new stories to read. Nothing better than an old favourite character released into new adventures.

Congratulations, Alex. :)

Sleep is a necessary evil while reading is pure pleasure.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
it has ben a pleasure to mention your award.
I must say these new Sherlock Holmes stories aroused my interest. It is fascinating to read the different approach to this famous character.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,
I really like to see such kind of documentation.
Ten years ago I was not interested in Sherlock Holmes. I'm happy that my taste changed a bit.

The last sentence of your comment will be my quote for the next weekend post.

dave richards said...

totally psyched to seek out these Sherlock Homes books, thanks for the heads up.

Rosalie Skinner said...

I would be honoured to be quoted in your post Edi. :)
How exciting. It just seemed appropriate.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Dave Richards,
thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the books you discovered.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,

I'm sorry for the delayed reply. I have been to busy. I kept my promise and I posted the quote.

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