Saturday, February 07, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1506

Dear Readers,

on Friday night I returned from my exhausting business trip to Italy. For for days I had no Internet access!! I think you can imagine how my mail accounts and my Bamboo Reader (Firefox add-on to follow blogs). Beside that the only time I could spend for reading was the time in the plane which was in sum 3 hours.
Based on that you may understand why this post will be a short one.


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. Anonymus file sharing
  2. "Grimdark"?
  3. Classical art in modern context

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A gift from my daughter

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 communication

The Lighthouse
For me it was no surprise that I could not finish a book last week because I know that time for reading is limited during a business trip. But I did not expect that I only could use the flight time for reading. Incredible!


I finished

- no book



I'm

- 58 pages in A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Tim Vander Meulen which is the first book in the Dark World series.
I read one more chapter.

- 159 pages in The Return of the Discontinued Man (pb, 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1616149055] by Mark Hodder
This is the fifth book in the alluring Burton & Swinburne series. A great adventure!

No progress

Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.


 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

While I have been away copies of following books reached my home.


The Green Muse (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00J26JJGO] by  Jessie Prichard Hunter.

"In Belle Époque Paris, the morgue is the place to see and be seen …

"This morning I was called upon to photograph the dead again." So begins the story of Edouard Mas, a photographer's assistant with a detective's soul. Edouard's job is to take pictures of corpses before they are carted off to the Paris Morgue. If the bodies are unidentified, they will be put behind glass for the whole city to view, in a morbid display of lost and found.

Edouard begins to come across more and more bodies stripped of their identification and laid out in methodical poses, and he knows he is dealing with those who dabble in art—the art of death. The morgue—their museum.

Edouard's investigation takes him from the sterile halls of La Salpêtrière to the opulent, smoke-filled soirees of high society, but he must do everything in his power to stop the artists of death, before they go after somebody he loves …

In exquisite prose—so vivid you can almost taste the absinthe and hear the rustling skirts of the Moulin Rouge showgirls—Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of murder and lust in the City of Light." [Source]
I admit that a bought the book based on the for me promising description. Not every story  must be set in London...

Finally I hold in my hand. I talk about the second book in the world of  Nicolas Lenoir.
 Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
"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]
You may remember that I highly praised Darkwalker (pb, digital 2013) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419989; Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00C5QULVK] which is the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir series and therefore it was no question to buy the sequel.


Finally, finally, finally  Harry Lytle returned to my home
Sometimes authors and readers need as much endurance as the Himalaya is high. In this special case I talk about the author Paul Lawrence and his The Chronicles of Harry Lytle series.
In April 2010 I reviewed The Sweet Smell of Decay (June 2009, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636426] and in June 2010 I reviewed A Plague of Sinners (May 2010, 448 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1905636914]. I loved to read both books and could not wait for the third one. On October 11th 2011 Paul Lawrence posted following sad news:

"Death of a Publisher

11th October 2011

And on this day it came to pass that Beautiful Books went into administration. Sad news for many - and my sympathy to anyone who may have lost their job as a result.

In the meantime the Harry Lytle Chronicles are looking for a new home. Interested publishers should contact Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown." [Source]
Paul Lawrence started to search a new publisher for the third Harry Lytle book. The months passed by and he kept informed his readers via Facebook and GOODREADS. And after a long, long time he found a new home for his book at publisher Allyson & Busby.
The 27th of January 2014 is the publishing day of Hearts of Darkness (hc, January 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015275] !!
But I do not buy hard cover. Now the paperback is available. Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.


"1666. London is recovering from the Great Plague which has now slithered out of the City to breed elsewhere. The village of Shyam responds to the pestilence by closing its borders, allowing no one to leave until the disease has run its course. But this is where Harry Lytle and his reluctant colleague, David Dowling, are ordered to go; to track down a traitor and bring him out alive. Refusing Lord Arlington's demands is not an option and following their every move is a merciless killer.

The road to Shyam is long and dangerous, and the story that awaits them will turn their world upside down . . ." [Source]
My wife shares my love for Harry Lytle and so we both will read the book.


After the excellent Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) author Robert Lyndon returns with the sequel  Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764].
"AD 1081: Vast empires struggle for dominance

From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south, battles rage across Europe and around its fringes. But in the east, an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder.

Seeking the destructive might of this 'fire drug', the mercenary Vallon is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a secret and near-impossible quest to the far-off land of Song Dynasty China. Leading a highly trained squadron, Vallon is accompanied by the physician Hero, Wayland the English and a young upstart named Lucas.

All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets.

It's a quest that leads them across treacherous seas and arid desserts, and into an uncharted land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die... but the rewards could be unbelievable." [Source]

I have expectations after I enjoyed Hawk Quest so much.

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...



Anonymous file sharing
In today's world these two words gives me the creeps. Whom you can trust? What would you do when you see an USB plug in a wall? Read more about an interesting project over at the WebUrbanist in the post




"Grimdark"?
People love to pigeonhole things because it makes life so much easier. Of course this also happens in literature. Look how many categories have been created within fantasy. It seems there must be at least one new category every year. The category "Grimdark" is a good example for it. But what do authors think about it?  I really recommend to read following post over at the blog of Mark Lawrence:





Classical art in modern context
I do not have much to add to the following post over at the WebUrbanist except that I can't get enough of such things. Enjoy!



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.

There was not enough time to find a trailer for you. Instead I want to talk about the gift I got from my daughter as a thank you for fixing her PC on previous weekend.
In case you do not like growling in songs then you should not listen to the following video.
The German band  Finsterforst  is one of my favorites and today I got their latest album MACH DICH FREI (Amazon DE, UK, COM). It is possible to listen to the whole CD on YouTube. I did it in order to get a first impression. I love the new album and I was totally surprised  and totally happy when I got the CD from my daughter.
This is the video for the title track of the new album. Maybe it is good too mention that they sing and growl in German.


While I put together the information about Finsterforst, I discovered the Indonesian Folk/Atmospheric Black Metal band VALLENDUSK and listened to their first album Black Clouds Gathering. Guess which CD I will buy next month ....
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.

Following quote fits perfectly to my business trip last week. ...............


"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Peter Drucker, American management writer (1909 - 2005)

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you've returned safe from your travels.
Imperial Fire sounds good.

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