Monday, March 30, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: The Void by Timothy S Johnston

Dear Readers,

today is the day of  The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the third an final book in the Tanner Sequence. It is also the day of my review of  The Void.

I was keen to read  The Void after I have had the pleasure to devour The Furnace (digital 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00F942TT2] - my review -  and The Freezer (digital 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00KPJNL3E].

No without further ado my two cent about The Void

Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:



The Void (digital, March 30th, 2013) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI

"2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he's ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he's in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner's prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF's relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he's being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can't cut the strings, he'll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death…." [Source]


The Delivery
The 304 pages are divided into 34 consecutively numbered chapters framed by a prologue and  an epilogue. Narration is in first person via main character Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.


This is the third and as far as I know the final appearance of Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.
After the hot like hellfire environment in The Furnace and the ice-cold  environment in The Freezer it is the great blankness between the stars where most of the story takes part in The Void.
The story starts with a gory mess left by a serial killer which is nothing for the faint heart. It is up to Kyle Tanner to arrest the "Grim Reaper". One more success in the career of the CCF investigator.

After the disturbing prelude the reader gets a rest in form of information about  Tanner's  private life and a first insight into his thoughts about future. This part is welcomed and necessary for the story at the same time.

With the start of the serial killer transfer to Alpha Centauri the wheel is set into motion. In case you read The Furnace and/or The Freezer before, you count the pages until the real drama starts.
In this regard The Void is no exception.

What follows is the third classic murder mystery spiced with science taking place in a distant future. The description of the claustrophobic location - two space ships in the great blankness between the stars is excellent and breathtaking.

I admire the fact that the reader does not know more than investigator Kyle Tanner. Even when you try to avoid guessing you will fail after a short time. More less permanently new pieces of information coming in and together with Kyle Tanner you have to put together the jigsaw pieces which sometimes lead you in a completely wrong direction.

The crew of the research vessel looks innocuous at first sight. Tanner is a master when it comes "to peel" the many layers of the personality of each crew member.

There is a complex relationship between the crew members who furthermore have different ranks and therefore different authorities and there motives and there is one dead crew member .... Incredible.
But that is not half of the complexity. Add to this the serial killer AND Shaheen who is Kyle lover and is also on board of the transfer ship.  Both are in discussion about their future.

I think for clarification I have to add the both vessels are stranded in the great blankness.
It does not take long and the life of Kyle is in serious danger. With that, tons of action comes into play.
So far I did not talk about politics which play of course an important role too. It seems the whole galactic situation is condensed on board the vessel.

Like in  The Furnace and in The Freezer science is an important ingredient. There are moments where you think Kyle Tanner is one man CSI team. In lack of a physician - WHAT?? No physician on board the research vessel?? -  it is up to the investigator to perform a postmortem investigation. The description of the postmortem clearly shows that the author must have spent some time in a real morgue. It is no spoiler when I tell you the postmortem is one of the key elements to understand what happened.

The more I think about the book after reading it the more I admire what  Timothy S. Johnston delivered. While reading I did not realise the real complexity of the story. In fact there passages where the difference between string puppets and puppeteers is blurred.

Even I know that this is for now the last book in the Tanner Sequence, I have been surprised by the end. I found it most satisfying and it comprise the possibility of more stories starring Kyle Tanner.

Like The Furnace and The FreezerThe Void works as a stand-alone. BUT BUT BUT I really recommend to read all three books because all three are excellent classic murder mysteries  spiced with science, action and emotion taking place in a distant future at extraordinary and unique environments  and you learn more about Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, CCF investigator.



The Inevitable

Timothy S. Johnston did it again for the third time and I begin to discover why The Void is the last book in the Tanner Sequence for now. Each book is set in an extraordinary and unique environment without they would have delivered only half the fun.

I have had a superb, nailing and most entertaining time with Kyle Tanner and other characters and all my guesses went wrong.

The Void is the more than worthy end of the Tanner Sequence. It delivers a lot for different readers.
If one of the following expressions should ring a bell then you should have a look at The Void:
murder mysteries, science fiction, thrillers, medical mysteries, locked rooms, conspiracy, horror



 You are looking for
Classic murder mysteries  spiced with understandable science, tons of action and roller coaster emotions at extraordinary and unique locations taking place in a distant future

then read
The Furnace,  
The Freezer,
and from today (30th March 2015) on  
The Void 



Additional Information
THE VOID by Timothy S. Johnston (Carina Press, 2015) is now available! Purchase here:
www.timothysjohnston.com/voidpurchase

Website: www.timothysjohnston.com
Reviews: www.timothysjohnston.com/voidreviews
TSJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/timothy.s.johnston.author
TSJ on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/TSJ_Author
TSJ on Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/TSJ_Author
TSJ on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/TSJ_Author
Purchase links:  www.timothysjohnston.com/voidpurchase



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Guest Post post by Timothy S. Johnston

Dear Readers,

tomorrow - 30th March 2015 - marks the publishing date of  The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston which is the third an final book in the Tanner Sequence.
Tomorrow I will also post my review of The Void.

Today I have the pleasure to present you a guest post by author  by Timothy S. Johnston.


THE VOID and the Classic Murder Mystery 
by Timothy S. Johnston 



The Classic Murder Mystery has a strict formula: an isolated and claustrophobic location, a small cast of characters that includes a killer and an investigator, a storm with power outages, a rising body count, extreme paranoia, and a shocking reveal near the end. THE VOID is no exception to these rules. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in the future, yes, but it’s also a “classic” murder mystery.

Agatha Christie was the queen of this type of story. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and THE MOUSETRAP are the preeminent examples. I wanted to take this genre and twist and transform it into a futuristic thriller. Science is a crucial element in the cause of death, and the investigator, Lt. Kyle Tanner, must decipher the clues and figure out the science to not only catch the killer, but to also save his own life.

The futuristic setting has allowed me to use extremely unique and hostile locations. Whereas Christie used a rural inn closed in by a blizzard, or an island with no transport on or off, I’ve used a remote space station in THE FURNACE, a scientific outpost on an ice moon in THE FREEZER, and a disabled research vessel stranded in the vast loneliness of interstellar space in THE VOID.

The science is easy to understand and is key to the murder. If you enjoy thrillers, murder mysteries, science fiction, horror, or medical mysteries, I know you’ll love THE VOID.


Timothy S. Johnston 22 March 2015

THE VOID by Timothy S. Johnston (Carina Press, 2015) is now available! Purchase here:
www.timothysjohnston.com/voidpurchase

Website: www.timothysjohnston.com
Reviews: www.timothysjohnston.com/voidreviews
TSJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/timothy.s.johnston.author
TSJ on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/TSJ_Author
TSJ on Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/TSJ_Author
Follow my on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/TSJ_Author
Purchase links:  www.timothysjohnston.com/voidpurchase



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1513

Dear Readers,

this one of three posts you will get from today on in consecutive order. Tomorrow I will present you a guest post by author Timothy S. Johnston and on Monday you will get the review of his new book The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI].
I'm happy that from time time to offer you more than just my weekly post.



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. Acheron Books
  2. Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
  3. Shadow Art

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Robot Overlords

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 scientists
The Lighthouse
Don't ask me how I managed but I finished two books and I hope to finish my remaining current read in the next days.


I finished

- The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Epic fantasy full of adventure, fights, blood and gore, love, friendship, hope and desperation.
Meet elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, dragons, wizards and ... humans."


- The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
My review will be available on 30th of March 2015.




I'm

- 356 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
Read nearly 100 pages.


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

Two digital copies found a new home on my reader. There is a story behind these books which I share with you in a separate topic within this post.

 When I read the description of the following book, the name Indiana Jones popped up in my mind. Beside that it sounds like an enjoyable adventure. And an Italian aircraft mechanic as main character is something new to me .......
The Ministry of Thunder (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Davide Mana.
"Shanghai, 1936.
Felice Sabatini is just a mechanic, working on Italian aircraft in China. He isn’t looking for trouble, much less interested in getting caught up a in a conspiracy against China, Japan, and Germany. Unfortunately for him, that’s exactly what happens. Three different factions are after an ancient artifact and the mystical power it controls. Power that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could end up destroying the very world as we know it. Felice knows nothing of immortals, fox women, ninjas or dragons, never mind the Ministry of Storms. He is a rational man, after all. But before this journey is over he will be called upon to face all of that, never mind the power of ancient Chinese magic and a menace from Beyond Time. From the crowded streets of Shanghai to the empty stretches of the Desert of Inescapable Death, Ministry of Thunder is an explosive mix of Oriental Fantasy and New Pulp." [Source]

This is the second book I received.
Lieutenant Arham: Elves and Bullets (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Alessio Lanterna.
"The Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner… in hard-boiled style!

The word bastard does not even begin to describe Lieutenant Arkham of the Federal Guard of the city of Nictropis. He’s much worse.

Arkham doesn’t want to investigate the elf murder he’s been assigned. Elves are the most powerful beings in Nictropis, aristocratic and dangerous. But when a charm is used against him to compel him to do so, he really has no choice.

Ogres, trolls, goblins, organized crime juiced with magic, hitmen trying repeatedly to kill him...it’s more than enough to give a guy sleepless nights. If can he can survive, that is.

A techno fantasy noir set in a dark, dirty, corrupted world, and the most unpleasant leading character you can imagine." [Source]
I could resist to ask for a copy of this book after reading the description. I got hooked by the last sentence. I hope I will not be disappointed.



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...


Acheron Books
To discover books written by authors in foreign countries is limited by language. If I do not speak the language and there is no translation into a language I know, I don't have any opportunity to read such books.
I'm so happy that I can read in two languages: German and English. But it is especially my knowledge of English language which gives me the opportunity to discover authors around the world because so many books are written or translated into English.

One week ago I received following mail:

"Hi, Edi.

My name is Adriano Barone and I'm Acheron Books' Editorial Director.

Acheron Books is a digital start-up and it is the first publishing house that produces Italian fantasy, science fiction and horror fiction and distributes it worldwide in the English language in (DRM-free) e-book format.

We think that bringing Italian speculative fiction, set in Italy and with strong reference to Italian history, folklore and culture could be really interesting for an international readership, but of course we need the readers to know about our project. So we ask you if it is possible to send you copies of our e-books (you can see them here at a glance: https://www.acheronbooks.com/index.php?controller=new-products) for reviewing. We can provide them both in .epub and .mobi format.

Of course we are at your disposal in case you wish to know more about us.

Thanks in advance for consideration.

Best regards."


My reply

"Hi Adriano,
thank you very much for your kind mail. I like to discover fantasy and science fiction from different countries. Most of the time language is an insurmountable obstacle. English is not my first language and therefore I know what I'm talking about.
For me it would be a pleasure to discover Italian fantasy and science fiction authors and spread word about them and their books.
I have had a look at your publishing program and there are two books which I would like to read and review:
- The Ministry of Thunder by Davide Mana - Lieutenant Arkham: Elves and Bullets by Alessio Lanterna

In return of  digital copies of these books in .epub format you will get a review of each book.
[...]
I look forward to your reply.
Best Regards,
Edi"

As you could read in the book section, I received the requested titles.
From my point of view this is the way it should go. If you want to enlarge your readership, it is mandatory to translate your books into other languages than your local language.
Digital books are perfect to spread books around the world.

Do you like to discover Italian science fiction and fantasy authors and their books then you should visit Acheron Books by using following link
https://www.acheronbooks.com/index.php?controller=new-products

You can buy Acheron Books directly on the publisher site. But I also discovered the books over at Amazon.



Where to park bicycles in towns like Tokyo?
You find the answer over at the WebUrbanist:

Invisible Bicycles: Tokyo’s High-Tech Underground Bike Parking


Shadow Art
I always try to have something for they in my weekly post. Over at  the WebUrbanist you can have a look at fascinating examples of shadow art      .

Drawing with Darkness: 24 Incredible Works of Shadow Art



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.

Today I want to share with you the UK trailer of a British independent science fiction film which tells the story of an Earth which has been conquered by robots. All inhabitants are controlled by electronic implants. A band of kids led by the talented Sean try to stand up against the robots ....


Independent film means limited budget -$21 million due to Wikipedia! This is nothing compared to the Transformers films. Will be interesting to see the full result. Even the story is  nothing absolutely new.


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.

A good advice ...................


"The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

Nikola Tesla,, Modern Mechanics and Inventions. July, 1934, Serbian American inventor and engineer, 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1512

Dear Readers,

The end of March is coming nearer and I look forward to the Easter weekend. That means for me in sum five days without work. That means time to visit my mother and my sister and also time for reading and time to recharge my battery.


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. Megalomania?
  2. Surveys
  3. A smile

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

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 thinking
The Lighthouse
My reading progress slowed down. I hope to finish my current reads by end of next week.


I finished

no book




I'm

- 267 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
Read 60 more pages.

- 300 pages in The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
Read nearly 100 pages..


- 215 pages The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
Read 50 pages.

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

I must admit that I never read a dieselpunk novel. While searching material for this post I read following post over at Steampunk News:

A Fistful of Nothing (digital, March 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00J13R17M] is the title of a dieselpunk noir novel by Dan Glaser. The eBook edition is currently only $1 on Amazon and only 0.99 EUR on Amazon.de!
That means a good opportunity to put your nose into a dieselpunk novel. I jumped at the chance and bought a digital copy.
This is the cover and the description:
"The Great Depression never ate the country alive. WWII refuses to put out its raging fires. Every major city across fifty states has been blown sky-high by blitzing.

This is 1952, America.

The only choice the denizens of a war-torn Los Angeles have left is to plunge into the deep dark of the metro tunnels and make a new life in the ruins of the subway rails below—with elbow grease, neon, and blood. In the crumbling catacombs beneath Hollywood, an ex-private eye named Jim “Jimbo” Maynard scours the dead, dark underworld for payoff on a gamble gone wrong, but stumbles instead on a subterranean metropolis divided by vice, vendettas, mysteries, and murder plots. In order to hunt down the butchers of two seemingly unrelated corpses, Jim will come up against warring mob bosses, backstabbing bookies, mad inventors, tin titans, bootleg rum-running, corrupted coppers, and electromagnetic revolvers.

Welcome to The Hollywoodholes. Welcome to your chrome coffin." [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...


Megalomania?
That is the word which popped up in my mind when I read following post over at the WebUrbanist

The Capital: Egypt Plans Largest From-Scratch City in History






Surveys
I that sounds a bit dry but there are really interesting surveys for authors and readers available.
For more information please visit A Writer of History and read
 
Reader surveys of interest



A smile
A smile? Yes a smile. Where? On my face. Why? All the pictures in following post over at Dark Roasted Blend put a smile on my face :-)





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.

"When intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens." [Source]
How does this sound for you? I think it can deliver a lot of fun. We have to wait until summer for the final judgement. Fore now the first trailer gives a first impression.

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.

A good advice ...................


"Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.

Alfred Armand Montapert, American author and philosopher, Jul 15th, 1906 - Sep 19th,  1997

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Edi's Book Lighthouse Issue #1511

Dear Readers,

the weather is still an up and down. I try to stay healthy which is not that easy when you are surrounded by sneezing and coughing colleagues.
In two weeks time Europe will switch to CEST (Central European Summer Time) which means we have to move the clock one hour forward.
To be honest I hate it because it takes some time until I get accustomed to it. I remember the summer time has been introduced in order to save energy but the result was not as expected. But nowadays no one in the EU is willing to spend time and energy to remove the decision even politicians know that to get rid of the daylight saving would be useful .......

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. Publication Lesson Learned
  2. Pi Day
  3. Tiny Ring Box Art 
  4. Beauty Training

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Peaky Blinders

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 time

The Lighthouse
It is rare that I'm halfway through to three books at the same time. Last week I finished a surprisingly good debut novel, continued to read two books and started a new one. Now I have the pleasure to read science fiction, epic fantasy and historical mystery.

I finished

no book



I'm

- 204 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
Halfway through. The nightmarish atmosphere continues. Who will survive?

- 202 pages in The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
Halfway through. Good stuff.


- 164 pages The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
Halfway through. The tension is rising.

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

The last week I received a digital copy which I ordered in advance.

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.
I looked forward to get a copy of 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. On 10th of March my digital copy arrived.
The mix of mechanic and alchemy sounds exiting and after the Milkweed Tryptich trilogy I have high expectations.
"My name is Jax.

That is the name granted to be by my human masters.

I am a clakker: a mechanical man, powered by alchemy. Armies of my kind have conquered the world - and made the Brasswork Throne the sole superpower.

I am a faithful servant. I am the ultimate fighting machine. I am endowed with great strength and boundless stamina.

But I am beholden to the wishes of my human masters.

I am a slave. But I shall be free." [Source]





On 22nd of February 2015 I reviewed The Immortality Game  (digital November 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00PGW5YZ8] by Ted Cross.
Unbelievable but true there is a connection between the two books. For details please read following post: Publication of Epic Fantasy Novel

The good thing is that The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross is now available for pre-order!
In exchange for the review copy I will review The Shard .



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...


Publication Lesson Learned
This is the title of a post by author Ted Cross.
I'm reading his book The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015 16th March 2015; pb 11th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY; ISBN-13: 978-0990987734].
I stay in contact with Ted Cross and I promised him a review on publishing day which was set to 1st of May 2015. But that changed on 11th of March. for details please read the following post:


As you could read above, I'm just halfway through the book. So I informed Ted Cross that it is impossible for me to read the book and write the review till 16th March and he understood.
Anyway you can by the paperback now and from Monday on the digital edition is available too.
And this is the cover and the description of the book.:

"A dying king. A mysterious invader. The seer's vision was clear: find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.

The problem: eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankind...and he never returned.

Reluctantly drafted to lead the quest is the minor noble Midas, torn between his duty to the realm and the desire to protect his sons. With an unlikely band of heroes, including two elderly rangers and a young tinker's son, Midas must risk losing everything he loves if he is to locate the shard and save the Known Lands." [Source]
A good story with interesting characters and when you are looking for elves, dwarves, dragons and more then .........




Pi Day
First I saw following post by G.D. Falksen.

Then I wanted to know more about and found following entry over at  Wikipedia:




Tiny Ring Box Art
I think you must be very patient and highly concentrated in order to get results like shown in the following post over at the WebUrbanist

Put a Miniature Diorama On It: Amazing Tiny Ring Box Art




Beauty Training
In case you think this is something from the 20th century then I must disappoint you. There is an enlightening post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors:
 
Improving upon Nature: Beauty Training in the Regency Era



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.

On Thursday evening I watched the first two episodes of the BBC TV series Peaky Blinders.
I must say even the settings looks good I will not continue watching the series. The reason is quite simple. There was not a single character (good or bad) I could connect to. But I love the them song Red Right Hand which appeared first on 1994 album Let Love In by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
This is the trailer

This is the song


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.

Time is a tricky thing ...................


"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.

Anonymous

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1510

Dear Readers,

I really tried my best but I could finish only one book last week. against all odds I wrote and posted and two reviews and read five books in February. One always want more but I'm so happy about it because it says that I used my spare time properly.
Not to forget the joy I felt when posted the reviews and read the books.
In the first two months of 2015 I wrote and posted more reviews than in whole 2014!
That means I'm on a good way.


ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

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




  1. Reading progress 
  2. First review sighted
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. A countdown book deal
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. "If women don't count, neither shall they be counted."
  2. Unconstructed
  3. 1000 Subs Giveaway

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock 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 creativity

The Lighthouse
Last week I finished a surprisingly good debut novel, continued to read two books and started a new one. Now I have the pleasure to read science fiction, epic fantasy and historical mystery.

I finished

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B00LUJD700] by Becky Chambers.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I'm really, really, really impressed.
How can it be that a science fiction story with such a minimum of action.
Excellent story and great characters.
I love the mix of different alien life forms and it is good that humans do not dominate."



I'm

- 145 pages in Hearts of Darkness (pb, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0749015329] by Paul Lawrence.
A nightmarish atmosphere. It is a travel into a lethal part of England. .

- 74 pages in The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
The author has been so kind as to send me an ARC of his forthcoming epic fantasy novel.
So far I liked what I read. You may understand that I can't deliver any details now.
But I can tell you that I will write a review about it. 
There are news about The Shard which I will share in the book section.

- 57 pages The Void (digital, 30th March 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00N0MYHBI] by Timothy S. Johnston.
This is the third book in the series The Tanner Sequence.

The prologue is bloody and hits the reader like a fist. The author has been so kind to give the reader a slight rest before the feeling of unease starts creeping up the reader's spine .......

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

The last week I bought digital copy and two paperbacks..

There are books which stay for a long time on my to buy list - mostly because I wait for a good offer. Today I bought exactly one of these books before I started to write this post. I talk about Murder as a Fine Art (digital, May 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B00AJP2CG6] by David Morrell.
"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten." [Source]
I love to read about Victorian London and that book sounds promising to me.


A paperback like a brick - 1310 pages! That is what I received in the middle of last week. I talk about the second book in which is Words of Radiance (mmpb, 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765365286] by Brandon Sanderson. I own a copy of the first book in the series but I did not read it so far. A quick calculation based on my average reading speed showed that I will need around 68 hours to read both  books. Even I could spend eight hours per day for reading it would take me eight and a half days to read these two books!
"Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of Time® with three #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own multi-volume epic, one that he hopes will make a comparable mark on the field. That epic is The Stormlight Archive and it began in 2010 with Tor’s longest, most elaborately embellished novel ever, The Way of Kings.
In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.

With this second book, the Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling. Sanderson’s fans, old and new, are likely to lift it at least as high on the bestseller lists as its predecessor." [Source]

It was the description which convinced me to buy a paperback copy of The Buried Life (pb, March 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0857665218] by Carrie Patel.
"The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…" [Source]
This is the first book in a series which will be continued with Cities and Thrones (pb, July) [ISBN-13: 0857665539] in July 2015.


And now I come back to The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross.
"A dying king. A mysterious invader. The seer's vision was clear: find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.

The problem: eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankind...and he never returned.

Reluctantly drafted to lead the quest is the minor noble Midas, torn between his duty to the realm and the desire to protect his sons. With an unlikely band of heroes, including two elderly rangers and a young tinker's son, Midas must risk losing everything he loves if he is to locate the shard and save the Known Lands." [Source]

On 22nd of February 2015 I reviewed The Immortality Game  (digital November 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00PGW5YZ8] by Ted Cross.
Unbelievable but true there is a connection between the two books. For details please read following post: Publication of Epic Fantasy Novel

The good thing is that The Shard (digital, 1st of May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00U8UQVGY] by Ted Cross is now available for pre-order!
In exchange for the review copy I will review The Shard .



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...



"If women don't count, neither shall they be counted."
104 years ago which means in 1911. Back in England tens of thousands of women decided to boycott the census. There is an informative post available over at the  English Historical Fiction Authors:





Unconstructed
Not every plan will be put into practice. But it is most interesting to see the visions of famous architects which you can see over at the WebUrbanist

Unconstructed: 25 Visionary Works by World-Famous Architects




1000 Subs Giveaway
What does this mean? I think the following video is self-explanatory:






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


Movies


Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

I must say that after reading books like Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781160022] by George Mann, Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] by James Lovegrove and others it was a question of time until a movie will show the aged detective.

For me Sir Ian McKellen is an excellent choice and I look forward to see more about the movie.


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 is true and many many people feel demotivated by it ...................


"In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.

David M. Ogilvy, Business man, 1911 - 1999

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: Dragon of the Stars by Alex C. Cavanaugh

Dear Readers,

today I have the pleasure to present you my review of a book from an author who originally wanted to write one book.

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.
At  the end of the review you could read following question and the answer from the author

Edi: I remember that you wanted to write one book. Today your third book is available which is the conclusion of the Cassa series. Beyond all the joy and happiness there is one question running around my brain like car at the Daytona 500: Do you have more stories to tell and do you want to tell more stories? 

Alex:........ That is a loaded question. Do I have another story I could tell? Yes. Will I write it? I don’t know. Music has always been a part of my life and I strayed from it for so long – now that I am playing guitar and in a band, it seems so natural. It’s where I am supposed to be. Is there room for writing? That I don’t know. I hate to disappoint anyone, but I can’t give a clear answer right now.

It took some time but all  Alex J. Cavanaugh fans did not wait in vain.


Now we have the 1st of March 2015 and in one month you can buy your copy of

Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

"The ship of legends…
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship? www.whatarethekargrandes.com " [Source]

Review

Clarification
How can I write and  present a review of a book which will be released on 7th of April 2015?
Because publisher Dancing Lemur Press LLC  sent me an unproofed review copy of Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015)  [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The review copy I read for this review stands for 271 pages divided into fifteen consecutive numbered chapters. Of course I tried to avoid spoilers and of course I will not answer the question



Cover
I think I'm not wrong when I assume that the cover shows the legendary Dragon. A while ago Zoltán Gecse from RaveAir  mentioned that the ship looks like a guitar or at least as a part of guitar. Of course I do not know whether this was intended or not. But it would be no surprise  in case you know that Alex J. Cavanaugh is a guitar player.
Nevertheless the cover shows a powerful ship and that this ship will play an important role within the story.


After the successful Cassa trilogy Alex J. Cavanaugh returns with a new space opera.
Is it old wine in new skins?    On the contrary!


Dragon of the Stars is a completely new story and comes along in a more grown up and darker tone.
It is neither hard science fiction nor tough military science fiction. It is a space opera in the best sense.

The story seems simple. Two parties compete for the supremacy over a planet with excellent resources. A legendary ship lost years ago could be the ultimate weapon to decide the conflict.
A young hero is send out to find the ship    full stop.

But  Dragon of the Stars is the new book by Alex J. Cavanaugh and anyone who read the Cassa trilogy knows that nothing is simple when it comes to books by this author.  


Lt. Commander Aden Pendar is son of a Duke. His future is more or less predetermined. To get a command is just a question of time like the marriage with Arabella, the Queen's daughter. Of course he is totally cocksure of himself. He is a well educated and talented officer but not good at leadership and his social skills are beyond average.

His life turns upside down with the conflict between the Alliance and his home world Hyrath which finally ends up in a war.

His predetermined life is going down the drain. The message that his promotion to Captain completely depends on his social and leadership skills hit him like an ice cube.

In fact this message is the end of  Lt. Commander Aden Pendar as we know him so far and the begin of the pregnancy of the new Lt. Commander Aden Pendar.

It is the development of this character which drives the story. The development is inseparably connected with the search for the Dragon

Everything what happens with  and within Aden Pendar is like a mirror of the conflict between the Alliance and Hyrath and the inner conflict of Hyrathian society. There are a lot more conflicts as one think at first sight.

These conflicts emphasize in a striking manner that the world is neither black nor white.

It shows the quality of  Alex J. Cavanaugh to describe battles without going into details but still delivering action.
The most important weapons in this battle - except the Dragon - are honor, love, fidelity, and steadfastness expressed in dialogue and gestures.

And all these conflicts culminate in a gut-wrenching climax in form of existential questions for Aden Pendar and a lot, lot, lot of other beings.

So far it seems that there is just one important character - Aden Pendar. But that is not true.
The story would not work without Cordell Byford and his son, Arabella, Queen Isidore, Councilman Roystonar, Shadvey, engineer Vardy, Captain Fyell, Duke Balderic and more. Stop!!
There is one more person which must be mentioned in a review. Tamsin Pavott.
She is an extraordinary young woman and absolute in her determination to prove herself on every level of her life. Show follows her convictions at all cost.

With that I return to the beginning. I did not mention a word about the Kargrandes. The secret will remain until 7th April 2015.

Until then you should visit

What are the Kargrandes?


Every week you will get a new hint.


Verdict


With Dragon of the Stars Alex J. Cavanaugh delivers a more grown up, more thoughtful and a bit darker story for fans of space opera.It contains  action on every level from space battles over word battles to inner battles.
The mirroring of outer and inner conflicts is intoxicating and will hook you immediately and does not let you go even after you have finished the book. There are questions and decisions which will keep you busy.


Dragon of the Stars is a thrilling space opera with inner and outer conflicts and fascinating characters.






Annotation
After reading four books by Alex J. Cavanaugh I'm sure I finally found out the secret power hidden in the depths of his books. It is the power of love. A love which has nothing to do with romance or sex. It may sound hackneyed. But Look at the core of the characters look at their motivation. Isn't it love in the end which force them to act like they act?
For a better understanding I recommend to read following article:  Love


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...