November in Review

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Books Acquired:
A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Berresford Ellis

Books Read:
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Stranger by Albert Camus

I am so behind. I spent a few weeks away this month, partly back in my hometown visiting my mum and partly in Hawaii, and I get surprisingly little reading and writing done when I’m traveling. I say surprisingly because it seems like that’s prime reading time for most people, but that never seems to be the case with me. Most of my beach time was spent in the water, and most of my home time was spent working or helping around the house (and playing games). If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that none of the books read in November have been written about yet, so I’m really going to try and catch up in the next few weeks. I’d like to be up to date before the new year.

I think I’m going to join a few reading challenges this year as well, so if you have any that you’re hosting or are just excited about participating in, let me know in the comments!

Movies watched:
Pineapple Express (2008) – Overall mediocre, but it did have a few really hilarious moments in it.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) – A cliche-ridden spy action movie. Silly fun, a bit forgettable, but Kenneth Branagh was really good.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008) – Michael Cera being Michael Cera. It made me want to watch Scott Pilgrim, but I did like it.

Fading Gigolo (2013) – I watched this mainly for Woody Allen, although it turns out he just acted in it and had no part in the writing or directing. It’s enjoyable if you can get over the ridiculous plot.

TV watched:
No series finished this month.

Games played:
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC) – I played through one game of this, and I was a little underwhelmed. After a couple hours the changes felt a bit superficial, but I’d like to have more time with it to see if that feeling goes away. It’s still a Civilization game, so it isn’t by any means bad.

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC) – I played through the first game last year (about 15 years late) and loved it. I thought I wouldn’t like this one as much, but I loved it as well. The stories in these games are just fantastic. If you’re a story-driven gamer (or a gamer who takes the time to read a book blog), you’ll most likely love these as well. Really looking forward to picking up Dreamfall Chapters soon and giving the first chapter of that a go.

2 thoughts on “November in Review

  1. Geoff W

    I love how you casually throw in Hawaii. Was it work or travel related? I’m not sure I’d want to read if I was in Hawaii either! Disappointed to hear Beyond Earth was underwhelming, but considering I don’t think I’ve ever finished a full game of Civ I’m not surprised 😀

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    1. Rob Post author

      Haha, no big thing! It was a holiday with my girlfriend and her parents actually. A week in Waikiki, and a great little break from the grey winter!

      Beyond Earth is still definitely worth checking out at some point, but I’d wait for a Steam sale to pick it up I think.

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