October 2016

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I’m a little late getting to this post for October – it’s slipped my mind with a hectic few weeks just occurred. But still, another month down and one step closer to Christmas…

Books Read
9 books read this month, so not quite as many as I’d hope. I seem to be slowing down as the end of the year approaches, though not sure why:
110. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu – the second Remembrance of Earth’s Past novel, and a damned fine sequel that manages to mix cutting edge science ideas with a character driven plot. Great stuff.
111. Night Without Stars by Peter F Hamilton – a re-read of this book, but in audiobook form. Really enjoyed the finale to the Chronicle of the Fallers, though sad to say goodbye to the Commonwealth, certainly for the immediate future.
112. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz – the second Odd Thomas novel, and as enjoyable as the first, though with a story that doesn’t stray much from its path like the first book.
113. Time Siege by Wesley Chu – Chu’s second novel in this trilogy and good, but not great. I don’t do too well with time-travel stories and this hasn’t got anything to really make it stand out for me, though the finale could be very interesting.
114. Death’s End by Cixin Liu – the conclusion to the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, and somewhat disappointing. It’s good in the sense of wonder from the ideas, but it comes at the cost of telling it through the characters like the previous books. Too much focus on that, in my humble opinion.
115. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz – the third Odd Thomas book, and enjoyable for it’s setting and story. I’m really enjoying this series.
116. Family Matters by Peter F Hamilton – the short story formerly known as The Suspect Genome that’s set in Hamilton’s Greg Mandel setting. This was re-jigged for the 20th anniversary release of Mindstar Rising to remove and outdated idea. It still works, and still enjoyable.
117. Tracer by Rob Boffard – a fast-paced, balls-to-the-wall action adventure set on a space station in Earth Orbit – Outer Earth – where the survivors of humanity live.
118. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz – the fourth Odd Thomas book, though nothing more to add. I’m this far into the series so saying I enjoy the books is somewhat redundant!

Reviews Posted
None this month, though I have a handful in the backlog to finish and post.

Movies Watched
Central Intelligence (silly and fun), The Darkness (very disappointing), Tremors 5: Bloodlines (graboid-filled excellence), A Nightmare on Elm Street (the remake, better than I remember), Friday the 13th (also the remake, and an okay film), Ghost Ship (does what it says on the tin), Deep Rising (cheesy and fun).

Games Played
Skyrim – man, where to start with this? Not sure how I’ve gone this long without trying the game, but wow – talk about an immersive experience. I’m racking up the hours…

Other Stuff
October was the month where I caught a cold. My gym attendance and eating have gone to pot, and I’ve been so unmotivated to do anything with the colder and darker days really hitting home. I don’t see November being much better, but I would like to at least try and get to the gym a couple of times a week.

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