Monday, September 29, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave #issue 1438

Hello and welcome to issue #1439 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm still alive and I did not give up my blog. To keep it short. I have had plans but the remained plans. Some unexpected things came up which needed to be done.
That is the reason why you get this issue of the Weekend Wave on Monday instead of Saturday.

Furthermore some other posts are in progress. 3rd of October 2014 is a public holiday in Germany and I hope I can use poart of the day for the blog.

The visit of the fabric market on 7th of September has been successful. In less than two hours we spent the available money for items needed for new projects. I really hope to find enough time for sewing in autumn.

Unbelievable but true, a few days ago shops started to sell Christmas Stollen !!! That is something we eat at Christmas and now we have September!! I can't take long until they will sell Easter eggs at Christmas.


And now

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. Breathtaking, Breathtaking, Breathtaking
  2. The Newgate Calendar
  3. Creative Keyboard Designs


Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Jupiter Ascending

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 manners

The Lighthouse
I'm so happy that I managed to read several books since the last issue of the Weekend Wave. I finished one book from no press read and continued another. So far I read as many books as I read in the whole year 2015. But I don't think that I will "beat" the 81 books I read in 2012 .....



I finished

- Perdido Street Station (pb, 2003; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0345459404] by China Miéville.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"It took me a long time to read the book including a break.

I must say in the end it was not the right book for me. Despite the fact that it is well written and full of interesting ideas and characters, i never really felt with the characters.

Nevertheless I gave four stars because it is well done."

- Arctic Rising (pb and digital, first in 2012) [ISBN: 978-0765358738; Kindle ASIN:  B005KJJ4QW] by Tobias S Buckell
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A satisfying read with intelligent and emotional characters in a believable setting which hopefully will not come true."

- The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E] by Timothy S. Johnston
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"As good and as spectacular as the first book in THE TANNER SEQUENCE.

It starts with a bang and then you need a lot of hot tea to escape tha cold. This is more than a simple scifi crime.

A rollercoaster ride packed with action and emotion."

- Devil in the Detail (digital, first edition 14th October 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B009O51HFO] by Ed James
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Excellent 2nd book in the SCOTT CULLEN MYSTRERIES series.

Convincing story and characters. It shows how arduous police work can be.

I have been that captivated that I started immediately to read boo three FIRE IN THE BLOOD."


- Fire in the Blood (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00B6RFDX0] by Ed James
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I read book 2 and 3 back to back. I do not like whisky BUT I LOVED the story. 
This is such an excellent series!!"



I'm



- 213 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht

I'm reading a book in my first language and it is a great read. Maschinenseele is like the predecessor
Maschinengeist  which means it is a mix of steampunk, alternate history and crime. It is a dark one and has nothing to do with an idyllic world. 

- 230 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.

- 31 pages  Dyed in the Wool (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00DTG5BTM] by Ed James

- 161 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.


- 67 pages in  The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205] by Rod Duncan


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.


- 241 pages in the Amelia Peabody's Murder Mystery Omnibus (digital, pb, 2012) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B007PRZJAW] by Elizabeth Peters.


- 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

In the past two weeks I bought just one digital copy of a book.

There was a special offer for Annihilation (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00EGJ32A6] by Jeff Vandermeer which is the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy.
"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything." [Source]

A few weeks ago I told you that I bought a copy of  Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1909679337] by David Barnett which is the second book in the Gideon Smith series.
"Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire, a teeming metropolis where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, and where Queen Victoria presides over three quarters of the known world—including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Through a series of incredible events Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. But Gideon is a man with a mission, for the dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl, Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon—a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon off to points east.

Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies—to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.

Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!" [Source]
Now the kind people over at  Tor/Forge.com sent my a copy of the US edition of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-0765334251] by David Barnett.

That will give me the opportunity to discover the difference between UK and US edition. To my surprise both books show the same number of pages but have different formats.

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...


Breathtaking, Breathtaking, Breathtakting
Go, visit A Dribble of Ink and get lost in


The Newgate Calendar
There are so many differen calendars available. But this one is a real special one.
Just read the interesting post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.

The Newgate Calendar, or, The Malefactors' Bloody Register by Catherine Curzon


Creative Keyboard Design
What kind of keyboard will we use in future? The Weburbanist shows some futurist desings. My favorite one is definitely the "Retro Typewriter Keyboard" .........






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.

I remember the the movie Jupiter Ascending should have hit the cinemas in summer 2014. I do not know the reasons why it has been postponed to February 2015.
The new extended trailer looks promising.....




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.

Following quoute stands for itself ...



"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Clarence Thomas, American lawyer and administrator, 1948 -

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Delaying a movie like that is never good, but you're right, the new trailer looks much more promising.
I have both of Barnett's books now on my iPad.
I like your review of Perdido Street Station because it's very fair.
And if I see Easter Eggs at Christmas then it might be a sign of the apocalypse...

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