What I Read in 2015

In last year’s post I said that I doubted I could read more than I did in 2014, yet I’ve done just that in 2015: 128 books read. Read on for the stats… Continue reading “What I Read in 2015”

SFFWorld, Best of the Year Parts 2 & 3

I meant to get a link for these posted well before now, but as it is with time off work over Christmas, I’ve been rather lazy! Better later than never though, so please head on over to SFFWorld to see our thoughts on the best SF of the year (Part 2), and also what Film & TV we all watched, and what we though of it (Part 3).

SFFWorld, Best of the Year Part 1

Over at SFFWorld Mark Yon, Rob Bedford, Luke Brown, Dag Rambraut, Nila White, and I have highlighted our favourite Fantasy reads from this years releases. There’s an interesting a varied collection there and it serves to remind me once again that I need to up my Fantasy reading. Anyway, check it out.

Running with a GPS Watch

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been doing some running over the past couple of years, and thankfully I’ve managed to keep it up over the summer despite my naturally lazy personality. I’ve been going out pretty much consistently baring illness, which fortunately only kept me sidelined for a couple of weeks, hitting around four runs each week.

The last time I posted about running was after a 5k race that I took part in, and while that still remains my personal best over that distance, I am definitely fitter and quicker now than I was then. One reason why I haven’t beaten that pb is the simply fact that the course is almost entirely a gradual downhill run, with only a couple of very short uphills along its distance. Continue reading “Running with a GPS Watch”

5k Race

I’ve been running on-and-off for about 18 months now, and from those pitiful beginnings I’ve built up my fitness to a level that is acceptable, but nowhere near where I’d like. I remember the first few runs I did and how much they hurt, how difficult it was, and how close I came ot just stopping altogether. Last summer was when I really made progress, going from runs where I would walk for almost half the distance, to being able to consistently run the whole route I planned on doing. My pace also picked up and I managed to get it into the low-mid 6 mins/km, with longer runs (8k – 10k) being around the 7 min/km mark. Continue reading “5k Race”

2015 Half-Year Reading Update

Up to the end of June I’ve read 59 books this year. That’s pretty good going, and 6 more than I’d read at the same point last year. Some months have been better than others, but on the whole my target of reading 100 books this year is well on the way to being smashed. Have a look below for the full list of what I’ve read. Continue reading “2015 Half-Year Reading Update”

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Back in 1997/8 I played the ever-living crap out of Final Fantasy VII. It was the first game of that size and complexity I had played, and I spent countless hours immersed in its world. I did EVERYTHING in that game: Gold Chocobo; Knights of the Round; defeated Ruby, Sapphire, and Ultima Weapons; full ultimate weapons and limit breaks; maxed out materia. The works. It was, and still is, my favourite game of all time. And now, finally, a remake has been announced. It’s been a long time coming.

If I’ve ever struggled for a reason to buy myself a PS4, this has dispelled all hesitations. I cannot wait.

A return to Walker of Worlds

First off, if you’re still subscribed to the Walker of Worlds RSS feed then you’ll have noticed yesterday that a load of new posts went up. My bad, and apologies for spamming up your reading list.

As you can see, I’ve decided to return to Walker of Worlds. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly, and one of the factors was a promise to myself that this return was not going to simply be re-starting where I left off, but more like a fresh start. Walker of Worlds 2.0, if you will. After closing down at the end of 2013 I had various personal blogging ventures that seemed to stop-start, and I never really felt at home in what I did on that front. Genre reviewing, however, continued over at SFFWorld where the great team welcomed me. That will still be where you’ll find me reviewing, and I’ll link to my reviews from here.

So, why the return? Well, a simple reason: I wanted my own online space that I could use for anything and everything. I debated starting completely fresh, but seeing as I own this domain name and all it was doing was sitting there gathering dust…. well, it just made sense to me. A change of hosting later and a shiny new platform and I’m ready to go, albeit slowly and, most likely, irregularly.

If you are still interested in visiting the old Walker of Worlds, the blogspot site is still available – at least for a short while – here: www.walkerofworlds.blogspot.co.uk. I do plan on bringing some of the old reviews over to this site in the future, and while I won’t be doing that with all of them, I am working on a way to have all the old site reviews and interviews archived in one handy place. More news on that at a later date.

What you’ll likely see here going forward is a variety of stuff. It’s part personal blog, part geeking out area, part linking to other places. But it’ll all be me, and I hope to see you around.

Reading Stephen King

I enjoy reading Stephen King’s novels, though I have read such a small percentage of his published works. In an effort to resolve this glaring oversight I decided to start tracking the novels and collections of his that I’ve read, hence the below list. Some of his novels I read in my youth and early twenties, but I’d like to try and re-read those, as well as making progress on the novels that I have yet to even look at. I’ve got years of reading ahead of me, even at my goal of one book per month. Slowly but surely, I’ll get there! Continue reading “Reading Stephen King”