August 2016

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August was one hell of a month, and pretty much non-stop throughout. However, rather than being all about work and books, this was a special one for me – I got married!

Books Read
My reading really did drop this month due to the wedding prep and de-stressing after it, but I still managed to read 7 books:
93. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King – I don’t know what I was expecting here, but it delivered a good story with some interesting twists and turns. Not my favourite King, but far from his worst.
94. Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan – I really enjoyed Battlemage last year and it took me a little longer than planned to get around to this one. A really good follow up from Steve, and a solid novel in its own right. Looking forward to the conclusion of the trilogy later this year.
95. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz – I watched the film a year or two back and meant to get to the book soon afterwards. It took a while, but I got there, and really enjoyed it. It’s the start of a series too, so plenty more to look forward to.
96. Code Blue: Emergency by James White – the 7th Sector General books. A change of style to one full novel length story rather than shorter interlinked ones, plus new characters for the point of views.
97. The Genocidal Healer by James White – another Sector General book, the 8th, and just like the rest, rather enjoyable. Not many left to read now!
98. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan – I read this way back in 2008 with the intention of reading the full series, but for some reason I just didn’t get around to the next two books. Enjoyed it again this time around, but perhaps not quite as much as I remember. Still, hoping to read books 2 & 3 relatively soon.
99. Aliens: Genocide by David Bischoff – the first novel in the second Aliens Omnibus, and a blast from start to finish. A great continuation of the previous trilogy that works very well, especially considering my misgivings with The Female War. Full review due soon.

Reviews Posted
War Factory by Neal Asher – I love Asher’s Polity novels, and this one took the foundations from Dark Intelligence and simply ran with it. Great stuff full of everything great about Asher’s work.

Movies Watched
Ghostbusters (I have few words and even less time to discuss the failings of this movie), Everybody Wants Some! (a weird 70’s/80’s film about a college baseball team, and I still don’t know what the story was), Odd Thomas (a good adaption of the novel, and Anton Yelchin was perfect), The BFG (a good film, but definitely more for kids), The Secret Life of Pets (one for kids, but I loved it), Star Trek Beyond (despite hearing this was the best of the three new movies, I’m not sure I agree – just not enough star trekking going on), Cell (this adaption is a bit of a mess and it lost what made the novel so good), Summer Camp (a different take on the zombie genre with not-quite-zombies), Green Room (another Anton Yelchin film, and this was very good).

Games Played
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – while I’ve not had much time to play, this has turned into my Sunday morning ritual. Really enjoying playing it again, and I hope that I can keep my attention on it long enough to complete it this time. Also, it looks glorious on the Wii U.

Other Stuff
August was a continuation of my eating better, training harder routine. 6 days a week, 6.15am training each day, and eating a better diet suited to my goals of losing fat. While my weight hasn’t changed drastically, I am losing body fat, getting stronger, and noticing my body shape changing. I’m in this for the long term now, and hope that by Christmas there will be a massive change from the beginning of the year. I may even put up a before and after photo.

And, of course, I got married in August. Putting all the stress, running around, and general panicking to one side, it was amazing. The day was great and flew by in the blink of an eye. All the hard work we put in paid off for a truly memorable day. And here’s a photo of me and the wife!

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