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The Last "Reading-Update" for 2019

After reading Richard Matheson’s Nightmare at 20000 Feet, which I thoroughly enjoyed (if that is a proper to thing to say about horror-stories I don’t know) I was looking for something lighter and continued with the first of the Hercule Poirot stories and then read a collection of stories by Cory Doctorow.

While the above were audiobooks, I, at the same time, re-read Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere of which I recently got the used, illustrated edition of and liked it even more that the first time I read it. After finishing it, I continued with “Watchmen“, which I have never read and liking it a lot so far.

  • Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • Cory Doctorow: Overclocked
  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (re-read)

In the next week/year I will then publish my complete list for this year, as well as my reading-list for the next year. Until then you can have a look at my book-log.

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And some more recently read books

During the last few months my every so frequent blogging-streak from the beginning of the year, turned into a lot-less-frequently blogging streak, but at least I continued to read and write a lot, albeit offline.

I’m far away of having lost interest in blogging, but especially during the last weeks I had the feeling that the only thing worth posting would be the “yet-another-book-I-finished” post. Hence I thought it much better, and more considerate to simply summarize them and put them all into one post.

It is not that I didn’t ran into things worth sharing, but somehow never came around posting them.

Well, here it is. Many audiobooks, but also more and more graphic novels.

Novels/Graphic Novels

  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Neil Gaiman: Coraline (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Murder Mysteries (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (re-read)

I’m also actively reading selected short-stories, but here I’m switching between books, depending on mood, and therefore will take them a while to get finished.

Audiobooks

  • C.S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy
  • Dale Bailey: In the Night Wood
  • C.S. Lewis: Prince Caspian
  • David Gerrold: The Martian Child
  • C.S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • C.S. Lewis: The Silver Chair
  • Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites
  • C.S. Lewis: The Last Battle

I have read recently, and purchased, a few illustrated books recently and enjoy them a lot. So much so, that I wonder why not all books are illustrated. So much more fun to read! Also I figured how much more interesting books one can purchase when browsing in the used-books department. Such as the above.

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While reading the introduction to “The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft” I ran into many, unknown to me, classics of horror fiction and read “Carmilla” by J. Sheridan Le Fanu which served from my understanding as inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Finished reading Neil Gaiman’s “Smoke and Mirrors” the other day. What a great collection of stories and I enjoyed it a lot and will without any doubt come back to them from time to time. Especially some are adapted as graphic novels, which I have already lined-up.

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More new books – Just in time for Halloween

Upon first glance the “Annotated Lovecraft” is spectacular and I’m sure that I will without doubt also order the recently released second book of it. I have the “Annotated Dracula”, also by Leslie S. Klinger, already on the way as well and I have the feeling that more books like this will follow.

I have read “The Graveyard Book” already twice this year, and this, graphic novel adaptation will be third time. I have just last weekend finished the second book of the graphic novel adaptation of “American Gods” and have enjoyed that immensely.

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Finished the audiobook of Leslie S. Klinger’s In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe this morning and it’s a great compilation of Gothic horror stories. I have a hardcopy of it (and two more annotated books by Leslie Klinger books) already on the way and will surely re-read some these stories again.

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The forgotten Reading-List updates

It’s been a while since my last update, but in fact I read a lot during the last few weeks but didn’t quite came around posting updates. Social is hard. I know.

Anyway here is now the list and I updated the Book-Log accordingly.

  • Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man
  • Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book (re-read)
  • Joe Hill: Full Throttle – Stories
  • Neil Gaiman: Snow, Glass, Apples (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Two finished Books

I finished the audiobook Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” the other day and it’s nothing but brilliant. Even though the faith of the two main characters is kind of pre-defined since the beginning, I found myself wondering many times what is going to happen to them. Also the story gives a bit of an insight about the “how that could happen”.

In short it was a very captivating book and I frequently found myself getting extremely angry at the system in the book. I read the first book last year, but now think I should give that another read now and I’m sure I will get me the hardcover at some point as well.

And talking about hardcovers…

During the night I finished Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” which is another great collection of his stories. I had been familiar with some of the stories, but the re-read of those unearthed some nice new, or forgotten details.

I’m not sure what to read next, but I have the feeling that I will re-read “The Graveyard Book” next or continue with the Sandman‘ series, or Snow, Apple, Glass