June 2016

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June has gone by in a blur what with work busy and home life busier. If it ain’t one thing it’s always another…

Books Read
Another good month in June, but the last week got so hectic with work and life that I barely got time to read. Still, 15 books isn’t half bad:
63. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I had a real sudden urge to re-read this at the start of the month, and I enjoyed it just as much on this 4th re-read. Link to full review below.
64. Hospital Station by James White – the first in White’s Sector General series about a medical space station that caters to all kinds of beings. Really interesting premise, though it does show its age somewhat.
65. Star Surgeon by James White – the second Sector General novel, and just as good as the first.
66. Major Operation by James White – the third Sector General novel, though not quite as enjoyable as the first two despite the interesting premise at its heart.
67. The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt – I loved this portal fantasy that reminded me of a cross between Stargate and Acts of Caine (though much lighter in tone). Link to full review below.
68. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King – a short one from King that is about a girl lost in the woods. It is what it is, though not one of my favourites.
69. Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell – the final (I believe) Lost Stars book following events in the Midway star system. I like that Campbell has delivered a really interesting series that is both similar and very different to the Lost Fleet books.
70. Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh – a surprise hit for me that worked on many different levels. Not sure why it took me so long to get to another McIntosh considering how much I enjoyed Defenders.
71. End of Watch by Stephen King – the final Bill Hodges book, and a cracker. Not only does it bring everything from the previous novels into play, but it adds King’s otherworldly touch to a solid thriller.
72. The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker – I loved this book about a man trying to get from one end of the country to the other in order to catch up with his family following an apocalyptic event. Trying to put my thoughts into a full review at the moment.
73. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas – an interesting alternate history novel – link to full review below.
74. Night Without Stars by Peter F Hamilton – my most anticipated book of the year, bar none. No spoilers, but this was very satisfying. Review coming closer to release.
75. NOS4R2 by Joe Hill – a great horror novel by Hill very much in the vein of his father’s works.
76. Where Futures End by Parker Peeveyhouse – a so-so YA sci-fi novel that had good characterisation, but lacked on any real worldbuilding depth.
77. A Window Into Time by Peter F Hamilton – another Hamilton, and this one a short novella coming out at the end of July. Very different from his usual stories, but also highly enjoyable. Full review coming soon.
78. Ambulance Ship by James White – after a break I’m back to the Sector General books. Another good one here.

Reviews Posted
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – there’s not much to say that isn’t in my review, but I really love this book.
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas – I’m not an alternate history fan so this didn’t work for me as much as it would for others, but still an interesting premise delivered well.
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt – a surprise hit for me that I thought I would enjoy, but not as much as I did. As I say in my review, can’t wait for the sequels.

Movies Watched
The Shrine (meh), Gods of Egypt (the less said, the better), Freshwater (awful), Warcraft: The Beginning (not half bad), X-Men: First Class (a good re-boot), The Jungle Book (other than the Walken song, good stuff), The Conjuring 2 (an excellent sequel), The Other Side of the Door (another meh), X-Men: Days of Future Past (loved this, perhaps my favourite X-Men film), X-Men: Apocalypse (not as good as I hoped, but not bad either)

Games Played
Gran Turismo 5 – not sure why I started playing this, but I had the urge and have quite enjoyed it. I played GT3 to death back in the day, and this one is bringing back all the memories.

Other Stuff
Health and weight are in limbo, though plans are in motion to hit them both hard in the final run up to the big day. Between injury and laziness I haven’t done much running either, or gong to the gym as much as I wanted to, but did manage to ramp it up towards the end of the month. I know I say it every month, but July should be a good one.

Featured image from this month’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is by Andrew Campbell – more details here.

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