Most of the month of September had me absorbed in Malory's crowning achievement. These two mammoth volumes, at times difficult to get through, exemplify the Arthurian legends and the chivalric romance. Throughout history many authors have contributed to the myth and legend of Arthur, but none so comprehensively as Malory.
Dan Simmons-Darwin's Blade Another Dan Simmons novel and another book overly bloated with unneeded research and detail. I'm starting to think that Dan Simmons actually likes research better than plot and character development. Dan Simmons could take a lesson from James M. Cain on how to construct a concise narrative. No filler here, just love, lust, and murder. This novel has been filmed twice. Originally with John Garfield and Lana Turner, and more notoriously, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.
Jeff Smith-Bone Volume 1 Out From Boneville I actually bought this for my son, but one afternoon, being bogged down in Malory's antiquated prose, I picked it up and gave it a read. Not bad. My son loved it and has been bugging me for volume 2.
Garth Ennis-Preacher Vol.8 All Hell's A-Coming/Vol. 9 Alamo Well, I finally finished the Preacher series. This series had a difficult time keeping up the pace and the degradation established early on. It didn't end poorly, it's just that the series started so strongly and was filled with so much violence and blasphemy that it must have been hard to keep thinking up more and more extreme debauchery. Fun stuff nonetheless.
Robert Kirkman-Invincible Vol. 2: Eight is Enough Finally found a cheap copy of this. Kirkman keeps the good times rolling for our teenaged superhero. Not as engaging as The Walking Dead, but a good superhero comic. I'm hooked.