Epic fail

I simply couldn’t meet the self imposed deadline of Toll the Hounds, right now I’m on page 922 of 1269, and about 8 hours of reading.

My main goal for this year is still to finish reading this epic series, and with 2 more books besides this one, it’s time to put some serious reading sessions in.

So, I will finish Toll the Hounds this weekend, no matter what, caffeine don’t fail me now.

Off to read.


375 pages, 1 day

It has finally come, the dreaded self imposed deadline of Toll the Hounds, despite all of my efforts I still have 375 pages to go, and about 15 hours to do so.

According to my Kindle, I still have 10 hours and 4 minutes left in the book.

It’s probably a fool’s errand, but I’ll give it a go.

Off to read.


438 pages, 2 days

I will attempt something that probably will be close to insanity.

Not that I haven’t read 438 pages in a couple of days, but in the case of The Malazan Book of the Fallen being such a rich and complex world, it has reduced my reading speed considerably.

With this said, I’ll take a crack a it, right now, lunch hour is approaching, what better way to enjoy it than with a side of epic fantasy.

Now to tackle chapter sixteen.

Off to read.


The fine print

With the self imposed deadline of Toll the Hounds fast approaching , it’s this Friday at 11:59 p.m., I will take it upon myself to do everything possible to complete this challenge.

As I read the fine print on the screen of my Kindle, this challenge will indeed be a taxing one.

In my mind I can only think that I have been working on this book for a couple of months, in which, I have read 768 pages, and still have about 15 hours left of reading.

To that I say.

Let’s do this, this means no short story challenge, or any other reading material.

Off to read.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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