Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Favourite albums of 2017

Yes, it's another list! How surprising.
Here's a bunch of my favourite albums from 2017, and favourite tracks off them too.

10. Ensiferum - Two Paths
  • Favourite Tracks: For Those About to Fight for Metal
9. Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I
  • Favourite Tracks: Light Me Up, You Don't Know
8. Projected - Ignite My Insanity
  • Favourite Tracks: Reload
7. Threshold - Legends of the Shires
  • Favourite Tracks: The Man Who Saw Through TIme
6. Adagio - Life
  • Favourite Tracks: Subrahmanya
5. Orden Ogan - Gunmen
  • Favourite Tracks: Down Here, Forlorn and Forsaken
4. Almanac - Kingslayer
  • Favourite Tracks: Children of the Sacred Path
3. Anthriel - Transcendence
  • Favourite Tracks: Under Burning Skies, Rhapsody of Fire
2. Dragonforce - Reaching Into Infinity
  • Favourite Tracks: The Edge of the World, Ashes of the Dawn
1. Ayreon - The Source
  • Favourite Tracks: Everybody Dies, Run! Apocalypse! Run! 
Runner Up mentions (in no particular order):
Alestorm - No Grave Bu the Sea
Eluveitie - Evocation II: Pantheon
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons
Voyager - The Ghost Mile
Elvenking - Secrets of the Magick Grimoire

Sunday, 31 December 2017

December 2017 Reading Progress

December 2017 Books
So much for increasing my reading speed this month, I barely even had time off anyway. Children of time had some very interesting concepts and science-fiction-y stuff going for it, but storyline-wise was quite slow. Also do NOT read if you're arachnophobic. Rowan of Rin was mostly just good nostalgia and great a a children's (middle grade) book, the sequel was even slightly better with some more exciting pacing and danger.

  • Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin #1) - Emily Rodda
  • Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Rowan and the Travellers (Rowan of Rin #2) - Emily Rodda

Currently Reading:
House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen #4) - Steven Erikson [Reread]

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 2017 Reading Progress

November 2017 Books
Memories of Ice took me a loooonnggg time, but I was also quite distracted with a whole bunch of other things going on this month, so I expect December may be a little more productive for reading. On the other hand, it does genuinely take a while to get through any Malazan book, especially if you're trying to take everything in properly and occasionally have to flip back and forth a bit to keep up. Worth it though!

  • Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3) - Steven Erikson [Reread]
Currently Reading:
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October 2017 Reading Progress

October 2017 Books
A great month for getting through a number of shorter books, and getting a little further on my Malazan re-read!
Technically I have read the Seventh Tower series before as well, but given that was probably back in my early teens, I can hardly remember a thing about them so it's almost like reading for the first time?

  • Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen #2) - Steven Erikson [Reread]
  • The Seventh Tower Volumes 1-3 - Garth Nix
    • The Fall (The Seventh Tower #1)
    • Castle (The Seventh Tower #2)
    • Aenir (The Seventh Tower #3)

  • The Ice Dragon - George R R Martin & Luis Royo (illustrator)
  • Spiderlight - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Currently Reading:
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3) - Steven Erikson [Reread]

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September 2017 Reading Progress

September 2017 Books
This was a great month for me! Discovered a new great sci-fi series in Homecoming, which I will be continuing hopefully soon. FINALLY finished the Wheel of Time in all its epic finale -I still can't believe it's over! Also finished off the Lumatere Chronicles, which I wouldn't put high on my all time favourites list, but was still an interesting read. And continuing on with my Malazan reread -I'm getting towards the end of book 2.

  • Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) - Steven Erikson [Reread]
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming #1) - Orson Scott Card
  • A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time #14) - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) - Melina Marchetta

Currently Reading:
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen #2) - Steven Erikson [Reread]

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August 2017 Reading Progress

August 2017 Books
Apparently I haven't had much time this month, but on the other hand I am just over half way through both of my in progress books, so I've read more than it appears...

  • Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) - Melina Marchetta

Currently Reading:
A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time #14) - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) - Steven Erikson

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rewatch & Review Part 4

02.07 Lie To Me

Rating: 3.5/5


Buffy: “You’re going to die, and the only hope you have of surviving this is to get out of this pit fright now, and my god, could you have a dorkier outfit?!”

This one is a bit meh, but there’s some deeper motivations at the end that make the whole episode mean a whole lot more, so it gets a bit of a bonus for that. Also for Drusilla.

02.08 The Dark Age

Rating: 3.5/5


Xander: “Ooh, gang, did you hear that? A bonus day of class, plus Cordelia! Mix in a little rectal surgery & it’s my best day ever!”

A great concept for a demon, a great look at some of Giles’ past. The Giles/Calendar thing is kind of sweet too. But on the whole not a perfect episode and perhaps could have explored this particular creature a little more before the happy ending.

02.09 What's My Line? (Part 1)

Rating: 3.5/5


Principal Snyder: “Where is she?”
Willow: “Who?”
Snyder: “You know who.”
Willow: “You mean Buffy? I just saw her-”
Snyder: “And don’t give me that ‘I just saw her a minute ago, she’s around here somewhere’ story.”
Willow: “But… I did just see her a minute ago and… she is around here somewhere!”


I shall review this 2-parter as a whole, see next eps review!

02.10 What's My Line? (Part 2)

Rating: 4/5


Kendra: “She died?”
Buffy: “Just a little!”

Cordelia: “You’ve probably been planning this for months!”
Xander: “Right, I hired a Latvian bug man to kill Buffy so that I could kiss you.”

The first half of this double episode has a few great moments but a much slower pace. Though a lovely Bangel scene and some cliffhangery moments.
Second episode is basically ahh the strangeness of Kendra! I never did like her much as a character, but I liked what it did for Buffy. Also, Oz! Oz-and-Willow! My gosh the ramping up thing is huge for them.
And then those ridiculously awkward Xander-Cordelia moments which I still don’t really understand.

02.11 Ted

Rating: 2.5/5


Cordelia: “Feel like home… If it’s the fifties, and you’re a psycho.”

Such a very strange episode. An unfortunately high creep factor of the (mostly) regular kind as opposed to the usual supernatural kind that Buffy usually encounters. A bit uncomfortable and eugh.

02.12 Bad Eggs

Rating: 2/5


Joyce: “Don’t you ever think about anything besides boys & clothes?”
Buffy: “Saving the world from vampires?”
Joyce: “I swear, sometimes I don’t know what goes on in your head.”

MORE EUGH, and this time it gets worse than eugh, or even gyeurgh. Okay I rate eps lower when I get grossed out, but also there wasn’t exactly much storyline except gyeurgh & then kill them all.

02.13 Surprise (Part 1)

Rating: 4/5

Oz: “I’m gonna ask you to go out with me tomorrow night. And I’m kinda nervous about it, actually. It’s interesting.”
Willow: “Oh… well, if it helps at all, I’m gonna say yes.”
Oz: “Yeah, it helps. It creates a comfort zone. ...Do you wanna go out with me tomorrow night?”
Willow: “Oh! I can’t!”
Oz: “Well, see, I like that you’re unpredictable.”

It’s almost like either a lot of things happen in this episode or not very much does, but it’s all just the start leading up to the next few fantastic episodes to come. Oz & Willow! A bit of background behind Jenny Calendar. Some nice big bad lead up (on a few levels). And of course Bangel!

02.14 Innocence (Part 2)

Rating: 4.5/5

Willow: “I knew it! I knew it! ...Well, not knew in the sense of having the slightest idea, but I knew there was something I didn’t know!”Review:
Part 2, even better than part 1. The reveal, the shock & horror, the endless epic bad guys, much creep factor, the freaking rocket launcher and just so much fun (dark, dramatic fun that is).