Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Randomness......

I am totally kicking myself in the ass right now. Why, oh why have I waited so long to read a Graphic Novel??? After all the awesome movies that have come out in the last few years based on graphic novels, I've been really intrigued. And they really seem as if they would be the type of reading I would like....lots of fantasy graphic novels are out there. And yet, never once have I picked up one to read. Until today.

I decided in the way of spring cleaning to tear apart the bedrooms. Part of it included washing all the huge comforters in the house. Since I almost hosed up my washing machine the last time I tried this, I decided to spend my morning at the laundry mat. They have those big, industrial washers and figured it would be a quiet couple of hours away from the house. So, with my detergent and softener in hand, me and my 5 comforters trudged up up the 'mat. I actually kind of like it there. I can wash like 8 loads of laundry at the same time and just be done with it all!!

So after chucking in a ridiculous amount of quarters, I settled it with The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes & Nocturnes. Sure, I can gush all day about Neil Gaiman and how he is one of my very favorite authors. Sure, I've loved everything I've read of his so far. But, The Sandman is a COMIC BOOK, right?? I haven't read one of those since I was in 4th grade! How good can it be?? Right?? WRONG!!! It took me about 1/2 a page to realize I was in love already. Not just with this book, but the graphic novel as a whole. The pictures were awesome....and it totally adds to reading the story. I got about 75 pages in before I had to leave, but I'll be finishing it up this week. Not sure I will be able to review it though. But I'll definitely try!!

Other than that, it's a rainy, dreary mess around these parts. I finished up book 2 of the Fablehaven series, Rise of the Evening Star. For some reason, I start out not liking these books initially, then totally get sucked in. I know it's a YA book, but for some reason I find the writing really elementary. But I did like this one better than the first....and with the cliffhanger ending (ACK!) I know I'm going to have to read the rest of the series.

I haven't had a lot of time to blog hop lately. Work has been kicking my butt. But I'll try to catch up a little tonight....and hopefully a whole lot more tomorrow!! No "Mailbox Monday" for me this week. Maybe next week!!

Happy Monday to you all!!

13 comments:

Kristy said...

Would you take my comforter next? It's sounds like you made laundry fun! Who knew that could be done?

Debi said...

Oh just wait, Stephanie! I read my first graphic novel about a year and a half ago, and now...well, I simply can't get enough. Seriously, I just can't.

Kailana said...

I like going to the 'mat, too, because I can do everything at once instead of taking hours! I do the laundry (you may have read about the green towel that was now purple on my blog, which is why the guy doesn't do it), so it is actually nice to go to the 'mat every so often!

Gaiman is sooo fitting for you! I know lots more. I could make a list! lol

Stephanie said...

Kristy - Laundry Sucks!! I like the Laundry mat. Is that weird??

Debi - Oh, I see this could be an obsession. Damn. Just what I need is another obsession!

Kailana - Cool!! You know I love lists!

Chris said...

I'm gonna kick you in the ass too for taking so long to read a graphic novel ;) Isn't Sandman great?? It's my FAVORITE comic series :) Hope you keep enjoying it!!!

Karen Beth said...

I'm very new to the graphic novel, too! I love it!

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Ladybug said...

I have never thought about reading graphic novels(not since I was young anyway, then I loved comics specially comics about superheroes) but now a copy of Sandman is on it's way to my mailbox.

DesLily said...

I think most YA books have better "stories" than many adult books, so one has to read with a grain of salt, for as you are finding out the story and characters will win out!

Ladytink_534 said...

I don't read no where near as many graphic novels as I would like to but the ones I do I really love. You should try the Fables next!

Trish said...

I've only just started reading graphic novels but I love them. I've been trying to figure out what to read next--maybe I'll try the Gaiman. You must read Fun Home, Stephanie!

Rhinoa said...

I can't believe you have only just read your first graphic novel, I always assumed you read lots as I figured you were the type of person to love them! Glad you enjoyed your first Sandman outing, I hope you read many many more :)

Carl V. said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying this! I know some people feel that it started off slow, but like you I was hooked on Sandman from the very first page and devoured all the graphic novels during my first long solo weekend trip to visit my friend when he moved to NYC in the mid to late 90's. It is so great. I always tell everyone, pick up a copy of Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion aftewards. It reveals all kinds of little details about the series and is a wonderfully written book.

Kim L said...

Haha, I asked myself the same thing once I got started reading graphic novels! By the way, that was one of the first ones I read too. I LOVE Sandman. I just read the last of the main series last this week and what a ride! I am so glad you are enjoying it :-)