Saturday, March 29, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1413

Hello and welcome to issue #1413 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
It seems I'm a bit manic today. I woke up early in the morning as always and then I cleaned the kitchen after feeding the cats! That is not normal. After another busy and stressful week  I should be tired and exhausted. We have fantastic spring weather and I enjoyed the gorgeous sunrise. I'm restless. I try to use this unexpected energy to get things done. Tonight my wife and I will go to cinema and watch Captain America 2: The Return of the First Avenger which is the German title for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Until then I will fill the time with blogging and sewing accompanied by listening to music.
Hopefully there will be no collapse tomorrow.
Tonight we change from Central European Time to Central European Summer Time which means we move the clock one hour forward from 2 am to 3 am on Sunday morning.
I will take around one week until our cats will get used to new feeding time.
Now let's have a look what I would like to share with you this weekend.

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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




  1. Reading progress
Books
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. Do you know Richard Longarm?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A Giraffe in Paris
  2. Historical Research
  3. More Optical Illusions
  4. Liters of Light
  5. Victorian Occultism and Manifestation
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. Snowpiercer

Quotes
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 copy

The Lighthouse

I read less than 90 pages last week. This is sad, really sad. Nothing more to add.



I finished

- Talus and the Frozen King [(UK) ISBN 978-1781081983; (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1781081990] by Graham Edwards
A bard as a detective 3000 BC is surprisingly good.

I'm


- 676 pages in Deadhouse Gates (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348791] by Steven Erikson
"Only" 160 pages left until the end. With some luck I will finish this extraordinary read by end of March.


- 556 pages in Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
Still 221 pages to read until the end. I still have no clue how it will end.


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,


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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 just one paperback which I ordered in May 2013!
Dawn's Early Light (digital and pb 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00BTRDIAWISBN-13: 978-0425267318] by  Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris  is the third The Ministry Of Peculiar Occurrences novel. I like this Steampunk series a lot and I look forward to follow Miss Brown and Mr. Brooks across the Atlantic .......
"Working for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, one sees innumerable technological wonders. But even veteran agents Braun and Books are unprepared for what the electrifying future holds...

After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

Even with the help of two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books have their work cut out for them as their chief suspect in a rash of nautical and aerial disasters is none other than Thomas Edison. Between the fantastic electric machines of Edison, the eccentricities of MoPO consultant Nikola Tesla, and the mysterious machinations of a new threat known only as the Maestro, they may find themselves in far worse danger than they ever have been in before..." [Source]


Do you know Richard Longarm?
I must say, the name meant nothing to me until I received a kind mail from translator and aspiring digital publisher Ingrid Wolf.
She likes SFF and live in Ukraine. She asked me if I would like to share word about her new project.
Here we go!
Let me start with the official press release:

"The Most Long-Armed Knight Is Coming

A European epic fantasy bestseller translation launching on Indiegogo in March

Large publishers do not release many translated books these days, though Europe still has fantasy writers no less popular than Wolfgang Hohlbein or Andrzej Sapkowsky. Perhaps the reason is that now, with overall book sales decreasing, the industry’s giants would rather avoid any risk and focus totally on a bunch of well-selling names. But the banner of exploring new realms and bringing the select works to you was picked up by small presses and digitals.

Ingrid Wolf, known to some fantasy book lovers by her translation of The Grail of Sir Thomas by Yury Nikitin, is coming to Indiegogo with a new ambitious project. The goal is to translate and publish the first three books of Richard Longarms, an epic that sold over 7,000,000 copies in several countries. The campaign features three ebooks at $10, a set of three paperbacks at $65, and a limited backer-only hardback edition at $100, with free delivery to any corner of the globe.

Pledging to any crowdfunding project is a risk, but sometimes the reward at stake is worth it. If Richard Longarms becomes a bestseller in English-speaking countries too, the names of its backers will go down in history.

The campaign will start on March 24th and remain live till April 30th.

About the series:

An ordinary guy from a big city gets transported to a world that looks pretty much like Medieval Germany – with knights, fair ladies, tourneys and wars, but also monsters and magic. The locals take him for a peasant, and he has to behave so as not to arouse suspicion while struggling to survive and find a way back home. Not an easy task, especially since this new world is forcing poor Dick up and up – to glory, power and all sorts of sweet perks accompanied by greater danger and stronger enemies to face. His point of view constantly develops as he works his way from an ordinary man-at-arms to a powerful king with a burden of responsibility for the whole realm.

In total, the series has 47 books that blend easy-flowing language and distinctive humor with elaborated, fast-pacing storyline and vivid characters. It has never left bestseller ranks since 2001 when the first book, Richard Longarms 1: The Stranger, was released.

About the author:

Gaius Julius Orlovsky is a mysterious writer (or maybe a group of writers, as some suspect due to his incredible productivity). No one knows his real name, what he looks like or where he lives. When in 2012 Orlovsky was awarded a prestigious book prize, the one who came to take it was in knightly armor and helmet hiding the face.

There is talk that the author will reveal his true identity to public on March 29th.

Genre: epic/heroic fantasy

Number of words: around 360,000 (120,000 per book)"

You can read the book opening here:  rlongarms.blogspot.com


Visit THE OFFICIAL PROJECT PAGE where you get a lot more information and where you can support the project.


I read the available first three chapters. It sounds interesting and a bit different compared to the fantasy books I read. I still have no opinion about the style of the author. Nevertheless it gives you a first impression.


As you could read above, Ingrid Wolf translated  The Grail of Sir Thomas by Yury Nikitin.
You an get a digital copy of this book for free over at Smashwords.
"When Sir Thomas, a hero of Crusade, obtained the Holy Grail in hot Saracen sands, that was just a beginning of his dangerous and unpredictable quest. The way back to Britain, his homeland, lies across scorching deserts and the treacherous city of Constantinople. Assassins, villains, hirelings and blood-thirsty savages seem to be leaping onto his way from everywhere. Thomas is proficient with his long sword, he has a brave heart and valiant soul… and also a mysterious companion, a pilgrim from the far northern land of Kievan Rus’ who came to the knight’s aid for some own reasons. But is that enough to overcome the most powerful enemy he’s ever clashed and deliver the priceless relic to where it belongs?" [Source]





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



Blogosphere

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...



A Giraffe in Paris
Did you know that in Paris of 1827 one could see a giraffe in the streets? Read more about this event over at the  The History Girls in this wonderful post
The giraffe that beguiled not just a King but a nation – Dianne Hofmeyr




Historical Research
I told it before, I really appreciate when authors talk about research for their books. Therefore I read with great pleasure the following post over at Fantasy Faction


More Optical Illusions
They did it again! I'm still fascinated after visiting Dark Roasted Blend and enjoying


Liters of Light
That does not sound right. Since when do we measure light in liters? Of course we do not. Liters of Light are the first three words of a post header. You will understand when you visit the WebUrbanist and read about a cheap and clever solution described in




Victorian Occultism and Manifestation
Before I confuse you with strange thoughts and ideas, I recommend to visit The Public Domain Review and enlighten yourself about the theory that emotions and ideas can manifest as visible auras ..........





That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
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.

April 2014 is near and I look forward to this month due to several reasons. I know my wife and I want to go to cinema twice. We are interested in two movies which really differ from each other.

The first one is the The LEGO Movie. So far I read nothing negative about it. Instead of the official trailer I like to show you some outtakes.


The second one is Snowpiercer. I like the IMDB summary:
"In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine."
The story, poor against rich in a post-apocalyptic world is not new. But to use a train as the main stage is an interesting idea.

This is the animated prequel:


I assume a lot of you do not know the German trailer. Therefore I show you this one:

That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

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 really like the following quote. But to be honest I would add something.: Name the source!
I do not like to adorn myself with borrowed plumes .....


"When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France, French novelist, 1844 - 1924

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1412

Hello and welcome to issue #1412 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
Another busy week passed fast. I think the highlight of the  week was the wonderful weather on Thursday. Hours and hours full of sunshine. I did not last long. Today (Sunday) it rains a lot.
Next weekend we will change to summer time which means in abbreviations  we change from CET to CEST. That means in the night from Saturday to Sunday we switch the clock from 2 am to 3 am at 2 am CET.  So we will have a 23 hours Sunday.
I must say I do not understand we we still do that. It does not make any sense. We do not save any energy. Instead we cause trouble for animals and human beings too.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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



  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Before Google Street View
  2. Carriages
  3. Optical Illusions
  4. Unbelievable but true
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Almost Home

Quotes
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 photograph

The Lighthouse

I read less than 90 pages last week. This is sad, really sad. Nothing more to add.



I finished

- no book

I'm

- 195 pages in Talus and the Frozen King [(UK) ISBN 978-1781081983; (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1781081990] by Graham Edwards
A bard as a detective 3000 BC is surprisingly good.


No progress

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


- 502 pages in Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
Nearly every chapter shows a new turn. The character development is amazing


- 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,


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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 reallly to read stories starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson stories. Therefore I have several books on my radar. Thhe last week I found and interesting offer for The Iron Mausoleum (digital and pb 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B007RCLOKOISBN-13: 978-0957162907] by Stephen Lees and bought a digital copy.
""Sherlock Holmes joins forces with his faithful companion Dr Watson in a new adventure story, set in 1911 in a fog-bound London. The story offers an alternative explanation about the fate of the RMS Titanic and is based partly on fiction and on fact and will delight lovers of the Titanic mystery and fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Written in the style of Conan Doyle, The Iron Mausoleum – a case of Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic is - with permission obtained from the Conan Doyle Estate - based on the characters and places created by Conan Doyle and therefore are familiar - if interpreted slightly differently.

The story begins when Sir James Walter, the Head of the Marine Department at the Admiralty, visits Holmes in Baker Street. He tells of the suspicious death of a clerk who worked in the Admiralty offices in Whitehall and tries to persuade a reluctant Holmes to investigate. Eventually Holmes agrees and with Watson are drawn into a world of criminal conspiracy and murder.

We are taken on a journey with Holmes and Watson and witness Holmes' forensic application to solving the mystery of the sinking of the Titanic. Beginning in the atmospheric fog bound streets of London and then Brookwood Necropolis to the Titanic at the Herculaneum Dock in Liverpool and back to London. From scoundrels encountered in the infamous Colony Room Club to wealthy financiers and an American heiress the clues unfold. Told with conviction and humour, the author totally immerses us in this Holmesian world of the early 1900s.

Features of the book include a map of Holmes’ London allowing the reader to re-trace the footsteps of Holmes and Watson on their various journeys through the fog-bound Metropolis. Drawings by the author of some of the buildings, which feature in the novel, giving the reader vital clues in solving the mystery." [Source]

I tried to find some more information about the author but I did not find more than the following text shown on amazon:
" Stephen Paul Lees is American but attended boarding school in England. Having graduated with a Law Degree from the University of East Anglia he went up to Lincoln's Inn in London to train as a Barrister. The author is American but attended boarding school in England. Having graduated with a Law Degree from the University of East Anglia he went up to Lincoln's Inn in London to train as a Barrister. His other book "Visions of Architecture" was published by Bloomsbury in 2011 and is about the construction process and why buildings are designed in a certain manner."




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



Blogosphere


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...



Before Google Street View
Also in the past people liked to have a look a streets without visiting the location itself. Fortunately we can have a look at what people did more than 160 years ago.
Visit Ian Visits and read


Carriages
When it comes to fantasy and historical fiction, carriages are an important means of transportation. You would like to have a quick update about carriages? Then I recommend to visit English Historical Fiction Authors and to read following post:






Optical Illusions
There is not much to add. I like this kind of post. It is absolutely amazing.
Just visit Dark Roasted Blend and enjoy


Unbelievable but true
Earth is still a living planet and mankind is still exploiting this planet. And sometimes things like the following one will happen.  Visit the WebUrbanist to have a look at



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
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.

In November 2014 the next DreamWorks animation movie with the title  Home will hit the cinemas. I must say I look forward to after watching the following teaser:
Almost Home



That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

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 know that IT people will love the following quote. You can't imagine what kind of calls you get from users .....


"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks.

Groucho Marx, Us comedian, 1890 - 1977, in A Day at the Races (movie)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1411

Hello and welcome to issue #1411 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
I feel a bit like Phil Connors in Groundhog Day. Last week I wrote
"On Friday evening I was too tired to work on this issue of the Weekend Wave."
Exactly the same happened yesterday evening. Now I try my best to get this issue of the Weekend Wave to be posted today which means Saturday.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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


  1. Reading progress
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. An extraordinary hotel
  2. Where do you park your car?
  3. River Thames disaster
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. European Song Contest

Quotes
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 the center of the universe

The Lighthouse

I'm happy that I still find time for reading beside my fatigue and my three current reads are so satisfying. I'm sure I will finish all of them by the end of the month which is great because two of the books stand for around 800 pages each. 



I finished

- no book

I'm


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


- 502 pages in Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
Nearly every chapter shows a new turn. The character development is amazing

- 108 pages in Talus and the Frozen King [(UK) ISBN 978-1781081983; (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1781081990] by Graham Edwards
A bard as a detective 3000 BC is surprisingly good.


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,


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

A few weeks ago I posted about Radio Hope (digital January 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00I5HHTVS] by Sean McLachlan is the first book in the Toxic World series.
I read the book and liked it a lot. Unfortunately the review is still in progress.
The second book - Refugees from the Righteous Horde - is in progress. To my pleasure Sean McLachlan published a short story set in the Toxic World universe.
The Scavenger (digital) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J02F2NO].
"In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times.
The problem is, it's stuck in the middle of the worst wasteland he knows--a contaminated city inhabited by insane chem addicts and vengeful villagers. Only his wits, his gun, and an unlikely ally can get him out alive.
Set in the Toxic World series introduced in the novel Radio Hope, this 10,000-word story explores more of the dangers and personalities that make up a post-apocalyptic world that's all too possible." [Source]
I like to discover more of the Toxic World universe and this will be just a two hours read.






A new book including promotion
Two days ago I received another kind mail from Rebellion.co.uk which you may know as a game development company. But there is more behind:
"In addition to games and comics, Rebellion’s book publishing arm - Abaddon Books - was launched in the summer of 2006. Focusing on science fiction adventure and fantasy stories, Abaddon was joined by Solaris, bought from BL Publishing, and the two imprints have built up a substantial body of critically-acclaimed and bestselling work." [Source]
Attached was a review pack with following information and a digital copy of



The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 8
edited by Jonathan Strahan

The celebrated series comes to Solaris on 10th April (US and UK)



$19.99 (US) ISBN 978-1-78108-216-4

£13.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-215-7





Available in paperback and ebook




“…Strahan has hit them all out of the park in his Best of the Year series…” – Tor.com

“…demonstrate[s] a knowledge of and affection for the fantastic that rival
editors would be hard-pressed to match” – Publishers Weekly

The celebrated The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series comes to the UK – Solaris is proud to be the new home for the latest volume in Jonathan Strahan’s critically-acclaimed SFF anthology series!

The best, most original, and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by the multiple-award-winning editor. This highly popular series is released in the UK for the first time and includes stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, Karin Tidbeck, An Owomoyela, Madeline Ashby, Lavie Tidhar, Charlie Jane Anders, Geoff Ryman, Caitlin R Kiernan and many more.

With a fantastic range of diverse authors and cutting-edge science fiction, this essential book is an established series in the US but has only been found on import in the UK. It now joins Solaris’ high-profile anthology list.

About the Author

Jonathan Strahan is an editor and anthologist. He co-edited The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology series in 1997 and 1998. He is also the reviews editor of Locus. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife and their two daughters.

www.jonathanstrahan.com.au





Amazon still shows the 8th of May as publishing date. Even it is a promising collection of authors, I did not promise a review.



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



Blogosphere


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...

An extraordinary hotel
You would like to be Captain Nemo for a night and you do not mind to spend just $100,000 for this pleasure? Then I recommend to visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Where do you park your car?
Just visit Dark Roasted Blend and have a look at


River Thames disaster
As far as I know the Thames is the most famous river in England. It is a river which can tell many, many stories. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you can read one of these stories and it is a tragic one:


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
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.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song competition with a long history.
The 2014 final will take place in Copenhagen. Last year it was up to a jury to decide who will sing for Germany. This year it has been a decision by phone within a TV show.
I must say I like the winner.



That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

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 know that IT people will love the following quote. You can't imagine what kind of calls you get from users .....


"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

Robert Frost, US poet, 1874 - 1963

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1410


Hello and welcome to issue #1410 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
On Friday evening I was too tired to work on this issue of the Weekend Wave. On Saturday good friends visited us. We have had a great day. So I was in a good mood to write the post in the evening. But I underestimated my body. I started to work on the post while my wife fell asleep on the sofa. Around two hours later she woke me up. Not for the first time I fell asleep in front of my laptop. Fortunately I did not delete the part I finished writing before I fell asleep.
I decided to go to bed and finish the post on Sunday.
I'm sure it was the right decision. 
Now you know the reason why it took so long to get this post ready.



ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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




  1. Reading progress
Books
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. Alec of Kerry and Seregil of Rhiminee
  3. eBook promotion 
  4. E. L. Tettensor news 
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The way of electronics
  2. Tichborne Claimant
  3. Special fences
  4. Frederik Ruysch
  5. Black House
  6. Back to the 1950s
  7. Research
Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The Return of the First Avenger

Quotes
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 the center of the universe

The Lighthouse

Slowly but surely or in other words page by page I go through my current reads. It is a waste of time to complain about the lost time for reading. Instead I started to enjoy every minute. That means I try to have always a book at hand. It is possible with a digital reader. So if I have to wait somewhere, I read and so on. To be honest nobody thinks you are a strange guy because it is a rare view to see someone on the street or in shops without a digital device in use. Sometimes I think people replaced one of their hands by a smart phone or something similar.
I'm really happy that I could finish one book and I could continue reading two other books.




I finished

- Prophecy (paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0007317646] by S. J. Parris
I rote on GOODREADS:
" I admit I'm a fan of the Giordano Bruno series since the first book.

For me S.J. Parris delivered with PROPHECY a most satisfying read. I like Giordano Bruno a lot.
If you read the first book in the series then you will easily recognize the character development.
Superb written and excellent researched. Elizabethan London comes alive."



I'm


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



- 402 pages in Arcanum (digital 2013) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00DI7HKHS] by Simon Morden
Nearly every chapter shows a new turn. The character development is amazing

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,


 Enjoy your weekend ....



Books

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

So far I read just one book by by Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-0441009428; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B001QL5MAA]. Then I read the description of  Revelation Space (pb, digital, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0441020430; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003FXCSVI] and I knew that this would be my next  Alastair Reynolds novel. 
"Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Horsetown is pre-industrial; in Neon Heights they have television and electric trains . . .

Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time, for the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial Levels - and with the dying body comes bad news.

If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police, but by the very nature of reality - and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability . . .

TERMINAL WORLD is a snarling, drooling, crazy-eyed mongrel of a book: equal parts steampunk, western, planetary romance and far-future SF." [Source]

A few days ago I received a kind mail from Rebellion.co.uk which you may know as a game development company. But there is more behind:
"In addition to games and comics, Rebellion’s book publishing arm - Abaddon Books - was launched in the summer of 2006. Focusing on science fiction adventure and fantasy stories, Abaddon was joined by Solaris, bought from BL Publishing, and the two imprints have built up a substantial body of critically-acclaimed and bestselling work." [Source]
I have been asked if I would like to read and review following book.

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards
26th March (US & Canada) and 10th April (UK) 2014 in paperback and digital
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1781081983; $8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1781081990 

"Meet Talus-the world's first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island's mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?

Nobody is above suspicion, from the king's heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realise nothing is what it seems. Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before." [Source]
Let me quote the press release to give you more information
"3000 BC: A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit. Meet Talus – the Bronze Age Detective!

Even at the dawn of society, murder is an ancient habit. But Talus is the first man who understands that the identity of an unknown killer can be found, if you can start asking the right questions.

Neither historical fantasy nor crime fiction has ever seen anything like Talus before – a wandering bard who, with his companion Bran, journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord. And when death strikes again, it will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

Edwards brings a unique character to the world of crime fiction while blending myth, legend, and fantasy into a rich tapestry about a bright light amidst humanity’s darkest dawn."
And this is the author
"Graham Edwards was born in England near Glastonbury Tor and now lives in Nottingham. His formative years were spent on the UK’s Jurassic Coast making disturbing movies on Super-8 film. Since then he’s worked as a graphic designer and animator. He’s also written and produced multimedia shows for theme parks and visitor centres. His novels include Dragoncharm and Stone & Sky."


For more information about the author and his work please visit
Graham Edwards



 I know, I know, I know, you will ask me why the hell did he agree to review the book instead to write and finish the ones who are still in progress. I will be honest. I could not resist the description. I love to read the mix of of historical fantasy and crime fiction.  Instead of denying I downloaded the review copy.  



Alec of Kerry and Seregil of Rhiminee
I assume most of science fiction and fantasy readers have a bunch of favorite characters. I'm no exception in this case. Last week I talked about FitzChivalry, the hero of the Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb. This week is time to talk about Alec of Kerry and Seregil of Rhiminee. Does these two names ring a bell for you?
It was back in 1996 when they both saw the light of the day for the very fist time in Luck in the Shadows (pb, 1996) [ISBN-13: 978-0553575422] (digital 2010)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00486U8JK] the first book in the Nightrunner by Lynn Flewelling.
"When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be … Luck in the Shadows." [Source]
I read the book in April 2008 and was stoked. Unfortunately I never reviewed it. But at this time I was far beyond to be a blogger. I read Stalking Darkness, which is the second book in the series, in August 2008.  After that I stopped to continue reading the series but still bought the books. I tried to return to the Nightrunner series in 2012 but failed. It is a shame because it is an excellent series. Now the publishing date of Shards of Time (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0345522313] (digital April 2014)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FO5YFUM] which will be the seventh and the last for now Nightrunner book is coming nearer.
Lynn Flewelling said:

"[...], this is the last book of the Nightrunner Series, at least for now. That's something I am grieving (at this moment, even). I've know Alec and Seregil longer than I've known my own kids. Never say never, but it feels like it's time for me to move on. The last thing I want is to pump out bad books just because I don't want to let go. I want the boys to leave the stage while people are still applauding. But I promise you, I've worked hard to make it a really good book!" [Source]
I have mixed feelings. As a series junkie I can't get enough. But I fully understand the reason why Lynn Flewelling decided in this way. Of course I ordered a paperback copy of Shards of Time in advance and there is an idea running around my head for some time .... To read the for me remaining five books during my holiday in May ... It is not decided yet but it is definitely one of the options.



eBook promotion
I like to share information when it comes to special offers for books.
If you follow the Gollancz Blog then you can skip this part of the post because you know what I will tell now.

On 7th of March 2014 you could read following post:

Let me quote the important parts of the post

"We have decided to reduce the price of the eBook editions of Gollancz debuts this year to £1.99 for the week of publication. What’s more, we’ll make this price available for pre-order as well, so, in effect, if you decide to purchase one of these books at any time up to a week after it’s been published, you’ll do so for less money than a Saturday newspaper."
"Gollancz’s 2014 debuts are:
March 20:      The Boy With The Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
May 15:        In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt
June 19:        Barricade by Jon Wallace
July 17:         The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano
August 14:     The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs
Sept 18:        The Relic Guild by Edward Cox"

I would lie if I would say that I'm not interested in the offer. You may assume that the promotion price is only valid in UK but that is not true. At least Amazon.de shows also the promotion price plus German tax.
If you are interested in one of the books and you live outside UK you should check your eBook dealer if he offers the promotion price or not.

E. L. Tettensor news
I just finished the spell checking of the post and looked at my mailbox before before releasing this post.
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.  Today the author posted unexpected and exciting news!

"About five months after I’d sold DARKWALKER, I made a second sale to Ace/Roc, the first book in a fantasy trilogy. THE BLOODBOUND was the fastest manuscript I’d ever turned out. Still is. Something about that book just flew. It wasn’t quite Athena springing fully formed from the brain of Zeus, but it was as close as I ever expect to get. It was a romp to write, and it’s a romp to read, or so I’m told.

THE BLOODBOUND is very different from DARKWALKER — so much so that Ace/Roc suggested I write it under a different name. I’ll have a separate website for it too, eventually. But for now, this is the right place to announce that THE BLOODBOUND hits shelves September 30, 2014. You can pre-order it here. You should. I’m tremendously proud of it."

The Bloodbound (pb, September 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0425272688] (digital September 2014)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00ISEONZI] by Erin Lindsay.
"Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse….

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…." [Source]

Before I order a copy I need to know how much romance is in the book. I'm not keen to read romance.  I asked the author and will inform you about the answer.

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



Blogosphere


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...

The way of electronics
Nowadays we a surrounded - a growing mass is even dominated - by electronic devices. And from where do most of these devices come from? The answer is not unexpected: China!
Now let me ask you a second question. Where do all these devices go at the end of their usage? Is it a surprise from you when I tell you that both questions share the same answer.
There is an enlightening post over at CHINAHUSH which I highly recommend. Have a look at


Tichborne Claimant
The Tichborne case aroused a lot of interest in Victorian England. Of course you can get a lot of information about it. But has time to search and read all the sources? If you would like to get more information about the then I have two recommendations for you. First of all you should visit the English Historical Fiction Authors and read:
Butcher or Baronet: The Amazing Story of the Tichborne Claimant

Furthermore read my review of The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (March 2011) by Mark Hodder. The Tichborne Claimant plays an important role within the story and you may discover an excellent series.


Special fences
I don't the reason for it but every time I see the word fences, it reminds me of following quote:
"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
That fits partly to the post over at WebUrbanist. enjoy 


Frederik Ruysch
As long as you are no time traveller you will never had the opportunity to meet him in person. But in all likelihood you may have seen something of his work. I do not tell you more. Visit The Public Domain Review and enjoy



Black House

I know where the house touched ground after all these years .....   WebUrbanist shows the details here

Back to the 1950s
I was born in 1959 and I like to have a look at the science fiction pulp and paperback covers from that time. Dark Roasted Blend is always a great source for such kind of art. I enjoyed following post a lot:



Research

When it comes to historical fiction, I always hope that the author spent enough time for research. Whenever I read historical fiction I check persons, dates and places. I do that in order to get more information and often that leads to new books for my list. From time to time you find posts where authors write about their research and I like it a lot. In case you like that too then I recommend following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors :

From the Sands of Africa to a Hidden Frontier in Roman Britain



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
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.

I admit that I was not that interested in Captain America: The First Avenger. nevertheless I watched the trailer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I mus say this one is more after my fancy. In Germany the film will hit the cinemas with a different title. But to be honest I do not understand why the renamed it to Captain America 2: The Return of the First Avenger. It gets even better. Within the movie they use the name Winter Soldier!!
I show the trailer in English and in German. So you get n impression about the voices we get in the cinema



That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

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 think the following quote is a good motto ....




"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

Steven Wright, US comedian and actor, 1955 -

Monday, March 03, 2014

Limited Offer: Dragonfly Warrior by Jay Noel for 99 Cents

Dear Readers,

Monday  seems to end a lot better than I expected early in the morning. I have had another tough day at work. In order to relax a bit I checked my digital book wish list over at Amazon.de.

To my pleasure I found a great deal for one of the books. I talk about

Dragonfly Warrior 
(digital, December 2013) [ASIN: B00HCQAUCS] 


"The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot...

At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.

Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns and somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness." [Source]
 I do not know the book. It has been recommended to me over at GOODREADS and the only thing I can say is, that I'm picky when it comes to book recommendations.

I read several reviews over at GOODREADS and AMAZON and following expression appeared again and again:
"Steampunk with Japanese flavor"

Now is your chance to put your nose into a Steampunk novel which is set OUTSIDE Victorian Britain. Furthermore it is a debut novel AND the first book in a series.

I do not not know how long the offer will be valid. So hurry up to get your digital copy over at



For more information about the author and the book(s) please visit


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