Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Recent Reads

Oh but there are so many to write about and so I must summarise as best as I can.
I am currently reading the rather slow but brilliant Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Not my idea of a great fantasy but still an epic fantasy adventure to many. Instead, I find myself drawn more to the childrens author Curtis Jobling, creator of Bob the Builder and now the writer of the fantastic Wereworld series. Brutal and savage, how this is classed as a kids book I have no idea, nevetheless, two have been published so far and both kept me hooked from the start. Another series I have recently completed was the Darren Shan series. A fantastic journey for the young half vampire and his supporting cast, this is definately once again, not for the too young a reader. Some nasty bits in it and also some very emotional scenes.
And to wrap up with for now, the great and magnificent Trudi Canavan has graced us with another series. The third and final one in the new Traitor Spy series will hopefully be appearing next year. The story is a continuation from the amazing Black Magician Trilogy, years later Sonia has a son and so the adventure continues through him. I have only read the first book, deciding to leave the second until the third book is written as I hate waiting between reads. I was also lucky enough to meet my favourite author earlier this year when she was here in the UK promoting the second book. She's a true legend and an inspiration to all.
Thats all for now folks, will try and write more often, between work, playing and writing my own books, poor little bloggy seems to get left behind.


Finally got around to building my new rig.
What triggered it all off was down to the fact that I won the cpu I wanted in a Shogun 2 competition. Doesnt get much better than that.
So, on top of my newly won Sandy Bridge Intel 2500k 3.3 Ghz cpu I got
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64
Xigmatek UTGARD gaming case,
8GB Corsair DDR3 Vengeance
MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
750W PSU, Corsair Enthusiast
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3), Intel P67,

The machine runs like a rocket. The mobo isnt the greatest as it could have done with a few more SATA and front USB slots but for the price and features its a good'n.
As for the case, besides the uber cool name and the massive top fan it came with, its not the best. Very fiddly to get your HDD's in and its deceptively cramped inside. Looks huge but its not. Strange.
So with my super GPU, masses of ram and mega fast CPU, the first game I installed was Crysis 2 and yes, it looked shit hot. Job well done.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Im back

Yes Im back, been a long time and so much has happened since I last spoke to you all. Im still not smoking, still have NOT built my new pc and Ive read some great books and played some amazing games in the seven months since I last blogged. Yes,its been seven months. Things of note to mention, erm...I won a new i5 sandybridge CPU so the pc is finally going to go ahead. Will blog the specs as soon as I order it on the twelfth month of success.
Games Im playing, Battlefield 2, just completed the campaign and in my honest opinion it pisses all over COD. It feels a lot longer too. Got the Vietnam expansion to get through next.
Playing Alien Breed by Team 17 as well. Finding it a little repetetive at the moment and am seriously losing interest which is a shame. I just wish I wasnt getting lost in the endless maze of corridors. I downloaded a ton of stuff in the Steam sale.
Resident Evil 5, havent played a resi since number 2 as theyve all gone arcadey which is nothing like the brilliant original. Anyway, this one is okay, nothing great.
Now, Im off to have my dinner so will add a few more details later.