Review: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adored the enhanced production but having listened to the novel there were things that weren’t expressed in the movie. Kylo Ren’ s thoughts and what the droids were thinking. However I thought Rey was more interested in Finn but according to the novel… She’s interested in someone else in the end.
As always Alan Dean Foster’s writing was superb and all the enhanced sounds, such as droid beeping and wookie moaning and speeder and lightsaber sounds when those things were talked about made the audio book almost feel like I was listening to the movie rather than just a book being read to me. The book caused me to fall in love with Kylo all over again. I can’t wait for the next book and movie.

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OMG The Settlements!

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So I decided to attempt to get all 29 settlements in Fallout 4. Build them up to huge settlements. I’ve never regretted a decision so much. I’ve currently got the Fallout 4 Settlement Incorrect Stats Bug, along with the Can’t Repair or Scrap Damaged Crops Bug and the Settlers Won’t Assign Bug.

I spend most of my play time just building settlements and beds and defenses, and running back and forth protecting them. I’m level 35 and I just started the Railroad quests and picked up the Shadow of the Brotherhood quest.

Review: It’s Better This Way

It's Better This Way
It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it. Great book. Well written, LGBT friendly, and I got really engrossed in the universe the book takes place in. In reading the Author’s Note at the end, apparently he’s been plagued with more books and I honestly feel like the book ended too short. I will admit that I wanted to read more. I wanted to read about what happened to Evan at Crater Lake.
If you’re looking for a quick sci-fi short story that will make you want to read from beginning to end in a single sitting I recommend “It’s Better This Way.” I just now realized what the title means only after reading the whole book.

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Fallout 4 Affinity Troubles

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I know I came to the Fallout 4 party late and I’m doing the same for the DLC. I’m still working through all the quests in the main game, haven’t even bought any of the DLC. My current goal is to raise companion affinity, get their perks then Lone Wanderer it with Dogmeat. ❤

So I’ve been looking at guides to quickly max affinity and most say: Do X, save, load, repeat. Or: Do Y, sleep, repeat. Or the last one: Do Z, wait 2 hours repeat. The thing is, maybe this is for the console versions, but on my current PC copy… It doesn’t work. Saving, reloading, sleeping or waiting doesn’t allow me to repeat the action for affinity. The closest repeatable action I’ve found is the fast traveling naked, and basically I just fast traveled from settlement to settlement handling their problems: lack of beds, water, defense…

So I just read that waiting on an area between two maps will reset the affinity cooldown. Basically wait 2 hours, change maps, wait 2 hours, change maps. So off to try this one.

EDIT: So I bought the Home Plate house and did the use chem (we’re trying to raise affinity with Hancock) wait 2 hours, go outside, use chem, wait 2 hours, go inside. Still didn’t work. The only part that did work was the moving inside/outside naked raised his affinity but it only raises it by 0.8% I’m at 48.5% so mathematically I gotta go back and forth 65 more times, I think. Yay for me.

I also did the sleep instead of wait. Still not working.

EDIT: Been playing for days, first time I lost a settlement. Didn’t know that if their happiness got so low they are no longer allied. So much for just working on affinity, gotta also babysit my settlements.

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another one of those books where I saw the movie and decided to read the book to see if the book could shed more insight into the movie. They both were equally ambiguous about different things. The movie gave no explanation to the world events outside the maze. The book at least explained what ‘The Flare’ was. Reading the book and watching the movie sort of explained things together. I’m curious about the rest of the series but only because of my curiosity towards why the kids are being treated this way. I never really got attached to any of the characters. When the telepathy happened, I almost stopped reading. It was convenient telepathy was convenient. I suppose I kept waiting for a big reveal at the end that didn’t happen. I might read the next book but it’ll probably be awhile before I pick it up.

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Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of those books I saw the movie before reading the book and it is also one of those books where the movie and the book followed each other crazy close. Whoever had made the movie had done a good job of remaining true to the book. Though the story is told by Cassie and Ben, my favorite character was Evan Walker.
I have intentions to read the second book, and possibly third, just for Evan, though The 5th Wave was a good book and a good concept, I didn’t really get attached to any of the other characters. Read it, watch the movie or vice versa, you won’t be disappointed.

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Fallout 4: Pistols Versus Rifles

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Probably my all time favorite loading screen tip.

I’ve played all the Fallout games except the one for you phone. We bought Fallout 1 and 2 when they were released. If I look hard enough in boxes in the closet I’ll probably find the disks you installed from. I bought Fallout 3 and New Vegas Game of the Year editions for PS3. So I’m familiar with the wastelands, NCR and Brotherhood of Steel, and Dogmeat (who is in Fallout 1, 2, 3 & 4, but not New Vegas, you get a cyborg dog named Rex.)

My favorite gun is the Alien Disintegrator, and when I play Fallout 3 I immediately go to the Mothership Zeta DLC and scoop up all the Disintegrators and ammo I can carry. I’ll use it for nearly the entire game. So needless to say I’m an energy rifle girl.

So in Fallout 4, I decided to go pistols only and I can’t do it. I run out of ammo (with the way I play, totally unheard of) I usually use ammo as a form of currency at vendors. If I’m selling more than they have caps to pay me, I’ll buy up their ammo because it has no weight. However in Fallout 4, you keep everything because you need the junk for your settlements. What I did was break down my weapons except 2 pistols, a laser pistol and the originally 10mm pistol I started with (I haven’t gotten a legendary pistol yet). The upside is I never usually use grenades or mines, well due to ammo shortage, I’ve learned quickly.

I think I’m going to go back to rifles, and maybe go with pistols later end game. Or rather I use weapons according to what I’m fighting. Pistols for dogs and molerats and radroaches, shotguns for mirelurks, and rifles for everything else.

Also does anyone ever actually use the pipe pistols/rifles? They seem so inferior to my 10mm I never keep them around. Guess what I’m gonna try next… 🙂