200 days

I have 200 days left of this short “year” of reading, and still over 34,000 pages to go.

As I was saying yesterday, I never back down from a challenge, by the end of this month I will be free from my work on my Masters degree, and I’ll go into turbo mode.

One of the highlights of today is that I read the first 100 pages of my trek thru the Malazan Empire, only 3890 pages to go.

Tonight I think a big batch of caffeine is in order, accompanied by a couple of X- men graphic novels.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf, House of X/Powers of X

This gargantuan volume of the X-men is basically a reintroduction to most of this long running series Mythos.

Written by Jonathan Hickman, and beautifully illustrated Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, and it follows the mutants in various times of their history, the present day is marked by the founding of the mutant island Krakoa, and consequently we see 10 years in the past, when Professor X meets Moira, 100 years in the future, and the machine-mutant conflict, and finally 1000 years in the future, with a highly evolve mutant society.

I won’t spoil any more than that, the story jump from one period to the next, and it slowly untangles the events that became the result of the mutants society evolution, this story also works as the introduction of the new X-men titles and the storyline Dawn of X.

A great story, sometimes a bit difficult to follow if you are not that familiar with the X-men, but I assure you you’ll end up wanting more of the Children of the Atom

Now ,off I go, to look for my next adventure.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf, X-men Gold Volumes 2 to 5

With the recent publication of the X-men : House of X/Power of X compilation volume, well at least in Mexico, it kick started my interest in the children of the Atom.

This 4 volumes are written in the most part by Marc Guggenheim, with the exception of volume 3, this is a crossover with X-men, written by Cullen Bunn.

Some is the highlights are the appearance of super villain Omega Red, the dangerous reality games of deranged producer Mojo, the fight against a sleeping God, but my personal favorite , the appearance of Magick, a character I haven’t read anything since maybe 2010, and graces the cover of volume 5.

Along with Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange, the X-men are some of the few Marvel titles I read on a regular basis.

This title is a great example of why this characters have endure for so long, 57 years actually, for they were published for the first time on September 1963, by the super team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Now off I go to look for my next adventure.

azr.

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 25

I haven’t update my reading journal with yesterday’s numbers, but I am pretty sure I had around 100 total pages.

Today I am focusing on finishing The Vorrh, currently on page 413, and on a couple of volume of the series X-men: Gold.

I haven’t updated my digital numbers, but tomorrow seems like an amazing day to do so.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Keep on reading

Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

We still have 21 days left of the mandatory quarantine, as off today the last day would be April 30, the only thing that we can do is go out to purchase essentials things like groceries and medicine, a strict curfew has yet to be enforced.

But as the thing is shaping up here in Mexico, we are still in for the long haul.

In this still really bleary situation the only thing left to do, for us who have the immense privilege, is to stay home.

With that in mind, here is how my reading is progressing.

On the book front, there are still 36 books left on this year’s reading list.

I have finished the amazing Malebolge, written by Ruy Feben, and published by what I considered to be one of the best Mexican independent publishing houses.

The book expands over 15 short tales, that for me is like opening doors in a poorly lighted corridor in some madhouse, to find some hellish scene behind each and everyone, it is beautifully executed, and a refreshing read, go and learn Spanish, and purchase it, you won’t regret it.

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The next book on my list, and one I have already started reading it, is the next chapter of the now mythical adventure of the rogue Drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

The Night of the Hunter is the first book on the Trilogy Companion Codex and book number 28 on The Legend of Drizzt saga, and it finds the Companions of the Hall walking ancient familiars paths, while in an ancient Dwarven city trouble is brewing in the worst possible way.

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On the graphic novel/comic book front, I finished two amazing stories.

First off, and much to my surprise, was a crossover between the famous Spider-Man villain Venom and the Children of Atom, the X-men.

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In Poison X, written by Cullen Bunn, the X-men team up with Eddie Brock to face and interstellar threat, a band of symbiote wearing mercenaries ready to take over the whole universe.

The other graphic novel that I finished, while catching some much-needed sunshine, was the third volume of World of Warcraft, this amazing story-arc was written by the legendary author Walter Simonson.

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The stakes get even higher, and much of the creatures of Azeroth must band together to make front to the impending wave of the undead Lich ready to swallow everything in their path.

To continue with my reading, I finished the Legenderry Red Sonja miniseries, issues 4 and 5, and I’ll continue with the main series, written by Bill Willingham, and another miniseries of Red Sonja, written again by Marc Andreyko.

As you can see, I have been keeping busy.

Now I would like to talk about some of my numbers.

In my quest to reach 30,000 for this of reading I still have 5,796 net pages left, and I have a registered total of 24,240 pages for this twelve year of reading.

I am also 32 days ahead of schedule for this year of reading.

On the bigger picture, my projected date for reaching the 500,000-page mark is August 30, 2027, that isĀ 4 days better than the last time.

My projected date to reach my ultimate goal, 1,000,000 pages is now July 20, 2046.

That means that I am 5,528 days behind schedule and by the time I reach this coveted number I would be 65 years, 1 month, and 15 days old.

There is still a lot of work to do.

But with each passing day, I gain a bit of ground.

For now, I am off to read.

Stay Safe.

Stay Healthy.

azr.

 

(Y-12) Between X-Men and Bounty Hunters

I start my first day of reading, this with the sole purpose of reaching 30,000

Besides reading Dragons of Spring Dawning, I started reading a new series from a galaxy far, far away, Bounty Hunters.

To tell the true, I have been waiting to premiere, right now it has two issues, and I purchased the first one.

By the cover alone it looks pretty cool.

The other thing I am currently reading is some compilations of the X-men, I started with the Blue collection on volume 0, this has some issues from the mid 90s.

Let’s see how many pages I can pile up today, on this the first day of 25 of self isolation.

Stay safe, and healthy.

I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) starting the day on a high note

I started my reading day with a bang, and now I am close to finishing The Dark Phoenix Saga.

Tomorrow I’ll update my numbers, and hopefully there will be progress all across the table

And finally, I am giving another shot to the reading progress app Bookly, starting fresh with my list, so far it is working excellent, I think the problem was that it was not suitable for my tablet, will see.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) tonight’s reading

For tonight’s repertoire, I’ll go back to the Dreaming, trek thru the badlands of Genabackis and try not to invoke the wrath of Phoenix.

But I’ll start in the Dream Lands.

Sweet Dreams.

azr.

(Y-11) A new week is blossoming.

Another week of reading is on it’s way, and I’ll keep on flexing my reading muscles.

This is part of daily regime to get ready for the next readathon.

As all weeks, I have the goals of 2,400 pages and 24 hours

I’ll keep on pounding on Fire & Blood, currently on page 396, and close out the day with The Dark Phoenix Saga.

I’m at issue number 5.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) last reading session of the week

As I enter the final stretch of this week reading my mind us focused on flexing and getting ready my reading muscles for the July readathon of 24in48.

It is an amazing experience, and hopefully this time around I will finish the 24 hours.

I encourage you to sign up in their official website and join in the fun.

So, to finish off this week, I’ll try to make some headway on The Dark Phoenix Saga.

I’ll update my numbers tomorrow for this week of reading, my total for this year, and a new entry of old school Monday.

Now off to reading, maybe I’ll throw in some time to start a new jigsaw puzzle a got for father’s day, because I have already finished with the Star Wars one I got for my birthday.

I’ll see how this plays out.

azr

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