(Y-10) rainy start for the weekend

I love when my beautiful desert gets blanketed by some light summer rain, just to wake up to the musical sound of small raindrops, well, it gets me in a good mood.

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Mr. Mesquite

Although I woke up really early, the effects of little sleep did not affect me, and I started my day reading.

Let us start with the graphic novel front, I finished the first volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates run on Black Panther, highly recommended, by the way, it’s dark and sophisticated, a good jumping off point to more mature stories in the Marvel universe.

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As before mention, I had a very early morning, so, it gave time to read another great graphic novel, The Black Road Volume 1 by Brian Wood, of Northlanders and DMZ fame.

This time tackling a story of the conversion of the Nordic tribes into Christianity, all of this looked through the eyes of anti-hero Magnus The Black, with the astonishing art of Garry Brown, this is a must-read for any comic-book geek.

The next graphic novel on my list is the first volume of Gerard Way, yes of My Chemical Romance, run on The Doom Patrol, if I take for example his work on The Umbrella Academy, well, I expect a trippy and extremely well-written story.

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On the book front, I am still working on The Two Swords, the last of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, currently, on page 163 of 376, the good news is that my pace has increased exponentially, so I think the book will be done this weekend.

On total pages news, I am glad to inform that the new total is 16,629 pages, surpassing the sum of (Y-8) and just 569 pages to tie the total for (Y-9).

I remind you that my last day of this year of reading is October 13, so everything looks in good shape.

Well, back to enjoying the rain, my steaming cup of coffee and of course my books.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) A quick word

From the two things I set-out7 to achieve yesterday I can say that at least one got done.

That is finishing Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, and let me tell you, what a spectacular book, stories of Batman, John Constantine, Swamp Thing and even a story with two Sandman.

And with some of the comic book artist elite, well, it just puts the cherry on the cake, I mean, Mike Mignola and Dave McKean, simply perfect.

On the books front, I reached page 51 of The Two Swords, but I still have part of the night to chip away some more.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) the inevitable countdown

I have 124 days left in this year of reading, the final day is October 13 of this year, its a weird way to start counting my year of reading on the tenth month of the year.

But this idea came to me and I started recording my progress on October 9, 2008, so that is the main reason why I do things these way.

With little time left I think that some really ambitious days must follow, so, for today I’ll try to read, in my current book, The Two Swords, to let’s say at least to page 140.

Also, finish Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, quite ambitious day indeed.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) feeling the good vibe

I couldn’t be happier for the recent resurgence of my page progress, for this, the tenth year of my crazy little project.

Two really spectacular things happened these last few days.

First of all, I finished both the graphic novel, Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol.1 and the book, The Lone Drow, over the course of the weekend.

Some genuinely mesmerizing and compelling stories in their own right.

The real value of an excellent author is that he or she can take what may appear a run of the mill idea and transform it into a profound and profoundly poetic study of our own fears, hopes and the strange monsters that we create to cope with an imperfect world.

So, I genuinely urge you to read more fantasy, horror and comic books, and especially to read between the lines to find the hidden messages.

The Second thing is that I have officially broken the 16,000-page mark, 16,180 to be precise, I feel that finally, this boat is catching a rhythm.

For this week I also have big plans, to finish a couple of Graphic Novels, the first on the list is Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, which I have already started and to make matters even more connected it kicks off with a Swamp Thing story.

The second graphic novel is the first volume of the critical acclaim run by author Ta-Nehisi Coates of Black Panther, with the quick glance I gave it seems really promising.

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On the book side of things, I expect to finish the eighteen book of The Legend of Drizzt Saga, and the closing chapter of the thrilling Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, The Two Swords, the last book left some pretty nail-biting cliffhangers.

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And just to top off the day, I received, only a few hours ago, my vinyl copy of Father John Misty latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, in all its red glory.

I’ll take it for a spin tomorrow.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) 12 years and 364 days

Yesterday I turned 37 and with that the clock on my crazy little project keeps on ticking .

Now I have little under 13 years to complete my task and a whole lot of pages left to read.

Right now I’m still enjoying the week-long celebration, but I wanted to share some of my new goodies that are now gracing my bookshelves.

My plan is to continue throughout next year with my “total epicness” reading, including, for next year, a deep dive into the world of one of my all time favorite characters, Hellboy.

After these two epic years the next task will be to read some authors with the distinction of receiving a Nobel or a Pulitzer prize, hence the Dylan, McCarthy and Alexievich additions to my collection.

For now I’ll just enjoy the rest of my week of celebraction, for which I am really thankful of being surrounded by so much love, and try to squeeze in some reading.

Back to it then.

azr.

(Y-10) A day for wandering

Yesterday was a very rich day for running around.

I went to one of my favorite spots in my fair city and catch up with some new art exhibition.

This time was The Trans Border Biennial ELP-JRZ 2018.

And, being a border town, this has a great impact on our way to visualize our relationship with not only the physical space that is the border but also all the psychological and emotional aspects that construct it.

There are some amazing pieces that capture this enigmatic place.

Be sure to check it out if you are around Ciudad Juarez.

It also gave me some free time to catch up with some reading.

I’m glad to say that the second volume of Lady Mechanika is under my belt and my current book, The Lone Drow, is past the half way mark, on page 195 of 370, to be precise.

Below you can see some of the cover of Lady Mechanika by the extraordinary artist Joe Benitez

Today I plan to do more of the same, what better way to commemorate 37 years on this beautiful planet than to be with my beautiful family and read some more.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) at the sound of thunder

Yesterday afternoon a typical summer storm hit our beloved, and as these type of things go, it was fast and over in the blink of an eye.

Luckily, yesterday I finished the first part of my little oasis and the new plants that I transplanted in the morning got the full benefit of some summer rain.

 

During this week I’ll take some time to finish the rest of my little haven and start to grab my morning coffee, and some afternoon wine, outside.

On the book front, I had good progress with The Lone Drow, right now I’m on page 99 of 370.

For the rest of the morning, and into the early afternoon I’ll focus on reading my two current graphic novels, Lady Mechanika Vol.2 and The Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 1.

Back to it, and to reading.

azr.

(Y-10) Weekend plans…better known as what am I going to do between reading.

As all of my weekends, well at least in recent memory, I woke up really early, brewed some coffee, and took my favorite spot at our dining table to start my weekend reading.

This was an atypical start, usually, on Saturday morning I update my reading tracking lists, or tracking spreadsheets to be more precise, but not today, the pull by the Dark Knight himself was more compelling than any organizational task could ever be.

This particular story is the time period of the legendary series Dark Knight Returns and reprising his duties as the writer was no other than Frank Miller in cahoots with another legend of the comic book industry, Brian Azzarello.

And to round up this already behemoth of a team is legendary illustrator John Romita Jr., the story feels like a frenetic build-up of the shattering events to follow, a short but bittersweet tale.

 

For my next graphic novel endeavor is the legendary run on Swamp Thing by master storyteller Alan Moore.

I have the first two volumes and working on buying the remaining to complete the saga.

 

Also, try to make some headway with The Lone Drow, I have high expectations for the weekend.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) let’s get things rolling.

Early this morning I finally finished The Thousand Orcs, it is great to once again follow the perilous adventures of Legendary Drow Drizzt.

This book just pushed me past the 15,000 page mark for this year, 15,362 to be precise.

So, to start today’s session I’ll sit outside for awhile and start reading the 18th book of The Legend of Drizzt Saga.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

P.S.

The new Father John Misty album is available for streaming, just something more to round this beautiful morning.

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