(Y-10) time to read

This weekend I’m going to indulge with some heavy reading and gardening.

I have been quite busy these past few weeks, and finally, there is some time to catch my breath and relax.

As always I have big plans, the only difference, at least for this weekend, is that it involves some physical work.

But I’ll start with the mental work.

On the book front, I’m up and running the with the first book of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, part of The Legend of Drizzt saga, currently, I’m on page 135, and the primary goal is to finish it by Sunday afternoon.

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On the graphic novel front, three astounding books from some of the most legendary writers and artist in the comic book history.

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First off, Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade, written by not one but two legendary powerhouses, Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello and illustrated but non-other that John Romita Jr. It seems like a short story, short but sweet.

Second off, legendary run of Swamp Thing by comic book legend Mr. Alan Moore, accompanied by the psychedelic art of Stephen Bissette.

And finally, The Books of Magic by my favorite writer Neil Gaiman and John Bolton, lending his dark and gritty art to complete a remarkable story.

Concerning my little desert oasis, I have already prep the area to work in, some new flower pots, some new decorative stones, and a whole facelift to be ready for “reading outside season.”

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And to start off this weekend with a sonic delight, the new Arctic Monkeys album.

 

Well, I’m off to read.

azr.

(Y-10) improving my grooves

Yesterday I received a really early birthday, of course at the hands of my beautiful wife.

A Crosley T100 turntable.

Truly a thing of beauty and with an amazing sound. I have already taken it for its first spin. Non other than Pearl Jam to do the honors.

On the reading front I’m glad to inform that two more graphic novels are under my belt, Saga Vol. 5 and Vol.6, a must for any comic book enthusiast. Also just started reading the second volume of the amazing adventures of Lady Mechanika.

I’m aiming high for the end of the month, at least reach 20,000 total pages for the year and maybe 3 novels finished of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

Things to do, Books to read, records to play and a whole lot of gardening to be done by the weekend.

Back to it then.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) The Drought is over

Today marks the end of a genuinely shitty streak of not finishing anything.

No Books.

No Graphic Novels.

No Comics.

Nothing.

But luckily there will always be The Dark Knight to save my sorry ass.

The last registered book was The Servant of the Shard, on April 7.

20 long days

The third volume of Batman, The Death of the Family, by the impressive creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, came to put an end to my prolonged drought, and to top it off, it marks the return of The Joker to Gotham.

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Exquisitely done, you can feel tense all throughout the book.

And to keep this machine rolling, yesterday, I finished the fifteen book of The Legend of Drizzt saga, The Promise of the Witch-King, although the legendary drow ranger does not make an appearance, his two main antagonists, Jarlaxle and Artemis Entreri, can carry the story without a flinch.

For now, I’ll focus on the sixteen book of the saga mentioned above, Road of the Patriarch and a graphic novel. Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy.

 

Keep on going, keep on reaching for that ultimate goal, although it seems unobtainable, I’ll just keep pushing myself.

Some quick number for this the tenth year of my crazy project.

  • 15 books read.
  • 13,551 total pages.
  • 83,215 pages to go.
  • 162 days left in the year of reading.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) Pulitzer Prize Winner 2018

Today was announced these year recipients of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

You can find the complete list of winners here.

It was indeed a surprise, a joyful one none the less, to see Kendrick Lamar’s album Damn snatched the honor for music.

If you haven’t heard it, go and find it in any streaming service, quite a journey.

Back to it.

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) Painfully lagging

These past few days have been really killer for my progress.

I need to regroup and march on with my reading goals.

I’ll schedule my time to jump between the massive pile of digital and printed Graphic Novels and my enormous pile of books to read.

So, one thing at a time, first I’ll power through Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family

And then focus on my roaming thru Faerûn with Drizzt and company.

Luckily I’ll have some new sonic companions, three to be exact, but for tonight I will be in good company with The Boss himself.

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Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

(Y-10) The Glorious List

This is my crazy ass list, 100 books, pure epic fantasy.

And it goes as follows:

The books with the red text signify on my read pile.

The books with the blue text signify books on my shelf waiting to be read.

The books with the bold text signify books yet to be purchased.

Book Total Pages
#1 The Hobbit 288
#2 Lord of the Rings 1112
#3 Legend of Huma 384
#4 Dragons of a Fallen Sun 627
#5 Dragons of a Lost Star 550
#6 Dragons of a Vanished 610
#7 The Legend of Drizzt Book IV: The Crystal Shard 344
#8 The Legend of Drizzt Book V: Streams of Silver 377
#9 The Legend of Drizzt Book VI: The Halfling’s Gem 378
#10 The Legend of Drizzt Book VII: The Legacy 341
#11 The Legend of Drizzt Book VIII: Starless Night 369
#12 The Legend of Drizzt Book IX: Siege of Darkness 378
#13 The Legend of Drizzt Book X: Passage to Dawn 375
#14 The Legend of Drizzt Book XI:  The Silent Blade 408
#15 The Legend of Drizzt Book XII: The Spine of the World 406
#16 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIII: Sea of Swords 407
#17 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIV: Servant of the Shard 348
#18 The Legend of Drizzt Book XV: Promise of the Witch King 345
#19 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVI: Road of the Patriarch 375
#20 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVII:  The Thousand Orcs 384
#21 The Legend of Drizzt Book XVIII:  The Lone Drow 384
#22 The Legend of Drizzt Book XIX: The Two Swords 376
#23 The Legend of Drizzt Book XX: The Orc King 398
#24 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXI: The Pirate King 396
#25 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXII: The Ghost King 375
#26 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIII: Gauntlgrym 389
#27 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIV: Neverwinter 363
#28 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXV: Charon’s Claw 442
#29 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVI: The Last Threshold 434
#30 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVII: The Companions 441
#31 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVIII: Night of the Hunter 352
#32 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIX: Rise of the King 352
#33 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXX: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf 352
#34 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXI: Archmage 352
#35 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXII: Maestro 352
#36 The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXIII: Hero 352
#37 Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen II) 699
#38 Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen III) 925
#39 House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen IV) 1044
#40 Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen V) 960
#41 The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen VI) 1232
#42 Reaper’s Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen VII) 1280
#43 Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen VIII) 1280
#44 Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen IX) 1276
#45 The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen X) 1200
#46 The Chronicles of the Black Company 704
#47 The Books of the South 672
#48 The Return of the Black Company 672
#49 The Many Deaths of the Black Company 788
#50 The Vorrh 500
#51 The Erstwhile 462
#52 Beren and Lúthien 289
#53 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms 369
#54 Dancer`s Lament 418
#55 Deadhouse Landing 387
#56 Dragons of Autumn Twilight 452
#57 Dragons of Winter Night 404
#58 Dragons of Spring Dawning 388
#59 Time of the Twins 421
#60 War of the Twins 412
#61 Test of the Twins 348
#62 Dragons of the Dwarven Depths 594
#63 Dragons of the Highlord Skies 597
#64 Dragons of Hourglass Mage 335
#65 The Second Generation 440
#66 Dragons of Summer Flame 612
#67 Amber and Ashes 362
#68 Amber and Iron 373
#69 Amber and Blood 318
#70 Return of the Crimson Guard 732
#71 The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol.1 319
#72 Stonewielder 638
#73 Orb Sceptre Throne 609
#74 The Way of Kings 1005
#75 Words of Radiance 1088
#76 Oathbringer 1241
#77 The Name of the Wind 676
#78 The Wise’s Man Fear 1000
#79 The Slow Regard of Silent Things 177
#80 The Legend of Drizzt Anthology 370
#81 Neverwhere (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 435
#82 Coraline (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 192
#83 The Graveyard Book (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 289
#84 Fortunately, The Milk… (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 144
#85 The Godborn: The Sundering Book II 352
#86 The Adversary: The Sundering Book III 528
#87 The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV 352
#88 The Sentinel: The Sundering Book V 352
#89 The Herald: The Sundering Book VI 352
#90 The First King of Shannara 538
#91 The Sword of Shannara 670
#92 The Elfstones of Shannara 619
#93 The Wishsong of Shannara 572
#94 Prince of Thorns 389
#95 King of Thorns 609
#96 Emperor of Thorns 449
#97 Forge of Darkness 687
#98 Fall of Light 861
#99 Blood and Bone 850
#100 Assail 542

Back to it then.

azr.

(Y-10) Reading…reading…reading

I have come to the conclusion that my quest through epicness is going to extended on to next year.

I have a list of 100 books that is not going down without a fight.

Right now I am working on the second book of The Sellswords Trilogy, The Promise of the Witch-King, number fifteen of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

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There are thirty three books of this amazing saga, so, I am getting near the half-point mark.

At the end of my trek true Faerûn awaits another epic quest, The Malazan book of the Fallen, ten main novels and a few more world-expansion stories.

I see my time for this tenth year rapidly depleting.

The new plan is to expand this reading list to two consecutive years of pure epicness

On my next entry there will be a detail list of what is in my read pile and my to-read list.

For this year I have reach 13,032 pages, still a long way to go.

Just keep on reading.

azr.

 

(Y-10) I won’t say goodbye, I’ll say fare thee well..

Well, our little getaway has come to an end, but it was really what I needed, some sun, some wind, some wine (actually lots of it) and most of all some peaceful time away from the daily grind.

As posted on the last entry my first stop was White Sand National Monument, after soaking some sun, we spent the night in Alamogordo.

The next day, after a much-needed rest, we went and visit one of our childhood staples, The New Mexico Museum of Space History, it sits high on a hill with some glorious mountains to frame its 4 stories of space exploration.

It was entertaining getting lost between space suits, rocket models, and even a special Star Trek exhibition.

After a few hours of perusing we headed to our next destination, Ruidoso, tuck away in the beautiful Lincoln National Forest, indeed a bastion of peace and quiet.

The first afternoon was dedicated to doing nothing at all, just some reading, which, consequently, I finally finished reading The Servant of the Shard, and enjoying our excellent accommodations.

The Second day we did some light exploring, went to Grindstone Lake, walked the Ruidoso River Trail and finished the day with some wine tasting at the fantastic Noisy Water Winery, in which an accommodating staff walked us through their different varieties and even gave us a taste of their signature green chile wine.

I bought some bottles and hope to write about them shortly.

In all, it was a great outing and just what I needed to get ready for the next phase of my upcoming plans.

Tomorrow, I’ll post an update on my total pages and my progress with this year full of epicness,

Happy Readings!!!

azr

 

 

 

(Y-10) On the road

The first day of our getaway was an astounding success.

We visited the gorgeous National Park of White Sands in New Mexico.

I’m in love with the desert, it calls to me quite strongly and being surrounded by such breath taking beauty it just make my day.

We walked bare footed in the smooth pure white sand and reconnected with nature, which, if you ask me, was long overdue.

So, day one is done, now to relax, get some rest and read for a while.

Anxious to what tomorrow stores.

happy readings!!!

azr.

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