Friday, September 14, 2012

New books! ...Again.

I'm constantly buying books. Seriously, I go through a book a day while I'm in school. I've basically exhausted the library we have. And then of course, I want to own the ones I love so on occasion I'll beg my mom to buy me a few for the sake of my sanity. Recently I received...


Frankenstein! Now, I have a confession to make. I've never seen the movies. Not the original nor the numerous sequels and spinoffs. BUT the book happens to be one of my favorites so I thought it was about time to add it to my shelf. I hate how people always assume it's nothing more than a monster book when really the philosophical questions it poses are monumental. The whole book is a question of right and wrong. If people would actually read it they might discover a fantastic piece of literature.

The alchemist is great. I'd suggest it to nearly anyone. It's just one of those books that a lot of different people tend to like. It's a story about discovering one's destiny and facing trials and hardships along the way. If you're in the mood for something inspiring and are prepared to deal with a book where everything's a metaphor then this is the book for you.

I finally got a copy of Dracula! This is definitely worth celebrating. If I had to choose a classic monster book I'd still pick Frankenstein, but I love this one too. The first time I read it I thought it was extremely dry, I'd never read a book written before the 20th century and it was very different. But I gave it a second shot and now it definitely ranks up there in my favorites.

Pride and Prejudice is another instant classic. I don't really have much to say about it other than the fact that it's a really great book. The characters infuriate me on several occasions throughout the novel and that doesn't change no matter how many times I read it, but that's part of the journey. They're learning to get over their...wait for it....pride and prejudice in order to finally get along. Bet you didn't see that one coming right? ;) My AP history teacher makes fun of me if he sees me with this book and starts spouting off in a British accent about tea and Mr. Darcy. It's too girly for him. Pshhh he can go back to his Lovecraft and H. G. Wells and leave my Victorian romance novels alone.

I love the artwork on this version!
The back.

 In other news, my Batman comics showed up! I'm...not actually sure if you guys care about comics, but just in case a Batman fan sees this I'm going to include them. Batman: Dead to Rights is a compilation/graphic novel that collects Batman Confidential #22-25 and 29-30. It's basically set way early in Batman's career when he captures the Joker for the very first time. Ever. Of course, the police have never dealt with him before and no one is taking him seriously so they underestimate him. Underestimating the Joker tends to get people killed so not a great move on their part.

It takes you through his questioning and trial and all that jazz and with his flippant jokes and remarks infuriating everyone left and right it's a really amusing read. It's...comic fluff. Amusing comic fluff. Also, the artwork is great. Nothing bothers me more than a great story with horrible artwork. At least if a story sucks but it's got nice art I have something pretty to look at ^^

The other set of comics I got is Robin II: The Joker's Wild! (1991) (FYI, if I feature a new comic I get it's probably going to have the Joker in it. Just a head's up. I love comic-verse Mr. J so much.) In this one Batman has left Robin (Tim Drake) on his own in the city for the first time. He's excited to patrol on  his own...until he learns that the Joker's escaped Arkham. (Again....)

Hey look, I'm reflected in the silver ^^

The artwork for this one is pretty good too. I love the older feel it has. (which makes sense considering these are 20 years old by now.) I like the story of Batman Confidential better, but this just feels like a real comic to me. I don't know, it's just like the feeling I get when I buy a new record.

Well, that's all for now. I think it's fun to show off the comics I get because honestly, not everything I do all the time is goff stuffz and I'm a major nerd. And hey, it's Bat-man so I'm giving a slight nod to the subculture aren't I? ^^ Anyone else out there like comics? Graphic novels? Manga? I'm curious!


  1. Frankenstein, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice: excellent books! ^-^ three of my favourites, I haven't read The Alchemist though so I'll have to put it on my list :)I don't read comics much..I have read some manga, mainly the Godchild series. Any you'd recommend? :)

    1. Oh God, where to begin...I can't pick favorites so I'm just going to list a few off the top of my head ok? Hellsing, Black Butler(Kuroshitsuji), Trinity Blood, Pet Shop of Horrors, Death Note, Ghost Hunt, Rurouni Kenshin, and Deadman Wonderland. Is that enough? ^^

  2. I just read this post and had to find this ridicoulusly handsome "pride and prejudice" edition! Ain´t it just lovely?
    I can´t think of da time where I do NOT want to reread this book.
    Sadly, I don´t own a copy in the original language, translations always lose in humour and sharpness.
    Thanks so much for showing it!

    1. I found this edition at Target, but I'm not sure where to get it really is a fantastic book :D