Travels while Travelling

If you’ve ever hung out with me much and heard my talk about Michael Crichton you’ve probably already heard my story related to my first reading of this book when I was around 12 years old. I had started reading Crichton in 4th grade and was just devouring book after book of his. I had never much been into autobiographies, and I still am not, but this is one of my favorite Crichton books, fiction or non-fiction. Even though this didn’t seem like any of his other science fictiony/technological horror books I was more interested to learn about the author himself. As you can guess from the title this book involves what Crichton’s experiences were up and traveling across the planet trying to learn more about himself and humanity as a whole.

The story I alluded to earlier happened when Crichton was in Africa. I was on a road trip with my family somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and as often was the case, and still is, I came across a word that I was not entirely familiar with. The word was Clitoris. There was some African children that were walking down the road in white dresses headed towards a ceremony where they would have their genitalia mutilated. Crichton described the strangeness of the scene and since this was before the time of smartphones or even Personal Computers really, I had to ask my parents what the hell Clitoris meant. My mother immediately snatched the book away from me aghast at what exactly it was that I was reading. I was naturally very upset and didn’t understand what I had done wrong. It also didn’t help that they never told me what exactly the word meant. Eventually after reading parts of the book herself my mother gave it back to me and let me finish the book. But it’s a funny anecdote that I’m sure I will tell for the rest of my life. So when I picked up this book for a re-read on my current travels to Hawaii, I was pretty damn excited to see what it was like reading this book 20+ years later. I was surprised at how much I actually remembered and how specific my memories of reading them when I was 12 were. As soon as I started reading chapters everything that was going to happen would rush back into my mind. It didn’t hamper my enthusiasm for the re-read at all though. I stayed up about 2 hours later than I wanted to last night finishing the book and it was so so good. It was remarkable the amount of things Crichton talks about in Travels that actually relate to my current life. He talks a lot about consciousness and figuring out who he was as a person. He even devotes a lot of the book to his exploration of meditation, auras, physic phenomenon, and so on. I, along with my wife, have been interested in this same sort of exploration over the past few years. It was really kind of crazy how much it paralleled to certain things happening in my own life. A lot of the things he does and Travels he takes were happening to him at around the same age I am now.

I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed re-reading this book. I have been doing a re-read of all of his works over the last few years and this book has really amped up my excitement to continue that re-read and get into more of his books I enjoyed so much as a grade school and middle school kid. Here’s a pick of me chillazin’ in Hawaii.

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Scratch One

I enjoyed the 2nd John Lange, aka Michael Crichton, novel significantly more than the first one I read. Scratch One started off extremely fast, in typical Crichton fashion over a few day period, with a cascade of people being murdered. This novel really reminded me of a James Bond/spy movie. There is a serious case of mistaken identity as the main character, an American Lawyer, gets taken for an international assassin that is trying to stop an arms deal from going down in the French Riviera while he is trying to buy a mansion for his Senator Uncle. I guess things haven’t changed much in European and Middle Eastern politics and drama in the last 50 years because things seemed almost as crazy and dangerous then as they are now. The overall plot was a little muddled, but there was a shadowy criminal organization led by some demented doctor who liked to torture people, aka the big bad, and a slew of henchman led by a big brute, after our poor hero Roger Carr.

Roger is seriously an idiot though, crazy close shaves keep happening to him over and over and he just keeps chalking it up to chance. One of the more interesting things I noticed when reading this was that after the initial murder spree over a period of a few days Crichton went to a typical chapter system and didn’t mention what day it was or the time, which is typical for him in most all of his other works. There wasn’t a big emphasis on technology in this book either, which was also slightly askew from his normal writing, it was straight spy thriller. There wasn’t gratuitous sex and drug use in this book, like in the previous Hard Case Crime Odds On, but there was definitely a very damsel in distress and women are only here to look gorgeous and be pined after sexist tone to the Scratch One. So far both of the Hard Case Crime novels written under his pseudonym that I have read he has not written women very well. I don’t recall him being so one dimensional when writing women in his other works but it is definitely an aspect of his writing I will be looking out for moving forward.

I just finished my 14th book of 2015 this weekend, The Magicians, and I didn’t particularly care for it. I hated the main character and then my favorite character was sort of killed off at the end. I cheated and looked up if she would be back in a later book, since the series is a trilogy, and she will. So I might at some point read the other two but I wasn’t that impressed with The Magicians and I won’t be doing a blog post on it. All of the reviews kept saying it was an adult version of Harry Potter and it was nothing even close to Potter in my opinion, if anything it was more like The Chronicles of Narnia than anything. I’m currently devouring American Gods, my first ever Neil Gaiman novel that I have read and it is really good so far. I will probably pick up another Crichton Hard Case Crime novel soon but we shall see, until then if you are looking for a Bondesque spy thriller I highly recommend, Scratch One.

Odds On

Originally written under the pseudonym John Lange way back in 1966, this is Crichton’s first ever published novel. When I first started the Michael Crichton Experience and found out that he had written a bunch of mystery novels under this name I thought I was never going to get my hands on most of them. They were going for several hundred dollars on Abebooks and Amazon at that point and I wasn’t willing to part with that kind of cash. But thanks to a re-release of all of them, by Hard Case Crime in the last few years, I was able to snag them up for a couple of bucks, adding Odds On and several others to the MCE.

This novel is all about a heist. It sort of reminded me of the recent Star Wars: Scoundrels that I read but instead of being set in space with Han, Chewbacca, and Lando. Odds On is set along the coast of Spain at the fancy Hotel Reina. Three dastardly handsome thieving men are planning to rob the place blind, and they have a secret trick up their sleeve. The leader of their operation, Jencks, is using computer models to determine the course of action that has the highest probability for success. Using their fancy new-fangled computer the would be thieves are able to plan for every contingency they can possible think of. Well almost every contingency.

I love that even in his first novel ever published Crichton is able to utilize technology as a crucial part of the plot. Computers were not something that were very ordinary back when this book was set and I try to imagine what it would have been like reading this when it had been originally published, but it is so hard to do with computers inhabiting every part of our modern day life. I carry a computer around that can access the vast stores of human knowledge, known as the magical internets, in my damn pocket now. So it’s hard to fathom just how ahead of his time Crichton was with this line of thinking. He knew that computers were going to be a huge part of our life even in his first ever published novel.

This book just screams typical Crichton writing. It is set over a several day period, as he is apt to do with his novels, and his writing style and characters are very reminiscent of his later works. There were several fairly graphic sex scenes though, which I don’t recall ever reading in a Crichton book before, at least not in this much detail and some casual drug use. Overall once I got into the book it was hard to put down and it had a fairly decent twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting. It made me excited to read more Lange novels that I didn’t even know existed a few years ago. I’m about to finish my 9th book of 2015 tonight and I’m considering picking up another Lange crime novel to read next but I haven’t quite decided. We shall see, until then if you like Crichton are up for a fun mystery/heist read I definitely recommend Odds On.

Old Man’s War and The Slow Regard of Silent Things

I’ve been finishing up books like mad this New Year and I’m happy to report that my resolution to read more is 2015, so far has been a success. Writing has also been a success in the New Year so far, I have gotten some good work done on Harbingers and my wife and I have been plodding away on our original TV Sitcom Pilot Script. More to come on our Pilot Script, we just finished the treatment and are starting to get to the actual writing, but first I want to discuss two awesome books I have recently had the pleasure of reading. Just a heads up there will be spoilers for Old Man’s War and The Slow Regard of Silent Things, so stop now or forever hold your peace.

Old Man’s War is a book that I have had for a while, I won it from the tor.com best sci-fi/fantasy novels of the 2000’s contest, and randomly decided to bring down to Boise with me for Christmas. It’s not a very big book and for that I’m thankful because I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. Old Man’s War is John Scalzi’s debut novel and if my own debut novel is even a tenth as good as Old Man’s War I will consider it a success. This book was pretty much a space opera, but for the first quarter or so of the book we don’t really have any idea what is about to happen and I think that is one of the reasons it works so well. I also really enjoyed it because it dealt with being in the military in the future and in space and being an Air Force Vet myself this was also fun to see how my imaginings stacked up against Scalzi’s.

John Perry is the main character of the book, at the age of 65 humans on Earth can sign up for the Colonial Defense Force or CDF, because of course Acronyms for everything that’s totally how the military rolls, and he and his wife do so when they are given the opportunity. The population of Earth knows that there is a wider Universe and that aliens in it do not particularly like humanity, but no one seems to know exactly what the deal is with the CDF and why their age limit to join is 75. John just recently turned 75 and since his wife has passed he decides to follow through on his commitment and he joins the ranks of the CDF, knowing that he will never return to Earth. Everyone is under the impression that the CDF has some magic technology that will reverse aging or something similar but when they finally learn the truth I actually thought it was more crazy and awesome than I or the old humans in the book imagined.

The deal is simply this, your consciousness is transferred to a modified younger superhuman version of yourself, that is green, and you go out and fight the Universe in the name of humanity and the CDF. If you last the 10 years required of your contract you are given a new young non-modified version of your body and a nice place on some far away planet to spend the rest of your days. Most of the recruits will die however and we see most of the people John meets along the way find this fate, but John is able to survive, thrive, and make some crazy discoveries along the way. The military training scenes were some of my favorite because they really reminded me of how things went down in Basic in the Air Force.

John heads out as a grunt into the Universe, fighting a lot of crazy Alien species, like tiny versions of humans called Covandu, that they stomp on and are easy to defeat in a ground attack but nearly impossible in space. There are also the dastardly Wraey who have a taste for human flesh and have discovered a way to detect ships entering the system, even though their technology is not to that capability yet. In fighting the Wraey on a distant planet called Coral John runs across his wife, but as it turns out it is just his wife’s shell and her body is now in use by a Special Forces member named Jane Sagan. It seems that when human’s sign on the dotted line, giving DNA during the signup, if they don’t make it and join the CDF when they turn 75 their DNA are still used to make enhanced bodies for Special Forces to inhibit. This was a very interesting aspect of the story because these Special Forces are human it seems, but they were only “born” when the CDF created them and gave them consciousness (not from 75 year old humans). They have only known life in the Special Forces and to me it would be pretty damn weird to gain consciousness without having to grow up and have a childhood first. They are very good at their job though and John is able to help them win the battle of Coral and make his way into the ranks of Officer.

I can’t recommend Old Man’s War enough to anyone out there that has not yet read it, there are six books total in the series and I look forward to devouring each of them in turn very soon. Up next is the Amazing Patrick Rothfuss and his quirky novella that takes us back to the world of 4 corners and gives us an inside look at the mysterious Auri.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

In retrospect I wish I had soldiered through and made it to Seattle for the Rothfuss book tour and reading where I had a signed copy waiting for me. But alas I didn’t make it but was able to quickly snatch up a copy of his new novella The Slow Regard of Silent Things. It was a weird read, I have honestly never read quite anything like it before, but this is a good thing not a bad one. Auri is such a strange and mysterious character in the Kingkiller Chronicles. She lives under the school in an old abandoned section of it called the Underthing. She is odd, flighty, solitary, picky, and a character that I honestly didn’t necessarily want to know more about. But I’m not sad that I do.

Although The Slow Regard of Silent Things doesn’t delve into what made Auri the way she is, it does give a sneak peek into her day to day life. Holy hell is it a weird life. Auri seems to be a Namer, as we see from her finding things and areas and dubbing them as she sees fit, and she knows Alchemy as we see from her expositions into soap making. Kvothe always wondered how Auri got around in the Underthing, because ya know its underground and freaking pitch black, and we quickly learn about a little ball of glowing light named Foxen. Foxen is one of many collectibles that Auri has created or found, were not quite sure, though I suspect she made Foxen. The entire novella centers on the fact that Auri knows that Kvothe is coming to visit her and she must get three presents ready for his arrival. My main complaint with the novella was that it ended before we got to see the exchange between Kvothe and Auri. I do suspect that since one of his presents was a bed and a place to stay if he needed, that our hero will be using it as a refuge in the third book. The details of her day to day existence again are very strange but also strangely interesting. She is so much of a different character than any that have met in the Kingkiller Chronicles so far. There are probably a half dozen or so other characters I want to know more about but I’ll take anything Rothfuss wants to give me.

If you are new to the world of 4 Corners and Patrick Rothfuss then I, and even the author himself in the introduction, would not recommend you start with this book. I’m glad I read his books twice before I picked up The Slow Regard of Silent Things, I even look forward to my next re-read when I can make more sense of the areas of the Underthing that Kvothe searches for the secret entrance to the Stacks. This novella would be awfully confusing if you are not familiar with his work. But everyone should check out The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear anyways so go out and pick them up, give them a read (or two), and then settle down with The Slow Regard of Silent Things, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Up next I have a blog post coming, hopefully by the end of the week, on Odds On by Michael Crichton written under his pseudonym John Lange. That’s right I’m back in the Michael Crichton Experience after a small break and I really enjoyed this crime novel and I’m looking forward to more. Any Crichton book that I haven’t read before is always good times.

Two for One: Eragon and Scoundrels

I haven’t gotten around to reading any Crichton lately, because I really haven’t been in the mood, but I still have been doing lots of reading and I have finished two books in the last few weeks. As I’ve gotten older I noticed that I tend to go through phases with reading, I will read a lot and want to read a lot for a few months or so and then I will not read at all for a while. I’m hoping that I can make this current reading phase that I am in last longer than a few months and finish up the initial draft of my novel while I’m at it. The wife and I are doing the camp Nanowrimo in July and if I can stick with it I will make my goal of 100k words total on my novel by the end of the camp. I already have several Alpha readers lined up and I am ready to start my first of many revisions, this ball needs to keep on a’ rollin. So with that this will be a two for one blog on Eragon and Scoundrels, fair warning there will be spoilers ahead for both of these books.

First a shot from my hotel room where I recently spent a week and a half in Kona Hawaii.

View from Hilton in Kona

The epic views of the Pacific were a great setting to finish this book up and I look forward to reading the others in the series sometime soon. Overall I really enjoyed the book even though I have read many others that are set in high fantasy worlds with Dwarves, Elves, Dragons, Magic and the like. It was very much a YA fantasy novel, much in the same genre that I hope to market my own book. My book will have considerably less Dwarves, Elves, and Dragon riders. But I do plan on keeping at least some Dragons around, but there will be no riding of them allowed, maybe… Eragon is the name of the main character who, while out on a hunting trip in some mountains surrounding his tucked away little farm where he lives with his Uncle and Cousin, finds a mysterious stone that appears out of nowhere. He was looking for something to eat and not a strange glowing stone so promptly tries to trade it for a bunch of meat to help his family survive the winter. It does not go well at the butchers but the blacksmith swoops in and hooks him up in exchange for some help at the Forge over the next year. Eragon gladly accepts and heads back to his farm with the haul that will help them make it through some tough times. Everything seems to be going fairly fine until the strange rock decides to hatch one night and blammo, Eragon now has a full-fledged Dragon to look after. It grows really fast, making it hard to keep a secret and after asking the local old Curmudgeon in town about Dragons, Brom, gives him a list of all the previous Dragons names and keeps asking very pointed questions about Dragons. Eragon consults with the Dragon who he can now communicate with telepathically and they decide her name will be Saphira. Saphira is my favorite character in the book and as things keep happening at a fairly quick pace all throughout their adventures she seems to grow as a character along with Eragon of course. Lots of bad things happen very quickly, some bad guys come and kill his uncle and destroy his farm so Brom and Eragon head off after them seeking revenge. Along the way Eragon learns he can perform magic and also learns the finer points of fighting by practicing every day with Brom, he even learns how to read. Lots of other fun and interesting things happen along the way and I would greatly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, especially YA fantasy. Next up Scoundrels! But first a picture of the best beach I have ever been on, Hapuna beach on the Kona side of Hawaii.

Hapuna Beach Kona

Scoundrels is the latest Timothy Zahn Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, since Disney has taken over the Star Wars franchise they gave the EU some sort of new name but I forget what it is. This isn’t my favorite Zahn novel in the Star Wars universe but after a slow start the book really picked up for me and had a really crazy twist ending I didn’t see coming. The book is framed around a Heist, think Oceans 11 but instead of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are running the show. Chewbacca along with a bunch of other characters are thrown in to liven things up and we get a little more detail on exactly how Lando came into Cloud City and what the old beef between he and Han was. There was a prequel novella included at the back of the book which I didn’t get to until about halfway through the novel, I wish I would have read it first because it really helped set things up and introduce some of the other cast that appears in Scoundrels.

I decided to pick up Justin Cronin’s The Passage after I finished Scoundrels and I have not been the least bit disappointed. It has really been hard to put down and I look forward to reading more as soon as I finish up this blog post! After that I am thinking of finishing Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy to help myself get back into the Sci-Fi writing groove. I started Camp Nanowrimo today and have about half my word goal for the day completed, I will write a little more before bed. That is all for now, I will probably update the blog next when I get the Michael Crichton Experience timeline up to speed, hopefully soon. Also I am disappointed the USA team lost to Belgium today but glad that Soccer got a little bit of the headlines I love the World Cup and I have my own personalized USA jersey to prove it!

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5 Patients

I must first apologize for the lack of posting lately, taking 3 online classes and working full time has taken its toll on me wanting to read or write anything. I tried to do NanoWrimo this year but only managed about 5k words and then had to focus back on trying to keep up with my Homework, I am officially up to 55k words on my novel now so that is encouraging. But the semester is over and I pulled out an A in pre-calculus so for the moment all is good. It also didn’t help that 5 Patients is probably my least favorite Crichton novel ever. It was very technical and boring to read and it took me forever to make myself slog through all 5 of the patients.

This is my first non-fiction novel in the Michael Crichton experience and even though this was one of the shortest books I have read so far in my journey, it has taken me the longest. Not to say that 5 Patients didn’t make some extremely valid points. Crichton looked at 5 different patients that he experienced while he was a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, or MGH, while attending Harvard Medical School. He used his own and the patients experiences to give a rundown of the medical profession, not only in the United States but often times of the practice of medicine throughout human history. Crichton did an excellent job of showing just how much medicine has changed and how humans and society as a whole has viewed the medical profession throughout time. Crichton also, again, seems to almost predict the future and gives lots of facts and figures on how medicine will change more in the future and on multiple occasions he calls out for the need to reform the system because it was already starting to get out of control back in the 60’s and 70’s. One of my favorite parts of the book was a new intro that Crichton wrote in the 80’s where he talked about how much had changed and almost spot on predicted the need to change the system somehow because costs were so outrageous.

The medical debate is a huge topic of discussion in the United States in the 21st century and even though some of you may not agree with me I think the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction for the United States. Is it a perfect system, absolutely not, but something had to be done to reign in outrageous medical costs and stop many of the ridiculous practices such as denying patients care because of pre-existing conditions and having lifetime caps on coverage. Crichton in his new updated introduction from the 80’s calls out a point that I often make to my more conservative friends on the issue of healthcare, the United States is the only “first world” nation to not have some form of socialized medicine where everyone has access to medical care.

The overwhelming theme I am running into so far in my re-read of all of Crichton’s works is that he is almost able to predict the future with many of his thoughts and ideas and his predictions on health care pretty much came true. Personally I think it is insane that people can bankrupt themselves and their families because they get a disease that requires special treatments or care. Especially when every single year I see corporations and businesses pulling in record amounts of profits and yet they still complain when they have to pay some extra taxes to keep the nice health care coverage options for their employees. The greed of corporations and people in the United States and the world as a whole sickens me. I have a real life example for you on this point; I have a friend who works for a giant multinational mining company, him and his family had what is referred to as a “Cadillac” plan, or a very nice health care package with lots of perks and benefits. Because of the ACA, businesses that offer their employees these “Cadillac” plans are required to start paying an extra tax for it in 2018. So many of these companies have dropped these plans now, not in 2018 when they have to start paying the tax, and given their employees’ health care plans that offer significantly less coverage. On the surface you would think well this is all the ACA’s fault if not for this new health care law these people would still have their nice plans. But to me it just shows how greedy and ridiculous a lot of these companies are. This is a business that pulls in Billions in dollars of profits every year, not hundreds of million, not tens of millions, BILLIONS. But because of a tax they have to start paying 4 years in the future that would cut into some of their profit margin, they decide to make their employees pay the price and cut their health care coverage drastically. To me it seems like a political ploy, if it was me and my healthcare benefits were being gutted I would probably blame the administration and the ACA too and might vote accordingly in the next election.

And there is where the problem lies. Money is so dominant in the United States and in the world that having to pay some extra taxes in the future so you may make a little less profit is so unbearable to even think about that benefits have been cut for thousands of hard working families. Money controls so much, even politics, that if you mess with the profit margin of these billion dollar corporations even a little bit you can expect a fight to the death.

Now I must confess that I am not an overly religious person, I was raised as Jehovah’s Witness and I stopped going to church when I was about 12 and haven’t been back much since. I most identify with Reform Judaism and Buddhist philosophies but I think that the current leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has some excellent thoughts on money, capitalism and helping those that need it. I am going off on a tangent here and my liberal is showing so I will wrap this up but if you haven’t read about many of the things that Pope Francis is preaching then I would recommend that you do so. I really hope that I can travel to Rome in the near future and see the Vatican and the Pope in person, my wife has been several times and said that she had amazing experiences while there and I hope I can experience something as well.

My next post will be on the very first Bond movie, Dr. No, in my wife and I’s James Bond 50 watch extravaganza and I will try and convince her to write a few paragraphs on the movie as well so I will hopefully have a guest blogger appearance by my lovely wife who has a far superior writing ability than my own. I will be redoing my MCE timeline once again because the re-released all of the old Crichton crime novels that he wrote under his pseudonym John Lange back in the 1960’s and I need to fit them in somewhere. I have purchased all of them and they were all under 10 dollars so it was a relief to not have to pay hundreds of dollars to get my hands on some of his older works. So I will be taking a mini break for the MCE and reading some other books until I get it figured out. I am currently reading another novel my wife has been asking me to read for years called Merle’s Door about the relationship of man and dog, I will have a post-up for you when I finish it. Until next time keep on reading, writing, and watching I know I will. Allons-Y!

The Testing, MCE update, and Video Games

I was reading through one of my favorite sci-fi and fantasy websites, tor.com, recently and I came across a short story prequel to an upcoming novel called The Testing. It was called The Testing Guide and it can be found at the hyperlink provided. It is a post apocalyptic world where Humans are trying to make their way back after we basically destroyed the entire planet in a giant horrible war, very Hunger Games esque. I really liked the short story so when they released an excerpt from The Testing itself, I ate that up as well and decided I had to pick up this book at some point. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games and this seemed similar but not so alike that it would be lame. I forgot about it for a while and then when my wife and I were perusing Barnes and Noble after chowing down on some delicious Mexican food nearby, there it was in the sci-fi/fantasy section. I picked it up and devoured it as well, much like the first Hunger Games book, I found that I couldn’t really put it down and wanted to find out what happens next.  It isn’t a very long book and I won’t bore you with the plot details because you can just hit up the provided links and find out for yourself if it is something you might want to read.  I really enjoyed it, like I said before it was different enough from Hunger Games to keep my interested and if you liked the Hunger Games you will like this book as well. I look forward to more books in the series. Now onto other update!

I am on the 5th patient in Michael Crichton’s non-fiction 5 Patients, it isn’t a very long book but I haven’t been able to get into it, it is very technical and often very dry to read. It is interesting from the perspective of the current health care debate that is crippling our government at the moment, and as usual Crichton has seen what is current happening now way back in the 1970’s. I seriously think he might have been a little clairvoyant.  Another reason that I have been slacking on my MCE is that my 2nd to last semester started at University of Alaska Fairbanks. I decided, like a boss, to save all my math for the last year so I am currently getting my ass kicked nightly by Pre-Calculus and Accounting. It has been tough but I am started to get in the swing of things and I kind of amaze myself with how much I actually remember as far as math, it has been over a decade since I took a college math class and almost 14 years since I took it in high school, but I will definitely be passing these classes and I am starting to enjoy them in some sick and demented way.

Another excuse for not advancing the MCE is that I have been buying and playing a lot of video games lately! I just picked up WInd Waker HD for the Wii U last night and started it this morning, I never got into it on the gamecube and I look forward to finishing it on the Wii U, so far it is freaking awesome only about an hour in.  I also picked up GTA V and Diablo III for PS3 and I am enjoying the hell out of them as well. I plan on finishing 5 patients soon and getting a blog up for it and after I finish each of the video games I listed I will blog about those as well. I have also been listening to Game of Thrones on my treks to and from work, I will have to dedicate some time and blogging to that in the near future, I really enjoy the show and books so far. Now time to go do some accounting HW, oh joy…