My 2018, part 3 – Books

I don’t get as much reading done as I’d like, since, well, since my teens, really, but I still read a few chapters in bed most nights. And on occasion I am even able to put on an audiobook during the daytime while doing monotonous task that don’t require my full attention. So here follows part 3 of my popular entertainment ars of 2018 (you can find part 1: comic books and part 2: films from these handy links).

My reading preference is novels, and while I most years do try to intersperse that with occasional other things, my backlog had grown a bit out of hand in 2017. Therefore I mostly stuck with just the novels (excepting short breaks between each for a comic book or two), and there not much to speak of by the ways of poetry, short stories or non-fiction on the list this year.

As on the other two lists, I’m not going to comment on each individual book (the post would get ridiculously long), so if anything catches your fancy to strike up a conversation on or ask what I thought about, please do let me know in the comments. Again, on the few that I’ve written a short LibraryThing review, those are linked in the title.

And with that, listing time:

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My 2018, part 2 – Films

I didn’t just read comic books in 2018, I saw some films, too. As with that list, I can’t possibly comment on every individual movie (though my LibraryThing reviews are linked when existing), but I would be very happy to discuss any and all of them in the comments should you, wildly hypothetical reader, wish to do so. Just sound off and let me know!

On with the list:

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My 2018, part 1 – Comic books

I didn’t make my list of things I hoped to get around to this year, as I the last few years have discovered I mostly used those for chronicling what I actually did instead. So instead, I simply did that: Wrote down (most) of what I’ve read and watched. As mentioned, I watch abhorrent amounts of television series, so for those I will be doing a more traditional, less comprehensive top twelve type list. Assuming time.

For the first of these posts, the comic books, graphic novels, e-comics and whatever other thing I’ve read might feel it fits in this category. I realise the entertainment value to others stumbling over this post is fairly low, as I can’t possibly comment on every item (though some will have links to reviews I’ve written elsewhere). So instead, should someone happen to actually read this and be interested, I invite you all to inquire in the comments to any specific item you’d like my thoughts on. Apologies in advance if by then, the memory has gotten somewhat murky.

With that, on to the list!

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Wagers and kings

He had brought down his first Nyak when scarcely thirteen; had brought down his tenth the week after his accession to the throne; and was returning now from his forty-sixth.

‘Fifty before I come of age,’ he had exulted. ‘Who’ll take the wager?’

But courtiers don’t take wagers against the king’s skill. There is the deadly danger of winning.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov


Off with you

“Off with you” is a phrase used by people who lack the courtesy to say something more polite, such as “If there’s nothing else you require, I must be going,” or “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to ask you to leave, please,” or even “Excuse me, but I believe you have mistaken my home for your own, and my valuable belongings for yours, and I must ask you to return the items in question to me, and leave my home, after untying me from this chair, as I am unable to do it myself, if it’s not too much trouble.”

– Lemony Snicket,
in chapter 3 of The Penultimate Peril,
Book the Twelfth of A Series of Unfortunate Events


The hubris of mankind

Why should not God have come to the earth as an earth-worm? There are a great many more worms than men, and they do a great deal more good.

– Merlyn, in
The Book of Merlyn, chapter 3, page 45,
by T. H. White


Legal residence

Are you guys from the Housing co-op? Because it’s perfectly legal to win an apartment in a duel.

– John Constantine,

in “Necromancing the Stone”, episode 3×15 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow