This will be a busy weekend. On Friday evening I used the time after taking care of my duties at home and before I go to bed to put together the topics for this issue. Fortunately that went well. Today (Saturday) I have been nice to myself as I slept a bit longer and spent the morning for reading. And now after lunch I start to write this post. Afterwards I will continue to work on my next review and tonight my wife and I will watch two documentations on TV - One about General Custer and one about the eve of the First World War.
On Sunday I have to work half of the day. Afterwards my wife and I will go for a meeting with people who like Steampunk as much as we do.
With some luck I will find some time for reading in the evening.
ENJOY READING ....
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
- Reading progress
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
- New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
- A book addict and his New Year's Resolution
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- Pirates Ahoy!
- Alt Hist Issue 6 ahead
- Your cats will like it if you can afford it
- How to prevent air pollution in 1906
- Fantasy - high, weird, epic
- Light Pollution
- More Sherlock Holmes
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
German proverbs, sayings and idiomsQuote related to work and compensation
Last week was a dream from reading point of view. I finished three books!! Of course I must admit that I spent most of my spare time for reading. Fortunately I could do that because my wife was busy with her hobbies.
- London Darkness: Infernal Inventions (digital, 2012) [Kindle Asin: B008BO5S68] by Chris Stocking.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is a book where you get more blood than steam.
It is a book about admiration, love, revenge and profit seeking.
I expected a different ending which would have fitted a bit more to the story.
I will definitely read the sequel "London Darkness: War of the Devices" which is set 15 years after the events taken place in "London Darkness: Infernal Inventions"."
- Aetherresonanz (digital, 2013) [Kindle Asin: B00GWO2N9O] by Anja Bagus.
"Baden-Baden 1912: Das Amt für Ætherangelegenheiten wurde gegründet, um die Forschung über die Auswirkungen des Æthers zu bündeln. Aber die Menschen im Kaiserreich wollen immer noch nicht wahrhaben, dass die Welt sich unwiderruflich verändert hat. Annabelle Rosenherz versucht, in der Gesellschaft Verständnis für die Veränderten zu wecken. Sie selbst kann aber nicht vergessen, was ihr wegen ihrer eigenen Veränderung angetan wurde. Um dem ewigen Grübeln zu entfliehen, geht sie einem Hinweis auf ihren vermissten Vater nach und besucht einen alten Freund der Familie. In dem Anwesen des reichen Industriellen Rudolf Bader begegnet sie nicht nur der Vergangenheit, sondern auch den Auswirkungen, die viele falsche Entscheidungen auf die Gegenwart haben. Während die Polizei mithilfe des Amtes unerklärliche Todesfälle untersucht, kommen sie bei ihren Ermittlungen den ewig stampfenden Dampfmaschinen der Bader-Æther-Werke immer näher. Verbirgt die Fabrik einen Mörder oder sucht man an der falschen Stelle? Æther und Maschinen, Liebe, die den Tod nicht akzeptieren will und falsche Entscheidungen: Ætherresonanz ist Steampunk aus Deutschland, dessen Dampfdruck die Kessel zu sprengen droht." [Source]
This is the second book in a German Steampunk series. I liked the first book despite the fact it contained romance parts.
So I have had expectations.
But I must say I have been a bit disappointed because there was definitely too much romance for me in Aetherresonanz.
The book is not bad but I did not hit my taste.
There will be a third book and I hope the author will reduce the romance part to the extent of the first book.
I will have a look at the sequel......
- Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway
"When a young woman is found dead on an allotment early one morning, Furnivall and Stubbs are summoned to the scene. She is lying on her back, fully dressed in undamaged clothes, and yet somehow she has bled to death. A monster has come to stay in a slightly run- down suburb in a small town at the heart of Queen Victoria’s Empire. The investigation will take them into the world of hard- headed criminal business as well as to the heart of one man’s madness." [Source]I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I read "Caversham Lock" with a great pleasure. This first "Furnivall and Stubbs Case" delivered such a satisfying read for me.
With "Caversham Road" author Michael Stewart Conway returns to the world Detective Constable Jim Furnivall and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.
Again the author shows his extraordinary talent to animate the gone world of the Victorian era. I love his detailed descriptions of nearly everything important to the story, which is a superb whodunnit with a lot to fathom. Even the name of Sweeny Todd is mentioned, it is not the case of Sweeny Todd.
Furthermore the development of the main characters is excellent.
To be honest, I do not have anything to complain about. This is a crime novel set in Victorian era with top-notch characters and story.
I do not understand why this series has not been picked up by a publisher.
I can't wait to read the next book "Caversham House" and I hope that Michael Stewart Conway will write more Furnivall and Stubbs cases."
i really love the books by . Caversham Lock and Caversham House have been extraordinary good reads. To say it more graphical, they have blown me away. If you look for top-notch crime novels set in Victorian era with fascinating characters, well researched and with descriptions which let the Victorian era come alive in your head THEN you should by digital copies.
And to be honest, the price per book is ridiculous low.
Caversham Lock (digital, 2012)[AMAZON ASIN: B00A3VLV68] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 1.02 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD
Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 0.99 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD
Caversham House (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00G4DSL9O] by Michael Stewart Conway
Amazon.de = 0,89 EUR
Amazon.co.uk = 0.99 GBP
Amazon.com = 1.22 USD
- 24 pages in Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
In case you do not know the book, I added the cover and the blurb for you.
"S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult. It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align—an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth. When several of the queen’s maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. While Dee turns to a mysterious medium claiming knowledge of the murders, Bruno fears that something far more sinister is at work. But even as the climate of fear at the palace intensifies, the queen refuses to believe that the killer could be someone within her own court. Bruno must play a dangerous game: can he allow the plot to progress far enough to give the queen the proof she needs without putting her, England, or his own life in danger? In this utterly gripping and gorgeously written novel, S. J. Parris has proven herself the new master of the historical thriller." [Source
- 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
This week I received two paperback copies which I ordered several months ago in advance.
The author of the first book is Mark Hodder, the man behind the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] fascinated me from the first time I read about it. First published in 2012 I had to wait until now as I do not buy hardcover.
"A man without faith.Of course this book is part of my to be read in 2014 list. In some ways the cover reminds me of Victorian London .....
A woman without hope.
My name is Aiden Fleischer, and today my assistant and I awoke on another planet.
On Ptallaya, we were welcomed by the Yatsill. The creatures transform their society into a bizarre version of our own, and we find a new home beneath the world's twin suns.
But there is darkness in my soul, and as the two yellow globes set ...
A RED SUN ALSO RISES
... and with it comes an evil more horrifying than any on Earth."[Source= Back of the book]
I like it when historical fiction and historical fantasy come together as it happens in the second book I received: The Emperor of all Things (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0857501592] by Paul Witcover.
The year is 1758. England is at war, embroiled in a globe-spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. And now, after more than two years of military and diplomatic setbacks, the country itself is at risk. Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion - an invasion rumored to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn ...again. Yet beneath the surface, behind the scenes, another war is raging. A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself.
Daniel Quare is a journeyman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces. But Quare is more than he seems. He is a Regulator, a member of an elite spy network within the guild - a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England's exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries, whether in business or in war. It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote. But there he finds more than he bargained for. A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properties - deadly properties that seem to have more to do with magic than with any science familiar to Quare or to his superiors in the guild, Sir Thaddeus Wolfe, Grandmaster of the Order, and Theophilus Magnus, head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators. But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well. The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin, and a French spy - and cold-blooded killer - who seeks to bring the prize back to his masters.
Soon Quare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods, in which nothing is as it seems ...time least of all."[Source]
It is not difficult to check the historical background. The Worshipful Company of Clockworkers established in 1631 is the oldest surviving horological institution in the world and the English clockmaker Daniel Quare has been one of the company masters. England was at war. I look forward to dive into The Emperor of all Things ...
A book addict and his New Year's Resolution
Do you know this feeling when you see a book and suddenly you forget everything and you are dominated buy this one solely thought "I MUST HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK!"
It is something similar to Odysseus' experience with the Sirens.
So far I have been strong and resisted to buy more books than the ones on my to buy list for 2014 which I put together in 2013. But that does not mean I get less books. The reason is quite simple. In some cases I receive review copies and then there are these free books offers. I assume most of you know legal sources for free books. I admit I look over at Amazon for free digital books regularly and I found some real gems.
Anyway I do not have the time to post every day a list of books for free. I live in Germany and that means I would have to check at list the kindle book stores in Germany, UK and USA.
But I'm sure if you are an real book addict you know how to satisfy yourself ......
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...
On 8th of January 2014 I posted my review of Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor. It has been a great read.
It seems the book aroused some interest - unfortunately on the wrong sites - as E L Tettensor described in her post Pirates Ahoy! I think this is really annoying for every author.
So hope to cope with piracy sites which offer illegal free downloads? I think as an author you are like Don Quixote. You can't change the moral compass of the people behind on own your own.
But it is necessary to talk about such things and spread word about it. Literary property is worth to be defended.
Alt Hist Issue 6 ahead
On August 14th, 2012, I posted my review of Alt Hist Issue 4 edited by Mark Lord.
On August 4th, 2013, I posted my review of Alt Hist Issue 5 edited by Mark Lord.
Now editor Mark Lord posted the latest news about the upcoming issue 6 which should be available by the end of January/start of February2014.
"Alt Hist Issue 6 includes four wonderful alternate history stories, plus a great “straight” historical fiction set in 1914 about a teenage girl accused of war crimes. The alternate history stories cover some classic areas for speculative fiction and of interest to alternate history buffs: what if Hitler one the war, what if the Germans invaded Britain in WW2, who really killed JFK and what if the Cold War turned hot? But none of these tales are just speculation on alternative versions of history. They all share what you have come to expect from Alt Hist: a strong story and engaging characters." [Source]
A short summary of each story is available at
Your cats will like it if you can afford it
You share your life with cats. You have space to share with your cats. You spend each cent you can afford for your cats. The I have the ultimate recommendation for you presented over at he WebUrbanist. Have a look at
How to prevent air pollution in 1906
We all know that traffic cause air pollution. For me it was astonishing to see how progressive some people have been in London 1906 with the launch of electronic busses! Thanks to Ian Mansfield and his outstanding blog Ian Visits dedicated to London for the following most informative post:
Fantasy - high, weird, epic
Sometimes you open posts and then you stay there minute by minute by minute, .... With some luck you leave before the clock hand shows the next hour. So you have been warned before. It is not my failure when you spend more time than expected over at the following two posts over at Dark Roasted Blend. It is all about fantasy. Hope you enjoy it
Pollution is a hot topic when it comes to air pollution. But what does light pollution mean?
There is no extended explanation necessary. You just need to have a look at the fascinating pictures over at the the WebUrbanist. Look and gape at
As reader of books set in the Victorian era or later, I have an interest in the language which has been used at the specific era. I also like to baffle my colleagues in UK with words long forgotten or with a changed meaning. Luckily there are blogs who deliver great posts about the use of language in former times. I read with great pleasure the following post over at The Cat's Meat Shop:
First of all let me clarify that it has nothing in common with macadamia nuts. It refers to road building and to a man with name John Loudon McAdam. There is an enlightening post over at The English Historical Fiction Authors:
More Sherlock Holmes
Last year I showed my admiration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his immortal characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with several posts on my blog. Do you know My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning?
It is a blog I discovered recently. They post a lot of different stuff from pictures to ads. It seems the also have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes.
Have a look at following link and you will understand what I mean ....
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.
Last week I showed a first trailer of the fourth season of the Game of Thrones TV series, In the meantime a second trailer is available and of course I would like to share this piece.
I read all the books so far and honestly I dropped the question when the next book will be written and published. Time will tell ....
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 ....
"People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”
Frederick Douglass, US abolitionist, 1817 - 1895
Frederick Douglass, US abolitionist, 1817 - 1895