Time of Frankenstein

I about 60 pages away from finishing Frankenstein, one of my Spooktober’s tradition, which also includes watching on Halloween, Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, both movies starting the legendary Boris Karloff, and directed by James Whale.

This year I have included a new take of this classic tale, in form of an Rock Opera by Mexican composer Jose Fors, we watch the show a few years ago, now I have to settle with the album.

Also, I have reach the first 1,000 pages of this year, only 36,000 pages to go.

I’ll make the most of this cold and snowy day, to cozy up, and get some reading done, on deck right now is the second volume of Werewolf by Nigh.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Spooktober update

With the main week of Spooktober just around the corner, an update is in order.

On the movie front, not much to tell, just watch one movie, Cronos, the first long feature film by academy award winner director Guillermo del Toro.

The updated list

  1. Dracula (1931)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. The Mummy (1932)
  4. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. Werewolf of London (1935)
  6. Dracula (1958)
  7. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  8. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
  9. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  12. Day of the Dead (1985)
  13. Land of the Dead (2005)
  14. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  15. Survival of the Dead (2009)
  16. Cronos (1993)
  17. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  18. Halloween (1978)
  19. Halloween (2007)

On the graphic novel/comic books front, I have finished the first volume of the vintage comic book by Marvel, Vampire Tales, some amazing black and white stories of Morbius , the living vampire, which is really familiar to me because of the Ghost Rider comics.

Also, some of Avatar comics Night of the Living Dead, which ties directly to the classical movie by the zombie master himself George A. Romero.

This list is always a challenge, because I keep adding things, like the book , The Halloween Tree by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, and beautifully illustrated by the talented Gris Grimly.

Here is the updated list.

  1. Vampire Tales Vol.1
  2. Tomb of Dracula Vol.1
  3. Werewolf by Night: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
  4. Aliens Omnibus Vol.1
  5. Aliens Omnibus Vol.2
  6. Aliens Omnibus Vol.3
  7. Aliens Omnibus Vol.4
  8. Aliens Omnibus Vol.5
  9. Aliens Omnibus Vol.6
  10. B.P.R.D : Vampire
  11. B.P.R.D. : Hell on Earth Book One
  12. Gotham by Midnight (2014-2015)Vol. 1
  13. Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood goes to Washington
  14. Night of the Living Dead : Hunger
  15. Night of the Living Dead: Back from the Grave
  16. Frankenstein (Book)
  17. The Halloween Tree (Book)
  18. Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury

Next on the list is the second volume of another vintage monster Marvel comics series, Werewolf by Night.

Still a lot to watch and read, this is going to be a fun week.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Books of (Y-13)

10 days into my new year of reading, and I haven’t yet completed my list of books.

I have been over all of my bookshelves, and decided to dedicate, in addition to the books inherited from last year, this year of reading to all my new acquisitions of my favorite Mexican publishing company, Editorial Paraiso Perdido.

Earlier on the year , I subscribed to it’s new books membership, which counted with 10 new novels to be release throughout 2020.

I still have 4 more books to receive, and in addition to that I bought some other that I found interesting.

Right now , as you can above, I have 10 great stories to dig into, and start things off I’ll read Serafina y el ardid insondable, written and beautifully illustrated by Diana Martín.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Slow start of (Y-13)

These has been a really slow start to my year of reading.

I have only logged 112 pages to my registered pages, finished reading The Age of Conan: Valeria, and just read about 250 of net pages.

This is mainly because I was finish with the final draft of my masters thesis. But now I am free to get back on the saddle.

To start off , I’ll read a mini series of the Justice League written by James Tynion IV, Alpha Predator, and to top off , finish The Rise of the King.

Tomorrow I’ll start my traditional read of Frankenstein, a staple of spooktober.

Also, my more than a week-long Halloween celebration starts on October 26 , and ends with the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead, on November 2.

For now, I am off to chase ghosts and ghouls.

azr.

A new year begins

Today is the first official day of the thirteen year of my reading.

Last year was amazing, I finish with a total of 45,345 pages, making it my third best year.

This, over 350 different items, which include 27 books, 141 single issue comics, and 182 graphic novels.

My best month of reading was February 2020, with a total of 5,249 pages, my worst month was September 2020 with a total of 2,407 pages, making my best day March 21, 2020 with a total of 573 pages.

In my day to day reading I was averaging about 121 pages, and as you can see below , the color were more on the blue and green, totaling 202 days, with just 13 days with 0 pages read, and to my delight, 10 days with over 300 pages.

This day also marks the retirement of my dear journal, “Reginald”, that after 769 days, I have finally filled it from cover to cover.

This new year will be a short one, 236 days, this is with the intention of finishing on my birthday, and each year after that will be from June to June, until my 50th birthday, in which hopefully I will be celebrating page number 1,000,000

On this journey, I will be accompanied by a brand new journal, “Luther ” , which will be exclusive for this year.

I am really anxious to start with this new year, and tackle those 37,984 pages.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Happy Birthday to us

It all started back on a chilly day back on 2008, I was sitting on the dinner table of our first apartment, it was a small and cozy space that we loved, it had verily visible exposed brick all over the livingroom, for every inch of that room was filled with bookshelves.

We also were about to have our first anniversary in December, as I sit in our little table for my wife to come back home, surrounded by books , it hit me that I should start keeping track of what I was reading.

Months later, and encouraged by my lovely wife, I started writing about my experience reading, and all the rituals that surrounded this great pastime that literally saved my life.

And thus Lost in a million pages was born

The first entry in my list was a Hellboy novel, On Earth as it is in Hell by Brian Hodge.

Now it is 12 years later, I have read a total of 325,369 pages over 3,543 items.

Cheers for another amazing year, and thank you for coming along for the ride.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf: World of Warcraft: Ala Sombra Vol. 1 & Vol.2

This two-part story, written by American author Richard A. Knaak, who is no stranger to the World of this famous videogame haven written around 9 other stories in this realm.

He weaves a compelling story filled with Dragons, orcs, elves, humans, and some new mysterious creatures that roam this fantastic world.

The story centers on the human Jorad and the Dragon Tyri, who face a new threat, the mysterious abyssal dragons, with their purpose and leadership unknown, these young creatures are ready to wreak havoc on all of Azeroth.

With famous Korean illustrator Jae-Kwan Kim at the helm of the vibrant black & white artwork, the ample menagerie of dragons just pop up out of the page.

Although this title is part of the Manga collection of World of Warcraft, it does not read as a regular manga, it is a standard comic book read, and it is perfect to get yourself into the dynamic of the artwork and storytelling found in these type of stories.

For, off I go, to find a new adventure.

Year 12

Although my year of reading ends on Sunday, I will take these few days to regroup, to plan out the future of the upcoming years, and most of all recharge for the tasks ahead.

I’ll do some light reading, but I highly doubt that I will sum-up any considerable amount of pages to make this my best year or the second best.

I am really content with my total of this year.

For now, I am off.

azr.

Numbers: 8 days

Tomorrow starts the final week of my twelve year of reading, and I am still determined to make it my best one yet.

I’ll have to take upon the mentality of Aaron Rodgers, and make that hail mary pass with the clock winding down, yeah, that’s a football reference, please excuse me, but it is Sunday.

Right now I have a total of 44,843 of total registered pages, you can see what I mean with registered pages right here, that gives me roughly 2,863 pages left to read in this upcoming week.

For now, I’ll focus on finishing the two books left on the trilogy of Companions Codex, which follows the adventure of the legendary Drow Drizzt Do’Urden, and from which I am about to reach the halfway point of Rise of the King.

Also, I’ll try make some headway on my list to celebrate Spooktober, you can see my complete list of Graphic Novels and Movies in this post.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf: Justice League: Justice/Doom War

When I picked up this book, just by seeing who the main authors were, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, I was more than excited.

And surely, they did not disappoint.

The Justice League faces once again the incredible power of Perpetua, who has managed to destroy the wall of the prison that contain her, and with her new acquired pet Lex Luthor, she threatens to colapse the multiverse.

This is why all of the heroes from the various eras, and Earths, come to face her in an spectacular battle for existence.

Only two seasoned writers can handle the sheer amount of characters presented in these pages, and for us, the fans of DC comics, it is a visual feast, I mean, even Kamandi makes a substantial appearance.

I can wait for the continuation of the story, that, according to the final panel, it will continue in Dark Nights: Death Metal.

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

azr.

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