Saturday, February 25, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1708

2 comments
Dear Readers,

resistance is futile! How true. Since more than a week my wife has a terrible cough. The doctor said she was one step away from pneumonia. Now she is on medics and slowly, slowly recovering. Till Friday I was full of hope not to be infected but my resistance was futile. Now I'm coughing too and my nose is running. Nevertheless it seems I cope a bit better. We will see.
So far my mind is not too foggy to prepare a proper post.
 

ENJOY READING ...


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
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. River Thames 1959
  2. A strong woman from the 19th century
  3. Passports
  4. When a language dies

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  2. Genesis Alpha One

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 character
The Lighthouse
Despite the fact I was on a business trip last week, I could finish three books and started two new ones. But I stopped one of them.



I finished

- The Crossing Places (digital, this edition January 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B004EYT57C] by Elly Griffiths.
"Reading taste change when you get older. This book is one more proof for me.
This book has been published first in 2009 - a time when I was not really interest in crime fiction.
That changed I lot. Now I'm on my way to discover authors new to me and I'm more than happy that I read "The Crossing Places".
Dr Ruth Galloway, a no more longer young female archaeologist struggling with her weight and other problems. But she loves her job. DCI Harry Nelson disenchanted beside the fact of a perfect marriage. But he loves his job.
I highly appreciated the interaction between them and how passionate they are when it comes to work. The mix of archeology and crime is well done done.
"



Current read




Yes, I'm reading real books.


I'm


- 107 pages in of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
In the beginning I was a bit disappointed. But now it is getting better and better.

- 65 pages in London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green.
What an absolutely awesome book. I finished my first time travel and I'm mesmerized.


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

-6% done in Kings of the Wylds (digital, 21st February 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01KFR65F6] by Nicholas Eames
Right after my taste.

- 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'm so happy that I started to read London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green because it is absolutely amazing.


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 the digital copy of book which seems to by right after my taste when it comes to epic fantasy - a story of retired mercenaries. I started to  read an like it a ot even after a few pages.
I talk about Kings of the Wylds (digital, 21st February 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01KFR65F6] by Nicholas Eames which is the first in a new series.
"GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld." [Source]


Even if you do not read crime novels I'm pretty sure that the name of Agatha Christie is not unknown to you. I never read one of her books but I love the movies with Margaret Rutherford starring as Miss Jane Marple.
In her early writing career her books have been published by The Bodley Head.
At the same time this publisher had a contract with Annie Haynes. She belongs to the list of lost ladies of the Golden Age of crime fiction. a wrote a dozen crime novels before she died in 1929. Her books were well-regarded in England.
Thanks to publisher Dean Street Press all her books are available in digital format since 2016.
For more information about Annie Haynes and her books I highly recommend to read




Why do I mention this? Because I got digital copies of all twelve books for just
5.44 EURO ( = 5,76 USD; = 4.59 GBP) and because I want to know why  people liked to read her books.
The following omnibus contains seven of her twelve novels.
Annie Haynes - Ultimate Collection of Golden Age Murder Mysteries (digital, this edition 9th April 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B01I0ARWIE] by Annie Haynes.
"This carefully crafted ebook: “ANNIE HAYNES - Ultimate Collection of Golden Age Murder Mysteries: Complete Inspector Furnival & Inspector Stoddart Series (Thriller Classics)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: “The Abbey Court Murder” – Lady Judith Carew finds herself in the middle of a gruesome murder at the Abbey Court and all the clues point at her direction. Is she the real murderer?
“The House in Charlton Crescent” – Lady Anne is herself at the receiving end of a puzzling murder mystery when the killer strikes her for hiring a private detective. Would Inspector Furnival be able to solve the mystery of the double murders and find the criminal before it's too late?
“The Crow's Inn Tragedy” – A famous lawyer is strangled in his own office and a notorious gang of criminals is at large. What do they want and how would Inspector Furnival foil their evil plot?
“The Man with the Dark Beard” – Basil Wilton is accused of murdering his own father but is he the real killer or is the-man-with-the-dark-beard someone else known to him who is on a murdering spree?
“Who Killed Charmian Karslake?” – The riddle around the murder of Charmian Karslake, an American actress, gets murkier at every step. Can Inspector Stoddart solve this puzzle?
“The Crime at Tattenham Corner” – A gruesome death just before an important horse race looks out of place until Inspector Stoddart is called in to look into the matter.
“The Crystal Beads Murder” – A broken necklace is the sole clue for Inspector Stoddart to solve a high-profile murder until it's too late!

Annie Haynes (1865-1929) was a renowned golden age mystery writer and a contemporary of Agatha Christie, another famous crime writer. Haynes's fictions are now lauded for their quick-pace action and sustaining aura of suspense till the end." [Source]

you find information about the other books over at Annie Haynes' GOODREADS page.


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...

River Thames 1959
During my last trip to England I got the opportunity to spend some hours in London including a short boat trip on river Thames. What shall I say? For me London is losing its flair. More and more skyscrapers and office buildings dominate the city. This is sad. I was born in 1959 and I was happy to find following post over at The Londonist which is about a boat trip on river Thames in 1959. How much has changed since then. Without all the film footage from the past the memory would faint.
Anyway there was one thing which annoyed me most. Seemed I was more or less the only one who did not take selfies. I wanted to enjoy old buildings but I was constantly annoyed by the these smart phone armed hordes.



A strong woman from the 19th century
The post over at Atlas Obscura delivers everything you need to know. I don't want to interfere with my humble English.


Passports
These kind of documents can tell a lot of stories.Some of them you can read over at Atlas Obscura



When a language dies
Do you think that does not happen? Then you are wrong. With every language which disappears mankind is losing something.There is an enlightening post about this topic available over at the Smithsonian Smart News



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 play  Horizon: Zero Dawn. My copy of the game should arrive on Wednesday next week. I watched the following launch trailer on our TV screen and it looks amazing.



I'm not sure if there will ever one more update for No Man's Sky. Fortunately other programs set in space are in progress like the following one.
Genesis Alpha One





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.

Not every advice given in an advice column must be useless ......

"The best index to a person's character is
(a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can't fight back."

Abigail van Buren, American advice columnist, 1918 - 2013

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1707

2 comments
Dear Readers,

the reason why I did not post on Saturday is a simple one. I needed some rest and time to find interesting stuff after my return from my business trip to England on Friday evening.



ENJOY READING ...


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
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. Colour palette guide book
  2. The longest SFF novels
  3. Victorian tourists in Egypt
  4. The first artificial ice rink

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Colossal

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 immortality
The Lighthouse
Despite the fact I was on a business trip last week, I could finish three books and started two new ones. But I stopped one of them.



I did not finish

- Dr Potter's Medicine Show (digital, 7th February 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01N4WYJ1L] by Eric Scott Fischl.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" will not rate this book because I did not finish it.

I must say I was really intrigued by the book descriptions and had expectations.
After reading 23% I gave up for three reasons:
- I found the story confusing
- I could not connect to one of the characters
- I could not cope with the writing style of the author

This happens. One can't love every book."



I finished

- The Merchant's House (digital, 20th January 2011) [KINDLE ASIN: B004JHY8J4] by Kate Ellis
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is an entertaining mix of historical mystery, modern mystery, and police procedural.
I like the fact that the detective is confronted with problems in his life outside of his job and that he has archaeological knowledge and interest.

Strong characters and well depicted locations support the story.

I look forward to read the next book in the series."



- Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (October 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0765334268] by David Barnett
So far it shows less steampunk than then two previous books.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"This is the third appearance of Gideon Smith and his companions and friends.
Compared to the previous two books there is less steampunk.
Nevertheless I liked the twists and turns combined with a lot of revelations - some really surprised me- from the acting characters. The book description give enough away about what to expect when it comes to the plot.

All in all I felt well entertained in the alternative Victorian London which has a lot in common with the original one when I comes to the living conditions in the East End."


- The Railway Detective in The Railway Detective Collection: The Railway Detective, The Excursion Train, The Railway Viaduct (digital, December 2013 [Kindle ASIN: B00GW5GP9M] by Edward Marston.
This omnibus contains the first three books starring  Inspector Robert Colbeck. I finished the first book. For a reading challenge it is bad to read an omnibus. Therefore I added the three books of the omnibus as single books on GOODREADS.
"I read the book as a part of an omnibus.

I have a knack for mysteries set in Victorian England. Inspector Robert Coleback is different compared to other Inspectors, policemen, and detectives I met so far in other books.
Nevertheless I like him and I'm happy that I read the first book in the series. Even the reader knows the culprit quite early, I liked the description of police work. Despite that the story is full of information about the Victorian Era and especially the railway at that time.
You should stay away when you look for a fast paced Victorian mystery.

For me it was a good start to another series I will follow."




Current read




Yes, I'm reading real books.


I'm



- 52 pages in of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
No progress due to lack of time.


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

-25% done in The Merchant's House (digital, 20th January 2011) [KINDLE ASIN: B004JHY8J4] by Kate Ellis

- 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'm really on a good way when it comes to my reading project for 2017. We are still in the second month of the year and I have already finished five of the 24 books. I know it will slow down when it comes to the "bricks" which are at the bottom of the bag.

Inspired by my business trip to England I decided that this will be the next book I want to read:

London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green.

"Dr Matthew Green explores the sights and sounds of London through history. This is a fascinating and unique guide to the capital that takes the reader off the beaten track and into unexplored territory.

This book allows the reader to travel through time to six key periods in the history of London. From Shakespeare to the plague, medieval London to the swinging 60s, readers can totally immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of our capital at each particular moment.

It's vividly written, and after reading this book you'll never rush through the streets of Covent Garden or St Paul's again without pausing for at least a moment to think of all the mad characters and epic lives that ran through the same streets centuries before.

Whether you are a tourist looking for an alternative way to see the city, or a Londoner that wants to learn more about the world around you, this is a must-have guide." [Source]


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

In case you are an avid reader you will know how tempting it is when you see digital book offers for less than one Euro (1.06 USD, 0.85 GBP). Sometimes you get even digital omnibus for free.
Nevertheless the first book for today does not belong to the category described above.
I like it when you have the opportunity to read the first pages of a book. Sometimes I forget to do that. In case of the following book the very first four sentences convinced me to buy the digital copy:
"Roarty was making an omelette from the mushrooms Eamon Eales had collected in Davy Long's park that morning. They were good mushrooms, medium sized and delicately succulent, just right for a special omelette, an omelette surprise. He had chosen the best mushrooms for his own omelette; the one he was making for Eales was special because it contained not only the mushrooms from Davy Long's park but also a handful of obnoxious, black-gilled toadstools which he himself had picked on the dunghill behind the byre. He was hoping that four of them would be enough to poison his lecherous barman; he dare not put in any more in case he should should smell a rat."
Now I look forward to read the rest of Bogmail (digital, this edition 9th April 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B01J1V6QFQ] by Patrick McGinley
"A truly funny and stunningly well-told tale of murder in a small Irish village near Donegal, Bogmail is a classic of modern Irish literature.
Set in a remote village in the west of Ireland, the action begins with a murder when Roarty, a publican and former priest, kills his bartender then buries his body in a bog. It's not long before Roarty starts getting blackmail letters, and matters quickly spiral out of his control. Twisty, turny and enlivened with colour that echoes the landscape and surroundings, Bogmail was Patrick McGinley's first novel, yet it remains just as fresh today as the day it first appeared.
Bogmail got the five-star treatment from Time magazine and The New York Times, and it was nominated for Best Novel in the 1981 Edgars. Reissued now in this completely revised edition by New Island Books, Bogmail is part of the prestigious Modern Irish Classics series." [Source]

The following crime fiction omnibus I got for free.
DI Spicer Box Set 1 (Books 1 - 3) (digital, 4th May 2016) [KINDLE ASIN: B01F7QMBS0] by Chris Simms
"Follow DI Spicer as he investigates three disturbing – yet very different - crimes:
The Chewing Gum Killer (Killing the Beasts)
Manchester, 2002. The Commonwealth Games are coming to town and the city is alive with possibilities. Caught up in the commercial feeding frenzy is Tom Benwell, account manager at an advertising firm. The pressure is getting to Tom - too many deals to make and lies to tell, and the passion for his job is waning. Meanwhile, his friend, DI Jon Spicer, is on the fast track, showing a commitment to the job that borders on obsession, or so his girlfriend Alice tells him. [Source]

A murderer using surgical skills to sinister effect (Shifting Skin)
'The Butcher of Belle Vue' has struck again. Like the first two victims, the third has been partially skinned and dumped on waste ground, her muscles, tendons and ligaments exposed to view. Only this time, her face has also been removed. Jon Spicer and his new partner, Rick Saville, are on the investigating team. The case is waiting for its first breakthrough when a woman approaches Jon insisting that she heard 'The Butcher' claiming his third victim in the next-door room of a run-down hotel in Belle Vue. But all she has to back up her story is a business card that she recovered from the empty room the following morning - it's from a local escort agency and the name 'Alexia' has been scrawled on the back. Jon's investigation takes him into the twilight world of Manchester's escort agencies and the unscrupulous cosmetic surgery industry, ultimately forcing him to confront the propensity for violence that is inherent within each of us - even within himself. [Source]

The terrifying Monster of the Moor (Savage Moon).
The body of a woman with her throat ripped out is found on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester. She is discovered in an area where numerous sightings of a mysterious big black cat have been made. When analysis shows the hairs caught under her nails are those of a panther, it's assumed the animal has killed its first human victim. But then a man DI Jon Spicer is investigating as part of an entirely different case is murdered in exactly the same way. Only this time the body is found in a secluded car park - a popular gay rendezvous far closer to the city centre. Soon DI Spicer finds himself hunting a killer dubbed The Monster of the Moor, a creature whose stealth and savagery strike terror into the local population and way beyond it." [Source]

It seems a good time to to discover long running crime series (ten or more years) because you get the first book really cheep as the following two books show.


Extraordinary People (digital, this edition 30th May 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B00CUE0CX4] by Peter May
"The Enzo Files: Book One

Ten years ago, Jacques Gaillard disappeared from Paris. No investigation has yet led to any clue as to whether he is missing - or murdered. Challenged to solve the mystery once and for all, Enzo Macleod must use new science to crack a cold case. Once a forensics expert in his native Scotland, he's been reduced to teaching biology in Toulouse. But this is a job he can't refuse. Gaillard tutored the most powerful men in France; he had old friends in high places

Finally he finds a trace of Gaillard; unfortunately, it's only his head. So when he discovers items imbedded within the skull, it gives Enzo the perfect chance to put his skills to use - and send him on a trail after the rest of the missing man. Unaware that he's also following in the footsteps of their murderer...

Please note this novel has previously been published in the US under the title DRY BONES, but this ebook edition retains the original title." [Source]

Dead Simple (digital, 4th September 2008) [KINDLE ASIN: B01F7QMBS0] by Peter James
"It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain - more than anyone realizes. For one man's disaster is another man's fortune . . . Dead simple . . ." [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...


Colour palette guide book
Didn't you think "what an uninspiring heading. Maybe it will get more interesting when I tell you that the guide book shown over at Web Urbanist is a hand-drawn one from the 17th century ....



The longest SFF novels
Do you love to read really long books? You want to know if you may have read one or more of the longest SFF novels then you should visit The Wertzone and have a look at



Victorian tourists in Egypt
Nowadays it is strictly forbidden to climb Egypt's pyramids. Even it would be permitted today, nobody would climb pyramids wearing a three piece suit or long formal dresses. But Victorian tourists showed style and complied with the dress code of their era as shown over at vintage everyday



The first artificial ice rink
The Victorian era has been an inventive time. Here is an other example. The Londonist delivers the details. Read the post




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.

A few hours ago I discovered the following trailer. I'm not sure if Colossal will be a film for me or not. I will decide when it will be hit the cinemas in Germany.




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.

It seems milk is one step ahead of mankind as following quote explains ......

"Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality."

Clifton Fadiman, American author, editor, and radio host, 1904 - 1999

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1705

2 comments
Dear Readers,

sometimes I'm lost when I look at my bookshelves or my reader. So many books I would like to read instantly. Fortunately there is my book bag which I use consequently. So far I read four of the 24 books which is not bad. But of course I read books on my reader too.
Reading is such a great pleasure and it is so satisfying. I can't imagine a world without books. The more I read the less I watch TV.
What I definitely miss is to get time for writing reviews.


ENJOY READING ...


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
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. Robotic bees
  2. The last Samurai
  3. How to Make Friends by Telephone from the 1940s
  4. Darwin Day

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can
  2. Greedfall
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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 Valentine's Day
The Lighthouse
Again I finished a book. So far I read ten books in 2016. I started four books and one is from my book bag.

I finished

- 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.



Current read

Yes, I'm reading real books.


I'm

- 206 pages in Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (October 2015) [Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0765334268] by David Barnett
So far it shows less steampunk than then two previous books.

- 52 pages in of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
So far I find the story not that convincing because it is cliché-ridden.  Hopefully that will change.


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

- 8% done in The Railway Detective Collection: The Railway Detective, The Excursion Train, The Railway Viaduct (digital, December 2013 [Kindle ASIN: B00GW5GP9M] by Edward Marston.
This omnibus contains the first three books starring  Inspector Robert Colbeck. So far I like what I read. A clever and intelligent main character.

-13% done in The Merchant's House (digital, 20th January 2011) [KINDLE ASIN: B004JHY8J4] by Kate Ellis
I like it. Interesting characters and a good writing style.



- 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'm more than half way through book five.



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 several books (digital and analog) found their way to me respectively to my shelf or my reader.
Let me that was the one and only paperback I received last week. The book description sounded promising and convinced me to buy a paperback copy of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
"In 2066, a Caltech intern notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do...

A flurry of top-level government meetings produce the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built the ship is at least one hundred years ahead of our technology, and whoever can get their hands on it will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

The race is on, and a remarkable adventure begins. Soon a hastily thrown-together crew finds its strength and wits tested against adversaries of this earth and beyond. So buckle up, because two perfectly matched storytellers are about to take you for a ride..." [Source]
The following book has been on my to buy list fro a long time. Patiently I waited for a good offer which appeared last week.
The Merchant's House (digital, 20th January 2011) [KINDLE ASIN: B004JHY8J4] by Kate Ellis
"DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a new born baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing. And the pressure is on if he is going to prevent a further tragedy?
Kate Ellis's wonderfully addictive series of West Country set crime novels feature Wesley Peterson, one of Devon's first black detectives." [Source]
One more crime series which is still not finished.

The next book is also a crime novel.There was this absolutely cheap offer and I was hooked by the description ....
The Birdwatcher (digital, 20th January 2011) [KINDLE ASIN: B004JHY8J4] by William Shaw.
"Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation.

He is a murderer himself.

But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.

But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.

Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within." [Source]

Alchemy ..... 1878 ..... a disgraced Civil War surgeon ... resistance was futile ... Now I own a digital copy of Dr Potter's Medicine Show (digital, 7th February 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01N4WYJ1L] by Eric Scott Fischl.
"The year is 1878.

Dr Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now snake-oil salesman, travels the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, fortune-tellers, and musical whores. Under their mysterious and murderous leader they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual. For a few unfortunate customers, however, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse." [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...

Robotic bees
You may know that we face a serious problem when it comes to death and extinction of bees. Japanese research go their own way to copy with the problem. Visit Boing Boing and have a look at




The last Samurai
Most of us know Samurai from films like Seven Samurai. How did they look like in reality? Over at vintage everyday
you can look and marvel at




How to Make Friends by Telephone from the 1940s
Younger people can't imagine a time without smart phones and social media. I remember that we got our first telephone when I was around ten years old. That was 1969. Nevertheless I had a lot of friends and we met nearly every day. To make an appointment was easy. We did it when we met in school.
Anyway I think the following post over at vintage everyday is even useful nowadays




Darwin Day
The 12th of February is Darwin Day. You may know that he was born on 12th of February 1809.
Not all of us have the opportunity to visit Down House the home of Charles Darwin.
Fortunately you can have a look at some details of Darwin's Study. Visit English Heritage and have a look at


But maybe you are  a more practical person. Did you ever think about to experiment like Darwin? The English Heritage put together following





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.

Let me share with you the following potpourri.

I like languages even there are so many which I do not understand. I also like to discover what other people tell about my first language. Watch the following video in order to understand
Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can


We are just in the second month of 2017 and we get information about games to be released in 2018.
Nevertheless the first Greedfall teaser is a good one even it is a cinematic one.
For information please read
GreedFall is a Fantasy RPG with Combat, Diplomacy, and Deception

And now enjoy the teaser trailer


Unbelievable but true, Captain Jack Sparrow returns for the fifth time.



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.

The following quote does not fit for me. I love it to surprise my wife with unexpected gifts ......

"On Valentine's Day, millions of men give millions of women flowers, cards and candy as a heartfelt expression of the emotion that also motivates men to observe anniversaries and birthdays: fear."

Dave Berry, American author and columnist, 1947 -

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1705

2 comments
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.


ENJOY READING ...


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
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. 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

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

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 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.


I'm

- 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 ....


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

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 ......


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...

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 ......


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.

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 ......


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 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
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