Sunday, March 27, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1613

Dear Readers,
today is the shortest day for all people forced to change to CEST = Central European Summer Time because we had to move the clock one hour forward at 2:00 AM. More and more people does not like it but the EU is not willing to change it. The older I get the more time I need to adjust.

In order to speed up the adjustment I decided to get up early and write the post on Sunday.

HAPPY EASTER!

Did you ever replace the main zip fastener of a backpack? My wife and I decided to do that instead of buying two new backpacks. She finished her work successfully on Friday which I used to relax in form of dozing, reading and to continue reorganize my digital library.
On Saturday I replaced the zip fastener of my backpack. It took me several hours to finish. It has been satisfying and we saved money.

Fortunately I have three more says off which I can use for reading, playing and working on my digital library.


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. Moustache comb
  2. Confidence man
  3. Negative emancipation
  4. Tiles

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. A mechanism from 1890

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 idioms Quote related to life



The Lighthouse
Again I finished at least one book. For me every book is like a holiday. That means I enjoyed so far 15 extra holidays.




I finished

- A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.


I wrote on GOODREADS:
"It took me some time to finish the book. The reason for that was just the simple fact that I did not have much time for reading.

What a brilliant second book! Disturbing, spooky, chilling, emotional and full of action. An excellent story and the main characters deeply involved on a personal level.

I'm working on a full review.




I'm

- Unfortunately the page count for this book on my new reader differs from the old one. I started to read chapter 15 of Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.
At least a small progress.






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

Sometimes books rest for a really long time on my to buy list for several reasons and one of the reason is definitely the price.
The following three books belong to this category. There has been a good offer recently and I finally bought digital copies of the three available books in the The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series by Richard Ellis Preston Jr..

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (digital, 2nd July 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B009PS42YI] by Richard Ellis Preston Jr..
"In a postapocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California — before it was devastated in the alien war — Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World, and death is quick. Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of Noxious Mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers, and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of ne’er-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war that could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race." [Source]


Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (digital, 19th November 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00BM7URYO] by Richard Ellis Preston Jr..
"The frozen wasteland of Snow World—known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization—is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders’ prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there’s little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans.

Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base—and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to." [Source]


Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether (digital, 22nd December 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B009PS42YI] by Richard Ellis Preston Jr..
"Earth is an icy wasteland, devastated by an alien invasion hundreds of years before. Left with only steam power, the human survivors have formed into steampunk clans. And now these clans are at war.

Reeling from a Founders clan invasion, Captain Romulus Buckle of the Pneumatic Zeppelin faces a desperate decision. Does he return home to bolster the Grand Alliance or attempt to rescue his sister, Elizabeth, who is prophesied to be the key to winning the war? With only an ancient automaton and the words of a madman to guide him, Buckle leads an expedition to the mysterious underwater city of Atlantis, where mythical monsters and human treachery make every move perilous." [Source]
For more Pneumatic Zeppelin Art including a map please visit the author's site.




I ordered the digital copy of the last book for today in January 2016. The description sounded really promising. In the meantime several not so positive reviews popped up. It seems to be one of those books which you either love or hate. Despite the fact that reviewers I trust did not like it, I will definitely have a look in order to decide if I like it or not.
Did you read
Snakewood (digital, 15th March 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B009PS42YI] by Adrian Selby.
"Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through cunning, alchemical brews, and cold steel. Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days behind them, scattered to the wind, and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated one by one. A lifetime of enemies has its own price.

Adrian Selby brings us into an unforgettable new world filled with magic, mystery, intrigue, bloodshed and betrayal." [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...



Mustache comb
It seems to be fashionably for men to wear a beard. I wore one during my time at university. There has been a time when it was most important to wear a beard. I talk about the Victorian era. During that time a mustache comb was mandatory. There is an enlightening post over at Atlas Obscura.



Negative emancipation
Before you start to complain, I'm no  misogynist!
I think you will agree that crime is nothing positive and the gender does not matter in case of crime. Most of us would agree that organized crime is more or less male business. BUT there are exceptions and whenever a woman enters the world of men it is a kind of emancipation. For me it means that a female crime boss is a kind of negative emancipation.
There is a great post about the female crime boss Marm Mandelbaum, a female crime boss who started her own crime school in Victorian New York over at Atlas Obscura.



Confidence man
I always try to enlarge my English vocabulary and to read posts is a great help for that. I did not know the expression confidence man before I read the following amazing post over atEnglish Historical Fiction Authors. The post offers a brief history of the development of the expression and deliver some examples.



Tiles
The Dutch are well known for their delftware. Is there anyone who has never seen at least a picture of the famous blue and white tiles?
Over at WebUrbanist you find an impressive example what you can do with thousands of blue and white tiles. Head over and have a look at 





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.

Yesterday (Saturday) we have had a sunny day and  the birds were singing. It felt like spring. Today the sky is grey and one hear only a few birds.
Instead of a trailer I would like to share with you a video which shows a mechanical singing bird mechanism from 1890 which still works! Amazing!






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 fully agree with the following quote!!!

"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.

Danny Kaye, American singer, dancer, actor, and comedian, 1911 -1987

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1612

Dear Readers,
no time for lamentation. I took it as a good sign that I could finish a book today. Beside that I continued to work of the update of my digital library before I started  to read the backlog of posts and searching for content for this post.
On Monday my wife and I went to cinema and had a good time with Hail, Caesar!
It is not the film of the year but it delivered good actors, a good insight into Hollywood of the fifties.
Only five working days left until I have five consecutive days off. Unfortunately the sun decided to take the weekend off after a pleasant Friday. That means I have to play Fallout 4 on Sunday in order to get some sunshine ....   ;-)

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. Enjoy reading?
  2. Molasses
  3. Ten years
  4. Submarine concepts
  5. Doors and windows of the world

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4: Automatron
  2. X-Men: Apocalypse

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 idioms Quote related to age



The Lighthouse
Again I finished at least one book. For me every book is like a holiday. That means I enjoyed so far 15 extra holidays.




I finished

- The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The cover and the description convinced me to read the book. I liked the setting, the characters and the story which seemed straight forward in the beginning. But the more I read and the more the author revealed the more interesting the story itself got. Unexpected twists and turns gave the story more depth. I thought I identified the pawns in the game and I was wrong.
Normally I'm not a fan of stories where religion plays a greater role. But here religion plays an important role and I liked how religion is involved. The book does not end with a cliffhanger but with wide range of speculation.

In the beginning I rated the book with three stars which turned into five stars at the end.
Now I look forward to the sequel. I want to know if I guessed right or not.




NO PROGRESS

- 168 pages in Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.


- 112 pages in A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.





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 my wife started to read
The Yard (hc and digital 2012, pb 2013 [ hc ISBN-13: 978-0399149542; pb ISBN-13: 978-0718159672;Kindle ASIN: B007Z8ZK8M] by Alex Grecian
"1889, LONDON.
JACK THE RIPPER’S REIGN OF TERROR IN FINALLY OVER, BUT A NEW ONE IS JUST BEGINNING.

Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…

A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad’s new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard’s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer’s motive." [Source]

I read this crime novel set in Victorian London in July 2014 and like it a lot. It is the first book in the Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series. In the meantime three more novels and a short story are available. Furthermore a fifth book will be published in June 2016. As a lover of series I checked my digital library and found out that I did not own copies of book three and four. Therefore I bought digital copies of these books and ordered a copy of book five in advance.


The Devil's Workshop (digital, 31st July 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00I8AKG2G] by Alex Grecian
"The Devil's Workshop is the third historical thriller in Alex Grecian's acclaimed Scotland Yard Murder Squad series.

April, 1890.

London wakes to the shocking news of a mass prison escape.

Walter Day and the Scotland Yard Murder Squad now face a desperate race against time: if they don't re-capture the four convicted murderers before night settles, they'll vanish into the dark alleys of the London's criminal underworld for ever.

And in the midst of this mayhem and fear, the city's worst nightmare is realised: Jack the Ripper haunts the streets of London once more . . ."

From The Yard and The Black Country author, Alex Grecian, comes The Devil's Workshop - and the return of Jack the Ripper. Expect another gruesome foray into the underbelly of Victorian Britain and early crime forensics. This is historical thriller heaven for fans of Sherlock and Ripper Street." [Source]


The Harvest Man (digital, 18th June 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00SAGZU6A] by Alex Grecian
"Murder Squad 4: Alongside Jack the Ripper there is another brutal serial killer roaming the streets of Victorian London.

Spring 1890.

The spectre of Jack the Ripper still haunts Inspector Walter Day, his injured leg a daily reminder of his violent brush with London's most feared killer. He alone is convinced that the Ripper remains at large.

But, worse is to come for Scotland Yard's Murder Squad. A new killer is terrorizing the citizens of London. They call him the Harvest Man; he hides away in the attics of the unsuspecting, emerging at night to terrorize his victims.

This macabre new threat requires Inspector Day to confront his demons, but he soon discovers that the Ripper himself continues to toy with Scotland Yard's finest. The game has only just begun . . ." [Source]


 You may know that Tad Williams is the author of several series. One of them is the epic fantasy series Shadowmarch. The four volumes have been published from 2004 to 2010. I found out that I own paper copies of the first three books (even the first one in German!) but so far I did not read them. What a shame! As a first step I decided to buy a paperback copy of the fourth and final book.
Shadowheart (reprint, 2012) [ISBN-13:  978-0756407650] by Tad Williams.
"The long-awaited concluding novel in Tad Williams's thrilling epic Shadowmarch series.

Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives.

And now, something is awakening underneath Southmarch Castle, something powerful and terrible that the world has not seen for thousands of years. Can Barrick and Briony, along with a tiny handful of allies, ordinary and extraordinary, find a way to save their world and prevent the rise of a terrible new age-an age of unending darkness?" [Source]
I think it is a good idea not to forget all the books published years ago. In an ideal world there would be a perfect mix between new and old.


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...

Enjoy reading?
Yesterday I came across and interesting post related to reading. Author and avid blogger Roland D. Yeomans asked following question over on his blog Writing in the Crosshairs


After reading the post I felt the need to give a proper answer because it helped me to reflect why I love reading. A love which started BEFORE I learned to read. Head over and share your thoughts. It is worth the time and takes you back to your roots.


Molasses
It is something which can be lethal. It happened in 1919. Head over to Atlas Obscura and have a look at the presented video and read the text.


Maybe you are interested in the book mentioned in the video. I put together the details for you
Dark Tide (pb, September 2004 [ISBN-13: 978-0807050217] by Stephen Puleo.
"Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster." [Source]

Ten years
In 2006 author Tom Lloyd entered the world of fantasy books with the release of
The Stormcaller (first published 16th March 2006, paperback July 2007) [ISBN-13: 978-9780575079267].
This is the first book in the five book series Twilight Reign. I read the book in 2009 and bought copies of the other four books BUT I never read them. The fifth and final book has been published in 2012.

How do I know the date? Because I read following post by Tom Lloyd.


I read reviews over at GOODREADS and I scanned my blog posts. It seems the books stay a long time in the TBR towers of a lot of people. I belong to this group. I posted twice about the Twilight Reign series in 2011 and 2014.
Do you have an overview about all the series you did not finish? I think it will be worth for me to create a list after reorganisation of my digital library.

Nevertheless such posts show how fast time pass by ...........
 

Submarine concepts


"In the town where I was born
Lived a man who sailed to sea
And he told us of his life
In the land of submarines"
Don't worry. This is not about a famous song. But I thought I would be a good introduction to an awesome post over at Dark Roasted Blend full of pictures and interesting facts. Enjoy




Doors and windows
Around the world doors and windows are in use. They are like cards. How do the differ from country to country? Is it possible to identify a country by  pictures of dorrs and windows? You may find answers over at WebUrbanist. Head over and have a look at 





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.

Like a lot of other gamers I look forward to 22nd of March 2016. On that day the first add-on for Fallout 4 will be available. I bought the season pass and that means I will get Automatron for free. And this is the official trailer.



There is a new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer available and I must say it gives a first glimpse of how the apocalypse will look like.



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 fully agree with the following quote!!!

"You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there.

George Burns, American singer, writer, actor, and humorist, 1896 - 1996

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1611

Dear Readers,

I like my new reader even I did not have enough time so far to discover all the features. Two weeks to go until Easter weekend. Then I will have five days of in a row. THEN I will have time and leisure to enjoy reading.
Yesterday evening my wife and I went to cinema. I must say I was really disappointed by The Revenant. The film was too long. There have been too many pictures showing trees and sky. To use a cadaver for shelter reminded me of Star Wars. The fight for survival of Mark Watney in The Marsian was much more gripping and plausible. Not to forget the excellent Hateful8! The only interesting part for me was the fight with the bear.
Now I look forward to next week when we will see Hail, Caesar!



ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB


  1. Reading progress 
  2. Win a book
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. 400 years pass in seconds
  2. How to determine level of post-war pensions in1865
  3. Talking robotic head
  4. Adrenaline

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

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 idioms Quote related to communication



The Lighthouse
Reading progress is a nightmare and frustrating. Most of the evenings I'm too tired and exhausted and therefore not able to read.
Luckily I found time to finish at least one book today. But there is no progress regarding my other current reads.



I finished

- Dockyard Dog (digital, 1st February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Lyle Garford which is the first book in the Evan Ross series.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The story delivered everything what has been promised in the description.
A good story with twists and turns. Loveable characters. Information about slavery, The work of admiralty, political background, action and adventure.

I would have rated it with 4.5 stars but that is not possible.




NO PROGRESS

- 168 pages in Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.


- 112 pages in A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.


- 161 pages in The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.


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

It seems the less time I have for reading the more books I buy. Last week I received digital copies of books which I either ordered in advance or I bought because they have been offered for a cheaper price.
Here we go.


The Spider's War (digital, March 2016) [Kindle ASIN:  B00PW5V3E0]  by Daniel Abraham which is the fifth and final book in the epic fantasy series The Dagger and the Coin.

"The epic conclusion to The Dagger and The Coin series, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin.

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all.

In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester, and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world." [Source]


The next one one is an alternate history at least for me. I know that other people filed it under science fiction. I like the cover and the description sounds interesting.
United States of Japan (digital, 3rd March 2016) [Kindle ASIN:  B01B50OTL4] by Peter Tieryas.
"Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons — a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something…kind of. He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected." [Source]

I like crime mysteries especially when they are set in the Victorian era. The following book is no exception. It is set in St. Louis in 1899 and not in London. To be honest my knowledge of USA in 1899 is really limited.
St. Louis Affair The Adventures of Herbert Falken (digital, 25th March 2015) [Kindle ASIN:  B00V7IR5IY] by Michael Scheffel
"MYSTERY & MAYHEM AWARDS 2015 FIRST PLACE WINNER!!
St Louis was the fourth largest city in America; the crossroads linking East and West; the jewel of the Mississippi River; a thriving industrial metropolis, where dreams came true and great fortunes were made. Yet, the mighty city had a dark side; the hustle and bustle of Industrial Era growth and prosperity masked a ruthless underworld of vice, corruption and murder.
When a brutally murdered corpse is found along the Mississippi, Herbert Falken is called upon, once again, to hunt down another black-hearted monster. However, Falken's quest for the truth is confounded by a relentless all-powerful adversary--his own tortured soul. Deceit, treachery and betrayal lay around every corner. Each clue seems to contradict the last; answers spawn new questions. The elusive truth can be uncovered, but what will it cost?
Friendship, integrity and honor are stretched to the breaking point, by the St Louis Affair. [Source]

What shall I say? After having a great time with The Butchered Man (digital, November 20111) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00P0I1Z88] by Harriet Smart - read my review - it was beyond questionthat I want get all books in the series and this is the latest one.
The Hanging Cage (digital, March 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BANX0MU] by Harriet Smart
"Summoned to the bleak market town of Whithorne in the midst of a winter storm, Major Giles Vernon and police surgeon Felix Carswell are embroiled in another challenging investigation. A beautiful young heiress has been found dead in her bed, and although suicide seems the most likely cause, the circumstances soon point to a tangle of illicit relationships and painful secrets. As Major Vernon pursues the truth behind Annabella Barker's death, further shocking events soon unfold, including another suicide At the same time, called in to deliver a son and heir, Carswell is drawn into the affairs of the eccentric Yardley family at Whithorne Castle, but it is no distraction from his anxieties about his troubled relationship with Sukey Connolly. Major Vernon, for his part, unexpectedly encounters an old acquaintance and is forced to question both his past and his future.
When a partial skeleton is found in a culvert, events begin to take a still darker turn, and Vernon and Carswell must pursue an unimaginable evil. As November floods threaten the bridges of Northminster itself, dangerous enemies emerge close to home and the struggle for justice becomes a matter of life and death.
The Hanging Cage is the fourth Northminster Mystery, featuring early Victorian detectives Vernon and Carswell." [Source]
The last book for today is the first book in the new science fiction series Central Corps. I found the description promising enough to buy a copy. Even the two main characters are lovers I do not expect a lot of romance based on the described circumstances.
The Cold Between Hanging Cage (digital, March 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00ZP5WLQG] by Elizabeth Bonesteel
"Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold.

When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

Retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets.

With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined . . . a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy—and beyond." [Source]



Win a book
Last week I told you that I bought a copy of

Red Rising (digital, 28th January 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: 
B00GIUG3ES] by Pierce Brow which is the first book in the Red Rising trilogy. It is not the first science fiction novel set on Mars .....

"The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie.

That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains.

Live for more." [Source]
In case you are interested in the book and you have an USA or Canadian address then you should head over to Fantasy Literature and take part in




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...


400 years pass in second
London, a town with a long history and also a town which changed a lot. Nowadays it is possible to show within a few seconds how much the town changed in the past 400 years. Visit WebUrbanist and have a look at 




How to determine level of post-war pensions in 1865
This has been an important question after the American Civil War. Did you know that they used photographs of wounded soldiers in order to do that? For details you should visit The Public Domain Review and have a look at



Talking robotic head
It surprises me again and again how inventive people were in the Victorian era. Her is another example I found over at Atlas Obscura.




Adrenaline
Today you can try to find out if there are photos which may pump up your adrenaline. In order to do that you have to visit following post over at WebUrbanist.  



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.

Seems a lot of people look forward to see Marvel's Captain America: Civil War in cinema. Nearly 30,500,000 people watched the second trailer. Incredible! Of course you may have seen the trailer. Nevertheless I think it is worth to be shown.



Did you ever play a Ratchet & Clank video game? I loved the colourful world, the awesome weapons and the possibility to destroy nearly everything. And now the time has come that Ratchet & Clank  enter the world PS4 in April 2016. There is a fresh 30 minutes game play video available. What shall I say? I watched it with a feeling of nostalgia. It looks great and I really would like to get a copy of the game AND time to play ....


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 fully agree with the following quote!!!

"I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.

Tom Lehrer, American singer, songwriter, humorist, 1928 -

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1610

Dear Readers,

A disappointing month came to an end. A month dominated by work. Not much time left for reading. I hope March will be better. At least I will have a few days off due to Easter public holidays in Germany.


ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress 
  2. My new reader
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. The 2000 marbles machine
  2. Anthropomorphic landscapes
  3. Female computers
  4. Van Gogh, paintings, film

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Sherlock Holmes:The Devil's Daughter

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 idioms Quote related to money 



The Lighthouse
To my surprise I finished a book today.



I finished

- The Anthrax Protocol (digital, 23rd February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B00Y6RB1U6] by James Thompson
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"My wife and I read the book parallel and we discussed several aspects.

The first part was an excellent mix of information and entertainment. I rate the first part of the book with five stars.

The second part of the book was a big disappointment. A superfluous love story and solutions like miracles dropped the reading pleasure a lot. It seemed the author used a kind of construction kit consisting if known parts from similar books/films. I rate the second part with two stars.

As it is not possible to rate the book with 3.5 stars and the tendency is more to three than to four stars, the final rating is three stars."



NO PROGRESS

- 168 pages in Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh which is the first book in the Mahaelian Chronicle.


- 112 pages in A Fever of the Blood (digital, February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Oscar de Muriel.


- 127 pages in Dockyard Dog (digital, 1st February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00NPIUILA] by Lyle Garford which is the first book in the Evan Ross series.


- 161 pages in The Guns of Ivrea (digital, 9th February 2016) [ Kindle Edition ASIN:  B0193FBVR8] by Clifford Beal.



My new reader

Last week I told you about the problems with my Sony PRS-T01 reader and I talked about my expectations.
I read a lot of tests of readers available in Germany. I was not sure if I could find a device which fits to my needs. Of course also money played a certain role.
It took some time but finally I found the perfect reader for me:


I do not want to bother you with technical details which you can read yourself when you follow the link above.
Nevertheless I want to highlight some properties which are important for me:
Book shop independent, works with EPUB and other formats,  physical buttons for page forward and backward, external memory slot for sd cards, administrable with Calibre, more options to sort and classify books, possibility to add additional fonts and dictionaries, acceptable price.
I paid 99 Euros (= 109 USD; 77 GBP; 30,590.00 HUF) for the reader.

Within the next months I will reorganise and reclassify all my digital books. I own digital copies of more than 1000 books. That means it will take some time.


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'm waiting for books which I ordered in advance. In the meantime I found a good offer for a digital copy of following book:


Red Rising (digital, 28th January 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: 
B00GIUG3ES] by Pierce Brow which is the first book in the Red Rising trilogy. It is not the first science fiction novel set on Mars .....

"The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie.

That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains.

Live for more." [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 2000 marbles machine
Maybe you belong to the more than 7,800,000 people who already watched the following video. I tried to find proper words to express myself. It deserves so much more than just a marvellous or an amazing. Have a look at yourself AND don't forget to shut your mouth ......



Anthropomorphic landscapes
This is going back to the 17th century when it painters gave landscapes the form of human heads. There is an interesting post available over at The Public Domain Review and have a look at



Female computers
Since when computers have a gender? I do not want to answer the question because this has been done over at Atlas Obscura. This post fits to the 8th of March which is the International Women's Day.




Van Gogh, paintings, film
Put these words together and you get what you can see in following one minute trailers. Don't forget to read the additional information over at WebUrbanist.  



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 like Sherlock Holmes a lot but I never played a video game starring the great detective.
That may change now.

I know that a cinematic trailer tells nothing about the content and playability of a game but it can rise expectations. I must say I like the cinematic trailer for the following upcoming Sherlock Holmes PS4 game a lot:

This is the trailer synopsis:
"What led young Katelyn to 221B Baker Street? Could she have discovered the dark truth about her family? And who is the charming clairvoyant who has moved in to 221C? Is there room for séances and occult rituals in the bastion of logic and rationalism?

For the first time in his prestigious career, the most illustrious of detectives must fight not to reveal a secret, but to keep one…" [Source

And this is a PR quote from the publisher:
"Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is an incredible adventure game with unique game play blending investigation, action and exploration for an extraordinary experience that will test the limits of players’ nerves and intelligence. Playing as the great detective, they will have to track down evil in the darkest corners of London and the human spirit, freely exploring several neighbourhoods in the city in search of clues and suspects while they untangle a web of intrigue leading to the final stunning revelation.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter offers unique game mechanics and an epic storyline for an interactive and immersive experience unlike any they have ever had before. For the first time, the powers of analysis and composure of Sherlock Holmes will be shaken by emotion as he is caught between family, dark forces and powerful thirsts for vengeance…." [Source]
Now I wait for a real in game trailer ........



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 can't tell you whether the following quote is true or not because I know no one who posses that much money. But based on my life experience I would say it is true ....

"Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars..

Hobart Brown, American sculptor, 1934 - 2007
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