Saturday, September 06, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1436

Hello and welcome to issue #1436 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
Autumn is coming nearer. A season which I like. My wife and I want to spend time for new sewing projects That means we need to by fabric. Therefore we will visit a fabric market on Sunday.

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. Support E.L. Tettensor
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A successful Guinness World Records attempt
  2. Why over 900 people had to die on board The HMS Royal George in 1782
  3. Traveling art exhibition

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Night at the Museum 3

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 wind

The Lighthouse
Hooray! I finished two books last week and started a new one. That is sad for my books with no progress but I feel well to follow my gut feeling when it comes to the decision what to read next.

I finished

- The Incorruptibles ( digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MNLLVZW] by John Hornor Jacobs.
There are a lot of good reviews available. So far it is not bad  but I do not share the praises. Will see what the remaining 130 pages will deliver
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"For me this was a book which worked for me on the first 60 pages. The more I read the less the book worked for me. That does not mean it is a bad one which is proofed by the positive reviews you find here at GOODREADS. A riverboat journey by Romans (Ruman in the book) in the wild west. The world itself is dominated by the Romans (Ruman) and China (Tchinee). The world is inhabited by humans, demons, elves and dwarves (dvergar). In the beginning I liked the main protagonists "Shoe" (he is also the narrator) and "Fisk". The more I read the less I cared for them. For me it is not possible to give a fair rating because it is a well done story which just did not work for me. So it is up to you to build up your mind."

- Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160022] by George Mann
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Frankly speaking I loved the story. 
 At first sight this one more Sherlock Holmes novel. But it is so much more. 
The back of the book says: A NEWBURY & HOBBES UNIVERSE NOVEL 
Knowing the Newbury & Hobbes series intensifies the reading pleasure. If you do not know you will not recognise the appearance of characters from this series. 

 Author George Mann pays homage to the immortal detective, his brother and his partner. But he does it in a very specific way. The story is set in 1915. That means our immortal and timeless hero looks mortal and wintry with the age of 61. Watson is now 63 and Mycroft Holmes 68. They all have to cope with age, a world that changed a lot and a world which is at war. The brain still works well but the body is limited. As expected the case is related to the war and gives Holmes and Watson the opportunity to show their still present brilliance. The story also delivers all the doubts paired with nostalgic feelings and the impression to be relics in a world which is no more longer the one they liked so much. The preferred use of cabs instead of cars is a symbol for that. 

 For me this book is a praise to be not afraid of seniority. You may no more longer be able to run 100 meters in 15 seconds but with an intellect as sharp as a razor you do not belong on the scrap heap. 

I look forward to read more books starring the aged Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson and there is a promise delivered by Watson with the last sentence of the story: "I had no idea what Holmes had planned, but for the first time in months, I had a spring in my step, and a new adventure to look forward to.""


-70 pages in The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] by Timothy S. Johnston.
So far I can say that this is a surprisingly excellent scifi/thriller/mystery.

No progress

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

- 74 pages in Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.

- 177 pages in Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.

- 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 bought three digital books and I received a paperback copy of a book which I ordered in advance several months ago.

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205] by Rod Duncan which is volume one of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire.
"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…" [Source]
I remember when I saw the cover for the first time. I was hooked immediately.

I'm really curious to read how the Gas-Lit Empire will fall and what is the role of Elizabeth Barnabus

I read and liked Ghost in the Machine (digital 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B007U7GQHM] by Ed James. Two weeks ago I bought book four in the series. Now I added book five to my digital library.
 Bottleneck (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00IZNBA44].
"Acting Detective Sergeant Scott Cullen almost has the stable relationship and promotion he’s long coveted. But the uncertainty surrounding the imminent Police Scotland restructure and his crippling caseload both take their toll. Now living with his girlfriend, her own burning ambition puts a strain on their relationship and her health.

When a body is discovered in the abandoned streets underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, Cullen struggles to identify the victim before trawling the depths of the Scottish music scene, digging up old scores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Now, as he returns to the Angus home town he’s long since left, Cullen finds himself spread thin, hunting across Scotland for a killer who leaves no trace. As Scotland’s police forces are centralised into Police Scotland, Cullen is dragged into the murky world of internal politics, blocking progress in the case and jeopardising his own career.

BOTTLENECK is a tense police procedural novel about greed and ambition that will suck you in from the start.

Intended as a series jumping-on point, BOTTLENECK is Book 5 in the Edinburgh-based police procedural starring DC Scott Cullen which have been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride." [Source]

Over at Sci-Fi Fan Letter I saw the cover and read the description of The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] by Timothy S. Johnston.  The story about an investigator in 2402  intrigued me. It did not take long to find out on the author's site that The Freezer is the second book in The Tanner Sequence. The third book will be published in 2015. After checking the prices - 4,61 EUR (= 5.97 USD, 3.66 GBP)  for both books together - I could not resist and bought copies of both books.

The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] by Timothy S. Johnston.
"Dead Space, 2401 AD

Kyle Tanner is about to die. Alone, floating in a vacsuit only a few million kilometers from a massive, uncaring sun, he has barely enough time or juice to get out a distress signal before either his oxygen runs out or he succumbs to the radiation.

When the CCF sent investigator Kyle Tanner to SOLEX One, a solar energy harvester past Mercury, he thought it would be an open-and-shut murder case. A crew member was found dead, minus his head and hands. Not the worst Tanner has ever seen, but the deeper he delves, the more nightmarish it becomes. A shadowy figure, bleeding from his hands, assaults Tanner in his quarters. Then two more turn up dead, missing their heads and hands as well.

With no one to trust and everyone a suspect—even the intriguing chief engineer, Shaheen—Tanner must navigate a crew on the brink of madness to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the whole of the human race. Even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice…" [Source]
I could not resist and started to read The Furnace. I'm really impressed. Good story, excellent characters and all well executed.

The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] by Timothy S. Johnston.
"2402 AD

CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you're as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.

The mystery is a strange one—one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Still, Tanner's ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first faint clue, but the clock is ticking. He has four days….

A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter's moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds." [Source]
For more information about The Tanner Sequence I recommend to visit the official site.

Support E L Tettensor
If I like a book and/or series, I'm willing to support authors as good as I can. Today I try to support

 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.

On 8th of July 2014 E L Tettensor announced the availability of  Master of Plagues for pre-order.  She also explained the importance of the pre-order for her and especially for a possible third book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.

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]
Now E L Tettensor posted again about the importance of pre-order on 5th of September 2014.
If you read and liked Darkwalker I kindly ask you to think about to pre-order Master of Plagues.
Please read her post for details.

If you do not know  Darkwalker then I recommend to read  my review.

Thank you for 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...

A successful Guinness World Records attempt
On 24th July I talked about the attempt to get the title for the  Most People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes in England, Yorkshire, Leeds, Temple Newsham on 31st of August 2014.


Yorkshire Smashes Sherlock World Record


Why over 900 people had to die on board The HMS Royal George in 1782
Author Antoine Vanner delivered an excellent post about the tragedy taken place in 1782

The loss of HMS Royal George 1782

Traveling art exhibition
Over at the Weburbanist you can have a look at an unusual exhibition. Enjoy

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.

Today I share with you the trailer of the last movie starring Robin Williams.

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.

Sometimes even the second part of the following quote does not work properly ...

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Ray Dean, American country music singer, 1928 - 2010


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They broke the Sherlock Holmes record! Very cool.
Well said about become a senior. Although if I can be really sharp and still run fast, that would be a bonus.
Enjoy the cooler fall weather. Hope ours hits soon.

Erin said...

Thanks much for the support. I really appreciate it! -ELT

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I think we are nearly the same age. Of course it would be a bonus to run fast when getting older.

But the only thing we can do is to think positive and enjoy life with our families and friends.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Erin,

thanks for stopping by. I want to read more books written by you. Therefore I try to give you as much support as I can.

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