hils: (Reading Dean)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
7. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
8. The Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music - Stephen Fry
9. The Winter King - Bernard Cornwell
10. The Life and Times of Michael K - J.M. Coetzee

Well, I have to say most of this kind of went over my head. I mean it was a fairly simple story and it was easy to read but at the same time I think a lot of the subtext was lost on me. Has anyone else read it? I'm just not sure what I was supposed to be drawing out of it.

Maybe someone should ask Misha about it this weekend. I'd love to know why it's his favourite book.

Next on the list is Worlds of Arthur by Fran Doel but I'm not going to read it right away. Got too many epic fics from [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang to read. LOL!
hils: (Reading Dean)

1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
7. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
8. The Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music - Stephen Fry
9. The Winter King - Bernard Cornwell

What a fantastic read! The story of King Arthur told as though it was historical fact. It's brilliant! It feels completely real even though there are some small elements of magic. I loved it. Must order the next in the series

Next on the list is Life & Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee. Misha's favourite book. It's a lot thinner than I was expecting

hils: (Reading Dean)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
7. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
8. The Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music - Stephen Fry

This was a really great read. It felt like long episode of QI with lots of amusing little asides and interesting facts.

Next on the list is The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell. You never know, this might awaken my Merlin fic muse. We shall see.
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1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
7. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

Spoilers )

Next on the list is The Incomplete History Of Classical Music by Stephen Fry

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hils: (Reading Dean)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

I'm probably going to get lynched here but I really didn't enjoy Nineteen Eighty-Four half as much as I enjoyed Brave New World. I don't know if it was the writing style or the characters involved but I just couldn't get into it :(

Next on the list is Hellblazer: Haunted by Warren Ellis. Greg loaned this to me after I watched Constantine and said I'd be interested in reading some of the graphic novels. Apparently this is a good standalone one.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

OOH! That was really good. A little strange in places but overall a really enjoyable book. I do love Neil Gaiman. I did find it slightly distracting that I kept picturing Castiel and Gabriel as Charlie and Spider.

Next is Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Greg flailed a bit when I said I'd never read it. Apparently it's his favourite book.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
Just waiting for my SPN download to finish

1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower
4. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

That was fantastic! I mean any book that actually makes me cry is clearly worth a read but it was absolutely fascinating on a number of levels.

It's quite funny actually that I hated writing essays when I was at school but the conditioning is still there because I was mentally coming up with questions to answer while I was reading this. I studied The Tempest at A-Level and I've love to write something comparing the two.

And the things I could have done with this for my Sociology A-Level...

So, yeah, I thought it was brilliant.

Next on the list is Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Eric Shanower

That was pretty good. It's been ages since I read any of the Oz books and the art for the graphic novel was nice and folk-taley. Reminded me how massively different the book is to the film

Next on the list is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Not read any 'classic litereture' for a while so interested to see what it's like
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David
2. Supernatural: Rising Son - Peter Johnston

That was pretty good. The art was definitely much nicer than in Origins. This book really gives you a feel of just how fucked up the boys lives were growing up.

What I also found interesting is that the focus of the book is very much Sam and how important he is. I think people seem to forget that. I've seen loads of people bitching that S4 and S5 are all Dean and the role he has to play. I think people forget that S1 and S2 were all about Sam. Personally I've never had a problem with one brother being given preferential treatment over the other. It all balances out.

Next is the graphic novel of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. The Woad to Wuin - Peter David

This was brilliant! I really loved the first book in this series and the second is just as good. Peter David has this uncanny knack for having me laughing on one page and crying on the next. Loved it. Already put the next on on my Amazon wishlist

Next is Supernatural: Rising Son which shouldn't take me too long as it's a graphic novel, and only a small one. I just hope the art is better than in Origins
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski
20. Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities - J. Michael Straczynski
21. Wanted - Mark Millar
22. John Winchester's Journal - Alex Irvine
23. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith.
24. Supernatural: Witch's Canyon - Jeff Mariotte

Well, as far as tie-in novels go that was okay (apart from previously mentioned violation of my head canon) that was okay. As I've said before this is one of the few shows where I read gen fics so I didn't have my usual problem of waiting for the boykissing to happen. LOL.

Next on the list is The Woad to Wuin by Peter David. It's the second book in the Sir Apropos of Nothing series and I'm really looking forward to it
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski
20. Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities - J. Michael Straczynski
21. Wanted - Mark Millar
22. John Winchester's Journal - Alex Irvine
23. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith.

Those of you who have been on my flist for a while will remember how I was recoiling in horror when this book was first announced. Well, I take it back because I LOVED it! The addition of the zombie background story is done seamlessly and it feels totally natural and great. I'll admit that I laughed in places but I think if you read it with no prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice you'd still really enjoy it.

And the illustrations just make it even more enjoyable. This one is my favourite

Next on the list is Supernatural: Witch's Canyon by Jeff Mariotte
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski
20. Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities - J. Michael Straczynski
21. Wanted - Mark Millar
22. John Winchester's Journal - Alex Irvine

This is a great source material book for those of you who write pre-series fic. It really gave me a good feel for what life was like for the boys before the pilot and it's also packed full of lore if you're looking for new monsters to include. I liked it a lot.

One thing that surprised me though. I thought there was only a three year age gap between the boys but according to this Dean is 21 when Sam is 17

Next on the list is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graeme-Smith
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski
20. Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities - J. Michael Straczynski
21. Wanted - Mark Millar

Uh, wow, that was absolutely NOTHING like the film. It was ten times better. Seriously, I don't even know why they called the film Wanted it was that different. The book was great. I loved it. Mark Millar is still my favourite comics writer

Next on the list is John Winchester's Journal by Alex Irvine
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski
20. Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities - J. Michael Straczynski

Wow, I think this is rapidly become my favourite comics series ever. I really need to get hold of the third volume. It's quite funny because in these books the Aquaman character is female and I think she's in love with the Green Lantern character. Problem is I keep forgetting she's female and seeing it as a slash story. LOL!

Next on the list is Wanted by Mark Millar. After this I will go back to reading 'proper books' LOL!
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton
19. Supreme Power: Contact - J. Michael Straczynski

Well, it didn't make me cry this time but my god it's still heartbreaking. If you're not familiar with the comics it's essnentially an AU version of The Justice League wherein the Superman character instead of being raised by Ma and Pa Kent he's raised by the US government to be used as a weapon. It's SO sad! Absolutely brilliant though. I rank it up there with The Ultimates (before Mark Millar stopped writing it) and Red Son.

Onto the next volume now and I hope it's at least a little bit happier.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
18. Guilty Pleasures vol. 1 - Laurell K. Hamilton

The writing was not great, but I didn't expect it to be. LOL! The art was stunning though. I loved it, although I have to say Edward was not drawn the way I imagined him. I'll probably hunt out volume 2 though just to see how it ends (because I can't remember from when I read the actual book)

Next on the list is Supreme Power: Contact by J. Michael Straczynski. I have actually read this book but I want to read it again before I read the next one which Greg has also loaned me. I remember it making me cry a lot when I read it.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson
16. Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore
17. Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

It was actually pretty good once you get your head around the slightly surreal world the author has created. I wound up really enjoying it and will probably get the next one in the series once my to read pile has gone down a bit

Next on the list is the graphic novel of Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Yeah, I know, but the art is insanely pretty and the earlier books really aren't that bad.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction
15. Supernatural: Origins - Peter Johnson

Well, that was ok. I really didn't care for the art though which made it a little difficult for me to get into. Nice idea of how John got into hunting though, even if it was a bit weird.
hils: (Reading Dean by me)
1. Sir Apropos of Nothing - Peter David
2. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - Campbell Black
3. The Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - James Kahn
5. The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Rob MacGregor
7. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
9. Ramage - Dudley Pope
10. Antrax - Terry Brooks
11. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. The Threesome Handbook - Vicki Vantoch
13. Captain Alatriste - Arturo Perez-Reverte
14. Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares - Matt Fraction

I read some of this in individual issue when it first came out. Absolutely stunning artwork and a nice tight storyline to boot. Good introductory read if you've not read any Iron Man before

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