What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for December 2016.

Time seems to really pick up its pace in the later months of the year. December, already. Soon I’ll have to do an end of the year wrap up.

On the Audiobook front, I’m still one my re-listen to the Dark Tower Series, I’m on Salem’s Lot at the moment (the last half of it.) I’m going to be skipping Wind thru the Keyhole because Stephen King narrating it is pretty bad, that’s too strong a description for it but it’s bad in comparison to how well Frank Muller and George Guidall narrate the series. So I’m gonna jump right into The Wolves of the Calla after Salem’s Lot. I enjoy Callahan’s arc of redemption as well as Balazar and Andolini returning as big coffin hunters to battle Roland’s Ka-tet.

I have about 7 novels to finish off the Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories, I’ll be using 1 credit to pick up the last book in the series The Flame Bearer, the novels are fairly short (about 10 hours each) and I should be done by the end of the month. I’m extremely looking forward to finishing off the series because I already have the next series ready to go, it’s P.N. Elrod’s Vampire Files series. I’ve been wanting to find a good vampire or werewolf series (that isn’t Paranormal Romance or the more heavily erotic Urban Fantasy, and it’s pretty difficult to find) and the Vampire Files is the one I settled on. The series I would have prefered to get into is M.L. Brennan’s Generation V but that series does not have any audiobook version.

On the games front,  I picked up Battlefield 1, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far cry Primal, and the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (also picked up the Dreadful Crimes DLC, which wasn’t included the season pass.) Only paid full price for BF1, I got the rest on pretty good sales from Steam and Uplay. I’ve had my eye on picking up the new Tomb Raider as well as Far cry Primal and to get them for less than 35$ CAD each. I picked up the DLC for AC:Syndicate because I’ve been enjoying playing through the AC series so far, I’m liking the look and feel of Unity and enjoyed the story for Rogue. My only dislikes so far are the story gated skills for AC: Unity, and the emphasis on doing Co-op missions to unlock all the skills and for AC:Rogue the short story length.

At the moment, I’m near the end of Unity, and I’m doing the collectibles, side missions. I’ve already completed the Dead Kings DLC, which I thought was okay, it definitely rewarded some good gear though.

This month I picked up a subscription for CraveTV, mostly for The Expanse but it also allows me access to Penny Dreadful, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivale, and the Flight of the Conchords.

Also, how fucking good is Westworld? If this is HBO’s replacement for when Game of Thrones eventually ends, then they have a damn good show already and HBO won’t miss a beat when GoT does end.

I picked up a subscription for Google play Music, and I’m liking it so far except that they don’t have some songs I would like. I’m also displeased with the amount of “my interpretation” of whatever song that shows up when I do look for a song.

What I’m looking forward to is going on a trip to Vancouver next month to be able to watch the following movies: Star Wars Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Assassin’s Creed, Arrival, Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, and Live by Night.

The Witcher: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.

I finished the audiobooks a couple of days ago, I was very impressed and they added immensely to the characters as well as telling some pretty compelling stories. The Sword of Destiny in particular told a couple of very good stories that added a lot to the characters of Geralt and Yennefer.

I was most impressed with the short story “A little sacrifice,” it told a great story and it delivered a solid sucker punch to my expectations of how it would turn out. I rarely get a story or tv show or a game that can blindside me story wise and this one definitely did.

So my advice, to anyone looking to start reading the witcher series, don’t do what I did and start with Blood of Elves (the real first book in the series,) instead start with The Last Wish and then the Sword of Destiny and then go into the series. It adds so much to the characters and you get a much better feel for each one. If you also happened to play the games but not read any of the novels, DEFINITELY check out the Last Wish and Sword of Destiny it really fleshed out the characters of Geralt and Yennefer and Ciri. I also recommend checking out the books (starting of course with The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny) if you are a fan of the fantasy genre. The Witcher series is definitely got a place in my top 10 for books and series.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for March 2016.

About 20 more days and I get basically a new computer by changing out my AMD fx-8350 CPU and Gigabyte 990fx motherboard out for a Intel i7-4790k CPU and an ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 motherboard, which I’m pretty excited for. I went with a i7 because I rip a lot of the blu rays movies and special features from the Blu Rays I buy each month to my external HD and the planned upgrade should cut the time I transcode movies from MKV files to smaller but very similar quality MP4 files.

Which leads me into … What I’m watching this month. It will be a fairly decent amount as a couple of bigger movies are coming out on Blu Ray this month, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 3 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I will be getting both and I hope to have upgraded to my i7-4790k CPU and Windows 10 by then. I am also contemplating picking up Casino Royale (so that I have all the newer Bonds on BR), and Cloverfield. I’m also going to watch Daredevil Season 2 which is supposed to be out soon. I’ve been watching the Netflix series Love and like it’s hilariously awkward humor. I finished up Jessica Jones mid February and goddamn it was good, after I’m done reading the Fables graphic novels I will be picking up the re released Alias graphic novels. I also plan to watch the Extended cut versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit Trilogy, I’ve been watching the Battle of Five Armies special features and finally finished watching both of them (combined around 9 hours long.)

At the moment, I am just playing WoW because I’ve found it pretty cool to be able to cap out (or come very close to capping out) all my toons (6! DK, Rogue, Priest, Hunter, Shaman, and Mage) by just doing the daily battleground which awards 225 conquest. However, this will change when Fallout 4’s DLC hits or I get the whim to replay the Witcher 3 or the Assassin’s Creed games (Rogue and Unity) or play Crysis 2. One thing is certain though, I will be playing the Division when it launches next week and looking forward to that.

On the Audiobook front though, things are a bit more exciting. As I have some extra money now, I picked up another 3 credits to pick up Book 3 of Neal Asher’s Owner Trilogy and 2 Witcher books (The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish.) This means I have about 6 audiobooks to listen to, having just finished the first part of the Owner Trilogy, which is pretty good and narrated pretty well. Mark this down as another good recommendation from Felicia Day, her goodreads reviews are pretty good and I’ve already added another book to my wishlist based on her review of Zero World. The audiobook for Zero World is read by Gideon Emery, a voice actor of note and who had a cool part in the first season of Daredevil. Along with Zero World, I plan to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because I was very impressed by the movie which I recently watched on Netflix and I enjoy comparing it to the source material to see how well adapted the movie is. I will pick up Zero World and Gone Girl later in the month. It does not end there, however, I am planning to re-listen to the First Law Trilogy and the First Law World books, as Best Served Cold and The Heroes (2 of my favorite books in the series) have been re-released with Steven Pacey as the narrator, providing a single voice for Abercrombie’s First Law series. So that means for March, I will have 8  new books in total to listen to (The Witcher: Sword of Destiny, The Witcher: The Last Wish, Zero Point, Jupiter War, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, Zero World, and Gone Girl) and 4 others to relisten to (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings, and Red Country.)

I’ve slowed down considerably on my reading as netflix and numerous audiobooks take up a lot of my time, so I still have a couple of Fables graphic novels to read. I have The Good Prince to read as well as War and Pieces.

I’m looking forward to completing my upgrades this month. I’m also looking forward to setting up an excellent birthday dinner because I like to cook and make everything myself. Besides reading and gaming, I enjoy cooking. I am also extremely looking forward to this weekend and UFC 196 McGregor vs Diaz and the co-main event as well. I’m team 209 (wut bitch, stockton motherfucker!) and going with Nate “Real Motherfucking Ninja” Diaz over Conor McGregor.

Hope whoever reads these ramblings, that you also have a good month and I wish you long days and pleasant nights.

What I’m Playing, Listening to, Watching, Reading, and Looking Forward to for February.

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.

Frost Mage Traya

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.

 

What I’m playing/listening/watching/reading and looking forward to for January.

So a new year and new month is here, my holidays were pretty good and I managed to pick up a couple of the things I’m looking forward to either read or play this month.

For gaming this month, I picked up Sunless Sea, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series. All of which I’ve been thinking about picking up and playing. In particular I was really looking forward to play Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 when they were first released on the playstation and I’m pretty happy that Squaresoft are porting their games to PC and using Steam. I’ve been interested in trying out the Assassin’s Creed games since playing Black Flag. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sunless Sea and pretty happy that it was on sale. After playing The Wolf Among Us, I really wanted to play Telltale’s Game of Thrones, it will be something that will help keep my interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series until the new season of Game of Thrones.

At the moment I’m playing the shit out of World of Warcraft, the new arena season has rekindled my interest. I have also been trying to get legendaries on some of my alts. At the moment, I’ve been working on my Mage’s legendary Staff quest. I’m about halfway through the questline, specifically on the Branch of Nordrassil part of the Delegation quest. I also had some extra money to pick up a couple in-game pets, a mount, and a helm.

Winged Guardian

Winged Guardian

Winged Guardian

Winged Guardian

Soul of the Aspects.

Soul of the Aspects.

Lil' Ragnaros

Lil’ Ragnaros

Hood of Hungering Darkness and Transmog.

Hood of Hungering Darkness and Transmog.

Pretty happy with getting in-game items, and after 10 years of playing WoW I figured I play enough and spend enough time playing to justify spending the money on the items.

A new season will start in Diablo 3 and I’m looking forward to playing it again. A lot of cool changes to different sets and a couple new sets have been added. I think I’m gonna try out a Demon Hunter and a Crusader.

In times when I’m not playing WoW or Diablo 3, I will be playing Final Fantasy XIII.

For audiobooks this month, I’ll be listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blooded Prince. I’m already about 5 hours into it already. I’m enjoying the Harry Potter series so far and can easily see why the series is so popular and in particular I like to get into the details put in (or left out) of the adaptation of the books to film. So far I find the series very compelling and I like that it moves past just being a “kids book” after book 2 (and it really does pick up in book 4.) I look forward to finishing up the series with the Deathly Hallows later in the month. I’m enjoying the narration by Jim Dale, however the female voicing is a little underwhelming. Dale’s pronunciation of Harry, it sounds a lot like Hair Ree! It’s odd at first but it becomes endearing after 5 novels.

With my other audible credit, I’m going to pick up A Knight in the Seven Kingdoms. I keep meaning to read the book I ordered but I never really get around it, so I wanted to pick it up to listen to it. It’s narrated by Harry Lloyd, who played Viserys in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The sample I heard and I found it to be pretty good, so I’m really looking forward to it.

With my better internet connection and my unlimited bandwidth cap (SO MUCH BETTER than a 25 gigabyte cap), I may also pick up an extra 3 audible credits. IF I do pick up an extra 3 credits, I will most likely pick up 2 books in the Witcher series, The Sword of Destiny and The Last Wish. I’m hoping the audiobooks for The Swallow’s Tower (Book 4 in the series) and Lady of the Lake (Book 5 in the series) will be released some time this year. With the 3rd credit IF I get the extra credits, I want to pick up Richard K Morgan’s Market Forces.  Morgan was my favorite author last year, as I said in a previous post, and definitely want to check it especially after being blown away by Morgan’s Thirteen.

This month I’ll be watching the Harry Potter series on bluray, I got it on sale from amazon.ca for 49.99$. I find it pretty cool that I’ll be rewatching the series after listening to the audiobooks and finishing the series later this month. I also picked up Mission Impossible: 5 movie collection for 29.99$ on bluray, which I will definitely be watching this month. I really enjoyed Rogue Nation and looking forward to re-watching it later this month. I also pre-ordered Sicario on bluray and I am extremely looking forward to watching it this month. I was supposed to watch it during my trip to vancouver a couple of months ago but Sicario was changed to a limited release and I could not watch it because my trip was only a few day and not 2 months long.

I also picked up the next 3 books in the Fables series, Fables Volume 9: Sons of Empire, Fables Volume 10: The Good Prince, Fables Volume 11: War and Pieces. I am extremely looking forward to reading these and seriously considering picking up some of the stand alone books, in particular the Cinderella books because I really like the spy aspect of her character. For the curious, the books are Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and Cinderella: Fables Are Forever.

Since this is the new year, I want to list a couple of the things I’m looking forward to this year.

  1. The Dresden Files: Peace Talks – the newest book in the dresden files which is my favorite service. Hopefully released within the first 6 months of the year.
  2. Sharp Ends: A compilation of Joe Abercrombie’s short stories in the First Law series.
  3. Overwatch – Blizzard’s new arena based shooter.
  4. Daredevil – on Netflix, when I eventually get real fibre optic net.
  5. Jessica Jones – Another Netflix series.
  6. Narcos – Yet another Netflix series.
  7. World of Warcraft: Legion – The new expansion to WoW which will be released later on 2016.
  8. The X-Files Revival – January 24th 2016, can’t fucking wait.
  9. Game of Thrones season 6 – Obviously. I wasn’t too impressed with season 5 finale, I felt it was a bit bait and switch as well in bad taste with everything ending in a cliffhanger (especially the Stannis and Brienne bit), but I really liked the season overall.
  10. Final Fantasy XV – the previews and teasers are looking pretty good.
  11. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – I really like how well done Human Revolution was and I’m hoping Mankind Divided is half as good.
  12. Mass Effect: Andromeda – It’s possible that this will be released this year and I hope it lives up to hype.
  13. The Laundry Files – I really want to listen to a new urban fantasy series and I’ve read several recommendations from reddit about it.
  14. Shattered Sea series by Joe Abercrombie – Definitely want to check it out, it’s another Young Adult series. I’m really trying to get past that bias of mine.
  15. Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch – Another series that get a lot of good recommendations from the various subreddits I lurk on.

Out of them all, I am really looking forward to Peace Talks, Sharp Ends, and Overwatch, all of which I plan to pre-order as soon as they are available.

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie, a collection of short stories.

New announcement for the short story collection, Sharp Ends.

Yeah, pretty excited about that. Along with the Dresden Files and The Dark Tower, The First Law series is one of my favorite series.

I’ve enjoyed the short stories on a couple of anthologies I picked up (Some Desperado from Dangerous Women, and Tough Times All Over from Rogues) and can’t wait to pick up Sharp Ends in April 2016. It’s stated that Steven Pacey will hopefully do the audiobook narration.

What I’m playing, listening to, watching, reading, looking forward to for December.

So, big news first, the internet where I live is finally being upgraded. Before this month, I was limited to 25 gigabytes of bandwidth/downloading for every month and at a slowish speed of 50 Kb/sec to 70 kb/sec. Now, I will have unlimited bandwidth and my download speed should be much better. I’m still on a wireless internet until the fiber optic service is rolled out here by the end of December but it should be much better and faster.

Okay, now that is out-of-the-way, I’m looking forward to the Legion expansion for World of Warcraft (so much so that I’m probably going to pre-order it soon and it will probably be the digital deluxe version for the cool things not WoW related, or more specifically the Illidan wings for Diablo 3.) The class changes have been interesting so far (except for Shamans, the most overlooked and underpowered class.) The Artifact weapons are a definite plus and I like that each spec of your class gets a specific weapon. And I’m interested to see how the Rogue changes work out as they have had the most interesting changes so far. Also, Demon Hunters are also a cool addition and I’m curious to see how they play. Death Knight’s were so OP at launch for Wrath of the Lich King but Monks were closer to meh. So I really want to see if Blizzard makes Demon Hunters fun and powerful.

I’m also looking forward to Overwatch next year, I’m interested in seeing how Blizzard will handle a FPS team based shooter. Will it be objective heavy? or Will it be more of a Team Death Match? I’m thinking it will be like Smite but with more emphasis on teamwork than individual play or score, like Heroes of the Storm is now.

With my internet situation on the up and up, I’m extremely looking forward to being able to watch on demand stuff from UFC Fight Pass (I want to watch all the old PRIDE events I missed watching) and getting Netflix to watch Jessica Jones and Daredevil. I’ve read and heard a lot of good things about both Netflix shows and I really want to be able to watch and enjoy them.

Also, the new internet situation here means I can finally update some of my games and get DLC I was holding off on. I’m referring to The Witcher 3 and its massive 10-15 gigabyte update a few months back and the Hearts of Stone DLC here mainly but I also want to be able to download (or update) and play: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Crysis 2, Starcraft 2, and Splinter Cell Blacklist.

I’m also wanting to check out Google play/Youtube RED, as getting one means having access to the other, and being able to watch or listen to what I ever I like.

Okay, back to more of specific thing, movies I’m looking forward to seeing on Blu ray or in the theatres (not as likely since I prefer watching movies at home now either on blu ray or on demand) are Captain America: Civil War, Sicario, Batman v Superman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Crimson Peak, and The Last Witch Hunter.

This month for Blu rays I’ll be watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (I was going to hold off on getting it, then decided to pick it up right at the end of November) and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (it’s out on December 15th.) I’m also going to re-watch Blade Runner this month because Fallout 4 has kindled an interest in it as it has numerous elements and story nods to the movie (you basically are a Blade Runner.)

This month, as stated in a previous post, I will be listening to the audiobook of Thirteen by Richard K Morgan, and Firestarter by Stephen King. I’m going to start with Thirteen as it will sync up well when I finally get to download and play Crysis 2, which Morgan wrote the story for. It also plays well with Blade Runner, a movie I will be re-watching this month (due to Fallout 4) and the numerous cool westerns that I did not get around to watching in November (because of Fallout 4.) I picked up Firestarter as I’ve been thinking about broadening my Stephen King collection and I thought this would be a good pick up. I have yet to be disappointed with any King book so far and I liked the movie, so why the fuck not. It might also be a good lead in back to another re-listen of the Dark Tower audiobooks, as Charlie is basically a Breaker.

As sort of side note to the audiobooks, I’m very tempted to spend the 35$ to get 3 extra audible credits and start listening to the Harry Potter series. Stephen King, one of my favorite authors, writes and says good things about the series and I don’t want to dismiss it out of hand as “kids stuff” as I have for a lot things in the past (I’m looking at you Disney and Pixar movies.) I was impressed with the Hunger Games (I thought it was going to blah teenage angst twilight-y romantic young adult shit, and I was pleasantly proved wrong) and want to give the Harry Potter series a chance at least. On a similar note, Joe Abercrombie has a young adult fantasy series that might hook me in called the Shattered Sea series that I might check out. Wow, look at me wanting to check out and looking forward to Young Adult books.

For December’s audible credits, I plan to pick up The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, both from the Witcher series. I’ve also noticed that Audible has added listings (but nothing of note yet) for books 4 and 5, The Swallow’s Tower and Lady of the Lake. Definitely looking forward to being able to listen to the series again. Hopefully book The Swallow’s Tower and Lady of the Lake come out sooner rather than later but I’ll be happy to listen whenever they are released.

For Graphic Novels (and Books) this month, I’m still making my way slowly through a Knight in the Seven Kingdoms and a World of Ice and Fire as I want to keep my interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series so I don’t feel the need to be looking up spoilers for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. So far, this strategy is working out on multiple fronts.

I also have Batman: Killing Joke to read, something I want to take my time with and with no distractions. Extremely looking forward to reading it as I’ve heard that there might be an animated movie coming soon based on it that will have Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. Hopefully, they also get Kevin Conroy (who voiced Batman in the Animated series) as well.

I ordered and received the next 2 books in the Fables series, Arabian Nights and Wolves, and I’m going to start on them soon. The Fables series has been great so far and I can see why shows like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time have taken elements or concepts from the series. I haven’t watched or taken an interest in those shows (and probably won’t watch) but the Fables series is compelling and interesting to me. I look forward to my 2-3 Fables books per month pace until I get to the end of the series.

There is some good MMA on this month: The Ultimate Fighter Finale, UFC 194, and UFC on Fox Dos Anjos vs Cerrone. Solid cards for all from the main card down to the prelims.

On the Gaming front (saving the best for last here, I usually open up with gaming) I’m still going to be playing Fallout 4, this time more of a charismatic gunslinger type, a sort of cross between Malcolm Reynolds (I totally used that name for my character in Fallout 4 as it is one of the spoken names, my last character/playthrough was Zoe, Firefly fuck yeah!) and Roland of Gilead.

I will also pick up Legacy of the Void for Starcraft 2, I’ve enjoyed the story so far and would like to see how it plays out.

Crysis 2 is also on deck because I’ll finally be able to download and play it, I’ve heard that it’s mostly generic FPS fare but I want to play through the story as it was mainly written by one of my favorite authors, Richard K Morgan.

Spoilers ahead for the Witcher 3, you’ve had plenty of time to play it and see it. Still a warning for those that care about spoilers.

Also, I can finally update and play the DLC Hearts of Stone for the Witcher 3. I had a playthrough that I intended to try out the Yennefer romance (having read the first 3 books, I have a better appreciation for) and having Ciri become a Witcher (the last playthrough I did Ciri became the Empress, which is what the Lodge of Sorceresses wanted in the books, it worked well as a bittersweet ending.) Of all the games I plan to play this month, I’m looking forward to playing The Witcher 3 the most. I can say that Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher series is the reason for it.

I also have the Long Dark to scratch my itch for a survival game, something Fallout 4 sadly lacks though I’m sure there will be mod that adds basic survival needs soons.

I’m also still playing WoW occasionally, mostly PVPing but I still need a about 13 fragments to complete the legendary ring for my Rogue. I jump into when I have friends playing or as something when I need play something that isn’t Fallout 4. Diablo 3 hasn’t started a new season yet, so I haven’t played it at all this month, however I may load it up some time to see if my internet is truly better. I’ve had numerous problems with high latency and disconnects when playing Diablo 3 in the afternoon and I think it will be good indicator if my net is truly better.

Pretty long post here so lemme see if I got this spotify playlist linking thing right so you can get an idea of what I kinds of music I listen to, What I’m Listening to. You may need to sign up for an account to listen, but thems the breaks. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’ll give you an idea of what I like in a general sense.