So another month with no upgrade to a fibre optic internet connection, what that means is that I will not be able to play the Witcher 3 expansion Hearts of Stone yet as it requires me to download a 10gb+ patch plus whatever the size of the DLC is, with my 25gb bandwidth limit for a month that effectively means I can’t afford to download it no matter how much I’d like to play it. That cover’s what I’d like to play but can’t for this month and even what I’m looking forward to when I eventually get a better internet connection.
After finally getting around to reading the fables books, I’m hooked into reading the series, I’m that much of a sucker for Urban fantasy (or fantasy in general) and especially good stories with interesting characters. I read the first 4 books in the Fables series (legends in Exile, Animal Farm, Story Book Love, and March of the Wooden Soldiers) back to back pretty rapidly and liked it a lot. I liked it enough to order up the next 2 books in the series (Mean Seasons, and The Homelands) which should arrive in a week or so. I also picked up Batman: The Killing Joke and I’m looking forward to that a lot.
On the book front, I’m still making my way through A World of Ice and Fire as well as the Dunk and Egg compilation A Knight in the Seven Kingdoms. It’s keeping me interested in the asoiaf series and making me wish that GRRM would finally finish writing The Winds of Winter. The Show has broken through and gotten ahead of the book series now and I’m really looking forward to what will happen on the show and how GRRM is going to deal with it.
As for gaming this month, Fallout 4 is coming out soon and I’ve ordered a physical copy because there is now way I have patience or bandwidth to deal with a 30gb download size. So I’ll be playing and replaying Fallout 4 as soon as I can. I also have a rather large backlog of games to play and finish spanning gaming services like Uplay, Steam, and Origin. This includes finally finishing Farcry 3, Farcry 2, Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, GTA5, Crysis 2/3 (I still have about 6gb left to download for Crysis 2) and Dishonored. I also intend to replay Deus Ex (I downloaded Deus Ex: Revision), Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, and The Wolf Among Us. Realistically, I will probably only get to play about 2 or 3 of those with most of my time spent on Fallout 4. I’m also regularly playing Battlefield 4 and The Long Dark with infrequent jumps into playing Dayz. I’m still subbed to WoW which I do log in from time to time to play as well. Diablo 3 isn’t really gripping me back and like WoW there is precious little to do that holds my interest. I’ve also decided to hold off on picking up Legacy of the Void for the time being, that will probably mean waiting for a sale or getting it within the next few months.
I never really got around to fully rewatching Buffy season 4 and Angel season 1 yet, about 15 episodes into each so far, something I’ll get around to when I have the time.
I did manage to rewatch Firefly and the movie Serenity as well as watching all 6 episodes of Star Wars and my favorites of Star Trek.
For this month, I feel like watching some movies in the Westerns genre or movies that have that element to them. I’m thinking The Silver Dollars Trilogy, High Plains Drifter, Django Unchained, Once Upon a Time in the West, No Country for Old Men, John Wick, Looper, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven and Tombstone. I’m going to attribute this to Fallout 4 and Firefly/Serenity. Fallout 4 because I intend to do a Gunslinger of Gilead type playthrough, one relying on equal parts smart planning, improvisation, a quick draw, deadly aim, Charisma, and Diplomacy. Maybe I’ll even take the name Roland, especially if it one of the available voiced names.
The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition is out on blu ray and while I’m interest in finally watching the movie itself, I’m more interested in the special features that usually dwarf the movie length itself. I love watching some good special features and Peter Jackson LOTR/Hobbit movies never skimp on the special features.
On the Audiobook front, I broke down and listed to the first 5 hours of Name of the Wind (the first book in the KingKiller Chronicles) on Halloween and extremely enjoyed every bit of it. So worth picking up, the narration and writing both were very good. Needless to say, I’ll be listening the KingKiller Chronicles this month. I was a little disappointed to find the series is not finished yet and the book 2.5 is only about 3 hours long. Still, I am happy to have picked this series up and eager to listen to both books. With my 2 audible credits this month I intend to either check out the series I mentioned last month (Alex Verus, the Laundry Files, and the Owner series), or Richard K Morgan’s books Market Forces and Thirteen, or Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series, or Stephen King’s Jack Sawyer books (The Talisman and Black House.) This also could all be moot as well since I may pick up any of the books in my audible wish list or even a new series that might hook me in. Right now, I’m leaning towards Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series but that might and probably will change from now until my audible credits are in around the last week of November.
For a relisten of audiobooks, I may get around to Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (I’m up to the Last Colony, with the Human Division and End of All Things left to listen to.) I was also very tempted to get back into The Dark Tower Series after a relisten of Salem’s Lot but I’ll probably save that for next month.
I’ve found a lot of things to look forward to both in upcoming months and next year. In December, according a reddit poster in the witcher subreddit, the Sword of Destiny will be released on Audible which I will pick up if it’s available along with The Last Wish. I’ve enjoyed the Witcher Audiobooks and it gave me a greater appreciation of just how well the books were adapted into stand alone tales for video games by CD Projekt Red. Also, from my limited research, I’ve learned that Joe Abercrombie is releasing a compilation of his short stories and novellas in the First Law series called Sharp Ends that should be out next year some time. The next book, in my favorite series, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher called Peace Talks should be out next year as well and I’m definitely looking forward to that. When my internet is finally better, I intend to pick up Netflix for Jessica Jones and Daredevil.
There is some good mma upcoming in the next few months as well, I’m looking forward to watching UFC 193 for Rousey vs Holm and Joanna Champion vs Valerie Letourneau as well as Mark Hunt vs Bigfoot Silva. There is also numerous fight nights upcoming that are potentially good: Belfort vs Henderson, Thug Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant, Henderson vs Alves, Brown vs Gastelum, UFC 194 Aldo vs McGregor, Dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2, and the Ultimate Fighter Finale (which has some very good fights lined up for it.) The fight card I’m looking forward to most is Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit (UFC 195), 2 of my favorite fighters that really put on a show when an opponent is game enough to engage them. You may notice I’m exclusively focusing on just UFC here but that’s only because Bellator is only available in non HD here and Shaw direct does not carry AXS either. So the UFC is my sole avenue for my mma at the moment. Also Fight Pass will be worth it once my net is no longer shitty or limited to 25gb per month.
So my month is pretty stacked for things to do and like Logen Ninefingers says “you have to be realistic about these things,” so I expect to get through about 3/4 of these things and continue to chip away at my backlog of games. The only for sure things about this month is Fallout 4, The Battle of the Five Armies, The KingKiller Chronicles, The Wolf Among Us, and my Westerns movies.