(Y-11) Therapy day

I officially began work in my little desert oasis.

I will try to get it done by Wednesday in order to enjoy some long reading/drinking sessions.

Right now it is a bloody mess.

But at least I got the pruning done.

I’ll take a break and then get started on the floor and rock work.

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-10) 88 days… any progress is good progress

Today I spent most of the day working on my little desert oasis.

Lots of dirty work with little progress, but I hope that in a couple of weeks it will be finally done, I’ll just have to keep it pristine.

I did a little reading, a little planning, and of course little progress on my book, so, for the rest of the night I plan to read a little more.

Back to it then.

azr.

(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) 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) let’s keep on reading

I plan reading into the early hours of tomorrow.

Here is a quick update.

Book Front: The Thousand Orcs, when from page 135 to 266, also, I’m keeping track of my mini reading session on an app called Reading Tracker, it gives an estimated time of when you are going to finish the book.

On the graphic novel front: Started reading The Books of Magic and I’m currently at page 103 of 197.

That gives me, 234 pages of total reading, slowly but surely I’m picking up the pace.

On the little oasis front: Got a little work done but ran out of material, I’ll stock-up during the week and try to finish next weekend.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(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) 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.

 

 

 

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