Saturday, October 29, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1644

Dear Readers,

on Friday our copy of the Skyrim Special Edition for PS4 arrived. So far I did not install the game. We need to check and decide which Mods to install (yes, there are mods for PS4), to prepare basic character sheets, and other stuff. Beside that Friday afternoon/evening I hit rock bottom of the week.
Which means I was happy to keep my eyes open for a certain period of time which I used to read some blog posts and watch a few videos.


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. Alt Hist 9
  3. James D. Oswald interview
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. A famous library
  2. Fakery
  3. Eight Legs
  4. Diet

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Street Magic

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 observation

The Lighthouse
Last week I finished one book and one short story. Now the time has come to read "bricks". The first book stands for 1065 pages and the second book stands for 717 pages. This is not a good choice from the point of view of my reading challenge. But I'm in the right mood for epic fantasy.
I finished

- Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I absolutely loved this exquisite homage to the Golden Age of Crime.
It was a clever choice by the author to tell the story as a novel within a novel.
Strong characters in a story with a lot of twist and turns deliver excellent entertainment.

Atticus Pünd - what an unforgettable name for a private detective!"


- The Hunt (digital, December 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B017N02PH0] by Oscar de Muriel.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I think it is more than fair to tell potential readers that this short story does not contain a Frey and McGray case. It does not contain any crime.
In fact the short story delivers an insight of the Frey family which is most interesting for fans of the series and to be honest I liked a lot.
I'm a fan of the series and I like the style of the author. Based on that I rate the short story with four stars."


Yes, I'm reading a real book.
- I'm on page 16  in The Fell Sword (pb, October 2014) [ISBN: 978-0575113343] by Miles Cameron which is the second book in Miles Cameron's  The Traitor Son Cycle.
I liked the first book in the series a lot and the average rating of 4.28 stars over at GOODREADS seams to be a good omen.


My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 2% done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
Not enough read for a first comment



- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



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

End of the month means not much money left for new books. Even I now started to read two real epic fantasy "bricks" I still can't deny my love of crime fiction and when I found cheap offers for following books I bought copies of them.

I read the prelude of following book and I was hooked. It was enough to get a copy of  Anglesey Blue (digital, 30th September 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01LWUHBL2] by Dylan H. Jones which is the first book in the new Tudor Manx Mysteries series.
"MURDER. BETRAYAL. REVENGE.
It’s not the homecoming Detective Inspector Tudor Manx was expecting, but solving the case is the just the start of his problems.

A brutally mutilated body found crucified to the bow of a fishing boat sends shockwaves through the peaceful haven of Anglesey.

Is it a message or a premonition of more murders to come?

Detective Inspector Tudor Manx, a smart, hard-drinking, cigar-smoking policeman is assigned to the case - his first murder investigation since being transferred to the North Wales Constabulary from the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime and Operations Unit.

Manx’s hopes for a quiet life on the island are abruptly dashed when he’s pressured to solve the case quickly with an inexperienced team.

Adding to his mounting problems, Manx’s troubled past returns to haunt him. The last time he stepped foot on Anglesey, he was still a teenager. Manx left the island after the disappearance of his younger sister, Miriam; a cold-case that still remains unsolved.

In the closing hours of the investigation, a devastating revelation tests Manx’s razor-sharp instincts and forces him to choose between his family and his duty as a police officer." [Source]
I have a knack for female main characters be it in books, video games or films.
It is one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to play Skyrim Special Edition on PS4. And it is also one of the reasons why I bought digital copies of following two books which belong to the DCI Mathilda Darke series.

For Reasons Unknown (digital, 1st October 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B010L6L3NK] by Michael Wood.
"Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…

A darkly compelling debut crime novel. The start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and James Oswald.

DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda's case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…" [Source]
For Reasons Unknown (digital, 26th May 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01BS9XGOS] by Michael Wood.
"The second book in Michael Wood’s darkly compelling new crime series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.

When elderly George Rainsford goes to investigate a suspicious noise one night, the last thing he expects to find is a bloodbath. A man has been killed and a woman brutally beaten, left for dead. The victims are Lois Craven and Kevin Hardaker – both married, but not to each other. Their spouses swear they knew nothing of the affair and, besides, they both have alibis for the attack. With nothing else to link the victims, the investigation hits a dead end.

The pressure is on for investigating officer, DCI Matilda Darke: there’s a violent killer on the loose, and it looks like her team members are the new targets. With no leads and no suspects, it’s going to take all Matilda’s wits to catch him, before he strikes again." [Source]



Alt Hist Issue 9
For all of you who do not know  Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History, let me repeat the explanation by editor Mark Lord.


"Alt Hist, http://althistfiction.com, is the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History. Lovers of historical fiction for too long have been denied outlets for short pieces of fiction, as the number of print and online magazines for historical short fiction is very limited compared to the popularity of fiction set in past times. Alt Hist’s mission is to provide readers with entertaining and well-written short stories with a historical setting, whether portraying actual events or events that could have happened. If you read and enjoy historical fiction, alternate history or historical fantasy then we think you will like Alt Hist." [Source]



James D. Oswald interview
He is an author and best known for his Inspector McLean series. But did you know that he is also the author of the fantasy series The Ballad of Sir Benfro.
If you want to know a bit more about the author and his books then I recommend to visit Civilian Reader and enjoy




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...

A famous library
Did you know that the British Library was created on 1st of July 1973. To be honest I thought it was much older.
There are more astonishing things to discover. You would like to get more information? Then visit TimeOut and read



Fakery 
First I was not sure whether the word is a real one or not. But dictionary confirmed that fakery is nothing artificial.
Visit WebUrbanist and have a look at



Eight legs
You know an animal with eight legs? Anyway you should be careful when you meet one as shown over at WebUrbanist



Diet
In principle a diet is nothing bad as long as you don't overdo it. But there are specific diets which I would never try. I admit I did not feel well when I read following post over at Atlas Obscura





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.

In case you haven't seen yet following video then do it now. It is just hilarious.



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 think the following quote fits to Red Dead Redemption ....


"You can observe a lot just by watching."

Yogi Berra, American professional baseball player, manager and coach, 1925 - 2015

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1643

Dear Readers,

I'm torn between reading and video gaming in my spare time.So far I read during the week in the evening and play on the weekend if I'm not too tired.

Less than one week to go until my wife and I will get our copy of Skyrim Special Edition for PS4. So we know what we will do from 28th to 30th of October 2016.
Don't worry. There will be a new issue of the Weekend Wave on 29th of October.


 
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. Sea-monsters and submarines
  2. More sea-monsters
  3. Cures one does not want to try
  4. There is more caffeine in the world than one thinks

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  2. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 
  3. Horizon Zero Dawn

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 which fits to Red Dead Redemption

The Lighthouse
The result of last week is: I finished one book and two short stories. Furthermore I continued one book. All in all a good progress. 


I finished

- Late Whitsun (digital, 13th October 2016) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B01LYIXLV0] by Jasper Kent
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the first of three planned books starring private detective Charlie Woolf. The story takes place in Brighton and the year is 1938.

Charlie Woolf is neither a new Sherlock Holmes nor an action orientated detective. Nevertheless Woolf thinks a lot and sometimes it seems he moves in a circle. But there was something which forced me to continue reading. The story contains twists and turns.

I was not sure how to rate the book. Finally I decided to give four stars.

I will definitely read the second book starring Charlie Woolf."


- Der Traum vom Fliegen: Ein Steampunk-KurzKrimi aus den Floodlands (digital, first published 12th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01E7Y4M30] by Nina C. Hasse.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Dieser Kurzkrimi gibt einen ersten Blick in die Welt von Remy Lafayette, Gesichtsanalytiker und Berater beim New York Floodlands Police Department und Detective Madeline Vezér im Jahr 1891. Die Personen, der Rahmen und die Handlung haben mir gefallen. Steampunk Elemente werden dezent verwendet."
My humble translation:
"This short crime gives a first glimpse into the world of Remy Lafayette, facial analyst and advisor to New York's Floodlands Police Department and Detective Madeline Vezér and takes place in 1891. I liked the characters,the setting, and the story.Steampunk elements are subtly used."


- Die Marmortreppe: Ein viktorianischer Kurz-Krimi (digital, 13th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B00X3VVD22] by Robert C. Marley.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Ich mag die drei bisher erschienen Fälle mit Inspector Swanson.
Bei diesem Kurz-Krimi deutet nur wenig darauf hin, dass er in viktorianischer Zeit spielt. Die Geschichte plätscherte so vor sich hin bis zur Auflösung von Inspector Swanson im Kreise der Verdächtigen."

My humble translation:
"I like the three so far published cases starring Inspector Swanson.
There was not much that give a hint that this short crime story was set in Victorian era. The story dawdles along until the the presentation of the solution by Inspector Swanson surrounded by the suspects."




My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 40% in Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
I take my time to read and enjoy it.



- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.





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 digital copies of two books and one short story.

I still remember how much I enjoyed the extraordinary debut novel  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B00LUJD700] by Becky Chambers.
Therefore it was no question that a copy of   A Closed and Common Orbit (digital, February 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: 
B01ARXVTFE] by Becky Chambers. was a must.
"Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers' beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars." [Source]


After reading a promising review over at a German steampunk blog, I could not resist to buy copies of following short story and a novel.
Der Traum vom Fliegen: Ein Steampunk-KurzKrimi aus den Floodlands (digital, first published 12th April 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01E7Y4M30] by Nina C. Hasse.
"Eigentlich wollen Remy Lafayette und Detective Madeline Vezér einen vergnüglichen Nachmittag in Barry Bartleby's Kabinett der Wunderlichkeiten und Kuriositäten erleben, doch dann geschieht ein Unglück: Eine Artistin stürzt während ihres Auftritts ab und stirbt. Ein Unfall – oder nicht?

Bei ihren Ermittlungen in der Zirkustruppe stoßen die beiden auf zahlreiche Ungereimtheiten und einen Gegner, der ihre Nachforschungen mit allen Mitteln verhindern will." [Source]
The story takes place in 1891 which means two years before the story in following book.

Ersticktes Matt (digital, 25th July 2016) [Kindle edition ASIN:  B01J2MYUIO] by Nina C. Hasse which is the first book in the Floodlands series.
"Ein Viertel ohne Hoffnung.
Ein Mörder ohne Skrupel.

New York, 1893.

In den Floodlands, einem Elendsviertel mitten im East River, verfolgt die Polizei ein Gespenst. An jedem Tatort eine weibliche Leiche, eine Schachfigur in der Hand. Das Spiel eines Wahnsinnigen?

Für Remy Lafayette, Gesichtsanalytiker und Berater beim New York Floodlands Police Department, wird die Jagd zu einer Reise in die eigene Vergangenheit, als seine ehemalige Verlobte in den Sog der Ereignisse gerät." [Source]
I hope the book is as good as praised in the review. One more book which I will read in my first language.



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...

Sea-monsters and submarines
There is quite a story available over at The Old Salt Blog




More sea-monsters
I must admit the story is more about an unconfirmed marine animal than about a sea-monster. Read the full story over at The Portalist



Cures one does not want to try
When you look back into the medical history you will find cures which you definitely do not want to try nowadays. Head over to Atlas Obscura and read





There is more caffeine in the world than one thinks
What do you think you will get when you visit Dark Roasted Blend 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.

Goods things await us in 2017. Here are two things which I love to see and play in 2017.

Let me start with the movie. In 2017 we will accompany the Guardians of the Galaxy when they start into their second adventure. And the first trailer delivers the first quote:  "Do you need a hug?"

Rockstar Games knows to raise maximum attention with minimum effort.
So many people longing for Red Dead Redemption 2. Unfortunately we have to wait until fall 2017.  Even you may have seen the first trailer I must post it.
The trailer is shorter than I expected. The landscape is beautiful. But it says nothing about the story and the game play. I wait for more information

But before xx there will be Horizon Zero Dawn in February 2017.
Here is another video which delivers some information about the animal like machines in the game:

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 think the following quote fits to Red Dead Redemption ....


"What's another word for Thesaurus?"

Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, 1879 - 1919

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1642

Dear Readers,

it is a matter of fact: we all grow older.
What an in depth first sentence.
Growing older has a physical and psychological impact.
Last night I fell asleep with the question what keeps me young at heart?

The answer is short but honest.

For me it is curiosity paired with the boundless lust to discover and enjoy books, songs, games, films, AND SHARE it with other people, especially with my wife.

No, I did not consume any drugs before writing this post.
It is just the result of last night. Before I went to bed I switched through the TV channels and then I spent nearly one hour watching ARTE which is a Franco-German TV network. They aired a concert of The Kills (I'm not sure if the link works outside of Europe). I never heard of The Kills before. Their music blew me away. I love it. The guitar riffs mesmerized me. Fortunately there are a lot of videos of the band available and I listened to a lot of songs before I started to write this post. The music released some hidden energy in me and put me in an excellent mood. There are five Cd's available and I will buy them one after the other.
There is one more thing which impressed me. Jamie Hince plays guitar with nine fingers since he lost use of his left middle finger in 2010.  

I need to share with you at least two songs:

The Kills - Doing It To Death

The Kills - Satellite


These are the things which let me escape the prison of daily routine.

Hope all you of you will have a great weekend.

 
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. For ultimate fans with a lot of money
  2. A link to a link
  3. Heart-stopping action in 1927
  4. England 1900 - Moving images

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Great Wall

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 in form of a question

The Lighthouse
Reading progress is as satisfying as it can be under the circumstances of daily routine. I finished two books, continued one book, and started a new one which is pretty good for a working week.



I finished

- The One Man (digital, 22nd September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BGQN16Q] by Andrew Gross

I wrote on GOODREADS:
"An excellent historical thriller which was a not so easy read for me because it was painful for me to cope with the cruelties of German soldiers."

- Inspector Swanson und der magische Zirkel (digital, 13th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B00X3VVD22] by Robert C. Marley.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Das war mein dritter Fall mit Inspector Swanson.
Das Thema Zauberei wurde sehr gut aufgegriffen und der Zeit entsprechend umgesetzt
Der Fall selbst war spannend, verwickelt und wies keine Längen auf.
Wer die vorherigen Bände gelesen hat, trifft auf alte Bekannte.

Robert C. Marley ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass auch deutsche Autoren unterhaltsame und spannende viktorianische Krimis schreiben können."

My humble translation:
"This was my third Inspector Swanson case.
The subject of magic was very well taken up and implemented according to the era.
The case itself was exciting, intricate and did not show any length.
Whoever has read one of the previous volumes will meet old acquaintances.

Robert C. Marley is a good example to show that German authros can also write entertaining and exciting Victorian detective stories."


My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.


- 30% in Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
Atticus Pünd,  what an unforgettable name for a detective. Intriguing story so far.

- 25% in Late Whitsun (digital, 13th October 2016) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B01LYIXLV0] by Jasper Kent
It did not take long to connect to the main character Charlie Woolf.


- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.





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 digital copies of two books which I ordered in advance. Furthermore I had the pleasure to receive an ARC.

A big thank you goes to Alex J. Cavanaugh for sending me an ARC of

I don't know how often I praised his  Cassa trilogy [Kindle ASIN: B00ZAP5PV4].
So far there was one short story which took place after the end of the trilogy.
It has been a good one as my reading impression of Dragon's Destiny shows.
I really look forward to read CassaDawn.

I was not completely satisfied after reading The Hope that Kills (digital, 1st September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B00Z9ZE1WE] by Ed James. I Nevertheless I wrote that I will give the next book a try.
A few days ago I received the digital copy of Worth Killing For (digital, 11th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN: B01CGBC70G] by Ed James
"On a busy London street, a young woman is attacked in broad daylight and left bleeding to death on the pavement. Among the eyewitnesses are DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife.

Fenchurch pursues the attacker through a warren of backstreets and eventually arrests a young hoodie with a cache of stolen phones—an ‘Apple picker’ on the make. The case should be closed but something feels off…Was this really just about a smartphone? Why did the victim look nervous before she was targeted? And why don’t the prints on the murder weapon match the young man in custody?

Before Fenchurch can probe further, his superiors remove him from the case, convinced he has let the real culprit run free. But Fenchurch is determined to get to the truth and, before long, uncovers a conspiracy that reaches high above the street gangs of London." [Source]

Did you read the Danilov Quintet series by Jasper Kent?
I read the first two books:  Twelve and Thirteen Years Later (my review).
Now the authors comes up with a brand new series which is really different compared to the Danilov Quintet.
The author wrote on his site:
"The Charlie Woolf Mysteries
Moving away from horror, the Charlie Woolf novels are a series of detective stories set in Jasper's home town of Brighton, beginning in the late 1930s. The first book in the series - Late Whitsun - will be published in October 2016, and there are two more already in the pipeline: The Stalactite Man and To Muddy Death."
I read it and was immediately intrigued. I ordered a digital copy of Late Whitsun (digital, 13th October 2016) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B01LYIXLV0] by Jasper Kent and started to read after the arrival of the copy.
"Charlie ‘Big Bad’ Woolf thought it would be easy money, and there’s precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope – a favour for his old partner, Alan O’Connor. But Woolf couldn’t resist taking a peek inside.

The pictures were unadulterated smut; a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple – right up O’Connor’s street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park.

When he gets home, O’Connor’s waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that he’s dead; a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated.

It seems obvious who killed O’Connor, but Woolf soon realizes that he’s the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If he’s to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage…" [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...


For ultimate fans with a lot of money
You are the ultimate Fallout 4 fan and you need more memorabilia? Or you just like to see more T60 Power Armour stuff?
Then visit Kotaku and have a look at 



A link to a link
Sometimes you visit a site, get a kind of appetizer and one more link to the final destination. That will happen when you head over to boingboing and have a look at



Heart-stopping action in 1927
I was dumbfounded when I read the post an watched the video over at  vintage everyday and enjoy some of them



England 1900 - Moving images
I love to look back in history and for me it is amazing how many moving images one can find on the web showing England around 1900.
Today I want to share with you two different videos from two different sources.

Recently I discovered Two Nerdy History Girls. They cover different topics. Last Friday they came up with



Sites like vintage everyday deliver a lot of moving images and a lot of them I see for the first time like the following one which is a fantastic look into a town 110 years ago.




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.

Back in the 1990th my wife and I played the first ZELDA games and enjoyed them a lot. Even nowadays we talk about our experience. I think it would be a great pleasure to play them or something similar on a big screen an a modern console. It seems to be possible if we are willing to pay 15 Euro (= 16.50 USD; = 13.53 GBP) for Oceanhorn. Following review shows what to expect on PS4:

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.

Good to know that I'm not to bad when it comes to arithmetic ....


"What's another word for Thesaurus?"

Steven Wright, US actor and comedian, 1955 -

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1641

Dear Readers,

there is not so much time to write a post due to the fact that my wife and I attend a sewing class over at our local adult education centre from Friday to Sunday.

Nevertheless I like to show you some interesting books and a few other things.

 
ENJOY READING ...


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. GOODREADS reading challenge
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. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Electrify bikes
  2. Halloween is coming
  3. Motorized carriages
  4. Transparency

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The Great Wall

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 ships

The Lighthouse
I finished three books, continued one book, and started a new one which is pretty good for a working week.



I finished

- Billy Boyle (digital, 1st September 2007) [Kindle ASIN: B004HYHAGM] by James R. Benn
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"Stories with WWII settings do not belong to my reading comfort zone. But after reading the description I gave this book a try.

I must say I have been surprised in a positive way. It has been a really entertaining read and to enjoy a book is getting more and more important for me.

I like the main character Billy Boyle a lot and there is a real character development within the story. Some reviewers had issues with Billy's inner monologues. For me they fitted well. The story is a mix of detective story with a light mystery set in WWII with a proper historical background. The author does not hesitate to kill characters which are important for the story.

In case you are not interested in such kind of books you should stay away from them.
I will definitely read more Billy Boyle books."


- Die äußerst seltsame Reise des Mongomery Flagstone (digital, 1st July 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01HVA7QP8] by Ralph G. Kretschmann
A good steampunk adventure set in the future.


- The Smoke Hunter (digital, 13th September 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C652PXQ] by Jacquelyn Benson
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"The book delivered exactly what has been promised.
If you like Indiana Jones adventures then you will like "The Smoke Hunter" "


My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.

- 29 % done in The One Man (digital, 22nd September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BGQN16Q] by Andrew Gross
This a very intense book. I'm not sure if it makes a difference if you are a German and read the book. Even I was born 14 years after the end of WW II, I felt depressed by the description of what Germans did to Jews and other people.

- 3% in Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz
Not enough read for a comment.


- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.


GOODREADS reading challenge
It is the 8th of October 2016 which means there are only 84 days left until the end of the year.
Due to my book statistics I read 49 books with in sum19599 pages so far.
You may know that there is a reading challenge over at GOODREADS.
It seems I will fail my goal of 72 books.

In the past years I talked several times about such figures.
It is obvious that it takes less time to read 72 books with 100 pages each than 72 books with 1000 pages each.

That means it would be no problem for me to read 23 more books with just 100 pages each.
But that does not fit either to the books I read (so far average book length is around 400 pages) nor to the books I want to read.


I definitely will not pick books just depending on the number of pages. Instead I had a look at my book shelves and at my to buy list. Based on that I put together a list of 34 books from which I will read whatever I'm in the mood for.
The list contains some books which will be published in the next months.

Will be interesting to see how many and which books I read from the list.



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 bought digital copies of two books and received two digital copies which I ordered in advance.


I'm reading more and more crime novels set in different time periods. I was hooked by the description of
Magpie Murders (digital, 6th October 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01EG5HLR4 ] by Anthony Horowitz and ordered a copy in advance.
"When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway...

But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.

From Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, his deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist." [Source]


In July 2016 I read the description of following book and could resist to order a copy in advance. With 752 pages it is not a short one. I hope the book will deliver what I expect after the intriguing description.
By Gaslight (digital, 4th October 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01CXO4W04] by Steven Price.
"London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men's futures -- a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly written, Steven Price's By Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves." [Source]


Normally I do not read books with a WWII setting but based on the book description a bought a copy of  Billy Boyle (digital, 1st September 2007) [Kindle ASIN: B004HYHAGM] by James R. Benn
"What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massa-chusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, he’d barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight—and perhaps die—for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

Billy is dispatched to the seat of the Norwegian government in exile. Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned, but it is feared that there is a German spy amongst the Norwegians.

Billy doubts his own abilities, with good reason. A theft and two murders test his investigative powers, but Billy proves to be a better detective than he or anyone else expected." [Source]


I liked Inspector Swanson und der Fluch des Hope-Diamanten (digital, March 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U] and Inspector Swanson und der Fall Jack the Ripper (digital, 21st May 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00J4NDS3U]  by Robert C. Marley and therefore I did not hesitate to buy a copy of the next book starring Inspector Swanson. I look forward to read  Inspector Swanson und der magische Zirkel (digital, 13th May 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B00X3VVD22] by Robert C. Marley.
"London 1894. The Great van Dyke, einer der berühmtesten Illusionisten der Welt, ist für seine gefährlichen und atemberaubenden Zauberkunststücke bekannt. Als van Dyke bei der Vorführung der spektakulären „Wasserfolter" nur knapp dem Tod entrinnt und ein weiterer Zauberkünstler bei einem misslungenen Trick im Adelphi Theater beinahe getötet wird, beginnt das Team um Chief Inspector Donald Swanson zu ermitteln.

Schnell stellt sich heraus, dass jemand die Requisiten manipuliert hat. Und Swanson ist sich sicher: Einer aus van Dykes eigenem Ensemble muss der Täter sein. Wenn er ihn nicht bald findet, geht der nächste Anschlag womöglich tödlich aus" [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...


Electrifying bikes
You would like to electrify your bike instead of buying a new one?
Then you should head over to WebUrbanist and have a look at



Halloween is coming
Did you know that over 100 years ago people sent each other halloween greeting cards? Visit vintage everyday and enjoy some of them



Motorized carriages
Nowadays people talk about driver less cars. These cars look very different compared to the cars which you could see before 1900. Travel back in time by visiting vintage everyday and enjoy



Transparency
Would you like to drive in a transparent car or to live in a transparent house? Before you answer you should head over to WebUrbanist 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.

The Great Wall is an upcoming American-Chinese film which looks like to be an extended and epic version of the Battle of Helms Deep. The second trailer shows more battle scenes.
I wait for the first pictures of the real enemy.Seems the enemy the


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.

Good to know that I'm not to bad when it comes to arithmetic ....


"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."

Grace Hopper, US computer scientist and admiral, 1906 -1992

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1640

Dear Readers,

I could avoid most of the problems I faced last week by writing most of the post offline.

It seems my reading preferences are in motion. I started to read a book which I would not have read in the past ten years. Anyway it shows I'm still open-minded.

Now I will enjoy the rest of the weekend with reading and playing and some of the unavoidable household tasks.

 
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. A book for you?
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Invisible Artwork
  2. Underground
  3. Stamps
  4. Vintage ads
  5. Beautiful hidden paintings

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Dr Strange
  2. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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 arithmetic

The Lighthouse
What to read next? This question appeared with the return from holiday. It did not take long to find the answer which may be surprising for you. But I can assure you it surprised me partially too. Every day I search time for reading and I use every possibility.
This is the ninth year I record the books I read over at GOODREADS. So far I read 46 books which is one more compared to 2008. I do not have any clue how many books I will read until the end of the year. I definitely depends on the size of the books. It makes a big difference if I read ten books with 300 pages each or three books with 1000 pages each.
In the end there is only one thing that counts: Did I enjoy what I read or not.



I finished

- no book



My reader shows different paging. therefore I change to percentage for digital books as it is possible to see on GOODREADS.

- 23 % done in The One Man (digital, 22nd September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BGQN16Q] by Andrew Gross
This a very intense book. I'm not sure if it makes a difference if you are a German and read the book. Even I was born 14 years after the end of WW II, I felt depressed by the description of what Germans did to Jews and other people.

- 74 % done in Die äußerst seltsame Reise des Mongomery Flagstone (digital, 1st July 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01HVA7QP8] by Ralph G. Kretschmann
A lot of things are going on.Still highly entertaining

- 29 % done in The Smoke Hunter (digital, 13th September 2016) [Kindle ASIN: B01C652PXQ] by Jacquelyn Benson
So far so good.

- 43% done 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.
No progress. I was not in the right mood for the book.



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 is no week without a new book. It is crazy I know. The good or bad - depending on the point of view - is the fact of cheap offers. It makes a difference to buy ten books for €0,99 each or one book for €9,90.
Last week digital copies of three really different books found a new home on my reader.

In April 2014 I devoured Dodger (pb, digital) [ISBN-13: 978-1780874678; Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00ANJW3P8] by James Benmore which is his answer to the question:
What happened to the Artful Dodger after the events described in Oliver Twist?
In July 2014 I bought a copy the sequel - Dodger in the Dials  (digital, hc, pb) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00HVBK14Q; ISBN-13: 978-1780874685; ISBN-13: 978-1848664104] by James Benmore.
Without reading the sequel so far I discovered a few months ago that the series is not finished yet and I ordered a copy in advance which I received a few days ago.
Dodger of the Revolution  (digital, September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B01DA1PHZS] by James Benmore.
"The Artful Dodger faces his most dangerous adventure yet as he leaves Dickensian London and finds himself manning the barricades in defence of liberty, fraternity and larceny in the 1848 Paris uprising.

For Dodger, life as a criminal kingpin is losing its allure. Leading a gang of petty thieves from the Seven Dials is not as easy as Fagin made it look and after a year in charge Jack Dawkins has been reduced to a shadow of the man who used to be the envy of every pickpocket in London. Opium-addicted and heavy-fingered, Dodger is fast becoming a laughing stock on his own patch until a chance encounter leads him to Paris and a job like nothing he's had before.

In a city alive with rebellion, Dodger must avoid assassins, jilted lovers and revolutionaries, and rediscover his touch if he is to lift his most precious treasure yet.

The third in the James Benmore's acclaimed series continuing the story of the Artful Dodger, this book confirms Jack Dawkins as one of the great fiction characters. [Source]

It happens that a book is on a list and remains over there for a while. In case of the following book the period was around two years. So far there are only 13 ratings for this book on GOODREADS but an average rating of 4.69 stars is excellent. The description does not sound spectacular and the book is thick as a brick with 1074 pages. The five reviewers did not complain about that. They all praised the book. We will see how it will work for me. And this is the book I'm talking about:
The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by James Benmore
"For ten years the people of eastern Tanaren have known nothing but war, a war to which there seems to be no end in sight. Now, however, things may be about to change. Pitched into the heart of the conflict are four people: Morgan, a veteran warrior charged with an important mission; Cheris, a gifted but wayward sorceress called from her exile on a remote island; Ceriana Hartfield, a noblewoman whose marriage is pre-empted by a chance discovery on a beach; and Cygan, a man from the desolate marshes seeking aid against a merciless foe. Between them, could they hold the key to ending this deadly conflict? But at what cost? This extraordinary epic is a gripping, searing tale of the ugliness of war and the dangers of power." [Source]

The third and final book is something completely different. In the past week I saw the book mentioned on several blogs ( I follow a lit of different blogs from fantasy over history to science fiction). The book is set in WW II which is not really my preferred period of time when it comes to reading. I read the description and asked myself why this book gets a lot of attention and praises.
I wanted to know if it would work for me and therefore I bought a copy of
The One Man (digital, 22nd September 2016) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01BGQN16Q] by Andrew Gross and started reading.
"Auschwitz, 1944. Alfred Mendl's days are numbered. But he has little left to live for - his family were torn away from him, his life's work burned in front of his eyes - until a glimmer of hope arises as he watches a game of chess. To the guards Mendl is just another prisoner, but in fact he holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. The other is working hard for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington DC, intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum decodes messages from occupied Poland. After the Nazis murdered his family, Nathan escaped the Krakow ghetto and is determined to support his new country - and the US government knows exactly how he can. They want to send Nathan on a mission to rescue one man from a place no one can break in to - or out of.

Even if Nathan does make it in and finds him, can they escape the most heavily guarded place on earth?" [Source]



A book for you?
In February 2016 I talked about following book.
Murder In-Absentia (digital, 19th October 2015) [Kindle edition ASIN: B015TXPPG6] by Assaph Mehr.

"A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.

Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.

Murder in absentia is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world.

This is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic - it will appeal to lovers of urban fantasy, detective murder mysteries and ancient Rome." [Source]
So far I did not find time to read it. Maybe it is a book for you?
Then I can tell you that you can get a digital copy over at Amazon  for $1.11 or £0.99 or €0,99 depending on where you buy your books. I don't know how long the offer will be valid.


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...




Invisible Artwork
Sometimes you need just water to make things visible as demonstrated over at WebUrbanist. Have a look at




Underground
Do you know what is hidden underground the town you live in? It maybe nothing or it could be something mysterious like you can read over at Atlas Obscura in following post:

Found: A Centuries-Old Network of Hidden Underground Tunnels


Stamps
Sometimes stamps are more than just plain stamps. Sometimes they contain a mystery and it needs your detecting skills to solve it. Tor.com and enjoy


Vintage ads
Most of the time we see nice and sometimes funny kids in ads. But there are exceptions. You will be surprised about what you can see over at vintage everyday put together in following post



Beautiful hidden paintings
I admit I could not get enough of following post over at Atlas Obscura. It is a feast for the eyes for all people who love books and paintings.Now 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.


I really look forward to November when it comes to movies.
The following two are on top of the list:

Dr Strange


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them




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.

Good to know that I'm not to bad when it comes to arithmetic ....


"Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes."

Mickey Mouse, US cartoon entertainer, 1928 -
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