Last Book I bought – Neal Stephenson – Quicksilver
Yes, I’ve read Snowcrash and a couple of other books by Neal Stephenson. Somehow, this one passed under my radar. I had a book credit, so I thought I’d pick it up.
Latest book I bought (not really)
I’m gearing up for some major reading this year, and I’m buying or digging out a number of books, collections, and short story collections. One of the ones I was looking for was all the Tarzan novels and as long as I was looking for that, I figured I’d find all the John Carter of Mars books. So I hopped onto Amazon and started looking up collections of Edgar Rice Burroughs and saw a lot, but didn’t buy any outright (yet) and I kept digging and digging to see what I could find as I wanted a complete collection of his works, if possible.
Then I discovered that I’d already bough a larger collection of his works. Ah well, this happens. I’d read 2 or 3 of the Tarzan book way back in high school, but much like Conan stories, it’s high time I revisited these works. 2022 will be interesting once I get started.
Latest book I bought
I’ve been a Scott Sigler Junkie since the first episode of Earthcore dropped on the Dragon Page oh so many years ago. I’m slow, but finally have the ebook for the sequel.
The latest book I bought
Buying books and reading books are two separate hobbies, let’s be real.
I’ve always wanted to dip my toe into the Wild Cards world, and the first book was on sale for $2.99. The rest are rather expensive and I refuse to pay $14.99 for an ebook. But if G.R.R. Martin is involved with this series, I’m curious.
2nd book of the year I read.
One of the many blogs I read is News From ME. The ME being Mark Evanier. If you like musicals, comics, comedy, magic, show biz, Mark has one of those memories from all those areas and shares stories all the time. He’s a writer of books, comics, TV shows, it’d ben difficult to collect all his credits in one location. One of his credits was being an assistant to Jack Kirby…yes, THAT Jack Kirby.
When he said this book was being published, I pre-ordered is right away. When Mark speaks about a project I listen. When he mentions one he’s involved with, I pay attention.
I’ve been a comic fan for as long as I can remember. Mark wrote many of those comics I read as a kid. Mostly funny animal comics. I still remember an issue of the Hair Bear Bunch where everything on the menu of the restaurant they were at had cole slaw, so the one who disliked cole slaw decided to get a gumball and instead, got cole slow from the machine. It’s weird to think about things like that.
At any rate, when Mark mentioned that he had an essay in the books, even though I’d read so much about Mark’s time with Jack Kirby, I wanted to get this book.
Yes, I’ve read Fantastic Four many times over the year. I had the version that came with a record and that helped me learn to read. I read reprints, digital editions, and broken up versions. I’ve seen this comic many times. But never like this.
The creators got a hold of an original Fantastic Four #1 in near mint condition and did high quality scans of the pages. They blew up each panel giving it a page of its own. The entire comic is in the back in its original size on the pages. Also included are essays, one being by Mark. It’s amazing to see the up-close detail in the panels and see the coloring and letting. Beyond that, the amazing art Kirby created when almost nothing like this existed. As Mark says in his essay, this book changed comics forever.
Jade City – Fonda Lee
One of the things I’m going to do this year is post the books I buy/read. I’ll give a little insight as to where I heard about it and why I bought it.
Today’s book, the first of 2022, is from Orbit Books: Jade City by Fonda Lee. I heard about this from Vlog Brothers 2000th episode and decided to check it out. It was only $4.99 so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Yes, I’ve got others books to read first, but we’ll get to this one soon enough. It’s a World Fantasy award winner, so I’m guessing it may be a good one to day.