Saturday, December 19, 2015

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1551

Dear Readers,
the end of 2015 is coming nearer so fast.
This is the last but one Weekend Wave for this year. But it won't be the last but one post in 2015. Finally my days off start on Monday. Hopefully this will be a time to relax with reading books and playing Fallout 4.
One thing surprised me last week. I was not aware of the fact the Amazon change the price of books quite often. I can happen that a book will be offered with several different prices during one day.


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 
  2. When do you know you bought too many books
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Scarchitecture
  2. Medieval mythical creatures
  3. More light please
  4. Hair care in Victorian era
  5. Music - a fountain of youth?

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Star Trek Beyond

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 abilities
The Lighthouse
This has been an extraordinary week reading wise. I finished three books!
Do you know the problem what to read next after you have finished an excellent one? I avoided any inconvenience by choosing a book where I knew exactly what to expect. Next what I will try is to finish my four current reads until the end of 2015.

I finished

- Geheimakte Uxmal (digital, January 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00S9TT0LE] by André Milewski.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Das Buch setzt die Abenteur von Max Falkenburg fort und ist wie die Vorgänger ein Buch für alle Fans von Indiana Jones und klassischen Abenteuergeschichten.

Es ist eine Hommage an Indiana Jones, bleibt dabei aber eigenständig.

Die Geschichte spielt vier Jahre nach dem zweiten Buch und es geht nach Südamerika.

Es gibt zwei Neuerungen. Es stirbt einer der Protagonisten aus den ersten beiden Bänden und es gibt einen Epilog, der auf das nächste Abenteuer vorbereitet.

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

Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This belongs to the category of books where I asked myself why it take so long to read it!

I have been emotionally touched and blown away!
First of all one should compare Red Mars with the Marsian by Andy Weir. These are both excellent but completely different books.

There are nearly 39,000 ratings for this book on GOODREADS and this book deserve a rating from everyone who read the book despite the fact you liked it or not.

I never read a science fiction novel like this before. The amount of scientific theories and knowledge is incredible. The mass of developed characters blew me away instead of confusing me.
The book forced me to take sides with some of the characters. I could not have finished the books without. The attention for detail - it does not matter if it is scientific or psychological - never overburden the reader. The book would be the same without.

I loved to read Red Mars and it belongs now to my top five science fiction books I read so far."

- Caversham Road (digital, 2013)[AMAZON ASIN: B00CA8J7D6] by Michael Stewart Conway
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the third of five so far available Furnival and Stubbs Cases.

Again I'm impressed by what author Michael Conway Stewart delivered. Again I have been emotionally touched and fascinated by the main characters.

It is possible to read Caversham House without knowing the two previous books.
BUT you would miss the character development of Detective Constable Jim Furnival and Detective Sergeant Harry Stubbs.

It is incredible to read how the author interweave the case, Victorian police procedural, private life of the detectives, detailed information of painting forgery, politics, society and conventions. This include a visit to Paris and an insight into the French society. The writing style of the author fits perfectly to the story told.

From my point of view the Furnival and Stubbs Case series is an underrated one.
If you really like a Victorian crime story which let you dive into the Victorian Era then you should give the series a try."


- 75 pages in The Prelapsarians (digital, 28th October 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B017CCHV1E] by John Gaiserich

No progress

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

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

- 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 ....


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

Due to surprising offers I either got for free or really cheap (around  1 EUR = 1.09 USD = 0.73 GBP) digital copies of following four books. I show you the books in no specific order.

Let me start with the first book of a four book epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Hawklan written between 1984 and 1990 by Roger Taylor. The books are short compared to other epic fantasy series. As far as I could read on GOODREADS, this first book is just the prologue of the story. I will see if I like The Call of the Sword (this digital edition, October 2002, 220 p. !) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B004I1KNLS] by Roger Taylor.
"Book One of The Chronicles of Hawklan.

The castle of Anderras Darion has stood abandoned and majestic for as long as anyone can remember. Then, from out of the mountains, comes the healer, Hawklan - a man with no memory of the past - to take possession of the keep with his sole companion, Gavor.

Across the country, the great fortress of Narsindalvak is a constant reminder of the victory won by the hero Ethriss in alliance with the three realms of Orthlund, Riddin and Fyorlund against the Dark Lord, Sumeral, hundreds of years before. But Rgoric, the ailing king of Fyorlund and protector of the peace, has fallen under the malign influence of the Lord Dan-Tor, and from the bleakness of Narsindal come ugly rumours. It is whispered that Mandrocs are abroad again and that the Dark Lord himself is stirring.

And in the remote fastness of Anderras Darion, Hawklan feels deep within himself the echoes of an ancient power and the unknown, yet strangely familiar, call to arms..." [Source]

The next one is one of the many Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
Sherlock Holmes and the Yule-tide Mystery digital, December 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B0193S82GS] by Val Andrews (1926 - 2006).
"December, early 1890s.

Christmas is fast approaching – but for Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr Watson, a sudden visitor is to change what little plans they had made.

James Harding, owner of a Guildford antique business, has travelled to 221B Baker Street armed with an intriguing proposition for the ever-dutiful detective.

He has received an invitation from a Mr. Gerald MacMillan to assemble some friends and spend the festive period with him at his stately home in Sussex.

A bizarre proposal considering Harding had only just met MacMillian...

Holmes, who swiftly recognises MacMillan as a former confidence man, together with Watson shall form the rest of the travelling party.
Whilst there, the famous duo try to uncover the intentions of the seemingly hospitable host who has chosen to spend Christmas with a stranger…

True to form, the festivities are disturbed by an incident so shocking it threatens to ruin Christmas, but for Holmes it’s just the beginning...

Sherlock Holmes and the Yule-tide Mystery promises to be one Holmes’ most baffling cases yet." [Source]

The next one is a stand alone fantasy novel. I found the description promising enough to buy a copy of Of Bone and Thunder (digital, February 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B0193S82GS] by Chris Evans.
"Channelling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle. In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation." [Source]

You find some praising reviews from blogger I trust over at GOODREADS for the following book which has been on my to buy list for a while. Now I own a copy of the epic dark fantasy Beyond Redemption (digital, June 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00NUV1LJK] by Michael R. Fletcher.
"A darkly imaginative writer in the tradition of Joe Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, and Neil Gaiman conjures a gritty mind-bending fantasy, set in a world where delusion becomes reality . . . and the fulfillment of humanity’s desires may well prove to be its undoing.

When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional—have the power to shape the world.

And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god . . .

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geistrekranken—men and women whose delusions manifest. Sustained by their own belief—and the beliefs of those around them—they can manipulate their surroundings. For the High Priest Konig, that means creating order out of the chaos in his city-state, leading his believers to focus on one thing: helping a young man, Morgen, ascend to become a god. A god they can control.

Trouble is, there are many who would see a god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own doppelgangers, a Slaver no one can resist, and three slaves led by possibly the only sane man left.

As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. Because as the delusions become more powerful, the also become harder to control. The fate of the Geistrekranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:

Who will rule there?" [SOURCE]

When do you know you bought too many books?
This time of the year you get a lot of recommendations which books to wish or to buy or to read in case you already own a copy.
In 2015 I read more science fiction books compared to past years. Not all of them have been released in 2015.
Beginning of the week I read following post over at Gollancz Blog. Of course I know it is a publisher blog. But I was curious to see their list of

The list contains ten books. After checking the list against my GOODREADS book shelf I had to state that I own copies of six of the books AND did not read one of them!!!
I definitely need to read one more science fiction book in 2015 after the absolutely awesome Red Mars (first 1992; digital, April 2013) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0165YN9PW] by Kim Stanley Robinson.

That means I will read one of the following six books:

Barricade (digital, June 2014) [KINDLE ASIN: B00HRXQ1CY] by Jon Wallace.

"Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead.

A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, BARRICADE is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post- apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec.

Kenstibec is a member of the 'Ficial' race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another.

The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles.

On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant King with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity too." [Source]

Something Coming Through (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00MNGZXHE] by Paul J McAuley.

"One of our finest SF writers moves closer to home. London is devastated. New worlds are being explored. And the aliens have arrived...

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliantly SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could for ever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. Authorities who believe that their visions point towards a new kind of danger.

And on one of the Jackaroo's gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.

Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo's benevolence..." [Source]

The Tabit Genesis (digital, May 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00JDQEETK] by Tony Gonzales

"They left Sol in two great ships, carrying with them the last hope for humankind. Destined for different stars, their mission was to ensure the survival of our species. One ship was never heard from again. Decades later, the other arrived at a lifeless world, where the survivors learned that Earth was lost not to famine, but to an alien species determined to eradicate humans from existence.

Man is not alone in the universe, and the last of us are hunted. Driven by strong characters facing tremendous odds, Tony Gonzales delivers SF in the grandest tradition: an epic adventure full of colossal ships, vast battles and unimaginable challenges." [Source]

Roboteer ( digital July 2015)[Kindle Edition ASIN: B00TXH9GHY] by Alex Lamb which is the first book in the Roboteer tilogy.

"The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer. Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly. Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever...but at a cost." [Source]

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]

Luna: New Moon (digital, 17th September 2015) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00VRT927A] by Ian McDonald

"The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the Moon's vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other." [Source]
Next week I will tell you my choice and explain the reason why.

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...

This is a word which will you find only over at WebUrbanist. The related post reveals what you can discover on aerial photos.

Medieval mythical creatures
In fantasy we can find a lot of strange creatures. It is interesting to see how many have their origin in medieval times. There is a great post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors telling more about the background of some of these creatures.

More light please
The older I get the more light I need for reading. Fortunately I do not need the DIY flashlight shown over at WebUrbanist.

Hair care in Victorian era
This has been a hot topic in Victorian era. Nowadays with all the available hair products it is hard to imagine how women took care on their in former times. There is an enlightening post over at the English Historical Fiction Authors.

Music - a fountain of youth?
You may know the Band Fleetwood Mac. Despite the age of the band members they are still on tour. I really admire the voice and the power of Lindsey Buckingham who is now 66 and therefore ten years older than I am.
Enjoy and admire his performance of the song "Never going back again". His voice sounds the same as in spring 1977 when the song has been released.

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.

It seems May 2016 will be a great month for new movies. Today I share with you the next promising trailer for a film to hit the cinemas on July 22nd and seems to deliver a lot, lot of action:

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

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 like quotes like the following one which help to understand the world. Do you know why babies do not talk in the first months of their life? Here is the answer .............

"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.

Gracie Allen, American comedienne, 1895 - 1964


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Here's to hours of Fallout 4 for you next week!
Some cool-sounding fantasy and science fiction books.
Stoked for Star Trek!
Off to check out world's biggest flashlight...
Edi, you and your wife have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for all your support this year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, world's brightest flashlight.
It's Saturday. Brain's taking the day off...

ediFanoB said...

Dear Alex,
Even with my humble English I could understand what you tried to say :-)

Thank you for your Christmas wishes.
I wish you and your wife a relaxed and joyful Christmas.
Hope you found a pretty gift for her that will take all her attention. Then you will have time to play Fallout 4 :-)

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