The Legends of Luke Skywalker is the latest offering in the long list of, Journey to the Last Jedi, books. To be honest I am not sure what the point was when commissioning the writing of this book. I know every novel can’t be a life changer but giving the reader some nugget of purpose would be helpful. I don’t necessarily blame the author here because I feel like the book was well written. It’s the vision or concept of the book that is….confusing? Discouraging? No, frustrating!
I am old enough to remember the Dream Team Olympic Basketball squad that represented the United States in 1992. A collection of the best professional players in U.S. at that time represented their country and put on an exhibition of talent that none of us had ever seen. In a way it was a snapshot of sport and culture all wrapped up into one. As a Star Wars fan I also remember the series of short stories penned by every amazing author at that time and was published, later compiled, into collection call, Tales From The Mos Eilsey Cantina. I know this is a stretch but I feel that a dream team of a sort has been put together to write and perform the title, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Written in the Tales From style format, this book brings together some our favorite Star Wars authors in recent history thus providing the scripts, or playground rather, for the most amazing narrators the Penguin Random House has to offer, to do their thing. The only spoiler I will give you is this: I will not wait until the end of this post to give you my opinion of this project….. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
This marks the second annual give away of the Legends Library Card and the three year anniversary of the Legends Library Podcast. Luke and Randy are joined by this year’s winner, Cole Peel, from Alba, Texas. He chose the book Death Star to review, written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry. Spanning a period of the three-year construction of the Death Star we learn of the lives of a band of characters that find themselves stuck on a super-weapon. This ragtag bunch of friends will do what they can to escape before the Rebellion attacks. Some make it to safety some are less fortunate. Tune in to find who escapes to fight another day.
The circle is complete!!!!! At least the New Jedi Order is complete. Luke and Randy close out the final chapter of the NJO this month. The Final Prophecy and The Unifying Force are the focus this episode, bringing the over 20 book series to an end. Jacen, Luke, and Zonama Sekot take on the last of the Yuuzhan Vong on Coruscant. In what seemed to be an endless battle only the “unifying force” could make the difference. They also announce the winner of this year’s Legends Library Card. Congrats to Colemandowraith, this years winner! Next book…….Death Star.
The penultimate New Jedi Order episode!! With only two more sections of the NJO left, Luke and Randy take on The Force Heretic Trilogy, written by Sean Williams and Shane Dix. They also bring discussion of Truce at Bakura and Rogue Planet into the mix as it relates to this trilogy.
As the official audiobook reviewer for Coffee With Kenobi, it is my job to stay informed and provide a thorough review of each audiobook as it is released. Battlefront II: Inferno Squad narrated by Janina Gavankar is no exception. She is the image and voice used to create the main character for Battlefront II. I just finished watching season four of the Sleepy Hollow television series and watched the extended interview of Gavankar provided by The Star Wars Show.
We as fans of The Saga, quite frequently have been asked to welcome new talent into our galaxy. As I understand it, the idea that Janina Gavankar was, not only chosen as the main character for the new Battlefront II video game but was also invited to read this audiobook was so encouraging to me. Not only is she talented, but she is a fan! She is expressing her fandom and ability with such grace. She has allowed her passion and enthusiasm for Star Wars to shine through her performance. Iden Versio is the newest edition to the Star Wars cast of thousands and she is cool!
Randy and Luke are making serious progress through the longest book series in the Legends timeline, The New Jedi Order. They have found their favorite!! Traitor penned by Matthew Stover! Stover breaks all the rules in the best kinds of ways with this book. They also discuss Destiny’s Way written by Walter Jon Williams. Traitor contains the story of Jason Solo’s Yuuhzan Vong captivity and the very intense teaching from Vergere. Meanwhile, the fight against the Vong continues across the galaxy in Destiny’s Way. By the end of this episode, we learn the true motivation of Vergere who has become one of the most intriguing characters in Star Wars Legends!
The guys at Legends Library are back! This month they discuss Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham and the Enemy Lines Duology (Part 1: Rebel Dream: Enemy Lines & Part 2: Rebel Stand: Enemy Lines) by Aaron Allston. Randy shares his thoughts on the young Jedi Knights carrying the weight of this section of the storyline and Luke talks about the impact Wedge still has in the battle against the Yuuzhan Vong. They also take some time to make fun of the villain of the week, Lord Nyax. It’s all faster and more intense. We have turned the corner and are starting our stretch run toward the end of this colossal series.
“One fighter with a sharp stick and nothing to lose can win the day!” is an absolute statement from Saw Gerrera passed down to his cadre of followers, including Jyn Erso. In the wake of other releases in recent weeks, the audiobook Rebel Rising by Beth Revis was released this week, somewhat under the radar. To be honest, I did not even know this book was going to be released, but when I discovered it had been published, I went right to reading/listening. One thing is for sure, we know a lot more about the growing up years of Jyn due to the telling of this story.
The audiobook is shorter than your typical run time probably due to the fact that this is meant for a younger audience. The content, however, is far from safe and youthful. This book is pretty dark and covers the time between when Jyn Erso was picked up by Saw Gerrera and the moment she was rescued from the prison by the rebellion. The narrator, Rebecca Soler, was a great choice for this novel because of the fact that she is able to perform a great Jyn style voice. She has also narrated many books in this particular genre.