Sunday, July 20, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1429

Hello and welcome to issue #1429 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
Germany won the FIFA 2014 World Cup in an exciting match versus Argentina. With the return of the team the heat also returned to Germany.
Today is the hottest day of the week with 35 C°(= 95 Fahrenheit). Far too hot for me.
But I will not complain. Despite the rising heat I read more than in the past weeks.

Before I started to write the post I checked my Amazon wish list in order to check for offers ..... and there have been two!! Will tell you more about it within this post.

Now I hope I can finish the post before I end as a puddle of sweat. As you can see from the post date I was not able to finish the post on Saturday. The heat took its toll. My concentration went to zero and I made too many mistakes.
Therefore I decided to get up early on Sunday and finalize the post.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A cloud for your home
  2. A series coming to an end
  3. How to support imagination
  4. A Photo Tour of Hadrian's Wall
  5. Review and Giveaway (US only)

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Horns

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 paradox

The Lighthouse
I surprised myself last week with the finishing of two books and the continuation of one of my no progress books.

I finished

- 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.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is much more than a Victorian crime novel taking place in London. There parts which sound more like a social novel and a historical novel. But it is all interwoven. I laved to follow Campbell Lawless and Ruth Villliers.

I look forward to read Lawless and the Flowers of Sin which will be published in August 2014."

- Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"An excellent first book in the Shoal epic science fiction series.

I like the impressive character Dakota Merrick a lot. A story action packed with twist and turns,revelation and emotion and a historical background which goes back centuries."


- 299 pages in The City (pb, 2014; first published in 2013) [ISBN: 978-0552168953] by Stella Gemmell
I was in the right mood to continue the book. 400 pages left until the end.

No progress

- 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 ....


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 two books, got one digital copy for free and received one paperback which I ordered several months ago.

In April 2014 I devoured Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore which is his answer to the question:
What happened to the Artful Dodger after the events described in Oliver Twist?

Since then the sequel is on my wish list and yesterday I saw that the price for the Kindle edition at dropped to 2,09 EUR (= 2.83 USD or 1.65 GBP) !!! I could not resist and bought a copy of
Dodger in the Dials  (digital, hc, pb) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00HVBK14Q; ISBN-13: 978-1780874685; ISBN-13: 978-1848664104] by James Benmore.
"Two years on from the events of Dodger, Jack Dawkins is back as top-sawyer with his own gang of petty thieves from Seven Dials. But crime in London has become a serious business - and when Jack needs protection he soon finds himself out of his depth and facing the gallows for murder.

The evidence against him seems insurmountable, until a young reporter by the name of Oliver Twist takes up his cause. After freeing Jack from gaol, the pair must bury their past differences and join forces to hunt down the men who framed Jack and stole that which he treasures most." [Source]
If you are interested in the Kindle edtition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there the price has been reduced too and I don't know how long the offer will be valid.

In May 2013 I have been mesmerized by the excellent Mayhem (digital 2013) [ASIN: B00BTEWYEG; HC ISBN-13: 978-1780871257] by Sarah Pinborough.
The story is based on real events (The Thames Torso Murders of 1887 - 1889) and persons (Dr Thomas Bond).
There will be at least three books starring Dr Thomas Bond and I want to read them all.
Since the first announcement of the sequel it is on my wish list and yesterday I saw that the price for the Kindle edition at dropped to 2,09 EUR (= 2.83 USD or 1.65 GBP) !!!
I could not resist and bought a copy of
Murder (digital, hc 2014) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y; ISBN-13: 978-1780872346] by Sarah Pinborough.
"Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames... and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy." [Source]

If you are interested in the Kindle edition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there the price has been reduced too and I don't know how long the offer will be valid.

Womanizer, murderer, gambler, genius
The true story of the man who invented paper money
This is the official subheading of
The Great Gambler (digital, 2014; first published in 2006) [KINDLE EDITION ASIN: B00HVBK07Y] by Claude Cueni.
"In this colorful historical novel set in 17th century England, France and Italy, bestselling author Claude Cueni tells the story of John Law of Lauriston, the man who invented paper money. He was also a mathematical genius, a masterful gambler, a duelist, murderer, womanizer and lover. But he is best known as the inventor of modern finance and architect of the most catastrophic financial crash in history. At the height of his career, Law was an advisor to the the King of France, Louis XIV, The Sun King, and also owner of the Mississippi Corporation, with vast holdings in the Americas, and thus the wealthiest man of his time.

This book contains adult situations and language." [Source]

I did not hesitate to download a digital copy as it has been offered for free.

If you are interested in the Kindle edition of the book you should check depending on where you live either Amazon UK or Amazon Com because  over there you can get a free copy too.
I don't know how long the offer will be valid.

I'm a big fan of the books by author Mark Hodder, the man behind the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. I still need to read  The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (pb, 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-1616147778] which is the fourth book in the series and the first in a new story arc.
Nevertheless I ordered a copy of the fifth book which arrived yesterday.
The Return of the Discontinued Man (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1616149055] by Mark Hodder.
"It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another-visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about…what?

When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined-a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!" [Source]

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...

A cloud for your home
Are you bored by your ceilings? You like to watch the clouds in the sky on a sunny day?
Then you should have a look at following post over at WebUrbanist.

For reader living in USA
If you are an inhabitant of USA and you like to read fantasy then I highly recommend to read following post over at Fantasy Faction.

A series coming to an end
Unbelievable but true there are still long running series coming to an end. There is nothing to complain about the author. An output of 10 books in six years is fantastic for readers an the author deserves respect. I talk about the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Shadows of the Apt
1. Empire in Black and Gold (2008)
2. Dragonfly Falling (2009)
3. Blood of the Mantis (2009)
4. Salute the Dark (2010)
5. The Scarab Path (2010)
6. The Sea Watch (2011)
7. Heirs of the Blade (2011)
8. The Air War (2012)
9. War Master's Gate (2013)
10. Seal of the Worm (2014)


I own copies of book one to seven. So far I read the first one. Your review is helpful and I hope more people will discover the series.
There is a well done review of Empire in Black and Gold over at  Mithril Wisdom.
For more information about the series I recommend to visit the official Shadows of the Apt site and the Shadows of the Apt Wiki.

How to support imagination
Again I must come back to historical naval fiction author  Antoine Vanner.
While reading a book we try to imagine the characters and the landscape based on what we get delivered from the author. Even the descriptions are excellent I fail sometimes with my imagination. Therefore it is always good when we can have a look and maybe to touch things in reality. Fortunately we have museums and sources. In the following post author Antoine Vanner shows a connection between his books and reality.

A Photo Tour of Hadrian's Wall
The following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors goes in the same direction as the previous one.  It is a good opportunity for all who who do not have the opportunity to go there by themselves and furthermore you get background information.

Review and Giveaway (US only)
As often I'm behind with reading posts on other blogs. On Friday evening I read following post
over at The True Book Addict

HFVBT: Antonia Hodgson's The Devil in the Marshalsea - Review and {Giveaway}

It is all about a book which made it immediately to my book list.
The Devil in the Marshalsea (digital, hc, pb 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Antonia Hodgson.
"London 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games brothels and coffee-houses to the hell of a debtors' prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor Captain Roberts has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die.

A twisting mystery a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense." [Source]
The book description and the review forced me to add the book to my list.
As mentioned in the post heading there is a giveaway ...  But the giveaway is open to U.S. only.
In case you live in USA and you are interested in to win a copy then you should visit the  post link by clicking on the post heading.
ATTENTION!! The giveaway ends on 22nd of July 2014.

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.

The first teaser trailer of the next film starring Daniel Radcliffe gives nothing more than a first impression. Horns is based on the book with the same title by Joe Hill. I did not read the book and I need more input before I decide whether I want to see the film or not

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.

This week I faced several strange phenomenons on my laptop. Even a paradox is not a phenomenon, I show sympathy for the following quote .....

"Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.

Edward Teller, US physicist, 1908 - 2003


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That lighting fixture is really different. Be a great conservation piece, wouldn't it?
Sorry about your heat. That is really hot, even for here. I take it they are still working on your building.
And very awesome Germany won the World Cup!

Zoltán Gecse said...

Germany won as I predicted. They have a team, not just a bunch of superstar players. :)

The heat is a problem here also. I'm sitting at my workplace office, sweating hard, the air conditoners are also working, but the office is still warm.

I think I understand why you don't have mood to continue the reading of Emperor of Thorns. I'm currently at the page 240 (from 490), and I found some very unnecessary cruel scenes. And the story with Chella and the King of the Dead also very flustrating.

If the renovators not finished yet, then you should read them aloud the torturing part from the Emperor of Thorns. ,)

Gina Gao said...

Germany kicked in a goal that was absolutely beautiful. And the heat is really getting to me too.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
the work on the building will last until middle/end of August.

I do my best to cope with the heat.

Sometimes we may different light in our homes....

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts about Emperor of Kings.
We will see who will finish the book first.

Great idea to torture the renevators!

I will hope that the temperatures will change for both of us. It does not make fun to work while sweating hard.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Gina,

so I'm not the only one who does not like the heat.

Maybe we should read books set on an icy planet ....

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