My 2015 year in review.

I am going to limit myself to things I’ve read/watched/played/listened to this year. These might be released this year or years ago, the point that matters is that I read/watched/played/listened to this year. I’ve picked up many things this year but the only ones I’ve actively kept track of is my audiobooks from audible. I’ve listened to at least 30 books this year, the last one is Harry Potter and the Half Blooded Prince which would have made 31 for the year. I still have about a day and a half to listen to it, so it’s technically possible but unlikely. Anyways, here is the list:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert
  2. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  3. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  4. Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
  5. Broken Angels by Richard K Morgan
  6. Woken Furies by Richard K Morgan
  7. The Dresden Files: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
  11. Halting State by Charles Stross
  12. Rule 34 by Charles Stross
  13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  15. The Witcher: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
  16. The Witcher: Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
  17. The Witcher: Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
  18. Old Man’s War: End of All Things by John Scalzi
  19. World Gone By by Dennis Lehane
  20. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  21. Rogues Anthology
  22. KingKiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  23. KingKiller Chronicles: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  24. Thirteen by Richard K Morgan
  25. Firestarter by Stephen King
  26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
  27. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  28. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
  29. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  30. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Out of all those audiobooks, my favorite author of this year is Richard K Morgan. The Takeshi Kovacs series is my favorite series of the year, and my favorite audiobook of the year is Thirteen, all written by Richard K Morgan. Morgan also wrote a couple graphic novels I’ve enjoyed, Black Widow: Homecoming and Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her. Morgan also wrote the story for Crysis 2, a game I will finally be able to play because of the better internet connection I finally have (unlimited bandwidth, a big change from a cap of 25 gigabytes.) I’m going to play it within the next few months.

A close runner-up to favorite audiobook this year is the “re-Marsters’d” version of the Dresden Files: Ghost Story. To me, James Marster’s is Harry Dresden and he is the voice of Dresden Files. The original recording/narration by John Grover was okay and was even pretty good with providing a wide variety voices but in comparison to Marsters overall narration Grover’s version of Ghost Story was disappointing. The Dresden Files is my absolute favorite series and with Marster’s version it “completes” the rest of the series, and provides a singular voice for the entire series. I can’t wait to listen to Marsters narrate the upcoming Dresden Files: Peace Talks.

Another couple of very close runner ups were Neverwhere and American Gods by Neil Gaiman, both very good audiobooks.

Honorable mentions go towards KingKiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski, and The Hunger Games. The Harry Potter series I’m currently listening to is pretty good as well.

I’m pretty happy with my resolution I made at beginning of the year that I would read (more like listen to) at least 2 books a month and kept to it all year-long. I plan to keep to it next year as well.

My game of the year, is The Witcher 3. It’s probably the best game I’ve played in the last couple years, and unseating Red Dead Redemption as my favorite game ever. I’ve finally downloaded the big 14 gigabyte update and downloaded Heart of Stone DLC. I can’t wait to finally get to play through it and try out the Yennefer romance, which is much more closely aligned to the Geralt in the books. After reading through the series up to Baptism of Fire, I have a very good grasp of the series and a much better appreciation for the great video game adaptation by CD Projekt Red. The Witcher series by CD Projekt has been consistently good and The Witcher 3 is the new standard to measure other RPG’s. CD Projekt is now the new premier Developer of RPG’s and surpassed Bioware very easily in terms of RPG, Story, and Characters.

Runner up is Fallout 4, a good game but it is definitely a second place to the Witcher 3. I’ve played just as many hours in Fallout 4 and enjoyed it very much but the Witcher 3 has a much better story, characters, dialogue, and a romance element. However, Fallout 4 is extremely replayable and still very enjoyable even on a second play through. I’m currently deep into my second playthrough and leaning towards siding with Institute.

My favorite movie of the year is going to be a blu ray release because I enjoy watching movies at home and it’s my prefered way to watch movies now.

My movie of the year, it’s easily Mad Max: Fury Road. I enjoyed it greatly and enjoy rewatching it.

A close runner-up is John Wick, and it was very close. I loved the graphic novel noir western-esque aesthetic it had. The gunplay and grappling was extremely well done and the story was good. It also had Ian McShane in great role that gave off a huge Al Swearengen vibe.

Honorable mentions go to Horns (a good adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel), The Hunger Games Catching Fire/Mockingjay part 1, Bladerunner Final cut, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

As for Graphic Novels, the Fables series is easily my choice for my favorite of the year. I’m up to Wolves, which is #8 in the series.

A very close runner is, Batman: The Killing Joke. I finally got around to reading it and found out that it is deservedly get the praise it routinely gets. Black Widow: Homecoming and Black Widow: The Things They Say About It was also pretty good.

My christmas was pretty nice and I was able to pick up a couple of things I’ve wanted or looked forward too. I picked up a couple of games: Sunless Sea, Final Fantasy XIII, Game of Thrones – A Telltale series, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. I also picked up a couple graphic novels Fables volume 9: Sons of Empire, Fables volume 10: The Good Prince, Fables volume 11: War and Pieces. I also ordered Mission: Impossible – 5 Movie Collection and pre-ordered Sicario.

I also decided to begin the process of upgrading my computer, which will happen over the next few months. I’m planning to upgrade to an i7 4790, water-cooled by a NZXT x41, ASUS Z97-A ATX motherboard, and a Fractal Design R5 case. I may also pick up a Fractal Integra M 750W ATX Modular power supply. I already ordered the case and payed 170$ for it. It’s a great case and this review sold me on it.

And that is it, my 2015 year is pretty materialistic because I prefer to keep my experiences personal, I will almost never post anything personal. I can say, however, it was a pretty good year and have no regrets.

Hope you had a great year and merry christmas.

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