December 2016

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The final month of 2016 went by in a blur, with too much eating and drinking going on, and nowhere near enough moderation! Still, it was a good way to end the year. I’ll be posting up my favourite books of 2016 soon, along with a few other posts about my general reading and various thoughts.

Books Read
9 books again in December to bring my overall total for the year to a personal best of 136. I managed to finish off a couple of series as well as getting to a couple of books I’ve been meaning to read for a while.
128. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz – perhaps my favourite of the Odd Thomas novels, this fifth entry adds a little science fiction to the mix.
129. Zero-G by Rob Boffard – the second Outer Earth novel, and as much fun as the first.
130. Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz – the sixth Odd Thomas book, and bring the focus very much back to the supernatural with some excellent ideas and storytelling.
131. Impact by Rob Boffard – the Outer Earth finale, and while good, I felt a little let down come the end. Here’s hoping we’ll see more from this setting in the future.
132. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz – the grand finale to the Odd Thomas series, and a great novel that ends well, giving enough closure yet still leaving things unsaid. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series.
133. Chaosmage by Stephen Aryan – the concluding volume in Aryan’s Age of Darkness trilogy, and a change of style again to a more horror/thriller storyline, but with plenty of magic back in the mix. A great trilogy.
134. The Orion Plan by Mark Alpert – my Christmas present from the wife, and very enjoyable. Different to what I expected, but the first contact and foothold aspects really made this a page-turning read.
135. Creation Machine by Andrew Bannister – I had high hopes for this, but it just didn’t manage to meet them. Perhaps I should have been wary given the comparisons to Banks – an author I just can’t seem to get on with.
136. Shadow of Victory by David Weber – the latest Honorverse novel, and while there were some great scenes, it was overlong and somewhat annoying in that it didn’t really progress the main storyline.

Reviews Posted
Just the one in December:
Bloodmage by Stephen Aryan – I read this twice in 2016 in order to fully appreciate what Aryan has done, and I still think I missed things. But this was a great novel and solid step up from his debut.

Movies Watched
Suicide Squad (okay, but not as good as hoped), Krampus (good xmas horror fun), Scooby-Doo (because I’m a big kid), Die Hard (xmas movie!), Die Hard 2 (another xmas movie!), Scrooged (and a third!), Rogue One (very good, though I still prefer The Force Awakens), Passengers (very enjoyable).

Games Played
Left 4 Dead 2 – I moved away from anything too intensive and instead focused on some good old zombie killing. Great stuff.

Other Stuff
My diet has been awful again, making it three months in a row. Exercising has also been intermittent at best. I’m feeling pretty rubbish about my body image at the moment, but I’m determined to lose it all and get fitter than ever in 2017.

Featured image from this month’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is by Rogelio Bernal Andreo – more details here.

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