Saturday, May 09, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1519

Dear Readers,

in less than 12 hours my wife and I will start our journey to the Baltic Sea coast where we will spend two weeks. I really need a break and I hope that you will understand that there will be no posts from me within the next two weeks.

I'm happy that I finally decided which books I want to read in the next two weeks. I must say it was not that easy. In the end my gut feeling which tipped the scales.

See you again on latest on 30th of May 2015.
Have a good time and

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 
  2. Holiday reading list 
  3. I look forward to the release of ...
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Victorian skyscraper
  2. Selling wives
  3. A look from the present into the past into the future
  4. The art of juggling with words

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Something completely different

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 weather
The Lighthouse
I finished one book and I stopped reading one book which does not happen that often.


I finished

Snared (digital, 28th April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by Ed James.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"So far I read four books in the Scott Cullen series which I liked a lot. Therefore I gave the first book in a new series a try.

What satisfying read. a great plot, good pace, realistic characters and a main character with self-doubt trying to fulfil her own expectations which she sometimes do not really know for herself.
I appreciated a lot that the reader does not know more than the main character DS Vicky Dodds.
I thought I identified the bad guys quite early but that turned out to be totally wrong.

I want more DS Vicky Dodds."



I'm

- 34 pages in Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
Too early for a comment.

- 145

I did not finish

- Karen Memory (hc, February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0765375247] by Elizabeth Bear.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I received a review copy of this book.
But I will never write a real review of it because I stopped reading after 80 pages.
I have had high expectations after the description and several glowing reviews.
I have been highly disappointed after reading 80 pages because within these pages nothing what I expected has been delivered. I must say most of the time I felt bored. No character aroused my interest.

That does not mean it is a bad book. It is a book which missed my taste 100%. For me it is the classical situation of right book, wrong reader and vice versa.

I do not rate the book because I did not finish it."



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


Last week I bought just one digital copy.
Once again I return to the Victorian London. This time it is up to Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to act as detectives in The Detective and Mr. Dickens: Being an Account of the Macbeth Murders and the Strange Events Surrounding Them Snared (digital, April 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Q28GY6I] by William J Palmer. This book has been published firs in 1990 with title The Detective and Mr. Dickens.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of crimes in this delightful Dickensian romp, with the canonical author teaming up with a famous upstart to solve a devilish murder.

In Victorian London, Charles Dickens and his protege, the renowned author Wilkie Collins, make the acquaintance of the shrewdest mind either would ever encounter: Inspector William Field of the newly formed Metropolitan Protectives. A gentleman's brutal murder brings the three men together in an extraordinary investigation that leads Dickens to the beautiful young actress Ellen Ternan. Almost immediately, she becomes the love of his life. But first, Dickens must protect her from the noose, as she is the main suspect." [Source]
William J Palmer wrote three more novels in his Mr. Dickens. series.
In case I like the first book I will go for the other books which are all available in Kindle Edition.


Holiday reading list

Of course my eReader will accompany me. From all the books on the reader I chose the following one which I definitely want to read:


 Chasm City (pb, digital) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B000OIZUH6] by Alastair Reynolds.

"The once-utopian Chasm City -a doomed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet- has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted -from the people to the very buildings they inhabit- only the most wretched sort of existence remains. For security operative Tanner Mirabel, it is the landscape of nightmares through which he searches for a low-life postmortal killer. But the stakes are raised when his search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget." [Source]
I'm in the mood for a big science fiction story. Holiday is the perfect season for really long stories and  Chasm City  stands for more than 700 pages.


Beside that I limited myself to four real books. It took me hours to decide which books I want to take with me. Finally I ended up with an interesting selection.
All four books have one thing in common. Each of them is a second book in a series.

I present you my selection in no specific order.

In 2012 I read the excellent historical fiction Hawk Quest (2012, print and digital) by  Robert Lyndon who returned 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. I forward to the next travel with Vallon, Hero and Wayland.


With next book I return to England in the year 1193. It is the time of Richard Lionheart, Prince John
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisburne. The big difference compared to other books covering this period of time is the main character: Guy of Gisburne!
With Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables delivered the second book in the Guy of Gisburne series.

"Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent to Prince John, is all that stands between England and anarchy, fighting a shadow battle to protect the kingdom from those who would destroy it.

Returning to England after foiling a plot to destroy Jerusalem, Guy of Gisburne is arrested and hauled to the Tower of London; John, England's regent in the absence of its monstrous King, needs his knight once more. A killer has broken into the Prince’s most secure castle in the north and left a message, drawn on the skin of one of his victims: 'the circle is closing,' signed with a handprint in blood. Is the threat genuine? Who or what is the Red Hand? Someone is killing John's men, and the obvious culprit—the most dangerous man in the Kingdom, Hood himself—has an alibi even Guy can't deny." [Source]
Guy of Gisburne is a tough and taciturn character which I like a lot and I hope the book will be as entertaining as the first one.



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.
And now the time has come to devour  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]

 The fourth and last book is a steampunk adventure.
 Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (September 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1909679337] by David Barnett which is the second book in the Gideon Smith series.

"Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire, a teeming metropolis where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, and where Queen Victoria presides over three quarters of the known world—including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Through a series of incredible events Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. But Gideon is a man with a mission, for the dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl, Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon—a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon off to points east.

Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies—to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.

Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?

David Barnett's Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is a fantastical steampunk fable set against an alternate historical backdrop: the ultimate Victoriana/steampunk mash-up!" [Source]

I look forward to the release of ....
the third  book in the Gideon Smith series.
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (October 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13:  
978-0765334268] by David Barnett which will be published on 13th October 2015.
"In an alternate ninteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire.

Back in London, Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging though London's less salubrious quarters.

While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley.

With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more...but where is Gideon Smith?

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett's riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was...but should have been." [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...


Victorian skyscraper
We all know that there was no real skyscraper in Victorian London. But as I could read over at Ian Visits there have been ideas and plans. For details read



Selling wives
I don't talk about human trafficking. It is about what could happen to wives 200 years ago  in case of the breakdown of a marriage. For more information head over to the English Historical Fiction Authors and read



A look from the present into the past into the future
Yay! I managed to use past present and future in one sentence without talking about grammar.You will understand what I refer to as soon as you have a look at following post over at he WebUrbanist.




The art of juggling with words
For me to juggle with words is an art. Talented persons appeared and disappeared in the past centuries. Sometimes you can read about such talented persons.
On January 4th, 2015, I posted my review of Death by Disputation (digital 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00RC56VCW] by Anna Castle which is the second book in her new Francis Bacon Murder Mystery Series. In her latest post the author talks about such a talented person who is a minor character in the book:



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.

No movie trailer this week.
I don't want make you envious with the following video. I just want to show you where my wife and I will spend the next two weeks in order to relax.



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.

Weather is important when it comes to vacation. I must say I don't have high expectations when it comes to the weather for the next two weeks. I can summarize my weather expectations in two words: No rain .........


"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Kin Hubbard, American cartoonist, 1868 - 1930

2 comments:

Ted Cross said...

Enjoy your well deserved break!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You two need a good vacation!
Really curious about the Gideon Smith stories. I have samples of those downloaded but haven't had time to read them.

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