Pondering Full Switch to Linux Mint

I’ve been using Windows 10 as my primary OS since Windows 10 was released with the occasional periods where I would dual boot my PC with Linux Mint. In the last year, I’ve stuck to running just Windows on my primary PC and Mint on my older laptop. I didn’t see the need to dual boot the main computer anymore and figured that I would just stick to a single OS, but I really want to run Mint on my main PC again, so I’m now wondering if I could finally make the jump off of Windows completely and move my main PC to Mint.

My only hesitation is some of the software that I run, but I find myself running the Windows-dependent software less and less these days sticking to stuff that can run either via the web or using software available for both Windows and Mint. Gaming was a big part of the holdout to this point, but I haven’t gamed much on my main computer in the last half year. I understand that Steam has made some big improvements in that area making it possible to run some Windows-only games in a Linux environment now. I’d love to see how that works.

So, I’ve decided that maybe I should bring back the dual boot on my machine for a month or two and see if I can stick to using just Mint for now. I want to run a few experiments with my hardware to see what the performance looks like. I recently installed a new motherboard and processor, which I haven’t run on Mint yet. I also want to test the new Steam capabilities with games. If I can get things working in a satisfactory state, I think I will finally be able to make the jump off of Windows and run everything on Mint.

It will definitely be an interesting move and one I’m curious to see how it will play out. I plan to share what happens and what I experience making this change.

Book review: Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve

Cover of the book Predator's Gold by Philip ReeveI just finished reading the second book in the Mortal Engines series called Predator’s Gold. It was a really good addition to the first book, and I enjoyed quite a bit. I’m still in love with the world of Mortal Engines because it has a slightly silly feel to it as a futuristic dystopian novel. I always get a kick out of what the future dwellers think of the stuff that happened before the 60-minute war.

Book two picks up a couple of years after the events of the first book. Tom and Hester have become aviators and fly around trading with others and exploring the world. Things are going well for them until they are discovered by a faction of the anti-traction league and become a target. While trying to escape, their airship becomes damaged, and they end up taking refuge on the traction city Anchorage. It’s there that Tom starts to feel at home and Hester fears that she may lose Tom as he comes to love the city.

Predator’s Gold has some nice action in it almost right off at the start. The new characters introduced in this book are quite fascinating. I especially like the citizens of Anchorage and the crazy Professor Pennyroyal and his outlandish adventures. I was surprised to see a character from the first book return that I wasn’t expecting. I won’t mention who it is because I think it is a nice surprise. And much like the first book, Tom and Hester find themselves fighting for their lives a few different times.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy dystopian novels and partial love stories. Read the first book before this one though. I feel like there is some stuff the reader requires to truly understand some of the events in the second one, but that isn’t too bad because then you get to enjoy two books!

Author’s website: http://www.philip-reeve.com/
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34227806-predator-s-gold

Going to see The Kid Who Would Be King

Since I’m a member of the AMC Stubs A-List, I decided that I needed to see a movie tonight. It’s been a bit since my last one because nothing that has come out in the month of January has really intrigued me. I noticed The Kid Who Would Be King is showing, so I’ve decided to give that one a chance. The trailer looks interesting and the premise is silly enough that I will probably enjoy it.

Book review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

I just finished reading A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, and I must say that I enjoyed this book quite a bit. On the back cover of the book, one of the review snippets states that it “is a very likable novel,” and I must agree. Likable is a great way to look at the book because I instantly fell in love with the characters.

Book cover for A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

This book is the second in the Wayfarer series. I loved the first book too, so I wanted to read the second thinking it would pick up the story of the Wayfarer crew from the first, but it doesn’t. I was a little disappointed by that at first. That was until I started to really get into this book. This book contains two stories that it alternates between.

The first story follows Pepper and Sidra: Pepper being a good friend of Kizzy and Jenks from the Wayfarer and Sidra, the Lovelace AI that is now placed in a fake body to pass as a human. Sidra ends up living and working with Pepper after realizing that staying as the AI on the Wayfarer might be too much for the crew. If you are curious why this is, you really need to read the first book. Sidra goes with Pepper and ends up struggling to cope with being restricted to a body instead of a ship.

The other story follows a girl by the name of Jane who ends up leaving a factory she lived at and ending up in a broken ship with an AI called OWL. As Jane grows older, OWL teachers her things and uses the skills Jane picked up in the factory to repair the ship in hopes of escaping the planet they are on.

The two stories are told in alternating chapters once the book reaches a certain point. I’ve read books that use this technique before and haven’t really liked it, but this one was done really well with both stories coming to a very nice close at the end that may or may not have brought a tear to my eye (maybe someone was cutting onions while I neared the end of the book. I’m not quite sure).

You can read this book without reading the first. The story and writing is good enough to stand by itself, but I feel like you might be missing out if you haven’t read the first book. Mainly because the first book is just so likable too. I’m really enjoying the way Becky writes her books and can’t wait to pick up the next one in the series. I just found out my library has it, so it won’t be that long of a wait. That makes me happy.

I highly recommend this book even if you aren’t much of a sci-fi person. I think most people that read this book will find something to love about it.

Author’s website: https://www.otherscribbles.com/
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29808780-a-closed-and-common-orbit

Hoping for a good Wednesday

I had an interesting night with dreams that kept waking me up. I wouldn’t call them nightmares, but they weren’t pleasant either. More shocking in nature to the point that I would wake up. I had planned to write down some of what I could remember, but I was woken up by my parrot wanting attention. The few minutes I spent with the parrot made what I could remember of my dreams go away. Now I can only remember the feeling.

Regardless, I’m hoping today will be a good day. It will all depend on the first 30 minutes at work because I had to make a decision last night before I left that I’m not sure my boss will agree with. I left a note explaining what happened, and I didn’t pass anything off to anyone else. I made sure to state that I would pick up where I left off when I got in today. Crossing my fingers that he understands my position on this.

Book Review: Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

Book cover for Winner Take All by Barry Eisler

I’m kind of binge reading the John Rain series right now in an effort to get to book #10 in the series that I received earlier this month as part of the Amazon First Reads program. I’m glad I decided to start with this series at the beginning. It really helps that these books have all been a part of Kindle Unlimited too because it makes it easy to get to them as a member of that.

Winner Take All picks up a bit after the second book after John Rain has decided to escape Japan and start a different life in Brazil, but you don’t realize that right off because the book puts you right into the action with John working a mission on behalf of the CIA. I was a little surprised at how this book started out with John working for the CIA after spending the first two books avoiding “the agency.” So, it was weird with it opening up with that. It gets explained later.

So, this book ranks higher than book number two for me and probably right up there with the first book in the John Rain series, and it all has to do with John coming to grips with people actually caring about him as a person and less on the fact that he is a cold and ruthless assassin. Maybe it also has something to do with the other characters in John’s life. I have always liked Tatsu, and the addition of Dox coming into John’s life really made up for the loss of another friend of John’s.

I guess I like John, so I’m kind of rooting for him to find some roots. It seems people keep trying to befriend him, but John keeps pushing everyone away. It’s kind of nice to see some of the other characters in the book prove to John that it is okay to trust others from time to time. I realize he has his reasons for staying distant, but I feel for the guy. It seems like he could use someone in his life to lighten it up.

Winner Take All really adds to the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. I’m hoping we get to see more of Dox and his antics. It would be interesting to see how John might work with a partner.

Author’s website: http://www.barryeisler.com/