Sunday, July 05, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1527

Dear Readers,

today it is time to talk about the weather in Europe. My wife and I suffer from the heat wave which started middle of last week. We do not cope well with temperatures between 34 and 40 °C (= 93.2 and 104°F). There is neither air conditioning at work nor at home. There is no time where I sleep well. The thermometer shows 28 °C (= 82.4 °F)  at 1:30 and also at 6:00 a.m despite the fact we open doors, windows and shutter during the night and the temperature outside drops to 25 C° in the small ours. I'm tired and exhausted after four days sleeping not more the four hours per night in too hot rooms. In my desperation I started to wear wet shirts which cool me down a bit for a short time.
I really, really hope the weather will change soon. Due to weather forecast a change is possible by middle of upcoming week.

Nevertheless I did not want to renounce this 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. Medieval armor
  2. Amsterdam 1886
  3. New skyscraper in Paris
  4. Firework illustrations from the past

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The first American television series starring 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 advertising
The Lighthouse
As could not sleep due to the heat I spent more time for reading. I finished two books and I'm just 100 pages away from the end of the next book.



I finished

- Pelquin's Comet (digital, 30th March 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TTRP320] by Ian Whates
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Really entertaining space opera with well fleshed characters.
I look forward to the new adventures of the Comet crew.
It is remarkable that the author did not shy away from killing of one of the more important characters."

- The Atlantis Gene ( digital March 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by A. G. Riddle.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This was a reading experience.
I just wanted to know why so many people like this self published book.
I got a copy for less than one Euro.

I found the super short chapters annoying because it led to an impaired reading fluency.
The concept behind the story is intriguing. The characters are developable.
At least I found it interesting enough to decide to read the next book in the series too."


I'm

- 371 pages in Wächter der letzten Pforte ( digital September 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00NLDSRXU] by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp. This German high fantasy book delivers a lot of twists and turns, likable characters and a kind of medieval world mixed with magic driven airships.

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 ....


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 four digital copies found a new home on my reader.

I bought a copy of  Blood and Iron ( digital July 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Y3EFAWW] by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin because I wanted to know how a well known fantasy author will cope with steampunk.
"A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh.

New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as 'hell with the lid off.'

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake's cousin, Veronique 'Nikki' LeClerque. Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nikki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake's courage, every bit of Rick's cunning, every scintilla of Nikki's bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable." [Source]

Did you ever read a punk rock urban fantasy? I didn't. But that will change with the digital copy of    I Kill Monsters ( digital February 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by Dennis Liggio.
"Mikkel and Szandor kill monsters. They're not government funded, they're not from a time-honored lineage of hunters, nor are they rich kids with lots of toys. They're two twenty-something brothers from the poor side of town who have taken it on themselves to rid the streets and underground of creatures who would prey on the innocent. Donning gas masks and using makeshift weaponry, they delve into the labyrinthine sewer system of New Avalon to grapple with snarling zombies, flesh-eating ghouls, insectoid hive creatures, and more. It's a dirty job and it rarely pays, but someone has to do it.

Hired by a woman from the rich side of town who believes she's being stalked by monsters, the two brothers think they've finally gotten an easy job that will pay well. But as they follow the clues, things are not adding up. Kidnappings, jackbooted commandos, and mysterious emails are just the beginning. Soon they find themselves involved in something bigger than monsters. It's anybody's guess whether they'll come through it alive, much less get paid.

I Kill Monsters is an exciting punk rock urban fantasy for those who enjoy their protagonists with a mouth on them and a weapon in their hands." [Source]


I wanted to know why so many people like The Atlantis Gene ( digital March 2013) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B00RPK225O] by A. G. Riddle. Therefore I bought a digital copy.
"70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how. Now the countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin. Will we survive this time?

Only geneticist Kate Warner and counter-terrorism agent David Vale can save the future of humanity. But first they must learn to work together - and trust each other - as they race to unlock the truth of the Atlantis Gene...

An exhilarating thriller that reveals the secrets of modern science and ancient conspiracies, Nazi artefacts and alien technology, this is the ebook bestseller that took the US by storm. [Source]



I like books with many pages and I like science fiction.
I don't know for how long Pandora's Star  ( first published in 2004; digital 2004) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B000FC1AFC] by Peter F. Hamilton has been on my to buy list. Now I own a digital copy of the first part of the Commonwealth Saga.

"Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such sf giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton’s bestselling fiction—powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills—has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora’s Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet.

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship’s mission for its own ends,.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

Could it be that Johansson was right?" [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...


Medieval armor
That means for me especially suit of armor. I asked myself how a knight would have coped with high temperatures like we have now in Germany. I must have been like inside a heated can. There is an interesting post over at Dark Roasted Blend. Have a look at





Amsterdam 1886
Do you know that the Netherlands did not go for war from 1833 to 1940? This is impressive when you look around what happened in Europe during this period of time. But there was a serious bloodshed in 1886. There is an enlightening post over at the Dawlish Chronicles. Just follow the link.




New skyscraper in Paris
All big cities around the world seem to be keen to get skyscrapers. Sometimes I think there is a challenge to be the town with the most highest one. But there is one town which took not part in the competition in the last 42 years. Thanks to the WebUrbanist for bringing up this to my attention. For details visit following post.


To be honest I'm not sure if it is a good idea to build such a glass tower in the middle of the town. I hope they checked the impact of sunshine before. Because if not the could face the same problems which appeared in London in 2013.




Firework illustrations from the past
Nowadays it is no problem to see pictures or videos showing fireworks. But what about fireworks which took place a long time ago? Fortunately there still exist firework illustrations from the past. There is a small collection available over at Atlas Obscura. Have a look at






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 ......



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.

The first American television series starring Sherlock Holmes
It is no secret that I like Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes a lot.There are a lot of films and TV series starring Dr. John H Watson and Sherlock Holmes. And especially a lot of the old material is available on YouTube. You can view all 39 half-hour of the 1954 TV series over at the OnlineFilmCollection channel. So far I watched a third of the first episode. From my point of view the clothing looks too modern. Nevertheless will definitely watch some more episode as soon as I find time. In case you would like to have a look at the first episode then visit





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 .........


"Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

Stephen Leacock, Canadian teacher and political scientist, 1869 - 1944

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cooking eggs and melting cars? That's a heck of a reflection.
Really sorry you do not have air conditioning. I can't sleep when it's warm either and we crank our AC down to seventy degrees.
Punk rock urban fantasy? That does sound like an interesting genre!

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