30 Day Challenge – Day Four: Favorite Book

Another one that is really hard for me. First off are we counting Graphic Novels/Trades as books? If we are then my answer right away hands down would have to be the Usagi Yojimbo saga by Stan Sakai. Usagi Yojimbo is about to have his 26th collection of stories released (24 volumes plus a special full color graphic novel and the scifi version Space Usagi).

Usagi Yojimbo is the story of a wondering Ronin, or masterless Samurai, as he travels around Japan. The stories can be short one or two chapter tales or multi-volume spanning epic storylines that keep popping up. Yeah it is an animal book, Usagi is a rabbit, but that takes nothing away from the well told and researched tales of this noble bunny.

In the comic world there are only two comics I have followed nonstop. Bone, which sadly came to an end, and Usagi. I think that alone speaks volumes for the quality of this series!

Now if we are going to hold it to the strict rule of books are novels then I would have to go old school and choose the classic Stephen King Novel The Stand.

It is no great secret that I am a huge fan of the Armageddon/end of the world genre. My favorite example of this genre still to this day is King’s The Stand. I think he does an amazing job of creating a cast of characters that you really feel for. More then that though is that he takes the story and makes it about good versus evil in the final battle. The Stand is one of the few books that I have read multiple times and will more then likely read again.

Runner Ups:

Mouse Guard
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
Queen and Country

Any of the early works of RA Heinlein
Land that Time Forgot by ER Burroughs
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows JK Rowling

and before I go…

The Stand was made into a ABC miniseries a number of years ago. To this day I think it is one of the most brilliant openings… for your enjoyment:


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