December 2017

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The end of another year, and what a year it’s been! Between operations, injuries, car crashes, honeymoon, house buying, and diy-ing I don’t feel like I’ve had as much time to breath as I’d have liked. But I have read plenty, which is always one of my main aims of the year.

Books Read
9 books read in December to bring my reading to 110 total in 2017:
102. Beyond The Empire by K.B. Wagers – an absolutely fantastic conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by Wagers. Intelligent, thoughtful, and action packed science fiction. One of the best of the year, no doubt.
103. Artemis by Andy Weir – I was somewhat disappointed by Artemis, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. I didn’t think the main character of Jazz was particularly memorable, and the whole plot felt over-engineered.
104. Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith – a great sequel to The Bastard Legion that takes the story and characters in all the right places.
105. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King – a good novel, but come the end I felt a little let down. Another one I can’t quite figure out why it missed the mark for me despite enjoying it at the time of reading.
106. Flames of Rebellion by Jay Allan – an interesting novel and the first part of a story, but nothing really groundbreaking despite being done well. And some parts were quite uncomfortable to read given the nature of the story.
107. The Technician by Neal Asher – a re-read in preparation for another Asher re-read, next time the Transformations trilogy. Love this book, one of Asher’s best, I think.
108. Mageborn by Stephen Aryan – a new novel in a new trilogy, but set int he same world as the Age of Darkness books. Steve manages to nail it here, and he’s set the scene for what could be a very entertaining trilogy here.
109. The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss – a quick read as my wife saw it on the shelves and we laughed at it together.
110. Invaders from Beyond by Colin Sinclair, Tim Major, and Julian Benson – a somewhat disappointing collection of 3 novellas, touting alien invasion, but not following through enough to warrant the title. Full review likely coming soon.

Reviews Posted
Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith, the sequel to The Bastard Legion and it was full of much goodness and plenty of action.

Movies Watched
A busy month has meant not many movies watched, but I did catch Star Wars The Last Jedi (it was okay, but not as great as I had heard/hoped), Despicable Me 3 (some fun jokes, but not up to the standard of the first two), Geostorm (what a mess and complete waste of my time), and IT (fantastic).

TV Shows Watched
I watched the final season of Broadchurch, and it was gripping drama despite the hard themes involved. I also caught The Orville, which was absolutely fantastic – a lighter and more optimistic version of Star Trek, if I’m honest, and the humour worked so well and wasn’t too over the top, as I feared. Speaking of Star Trek, Discovery was an interesting show that I really only started to enjoy when I put aside any thoughts of it connecting to the other shows/movies as it’s just too different and contradictory. Mr Mercedes was a great show and one of the most faithful King adaptions I can recall, while Gleeson and Treadaway nailed the characters. And last, but not least, I caught Stranger Things 2, and while I loved aspects of it, other parts dragged a little and it didn’t quite meet the hype, and certainly wasn’t as good as season 1.

Games Played
No gaming again…

Other Stuff
I’m now looking forward to what 2018 has in store…

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