I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

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For Valentine’s Day, Josh and I went to see the Tim Burton Exhibit and afterwards, we had some time to spare before our dinner reservations. We were trying to figure out what to do and Josh asked “Where’s the nearest comic store?” So we treated ourselves to a taxi ride to Midtown Comics at Times Square. And they were having their annual President’s Day Sale, which meant 40% off all graphic novels and books. We put down more  money than I expected. Well, I sort of knew what to expect in terms of how much I was going to buy but in terms of dollar amount it was a bit daunting. But oh so many goodies! Here’s what we got:

The Sandman Volume 1 (Preludes and Nocturnes) and The Sandman Volume 2 (The Doll’s House): A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death. (It’s high-time I started to read this. I read the third volume, which I had borrowed from my friend which was a great stand-alone introduction to the series.)

Fables Volumes 4 and 5: Fables is a comic book series created by writer Bill Willingham, published by DC Comics’s Vertigo imprint beginning in 2002. The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore – referring to themselves as “Fables” – who have been forced out of their Homelands by “The Adversary” who has conquered the realm. The Fables have traveled to our world and formed a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. Fables who are unable to blend in with human society (such as monsters and anthropomorphic animals) live at “the Farm” in upstate New York. (My friend Agata introduced me to this series and I have the first volumes at home already.)

Runaways: Rock Zombies: The spookiest Runaways tale ever! The Val Rhymin subplot has been brewing for a while and peeks here! Chase’s boss is not what he seems! Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) welcomes former Runaways artist Takeshi Miyazawa aboard for this creepy tale of magic and mayhem! Collecting RUNAWAYS VOL. 3 #7-10.

Dianna must accept the “Challenge of the Gods” to prove the Amazons’ worth, and in doing so learns of the mysterious heroine for whom she was named. This remarkable story features the debut of the deadly Cheetah! (I have the first volume of this revitalization of the Wonder Woman series on my nightstand)

Madame Xanadu Volume 2: Exodus Noir: Writer Matt Wagner is joined by master illustrator Michael Wm. Kaluta  for this epic story starring the seductive sorceress Kaluta first envisioned 30 years ago. Weaving a mystery that jumps from the Spanish Inquisition to 1940s New York City, long-buried secrets are revealed as Madame Xanadu investigates a murder 500 years in the making. Collected from issues #11-15 of the hit Vertigo series. (I recently wrote about the first volume of this)

Anne Steelyard Volume 2: The Gate of Dreams and Starlight: The beautiful and adventurous Anne Steelyard is back in The Gate of Dreams and Starlight. In the second installment of The Garden of Emptiness series, Anne is still searching for the City of Miyah and her ticket to independence from her aristocratic British family. (I also wrote about the first volume recently which I really liked.)

An old power is about to be awakened. Two epic tales of fantasy are presented under one cover! In Sleeping Dragons, a zealous knight must face off against a conniving wizard and the town coward over whether the townsfolk should attack the nearby lair of a sleeping dragon. This cautionary tale contains feats of heroism, acts of pure self-serving greed and deeds of hair-pulling stupidity. In Becca’s Scarecrow, Philip the knight and Becca the archer have only just met, but romance is already in the air. However, the return of an ancient enemy is about to threaten not only the romance, but also Becca’s home: the walled city of Gan. Will their love give them the strength to pass through the night of shadow and fire that lies ahead? Sleeping Dragons are ancient powers: forces of supernature that cannot be controlled. They’re the opened can of worms. They’re the contents of Pandora’s Box. And putting the genie back in the bottle always requires a sacrifice. (I had picked this up in the clearance section and for such a low price, I’m willing to check it out)

Angel Volume 5: Aftermath: Springing out of Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch’s Angel: After the Fall storyline, novelist Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning) comes aboard to explore the many repercussions following the explosive last issue of Angel: After the Fall. Artist Dave Ross also joins up to present the first arc of “Aftermath,” wherein we learn who lived, who died, and who will be forever changed from the experience. (Oh I am so behind in this series. I’m just missing Volume 4)

So that’s what I got for myself. But Josh also got some fun stuff, including Wolverine: Origins, X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga, Dark Avengers: Assemble and Deadpool Classic. Plus, Thinner by Stephen King.

So that was my week! Phew! I need to start reading some of these before NYCC in October!. Eeek!

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