I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. Did you get any good book presents? My family often seem reluctant to buy me books as I have so many already, however this year they came up trumps. I only got two books but they are both fantastic.
My mother gave me Marvel Chronicle: A Year by Year History, a gloriously large hardback book in a stunning slipcase. As I have mentioned before in this blog, my knowledge of Marvel comics and the characters and storylines is woefully lacking in quantity and quality, and I have not read a Marvel comic for years as due to the magnitude of the Marvel universe I always feel like I am joining a story mid-way through. I am really exited about this book as I hope it will help develop my knowledge of this fascinating fictional universe.
The other book I got will again fill in a huge gap in my reading experience. As a child and teenager I never read a great deal of horror, and it is only in recent years that I have grown to love this exciting genre. I have started to fill in the gaps already by reading the likes of M.R. James but there is one author that I have been very keen to read for some time - H.P. Lovecraft. I recently bought Ian Culbard's brilliant graphic novelisation of Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness, and thanks to my parents-in-law I can now enjoy the original story, and may other of Lovecraft's classics in this lovely leather-bound commemorative edition.
I would love to hear about the books you may have got for Christmas if you feel inclined to share in a comment below.