Traveling for work always helps me knock out huge chunks of reading. My flights to and from Calgary provided ample reading time to plow through a couple hundred pages of my book. Since last installment, I discovered a book of poems that pairs nicely with my Civil War reading and pared down my comic book pull list. As always, the comments will be a live discussion on what we're reading.
Civil War Reading List
I finished Red Badge of Courage shortly after posting my last reading update. My goal is to knock out a large chunk of Battle Cry of Freedom before starting the next book on my list, Gone With the Wind. However, I found Herman Melville's Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, which was written during the "war of Northern aggression" and goes nicely with the history book.
Battle Cry of Freedom
Author: James McPherson
Status: 505 pages in
Notes: Good progress since last time. I'm at the end of 1862, and U.S. Grant is starting to climb the ranks.
Author: Herman Melville
Status: 84 pages in
Notes: I'm reading this on Google Books. I got a little ahead of McPherson and stopped at Gettysburg.
Comic Book Pull List
Pick-ups since last update: Action Comics (13); Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific (3); Batman Inc. (0); Batman: Dark Knight (0); Daredevil (18); Daredevil: End of Days (1); Dark Horse Presents (16); Dial H (5); Fashion Beast (2); Fatale (8); Godzilla: The Half-Century War (2); Happy (1); Harvest (3); Mind MGMT (5); Revival (3); Shadow (5); Swamp Thing (13); and Wolverine & X-Men (17).
A couple new titles in Daredevil: End of Days, Happy, Mind MGMT and Wolverine & X-Men, the latter of which was a one-time occurrence because Mike Allred, one of my favorites, was guest artist. Dark Knight is getting dropped after this current arc ends.
This week's books are being held by my comic book store after I set up a permanent pull list because of my inability to get to the store early enough to avoid him selling out some of my weirder titles.
Despite reading mostly print comics, the spotlight this week goes to Insufferable, a weekly online comic by current Daredevil writer Mark Waid.
Issue: Week 22
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Peter Krause and Nolan Woodard
Notes: Online comics were my gateway to reentering the printed comics world when I discovered Warren Ellis's FreakAngels, which followed the same format as a printed book. Insufferable is the first online comic I've found that adapts to the computer screen and the inherent storytelling capabilities of clicking through. The story follows the adventures of an estranged father and son super-hero team. The son is an insufferable media whore, hence the title of the comic. Someone is manipulating them to get back together, which could ultimately tear them apart for good. All 22 issues are available for free at the Thrillbent website. Check it out.
Well, teammates, now it's your turn. What's been keeping your reading lamp on? And good book-beverage pairings? I'll meet you in the comments. Cheers!