(Y-11) make it of break it

Entering the weekend and I have still 20 hours left in the clock and only 285 total pages for the week.

So, it’s time to put some effort to this and finish the week strong.

I’ll start with some DC Comics stories, Batman Who Laughs, Justice League Dark and Green Lantern.

Jump into The Malazan book of the Fallen.

And finish the day with Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) new comic books

I went yesterday to pick-up the new comic books for this week.

As I mentioned last time, here in Mexico, it is a whole adventure to find those new books, but that doesn’t discourage me.

To start, there was waiting for me the fourth volume of the Prince Valiant.

4 down, 72 volumes to go.

Also, the eight issue of DC Heroes in Crisis, and the start of a new series of one of my favorite characters, Green Lantern, written by one of my favorite writers, Grant Morrison, this looks really promising.

I will make tomorrow a comic book day, I just have to find the fifth number of DC Heroes in Crisis and I’m all set.

But tonight it’s back to Genabackis

azr

(Y-11) this evening’s reading

I am approaching the halfway point of Fire & Blood, little over 50 pages to go, and maybe I can close that gap a bit before succumbing to sleep.

Also, I will like to read the latest issue of Heroes in Crisis, well at least in the Mexican edition, which is number 5 of the series.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) 12 years to go

Today it officially marks the 12 years left notification until the deadline to achieve 1,000,000 pages.

This is because, today, I turn 38 years old.

And since the whole idea of this crazy project is to read that gargantuan amount before my 50th birthday, well there you go, the clock strike again, and I have only 12 years ahead.

Today I received some more awesome material to keep on piling up those numbers.

Three pretty cool new graphic novels

And to put the cherry on the cake, some awesome new kicks, one of my favorite things, besides books and coffee of course.

Brings me back to the days when I watch his airness dominate the court.

Now I’ll enjoy the last few hours of the day and read some more.

azr

(Y-11) tonight’s reading

I’m starting to pick-up the pace.

Today, I was reading some graphic novels based on the fantastic world of Dark Crystal, in case you didn’t see it, Netflix, just announced a 10-part series, Age of Resistance , coming out on August 30

So, I had to get back to it’s mythological beginnings.

For tonight my reading will consist of a couple of issues of the DC comics series Heroes in Crisis.

And I’ll keep chipping away at Fire & Blood.

And hopefully tomorrow I can finally fo an pages update.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) new comic books

After the hectic week I had, going to pick-up some new comic books is just what the doctor ordered.

I bought the second volume of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, this is a remastered edition translated to Spanish, and according to the description by the editor it will be somewhere around 70 volumes, coming out every two weeks.

Also, I bought three single issues of the series I am currently reading, Justice League Dark, The Batman Who Laughs and Heroes in Crisis.

It is reading time.

azr.

(Y-11) Vacation Time

Today marks the first day of the two-week spring vacation period.

Also, tomorrow will be the mid-point day for this eleventh year of reading, for which I’ll post something on Monday morning to see how I am faring for the first half of this amazing year.

As always I have big plans for my reading, and in between, I’ll squeeze some traveling and hopefully some work on my little desert oasis to get in shape for the upcoming summer season, I have been promising myself to have this space to read comfortably outside.

And I will follow thru this time.

I have so much to go thru in this post, and I know that I have been really lazy, I mean this is the second of the month of April and it is almost half-way done.

 So let me begin with what I have been reading.

I finished five graphic novels, ranging from some good old Batman to the Mad Titan tearing his way thru the Marvel Universe.

On that note, and trying to catch up with Thanos’ recent storyline, I read Infinity Book II and Thanos Rising, the latter beautifully executed by Jason Aaron, on the controls as the writer, and the amazing artwork by Simone Bianchi.

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On the DC Universe front, from which most of the reading comes, I went thru some new, some past storylines I haven’t read and one historic milestone.

To start off, I finished reading the sixth volume of the current run of Detective Comics, beautifully executed by James Tynion IV, it is always great fun to run around with the Bat Family thru the dark crevices of Gotham City.

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For some passed storylines, I finally finished reading Forever Evil, by now legendary DC writer Geoff Johns.

I read the first two issues when it originally came out back in 2013 but lost track it and now came to find to read in my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I took advantage, and let me tell you, watching Lex Luthor as the hero will always be disturbing.

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And to keep on transversing the DC Universe, I read some single issues of new material, or at least newly published here in Mexico.

Spinning off the events of Dark Nights: Metal comes a new story about the spooky Batman Who Laughs, developed by the all-star team of Scott Snyder and the wonderful Jock.

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Also in the Dark Knight department, the highly controversial and now infamous Bat-penis, I read the Spanish and censored edition of  Batman: Damned, by the always edgy Brian Azzarello and the stunning art of Lee Bermejo, this particular edition has the variant cover edition by Jim Lee.

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Another series I started reading is Justice League Dark, and I love it from the first page, I am a sucker for all the magical and weird characters from the DC Universe.

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I read the first two issues and yesterday bought the third one, which consequently is the conclusion of the first story arc.

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Which relates directly to the idea of bringing to the main continuity of characters such as Swamp Thing and John Constantine, from which I am currently reading the first story arc in the Rebirth era of DC Comics.

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And now to finish off my recent trek thru the DC Comics Universe, the historic and landmark issue number one thousand of Detective Comics, in which the Dark Knight not only reaches this historic number but he also celebrates 80 years of publication history.

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I got the Bernie Wrightson variant.

To close out the comic book/graphic novel front, I read the omnibus of B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948, where you can see the first years of the agencies peculiar cases, all of this pre-Hellboy’s involvement, for he was a wide-eyed kid living somewhere in the New Mexico desert.

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And some of the amazing sketch drawings of the series.

Now on the book front, I keep on pounding away on the third book of the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw, currently on page 327, and I have plans to finish the saga on the first week of the spring vacation so I can start reading the first two book of Brian Catling’s The Vorrh Trilogy on the second week.

In which we are taking a small trip, but more on that later.

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This has been an eventful couple of weeks, I went to “Fiesta de los Libros” which is an event of my Alma Mater where you can buy all its the scientific or historical publications but the catch is that the price is around 5 dollars for all the books you can fit on a paper bag they give you, needless to say, I took around 7 bags home with books related to my masters degree.

Below you can see the place and some of the exhibitions during this week-long book celebration.

The other event was a home game of the newly founded Mexican League of Football, in which our fair city, Ciudad Juarez, has one of the five inaugural teams.

They started losing the game by 16 to 0 at the half but came from behind to claim a 24 to 16 victory.

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The next game and season closer is on April 28, and hopefully, we will be playoff bound.

Now I will like to talk about my numbers.

For the eleventh year of reading, I have a total of 22,029 pages and closing in the last year total with only 10,119 pages to go, just before the halfway mark.

Still, I am 30 days behind my reading schedule, but what are vacations for if not for closing down gap from crazy reading projects.

In concern of my total reading for my project, I have amassed 255,056 pages of reading and on the next significant milestone, which is reaching 500,000, I have 244,944 pages to go.

And in my projection, which started as the finishing date of the particular number to be on July 26 of 2029, now it has come down to May 14 of the same year, slowly but surely I am gaining ground.

In order to chip away at the page at my total pages to read and on to get that finishing date closer I have promised myself to grab my enormous pile of to read books and try to at least knock down 3,000 pages and a couple of months of ground gained.

Here are some of my reading materials for the upcoming weeks.

Well, I am off to chase those pages and rest my ass off.

azr.

(Y-11)And then, the pages came.

I have been away for quite a while, both from reading and from writing in this blog.

But not anymore.

So, what have I been up to?

Let me start with what have I been reading.

I finished a couple of fantastic graphic novels, the first one is Viva la Vida: Los Sueños en Ciudad Juarez, it is a harrowing retelling of one of the most violent and painful periods in the history of my fair city.

This is capture thru the eyes of two French illustrators, Baudoin & Troubs, I am not sure if an English version of the book exists, but it is worth the effort to translate and enjoy this beautiful piece of work in which, the citizens shared their hopes and dreams in exchange for a portrait.

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The second graphic novel I finished was a collection of fantastic artist reinterpreting the songs, this in comic book form, of one the most influential singers in history, Bob Dylan, illustrating 13 of his most iconic songs, it is a must in the collection of any comic book or music lover.

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Here the many facets of the legendary singer and Nobel Laureate.

After these two less traditional comic books, I went and read the newest installment of the now legendary Batman story The Dark Knight, for this particular story we get treated to an epic creative team.

Helmed by the original writer, Frank Miller, who needs no introduction, and joining him for the writing duties another legend of the world of comic books, Brian Azzarello.

And to put the cherry on top, Miller does a bit of the artwork with the collaboration of Andy Kubert, one of the most iconic illustrators to ever work with the Dark Knight, and as if this wasn’t enough, Klaus Janson, the legendary inker of the original series, now also contributing with some fantastic artwork .

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And here some of the covers.

Right now, I am working on a couple of things.

First off I keep on pounding away on the third book of the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw, as always it feels like home when I go out and run around with the legendary drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

I am currently on page 90 of 442, moving slowly and loving every minute of it.

The second thing is the fourth volume of Batman: Detective Comics, part of the DC Universe Rebirth, in which we get to indulge in the adventures of many sidekicks of the Dark Knight, including Clayface himself.

I particularly enjoy seeing the character Azrael back in action, crazy as ever.

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In between all of this reading, I took some time do a couple of things I love, eating and going to a live show, all in the same day.

I went to see an impressive group, Le Butcherettes, in a great venue in our sister city of El Paso, The Low Brow Palace, this small club always delivers some iconic performances.

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And to close out the night I went to my favorite hamburger joint, What-A-Burger, arguably the best burger chain restaurant and a true Texan icon.

I did not take a picture of the burger, it was devoured diligently.

Now I will like to talk about my currents number, both in this year of reading and my overall total and also a bit of a forecast of what I think the year has in store for me.

To start off, for the eleventh year of reading I have a total of 18,210 pages.

I have steading my pace but still behind my reading schedule by a whopping 28 days, but with the upcoming spring vacation, I think there will be plenty of opportunities to kick back and read an hour or four.

As for the forecast for this year, and if all things keep on the same course, I am looking for a total of 21,521 pages by the half-way point of the year, which is in exactly 30 days.

With these numbers, I am expecting to finish the year with little over 43,000 pages, but the real goal is to surpass my best year, 47,705 pages in the first year of reading, but always aiming of at least gracing that 53,000 page goal.

As for my overall total, it stands at 251,257 pages, and according to my calculations, and again if everything holds steady as now, I will be reaching the next significant milestone of 500,000 pages by the 10 of July of 2029, which to start of it is not acceptable and I am working on bringing down.

So far I have shaved approximately 15 days of this date and will keep on working to reduce the distance to such a significant achievement.

I have a long weekend ahead of me, here in Mexico we have the day off on Monday, this in celebration of the birthday of the famous president from which our fair city gets its name.

For me, this means extended periods of reading and trying not to get out of bed, and with the forecast of possible snow for Saturday, that only gives me more reasons not to venture outside the warm comforts of my blankets.

Well there you have it, a kind of long post, but given the circumstances, I had to bent some things that have been roaming around my head for the past week or so.

Tomorrow, I’ll visit one of my favorite coffee house, same great coffee but they updated their accommodations, and I have been itching to write a new caffeine pilgrimage entry for so long, what better way to get back on the saddle than with an old favorite.

As you can tell, I have a slight case of insomnia.

Better put it to good use and run alongside some dwarfs and elves, and hopefully, they will carry me off to dreamland.

azr.

 

 

 

 

 

(Y-11) On the verge

 

I am done with a few books since my last post and with that my road to reach 250,000 will be cut by half.

On the book front, I have finished the second book of the Neverwinter Saga, an old foe comes to haunt Drizzt’s step once again, as always it is a pure delight read the adventures of such an iconic fantasy character.

For me, Drizzt holds a place in the Olympus of fantasy characters, keeping good company with the likes of Aragorn.

Here is the infographic sheet from Bookly.
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So naturally, I jump right into the third book of the Saga, Charon’s Claw.

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After finishing this saga I am not sure what to read next, do I continue with The Malazan Book of the Fallen, the third book Memories of Ice, or do I tackle the monumental novel Jerusalem by Alan Moore.

I’ll appreciate your opinions by commenting on this post.

Now moving on to graphic novels.

I finished Batman: The Black Mirror, as always great fun to follow the Dark Knight, in this case, his understudy, thru the treacherous streets of Gotham, and the art by Jock, just breathtaking.

You can see for yourself below.

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Here is the infographic sheet.

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The other graphic novel that I finished was the fourth volume of Robert Venditti’s run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, there is trouble in paradise and too much of my surprise and delight there is an appearance by the New Gods.

 

And here is the infographic sheet, this was a relatively quick read, I was hooked and could not put it down.

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Right now I will go back on the timeline of Green Lantern and read a series that I could not catch when it was first published, Brightest Day, the aftermath of the events unleashed on Blackest Night.

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So, things are progressing quite nicely, just a little push and I’ll be celebrating the quarter of my ultimate goal.

And on that note, let us talk about some of my numbers.

My total for this year sits on 16,265 pages, an excellent number, but still behind schedule, 27 days to be precise.

On the bigger goal, reaching 250,000 pages, I am on the verge of getting there, just 708 pages to go, and if everything holds, I will be opening the champagne on March 5.

Lastly, I was thinking of much days have gone by since I started and how many do I have left to achieve my goal, fortunately, there is time and date, this website helps you calculate dates and so much more.

And I come to found out that:

I have been reading for 3,794 days

And, that I still have 4,482 days left to achieve my 1,000,000 page goal.

I better get back to reading.

azr.

 

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