What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for August 2018.

These usually start off with a recap of what audiobooks I finished last month, so here goes:

  • Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski narrated by Peter Kenny – The short stories of the Witcher series always seem to be the better ones in the witcher series and Season of Storms definitely continues that trend. I’d rank it behind the other 2, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, though. Narration is good, the story was pretty winding and contained many contrivances but was overall pretty good and was fun to listen to.
  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir – This is a short story compilation with the King in Yellow playing a central element in most of the stories, except for the last 3 stories. The Narration was very good and the main King in Yellow stories were excellent. I am looking forward to a re-listen of this one. I also want to re-watch the first season of True Detective because of how much I enjoyed this audiobook. The last 3 stories this one are mostly historical romances, and although good, did not seem to match up with dread and strange horror of the King in Yellow stories.
  • Pet Semetary by Stephen King narrated by Michael C. Hall – Another good Steven King story with excellent narration, this time by Michael C. Hall. I listened to this one right after The King in Yellow and it was a great 1 2 punch, the sense of dread and horror of what is going to happen are great. I keep taking King for granted here and nearly every audiobook I pick up that he writes reminds me how good he is.

I have also done a re-listen to Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold, and will also be starting The Heroes later this month.

I pre-ordered Richard K. Morgan’s Thin Air (release date 10-25-18) and picked up The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. In just over a month my pre-orders for Port of Shadows by Glenn Cook and Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente will be available for download. Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin is also pre-ordered and available for download on 11-20-18.

This month I am planning to listen to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (which I have already started and about an hour into), The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

With my next 2 audible Credits I plan to pick up Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence and Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley.

On August 13th, the Battle for Azeroth Expansion hits and I’m looking forward to playing to it. I thought Legion has been the best expansion since Wrath of the Lich King and legions biggest flaw was Artifact weapons being Alt and Spec unfriendly, which the azerite thing address completely. I’m gonna be leveling my Demon Hunter first, since I’ve been main-ing a Death Knight since Wrath of the Lich King and definitely want to switch it up.

I picked up Injustice 2 Legendary Edition on sale today for 27$-ish CAD, I missed a sale the last time and regretted not picking it up then, so I definitely wanted to pick it the next time it went that low. I’ve been wanting a fighting game I could play, mostly for single player stuff, that I could play while listening to music or an audiobook.

Looking forward to picking up Quiet Place, Deadpool 2, and Avenger’s Infinity War on blu ray this month.

 

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What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for July 2018.

I just finished up the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey, narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so just gonna recap my thoughts of the series so far:

  • It has every thing I like about the Darksiders, Constantine, and Diablo, which is a story that deals with heaven and hell with interesting characters.
  • The stories are in a range from okay to pretty good, for the most part.
  • The Characters are well done and interesting.
  • The dialogue and voice for every character are solid and entertaining, funny in places when they should be and can turn to very serious character moments quickly. Very hard to pull that off and do it well.
  • The over arching story in the series has well paced peaks and valleys, the development of characters during that period are also done well and become more compelling over time.
  • I didn’t like the hand-wavy magic used in the series, I’m not a magical realism type or a magical system one either, but goddamn “hellion hoodoo” is extremely low effort way to cast magic with an insane variety of effects. I just got used to it over the course of the series but it’s still a pretty vague way to use magic.
  • I thought the introduction of PTSD for Stark was actually well done and did a lot for the character.
  • I liked that Stark could be part of a scooby gang or be independent from it. Not something easily done and convey in a series.
  • I didn’t like the way some of the stories ended, not that I didn’t like outcomes because I thought the ending outcomes were done a satisfying way, I mean the actual way how the story ending was written. Most of the stories were well done and paced with interesting developments or character moments, however, the endings seemed rushed compared to how the rest of the story was paced. Despite my feelings that the endings seemed kinda rushed in comparison the pace of the story, the out comes of the endings were pretty good and done in a satisfying way.
  • The Narration for the series is excellent. Each character has a distinctive voice that is done well.

So despite some extremely subjective issues or feelings, the series is pretty good and the narration is excellent. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Hollywood Dead,  whenever it’s released on audible.

I pre-ordered a couple of audiobooks a few months ago that were released in June, Brief Cases by Jim Butcher narrated mostly James Marsters, Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski narrated by Peter Kenney, and Before the Storm by Christie Golden narrated by Josh Keaton.

Brief Cases was pretty good. I enjoyed the Big Foot stories, The Molly Winter Lady story, Butters First Day Story, and Dresden family Zoo day story. My favorite story was Even Hand, which was narrated rather well by Jim Butcher himself, about Marcone and his confrontation with a Fomor Lord. The narration was on par for the Dresden Files, meaning FUCKING EXCELLENT. I am extremely looking forward to Peace Talks or Cinder Spires 2.

Before the Storms was okay, the narration was good but the story was hit or miss, with more misses than hits. It was my first buy into the warcraft stories but I while I enjoyed it and liked it enough, I doubt I will buy into others in the future. Which pretty much kills my interest in Inferno Squad.

I just started Season of Storms today, but I think it will good. The short story compilations for The Witcher Series were excellent and I am expecting good things from Season of Storms.

I also bought Red Sister on an Audible Daily Deal, which I’m looking forward to check out.

I also picked up a couple of short stories, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald narrated by Neil Gaiman, In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill narrated by Stephen Lang. A Study in Emerald was great, and Gaiman’s narration is always extremely good. In the Tall Grass was good and Stephen Lang’s narrations is always good.

With my 2 audible credits I picked up The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King narrated by Michael C. Hall. Looking forward to listening to both after I’m done with Season of Storms and Red Sister.

I am also gonna re-listen to a couple Joe Abercrombie books, Best Served Cold and the The Heroes, most likely after my backlog of current audiobooks. The reason for this is because Abercrombie just posted on his site that he finished the first drafts of his next trilogy in the First Law Series and I wanted to listen to my 2 favorite books in the First Law Series.

I picked up a couple of Blurays as well, I got Black Panther and Annihilation. Black Panther is as good as everyone says it is, great visuals, good acting, good story and very good pacing. It was well worth the pick up. Annihilation was extremely good, it had great acting, the story was a good adaptation of the novel and was also very good. It was also well worth the pick up. I’m looking forward to watching the Black Panther with the directory’s commentary and all the special features. I also wanna check out the pretty good number of special features for Annihilation.

During the Steam Sale, I picked up a package duo deal on Prey and Dishonored 2 for 36.43$ CAD, I also picked up Black Mesa for 8.79$ CAD, and Pool Nation FX for 7.59$ CAD.

I finally got around to finishing up the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim, I played the Special Edition version. I really don’t know why I waited so long to play it, it was enjoyable and fun to get back in to Elder Scrolls games.

I also re-installed Fallout 4 so I can play through the Automatron DLC, Far Harbour DLC, and Nuka World DLC.

Final Fantasy XV I spend most of my time doing the hunts but I’m slowly working my way though the story chapter by chapter.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for June 2018.

I’m back to playing through FFXV, mostly because I’m not playing WoW. I’m slowly making my way through main quest and doing A LOT of side quests and hunts. I kinda went way too far in doing side stuff, I think I’m way over level’ed and geared. It’s fun and I really shouldn’t have stopped playing it. After I finish it, I plan to play Rise of the Tomb Raider next. Although, games like Wolfenstein: The New Order, Subnautica, Total War: Warhammer, Dishonored, Far Cry: Primal, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are tempting to jump into. I still have the Crysis Trilogy, Bioshock (1,2, Infinite), Furi, Firewatch, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, I could probably play any of those games but Rise of the Tomb Raider, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored are games I wanna play because they have sequels coming out soon or already out.

I’m also playing and watching a lot of Overwatch. To be honest, it’s more watching than playing but its close. The Overwatch League is pretty fun to watch and follow, I enjoy watching the Seoul Dynasty, LA Gladiators, Dallas Fuel, and the San Francisco Shock play. I kinda wish the OWL played on the same patch as the live servers but the current team compositions and dominant strategy are a lot more interesting than the older Dive Comps/Strats.

I am also watching the 3rd season of Hannibal on netflix. It’s pretty fucking good. I decided to check it out because how much I enjoyed American Gods season 1. I still have a season 2 of Jessica Jones, season 2 of Stranger Things to watch as well as Hap and Leonard.

I have a bunch of audiobooks to listen to coming up:

  • In the Tall Grass by Joe Hill and Stephen King, narrated by Stephen Lang.
  • A Study in Emerald by, as well as narrated by, Neil Gaiman.
  • Season of Storms by Andrej Sapkowski, narrated by Peter Kenney.
  • The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey, narrated by Macleod Andrews. Book 8.
  • The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey, narrated by Macleod Andrews. Book 9.

Currently listening to Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, book 7), and re-listening to Best Served Cold.

I am looking forward to more info and gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077, Battlefield V, Last of Us 2, The Division 2, and Metro: Exodus.

Fallout 76, was recently announced and teased, and the rumors are that it will be either a fortnite battle royale clone, a survival online RPG, or an MMO in the style of The Elder Scrolls: Online. I kinda hope its more a standalone game like New Vegas was and that it isn’t some shitty half assed fortnite clone.

 

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for May 2018.

This post is gonna be a little more WoW specific than usual.

The Beta has been out for a bit now but I’ve been waiting for some changes to some of my classes I am considering to play in Battle for Azeroth, namely: Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Rogue, Warrior. The beta was recently updated and had some huge talent and ability changes for Death Knights. Before this update, I was seriously considering rerolling a new main for Battle for Azeroth because Death Knights were going to be more or less the same as they have been for the last few expansions and because none (zero, zilch, nada) of the Allied Races can be Death Knights, however, the recent update and changes/tweaks to the class is compelling enough to keep it as my main. It should be noted that I prefer playing DPS but I enjoy having the ability to tank dungeons, mythics, and mythic plus.

Check out this talent tree for Unholy and Blood.

For Unholy, Clawing Shadows on the level 56 tier is insane, it’s my go to talent for AOE with Death and Decay/Defile as well as single target that gives me an ability to attack from mid range other than spamming Death Coil. On the level 57 tier, I went with Pestilent Pustules because it’s more in-line with my play style, bursting festering wounds with clawing shadows and Apocalypse (now a baseline talent for Unholy!), however, Soul Reaper is an option as well for more of a Single Target. On the level 58 tier, all 3 option are pretty good, again I went with something more in-line with my play style, Bursting Sores but Ebon Fever is more fire and forget with consistent damage and Unholy Blight (ITS BACK!) gives a pretty nice AoE damage on a short 1 minute cooldown. I could easily go with any of those 3 talents, but I’d probably go with Bursting Sores for aoe/cleave and Unholy Blight if I needed on demand AoE. On the level 60 tier, I always go with Asphyxiate because stuns are overpowered and Stuns in general are being nerfed to fewer classes and specs in Battle for Azeroth. On the level 75 tier, My choice is always Wraith Walk because Death Knight mobility really, really sucks but the other choices on that tier have some use cases as well. On the level 90 tier, it seems this tier is the main AoE damage talents, I really don’t know what to go with here because Defile does not offer the mastery bonus anymore, Corpse Explosion really only can be used with Army of the Dead (now on a 8minute CD) and Apocalypse (which has a CD of 1.5minutes) and that means very limited usage, or very changed Epidemic talent (which will probably be the go to talent because you can use your runic power on AoE.) On the level 100 tier, the choice seems to be between Unholy Frenzy (now a 1.25 minute CD that grants 20% haste and causing auto-attacks to apply festering wounds) or Summon Gargoyle (RIP Valkyr.) I like the Gargoyle as a DPS CD and chose that for now but I still need to try out Unholy Frenzy in leveling, dungeons, and mythic plus. The preferred stats still looks like it’s gonna be haste and mastery.

I am enjoying the changes/tweaks to Unholy on the beta and I will probably main a DK in BFA. It feels like you can build an effective single target build with clawing shadows, soul reaper, ebon fever, defile, and unholy frenzy. So the class has options, instead of being what it is right now on live.

Blood is changed alot as well, with many talents being either adapted legendary gear effects or artifact abilities. Interesting changes and it’s decent enough for me to be able to continue as Unholy and Blood spec in BFA.

For Demon Hunters, this is what spec I am for Havoc and the one I’m looking at trying out for Vengeance.

For Havoc, it has a had an interesting re-work and tweaks, the loss of fury of the Illidari is pretty big but some of the talents address that. I like Blind Fury and Immolation Aura generating fury, as well as their aoe and damage. Fel Barrage is pretty good where it is on the level 102 tier. I still need to see how well the spec performs, but it looks promising so far. Mastery looks like the go to stat, which is always a plus.

For Rogues, I am currently Assassination because the mastery has been updated to include bleeds, which is good for the spec. This is another case of current leggos being rolled into talents but the (re)addition of Blindside is cool, marked for death is in a great spot, leeching poison being usable as a 3rd poison is great, and the level 100 tier talents all seem to address the specs lack of AoE.

Outlaw is an interesting spec as well, but since it’s so proc based and random.

On live, I leveled up a Lightforged Draenei Warrior. It took about a week to get to 930 ilvl, and another week to get to be able to do 1.2million DPS single target which is pretty good. I got the 2 leggos I was hoping for (Archavons Heavy Hands and Ayalas Stone Heart) in a 2 and 1/2 week period, which is great. Arms spec is fun and I’m enjoying it. On the beta, it seems like warriors are due for another pass (because protection spec is pretty bad right now, I’m not sure about fury) but arms seems decent so far, the change in mastery is pretty huge but seems ok so far.

On other gaming related stuff, my WoW activities kinda halted my progress in FFXV, but I will for sure get back into when all the beta changes stop rolling out as we get closer to launch for BfA. I also got into playing the Division as well, it’s pretty fun still and all the changes really give you a lot to do. I wanna see what the Division 2 will look and play like when it’s announced and shown later this year.

Audiobooks this month, I continue with the Sandman Slim series because it’s compelling enough to keep me reading, I like the characters, the stories, the dialogue is decent, and I really like the lore of it. I have The Getaway God (book 6) and Killing Pretty (book 7) to read this month and will finish the series later this month. I plan to listen to the last 2 books as soon as I get my credits because in June 2 books I have pre-ordered come out, Brief Cases by Jim Butcher (release date is 06-05-18 ) and Before the Storm by Christie Golden (release date is 06-12-18.)

So a bit of a recap and review here: I enjoyed Devil said Bang, the story was interesting, the transition of Stark being Lucifer to back to being Sandman Slim was pretty good, overall it was a pretty good book. I liked the futility of hell aspect and how everyone is just looking to die in some meaningful way even it is futile and fatalistic. Kill City blues was ok, I felt that it being good and enjoyable for the first 3/4 build up expectations and excitement that kinda fell flat on its face at the end, over all I still liked it but felt that there was a huge missed opportunity between the conflict between Aelita and Stark as well as Medea Bava and Stark. Still though, I enjoyed it because of the characters and the story was still enjoyable despite of my expectations and missed opportunities.

On what I’m watching at the moment, Westworld season 2 is pretty good. I still think it is better than Game of Thrones, I still like both and will watch both but at the moment Westworld is a more compelling show.

On Netflix, I am currently watching Jessica Jones season 2, when I’m not watching the Overwatch League or playing WoW on live or the beta so I’m only on episode 2 so far. I also added Lost in Space to my list to check out later due to recommendations from friends and what I’ve read on reddit, I will probably check it out after Jessica Jones and Stranger Things season 2.

For Blu Rays, I am thoroughly enjoying the special features of The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi blu ray is the best example of why I get blu rays, excellent movie, great featurettes and an extremely good documentary like making of with/about the director Rian Johnson and Mark Hamil.

Things I’m looking forward too: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher next month, finishing FFXV later this month (so far it’s a very good game with fun combat), and watching the rest of Jessica Jones season 2.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for April 2018.

Waited til after April 1st because of how shitty the internet it is on April fools day.

I finally watched The Last Jedi. It was pretty fucking good. I wasn’t able to predict how it was gonna play out but it delivered on several character moments and had a pretty good story. The special features are pretty fucking good as well, the documentary “The Director and the Jedi” are the reasons why people will still buy Blu Rays, it is excellent and adds so much value to it. I got 4k version because I will be upgrading to 4k soonish, probably within the next couple months. I don’t get the backlash against the movie, I thought it was well done and highly entertaining, it was not predictable and it didn’t have to many homages to earlier star wars movies.

I picked up FFXV near the end of March, as well as Vermintide 2, both pretty good games with fun gameplay. I’m still playing Subnautica as well, it’s visuals are great, the crafting is satisfying and has depth, and I love exploration done well which is something Subnautica is great at. 8/10 game for me, has nearly everything I like in a game.

Vermintide 2 is really fun, it’s like Left for Dead 1/2 style coop with diablo like characters from the Warhammer universe. The characters are great, they have funny personalities and entertaining banter. The classes are hit and miss but every class has at least 1 really good sub class to go. The combat and abilities are extremely satisfying to use and are extremely effective, some abilities are good for big bosses or against armored targets or against hordes for enemies. The story is ok but the characters are pretty good. The Elf huntress, the Witch Hunter and the Fire Mage are great. The gameplay is the real area the game shines, the game does coop extremely well. Well worth picking it up, if you are into coop games with friends. 8/10 game.

FFXV is an indulgence for me, it was basically a late birthday pick up. However, the gameplay is extremely good, I like the combat, the magic crafting, the leveling system, and I enjoy the open world aspect of it. The Character are kinda meh, the story is taking a while to get into and seems like standard fare but still entertaining. I’m enjoying a lot so far and this is my first real serious playthrough of any Final Fantasy game for something like 5 years.

I’ve been watching a lot of the Overwatch League these last couple weeks, it’s really entertaining and fun to watch. I’m playing more overwatch because of it. Although quickplay is too informal for that many good games, some one will always lock Hanzo and Widow probably along with a Torb or Symmetra and just end up garbage tier DPS and basically make every team fight into 3v6 and lead to a loss in a full hold or 2 extremely badly played long loss control points. I wish the Reaper and Mei buffs were in already. The New hero Brigitte is pretty overpowered now, she’s basically a Reinhardt with heals and a stun.

I also got into the World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Alpha, which I plan to play and test a lot of, as well as giving a lot feed back on various things I think should be changed or tweaked. Since there is no real NDA, I can/will start adding WoW posts of things concerning Death Knights, Demon Hunters, Rogues, Mages, and even possibly Warriors.

As for Legion, I am currently leveling a Light Forged Draenei Warrior, it’s pretty fun. I’m leveling Arms, and will probably going to stay that way in legion as well.

I finished the third book in the Sandman Slim series, it was enjoyable and entertaining. It definitely hits on my liking of Secret Society Magic users, Heaven and Hell, and interesting but morally flexible characters. I picked up the next 2 in the series (Devil said Bang, and Kill City Blues) as well as a short story (Devil in the Dollhouse.) A pretty good series so far, I may or may not get 3 extra credits to finish the series early.

Looking forward to the next stage in the Overwatch League, watching Jessica Jones season 2 and Stranger Things season 2 (finally), finishing FFXV, getting the next sub vehicle in Subnautica, and extremely looking forward to getting my home theatre all 4k’ed up.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for March 2018.

Spoilers ahead for Altered Carbon, consider yourself duly fucking ward.

Altered Carbon, it was pretty good overall with some definite flaws. Some of the elements of the changing of the history of Kovacs and Quell were pretty good: the training, the story tying the two together, and the flashbacks were done well. However, a lot of the changes just kinda muddied the water of what was already a clean backstory that had extremely interesting elements. The UN changes and the lack of or complete avoidance of Sharya, as well as changing Quell to being the same time frame as Kovacs were some definite misses. The Casting, however, was fucking top-notch. Excellent casting overall but I felt that OG Kovacs was extremely underutilized. I felt that the Bancrofts being older added more gravitas, presence, and elegance to their parts, rather than just being extremely good-looking powerful people in a forever youthful appearance. All 3 Kovacs were good, Ortega was also good, Quell as well, and the actors cast as roles who had multiple people in the same sleeve were extremely good. I didn’t like how that Lizzie Elliot ends up saving the day for Kovacs and crew but I did think it was well done when she was used to take down Miriam Bancroft in the end.

I am not one to trash something because “it isn’t the book” or “changes too much” or “it didn’t have this in it,” so for the most part I thought Altered Carbon was an extremely enjoyable show to watch and I can’t wait to see what they do for season 2.

I finished Doom (2016) finally, it’s definitely worth the money. It has great gameplay, a decent story, and pretty good soundtrack. I’m finally, slowly, getting through my back log of games. Up next is Uncharted 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and then Wolfenstein: the New Order.

I picked up the demo of FFXV on steam, after playing through it, I was EXTREMELY tempted to pay full price and pre-order it. I like the combat system and impressed with the visuals, but I think I will wait to pick it up. Unless, of course, I decide to pick it on a whim.

I also picked up Subnautica on a whim, and I am extremely enjoying plaything through it. I’ve been wanting a survival crafting game for while now, something to contrast to The Long Dark. Subnautica looks extremely good, has a nice pace to it, I am enjoying the survival aspect, the crafting aspect is also fun, but I am enjoying the exploration more than anything right now.

I playing Overwatch a lot more now, as well as watching the Overwatch league every Wednesday to Saturday. I am also watching XQC stream Overwatch on twitch.  Enjoying all of it so far, I even used my prime sub for XQC’s stream because I like his streams.

My audiobook backlog has been cleared out more or less (only the Invisible Man, Watership Down, and the Hobbit left) and I enjoyed getting through the audio-dramas I had. The X-files: Cold Cases was decent and Alien: Out of the Shadows was good, both were well worth the price because I picked them both up as Audible Daily Deals.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson was OK, it had a decent story, decent characters, and was narrated OK. by Jonathan Davis but I didn’t get into it as much as I thought, I can see why so many people like it and recommend it so much but I thought it was just a decent story with some decent characters.

Sandman Slim was something that hit all my interests and scratched that Darksiders/Constantine/The Crow itch I have. I enjoyed every bit of it and the narration was very good. I used my 2 audible credits to pick up the next 2 books in the series and I can definitely see myself buying some extra credits to get more of the series. I’ve already started on book 2 and I am liking it so far.

Annihilation is out now on Netflix if you live outside the US and Canada, I’m gonna wait til it comes out on Netflix or blu ray, which ever is first. I can’t wait to see it.

A lot to look forward too this year, and right now I’m extremely looking forward to Brief Cases by Jim Butcher (Release date: 06-05-18 FUCK YEAH), Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, Jessica Jones season 2, and Red Sparrow on blu ray.

 

what I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for February 2018.

Altered Carbon in a day from now. Fuck yeah.

Movies recap for me, I watched IT and Blade Runner 2049 finally, both are extremely good. IT is easily one of the best adaptations of a movie so far, and it’s mostly because they are doing 2 movies with the Loser’s Club being younger and older. Blade Runner 2049 was extremely compelling and told a story that you thought would be predictable which flips your expectation of where it’s all gonna go on its head. Well worth picking up both on blu ray.

I also have Dawn and War of the planet of the Apes movies to check out, as well as the special features, and it looks to be entertaining at least.

I listened to the audiobooks for Metro 2035, Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation, and I am Legend. Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky was very good with extremely good narration by Rupert Degas. Mass Effect: Initiation by N. K. Jemisin and Mac Walters was decent and had good narration by Fryda Wolff. I am Legend by Richard Matheson was extremely good, it still one of my favorite short story/novellas, and is narrated pretty well by Robertson Dean.

Metro 2035 was really a good story and a good ending to the Metro Trilogy, and it told a compelling story with numerous interesting characters. I thought I had an idea where the story was gonna go but switched it up on me in a good way that ended the trilogy and the story itself in a satisfying way.

Mass Effect: Initiation gave a pretty good back story on Cora, and did a lot to smooth over and explain her hero-worship of the Asari, and also told a decent story that managed to explain my A.I. is so feared in the mass effect universe rather than the all the hamfisted and handwaving attempts/explanations in the original trilogy. It’s pretty shitty we will never get a good explanation of the Benefactor and Jien Garson situation in Andromeda as DLC, however it may be addressed in The Lost Ark novel later this year. I liked both Andromeda novels, and after listening to Initiation, I pre-ordered the Lost Ark, which has a release date of Oct 1, 2018.

I’ve started Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, the narration sounds like it was recorded by an old tape deck and an old cheap microphone but so far I’m interested in it. The narration itself isn’t bad, it’s the recording quality that seems pretty old, like some one telling you a story over a the phone.

After Snow Crash, I have another Neal Stephenson story to check out, Anathem. It’s over 30hours long according to my audible app, and I prefer longer stories like that. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

I’ve read a lot of fantasy last year and it’s refreshing to switch it up to a bunch of good sci-fi stories. In my backlog, that I expect to get at least one more listened to this month, is Alien: Out of the Shadows, The X-Files: Cold Cases, and Sandman Slim.

I finished Metro: The Last Light and thought it was pretty good, I managed to get the redemption ending which was pretty satisfying to get. I had to switch up how I play games usually, which was stealthily killing everyone and every thing that dares to cross or impede my path to trying to get through area’s mostly undetected using mostly non lethal means.

So Blizzard announces Battle for Azeroth pre-orders are available, announce a tentative release date, and unlock a few of the Allied Races for leveling, all on the same day.

That basically sums it up for me.

Now I’m leveling a Void Elf Rogue, despite already having a rogue, and a Light forged Draenei Warrior. That was on the only thing that would have brought me to playing WoW again. I’m leveling for the Heritage armor. I probably won’t play those characters, I will most likely race change my current Rogue to Void Elf though.

It basically means my plans to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 3 (about 75% through now), Far Cry Primal, Splinter Cell Black list, Dishonored, and numerous other games I had my sights on finishing are on hold until I level those allied races to 110 for that sweet sweet Heritage Armor. It also means I will hold off on picking up Wolfenstein 2, Prey, Dishonored 2 and its DLC, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne.

 

Take what is offered and that must sometimes be enough.

— Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon.

The Netflix adaptation of Altered Carbon is out tomorrow, or if you are like me you are probably gonna watch a couple of episodes at midnight, and I cannot wait to fucking watch it. Before I jump into anything, let me elaborate on somethings I go through before watching, reading, listening, or playing anything with the slightest amount of hype or even the tiniest bit of excitement and interest: Manage Expectation, adaptations means it won’t always be page for page to screen, Adaptations means something will be expanded or cut or merged, Leave your Bullshit out of it, and Things don’t have to be DA BES EVAR and anything else is failure or means it sucks. I just wanna see how it’s adapted if it has the feeling of the book and the spirit of the characters. Altered Carbon, and the Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, is easily in my top 5 favorite books.

I’m hoping it will be received good and it will mean more scifi shows and movies because people didn’t seem to like the excellent Blade Runner 2049.

Things I’m Looking forward too: Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s been delayed but has a definite release date which is October 26 2018. Monster Hunter World, waiting for dat PC release. Black Panther, it looks awesome but I’m gonna wait for it on blu ray because I prefer watching movies at home now.