Saturday, May 07, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1619

Dear Readers,
time is running. On the one hand I look forward to our holidays. On the other hand there is so much which needs to be done until then at work and at home.
The good thing is that there are a couple of public holidays and the weather finally changed. It seems I underestimated the impact of sunshine on my mood. Of course it does not recharge the batteries and lessen the stress but it helps to cope in a different way with all the things which put pressure on me.
I finally decided which book will be third and last but one paperback I want to read during my holiday.


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 
  2. The third book 
  3. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. The Printing Press
  2. Apothecary
  3. Macro images
  4. Mimic the process of intelligent life
  5. The Times They Are a-Changin

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Fallout 4 DLC: Far Harbor
  2. SHOOT

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 childishness

The Lighthouse
I'm getting better. Last Sunday I finished a book within a day.  started a book on Friday and finished it today (Saturday) It's a bit unusual but sometimes it is good to be spontaneous. Beside that I continued reading of all my current reads and started a new one.


I finished

- The Raft (digital, 22nd April 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00WGSX9N4] by Fred Strydom.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I admit that based on the description I expected an other story.

The beginning was confusing. Whenever I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel the world turned upside down. Time leaps and different memories caused a lot of knots in my brain. But nothing has been written in vain or without reason. Nevertheless I read the book in one day because I needed to know what comes next. The author is such a clever story teller. He achieved to turn me into a distrustful reader and I'm still not sure if the end was just one more fake memory. I don't know how to tell details of the story without spoiler.

In order to enjoy the book to full extent it is most important to be open-minded, to be patient at times and to show endurance."


I'm

- 151 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.
What a big surprise. Until page 77 I thought this is an entertaining read with promising characters and the plot is nothing new.
BUT with chapter three the scope changed, unexpected things happened and now the story is so much more. New areas and characters come into play which gives the whole story so much more depths.
Good to know that there will be two more books


- 211 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.
The page counter on my reader shows more pages as the information on Amazon. I'm at the beginning of chapter 26. I love the characters.


- 109 pages in The Jade Owl(digital, 23rd October 2008) [Kindle ASIN: B001J54AWO] by Edward C. Patterson which is the first book in The Jade Owl Legacy.

There is something in the book which force me to continue reading .....

- 86 pages in Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Volume One (digital, January 2012) [Kindle ASIN: B004O4C1AK] by Ashley Gardner.
This omnibus contains three books and two short stories.
I started to read the first book The Hanover Square Affair and so far I'm enjoying it. There are really dark areas in Regency London ......


No progress

- nothing to report



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

There are several reasons why I buy books
- First and foremost I love to read books
- It had been on my to buy list
- There is a good offer
- I find something most interesting for an acceptable price
- I'm collecting a series
In the end price is an important criteria especially when it comes to digital books. As far as I can see the price for e-books is increasing. New books are published as hard cover and e-books for nearly the same price.
In case it is a book I want to read, I put the digital version on my to buy list and wait patiently until the price drops to a limit which I'm willing to pay.
I have books on my to buy list for several years because the price remains on a high level.
There is another thing which really annoys me. There are series which I started to read in paperback format and I want to read the whole series in the same format. But then the publisher decides to decline the paperback format and continues the series in stead in digital format.
Did you recognize how often the price for books changes over at Amazon?
There are books which showed three and more different prices per day!!
I do not check my Amazon wish lists 24 hours a day. That would destroy my daily life. Nevertheless I do it more or less regularly which means twice twice a day.
So far it is quite sufficient and I could buy a lot of books for cheap.
And I have to stop to buy until I reach my monthly budget. This is absolutely mandatory in order not to crash. But there is a kind of flexibility. I transfer budget from one month to the next in case there is some money left at the end of the month.

Now you know a bit more about my book buying habits.

Did I buy digital copies last week? Yes, I did. In sum I bought digital copies of five books which I present you in no specific order.


Victorian era was not the time where everyone spoke Oxford English. I'm one hundred percent sure that in a lot of parts in Victorian London I would have been lost due to the English spoken at that time. And the following book is the proof for that.
Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs, and Tipping the Velvet (digital, 15th March 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00CTPR598] by Patrick Chapman. (Sorry, I did not find additional information about the author).
"Would you like to go to a penny gaff with a scammered moll? Give me a half tusheroon from your mollsack, and then we can have an ‘aipenny bumper. Are you still a booze-shunter or have you become one of those balloon juice lowerers? Did you hear about the spunk faker who got batty fanged by a pudding scammerer? Look at that marm-puss in an arse-cooler, the one walking past the muffin-walloper: I’ll bet she tips the velvet. And don’t forget - if you don’t want to visit the carsey you can always have a bit of cockney luxury.

If you understand what’s being said above, you don’t need to buy Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet – you obviously speak like a Victorian Londoner already. However, if you want to understand the strange world of Victorian slang, Spunk Fakers, Slap Bangs and Tipping the Velvet will introduce you to some of the more ear-catching words found in the everyday speech of 19th century Londoners.

Whether you are an ‘appy dosser, a bumaree, a fingersmith or a mush-fencer, I’ll wager my beaver that this book will give you some of the words you need when you talk to a bangtail or a blower." [Source]

I love to read murder mysteries set in different period of times. I follow blogs and sites which deal with history and related books.
The next book I discovered over at English Historical Fiction Authors as the price of a giveaway. I found the book description promising and therefore I tried to get more information about
The Colour of Poison (digital, 16th February 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01BVC7FSU] by Toni Mount which is the first book in the Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery series and at the same time her debut novel.
"The first Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery by Toni Mount.

The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the King.

Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman's rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him?

Only one thing is certain - if Seb can't save his brother, nobody can." [Source]
I read the first chapter by using the Amazon  Look inside function and I was hooked!
Author Toni Mount is history teacher, a writer, an experienced speaker. It seems she knows a lot about history and how to fascinate readers. Later on you can read two other pieces which are a proof for that.


Kaisersturz (digital, 13th November 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017XLAIYQ] by Felix A. Münter impressed me that much that I tried to find out when the next book in the trilogy will be published. To my pleasure it is available and the price is really cheap. I paid just 1,99 EUR = 2.27 USD = 1.57 GBP for the digital copy of Exil (digital, 9th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B01DP9YXKA] by Felix A. Münter.
"Ein Jahrzehnt nach der Schlacht um Westrin befinden sich die kaiserlichen Zwillinge unentdeckt in der zweifelhaften Sicherheit der Seekönigreiche. Noch sind die ahnungslosen Kinder sich ihres Schicksals und der schweren Bürde auf ihren Schultern nicht bewusst. Als durch eine Unachtsamkeit ihre Tarnung auffliegt, sind die Kaisertreuen jedoch gezwungen aus den Schatten ihres Exils zu treten. Unaufhaltsam entfaltet sich der nächste blutige Krieg um Westrin und die Kaisertreuen werden mächtige Verbündete brauchen, um zu bestehen …" [Source]
Fortunately the description does not contain major spoiler.


"The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force, originally numbering six men, was founded in 1749 by the magistrate Henry Fielding, who was also well known as an author." [Source]
The history of the Bow Street Runners lasted from 1749 to 1839. I read several books starring the Runners in different years. I read several books in the Sir John Fielding series by Bruce Alexander (1932 - 2003).
In 2015 author Edward Marston started his new series Bow Street Rivals. Of course this new series aroused my interest and last week I found a cheap offer for the first book in the series.
Now I own a digital copy of
Shadow of the Hangman (digital, 19th February 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00Q1ULQVK] by Edward Marston.
"1815.
Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief-takers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital. The Home Secretary, Viscount Sidmouth, faces a crisis. During a massacre of American prisoners of war at Dartmoor, two escape and come to London in search of retribution. If their demands are not met, Sidmouth will be killed.
The Skillen brothers are hired to catch the fugitives and must compete with the Runners to bring the villains to justice in a compelling tale of murder, kidnap, revenge, intrigue and political machination." [Source]
This sounds exactly after my fancy ....


I own copies of several books related to Steampunk. Even I'm not new to Steampunk  I appreciate to read about it, to see what other people create and more. The following book has been a while on my to buy list and last week I finally bought a digital copy of
Steampunk For Simpletons: A Fun Primer For Folks Who Aren't Sure What Steampunk Is All About (digital, 24th March 2014) [Kindle edition ASIN: B00JA2SX3A] by Travis Sivart and Wendy Callahan. 
"New folks discover steampunk every day, and often their first question is, "What is steampunk?", and their second question is, "What do steampunks do?".

Steampunk For Simpletons starts with those questions and expands outward to cover a plethora of topics. We give a primer followed by a guided tour through the world of steampunk, from the basics such as where to go and what to do, to the aesthetic of the arts within steampunk.

Travis I. Sivart and Wendy L. Callahan are both published steampunk authors, as well as having a weekly radio show on the subject. Though they do not claim to be the ultimate or complete authority in this beloved genre, they wrote this book hoping to help new folks find their way into the hobby, or help others expand their knowledge of the aesthetic. They also drew upon the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of many others (like their cats) from the steampunk community, making their book an inclusive and cooperative work." [Source]
This is a source book and no novel. A 4.23 rating on GOODREADS and recommendations I received from other Steampunks is an indication for me that the book is a good choice for both, the interested ones and the experienced ones.




The third book
After the decision to take two books about Victorian era with me, I started to think about the two more books I want to read during my holiday. I roamed through my book shelves and stacks. Fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, alternate history, historical fiction, medieval mysteries, and more. So many great books to choose from. I stopped before I got a headache and remembered a book which I won in a giveaway.
I read the first part of the duology in November 2015 and wrote following on GOODREADS:
"The story is an excellent blend of science fiction and mystery.

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

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

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

This was my opinion about The Ark (pb, 2015) [ ISBN-13: 978-0857664839] by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
Two weeks 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]
 And this is the third book I want to read during my holidays. I hope it will be as good or even better than the first part.

Which will be the fourth and final holiday reading?
This depends on the fact if the paperback copy arrives in time or not. 
Anyway I will talk about it in the next issue of the Weekend Wave.



A book for you?
Time travel is something a lot of people would like to do. If I could I would immediately visit Victorian London.
I still remember The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England (June 2009, 368 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-1845950996], by Ian Mortimer which I liked a lot - my review.
Yesterday I received a mail which recommended following book.
The Time Traveller's Handbook: 19 Experiences from the Eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock (first published in October 2015; this digital edition, 24th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: B016I3AOX0]by
"Travel through time to witness some of the most extraordinary and colorful events in world history with this unusual and entertaining guide that includes fascinating cultural details from each period, including what and where to eat, what to wear, how to act like a local, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Have you ever wished you could have experienced some of the most interesting and important events that have helped shape history? With The Time Traveler's Handbook you can! Johnny Actonis, David Glodblatt, and James Wyllie transport you back in time, providing a “you-are-there” front-seat view of some the greatest moments in the human timeline.

Filled with engaging and colorful details, The Time Traveler's Handbook helps you make the most of your “travels,” giving you background information, insight into local customs, and advice on all aspects of period life to make your adventures authentic and help you actually live them. Forget museums and history books—The Time Traveler's Handbook gives you unprecedented access to a wide range of milestones, including Celebrations & Exhibitions; Moments That Made History; Cultural & Sporting Spectaculars; Epic Journeys and Voyages; and Extreme Events. Observe Mount Vesuvius erupt (and survive), see the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, boogie with the Beatles in Hamburg, accompany Marco Polo to Xanadu, attend the opening night of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, smell the cordite at the battle of Bull Run, and sit ringside at Foreman and Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa.

Illustrated with color and black-and-white paintings and photographs of famous figures and locations, as well as detailed maps and illustrations to aid in your journey through time, The Time Traveler's Handbook is the ultimate guide to exploring history that unlocks the wonders of the past as never before." [Source]

As you can see this edition will be available on May 24th 2016. I must say it arouse my interest. It contains really different events and I would like to have a deeper look. Maybe this is a book for you too .....


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 Printing Press
Any expectations or guesses what you will get now? I'm sure it is not what you think. We travel back in time ... Head over to nerdalicious and read the enlightening and fascinating post related to The Colour of Poison.



Apothecary
What do you know about medieval apothecaries? For me it is a place where you could get herbs. Fortunately there is a great opportunity to learn more about medieval apothecaries in a short time. The only thing you need to do is to visit English Historical Fiction Authors and read



Macro images
Did you ever see macro images of spiders? The photographs over at  Atlas Obscura gave me the creeps. But there are more than only spider images ...





Mimic the process of intelligent life
There is a long history behind today's result of artificial intelligence. It started more or less with mimicking the process of intelligent life. There is an amazing and most interesting post available over at The Public Domain Review.
I do not want to spoil the party for you. Therefore the link does not show the real header of the post. 



The Times They Are a-Changin
Is there anyone who does not know this famous Bob Dylan song? If you don't know then listen.
And there are changes in the the book blogosphere.
If you are interested in SFF books I'm sure you read the following post over at SF Signal:


The reasons are understandable but it is a great loss. Whenever a site or a blog leaves the blogosphere it is the time when other blogger do start think about their on situation. So do I. But before I go into detail, I recommend to read the post by Adam Whitehead over at The Wertzone.


My situation is a bit different. Before I started my blog it was crystal for me that my available time for the blog is limited. I wanted to write one weekly post and whenever possible to write and post reviews. And that is what I'm doing since I started back in April 2010. That with this amount of content my readership will be limited. Nevertheless I'm happy about everyone who follows my blog. Most interesting thing is that a lot of authors like my blog.
I do not depend on review copies. Most of the books I review or talk I about I bought on my own. From time to time I accept review copies.
Of course I also had doubts during the past years. But there was always the same clue. I will continue with my blog as long as at least one person is reading my posts.
I never wanted to be a professional writer. I always wanted to share my love for books with other people.
I will see what the future has in mind for me ....

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

Movies

Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.

Only one week left until the new DLC for Fallout 4 will be available.
As usual Bethesda delivered a trailer. Enjoy the first impressions of Far Harbor.


SHOOT is one more excellent example of a great 3D animated short.
ENJOY!


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 following quote. I showed it to some colleagues last week and it put a smile on their faces and I could see them traveling back in time in their thoughts ..........

"There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.

The Fourth Doctor, Dr Who

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like we need more Fallout 4 distractions, right?
I didn't realize eBook prices changed that often on Amazon. There are books I won't buy because the eBook price is so high. I won't pay over ten bucks for one. Which means there are ones on my list I'm also waiting for the price to drop before I will buy.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
Right!
I assume you struggle to find time to play Fallout 4 like I do.

So we have the same opinion when it comes to eBooks.

Zoltán Gecse said...

I don't understand when a publisher asks more than $10 for an ebook or more than the printed, physical format of a book.

ediFanoB said...

Hello Zoltán,
to be honest there are a lot more books with a price of $10 = 8,77 EUR.
Let me give you two examples

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay published 10th of May 2016
Hardcover = 19,95 EUR = 22.75 USD
eBook = 16,99 EUR = 19.37 USD


The Vagrant by PeterNewman
Hardcover published 2015-04-23 19,55 EUR = 22.29 USD
Paperback published 2016-02-25 11,99 EUR = 13.67 USD
eBook published 2015-04-23 11,30 EUR = 12.89 USD

In the meantime I wait patiently until the price for books drops to a level I'm willing to pay. I have several books on my list where the price is still the same after several years.
Instead I bought books I'm also interested for a cheaper price.

All prices from Amazon.de.



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