(Y-11) Officially back from hiautus

Well, I am officially back from my break from writing on this blog, almost a week after what I have planned initially, but who is counting.

I have so many things to get into, and honestly, I do not know where to begin.

So I’ll try to start with what I have been reading and take it from there.

Currently, I am working on two things, the second book on the Neverwinter Saga, starting the now infamous Drow Drizzt Do’Urden, with the legendary city of Neverwinter, reduced to rubble, and the constant attack of a not so friendly Lich, Drizzt must learn to trust his new companions in order to get out of this one alive.

It is hard to read this fantastic saga and not have those familiar faces to tag along with the lone Drow in his eternal quest for redemption, I especially miss King Bruenor, dwarves are some of my favorite fantasy characters of all time, it does not matter which universe they inhabited, they are always so cool, I think it has to do with the beard.

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Right now I am at page 187 of 363, my reading has slowed down a bit, but I have all of the intentions of rearranging my schedule to fit in more reading time.

There are still two books left on the Neverwinter Saga, Charon’s Claw and The Last Threshold, after finishing these two I have a conundrum ahead of me, jump right back into reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen or read Jerusalem by Alan Moore.

For now, I’ll focus on what is in front of me.

The other thing I am currently reading is a compilation of the Avengers Vs. Thanos, with the glorious work by the legendary Jim Starlin.

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This is some old school comic books, just amazing.

I am well over the halfway point, and the plan is to finish it this lazy Sunday, well, that is my plan, to squeeze in some reading between episodes of The Umbrella Academy, which started streaming on Friday on Netflix, so, check it out, but not only the series also the fantastic comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

That is for what I am currently working on.

Also, I finished a couple of graphic novels.

The third volume of Robert Venditti run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, part of the Rebirth series of DC Comics, I think I have said it before, Mr. Venditti was born to write Green Lantern.

Here is the infographic sheet generated with Bookly.

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The other graphic novel I finished was the second volume of B.P.R.D.: The Plague of Frogs, and it is not enough words to describe it.

What a complex and beautifully haunting piece of modern horror literature, I love that although the characters are immersed in a fantasy horror world, they do not lose complexity or depth to tell the story, in fact, the underlying conflict in each one of them make the story that much more vibrant.

If you haven’t read any of this work or Hellboy for that matter, you are missing out on a monumental series.

Here is the infographic sheet generated with Bookly.

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And a couple of Mike Mignola covers just for the beauty of it.

 

Once I finish Avengers Vs. Thanos, I’ll jump into the third volume of the Plague of Frogs, I am hooked.

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Now lets talk of some of my numbers for this eleventh year of reading.

First off, and since I have started using Bookly at the start of this year, the app has been keeping track of the time I actually spend reading, and so far I have rung in over 60 hours of active reading.

You can see in the stats below, things like reading speed and total pages, and my current streak of 48 straight days of reading.

screenshot_20190217-0714401644480396.jpgSo far it has been a handy tool to keep track of my reading, and if you are a bit obsessive like I am, you will definitely fall in love with this app.

Now for some total numbers of my reading so far.

My total for this year is closing into 15,000 pages.

14,667 to be precise, just 333 pages to go.

Still, I am a bit behind schedule, 27 days to be precise, all of my effort to close the gap these past few weeks have not been what I hope for, but I am confident this will turn around shortly.

But the other event that has been ringing in my head for the past few weeks is the impending goal of reaching the first quarter of my reading, that is 250,000 total pages.

Right now, I sit on 247,694 pages, that is 2,306 pages to go, and according to my calculations, and if all stays the same, I will reach my goal by March 5.

And then, all-out party.

Of course, I plan to reach before that date.

I have so many things to keep me motivated for the upcoming months, like the release of the new American Gods season, March 11 by the way, the reboot of Hellboy starting the delightful David Harbour,  April 12 by the way, and the new series based on the work of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, premiering on May in Prime Video.

And to top it off, I will return to one of my favorites sections of my blog, Caffeine Pilgrimage, with two new places Casa Polanco and  Boston Tea Bar.

So many things to do, of course, all of this between my reading.

Now I’ll get back to enjoying my Sunday.

Being back to my plotting and my writing is lovely.

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) 74 days…a tiny burst

Had a good day of reading, I reached page 539 of The Name of the Wind, a 79 page progress and the day is not over yet.

Right now I am on sleep duty and my youngest is not showing any signs of giving in.

So, in the meantime, I’ll try to make some headway with the second volume of All-Star Batman, with the extraordinary art of Jock.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) 78 days… so close I can smell it

Today was a very successful one.

Firstly, I finally finish the DC Universe by Mike Mignola graphic novel, showcasing the extraordinary early work of the now legendary creator of Hellboy, and personally my favorite comic book artist.

The graphic novel collects some of his work in not only the different DC Comics titles but also a wide range of his cover work, eerily beautiful.

Judge for yourself.

 

Also, I started my journey through one of the latest DC Comics major events, Dark Days, just read the first two issues, which a considered the prelude to the event.

The Forge and the Casting, written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with the support of not one but three legendary artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr., this was an epic start to what promises to become a legendary tale in the rich annals of DC Comics.

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Pencils by John Romita Jr.

And because of this great burst of reading is that I stand on the verge of achieving one the immediate goals of this year, reaching 25,000 pages.

Well, I’m painfully close, for my total, as of now, is 24,996 pages.

Just four measly pages away.

To close out the night, I will read the first issue of Dark Days: Metal and make some headway with The Name of the Wind, currently on page 411, picking up the pace.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

Reading Session IV

I’m sorry that this post was not made right after I finished the session but exhaustion for the best of me.

Right now I am at the halfway point of my total reading hours and this last session was a bit more modest, 1 graphic novel, some progress with The Name of the Wind, and 218 pages.

I’ll start the final day of reading in about 5 minutes and hopefully I’ll get the 24 hours of reading or at least come really close.

Happy Readings

azr

p.s.

my total pages for the 12 hours of reading is 2,164, not to bad.

(Y-10) 96 days…a cloudy one.

Today was a really hectic day.

Between running around doing errands and the normal daily routine I did not have much time to read.

In between waiting, I squeezed some reading, little progress in the book and little progress on a digital graphic novel.

This time it was a compilation of the DC Comics works of extraordinary artist, Mike Mignola.

And to start things off with a bang, a story of the Phantom Stranger, just perfect for the style of Mr. Mignola.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more productive.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) it was not Sunday either.

My plan to have a 500-page day failed miserably, again.

On Sunday, the day I thought was going to be the day, the total of pages was 154, not so bad, but not quite my goal.

But looking on the bright side of things, I made some headway with The Orc King and finished DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics: Justice League, this weird cross-over graphic novel has some memorable stories, like Superman and The Predator.

And one gem, I am of course talking about the Batman/Hellboy/Starman crossover, illustrated in all its glory by comic book legend Mike Mignola.

Tomorrow I’ll post an update on the total for the year and my reading is progressing.

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) Happy Hellboy Day

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the first published issue of the landmark series The Seed of Destruction and the appearance of one of my all-time favorite character, Hellboy.

But in its whole, I think this is my favorite comic book of all time, it has to do with the menagerie of monsters, villains, specters and most of all really well-developed characters, full of shades and struggles.

The mastermind behind this, still on-going story, is the brilliant writer/illustrator Mike Mignola and we thank him for wanting just to draw monsters for the rest of his career.

I had the privilege to meet Mr. Mignola in both SDCC 2007 and 2008.

He was really nice and signed whatever we put in front of him and even drew a couple of sketches for us.

Which are some of the most prized possessions in my library.

 

So, for today, I’ll get some old comic books out and stand in amazement of this rich world that Mr. Mignola so kindly has shared with us.

Happy Readings!!!!

azr.

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