New Marvel Books in my Library

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These just arrived in the mail.  I’ll be adding them to my reading list and posting more about them as I do.  I’ll likely start with the Wolverine book.

Here is a post I was working on when I was purchasing these books from Amazon.  My question has been answered about these prose books; they are truly novels and not graphic novels.

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Up top on the menu of this blog, I have posted a page that details Marvel Novels, written in prose, and their chronological order. My plan was to find or write a DC Comics timeline also, but I haven’t done that yet.

Most of these Marvel novels take place in the mid-to-late 1990s. That is to say, they were written during those years. And then in 2005, or thereabouts, we find some new novels with Wolverine and Spiderman, and a couple of Avengers stories. Until recently, there aren’t any released works after 2008.

It is surprising to me, with the popularity of Marvel on the big screen these days, that there aren’t more of these prose novels being released. 2008 was 5 years ago, and in the last 5 years we’ve had 3 hit Ironman movies, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers. Yet the prose authors remain silent. Sure, we have many new comics and graphic novels hitting the market, and those are fine I suppose, but I am more of a real novel fan myself. In my opinion, the big screen movies provide more of a “real life” to the superheroes than comic books do. In the same regard, I believe prose novels to be more “adult” and real-life than graphic novels As a HUGE fan of these movies, I would certainly like to see more novels hitting the shelves.

Here are the latest works of writing that I have been able to find. I’m still searching for a true timeline.

Wolverine: The Nature of the Beast (2008)

Recently, it appears that Marvel themselves are releasing prose compilations of story lines already told in the comicbook world. And that is fine with me, I would rather read these storylines in prose writing. A good example is my review of The Death and Life of Superman.

The newer works, which I have only seen online, are listed below. I can’t really tell if these are real prose novels or maybe a graphic/prose hybrid. They are stamped “Marvel” on the front, instead of being release by Bantam or Berkley or someone. But looking at the page counts, I think they are probably true prose (as they are labeled). I’ve ordered a couple so when they arrive, I’ll know for sure.

Civil War

New Avengers, Vol. 1: Breakout

Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted

Iron Man: Extremis

K.R.A.D. has a good list of the complete novel world, up until 2007 because he lists one book as (coming in 2008) so this page on his site hasn’t been updated in a while. But it is still a good reference.
http://www.sff.net/people/krad/marvel.htm

Update

voidIt has been some months since I updated this site, some of you might think I have stopped all together.  Rest assured; no.  I am still here but have been very busy with work lately, which has left little time for reading.
Technically I am still in the middle of The Bourne Supremacy book.  Literally right at the half-way point.  I am continuing to read this book, however I started a new book today also.  May 7 marks the release of Into the Void: Star Wars (Dawn of the Jedi).  I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while, and purchased it as soon as it was released.  I dug into it during my lunch hour at work, and just reading the first chapter has reminded me how much I both enjoy and miss reading.  Hence, I will put more effort into continuing this book until the very end and also picking back up Bourne here and there.  I hate leaving books unfinished, but sometimes I do take a sabbatical in between reads.  
 
Watch for my update and review of Into the Void.

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War This book starts with a bang,  grabs your attention with the action and story of war,  and doesn’t let go until the very end. There is no prologue or back story,  the author jumps right into the combat and doesn’t let up.   We see many characters introduced,  maybe too many at some times, it is hard to keep up with all the names and ranks,  but we get many of the soldiers’ histories as the book unfolds. It’s a relief to read the flashbacks in some cases because it means a break from the constant battle and chaos taking place around the troops.

blackhawkdownThis book is an awesome portrayal of men at war.   It shows the horror and fear experienced by soldiers on the battlefield, as well as the camaraderie shared by a “band of brothers “,  and also the levity held between men during times of battle when a joke is cracked and laughter ensues with bullets flying by.

The epilogue written by the author paints a vivid but sad portrait of the research he had to do to write this story. Apparently there are no archives or articles of this fight,  labeled “The Battle of the Black Sea”, anywhere in military or government records, so most of the information came from interviews between the author and the surviving soldiers who were part of the battle.  In my opinion, this makes for a much more authentic story with historical accuracy.

This book reminds me of the honor of our military men in this country and the pride they hold for the United States by fighting and dying for a free society that the American public often takes for granted. This is what serving in the military is truly about, and much more realistic and reliable than any stories you will find on the news.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden

noeasydayWell this is my first read of 2013, and I must say it was a fantastic start.  I don’t often read non-fiction but I’d like to change that. I very much enjoyed this book and one reason was because I knew it was a true story. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

All the names are changed in the book,  including the author’s,  so we don’t know who he really is, but the author was one of the members of SEAL Team Six, or DEVGRU.  This team was primarily responsible for carrying out the raid on bin Laden. The author takes us through his history in the SEALs and some of the training he endured, along with a few previous missions in which he was involved prior to the bin Laden raid. If you enjoy stories about Navy SEALs then you’ll like this book. After reading this, I’m planning to pickup some more books about the SEALs and about military history also.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It deals with real warfare and might offend some people who are bleeding hearts. But it is realistic and does an excellent job of portraying the necessities of guns, war, the need for our military and especially our Navy SEALs, along with showing the best and probably only way to deal with terrorists and those who would threaten the United States and its citizens.

The author wrote under the name Mark Owen, but says that isn’t his real name.  He also changed names of all his buddies in the book, to protect the SEALs identities.  In the epilogue of the book, he gives his reasoning for why he decided to write this story and basically says that since his Commander in Chief, meaning Obama as President, has decided to talk about these events in open public, he sees no problem with doing this himself, being one of the men directly involved in the mission.  He was tired of seeing the news reporting and public internet accounts of the mission, because he said most of them had erroneous information and didn’t tell the true story of the raid.  His intention was to set the record straight, and I think he does a fine job in this piece of literature.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege

Siege: Star Wars (Clone Wars Gambit) – this book is a continuation of the previous Clone Wars Gambit book by Karen Miller entitled Stealth.  You can read my review of that book here.

The story throughout both of these books is fantastic.  To date, these are my favorite books that take places during the Clone Wars or between Episodes 2 and 3.  We get to see lots of interaction between Obi-wan and Anakin during these books, along with Anakin and Padme’s hiding of their marriage, Palpatine’s manipulation of the Republic and of Anakin, as he grooms him for apprenticeship, and the coming downfall of Count Dooku as Palpatine prepares to replace him with Anakin.  These stories follow almost completely the canon storyline of the movies.

If you are a fan of this time era in the Star Wars Universe, you will not go wrong with reading these books.  And the books themselves seem elusive, I couldn’t find them at any of my local book shops, either used shops or new stores like Barnes and Noble.  I had to order them on Amazon via the links above.  But I have them in my collection now, that is what matters most.

Next step in the Star Wars Universe will be the reading of the true canon Clone Wars novels that follow the movie storyline instead of the popular TV Show that is now playing.  My questions about what happens to Ahsoka Tano and Asaj Ventriss still remain unanswered at this point in time.