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.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
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?
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

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

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 ....


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 ......


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

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

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


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 ......

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 -


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dr. Strange is going to be awesome.
The babies and cigarette ads were very disturbing. I admit I thought imprisoning the baby in a box outside was a good idea though. (Yeah, you can tell I've never had kids...)

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,

kids are like a cornucopia full of joy and sometimes a pain in the a**

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