Saturday, June 13, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1524

Dear Readers,

I can't really explain but the last week was a bit strange. I slept more than usual and felt a bit unmotivated. Maybe that is not the right description. I think was more the amount of things I would like to do but I could not decide which one to start first. So I ended with collecting information which is not that bad as it sounds and it has to be done sooner or later.
At least I started to write two reviews and I hope to finish them within next week.
I remember my plan to write 24 reviews in 2015 which means two reviews per month. So far I wrote and posted seven.


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. Collage
  2. Victorian Art
  3. Street lightning and nocturnal activities

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Martian
  2. Sword Coast Legends

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 mysterious
The Lighthouse
After I finished I wanted to read more science fiction. So I started a new book beside the three I'm currently reading.




I finished

- Dark Run (digital, 4th June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00T5H3YIO] by Mike Brooks
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ichabod Drift - a remarkable name for a main character. He is the captain of space ship with a faster than light power unit. Ichabod gathered an interesting crew. Each member has secrets and it is a strict rule on board that none is forced to talk about his\her past.

My favorite character is Jenna who is a really talented hacker.

The story starts with a bang and delivers action, character insight and unexpected turns. The first job ends quite soon and there is a short period where from my point of view lingers a bit and some of the events ended with a bit too simply solutions.

Dark Run is a good entry in the world of space opera. The interaction between the characters is well done and I would like to read more about Ichabod Drift and his crew.

This is a 4.5 star novel."

I'm

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Just a small progress. Read two chapters.

 

- 176 pages  Master of Plagues (pb, digital February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0451419996; Kindle Edition ASIN: B00LMGK434] by E L Tettensor.
Halfway through and it is good.

- 55 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
It is not exactly what I expected but not bad. Will see what will happen when the real treasure hunt starts.




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


As promised last week I present the rest of the books he is the second part of books I bought/received since the last Weekend Wave before my holiday. I present the books in no specific order.

I'm a series junkie and most of the books I show you today belong to series.

So far I read  The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez which is the first book  and enjoyed it a lot. Therefore I could not withstand to buy a copy of  Suffer the Little Children ( digital 27th March 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00VC5V6JQ] by Ann Swinfen.

"In Elizabethan London, no child is safe. Children are misused and exploited by parents, masters, strangers, and society at large. Even the children of the rich are in danger. When a five-year-old heiress to great estates is kidnapped, Christoval Alvarez, the players of James Burbage’s company, and a disreputable group of child beggars all become involved in the search. At Seething Lane, matters are approaching a crisis. Sir Francis Walsingham is dying and, as Thomas Phelippes struggles to hold the intelligence service together, he receives information that another attack on the Queen is planned. The identity of the assassin is unknown, but Phelippes does know the place and the date – Whitehall Palace on the day of the Twelfth Night Revels." [Source]


With a digital copy of Bryant and May The Bleeding Heart (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the eleventh book in the Bryant and May Mystery series, I'm just one book behind the available 12 books.
"It’s a fresh start for the Met's oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that's not alarming enough, one of them is killed in a hit and run accident. Stranger still, in the moments between when he was last seen alive and found dead on the pavement, someone has changed his shirt...

Much to his frustration, Arthur Bryant is not allowed to investigate. Instead, he has been tasked with finding out how someone could have stolen the ravens from the Tower of London. All seven birds have vanished from one of the most secure fortresses in the city. And, as the legend has it, when the ravens leave, the nation falls…

Soon it seems death is all around and Bryant and May must confront a group of latter-day bodysnatchers, explore an eerie funeral parlour and unearth the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard. More graves are desecrated, further deaths occur, and the symbol of the Bleeding Heart seems to turn up everywhere - it’s even discovered hidden in the PCU’s offices. And when Bryant is blindfolded and taken to the headquarters of a secret society, he realises that this case is more complex than even he had imagined, and that everyone is hiding something. The Grim Reaper walks abroad and seems to be stalking him, playing on his fears of premature burial.

Rich in strange characters and steeped in London’s true history, this is Bryant & May’s most peculiar and disturbing case of all." [Source]



Last year I bought a copy of the first book in the Far-Called trilogy but did not find time to read it. Despite that I bought a digital copy of  Foul Tide's Turning (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q363Y3A] by Stephen Hunt which is the second book in the series.
"Jacob Carnehan rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war – one in which he is hopelessly overmatched – and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far.

Carter Carnehan has gone from slave to revolutionary – but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire?

The Carnehans are about to find out…" [Source]

I think to buy a copy of a book in a series where I did not read even the first book is a classic symptom for a book hunter and gatherer.

But this is just the top of the iceberg. The next book is even better because it is the third book in a series ......



I still love to read books set in Victorian London and the following book is the third in the Gower Street Detective series.
As I mentioned before, so far I did not read the two previous ones.
Death Descends on Saturn Villa (digital, 4th June 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00PULYUQE] by M.R.C. Kasasian.
"London: 1883

125 Gower Street was once a house of justice, truth and perspicacity. Now madness, murder and scandal lurk in its empty halls. It is rumoured that its owner Sidney Grice - London's foremost personal detective - has been driven to the brink of despair.

But, as will all good stories, we must begin at the beginning. With Sidney Grice journeying to Yorkshire to solve a mysterious death. And with March Middleton, his ward, left to her own devices in a London swarming with danger and vice.

Curiosity, as we know, has a dark edge. So when an intriguing letter leads March to the gates of the palatial Saturn Villa, and into the nightmarish world of her long-lost uncle, it could be the beginning of an end, for all..." [Source]
There have been three reasons why I bought a digital copy of The Wake of the Dragon (digital, December 2013) [Kindle edition ASIN: B0080UVQIW] by Jaq D. Hawkins.
The copy has been offered for 0.99 EUR which is really cheap. Furthermore I like steampunk and airships and finally the description aroused my interest.
"No sane airshipman will fly near a storm, but the cover of storm edge offers effective concealment for airship pirates who can strike quickly from above before anyone knows a ship is near. With the protection of Aide, the goddess of air travel, one airship defies the elements to seek fortune for the rag tag aerialists who make up the pirate crew.

The elements are the least of their problems when they find themselves saddled with an airsick clerk, a crewmember suspected of working for the East India Company and a love sick farm girl whose headstrong misconceptions compel her to seek adventure where no decent woman would wander unescorted.

Battling businessmen, mechanoids and villagers armed with torches and pitchforks, Captain Bonny must decide who to trust, and if the only rational course of action is one of apparent madness." [Source]

I have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. I like it when Dr. Watson plays a major part since I read Dead Man's Land (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B007JKSHFO] by Robert Ryan. That is the main reason why I bought a copy of Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
"It's 1914, the eve of the Great War. After a lengthy absence Holmes returns to Baker St. But, what has happened to bring about the shocking condition he was in? What strange adventure has reduced him to such an appalling state? Can Dr. Watson bring him back? And then came that chill winter night when Holmes stepped out of the front door and simply disappeared.

Gone in the fog." [Source]
I was really surprised when I read that Ray Ziemecki became a published novelist at age 78!!
And I was even more surprised and impressed when I read that he is working on a sequel!!





Now I come to the last book for today.I think I would not have bought a digital copy without viewing a documentation about Mary Shelley a few days ago which brought up the name Frankenstein in my mind. While checking new releases the title Brother, Frankenstein aroused my interest together with a robot on the cover.
Then I read the description and I was hooked. A lot of interesting topics in one book. Witness starring Harrison Ford popped up in my mind beside other stuff.
Then I read following over at Amazon:
"Body of a killer, mind of a child, heart of a hero...
SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE OF .99! REGULARLY $4.99" ......
and bought immediately a digital copy of


Brother, Frankenstein (digital, June 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Michael Bunker

"Dr. Chris Alexander, a technological genius and borderline sociopath, has designed an advanced cybernetic life form from prototype decommissioned military drones and top-secret experimental DARPA technology. The HADroid was supposed to be a military grade robot with the transplanted heart and brain of a human donor that would "transform" into a devastating state of the art war machine when activated by its onboard human operator. But when the mad doctor steals the dying child of a simple Amish couple and transplants the brain and cardiovascular system of their dying eleven year old autistic son into the incredibly lethal robot the dark forces of government come looking for their investment. Dr. Alexander and the monster escape into another Amish community to hide among the plain folk while Frank, the autistic eleven year old boy trapped inside the body of the world's most deadly robot, befriends another child who will help the prisoner inside the machine to leave the world of autism and understand what it means to be human and Amish. But tensions arise among the plain and pacifistic yet closed minded Amish as they begin to suspect just what kind of technological monstrosity is hiding among them, and before long hard men who do the government's most dirty deeds will come looking for a killing machine only to find a boy named Frank who has the power to defend a closed society from the worst of the world." [Source]
ATTENTION! 
SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE OF .99! REGULARLY $4.99 from June 8th to June 14th


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For more information please visit the official Brother, Frankenstein site.


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...



Collage
Do you like collage? then you may like the special ones shown over at the WebUrbanist.



Victorian Art
Victorian people liked to read fairy tales. There is an impressive collection of fairy tale art available over at Dark Roasted Blend.




Street lightning and nocturnal activities
17th century London changed with the introduction of street lightning in form of increasing nocturnal activities. There is an enlightening post over at The Public Domain Review.





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 think it was inevitable turn the following book into a movie.
The Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir.

"Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" [Source]
I highly recommend to read it before the movie. It does not matter if you know how it ends. It will be interesting to see the visualisation of the book
I reviewed The Martian in January 2015.

I hope the movie will be as good as the book. Here is the first trailer.




My wife and I stopped to play video games on a PC. For us it is much more convenient to sit on an armchair with a wireless controller. and playing on PS3 or PS4.
One thing I miss so far is  a game similar to Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale.for video game consoles.
But that will change with Sword Coast Legends. The PC version will be released in 2015 and the PS4 version will be released in 2016.
The following 10 minute game play trailer shows what to expect.



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 life without the mysterious would be boring and therefor I like the following quote .........


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, 1879 - 1955

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to The Martian. Haven't read the book though.
Might have to pick up Dark Run.
Slack weeks happen. Hope you have more energy next week.

Zoltán Gecse said...

I have big expectations towards to The Martian. I loved the book, and I'm very curious about the movie implementation.

I hope I'm able to upgrade to my PC to this fall/winter. I want to play with the Sword Coast!

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