Sunday, November 02, 2014

Edi's Weekende Wave issue #1444

Hello and welcome to issue #1444 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I'm a sort of back. The past weeks have been absolutely dominated by work at work and at home. Too many things which needed to be done at the same time. Next week will be really busy too. I'm drowning in unread blog posts and mails. Furthermore there was not much time left for reading.
I really hope to return to normality by middle of November.



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. Always 1895
  2. Medieval Sorcery
  3. Gray's Inn
  4. Music Western Steampunk

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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 laughing

The Lighthouse
Since my the last issue of the Weekend Wave three weeks ago  I finished three books. It should be possible to finish four more books until the end of 2014 in order to reach my target of 60 books.


I finished

Britannia's Wolf  (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CLHET9S] by Antoine Vanner.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"There are still many untold stories of British naval history from Victorian times. Especially when it comes to the change from wooden and wind driven to steel made and stream driven war ships.

Fortunately there are authors like Antoine Vanner who did an excellent job in telling an excellent historical naval fiction from a lesser known conflict.

Nicholas Dawlish is a tough main character with a deeply hidden soft spot.

Sometimes I felt a little bit over strained by the the level of sea battle details.

A more than promising start of the Dawlish Chronicles. Recommended to everyone who likes strong and detailed naval historical fiction."


The Bullet Catcher's Daughter (pb 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3867621205] by Rod Duncan
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The story is set in an alternate historical England enriched with elements from the Victorian era and steampunk.
Furthermore there is a female main character with a secret.
The story is presented in elegant and flowing prose.

Well done.
I look forward to the next volume of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire."

The Britannia Conspiracy (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00JQOQIPM] by Peter C. Middleton
"I'm not a fan of zombie stories.
But this mix of history, mythology world destroying thriller and a pinch of horror was most entertaining.

Due to information at the end of the book there will be a sequel - THE BRITANNIA CONTAGION - available in December 2014."

I'm



- 172 pages in The Simulacrum (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00LXAHH3O] by Brad Seggie and Linda Yezak.
Creationism and evolution play an important role in this book.

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


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 ....



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

Within all the time I spent for work I found possiblities to buy a few books. I present you my new purchased copies in no specific order.

Did you ever read a book starring forensic investigator Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke? I never heard the name before. Dr Thorndyke is a fictional detective invented by author R Austin Freeman (1862 - 1943). A forensic investigator set in a time long before CSI. That sounded very interesting to me. And when I found out that I could get 65 stories for 2,02 EUR (= 2.53 USD; 1.58 GBP) I did not hesitate to buy digital copies of following three books:

The First R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 27 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others 
 [Kindle ASIN:  B00IJKQH96]

 
 The Second R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 20 More Classic Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others
[Kindle ASIN: B00JM0635U]

 
The Third R. Austin Freeman Megapack: 19 Mystery Tales of Dr. Thorndyke & others
[Kindle ASIN: B00K6Y240Y]



A few weeks ago I discovered and read following review over at GOODREADS. A nautical fiction without pirates and roaring broadsides? The reviewer did not miss it. So I tried to get more information about author M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) and her naval fiction books. It did not take long until I discovered that her The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy is available as a complete digital book at a cheap price. So I did not hesitate to buy a digital copy of The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir).
"Set sail with Captain Oliver Quintrell on three voyages spanning the years 1802 through 1804.
When commanded to go to the nether ends of the globe during the Peace of Amiens, Captain Quintrell cannot conceive what manner of dangers await him (FLOATING GOLD).

After one successful mission, war with France resumes and Quintrell is despatched on another secret mission far from the sea-lanes of Europe (THE TAINTED PRIZE).

In 1804, with his regular crew aboard, Oliver is commanded to assist in the defence of Gibraltar. But the insidious enemy that confronts him is both deadly and unforgiving in whom it targets (ADMIRALTY ORDERS)." [Source]



I read the description of the following book and have been hooked immediately. A story set in 1727 gaol is promising. 

The Devil in the Marshalsea (digital 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAT9IJK] by Antonia Hodgson
"London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: Those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: do the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense." [Source]



As promised by author  Heather Blackwood. the fourth book in her  The Time Corps Chronicles series has been published in October 2014. So far I read the first two books. There will be a fifth book which is planned for 2015. Of course I bought a copy of The Sound of Wings (digital, 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00OASUQ70].
"When Astrid, a fledgling psychopomp, sent her cousin Elliot to the Library, she thought she was saving his life. Now he is trapped in an endless building that exists in the space between worlds, a place that even the most skilled psychopomp or veteran Time Corps member can never reach. Now Elliot, an agent who has traveled through space and time, must escape from a place outside of both.

Neil Gray never knew who he truly was or where he came from, but he knew he was through being an obedient assassin for Mr. March. As a Time Corps agent and a free man, he is ready for his next adventure when a tragic encounter threatens his future. Hazel Dubois, his dear friend, is left to solve the mystery surrounding Neil's very existence, one that leaves even the most ancient beings of their acquaintance perplexed.

Huginn is one of the oldest Time Corps members, and though he is an amnesiac raven, dormant memories start to break free in his mind. He and his feline partner, Pangur Ban, must follow the bread crumb trail of his memories and uncover truths both new and ancient if they are to save their friends.

All paths lead to the strange interdimensional Library, but the Librarian is one of the most feared creatures in all the worlds, and he does not treat visitors kindly." [Source]


I admit that I'm a big fan of  the DC Scott Cullen Crime Series by Ed James. So far I read the first four books which I enjoyed a lot. Of course I needed a copy of the sixth novel Windchill (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0XK22A] by Ed James.
"WINDCHILL covers two cases over the festive period, two stories joined at the hip.

Still reeling from the events of the previous Spring, Detective Constable Scott Cullen's ambition has almost burnt him out. With his drinking out of control, Cullen's hopes of promotion are dashed by the shrinking police force and managerial game playing - his only pleasure is the prospect of Christmas spent in front of the TV.

In CHRISTMAS STEPS, when a corpse is found in a burnt down house, Cullen's Christmas plans are pulled apart as he unpicks the victim's life just as his own private life is picked apart by his boss, DI Colin Methven.

In WINDCHILL, the murder of a young barman in his Edinburgh flat leads Cullen into the murky world of pubs and bookmakers, while the most likely suspect has a cast-iron alibi.

WINDCHILL is a claustrophobic police procedural novel about dashed friendship, alcohol abuse and trust.

The sixth book in a series of Edinburgh-based police procedural starring DC Scott Cullen, the first of which which has been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride." [Source]


The Messenger (digital August 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00MV0PBDS] by Mark Charan Newton is a short story in the world of Drakenfeld. I own a copy of  Drakenfeld (digital 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00CYM1920] by Mark Charan Newton and so it was just a question of time until I go my digital copy of  Retribution (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00N4UYYDC].
"THEY'LL KILL TO HIDE THE TRUTH. HE'LL KILL TO FIND IT. Having just solved a difficult case in his home city of Tryum, Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld and his associate Leana are ordered to journey to the exotic city of Kuvash in Koton, where a revered priest has gone missing. When they arrive, they discover the priest has already been found - or at least parts of him have. But investigating the unusual death isn't a priority for the legislature of Kuvash; there's a kingdom to run, a census to create and a dictatorial Queen to placate. Soon Drakenfeld finds that he is suddenly in charge of an investigation in a strange city, whose customs and politics are as complex as they are dangerous. Kuvash is a city of contradictions; wealth and poverty exist uneasily side-by-side and behind the rich facades of gilded streets and buildings, all levels of depravity and decadence are practised. When several more bodies are discovered mutilated and dumped in a public place, Drakenfeld realizes there's a killer at work who seems to delight in torture and pain. With no motive, no leads and no suspects, he feels like he's running out of options. And in a city where nothing is as it seems, seeking the truth is likely to get him killed ...Retribution is the second Lucan Drakenfeld novel, following Drakenfeld." [Source]



In July I bought the first two books in the Shoal science fiction trilogy:
- Stealing Light (digital, first published in  2007) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson

- Nova War (digital, first published in  2009) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003GK21C6] by Gary Gibson, which is the second book

Now the time Had come to buy the third an final book Empire of Light (digital, first published in  2010) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B003X27L2W] by Gary Gibson
"The third novel in the Shoal space opera series featuring Dakota Merrick continuing from Stealing Light and Nova War.

The nova war has begun to spread as the Emissaries wage a fierce and reckless campaign, encroaching on the area of space occupied by humanity and forcing the Shoal into a desperate retreat. While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible for creating the Maker caches, Corso, left in charge of a fleet of human-piloted Magi ships, finds his authority crumbling in the face of assassination attempts and politically-motivated sabotage. If any hope exists at all, it lies in an abandoned asteroid a thousand light-years beyond the Consortium's borders, and with Ty Whitecloud, the only man alive with the skill to decipher the messages left behind by an ancient race of star travellers. Unfortunately Whitecloud is locked in a prison cell aboard a dying coreship adrift in space, awaiting execution for war crimes against Corso's own people. But if humanity has any hope of survival, Corso is going to have to find some way to keep him alive - and that's only if Dakota doesn't kill him first ..." [Source]


In August I talked about the following stand-alone fantasy novel and now I bought a digital copy.  The Free (digital and pb October 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00IA2E614; ISBN-13: 978-0316233491] by Brian Ruckley.
"A warrior of legend. A warrior to be feared.

The famed Yulan is leader of The Free, the last remaining band of mercenaries in the Hommetic Kingdom. He and his comrades have earned a reputation of mythic proportions by selling their martial and magical talents to the highest bidder. Feared and revered, they were once seen as a threat to the Hommetic Kingdom's power - until they outlasted it in the course of a bloody rebellion.

With the oppressive monarch overthrown, The Free plan to finally lay down their weapons, hoping for a chance of peace at last. But their enemies will not let them rest just yet. For the final contract Yulan is offered is one he'll be unable to refuse - not when he learns the target is the very man responsible for the worst atrocity he has ever witnessed. It is an evil that Yulan failed to prevent - one that has haunted him ever since. And now is his last chance to right that wrong.

But as Yulan and his companions embark on their last journey, a potent mix of vengeance, love and loyalty is building to a storm. It is a storm so violent it is likely to destroy the last of the free companies. And only then will they discover the true price of freedom." [Source]

I like historical fiction and I like series. And then there are books which I like to have as real books. The following book belongs exactly to this category.
 Lamentation (digital and pb October 2014; hc February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00K6ECROM; pb ISBN-13: 978-1447260257; hc ISBN-13: 978-0316254960] is the sixth book in the The Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. This series is from my point of a must read for fans of historical thrillers. Unfortunately I read only  Dissolution ( first printed in 2003, paperback 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0330450799] so far which me really impressed. For more information about the author and the series please visit the official website.
"As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart in the new installment of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.

Autumn, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors prepare for a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. The Catholics decide to focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, the Protestant Queen Catherine Parr. As Catherine begins to lose the King's favor, she turns to the shrewd, hunchbacked lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, to contain a potentially fatal secret.

The Queen has written a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, a memoir so radical that if it came to the King's attention, it could bring her and her courtly sympathizers to ruination. The London printer into whose hands she entrusted the manuscript has been murdered, the book nowhere to be found.

Shardlake's investigations take him down a trail that begins among printshops in the filthy backstreets of London, but leads him once more to the labyrinthine world of court politics, where Protestant friends can be as dangerous as Catholic enemies, and those who will support either side to further their ambition are the most dangerous of all." [Source]
This is the official book trailer




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...


Always 1895
The more I read about Sherlock Holmes the more I'm fascinated.  I don't know if you ever read an original Sherlock Holmes novel and/or a short story. Did you ever notice that reality on Baker Street is always st at 1895?
There is a famous poem which ends with the words   And it is always eighteen ninety-five.

221B

Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game’s afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears–
Only those things the heart believes are true.

A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.
  by Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) All Poetry Dot Com 
 Listen to Basil Rathbone


There are several awesome websites dedicated to Shcerlock Holmes and Dr Watson available in the world wide web.

Now one of the sites is back after a nearly seven months break:


Mastermind Matt Laffey returned with a fantastic post which is a cornucopia for all people interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Be aware that you definitely need more than 10 minutes to read the whole post and to follow all the links.  Enjoy


By the way did you know that you can read most o the Sherlock Holmes online for free. The University of Adelaide offers a list with links. Checkout following THIS LINK.



Medieval Sorcery
Helloween is over. But it is still a good time to talk about sorcery. There is an enlightening post about medieval sorcery available over at English Historical Fiction Authors:





Gray's Inn
Begin of July 2014 I talked about Murder by Misrule (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00J9TABYS] by Anna Castle which is the first book in the new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series starring a "brain and muscle team" in person of Francis Bacon and Thomas Clarady. Since then I follow Anna Castle's blog.  
This is not the first time that I tell you that I like it a lot when authors talk about their research for books.
Therefore I read with great pleasure the following two posts over at Anna Castle's blog:




Music Western Steampunk
I do not have a favorite steampunk band. But I like it when artist use steampunk elements within their videos. The following video is a good example for that:


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 really look forward to spring 2015.
Why?
Marvel's The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will hit the cinemas around the world.
he teaser trailer and the extended UK trailer look both very 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.

The past weeks have been tough. there was neither time for inner jogging nor outer jogging. That means there was also nothing to laugh about. Nevertheless I like the following quote ...............


"Laughter is inner jogging.

Norman Cousins, US essayist and editor, 1915 -1990

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That Roundtable Rival was an entertaining video. She plays a mean violin.
Lots of new books. The Sound of Wings sounds interesting.
Very excited for the next Avengers movie.
Busy week coming for me as well!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I highly appreciate that you are still visting my blog.
Work and some stuff at home keeps me still more than busy.
Maye December will over some more time. I would like to write a review after such a long time without.
Fingers crossed that you will "survive" the busy weeks in a good shape.

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