Saturday, March 18, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1711

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Dear Readers,

spring is lurking behind the corner and I hope it will not stay over there for a longer period of time. In four weeks time we will celebrate Easter. I really, really hope that my wife will get well soon. One infection follows the other.

At least we could see Logan - what an impressive and intense film. This is my favourite Wolverine film.

 After watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of posts and comments I'm no more longer interested Mass Effect Andromeda.  I prefer to continue with Horizon Zero Dawn which still fascinates me and I'm a good archer ...

40 years ago following song has been released as a single and it is still one of the greatest songs. I love it.



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. Washing hands
  2. History you may not know
  3. From science fiction to reality
  4. Spring - not a good season for a lot of people

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Early Man

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 anger
The Lighthouse
Reading is getting better but I would like to read more. There is again a tendency to start new books instead of finishing the current read. My decision what to read depends more or less on my mood.





I finished

- Freefall (digital, 15th November 2016) [KINDLE ASIN:  B01M683QKZ] by Felix R. Savage which is the first book in the Earth's Last Gambit trilogy.

I wrote on GOODREADS:
It is the first book in a series. Therefore it should not be unexpected that there is a cliff hanger at the end.
It is true that this is a techno-thriller and there is a lot of tech-talk.
It is true that it is a thriller and there are a lot of secret agencies involved.

There is something orbiting the Jupiter moon Europa which could be an alien starship. To proof that you need a spaceship and a crew. Now we come to the core of the story which is to tell the story about the development of the spaceship and the persons involved. The story ends with the the start of the spaceship.
I must say I was not really aware that the whole book was about building a starship and about the people involved. I found it partially interesting. I hope the sequel won't be all around the travel to Europa.


Current read


Yes, I'm reading real books.


I'm


- 241 pages in of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
The tension is rising and falling like waves reaching the beach. All in all it is still interesting.


- 65 pages in London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green.
No progress.


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

- 19 % done in Hunted (digital, 5th March 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B06XFB123F] by Ed James.
Ed James delivers what he promised in the description. Good stuff.


- 40 % done in The Bungalow Mystery (original from 1923; digital, this edition 1st March 2016) [KINDLE ASIN: B01KFR65F6] by Annie Haynes

I like Annie Haynes' style a lot. The story is not the ordinary murder mystery plot and the main character is a doctor. Not sure when it takes place as no year is mentioned. I assume it is set before WW I.


-6% done in Kings of the Wylds (digital, 21st February 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01KFR65F6] by Nicholas Eames
No progress


- 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.

No progress


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

Yes, it exist. I mean the 0.99 EUR trap on Amazon.de
It is difficult to escape. Last week I could not escape and the result is as followed: Three digital copies found a new home on my reader. This time it goes back in time. All three books belong to the Fifth Knight series and is categorized as historical fiction. I'm not sure whether it is a trilogy or if the series will be continued. Here are the three available books in order.

The series starts with The Fifth Knight (digital, 13th November 2013) [KINDLE ASIN: B00A017O0I] by E. M. Powell.
"When mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket, what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. He and Theodosia rely only on each other as they race to uncover the motive behind Becket’s murder—and the truth that could destroy a kingdom." [Source]
The story is based on the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder.

The main character mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer appears again in The Blood of the Fifth Knight (digital, 1st January 2015) [KINDLE ASIN: B00LAE5DN4] by E. M. Powell.
"England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight." [Source]

For his next task Sir Benedict Palmer has to go to Ireland. His adventure continues with The Lord of Ireland (digital, 5th April 2016) [KINDLE ASIN: B0157ZIUXQ] by E. M. Powell.
"England, 1185. John is a prince without prospect of a crown. As the youngest son of Henry II, he has long borne the hated nickname ‘Lackland’. When warring tribes and an ambitious Anglo-Norman lord threaten Henry’s reign in Ireland, John believes his time has finally come. Henry is dispatching him there with a mighty force to impose order.

Yet it is a thwarted young man who arrives on the troubled isle. John has not been granted its kingship—he is merely the Lord of Ireland, destined never to escape his father’s shadow. Unknown to John, Henry has also sent his right-hand man, Sir Benedict Palmer, to root out the traitors he fears are working to steal the land from him.

But Palmer is horrified when John disregards Henry’s orders and embarks on a campaign of bloodshed that could destroy the kingdom. Now Palmer has to battle the increasingly powerful Lord of Ireland. Power, in John’s hands, is a murderous force—and he is only just beginning to wield it." [Source]


Furthermore I received a digital copy of a book that I ordered in advance. This time it goes into the future. I talk about New York 2140 (digital, 14th March 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01M065XX5 ] by Kim Stanley Robinson and I really look forward to read it.
"A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora.

The waters rose, submerging New York City.

But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever.

Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island.

Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides.

And how we too will change." [Source]


Finally I need to talk about one more 0.99 EUR offer. It is not a great loss when you don't like the book. I read several reviews about following book and I'm aware of the fact that it does not deliver something completely new. This is not always needed. But it depends on the execution. So I have to try to find out whether I like The Shadow of What was Lost (digital, 7th March 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01H17UDM] by James Islington or not.

"It has been twenty years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs - once thought of almost as gods - were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets. A representation of these laws is now written into the flesh of any who use the Gift, forcing those so marked into absolute obedience.

As a student of the Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war fought – and lost – before he was born. Despised by most beyond the school walls, he and those around him are all but prisoners as they attempt to learn control of the Gift. Worse, as Davian struggles with his lessons, he knows that there is further to fall if he cannot pass his final tests.

But when Davian discovers he has the ability to wield the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir. And to the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is…" [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...

Washing hands
Nowadays there are so many thing which we take for granted. For us it is unthinkable that a surgeon does not wash his hands before he gets in contact with an injured person. But that was different not that long ago as you can read in following post over at the Smithonianmag



History you may not know
The history of mankind is growing every day. It is impossible to keep everything in mind. From time to time I read posts which surprise me because I could imagine that this happened. One of these post is the following one which I discovered over at Atlas Obscura



From science fiction to reality
I think this is not the first time that something existing in books and/or films find its way into reality. I read tThe Martian (digital, February 2014) [Kindle ASIN: B00FAXJHCY] by Andy Weir - my review - and I saw the film. Hopefully you either read the book or saw the film or both because it is absolutely amazing. If you did you may remember the importance of potatoes. Then the following post over at the Smithonianmag is a must read



Spring - a not so good season for a lot of people
Most people ache for Spring after Winter as long as they do not suffer from allergies. But do you know when they first have been described and published?
The following post over at the Smithonianmag deliver the answer.



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.

Today I share with you the first teaser trailer of a film which I MUST see in 2018. Enjoy!


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


Quotes
I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

We should not forget history. There is still something we can learn ......

"Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage."

Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Gittin

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Edi's Weekend Wave issue #1710

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Dear Readers,

there was no post last weekend because I was on sick leave and slept most of the time. I received my copy of Horizon: Zero Dawn.Fortunately I found some time in the past days to get into the game. I love it.. Graphics are awesome, the controls work excellent, the story is interesting, and the fights are challenging. 
I try to split my spare time between reading and playing.
My wife and I wanted to see Logan but we hat to postpone. We will start our next attempt on upcoming Monday.

 

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. Survivors
  2. They do it again
  3. Scandal
  4. Sad story
  5. A special Victorian supper
  6. Painted characters
  7. You can hear the difference

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Mass Effect Andromeda

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 little things
The Lighthouse
Reading slowed down a lot but it will change. So I finished no book.



I finished

- no book



Current read


Yes, I'm reading real books.


I'm


- 189 pages in of Saturn Run (pb, this edition January 2017) [ISBN-13: 978-1101987520] by John Sandford.
A small progress

- 65 pages in London: A Travel Guide Through Time ( hc, 18th June 2015)[ISBN-13: 978-0718179762] by Dr Matthew Green.
No progress due to sickness.

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
No progress due to sickness

- 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.

No progress


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

Sickness does not prevent me from receiving books ordered in advance. Furthermore I bought some digital copies after recovering due to good offers.

As far as I know it does not happen often that an author use the same world for three series. After the Maradaine Constabulary and the Thorn of Dentonhill author Marshall Ryan Maresca opens the new series Streets of Maradaine  with
The Holver Alley Crew (digital, 7th March 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B01H17UDM].
"Mixing high fantasy and urban fantasy, The Holver Alley Crew is the first novel of Maresca’s third interconnected series set in the fantasy city of Maradaine-- The Streets of Maradaine.

The Holver Alley Fire incinerated Asti and Verci Rynax’s plans to go legit and live a simple, honest life. With no home, no shop, and no honest income, they fall back on their own ways and begin staging what should be a simple heist.

But the plans go awry when the brothers discover that the fire was no accident. Their new mission is vengeance—and they’ll do anything to take down those who burned them, no matter what the cost." [Source]
Crime fiction author Ed James is also working on three series where the main character of the Scott Cullen Mysteries appears from time to time in the Craig Hunter series and now the second book in the series has been published. I talk about Hunted (digital, 5th March 2017) [KINDLE ASIN: B06XFB123F] by Ed James.
"Continuing the new series from the bestselling author of the DI Fenchurch and the Detective Scott Cullen Scottish crime novels.

DC Craig Hunter of Police Scotland's Sexual Offences Unit. Ex-Army. Back doing the work that drives him, that makes a difference.

Private Sean Tulloch. Squaddie. Monster. He charms women. Moves in, dominates them, abuses them. Under investigation by the Sexual Offences Unit and the Royal Military Police, his partner Paisley Sanderson receives a threat. Soon she's in hospital and Tulloch is in the wind.

Now, Hunter and DS Chantal Jain must hunt Tulloch down before he can strike again. Where is he? How did he know they were investigating him? A simple trip to Portugal soon grows out of control. Will Hunter take down Tulloch before his already horrific crimes escalate? Are the Army Police really on their side? Is DI Bruce really hunting a missing child or do his intentions lie closer to Chantal? Can Hunter and Chantal overcome their very different but very similar demons? And, in Sean Tulloch, has Hunter finally met his match?

HUNTED is a fast-paced police procedural, full of action and suspense that will grip you until its breathless conclusion." [Source]
Of course I still like to read fantasy and when I saw a good offer for the following book which has been on my to buy list for a long time, I could not resist and bought a copy of  Hope and Red (digital, 28th June 2016) [ KINDLE ASIN: B06XFB123F] by Jon Skovron which is the first book in the Empire of Storms series.
"In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist.

When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible." [Source]

The last book for today has been published first in 1994. I bought a digital copy for two reasons, I got hooked by the description and there was a cheap offer.
I talk about Dangerous Lady (digital, this edition 4th September 2008) [ KINDLE ASIN: B002TXZTP2] by Martina Cole.
"No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but it's a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she's tough, clever and beautiful —and she's determined that nothing will stand in her way. Which makes her one very dangerous lady.
Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and King of organised crime, they run the pubs and clubs, the prostitutes and pimps of the West End. With Maura masterminding it, they pull off an audicious gold bullion robbery and have much of the Establishment in their pockets. But notoriety has its price. The police are determined to put Maura away once and for all —and not everyone in the family thinks that's such a bad idea. When it comes to the crunch, Maura has to face the pain of lost love in her past —and the dangerous lady discovers her heart is not made entirely of stone." [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...

Surivors

The Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed a lot of buildings but not all. It is nearly unbelievable that after more than 350 years you still can see some buildings or at least part of them. For details visit The Londonist and have a look at




They do it again
At first I thought it was kind of joke but indeed it is true. I'm happy that one of my famous characters will return on screen. Read the news over at boingboing




Scandal
Nowadays it would not raise any attention but in the 16th century .....
Atlas Obscura revealed a 16th century scandal in Venice. For details please read



Sad story
Not all children are lucky to enjoy their childhood. It happened in the past and it happens nowadays that parents exploit their children. When you read the following story over at The Londonist you may ask yourself why nobody interfered.



A special Victorian supper
I think it is not impolite to say that some Victorian people showed a bizarre behaviour and taste. Ian Visits delivers a good example for that



Painted Characters
This is just amazing. Head over to Atlas Obscura and enjoy




You can hear the difference
You may ask hear the difference between what. I talk about the difference between cold and hot water. Thanks to boingboing for sharing the following video:



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.

My daughter played the Mass Effect games. I was not really interested in. That may change with Mass Effect Andromeda. The more information I get the more I'm interested in. I like the open world elements, more freedom in character development and the emphasis of exploration. The launch trailer is excellent.





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 quote fits perfectly to the author ......

"It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer and physician, 1859 - 1930
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