Sunday, August 30, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1535

Dear Readers,
I'm sorry for the delay but yesterday I have been to tired to write the post. Happens....
Weather delivered again a weekend with hot temperatures. I'm happy that it will end in the night from Monday to Tuesday as weather forecast promised.


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. Alt Hist 8
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Henry Rider Haggard
  2. Epic Fantasy
  3. USS Macon
  4. Urban Simulator
  5. Fenestration

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 Fan Art and more
  2. A Game Epilogue

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 bravery
The Lighthouse
Another week without finishing a book passed by. At least some progress in my current reads. Seems I spent too much time with closed eyes ....



I finished

no book

I'm

- 211 pages in Judas Unchained  (first published in 2004; digital 2004)  [Kindle Edition ASIN: B000FCKPJ4] by Peter F. Hamilton
Good stuff. Interesting news about relations and connections.


- 106 pages in Fog (1/2986) (digital, March 2015 [Kindle ASIN: B00T1HEZKY] by Annelie Wendeberg
Finished the first part which delivered some news. Now the real action will start.

- 140 pages in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (digital, March 2014)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B003GK218K] by Vaughn Entwhistle
Truly Victorian.


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

Last week I bought one digital copy. I could not resist due to three facts: cheap offer (= 1,02 EUR, 1.14 USD, 0.75 GBP); Victorian crime story set in 1887 London, first book in a series.
The Malvern Murders (digital, revised in 2013)[KINDLE ASIN: 978-1633880528] by Kerry Tombs is the first book in the Inspector Ravenscroft series.

"1887. The year before the infamous 'Ripper' murders in London, and Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary fails to apprehend the murderer of a young girl. Reprimanded by his superiors, he is told to take a holiday in fashionable Malvern. After experiencing the rigours of the Water Cure treatment at the Tudor Hydropathic establishment, he is asked to help solve the murder of a prominent local business man - and soon uncovers a world of danger and deceit beneath the surface of genteel Malvern society.Before he can hope to solve the crime however, he must first strive to encounter the mysterious woman in black - and to survive the ancient curse of the Raggedstone Hill......" [Source]
So far the Inspector Ravenscroft series. consist of six books. I expected that all cases take place in London but to my surprise that is not true. Each sequel takes place in an other town. I must say I like it as much as the fact that Inspector Ravenscroft does not work alone. I look forward to meet Constable Tom Crabb.


Alt Hist 8
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 7.
Now editor Mark Lord posted good news.

Alt Hist Issue 8 – Pre-orders Available!!

 For details please visit the link above.


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...

Henry Rider Haggard
At lot of people know him as Rider Haggard. His name is inseparable connected to Allan Quartermain. Over at Interesting Literature you can read a collection of some interesting facts about the authors which you maybe not aware of.




Epic Fantasy
What is "Epic Fantasy"? Of course you find several definitions around the web. I like the one I found over at  Best Fantasy Books. Seems we can' live without definitions. But to be honest in the end it is the content that counts.
Don't worry I will not start a discussion about epic fantasy. In fact I want to inform you about an excellent post series over at The Wertzone. Adam Whitehead, who is the mastermind of the blog, started to write about the history of epic fantasy. So far he published two posts and they are excellent.




UPDATE 2015-09-30
In the meantime Adam Whitehead posted the next two parts






USS Macon
I live rigid airships. It is sad that these majestic giants of the air disappeared. The trigger for the decline was the tragic Hindenburg disaster. The US Navy also used rigid airships and one of them has been the USS Macon. She was only a couple of meters shorter than the Hindenburg. The xx crashed on 12 February 1935. Read about the xx and show a video of the wreck exploration over at The Old Salt Blog.

Wreck of the USS Macon — Flying Aircraft Carrier




Urban Simulator
When I read about urban simulator SimCity came up immediately in my mind. I could not believe what is under construction in the New Mexico desert. Go to WebUrbanist and have a look at this spectacular project:




Fenestration
That sounds like a boring topic but it isn't when goes about the future of fenestration. There are interesting things in progress as you can see over at the WebUrbanist in



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 did not find an interesting trailer to share. Instead I like to share with you music related to games and interesting DLC (= down loadable content) for a video game.

FALLOUT 4 Fan Art and more
I really, really, really look forward to the release day of FALLOUT 4. Until then I play FALLOUT 3 and hope to finish the game until beginning of November. Time to play is as limited as time for reading.

In the meantime FALLOUT fans around the world are busy and some of the deliver stuff in a professional quality. One of them is Gavin Dunne, the guy behind the internet music project Miracle Of Sound.
Look at and listen to what he did for FALLOUT 4.

This is not the first time he did this.
Maybe you know the his contribution to the Game of Thrones TV series. Here we go:



A Game Epilogue
Like me you will know that normally a video game ends when you defeat the final boss and or you solve the final task. Regarding this Dragon Age Inquisition has been an exception to me.You can continue to play after you solved the main quest. Means you can complete collections of things and so on. Furthermore it was/is possible to extend game play by buying additional contend in form of DLC (= downloadable content).
My wife and I finished the game begin of summer but we were not really interested in the offered DLC. But that may change now with the last announced DLC "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser". This additional content is different from other. It is the try to deliver an epilogue to the game. It takes place two years after the events of the game and tries to deliver answers to open questions and the opportunity to define your legacy.
My wife and I are intrigued and hope that "Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser" will not be too expensive.
This is the trailer.



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.

Many short words express a lot of emotion. Do you like short words? Then you will like the following quote .....


"Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

Thomas Fuller, English historian and churchman, 1608 -1661

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Comparing City Lab to the lab in the Cabin in the Woods is creepy.
Also looking forward to Fallout 4! Already played the mini-game of Fallout Shelter.

Zoltán Gecse said...

Unfortunately I haven't got enough time to play longer video games like Fallout series. However I started the Fallout 1 two months ago, but I had played with about 5-6 hours. I think I won't finish it... But, I upgraded my computer this month. I still have to buy a video card with at least 2gb ram, and I maybe able to run the new Star Wars: Battlefront in it.

The hot weather is very exhausting. I sweat like a horse all day long.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

good to see that there are more Fallout fans. I did not play Fallout Shelter because - unbelievable or not - I do not own a private smartphone and it is not permitted to install games on company phone.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Zoltán,
to find enough time for playing is a tricky thing especially when you have family with kids and long working hours. I know what I'm talking about.
I'm in a different situation compared to you. My daughter is grown-up which gives me more time. But I still spend a lot of time at work: Even I have more time compared to you it is difficult because when I play I can't read and so on.
One thing makes me really happy. My wife likes to play video games as much as I do.
At the moment we play different games. I play Fallout 3 and she plays Dragon Age Origins.
Now we look forward to end of October because we wait for the release of Divinity Original Sin Enhanced for PS4 because it is a game you can play together on a split-screen.

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