Book Review: ‘The Crimson Shadow’ by Una McCormack

February 16, 2021 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Star Trek | Leave a comment
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The Crimson Shadow is the second book in the five book series The Fall which was the epic crossover event in 2013. It was written by Una McCormack and released in September of 2013.

I went into The Fall excited since I’ve heard my Star Trek Book friends rave about it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with Revelation and Dust, and therefore was nervous about The Crimson Shadow

My fears were unfounded, however, because this is one of the Best Star Trek books I’ve ever read!

This book breaks significantly with its predecessor in that it doesn’t really focus on a main character from the shows or even on one of the ships. Rather, it focuses on Elim Garak, the minor recurring character from Deep Space Nine who is now the Ambassador from the Cardassian Union to the Federation. While he may not be a main character from the shows, his story here is incredibly compelling and will make even strangers to the books endeared to him.

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Book Review: ‘Into the Dark’ by Claudia Gray

February 4, 2021 at 9:28 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Into the Dark is a YA book that is part of The High Republic initiative, written by Claudia Gray and released in February 2021.

I want to start by saying that I think that Claudia Gray is a fantastic writer. Master and Apprentice and Bloodline are two of my favorite canon novels. I personally think she is best when writing her adult novels. I thought that Leia Princess of Alderaan was a fantastic book and Lost Stars was a great read. Claudia definitely has the best track record of any of the newer authors in the canon.

Unfortunately, Into the Dark is probably her weakest novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

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Book Review: ‘A Test of Courage’ by Justina Ireland

January 12, 2021 at 7:09 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland is a brand new middle grade novel in The High Republic series from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. It was released in January 2021. 

Middle grade is a difficult genre to write in Star Wars. Star Wars books are known for epic battles, difficult philosophical questions, and references galore. Middle grade books just don’t do that. Mostly because they are aimed at a much younger audience (the publisher’s suggested age range is 8-12), but also because they are naturally shorter. Middle grade books are more the length of an adult novella, and while they have tremendous value to literature, they just are more difficult for me to get into. A Test of Courage is no different.

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Podcasts in Review

January 8, 2021 at 1:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Brews and Blasters Episode 280
  2. Podcast Stardust Episode 193
  3. Brews and Blasters Episode 279
  4. Comic Book Noob Cheetah
  5. Podcast Stardust Episode 201

Honorable Mentions

  1. Obroa-skai Walkers Republic Commando: Triple Zero – “Omega Squad: Targets” and Prologue – Chapter 2
  2. Podcast Stardust Episode 196
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Review: ‘Light of the Jedi’ by Charles Soule

January 7, 2021 at 6:59 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Light of the Jedi is a first taste of The High Republic, the new publishing initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm. The project spans several multimedia forms, including novels, comics, and the upcoming Disney Plus scripted program The Acolyte. The High Republic brings up to a time period previously unexplored by any Star Wars literature, including the non-canon Expanded Universe – 200 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga. A Star Wars publishing project of this magnitude has not been attempted since the days of the New Jedi Order – the early 2000’s. Thankfully, Light of the Jedi is a solid introduction to a new era of Star Wars, and captures everything that made us fall in love with the Jedi.

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Podcasts in Review

December 17, 2020 at 10:43 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Fly Casual: The Mandalorian – Season 2 – Part Something
  2. Blast Points Podcast: The Mandalorian CH15
  3. Force Toast: Episode 50
  4. Blast Points Podcast: Future Star Wars/Lucasfilm projects/Disney Investor Call/5am 4 ever
  5. Rebel Force Radio: New Star Wars Projects Revealed! Anthony Daniels!
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Podcasts in Review

December 10, 2020 at 10:47 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Blast Points Podcast The Mandalorian Chapter 13
  2. Grand Moff Talkin’ Episode 154
  3. Blast Points Podcast The Mandalorian Chapter 14
  4. The Sandcrawler Episode 104
  5. Skytalkers The Mandalorian: Chapter 14 “The Tragedy”

Honorable Mentions

  • I highly recommend checking out the Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back: Author Commentary podcast episodes that Del Rey is putting out. They’re pretty good and give a lot of insight into the stories.
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Retro Reviews: ‘Thrawn’ by Timothy Zahn

December 9, 2020 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Thrawn by Timothy Zahn is the first of many novels in the canon about everyone’s favorite blue skinned, red eyed Chiss. It was released in April of 2017.

Timothy Zahn has a long and famous history with Star Wars. His Heir to the Empire trilogy not only launched the Expanded Universe (now called Legends as we know it) but also created one of Star Wars’ most famous characters – Grand Admiral Thrawn. Since then, Timothy Zahn has written numerous Star Wars novels, some with Thrawn and some without. However, when Lucasfilm launched the canon, all that went out the window. And so, we thought, went the possibility of seeing Thrawn again.

Obviously we were all wrong.

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Podcasts in Review

November 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk: Episode 564
  2. The Steve Austin Show: Rick Flair
  3. Force of Light Entertainment: The Mandalorian Chapter 12 Discussion
  4. Faking Star Wars: LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Review Show
  5. TechnoRetro Dads: Thanks for Nut N Honey

Honorable Mentions

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Retro Reviews: ‘Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig

November 25, 2020 at 11:19 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Aftermath: Empire’s End is the final book in the Aftermath trilogy, written by Chuck Wendig and released in February 2017. 

It seems like each Aftermath book has a different genre or story style, while still having the same underlying themes and tones. Aftermath is a kind of a heist book where a ragtag group comes together to rescue someone. Life Debt is more of a traditional star wars book with a hint of political thriller added to the mix. Empire’s End is more of an epic war book with some smaller stories happening inside it. I like those aspects of all three, but because they are each so different, it makes it harder to like Aftermath as a cohesive trilogy.

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