(Y-10) The Dark Knight and coffee.

Well, my plan to read the next two trilogies of the Legend of Drizzt saga has not gone as planned.

I’m still working on the final book of the story arc of the Paths of Darkness, The Sea of Swords, and then start with the first book of the Sellswords Trilogy.

Being optimistic I will most likely have time to read one trilogy, this of course was all caused by a nosy citizen of Gotham, in his Snyder-Capullo rendition.

I’m about 40 pages from finishing the second volume of this run, The City of Owls, and I’ll dive right into the third volume.

And of course, keep chipping away at my book.

Finally, the bought a couple of new books, one arrived yesterday, The Halloween Tree, written by the genius author Ray Bradbury and illustrated by the extraordinary Gris Grimly, one of my personal favorites, the other book I’ll keep it a mystery until it arrives

 

Simply amazing, I think I’ll leave on my shelf until Halloween to better enjoy it.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) Two Weeks, Two Trilogies

I am going to take advantage of this two weeks without the daily routine and the imminent family getaway to get back on track with my reading.

The task for this two weeks you might ask, first to finish The Sea of Swords, the current book I’m reading and the thirteen of The Legend of Drizzt Saga, and tackle two trilogies in that same universe.

The first one will be The Sellswords Trilogy, which the made up of The Servant of the Shard, which if you can see in the picture below I bought quite a time ago and still bears the old school logo of the Forgotten Realms, Promise of the Witch King and The Road of the Patriarch, which are from a newer and newest edition respectively.

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The Second one will be The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy,  which is made up of The Thousand Orcs, The Lone Drow, and The Two Swords.

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Hopefully, this six books will be done and on the read column by the time spring break is over, my page count really needs this, which, consequently sits at 12,069 pages for this the tenth year of my crazy project.

Now back to it.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) Ready for Spring Break

Today marks the start of the two-week break we get, at least here in Mexico, for spring.

So, I got ready for this period, that hopefully will help me get back on track and for that, I’ll need the help of my old friend caffeine.

I went out and bought a kilo of whole bean glory.

This particular batch is from the beautiful state of Chiapas, Mexico and it is carefully roasted by local roasters Casa Cafetzin.

For the first week, I’ll just kick back and catch up on my reading.

For the second week, we will take a little trip, but more on that later.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

 

(Y-10) Happy Hellboy Day

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the first published issue of the landmark series The Seed of Destruction and the appearance of one of my all-time favorite character, Hellboy.

But in its whole, I think this is my favorite comic book of all time, it has to do with the menagerie of monsters, villains, specters and most of all really well-developed characters, full of shades and struggles.

The mastermind behind this, still on-going story, is the brilliant writer/illustrator Mike Mignola and we thank him for wanting just to draw monsters for the rest of his career.

I had the privilege to meet Mr. Mignola in both SDCC 2007 and 2008.

He was really nice and signed whatever we put in front of him and even drew a couple of sketches for us.

Which are some of the most prized possessions in my library.

 

So, for today, I’ll get some old comic books out and stand in amazement of this rich world that Mr. Mignola so kindly has shared with us.

Happy Readings!!!!

azr.

(Y-10) Caffeine Pilgrimage, Braun Café Móvil

This has become one of my morning rituals.

Early in the morning.

On my way to teach a class at my alma mater.

Nothing hits the spot like a freshly brewed coffee and to find it on the street on this cleverly transformed what appears to be an old generator, it gives new meaning to coffee on the go.

Made from locally roasted coffee, it is heaven on a cup.

For my luck, I can now have at least three times a week.

You can follow Braun Café Móvil on Facebook to see its business hours and more importantly their location for any given day.

 

 

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Drink of Choice: Latte

Best Hour (for my taste): 8:15 to wake up from among the dead.

(Y-10) Caffeine Pilgrimage, Café Único

This is way overdue.

As you can see by my entries I’m a bit addicted to coffee.

So, I have a self-appointed quest to visit the various coffee houses that are popping all around town.

The rules of engagement are quite simple: 1) Try all the local flavors, 2) Try to avoid the big chains (with a few exceptions, but that is a post for later) and finally 3) Try at least two different coffee drinks.

With that in mind, I went scouting for my first place to sit down, enjoy some great coffee and take this time to catch-up with some of my reading.

The first place, and honestly one of my go-to places, is Café Único.

This particular visit was on a rare rainy day in my fair city, so I desperately needed to chase away the chill of a winter wet day.

The place was comfy and with a great feeling of warmth, with a few people enjoyed a good chat but not overcrowded.

The coffee was perfect, strong, bold and to the perfect temperature and accompanied by a warm apple strudel, well, it was the perfect combination to warm up and read for a couple of hours.

The baristas are really friendly and attentive but do not snotter you.

This is one of the main reasons I keep coming back, great coffee and a peaceful place to unwind for a couple of hours.

You can follow Café Único on Facebook to see their location and business hours.

Recommendations: 

Drink of Choice: Americano

Dessert of Choice:  Warm Apple Strudel

Best Hour (for my taste): between 10:00 a.m and 12:00 p.m.

(Y-10) Recruiting some help

Finally, I have finished the thirteen-book of The Legend Drizzt saga, the series took a slower pace and focused more and the inner turmoil of the Barbarian Wulfgar, with a few swashbuckling moments here and there.

For the start of the fourteen book of the series, The Sea of Swords,  I have recruited some help.

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First, on the fuel side of things, and a long time coming, some beautiful, freshly roasted coffee from where I considered one of the best places to buy/drink coffee in the Juarez-El Paso area, I’m talking about BLDG. 6 Coffee Roasters. This time I will give the house blend a try.

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On the chocolatey part of things, two new chocolate bars came my way. One spicy alternative and a more classic flavor.

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And lastly, a guide through the perilous realms of  Faerûn, so I can keep up with Drizzt in his never-ending quest.

Fortunately, I have a holiday long weekend and not too far, a vacation retreat with some peace and quiet.

Happy Readings!!!!

azr

 

(Y-10) Grinding away and new goodies

Right, I’m about 65 pages to go on The Spine of the World, which I planned to finish by today and jump right in into the thirteen-book of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

Slowly but surely my reading is getting back on track, I Know, lots to read, lots to do but I’ll finish the year with a bang.

In the goodies portion of this entry, well there are a few.

First, let us start with some books that arrived in the mail.

Neil Gaiman books illustrated by the highly talented Chris Riddell, I have been eyeing them for quite a while.

On a more boozy part of my new goodies.

A brand spanking new bottle of Sotol, this particular label is sort of a local endeavor, it is produced and bottled about 25 miles south of Juarez in the small community of Samalayuca, pure desert spirit.

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So I’m all set to unwind and work on my page count.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) a bit more procrastinating but with chocolate

Right now I’m passing the half way mark of The Spine of the World, the twelfth book in the Legend of Drizzt saga, the pace of this book is a bit slower but it takes time to further develop some characters, it adds some more deep to the story against being a sword smashing fest.

Quite refreshing I might add.

My plan is to get through at least 3/4 of the book by the end of the weekend, and maybe throw some Batman action here and there.

Right I have a couple of trade paperbacks from the Scott Snyder run.

All of this whole munching on some delicious chocolate, the victim for this evening a 72% cocoa Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Cranberries, which apparently donates part of its proceeds to endangered species funds, so, eating with a purpose.

For now I’ll have a wild crazy night filled with sotol, dark chocolate, lots of caffeine and of course some good old reading.

Good night and Happy Readings!!!

azr.

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