(Y-12) Deus Brânquia and back to Genabackis

Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

It has been a really slow week, at least for my reading, because I have been crazy busy.

So let me just jump into what have I been reading, and some of my numbers.

I have 26,871 of total pages for this year, that’s 3,129 to reach my next goal, and 14,794 pages to reach my ultimate goal for the year,  41,665 pages of total reading.

The other number I would like to point out is that I have finished 16 books in this year of reading, still have another 33 to reach my total of 49 books, which, is a recurrent goal for each and every year.

The last thing concerning my numbers is that I am 34 days ahead of my reading schedule, and if this pace holds out, this would be my best year of reading.

Now back to what I am reading.

Just finished the novelization of the academy award-winning movie, The Shape of Water, and I must say that I loved the movie and the book just takes it up a notch, the characters, especially the Amazonian Deity, are more rounded, and you can peak into their motivations and fears.

I highly recommend it.

Right now, I will start reading the fifth book of the Malazan Book of Fallen, Midnight Tides, it is a whopper of a book in a whopper of a series.

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Also, I’ll start to read a comic book series of one of the newest additions to the Star Wars universe, Captain Phasma, in which, we follow her footsteps just as the menacing Star-Killer base is falling to pieces.

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Stay safe.

Stay healthy.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

 

 

(Y-12) Results of the weeklong #StayAtHomeReadathon

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Yesterday was the last day of the weeklong #StayAtHomeReadathon organized by the reading tracking app Bookly.

The task was to read 25 hours between April 13 and April 19.

That’s about 3.5 hours per day.

Needless to say, I didn’t got quite got to there, but 18 hours reading is not such bad way to pass the week.

On those 1,685 total pages are more than amazing.

This days I’ll try to finish another book, and keep on chipping away at those pages.

Tomorrow I’ll post my progress.

Keep safe.

Keep healthy.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

The final day of Bookly’s #StayAtHomeReadathon

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Today is the final day of the week-long readathon using the amazing Bookly reading app.

As I stated in my last post, the objective was to read 25 hours between April 13 and April 19, as I enter the final day of reading my task still has a little under 8 hours to go.

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Yesterday was a really good day of reading, 441 total pages, and I finished a couple of classic DC Comics storylines, Zero Hour and Flashpoint.

And today I’ll continue my adventure thru the DC Comics Multiverse, now it is the time for Batman/Flash: The Button, and Doomsday Clock.

Also, I finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I have to say that it blew me away, I didn’t think it was going to be so good, it was such the case that I read it in one day.

Now I’ll focus on Guillermo del Toro’s novelization of The Shape of Water.

Stay safe.

Stay healthy.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Third day of the Bookly #stayathomereadathon and the revisiting of some old friends

Hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy.

I am participating on the Bookly latest readathon, a pretty good way to pass this hard times, a bit of light in all of this darkness.

The main goal is to read 25 hours between April 13 to April 19.

So far I have read

Monday 2 hours and 42 minutes

Tuesday 1 hour and 27 minutes

And today, so far, I have read 1 hour and 24 minutes.

That gives me a total of 5 hours and 33 minutes.

Not bad.

Hopefully, I’ll finish the day over 7 hours.

Now for the important part, what I am reading.

I am about to finish The Night of the Hunter, the 25th book of the Legend of Drizzt saga, it’s always a pleasure be back at Faerûn.

I will start the next volume, Rise of the King, this alongside the novelization of the Academy award winning movie The Shape of Water, directed by the amazing Guillermo del Toro.

In the comic book/graphic novel front, I’ll be revisiting some classic DC comics storylines, Zero Hour and Flashpoint.

This as a prelude to read to some events that I haven’t got around to see, The Button and Doomsday Clock.

I have a lot of great material ahead, and a great challenge to tackle.

For now, I am off to read.

Keep safe and healthy.

azr.

(Y-12) Keep on reading

Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

We still have 21 days left of the mandatory quarantine, as off today the last day would be April 30, the only thing that we can do is go out to purchase essentials things like groceries and medicine, a strict curfew has yet to be enforced.

But as the thing is shaping up here in Mexico, we are still in for the long haul.

In this still really bleary situation the only thing left to do, for us who have the immense privilege, is to stay home.

With that in mind, here is how my reading is progressing.

On the book front, there are still 36 books left on this year’s reading list.

I have finished the amazing Malebolge, written by Ruy Feben, and published by what I considered to be one of the best Mexican independent publishing houses.

The book expands over 15 short tales, that for me is like opening doors in a poorly lighted corridor in some madhouse, to find some hellish scene behind each and everyone, it is beautifully executed, and a refreshing read, go and learn Spanish, and purchase it, you won’t regret it.

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The next book on my list, and one I have already started reading it, is the next chapter of the now mythical adventure of the rogue Drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

The Night of the Hunter is the first book on the Trilogy Companion Codex and book number 28 on The Legend of Drizzt saga, and it finds the Companions of the Hall walking ancient familiars paths, while in an ancient Dwarven city trouble is brewing in the worst possible way.

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On the graphic novel/comic book front, I finished two amazing stories.

First off, and much to my surprise, was a crossover between the famous Spider-Man villain Venom and the Children of Atom, the X-men.

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In Poison X, written by Cullen Bunn, the X-men team up with Eddie Brock to face and interstellar threat, a band of symbiote wearing mercenaries ready to take over the whole universe.

The other graphic novel that I finished, while catching some much-needed sunshine, was the third volume of World of Warcraft, this amazing story-arc was written by the legendary author Walter Simonson.

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The stakes get even higher, and much of the creatures of Azeroth must band together to make front to the impending wave of the undead Lich ready to swallow everything in their path.

To continue with my reading, I finished the Legenderry Red Sonja miniseries, issues 4 and 5, and I’ll continue with the main series, written by Bill Willingham, and another miniseries of Red Sonja, written again by Marc Andreyko.

As you can see, I have been keeping busy.

Now I would like to talk about some of my numbers.

In my quest to reach 30,000 for this of reading I still have 5,796 net pages left, and I have a registered total of 24,240 pages for this twelve year of reading.

I am also 32 days ahead of schedule for this year of reading.

On the bigger picture, my projected date for reaching the 500,000-page mark is August 30, 2027, that is 4 days better than the last time.

My projected date to reach my ultimate goal, 1,000,000 pages is now July 20, 2046.

That means that I am 5,528 days behind schedule and by the time I reach this coveted number I would be 65 years, 1 month, and 15 days old.

There is still a lot of work to do.

But with each passing day, I gain a bit of ground.

For now, I am off to read.

Stay Safe.

Stay Healthy.

azr.

 

(Y-12) The day of reaching 20,000 pages and some Legenderry comics

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

According to my calculations for this year of reading, I should have reached 20,000 pages today.

I am glad to inform you that now I am standing at 23,754 of total pages read for this year.

That means that I am 32 days ahead of schedule, the first time for my twelve years that I have been developing this project.

With the official announcement, by the Mexican government, of extending the date for social distancing until April 30th, I will keep on pursuing some side projects.

To start off, I will keep on pounding away on the idea of reading a book every week of the year, right now I have still 37 books to go, that gives me about 5 days to finish each upcoming book.

On that note, I have finished the final volume of the amazing Dragonlance Chronicles series, which at first glance feels I bit like your standard fantasy series, but at the halfway point of the second volume starts building upon itself, to finish with a powerful crescendo, that leaves you wanting more, fortunately, there is still a lot more stories to explore.

My next book will be from my favorite Mexican independent publishing house, Paraiso Perdido, this time it is Malebolge, written by Ruy Feben, a Dantesque collection of little snippets of modern circles of madness and horror.

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On the comic book/graphic novel front, I will be going into the Steampunk universe created by legendary writer Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, in which he takes famous characters such as Green Hornet, The Phantom, Vampirella, and Red Sonja, all of them inhabiting an ever-expanding Victorian setting, in which, their stories intertwine.

I started with the Red Sonja miniseries, written by Marc Andreyko, and illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, and with some gorgeous cover by the incredible Joe Benitez, read his series Lady Mechanika.

This amazing material will help me with my second pursuit, reaching 30,000 pages by the time this scary situation permits us to go back to some routine, which we should really focus on not going back to “normal” but instead finding new ways to coexist in a healthier and more humane way.

I have 6,330 pages still to go, a big number, but it is doable.

Lastly, I have been running my numbers for my two major milestones of this project, reaching 500,000 pages, and 1,000,000 pages.

For what concerns my first 500,000, and according to my calculations, my new date for reaching this coveted number will be September 3 of 2027.

I have been gaining ground on this date, at the start of February of this year my estimated date was December 28 of 2027, that’s more than 3 months of progress.

The thing that really concerns me is the finishing date of my 1,000,000 pages, right now, according to my calculations, I would reach this coveted number on July 29, 2046, that is more than 15 years behind schedule.

The thing that gives me hope is that from the end of February I have gained 111 days, that is that I was 5,644 days behind on February 29, as of today, April 5, I am 5533 days behind schedule.

Little steps toward my bigger.

And with that in mind, I am off to read.

Stay healthy and safe.

azr.

 

 

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