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Finished reading the audio-book of Clive Barker’s “Mister B Gone” during the night. Who thought the life-story of a demon could be both grizzly and fun. The book was read, performed in fact, by “Pinhead” actor Doug Bradlely (Hellraiser), who I was delighted to learn, also has a series of classic horror stories he’s performing. Great! 📚

And no, I didn’t burn the book.

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I have read quite a few books by V.E.Schwab during the past few years and today I finished “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”. Needless to say that I enjoyed it. It is a very compelling story. 📚

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2000 Pages of Sandman

While I more or less binged the rest of the series beginning from Vol.5, the first four volumes I read spread out other the last year with lots of other books in between. When arriving at the last few volumes, in which a lot of characters and story arcs were referenced, I figured that I had a hard time remembering some of the characters and stories.

I figured those of course after a while and will re-read the series at some time anyway. This time though on paper.

I purchased the books then on Comixology, and while nice, it is nothing compared to a real graphic novel. The last volume, Overture, I read as an actual book and it is nothing but a piece of art. The art-work is stunning.

Looking forward to the audio-drama and the Netflix series which are both going to happen.

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My long overdue “The Books I read in 2019” post

I’m rather happy with the outcome of last year’s list and I managed to read quite a few books. As always there is a lot of Neil Gaiman in there, and I also during this year have re-read quite a bit of his work.

While many of the books were audiobooks actual physical books have made a huge comeback here, and by now I don’t know why I ever though that digital books were such a clever idea. Don’t get me wrong, I still read on and enjoy my Kindle, and it’s very handy to keep in the bag, but a real book is just such a much better experience. Especially when reading a graphic novel, it feels like holding a piece of art, which came apparent to me when reading Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels, Snow, Glass, Apples and the adaptation of American Gods (while awaiting the last volume I still have “The Graveyard Book” waiting for me here, and yes, I read the book twice that year).

During the last year I also discovered a few, prior unknown to me authors, of which Joe Hill (especiallly his short stories in “Full Throttle” and during this year Locke & Key), David Matheson and Clive Barker in the horror genre stood out for me.

In the non-fiction department Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens – A Brief Histroy of Humankind” was an eye-opening read and Ryder Carroll’s “The Bullet Journal Method“, Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism” and James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” had been very inspiring.

But now to the list (alphabetical order, for chronolically see the Book-Log)

The Books I read in 2019

  • Adam Savage: Ever Tool’s a Hammer
  • Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • Alan Moore/Dave Gibbins: Watchmen
  • Andrew Pyper: The Demonologist
  • Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan and other weird Stories
  • C.S. Lewis: Prince Caspian
  • C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy
  • C.S. Lewis: The Last Battle
  • C.S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • C.S. Lewis: The Magicians Nephew
  • C.S. Lewis: The Silver Chair
  • C.S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Cal Newport: Digital Minimalism
  • Clive Barker: The Hellbound Heart
  • Cory Doctorow: Overclocked
  • Dale Bailey: In the Night Wood
  • David Gerrold: The Martian Child
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce: Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
  • Homer/Emily Wilson: The Odyssey
  • James Clear: Atomic Habits
  • James S.A. Corey: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, #8)
  • James S.A. Corey: Vital Abyss (an Expanse novella)
  • Jeffrey Konvitz: The Guardian
  • Jeffrey Konvitz: The Sentinel
  • Joe Hill: Full Throttle – Stories
  • Joe Hill: Heart-shaped Box
  • Leslie S. Klinger: In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe
  • M.R.James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
  • Margaret Atwood: The Testaments
  • Mike Rhode: The Sketchnote Handbook
  • Nathan Ballingrud: Wounds
  • Neil Gaiman: “M” is for Magic
  • Neil Gaiman: A Study in Emerald
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Coraline (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Fortunately the Milk
  • Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
  • Neil Gaiman: Murder Mysteries (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: My Ainsel – American Gods Vol.2 (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: Smoke And Mirrors
  • Neil Gaiman: Snow, Glass, Apples (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Stardust
  • Neil Gaiman: The Anansi Boys (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Problem of Susan
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.1 – Preludes and Nocturnes
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.2 – The Doll’s House
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.3
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.4
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sleeper and the Spindle
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Graphic Novel-ish)
  • Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning
  • Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean: Violent Cases
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • Ray Bradburn: Zen in the Art of Writing
  • Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep
  • Raymond Chandler: The High Window
  • Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe book 4)
  • Rayond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely
  • Richard Matheson: Hell House
  • Richard Matheson: Nightmare at 20000 Feet
  • Ryder Carroll: The Bullet Journal Method
  • Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla
  • Stephen Fry: Heroes – Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • Stephen King: Bag Of Bones
  • Stephen King: The Stand
  • Susan Trott/Libby Spurrier: The Man On the Mountain Top
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Only Human (Themis Files #3)
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Sleeping Giants
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Waking Gods (Part 2 in the Themis Files)
  • Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites
  • Terry Pratchett: The Colour of Magic
  • Terry Pratchett: The Light Fantastic (#2 in the Discworld series)
  • Terry Pratchett: The Unadulterated Cat
  • V.E.Schwab: Vengeful
  • Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens – A Brief Histroy of Humankind

For this year’s list you may check my Book-Log or the Reading-Tag.

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The Last “Reading-Update” for 2019

After reading Richard Matheson’s Nightmare at 20000 Feet, which I thoroughly enjoyed (if that is a proper to thing to say about horror-stories I don’t know) I was looking for something lighter and continued with the first of the Hercule Poirot stories and then read a collection of stories by Cory Doctorow.

While the above were audiobooks, I, at the same time, re-read Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere of which I recently got the used, illustrated edition of and liked it even more that the first time I read it. After finishing it, I continued with “Watchmen“, which I have never read and liking it a lot so far.

  • Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • Cory Doctorow: Overclocked
  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (re-read)

In the next week/year I will then publish my complete list for this year, as well as my reading-list for the next year. Until then you can have a look at my book-log.

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And some more recently read books

During the last few months my every so frequent blogging-streak from the beginning of the year, turned into a lot-less-frequently blogging streak, but at least I continued to read and write a lot, albeit offline.

I’m far away of having lost interest in blogging, but especially during the last weeks I had the feeling that the only thing worth posting would be the “yet-another-book-I-finished” post. Hence I thought it much better, and more considerate to simply summarize them and put them all into one post.

It is not that I didn’t ran into things worth sharing, but somehow never came around posting them.

Well, here it is. Many audiobooks, but also more and more graphic novels.

Novels/Graphic Novels

  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Neil Gaiman: Coraline (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Murder Mysteries (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (re-read)

I’m also actively reading selected short-stories, but here I’m switching between books, depending on mood, and therefore will take them a while to get finished.

Audiobooks

  • C.S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy
  • Dale Bailey: In the Night Wood
  • C.S. Lewis: Prince Caspian
  • David Gerrold: The Martian Child
  • C.S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • C.S. Lewis: The Silver Chair
  • Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites
  • C.S. Lewis: The Last Battle

I have read recently, and purchased, a few illustrated books recently and enjoy them a lot. So much so, that I wonder why not all books are illustrated. So much more fun to read! Also I figured how much more interesting books one can purchase when browsing in the used-books department. Such as the above.

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Another Update on my Reading List

Even though time is limited I try to read on a daily basis and additionally routinely forget to update the blog accordingly. But here are my latest finished books.

My two latest arrivals

As I of recently “discovered” the joy of graphic novels there are few of those, with a few more that I already have waiting to be read in my shelve.

Graphic Novels

  • Neil Gaiman: The Problem of Susan
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.2 – My Ainsel
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

Novels and Stories

  • Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan and other Weird Stories
  • C.S. Lewis: The Magicians Nephew

Currently I’m reading a story or two in “The New Annotated H.P.Lovecraft” when I have some time also am looking into other short stories such as John Crowley’s where I read one great story in the collection which was available in the Kindle sample and now eagerly await the arrival of the used-book which I ordered the other day.

I like reading short stories at the moment, since I can read a story or two and then continue with something else next.

Reading “The Problem of Susan” reminded me that I was still unfamiliar with the C.S. Lewis “Narnia Chronicles”, and since I had the feeling that I might need a short break from gothic horror stories for a little while I started to read “The Narnia Chronicles” and enjoyed the first volume, “The Magicians Nephew” in audiobook format with the great reading of Kenneth Branagh. By now, it goes without saying that I will order also the physical books.

Over the last few months I have increasingly grew tired of reading actual books, or even worse graphic novels, on electronic devices such as Kindle or any app available on any device. Graphic novels really never appealed to me much, until the moment I hold my first physical copy in my hands a few months ago. It is like holding a piece of art in the hand.

I have a few more books coming in soon, but the current postal strike might delay their arrival, but there’s no shortage of things to read anyway.

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More new books – Just in time for Halloween

Upon first glance the “Annotated Lovecraft” is spectacular and I’m sure that I will without doubt also order the recently released second book of it. I have the “Annotated Dracula”, also by Leslie S. Klinger, already on the way as well and I have the feeling that more books like this will follow.

I have read “The Graveyard Book” already twice this year, and this, graphic novel adaptation will be third time. I have just last weekend finished the second book of the graphic novel adaptation of “American Gods” and have enjoyed that immensely.

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The forgotten Reading-List updates

It’s been a while since my last update, but in fact I read a lot during the last few weeks but didn’t quite came around posting updates. Social is hard. I know.

Anyway here is now the list and I updated the Book-Log accordingly.

  • Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man
  • Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book (re-read)
  • Joe Hill: Full Throttle – Stories
  • Neil Gaiman: Snow, Glass, Apples (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Two finished Books

I finished the audiobook Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” the other day and it’s nothing but brilliant. Even though the faith of the two main characters is kind of pre-defined since the beginning, I found myself wondering many times what is going to happen to them. Also the story gives a bit of an insight about the “how that could happen”.

In short it was a very captivating book and I frequently found myself getting extremely angry at the system in the book. I read the first book last year, but now think I should give that another read now and I’m sure I will get me the hardcover at some point as well.

And talking about hardcovers…

During the night I finished Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” which is another great collection of his stories. I had been familiar with some of the stories, but the re-read of those unearthed some nice new, or forgotten details.

I’m not sure what to read next, but I have the feeling that I will re-read “The Graveyard Book” next or continue with the Sandman‘ series, or Snow, Apple, Glass