Hello ladies & gentlemen,
The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.
Novels read: 1 (—).
Comic books read: 9 (↓12).
Manga volumes read: 13 (↑11).
COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.
Sentient by Jeff Lemire.
Eternals by Neil Gaiman.
Digital Mini Reviews | Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire.
Superman by Grant Morrison Omnibus.
Batman: The Cowardly Lot Part One by James Tynion IV.
Batman: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (Vol. 1) by Devin Grayson.
A friend of mine recommended me to check out this new ongoing manga and I was surprisingly impressed by it! A spy is on a mission to infiltrate an elite private school and to do so, he has to find a child and a wife. What he doesn’t know is that the child has a secret power and the wife has a deadly alter ego. So far it’s such a cute and entertaining story with so many goofy moments and gorgeous artwork that makes you want to binge through it all ASAP!
LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.
The first volume was such a weird (pun intended) and awesome introduction to Doctor Strange’s unique mystical realm and the burden he has to carry as the prime sorcerer. This second volume dabbled into a messy and uncoordinated story arc that left much to be desired. I’m hoping writer Jason Aaron finds his groove with subsequent volumes before he disembarks from this comic book run.
Out of the 13 movies I watched in August, The French Connection (1971) was my favourite. This movie as well as Chinatown (1974) were part of my backlog in preparation for the upcoming The Batman (2022) movie. Having read that they were significant influences on the director’s vision for the upcoming highly anticipated movie, I went ahead to prepare myself for what we might be getting in almost a year from now!
The story is about tough narcotics detective ‘Popeye’ Doyle who is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation..
This was an unmistakably engrossing cat-and-mouse game portraying the sleazy nature of the criminal underworld and the catastrophic consequences of human obsession through the masterful direction by William Friedkin, the brilliant performance by Gene Hackman, and the riveting score by Don Ellis.
Currently finishing up this bad boy. I should have a review of it up soon!
September was an odd month. I was mentally all over the place and I didn’t ever feel like I needed to change that. There was always something to do and something to look forward to. For those of you that remember, I came into this month with only one big obstacle to face: my comprehensive exam on the 15th of September. Looking back on it, I can confirm that having such a monumental day set at the middle of the month is bound to screw with you for the ENTIRE month.
The first week was calm. A calm before the storm. I mostly wanted to embrace those days by sticking to my organization, my tasks, and my responsibilities. As I worked my way through the second week, I was given the opportunity to meet my girlfriend’s friends (a couple) from Belgium who came to Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to visit. As insane as it sounds, this couple were mirrors of ourselves and I didn’t think such a thing was even possible with an ocean separating us (then again, my girlfriend is European, so I’m cheating with my statements). Although the days got shorter and the exam got nearer, I felt less and less the need to stress about preparation and convinced myself that confidence in one’s self can allow you to go a long way in terms of success.
On the 15th, I took off from work to prepare for my exam (done virtually towards 3 in the afternoon) and plunged into an intense séance of revision just to refresh my thoughts. The exam in itself, noticing that I haven’t mentioned what it entailed, consists on writing two papers (an empirical and a theoretical essay) with different supervisors (one of them is your thesis supervisor) and then having to defend these papers in front of a jury composed of these supervisors and another teacher acting as the president of the jury. All they’ll be looking to do is scrutinize your understanding and your decisions regarding these papers and challenging you in every way possible on what you know and what you might not know. Long story short, the whole thing lasted 2 and a half hours and I came out with a positive outcome! The opposite would’ve meant the end of my Ph.D. 😉
Now you can only imagine the freedom that followed. The rest of the month went by so fast, I can’t even remember what I did but I can assure you one thing. I stuck to no program or organization whatsoever. I let myself loose and did whatever I felt like doing (except during work hours of course) and didn’t mind it at all and this went on till today. While it wasn’t a complete hiatus from everything, it was the closest thing possible and I’m so happy to have gotten through the worse of my degree. All that’s left is finishing up that thesis and defending it but I’ll let future me worry about it.
Thank you all for checking out my monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you or that you might have missed out on!
Stay tuned for my Monthly Anticipation post coming out soon. 😉
So what’s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV series/movies I’ve checked out?