Saturday, September 07, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1336

Hello and welcome to issue #1336 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
To keep the story short. I'm happy to post this issue of the Weekend Wave after an exhausting week.


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
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Free Read 
  2. The Official CassaStorM Blog Tour
  3. An impressive Friesian
  4. Special Suits
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Great Exhibition

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 comment

The Lighthouse

I really, really look forward to my days off. I asked myself why I buy books when I do not find enough time for reading. 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 read

- the first chapter of The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.
I'm impressed by her writing style and the amount of information delivered.

I finished

- no book

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 unexpected hardcover, one unexpected digital copy and bought several digital copies.paperback copy which I ordered recently.

Thanks to Tor/ for sending me a copy of Robert The Bruce (hc, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765331571] by Jack Whyte. This is the second book in a series.
"Robert I, or as he is known to a grateful Scottish nation, Robert the Bruce, was one of Scotland's greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation. He spearheaded the valiant Scots in their quest for freedom, leading his people during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the Kingdom of England. His reign saw the recognition of Scotland as an independent nation, and today Bruce is remembered in Scotland as a national hero.

It was by no means a fair and easy road for this indomitable fighter. As a young man he saw the English king Edward I award the vacant Crown of Scotland to John Balliol. The nation quickly splintered into factions and this spurred Robert and his father to at first side with Edward and then against John, whom many of the nobles did not feel was the correct person to guide the nation. Thus began a decades-long path for Scottish freedom. To achieve this goal, Robert sometimes had to delicately balance the power of the nobles against the might of the English. He was a tireless campaigner and after a full life of battle and diplomacy, in May 1328, King Edward III signed the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, which recognized Scotland as an independent kingdom and Bruce as its king.

A passionate man. An incredible warrior. And one of Scotland's finest."[Source]

Author and friend of the blog Stephen Zimmer has been so kind as to send a digital copy of his brand new story collection set in the world of Ave where his famous  Fires in Eden series take place.
The Chronicles of Ave (digital, 2013)[Kindle Edition ASIN:B00EYNPRYI] by Stephen Zimmer
"Official Synopsis: Escape into the wonders of Ave in this first collection of short stories featuring the fantastical world from the Fires in Eden Series by Stephen Zimmer.

“Into Glory Ride” tells the story of a young Trogen Warrior who is called to go up against insurmountable odds when an Elven raid strikes his homeland. The Trogens have only begun training winged steeds for combat, but time is of the essence and a momentous choice has to be made by the young warrior.

In “A Touch of Serenity” a conscript laborer working on a massive wall constructed under the orders of the Divine Emperor begins to hear ghostly voices asking for help. His response leads him on a journey that will test his courage, wisdom, and compassion.

In “Moonlight’s Grace” a young man goes to help his people when a Midragardan raid strikes Gael. He seeks to prove his worth to the chieftain whose daughter he loves with all his heart.

The novella-length “Winter’s Embrace” follows a warrior-monk into the depths of dangerous woodlands in the heart of winter. There he will find his faith tested in ways he never anticipated, when he must help a forest witch against an enigmatic, immortal being known as the Undying.

“Lion Heart” introduces the heroic Sigananda of the Amazu people, who must confront things that transcend the laws of the physical world when powerful Wizards threaten his homeland.

In “Land of Shadow” a knight who is part of a band of Avanoran mercenaries discovers how perilous the mysterious Shadowlands are when they undertake a journey to locate a site to build a fortress.

A world of wonder beckons to be explored and fantasy enthusiasts are invited along for the journey in these half-dozen stories from the world of Ave!

Also be sure to take further adventures in Ave in the Fires in Eden Series, beginning with Crown of Vengeance, Book One!" [Source]

Last week I presented several new books starring Sherlock Holmes, the most famous fictional detective of the world. But do you know Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, the American Sherlock Holmes and Arthur J Raffles, the gentleman thief?

I must say that author Jaques Futrelle and his main character did not cross my for the first time. But I lost track.

I must admit I never heard before of E. W. Hornung and his the gentlemen thief Arthur J. Raffles.
Did you know that E. W. Hornung was a brother-in-law to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Therefore I'm happy that I discovered the "Wildside Megapacks" via Pat's Fantasy Hotlist which are offered in many ebook stores. Go and search you will be suprised about the variety and about the prices.

 The Jaques Futrelle Megapack: 47 Tales of The Thinking Machine and Others 
(digital, 2013)[Kindle Edition ASIN:B00BXMFOLY]
 "Jacques Futrelle (1875-1912) is widely considered "the American Sherlock Holmes" for his series of stories about Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, who is better known as The Thinking Machine. Van Dusen, a master of logic, believed he could think himself out of any situation -- and solve any crime -- using his immense intellect. Through dozens of stories, The Thinking Machine solved locked-room puzzles, kidnappings, and more murders than can be easily counted, proving again and again that brain-power is the answer to any problem. This volume collects 47 short stories and novels, including many stories featuring The Thinking Machine." [Source]

 The Raffles Megapack
(digital, 2013)[Kindle Edition ASIN:B00D4608WM]

 "This mammoth compilation of Raffles works presents 26 short stories -- all the tales from the original 3 collections, "The Amateur Cracksman," "The Black Mask," and "A Thief in the Night" -- plus the novel "Mr. Justice Raffles." Also included are 20 additional, related stories by E.W. Hornung and John Kendrick Bangs (including the adventures of Raffles' son), plus introductions, book covers, and notes. Whether you're an established fan of the "amateur cracksman" or a newcomer to E.W. Hornung's classic gentleman-thief, you'll find something new and entertaining in this volume!" [Source]

I like the writing of Judith Flanders a lot. So it is just a question of time until I own copies of all her books related to the Victorian era. Today I bought a digital copy of Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (hc 2007, digital 2009, pb 2007) [Hardcover ISBN-13:  978-0007172955; Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0007172962; Kindle Edition ASIN: B002TU1Q9I] by Judith Flanders.
"A delightful and fascinating social history of Victorians at leisure, told through the letters, diaries, journals and novels of 19th-century men and women from the author of the bestselling 'The Victorian House'.Imagine a world where only one in five people owns a book, where just one in ten has a knife or a fork - a world where five people out of every six do not own a cup to hold a hot drink. That was what England was like in the early eighteenth century. Yet by the close of the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution had brought with it not just factories, railways, mines and machines but also brought fashion, travel, leisure and pleasure.Leisure became an industry, a cornucopia of excitement for the masses. And it was spread by newspapers, by advertising, by promotions and publicity - all eighteenth, not twentieth century creations. It was Josiah Wedgwood and his colleagues who invented money-back guarantees, free delivery, and celebrity endorsements. New technology such as the railways brought audiences to ever-more-elaborate extravaganzas, whether it was theatrical spectaculars with breathtaking pyrotechnics and hundreds of extras, 'hippodramas' recreating the battle of Waterloo, or the Great Exhibition itself, proudly displaying 'the products of all quarters of the globe' under twenty-two acres of a sparkling 'Crystal Palace'.In 'Consuming Passions', the bestselling author of 'The Victorian House' explores this dramatic revolution in science, technology and industry - and how a world of thrilling sensation, lavish spectacle and unimaginable theatricality was born." [Source

Finally I bought a book in German! So far I read three Steampunk books from German authors and I have not been disappointed. Now I discovered a fourth book which is a mix of crime and Steampunk set in an alternate Frankfurt in the year 1899. The good thing is that I may have the opportunity to meet the author end of September ....
Maschinengeist (pb 2012, digital 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205; Kindle Edition ASIN: B008EV2YCO] by Chris Schlicht.
"1899 – Die Städte Frankfurt und Wiesbaden sind zu einem riesigen Komplex verschmolzen, in dem die Unterschicht wenig mehr als die Verfügungsmasse der Reichen ist. Riesige Fabrikschlote hüllen die zum Himmel schreiende Ungerechtigkeit in schwarzen Rauch und lassen die Probleme der versklavten Massen bedeutungslos erscheinen.

Inmitten riesiger Fabrikkomplexe kann Privatermittler Peter Langendorf sich über einen Mangel an Arbeit nicht beklagen. Nicht nur, dass er für Baron von Wallenfels die Machenschaften einer technikfeindlichen Sekte ausloten soll, die das neuste Spielzeug des Industriellen, ein gewaltiges Luftschiff, zerstören wollen. Zusätzlich soll er noch die Halbschwester des Künstlers de Cassard finden, die in die schlimmsten Kreise abgerutscht zu sein scheint. Als dazu noch Peters Bruder Paul auftaucht und ihm von üblen Machenschaften auf den Baustellen und dem Auftauchen entsetzlich mutierter Ratten berichtet, ist das Chaos komplett.

Doch alle drei Fälle führen zu ein und derselben Person … [Source]

No more today, see you next week ......


Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

Two months ago I wrote about an upcoming series by Emma Jane Holloway set in an alternate Victorian London and  starring Evelina Cooper, niece of the most famous Sherlock Holmes.
I follow her site and read following announcement with great pleasure:
"Here is some very good news! The prequel story to my series will be available FREE online this Friday at the USA Today Happy Ever After Book Blog. The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual will be featured as part of their Steampunk Fridays! Please spread the word and enjoy the story! I’ll post a link when it’s up." [Source]
 So if you are interested to read the prequel then follow this link.

Only a few days to go until the publishing date of
(September 17th, 2013) 
[Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] 
[E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019]

Author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh celebrate his third and final book in the Cassa series with a blog tour and Edi's Book Lighthouse participate. The blog tour start on Monday and you can win awesome prices during the tour.

There are two events on September 17th. Alex J. Cavanaugh will teaming up with author Lynn Rush for his first ever Twitter party from 8-9:00 EST. Hashtag is #RUSHED and there will be chances to win prizes from both author. Edi's Book Lighthouse will present a CassaStorM review plus a short Q & A plus a giveaway. 


9 - The Non-Review
11 - The Unicorn Bell
15 - Anne R Allen’s Blog
16 – Literary Rambles
17 – Edi’s Book Lighthouse
18 - Mithril Wisdom
19 - Lynda Young
20 - Tossing It Out
23 - Under the Tiki Hut
27 – Cruising Altitude 2.0
30 - Write Now

4 - MsBookish
9 - The Writing Nut
11 - My First Book
14 - Untethered Realms
18 - Sia McKye Over Cofffe
21 - Stephen Tremp
28 - Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

4 - Donna Weaver
25 - Leave it to Livia

In addition, I am teaming up with author Lynn Rush for my first ever Twitter party on September 17 from 8-9:00 EST. Hashtag is #RUSHED and there will be chances to win prizes from both of us.

The week of my release, there will be an awesome prize package offered here for anyone who comments. And anyone who signs up to announce my book release that week (Taking the World by Storm) is eligible for this cool prize package: Cassa mug, Cassa mousepad, $25.00 iTunes gift card, and swag. You can sign up HERE. You have the option of just signing up or asking a unique question to go with your announcement post. (In addition to the questions, the information I send for the announcements will be different.)

Thanks to Legolas Perlenuniversum for sharing following link with me:

Building a Friesian  

I'm really impressed by  the result. For more information about the Friesian follow this link.
If you like to see animated pictures then have a look at following video.

When it comes to science fiction it is more or less unavoidable to mention space suits. Over at WebUrbanist  you can have a look at the imaginations of space suits. Some of them look like if they could be delivered in a few years from now.

Wearable Tech of the (Distant) Future: 13 Sci-Fi Suits

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.

As I did not find a movie trailer worth to share with you, I continue with my travel back to the Victorian era.

One of the greatest events took part from from May 1st to October 11th 1851 in Hyde Park, London. I talk about The Great Exihibition.The impressive Crystal Palace housed the exhibition.
From my point of you the Albert and Victoria Museum site deliver excellent information about The Great Exhibition.
I recommend to watch the video A day at The Great Exhibition which gives a great introduction to the event in an entertaining way.

The following video show a more funny approach to The Great Exihibition.

Recently I posted (one, two)  about author  JUDITH FLANDERS who wrote several books about the Victorian era. As I mentioned above today I bought a copy of Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (hc 2007, digital 2009, pb 2007) [Hardcover ISBN-13:  978-0007172955; Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0007172962; Kindle Edition ASIN: B002TU1Q9I] by Judith Flanders.

And this is the header of the first chapter: From Arciadia to Arcade: The Great Exhibition!!
I look forward to read this chapter and of course thre restr of the book.

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.

My last week delivered more evil than pleasure ...

"Sleep is a necessary evil while reading is pure pleasure.

Rosalie Skinner, author of the Chronicles of Caleath series, comment on


Zoltán Gecse said...

Just try to relax a little bit... with reading more pages.

BTW, you Germans are very lucky, because you can by the WLAN Kindle eReader for 49 euros from the Unfortunataly there is no international shipping option. :(

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The horse sculpture is really impressive!
Some really cool book covers this week. And I guess listening to audio books would be the only way to read with your eyes closed. Of course, that doesn't work if you're asleep.
Thanks for mentioning my tour! Looking forward to visiting you here on launch day.

Rosalie Skinner said...

I love friesians... they are incredible horses. This sculpture is amazing.
Robert the Bruce was one of my favourite heroes from history. Another MUST read added to my already over long list.
A great post. Thanks for the quote!! :) :)
Alex, audio books might be the answer... until you fall asleep. Imagine the dreams you could have! You would have to be careful of what you chose.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

I try my best.
To be honest I did not know the KINDLE price as I still use my SONY PRS-T1 reader which deliver what I want.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I always appreciate your comments and I'm happy when I found something you like.

I hope you will have a bombastic week with a highlight on Tuesday.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,
it was a pleasure to quote you.

I think we both could build a bridge from Australia to Germany with the books we would like to read.

Sometimes I fall asleep while reading and I continue reading in my dreams.
When I want to continue reading the next day I'm often surprised that the story continues in an other direction as I thought I have read the other day!

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