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

I listened to 4 books in November, which puts me at 43 audiobooks this year that I’ve listened to, which means I will probably end up around 46-48 audiobooks for the year if I listen to 3-5 books this month. I could get up to 50 but I’m not sure if I will or not. I have the following books to finish: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell, War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell, Total Recall by Philip K. Dick, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Prey by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Which is 8 audiobooks, so I could conceivably listen to all 8 and finish the year off with 51. The 4 books I listened to in November were:

  • Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole: The second book in the Shadow Ops series, It was a lot better than the first book because it was more than just Oscar Britton, with Bookbinder being a huge part of the story it added a lot to the story while still having the uncertainty of being a front-line soldier in a frontier outpost. I enjoyed the story a lot and the writing was noticeably better than the first book, the characters were more fleshed out and seemed more natural, and the narration by Korey Jackson was also better. It still had a reliance on the impossible super deep cover mole/spy shit I hated in the first book, but since I was expecting it, it wasn’t as jarring. Although, I still fucking hated it that aspect of it because for me it ruined an otherwise great story and downgraded it to just a good one. Overall, I enjoyed this one and it was a solid sequel that addressed a lot of the issues of the first book.
  • Breach Zone by Myke Cole: The 3rd and final book in the Shadow Ops trilogy. This is definitely the best book in the series because it address all the issues/problems that I had with the other books in the series and it had a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of books. I enjoyed the backstory of Harlequin and Scylla. The narration by Korey Jackson was also quite good. I am looking forward to the Re-Awakening Trilogy prequel books that I will probably pick up next year.
  • Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin: I have mixed feelings on Fire & Blood. Overall, I enjoyed the history book style telling of Westerosi history with an emphasis on the Targaryens. However, the book and a majority of the story seemed to be retelling on the Princess and the Queen novella, as well as the Rogue Prince both of which I’ve listened to in Dangerous Women and Rogues. Son’s of the Dragon is another novella that is retold in a historical context/textbook way, that was featured in a short story anthology called Book of Swords. Despite that 2 of the 6 stories featured in this book are retellings of previous stories, I enjoyed it. The narration by Simon Vance is excellent, I hope that he will be the narrator for The Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring, if GRRM ever gets around to finishing them. The mixed feelings I have for this book is mostly due to that he wrote these detailed stories and so much of it is either retelling’s or cut material from A World of Ice and Fire, and that he Still has no clear timetable for the release of The Winds of Winter. The Show has overtaken the books and for many people it will be how they remember the series, he will be entering a similar situation that Andrzej Sapkowski has with fans of the Witcher trilogy of games and his Witcher series of books.
  • Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherine M. Valente: This was an expected surprise for me, I did expect it to be as good as it was. It is an excellent story with great characters, good and funny dialogue, and it delivered so much info about the different races. I always thought that the non-council races were the most interesting of the Mass Effect universe: the Drell, Batarians, Volus, Hanar, Quarians, and the Elcor. And Annihilation really packs in a lot of backstory and interesting tidbits of those cultures. The narration by Tom Taylorson was excellent, he provided unique voices for each character and really nailed the speech patterns for the Volus, Hanar, and Elcor as well as the “perfect memory” of the Drell. Annihilation is one of the few books that I rated 5/5 for story, performance, and overall for all the audible titles I’ve listened to in my 5 years being a member. Such a good book, I wished they didn’t cut the DLC for Andromeda because if they could get it half as good as this book was, people would not thing Mass Effect Andromeda was such a disappointment, despite most people’s unrealistic expectations for it. This book was great, an awesome story with extremely interesting and compelling characters, and excellent narration.

I picked up Assassin’s Creed: Origins on sale (on a side note/rant here, I find games and time spent playing games much more enjoyable when I pick up AAA games on sale a few months or 1 year later, most of the issues are usually sorted out and the DLC is also all released by then. It’s also nice to pick something up for 20-50 rather than 70$ CAD on release. I paid about 50$ for the gold edition of the game, which got me the season pass and some extra stuff on top of the deluxe version of the game. I have about 60 hours in the game already but have not completed the Main Quest or the DLC yet, I’ve been doing the Gods event’s and completing side quests and main story side quests. The Witcher 3 influence is plain to see, and Origins really improved a lot of aspects of it as well, on top of improvements into the gameplay of the series. The Leveling and Ability system of the game well done, the ancient tablets giving you a free ability point is a nice touch and a clear inspiration from the Witcher 3’s Places of Power. Well worth the pick up, especially on sale. I’ll definitely pick up Odyssey next year if a similar deal is available. Odyssey has already had a sale for 50% off the base game, so the next time I see a sale like that and if there is a sale on Season Pass, I will most likely pick it up right away.

I also picked up R-Type Dimensions, one of my favorite old school games.

I’m still playing Deadcells a lot as well as Destiny 2, which was free on the blizzard launcher a month ago and Forsaken DLC was on a deal. Destiny 2, while fun to play and classes/subclasses are nicely done, seems to have a massive investment cost to play. If I did pick it up on launch as well as getting the DLC then paying for the annual pass, the cost would be over 200$ CAD, which is absurdly high cost to play because the Devs want to avoid a monthly subscription. I’ll probably keep playing if my internet isn’t acting up with constant lag outs and DC’s.

On Netflix, there are a couple shows I am currently watching:

  • The Last Kingdom Season 3: Definitely living up to the hype I had for it, well worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Gauntlet: Funny and Entertaining so far, what more can you ask for?

On Crave+HBO/Movies:

  • Letterkenny: This was extremely funny and well worth checking out. Can’t wait for the new season coming up during christmas.
  • Band of Brothers: I start a rewatch for this during november and will probably finish it this month.
  • Red Sparrow: I wanted to pick this up on Blu Ray but glad I didn’t, this movie is aiight and well worth watching if you are streaming it on a service.
  • Pacific Rim Uprising: I really liked how this started out and enjoyed it up until the ending which fell kinda flat. It was worth checking it for me though because I enjoyed Pacific Rim.
  • The Expanse: Gonna rewatch the first season and get back into this series.

This month there is a movie I’ve been looking forward to watching that will be on Netflix on December 21st, Bird box. Check it out here:

 

 

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

Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, narrated by Brian Troxell, was very good and managed to add some mystery to the Dominator, The Lady, and the Senjacks backstory. A good story and decent narration, and it made me start a re-listen to the series. Glad I pre-ordered it. September and October were/are pretty good months for releases: Port of Shadows by Glen Cook released 09-11-18, Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey released 08-28-18 (late enough to be in September), The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi release date 10-16-18, and Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan release date 10-23-18.

The Rook by Daniel O’malley, narrated by Katy Carmichael, was another one I listened to in September. Despite it being a young adult novel, I found it enjoyable story with interesting characters, lore, and world building. I was planning to pick up Stiletto but I chose to pick up Control Ops: Shadow Ops by Myke Cole instead. I’ll probably pick up Stiletto eventually but for the moment Shadows Ops series by Myke Cole is what I want to listen to. If Shadow Ops is decent, I will check out Myke Cole’s The Sacred Throne series.

I also listened to The Hunt for Red October, which was pretty good and narrated well by Scott Brick. It was well worth the pick up during the Daily Deal. I find it odd how faithful and unfaithful the movie is, which is still one of my favorite movies despite the choices in adaptation.

At the moment, I am re-listening to The Black Company because of how much I enjoyed Port of Shadows, and after The Black Company I’m gonna listen to Hollywood Dead then Control Point: Shadow Ops.

I picked up a 500gig SSD so I started to add some games I wanna play or replay. I got Alien Isolation Collection for a pretty good deal, which looked extremely good with some survival and stealth gameplay I found interesting after watching a stream on Twitch. I also picked up Batman Arkham Knight on a good deal. I re-installed Farcry Primal, Doom (2016), Prey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witness, Black Mesa, Half Life 2, The Witness, Ziggurat, Shadow of Mordor, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Spinter Cell Blacklist, Farcry Blood Dragon, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines.

I lost all my saves for most of my games because I had to format and clean install Windows 10, so it means I need to replay FFXV up to where I stopped when started playing Battle for Azeroth. Speaking of which, I ended my sub for WoW mostly because my shitty internet and not able play because of lag and disconnects.

 

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

I’ve noticed this what I am type post are more of a recap of what I did the previous month and then a bit about what I’m gonna do the current month.

In August I listened to the audiobooks for Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister and Grey Sister, which are pretty good and are narrated very well by Heather O’Neill. I enjoyed these books a lot, it had a lot of elements I like, which is in this series is a vengeance/revenge element. good characters, and a well-developed story. Both books were good and I’m looking forward to the last book in the trilogy, Holy Sister, whenever it comes out. If you are looking for something/anything to read or listen to, this series is definitely worth checking out.

Audible had a daily deal I was interested in, seems to happen every 4-6 months, last month The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy was a daily deal that I immediately purchased as soon as I got the notification. The Hunt for Red October is still one of my favorite movies to watch and I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook.

I put off listening to the audiobook for The Rook by Daniel O’Malley to wait to listen to Grey Sister, but I plan to listen to it this month and if I enjoy it, pick up the second book Stiletto.

I pre-ordered book 10 in the Sandman Slim series, Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey narrated by MacLeod Andrews. I liked the series a lot and enjoy the story so far of the series. I’m gonna check this out after the Rook. Instead of picking up Stiletto in August, I used my credit to get this one instead. Looking forward to this one after listening to the Rook.

I have another pre-order coming in this month, Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, a book in the Black Company series. I can’t wait for this one, the Black Company books are one my favorite series and I’m tempted to re-listen to the audiobooks now that I have a firm grasp of all the characters.

I’ve played about 1 month of World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth now, and it’s got all things I enjoy doing, so for an expansion it is off to a great start. At the moment, the people who are mythic dungeon geared are just in a holding pattern until the first raid, Uldir, opens up and mythic plus dungeons open up. I’m gonna be playing/maining a Demon Hunter this expansion, which is a pretty big thing since I’ve mained a Death Knight since Wrath of Lich King and it’s not because DK’s are weak or underpowered or unfun to play but because I just wanted something different. My first alt is gonna be a Light Forged Draenei Paladin, I chose a pally because the are pretty good for most roles (Tank, Healer, DPS), it might not be the case for raids or anything but I enjoy doing mythic plus dungeons anyways and that is how I’m gonna gear out alts anyways.

Injustice 2 was well worth picking up, the single player is fun with multiverse and the story mode is easily the best in any fighting game ever. It was like the surprisingly good DC Justice League animated movies. The voice acting is very good and the visuals are great. Well worth the pick up and a steal on sale for less than 30$ CAD. If you enjoy fighting games or want a good single player game with a decent story and lots of replay-ability, this game is well worth checking out.

I picked up some good blu rays last month, A Quiet Place, Avenger’s Infinity War, and Deadpool 2.

  • A Quiet Place was extremely good movie with an excellent story and great acting, the blu ray has some good featurettes.
  • Infinity War was good and the blu ray has decent featurettes with audio commentary on the movie which is always a good thing.
  • Deadpool 2 was also very good, delivered on all the things I liked about the first Deadpool and has audio commentary as well as a decent amount of featurettes.

I’m gonna pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PS4 because I want to play it this year and I really don’t think Rockstar likes to release stuff on PC.

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.

 

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 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.