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Weekend Recap & Book club: Pollen, SWTOR, and Books!

Okay, so this weekend was quite warm, which is very nice, but it also meant that we were plagued by evil pollen, which meant that while we did go out to try and enjoy the weather a bit, we were limited a bit thanks to our allergies. Bleh.

Our hiding at home from the pollen did mean we were able to take advantage of the double XP weekend in SWTOR, though, which is quite nice. I believe that next weekend is the last scheduled double XP weekend, so we’ll be trying to make the best of it. We have a couple characters nearing level 50 (my Sith Sorcerer and Liz’ Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent) that we would like to push through with. Our Sorcerer and Bounty Hunter combo is almost 47 right now and still on Belsavis (with an entire map left to go), so at this rate we’ll be well past 50 by the time we finish the original (non Makeb) story line, which should be nice.

Beyond hiding from pollen and SWTOR, our weekend was very quiet. So quiet that I need some filler for this post, so I’ll talk about the sci-fi/fantasy book club we attend.

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Book club results, and burning things on a Friday!

Yesterday was our monthly book club meeting. As I’d mentioned earlier, the book for the month was Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence. It was a good discussion. It seems most of the group enjoyed the book, with a couple of them rushing out to read the next book in the series as soon as they were done reading the first. While I don’t know that I’ll be reading the remainder of the series, I did find that the book was mostly enjoyable, if somewhat brutal, bloody, and twisted.

After our discussion, we picked the books for the next 2 months, which I think will be in a more ‘comfortable’ area of writing. Next month’s book is Sci-fi:  Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks. I don’t think I’ve ever read any of his novels before (I have a couple of them sitting on a shelf in at home but I haven’t yet gotten around to reading them), so I’m actually quite pleased about this pick. That being said, I just found out that this is the third novel in the Culture series, a series of 8 or 9 books. Hopefully having read the earlier books in the series isn’t hugely important to the story in this one. I guess we’ll find out later this month.

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Want to buy: 10 hours of conscious time a day

Image by Robert Proksa

Image by 
Robert Proksa

Does anyone have about 10 hours a day that I can borrow or buy to inject between 6pm and 11pm every day? I really think it unfair that we’re limited to 24 hours in a day.

It seems that I have too many things that I want to do, and not nearly enough time to do even a quarter of it.

Let’s make a quick little list, shall we?

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Headaches, FTL failures, and Seeds of Earth

Seems like today will be one of those days. Woke up at 6am with a killer headache which hasn’t faded much, and I have what currently seems like an insurmountable pile of work waiting for me. Ah well, shouganai. It does mean, however, that today will be a short post.

FTL: Faster Than LightAs a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post about Faster Than Light (and my hopes of finally being able to beat the final boss), I started the game up last night, made 2 jumps towards the last sector, and promptly exploded. Didn’t even manage to make it to the last sector. Seems I’ll need to try again. I spent some time reading tips and tactics on the FTL wiki after that loss, and I started again. Hopefully this time will go more smoothly.

On the reading front, I’ve decided to take a break from the Wheel of Time. Now that I own all the books I’m slowly re-reading the entire series (I held off on reading the books by Brandon Sanderson until the series was complete). I’m currently on book 5, but since it’s such a long series it’s good to take occasional breaks (beyond book club book breaks). I’ve started to read Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley.

It’s the first book of the Humanity’s Fire trilogy. So far, it’s quite good. I just started it this morning during my commute, so I’m only 50 pages or so in, but I’m enjoying. It’s sci-fi. Basic premise: Earth was attacked by an alien race bent on destroying humanity. Knowing that defeat was imminent, humans sent 3 interstellar colony ships out in hopes of saving some aspect of the human race. A hundred and fifty years later, humans are thriving on a new planet. Hilarity and mayhem ensues.

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Book club night and the Nature of Things with… Chris Hadfield!

We went to the book club last night. After a small blunder with the book store employee forgetting to stay at the shop to let the person who runs it in, we ended up at Costa (a coffee shop here similar to Starbucks) to have our meeting.

As I mentioned, I didn’t finish reading the book, but I’m happy to say that I wasn’t the only one. In fact, out of the 9 of us there, only 3 people had read the book to the end, so I really don’t feel too bad.

Opinions on the book were reasonably consistent. People liked some stories, disliked others. There were disagreements on what stories were good, but that was expected. All-in-all, nobody felt robbed of their time for having read the book, which is a definite improvement over some other books we’ve read.

Next month’s book: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. I don’t know anything about it since I wasn’t there when it was picked. Based on the official site, however, it does seem quite interesting. I think I’ll be starting it an extra week early… give me a couple of weeks to read it this time around, just in case.

I’ll certainly post my opinions later next month once I get through it. Now… back to trying to finish Wild Cards… and the Wheel of Time… and the books I got from World Book Night… and a dozen other books… ^^;

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