Sunday, November 29, 2015

Edi's Spotlight: The House of Moriarty by Sam Christer

Dear Readers,

sometimes it happens that books surprise me in a positive way and the book I review today belongs to this category.


Here we go.

The House of Moriarty 
(digital, November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B010RALV14
by Sam Christer which is a pen name used by author Michael Morley.




"Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century. Inside London's oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England's deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades' worth of murders.

Cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty - the most feared criminal enterprise in the world. Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past. Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again...

Follow Simeon's bloody footsteps through the capital's cobbled alleyways, wretched workhouses and flash taverns as he crosses swords with Sherlock Holmes and the villainous characters of Victorian London." [Source]


The 341 pages of the book are divided into five consecutively numbered parts which are subdivided into 31 named chapters which are subdivided too.
The story is told from first person point-of-view and switch between to time lines which meet at the end of the story.

The House of Moriarty surprised me in several ways.
The story is completely told from the point of view of cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynchon  and he is the main character and not Professor James Moriarty.


In fact Professor James Moriarty appears less than ten times. Simeon worked for Brogan Moriarty who is a brother of James. Brogan is a devilish character and has a great impact on Simeon's life. Following persons belong to the inner circle of Brogan Moriarty and have also an impact on Simon's life: Lady Elizabeth Audsley, Mr. Michael Brannigan, Miss Surrey Breed, Sirius Gunn and Mr. Alexander Rathbone. Each of them has her/his own fate.

What about the great detective? He plays a certain role but he does appear even less than Professor James Moriarty. Dr. Watson is only mentioned and Mycroft Holmes appears only once.

All the listed characters are well enough described to build up your mind on each.

Simeon is a violent character and to be honest he is not a character to fall in love with.
Nevertheless it is absolutely fascinating to follow him and his development. Not to forget some unexpected revelations which gave the story more depth.


The story telling switches between two time lines which meet at the end of the book.
On the one hand is Simeon's life in the last 18 days in Newgate prison before his execution.
On the other hand we get to know Simon's life from the beginning. This is done with highlighting important events in his life.

This is a book full of violence spiced with heartfelt moments. Nevertheless the described violence serves a purpose because it supports one of the main questions I discovered and did not expect to find:

Where does violence derive from? What is the impact of our surrounding on human development? What is the impact of undeveloped social competence?
Is there a difference between "good" and "bad" violence? Who defines what is right or wrong?

Don't get me wrong. The House of Moriarty is far beyond to be a psychological study. Nevertheless there is no way out that this compelling story lead to all these questions I listed above. It is a story which delivers an insight to the "dark" side of human beings or as Simeon wanted to write on his prison cell wall:

"Though I walk through the valley of shadow and death              I fear no evil.
For I am evil" (p. 235)

Are we really the most advanced species on this planet? I have more doubts than I had before reading the book.


Of course I know the story of Simeon Lynch is fiction. He did not exist in real life but the description of life in Victorian era especially for kids sounds really serious.This was a time where lower class children have been nothing more than cheap work force. Furthermore several real people are mentioned and have an impact on Simon like Charles Darwin or the first person to be hanged in 1900 Louise Masset.


This is the place to open the cornucopia of praising words like
irresistible, intelligent, fascinating, awesome, impressive, intense, intoxicating, intriguing, mesmerising, excellent  ....

Yes, The House of Moriarty deserve them all.


For me The House of Moriarty is one of the best books I read in 2015.
I'm still impressed by what has delivered within this crime story.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1548

Dear Readers,
less than one month to go until Christmas. I'm lucky that I do not have the pressure to find appropriate Christmas gifts for my beloved ones because we think it is much more joyful to get unexpected gifts during the year. I got my Christmas gift 2015 this month in form of FALLOUT 4!
But to be honest a Christmas without any gift .....
We like to surprise us with a little something coming from the heart.
I hope you will no get stressed while "hunting" presents for your beloved ones.


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. Life, Death, Frankenstein
  2. Skyscraper firefighter
  3. Epic and epic
  4. Epic Fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Captain America: Civil War

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 wisdom
The Lighthouse
Last week I spent more time for reading despite playing Fallout 4.
I finished one book and continued one of my current reads.


I finished

- The House of Moriarty (digital, November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B010RALV14] by Sam Christer
The book surprised me in several ways. I work on the review which it deserve because it impressed me.


I'm

-  300 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
A progress of 40 pages is not that bad. I had no problems to resume the story.

No progress


- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner



- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no 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 I bought one digital copy for 1,18 EUR (=1.25 USD, = 0.83 GBP) and got one digital copy for free.

Both books are related to Sherlock Holmes.
I really enjoyed reading The Stuff of Nightmares (August 2013) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165416] and Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War (June 2014) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1781165430] both by James Lovegrove.
Of course I wanted a paperback copy of Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine (August 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13:  978-1783295036] but I found it too expensive.
Before I started to write this post I checked my Amazon wish list and to my surprise the price for the digital copy has been reduced to 1,18 EUR! I bought a copy Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine (August 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B010545F50] by James Lovegrove immediately.
"March 1895. Hilary Term at Oxford. In the newly built extension to the University Galleries, Professor Quantock has put the finishing touches to a wondrous computational device which, he claims, is capable of analytical thought to rival that of the cleverest men alive. Indeed, his so-called Thinking Engine seems equal to Sherlock Holmes himself in its deductive powers.

To prove his point, Quantock programmes his machine to solve a murder in the Jericho area which has been baffling Oxford police. The Engine identifies a suspect who proves not to have a valid alibi for the night of the crime. The man is duly arrested and arraigned.

Sherlock Holmes cannot ignore this challenge. He and Watson travel to Oxford, where a battle of wits ensues between the great detective and his mechanical counterpart as they compete to see which of them can be first to solve a series of crimes. As man and machine vie for supremacy, it becomes clear that the Thinking Engine has its own agenda. Holmes’s and Watson’s lives are on the line as a ghost from the past catches up with them..." [Source]
There are many authors tackling the great detective and I know a handful. Among them James Lovegrove is one of my favorite.


Does the name Irene Adler ring a bell? She appeared only once in a Sherlock Holmes short story but she is the woman he hold in highest regard.
But where is the connection to In the Dead of Winter (digital, Oktober 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0178FK3WO] by Abbey Pen Baker which is the pen name of Rebecca Morean?
The consulting detective and professor of logic Dr. Myrl Adler Norton is nonetheless the daughter of Irene Adler.
"Myrl Adler Norton was, by all accounts, one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth century. The daughter of the acclaimed opera singer Irene Adler, she was a respected professor of logic at Smith College as well as one of the most famous consulting detectives of all time. The books of her exploits, written by her lifelong friend and confidante Faye Martin Tullis, are among the most popular in the history of detective literature. Now, with this previously undiscovered manuscript, the true story behind the meeting of these two friends and their first case comes to light. In 1918, while a student at Smith, Faye first encountered Myrl, an enigmatic figure with an interesting past. When a local actress is found dead amid bizarre circumstances, Myrl takes an interest in the murder, and the two travel to Brattleboro, Vermont, to investigate. There they uncover a twisted conspiracy, one far more dangerous than simple murder - and learn the truth about Myrl's real father, the world's most famous consulting detective." [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...


Life, Death, Frankenstein
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley is still an inspiring novel. What did people know about science of life and death when the book has been published in 1818?
There is an enlightening article available over at the Public Domain Review



Skyscraper firefighter
The higher the building the more you need clever solutions for fire-fighting.
Over at WebUrbanist you can see and read what the city of Dubai planned for the near future:




Epic and epic
You belong to the people who love to read epic fantasy series? Up a certain level it is possible to get lost in all these books. But there is light at the end of the tunnel in form of a constantly growing list which you also can support with your knowledge of epic fantasy series.
Please visit The Tattered Scroll and dive into the




Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 28 posts are available.

























































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.

After a long time I'm back with a movie trailer.
On May 6th 2016 the next chapter in the Marvel Captain America will hit the cinemas in US.
This is the first trailer of Captain America: Civil War. It seems to deliver a lot of action. I missed to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Who will survive?


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

I have nothing to add to following quote .............

"Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.

Lord Chesterfield, British statesman, 1694 -1773

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1547

Dear Readers,
there are two small and invisible men sitting on my shoulders. In alternating order the tell me: "Let's play" "Let's read".
Whom to give in? In the end it is my gut felling which decides what to do.
Today I split me spare time into three parts. I started with reading and finished a book. Now I work on this post and afterwards I will playFALLOUT 4.
So far I'm happy with the result.


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. Victorian Skype
  2. Concrete Architecture
  3. A day in the Life of an Agent
  4. Epic Fantasy - Update

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

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 sanity
The Lighthouse
There is some light at the end of the my reading tunnel. I finished one book. In order to read more I need to lock Fallout 4 away. It is incredible how addictive the game is.


I finished

- The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I won a paperback copy of this book in a giveaway.

The story is an excellent blend of science fiction and mystery.

The mystery is much more complex than one think in the beginning. Due to a lot of twists and turns the reader keeps guessing nearly until the end of the book. The pacing is well done. Beginning with page one the reader is part of the story. "The world" is reduced to the generation ship ARK which is inhabited by 50000 people. That should give you an impression of the ship dimension.

One may not always agree with the actions of detective Bryan Benson because he is stubborn at times. One thing I liked a lot were all the references to the past.

I look forward to read the second book in the duology. When everything goes well,TRIDENTS FORGE will be published in April 2016.
"

No progress


-  260 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I love it.

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner



- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no 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 I bought several digital copies for 0,99 EUR (=1.06 USD, = 0.70 GBP) each. Often it is just pure luck to discover such temporary valid offers.

As a fan of Victorian London and Sherlock Holmes I read the description of following book with great interest and got hooked.
The House of Moriarty (digital, November 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B010RALV14] by Sam Christer which is a pen name used by author Michael Morley.
"Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century. Inside London's oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England's deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades' worth of murders.

Cold-blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty - the most feared criminal enterprise in the world. Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past. Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again...

Follow Simeon's bloody footsteps through the capital's cobbled alleyways, wretched workhouses and flash taverns as he crosses swords with Sherlock Holmes and the villainous characters of Victorian London." [Source]

I like to read books where libraries and/or librarian play an important role and that seems to be the case with The Justa Journal trilogy by Brandt Legg.
The trilogy started with The Last Librarian (digital, October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B016VAQVXM] by Brandt Legg.

"In the year 2098, there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution. The world is secure and Earth’s 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy. There is also only one remaining library that still houses physical books. In addition to the dusty volumes, the library holds many secrets. But the government has decided to shut it down and burn the contents. Unless an unlikely trio can save the books, humanity will lose more than just what is printed on those antique pages.

With a single government ruling the entire planet, one currency, one language and no religion, the population is unified and enjoying the prosperity that comes with more than seven decades of peace. Free healthcare for all and guaranteed employment make the future a dream. But this future may only be safe if they can hide the past. The books must be saved . . . the impossible task is up to an angry author, a brazen revolutionary and the last librarian. When everything is perfect, the only thing left to fear is the truth." [Source]

From time to time I like to read something more light with a spark of humor. This seems to be the case with The Case of the Tattooed Buttocks (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00TA1WAGM] by Alan Hardy. This is the first book The Inspector Cullot Mystery in series. I hope the book will keep what the description promise ......
"A DETECTIVE/MURDER MYSTERY LIKE NO OTHER…

Following the murder of a sexy, blonde bombshell (and, soon after, the bloody, gruesome, shocking murder of yet another sexy broad), ex-Inspector Cullot is called in to team up with his old side-kick, Detective Sergeant Watkins, to investigate the baffling crime. Together they set about solving the mysterious deaths at Bounderdales, the opulent mansion of the oil magnate, Henry Barble. A small group of the rich, decadent, sophisticated and ultra-sexy are staying at the mansion. What secrets are each of them harbouring? Who are the guilty parties? And what is the dark secret from his own past which causes Cullot’s frequent moments of dark despair? Why did he leave the Police Force? Did he jump, or was he pushed? Why does he now work in a department store, in Ladies Underwear? The police constable first on the scene of the initial murder, PC Blunt, is ready to record every detail of the case, and assist his colleagues in their work. But what is his own past..? Is he as half-witted as he seems? What about gorgeous, sexy blonde bombshells, Stephanie and Gloria? And louche, limp-wristed Anthony Newhome? And Barble’s son, Oswald? And Barble’s demure, bespectacled secretary, Abigail? And ex-movie star, Janice Butler? Are they all who they say they are, or are some of them involved in a deadly game of murder and revenge? How are these murders linked to the unsolved Night-Club Hostess Murders which took place two years earlier? And, most puzzling of all, what is the meaning of the tattoos on the gorgeous buttocks of the assembled ladies? Thrill to the suspense, the heart-ache, the twists and turns, the laugh-a-minute of this hilarious, baffling mystery. Get ready to follow the roller-coaster plot, with one surprise after surprise, and scintillating word-play and sparkling dialogue between the marvellous host of characters. Will you be able to work out who did it? A detective/murder mystery like no other…" [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...

The Victorian Skype
There have been a lot of visions of the future in Victorian era. It is incredible to see how many of these visions came true. The telephonoscope shown of at the Public Domain Review is a good example for that



Concrete Architecture
Buildings made of concrete do not invite you with warmth and hospitality. There are buildings which look more like a battleship. WebUrbanist put together pictures of several concrete buildings spread over Europe.






A Day in the Life of an Agent
Maybe I should explain to you that this is not about agents like James Bond. Nowadays nearly every author works together with a literary agent. Do you know the tasks of such an agent? If you would like to know more about literary agents you should head over to the blog of Julie Crispy and read





Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 27 posts are available.

























































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.

Of course I still play Fallout 4 and the more I play the more fun I have.
Nevertheless I want to present something different this week. I found a most impressive short movie which I want to share with you.

 "The dark year 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of continuous war. Recently mankind re-discovered the arts of Shamanism. The Shaman’s school of thought believes that every person or object has a soul. During battle Shamans step over into the Netherworld to find and convert the souls of their enemies’ giant battle machines. This tactic enables a single man to overcome an invincibly seeming steel monster.

This is the story of Joshua, a Shaman, who is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus. He does not yet know that the soul is prepared for his coming and that the deadly psychological soul-to-soul confrontation in the Netherworld will be on eye level." [Source]

I hope you find some time (16 minutes) to watch it ......

That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

Today's quote is coming from an unforgettable actor and comedian. As far as I can see my wife and I did a good job not to lose the mentioned little spark .............

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

Robin Williams, American actor and comedian, 1951 - 2014

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1546

Dear Readers,
to be honest it was more than tempting to skip this post because I want to spend more time for playing two games: FALLOUT 4 and DIVINITY ORIGINAL SIN ENHANCED EDITION.
I stopped more or less reading. But if you think I played permanently in the past two days (Thursday and Friday) I must disappoint you. Of course I would like to play 24 hours a day but it will be a dream. There is work to be done at home, the need of sleep, and the need of recharge my battery limited the time for playing.
But here I am and share with you a bit of my game experience and to share with you some good stuff I like.
With all that said let me add that this post is a bit shorter than usual and now


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. Space on the ceiling
  2. Drums
  3. Epic Fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 Experience
  2. Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition

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 hobby
The Lighthouse
I admit I needed a somewhat lighter read. I was not able to concentrate on one of my current reads. Therefore I was more than happy when  an adventure series in my first language crossed my way. I bought all four available books in the series - you will find the details further down - and managed to read the first book.


I finished

- no book


No progress


-  260 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I love it.

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner



- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no 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

I won paperback copies of following three books at two giveaway over at The Speculative Herald.

Let me start with the first two books in the portal fantasy series  World of Prime by M.C. Planck. After reading the description of the first book I found it interesting enough to take part in the giveaway and ... I won copies of the first two books in the series.
Sword of the Bright Lady (pb, 2014) [ ISBN-13: 978-1616149888] by M.C. Planck.
"Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real -- but bought at a terrible price.

A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence. In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety.

To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic.

But the gods and demons have other plans. Christopher's fate will save the world... or destroy it." [Source]


Gold Throne in Shadow (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-1633880962] by M.C. Planck.
"The continuing adventures of Christopher Sinclair, mechanical engineer turned priest of war.

Christopher, raised from the dead and promoted to a moderate rank, takes command of the army regiment he trained and equipped. Sent south to an allegedly easy posting, he finds himself in the way of several thousand rabid dog-men. Guns and fortifications turn back the horde, but Christopher has other problems that cannot be solved with mere firepower: a wicked assassin; hostile clergymen; dubious allies including a bard, Lalania, with a connection to a mysterious group of scholars; and worst of all his own impolitic tongue. But all of these pale into mere distractions once he discovers the true enemy: an invisible, mind-eating horror who plays the kingdom like a puppet-master’s stage. Lalania claims she can help--but will it be enough?" [Source]


Science fiction and locked room mystery set on a generation ship is something I like and it was the reason why took part in the giveaway of the first book in a duology  and I won a paperback copy of
The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
"Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship -- the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark's greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can't be beat.

But when a crewmember goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard." [Source]


The story will be continued in April 2016 with
The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
"The Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G and begun the long, arduous task of building their new colony by the sea. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G's natives, the G'tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods. But the first official greeting ceremony between humans and g'tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors begin to circulate that the massacre was no accident, and the Ark's greatest hero, Bryan Benson is told to stop coaching his new love of American football and tackle the mystery. Paired up with native 'truth-digger' Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson finds himself thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea whom to trust, how to speak the language, and how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants to kill him. Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side is prepared for or can afford to lose." [Source]
I ordered a copy in advance.


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...


Space on the ceiling
There are posts which do not need any further introduction because they stand for their on like the following one over at the WebUrbanist just look and enjoy




Drums
The drum is the oldest known instrument in human history.  If you ever visited a rock concert then you know that a drum solo is an essential part of the show. I do not want to talk about who was/is/will be the best drummer in the world. I like to show two videos showing you a great and spectacular event and an amazing piece of drum music.
Let me start with the spectacular show. I need to inform you before that he music quality of the video is worse. But the show is amazing. Have a look at

Mötley Crüe Tommy lee drum solo Grand Rapids

The following drum solo is not as spectacular as the previous one but the percussion arrangement is exquisite. Have a look at and listen to

Neil Peart Drum Solo - Rush Live in Frankfurt




Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 26 posts are available.






















































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.

Fallout 4 for PS4

I  GOT  MY  COPY of FALLOUT 4 !!!

Before I tell you about my first steps in Fallout 4 on PS4 I would like to talk about all the blogs, videos and sites springing up like mushrooms. Nearly every single bit of content is exposed by know.
To be honest: I WANT TO DISCOVER THE GAME ON MY OWN !!!


In order to avoid a lot of manual paperwork I used the Fallout4.WikiFallout 4 Character Builder / Perk Calculator. You need to sign up to use it.
The tool just visualize the result of the points you used.
I found it extremely helpful because I could play around with different settings before entering the game.


The second thing I use is a list of materials and the components they consist of.

I play a female character who is an intelligent crafter with sneaking and sniping qualities.

My wife watched the introduction and said it is nightmarish. That means the atmosphere is excellent.
Compared to the previous games Fallout 4 is a lot more colorful. I spent some time only to enjoy sunrise and sundown.
A big surprise have been the radioactive clouds. When the sky turns yellow it is high time to enter a building as soon as possible.
So far I died only once because I overestimated the quality of a specific armor.
I'm very far in the game. My map shows only three places.
I discover my surrounding quite slowly. I like to see that you get experience points for every modification of armor and weapons, for cooking and for discovering new places.

I could not detect any technical problems. The graphic is sufficient for me. I know that there are people who do not like the graphic.

I look forward to continue my journey.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for PS4
My wife and I play together the co op game Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition. And yes, we are still married !!
Most of the things work well. The music is great and to discover the world without any hints is most satisfying.
After nearly 30 hours we started a new game because we were not happy with our party. The new party (male mage, male rogue, two female rangers) works well.

There is only one totally annoying thing: THE INVENTORY
The inventory management is time consuming. The worst thing is the randomly disappearance of  items we create or buy. We save really often but to save the game before every inventory transaction would make the game unplayable.
So we hope not to lose too many items.

 



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

Today's quote is coming from the Fallout 4 Launch Trailer above ............

"War never changes.

Phyllis Mcginley, American author, 1905 - 1978

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Edi's Book Lighthouse issue #1545

Dear Readers,
only three working days until I can enjoy a few days off which I highly anticipate and need to recharge my battery.
On the one hand reading went more or less down the drain. On the other hand I discovered some more interesting books and a few have been written in my first language. Now I need to find the right balance in my spare time square consisting of  reading - blogging - playing - sewing which is a never-ending story.
For me it seems with beginning of November the autumn/winter reading season started. Nearly every book blog I visit shows at least half a dozen of new books. It is easy to get lost and finally ending up in the situation to admit that every new book does not increase your available time for reading.

I hope and wish all of you find enough time to enjoy the books you want to read.

Today I tried to put together the links I want to share with you in a more structured way. I hope you like it


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. Authors and publicity
  2. History
  3. Past and present
  4. Art
  5. Epic Fantasy - Update

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4
  2. The Hateful Eight

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 war
The Lighthouse
I admit I needed a somewhat lighter read. I was not able to concentrate on one of my current reads. Therefore I was more than happy when  an adventure series in my first language crossed my way. I bought all four available books in the series - you will find the details further down - and managed to read the first book.


I finished

- Geheimakte Labrador (digital, January 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00AS9ZW4C] by André Milewski.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ein Buch für alle Fans von Indiana Jones und klassischen Abenteuergeschichten. Es ist eine Hommage an Indiana Jones, bleibt dabei aber eigenständig.

Wer diese Art von Geschichten mag, wird hier gut unterhalten. Mir hat es gut gefallen und ich werde die Folgebände lesen."



No progress


-  260 pages in Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I love it.

- 65 pages in The Widows Guild (digital, 10th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Anna Castle.

- 94 pages in When the Heavens Fall (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00WQ5CUX2] by Marc Turner



- 168 pages in Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand (pb, 30th December 2015) [ISBN-13: 978-1781082904] by 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.


Tried but did not work for me

- no 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

As I wrote above, I discovered an adventure series new to me and bought digital copies of all fore available books. I spent in sum  3,96 EUR (4.29 USD, 2.83 GBP) for all copies.

As mentioned on the back of the second book this is for all fans of Indiana Jones, pulp fiction and "classic" adventure stories"
(Für alle Fans von Indiana Jones, Pulp-Stories & „klassischer“ Abenteuergeschichten!)

And that is exactly what these books deliver.


Geheimakte Labrador (digital, January 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00AS9ZW4C] by André Milewski.
"Oslo 1952
Der junge Deutsche Max Falkenburg arbeitet als Museumswärter im Wikingerschiffmuseum. Als er den Diebstahl eines geheimnisvollen Medaillons verhindert, findet er sich unvermutet auf der Suche nach Thors legendärem Hammer Mjöllnir wieder.

Gemeinsam mit dem amerikanischen Archäologen Frederick Crichton und seinen Studenten setzt Max alles daran, um das mythische Artefakt zu finden. Doch eine Spezialabteilung des russischen Geheimdienstes ist ihnen dicht auf den Fersen und schreckt vor nichts zurück, um den Hammer in ihren Besitz zu bringen.

Die Suche führt Max und seine Freunde über Island nach Grönland und letztlich bis an die Küste Labradors, wo es schließlich zum alles Entscheidenden Kampf um Mjöllnir kommt …" [Source]

Geheimakte Aton (digital, March 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00J1LK9KU] by André Milewski.
"Boston, 1957:
Der junge deutsche Archaologe & Abenteurer Max Falkenburg bekommt unerwartet Besuch von seinem alten Freund Howard, einem CIA-Agenten. Dieser tragt einen Zettel mit mysteriosen agyptischen Hieroglyphen bei sich, fur dessen Ubersetzung er Max' Hilfe braucht. Zudem ist er auf der Flucht - vor der CIA. Als Max feststellt, dass der Name seines Vaters auf dem Zettel erwahnt wird, zogert er keine Sekunde, um das Ratsel zu losen und begibt sich in Begleitung seiner Freunde Joe und Howard auf den Weg nach Agypten. Doch sie sind nicht allein. Verfolgt von der CIA und alten Gegnern, mussen sie feststellen, dass unter dem Sand der agyptischen Wuste nicht nur geheimnisvolle Tempel verborgen liegen, sondern auch eine uralte, finstere Macht auf ihre Wiedererweckung wartet." [Source]


Geheimakte Uxmal (digital, January 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00S9TT0LE] by André Milewski.
"Boston, 1961:

Ein zwielichtiger argentinischer Millionär bietet dem Archäologen Max Falkenburg die Leitung einer Expedition in den Dschungel von Yucatán an. Dort wartet laut einer Legende seit Jahrhunderten ein mächtiges Artefakt der Maya auf seine Entdeckung. Obwohl Max ablehnt, wird er doch schneller in die Angelegenheit verwickelt, als ihm lieb ist - und stellt fest, dass manche Mächte lieber nicht geweckt werden sollten ...

Eine aufregende Jagd beginnt!" [Source]


Geheimakte Fenris (digital, October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B016YXNZ44] by André Milewski.
"Boston, 1965:

Max Falkenburg, frisch zum Professor der Archäologie ernannt, steht kurz vor seiner Hochzeit, als ihn ein Schatten aus der Vergangenheit unbarmherzig einholt. Durch das Vermächtnis seiner Familie wird er in die Jagd nach der gewaltigsten Waffe aller Zeiten verwickelt. Max muss sich auf den Kampf gegen eine mächtige und skrupellose Geheimorganisation einlassen, um zu retten, was ihm am Wichtigsten ist: das Leben seiner Freunde.

Denn FENRIS ist entfesselt und schlägt gnadenlos zu." [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...



Authors and publicity
One thing will never change. If you want to sell something you need publicity. What changes is the way how to raise attention.
In former times it was up to the publisher to arrange interviews, readings in book shops and so on. Nowadays more and more of these activities have to be managed by the author himself. One important question is to how to cope with social media and blogosphere. In the end it is a question which each author has to answer individually.
Here are three statements from three different authors which I found in the past days.

Author Mark Lawrence talks about his blog and his opinion about blogging.
After reading his post
I must say he has a point.
Do you read blogs from authors regularly? Does this has an impact on your decision to books from these authors? Do you leave comments.


Author Christopher Fowler talks especially about blog tours and their advantages and disadvantages in his post

 As a blogger I must say I like blog tours as long as the content differs from blot to blog. I have been part of blog tours and I followed blog tours and got some new information.


I think one of the real hot topics is ratings and reviews. I would lie when I tell you that I never have a look at ratings and reviews. Sometimes they have an impact on my to buy or not to buy decision and sometimes not.
Author Guy Haley talks about what it means for him to ask people for reviews in his post
It is an honest statement and I like it.


History
History has an impact on our life, on the books we we read and of course the books itself. I'm interested in history and love to read historical faction. There are a lot of epic fantasy books which show and clear impact of history. There is nothing wrong with that.

London is a place where you are confronted with history every day. More than 350 years passed since the Great Plague of London 1664 to 1666 and as soon as you start to dig you find remnant.
If you want to know more about this topic you should definitely have a look at following post over at Atlas Obscura



London is also a place with a well documented history and a lot of lost things like buildings, streets, gates and so on come alive in paintings and chronicles.
I love to dive into the past coming alive in posts like the following one over at The English Historical Fiction Authors



Past and present
I like to see objects and places which shows the melting of past and present.

Wouldn't it be great to visit and see stonework back from 365 AD?
Fortunately there are people with such kind of visions. You can see one of those ideas over at WebUrbanist



Did you ever visit a medieval fair? It is an event where you see lots of people using drinking horns. But you never see them in daily life for example to transport and drink coffee. That may change soon depending on the result of a kickstarter presented over at WebUrbanist


Art
This is a topic which is as extensive as the world of books. As different as we are we do not like everything labeled art. Whenever I share a link related to art it is an individual choice. There are a lot of things which do not interest me. But the paintings presented over at Atlas Obscura impressed me. I could not believe that these are real paintings. They look so real. And some of them reminded me immediately of Fallout 4. Look at the trailer and you will understand. Now go and enjoy



Epic Fantasy - Update
Some of you may find it boring when I post these links again and again. But Adam Whitehead is still adding new content and the post series is excellent.
Visit The Wertzone and enjoy the amazing post series. Maybe you will find some books you haven't read yet.  In the meantime 24 posts are available.




























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.

Only a few days left until one of my most anticipated video games will be available:


Of course I must share the Fallout 4 Launch Trailer with you.

I did not see any other videos showing details of the game without permission by Bethesda.

The trailer promise a lot and contains some hints regarding the story.
I' so excited! I can't wait to play and I'm more than happy that I got a few days off from 12th of November. It may be possible that the next issue of the Weekend Wave will be a lot shorter than usual.

The Hateful Eight
Beside all the hype around Fallout 4 one should not forget that more things to entertain and enjoy are on their way.
Do you like Western? Did you enjoy Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino? Then you should look forward to The Hateful Eight. The film will be shown in the States in selected theaters on Christmas day. The release in digital theaters will be on January 8th, 2016.
For me  this will be the first film I want to see in 2016. Have a look at the second trailer which gives a good impression of what to expect. I definitely like it.

That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


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.

Today's quote is coming from the Fallout 4 Launch Trailer above ............

"War never changes.

Fallout 4, Fallout 4 Launch Trailer at 0:34
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