Sunday, January 11, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1502

Hello and welcome to issue #1502 of Edi's Weekend Wave.

Dear Readers,
I was not sure if I would find time to write this post because our 15 years old tomcat who is really sick needs more attention than ever. He got problems to eat and drink. If the current situation does not change until tomorrow then .....
On upcoming Tuesday I have to visit and oral surgeon for a root amputation. He told me in advance that I should prepare a lot of ice packs for cooling my jaw after the surgery.
Hopefully it will not hinder me to enjoy reading.



ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. Writing and listening
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. 3D-Printed Body Parts
  2. Alt Hist Issue 7 and FREE Newsletter
  3. The World of Nicolas Lenoir
  4. Beauty
  5. Pirates - Romantic Heroes?

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. CHAPPiE

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 eating

The Lighthouse
Incredible! So far I finished three books, started a new one and continued one from my no progress list. Furthermore I posted two reviews.

I finished


- The Candle Man (pb September 2012 [ ISBN-13:978-1409137948] by Alex Scarrow.
So far interesting and tough. Victorian London has been a dangerous place.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"A different but consistent approach to the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
Good story, well written, excellent atmospheric descriptions of Victorian London full of period details, combined with interesting characters.
It got a bit predictable at the middle of the book."


- Deeds of Darkness (digital, 23rd October 2014) Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00N01TI36] by Edward Marston which is the fourth book in The Home Front Detective Series.
For more information read my full review.



I'm

- 280 pages in Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan.
Impressive combination of Dr Watson and WW I.

- 219 pages in  Malice (digital December 2012) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00AER8240] by John Gwynne.
I'm back into epic fantasy after a break.



No progress


- 230 pages in The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (digital 2011) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B004FPYX72] by Judith Flanders.


- 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,

Writing and Listening
I like to listen to music while I work on a post like this one. But I prefer more and more instrumental music., especially game soundtracks. Today I listened to Assassin's Creed Black Flag soundtrack.
One of my favorites is the SKYRIM OST FULL.

 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

Two more digital copies found a new home on my reader.
 On 8th of January I read following post over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist:

 I do not want to talk about the decision whether to read and review self-published books or not. There is a book mentioned in the post which aroused my interest. I was impressed when I read that the author paid 2000 USD out of his own pocket for the cover art done by the well known Stephan Martiniere. I was surprised by the cheap price for the digital copy and base on price, cover and blurb I decided to buy a copy of  The Immortality Game  (digital November 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00PGW5YZ8] by Ted Cross.
"Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child. When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying to stay alive and save her loved ones, Zoya opens the package and discovers two unusual data cards, one that allows her to fight back against the mafia and another which may hold the key to everlasting life.." [Source]


The second digital copy I bought is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez series. Bartholomew Fair ( digital December 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00QQGF7I2] by Ann Swinfen.
"When Bartholomew Fair, London’s largest public festival, is threatened in 1589 by five hundred armed soldiers dismissed from service without pay, the authorities act swiftly and decisively to prevent trouble. Yet other trouble is brewing. Young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez stumbles upon a sinister troupe of Italian puppeteers bent on making mischief, but it soon becomes apparent that more than mischief is in the air. Sir Francis Walsingham’s agents are baffled by the ill-assorted conspirators, including one of their own men. Time is running out, and a missing cache of gunpowder cannot be found . . ." [Source]

So far I read  The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez which is the first book  and enjoyed it a lot. 


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...


3D-Printed Body Parts

It seems that 3D print offers more opportunities than one can think of. Have a look at this excellent idea presented over at the WebUrbanist:
Exo-Prosthetics: Light, Cheap & Custom 3D-Printed Body Parts
 

Alt Hist Issue 7 and FREE Newsletter
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.

"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]
So far I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 and Alt Hist Issue 5.
Now the release date of Alt Hist Issue 7 is coming nearer.
Editor Mark Lord has been so kind as to post blurb and editorial - smaller changes may be possible.

Alt Hist returns with the seventh issue of the popular magazine of historical fiction and alternate history. This is the biggest issue of Alt Hist so far and this time we have seven wonderful short stories for you—including two parts of the popular Battalion 202 series and stories from Alt Hist favourites Priya Sharma and Andrew Knighton. If you like historical fiction, then you are sure to love this issue of Alt Hist.
Alt Hist Issue 7 features the following stories:

  • “The Vivisectionist’s Daughter” by Jason Kahn
  • “Cold Flesh” by Andrew Knighton
  • “The Independence Day” by Pavel Nikiforovitch
  • “Heff in Dearborn” by Michael Fertik
  • “Battalion 202: The Sheep and the Goats” by Jonathan Doering
  • “Set Britain Ablaze” by Jonathan Doering
  • “The Red Vortex” by Priya Sharma
Please read the full post including blurbs for each story over at
Alt Hist Issue 7 – Blurb and Editorial Teaser

If you are interested in alternate history then I recommend
TO JOIN MARK LORD'S NEWSLETTER
for free
"Hear about book releases first and benefit from exclusive freebies. I won’t bombard you with annoying emails! You will just get the occasional message from me when I release a new story and if I am offering any free content – for example free review copies of my work."




The World of Nicolas Lenoir
On 5th of January 2014 I posted my review of Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] by E L Tettensor which is the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir series.
"You want to read a dark crime mystery with Victorian flair, an intriguing main character,  thoroughly world building and an satisfying end which leaves you with the urge for more

THEN

Darkwalker is your book of choice."

In less than a month the second book Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor will be published.
"Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever..." [Source]
Of course I ordered a copy in advance.

Now E L Tettensor delivered additional information about the world of  Nicolas Lenoir.
I'm always happy when I can learn more about the world of a series I like.
All fans and soon to be fans should not miss to read




Beauty
"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholderr"  or as Miss Piggy said: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."
But the definition of beauty changed in the past and will change in the future. What do you know about the definition of beauty in the Georgian era?  You may remember pictures seen in museums or films set in the era. In case you are interested in, I recommend to read following post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:




Pirates - Romantic Heroes?
M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) author of  The Oliver Quintrell Trilogy  (digital 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00H5FJ0WM] by M. C. Muir (pen name of Margaret Muir) wrote an interesting post about the perception of pirates in today's world which I find worth reading. Have a look at

PIRATES - Enemies of humanity (hostis humani generis) become romantic heroes



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.

After watching the first trailer of CHAPPiE  I thought this would be a more funny science fiction film. But the latest trailer shows that there will be a lot of action beside the humorous moments.
I like to see this film.

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.

Don't ask me why I chose again a quote related to eating. Maybe it is a kind of hint to me to do something like going to gym  ...............


"Eating everything you want is not that much fun. When you live a life with no boundaries, there’s less joy. If you can eat anything you want to, what’s the fun in eating anything you want to?

Tom Hanks, US actor (1956 - )

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool you are reading Ted's book.
Hope all goes well at the dentist.
And really sorry about your cat. When it nears the end, it just sucks.

Ted Cross said...

I appreciate you trying my book and hope the story suits your taste!

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

you will find an update about our tomcat and the dentst visit in the next weekend post.

I'm happy that I found Ted's book mentioned on a blog I follow. In the meantime I read the book and it was a good one.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Ted,

thank you for stopping by. I'm happy that I read your book because I enjoyed it a lot.
Now I work on a full review in order to spread word about your book.

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