What are you reading?

I've said it before, but if you haven't already read Howard's Conan. It's great, and save for a few stark examples there's less racial insensitivity there. Sometimes Conan even seems to experience prejudice as a Cimmerian, except when he's in the jungle and becomes the great white hunter by default.
I plan on it! I’m going to read all of his Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Conan and Cthulhu Mythos stories. :guts:
 
The Incal was great. One of the most imaginative stories I’ve read, full of great characters (“Deepo, you are my brother!”), locales and writing. Moebius’ artwork seemed to grow more gorgeous with every page. A true masterpiece.

Stephen King’s Here There Be Tygers was an enjoyable little story about a boy who thinks a tiger is lurking in his school’s bathroom. King wrote it when he was in high school, and it’s got some good stuff in it.

H. P. Lovecraft’s The Festival was amazing. His prose is so enjoyable to read. It’s like eating a good meal with your mind. I’m spacing his stories out over time. I don’t want to read them all too quickly, since there’s only so much left.

Next up is George R. R. Martin’s The Hero!
 
The Sun also Rises, it's kind of a chore at times. This is the third book by Hemingway I'm reading, and this may just not be my type of author. After this, I'll give him one more chance since I already bought A Farewell to Arms. After that I think I've read all his major books anyway.

I mentioned in my last post that I was reading manga to learn French and that I was ready to leave shonen behind and pick up something more difficult. But after reading some posts here, I decided to try Slam Dunk first. And guys, I'm hooked! I already knew about it, but I thought about skipping it because I watched Hajime no Ippo, which is supposed to be the nr. 1 sports anime/manga. Since I do boxing myself I figured nothing would beat it. What makes Slam Dunk more interesting though, is that it's about a team sport, so the relationships between the characters are evolving during play. In Hajime no Ippo you have 2 opponents, some guys commenting in the audience and the trainer being a trainer. It's the same dynamics over and over again and you never get to see something interesting like 2 guys that hate each other, but are forced to work together or something. I also prefer annoying Sakuragi over that boring nerd Ippo.

Anyway, I already put REAL and Vagabond (though I already read the at times frustrating Musashi book some years ago) in my to read list.
 
Yesterday, I started reading Blade of Immortal. I finished reading the first 5 volumes but it didn't take me that long. Above all, the drawing style seemed heavy to follow and even the story seems to me nothing like the protagonists (Manji and Rin). What do you think? Do you recommend to continue it?
 
Not exactly sure what you mean by "the story seems nothing like the protagonists".

For a manga, it's quite sophisticated, in both a literary and artistic sense. The drawing techniques are a lot more traditional than typical manga art, with realistic mannerisms and less exaggerated forms overall, and the dialogue contains a lot of nuance and period specific terminology. I haven't read it in a long time, but I remember enjoying the storytelling and gradual evolution of the characters, each with their own philosophy of combat and motivations. I can easily recommend it, but if you haven't taken a liking to the style it goes for yet it might just not be your slice of pie.
 
Not exactly sure what you mean by "the story seems nothing like the protagonists".

For a manga, it's quite sophisticated, in both a literary and artistic sense. The drawing techniques are a lot more traditional than typical manga art, with realistic mannerisms and less exaggerated forms overall, and the dialogue contains a lot of nuance and period specific terminology. I haven't read it in a long time, but I remember enjoying the storytelling and gradual evolution of the characters, each with their own philosophy of combat and motivations. I can easily recommend it, but if you haven't taken a liking to the style it goes for yet it might just not be your slice of pie.
I'm sorry, I wrote wrong. I meant to say that the story doesn't attract me. The same for the protagonists
 
I'm sorry, I wrote wrong. I meant to say that the story doesn't attract me. The same for the protagonists
The pacing is slower in the beginning, but it evolves significantly, and there will be some twisted developments later on. The relationship between the two main characters is also something that forms tactfully over the entirety of the series, and it can be better appreciated once you reach the final stretches of the story.
 
Ok. Then I will continue it. Thanks!
Something I forgot to mention, which you've probably already noticed if you had been reading the Dark Horse volumes is the modified, left to right reading orientation. This was apparently something commonly done back in the day by western publishers. The author specifically asked that they don't flip the artwork, so what they did instead is cut the panels up and rearrange them to be read from left to right. This can mess up the continuity of some scenes and it's a pretty awful and confusion inducing practice in general. What's more, in classic Dark Horse fashion, despite releasing multiple editions over the years they still haven't done anything about the orientation, so bear that in mind if you're gonna continue reading.
 
I am currently reading Jazz Theory: From basic to advanced study by Dariusz Terefenko and Lifespan by David Sinclair. I am a steel drum player who is interested in music theory and jazz. I also listen to JRE a lot and have been trying to read some of the books by the guests who come on the podcast. David Sinclair is a Longevity Researcher at Harvard and has been on JRE a couple/few times.
 
Something I forgot to mention, which you've probably already noticed if you had been reading the Dark Horse volumes is the modified, left to right reading orientation. This was apparently something commonly done back in the day by western publishers. The author specifically asked that they don't flip the artwork, so what they did instead is cut the panels up and rearrange them to be read from left to right. This can mess up the continuity of some scenes and it's a pretty awful and confusion inducing practice in general. What's more, in classic Dark Horse fashion, despite releasing multiple editions over the years they still haven't done anything about the orientation, so bear that in mind if you're gonna continue reading.
But I'm Italian, therefore I take the manga in my language. Thanks anyway!

This problem you told me, in Italy we have it with Berserk.
 
Just finished Parasite Eve. Not a bad little novel from a first-time author. A bit on the technical side, but forgivable due to Hideaki Sena’s original profession being a doctor. It was a slow burn, but the final chapters made the whole thing worth it.

Next up is a short story by George R. R. Martin called The Hero.
 
I just finished reading Blade of Immortal. I thank the user who advised me to continue it. All in all, it's a good manga that didn't make me shout at the masterpiece, but in the end it's a reading that I highly recommend.
 
I don't know how active this thread still is but here goes. I'm currently reading Jorge Joestar, a light novel based off of the characters of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Universe. It's...something, to say the least. You certainly won't be bored reading it.
 
My wife got me the deluxe, hardcover edition of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, so that’s what I’m diving into next. I love the movie, so I can’t wait to read the manga.
 
I read the 11 chapters that have been released so far of “May I Ask One Final Thing?” (alternate title is “Mad Dog Princess”). It’s a shoujo manga set in a fantasy world about a noble girl punishing corrupt aristocrats by beating the absolute shit out of them. Not expecting much depth to the story but over-the-top action depicted with delicate, flowy shoujo art is the kind of dumb crap I apparently love so I’ll follow it for now.

Also the heroine’s name is Scarlet el Vandimion...
 
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