Hosted by La La in the Library
I have actual updates this week! Life has been mostly the same, which is a good thing as I think I’m settling back into enjoying reading a little more. At this point, I am 12 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, which I can make up with no issue at some point this year but it’s a bit startling how little I’ve been reading in the past few months.
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Goodreads – 4 Stars – This is the first book in the Mistborn series. I really enjoyed it! It has some issues here and there, as this was one of his earlier works and he hadn’t quite polished out some of his issues with pacing and characterization yet but he has always had a gift for world building and magic systems.
- The Witcher Vol. 1: House of Glass – Goodreads – 3 Stars – This series was a random grab for me because of the cover art on this volume, the art inside is by different artists but so far that’s the best part of the entire thing. This one is fine overall and much more tolerable than the video game iteration of Geralt and the Witcher media.
- The Witcher Vol 2: Fox Children – Goodreads – 2 Stars – And this started to fall prey to the same issues that I have with the video games. Not to mention Geralt is a cardboard cut out of a man. Where these stories shine is the odd creatures and lore that the characters are faced with, the rest of it is a take it or leave it kind of fare though.
- Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin – Goodreads – This a seriously massive book! I have the audio, but when the hardcover was returned at the library I scooped it up to follow along in it. I mostly just wanted to have the illustrations on hand to look at but it’s been great to kind of “read” a bit and get back into it slowly.
- The Witcher: Killing Monsters – Goodreads – I have these in a large bindup from the library and figured since I have it for another week or so I would just read the next two in there despite not really caring about it one way or the other. This one is mention to be a tie into The Witcher 3 I think.
- Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia A. Mckillip – Goodreads – This was a random grab for me because the cover art was stunning and it’s a collection of fantasy short stories which seemed like a good idea to ease back into things with. The first story was fantastic but I’ve yet to move on to the next one.
D&D Group 1 – We had a fantastic battle heavy session on Thursday, which was mostly serious…and then we had three people shank one zombie repeatedly in a panic, and someone turn into a T-Rex to defeat some wights. It’s a magic heavy group where only one of us has any protection against being hit for serious damage, so we tend to go overboard in order to protect ourselves. We have a Wizard, Bard, and Warlock so armor is barely a thing for us, but throwing insane spells definitely is.
D&D Group 2 – We did a hard reset on this group and had a DM change. So Sunday evening was spent helping the newer players create characters and give them ideas on crafting backstories and personalities. I’m playing a Triton Fighter (think mermaid but with legs), and we will have a Tiefling Rogue, Asaimar Paladin (angel-like but only has wings when called on), and a Warforged Barbarian (organic robot basically…)
Gaming – I’ve been hooked on the new game Anthem since it came out and I’m really enjoying it. It’s so different for Bioware but it’s definitely got that same charm to it, even if the gameplay is wildly different. It’s been fantastic to play with other people as well, and I really dig the different ways you can customize your suits to fit your play style.