Round-up: books

I have just been devouring books lately, comic and conventional. Thought it might make for a decent post to round ’em up. And besides, I am not in the office today on account of pink eye all around and I need something to keep me sane until I go in for some meetings later.


The Joker – Brian Azzarello

The Joker in this book is a lot more like the Heath Ledger portrayal and I like it. I prefer my Joker dark as opposed to silly. Harley Quinn was in this as well but not as her normal kooky self but sort of a dialogue-less blond whom serves the purpose, at one point, of showing us how the Joker can actually have feelings. There’s a scene where he’s knelt down and grasping his arms around her waist, crying. And who said comic books don’t have anything for girls?

Batman: The Long Halloween – Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

This is the first of a trio of books by these two artists that takes you through the tale of Gotham’s crime families and their debacle with a murderer called “Holiday”. I liked this a lot because it pits them against Batman and Harvey Dent and about 5 other baddies like Poison Ivy, Joker, and the Mad Hatter.

Batman : Dark Victory – Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

This is a follow up to the above and it’s gritty, a mystery slowly unfolding and always leaving you wondering who the killer is. I was never much one for mysteries or detective type things but this was awesome.

In the midst of reading:

The Commoner John Burnham Schwartz

So far, I am liking this one. My mother left it for me during one of her visits and I admit, it sat in my living room gathering dust for a few weeks before I ever picked it up. It’s hardcover so the nondescript red book didn’t exactly pique my interest. But the narrator is interesting and dynamic so I think I’ll probably get back into this soon.

The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory

I began reading this one a whim, as it had sat on my desk for a LONG time. It’s not my kind of thing but the more I looked at it, I thought it might prove to be a quick little read but just the right amount of debauchery. Well, so far, it’s all tease but I mean, it’s the story of a girl trying to hook it up with the king (a summary in the most basic form) and I think I stalled out because it was the same thing over and over for the first 100 pages. I’ll probably finish at some point, when I am bereft of anything else good to read.

Up Next :

Haunted Knight – Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Since I just finished reading the two others in this “trilogy”, The Long Halloween and The Dark Victory, I’m moving onto this, which seems to come “last” though it does not follow in a sequential order at the other two. (Thought I read them backwards, not that it mattered).  I look forward to seeing what these two do with three Halloween related tales (my favorite holiday!) I am pretty much thrilled to be picking this up soon.

Batman: Hush, vol. 1 – Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee

I don’t know much about this one but it’s always the “if you liked blank, you’ll like this” recommendation. It looks pretty dark yet also is reminsicent of some of the Xmen stylings (duh – Jim Lee) so I’m slavering over it, cannot wait to dive in.

I think I have read almost all of Bill Bryson’s books save his newest one and I am looking for some other non-fiction I can pick up. I really like books like River of Lakes wherein the author travels up Florida’s St. John’s river you learn a lot of history but take a neat little journey too. Anyone have any suggestions? Hell, I’ll read anything.

2 thoughts on “Round-up: books

  1. I am almost finished with The Glass Castle. It has been really good so far. I just love reading about peoples lives.

    Next on the list are The Time Travelers Wife and The Omnivores Dilemma.

    We should start an online book club 🙂 It could be fun, we could discuss, etc…

  2. You have read, been in the midst, or are about to read more books than I have in 6 months. God. I need to start reading again!

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