Monday, December 26, 2011

Unwritten #1 and Field Roast

J and I were at the in-laws for Christmas, and just got back a few hours ago, long enough for me to heat up some leftover celebration field roast, stuffing, and roasted asparagus. No pictures of my own, unfortunately (we were too hungry for that), but here is a link to a field roast website in case you're interested.

We also went to the grocery store and came back with a bag of chestnuts. Neither of us have ever had roasted chestnuts before, but it seems like a festive thing to do. I found this recipe, which seems pretty straight forward. Anyway, I will share pictures of the finished result!

In comic book news, I am halfway through the trade of Unwritten Vol 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity, by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross.
Here, verbatim, is the synopsis on the back of the trade:
                                        Tommy Taylor's the main character in a series of fantasy novels
                                   that have become a cultural phenomenon. Fans gather on websites
                                   and at conventions to celebrate his magical stories and hope that
                                   his missing creator, Wilson Taylor, will someday resurface to write
                                   one last adventure.
                                        But there's one dangling plot thread: the real Tom Taylor, the son
                                   Wilson abandoned. The inspiration for the magical boy wizard, 
                                   Tom is now worshipped worldwide as a literary legend made flesh.
                                        As Tom's life begins to take on eerie and deadly parallels with
                                   Tommy's, he's drawn into a strange literary underworld where the
                                   power of storytelling is a strong as any spell.

So far this is a fun read. Tom has witnessed his first strange event, but is still unable to believe that his father's stories were anything but fiction. It's a great premise for a comic book series. Peter Gross' illustrations are wonderful too. Unless something goes horribly awry plot-wise at the end of this volume, I will definitely be picking up the next trade.

After The Unwritten, I'll be reading One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry. I mentioned my graphic novel obsession to a friend, and she lent me her copy of this book. I can't wait to read it!

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