October was going to be a nice month, at least that was the plan, but then it just turned into a non-stop work-fest. Between a couple of weekends at work with the day job, busy nights in the restaurant, and the seemingly endless push to finish DIY at home I had no time for almost anything else. I make a habit of listening to audiobooks while driving to/from work, and while doing DIY, so if it wasn’t for that my reading consumption would be way down.
10 books again in October, mostly series reads, but with one or two stand-alone books in for a change:
86. The Ashes of Worlds by Kevin J Anderson – the finale in Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns, and enjoyable. I found the whole Saga to be a fun read despite some issues I had with it. It makes me want to re-read his Saga of Shadows books now.
87. Provenance by Ann Leckie – I never quite get on with Leckie’s novels, but I thought I would give this stand-alone a go in the hopes it would change my opinion, but it didn’t, unfortunately. Just not for me.
88. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E Taylor – I wanted to re-read Taylor’s first two Bobiverse books before going on to the third. This was great, once again.
89. For We Are Many by Dennis E Taylor – again, fantastic stuff from Taylor, though benefitting from a back-to-back re-read.
90. All These Worlds by Dennis E Taylor – Taylor’s final Bobiverse book (for the moment), and closing the trilogy off nicely. I’d definitely recommend reading these three as one novel as it works so well.
91. The Painted Man by Peter V Brett – with The Core now out I decided to re-read the first three Demon Cycle books before reading the last two for the first time. I loved this when it was first released, and I still find it very good.
92. Genesis by Ken Lozito – not a bad sci-fi novel here, but it could have done with a little bit of refinement. It’s the first in a series, so I’ll have definitely be checking out the sequel.
93. The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett – a re-read of this, and I found that it wasn’t quite as good as I remembered, but still enjoyable in the way it expands the setting and society.
94. The Daylight War by Peter V Brett – another re-read, and this is where I found my enjoyment slipping. It’s good, but it feels like it’s starting to wander away from what initially made the series such a great read.
95. Artefact by Jamie Sawyer – I loved this, full on balls-to-the-wall action with some great writing. It also helped that the aliens were alien enough to really make them stand out. Looking forward to the rest of this series.
No reviews in October, it was mostly a month of re-reads and pleasure reads in between all the real life bust periods.
Only a couple watched, mainly because I just don’t have the time to sit down at present. First up was A Night of Horror Vol 1, a mix of short films that ranged from interesting to confusing to flat, but worth a watch. After that I finally caught Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I loved it, mainly for Tom Holland’s fresh approach to the character.
TV Shows Watched
No TV shows of note watched, just the odd episode of mindless things here and there, and nothing I’m going to pursue.
No gaming either in October. Lack of time is really annoying.
Nothing else going on at the moment. I still have some DIY to finish (hopefully in November), and then I can relax a little over Christmas… Famous last words…