Sunday, June 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1526

Dear Readers,

as you could see I posted a review instead of the new issue of the Weekend Wave on Saturday.
I felt the need to share my thoughts about the book I finished. As far as I remember it was the first time that I did it. I hope you will understand.
Now without further ado into the  Weekend Wave.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. PETA and history
  2. AI art
  3. Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from? 
  4. The forgotten underground cathedrals
  5.  Unusual Theme Parks
  6. A test commercial

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A song in an ad and what happened next

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 reading
The Lighthouse
Slowly but surely I finish my current reads in old fashioned style one after the other.

I finished

- Gone in the Fog (digital, January 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00R0JS87Q] by Ray Ziemecki.
Sherlock Holmes: Gone in the Fog 

 Read my full review.


- 83 pages in Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
Small progress

No progress

- 79 pages in Imperial Fire (pb, this edition February 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0751547764] by  Robert Lyndon.
Was not in the right mood for the book.

- 130 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
Was not in the right mood for the book.

 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 two more digital copies found a new home on my reader.

I bought a digital copy of a high fantasy book written in my first language! I have expectations after reading the description of Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp.
"Knappe Liocas und Kriegerin Moriana erwachen am Schauplatz einer Katastrophe. Eine unbekannte Macht hat die Heere der Allianz von Valdora und der wilden Tequari vernichtet. Gemeinsam versuchen die Todfeinde herauszufinden, was geschehen ist. Gejagt von den Häschern des valdorischen Königs und den Inquisitoren der Hohen Priesterschaft stoßen sie auf eine mörderische Verschwörung geheimnisvoller Magier. Ihre Spur führt nach Amhas, ins Reich der Handelsfürsten und Söldnergilden, und erst dort offenbart sich das ganze Ausmaß der Bedrohung. Hinter der letzten Pforte werfen die Strahlen der Schwarzen Sonne ihr verzehrendes Licht auf die Welt Caldris." [Source]
I have had a first look and to my surprise there is an airship in the very first pages. Furthermore there is magic, a prophecy and intrigues.

The second digital copy reflects my rising interest in science fiction. The description was promising enough to order a copy in advance.
I talk about Crashing Heaven ( digital June 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00SRXR5SW] by Al Robertson.
"A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.

With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.

Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?" [Source]
I tried to imagine the virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to the mind of the main character but it seems I need more input. That will be an interesting read.

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...

PETA and history
Not sure if you know PETA (= People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). From my point of view it is a honorable aim to fight against animal abuse. But it seems that sometimes they overshot the mark. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is one of the oldest pubs in England.
"In a letter sent to the pub this morning, PETA suggest updating its name one more time to Ye Olde Clever Cocks – in recognition of society’s growing compassion for animals and in celebration of intelligent, sensitive chickens." [Source]
To be honest will the change of a pub name prevent any animal abuse? This pub presents part of the history and I'm no friend of changing history.
There is an excellent post by author Clare Mulley regarding this topic over at The History Girls which I recommend to read in case you are interested in this matter.

AI art
AI (artificial intelligence) and art is an interesting combination. I do not want to say more except you should really visit the WebUrbanist and enjoy

Android Dreams: Google’s Neural Network Reveals AI Art

Where does the outcry against self-published fiction derive from?
If you think it all started with the internet then your guess is as bad as my guess.
I have to thank author Anna Castle for her enlightening post her blog. Please read the post with the wonderful header

The forgotten underground cathedrals
London underground is full of them and they are still in good order. It must be amazing to visit these constructions built in Victorian era. As far as I know the access is limited and therefore it is great to see at least some photographs. There is a small collection over at Atlas Obscura shared with following post:

Unusual Theme Parks
Not only children like to visit theme parks. Did you ever visit one of these extraordinary theme parks presented over at Dark Roasted Blend with following post

A test commercial
It seems except the time we sleep we are bombarded with ads and commercials. I must say the majority of commercials is boring. But fortunately there are people with fresh ideas like shown in the following video created by people studying at the University of Applied Science  and Art Department Design in Dortmund, Germany.  Have a look at the following commercial which I like a lot.

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.

Time to have some fun and it seems there will be a funny movie hitting the cinemas in July.
I like actor  Peter Dinklage a lot. His performance as Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series is brilliant.
I look forward to see him in the upcoming movie Pixels which seems to be a funny movie. There is a fine line between funny and tom foolish and I hope the movie will not cross this border.
Have a look at the second official international trailer.

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.

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

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author, 1917 - 2008


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crashing Heaven sounds good.
Pixels is an Adam Sandler film, so unfortunately I don't have high hopes for it.
Why change the name of the pub? You're right, I don't think it will make a difference.
Now to go check out some unusual theme parks.

Spacerguy said...

Its Awesome news about Cassastar making it to No 4. I predict a Nebula Award is on the cards!

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