The collection is finally complete

After a few years on searching, and of course saving for these beauties don’t come cheap, I finally tracked down the two remaining volumes of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, in its Absolute Edition, a leather bound book inside a slipcase with this legendary reprinted and enhanced.

The first four volumes and The Absolute Death have been on my book shelves for quite a while, I bought them between 2006 and 2009 when they were originally published.

For the last 8 months, I have been searching for volume 5, originally published on November 2011, and the last volume, Sandman: Overture, originally published on July 2018, and finally hit the jackpot with Volume 5, and a couple of months later with Overture.

Here are some pictures to exemplify why I love this edition so much.

Volume 5 contains the story Dream Hunters, illustrated by the legendary Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano, and the art for Overture is by one of my favourite illustrators, J.H. Williams III.

I am more than happy to have this beauties on my shelf, this means some reading sessions with a good glass of wine, and the Dream Lord guiding my footsteps

Off to read.


(Y-11) taking it slow.

I will be focused on my reading for the next two weeks.

The plan is to close the gap in my reading schedule, which is right now 20 days behind.

The goal, to cut this in half.

My total of pages for this year sits at 12,864 pages.

To start off, I’ll read a few issues of The Dreaming, series that ran from 1996 to 2001, spinning off the monumental series Sandman by Neil Gaiman.

The first issue follows baby gargoyle Goldie.


See you in two weeks.

Off to reading


(Y-11) The epic 100 and the 3,000 pages

Last year I set out to have some epic years of reading, that is to read all of those fantasy novels I was so eager to go through but haven’t got around to doing so.

So, I compiled a list of 100 novels that I was just burning to read.

As you would see in the list below, there are a few series that are true classics, and if you love fantasy you most definitely must read, but there is also some of the new breeds of fantasy writers that are taking this beloved genre by storm.

The red text represents books I have already read.

The blue text represents the book I am currently reading.

Book Total Pages
The Hobbit 288
Lord of the Rings 1112
Legend of Huma 384
Dragons of a Fallen Sun 627
Dragons of a Lost Star 550
Dragons of a Vanished 610
The Legend of Drizzt Book IV: The Crystal Shard 344
The Legend of Drizzt Book V: Streams of Silver 377
The Legend of Drizzt Book VI: The Halfling’s Gem 378
The Legend of Drizzt Book VII: The Legacy 341
The Legend of Drizzt Book VIII: Starless Night 369
The Legend of Drizzt Book IX: Siege of Darkness 378
The Legend of Drizzt Book X: Passage to Dawn 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XI:  The Silent Blade 408
The Legend of Drizzt Book XII: The Spine of the World 406
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIII: Sea of Swords 407
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIV: Servant of the Shard 348
The Legend of Drizzt Book XV: Promise of the Witch King 345
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVI: Road of the Patriarch 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVII:  The Thousand Orcs 367
The Legend of Drizzt Book XVIII:  The Lone Drow 370
The Legend of Drizzt Book XIX: The Two Swords 376
The Legend of Drizzt Book XX: The Orc King 398
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXI: The Pirate King 396
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXII: The Ghost King 375
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIII: Gauntlgrym 389
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIV: Neverwinter 363
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXV: Charon’s Claw 442
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVI: The Last Threshold 434
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVII: The Companions 441
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXVIII: Night of the Hunter 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXIX: Rise of the King 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXX: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXI: Archmage 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXII: Maestro 352
The Legend of Drizzt Book XXXIII: Hero 352
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen I) 635
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen II) 699
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen III) 925
House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen IV) 1044
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen V) 960
The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen VI) 1232
Reaper’s Gale (Malazan Book of the Fallen VII) 1280
Toll the Hounds (Malazan Book of the Fallen VIII) 1280
Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen IX) 1276
The Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen X) 1200
The Chronicles of the Black Company 704
The Books of the South 672
The Return of the Black Company 672
The Many Deaths of the Black Company 788
The Vorrh 500
The Erstwhile 462
Beren and Lúthien 289
Night of Knives: A Novel of the Malazan Empire 336
Dancer`s Lament 418
Deadhouse Landing 387
Dragons of Autumn Twilight 452
Dragons of Winter Night 404
Dragons of Spring Dawning 388
Time of the Twins 421
War of the Twins 412
Test of the Twins 348
Dragons of the Dwarven Depths 594
Dragons of the Highlord Skies 597
Dragons of Hourglass Mage 335
The Second Generation 440
Dragons of Summer Flame 612
Amber and Ashes 362
Amber and Iron 373
Amber and Blood 318
Return of the Crimson Guard 732
The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol.1 319
Stonewielder 638
Orb Sceptre Throne 609
The Way of Kings 1005
Words of Radiance 1088
Oathbringer 1241
The Name of the Wind 662
The Wise’s Man Fear 1000
The Slow Regard of Silent Things 159
The Legend of Drizzt Anthology 370
Neverwhere (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 435
Coraline (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 192
The Graveyard Book (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 289
Fortunately, The Milk… (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) 144
The Godborn: The Sundering Book II 352
The Adversary: The Sundering Book III 528
The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV 352
The Sentinel: The Sundering Book V 352
The Herald: The Sundering Book VI 352
The First King of Shannara 538
The Sword of Shannara 670
The Elfstones of Shannara 619
The Wishsong of Shannara 572
Prince of Thorns 373
King of Thorns 609
Emperor of Thorns 449
Forge of Darkness 687
Fall of Light 861
Blood and Bone 850

So far I have read 26 of 100 books, and my total of pages is 11,048 of the 53,459 pages all of these books sum up.

For the Christmas break I have big plans, first is to read a couple of books from The Malazan Book of the Fallen and to finish Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series.

In other news, yesterday I reached another milestone of this year of reading, a total of 3,000 pages.

As I planned for yesterday, I read a couple of issues from the newly published Sandman Universe spin-off series, on this journey I was in good company, firstly by great magician Tim Hunter and secondly by the prince of Darkness himself, the morning star, Lucifer.

These are two great books, and you should check them out, but for my taste, I was more intrigued by the Lucifer series.

I am still a little behind schedule with my reading but giving the circumstances I have achieved more than expected.

For today, I plan to work on The Gardens of the Moon for a little bit, and also to read a graphic novel I purchased a while back, Un samurái ve el amanecer en Acapulco, by Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue and Spanish illustrator Sonia Pulido.


Well now, back to reading.


(Y-11)Breathing a little easier

Just finishing with my work for the semester at my Master’s Degree and I can breathe a little bit easier.

I’ll take a few days to unwind and read a little bit.

I have plans to reach 3,000 pages by tomorrow.

So now let’s see how my numbers are.

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 2,664 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 7,336 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 50,336 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 29,337 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 45,041 pages.

I have some work to do, but in order to achieve this, I have some things line up.

Firstly, I will try to finish the first volume of the graphic adaption of my favorite novel, American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Secondly, the seventh issue of the fantastic series Batman: White Knight by writer/artist Sean Murphy.

And finally, the first issues of the expanded Sandman Universe series, this time is the turn of The Books of Magic and Lucifer, it is always exciting to dive into this massive universe that made me fall in love with comic books.

And in between all of this, I’ll try to make some headway with The Gardens of the Moon, got to keep the epicness blowing.

I know, lots of reading, but finally a little time to read.

Back to it.


(Y-10) 59 days… back to The Dreaming

In the little off time that I had this week, I read the return of The Sandman, creation of the multi-talented and my all time favourite Author Neil Gaiman.

He leaves his creation in really able hands, and I am hopeful that this is going to be a great new run of this mesmerizing world that I discovered almost 20 years ago.

Give yourself to explore this and all of the previous chapters of one of The greatest stories ever told.

Now, I’ll take advantage of being wide awake and do some more reading.


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