Saturday, November 22, 2014

Edi's Weekend Wave #1447

Hello and welcome to issue #1447 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
finally I'm back - more or less. It is crazy how work keeps me busy. Beside that we have to take care on our sick tomcat..
Let me give you a short update.
My wife took our tomcat to the veterinarian twice in the past days. There seems to a sparkle of light. Now we know for sure that he has a problem with the heart, he is nearly deaf, he does not see well and he suffers from diabetes.
Next week there will be an ultrasonic testing of the internal organs in order to exclude more health problems. If there are no more other health problems then it is possible that he will live - how long nobody knows. Anyway with diabetes he needs daily injections and he needs special food.
We hope the best.
I really wanted to write  more reviews in 2014 than in 2013 but I failed. Nevertheless I work on improvements in this area for 2015.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. What to read in the remaining days of 2014
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. Tiny Flip Books
  2. Sherlock Holmes exhibition
  3. The largest warship in the world in 1802
  4. 32-pounder
  5. One song two versions

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Homesman

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 animals

The Lighthouse
In the last 14 days I finished four books and started to reads two new books. I hope to find enough time to finish some more books until the end of 2014.

I finished

- Maschinenseele (pb April 2014 2009) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867622042; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00L2F7LRC] by Chris Schlicht.  
This is an awesome steampunk novel written in German by the fantastic Chris Schlicht.

- Floating Gold which is the first book in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I bought the complete Oliver Quintrell Trilogy. But as these are three books, I want to count them as three different books.

Therefore I will rate the first two books separately and the third book within the trilogy entry.

What shall I say? A naval fiction without pirates and naval battles. Instead a great mix of mystery, treasure hunt and naval fiction with a cast of interesting characters.

I enjoyed it a lot."

- Traitor's Blade (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00HEG6UGG] by Sebastien de Castell 
I wrote on GOODREADS:
 "This debut novel really impressed me.

This has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. Characters easily to follow, to adore and to hate. What an incredible swashbuckling, gritty, dark story full of action, intelligent conversation, twist and turns, revelations and emotions.

I'm totally keen to read the next book in the "GREYCOATS" series and hope it will be published soon!"

- TimeRiders: The Infinity Cage (2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0141337203] by by Alex Scarrow.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The last and final book in the series.
I read the book in one day.
After 300 pages there was still no hint how the story would end and I was near the edge of diappointment.
But the last 100 pages have been most satisfying.
There is even the possibility to return to the main characters one day.

Until then there is enough stuff to think about.

What a great time travel series with a worthy final!!"


- 253 pages in The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
Finished the first book. Excellent!

-125 pages in  Master & Commander (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian.
I'm impressed. This book delivers tons of naval details which force me to use a dictionary quite often. Beside that I like the characters.
Nothing to add to my previous comment.

No progress

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

- 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.

- 176 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.

- 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

In the past two weeks I just one digital copy.
HMS Surprise (digital 2011) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by Patrick O'Brian which is the third book in the famous Aubrey-Maturin series.
"Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey’s career in Nelson’s navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian sub-continent, and through the archipelago of spice islands where the French have a near-overwhelming superiority.

Rarely has a novel managed to convey more vividly the fragility of a sailing ship in a wild sea. Rarely has a historical novelist combined action and lyricism of style in the way that O’ Brian does. His superb sense of place, brilliant characterisation, and a vigour and joy of writing lift O’Brian above any but the most exalted of comparisons." [Source]
Beside that I received today the paperback edition of an unproofed review copy of Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1939844067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Dear Alex I thank you so much!!
"The ship of legends…
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?" [Source]
My review of  Dragon of the Stars will be available on 1st of March 2015. Furthermore I will be part of the blog tour for the book.

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...

Tiny Flip Books
In case you like tiny flip books then you must visit following post over at the WebUrbanist:

Sherlock Holmes exhibition
Unfortunately I do not have any opportunity to visit London until 12 April 2015 which is a bit sad because I would like to visit the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museam of London. Therefore I'm happy when I can at least read reports from people who visited the exhibition. Here is one I found over at The Cat's Meat Shop:

The largest warship in the world in 1802
A sailing vessel with a crew of 1050 is nearly beyond my imagination. Where did the store all the food and water? How did they sleep?
Margaret Muir author of The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] put together a lot of information about the Santísima Trinidad. Have a look at

Ship smasher
Since I started to read naval fiction I have one more dream: To visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Until my dream willconme true, I enjoy post like the following one by authorAntoine Vanner over at is informative blog Dawlish Chronicles:

One song two versions
I admit I like the Game Of Thrones Theme Song a lot. Since the start of the series more and more versions of the song pop up. Today I want to share with you the following two versions I like too.
The first one may a be a bit unusual because it is polayed ona water jug, pans and glasses but it sounds good.

The second version shows how powerful cellos are.

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 my wife and I were talking about which movies we woild like to see in cinema in December 2014.
On top of the list is The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies followed by Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb starring the unforgettable Robin Williams.

Then I have had a look at the upcoming movies in December 2014 and I found one more most interesting film starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Hilary Swank. I talk about The Homesman, an American perio dram set in the 1850' see. I got hooked by the trailer. For me it seems that Tommy Lee Jones is getting better and better the older he gets.

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.

Which animals do you like?  ...............

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Winston Churchill, British politician, 1874 - 1965


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You got your copy! Thank my publisher. Hope you enjoy my foray into new territory.
That was a big ship.
And those flip books are rather freaky. I've seen it done with drawing alone but not with using three dimensions.
Hoping for the best for your cat! No more health issues.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Sorry to hear about your cat. Hope all goes well with him.

We have a new puppy. We lost our dear Lexi this time last year. So, it seems about time to fill the gap in our lives.

I am looking forward to watching the Homesman. It does look good.

This November I have enjoyed a week away writing. It's been terrific. I now have the backbone of a new book drafted. :) Good old NaNoWriMo.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I do not expect to be disappointed by DRAGON OF THE STARS.

For it is still incredible to imagine a ship, just 60 meters long with a crew of 1050 sailors.
For it sounds like claustrophobia.

I will give a cat health status update next weekend.

ediFanoB said...

Dear Rosalie,
so you do understand very well what it means when a beloved animal is sick.
Even with a new puppy Lexi will be always in your heart.

Homesman is not the standard western movie.

Glad to hear that you enjoyed NaNoWriMo.

Zoltán Gecse said...

You lucky bastard you got Alex new book! ;)

It's good to see a new full weekend wave post again.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,

I'm more than happy that I found time to write a full post and of course I lept for joy when I received the copy of "DRAGON OF THE STARS".

Furthermore I pposted a review on Sunday and there will be two more posts - one on Monday and one on Tuesday.

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