Archive for October, 2011

2011 Reading Challenges – an update

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

It’s October – and we’re just past the 9 month mark for this years BCC Reading Challenges. Time flies a little too quickly when you’re having reading (and gaming) fun, so I’m a bit behind where I’d hoped to be.

I’ve tagged the books listed below with a rough indication of which challenge they apply to:  G is the General 100 books challenge, H is for the 24 Horror/Urban Fantasy Books challenge, and M is for the 12 Mystery/Suspense books challenge.


Cornelia Funke – The Inkheart Series (just book 1 and 2):

Inkheart and Inkspell  (G 1 & 2)


Richelle Mead –   Vampire Academy Series (6 books):

Vampire Academy,  Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice.

(G 3 to 8 , H 1 to 6).


Stephanie Meyer – The short second life of Bree Tanner. (G 9, H 7 )


Kelley Armstrong – The Darkest Powers Trilogy:

The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning (G 10 to 12, H 8 to 10)


Steven King - The Stand, Hearts in Atlantis, Insomnia, and Under The Dome (G 13 to 16, H 11 to 14)


Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently Series books 1 and 2:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. (G 17 and 18, M 1 and 2)


Kristin Cashore – Graceling (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy Book 1). (G 19, H 15)


Lincoln Preston – Pendergast Series Books 1 and 2:

Relic, and Reliquary (G 20 and 21, H 16 and 17, M 3 and 4)


Karin Slaughter – Grant Country Series 1 – 4:

Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, and Indelible. (G 22 to 25, M 5 to 8 )


LJ Smith –  The Secret Circle Series:

The Initiation, The Captive, and The Power. (G 26 to 28).


Maggie Furey – Artifacts of Power Series:

Aurian, Harp of Winds, The Sword of Flame, and Dhiammara (G 29 to 32)


Anne McAffrey – The Acorna Series books 1 to 5 (with Margaret Ball and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)

Acorna, Acorna’s Quest, Acorna’s People, Acorna’s World, and Acorna’s Search. (G 33 to 37)


David Eddings – The Mallorean Series (books 1 and 2 so far):

Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos. (G 38 and 39)


So, my current stats are 39 /100 read for the main challenge, 17/24 for the Horror and Urban Fantasy challenge, and 8/12 for the Mystery and Suspense Challenge.  With three months still to go, I don’t see any problem with completing the two smaller challenges, but the full 100 books is looking quite out of reach. Still, if I could hit the 60 mark, this would still be a big improvement over last year!

Anyone else doing the challenge? How are you getting on?


Happy Reading :D


Games Watch #4

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

There are so many games on my games watch now I’m a little scared.  I have a number of titles already bought as part of my Birthday presents and these are the ones I’m keeping my eyes on:

Star Wars The Old Republic

I’ve actually already pre-purchased this one and I’m really looking forward to it. One of the things that is exciting me about it is the game includes the excellent Bioware companion system used in some of their other RPG’s. Can’t wait to see this and expereince the story all within my fave MMO environment. Should be a classic.



A great mix of Borderlands style with TF2 teamwork wrapped together into an MMo world. Free to play, can it get any more exciting than that…


Guild Wars 2

Obviously this games has been on my list now since I played the original for nearly a year.  I dont want to get to excited about it until I get a release date, but trust me this one will be a monster hit. Both Ame and myself had the chance to play this hands on at “Eurogamer Expo” recently and it is as good to play as I expected (maybe a little better). Boss fights were epic and underwater combat feels great.


Diablo 3

Looking very cool and probably a game I have to pick up and play at some point, although with all of the other games I’m watching it may have to take a back seat, we shall see.



This game is not actually on my list of games to play, but I know that Ame is desperate to play it and will probably be getting a new PC because of this one. :) Based on previous instalments of the series if you like open world single player RPG’s  then you gotta try this.


This is just a taste of some of the gameplay that I’m looking forward to in the coming months. :)

Sugoll. :D

Birthdays Rock!!

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Just a quick post birthday update to explain where all my spare time is going…

I have a number of new games now to play, which is usually the situation at this time of year when I have no idea what to spend my Birthday money on.  I may have too many games, time will tell.

As well as my old fave lotro I have the new space marine mentioned in a previous post.  I also bought a copy of Aliens V Predator (on steam for less than £4, as one of my friends said the other day it would be rude not to buy it). This is turning out to be great fun particularly for the price.

I pre-ordered Star wars the old republic as well, but will have to wait till the end of the year for that one. I also re-bought (on steam as I couldn’t find the disk) Knights of the Old Republic, just to refresh myself with the old republic universe.

The cheapest of my new games is Vindictus, which was totally free to download and play. Woot!. I’ve been waiting all year to play this and its not disappointing me, I havn’t played anything else since I downloaded it.

Quick vid to show what its like:

Who knows which of my current batch of games is going to attract most of my time between now and the Star Wars release… I can’t call it at the moment.