An ambitious book with some great ideas that ultimately doesn’t come together as tightly as one would like. Still, I enjoyed it. Thrawn is a great character, one of my favorite Star Wars characters. The setting of the book both in the midst of the Clone Wars and also in the time period before the … Continue reading Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith By Paul S. Kemp The author does a great job of maintaining suspense even though we know, broadly, how the story must end. Vader and the Emperor battle against the Free Ryloth movement which is engaged in open rebellion against the Empire. Since this is years before the events … Continue reading Star Wars: The Lords of the Sith
Dune is an incredible feat of imagination and writing. Frank Herbert intermingles history, religion, politics, ecology, and philosophy into an epic adventure of intrigue and revolution. One can see the influence Dune has had on later science fiction. It’s hard not to imagine Tatooine as one reads about Arrakis. The intrigue among the great houses … Continue reading Dune by Frank Herbert
Saturn Apartments. Dosei Mansion. Story and art by Hisae Iwaoka. 7 volumes. Completed. Saturn Apartments is a character-driven sci-fi slice of life set in a future where Earth has become a nature preserve. Humanity now lives in a gigantic tube-like structure that forms a ring around the Earth, 35 kilometers up in the sky. With a … Continue reading Saturn Apartments. Dosei Mansion.
Bloodline by Claudia Gray My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are books that you just don’t want to end. You read through them quickly because you need to know what is going to happen next, but you dread that with each page you are getting close to the end. This is one of those … Continue reading Star Wars: Bloodline
A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars For fans of Rebels, this is a great way to spend more time with Hera and Kanan, and to see how they first met. Like Rebels, it gives you a look at the beginnings of the rebellion. Miller also introduces Rae Sloane … Continue reading Star Wars: A New Dawn
Today I am reviewing Big Nate: Flips Out. Big Nate: Flips Out is a great book where Francis gives Nate a camera for the yearbook and it gets stolen. Francis thinks Nate lost it because he's so messy so they get into a big fight. It turns out Nick Blonsky stole it. He got suspended … Continue reading Big Nate: Flips Out.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline My rating: 5 of 5 stars For a child of the eighties, this book is chock full of nostalgia. As fun as that is, the novel is much more than that. It's not necessarily particularly original, but the way Cline puts the parts together is creative and entertaining. He … Continue reading Ready Player One
Empire's End by Chuck Wendig My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this conclusion to the Aftermath trilogy, we see the story lines of the main characters get wrapped up. [Spoiler Warning: some of what I write might be spoiler-ish] . . . Overall, I liked the book and the trilogy. It introduces some great … Continue reading Aftermath: Empire’s End
March Story. Story by Kim Hyung-Min. Art by Yang Kyung-Il. 5 Volumes. Completed. March Story is a fantasy horror manga full of dark violent imagery. The artwork in this series is astounding. Think highly-stylized 18th century gothic horror. It is extremely detailed. It is violent. It is graphic. It superbly sets the stage for this … Continue reading March Story