So another month come and gone, and very quickly as well. I did get to watch a lot Netflix in January as well as getting to finish off the Harry Potter series. I’ll sum up a bit because I’ve been pretty lax with the updates and summing up adds some perspective.
I’ll start off with audiobooks, I started listening to the Harry Potter series in late December and finally finished it up on the 28th of January. It was worth listening to (or reading) and they do indeed stop being strictly “kids” books at book 4 (The Goblet of Fire) with a definite tilt around the middle of book 3 (The Prisoner of Azkaban.) I found the books to be entertaining and will written, the narration by Jim Dale becomes endearing over after a couple of books, and it ended quite well. Ending a series satisfactorily is quite difficult to pull off and most series seldom end well or even decently. I enjoyed the series more than I would have thought but so far I still prefer the Hunger Games in my limited experience of Young Adult fiction, although that might change when I get around to Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy. Back on topic, I can see why many feel the books were not suitably adapted into movies to their tastes. A lot was left out, changed, and streamlined. I quite enjoy reading books (or listening to the audiobooks) of series and see how well done the adaptation to a movie format was done.
I definitely watched a lot Netflix in January as well, I started off with Daredevil because Vincent D’onofrio was in it and I heard/read a lot of good things about it. Daredevil definitely delivered on the hype and I enjoyed it very much, can’t wait to see what season 2 is like. After Daredevil, I watched all 8 episodes of The Last Kingdom and I extremely liked it. I liked it so much that I named the Siberian Husky puppy I got in late January (of the reasons I haven’t been posting a lot) Ragnir, inspired by Ragnar Ragnarsson AKA Ragnar the Fearless from the show. If you are looking for a show to watch, check out The Last Kingdom is worth it. I also watched numerous anime/animated features, all of the DC related. Batman: Assault on Arkham was the very first one I checked out because it had the suicide squad in it and featured them heavily, I enjoyed it and liked it. I then checked out Batman Year One which I also liked very much, in particular the voicework by Bryan Cranston and Eliza Dushku. I moved onto The Dark Knight part 1 and 2, and both were extremely good. I also checked out Son of Batman and thought it was ok. I was hoping Canadian Netflix would also have Mask of the Phantasm, Batman vs Robin, Batman: Under the Red Hood, and Batman: Bad Blood but sadly the Canadian Netflix does not have any of them.
Now that the summing up is done, I can get down to the real “bidness.”
Most of January and most of February I will be still playing World of Warcraft, why? JUST DON’T ASK QUESTIONS OKAY? I plan on completing another legendary in February, Dragonwrath (on the last part of the questline) with my Frost Mage Traya.
The new Conquest Point Hotfixes have made the game extremely easier to gear out in PVP gear. 225 conquest for the first Random Battleground win of the day (up from 150) and 125 points for wins after the first. 270 for a rated arena match win. Ashran Quests: Slay them all reward 300 conquest (up from 200) and Dominance awards 750 conquest (up from 500.)
Those changes make it extremely easy to cap out quickly and with little fuss, and if you like you don’t even have to enter ashran. Although if you need a off piece or a stat trinket, ashran and rated battlegrounds are still the only options.
So WoW still has a lot of replay value for me. At the moment, I’m enjoying taking a break from my Death Knight, Shaman, and Hunter by playing my Assassination Rogue Shylo, Shadow Priest Valeris, and the aforementioned Frost Mage Traya.
I’m also playing a lot of Diablo 3 season 5 in between WoW sessions. I rolled a Demon Hunter because I liked the changes to their sets the most. I also leveled up another seasonal Demon Hunter to mess around with my off sets like The Shadow’s Set and Unhallowed Essence. I plan to complete the seasonal journeys but I do not have a burning need to do so right now, I’ll get around to it eventually.
I may also go all in on blizzard games and pre purchase Overwatch this month.
As a break from Blizzard games, I’m slowly making my way through Final Fantasy 13 and enjoying the game so far. It’s changed a lot from what I’m used to but I’m liking it so far.
I’m going to make more of an effort to play The Witcher 3 this month (possibly around the 20th to coincide with my audible choices for February, more on that later in the post.) I want to try out of the Hearts of Stone expansion and the Yennefer Romance.
I have many other games to play since I’ve added a lot over the christmas steam sale. I plan to play the Assassin’s Creed games I picked up (Rogue and Unity) whenever the feeling hits me. Same goes for Crysis 2 and 3. However, I plan to play Sunless Sea a lot and often. I was going to pick up the Tresspasser DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition but I have enough games on the docket at the moment, perhaps in the summer though.
What I’m listening to this month is going to be shorter than expected or at least compared to previous months, as I already finished all 7 of the Harry Potter books in the last few weeks and I have A Knight in the Seven Kingdoms by GRRM and read by Harry Lloyd (the actor who excellently portrayed Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones) to listen to. I am planning to pick up 2 books in the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski when my audible credits roll over, The Last Wish and the Sword of Destiny. I am also contemplating buying 3 extra audible credits that I would use to pick up Market Forces by Richard K Morgan, and pre-ordering the Steven Pacey narrated versions of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold and The Heroes.
What I’ll be watching is Mission Impossible 1-3 in reverse order, don’t ask why it makes perfect sense to me. I’ll also be watching Jessica Jones and Sherlock. I’m extremely looking forward to watching Jessica Jones and if I like it enough I will probably pick up the graphic novels that were recently released to take advantage of the Netflix series’ popularity and hype. I’ve watched the first episode of Sherlock and going to continue until I’m finished with all 3 seasons. I plan not to binge watch over a week or two, my non binding intention is to check out 1 episode every couple of days, 5-7 episodes max per week. I really want to enjoy both series and take my time watching at a more reasonable pace rather than watching 1 whole season over a couple of days.
I’ll be continuing to read the Fables graphic novels, this month it is still Fables Volume 9: Sons of Empire, Fables Volume 10: The Good Prince, and Fables Volume 11: War and Pieces. I did not get around to reading them when they arrived around new years but I will get to them this month.
What I’m looking forward to is upgrading my CPU to an Intel i7 4790k which should be a decent improvement over my AMD FX 8350. I’m also looking forward to picking up the Steven Pacey narrated versions of Best Served Cold (due out on Feb 16th) and The Heroes (due March 15th). Spectre which is out on blu ray Feb 9th and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 which is due out on blu ray March 22nd.