March 2018

Despite being a busy month and flying past without much of a break, March was a good month. Work is busy, house stuff is busy, and reading is progressing nicely, as is gaming. I need to get a better balance going forward as I feel burnt out, but I mustn’t grumble.

Books Read
7  books read in March, up from the previous couple of months but not because of any real effort on my part. I’m just happy to read the books as I can this year, fast or slow!

  1. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King – another King re-read for me, and I do enjoy the way he mixes his typical style with sci-fi and horror in this one. While this is a long book, and looking back after finishing it I can see that clearly, it still doesn’t feel that long. Great stuff.
  2. A Just Determination by John G Hemry – a re-read again of Hemry’s first JAG in Space book. The way he tells a gripping story while including all the legal stuff, making the pages turn so quickly, is exactly what I want from a book. I know Hemry is known for his Lost Fleet books (under Jack Campbell), but I think I actually prefer these.
  3. Noumenon by Marina Lostetter – this was my Christmas present book, though it took me a little longer to get to than planned. I quite liked the way the book was formatted, telling a story set over a long period of time through the eyes of different characters as the live and die. But it also made the book feel very stilted, and some of the ideas just didn’t work for me. There is a sequel due, but I’m honestly not sure if I’ll read it.
  4. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone – I hate spiders, so of course I decided to read a book about a spider invasion, a spiderpocalypse if you will. But this was good. Very good. I’m getting the creeps just thinking about the book, yet I’m excited to read the sequel. How messed up am I?!
  5. Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye – in hindsight I can see that this was aimed at the middle-school/YA group, but even then I can’t forgive some bits of lazy and unbelievable plotting – all I thought about while reading it was what issues I had, despite it being an easy and relatively enjoyable read. Definitely not the target audience here.
  6. Artefact by Jamie Sawyer – yet another re-read, this time in preparation for me to move on with the series. Good stuff here, and while there a some great set pieces, aliens, and characters, I couldn’t help but think of the Alien films, particularly Aliens, while reading it. Not a bad thing in my book!
  7. Salvation by Peter F Hamilton – this was my most anticipated release of 2018, and I was extremely fortunate to get an early advance copy. I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but Salvation was very good – typical Hamilton. It has a similar feel to Pandora’s Star or Fallen Dragon, if anything, but it’s also a very different story. It’s also clearly the first part of a trilogy, which is good, but with the first book issues that comes with the territory. Great world building, great characters, intriguing plot – Salvation ticks almost all the boxes.

Reviews Posted
No reviews this month, just pleasure reads. I have one or two on the go for review, but as I find my time taken up by so many other things I haven’t got around to finishing the books yet.

Movies Watched
The Gateway is a small scale film about transportation to a parallel universe, and it’s one that I found hard to turn away from, especially as I was constantly questioning what exactly was going to happen. I also finally caught Justice League & Black Panther. Justice League was, quite frankly, rubbish – while it had its good points, the story an effects were a but of a mess. But I am eager to see the new Aquaman film following Momoa’s performance. Black Panther, on the other hand, was fantastic. With so many films in the MCU it’s getting increasingly more difficult for them to deliver a stand-alone film without acknowledging so much from the previous ones, but they nailed it here. Roll on Infinity War!

TV Shows Watched
Brooklyn 99 (season 2) – I’m not sure how I missed this show for so long, but I’m loving it. It does start the stray into being silly for the sake of it here, but mostly it’s a great watch when I need some relaxing time.

Taskmaster (season 1-4) – another show I missed for years, but making sure I catch up on them all now. The format is great, and while I’ve not taken to all the comedians on the show, Greg and Alex are the constant that keeps me going back.

Games Played
As I planned at the end of last month, March was all about Borderlands 2. I’m done with my first playthrough of the four main DLC packs – Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, & Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep – and the Headhunter packs – T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest, The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler, How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day, Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax – so it’s just the Digistruct Peak Challenge left to tackle. I’ve loved playing this again and already looking forward to my True Vault Hunter Mode playthrough!

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