The past two days I tried to relax, to ban work from my mind. Despite things which needed to be done at home, I spent most of the time sleeping and reading. I thought that two days would be a fair amount of time to relax. Today is Saturday and I must admit to myself that I need more time. Nevertheless I want to deliver my weekly post as "a sign of life". I'm more than happy that we do not have any Easter commitments. I will use the remaining days (three) until I have to return to work. Until then I will enjoy every minute I can spend for reading. My appetite for books is immense and that is the reason why I started six different books. I need to find out which book fits to my mood.
ENJOY READING ....
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- Blood transfusion
- History on YouTube
- All optical illusions
- Ancient engineering failure
- eBook publishing in the 21st century
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I finished an awesome book and put my nose into five more books. Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read until I fall asleep.
- The Violent Century (pb, April 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1444762891] by Lavie Tidhar.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I'm deeply impressed and emotionally touched.
What makes a man? What makes a hero?
These two questions appear again and again within the story. Fortunately Lavie Tidhar avoided to answer these questions. It is up to the reader to find his/her answer after reading the book.
This is definitely one of the best books I read in 2014 so far."
- 98 pages in The Coldest War (pb, 2013) [ISBN13: 978-0356501703] by Ian Tregillis.
Meanwhile, a brother and sister - the subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities - escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. They head for England, because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him.
As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost." [Source]
This is the second book in the Milkweed Triptych series which started with the excellent Bitter Seeds. The excellent The Violent Century reminded me of the Milkweed Triptych series and I wanted to continue to read about people with superhuman abilities. I liked the first book - - a lot and had no problems to continue with the second book. And The Coldest War continues the series on a high level.
- 107 pages in Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore.
I bought the copy end of 2013. I do not remember why I decided to have a look at it now."London, 1850s.
After five years in an Australian penal colony, the Artful Dodger returns to London in search of a hidden fortune. Unaware of the fate that befell Twist, Fagin and Sikes, Dodger revisits the criminal underworld of Dickensian London to seek out his old comrades, any of whom might possess the key to the treasure.
He finds the city a changed place from his youth: with law and order upheld by a new police force, Fagin gone to the gallows, his old gang scattered and danger around every corner." [Source]
So far it is a great read. I devoured the first hundred pages within today. I like the writing style a lot.
- 68 pages in Lawless And The Devil of Euston Square (pb 2013; first published in 2006 with title The Worms of Euston Square ) [ISBN-13: 978-1909223257] by William Sutton.
"Murder. Vice. Pollution. Delays on the Tube. Some things never change…I think it is impossible for me to start a bunch of books without at least one set in the Victorian era. So far I like especially the description of London in 1859/60. The author does not whitewash the state of things in the poor quarters of London.. Despite that it is quite interesting to follow the former clockmaker's apprentice Campbell Lawless in his new job as a novice detective.
London 1859-62. A time of great exhibitions, foreign conquests and underground trains. But the era of Victorian marvels is also the time of the Great Stink. With cholera and depravity never far from the headlines, it’s not only the sewers that smell bad. Novice detective, Campbell Lawless, stumbles onto the trail of Berwick Skelton, an elusive revolutionary, seemingly determined to bring London to its knees through a series of devilish acts of terrorism.
But cast into a lethal, intoxicating world of music hall hoofers, industrial sabotage and royal scandal, will Lawless survive long enough to capture this underworld nemesis, before he unleashes his final vengeance on a society he wants wiped from the face of the Earth?
Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square is the first of a series of historical thrillers by William Sutton set during the mid-nineteenth century, featuring Metropolitan policeman, Campbell Lawless, aka the Watchman, on his rise through the ranks and his initiation as a spy.
Before Holmes, there was Lawless…
Before Campbell Lawless, the London streets weren’t safe to walk…"[Source]
- 60 pages in A Red Sun Also Rises (pb, February 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0091950644] by Mark Hodder.
I have been fascinated by the book from the first time I read about it. First published in 2012 I had to wait two years until the release of the paperback as I do not buy hardcover."A man without faith.
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]
It is as imaginative as I expected.......
- 135 pages in Den of Thieves (July 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0062021243] by David Chandler.
"Croy is a knight errant, and bearer of an ancient blade with a powerful destiny. He′s also kind of, well, dim. He believes in honour and he believes that people are fundamentally good. Unfortunately, Croy lives in the city of Ness, a thriving medieval city of fifty thousand people, none of whom are fundamentally even decent, and who will gleefully stab you in the back ... if you give them a chance.The Ancient Blades trilogy has been published in 2011. I own copies of all three books which dusted in the back of a shelf. I thought it would be a good idea to read a more traditional fantasy series. So far the story did not disappoint me.
Ness is also the home to Malden. Malden is a thief. He lives by his wits, disarming cunning traps, sneaking past sleeping guards, and running away very fast whenever people are trying to kill him. Which is often. One time Malden stole a crown. And then he had to steal it back to avoid a civil war. Croy got the credit, of course, because he′s a noble knight. Another time the two of them went into the tomb of an ancient warrior race, and Croy accidentally started a barbarian invasion. Guess who had to clean that up?
They probably wouldn′t be friends at all if it wasn′t for Cythera. Cythera is a witch. A mostly-good witch. And despite herself she can′t stop thieves and knights falling in love with her ... At the same time." [Source]
- 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
Again small progress. I slowed down my reading speed in order not to miss important things.
- 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 ....
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 no book.
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...
Do you know when the first blood transfusion involving a human has been performed in England?
Make an educated guess.
It happened in 1667! Incredible!!
Read the details over at The Public Domain Review
History on YouTube
Of course you you know hat you can find historical videos on YouTube. But now you can view additional 85,0000 historic films spanning the years from 1896 to 1976!
The film archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection to
its YouTube channel.
I hope to find some time for discovery soon.
In the past weeks I shared with you the links to the awesome optical illusions post series over at Dark Roasted Blend. In case you missed a link you should use the following one which delivers the links to all six posts at once.
Ancient engineering failure
Engineering failures in the past happened often due to lacking knowledge or insufficient material. The WebUrbanist collected a dozen of these historical engineering failure. I'm sure most of them are not unknown to you. Have a look at
eBook publishing in the 21st century
Author and friend of the blog Rosalie Skinner put together a most informative post about eBook publishing base on her own experience. This is an informative post for authors AND readers.
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.
Since a few days I know which movie I want to see end of May 2014:
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 would like to stay in this house for a while .....
"His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892 - 1973, The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892 - 1973, The Hobbit