October 2020 Recap

As many of you know my October was a bit busy with preparing for my Driver’s Theory exam, which meant I did not get a lot of reading done. It did not mean I did not put any content up, on the contrary, there were a lot of Aliens reviews that went up. Most of my reviews were still left over from September which was equally hellish work wise and saw me not have enough time nor energy to do the reviews as I finished the books. I kind of have the same problem with October, but that means that even if I do not get any books read in November, I still have reviews that need to be written out. I am happy with how things ran in October even though I was in a very negative head space. Work has just gotten a bit more impersonal as we are now obliged to wear masks throughout the whole day as well as keep our distance, not just from visitors to the zoo, but also our colleagues which sucks as I am a person that nearly always needs some form of human contact. Things just got too much and mid October I struck a black hole that I am seemingly still trying to get out of. Said black hole has not slowed my reading down at all it seems as I completed quite a few books, even if it were all audio books. I had a blast while doing my morning rounds at the zoo. I am hoping that November will be easier on me, but I am not getting my hopes up…


godofwarGod of War – J. M Barlog

My only five star of October, I enjoyed the Hell out of this book. It spoke to me on so many levels and really made me wish I had a PS4 just to play this game.

Alien Cov origin
Alien: Covenant Origins – Alan Dean Foster
if this book or movie was better marketed I would have liked it all a bit more than the first time I watched Covenant. I enjoyed the novel a whole lot more than the original movie. All of the characters that feature in Covenant only got introduced near the end of the novel, for the rest of it all it mainly focused on the competition between Wayland and Yutani, which was great to read about as later in the franchise these two companies merge to be known as the evel Wayland-Yutani. Definitely read this if you want more background on how the whole Covenant concept started.

alien-covn Alien: Covenant – Alan Dean Foster
The novelization of the the movie, that kinda killed the Alien franchise in my eyes. Taking place many years before Ripley was even a thing. It also blew the whole “where did the Alien evolve from” question up and left quite a bad taste in my mouth. I did enjoy the novelization a whole lot more than the movie which speaks volumes on the authors behalf…

Alien IsoAlien: Isolation – R. A DeCandido
Set many years after Ripley was a thing. This was about her daughter looking for where her mom disappeared to. Hunting for any clues. Lots of flashbacks happen in this as well as giving glimpses of the Ripley before she joined the Nostromo crew that never made it back to earth. I had a few issues with the novelization and still wonder what it could’ve been if Dan Abnett, who wrote the original script for the videogame would’ve written it. No issues on Decandido’s side, just a personal musing.

alien protoAlien: Prototype – Tim Waggoner
Another book set in the daughter of Ripley’s era, but not featuring Amnda at all, no instead the supposed love interest and yet another badass chick that loves kicking ass and chewing bubblegum and seeming run out of bubblegum. The Alien in this book was a fresh new idea, but the story in general was a bit “meh”. I rooted for the Alien as I always do, but in this the humans were just idiotic meatsacks and I was glad when most of them died… I hope the Alien idea used here will be recycled in future, I want my Bull Alien to become a thing! Also the term Necromorph as the Alien was referred as was a term I believed was stolen from a gaming franchise I happen to love, it’s called Dead Space and necromorphs run amok there. I actually finished the first game on the 31st of October, it is a great game for Halloween. My point was that I do not condone stealing terms off of other franchises, big NO NO from me…

sleepy hool
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
This was a short story Milou and I partner “read” while puzzeling away on a 2000 piece puzzle I got her earlier in October. I was not happy how this book ended as my childhood fears of the Headless Horesman was nothing but a practical joke. Great atmospheric thriller more than it is a Horror novel…

20012001 A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
2001 Will forever in my mind be called Dave goes to Space. This was a great novel to end the month of October off with. I am happy with everything that this novel turned out to be. The end was a bit weird, but I did not much care for it, the suspense with rogue AI at the backdrop of Space was simply terrifying. 

Metal Monday:

I did not get a post up every Monday last month, but as I have explained I was a bit busy…

The Ocean – Triassic
Metal Monday – Wadruna – Kvitravn (White Raven)


No other posts happened apart from a very nice one done by fellow blogger and artist containing sketches of some pictures of the Snow Owls we have at our zoo. I feel that Janice did an amazing job it and her post deserves some extra likes and love.
Janice’s Snow Owls

And that was October done my friends, even though I felt like shit for most of the month, I got seven book reviews out. Most of them books finished in the previous month, but I am happy about the way it came out. Personal blog related things I also did was create the ALIEN Franchise section where all my Alien related book reviews will go. As well as the Space Marines Battles series short link for the 40K books in that series. I’ve not read a SMB novel recently, but there are some older reviews of mine nice and ordered in there now, go check them out if you missed them.

I am still deciding on if I am going to put up a Reading Plans Post for November, I am behind on a certain HH book which I am really enjoying but finding hard to read given my limited time and concentration the past few weeks. I hope to make progress and finish it before the 10th of this month. We will see.

I hope you all had a great Halloween. Milou and I celebrated it with just the two of us which turned into a pretty fun evening. Milou already put out a post with just some foto’s we took. Happy Halloween!

CQZN7658[1] I am quite happy with how my pumpkin came out this year! Milou’s Baby Yoda is amazing and deffo the winner this year round, not that we compete against one another.

19 thoughts on “October 2020 Recap

  1. No worries man. I’ve always said that blogging is a hobby and supposed to be fun: so never feel pressured to feel you have to get posts out😊 All your reviews are always great to read, and worth the wait, so really as I said: no pressure at all, take all the time you need.
    Things certainly have gotten tough this year, no denying that fact. But well, best thing we can do is just hang on as best we can. Reading, watching stuff, it all helps take your mind of things😊 I definitely miss my collagues too: I’ve been at home no since early march, and for now we have to stay working from home at least until april next year. That said: even though things are tough, there are luckily still enough ways to keep communicating😊
    So I guess all I can say is: hang in there, and I really hope November will be a good month for you! Take care my friend!😊

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    1. Thanks man! Will do and it is true, we are our worst enemies in times when things are tough. I do get down a lot easier when I just cant cope with stuff out of my hands. I feel for you though, not seeing people till that long, how do you even get by? i feel sorry for you.

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      1. Thanks for your concern, but no worries man, I’m always an optimistic person (well I try to be anyway lol😂😂) and luckily my hobbies help me get by. As for work, I still do talk to everyone by videochat, but yeah that’s definitely not the same. Either way..I’m still doing fine, so really not to worry😊

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  2. We need more photos of you in that top hat! Top hats are cool! Rah, rah, rah! 😀

    Sorry that you’ve been in a bad mental place. Sounds like you’re a touch person, so the restrictions must be killing you at work. Here’s a “macho virtual hug”

    Here’s to hoping things even out for you in November..

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  3. Sorry to hear October has been tough on you. I hope those owls brightened things up a bit and here’s hoping November may be kinder to you. Be gentle with yourself and be sure to enjoy the little things 🙂

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  4. Here’s hoping for a better November for us all – sorry to hear you’ve been low, but hopefully as the year draws to a close there’s more to look forward to!

    And now, you’ve made me want to start reading Aliens novels… 😂

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  5. I’m glad to hear that you still got some reading/listening done despite how things went on an emotional level. I’m sure you’ll crawl out of there quickly and that you’ll be back in business when the time is right. I hope the pandemic won’t contain you in that black hole of yours though. Stay safe, buddy.

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    1. We just heard that we all need to stay home for the next two weeks starti g after tomorrow. This lock down is well needed for me personally tho so that is oke. I am doing well my friend thank you fir checking in

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