Saturday, April 16, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1616

Dear Readers,
last week delivered typical April weather which means contrary weather. I felt the same which means I did not get a lot of things done.
I hope I can finish one or two more books this month.


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. Incredible photographs
  2. A painting as an eye witness
  3. Next step on the way to space tourism
  4. Reality stood model for fantasy
  5. Nessie
  6. The "resurrected" Rembrandt

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Trailer, trailer, trailer

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 evil


The Lighthouse
I recognized that I'm quite unsettled when it comes to reading books. No progress in my current reads. I'm undetermined in my decision what to read next respectively what to read instead. The only thing that works is to find more and more interesting books.

I finished

- no book


I'm

- 167 pages in The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott
The depiction of the after war snow covered Oxford and London is excellent. The main character is no super hero. The story takes it time to unfold.



No progress

- 77 pages in Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter which is the first book in the Imperium von Westrin trilogy.


- Unfortunately the page count for this book on my new reader differs from the old one. I finished chapter 17 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.
The book is good but I did not find time to continue.

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

Again a post convinced me to buy a book. Thanks to SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine for the post

Your assumption is right. The book I talk about is set in 1946. This is an unusual period of time for me. After reading the post I wanted to get to know the character who meets Ian Fleming, Thor Heyerdahl, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and, other people during his adventure.
Therefore I bought a copy of  The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott and started to read it as I stated above. This is the first book in the new Duncan Forrester Mystery series.
"It is the winter of 1946, and after years of war, ex-Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester is back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. But his peace is shattered when a much-disliked Fellow is found dead in the quad, stabbed and pushed from an upper window. A don is suspected and arrested for the murder, but Forrester is not convinced of his friend’s guilt. On the hunt for the true killer, he finds himself plunged into a mystery involving lost Viking sagas, Satanic rituals and wartime espionage." [Source]





Beginning of April I told you about my first contact with books set in Regency era. Now I discovered a second series which seem to fit to my taste. I talk about the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series by author Ashley Gardner. So far ten books are available.
I must say I find the book covers misleading. For me they promise Regency romance which is not my cup of tea. Fortunately the book descriptions promise different content. I show you the first book in the series as an example.

The Hanover Square Affair (digital, January 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by  Ashley Gardner.
"Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a former cavalry officer who returns to London in 1814 and finds himself embroiled in mystery. The disappearance of a beautiful young woman sets Lacey on the trail of an enigmatic crime lord-and into a murder. He shares the hunt with his new friend, Lucius Grenville, a wealthy man-about-town whose ennui drives him to assist Lacey in his quest. Lacey moves from the glitter of the haut ton to the underbelly of Regency London and everywhere in between. Meet Marianne Simmons, the actress who is Lacey's upstairs neighbor; Colonel Brandon who first made then broke Lacey's military career; Nancy, a game girl who sets her sights on Lacey; and Louisa Brandon, the colonel's beautiful wife and Lacey's conscience." [Source]
You can download a copy for free!! I don't know how long this offer will be valid.

I decided against the free download and went for the first omnibus containing books one to three plus two short stories for just 3,99 EUR (= 4.50 USD; = 3.17 GBP.
Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
"A collection of the first three novels in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series plus two Captain Lacey short stories originally published in mystery magazines.

The Hanover Square Affair (Book 1)
A Regimental Murder (Book 2)
The Glass House (Book 3)
"The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswold" (short story)
"The Gentleman’s Walking Stick" (short story)

Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic Wars with little money and no purpose, but with a sense of honor and fairness. He’s pulled into a search for a missing young woman, and thus begins investigating crime, using his status as a gentleman--albeit a poor one--to cross the boundaries between the top of society and the working class of the back streets.

In The Hanover Square Affair, a missing girl and horrific corpse plunge Captain Lacey into the dark underworld of Regency London.

In A Regimental Murder, Captain Lacey is on hand to save the life of a beautiful widow, then investigates the death of her husband, a colonel who had been accused of murdering a cavalry officer during the Peninsular War.

In The Glass House, Lacey investigates the death of a barrister’s young wife, and links her to a notorious brothel where the haut ton play.

Two short stories finish off the collection. In “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald,” Lacey is asked to locate a man’s missing daughter, though he senses that the family would be just as happy for her to remain missing. In “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick." [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...


Incredible photographs
In case you are in no good mood and the weather is a mirror of your mood you need something positive and extraordinary.
The following post over at Weburbanist is just the right "medicine"





A painting as an eye witness
Can you imagine the explosion of a ship around 1621? I can't. But there are paintings which show a lot of details. There is an informative post over at The Public Domain Review.



Next step on the way to space tourism
A hotel in space is a dream of many people. In order to build it a lot of money is necessary. Therefore it is always worth to search for alternatives and there are interesting results. One possibility is shown over at Weburbanist




Reality stood model for fantasy
The famous The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells has been first in 1897. Part of the story is the hopeless fight of HMS Thunder Child versus a Martian Fighting Machine. Do you know which ship H. G. Wells used as a model for his ship?
Read the full story over at the Dawlish Chronicles.




Nessie

Over at Atlas Obscura you can read the latest news regarding the famous Loch Ness Monster.





The "resurrected" Rembrandt
No, there is no Rembrandt DNS available. But there are other ways to paint like the famous painter. For details please visit 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.

Sometimes one has to be patient and wait for good trailers. Now I have been rewarded for my patience.
Today I want to share four trailers with you.

I like actor Benedict Cumberbatch and I look forward to his appearance in the Marvel Comics film universe as Dr. Strange


I'm not a violent person BUT I really like the new Suicide Squad trailer. The music reminded me of my youth .....



Sometimes you need only a few notes until you can identify a song or a film music them. The same happened to me when I saw the following trailer. The Harry Potter universe will return to cinema. A leap in time in form of 70 years and a change of the location opens a new adventure. I want the suitcase !!!!



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.

The following quote has a point ......

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.

Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, 1623 - 1662

4 comments:

Gina Gao said...

I'm really excited for Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

https://ficklemillennial.wordpress.com/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some of those 3D photos were really impressive.
Not sure about the next venture into Harry Potter's world, but it's sure to rake in a ton of cash. Very excited about Doctor Strange and Suicide Squad though!

ediFanoB said...

Hello Gina,

thanks for stopping by. Doctor Strange is new to me. I never read a comic starring him.
Fingers crossed that both films won't be a disappointment.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

of course Harry Potter's world is a cash cow. Nevertheless I like the idea to get a story set before Harry Potter. We will see .....

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