Saturday, August 16, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1433

Hello and welcome to issue #1433 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm a little bit handicapped in my mobility. I made a rash move and since then I have pain in the back when  try to bend down. Despite that I went to gym today and after half an hour treadmill I felt better. Now I sit in front of my laptop with an electric heating pad in the back. That helps a lot.

And now


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 
  2. Three books for me and maybe for you too
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. World War I, French Navy, free e-book
  2. Dogs of War
  3. Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
  4. A special London guide
  5. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  6. A special short story
  7. High speed photographs

    Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
    1. An upcoming video game

    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 phrase checker

    The Lighthouse
    I admit  that I'm in a phase where I  have a knack for historical fiction. Nevertheless I'm sure that I will finish some more books by end of August.

    I finished

    - no book


    - 117 pages in The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez ( digital March 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00JC30J2A] by Ann Swinfen
    Medicine, code breaking, spying , to hide a secret ... a lot of things to be done by the main character Christoval Alvarez

    - 145 pages in Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle.
    The tutor Francis Bacon and his students still have a lot of work to do to solve the murder case.

    - 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
    A small progress but at least a progress. 

    - 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.
    Excellent historical fiction about a part of World War I which I do not know nearly nothing about.

    No progress

    - 92 pages in Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson

    - 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

    Last week I received on of the paperback copies I ordered in advance.
    Treachery (pb, August 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0007481224] is the fourth book in the historical thriller series  Giordano Bruno by S. J. Parris (pen name used by Stephanie Merritt).
    "Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip's American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake's departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission - and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake's life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake's young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry." [Source]
    So far I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them a lot. This is excellent medieval mystery reading.

    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...

    World War I, French Navy, free e-book
    As mentioned above I'm currently reading Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner. So far I like the story about the British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish. What do you know ab the role of the French navy in World War I? To be honest I knew nothing until I read following post over Antoine Vanner's blog:

    The last part of the post is also interesting. Instead of describing it in my humble English, I just quote the passage:

    Free E-Book Offer from Antoine Vanner

    Since publication of Britannia’s Wolf in early 2013 I have received a large number of queries from readers regarding the novel’s historical background. Like the next in the series, Britannia’s Reach, the Wolf is indeed inspired by actual events. I thought it appropriate therefore to offer my readers free a short e-book which expands on part of the historical context and which draws on my research. These articles can be read as “standalones” which do not require any familiarity with Britannia’s Wolf. Anybody who has already read the novel may find their curiosity about the background satisfied.

    Entitled “Ironclad Ships and Intrepid Men”, this e-book can be downloaded free for reading on your Tablet or Kindle.

    If you are interested in receiving a copy please send  an e-mail to and it will be forwarded to you.

    Of course I'm interested in background information. Therefore I sent a mail to the address above and within a few hours I received a reply from the author containing a 95 pages PDF document!!

    Dogs of War
    You may know that this is a phrase from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It is also the title of a post you can read over at Antoine Vanner's blog and it has at the same time a literally meaning which is the subject of the following post

    Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony
    These are the seven deadly sins also known as cardinal sins. Whenever I see, hear, or read about these sins one movie pops up in my mind: Seven
    This film impressed me a lot and is definitely nothing for people with weak stomach. Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors you find an interesting article about these sins and medieval society. 

    A special London guide
    The number of London guides is innumerable. But some of them are special and unique.   The Public Domain Review now present one of these gems. Go and visit

    It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
    This is the title of a song which become one of the most famous songs in World War I. There is a brief history available over at Ian Visits. Have a look at

    A special short story
    Once a while I read short stories. Nowadays you get a lot of this stuff online. First of all I was not aware to expect a short story when I read the following post title over at Pornokitsch:

    High speed Photographs
    Once a while you see stunning high speed photographs. If you want to see some more amazing photographs then go to WebUrbanist and have a look at

    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.

    My wife and I started to save money for a specific purpose: We want to buy a PS4. There are several games coming which we would like to play.
    I must say that I was not really interested in the Assassin's Creed game series. But that changed after watching the following two videos showing scenes from the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity.

    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.

    Please do not follow the procedure described in the following quote. I assure you that it works ....

    "The phrase "action speaks louder than words," is most easily proven by a swift kick to the genitals.

    Devin J. Monroe , 1983 - , did not find more information about the author


    Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

    That London guide sounds funny.
    Will go check out the photographs first.
    Sorry about your back. Sucks to get older, doesn't it?

    ediFanoB said...

    Hi Alex,

    indeed it sucks to get older. But as long as one can walk, talk, read and think I will be happy.

    Have agreat week.

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