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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I bought 2 books today because there was a sale, so…books.
The first was Game of Thrones: Book 1. Yes, I’ve read this book before. I didn’t really care for it, but after seeing the HBO Series, I feel I need to give it another chance and read the additional books. There was so much more in the book that never made it into the series, that I feel that’s why I should give it another chance.
The second book was The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. I’ve known about this book for a very long time and I’ve heard it referred to as “caveman erotica”. No, that’s not why I picked it up. It’s one of those books I’ve been meaning to dig into for a long time and, well, it was on sale. Why not?
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know “The dog” ate a few of my signed books. One of those was a book signed by Neil Gaiman. I’d gotten that one signed when I met him at World Fantasy Con 2011. I was sad the book was gone.
Neil sent me a personal message after I’d made that blog post. Something I never anticipated nor expected. I shared the message with the boy, whose dog ate the book. He shared the post with is sister. Again, if you’ve read along, she didn’t believe that he’d emailed Mr. Gaiman and laughed at him. She also didn’t believe that Neil had sent me a personal message.
As a joke, she’d gotten me two Neil Gaiman books for Christmas. I share with her the story and the message Neil had sent me and showed that it was from his verified account. She now believed the story, but still thought her little brother was silly for emailing Mr. Gaiman and expecting a response.
Art Matters, because your imagination can change the world, is a collection of 3 essays by Neil. Having heard the Make Good Art speech he’d given (on YouTube) I heard the entire book in his voice and read it with his slow, confident reading style. It was a joy to sit down and enjoy this book, much like the books will tell you to read fiction for enjoyment as it’ll help your imagination and help you understand empathy.
A wonderful book to start off 2022. Let’s see what book I finish next.
Oh, for those wondering about the card, I bought a deck of Star Wars playing cards to use as bookmarks. As I have a tendency to read a LOT of books and sometimes multiple books at the same time, I needed bookmarks. I didn’t want to spend a large chunk of money on several bookmarks, so I bought a deck of playing cards. As I read a book and finish it, I’ll post a picture of the book (be it physical or ebook) and a picture of the playing card bookmark.
I also purchased a steampunk tarot deck that I will use for each short story I read this year. Let’s see how far I can get through both decks, eh?
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.
I’m in the middle of several books. Ones I’d like to finish before year’s end. Let’s see how many of them I can get through. Here’s the list.
I had started Obama’s A Promised Land and I may add that one to the list. Depends on how deeply I get into the other books on the list. I also want to read a couple of graphic novels before the end of the year.
I know this looks ambitious and will take me well past my 40 book goal on the year. Thinking about it, I’m probably past that goal already. Kindle doesn’t count the few physical books I’ve read this year and I’m only 4 away from hitting that goal on the Kindle.
Next year I have a different plan for each book, graphic novel/comic, short story I read. I’ll fill you in on that another time.
Until Next Time!