May 5th, 2014

Dead Dog Cat

#41, 42, 43

I haven't had the energy to update, recently, but I HAVE finished reading several books.

First was Osprey Campaign #6: Balaclava 1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade; I've read other books on the subject, and honestly, this one was a quicker read with a pretty solid presentation of the whole campaign. It's worth a read, if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of the period.

Second was Ten Grand, the compilation of the first six issues of the comic written by J Michael Straczynski. I haven't been paying all that much attention to his work in comics, though I've liked it in the past. A friend sent me a list of his titles, but I still didn't pay close attention (fatigue?). Then a few days ago, I noticed the newest comic book's author, and immediately purchased it, the two most recent prior releases, and the graphic novel that filled in the rest. This is a story about the war between Heaven and Hell, and one of the men caught in the middle. I'd rather not describe it deeper than that. I've enjoyed it so far, though I haven't started the comic books yet.

Latest, I finished reading a Tom Holt novel, Falling Sideways. It's about clones. Sort of. I have to say that the last forty pages or so are rather muddled, and unsatisfying. I've liked much of this author's prior work, so I will be reading more of it in the future, but this book didn't gel for me as much as I might have hoped.
Dead Dog Cat

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The last several days have been a blur of work. I had too much to do to be able to help entertain our house guest from Britain. However, here and there I've had the chance to burn through the pile of comics that has been growing for on the order of a year.

I start with Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3, 4, 5; this completes the story, and I can't believe I bothered to read it. It looks like they were setting the stage to have a samurai/vampire/good guy acting as ronin and wandering the Earth to right wrongs. Wrong. If I see such a book, I will avoid it.

Next was Protectors, Inc #1. This is a book written by JMS, and that's what originally caught my eye; unfortunately I missed the next several releases, and the comic shop didn't pull it for me, so I'm trying to find issues 2 & 3 to continue the saga. It deals with a new twist on superheroes, in which they've unionized. Really strange, and I can't wait to find #2 to continue reading it.

Then, The Sandman: Overture #1, 2 and The Sandman: Overture Special Edition #1; revisiting the classic Sandman works in a fascinating way. I'm enjoying this one, the only problem being how rarely it gets new releases.

Next title is Letter 44 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; this series is a story about how we've noticed alien activity in the Asteroid Belt, and it deals with the White House coping with this while keeping it secret from the world, and a spacecraft sent out to investigate, again completely secretly. The storyline hops back and forth between Earth/Washington DC and the investigating ship. Very cool series; very gritty; almost believeable. Worth reading...

Speaking of Sandman, BTW, I recall certain characters that popped up when I read those comics back in the day, i.e. Dead Boy Detectives. I've read #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the books are pretty good. Better than some of the previous titles, not as good as others. It's about two pre-teens who are killed in a British boarding school at widely different times in history who haunt and solve mysteries.

A couple of other titles that I'm keeping pace with includes Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4 which scratches my itch to see more Firefly-related material and in a good way, while Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station #2 gives me a picture to look at as I recall the book from which it is based by David Weber. I look forward to more of each.

I should be off call tonight. I intend to crack open a bottle of wine as soon as I can get home, whatever time that will be...