Monday, February 03, 2003

One of the things I was going to use this for was a list of stuff I'd read. I've always wanted to keep a proper reading list, so that I don't forget what I've read.
I vaguely my last attempt (when I was 9). I used the middle pages of my Silvikin jotter to keep the details; authors, titles and my marks out of ten. I think I got as far as four entries.

So at least I have a target to beat!

Just finished reading Last Chance To See (Douglas Adams) (9.5/10) and started on Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny (8/10 so far), .
I've wanted to read the Amber series for years and picked up the phone directory sized collection of all ten books the year before last in New York. You can tell it was written in the sixties, but apart from that I think it's going to be a fun read.

Comics : Spent a good hour reading Dark Victory (Loeb and Sale) last night on the tube. I loved The Long Halloween - it completely blew me away, and I couldn't wait to start the sequel when I got it. So far its living up to its pedigree - very classy.
A good comics writer needs no gimmicks - he/she just writes something that's a pleasure to read. No need for cleverness, just that magical quality that makes you want to turn the page and see what happens next (and makes you sad when the story's over and you have to emerge into reality again).
For all his cleverness it's this quality that makes Alan Moore so great. Jeph Loeb has the same thing going on. And Tim Sale's quirky, adult line work is a perfect companion for the story.

Read the last 9 or so issues of Garth Ennis's Punisher in one go - funny stuff. I really liked the way he ruthlessly dealt with the Wolverine. Wolverine might be one of Marvel's most popular characters, but he's been really badly written by almost every author who's ever had anything to do with him. I hope this gives someone a kick up the arse.
I think Greg Rucka's taking over the Wolverine relaunch, so there's hope yet.

Picked up the P. Craig Russel short story collection, and Gemma Bovery yesterday. Looking forward to digging into them.

I have a funny feeling I'm going to need to go through this post with a spell checker...

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