Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

Dear Readers,

I did not write an end of the year 2014 post. But I decided to write an end of the year 2015 post.

This has been a mixed year.
"My wishes for 2015 are plain and simple:
- Stay healthy
- Read as many books as possible
- Write as many reviews as possible "


I stayed healthy but I suffered from the heat in summer and I did not cope well with all the stress and pressure at work.

In sum I read 61 books and failed my reading challenge by nine books.
Nevertheless I had the pleasure to read some extraordinary books.

In sum I wrote 10 reviews which is more than I wrote in the year before.

2015 has been an excellent year when it comes to video games. My highlight is Fallout 4 followed by Divinity: Original Sin enhanced and Dragon Age: Inquisition which my wife and I finished each.

As every year best of 2015 posts popped up after Christmas.
Instead of a top five list I want to mention some books which really impressed my and I have to send a big thank you to an author and friend of the blog who lives on the other side of the pond.

Dear Alex J. Cavanaugh,
thank you so much for all your visits and encouraging comments! You are a true friend even we do not know each other in person.

I did not read often short stories.
But I read a good one by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
I don't know how often I praised his  Cassa trilogy [Kindle ASIN: B00ZAP5PV4].
Of course there was a real end but the future of several characters remained uncertain. It was up to the reader to imagine how the story would continue.
which had a great impact on all my hobbies.

Fortunately loves his fans and enjoyed them with a short story taken place after the end of the trilogy. I think my reading impression of Dragon's Destiny shows how much a liked it.

13 of the 61 books I read are related to science fiction.
I'm more than happy that I started to read books by well known and established authors.


Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson  and the Commonwealth Saga. Now Judas Unchained  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton  impressed me a lot.

Beside that I need to mention the extraordinary debut novel  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B00LUJD700] by Becky Chambers.

There are three more books which I reviewed and which left a permanent impression.


The House of Moriarty (digital, November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B010RALV14] by Sam Christer which is a pen name used by author Michael Morley.
MY REVIEW

Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
MY REVIEW

1884 No Boundaries A STORY OF ESPIONAGE, AND INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
 
 
 My wishes for 2016 nearly the same as the ones for 2016are plain and simple:
- Stay healthy
- Read as many books as possible
- Write as many reviews as possible

- Play Fallout 4 (I don't know how many hours I will need to finish)
- Read book two and three of the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.
- Read more books in the Malazan Empire
 I'm in book three Memories of Ice (pb, 2006; first published in 2000) [ISBN-13: 978-0765348807] by Steven Erikson
I follow the reading order posted over at The Wertzone.
 
 
Finally I wish you and your dear and near ones 
health, 
joie de vivre, 
and always a good book at hand 
in 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1552

Dear Readers,

this is the last issue of the Weekend Wave in 2015.
Next week I will be back with two more posts. The first one will be the end of 2015 post and the second one will be the first issue of the Weekend Wave in 2016.
The Christmas weekend is nearly gone and people start with preparation to welcome 2016.
My plan for next week is to finish two more books before the end of the year, go to cinema and see Mr Holmes,  and to enter the world of Worbla's Finest Art. I got a sheet of the material and a heating gun in summer and did not find time to to work with it so far.


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. Mechanical toys
  2. Hobbit homes
  3. Regency transportation
  4. Epic fantasy - completed

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Mr Holmes

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 wisdom
The Lighthouse
It is great to have plenty of time for reading. I finished four books but not all of them have been entertaining ones.
Now there are just two books left which I want to read until the end of the year. That should be now problem.



I finished

The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.
I wrote on GOODEADS:
"This is the third book in the series. As the previous ones it is possible to read it as a stand-alone. BUT that would be only half of the fun because you would miss the development of the characters and their relationships. Again Anna Castle delivered an amazing mystery with twists and turns set in the summer of 1588. "



- The Case of the Six Watsons (digital, September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00FGYSJNA] by Robert Ryan.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I'm a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson and that is one reason why I like the series dedicated to Dr. Watson by author Robert Ryan. This book contains six short stories. The author rewrote five original Conan Doyle stories in the way that he put Dr. Watson in the center of the story. The sixth story has been done by the author himself. The quality of the story varied a bit in sum they have been entertaining and delivered some more information about Dr. Watson himself and his relationship to Sherlock Holmes."



When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"All in all a solid debut novel which in the end did not work for me. I think I expected a way too much. I could not really cope with the pace and the structure.

This belongs to the category of books where I can't give any recommendation."


Last week I showed you a list of science fiction novels and told you that I will read one of them. Finally I decided to go for the following books because I thought it would be great to read something taking place on  an other planet in the solar system than Mars. But I have to admit that it was not the best choice.
- Luna: New Moon (digital, 17th September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00VRT927A] by Ian McDonald
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"After reading two extraordinary good books about Mars, I thought it would be great to read a book taking place on an other planet. I read promising reviews from blogger I trust. Now I have finished the book and I have to state that it did not work for me. I could not copy with the story telling and the writing style. I always hoped it would change but it did not. Seems I expected something completely different. I can't give any recommendation because it did not work for me."



No progress


- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by Toby Venables
Will continue reading today (Saturday).

- 75 pages in The Prelapsarians (digital, 28th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B017CCHV1E] by John Gaiserich
Will continue reading today (Saturday).

Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 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

I did not expect to buy a book last week. But when I saw the offer for following book I could not resist to buy a digital copy.

On my way through the world of epic science fiction series there is still one missing on my shelf: The Culture series written by Ian M. Banks
who died in 2013.
"The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

Consider Phlebas - a space opera of stunning power and awesome imagination." [Source]



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...



Mechanical toys
I think it does not matter how old I get. I will always be fascinated by mechanical toys. Nevertheless I got totally excited when I saw the mechanical toys presented over at WebUrbanist:






Hobbit homes
You are a fan of Lord of the Rings? Deep within yourself you keep the wish to get your own hobbit home in your garden? Then the time has come to let your dream come true: Get your own hobbit home in your garden. How it works is shown over at WebUrbanist:





Regency transportation
There was a time when it has been popular to use a Laufmaschine which is also known as dandy horse.
For me information you should have a look at following post over at Atlas Obscura:






Epic Fantasy - Completed
In the past month I posted more or less regularly about the amazing post series by Adam Whitehead over at The Wertzone.
Now I can share with you one link instead of 34 links, one for each part of the series. Adam Whitehead has been so kind to deliver  a Christmas gift for all fans and interested readers of his post series in form of following post.
A big thank you goes to Adam Whitehead.




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.

Sometimes it takes longer until a movie hits the cinemas in Germany. That is the case with Mr Holmes, which started in US in July 2015 and which is now available in Germany. My wife and I will see Mr Holmes on next Monday.
That is the reason why I share the German trailer with you.


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

I have nothing to add to following quote .............

"One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German scientist and satirist, 1742 - 1799

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Dear Readers,

I wish you and your dear and near ones


 A MERRY CHRISTMAS

full of peace, love, joy and a pinch of excitement.


You may know the Christmas carol  Carol of the Bells

It is incredible to see how many versions of the song have been recorded and it seems every year new versions are coming up.

I want to share with you two versions of the song with you today and as different as they are I like both of them




Christmas is a perfect time for books to find a new home.
Hope and wish you all get the books you wanted.


As I know some of you waited ages to get a copy of a specific video game which I love so much. I know Christmas is a peaceful event but this year Christmas is nothing without FALLOUT 4. Is there something Christmas related within the game?  Yes, it is. Have a look at following video:




Now I'm off to enjoy Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1551

Dear Readers,
the end of 2015 is coming nearer so fast.
This is the last but one Weekend Wave for this year. But it won't be the last but one post in 2015. Finally my days off start on Monday. Hopefully this will be a time to relax with reading books and playing Fallout 4.
One thing surprised me last week. I was not aware of the fact the Amazon change the price of books quite often. I can happen that a book will be offered with several different prices during one day.

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 
  2. When do you know you bought too many books
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Scarchitecture
  2. Medieval mythical creatures
  3. More light please
  4. Hair care in Victorian era
  5. Music - a fountain of youth?

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Star Trek Beyond

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 abilities
The Lighthouse
This has been an extraordinary week reading wise. I finished three books!
Do you know the problem what to read next after you have finished an excellent one? I avoided any inconvenience by choosing a book where I knew exactly what to expect. Next what I will try is to finish my four current reads until the end of 2015.


I finished

- Geheimakte Uxmal (digital, January 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00S9TT0LE] by André Milewski.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Das Buch setzt die Abenteur von Max Falkenburg fort und ist wie die Vorgänger ein Buch für alle Fans von Indiana Jones und klassischen Abenteuergeschichten.

Es ist eine Hommage an Indiana Jones, bleibt dabei aber eigenständig.

Die Geschichte spielt vier Jahre nach dem zweiten Buch und es geht nach Südamerika.

Es gibt zwei Neuerungen. Es stirbt einer der Protagonisten aus den ersten beiden Bänden und es gibt einen Epilog, der auf das nächste Abenteuer vorbereitet.

Wer diese Art von Geschichten mag, wird hier gut unterhalten.
Mir hat es gut gefallen und ich werde die Folgebände lesen."



Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This belongs to the category of books where I asked myself why it take so long to read it!

I have been emotionally touched and blown away!
First of all one should compare Red Mars with the Marsian by Andy Weir. These are both excellent but completely different books.

There are nearly 39,000 ratings for this book on GOODREADS and this book deserve a rating from everyone who read the book despite the fact you liked it or not.

I never read a science fiction novel like this before. The amount of scientific theories and knowledge is incredible. The mass of developed characters blew me away instead of confusing me.
The book forced me to take sides with some of the characters. I could not have finished the books without. The attention for detail - it does not matter if it is scientific or psychological - never overburden the reader. The book would be the same without.

I loved to read Red Mars and it belongs now to my top five science fiction books I read so far."


- Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the third of five so far available Furnival and Stubbs Cases.

Again I'm impressed by what author Michael Conway Stewart delivered. Again I have been emotionally touched and fascinated by the main characters.

It is possible to read Caversham House without knowing the two previous books.
BUT you would miss the character development of Detective Constable Jim Furnival and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.

It is incredible to read how the author interweave the case, Victorian police procedural, private life of the detectives, detailed information of painting forgery, politics, society and conventions. This include a visit to Paris and an insight into the French society. The writing style of the author fits perfectly to the story told.

From my point of view the Furnival and Stubbs Case series is an underrated one.
If you really like a Victorian crime story which let you dive into the Victorian Era then you should give the series a try."



I'm

- 75 pages in The Prelapsarians (digital, 28th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B017CCHV1E] by John Gaiserich



No progress



- 113 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 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

Due to surprising offers I either got for free or really cheap (around  1 EUR = 1.09 USD = 0.73 GBP) digital copies of following four books. I show you the books in no specific order.

Let me start with the first book of a four book epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Hawklan written between 1984 and 1990 by Roger Taylor. The books are short compared to other epic fantasy series. As far as I could read on GOODREADS, this first book is just the prologue of the story. I will see if I like The Call of the Sword (this digital edition, October 2002, 220 p. !) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B004I1KNLS] by Roger Taylor.
"Book One of The Chronicles of Hawklan.

The castle of Anderras Darion has stood abandoned and majestic for as long as anyone can remember. Then, from out of the mountains, comes the healer, Hawklan - a man with no memory of the past - to take possession of the keep with his sole companion, Gavor.

Across the country, the great fortress of Narsindalvak is a constant reminder of the victory won by the hero Ethriss in alliance with the three realms of Orthlund, Riddin and Fyorlund against the Dark Lord, Sumeral, hundreds of years before. But Rgoric, the ailing king of Fyorlund and protector of the peace, has fallen under the malign influence of the Lord Dan-Tor, and from the bleakness of Narsindal come ugly rumours. It is whispered that Mandrocs are abroad again and that the Dark Lord himself is stirring.

And in the remote fastness of Anderras Darion, Hawklan feels deep within himself the echoes of an ancient power and the unknown, yet strangely familiar, call to arms..." [Source]

The next one is one of the many Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
Sherlock Holmes and the Yule-tide Mystery digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B0193S82GS] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).
"December, early 1890s.

Christmas is fast approaching – but for Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr Watson, a sudden visitor is to change what little plans they had made.

James Harding, owner of a Guildford antique business, has travelled to 221B Baker Street armed with an intriguing proposition for the ever-dutiful detective.

He has received an invitation from a Mr. Gerald MacMillan to assemble some friends and spend the festive period with him at his stately home in Sussex.

A bizarre proposal considering Harding had only just met MacMillian...

Holmes, who swiftly recognises MacMillan as a former confidence man, together with Watson shall form the rest of the travelling party.
Whilst there, the famous duo try to uncover the intentions of the seemingly hospitable host who has chosen to spend Christmas with a stranger…

True to form, the festivities are disturbed by an incident so shocking it threatens to ruin Christmas, but for Holmes it’s just the beginning...

Sherlock Holmes and the Yule-tide Mystery promises to be one Holmes’ most baffling cases yet." [Source]

The next one is a stand alone fantasy novel. I found the description promising enough to buy a copy of Of Bone and Thunder (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B0193S82GS] by Chris Evans.
"Channelling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle. In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation." [Source]

You find some praising reviews from blogger I trust over at GOODREADS for the following book which has been on my to buy list for a while. Now I own a copy of the epic dark fantasy Beyond Redemption (digital, June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00NUV1LJK] by Michael R. Fletcher.
"A darkly imaginative writer in the tradition of Joe Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, and Neil Gaiman conjures a gritty mind-bending fantasy, set in a world where delusion becomes reality . . . and the fulfillment of humanity’s desires may well prove to be its undoing.

When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional—have the power to shape the world.

And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god . . .

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geistrekranken—men and women whose delusions manifest. Sustained by their own belief—and the beliefs of those around them—they can manipulate their surroundings. For the High Priest Konig, that means creating order out of the chaos in his city-state, leading his believers to focus on one thing: helping a young man, Morgen, ascend to become a god. A god they can control.

Trouble is, there are many who would see a god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own doppelgangers, a Slaver no one can resist, and three slaves led by possibly the only sane man left.

As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. Because as the delusions become more powerful, the also become harder to control. The fate of the Geistrekranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:

Who will rule there?" [SOURCE]


When do you know you bought too many books?
This time of the year you get a lot of recommendations which books to wish or to buy or to read in case you already own a copy.
In 2015 I read more science fiction books compared to past years. Not all of them have been released in 2015.
Beginning of the week I read following post over at Gollancz Blog. Of course I know it is a publisher blog. But I was curious to see their list of

The list contains ten books. After checking the list against my GOODREADS book shelf I had to state that I own copies of six of the books AND did not read one of them!!!
I definitely need to read one more science fiction book in 2015 after the absolutely awesome Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.

That means I will read one of the following six books:


Barricade (digital, June 2014) [KINDLE ASIN: B00HRXQ1CY] by Jon Wallace.

"Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead.

A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, BARRICADE is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post- apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec.

Kenstibec is a member of the 'Ficial' race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another.

The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles.

On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant King with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity too." [Source]

Something Coming Through (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00MNGZXHE] by Paul J McAuley.

"One of our finest SF writers moves closer to home. London is devastated. New worlds are being explored. And the aliens have arrived...

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliantly SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could for ever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. Authorities who believe that their visions point towards a new kind of danger.

And on one of the Jackaroo's gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.

Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo's benevolence..." [Source]

The Tabit Genesis (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JDQEETK] by Tony Gonzales

"They left Sol in two great ships, carrying with them the last hope for humankind. Destined for different stars, their mission was to ensure the survival of our species. One ship was never heard from again. Decades later, the other arrived at a lifeless world, where the survivors learned that Earth was lost not to famine, but to an alien species determined to eradicate humans from existence.

Man is not alone in the universe, and the last of us are hunted. Driven by strong characters facing tremendous odds, Tony Gonzales delivers SF in the grandest tradition: an epic adventure full of colossal ships, vast battles and unimaginable challenges." [Source]


Roboteer ( digital July 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TXH9GHY] by Alex Lamb which is the first book in the Roboteer tilogy.

"The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer. Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly. Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever...but at a cost." [Source]

Crashing Heaven ( digital June 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00SRXR5SW] by Al Robertson.

"A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.

With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.

Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?" [Source]


Luna: New Moon (digital, 17th September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00VRT927A] by Ian McDonald

"The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the Moon's vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other." [Source]
Next week I will tell you my choice and explain the reason why.


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...



Scarchitecture
This is a word which will you find only over at WebUrbanist. The related post reveals what you can discover on aerial photos.



Medieval mythical creatures
In fantasy we can find a lot of strange creatures. It is interesting to see how many have their origin in medieval times. There is a great post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors telling more about the background of some of these creatures.




More light please
The older I get the more light I need for reading. Fortunately I do not need the DIY flashlight shown over at WebUrbanist.



Hair care in Victorian era
This has been a hot topic in Victorian era. Nowadays with all the available hair products it is hard to imagine how women took care on their in former times. There is an enlightening post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.





Music - a fountain of youth?
You may know the Band Fleetwood Mac. Despite the age of the band members they are still on tour. I really admire the voice and the power of Lindsey Buckingham who is now 66 and therefore ten years older than I am.
Enjoy and admire his performance of the song "Never going back again". His voice sounds the same as in spring 1977 when the song has been released.
Awesome!


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.

It seems May 2016 will be a great month for new movies. Today I share with you the next promising trailer for a film to hit the cinemas on July 22nd and seems to deliver a lot, lot of action:




That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

I like quotes like the following one which help to understand the world. Do you know why babies do not talk in the first months of their life? Here is the answer .............

"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.

Gracie Allen, American comedienne, 1895 - 1964

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1550

Dear Readers,
what a long and exhausting working week! Six days in a row including extra hours did have an impact on my reading progress and also a big impact on my Fallout 4 progress. I did not play a single minute in the past week. Now I look forward to some days off coming soon.
The wet and grey weather is so inviting to spend a day with a good book and some mugs of tea in my favourite reading chair.
This year I will fail my GOODREADS 2015 reading challenge. I wanted to read 70 books. On Friday evening I finished book number 54.
But I'm not sad about it because I read some excellent books and I will finish some more until the end of 2015.
Originally I planned to write this post on Sunday. But after a longer nap I felt refreshed enough to write and post today.

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 
  2. News from author Alex J. Cavanaugh
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Incredible paper plane
  2. Cardboard music 
  3. Strong women beyond fantasy
  4. Class of 2016
  5. From book to screen
  6. For book and cake lovers
  7. Arkham
  8. Epic Fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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 poison
The Lighthouse
Yay! I finished one book. That means a lot to me. But it was not one of my current reads. I needed a "lighter" read after long working days.

Last week I spent more time for sleeping than for reading and playing.
That is the reason why there is nearly no progress regarding my current reads.



I finished

- Geheimakte Aton (digital, March 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00J1LK9KU] by André Milewski.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Das Buch setzt die Abenteur von Max Falkenburg fort und ist wie der Vörgänger ein Buch für alle Fans von Indiana Jones und klassischen Abenteuergeschichten.
Es ist eine Hommage an Indiana Jones, bleibt dabei aber eigenständig.

Die Geschichte spielt fünf Jahre nach dem ersten Buch und es geht nach Ägypten.

Wer diese Art von Geschichten mag, wird hier gut unterhalten.
Mir hat es gut gefallen und ich werde die Folgebände lesen."


I'm





No progress

-  354 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
A progress of 54 pages is not that bad. The story is still fascinating.

- 113 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
At least a progress of 20 pages

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 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

Digital copies of four books found a new home on my reader.

In November 2015 I bought a copy of The Last Librarian (digital, October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B016VAQVXM] by Brandt Legg which is the first book in The Justa Journal trilogy.
Now I found good offers for book two and three and bought digital copies.

The Lost TreeRunner (digital, 25th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0176UX6SO] by Brandt Legg
"The thrilling follow up to The Last Librarian
Three years after the AOI burned the books, Grandyn Happerman is missing. For more than one thousand days, Lance Miner, Deuce Lipton, Blaise Cortez, PAWN and the AOI have been searching for him. There are rumors that some books survived, books that contain the truth. As Grandyn desperately struggles to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, he attempts to piece together the clues, which will lead to the Justar Journal.

In a world where everything is watched and secrets are illegal, the only thing more dangerous than starting a revolution is stopping one. Allies and enemies are sometimes one and the same, and often it is hard to know the difference. One thing is certain; the AOI will not be deterred from their mission, peace at any price. Locating the books isn’t enough; they also absolutely must find the lost TreeRunner.

In a world of lies how do you know if you’ve found the truth?" [Source]


The List Keepers (digital, 8th November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B017QOEIN2] by Brandt Legg
"The thrilling conclusion to the Justar Journal!
For longer than anyone knew, they were there. Before half the world died, before the lies became the truth, before anyone understood, the List Keepers were there . . . waiting.

Inside the books, it had predicted everything, the Banoff, the Aylantik, the AOI, the Doneharvest, the end, and even itself. The Justar Journal had always been there . . . waiting.

With so many secrets hidden, Grandyn discovers something more extraordinary than he ever dreamed. The AOI must stop him from sharing it; they are far from his biggest problem. Blaise, Deuce, and Lance all need to control the secret. But the greatest danger may be the Trapciers, who must destroy it. He can only count on one person. She’s been waiting . . . and she belongs to the List Keepers.
When searching for the truth, you may find it never existed." [Source]


I'm always looking for good science fiction books and when I came across the really cheap offer for the digital copy of Crash (digital, June 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00DNGSBQI] by Guy Haley, I could not resist and bought a copy.
"This thrilling novel lifts some of the fiercest contemporary concerns of stock-market crashes, overpolulation and who rules society, to deliver a novel that finds answers beyond the stars - but will that be enough to overcome history and survive?

•The Market rules all, plotting the rise and fall of fortunes without human intervention. Mankind, trapped by a rigid hierarchy of wealth, bends to its every whim. To function, the Market must expand without end. The Earth is finite, and cannot hold it, and so a bold venture to the stars is begun, offering a rare chance at freedom to a select few people. But when the colony fleet is sabotaged, a small group finds itself marooned upon the tidally locked world of Nychthemeron, a world where one hemisphere is bathed in perpetual daylight, the other hidden by eternal night. Isolated and beset, the stricken colony members must fight for survival on the hostile planet, while secrets about both the nature of their shipwreck and Nychthemeron itself threaten to tear their fragile society apart." [Source]



I'm open-minded when it comes to indie books. I follow the site Indie Author News. They feature indie books on a regularly base.
Today they published


Featured Indie Book: The Prelapsarians (John Gaiserich)

and I read it with great interest. There was something within the description which forced me to read the first pages over at Amazon. Finally my gut feeling told me to buy a digital copy of The Prelapsarians (digital, 28th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B017CCHV1E] by John Gaiserich.
"All around us, in this sepulchral forest of grey silence, were remnants of the past – rusted firearms, shattered smartphones, parts of abandoned vehicles – all carefully entombed beneath a thin veil of volcanic ash that blanketed the land like a crust of frost on a dying flower. These were the broken bones of the old world, the lingering vestiges of the times that the few of us left who were born before the Grey Winter had once known.

Twenty-five years after Yellowstone erupts, a handful of humans struggle to survive in the ruins of their shattered civilization. Among them is Ciarán Ó Corraidhín, an aging American mercenary trapped in the Caucasus. When he meets Ani Ohanyan, a beautiful young woman smuggling Mamikonium, the lone drug that allows humanity to breathe the ash-filled air, Ciarán finds himself questioning all that he knows and believes.

John Gaiserich's epic debut “The Prelapsarians” adds character intimacy and dynamics to the post-apocalyptic fiction genre’s standby of action and adventure. “The appeal of the book is in the multi-faceted characters, the balance between action and intimate moments, and its ability to provide an intellectually stimulating reading experience,” Gaiserich said.

Post-apocalyptic fiction all too often focuses on the terror of living in a collapsed, lawless civilization. The genre’s plots center on the challenge of survival, rarely examining the theme of what it means to be human and civilized – and the difficult choices a person must make to retain their humanity – in such a world. In doing so, “The Prelapsarians” actually comments on what it means to be human in our civilized world.

The novel is set in the Caucasus, an exotic, mountainous region where Russia meets the Middle East." [Source]



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...


Incredible paper plane
As a boy I liked to fold paper planes. Some of them flew quite good. The following post overt at WebUrbanist left me dumbfounded. Incredible what you can achieve with talent, patience and endurance.





Cardboard music
This part of the post is especially for author and friend of the blog Alex J. Cavanaugh. I know that Alex plays guitar. I'm sure he has never seen before a guitar like the one shown in the following post overt at WebUrbanist.




Strong woman beyond fantasy
I like to read books with throng female characters. When you look into real life there have been a lot of strong women in the past. Over at Hodderscape author Stark Holborn put together a list of


To my surprise not all of them have been unknown to me.




Class of 2016

Every year the work of authors gone 50 respectively 75 years ago will be public domain. The Public Domain Review put together there class of authors whose work will be public domain in 2016. Have a look at






From book to screen
One of my current reads is Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson which is the first book in his Mars trilogy.It is an excellent book and I will continue reading this weekend. To my pleasure I found following news over at B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY blog:




For book and cake lovers
While "suŕfing" through the net I found following three pictures:




Arkham
Did you ever read a story by H. P. Lovecraft? Then you will know the he created the fictional town of Arkham as part of his world setting.
What happens when a railroad fan gets inspired by the world of H. P. Lovecraft?
visit the following post and marvel at the result ....





Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 32!! posts are available.

































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.

It seems May 2016 will be a great month for new movies. Today I share with you the next promising trailer for a film to hit the cinemas on May 27th:

Seems we can expect a lot of action.



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

It seems we forget far too often what is described in following quote .............

"All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it!

Bob Newhart, American stand-up comedian and actor, 1929 -

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1549

Dear Readers,
I would like to read and play more but work is exhausting and led to more sleep than expected. It is much easier to buy new book than to read books.
Next week will be a six day working week because I have to work on next Saturday. it may happen that the next issue of the Weekend Wave will be posted on next Sunday.

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 
  2. News from author Alex J. Cavanaugh
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Fortune tellers
  2. The final destination of New York City subway cars
  3. Poison
  4. A violent world
  5. Epic Fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Alice Through the Looking Glass

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 poison
The Lighthouse
Last week I spent more time for sleeping than for reading and playing.
That is the reason why there is nearly no progress regarding my current reads.



I finished

- no book


I'm

-  354 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
A progress of 54 pages is not that bad. The story is still fascinating.

- 113 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner
At least a progress of 20 pages



No progress


- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.


Tried but did not work for me

- no book

 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

Last week I received books in paperback and digital format which I have ordered in advance several months ago.

Two of the books are each the second book in a series.
In January 2015 I read with great pleasure my digital copy of The Invisible Library (digital, December 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00M44051E] by Genevieve Cogman. Unfortunately I failed to review it

Now I received the sequel The Masked City (digital, December 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00ZCCXZNU] by Genevieve Cogman.
"Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death." [Source]
The description sounds as intriguing as the one for the first book.




I highly appreciated the Milkweed Tryptich trilogy by Ian Tregillis which was an extraordinary good series which I enjoyed a lot. If you did not read it, I can tell you that I highly recommend it.

In April 2015 I had the great pleasure to read and enjoy The Mechanical (digital and pb, March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JV1W61K; ISBN-13: 978-0356502328] which is the first book in the Alchemy Wars Trilogy.
Now I can continue to read the trilogy with  The Rising (digital, 1st December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ZPGBN1Y].
"They called me Jax.

That was the name given by those who built me and enslaved me. But a miracle has happened, and now my bonds are broken.

Now I must flee - because a rogue mechanical is a very dangerous thing.

But I will not run forever.

Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the second novel in a stunning new series by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction." [Source]


The third and final book for today is the first book in the new space opera series Far Star Trilogy. I talk about Shadow of Empire (digital, 3rd November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00TE98BNQ].by Jay Allan.
"The first installment in the Far Star series, a swashbuckling space saga that introduces the daring pirate Blackhawk and the loyal crew of the Wolf’s Claw, from the author of the bestselling Crimson Worlds saga.

Smuggler and mercenary Arkarin Blackhawk and the crew of the ship Wolf’s Claw are freelance adventurers who live on the fringe of human society in the Far Stars. A veteran fighter as deadly with a blade as he is with a gun, Blackhawk is a man haunted by a dark past. Even his cynicism cannot banish the guilt and pain that threaten his sanity.

Sent to rescue the kidnapped daughter of his longtime friend Marshal Augustin Lucerne, Blackhawk and his crew find themselves drawn into one deadly fight after another. When the Wolf’s Claw is damaged, they are forced to land on an remote planet subsumed by civil war. Pulled unwittingly into the conflict, they uncover disturbing information about secret imperial involvement that could upset the plans of Lucerne.

For the Marshal is determined to forge a Far Stars Confederation powerful enough to eliminate all imperial influence and threats in the sector. He needs a skilled warrior like Blackhawk on his side, but the mercenary, plagued by dark memories from the past, refuses to join the cause. All too soon, though, he and his crew will have to take a stand." [Source]
This sounds like an at least entertaining start of a new series. Book two and three will be published in December and January which means it is possible to read the trilogy more or less back to back.




News from author Alex J. Cavanaugh
First there was the brilliant

THE CASSA TRILOGY

It all started with  CassaStaR (October 19th,2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0981621067] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  I presented my review on October 17th 2010.

 On December 21st 2011, I presented my review of CassaFirE (February 28th, 2012, pb, 240 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0982713945] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

On September 17th 2013, I presented  my review of CassaStorM (September 17th, 2013) [Print ISBN-13: 978-1939844002] [E-book ISBN-13: 978-1939844019] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I think each review shows how much I love this series. In case you still have not read the trilogy or you would like to get all  three books in one digital copy then you should read following information.

If you did not read the Cassa trilogy so far then you have now a good reason to start with the first book. Just read the following information taken directly from the author's blog:


First, I have to announce - CassaStar on sale! The first book in my Cassa Amazon best-selling trilogy is only .99 this week at Amazon. If you can help spread the word, that would be awesome.
Tweet:
Amazon Best-Seller CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh on sale for .99 cents http://www.amazon.com/CassaStar-Alex-J-Cavanaugh-ebook/dp/B0045Y261I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= #99cents #scifi

I spread word but I did not want to miss to inform the reader of my blog too.
Nevertheless you need to hurry a bit as the offer is only valid this week (calendar week 49).


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...


Fortune tellers
Did you ever visit a fortune teller? I never visited one. If you would like to get more information about the life of fortune tellers in 19th century Manhattan then you should go and visit Atlas Obscura and read



The final destination of New York City subway cars
What to do with old subway cars? New York City found a useful purpose. The end of the subway cars is the starting point for new life as you can see over at WebUrbanist in following post



Poison
"Women are seven times as likely as men to choose poison as their murder weapon." [Source]
The quote above is based on data from 1999 through 2012. But poison has also been used by women in history as the following post over at English Historical Fiction Authors reveals:




A violent world
I don't know if it is only my impression. For me it seems violence around world is increasing. Wars, terrorism, mass shootings, and more. Even in Germany the areas where you should not go out in the evening are growing. Every day the news are full of reports about war and crime. The most advanced civilisation on Earth seems on they way to wipe out all human life.

Do you know how many mass shootings happened in USA in 2015?
I was afraid and distressed when I saw the map presented in the following post over at PBS News Hour





Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 31!! posts are available.


























































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.

November was a misty month and December does not look better which means it is a good time to look forward to 2016. To look forward to see something colorful spiced with dark humor. On May 27th you can meet again Alice traveling back in time to save the Mad Hatter in

Enjoy the promising trailer. starring the magnificent Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen often mistaken for the Queen of Hearts.




That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

Maybe husbands are better than their reputation .............

"When you consider what a chance women have to poison their husbands, it's a wonder there isn't more of it done.

Kin Hubbard, American journalist, 1838 - 1930
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