(Y-11) Still in the flow (Day 5 of 31)

Yesterday was another great of reading, and once again, I hit the page goal.

This time the total was 173 pages, the pace is going up.

This is a great way to start my vacation period with a bang, and hopefully, I will meet my goal by the time January rolls around.

Although I am a little behind schedule, currently I have 3,287 pages, and according to my calculations I should have approximately 7,738 pages at this point of the year, this is of course to reach my coveted 53,000 pages of total reading for this year.

That puts me 32 days behind schedule.

But have no fear for this vacation period will help me shorten the distance.

Now to talk about happier things, yesterday I finished the third volume of Mark Millar’s seminal comic book series, Kick-Ass, what a beautiful, hyperviolent thrill ride this series has been.

If your only frame of reference is the movie, let me tell you, that is the light version of the story, so, go out and buy whatever you can get your hands on of this great series and get ready for a ride not fit for the weak hearted.

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Also, I had a great reading session this morning of the first book of The Malazan Book of the Fallen series, The Garden of Moon, in which I currently stand on page 330 of 627. I plan to read this and the second book of the series, Deadhouse Gates, before the end of the year.

And finally, I am lining up some reading material for the weekend, this of course with the goal of gaining some lost ground and getting ever closer to achieving what I set out to do this year, in my plans of reading for the upcoming weekend I have enlisted the help of a triple threat of fun.

The latest installments, well at least recently published in Spanish, of the Legend of Zelda manga series, The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass, and Four Swords, volumes 4 and 5, respectively.

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And to sickly top things off, the first volume of compiled debauchery in its purest form, I am of course talking about the masterpiece written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by the great Steve Dillon.

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This is one of the works of the middle of the ’90s that came and reshaped what the comic book medium could be and what time of stories could be told, not just your run of the mill superheroes stories but something with more depth and to explore human nature from a different perspective.

I should enjoy re-reading this fantastic series.

The few days ahead seem to be destined to be quite thrilling, I shall inform you, tomorrow of course, of my latest shenanigans.

But for today it is back to the salt mines for me.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-11) The epic 100 and the 3,000 pages

Last year I set out to have some epic years of reading, that is to read all of those fantasy novels I was so eager to go through but haven’t got around to doing so.

So, I compiled a list of 100 novels that I was just burning to read.

As you would see in the list below, there are a few series that are true classics, and if you love fantasy you most definitely must read, but there is also some of the new breeds of fantasy writers that are taking this beloved genre by storm.

The red text represents books I have already read.

The blue text represents the book I am currently reading.

Book Total Pages
The Hobbit 288
Lord of the Rings 1112
Legend of Huma 384
Dragons of a Fallen Sun 627
Dragons of a Lost Star 550
Dragons of a Vanished 610
The Legend of Drizzt Book IV: The Crystal Shard 344
The Legend of Drizzt Book V: Streams of Silver 377
The Legend of Drizzt Book VI: The Halfling’s Gem 378
The Legend of Drizzt Book VII: The Legacy 341
The Legend of Drizzt Book VIII: Starless Night 369
The Legend of Drizzt Book IX: Siege of Darkness 378
The Legend of Drizzt Book X: Passage to Dawn 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XI:  The Silent Blade 408
The Legend of Drizzt Book XII: The Spine of the World 406
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIII: Sea of Swords 407
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIV: Servant of the Shard 348
The Legend of Drizzt Book XV: Promise of the Witch King 345
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVI: Road of the Patriarch 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVII:  The Thousand Orcs 367
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVIII:  The Lone Drow 370
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIX: The Two Swords 376
The Legend of Drizzt Book XX: The Orc King 398
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXI: The Pirate King 396
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXII: The Ghost King 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIII: Gauntlgrym 389
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIV: Neverwinter 363
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXV: Charon’s Claw 442
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVI: The Last Threshold 434
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVII: The Companions 441
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVIII: Night of the Hunter 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIX: Rise of the King 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXX: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXI: Archmage 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXII: Maestro 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXIII: Hero 352
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen I) 635
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen II) 699
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen III) 925
House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen IV) 1044
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen V) 960
The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen VI) 1232
Reaper’s Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen VII) 1280
Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen VIII) 1280
Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen IX) 1276
The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen X) 1200
The Chronicles of the Black Company 704
The Books of the South 672
The Return of the Black Company 672
The Many Deaths of the Black Company 788
The Vorrh 500
The Erstwhile 462
Beren and Lúthien 289
Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire 336
Dancer`s Lament 418
Deadhouse Landing 387
Dragons of Autumn Twilight 452
Dragons of Winter Night 404
Dragons of Spring Dawning 388
Time of the Twins 421
War of the Twins 412
Test of the Twins 348
Dragons of the Dwarven Depths 594
Dragons of the Highlord Skies 597
Dragons of Hourglass Mage 335
The Second Generation 440
Dragons of Summer Flame 612
Amber and Ashes 362
Amber and Iron 373
Amber and Blood 318
Return of the Crimson Guard 732
The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol.1 319
Stonewielder 638
Orb Sceptre Throne 609
The Way of Kings 1005
Words of Radiance 1088
Oathbringer 1241
The Name of the Wind 662
The Wise’s Man Fear 1000
The Slow Regard of Silent Things 159
The Legend of Drizzt Anthology 370
Neverwhere (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 435
Coraline (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 192
The Graveyard Book (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 289
Fortunately, The Milk… (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 144
The Godborn: The Sundering Book II 352
The Adversary: The Sundering Book III 528
The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV 352
The Sentinel: The Sundering Book V 352
The Herald: The Sundering Book VI 352
The First King of Shannara 538
The Sword of Shannara 670
The Elfstones of Shannara 619
The Wishsong of Shannara 572
Prince of Thorns 373
King of Thorns 609
Emperor of Thorns 449
Forge of Darkness 687
Fall of Light 861
Blood and Bone 850

So far I have read 26 of 100 books, and my total of pages is 11,048 of the 53,459 pages all of these books sum up.

For the Christmas break I have big plans, first is to read a couple of books from The Malazan Book of the Fallen and to finish Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series.

In other news, yesterday I reached another milestone of this year of reading, a total of 3,000 pages.

As I planned for yesterday, I read a couple of issues from the newly published Sandman Universe spin-off series, on this journey I was in good company, firstly by great magician Tim Hunter and secondly by the prince of Darkness himself, the morning star, Lucifer.

These are two great books, and you should check them out, but for my taste, I was more intrigued by the Lucifer series.

I am still a little behind schedule with my reading but giving the circumstances I have achieved more than expected.

For today, I plan to work on The Gardens of the Moon for a little bit, and also to read a graphic novel I purchased a while back, Un samurái ve el amanecer en Acapulco, by Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue and Spanish illustrator Sonia Pulido.

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Well now, back to reading.

azr.

(Y-11) In the beginning

365 days and 53,000 pages are ahead of me.

On the closing of this first day of the eleventh year of reading , I can only feel grateful for still be doing this.

I have a lot of energy and ready to tackle whatever this year has to offer.

The good news is that I finished the first graphic novel of the year, Kick-Ass Volume 1, and with it the first 216 pages of the year.

Also, I am preparing to dive deep into one of the most complex and critically acclaimed fantasy world, The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

I’ll start with the first book, The Gardens of Moon by Steve Erikson .

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) Reading…reading…reading

I have come to the conclusion that my quest through epicness is going to extended on to next year.

I have a list of 100 books that is not going down without a fight.

Right now I am working on the second book of The Sellswords Trilogy, The Promise of the Witch-King, number fifteen of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

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There are thirty three books of this amazing saga, so, I am getting near the half-point mark.

At the end of my trek true Faerûn awaits another epic quest, The Malazan book of the Fallen, ten main novels and a few more world-expansion stories.

I see my time for this tenth year rapidly depleting.

The new plan is to expand this reading list to two consecutive years of pure epicness

On my next entry there will be a detail list of what is in my read pile and my to-read list.

For this year I have reach 13,032 pages, still a long way to go.

Just keep on reading.

azr.

 

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