Last month I listened to: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Lost World by Michael Crichton, War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell. Out the 3, I enjoyed War of the Wolf the most because at the time I was also watching the incredibly good season 3 of the Last Kingdom, the series that it is adapted from. Jurassic Park and the Lost World were interesting and entertaining enough though, Scott Brick narrates the story pretty well and the story, as well as the characters, were good and done well. I always like to check out the movies, or TV series, and the books that they were adapted from. I like to find what was adapted well, what one did better than the other, and how well the movie, or tv series, is done. With Jurrassic Park and the Lost World, I found the story a lot more interesting in the books, I enjoyed the more in-depth rants of Ian Malcolm, and the kinda scummy nature of John Hammond. In the Movie, the characters are done better and are more memorable. For example, Hammond is different from the books in a pretty big way because he isn’t as scummy or exploitative. In the books Dr. Sattler and Grant are not in a relationship and it created an interesting dynamic with the rest of the characters, Grant does not dislike kids, and the lawyer does try his best to be the hero. The Jurassic Park is an iconic movie and over all I enjoyed the movie more than the book. However, Jurassic Park the book was enjoyable and well worth picking up or checking out.
I like to check out the books that a movie or tv show is adapted from because it allows me to check out something I would not normally read or listen to. Personally, I don’t enjoy Young Adult fiction that much and I would probably have never checked out The Harry Potter series or The Hunger Games trilogy because I watched the movies already but I actually enjoyed the books and it was interesting to me to find out what the book or movie did better or worse, or what was more compelling.
This month I plan on listening to Myke Cole’s Armored Saint and Queen of the Thorns, Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell, and Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. I also picked up Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars (during an audible sale) that I may listen to the month as well.
I am also currently playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PS4, which is extremely good so far and very fun to play. Red Dead Redemption was my favorite all time game, only nudged out of that spot when the Witcher 3 was released, and so far RDR2 is an extremely worthy prequel/sequel.
Anthem really lost some hype from me after watching Seagull play it on Twitch and his youtube video, but Bioware still can turn it around. However, the launch feels rushed for the PC anyways and the PC port seems very half assed. I rarely pre-order games anymore and I find it to be a worthwhile practice.
Conversely, The Division 2 remains in the hype territory and looks extremely good, I hope my internet gets fixed soon because I really wanna play The Division 2 at launch. Also a game I did not pre-order, and I will wait until release to buy.
I watched some movies last month as well: Polar, Soldado: Sicario 2, and Bird Box. Polar and Sicario 2 were enjoyable and Bird Box was interesting to watch. I though Polar was done well and that it was adapted from a graphic novel and it definitely captured that kinda feel to me, its pacing and style were all over the place but overall I enjoyed it and hope netflix continues with good movies like this because if they keep raising subscription fees to a point where I feel it’s not worth it, I am definitely gonna unsub. However, at the moment Netflix is a great value to me because of Altered Carbon, the Last Kingdom, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and others.