Happy Hump Day Survey!

Happy Hump Day! It's noon pacific time, so I figured I'd throw a question out there for this week.

What book have you re-read the most?

Watership Down by Richard Adams. Always seem to come back to that one.

It just beats out the books by another Adams though: Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy and the Dirk Gently books are, jointly, my second most read books.

I'm a serial re-reader, so unfortunately the book I reread the most would probably be Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. It was the first book I read in the Drizzt Do'Urden series and it took me a while to make the money to buy the rest of the books (until I got more steady employment at 15). It's a book I would finish reading and then immediately start back at the beginning (again mostly due to lack of options at the time). It also started me down the path of fantasy fiction.

Second would have to be Ender's Game by Actual Asshole

Third would be Dune by Frank Herbert.

Probably Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny; definitely the book I've owned the most times.

Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy (all five books) has got to be up there for me too.

Also House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski has been re-read by me several times. It's always fun for me to work my way through the multiple levels of narration and try to piece together where they reinforce each other and where they contradict.

But maybe my most read book or series of books, since I first read it in 1st or 2nd grade and returned to it many times since then is Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark. The artwork is legendary, the stories time-tested, since they were passed down generation to generation before being collected here. It's always fun to revisit when Halloween rolls around.

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For me, it's probably Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I have re-read that book at least once a year for the last 30 years. Again, this is also my answer for "Book" from the "Perfect Media Day" question on the podcast a few weeks ago, which is totally what made me think of asking this question here.

Probably The Hobbit or The Horse and His Boy.

Without any hard stats to look at, all I can do is fire off a series of guesses.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide five book trilogy
The Graveyard Book by Gaiman
Stardust
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
American Gods
Fragile Things all by Gaiman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Steven Novella
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I’ve read all of those three or four times each but I can’t remember exactly how many for each.

LOTR, by far.

I guess that makes me a masochist, but there you are.

Hump Day!

What's your favorite graphic novel? What thing or topic would you like to see made into one?

Geez!! There are just so many. Daytripper is more of an anthology, but still totally cohesive with a beginning, middle, and end. The story and art are beautiful.

Silver Age Avengers. The only comics I collected! I’d love to see some new stuff done with a nod to the old style. Like the way Into the Spiderverse has all those Kirby-esque bubbles and old print style dithered shading. I have trouble getting into modern graphic novels because they’re either too perfect or too imperfect.

Not being a native English speaker, my reading preferences go more towards the French language comic books in general (which I guess kinda fit in the graphic novel category?).

My all time favorite is definitely #7 in the 421 series: Falco. The art is quite simply amazing, and the story is (unfortunately) still relevant more than 30 years after its initial publication. Plus, it's told in a way I had not seen prior to that.

I have two copies just in case (that I miraculously found in a used book store, because it's been out of print for a while). If I ever get a safe, one of them will go in there, along with my passport.

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Easy answer for me. Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I lump all volumes plus the two Death stories together in this answer since they're all connected.

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Number 2 would be Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic which is a love story of two women who meet because of their shared interest in BDSM. Needless to say, it's very NSFW, but it's also just a very good story with great characters and it treats the subject matter with more respect than the much more well known 50 shades series of books.

Camelot 3000. The retelling of a classic story with your classic characters re-incarnated for a new quest in the distant future. That graphic novel was one of my favorites as a kid. I no longer own a copy but I just might try and track one down just to have it in my collection again.

The Dark Horse run of Star Wars Dark Empire is also an absolute classic, and is a far better continuation of the Luke Skywalker story than anything the mouse can or will do.

Invincible. It was rumored to come out on Amazon this year, but I haven't hear anything substantial yet.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

The last time I was at a bookshop I looked at that book for a very long time before deciding to put it down and maybe buy it the next time I was there. Then... *waves hands around at everything*... I haven't been back since. I'm regretting that decision.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

I couldn’t get through it. It was just too dark with the...

Spoiler:

pedophilia and physical abuse.

Do you think I should try to push through?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

I heard there is a sequel out now! I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, though.

RawkGWJ wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

I couldn’t get through it. It was just too dark with the...

Spoiler:

pedophilia and physical abuse.

Do you think I should try to push through?

Not necessarily. For whatever reason, I felt it gave me some perspective on history and on current events as a very privileged person. I read it around 2016 when that turn happened. Half of what I like is the art style and the production on it.

DiscoDriveby wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters!

I heard there is a sequel out now! I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, though.

It got super delayed. It was supposed to be out awhile ago. It's showing Sept. 2021 now on Amazon, so I don't know what happened.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Half of what I like is the art style and the production on it.

The art style and overall presentation in My Favorite Thing is Monsters is great!