Saturday, July 12, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1428

Hello and welcome to issue #1428 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
one day to go until the final match of the FIFA 2014 World Cup between Germany and Argentina. I think it is no surprise that I support Germany. I hope that both team will deliver a great game and may the best team win.


The preparation for the renovating of the face of the building we live in did not go as expected. A lot of rain delayed the erection of the scaffold.
I wanted to have a good start on Saturday morning. Therefore I slept a bit longer as usual. I did not need an alarm clock to wake up. Heavy drilling did that for me!
The construction worker continue to work on the scaffold today. The drilling is needed to implement anchors for the scaffold.
To illustrate how noisy that is let me tell you that my wife and I can't understand each other during the drilling. We have to cope with.
Nevertheless I started to work on my post and I hope I will finish it in a proper time.

Today I have some good news related to series I like.



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. What do you do in case you can't leave a comment on a blog?
  2. Filmed in 1900 and released in 1903
  3. The year 2000 seen from 1894
  4. Navajo Code Talkers
  5. Confusing calendars
  6. Powdered wigs
  7. Training tragedies
  8. Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy official extended trailer

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 women

The Lighthouse
Against all odds I finished a book this week. I was not sure when this will happen and hope that more will follow soon. Furthermore I continued reading at least one of the books from my no progress list.



I finished


- The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian


I'm


- 409 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.
111 pages left until the end.


No progress


- 222 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
It is not my book of the year but a good epic fantasy. 478 pages left until the end.



- 121 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
The map of the town reminded me of a brain. A book full of ideas. 502 pages until the end.


- 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 ....



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 bought digital copies of four books. Two of them have been on my list and the other two I found while checking offers on Amazon.

Within issue #1427 of Edi's Weekend Wave, I asked you to support author Sean McLachlan  with the blurb of the sequel of Radio Hope (digital January 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00I5HHTVS] which is the first book in the Toxic World series.
On 8th of July 2014 Sean McLachlan posted the final blurb and the cover for Refugees from the Righteous Horde (digital July 2014) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN:B00LM30K4U] and on 9th of July I bought my copy.
"When you only have one shot, you better aim true.
In a ravaged world, civilization’s last outpost is reeling after fighting off the fanatical warriors of the Righteous Horde. Sheriff Annette Cruz becomes New City’s long arm of vengeance as she sets off across the wildlands to take out the cult’s leader. All she has is a sniper’s rifle with one bullet and a former cultist with his own agenda.
Meanwhile, one of the cult’s escaped slaves makes a discovery that could tear New City apart. . ." [Source]
I must say that I really like the cover and I hope the story will continue on the same level as the first book in the Toxic World series.









The following book has been on my list since last year. And a few days ago I bought my digital copy. For me this is not the first book by Mark Charan Newton. I own copies (pb and digital) of all four books in the Legend of the Red Sun series and read the first two books.

Drakenfeld (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CYM1920] by Mark Charan Newton

"The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, nations have flourished but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive . . .

Receiving news of his father’s death Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King’s sister has been found brutally murdered – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power. Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realises the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands." [Source]
It seems that Drakenfeld is different to the previous books. It has a more historical touch.


While searching Amazon for book offers I discovered the first book of a science fiction trilogy for just 1.99 EUR (you can get it in USA for 2.71 USD and in UK for 1.19 GBP). I talk about

Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson
"For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes.

Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide.

Biographies Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. His first published novel was Angel Stations (2004), followed by Against Gravity (2005). [Source]

The book description sounded interesting and therefore I bought a copy. I sneaked into the first two chapters and I liked what I read.

Based on that I checked the price for

Nova War (digital, first published in  2009) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson, which is the second book in the Shoal trilogy.
"In Stealing Light, Dakota discovered the Shoal’s dark and dangerous secret, now she works towards stopping not only the spread of this knowledge, but also the onset of the Nova war.

Found adrift near a Bandati colony world far away from Consortium space, Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes rapidly clear to them, that the humanity’s limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy – filtered through the Shoal – is direly inaccurate. The Shoal have been fighting a frontier war with a rival species, the Emissaries, with their own FTL technology for over fifteen thousand years. Realising that the Shoal may be the Galaxy’s one chance at sustained peace, Dakota is forced to work with Trader to prevent the spread of deadly knowledge carried on board the Magi ships. But it seems that the Nova War is inevitable…" [Source]

The copy was not that much more expensive and fit into my budget. So I bought a copy.

The third and final book  Empire of Light (digital, first published in  2010) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003X27L2W] is now on my to buy list.




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...

What do you do in case you can't leave a comment on a blog?
Like many other people I follow author blogs. A lot of them deliver news and additional information related to their books. From my point of view it is also a good to tool to get in contact with an author and vice versa.
The blog of author Alex J. Cavanaugh is an excellent example for communication between author and readers.
Today I want to talk about blog which deliver information about a series started at the end of 2013.: E L Tettensor, who is the author of the Nicolas Lenoir series.
You may remember that I highly praised Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] which is the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.
In June 2014 the author revealed the cover  of Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434]which is the second book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.
I wanted to leave a comment but I ended up with an error message. I thought that something is wrong with my browser and/or my laptop.
On 8th of July 2014 E L Tettensor announced the availability of  Master of Plagues for pre-order. Again I tried to leave a comment and again I failed. Then I tried to leave a comment on two more PCs and with two different browsers on each. Nothing worked. Now I was sure that there was something wrong with the blog. Finally I sent a mail to E L Tettensor and informed her about the problem. I did not take long until I received a first reply.  Soon after the first mail a second mail popped up. The author asked me if I could try again to leave I comment. I did and failed again. Before I replied I started a Google search with the error message and got results with hints. I added links to my mail and sent it to E L Tettensor.
Several hours I received a thank you mail saying that I have been most helpful and that the problem has been solved based on the information I sent.You can read the official post by following THIS LINK.
I think this is a good example for communication between author and reader and vice versa because it shows the interest of the reader and that authors take their readers seriously.

Of course I took the opportunity to pre-order the paperback edition of Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor. Maybe you are interested too. Have a look at the cover and read the blurb.
"Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever..." [Source]


Filmed in 1900 and released in 1903
I do not want to repeat the text of the following post over at  The Public Domain Review is a cornucopia of gems. 
It is amazing to see how they surprise the readers every week with extraordinary findings.
The film they presented is starring Little Tich. I never heard or read this name before. Maybe you know him. Go and watch the film at




The year 2000 seen from 1894
This  is the second gem for today I discovered over at The Public Domain Review.  I assume the Astor family is not unknown to you. John Jacob Astor IV was the richest passenger aboard the RMS Titanic and did not survive the crash with the iceberg. Beside being a rich businessman he was also the author of a science fiction novel A Journey in Other Worlds: A romance of the Future (1884) describing the life on Saturn and Jupiter in the year 2000.  The book includes descriptions of the use of solar power, air and space travel, and a worldwide telephone network.
I know that you can get a digital copy for free either on Amazon [Kindle Edition ASIN: B0082S9R0G] or over at Project Gutenberg. But you also can read it online at





Navajo Code Talkers
During a war it is most important to have a highly secured communication. One possibility to secure messages was/is the use of languages only know by a few people. During World War II  Navajos have been highly appreciated Code Talkers. Last month the last of the Navajo Code Talkers died. Read more about it in the following post over at Steampunk News:



Confusing calendars
Nowadays we do not think about the use of the Gregorian Calendar. But it can get confusing when it comes to history and historical fiction. There is an interesting post about calendars and dates over at The History Girls. Have a look at




Powdered wigs
There has been a time where powdered wigs have been really popular. There is an interesting post about powdered wigs and why the author of the post is thinking about to start a campaign to Bring Back the Wig  over at The English Historical Fiction Authors. Have a look at





Training tragedies

Last week I talked about the books, blog and site of the historical naval fiction author  Antoine Vanner. I must say I have been impressed by the blog and the site. The following post is a good example to show you why I have been so impressed. Have a look at





Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue
I know that a few of my followers are interested in the German language. In June 2014 the German Steampunk blog Clockworker started to post a series written by A.-G. Piel. I did not find detailed information about the author. So if you like to put your nose in to a German adventure story with steampunk elements then you should have a look at Die Abenteuer des Richard Dean Donahue. So far four parts have been posted and more will come.



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.

There is an official extended trailer of The Guardians of the Galaxy which I would like to share with you.



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 assume most women will agree to following quote .....


"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men.

Joseph Conrad, English novelist, 1857 - 1924

5 comments:

Zoltán Gecse said...

No matter who will win the World Cup Final, Germany has the best team. I hope they will get the the final trophy and gold medal. They deserve it!

As I experienced before a renovation - sadly - never goes as good as should be.

I still waiting for the Guardians of galaxy, but my interest about it decreased little bit with every new trailer of the movie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Go Germany!
Thanks for the kind words. Awesome you were able to help EL with the comment problems.
Think I need to pick up the Gibson books.
And very stoked about Guardians of the Galaxy!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

yesterday evening I watched the disappointing match between Brazil and Netherlands.
I'm sure the final game will be a better one.
I agree with you when it comes to the German team. But I do not underestimate Argentina. Hopefully the referee will do a good job.

So far I saw only Guardians of the Galaxy trailers in original language. I'm always afraid of German synchronization which can ruin a film completely.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

you deserve kind words for what you are doing.

It seems that we sometimes forget books released several years ago in or hunt for the next new book. I'm happy that I picked up the Gibson books.

Stephanie Faris said...

How cool is it that you have a No Progress list?! Sounds like you're making lots of progress, though. One of the things I hate about construction teams is that they always start so darn early.

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