Reading – Staring into the Void

Man, talk about falling off the wagon. A day or two became a week or two, which then became a couple of months.

In other news, I finally finished the remaining novels from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. A somewhat bittersweet moment. Considering most of my fantasy reading for the last decade has been Discworld, it feels rather strange to have “finished” them. Of course, considering the 40-something novels involved and the fact that it took me close to a decade to get around to reading them, I could probably start over again at the beginning and find some of them quite new again. I suspect I might even appreciate some of the earlier works more now than I did the first time through.

I find myself reluctant to do so, though. In fact, I’ve been maintaining a healthy distance from fiction since I finished the final book. I took a detour a few months ago and read some novels pretty far off my beaten path, but at the moment don’t feel particularly inclined to read anything.

It’s not an unfamiliar sensation either. Comparable to finishing a reasonably immersive book, but on a larger scale. It’s a strange sense of satisfaction with a note of loss. I’ve noticed it used in advertising streaming services as well. The rather manipulatively named “Show Hole.” The implication being that it’s bad needs to be filled with one of their TV shows.

I personally associate it instead with a decent ending. I enjoyed the series and remain thankful for the ideas and concepts that Sir Terry introduced me to along the way. There’s a high likelihood that I will reread some or all of them, at one point or another. For now, though, I shall simply rest and allow my thoughts to settle. Staring into the void and letting it stare back until I feel adequately reset.

Y’all take care.

Opinion – Good Omens

So I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite fond of the various works of the late Sir Terry Pratchett. I have to say, though, that I’ve never read any of his work outside the main Discworld series, including Good Omens.

A lot of people have asked me about it and talked about it, so I figure I might as well go ahead and watch it sooner rather than later. Something, something, spoilers.

Ironically, my wife watched it before I did, and her only comment on the matter was that she “forgot how irreverent his tone was.” I, for one, quite liked it, as did my co-worker.

I don’t really have a lot to say, I don’t think since I cannot compare it to the source material. I do feel that David Tennant plays a pretty good demon and that the overall character and tone are to my liking.

For my time I was quite entertained and laughed at several different points, which is generally a good sign. The pop culture references, while present and numerous, were not overly intrusive.

I’m not overly fond of the fact that it’s broken out into six one-hour pieces, as I don’t normally devote that much time to actively watching video and would have rather had it in smaller pieces. Still, there’s a pause button for a reason, I suppose, and I used it quite liberally.

Anyone interesting in checking it out can look here, I think? Never tried to link to Prime video before. It would also seem that they have The Hogfather, which I’ve seen, and Going Postal, which I have not. I have read both of the respective books, however.

Unfortunately, much like the blog writing has been a bit spotty, my reading time is consumed entirely by class work. In fact, I should probably be doing that, but it’s nice to focus on something else for a while.

Y’all take care, and “be nice to each other.”

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

It’s weird, when I think about it, just how long I’ve been reading these books. It used to be more of an on again, off again thing, but lately it’s been a more regular thing.

There are, according to Wikipedia, 41 novels in this universe. I’ve been skipping the YA novels because I would rather read them with/to my children. Discounting the six of them there are 35 “regular” novels. I’ve read 32 of them, at this point, having just finished Making Money last week. Realizing that I only have three left is… mildly depressing.

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

Alas, Sir Terry is no longer among the living. He lives on in his works though. In fact, they’re so numerous that by the time I finish I can start again from the beginning and half of them will almost be a new experience again.

What’s odd is how I came by the series to begin with. I believe I saw The Colour of Magic made-for-TV movie* on Netflix or something and enjoyed it. Upon seeing mention of it being based on a book I figured if I liked the movie the book is probably better, it usually is. I really liked the book and sort of kept reading them.

It’s hard to say what it is that I like so much about the series. It’s a combination of his writing style, humor, and the cast of characters he has created. I’m a big fan of parody and many of his books are a parody of our reality told in a way I find particularly interesting.

I have started the next book, Unseen Academicals, though I haven’t gotten very far. I’m still trying to find a good balance between writing/reading because most of my writing time was drawn from the reading time. Which reminds me, pretty soon it’ll be time to read Hogfather again.

Y’all take care. In the words of the dog-botherer himself, “Do not let me detain you.”

September Plans

With August behind me it’s now time to focus on what I’m going to be doing during September.

Monster Hunter World is probably approaching a point where I will have done most of what I want to do. I’m sitting just over 100 hours at the moment, but we’re in the late game stage of tempered monsters at this point, so we will eventually run out of interesting things to do.

Warframe still needs some work as well. I need to finish grinding out faction for the last update and there’s an event running the first two weeks of September that I should probably get in and work on as well.

I have some friends trying Guild Wars 2 at the moment, so when the opportunity arises we may descend upon it as a small group and spend some time there as well. It’s a good game that I would like to spend some more time with.

That’s all I can easily foresee at the moment. Any spare time not devoted to these is probably going to be working on Battletech, which I want to play more of, and I’ve been considering spending some time with Archeage as well.

As far as Something New posts go, I have three in various stages. I intend to do Battletech tomorrow, and Archeage and MU Legend on the next two Saturdays in a yet to be determined order. That leaves two days currently unplanned, so if there’s anything you guys want me to try leave me a comment and I’ll see how feasible it is.

Honestly I think that covers most of the plans I have for gaming at the moment. I do have a few other things I’m slowly working on, but not in such a way as to have definite plans.

I’ve been very slowly reading the Discworld books by the late Sir Terry Pratchett. I’m currently about three quarters of the way through Making Money. I pretty much intend to start over from the beginning when I reach the end. It’s been so long since I started that it’ll be an interesting experience.

I’m also trying to figure out how to fill my Tuesday and Friday podcast slots. Tuesday in particular is a huge hole in my schedule that needs something in it. At the moment I’m not sure what I even want to go there. It’s just an irritating lack of content.

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