Sunday, August 09, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1532

Dear Readers,

I'm sorry for the delay of this issue of the Weekend Wave. The reason for that is quite simple. After another couple of days with high temperatures I was just too tired.
Fortunately it is not that hot today.
My wife and I took the opportunity to go to the gym in the morning. After spending  some relaxing time afterwards I feel refreshed and ready to write 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. From short story to novel
  2. A lesser known aspect of Machiavelli
  3. Mr Punch

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Peanuts Movie

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 convictions
The Lighthouse
I does not happen very often. Last week I stopped reading a book.What a successful and satisfying week regarding reading. I finished two books and one short story. Reading is the a good counterpart to work. 

I did not finish
Time And Time Again (pb, this edition 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0552770910] by Ben Elton
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I will not rate this book because I did not finish it.

The description was promising. I like time travel with consequences. It was ok until chapter five. I thought this chapter belonged to another book. I could not believe this preposterous behaviour of a group of academics. Also the writing style differed compared to the precious chapters. I know it can happen that one dislike a chapter.
Therefore I read two more chapters. The related to the past was ok but chapter seven returned to present time and I did not like it.
I did not have any hope that this would change. Therefore I decided to stop reading.

It is definitely not my kind of book. This is one more case of right book and wrong reader or wrong book and right reader.

I can't offer any recommendation except that you need to find out on your own whether you like this book or not."


I finished

- 1/2986 (digital, September 2014 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by Annelie Wendeberg
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Before I share some thoughts about this book I want you to take the following warning given in the description seriously:

Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. Do not buy if you abhor violence, intense language, and non-explicit sex.

This was a tough but excellent read. The main character Micka is a young girl but not in her world which differs a lot from ours.
This dystopian novel delivers a plausible explanation for the great catastrophe which happened in form of a great pandemic which wiped out most of the Earth's population. Survival is a day to day fight.
Micka is a real fascinating character and far beyond to be lovely and pretty girl. In fact she has a lot of problems and it would take for to long to explain the complexity of her character.
Fortunately she is intelligent enough to take the one and only opportunity to lead her life in an other direction.

If you like a strong and tough dystopian novel with a believable background then you should try "1/2986".

Book two is available and book three will follow soon."


I'm

- 59 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
There exactly continues where ended. 

- 85 pages in Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley.
The author promised a unique view of the events. One should know that the Inspector Swanson in the book is based on the real Inspector Donald Swanson who was in overall charge of the White Chapel Murders investigation. So far well done.
Most books set in Victorian Era I read in English. But I must admit that author Robert C. Marley is doing a good job to let come alive the period in German.

- 172 pages in 1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
This pure chance find is surprisingly good. A vibrant and atmospheric read. I love it.

No progress
- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] author Toby Venables
It is good and I want to enjoy it. But I need to be in the right mood. Will return to the book when I'm ready for it.



 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

Time travel, science fiction, espionage and international intrigue are covered in the books I bought/received in the past week. I could not resist to start reading three of the four books which found a new home on my reader and on my shelf.

Let me start the only real book which disappointed me as you could read above.
Time And Time Again (pb, this edition 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-0552770910] by Ben Elton
"It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.

Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.

Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century?

And, if so, could another single bullet save it?" [Source]

It is good to know that  Peter F. Hamilton wrote more books set in his Commonwealth Saga universe. With the purchase of a digital copy of  The Dreaming Void  (first published in 2007; digital 2008)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] I can continue reading after I have finished Judas Unchained.
"It's AD 3580 and the Intersolar Commonwealth has spread throughout the galaxy. Its citizens are privileged and protected by a powerful navy. Yet at the centre of this galaxy is the Void, a sealed universe created by aliens billions of years ago. And the Void is far from inert. Its expansion has gradually been consuming nearby star systems--now it's trying to make contact. The Void chooses Inigo as its conduit, and he channels dreams of a simpler life within its bounds. Disaffected humanity hungers for this vision, adopting him as their prophet. But Inigo disappears and his followers instigate a pilgrimage to take them into the Void itself. An act that could trigger its expansion and thereby damage our galaxy beyond repair. Meanwhile, within the Void, a junior constable called Edeard begins his journey to greatness. He takes on his corrupt city, giving his people hope. He also becomes the focus of Inigo's dream--and thereby humanity's greatest hero." [Source]


I don't who many books have been written about Jack the Ripper and White Chapel Murders. I liked Inspector Swanson und der Fluch des Hope-Diamanten (digital, March 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley and therefore I did not hesitate to buy a copy of the next book starring Inspector Swanson. I look forward to discover if  Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] by Robert C. Marley can add something new to the events taking place in London 1888.
"London, East End, 1888: Ein unheimlicher Killer verübt im Stadtteil Whitechapel eine bis dahin beispiellose Mordserie, der ausschließlich Prostituierte zum Opfer fallen. Er nennt sich selbst »Jack the Ripper«.

Scotland Yards Chief Inspector Donald Swanson und sein Team werden auf den Fall angesetzt. Doch alle Versuche, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen, scheitern. Sogar Oscar Wilde und Lewis Carroll geraten in den Dunstkreis der Ermittlungen.

Wer ist der perfide Killer? Und warum ordnet der Commissioner von Scotland Yard die Vernichtung von Beweismaterial an? Ist am Ende etwas dran an den Gerüchten, das britische Königshaus selbst habe seine Finger im Spiel." [Source]


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There was a link to the review of following book in one of the recent issues of the magazine.
1884 No Boundaries (digital, 29th April 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00NS53SX0] by A. E. Wasserman
The review ended with "Very strongly recommended for fans of the period."
As you know I'm addicted to this period. Therefore I read the following  book description and bought a copy afterwards. I did not regret  as you could read above. I visited the site of the author and found out that there will be more books set in the period and starring Lord Langsford. Good for me!

"Love, murder, sex, and terrorism swirl within a collapsed world economy.

No, it’s not today.

It’s London, 1884.

Recently married LANGSFORD, born of wealth and privilege, is bound by the restrictions of Victorian society. Dynamite has been invented, but the term “homosexuality” has not and men can be arrested for either.

Langsford accompanies his visiting friend, HEINRICH, eighteen, who innocently flirts with young ANNA at London’s Leadenhall Market.

What should be the end of the story becomes the beginning, for Heinrich falls in love with her, never part of the plan. Instead it becomes the catalyst for everything that follows when he flees Germany to return to her. Events unfold that expose terrorists, espionage and international intrigue.

Langsford walks a fine line as he crosses boundaries he never imagined, rubbing elbows with spies, killers and would-be assassins to save his friend, stop an assassination, and prevent a war." [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...


From short story to novel
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.

"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]
I reviewed   Alt Hist Issue 4 , Alt Hist Issue 5 and Alt Hist Issue 7Now editor Mark Lord posted really good news. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha.Pulley presented in Alt Hist 2 became a novel and audio book!
For details please visit

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Alt Hist short story becomes novel and audiobook


A lesser known aspect of Machiavelli
Many people did not read books by Niccolò Machiavellibut the term Machiavellianism is well known.  Did you know that he also wrote some comedies? There is an enlightening article available over at The Public Domain Review




Mr Punch
I think most people in UK know Mr. Punch and Judy. If you like me did not grow up in UK you may never heard of them. There is a brief but nevertheless interesting post available over at The History Girls





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.

Last week I delved into the past with  The Muppet Show.
This week I present you the transition of a bunch of  characters from comic book to animated movie. I think you know what I'm talking about when I tell you one name: SNOOPY.
Based on the following trailer I would say the transition worked well. Have a look at the official  PEANUTS MOVIE TRAILER:


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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.

How true is the following quote? Do you remember your convictions at the age of  18?



"At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author, 1896 -1940

2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I still stand tall on my hill of convictions. They're just different from when I was that age.
Sorry you weren't able to finish that book.
Inspector Swanson sounds good if I can find it in English.
Glad you are experiencing cooler weather! Heat just drains me. Especially when it' also humid.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

thanks for sharing your conviction statement.

I'm sorry to disappoint you. It seems there are no plans to translate the Inspector Swanson novel into English.

It does not happen that often that I do not finish a book. There are cases where it is not enough to read an excerpt and the description before.

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