Saturday, February 04, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1705

Dear Readers,

the first month of 2017 is already gone. Way too fast for my taste.Nevertheless I'm happy with my reading progress. Time to read will be decrease a bit because of a business trip to England. Reading returned to be my number one leisure activity followed by playing video games.Of course I spend every day a certain amount of time for mails, following blogs and other sites.

The weather is not inviting enough to spend time outside.

While writing this post I listened to
  I think this song fits perfectly to the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film. Recently I watched the 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell and there are scenes you find nearly identical in the new film.


Edi's Guidepost

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

  1. Reading progress 
  2. The book bag
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. New books on my shelf/reader or when one book leads to another 
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. How to kiss a girl. Instructions from1911
  2. London I
  3. London II
  4. London III
  5. Tornado photos from 19th century
  6. Early info graphics

Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. The New Politics

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 opinion
The Lighthouse
I can't complain. I finished one more book from my book bag two books  and put my nose into two other books. Seems I use my time available for reading well.

I finished

- Kill-Devil and Water (pb, this edition 2010) [ISBN: 978-0753835976] by Andrew Pepper
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"For me Pyke is a larger-than life character with all his strength and weakness, his own moral compass, his stubbornness and endurance, and his intricate relationship to women. He makes decisions which I may understand but would never agree with.

Kill-Devil and Water is strong and rousing because of Pyke, because of the story told with twists an turns and a lot of emotion, because of the depiction of life in London and on Jamaica and because of the writing.

You need to get to get into the character and into the story without prejudice and you will be rewarded with a fascinating and entertaining read.

This is third of the five available Pyke mysteries. I'm really sad about the fact that Andrew Pepper did not continue the series. Nevertheless I look forward to read the two remaining books in the series."

Current read

Yes, I'm reading real books.


- in the progress to decide which real book I want to read next

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

- 65 % done in of Ambassador 1: Seeing Red (digital, 30th November 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B00GL27J46] by Patty Jansen
Surprisingly good. The work of an ambassador combined with alien nations culture clash and a murder mystery is fascinating for me. Action is not always needed.

- 16 % done in The Forgotten War (digital, 16th February 2014) [Kindle Edition ASIN:   B00II69U22] by Howard Sargent
No progress

The Book Bag
This is my reading project for 2017 which has been inspired by  receiving of a digital copy of  The Heart of What Was Lost: A Novel Of Osten Ard (digital, 3rd January 2017) [Kindle Edition ASIN:  B01M9CJ425] by Tad Williams.

I finished the third book and after posting my post I will start the fourth one.
It is not decided yet which one it will be.

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

I was hooked by the description of  Six Wakes (digital, 31st January 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01FRASCJ8] by Mur Lafferty and bought a digital copy.
Maybe you will get hooked too.
"A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently..." [Source]
In the short period of time since publishing date it got 58 ratings on GOODREADS with an average of 4.14 out of 5.

It seems sometimes I struggle with my book lists especially in case when I got digital copies for free in the past.
Recently I found an interesting offer for following book:
Ambassador: Books 1, 1A and 2 Omnibus (digital, 21st December 2016) [KINDLE ASIN: B01MQYO3BU] by Patty Jansen.
"The bundled edition of the first three books in the Ambassador series.

1: Seeing Red - Cory Wilson is about to start his new job as representative to gamra, the alien organisation that controls the network for wormhole travel, when a political murder may well end his position before it started.
1A: The Sahara Conspiracy - Cory is asked to deal with the alien mafia on Earth, and stumbles across a dangerous plot.
2: Raising Hell - the wormhole network goes down, and Cory's friend and leader of the largest populated world Asto is caught off-world. Dangerous politics are afoot on Asto, and Cory decides to help his friend." [Source]
Then I have had a look at my reader library and I found out that I own a digital copy of Ambassador 1: Seeing Red (digital, 30th November 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B00GL27J46] by Patty Jansen since 15th May 2016.
Therefore I set the order of the omnibus on hold and instead I started to read the first book in order to see if I would like it.
"The President was alive. I was alive. No idea what the hell had just happened, other than that I was simply alive, and glad of it." Nations of Earth Ambassador Cory Wilson had thought the hardest part of his role would be mastering the many intricacies of gamra pronouns. Then the President is shot in front of him, and all clues point to extraterrestrial agencies. Only the truth will prevent the conflict escalating, but to find it, Cory has to challenge the very top of the Coldi hierarchy, in a society where the simple act of looking someone in the eye or using the wrong pronouns can mean the difference between life and death." [Source]

As you could read above I like the book a lot and of course I want to know how the story of Cory Wilson continues in the sequels.
Instead of buying the omnibus it was beneficial for me to buy the single books.
The numbering within the series is a bit confusing with book 1A. Including book 1A the seventh book will be published on 14th March 2017.
So far I own copies of all available books.
For details of the other books please visit
either the author's Ambassador series site or check
the GOODREADS Ambassador series overview.

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...

How to kiss a girl. Instructions from1911
!4th of February is coming nearer - Valentine's Day. Even it is nowadays a highly commercialized, my wife and I enjoy this gift-giving event. I'm already prepared. I can't tell you what I have prepared for my wife because she reads my blog. Fortunately I do  not need the following instructions presented in following post over at over at vintage everyday

London I
Do you know literary geography? It is a relatively new field of study but offers most interesting results as shown and described over at Atlas Obscura in the following post

London II
The real London changed a lot in the past two 200 years. I read a lot of Victorian mysteries set in London and often passageways and alleyways are part of the story. London in 2017 is a modern town. Is there still a place for a passageway? There are more than one can think of if you are not an inhabitant of London.  The Londonist delivers some of them. Head over and read

London III
Would you like to live in the Buckingham Palace or buy a flat at 221B Baker Street? I may not be impossible as long as you can pay it out of your petty cash. For more information please visit The Londonist and have a look at

Tornado photos from 19th century
Can you imagine what it meant to photograph a tornado in 19th century?
It has been difficult and dangerous but it happened as you can see over at
vintage everyday

Early infographics
Since I read Alexander von Humboldt und die Erfindung derNatur (hc, 11. Oktober 2016) [ISBN-13:  978-3570102060]  von  Andrea Wulf  I admire early infographics more than ever. They are amazing. There is no way out. You must visit Atlas Obscura and 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.

Instead of a film trailer I would like to share with you the excellent sci-fi short film The New Politics with you.

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.

I have nothing to add to following quote ......

"Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man."

Bertrand Russell, British author and philosopher, 1870 -1972


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wasn't in a place where I could listen to the video, but it looked like a blend of Blade Runner and Total Recall.
The 1895 image of a tornado was the most impressive.
Safe travels to England.

ediFanoB said...

Hi Alex,
I really like it to dive into the past.
Trip to England starts on Valentine's Day.

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