Wonder Woman/Conan by Gail Simone by Gail Simone
Fan-favorite WONDER WOMAN writer Gail Simone is back in this epic crossover event that joins the greatest warrior in the DC Universe and one of the most famous characters in pop culture in WONDER WOMAN/CONAN! Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, exhausted and wounded, and soon meets the city's most fearsome arena fighter--Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave owner Dellos, a dark magic descends upon their land, a presence that wants to destroy them both. The two greatest fighters of their respective eras, Conan and Princess Diana, unite to battle an enemy who wants to destroy them both.
 

Read as single issues. Collects issues 1-6 of Wonder Woman/Conan.

Imagine the princess from Themyscira meeting the barbarian from Cimmeria… fighting together as partners and fighting each other as foes…

Batman, Volume 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder(1 day)
One year ago, the Joker limped off the streets of Gotham, mutilated and scarred when someone had taken the pale white skin right off of his face. But now, the Dark Knight’s greatest foe has returned but for once, Batman doesn’t seem to be his target. Instead, the Joker turns his vile hatred towards Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood and Red Robin … the only family Bruce Wayne has left. The Clown Prince of Crime will unleash his most unpredictable, vicious and psychotic assault ever on everyone Batman holds dear. Can Batman stop his arch-rival’s most deranged assault ever? Or will the cost of a deadly secret be a family member’s life?

Read as single issues. Collects Batman (New  52) 13-17.

Rating : 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Batman, Volume 5: Rules of Engagement by Tom King
Following Catwoman's answer to his marriage proposal, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption in the desert. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family--each disturbed by Batman's journey, each ready to stand in his way and push back against his stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero. Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? He's going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman's true intentions will be exposed.  This spectacular new volume further explores a key question throughout Tom King's entire Batman run: Can Batman be happy?
Read as single issues. Collects issues 33-37 and Batman Annual 2.

Rating : 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

A story arc without villains… basically the courtship of Bats 💘 Cats.

In the House of the Worm by George R.R. Martin
Beneath a ruined city on a forgotten planet lies a world of plots and revenge. When Annelyn is embarrassed in front of his noble friends by the Meatbringer, he sets forth a devious plan that is meant to gain vengeance. But the terrible truth of the dire White Worm turns his ploy into folly in terrible fashion.
GRRM definitely seems to have channeled HP Lovecraft and Jack Vance for this grisly horror sci-fi story about two underground races who seem to like to eat each other…

Read this before I got out of bed.

First Bite by Bee Wilson (Audible.com)(1 month 10 days)
Rating : 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Read/listened to during my commute.

We are not born knowing what to eat; as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. From childhood onward, we learn how big a “portion” is and how sweet is too sweet. We learn to enjoy green vegetables—or not. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?

Eating well is a skill. We learn it. Or not. It’s something we can work on at any age.

In First Bite, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love.

We worry about the next five minutes when we should be thinking about the next five years.

The way we learn to eat holds the key to why food has gone so disastrously wrong for so many people. But Wilson also shows that both adults and children have immense potential for learning new, healthy eating habits. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits, First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.

Mister Miracle Vol. 1 by Tom King(2 hours)

Read as single issues. Collects MISTER MIRACLE #1-6.

Rating : 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great, he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything–so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick–except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

 

 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman(14 hours 25 minutes)

The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.

Rating: 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Read at Palaniyarpalayam on my Kindle.

Gaiman goes back to his best inspiration, the Norse mythology. I already have an audiobook version of the Norse Mythology read by Gaiman himself. But before I wanted to listen to that, I wanted to read this as the first book of this year’s reading challenge.

Gaiman provides an inkling of the lives and deaths of the Gods of the North. This isn’t a epic tale or the entire myths concerning the gods. But rather a collection of tales, some short and some long ones on some familiar themes that we may already be aware of like how Thor got his hammer or how Baldur dies.

It is a long story, and it does no credit to anyone: there is murder in it, and trickery, lies and foolishness, seduction and pursuit.

I had read the Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris and Gaiman’s book adds more flesh to my understanding of the Norse mythology. Gaiman’s wit sparkles inbetween the tales especially the interactions between Thor and Loki.

There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and he went to ask Loki for advice.

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