I will be honest. Last week I spent more time for playing Dragon Age: Inquisition than for reading.
I needed a visual escape from work.There is more behind the game than I expected. But the best thing is that I'm not the only enjoying the game. My wive and my daughter are playing the game too. We talk a lot about it ...
While writing this post I listened to "Free Me" an old Uriah Heep song from 1977. It touches something in me ... Maybe it reminds me that I turned 18 in 1977.
In case you do not know the song.....
I want to thank all readers who read the guest post by author and friend of the blog
Alex J. Cavanaugh.
It is related to the release of his first stand-alone science fiction story Dragon of the Stars (7th April 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU] which I reviewed recently.
ENJOY READING ....
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The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
- New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
- Elizabethan spies
- Swords and fans
- A view into the past: Supercomputers
- Beautiful bacterias
- I wait for 19th of May 2015
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Despite all the time I spent for playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, I finished one book and continued my current read.
- Sherlock Holmes and the Holborn Emporium (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" The number of Sherlock Holmes novels not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are legion.
I like to read books starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
This story is set in 1903. A new century means new challenges in form of conventions. Cars replace hansoms and more. The case itself is not the strongest one. But that is not that important because the secret star of the book is the department store Forrage which is the real Gamages in disguise. Furthermore the appearance of persons which existed like conjurer Will Goldston plus the relationships between the acting characters let forget about the case.
It is also very interesting to listen to Holmes and Watson when they talk about their future.
Anyway I'm happy I read the book which I could get for free."
- 124 pages in The Mechanical (digital and pb, March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00JV1W61K; ISBN-13: 978-0356502328] by Ian Tregillis which is the first book in the Alchemy Wars Trilogy.
At least a progress of 60 pages.
Finally I moved the books which stayed here for month to my "to be continued later" shelf on GOODREADS.
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
Last week I got two digital copies for free and bought one digital copy for 0.99 EUR Cent.
I think it is quite normal for book blogger and avid readers to subscribe newsletters. I must say I'm happy that I subscribed to the Endeavour Press newsletter. Endeavour Press is a London-based digital publisher. Every week they offer books for free and cheap offers. In the newsletter from April 7th I found two digital books for free and downloaded them immediately.
Sherlock Holmes and the Holborn Emporium (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).
Forrage’s, the world-famous emporium, and normally a place of wonder and intrigue, has had a shadow cast over it.
A.W.Forrage is being sabotaged by an unknown source. Cryptic threats are being sent, and his customers are in danger.
Desperate to save the store from closure Forrage seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Ordered to keep the scandal from the police, Sherlock and Watson begin to decipher the riddles as they are sent in.
The clock is ticking as they race from the depths of Santa’s Grotto in the basement, to the mysteries of the conjuring department.
Who would want to damage the reputation of the famous shop?
And, more importantly, who would want to inflict harm on unsuspecting children?
They must be a close associate; only someone who knows the particulars of the store could undertake the heinous acts undetected.
And with notable peers who have shares in his store, there is no lack of motive…" [Source]
The Adventures of the Spanish Drums (digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T7R185S] byMartin Daley
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson’s latest adventure takes them away from the glittering metropolis of London, and into the depths of the Cumberland countryside.
On the arrival of a letter from Watson’s former Army colleague, Captain Harry Vaughan of the Border Regiment, they instantly stand to attention…
A daringly bold theft has taken place.
Someone has stolen the Border Regiment’s most prized possession – the Arroyo Drums.
Someone has been negligent in protecting the drums and the regiment find themselves embarrassed and discomfited.
The Regiment had captured the drums in a battle with the French during the Peninsular War in 1811.
They have proudly paraded their prize on the 28th October ever since.
Enlisting the help of Cornelius Armstrong, Carlisle Inspector for the local authorities, Holmes and Watson try to use their powers of reasoning to sift through what few clues they have.
Then another crime is discovered.
The Town Hall plaque has been stolen.
Is there a connection between both break-ins?
And why are the thieves targeting the Carlisle Regiment?
In a series of high-octane twists and turns, Sherlock and Watson attack the mystery head on and begin to uncover more evidence that points them in a surprising direction…" [Source]
Last week I received a kind mail from author Charles Wellington II containing information about his epic fantasy debut novel. He wanted to know if I would like to read and review the book.
Based on his kindness I took the time to read the description which was not nothing really new. But I found it convincing enough to buy a copy for 0.99 EUR Cent and to put the book on my reading list for June 2015.
This is the book I talked about:
Corsana: The Phalanx Syndicate (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00TSQWV86] by Charles Wellington II
"CK―Christopher Knight―has a secret, he’s a psionic; a human with the ability to will things to happen with the power of his mind. And while he has kept to the shadows, Christopher has always dreamt about being a hero. But hanging from the ceiling of a cave being tortured, and getting his face pummeled by an orc, wasn’t part of the dream.
When merchant ships start capsizing off the coast of Corsana, the port city mayor of Asic is forced to put out the call for adventurers to investigate. Seeing his chance at hand, CK leaps into the fire. Thrust into a hodge-podge group of unknown, untested, mercenaries―each with their own agendas for being there―CK must train, trust, and risk everything to become the hero he wants to be.
Before him lies an unknown destiny, but as that destiny begins to reveal itself, and a villain to focus on emerges, the eyes of a powerful presence―far greater than any he could have imagined―will be drawn to him; that is, if he can survive. And in a world teeming with goblins, orcs, giant, and dragons, and danger lurking around every corner, all odds are against him!" [Source]
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...
There is an enlightening post series about Elizabethan spies by author Jonathan Digby. So far two posts are available and a third part is in progress. Both posts are available over at English Historical Fiction Authors:
Jonathan Digby is the author of A Murderous Affair (digital, November 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:B00FBE8SWW].
"The year is 1588.
The Spanish Armada has recently been defeated, and Queen Elizabeth rides in triumph through a celebrating London
But even in peace, the city has a deadly underbelly.
When the body of a Portuguese nobleman turns up on the banks of the Thames with a seal around his neck all fingers point towards Lord Rokesby as the murderer - particularly as the foreigner was last seen at a dinner party at his house the night before.
Yet there is more to this murder than meets the eye. John Lovat, Lord Rokesby's illegitimate brother, is called in to dig deeper into the events surrounding the death.
And the more he uncovers, the more complex the crime becomes.
Soon Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief counsellor and spy-master, takes an interest in the case.
And Lovat finds himself caught up in 'A Murderous Affair' - one that involves murder, betrayal and infidelity and which will take him from grand houses to the mean streets of Elizabethan London as he tracks down the truth." [Source]
The most interesting thing for me was that I found out that I bought a digital copy in 2013 but never mentioned it on the blog!!! It seems I own too many books.....
Swords and fans
What do you know about fans? Yes, they still exist and they have a long history. You want to know more about fans. The I recommend the an enlightening post about fans over at English Historical Fiction Authors:
A view into the past: Supercomputers
It is always amazing to see the dimensions of so called supercomputers in the past where past means less than 100 years. Dark Roasted Blend is an excellent source when it comes to such kind of topics. I don't how much time they need to put together all these pictures. Have a look at
Bacterias and art how do they fit together? For the answer you have to visit the WebUrbanist: and have a look at
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.
Yes, I wait for 19th of May 2015 because it is the release day of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You may understand why after spending five minutes to watch following trailer ...............
The good thing is that I have some days off after release date .....
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.
Is there anyone who does not know conversation which include presentation of place where we would like to go to? I found quote which fits perfectly to such conversions ...................
"A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes,, US physician and author, 1809 - 1894