April 2022 Books …

I slowed down a little in April after a record-breaking (for me, at least) ten-book March … here’s what I read this month. Batman: The Long Halloween: The Sequel: Dark Victory Deluxe Edition by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Despite the long title that borders on overkill (the series was originally called Dark Victory, and... Continue Reading →

March 2022 Books …

An amazing Hollywood bio, a trio of comics-related histories, and a small stack of graphic novels make up my March readings … a record-setting (for me at least!) ten books for the month. Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis We seem to be undergoing a mini-renaissance devoted to the silent film comedic actor/writer/director... Continue Reading →

February 2022 Books …

A couple more books about Marvel Comics, two more movie-themed biographies, a cultural history of Britain in the early 1960s, and an eagerly-awaited mystery novel make up my February reading list … Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila WellerI love a good movie star biography and Sheila Weller’s 2019 bio on Carrie... Continue Reading →

January 2022 Books …

It’s all Marvel, Marvel, Marvel for me in this first month of the year, as I catch up with some Christmas gifts and visit some old friends … namely 1960s Marvel Comics! When You Are Mine by Michael RobothamThis is the third year in a row that I read a Michael Robotham book to start... Continue Reading →

Top Five 2021 …

2021 marked my first (almost-full) year of retirement, so I had plenty of time to watch, read, and wander in my never-ending quest for new movies, TV shows, and books. Here are my top five picks for the year in comics and graphic novels, books, movies, and TV. Longer reviews of the books can be... Continue Reading →

December 2021 Books …

And we round out 2021 with my last book report on the books I read in December. Over the course of the past year, I read 77 books by my count, and 69 on GoodReads, which was 115% of my goal (some books, like older comics series like the Blackthorne Dick Tracy reprints, just don't... Continue Reading →

November 2021 Books …

December already? WTF?! Here's what I read in the fondly-remembered month of November. Gated Prey by Lee GoldbergThis is the latest (third) book in Goldberg’s Eve Ronin series and is definitely the weakest of the three. I think Ronin is a great character with lots of potential; she’s a dedicated cop trying to make it... Continue Reading →

October 2021 Books …

It seems like forever since I read some of these … is October really that long? I think I finished Batman in the Fifties and Countdown: Bin Laden in the first week of the month, which seems like an eternity ago. Anyway … here’s what I read in October, equally split between comic collections and... Continue Reading →

September 2021 Books …

An equal 50/50 split between graphic novels and regular books this month. Here’s what I read in September, which flew by … I can’t believe it’s fall already. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa JewellI've read a number of Lisa Jewell books over the past two years or so and while I've enjoyed them all,... Continue Reading →

August 2021 Books …

Another month filled mainly with comic books and books about comics … what can I say? Retirement brings out the nostalgia in me. Billy Summers by Stephen KingThis was the book that occupied me for most of August. It’s a fascinating character study by King, devoid (for the most part) of his usual horror and/or... Continue Reading →

July 2021 Books …

I’m not sure what happened to July. It passed quickly and quietly. Maybe it’s because I spent a lot of time reading comic books and books about comics, although I did fit in one disappointing novel. Let’s get that out of the way first. Falling by T. J. NewmanThis is the second time this summer... Continue Reading →

June 2021 Books …

I slowed down a little in June, due to a quick getaway trip and a large biography, but I enjoyed everything I read nonetheless. Once and Future, Vol. 2: Old English by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra BonvillainIt’s really the art by Mora and the vibrant coloring by Bonvillain that make this story of... Continue Reading →

The End of Bosch …

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched Bosch season 7 yet, stop reading at the line below. This post contains some minor spoilers about the final season. Seven seasons … 68 episodes. Bosch is done. Long live Bosch. Bosch season 7 was a satisfying end to the series, which—as most of you know, if you’re a... Continue Reading →

May 2021 Books …

Slowed down a little this month with only six books read. They are: DAREDEVIL Vol. 1: KNOW FEAR by Chip Zdarsky and Marco ChecchettoZdarsky’s down-and-dirty take on DD begins here and, as I've mentioned before, it’s Marvel’s best written book right now. While Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s run on the blind hero restored some... Continue Reading →

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