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Two of my friends spend a lot of time and money on comics, which is why this item was introduced on my 101-in-1001 list in the first place. Since they have somewhat the same criteria as I have for quality, I felt that comics was a literary domain I had almost no knowledge about and needed to educate myself about. By reading ten comics they recommended, I hoped to gain more insight. Therefore, the list below of what I have read is not pickings of my own, but rather that of my friends’, although based on my preferences and comments on previously borrowed volumes.

1. The Sandman (4.5/5 on average)
2. Hellboy (3/5)
3. Watchmen (2.5/5)
4. The Authority (3/5 on average)
5. WE3 (4.5/5)
6. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (3,5/5)
7. Sleeper – Out in the Cold (4/5)
8. The Books of Magic (4/5)
9. Kid Eternity (3,5/5)
10. The Filth (4/5)

As you can see, the list is a mixed bag in terms of grades, but with a few exceptions, I have liked what I have read. As I guessed after reading The Sandman, no comic has come close to its brilliance and I still doubt that any will (please take into consideration that the 4.5 average is over ten volumes, which is incredible, given that I dislike long series). Still, few of the others have been a disappointment; most of them have indeed been very good.

I consider this goal accomplished; I feel more educated about comics. Although the list above is a bit Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman biased, I think that is something positive. Morrison seems to write things I like and Neil Gaiman was one of my favourite authors before I read The Sandman. Anyway, I will not hesitate to read more comics, especially since I have such nice friends at hand to lend me some.

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It might seem odd that I have the item “Read 10 books in Swedish” on my 101-in-1001 list, since I am native speaker of Swedish and not English. Still, I tend to read roughly twenty times as many books in English as I do in Swedish. I entered this item on the list to change that somewhat, because if I want to hone my Swedish skills, reading good literature is essential. Here are the books:

1. Harry Martinson – Aniara
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Hundra år av ensamhet
3. Albert Camus – Främlingen
4. Tove Janson – Pappan och havet
5. Catharina Lilliehöök – Mei wenti!
6. Wu Chen’en – Färden till Västern, del 1, Den gyllene cikadan
7. Hjalmar Söderberg – Doktor Glas
8. Michail Bulgakov – Mästaren och Margarita
9. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – En dag i Ivan Denisovitjs liv
10. Vilhelm Moberg – Rid i natt!

As you can see, only half of the books are originally written in Swedish, the other half being translations. Still, I think this goal was good to have, and I also think I achieved what I wanted: an increased interest in reading literature in Swedish. Please note that these books averaged an incredible 4,3 out of 5 snails! Most of them are definitely worth checking out.

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Wish list

What follows is a list of books (and other things) I would like to have for various reasons, and all of them are guaranteed to please me highly. If not otherwise specified, I only want books in their original languages. In cases when I do not know the original language, an alternative title has been given in the preferred language. This list is always up-to-date, since I use it myself to keep track of what I want. Whenever I buy or receive books, I remove them from the list. Since I keep detailed information on books I have or have read, it is easy to see if I have already read a particular book by browsing my LibraryThing profile.

This post was last update 2013-11-14.

Fiction
Auster, Paul – New York Trilogy
Auster, Paul – Leviathan
Banks, Iain – The Wasp Factory
Bear, Elizabeth – All the Windwracked Stars
Burton, Tim – The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories
Clear, James – Atomic Habits
Chabon, Michael – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Clarke, Susanna – The Ladies of Grace Adieu
Delany, Samuel R. – Babel-17
Diderot, Denis – Jaques the Fatalist
Dixelius, Kalle – Toffs bok
Ellison, Harlan – Dangerous Visions
Forster, E.M. – A Passage to India
Gaiman, Neil – The Ultimate Sandman (all volumes)
Glass, Matthew – Ultimatum
Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Huxley, Aldous – The Doors of Perception
Janson, Tove – Allt utom Sent i november och Pappan och havet
Kafka, Franz – Processen
Keret, Edgar – Anihu (The Nimrod Flipout)
Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Lethen, Jonathan – Gun, with Occasional Music
Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
Mann, George – The Affinity Bridge
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Patriarkens höst
Martel, Yann – Life of Pi
Matheson, Richard – I am Legend
McMaster Bujold, Lois – Mirror Dance
McMaster Bujold, Lois – The Vor Game
Morrison, Toni – Beloved
Murakami, Haruki – Kafka on the Shore
Orwell, George – Animal Farm
Pratchett, Terry – Feet of Clay
Pratchett, Terry – Pyramids
Priest, Cherie – Boneshaker
Pynchon, Thomas – Gravity’s Rainbow
Pynchon, Thomas – The Crying of Lot 49
Robinson, Kim Stanley – The Years of Rice and Salt
Rushdie, Salman – The Satanic Verses
Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children
Rushdie, Salman – Shalimar the Clown
Seuss, Dr. – The Cat in the Hat
Shakespeare, William – Hamlet (Arden edition)
Shakespeare, William – Othello (Arden edition)
Shakespeare, William – The Tempest (Arden edition)
Way, Gerard – The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite
Way, Gerard – The Umbrella Academy: Dallas
Wells, H.G. – The Invisible Man
Willis, Connie – Bellwether
Yang, Mu – Den gröne riddaren
蔣本滸 – 解密

Non-fiction
Allen, David – Getting Things Done
Barthes, Roland – The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies
Bennett, Deborah J. – Randomness
Carson, Rachel – Silent Spring
Churchland, Patricia – Braintrust
Dennett, Daniel – Breaking the Spell
Derber, Charles – The Pursuit of Attention
Huang, Alfred – The Complete I Ching
Kaufman, Steve – The Way of the Linguist
Keller, Laurent and Gordon, Elisabeth – The Lives of Ants
Lavers, Chris – The Natural History of Unicorns
Mlodinow, Leonard  – Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behaviour
Pariser, Eli – The Filter Bubble
Pinker, Steven – The Language Instinct
Sledge, Eugene – With the Old Breed
Sommer, Christopher – Building the Gymnastic Body
Streeves, Bill – Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – Fooled by Randomness
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Games
Azul
Mille Bornes

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