Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Bk 1)

So I’ll be honest with you: When it comes to Good vs. Evil, I pretty much always land on the side of good.  I like puppies and rainbows and happily ever after.  I like rebels, but generally that’s because they’re fighting against the status quo and making the world a better place.

So going into this book, I had some reservations.  Obviously Darth Bane is Sith, not Jedi.  It’s difficult for me to cheer for him when he’s defeating Jedi.  I was interested in his story, but I didn’t like him.  Even when he was rebelling against the Sith Lords and the status quo, I wasn’t always cheering for him.  Sometimes I was, but several times I wanted him to fail and stop being such a pompous ass.

Beyond the fact that the main character didn’t work for me, I had several issues with the writing.  Too much time was spent on things that ended up not being important at all. I was annoyed by the amount of detail that was thrown in about things like sabacc that never went anywhere.  I felt like it was included just to pad the word/page count of the book.  And while I won’t spoil it for anyone that happens upon this, I didn’t like the way the book ended.

So now I have two more Darth Bane books to read. This could definitely be a struggle. I am curious to see where the story goes from here, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting to the books where the good guys prosper.

Annihilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic #4)

I liked this!  The action was good and kept me interested.  I like Theron as a protagonist.  I liked that he wasn’t a Jedi so he had to figure things out on his own and use computer skills to solve problems.  I ended up liking the secondary characters more than I thought I would at the beginning, especially Teff’ith.

I’m skipping the rest of the Old Republic books for now and moving on the Darth Bane series, which is well reviewed on Goodreads.  I may go back and fill in gaps at some point, but at this point, I don’t own any of the other early books and I do own the entire Bane series, so here I go.  (Thank you, McKay Used Books!)

I really do like to read!

I’ve been a bit of a reading funk lately.  I’ve spent more time watching tv or sewing (or watching tv while sewing) or just generally doing things that are not reading.  But I do love to read and it is good for me, so I am trying to get back to reading.  I probably will never read as much and as fast as I did for the years this blog was more active, but I will be pushing myself to spend more time reading.

Lately, I’ve been getting back into being a crazy fangirl about Star Wars.  I’ve been playing with the idea of reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe books, but really had no idea where to start.  At DragonCon, a panelist mentioned that she did a read through of the majority of the books (you can see her postings here) and I decided to follow her lead.  She did it in like 6 months and I have no desire to try to read through that fast, but it is a good starting list.  I took some stuff of her list that didn’t interest me as much and added a few things that weren’t on her list.  We shall see where it takes me.  You can find my list on Star Wars Legends link above.

My original GoodReads challenge was 52 books this year, one for each week.  Considering we’re this far into the year and I’ve only read 15, that’s unlikely to happen!  So I am readjusting my goal to 30 for the year.  So I need to read 15 more books this year.

Book #16: Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (in progress)