(Y-10) time to read

This weekend I’m going to indulge with some heavy reading and gardening.

I have been quite busy these past few weeks, and finally, there is some time to catch my breath and relax.

As always I have big plans, the only difference, at least for this weekend, is that it involves some physical work.

But I’ll start with the mental work.

On the book front, I’m up and running the with the first book of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, part of The Legend of Drizzt saga, currently, I’m on page 135, and the primary goal is to finish it by Sunday afternoon.

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On the graphic novel front, three astounding books from some of the most legendary writers and artist in the comic book history.

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First off, Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade, written by not one but two legendary powerhouses, Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello and illustrated but non-other that John Romita Jr. It seems like a short story, short but sweet.

Second off, legendary run of Swamp Thing by comic book legend Mr. Alan Moore, accompanied by the psychedelic art of Stephen Bissette.

And finally, The Books of Magic by my favorite writer Neil Gaiman and John Bolton, lending his dark and gritty art to complete a remarkable story.

Concerning my little desert oasis, I have already prep the area to work in, some new flower pots, some new decorative stones, and a whole facelift to be ready for “reading outside season.”

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And to start off this weekend with a sonic delight, the new Arctic Monkeys album.

 

Well, I’m off to read.

azr.

(Y-10) improving my grooves

Yesterday I received a really early birthday, of course at the hands of my beautiful wife.

A Crosley T100 turntable.

Truly a thing of beauty and with an amazing sound. I have already taken it for its first spin. Non other than Pearl Jam to do the honors.

On the reading front I’m glad to inform that two more graphic novels are under my belt, Saga Vol. 5 and Vol.6, a must for any comic book enthusiast. Also just started reading the second volume of the amazing adventures of Lady Mechanika.

I’m aiming high for the end of the month, at least reach 20,000 total pages for the year and maybe 3 novels finished of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

Things to do, Books to read, records to play and a whole lot of gardening to be done by the weekend.

Back to it then.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) catching a rithym

Finally, I have caught an extraordinary groove, both on my reading and some new vinyl acquisitions.

On the reading front, I finished a couple of graphic novels, Lady Mechanika Vol.1 and Punk Rock Jesus.

Both displaying some breathtaking art.

Mr. Benitez (Lady Mechanika) and Mr. Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) take along some dystopian realities that fully submerge you onto this shadow-filled worlds that leave you in awe and begin for more.

Also, in glad to inform, that these two graphic novels help me pass the 14,000-page mark for this reading year.

On the sonic front, I have been overwhelmingly active, there are a couple of album on their way, the first is the debut record by Lo Moon because it is traveling from the UK I’ll expect it by the end of next week. The Second one is the newest record by Father John Misty; I bought through an offer by Spotify, a gorgeous red vinyl record will be on its way by June 1, the official release date.

Fortunately, I have some new records to keep me busy in the meantime.

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty, AM and Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys, Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Vitalogy by Pearl Jam and Sunset Strip R.I.P by The Flytraps seem like an extraordinary selection.

 

And lastly, today marks officially the day that I got up from my lazy ass and started prepping my little desert oasis for the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Lately, I had neglected it, but we have plans to use as often as we can this season, a couple of beers, some hundred pages and just be outside and take in some air.

The first thing was to give my beloved mesquite tree a proper space so it can grow and eventually fill with those amazing yellow flowers the entrance to our home.

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More changes to the little oasis in the coming days.

Well now back to it.

Those books are not going to read themselves.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

 

(Y-10) triumphant return

Sunday night was epic, for we bare witness to the explosive return of one of our favorite bands, The Distillers.

We got to see them at The Lowbrow Palace, a really cool small venue in El Paso, Texas, simply perfect for a great evening of music.

The opening act, The Flytraps, did not disappoint, a perfect blend of moxy and rawness that is directly inherited from the early days of punk.

In all, it was a perfect night to unwind and get prepared for the crazy week ahead of us.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) Catching up with some art.

I finally had the time to catch-up with some new art exhibitions.

All of this on one of my favorite spots in my fair city, Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez.

I only had time to peruse two on the three new exhibitions, but I’ll make the time to peruse the one left.

In the main room there is a collection of mural studies by famous mexican muralist, Aurora Reyes,considered a pioneer female artist.

The second exhibition about sensuality and sexuality in Mexico, a really interesting and sad reality of marginalization of the LGBT community and any sexual liberation front in our country, which in retrospect has not change that much in the course of the last 50 years.

If you get the chance to visit the museum, please do.

Not only for the great art but also it is a great space to wander around and relax.

Back to it.

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) The Drought is over

Today marks the end of a genuinely shitty streak of not finishing anything.

No Books.

No Graphic Novels.

No Comics.

Nothing.

But luckily there will always be The Dark Knight to save my sorry ass.

The last registered book was The Servant of the Shard, on April 7.

20 long days

The third volume of Batman, The Death of the Family, by the impressive creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, came to put an end to my prolonged drought, and to top it off, it marks the return of The Joker to Gotham.

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Exquisitely done, you can feel tense all throughout the book.

And to keep this machine rolling, yesterday, I finished the fifteen book of The Legend of Drizzt saga, The Promise of the Witch-King, although the legendary drow ranger does not make an appearance, his two main antagonists, Jarlaxle and Artemis Entreri, can carry the story without a flinch.

For now, I’ll focus on the sixteen book of the saga mentioned above, Road of the Patriarch and a graphic novel. Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy.

 

Keep on going, keep on reaching for that ultimate goal, although it seems unobtainable, I’ll just keep pushing myself.

Some quick number for this the tenth year of my crazy project.

  • 15 books read.
  • 13,551 total pages.
  • 83,215 pages to go.
  • 162 days left in the year of reading.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) Pulitzer Prize Winner 2018

Today was announced these year recipients of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

You can find the complete list of winners here.

It was indeed a surprise, a joyful one none the less, to see Kendrick Lamar’s album Damn snatched the honor for music.

If you haven’t heard it, go and find it in any streaming service, quite a journey.

Back to it.

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) Painfully lagging

These past few days have been really killer for my progress.

I need to regroup and march on with my reading goals.

I’ll schedule my time to jump between the massive pile of digital and printed Graphic Novels and my enormous pile of books to read.

So, one thing at a time, first I’ll power through Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family

And then focus on my roaming thru Faerûn with Drizzt and company.

Luckily I’ll have some new sonic companions, three to be exact, but for tonight I will be in good company with The Boss himself.

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Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

(Y-10) The Glorious List

This is my crazy ass list, 100 books, pure epic fantasy.

And it goes as follows:

The books with the red text signify on my read pile.

The books with the blue text signify books on my shelf waiting to be read.

The books with the bold text signify books yet to be purchased.

Book Total Pages
#1 The Hobbit 288
#2 Lord of the Rings 1112
#3 Legend of Huma 384
#4 Dragons of a Fallen Sun 627
#5 Dragons of a Lost Star 550
#6 Dragons of a Vanished 610
#7 The Legend of Drizzt Book IV: The Crystal Shard 344
#8 The Legend of Drizzt Book V: Streams of Silver 377
#9 The Legend of Drizzt Book VI: The Halfling’s Gem 378
#10 The Legend of Drizzt Book VII: The Legacy 341
#11 The Legend of Drizzt Book VIII: Starless Night 369
#12 The Legend of Drizzt Book IX: Siege of Darkness 378
#13 The Legend of Drizzt Book X: Passage to Dawn 375
#14 The Legend of Drizzt Book XI:  The Silent Blade 408
#15 The Legend of Drizzt Book XII: The Spine of the World 406
#16 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIII: Sea of Swords 407
#17 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIV: Servant of the Shard 348
#18 The Legend of Drizzt Book XV: Promise of the Witch King 345
#19 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVI: Road of the Patriarch 375
#20 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVII:  The Thousand Orcs 384
#21 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVIII:  The Lone Drow 384
#22 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIX: The Two Swords 376
#23 The Legend of Drizzt Book XX: The Orc King 398
#24 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXI: The Pirate King 396
#25 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXII: The Ghost King 375
#26 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIII: Gauntlgrym 389
#27 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIV: Neverwinter 363
#28 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXV: Charon’s Claw 442
#29 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVI: The Last Threshold 434
#30 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVII: The Companions 441
#31 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVIII: Night of the Hunter 352
#32 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIX: Rise of the King 352
#33 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXX: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf 352
#34 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXI: Archmage 352
#35 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXII: Maestro 352
#36 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXIII: Hero 352
#37 Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen II) 699
#38 Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen III) 925
#39 House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen IV) 1044
#40 Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen V) 960
#41 The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen VI) 1232
#42 Reaper’s Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen VII) 1280
#43 Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen VIII) 1280
#44 Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen IX) 1276
#45 The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen X) 1200
#46 The Chronicles of the Black Company 704
#47 The Books of the South 672
#48 The Return of the Black Company 672
#49 The Many Deaths of the Black Company 788
#50 The Vorrh 500
#51 The Erstwhile 462
#52 Beren and Lúthien 289
#53 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 369
#54 Dancer`s Lament 418
#55 Deadhouse Landing 387
#56 Dragons of Autumn Twilight 452
#57 Dragons of Winter Night 404
#58 Dragons of Spring Dawning 388
#59 Time of the Twins 421
#60 War of the Twins 412
#61 Test of the Twins 348
#62 Dragons of the Dwarven Depths 594
#63 Dragons of the Highlord Skies 597
#64 Dragons of Hourglass Mage 335
#65 The Second Generation 440
#66 Dragons of Summer Flame 612
#67 Amber and Ashes 362
#68 Amber and Iron 373
#69 Amber and Blood 318
#70 Return of the Crimson Guard 732
#71 The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol.1 319
#72 Stonewielder 638
#73 Orb Sceptre Throne 609
#74 The Way of Kings 1005
#75 Words of Radiance 1088
#76 Oathbringer 1241
#77 The Name of the Wind 676
#78 The Wise’s Man Fear 1000
#79 The Slow Regard of Silent Things 177
#80 The Legend of Drizzt Anthology 370
#81 Neverwhere (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 435
#82 Coraline (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 192
#83 The Graveyard Book (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 289
#84 Fortunately, The Milk… (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 144
#85 The Godborn: The Sundering Book II 352
#86 The Adversary: The Sundering Book III 528
#87 The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV 352
#88 The Sentinel: The Sundering Book V 352
#89 The Herald: The Sundering Book VI 352
#90 The First King of Shannara 538
#91 The Sword of Shannara 670
#92 The Elfstones of Shannara 619
#93 The Wishsong of Shannara 572
#94 Prince of Thorns 389
#95 King of Thorns 609
#96 Emperor of Thorns 449
#97 Forge of Darkness 687
#98 Fall of Light 861
#99 Blood and Bone 850
#100 Assail 542

Back to it then.

azr.

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