Balancing act, part four

I’m getting my groove back.

The passed few days I have read over 200 pages, and started with a good pace the eight volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Toll the Hounds, currently on page 71 of the whopping 1,270, still, finishing this epic series is priority one of my current year.

This reading boost it’s thanks to the enthralling manga series Berserk, I have devoured volumes 4 and 5 in record time.

And for today I have volume 6 lineup, to continue Guts journey in his adventures thru the ravaged landscape filled with war and it’s demons.

Also for today’s reading I’ll revisit Grant Morrison’s run of Batman & Robin, with the legendary artist Frank Quitely.

I am moving up slowly on my total reading for January, there’s still 4,158 pages to go, and on the bigger picture, I still have 137 days, and 25,075 pages to go.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Decisions, Decisions

I have finished the book corresponding to January on my Paraiso Perdido 2021 reading Challenge.

Cuando las luces aparezcan, it’s a collection of six stories revolving around abduction and first contact with some odd creatures, but not necessarily little green man.

My favorite moment it’s the appearance of Jaime Maussan, a legendary Mexican paranormal researcher, and TV presenter, I advice you to look him up on YouTube, it’s quite the spectacle.

Now I have a conundrum, do I continue with Robin Hobb’s Assassin series, the next book is Royal Assassin, which I have the digital version, and for the last three weeks I have been searching for the printed version publishing by the Spanish publishing house Plaza & Janés, but so far, no luck.

What I did found was the third book, Assassin’s Quest.

Hence my conundrum, do I read the digital version, or do I keep on searching for a printed copy.

I think while I make up my mind, or find a copy, I’ll read the next volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Toll the Hounds.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Numbers: December 16, 2020

With just a few days left before my week long readathon, I still have a lot of things I would like to achieve before it starts.

The main one is to finish with book seven of The Malazan book of the Fallen, Reaper’s Gale.

I just passed the halfway point, currently on page 512 of 1003, and this will be my focus for this remaining days.

On my epic December plan to read more than 8,000 pages on the month, I am progressing as the Fellowship of the Ring thru the Pass of Caradhras, really slow and cold, minus the snow, I still have 7,793 pages to go.

This only gets me more hyped up for the upcoming intense week of reading.

On the broader picture for this year of reading I still have 30,714 pages to reach my goal, this task over 172 days left.

Right now I am reading the third volume of the comic book series Queen Sonja .

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

The final march into Genabackis

I have decided that I going to focus on finishing The Malazan Book of the Fallen, an 10-part epic series by Canadian writer Steven Erikson.

Yesterday, I started the seventh book, Reaper’s Gale, and the plan is to keep track of the remaining four books as one long read.

With that in mind here is the length of each one starting with 1003 pages of Reaper’s Gale.

Followed by the 1,270 pages of Toll the Hounds.

The ninth book is Dust of Dreams, with a total of 816 pages.

And finally, the epic conclusion, The Crippled God, with a total of 908 pages.

Combined they give me 3,997 pages, a great challenge for this year, which consequently will be a short one , this in order to coincide the end of each one with my birthday. Concluding in 2031, with my 50th birthday.

To start off the Malazan Challenge, I have read 41 of the 3,997.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf: A reading conundrum

I finished the amazing Halloween by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, and may I say that it was the perfect book for this time of year.

My next adventure is the third book of the Companions Codex, Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall face the biggest war ever to hit Faerûn.

My next step in my perpetual list presents me with a conundrum.

Do I finish my trek thru Genabackis?

This will take thru 4 more books, being the next volume Reaper’s Gale, pictured above.

Or do I head for the stars and journey to find lost civilizations in the Saga of the Seven Suns ?

This journey will take me thru 7 books, starting with Hidden Empire.

So many great books, so little time.

What should I do ?

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf Double Feature, Sandman Universe: Lucifer and The Bonehunters

I’ll start off by talking about the epic sixth volume of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Bonehunters.

It took me 69 days to read, which is typical for me on this series.

When I say that this series is epic, I mean it, it has the feel of reading the annals of a long gone Empire.

The story picks up two months after events of the fourth volume, The House of Chains, The Malazan Fourteenth Army has come out of the field victorious, but a new menace is brewing in the Imperial Court and with a mysterious plague ravaging the seven cities, the Empire hangs on the balance and puts all off its fate on the new master of Deck of Dragons, Ganoes Paran, to bring balance back.

Mr. Erikson is a master of fantasy, the scope of the world is vast, I highly recommend this series, but a fair warning, this is a really tough read, the whole series is about 11,000 pages and more than 3,000,000 words, this over 10 books of the main series, if you are not that familiar with epic fantasy ,you should really start with a milder series, and work your way up.

For my second feature is the first volume of the Sandman’s Universe Lucifer, written by Dan Watters and beautifully illustrated by Argentinian artists Max and Sebastian Fiumara.

The morningstar is missing, from Hell that is, he embarks on a perilous quest to find the mother of his abandoned son Caliban, while mysterious forces brew against him, looking to imprison him.

Of all the titles of the Sandman’s universe relaunch this is my personal favorite, Mr. Watters captures beautifully the essence of the character created by Mr. Gaiman, and does it justice just as good as Mr. Carey did on the series of 2000.

Now off I go to look for my next adventure.

azr

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 26

I have been away reading, mostly.

I still have a long way to go on my ultimate goal for this year, 50,000 pages.

I have 45 days left, and about 8,000 pages to go.

But as I said before, one page at a time.

For this weekend I am locked in with two goals.

First, to finish The Bonehunters

According to Bookly, I still have about 4 hours, this book is really complex, and has a vast amount of characters,, so my reason has been really slow, but I am sure this weekend will suffice to get it done.

This will put me over my minimal goal of reading for this year, which was 41,665 pages, a pretty successful year.

The other thing I plan to achieve is to reach my monthly goal of pages, once again using Bookly to track my reading.

That’s 775 pages to go, so I’ll mix in some comic books, and this goal will be surpassed easily.

So, with that in mind, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 16

I have been focused on a few things this last weeks than I have neglected my entries on this blog.

I hope to end this for good.

Right now I am locked in on the sixth volume of the epic story of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Bonehunters, and the return of one of my favorite locations, Raraku, the holy desert.

I am closing on the halfway point of the book, an I have ambitious plans to finish it by Wednesday.

On my quest to reach 40,000 pages, I still have 2,169 pages to go, and about 12 days to do it.

But tonight will be dedicated to a certain red fella and his weird tales.

I found this on my Kindle Unlimited account, and it will be a special treat to close out this busy Sunday.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 12

I have been so focused on finishing the fifth volume of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, that I didn’t remember to update my progress.

I am glad to say that I finished yesterday, and to say that this series has an epic scope is not quite making it justice, the book closes on a cliffhanger, as war unravels, so the schemes of the gods.

 I have approached this series as I did a challenging steep hike thru the mountains, used to practice hiking with plans of doing it again, one ascend at a time, with the top always on sight, and most importantly knowing my limits.

It is because of this that I’ll take a break from the series to catch my breath.

I’ll go to the Forgotten Realms, and read the adventures of Farideh on Erin M. Evans’ The Adversary, the third chapter of the multi-author series The Sundering.

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On my journey to reach 40,000 pages on this year of reading, I am 6,068 pages away and have 44 days to do it.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

 

(Y-12) Quarantined Days, update 11

I start my reading session with 160 pages left on Midnight Tides, according to Bookly I still have about 5 hours left.

Let’s see how this plays out.

Yesterday I read 117 pages, and finished the second volume of The Umbrella Academy , those types of comic book series reminds me why Dark Horse Comics is my favorite publisher.

I have also some Red Sonja comic books in my Kindle to read between chapters of the fifth volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

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