Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Operation Overlord

Posted: December 6, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

There are some excellent WWII comics out there today and in a new series titled Battle Presents we get “Operation Overlord” (Rebellion 2019), roughly 200 pages in full colour depicting D-Day in June 1944 from different angles. You get the history but you also get to follow common soldiers, on both sides. War photographer Robert Capa is one of the characters in this book which is an interesting twist by the team (and they all deserve a medal for this book in my opinion). Great writing and first rate art.

(My shot of said book)

Bought the Annual Yearbook on my village Stugun, titled “2019 Stugukrönika”. 90 pages with little glimpses of history and reports on what has been going on in the last 12 months. Now that I live here I will gladly support this fine enterprise (first book came out in 1954, this is the 66th edition). By the way, 220 Volt (see last post) drummer Peter Hermansson grew up in Stugun.

Good job.

(My shot of said book)

Killing Pretty

Posted: November 30, 2019 in Babymetal, Books, Classic Rock, Cool stuff

Now, I love books and I will add them to the old collection for all sorts of reasons. This one – “Killing Pretty” (Harper Voyager, 2015) by author Richard Kadrey – because I read a post about it at the Babymetal reddit page, and Babymetal just happens to be mentioned in it (in a funny way too). I think my Babymetal radar is pretty good because I spotted it on page 94 in less than a minute…

(My shot of said book)

RAINBOW

There is a Rainbow live CD from Cardiff (recorded on September 14 1983) titled “Taffs And Toffs” coming out soon. Exact release date depends on where you live, we get it here in Sweden this week.

DIO

The Dio remasters for “Angry Machines”, “Magica”, “Killing The Dragon” and “Master Of The Moon” will be out on CD and Vinyl on February 21. Awesome to get these on Vinyl.

COZY POWELL

Author Laura Shenton will have a book called “Dance With The Devil – The Cozy Powell Story” on Wymer Publishing in March 2020.

Swedish Comic Book History

Posted: November 11, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

The third book about the Swedish Comic Book scene is out, “Svensk Seriehistoria – tredje boken från Svenskt Seriearkiv” (2019). Nearly 300 pages of detailed history in this edition, including information about some of the WWII comics that I collected. This takes a look at the 1970s, so it is the era that I was the most involved in.

Great job.

(My image of said book)

4025

Posted: November 9, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby, My countryside dream

Just counted the number of comic books and pocket books that I managed to put up in the new shelf system in the basement and landed on 4025. Still room for more, had to leave some space for additional Commando books. Seen here is a typical Swedish war comic from back in the day, Bajonett-serien #4 1972. I am a sucker for great art and the war comics had it (Commando still does), and the old school pocket books (crime, western etc) – that whole Pulp thing. Glad to have saved some since it is largely gone now, compared to what it was like in the old days. I support Commando on this blog because they are the last survivor in their field, and I will continue to delve into the Pulp scene as well. I guess I could showcase some of this stuff on the blog.

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Took me long enough to get around to this, but the basement is now official Man Cave territory (much like the rest of the house). This space was never used for anything before, now it is a proper room. Had a lot of fun with this so let me share some snapshots with you guys.

I hid the stairs in this way, finally got to use that Deep Purple flag. Some records, comics and part of my Babymetal collection in the steel shelf.

Album covers were great in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Have to showcase some of that. Swedish Master Of Kung Fu comic book. I just picked some fun stuff out of the old collection.

That Motörhead shower curtain actually hides a door (heating and water central). Looks pretty good, and this is a music room/library. Behind the door by the chair I have a sauna (magazine storage really) and a laundry area but you would never know would you.

Some eye-candy to check out behind glass. Tarja Turunen Tour Programme and one of my old magazines (LE, she can be seen holding SLICE 2006 on this cover – Michael Johansson covers both of them).

A small Ronnie James Dio exhibition. An issue of Classic Rock and “Magica” (with his autograph). Some Raquel Welch further down, but that is not for this post.

To be continued…

(My images)