Bookish High Fives of 2019

As promised, a post highligting our best reading experiences of the past year ๐Ÿ™‚ Though originally we wanted to limit the best to top five, it turned out to be more difficult than expected – so the title should be treated more metaphorically than literally ๐Ÿ˜‰

Piotrek: I wanted to title the post “year in genre”, but I moved a bit from genre this year… our post summing up year 2019 grew too big, so we decided to split it and tell about our reading and watching in a separate one.

I will start, as in our previous post, with some stats, and Goodreads was kind enough to prepare a Piotr’s Year in Books presentation. 79 books read (it’s 81, actually, already, but the stats are not updating fast enough ๐Ÿ˜› ) – not as many as in previous years, but, well, life happens. Still not a bad result, and what’s interesting is not the amount, but the composition. And there were some interesting changes in what books I was reading in 2019. Not a radical change, but a slight move in non-genre direction. I’ve read more non-genre lit and non-fiction than I tended to, this decade. Mostly Polish stuff, but it included this year’s Nobel Prize laureate, Olga Tokarczuk. Highly recommended, and there’s even a movie. Her Nobel Lecture is powerful, and beautiful, audio and text available here. Just one quote, but she touches many topics in a very interesting way…

I think we have a redefinition ahead of us of what we understand nowadays by the concept of realism, and a search for a new one that would allow us to go beyond the limits of our ego and penetrate the glass screen through which we see the world. Because these days the need for reality is served by the media, social networking sites, and indirect relationships on the internet. Perhaps what inevitably lies ahead of us is a sort of neo-surrealism, some rearranged points of view that wonโ€™t be afraid to stand up to a paradox, and will go against the grain when it comes to the simple order of cause-and-effect. Indeed, our reality has already become surreal. I am also sure that many stories require rewriting in our new intellectual contexts, taking their inspiration from new scientific theories. But I find it equally important to make constant reference to myth and to the entire human imaginarium. Returning to the compact structures of mythology could bring a sense of stability within the lack of specificity in which we are living nowadays. I believe that myths are the building material for our psyche, and we cannot possibly ignore them (at most we might be unaware of their influence).

I’m going to read more Tokarczuk in the future, that’s for sure! But well, that’s Tokarczuk, what about my reading in 2019? It’s been marked by the finishing of my great Discworld re-read. And then I’ve re-read The Trilogy (Tolkien). Both were, in different ways, as good as I remembered them. I’ve also re-read American Gods, while visiting America for work, and it was also a great experience. I will continue to re-read more, there are too many new books published all the time, I will not read them all anyway, and every encounter with my favourites brings so much joy and new observations!

Ola: As a Goodreads non-user, I base my stats on an old good Excel file – which doesn’t show all the nice pics, but is just as reliable (meaning – ultimately only as reliable as my own entries ;)). So, in the end, I know my list is not complete, as I tend to omit the less memorable comics, and usually forget to include audiobooks (there aren’t many of them, only 3 or 4 a year, and I did my best to count them here ;)). All in all, I have managed to read (and record that I have indeed read) 92 books this year, and started but haven’t finished, 2 more. With all the comics I haven’t included, I’ve probably reached the magic number 100.

Of the books I have read this year, 10 were non-fiction, 5 – literary fiction, 4 – re-reads, and 18 – comic books, two of which were beautiful hardcover Hellboy omnibuses (no, I don’t own them, the library does, but oh, I do wish I did!). No books by Polish authors, though – and only four translated to Polish. The price of living abroad, I guess – I got out of sync with Polish literature. Nevertheless, my copy of Tokarczuk’s Ksiฤ™gi Jakubowe will be with me soonย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Piotrek: I will limit myself to books read in 2019 for the first time. My top 5 – favourite novels, not ranked, as they are too different for direct comparisons, and a few words about my non-fiction readings.

Best of 2019 in Fiction

Piotr’s Top 5 err… 6

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Margaret Atwood, Penelopiad

This one I already reviewed, so not much to add, but it was such a pleasure to read… a wise, concise, powerful book by one of the genre writers recognized even by the literary crowd ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gene Wolfe, The Knight / The Wizard

See the review for my official statement on this Wolfe’s duology, it was probably the most pleasant from my fantasy readings of the year.ย 

Ford Maddox Ford, Parade’s End

This wasn’t reviewed, as it’s rather out of blog’s scope, but I had great time reading it on the beach in Apulia (I don’t swim ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). One volume version of the 4-part series by For Madox Ford, witch Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover – I’m not a big fan of TV covers, but of Cumberbatch – quite a big one ;).

No empire had it’s fall described by so many great writers, and while the English ruling classes still hold way too much wealth and power, their representatives produced so many great volumes on how the good times ended… this is quite self-aware, and very good literature, but the fact it’s so close connected to a wonderful brief vacation probably helped it to get to this list…

Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Ok, enough about her here, already ๐Ÿ˜‰

Joann Sfar, Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East

Rabbi’s Cat is one of my favourite graphic novels ever. A picture story about history, theology, and, most of all, humanity. There, a talking cat that belongs to a Sephardic family, here we have a band of Ashkenazi musicians. Sfar seems to know the European Jewish traditions just as well as Mediterranean, and this series is perhaps even better (although tells about a world that is not as new to me, the first one was my first time reading about Sephardic Jews).

Jiro Taniguchi, The Walking Man

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Another graphic novel, or, actually, a manga consisting of a series of graphic short stories. Black and white stories about a man walking, through the streets of a Japanese city, and his encounters with every-day things. He’s sensitive, smart, and full of wonder and so is the entire book. More mood than a story, like many of my favourite mangas, but instead of a green-haired little girl we have a middle-aged man.

Honorable mentions:

Gore Vidal

American liberal writer and public intellectual whom I respect more and more. I’ve seen a documentary on his role in the early culture wars of American XX-century (available on Netflix), but I’ve also read two of his books this year, Washington, D.C. andย Creation. My favourite remainsย Lincoln, and Julian, a novel about my favourite Roman Emperor made the biggest impression on me, so no place on the Top 6, but a honorable mention – and I definitely read more of his novels. Apart from forays into Ancient history, he created a cycle about US history that is educational and epic, but not sentimental. Recommended!

Guy Gavriel Kay

I really liked A Song for Arbonne, but not as much as other top books of 2019. Still, I love Kay’s style and will go through his bibliography, slowly enough to really enjoy the journey.

Ola’s High Five (well, seven, really, but that’s because all the ex aequo places)

 

Neal Asher, The Line of Polity (2003)

The review is coming, I promise. My favourite of the Polity series so far, highly engaging, thought-provoking and action-packed, with Cormac still more human than super-human, stunning worldbuilding, and a lot of intriguing secondary characters. Go, Dracomen! ๐Ÿ˜€ 10/10.

Asher The Line of Polity

Robertson Davies, Fifth Business (1970)

What is there to say that I haven’t said before about this absolutely amazing novel? It’s glorious, captivating, beautifully written and – a rare treat for those so inclined in our postmodern world – courageously adheres to the ideal of vรฉritรฉ in literature, never leaning toward stylistical naturalism; not only in the realism of the world and the characters populating it, but most importantly in the author’s sentiment toward his readers. 10/10.

Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic (1986)

Oldie, but goodie. One of the few re-reads, all of which were Discworld novels. Also one of my favorite Pratchett’s books, and one I have a lot of sentiment for – my first Pratchett copy with an autograph ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely an early Discworld book, and it shows – the structure and plot are rather whimsical and episodic, and the main characters only begin to resemble their later incarnations. And yet, The Light Fantastic remains one of the most bitingly satirical entries in the Discworld series, and I love it for that :D. 10/10

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Ed McDonald, Ravencry (2018)

Yay, there is a review of this one! ๐Ÿ˜€ Surprisingly enough, the second book in McDonald’s brilliant Raven’s Mark trilogy was – and remains – my favorite. The characters’ development, the worldbuilding, the plot and the villain are the best in this installment, and though I enjoyed the conclusion, Gallharrow’s harrowing (yes, I know :P) experiences in Ravencry were for me much more powerful and moving. 9/10.

Giles Kristian, Lancelot (2018)

A really very good retelling of Lancelot’s legend. I wasn’t convinced at first, and I remain unconvinced about certain parts of the story, but the book ultimately won me over with its heartfelt, painfully honest and sometimes equally beautiful writing. 9/10.

Anthony Ryan, Blood Song (2011)

I might get down one day to write a review for this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ A lengthy epic fantasy packing nearly 600 pages, at times plodding and clunky, with very slow beginning, it nevertheless proved a worthy read. The fight scenes are among the best in the genre, and the main protagonist, throughout his long and difficult journey, both physical and psychological, remains compellingly, heartbreakingly human.ย  9/10.

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R.J. Barker, The Bone Ships (2019)

I’m pretty certain I will write a review for this one ๐Ÿ˜€ I wasn’t sure about this one at first, as I tried Barker’s The Wounded Kingdom trilogy before and wasn’t impressed – I abandoned it after two books, and never even got around to write a review. It was okay-ish, but that’s lately not enough for me ;). However, so many people recommended The Bone Ships to me, and it was said to take place on a ship, at sea, that I couldn’t say no :). And it was the right decision, as I loved this book (despite what I see as a very thinly veiled contemporary environmental commentary rather incongruously placed in a world which simply doesn’t seem in the same place, developmentally speaking, as our own ;)). 9/10

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And finally, an honorable mention for the remaining two books in Robertson Davies’ trilogy – both The Manticore (1972) and World of Wonders (1975) are great reads, even if they don’t reach the levels of mastery of Fifth Business.

Best of 2019 in Non-Fiction

Ola’s Favourites

This is a genre that doesn’t feature often on our blog, for many reasons – but that doesn’t mean we don’t read it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Below is my selection of the best non-fiction I’ve read this year, and yet I already know that the first two books will stay with me much, much longer.

Richard Slotkin, Regeneration Through Violence (1973), and Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century America (1992)

Richard Slotkin’s trilogy on violence in American culture and history remains a seminal work in the field of humanities: impeccably researched, scientifically daring, ambitious and mind-blowing in its conclusions – and, despite their age, as pertinent today as they were at the time of writing. I’ve read only the first and the last of the three books, Regeneration Through Violence (1973) and Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century America (1992), as they pertain to the historic eras which interest me the most, but I do plan to round up my reading experience with the middle book, Fatal Environment.

Max Adams, The King in the North (2013)

Poetic and whimsical, exquisitely written, at times it’s difficult to remember that it’s actually a non-fiction book. It’s slow and meandering, so I struggled somewhat with finding the right mood for it in my increasingly hectic then life – but it’s worth it. Adams’ book, written with amazing attention to the details of topography and material culture, made me want to visit the Sound of Iona, and the North of the British Isles in general. That the King of the book was the inspiration for Tolkien’s Aragorn was an additional bonus ;). 9/10.

Adams The King in the North

Bob Woodward, Fear. Trump in the White House (2018)

Highly controversial, but solidly written, the famous book of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter responsible for bringing to light the Watergate scandal ultimately doesn’t dissapoint. It reads like a cross between a satirical political fantasy and an investigative documentary, and it kept me firmly rooted to its pages. Theoretically nothing new, as most of the events described trickled to the mainstream media at some point, but the sheer concentration of it all… A sobering read. 8,5/10.

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Owen West, The Snake Eaters. An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq (2012)

The writing was judged and found wanting. Pompous and clunky, rather limited in vocabulary and not very graceful at the best of times.ย  The story however – that is simply unbelievable, absolutely riveting and heartbreaking at the same time. Like father, like son, both Wests are not the best of writers – but again, like father, like son: both Wests have some unique war stories to tell, all the more precious for being told from their own experiences. The story of Iraq War in Anbar told from the perspective of American advisors could have been easily fouled. But West does a good job of looking at the conflict from many sides, and thankfully tries his best to achieve as much objectivity in his story as humanly possible for one so intimately engaged in it all. Could there be less American military fervour in it? Sure. But it’s not a history book: it’s a hands-on, first-person report from the front of a terrible war, and it does a solid job of presenting its reality to the reader. 8/10.

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Piotr’s Favourites

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Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

I love Hitchens! His a great, although often harsh, debater – many examples can be found on YouTube – but also, among other things, a prominent essayist. This monumental collections of his writings on topics varying from religion, politics, war and all sorts of art – I savoured it for most of the year, one at a time, and my joy was often a bit impure – gleeful when he delivered a spectacularly nasty blow against our common enemies ๐Ÿ˜‰

After my first reading, I bookmarked his text on Potter, Waugh, Burqa bans and Auden, but there were many more treasures (including an essay on Gore Vidal, Hitchens was less enthusiastic than I was a couple paragraphs above).

Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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Anything by Harari would probably get there. He is to me what Toffler had been to my grandfather. I mostly share his views on history, and possible futures of humankind.

Marcin Napiรณrkowski, Turpopatriotyzm

One of several Polish entries. Shortly – this popular young semiotician (really! well, relatively popular, but he has regular column in a great weekly magazine) has a gift of describing our contemporary world in way both theoretically sophisticated, and highly attractive to readers. If he’s ever translated, I’ll let you know!

Here, he deals with attractiveness of classical nationalism re-marketed for XXI century by the current regime and even more radical right-wingers. A sad, but brilliant book.

Marcin Kฤ…cki, Biaล‚ystok. Biaล‚a siล‚a, czarna pamiฤ™ฤ‡

There is a city like that in your country,ย  I bet. Not that many jobs, accent people from the capital see as rather funny, and a complicated history. Politically… incorrect, quite often. Culturally a bit of a wasteland, although not all would agree, I’m sure. One of the birthplace of the atrociousย music genre of disco polo, place ripe in anti-Semitism but not without decent people. A fascinating non-fiction (and actually not as one-sided as I portray it).

 

And finally, a few words about comics. I know, I know, it’s fiction – but then, it’s a VERY different type of fiction ๐Ÿ˜€ And there’s a lot to choose from ๐Ÿ˜‰ I managed to read a really good variety of comics this year, and I chose to forget the few bad ones I accidentally stumbled upon… So, without further ado,

Ola’s High Five in Comics

Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, Hellboy Omnibus V. The Darkness Calls, Wild Hunt (2018)

I never liked the movies, but I have become a devoted fan of Hellboy once I started reading the original comics. This one is the best: absolutely stunning, exquisitely crafted, and showcasing both Mignola’s unparalleled storytelling skills and his singular, wonderful art. Hellboy’s story comes together with a praiseworthy finesse and ingenuity, all the various threads linked subtly but firmly, with nothing left to chance or Deus ex Machina. I might get round to writing a full review one day, and I’ll wax lyrical about Hellboy then, but even now you can rest assured – I will one day own that omnibus edition! ๐Ÿ˜€ 10/10.

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Kurt Busiek, Stuart Imonen, Superman: Secret Identity (2013)

An alternate story of Superman as it should be written. Emotional, true to the core of the Superman’s mythos and yet unequivocally unique. Busiek crafted a poignant, wonderful story, simultaneously rooted deeply in – and creating anew – the unending Superman’s tale. And Imonen’s art adds a perfect finishing touch to it – poetic and lyrical in a surprisingly moving way. I won’t spoil the story – I can just tell you to read it :D. 10/10.

Busiek Superman Secret Identity

Mike Mignola, John Byrne, Hellboy Omnibus I. Seeds of Destruction (1993)

The beginning of the journey is nearly as good as its end. I loved the origin story of the hellish foundling, all its craziness and sadness and humor and poignancy portrayed in the stark, strangely intimate art of Mignola. It doesn’t seem like that at first, being as unrealistic as possible, but it grows on you quickly: the skillful arrangement of panels, the play of shadow and light, the design – all in total sync with the story. 9,5/10.

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Neil Gaiman, Raphael Albuquerque, A Study in Emerald (2018)

A play on the marriage of Lovecraft and Conan Doyle turned into a novella turned into a comic book – this strange concoction captured my attention and later my heart, reminding me of the wonderful world of Sherlock Holmes ;). 9/10

Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)

In the year of Joker I couldn’t not pick this one up. A solid story with a delightfully ambiguous ending, as befits Moore, accompanied by intriguing graphics – very much in vein of the 80’s, with big splotches of strong, dirty colors in the dark panels. Thought-provoking and enjoyable, and incredibly influential not only within Batman’s lore, but the whole superhero comic book industry, yet not nearly subtle or developed enough to become my favorite (sorry, Lashaan!). 8,5/10.

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Phew, that’s grown into one very long post :). Next post, next week, about the best movies and TV series of 2019 ๐Ÿ˜‰

50 thoughts on “Bookish High Fives of 2019

  1. piotrek

    I don’t know about Fear though… Woodward is solid, but is it that distinctive among all the things we learn all the time about Trump? And I’ve only read parts of his other books, but he strikes me as a bit of a mass producer, he found a formula that works, but it’s still a formula.

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    1. I could say the same about Harari ๐Ÿ˜œ
      As for Fear, the legwork is solid, the conclusions not revelatory but still valid, I’d argue ever increasingly considering the latest development regarding Iran… Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it important? For all those who don’t necessarily read NYT every day or follow Colbert or Olivier the amassed evidence is significant – not even about Trump himself, but about the people surrounding him and their reactions to what can be perceived as disruption. This book is mostly about social interactions, hence – quite interesting to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I started reading Woodward’s Fear as soon as it came out, but after a while I had to set it aside (although it’s still sitting firmly on my e-reader) because it made me progressively uneasy with the realization that with such premises anything could happen – and as Ola remarked, the news in the past few days seem to confirm that formless unease of mine….

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    1. Well, Woodward does a good job showing how exactly we came to where we are now – and it’s not a pretty picture. And yet, it also gives a sliver of hope – inasmuch as it all depends on people and the robustness of the political system, we can always choose better in the former department and protect the solid foundation of the latter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. piotrek

      There are so many sources now, and things happen you would DNF a cheap political thriller over a couple of years ago. Woodward will certainly write another book about the next part of this presidency, and this one is going to be crazy…

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  3. Sounds like it was a good year for both of you! Also- Ola I canโ€™t believe you donโ€™t use goodreads! I didnโ€™t know that.

    And Blood Song sounds a lot like what I wanted out of Abercrombie! Iโ€™ve got him on my list for 2020 so fingers crossed.

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    1. Yeah, I guess at this point it’s laziness combined with lack of time. Whenever I consider going on GR, I think of the backlog I’d have to enter there and I blanch ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Yup, I think Ryan’s Blood Song would be right up your alley – it’s a first installment in a trilogy, and I intend to read the rest this year ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Here’s to New Year then, and new reading choices! I actually plan to go forward with my Discworld re-read and read/listen to some of the Samuel Vimes books this year ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I’m glad to see that you liked The Polity novel! They came to my attention this month and I want to try one out. I went to the wikipedia page and freaked out a bit because there is SO much and I don’t know where it’s best to start now ๐Ÿ˜€ Will figure it out eventually!

    Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Penelopiad’ just went on my wishlist – it’s been too long since I read one of her novels and I’m always a huge fan.

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    1. Bookstooge sold me on Asher last year and I became a huge fan! I think it’s best to start with Agent Cormac novels, they are both great in themselves and as the introduction to the Polity universe ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Glad to meet you! ๐Ÿ˜Š We’d love to help, just let us know what you’re after ๐Ÿ™‚ Polish literature is best known for poetry, fantasy, and, most recently, Tokarczuk’s literary fiction ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Long post indeed! Well done and read though, those are some great stats. I think its safe to say that i know of non of these books apart from discworld, hellboy and asher… Even though our reading tastes differ so much i love how you guys still visited my posts during 2019. Thank you for that .

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    1. Oh, it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog, Dave! And thanks to these visits, my reading choices have broadened – for example, without yours and Aaron’s recommendations I’d never pick up Warhammer 40k, and now I’m already looking for another book! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. piotrek

      Thank you for all the good work in 2019 ๐Ÿ™‚ In the topics of music, manga and Warhammer, among other things, I’ve learned a lot from you in 2019, and I’m sure there will be more in 2020!

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        1. Yeah, right? Even though I feel like in truth Barker is writing the same story over again, at its heart, i.e. a complex relationship between an orphaned boy and a female master/mother figure, this time around it’s just so much more compelling and fresh! Plus, it doesn’t feel like a ripoff of Hobb’s Realm of Elderlings ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. That was my big fear. Genuinely went into it thinking ‘I’ll never read anything he does again if he’s ripped of Liveship Traders’.

            That series was one of my all time favourites. The Rainwild Chronicles turned out to be phenomenal as well considering the slow start that was book one.

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          2. Funnily enough, I had the same fear ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I must admit it was thankfully unfounded this time around ๐Ÿ˜€

            All of Hobb’s books set in the Realm of Elderlings are very good, but my favorite series will forever be Fitz and Fool ๐Ÿ˜€ And I truly admire her skill with weaving all the separate threads together in the concluding trilogy – we meet the characters from all three stories there, and it feels so natural and in a way, inevitable, it’s actually amazing.

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          3. Oh, it will break your heart… But, as perverse as it sounds, you’ll most likely be satisfied, even if not happy with the ending. I’m actually quite envious that it’s still ahead of you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Pio: I’ll definitely have to look into Gene Wolfe’s books. I’ve seen it around too often (not in the blogosphere though) to ignore it after your praise for it.

    Ola: A signed Pratchett copy??? That’s pretty insane! Isn’t The Light Fantastic the only direct sequel to The Colour of Magic? It’s technically my next Pratchett too hahaah You even got around to check out Blood Song! I only read his latest novel and definitely want to revisit his magnum opus. Also glad to see that we both read and enjoyed McDonald’s and Barker’s books! Yoooooo, I didn’t realize you got around to checking out all the Hellboy arcs as well! I’m so glad that we share a love for those as well. As for The Killing Joke, it’s okay. At least I know that it didn’t get under 8/10. That’s all that matters hahahah I would HOWEVER want to know what you’d think of Azzarello’s Joker. Especially when you and Bermejo+Azzarello have such a… complex relationship hahahah

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    1. I own around eight to ten signed Pratchett’s books, all signed during book signings I attended ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yes, The Light Fantastic is a direct sequel to Color of Magic, but I have a suspicion you’d enjoy more either Pratchett’s Death sequence (starting with Mort) or his Sam Vimes and Ankh Morpork guards books (starting with Guards, Guards!)… Rincewind is more of an acquired taste, more heavily leaning toward satire and hence less developed in terms of plot ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Ryan made a solid impression on me, and I plan to check out the rest of the series. And the same goes for Barker, one of the more pleasant surprises of last year. Both reviews will hopefully appear rather sooner than later…

      Mignola’s Hellboy became one of my favorite comic book series, and I need to thank you for that – so, big thanks, Lashaan! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Complex relationship is an apt description… I’m wary of their Joker, but I’ll give it a try this year, if only to vent my frustration on the blog and make you snigger with glee ๐Ÿ˜›

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      1. Wow. You got a goldmine right there! Definitely agree with you on Rincewind. Waaaah, I’m glad to hear that, Ola! It’s definitely nice when we get to share a love for something like that. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hahahahaha I definitely can’t wait for your thoughts on Joker and just about anything where you end up venting or raving! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Fear is solid. I can recommend it, with a caveat, of course – if you’re well versed in American politics, there’s not much new, but the sheer mass of it, the confluence of willful ignorance, ill will, egotism and, indeed, fear – this is staggering.

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