Two down, one to go

I just finished reading American Gods, and although it’s the fifth time, I always enjoy it a lot, and for the first time it was a Spanish version of the book.

It is actually the book I planned to read to reach the 1,000,000, as one of my rules dictates, I can read a book any number of times, as long as the edition is different.

For that very special occasion, I will read the first paperback edition that I bought and read in 2003, way before this project started in 2008.

Now there is only one book left to reach my designated challenge for the spring vacation break, Dust of Dreams.

I have 416 left, the rest of this lazy Sunday, and both Monday and Tuesday to reach that goal.

Off to read.

azr.

The collection is finally complete

After a few years on searching, and of course saving for these beauties don’t come cheap, I finally tracked down the two remaining volumes of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, in its Absolute Edition, a leather bound book inside a slipcase with this legendary reprinted and enhanced.

The first four volumes and The Absolute Death have been on my book shelves for quite a while, I bought them between 2006 and 2009 when they were originally published.

For the last 8 months, I have been searching for volume 5, originally published on November 2011, and the last volume, Sandman: Overture, originally published on July 2018, and finally hit the jackpot with Volume 5, and a couple of months later with Overture.

Here are some pictures to exemplify why I love this edition so much.

Volume 5 contains the story Dream Hunters, illustrated by the legendary Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano, and the art for Overture is by one of my favourite illustrators, J.H. Williams III.

I am more than happy to have this beauties on my shelf, this means some reading sessions with a good glass of wine, and the Dream Lord guiding my footsteps

Off to read.

azr.

Comfort reading

This last few days have been a bit difficult, nothing completely catastrophic, but they have shifted some of things, and as with all changes comes a looming uncertainty.

In this times I go back to some comfort reading, for this occasion it is my favorite book, American Gods, the epic cross-country adventure of Shadow thru America, chasing old and new gods.

This is the first time I read it in Spanish, the other 4 times have been in the original English version.

Off to read

azr.

Short story challenge, day four

For today’s short story I’ll be changing to the anthology edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, Wizards.

And to start things off right, the first story is from Neil Gaiman, The Witche’s Headstone, set in the world of his highly recommended The Graveyard Book, following the adventures of Nobody Owens.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) The key to everything

I have been absent for more than a week, but I can assure you that I have spent it reading intensively.

I am just about to reach the 16,000-page mark for this year of reading, and I am also about 15 days ahead of schedule.

This passed week has been filled with all types of reading, from the Norse gods, to mutants, a reinterpretation of Frankenstein’s monster, and even a graphic history of Hip Hop.

For this weekend, I’ll commit to reading the first 5 volumes of the amazing series Locke & Key by Joe Hill, and of course binge the whole Netflix series.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) results of my week long readathon

This passed week was spent participating in the first Bookly readathon, you could either read for 20 hours or read 2020 pages.

I chose the latter.

It was a pretty productive, even though I could not reach the goal, I made some really good progress.

The other cool thing is that I finished the fifth book of the thrilling Star Wars series, New Jedi Order, now, all out war with the Yuuzhan Vong, slowly they are starting to gain ground, and a corridor to the Core Planets.

Now, I’ll turn my attention to the reimagining of two of my favorite mythologies, Mexican and Nordic.

I started off with Mr. Bowles book, which is published by Cinco Punto Press, an amazing local book editors of our sister city of El Paso, Texas.

Also, I’ll keep on adventuring on the mythical land of Azeroth, for this occasion I will be reading a trilogy by Richard A. Knaak, The Sunwell Trilogy.

For now, I am off to read, and to prepare a new post of my total progress.

azr.

(Y-11)Breathing a little easier

Just finishing with my work for the semester at my Master’s Degree and I can breathe a little bit easier.

I’ll take a few days to unwind and read a little bit.

I have plans to reach 3,000 pages by tomorrow.

So now let’s see how my numbers are.

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 2,664 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 7,336 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 50,336 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 29,337 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 45,041 pages.

I have some work to do, but in order to achieve this, I have some things line up.

Firstly, I will try to finish the first volume of the graphic adaption of my favorite novel, American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Secondly, the seventh issue of the fantastic series Batman: White Knight by writer/artist Sean Murphy.

And finally, the first issues of the expanded Sandman Universe series, this time is the turn of The Books of Magic and Lucifer, it is always exciting to dive into this massive universe that made me fall in love with comic books.

And in between all of this, I’ll try to make some headway with The Gardens of the Moon, got to keep the epicness blowing.

I know, lots of reading, but finally a little time to read.

Back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) 8 days…Lead the way, Mr. Gaiman

Just about to enter the final week of this spectacular tenth year of reading.

This week I broke a little my rule of no more books and read a couple of Novellas from one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman.

Spinning off his monumental work, American Gods, we get to spend a little more time with the enigmatic Shadow Moon, The Monarch of Glen and Black God are beautifully weird little snippets into the eternal quest of Shadow thru a land filled with ancient gods and creatures.

I am going to close out the day with the second volume of Spawn: Endgame, the glorious return of Todd McFarlane to his most famous creation.

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Now then, lets us talk number

  • Total pages for (Y-10) : 30,941 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the primary goal of this year (read more than the two last years combined): 2,793 pages.
  • And lastly, Pages to go to reach my ultimate milestone (best year ever of reading): 16,764 pages.

Those 2,793 are burning a hole in my mind, but my focus is now in chipping away as much as possible.

I have a couple of graphic novels line up for this week, and hopefully, I can reduce that number close to 2,000 pages.

For now, I will go and find a suitable bottle of wine to toast the ending year and say welcome to the eleventh year of reading.

Cheers!!!

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) 59 days… back to The Dreaming

In the little off time that I had this week, I read the return of The Sandman, creation of the multi-talented and my all time favourite Author Neil Gaiman.

He leaves his creation in really able hands, and I am hopeful that this is going to be a great new run of this mesmerizing world that I discovered almost 20 years ago.

Give yourself to explore this and all of the previous chapters of one of The greatest stories ever told.

Now, I’ll take advantage of being wide awake and do some more reading.

azr.

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