Saturday, December 21, 2013

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1351

Hello and welcome to issue #1351 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Finally I reached my days off. Will return to work beginning of 2014. Now I work on a Christmas gift in form of a review. I want to use my free days to relax and to spend time for reading, reviewing and sewing. There so many posts I missed to read. It will take time to reduce the number of unread posts. I think the most important thing for me is to relax and to think about what I would like to do with the blog in 2014.
I must say The Desolation of Smaug was not bad. But I missed what I describe for myself as "magic moments" which make the The Lord of the Rings trilogy still the better movies set in Middle-earth.


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. Some colorful sweets for Christmas
  2. LEGO I
  3. LEGO II
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Land of Giants

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 poetry

The Lighthouse

I does not happen that often that I read three books from one author within one month. Author Heather Blackwood impressed me with her time travel series and with her first Steampunk novel. Sti7 days left until the end of 2013. So far I managed to read 45 books. It seems to achieve the mark of 50 books is out of reach. I hope 2014 will be a better year when it comes to reading.
Nevertheless I'm happy that I could finish one more book last week.

I finished

- Hounds of Autumn (digital, 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00AZMU8W8] by Heather Blackwood
"It is 1890, and the windswept moors hold dark secrets. Chloe Sullivan is an amateur inventor whose holiday takes a dark turn when her friend and colleague, one of the few female mechanical experts in the British Empire, is murdered.

A black mechanical hound roams the moors, but could it have killed a woman? And what secrets are concealed within the dark family manor?

Accompanied by her naturalist husband and her clockwork cat, Chloe is determined to see her friend’s killer found.

But some secrets have a terrible cost." [Source]

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I like steampunk. I like the Victorian era. I like mysteries.

This was a surprising good read. It was exactly my cup of tea.

A fascinating female main character. A lot of twists and turns. The book breathe the Victorian era and the steampunk elements are integrated into the story.

I hope and wish that Heather Blackwood will write more steampunk mysteries.


- 55 pages Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor.
Again I followed my gut feeling and started to read this book. Surprisingly there are neither Steampunk elements nor the story is set in Victorian England. But the first 50 pages were really promising. The main character Nicolas Lenoir is most interesting and I know I will not really like him because his behaviour .... No, I won't tell you. Two green eyes in the dark, absinthe to forget ....

- 361 pages in A Study in Silk (digital, pb, September 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0345537188; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00C4BA48G] by Emma Jane Holloway.

No progress

- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.

- 98 pages in 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.

- 172 pages in the Emperor of Thorns (pb, August 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0007439058] by Mark Lawrence,

- 175 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson

 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.

New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another

I have been really lucky in the past week because I could get a digital copy of Nor will he sleep (pb, digital, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1846972515; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00EU9XICO] by David Ashton for 99 Euro Cent!!
This is the fourth book in the series
"The streets of 1887 Edinburgh seethe with youthful anarchy as two rival gangs of students, Scarlet Runners and White Devils, try to outdo each other in wild exploits. After a pitched battle between them, an old woman is found savagely battered to death in Leith Harbour. Enter Inspector James McLevy, a little more grizzled, but unchanging in his fierce desire to mete out justice. As the inspector delves further he meets up with one Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in the city to bury his recently deceased father." [Source]
In the meantime I found out that there are also two short stories available.
At the moment I do not have any plans to buy them. Normally I prefer to read full novels.

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...

Some colorful sweets for Christmas
I like sweets and I know that they are not good for my hips. So I try to enjoy them virtually.
I found a kind of Christmas gift for me over at the WebUrbanist. Enjoy their post


If you share your home with tons of LEGO bricks and you do not know what to do with them and you dream of a new car, then you should follow THIS LINK.


If you share your home with tons of LEGO bricks and you do not know what to do with them and you live Middle-earth, then you should follow THIS LINK.

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.

Today I share with you the promotion for a TV series. I must say, I like it.
"This short is a first look into the world of LAND OF GIANTS, where western, martial arts and giant creatures meet in a post-apocalyptic future.

After an apocalyptic storm reduced the world to ruins, Giants appeared, to punish those who would ever again lay their hands on the magic called "Electricity".
A long time ago Crutch (Mathis Landwehr) challenged the Gigants anger. His destroyed knee won't let him forget the day, they took everything from him.
So he ventured out to hunt and kill them..." [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.

Time for poetry ....

"I have nothing to say, and I am saying it, and that is poetry.

John Cage, US composer (1912 - 1992)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Interesting concept for Land of Giants.
The Hobbit isn't as good as LOTR, but it's like visiting an old friend. I still really enjoyed the experience.
Glad you have a few weeks off! Enjoy. And have a wonderful Christmas, Edi.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I like your comment regarding the Hobbit.

Be sure I will relax a bit.
Wish you and your wife a relaxing and wonderful Christmas.

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