Saturday, September 21, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave #issue 1338

Hello and welcome to issue #1338 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
What a week!!
On Monday the visit of a cold foiled my plans for the week. Nevertheless I delivered my post on Tuesday in order to celebrate the publishing date of CassaStorM by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Despite that I worked additional hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Thursday should have been the first day of a few free days. Due to unlikely events I had to spend half a day on work.
I think I need two more days to finally get rid of the cold. On Friday I rewarded myself. I spent the whole day either sleeping or reading and did not switch on my PC. Good decision because I read a whole book!! And not to forget: I received several books.


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News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

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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. Fly or not?
  2. Catchpennies
  3. Victorian Violence
  4. 3D Printing
  5. Who was MacDonald Gill?
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Brain of a man

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  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Quote related to something to sit on

The Lighthouse

I read a book in one day! I spent the whole Friday either reading or sleeping. I hope to finish at least one more book until end of September.

I finished

- Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (pb, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765331571] by David Barnett.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Such a great read. I finished the book in one day.
Excellent story and excellent story telling. Lot of passages sounded like the penny blood which have been famous in Victorian England."


- 100 pages in Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165416] by James Lovegrove.
I like it a lot. Fully told from Dr. Watson's point of view.

No progress

I will return to following books soon. It is my gut feeling which decide what I read an my taste change within a day.  That is not nice for the authors but good books deserve good mood and full attention.

- 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.

- 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.

What a week in case of receiving books: Two digital copies, two paperbacks and one more unexpected hardcover.

Today I spent exactly 1,98 EUR (= 1.67 GBP = 2.68 USD)  for two digital copies. The first one is a  present day tech-thriller and the second one is a historical fiction set in England of 1346.

CyberStorm (digital; pb March 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BT4QRHG; ISBN-13: 978-0991677191] by Matthew Mather.
"Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads.

Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world's news networks. As the world and cyberworld come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems..." [Source]
Once a while I like to put my nose in such kind of books. This one is special because two worlds - the real one and the cyberworld - crash at the same time. The snowstorm part reminds me of the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow.
When I checked my digital book wish list today, I saw the special price and bought it immediately. I know it is crazy. But this fits to my changing reading mood.

I'm interested in history and I like bows. Furthermore I know that the English longbow played an important role in English military history. Therefore it was no question that I added Master of War: The Blooding (digital, August 2013; pb January 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00BOE1E6U; ISBN-13: 978-1781850596] by David Gilman to my book wish list. Today I noticed that the digital copy of Master of War: The Blooding belongs to a special offer during this weekend over at and when I saw the price, I could not resist to buy a copy. I'm definitely a dead loss when it comes to books ....
"England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion.

As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone learns the brutal lessons of war - from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.

Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that will forge a legend.

THE BLOODING is the first part of the David Gilman's epic novel MASTER OF WAR." [Source]

The two paperback copies I recieved this week belong both to series.

In the middle of the week I received the third and final book in the Gallow trilogy in form of a paperback. Gallow The Last Bastion (September) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0575115125; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00BU1DG18] by Nathan Hawke. I enjoyed the first book and hope to return to the series soon.
"The last battle for the fate of your country is coming. My kin are out for blood and revenge. Another empire sees a chance to come in and pick up the pieces of our war. Most of your warriors are stuck hiding in the swamps, always aware that they do not have enough numbers to win a straight fight. And from over the seas, my people bring their most deadly weapons, the Fateguard. Living suits of armour, imbued with mystical and deadly power. The end times have come for your land. I have fought alongside you, I have bled for you, I have made myself a traitor to all I believe in for you. And yet you still do not trust me. But you have no option. This will be our last battle, and there is only one place that it can be fought. We must defend our stronghold, no matter how many lives it may cost, no matter how hard it is. For if we do not, there will be no mercy and no relief from the terrors to come. Good thing I'm on your side." [Source]

Today my paperback copy of The Rose and the Thorn (pb, September, 2013) by Michael J. Sullivan. This is the second book in The Riyria Chronicles. That means I own all books published so far starring Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborn. This is another proof that  I'm a hunter and gatherer of fantasy series.

For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception --- Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of --- but she's about to find out.

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)." [Source]

It seems there is someone over at Tor/ who knows what I like to read! Another hardcover found the way to my home.

Thank you Tor/ for the copy of Jack Cloudie (hc, US, 2013)[ISBN-13:  978-0765333209] by Stephen Hunt. Don't get confused. The UK edition has been published in 2011.
"A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea. Thanks to his father's gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket, desperate to graft enough coins to keep him and his two younger brothers fed. Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to the most useless airship in the fleet, serving under a captain who is most probably mad, Jack seems to be bound for almost certain death in the far-away deserts of Cassarabia. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Omar ibn Barir, the slave of a rich merchant lord finds his life turned upside down when his master's religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he survives the destruction of his home to enter into the service of the Caliph's military forces -- just as war is brewing. Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a senseless field of war. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack's true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph's court? A cult that hides the deadly secret to the origins of the gas being used to float Cassarabia's new aerial navy. If Jack and his shipmates can discover what Cassarabia's aggressive new regime is trying to conceal, he might survive the most horrific of wars and clear his family's name. If not!" [Source]
As shown on Stephen Hunt's site the Jackelian series consists of six novels so far. The main characters differ from book to book. Now I own copies of the first five books and I read the first two of them.
There is something more to mention
"While speaking at the Forum Fantastico, Hunt noted the versatility of fantasy as a genre, and described his Jackelian series as quest novel (The Court of the Air), adventure novel (The Kingdom Beyond the Waves), invasion tale (The Rise of the Iron Moon), murder mystery (Secrets of the Fire Sea), war story (Jack Cloudie) and spy novel (From the Deep of the Dark)." [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...

TO fly - a dream of mankind. A dream which light our imagination. The good guys over at WebUrbanist present an inspiring collection of vehicles and concepts:

The wonderful The Cat's Meatshop presented recently a collection of what people liked to read in the Victorian era: CATCHPENNIES

Last week I posted a link to an interesting post about the use of umbrella, hatpin and walking stick during the Victorian era. If you liked the post I highly recommend to read the next part of the post series over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:

Again and again I'm surprised about what you can do with a 3D printer. Have a look at what the people over at WebUrbanist found:

Who was MacDonald Gill? To be honest I did not know before I read following post over at London Historian's Blog

I must say that MacDonald Gill created some interesting things which have a kind of relation to fantasy.

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.

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Today you get something which is neither related to history nor to any movie.
Today you get the exclusive view into the brain of a man while having a tryst. I know this is a more poetical word. I think nowadays we use rendezvous or date ...

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.

There are quotes which do not need any further comment or explanation ...

"Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

Michel de Montaigne, 'De l'experience,' 1580-88, French essayist (1533 - 1592)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

After watching the video, I think my red mind guy slept through my entire dating experience.
The digital room was impressive.
Sorry you spent the week sick but at least you finally had some time to read.
Thanks again for Tuesday!

Jennifer Bielman said...

Eventful week. lol.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

I really, really enjoyed Tuesday and reading.
Thank you for being an inspiration and to as solid as a rock.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Jennifer,

fortunately this was an exception. I do not need such kind of weeks.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Sorry to hear you weren't well. Still, having time to read is a bonus. I think our mood and choice changes as our life situation changes.
Great post again. The Master of War looks great.
I am tempted to delve into Sherlock Holmes again. Thanks to your posts. They never fail to intrigue and entertain. So glad to find new books in that 'genre'.
Hope you are feeling better now.

Zoltán Gecse said...

I don't know the time when I was able to read a whole book during a day.

As I remember the original Sherlock stories are written by the viewpont of Dr. Watson.

Do you plan to read the whole Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories someday, or will you skip them and read from another writters instead of?

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,
in the meantime I feel well again.
To spend a whole day for reading and sleeping was like Christmas and Birthday on the same day.
I like Sherlock Holmes a lot.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Zoltán,

To read a book in one day was like heaven.

I definitely want to read all original Sherlock Holmes novels (two left) and all short stories.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. I appreciate your comment.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Carol,
I like your post a lot and therefore it has been a pleasure to leave a comment.

Thank you for stopping by.

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