August/September Update

Posted on 29 September 2016 | No responses
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Based on the cobwebs around here, it looks like I’ve hit a rut again, which is both true and not true. Expanded Universe wise, I started Jedi Twilight on July 24th.  Honestly, I am not a fan and am struggling a bit with it.  It was easy to put down, but I know that I can power through it if I get back into it.  I’m not invested in anyone yet.  I also started reading Heir to the Empire, the first of the Thrawn trilogy books.  I read this series back in the 90s but don’t remember a ton about them, so it’s basically like reading it for the first time.  I skipped ahead to that one because of a new podcast, Thrawncast.  So I am reading a few chapters a week along with them.  I’m still listening to Rogue Podron, but I already read the book they are on, so I am just listening in each week.

In non Star Wars news, I finished War and Peace!  Yay me!  I kind of feel like I should have a button so that people will know of my accomplishment.  Overall, I really like it.  There were parts that were tedious, but I loved pretty much all of the character driven parts, even when they were being idiots. :)

On top of that, I’ve just been BUSY.  Football season is in full swing, DragonCon happened (and was lots of fun), and baseball season is winding down.  These are the last few games at Turner Field, so I am going to 3 games this week.  I also went to Nashville for a long weekend for E’s birthday and M’s baptism.  I’m heading back up there next week to help them move to a new house.

And on top of all that, I have decided to make a Resistance Pilot costume so I can join the Rebel Legion!  Right now I am just collecting the pieces (because omg this can get expensive fast) and will build it after I finish my other craft projects.  But I am so excited about it!  My goal is to have it done and approved before Star Wars Celebration in April.

Speaking of my craft projects, I am working on Lauren’s t-shirt quilt, but it is hard and I kind of hate it.  But I will get it done.  Somehow.  After that, I need to finish two baby quilts for my cousin and niece.  My cousin’s baby is about to turn 1 and M will be 1 in December.  I’ll miss H’s birthday, but I should have plenty of time to finish M’s by her 1st birthday.

And if all that wasn’t enough, I may be taking in my sister’s dog.  So I’ll have two dogs and the new one is younger and will require more walks than my current lazy old man.

Life Debt (Aftermath #2) by Chuck Wendig

Posted on 20 July 2016 | No responses
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I read the first Aftermath book in less than a day during DragonCon in 2015.  Needless to say, I don’t remember that much about it.  I was going to reread it at some point, but never did.  I did give it a 4 but my blurb here was a bit less enthusiastic.  So idk.

Overall, I liked Life Debt.  I think I liked it more than Aftermath.  I still really like the main characters – Norra, Temmin, Jas, and Sinjir.  I don’t remember Jom from Aftermath, but I guess he joined them at some point because he wasn’t really introduced in Life Debt.  He was pretty cool, though.  I liked him and Jas together.  Temmin was weird – sometimes he seems like an older teen and every intelligent and responsible, but then other times he seems like a 9 year old.  It’s hard to pin an age on him.

I LOVED spending time with original trilogy characters.  I really liked all the Leia parts of the book and enjoyed spending time with Han and Chewie.  I definitely yelled “HAAAAN SOOOOLOOO” in my best Maz Kanata voice the first time he showed up.  And Wedge.  Dear sweet Wedge.  I just want that man to be happy.  Is that too much to ask?

I liked all the politics, but at time found the Imperial side of it trying.  I didn’t really like Rax and didn’t feel like he was a great mastermind or whatever that warranted Sloane’s fear.

So yeah, I liked it and look forward to the third book in the trilogy.

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Posted on 11 July 2016 | No responses
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This book was really good. I really enjoyed reading about Obi-Wan on Tatooine. I also really liked that the book is about him, but doesn’t focus solely on him. Annileen was a fantastic character. At the end of the book, I was left with the feeling of “I hope she finds happiness.” While I realize she’s a fictional character, I was really invested in her!

Early in the book, I wanted Annie and Orrin to get together (I read for romance always), but obviously that went away halfway through the book. Then I was really hoping for some Annie and Ben action. 

The Tusken parts were really interesting. I am overall not sure how I feel about them because Tusken Raider = bad but the book showed that there’s more to them than just raiding. It was an interesting concept. 

In all, I was definitely sucked into this book and had a hard time putting it down. I really like the JJM books I’ve read so far. 

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno

Posted on 3 July 2016 | No responses
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This was an interesting book. I can’t say I loved it, but it was an easy read and kept me engaged. I wasn’t super involved with the Jedi storyline, though it had an interesting ending. I liked Shryne, but Starstone was annoying. I liked getting to see young Chewbacca. 

The Vader parts were the most interesting parts. It’s nice to know that Anakin did not lose his whinypants attitude when he became Darth Vader. There were times when he was justifying his actions to himself that made me roll my eyes hard. I liked reading about him adjusting to his body and being frustrated by the machines and limitations. I also liked the tension between him and Palps. I liked that they weren’t immediately on the same page and that that relationship took time to grow.

I really liked the section on Alderaan, too. I liked seeing Bail and Breha as new parents protecting their daughter and Bail’s convos with Mon Mothma. I would have liked a lot more of that instead of the Shryne/Starstone story. 

So overall, it was a pretty good read. 

Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover

Posted on 26 June 2016 | No responses
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Dang, this book is good! This is my favorite prequel movie and the book makes it even better. I love how Stover really digs into the psyche of the major players – Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padmé, and Palpatine. It was really enjoyable to read. The final section just about killed me. I had to stop a few times and not be sad for a few minutes. 

I think my favorite part was the very last “This is Anakin Skywalker” section, which I thought were cheesy at the beginning and heart wrenching at the end. Oh my heart. 

I’m really glad I enjoyed this book so much because I am excited to get back to reading and enjoying Star Wars books! I’m really ready to get to the post-ROTJ books, so I will probably be a little more choosy about which OT books I read. And I have to keep working on War and Peace. :)

The Bacta War (X-Wing Bk 4) by Michael Stackpole

Posted on 15 June 2016 | No responses
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Warning: Spoilers below

I got so into The Krytos Trap that I decided not to wait for Rogue Podron to finish this arc of X-wing books.  It only took me a couple days to finish The Bacta War. I don’t usually post a lot of detail here, but I think my thoughts on the final book and the series as a whole warrant it.

Character wise – I still love Corran.  At the beginning of the series, his monologue-ing got old, but I really did like him.  I liked how he grew over the series and I’m really interested in seeing where he goes from here, especially as a Jedi.  I LOVE Mirax too.  I’m glad they got together.  I loved Wedge too.  I like that the books took a tertiary character from the movies and really built a world around him.  I loved whenever he was the focus.  I felt like this book did not have as good of a mix of secondary Rogues as the last one.  I liked what we got of Gavin, but definitely wanted more.  And more Tycho, Winter, Iella, and Ooryl.  Less Vorru and Isard.  I found myself missing Loor.  He was a better nemesis than Vorru.  I was a little meh on Booster and Talon Karrde.  I guess I need to get to know them better to really like them.

Plot wise – I liked the action in this book, though there were times when I just wanted stuff to be done, usually when we were focused on the bad guys.  I liked that there were a lot of surprises and stuff just worked out, but sometimes it was too easy.  Things just worked out perfectly in ways that almost don’t make sense if you think about it too much.  But that’s the joy of sci-fi books sometimes – you can just take them at face value and not worry too much about the actual logistics.  I did feel like this book lacked the high stakes the other books had.  Only 1 Rogue dies (and one is believed dead for a while) and that death doesn’t seem to have a big impact on the team.  No one dies in the final battle.  While I am happy about that, because I always hate when a beloved character is gone, it seemed weird when all the other books had more deaths after battles.

Also, there was a character (a droid) named Poe in one section of the book.  That was so weird to me.

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Posted on 2 June 2016 | No responses
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I really should write my thoughts down right after I finish a book.  It’s been a few weeks and now I am struggling to remember details.  But overall, I liked this book a lot.  I really like Claudia Gray’s writing style in this book and in Lost Stars.  It’s just easy to get lost in the world around her characters.  And those characters are always awesome.  I have always loved Princess Leia, so I loved that this book focused on her.  My feelings on Casterfo were up and down throughout the book, but I did end up really liking him.  And the rest of the characters were great.  I especially liked Greer and Joph.

So um, yeah, this is a really good book.  My brain just isn’t recalling all the details at the moment. :)

Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno

Posted on 2 June 2016 | No responses
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I decided not to force myself to finish this book.  I don’t like it.  It’s about a chair.  I started it in September 2015 and have made little progress and have no desire to finish it.  So I am done.  It was added to the “attempted” shelf and I am moving on to the Revenge of the Sith novelization.

X-Wing Series Books 2 and 3 by Michael Stackpole

Posted on 2 June 2016 | No responses
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Wedge’s Gamble and The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole

Taking the lazy way out to catch up and doing one review for both of these books.  I would probably say the same thing about them anyway! :)

I really like this series.  The characters are fun and interesting.  At first, I thought I was going to be more upset by the deaths of old characters and additions of new characters, but mostly I’ve been okay with them.  I don’t dislike Corran as much as other people.  I get why he can be annoying, but it doesn’t bother me that much.  I only occasionally have to roll my eyes.  I really like the ladies in these books, especially in Krytos Trap.  Iella and Mirax especially.  I liked both storylines a lot and am getting better at keeping up with what is happening in battles instead of just skimming over the action.

I think The Krytos Trap may be one of my favorite Legends books so far.  I really like the story overall and the balance between the various plots going on at a time.  I liked that many of the plot points started in the first and second book were resolved.  I can’t wait to read the 4th book.  I read ahead of Rogue Podron, so now I need to decide if I am going to keep reading ahead or wait for them.  I started War and Peace, so that should keep me busy waiting for them.

I’m reading?

Posted on 19 March 2016 | No responses
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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted because I haven’t finished any Star Wars books lately. I’m been “reading” Labyrinth of Evil since September. I’ve tried to force myself to read it, which never works. I have actually read several non-SW books this year, which is good.

Another thing I’ve started doing is listening to podcasts. I have a few SW ones that I listen to occasionally, but for a while, the only one I listened to consistently was Rogue Podron. In the last few weeks or so, I’ve realized I like listening to podcasts while driving to work and so the number I am listening to has skyrocketed.

  • Presidential – I found this podcast through the Hamilton Twitter. I really like the history and I am learning stuff that was glossed over in APUSH in 11th grade. I am not a huge fan of the host’s voice and sometimes the info is kind of light, but overall I like it and find it interesting.
  • Rogue Podron – As mentioned, this was my first “I can’t wait for the next episode” weekly podcast. I really like the Rogue Squadron X-wing books. I like the hosts of this podcast. The only part that I don’t love is how long it takes to get through a book.
  • Aftersmash – Smash Podcast! I found this podcast through the Broadway World messageboard and decided to watch the show while catching up on the commentary for each episode. I liked the show, but the podcast was even more amazing. I’m sad it is basically over.
  • Gilmore Guys – I discovered this one because the guys were guests on Aftersmash. I am watching the show for the first time along with catching up on episodes. I have a really long way to go, but I am hopeful that I will finish before the Netflix movies start. I struggled with this podcast at first, but am growing to really like it.
  • West Wing Weekly – This one just started and I am going to try to watch West Wing for the first time with them. The first episode starts this week, so hopefully it is good.
  • Avatar State Podcast – I discovered this through Rogue Podron. I liked Avatar and plan to rewatch with them. The first episode just dropped and I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but I am optimistic.

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