September 2016


September, the month of my birth, was a busy one, though I couldn’t tell you why. I think between recovering from the wedding and work getting busier time just flies by…

Books Read
Another 10 books this month, most of them longer than what I have been reading so the page count is higher than average, which is nice:
100. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – I really enjoy North’s novels, and this is another winner. Not quite as good as Harry August, but still a great read.
101. Aliens: Alien Harvest by Roberts Sheckley – this was shockingly bad. See the below link for the full lowdown.
102. Crossover by Joel Shepherd – the first in Shepherd’s first Cassandra Kresnov trilogy. I tracked these down after enjoying his Spiral Wars books, and I’m very glad I did. Very enjoyable with lots of action, though not at the detriment to story.
103. Binary by Eric Brown – the first part of Brown’s Binary System novel and released as an e-novella. Link to full review below.
104. Breakaway by Joel Shepherd – the second Kresnov book, building on the first in many ways to deliver a solid story.
105. Misery by Stephen King – one of the best books by King I’ve read, and it reminds me why he’s one of my favourite writers.
106. Killswitch by Joel Shepherd – the last Kresnov book in this trilogy, and it manages to surpass the previous novels by adding different points of view to the story that allow for a wider scope to be used.
107. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee – a good book, though not quite what I was expecting.
108. Eternity’s Mind by Kevin J Anderson – the finale to Anderson’s Saga of Shadows. With each book I’ve enjoyed this series and setting more and more, so much so that I’m planning on getting to the Saga of the Seven Suns very soon.
109. Revenger by Alastair Reynolds – I’m not always a fan of Reynolds’ novels, much preferring his short fiction, but this one was different to his usual fair, and in a good way. However, I do like my SF with a little more information on the setting and history!

Reviews Posted
The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume 2 by David Bischoff & Robert Sheckley – with one solid novel and one awful novel, this is a mixed bag, but worth adding to the collection of any Aliens fan.
Binary by Eric Brown – I love Brown’s work, and this first part of a larger story is interesting in all the right places, and the questions I have after it finished make System a must-read when it’s released early next year.
Night Without Stars by Peter F Hamilton – this could very well be my novel of the year. ‘Nuff said.

Movies Watched
Traders (enjoyable and surprisingly funny), Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (very interesting, and it makes me want to play FFXV very much), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (silly fun), Andron (tries too hard and isn’t quite successful), Captain America: Civil War (loved this, again), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (cringy and funny in equal measure), Equals (a very good story, but lacking in detail of the wider world), The Longest Yard (mindless fun).

Games Played
No games played this month!

Other Stuff
Not much else occurred in September. I’m still hitting the fitness, though perhaps not with quite as much drive as before the wedding, and eating has been very hit-and-miss. I’m still aiming to continue the fitness drive as my health has definitely improved (down 6% body fat!) and my clothes are definitely feeling looser. All good in the hood.

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