What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to what I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for February 2019.

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.

 

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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:

 

 

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 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.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for January 2018, Also a recap of 2017 for me.

So, another year gone by. Rather than do a year in a review or the top 10 whatevers of the year, I want to just do a short write-up on what I liked in the year and some of the things I didn’t like.

I’ll start with audiobooks as that has over taken gaming for me in 2017 and is trending to do the same in 2018.

  • My best and favorite series I listened to in 2017: The Black Company Series by Glen Cook. The entire series was very good, with top-notch narration, excellent characters, and a great over arching epic story. Honorable Mentions: The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Metro Trilogy by Dmitry Glukhovsky. Technically, I haven’t completed the Metro Trilogy yet, I have just started the final book in the trilogy but I am enjoying it very much so far.
  • My favorite audiobook of the year is easily Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Excellent narration, great story telling, and compelling characters. The BBC adaptation is also extremely good, listen to it here (it should be up for another couple weeks at the time of this post.) Honorable Mentions: It by Stephen King, Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky, The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, Strange Weather by Joe Hill, and the The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher.
  • My favorite audiobook released in 2017 is another Neil Gaiman novel, Norse Mythology. Honorable Mentions: The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, and Strange Weather by Joe Hill.
  • My favorite audio drama of the year is easily Anansi Boys from the BBC. Honorable Mention: World of Warcraft – A Thousand Years War.

My to be listened to list is much less than it was at the start of 2017, which was something like close to 10 books, I have only Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Mass Effect: Initiation by N. K. Jemisin and Mac Walters, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, I am Legend by Richard Matheson and Alien: Out of the Shadows. All of which I expect to start and finish this month.

I kept my 2 audiobooks per month, some times more but never less, for a couple of years now. I’ve listened to 43 audiobooks this year (30ish or so that are new or new to me, and about 13 “re-listens” of older favorites.) I will keep this going for as long as I can.

In 2018, the audiobooks I’m looking forward to are: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher, and hopefully Peace Talks by Jim Butcher or the second book in the series for the Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher, Mass Effect Andromeda: The Lost Ark by Catherynne M. Valente, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Gaming wise, World of Warcraft still dominates my playtime. However, I did play a lot of Mass Effect Andromeda (120 hours), which leads me to my first thing I didn’t like about 2017. EA killing the Mass Effect Series, and then shutting down Visceral Games. Andromeda was not a bad game, it was actually a good game with some flaws. It sucks that Andromeda could have been a good starting point for a new trilogy or series for Mass Effect but it had to check all the boxes that EA likes to push out in their games, which is tacked on multiplayer, lootboxes, and DLC for fucking multiplayer. I’m certain that if the game was focused on a decent single-player experience it would have been a bit more polished at release. The Mass Effect Andromeda novels are decent as well, it’s too bad that they killed it early with no single-player DLC for some glaring unresolved story plot points like the benefactor and Jien Garson thing as well as Quarian Arc.

I still have quite a few games to get through in my backlog, which I will get around to as the time spent playing WoW dies down because it is near the end of the expansion. I have Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dishonored, Far cry 3 (which I am like 90% done and I should just finish it), Far cry Blood Dragon, Far cry Primal, the Crysis Trilogy, Splinter Cell: Black list, Firewatch, Furi, Icey, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Doom 2016, Wolfenstien: The New Order. I bought a couple of more games during the christmas/new years sales: Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2, Dead Cells, Nex Machina. I also plan to pick up Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, and Uncharted: Lost Legacy for the ps4 in 2018. For the PC, I plan to pick up Dishonored 2 and its DLC, Prey, Wolfenstien: The New Colossus, Battlechasers. Also in 2018, the game I am most looking forward to, as well as picking up, Red Dead Redemption 2. Other games in that may be released in 2018 that I am looking forward to picking up are: Metro: Exodus, Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, and Darksiders III.

I am also about halfway through Metro 2033 and looking forward to finishing it and immediately moving onto Metro: The Last Light.

A lot of good TV shows debuted in 2017. My favorites being: American Gods, Westworld, and The Last Kingdom season 2. If I had to pick only one favorite, it would be American Gods because it is an extremely good adaptation so far of the books with some very good things added in or changed to be more compelling.

Things I’m looking forward to watching in 2018: Altered Carbon on Netflix, Jessica Jones season 2 on Netflix, Westworld Season 2. I am not to sure there will be a second season of American Gods because the driving force behind the excellent adaptation to the small screen left the show, although Neil Gaiman is staying on despite the departure of Bryan Fuller.

There are a couple of things on netflix I will probably check out this year: Peaky Blinders, Hap and Leonard, and Stranger Things season 2.

Some excellent movies came out in 2017 and some that came on in 2016 that I was late watching because I prefer to watch movies at home on blu ray now.

  • My favorite movie of 2017 is easily Logan, it was such a good movie and a great finale for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Honorable Mentions: Wind River, John Wick 2, Arrival, Atomic Blonde, Rogue One, Kong: Skull Island, Split, Dunkirk. I will be late to the part for IT and Blade Runner 2049 because I will not get to see either until they come out on blu ray later this month. Up until I watched Logan, Arrival was my favorite movie and to me it is a very close second.
  • My favorite original movie in 2017 is Wind River, it is extremely good with a very compelling story with a lot of emotion. If you haven’t seen it, fucking check it out. Honorable Mention: Dunkirk, Bright.
  • Movies I’m looking forward to in 2018: IT,  Blade Runner 2049, Sicario 2: Soldado, Deadpool 2, The Shape of Water, Black Panther, Annihilation, The Big Sick, Get Out.

This month I will be watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, IT, Blade Runner 2049, and Hell or High Water.

I hope you had a good 2017, and that you have an even better 2018.

Happy new years.