another week where I worked more than I read. Time for reading is decreasing because I spent more hours in the company than usual and after work I was that tired that most of the time I fell asleep with a book in my hand.
Today is Valentine's Day (14th February). I do not know whether you celebrate it or not. I must say I do not need a specific day to express how much I love my wife. Nevertheless we use the day to surprise each other with a gift. But instead of buying flowers, sweets or perfume we surprise each other with books we normally would not buy because they are a bit more expensive.
I'm totally happy with the two books I got. I will show you them within the post.
ENJOY READING ....
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As I wrote in my introduction there was not much time left for reading. Nevertheless I finished at least one bookFor 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!
- A Humble Heart (2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00C5S4AJW] by Tim Vander Meulen which is the first book in the Dark World series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is a temporary comment as I promised the author to write a full review.
There is no real end. It is more like a break during a long travel which I expect to be continued in book two and ending with a great final in book three. There are elves and dwarfs and humans and more ...."
- Alt Hist Issue 7 (digital and print, February 2015) edited by Mark Lord
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is not the first time that I read an Alt Hist issue. Again Mark Lord put together an excellent collection of stories.
I promised Mark Lord a full review which is now in progress ...."
- 178 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! There was only a small progress in form of one chapter.
Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.
About outstanding reviews
Honestly I'm not happy with my review progress in February 2015. I want definitely to increase my number of reviews. Unfortunately I still miss the skill to write reviews with closed eyes.
Nevertheless I will deliver the promised reviews. I know why I most of the time to not promise a fixed date. Don't worry I will find a way to deliver.I will use the quote at the end of the post for guidance.
Enjoy your weekend ....
Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.
New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
I tear up when I look at all the books I received last week. The more books I get the less time for I reading I get. January 2015 has been an exception when it comes to reading.
Let me start with the new issue of Alt Hist. Editor has been so kind to send me a digital copy of Alt Hist Issue 7 (digital and print, January 2015) in exchange for an honest review. I finished reading this afternoon and now this will be the third review in the queue to be done.
"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"
ATTENTION ! ATTENTION ! ATTENTION !Now you can read the first story for free. Just click on following link
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And eBook copies from:
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Beside Alt Hist Issue 7 two more books in digital format found a new home on my reader.
It is not unusual that book blogger receive many review requests especially with the growing market of digital books. A few days ago I received a really kind request and NO that is not usual. Some request are more like commands: "THIS IS MY BOOK. READ AND REVIEW IT!!"
I deny even to answer such kind of requests.
Now let me come back to author Johnathan Bergeron. He sent me a real kind review request. So I have had a first look at Android Hunters (digital, November 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q3B5NCU] which is the first book in The Corli Saga.
I found the following description interesting enough to agree to read and review the book in exchange for a copy. I hope I will not be disappointed by the book.
Eighty-one years ago, androids broke free of the bonds humans had over them, massacred a planet, and became the most hated beings in all of creation. For the eighty years following, the elite four person teams of Android Intelligence and Removal Specialists (AIRS) have hunted down the androids, showing no mercy.
On Elysian, eighty years after the first android hunters team was sent on the first hunt, AIRS Team 4 is involved in another hunt for one of the androids. Nearing the end of the hunt, with the android trapped, the hunters find out what it is like to be trapped.
In a closed down mine two hundred kilometers away, a unique android is captured by a group led by a disgraced android hunter, and imprisoned with no knowledge of why they want her.
With time running short and patience wearing thin, the android hunters and the most powerful weapon ever devised, learn what it is to fear.
Fear of what they have become.
Fear of what they will become." [Source]
The last digital copy for today combines two things I like: A female main character and historical adventure. After his successful Shadows of the Apt series author Adrian Tchaikovsky returns with the stand-alone novel Guns of the Dawn (digital February 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00N4UYWNY]. I hope the 700 pages will be as good as I expect.
Emily Marshwic has watched the war take her brother-in-law and now her young brother. Then comes the call for more soldiers, to a land already drained of husbands, fathers and sons. Every household must give up one woman to the army and Emily has no choice but to join the ranks of young women marching to the front.
In the midst of warfare, with just enough training to hold a musket, Emily comes face to face with the reality: the senseless slaughter; the weary cynicism of the Survivor's Club; the swamp's own natives hiding from the conflict.
As the war worsens, and Emily begins to have doubts about the justice of Lascanne's cause, she finds herself in a position where her choices will make or destroy both her own future and that of her nation." [Source]
Now the time has come to talk about the real books I received this week.
First of all I send a big thank you over the pond to Tor/Forge.com. They have been so kind to send me a copy of The Eterna Files (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765336743] by Leanna Renee Hieber.
I heard about the book before but it did not make it to the top ten of books I want to buy within the next months. Now I have the unexpected opportunity to have a look at it. I like to read books set in Victorian London but not every book. The book description sounds promising to me. So far the book received mixed reviews which is often a hint that the book is one of those which you either love or hate. In the end I have to read it on my own in order to build up my mind.
"London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire's chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.
Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped—and has a sample of Eterna.
Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound—and the immortality it will convey—will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain." [Source]
Today is Valentine's Day (14th February and my wife surprised me with copies of the following two books which cove my interest in sewing especially of men's clothing in the Victorian era and the Victorian era itself.
Of course you can buy patterns for skirts, waistcoats, frock coats, trousers and more. With growing sewing experience also my interest in creating patterns in former times is growing. I'm still searching for books which fit to my low level sewing knowledge. And today I got a copy of Pattern Cutting for Men's Costume (pb reprint 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-1408100066] by Elizabeth Friendship.
I have had a first look and I'm excited. This will be a really good source for me.
" Pattern Cutting for Men's Costume is a practical guide featuring patterns for the most important garments worn by men between the 16th and 19th centuries. Easy-to-follow instructions explain how to cut patterns for 'average' and individual measurements - with expert advice on how to adapt patterns to fit men of all shapes and sizes.
Introductions to each section describe the major developments in men's dress - revealing how garments evolved - and patterns for period garments for which there are no actual examples are based on contemporary paintings. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of diagrams, this is a much-awaited and valuable addition to the library of costume-makers in all fields.
Features a new system of drafting patterns for men's period costume. Includes patterns for the most important non-fashionable garments (worn from the 16th to the 19th centuries) plus clothes in vogue from the middle of the 16th to the end of the 18th centuries. Illustrated with hundreds of diagrams accompanied by step-by-step instructions for period garments, plus a few versatile theatrical designs." [Source]
The second gift from my wife and the last book for today cover the question "What was it really like to be a Victorian?". I'm sure I get a profound answer when I read How to be a Victorian (first published 2013; this issue 2014) [ISBN-13: 978-0670921362] by Ruth Goodman.
"Step into the skin of your ancestors . . .
We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert, but what was it like for a commoner? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Catch the omnibus to work and wash laundry while wearing a corset?
How To Be A Victorian is a new approach to history, a journey back in time more intimate, personal, and physical than anything before. It is one told from the inside out--how our forebears interacted with the practicalities of their world--and it's a history of those things that make up the day-to-day reality of life, matters so small and seemingly mundane that people scarcely mention them in their diaries or letters. Moving through the rhythm of the day, from waking up to the sound of a knocker-upper man poking a stick at your window, to retiring for nocturnal activities, when the door finally closes on twenty-four hours of life, this astonishing guide illuminates the overlapping worlds of health, sex, fashion, food, school, work, and play.
If you liked The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century or 1000 Years of Annoying the French, you will love this book." [Source]
This must be definitely a book for me. I read The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1845950996] by Ian Mortimer with great interest. I liked it that much that I reviewed the book!
No more today, see you next week ......
Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...
To be honest I had to read the Wikipedia entry first in order to understand what it means. Where did I pick up the term? I read following post over at the WebUrbanist:
Nowadays we know a lot about social mobility in nearly every country of the world. Do you remember history lessons in school about Middle Ages? I still remember that my teacher told me that there was nearly no social mobility in Middle Ages. It seems not everything was historically correct. There is an enlightening post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors which I found worth reading in case one is interested in the topic.
That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
What is the Mailbag Monday?
It is a recurring video feature by SFF180 — a YouTube production of SFReviews.net.
Within the Mailbag Monday Thomas M. Wagner showcase all the new review copies he received for a week. I really like this feature. Even I'm not interested in every book, I like the way how the books are presented and from time to time I also discover books unknown to me.
Have a look at the latest issue:
SFF180 | Mailbag Monday | February 2, 2015
Most readers and blogger have a list of their most anticipated books for 2015. Here is the SFF180 list
That's all for today. See you next time....
I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.
Following quote fits perfectly to my business trip last week. ...............
"If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”
Jane Goodall, English zoologist, 1934 -
Jane Goodall, English zoologist, 1934 -