Dangerous Women update.

Just finished listening to a couple more, both of the them are pretty good.

The first one is “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn; Read by Inna Korobkina. Its about a russian female aviator and her goal of being an ACE in the Russian Air Force during World War 2. It’s well read by Inna Korobkina and the story is interesting because its about a squad of women pilots and they are deployed on the front lines. It also deals with some Russian policies under Stalin in WW2: specifically there are no prisoners of war only traitors and the same for missing in action. How that policy stigmatized entire families and ruined a lot of career legacy’s because if you were declared MIA you were basically declared a deserter and a traitor. For context on women in combat, and for front line service, check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_combat#Specific_countries

“Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale; Read by Scott Brick is the second one I listened to. It’s about a 17 year old kid named Marvin who runs into a couple of bullies and his attempt to learn to fight and handle himself. He meets an old man who saves him twice from the bullies before agreeing to teach him how to defend himself. The old man is an old wrestler of some fame in underground matches. I am not sure exactly what kind of wrestling but to me it sounded a lot like Catch Wrestling.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_wrestling) There is more to the story then what I wrote here, but I don’t want to spoil it. Its also well read by Scott Brick and very well written by Lansdale, it was a very entertaining story and I enjoyed it very much.

So far this Dangerous Women Anthology audiobook was well worth it, and I haven’t got to the part of it I bought it for, namely the Princess and The Queen by GRRM read by Iain Glen. I also was inspired to look up the Dresden Files, and am definitely going to pick up those books on audible starting next month.

I think I will try to either listen to or read at least one book a month, I basically have since I got an Audible subscription, and really think on and appreciate it. I’ve read a Joe Hill tweet that he wants to read at least 39 books in 2014, that works out to at least 3 books a month. I am going to start slow but will try to read and listen to more books as well.

This also means I am probably going to get a kindle sometime this year as well, perhaps in march as a birthday present to myself.

2014 is looking good. I hope yours is good as well.

I wish you long days and pleasant nights, as they say on Roland Deschain’s level of the tower.

Gaming in 2014.

First and foremost, The SteamOS, I really hope this takes off. gaming is the only thing that keeps me bound to using Windows. I want the games I buy playable on the steamos. I’ve been researching stuff on building a home theater pc, and so far a linux based system is in the lead. With an AMD APU as the core of the system if kaveri is what I hope it is.

now onto the games: On steam when I can, or GOG.COM. Uplay and Origin as a last resort. The catch is, if there aren’t any delays. some are out already and I just haven’t bought them yet due to pricing. Meaning games over 40$ are more then what I am willing to spend for some of them. Unless it is something I’ve been highly anticipating.

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Splintercell Blacklist
  • The Witcher 3
  • Dragon Age Inquistion
  • Watchdogs
  • Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes
  • Metal Gear Solid The Phantom Pain

Movies I am looking forward to in 2014

Not this is a best of or a top 10 or anything, just movies I am interested in.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Godzilla
  • Xmen Days of the Future past
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Sin City a Dame to kill for
  • Jupiter Ascending

Here are the movies I haven’t seen yet and looking forward to seeing on Blu Ray or in HD on the movie channels available here in Canada.

  • Frozen
  • The Hunger Games Catching Fire
  • The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug
  • Riddick
  • The Wolverine
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • The Conjuring
  • Machete Kills
  • Her
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Bit too much a gaming focus lately.

Aside from the Dangerous Women updates, its been mostly gaming focused here. So in an attempt to address that I’ll post a couple of lists of books I am looking to pick up in either Audiobook format, paper back, or ebook.

The Witcher Series: the books that serve as the basis for the games. I will have to get paper backs for this unless I pick up a Kindle, which I might after seeing it when I got one for my brother for christmas. From the wiki cuz I am lazy like that, by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski is a series of fantasy short stories (collected in two books, except for two stories) and six novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia. In Sapkowski’s books, witchers are monster-hunters who receive special training and have their bodies modified at an early age to provide them with supernatural abilities so they can cope with dangerous monsters.

  1. The Last Wish – short stories 

  2. The Sword of Destiny – short stories

  3. Blood of Elves – Novel

  4. Times of Contempt – Novel

  5. Baptism of Fire – Novel

  6. Tower of the Swallow – Novel

  7. The Lady of the Lake – Novel

The Dresden Files: This is a newly inspired interest based solely on how blown away I was by the short story Bombshells in the Dangerous Women Audiobook. A contemporary setting with magic, werewolves, vampires and gods, whats not to like. I am probably going to pick these up as audiobooks, or if I get a kindle I’ll get audiobooks+ebooks. From the wiki again because I am extremely lazy, The Dresden Files is a series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher. He provides a first person narrative of each story from the point of view of the main character, private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago.

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Mon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  14. Cold Days

The Hunger Games: mostly due to the movies, but also because I’d like to see more things with female leads or a person of color as the lead. Could go either way here on whether I get paper backs or audiobooks.

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mocking Jay

Stephen King: not really a genre or anything it just makes it easy for me to list a bunch of the books written by him that I am extremely interested in. Most of them are Dark Tower related as well. Definitely my favorite author, I prefer the Dark Tower series to anything else, I am basically a tower junkie. Audiobooks here, again unless I also get a kindle.

  1. 11-22-63: A Novel
  2. The Talisman
  3. Black House
  4. Salem’s Lot
  5. Heart’s in Atlantis

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury: based on recommendation by Joe Hill in his statements at the end of the awesome audiobook of his NOS4A2 read by Kate Mulgrew. Definitely was sold on that based solely on Kate Mulgrew’s awesome narration.

A Song of Ice and Fire: George RR Martin you magnificent bastard, a fantasy series with an adult tone. Everything I love and cherish in a series, then he heartlessly kills off everyone I like. and I love it. listing here and now because I have no clue when these will be released, the optimist in me hopes soon. I will most like get these as audiobooks where I can because they have been extremely well narrated by Roy Dotrice.

  1. The Winds of Winter
  2. A Dream of Spring
  3. The World of Ice and Fire
  4. Dunk and Egg anthology

The Man on Fire series: Its not really called that by the way, but it’s easier for me to remember it as such. Its based on the main character, Creasy, an American-born former member of the French Foreign Legion. The Tony Scott movie is one of my favorite movies to watch, so I’d like to get familiar with what it was based on. This a late edit to the list.

  1. Man on Fire

  2. The Perfect Kill

  3. The Blue Ring

  4. Black Horn

  5. Message From Hell

Listing everything out here, I can see a clear pattern of interest in science fiction and fantasy. That is basically my taste in Movies and Games too.

Maybe I’ll do a post of movies I am looking forward too as well in the next couple of days.

Gaming update.

I posted earlier about being unlikely to buy anymore games, I guess that wasn’t an absolute truth. One of the games I had waitlisted on isthereanydeal.com popped up with an update. Farcry 2 Fortunes Edition for 4.99$ on steam. I’ve been looking into older games that I never gave a chance for what ever reasons I had at the time, this one was one of them.

and for 4.99$, it was a no brainer. Its funny how a price can affect what I think about a game now, I remember being firm in my belief that I wouldn’t pick up DA2 for any reason at any price. The same could have been said for EA/origin and Bioware too. After a change in perspective these last 2 months, documented on tumblr, and a 5$ price tag, it became worth a shot at least.

Now I am actually looking forward to playing DA2, a few months ago and I would have never imagined myself in this position with regards to any Bioware game. I am also actively interested in Mass Effect 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition, its pretty unbelievable that turn around in thinking.

Here’s to more happy unexpected events and situations in 2014, Cheers.