Category Archives: Marion’s Favorite Books

Marion’s favorite books that he has reviewed.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 69: Silver Surfer #1 (1968) by Stan Lee & John Buscema

As a teenager, I had a huge comic book collection.  It was mostly Marvel and DC Comics with a few independent comic book publishers like Image, Dark Horse, and Valiant Comics. I read Avengers, Green Lantern Mosaic, Green Arrow, The SpectreSandman, and Icon (from Milestone Comics) during that time.  The Silver Surfer (along with Icon) were my favorite comic books. The cosmic super hero was different with his silver surfboard and philosophical musings about humanity that drew me in. Also, I always found his relationship with the world-devourer, Galactus intriguing and something worth studying in depth.

It has been awhile since I’ve read comic books. Prose fiction commands most of my reading these days, but I’ve always had a fondness to go back and re-read those Silver Surfer comic books from the late 1960s-early 1970s. Stan Lee has admitted publicly that he drew on his Judaism faith as inspiration for Silver Surfer and Galactus.  Also, in the Masterworks Collection, Volume 1 wrote that Silver Surfer was his favorite Marvel character, and those stories spoke the closest to his worldview.

I recently bought the Kindle version of Silver Surfer Masterworks Collection Volume 1 covering the first six issues of the original series from 1968. The first issue detailed the origin story of Norrin Radd from the planet Zenn-La. Zenn-La was a paradise until Galactus arrived and wanted to devour the planet in order to feed himself. Radd sacrificed himself to save his planet and was transformed into the Silver Surfer to find more planets to curb Galactus’ hunger. Silver Surfer discovered Earth and had a change of heart to keep Galactus from destroying it. Galactus imprisoned Silver Surfer to Earth, and he suffered from that punishment.

Lee’s writing has the over-the-top comic book style, but there is a deeper layer that’s worth exploring. How does one serve a God whose existence depends on destroying civilizations in order to survive? What makes one turn against your master to save humanity? Are human beings prone to self-destruction despite being helped by something bigger than themselves? Those questions came to mind while reading this first issue.

I plan the read the entire Masterworks collection of both volumes to learn more about Silver Surfer. Stan Lee has created one of Marvel’s most interesting superheroes, and the artwork of John Buscema fits the story. Buscema’s art is what I imagined The Silver Surfer to look like. Good storytelling comes from a variety of artistic mediums and the comic book format is just as valid as prose fiction, poetry, film or television.

 

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 68: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre

John Le Carre passed away earlier this month.  I posted on social media my respects and fondness for The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, the only Le Carre novel I had read. I was going to read A Perfect Spy in honor of his death.  However, I got about fifty pages into that… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 63: The Practice by Seth Godin

Seth Godin is becoming one of my favorite public thinkers. I read his blog daily and listen to his podcast, Akimbo, as often I can.  Also, I have read several of his books like Tribes, Permission Marketing, and This Is Marketing.  He’s had a pulse on the business world for over three decades. His latest… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 62: The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday

I have shared many times on this blog I read for story, characters, setting, and what an author is trying to say about life. Story is my reading language.  I don’t put down many books once I read them.  However, if there’s no story, I’m out as a reader.  I will admit that I don’t… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 60: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

What if your family tried to keep their connection to a powerful magic away from you? What happens when you find out that your family is connected to that magic for years? Sierra Santiago learns about her family’s connection to a powerful magic in Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, the first book of the Shadowshaper… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 59: How To Be An Artist by Jerry Saltz

Podcasts have become my other favorite platform for content alongside books.  I can listen to a podcast on various subjects and the long form interview from 30 minutes up to 2 hours is an excellent way to go deep on a topic. The Dave Chang Show is one of my favorite podcasts and a regular… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 58: Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when you get a novel that makes want to read on after you finished it.  There are a lot of novels I have enjoyed reading, but once I close the book or eBook (these days) then I’m done with it.  Well, Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya is… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 56: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

It’s okay to be imperfect. It’s okay to not do everything just right. It’s okay to be who you are….imperfections included. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown brings the importance of imperfection home in this book.  I read Brown’s Daring Greatly last month and it was recommend that I read The Gifts of Imperfection… Continue Reading

Marion’s 31 Favorite Books of All Time

2020 has been a challenging year.  Dealing with a worldwide pandemic, political unrest here in America, and high profile celebrity deaths like Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman have made it a year that no one saw coming.  However, I have reached August 31st and another birthday. Birthdays are always a big deal to me.  It… Continue Reading