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- member since January 2, 2008
Honestly, I've not read the FF "Three" story line. I know who dies and I've heard Spider-Man will be filling in that gap, but I've not read it. I've tried several times but I just can't seem to get into Fantastic Four. Having said that though, I've pre-ordered the first issue of the new series simply titled "FF" so I'll see how that goes.
As for "Batman: Year One" I bought the HC several years ago, read it, and didn't much care for it at all. I seem to be a minority amount comics fans in that I don't particularly like Frank Miller's work. However, I do plan to re-read it at some point as I'm sure I must have missed something.
I really enjoyed Illuminati, but it helps if you have knowledge of the history of the Marvel U. I couldn't tell you what my favorite trade/ graphic novel would be as there are so many that are so I enjoy. I didn't think anyone could not love Bone, I find it absolution amazing. ^_^ I've not read Old Man Logan but I'll check that out next time I go on a trade buying spree.
Hey Justin, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I'm really enjoying it here, such a cool site.
I've actually been a comics reader for 14 of my 25 years, so I've read many of the titles you mentioned in their original monthly issues format. If you enjoyed "One More Day" you should check out the GNs that come after that, "Brand New Day" volumes 1 -3 and (when it's traded if you aren't into single issues) you HAVE to read Big Time. The first issue is the BEST Spidey story I've read in a long time.
As for Bendis' New Avengers book, I've read the first series in trade, but none of the new stuff yet (not sure if it's been traded or not). I've recently finished Volume 7 but I have to say I feel the series is pretty hit and miss. Personally, I can NOT stand the way he writes Doctor Strange, my all-time favorite Marvel hero, and I feel he tends to give all of his characters the same "voice." If you only read trades (not that there is anything wrong with that) you may not pick up on this as much.
I've read "Ghost World" and loved it, but I haven't read "Maus" yet. "Scott Pilgrim" is fantastic! Well worth reading. Some other great graphic novels I would suggest, if I may, are the "A Contract With God Trilogy" (you can get it in one volume) by Will Eisner, the man who invented the modern language of comics, "Demo" by Brian Wood and, in my humble opinion, the greatest comic book saga ever written, "Bone" by Jeff Smith. "Bone" is a book that I give to people who have never read comics before. It an absolutely beautiful book full of adventure, great characters, sharp humor and a lot of heart. I would recommend "Bone" above any other graphic novel. I would suggest thought getting the One Volume Edition which collects the whole series rather than the 9 odd individual books.
Phew, I could go on about comics for ever. Sorry to babble so much, but I hope perhaps I've given you some ideas on what to check out next. And I'll be sure to read Maus soon.
Just finished Invisible by Auster. See that you are planning to read it. Auster reads the audible.com book; Rob is now reading the hardcover. Definitely worth the read, but I liked Timbuktu and The New York Trilogy more. Hooked on him, thanks to you and "Man in the Dark." Just downloaded "The Book of Illusions" by Auster. Also read by the author. About a silent film star who vanishes... I'll let you know how it is. Oh, so many books...
Hi Justin! I'm from the Author Author group and just wanted to welcome you to our group. February's "featured" author is Jane Smiley, and we have two "secondary" authors, James Michener and Geraldine Brooks. If you're interested, you can choose a book written by one of these three authors, and after you've read it, please come post a review and star rating so the rest of us in the group know what you read and whether you liked it or not. Happy Reading!
I see that you are reading Fante- I've read a couple of his- most recently a compilation-"The John Fante Reader". Bukowski lists him as a major influence, but I like Buk better. I am just finishing up "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman and I like it quite well. I may start "Stardust" by Gaiman soon. How are you, otherwise? Drop me a note when you get a chance.
Thanks very much. I hope you enjoy T19W.
I'm still skirting the edges of a new novel, shaping and measuring it. I hope to throw myself into the writing in the new year, then who knows what will happen.
Have a great holiday. I'm escaping to Florence for a few days of museuming.
Hey Justin- My Nabakov reading has been limited to "Lolita" and a couple of abortive reads of "Ada, or Ardor". I would like to read "Pale Fire." As for Hesse I've read "Demian", "Steppenwolf", and "Beneath the Wheel" (which I liked very much). I have a copy of "Magister Ludi: The Glass bead Game", but after perusing it I didn't find it very interesting. I am currently reading "Old School" by Tobias Wolff. Nice to hear from you. Jason PS- I wasn't crazy about "The Joke" by Kundera, but have liked all of his other books that I've read.