Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover

This was an awesome book!  I wasn’t really sure what to expect going in, but it really drew me in and I found myself wanting to read it all the time, even when I should have been doing other things like sleeping or reading my book for Book Club (glad we moved our meeting to next week!).

So the book… I like Samuel L. Jackson, but I wasn’t really sure if I would like Mace Windu enough to like this book, but I was wrong.  Mace was a really interesting character.  He was still awesome and badass.  One funny thing – SLJ is Mace in Star Wars and SLJ is Nick Fury in Avengers.  There’s a character in this book named Nick and early on, there were times when I would think something Nick was saying was said by Mace because I would get my SLJs mixed up in my head.  This was quite confusing!  But I ended up loving Nick anyway.  He was smart and funny and loyal to his friends.

It was interesting reading this story about Depa Billaba.  I know from Star Wars Rebels that she was Kanan’s master, which doesn’t fit with what happened to her in this book.  It’s definitely a disconnect between the old EU (Legends) and the new canon.  Honestly, it doesn’t bother me much.  I still liked the book a lot, even if it was just a story and not part of the new canon (which is ultimately just story as well).  I’m excited to explore Kanan’s backstory and learn more about his Depa.

Speaking of the new canon, I would really like to get through the books related to the Original Trilogy before The Force Awakens comes out in December.  Theoretically, it would be nice if I was finished by September so I’d be caught up for reading Aftermath and the other Han/Leia/Luke books coming out on the 4th, but that is unlikely to happen.  I may end up skipping some books that are not as well reviewed.  Maybe. :)  I don’t want to do that, but that’s generally what has slowed me down – hitting a book I didn’t like much and putting it aside for a while.  So maybe if that happens again, I’ll just move on a little bit and see if something else sparks my interest.  And of course, I’d like to be finished with the X-wing series by the time Rogue One comes out.  I think this is possible. I think.

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