Saturday, April 23, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1617

Dear Readers,
I admit that I'm counting the days until my next holiday. I feel exhausted and need a rest. But before holiday my wife will celebrate her birthday AND we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!! Unbelievable! I have been busy searching for unexpected and unusual gifts. Fortunately I found some and I hope my wife will like them. I can't deliver any details because my wife reads my blog.


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. The house on the rooftop
  2. Alarm clocks
  3. Hidden collections
  4. Glass bricks
  5. Fallout: New Vegas - Choose Your Own Apocalypse

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. They are coming back .... after 20 years

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 thinking


The Lighthouse
Yay! Against all odds I finished two books and started to read a new one.

It seems it is not the right time for me to read fantasy. In the past weeks I preferred mysteries. I'm sure that will change. In a few weeks I need to decide which real books I want to read during holiday. I always take some real books with me beside my reader.


I finished

- The Age of Treachery (digital, 12th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BOGQEAI] by Gavin Scott
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I do not read books set after 1945 often.
Nevertheless the description was promising and the book did not disappoint me because I did not make the mistake to compare the main character Duncan Forrester with Indiana Jones.

The story definitely deliver mystery and adventure. You meet a lot of amazing people who really existed at the time the story takes place.

The depiction of all places and areas where the story takes place are excellent. The background of the story has been researched very well. The story delivers a lot of twist and turns.

The end felt a bit rushed and for my taste there have been too many coincidence.

Nevertheless I'm eager to read the sequels
THE AGE OF OLYMPUS, planned to be published in April 2017
THE AGE OF EXODUS, planned to be published in April 2018"


- Betrayal's Shadow (digital, 30th November 2015) [Kindle Edition ASIN:B018S2U4Z2] by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Even the book is not too long with around 318 pages, it took me an unusual long time to finish the book.
The reason for that was not the quality of the story. I just read it when I was in the right mood for epic fantasy.

All in all a strong debut with interesting characters, action and, a story which revealed details well dosed. The stage has been prepared for the next novel."

I'm


- 139 pages in The Victoria Vanishes (digital 2014) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B00H51SZO0] by Christopher Fowler, which is the sixth book in the Bryant and May Mystery series.




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.



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 received a paperback copy of a book I ordered in advance and I bought cheap digital copy of a book which is something for the historical interested in me. Furthermore I missed to mention the acquisition of three digital copies starring Mrs Hudson.

We think we know a lot about life in the Wild West. In fact there are not so many primary sources. One of these sources has been published in a digital edition.
I talk about Life of John Wesley Hardin (first published in 1896; digital, 14th April 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01EAV0OYQ] by John Wesley Hardin. It is a biography and therefore it is subjective. Nevertheless it is a document of this period of time.
"In an American Old West populated by fierce outlaws, badmen and gunslingers, John Wesley Hardin was perhaps the most notorious.

Born to a Methodist preacher in 1853, near Bonham, Texas, Wes Hardin killed his first man, a former slave of his uncle’s, at the tender age of 15. Fearing that he’d receive unfair treatment in a Union occupied state where one third of the police force were former slaves, Hardin went into hiding.

The authorities wasted no time in discovering Wes Hardin, but when they sent three Union soldiers to arrest him, Hardin confronted his pursuers: ‘thus it was by the fall of 1868 I had killed four men and was myself wounded in the arm’.

Knowing he could not return, Hardin travels with outlaws, drives cattle, and gambles his way across the state. In his biography he details the mounting body count, and justifies every shootout, claiming to have ‘never killed a man wantonly or in cold blood’.

Throughout this lively account, Hardin narrates in meticulous detail the various troubles he runs into, including his encounter with the famous “Wild Bill” Hickock. He negotiates the quarrels and the blood feuds of his late teens and early twenties with surprising good fortune, even managing to find time to marry and have children, before capture in his mid twenties. In the ten years between his first killing in 1868 and his final capture, he killed more than a score of men and became the most wanted fugitive of his time.

The imprisonment of Wes Hardin marks the end of the journal, which remains the only authentic autobiography of a wild west gunslinger to date. Written during his time in prison, it is an understandably biased tale, but nonetheless a unique and gripping first-person account of an interesting life and an interesting period in American history.

This version of Hardin’s autobiography also includes several other materials from the original publishers, dealing with Wes Hardin’s release and subsequent shooting in 1895.

John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon. His memoir was published the year after his death in 1896." [Source]
After enjoying The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-085766te4839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.I definitely wanted to know how the story will continue. Therefore I ordered a copy of the sequel in advance. A few days ago I received the paperback copy of 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]

There is a bunch of characters who are related to Sherlock Holmes. One of them is Mrs Hudson who is the landlady of 221B Baker Street. Recently I discovered a series dedicated to Mrs Hudson which is the The Holmes & Hudson series by Martin Davies. I jumped at the chance to get digital copies of all three available books.

Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (digital, this edition 15th July 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B010NT7B9K] by Martin Davies.
"What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn’t called Sherlock Holmes?

An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying: murdered, somehow. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson. Yet instead of deduction, it will be the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson and her orphaned assistant Flotsam that will be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

From the coal fire at Baker Street to the smog of Whitechapel and the jungles of Sumatra, from snake bites in grand hotels to midnight carriage chases at the docks, it's time for Mrs Hudson to step out of the shadows. Playfully breaking with convention, Martin Davies brings a fresh twist to classic Victorian mystery." [Source]


Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose (digital, this edition 19th October 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B016K9UL2G] by Martin Davies.
"Dangerous magicians! Precious gems! Dastardly Plans! Sherlock Holmes is just the man...But what if Holmes isn't the only brains at Baker Street?

As snow falls on Baker Street, the wintry city is abuzz with rumour and excitement: the Malabar Rose – a fabled and frankly enormous ruby – has been sent as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Victoria by the Marharajah of Marjoudh. An extraordinary condition is attached to the gift, though: the gem must be displayed at London’s sumptuous Blenheim Hotel to be admired by all. How can the safety of this priceless jewel be assured? The authorities wisely enlist the help of Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr Watson… but fortunately for them, they are also on the receiving end of help from Holmes’s redoubtable housekeeper Mrs Hudson and her able assistant, Flotsam the housemaid.

The Malabar Rose isn’t the only exotic attraction stirring up excitement in the city, however. World famous magician the Great Salmanazar will be amazing the lucky few who can secure tickets at a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. Not only that, but the world’s most beautiful woman – the glamorous, if rather risqué, fire dancer Lola Del Fuego – will be joining him on the bill.

With all this excitement and the peculiar case of a disappearance in Ealing, Mrs Hudson and Flottie have their hands full this festive season. Their investigations take in snow-shrouded streets on Christmas night, a toyshop full of wonders, a tumultuous Covent Garden as the New Year rings in and even theatre dressing rooms in Stepney. This fresh twist on classic Victorian mystery will delight fans and new readers alike." [Source]


Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament (digital, this edition 18th December 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B010NT7B9K] by Martin Davies.
"A dark mystery for Sherlock Holmes… and of course Mrs Hudson!

A man is accidentally knocked down outside 221B Baker Street by a carriage. His dying words are clear: he has seen a man rise from the grave.
At the same time a visitor arrives with a mystery of unparalleled international importance. The Viscount Wrexham is missing, presumed dead, in strange circumstances.

In the North, rumours stir of a dead man haunting the moors. Broomheath Hall is, apparently, beset by ghostly lights and spectres. What does it all mean? Can arcane knowledge bring people back from the dead? And what is the connection with the Cumberland town of Alston?

The redoubtable Mrs Hudson - Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper and the Great Detective’s best kept secret - and her assistant Flotsam are once again thrown into dark adventure full of gripping twists and murderous intrigue. Together with Holmes and Dr. Watson they must race against the forces of darkness to uncover the truth behind the mysterious document known as the Lazarus Testament.

As mystery after mystery is slowly uncovered, everyone’s future hangs in the balance. The puzzle must be solved. But not before a slice of Dundee cake...

The third in the bestselling Sherlock Holmes & Mrs Hudson Mysteries, this is a dark but heart-warming story that will transport readers to a Victorian world of foggy streets, snow-covered fells and grand characters." [Source]
I could not find any information if there will be more books in the series or not.
In case you are interested in you should check the price for the first book which is often quite cheap.



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 house on the rooftop
The replica of a famous film house found a new home on the rooftop of a building. In case you visit New York before end of October 2016, you can see the house in reality. You find details and pictures in following post over at Weburbanist.




Alarm clocks
There are still a lot of people around the world who use alarm clocks. I belong to them. I did not need it in the past days because I woke up before the time set on my alarm clock. Do you know since when alarm clocks are in use? I did not know until I read following post over at Atlas Obscura





Hidden collections
When we visit a museum we mostly forget that only fractions of museum collection. The following post over at  WebUrbanist left me dumbfounded.



Glass bricks
In my childhood I played with Lego and I remember that I owned a few glass bricks. But those are not comparable with the new glass bricks used in the Netherlands. Pictures tell more than thousand words. Therefore I invite you to visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Fallout: New Vegas - Choose Your Own Apocalypse
There is not one week without a new Fallout 4 related video over at YouTube.
Ten years ago people played Fallout: New Vegas on PS3. Fortunately we still have our PS3 and I own a copy of the game.
Would you like to play Fallout: New Vegas as an interactive novel entirely within YouTube? Then I have really good news for you. Since last week it is possible!
The only thing you need is the following video to start the story. Enjoy!



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.

They are coming back .... after 20 years 
You may remember the year 1996. Independence Day hit the cinemas. After 20 years the aliens return in Independence Day: Resurgence. The scond official trailer promise a lot of action.


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.

To think is an ability which is often not welcomed ......

"Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

Howard Mumford Jones, American literary critic, poet, journalist, intellectual historian, and professor of English at Harvard University, 1892 - 1980

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Still think it's odd they are making another Independence Day film so many years after the original.
And a little odd to have the Psycho house on the roof.
You and your wife enjoy your anniversary/birthday holiday! Congratulations on twenty-five years.

Zoltán Gecse said...

Congratulate for the wedding anniversasy! My wife and me will celebrate just 10th anniversary this June.

I'm currently reading The improbable adventures of Sherlock Holmes anthology. I read a Mrs. Hudson story in it (but from a different writter), but it was very poorly written story. I hope Martin Davies books' will be better.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
it me be a bit odd to make another Independence Day film but at least the story is a real sequel because it was just a question of time until the visitors from outer space would return.
We will see how many people will be interested in the sequel.
Thank you for your kind words. I'm sure my wife and I will have a good time.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Zoltán,

in our modern world ten years are a long time. I send back congratulations for your wedding anniversary.
Is "The improbable adventures of Sherlock Holmes" the one with 28 eight stories put together by John Joseph Adams?
I assume you talk about "MRS. HUDSON'S CASE" by Laurie R. King
I hope that the books by Martin Davies fit to me expectation. The first book shows an average ratingt f 3.77 over at GOODREADS.

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