Sunday, October 05, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1440

Hello and welcome to issue #1440 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
the past two weeks are a good example for me because they showed me quite clearly that I should stop planning things. Whenever I decide to do something mostly something else happens which hinders me to follow my original plan. This is disappointing. At least I'm happy that I found time for reading .....

Again I'm late with my post and now it is nearly 6 pm in Germany. But I do not want to go to bed without writing this post.

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 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Umbrellas
  2. A highway for sailors
  3. Piracy at an old institution
  4. Special postcards

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Interstellar

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 hobby

The Lighthouse
What shall I say? At least reading is satisfying. I finished two more books.That means 52 books in 2014 so far. But I definitely bought more books than I read .....

I finished

- Annihilation (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00EGJ32A6] by Jeff Vandermeer
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This was a short one with around 135 pages. It was indeed weird. 
I must say I felt queasy while reading and often I found myself turning my head and looking over my shoulder. 
It is definitely not a book which you should read before you go to bed."

- Dyed in the Wool (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00DTG5BTM] by Ed James   I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The Scott Cullen series continues on a high level. 
Scott Cullen needs to find his way in this emotional and action packed jungle of crime, career, relationship, police reorganisation, sexual orientation and impact from the past. 
Great plot line and excellent character development."


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

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

No progress

- 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.

- 213 pages in Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht.  
My wife wanted to read the book too. Therefore I stopped reading and tried to finish other books.

- 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 ....


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

Compared to our shelves at home the SD card in my reader shows a lot of free space. Therefore I tend to my more digital copies than real books. Last week three digital copies and one real paperback found a new home.

Let me start with something unusual. I bought a digital copy of a book written in my first language. It sounds funny at first sight but I know from some reviews that there is a serious background.

Das Mondmalheur (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00LXAHH3O] by Annette Kannenberg.
"Das Leben von Cornelius Wichgreve, Gravitationsexperte und Erfinder der hochgejubelten Skylevitys, wird komplett durcheinandergeworfen, als der weltweit führende Mineralölkonzern CosmOre Industries ihm einen Job auf dem Mond anbietet. Zusammen mit dem soziophoben Bakteriologen Murray und dem selbsternannten Lunalogen Vladimir soll er dort den Abbau des neu entdeckten Superelementes Tuttofarium vereinfachen. Doch als Murray plötzlich nach Peru versetzt wird und ein Praktikant dessen Aufgaben übernimmt, passiert das Unglaubliche, und Cornelius wird in eine Verschwörung hineingezogen, die in eine weltumspannende Katastrophe mündet." [Source]
This is my humble translation of the official German book description:
 "The life of Cornelius Wichgreve, gravitation expert and inventor of the hyped Skylevitys is completely jumbled, as the world's leading oil company CosmOre Industries offers a job on the moon him. Together with the bacteriologist Murry who is aflicted with social anxiety disorder and the self-proclaimed Lunagist Vladimir he intended to simplify the degradation of the newly discovered super element Tuttofarium. But when Murray is suddenly transported to Peru and a trainee takes over his tasks, the unbelievable happens, and Cornelius is drawn into a conspiracy which leads into a global catastrophe"

The next book sounds like a mix of modern action thriller mixed with history and mythology and spiced with a pinch of horror. In case I like it I will go for the sequel The Britannia Contagion to be published in December 2014.
The Britannia Conspiracy (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00JQOQIPM] by Peter C. Middleton
"Legions of Roman soldiers, dead for nearly 2,000 years, rise from their graves, under London's streets, with an insatiable desire for vengeance, and a ravenous thirst for human blood.

When conventional weapons fail to destroy them, the nation's only hope lies with a few seemingly ordinary men and women who are willing to risk their lives in a battle against the living and the dead. They have just hours to find out why the Romans have returned and recover the one relic that can send this invincible army back to hell. If they fail, they will be the last heroes Britain will ever have, because the nation’s proud history will come to a devastating and cataclysmic end." [Source]

Did you read and like The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas? It was one of the stories I liked a lot in my youth. Maybe that is one of the reasons why I bought a digital copy of Traitor's Blade (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00HEG6UGG] by Sebastien de Castell  which is the first book in the Greatcoats series.
"Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters. All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission.

But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…" [Source]

For me there was no question that I wanted a paperback copy of the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
So I was quite happy when the copy of The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron arrived.
"THE RED KNIGHT was one of the most acclaimed fantasy debuts of 2012 - and now he rides again. Prepare for one epic battle...

In The Fell Sword the Red Knight and his company go across the mountains to the Morea and Thrake - those are the kingdoms to the east of Alba - to put down what appears to be a local rebellion and proves to be larger. In the process, the readers will get to see a little more of the meta-plot.

The Red Knight will meet a beautiful princess. Jean de Vrailly will grow in power and worldly glory. Amicia will develop her own power while getting into a quarrel with the church that will have long term effects for everyone. Readers will meet the Faery Knight and the irks are developed as people and not ‘enemies’. The sides shift, and the stakes grow." [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...

Autumn is a season where it is not unusual to leave the house with an umbrella. What do you know about the use of umbrellas in Japan? For more information just visit Dark Roasted Blend an enjoy

The highway for sailors
A sailor should be on board of his ship. But after a shore leave to visit a town and/or relatives a sailor needs to return to his ship. No let's go back in a time without cars. Let's go back to the time when Portsmouth has been England’s greatest naval port which has been connected to London by so called The Portsmouth Road which covered the 71 miles distance. You may imagine that a lot of things happened on this road. I really enjoyed the following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.

The Portsmouth Road aka The Sailor’s Highway
by Margaret Muir

Piracy at an old institution
The heading sounds a bit misleading. You will understand when you read the full post over at The Public Domain Review. It fits to the previous link. History is sometimes as exciting as fantasy...

Special postcards
Postcards - They still exist. But the following ones  are really spectacular. This is one more reason to visit the Weburbanist and to 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.

This is now the third official trailer for the Interstellar movie directed by Christopher Nolan and I'm still not sure what to expect. I will wait for more information  before i build up my mind.

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.

Hobbies - it is good to have at least one. It is sad if you have one and no time for it. Nevertheless from my point of view  it is ideal when retire to have a good pension AND a hobby ....

"A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.

Phyllis Mcginley, American author, 1905 - 1978


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll take the pink umbrella and outfit for my wife.
I'd never get it, but some days I could use the one with the finger.
Downloaded samples of the Cameron and Castell books.
Sorry nothing goes as planned for you. It has to for someone, somewhere...

Zoltán Gecse said...

Unfortunately I don't dare to plan too much ahead. My life is quite complicated with the three children.
You are lucky if you can allocate time for reading books.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

I think that's life. It could be worse.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

I need to plan things in advance especially on weekends which is the only time when I can meet friends who do not live near my home.

You will get time to allocate for reading when your childs are older.
I still remember the time when my daughter was young .....

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