Today’s Book – Graphic Novels

Graphic novels, while I enjoy them, unfortunately don’t make up a large part of my reading. There’s no particular reason for this other than I just don’t read many. And the ones I do read tend to be by authors I’m familiar with or characters and subject matters I know. For example, The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman or Hellboy by Mike Mignola and John Byrne.

There are others sitting on my shelf but I don’t seem to have any interest in them:

Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (volumes 1 and 2)

The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

100 Bullets series by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Looking over the list, most of these have been made into movies at some point and I’ve seen them all. Weird that I haven’t read any of them though… That’s so backward for me.

And a question – I tend to think of Batman as a comic. When does a comic become a graphic novel? I feel I should know this and feel there’s a distinction I’m not aware of here because this is a genre (not sure what else to call it) I’m not entirely familiar with. There’s a good chance this may come down to marketing and if that’s the answer, I’m OK with it. I’m curious and counting on someone out there to have an answer for me. And thanks in advance if you do.

Do you read graphic novels? Are there any you would recommend?

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Vampires

I started off my 2009 reading list with the Twilight series. A friend loaned me the books and I read them more out of curiosity than anything else. They were OK. If I hadn’t come upon them as I did, I don’t think I would have read them and, I’ll admit, I’m really flummoxed by the attention they get. But, hey, we each love what we love…

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against vampire stories. In fact, I’ve always loved Dracula by Bram Stoker, which I’ve just re-read, and I think The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a fabulous book. I have to admit that I’m also looking forward to Dracula The Undead by Dacra Stoker and Ian Holt. While I like vampire books (I’ve reviewed a few here and here), I think I like them in a more pure form — I want Dracula to be there!

The reason I mention this is a co-worker who loves vampire books asked me for one. I recommend The Historian which she is loving (how could anyone not) but it got me thinking. Right now, vampires are HUGE! True Blood series, the Sookie Stackhouse books which I see on every bestseller list, Twlight, Twlight, Twlight, even Mr. Darcy took a turn at being a vampire. You get my point.

SO, the reason for this post, tell me what some of your favorite vampire books are. While it’s not something I read often, I think I might feel a craving coming on.