Star Wars Book Review: ‘From a Certain Point of View’

This review of Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View contains minor spoilers.

This year we observe the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. To mark the occasion, 43 authors were recruited to write 40 stories celebrating the first film in the saga, A New Hope. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is the result, and it’s a fitting homage to a film, story, and mythology beloved by fans young and old(er).

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Star Wars Book Review: ‘Phasma’ by Delilah S. Dawson

This review of Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson contains minor spoilers.

For those who may have been disappointed by the apparent underuse of Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Phasma is definitely the book for you. In Phasma, author Delilah S. Dawson gives us an origin story that is unexpected but feels right. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but coming out it all made sense.

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Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad’ by Christie Golden

This review of Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad contains very minor spoilers.

Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden (Dark Disciple) is the latest media tie-in for the new canon. Inferno Squad is the precursor to the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II video game, scheduled for release this fall. However, as with its predecessor Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, Inferno Squad is something all fans can enjoy, whether they be gamers or not. It works perfectly well as a standalone novel.

As with previous releases, such as Lost Stars, Tarkin, and Rogue One: Catalyst, the events of Inferno Squad are seen primarily through Imperial eyes. For those who are enamored of the Empire, that’s a pleasing state. For those of us who are more Rebellion-minded, it presents challenges. How can you find a way to sympathize — or empathize — with the enemy? A few books into the new canon, and I’m still working that out. It does happen, though! And Inferno Squad is an excellent example of when it does.

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Book Review — Star Wars: Thrawn

This review of Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn will contain minor spoilers.

Imagine you created an iconic character, beloved by fans everywhere. Imagine that character was then set aside as newer and more relevant characters took to the fore. Then imagine you were tapped to reintroduce that iconic character. How often does that happen? Well, it happened to Timothy Zahn as his creation, Grand Admiral Thrawn, was recovered from the Expanded Universe (Legends) and welcomed into the embrace of the new Star Wars canon.

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‘A Conversation in Blood’ – The Latest from ‘Lords of the Sith’ Author Paul S. Kemp

Paul S. Kemp, author of Lords of the Sith, has a new book scheduled for release January 24. A Conversation in Blood is the third entry in Kemp’s Egil & Nix fantasy series, and I had the pleasure of being able to read and review the book.

Here is an excerpt from my review, which can be found in full on Goodreads.

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Book Review: Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So, this was a new experience! I’ve never reviewed a coloring book before, and I don’t think I’ve actually colored since I was in grammar school. And that was many decades ago. When presented with the opportunity to review Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (recommended ages 18-99), I was pretty excited. I went to the store, bought a box of Crayola crayons (64 colors, sharpener included!) and got to work.

I had forgotten how time-consuming coloring can be. I had also forgotten how soothing it can be. I understand now the recent trend toward adult coloring books. Sometimes you just need to let your mind go, focus on something a bit creative, and relax. Not to get too personal, but I received some very bad news this week. I was in a fair amount of distress, but in the time I was coloring, I felt better. Honestly!

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Book Review: The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Up front, I love books about concept art for films. Love them! Last year, I read The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was blown away. This year, I’m happy to report I’ve had the same reaction to The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The all-encompassing beauty of the concept art, and the informative text combine for a thrilling experience perfectly in keeping with the movie itself.

The Art of Rogue One is written by Josh Kushins, and features forewords by concept artists Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont, and by Rogue One’s director, Gareth Edwards. These are folks with a clear love for Star Wars that goes back to their earliest days, and that fact shines through in this book. As a Star Wars fan from way back myself, I’m appreciative. Fans sharing their exceptional work with other fans elevates the whole Star Wars experience.

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Book Review: Star Wars Rogue One: Rebel Dossier

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you want to do after you’ve seen an amazing movie is immerse yourself in that world. Watch everything, read everything, devour everything. I go through that cycle with each new Star Wars film, and with Rogue One it’s no different. I love the movie, so I want to soak in all there is to know. The best way to do that is to read! Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Star Wars related books.

One of the tie-ins to Rogue One is Star Wars Rogue One: Rebel Dossier by Jason Fry. While intended for a younger audience (ages 9-12), Rebel Dossier can be appreciated by any Star Wars fan of any age. It’s a fast read, but it’s also a resource you can revisit time and again. I plan on seeing Rogue One again (naturally), and I always find reference materials like this only enrich my subsequent viewings.

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Book Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

For many Star Wars fans, Carrie Fisher has been a fixture for 40 years. Princess Leia made her an icon (or was it the other way around?). However, way back in 1976 London, Carrie Fisher was a young woman nearing the end of her teen years, trying to find her way as an adult, and in the process of creating what would go on to become a worldwide phenomenon.

In her new book, The Princess Diarist, Fisher seeks to shed light upon her experiences on the set of Star Wars and off. Turns out, much of her time off set involved her older co-star, Harrison Ford. It’s a topic she has hinted at and danced around previously, but is now confirmed. For the three months they were filming Star Wars in London, Fisher had a secret affair with Ford, who was married with two young children at the time.

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Star Wars Review: “Ahsoka” Audiobook

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This a review of the audiobook version of Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston and narrated by Ashley Eckstein. There will be minor spoilers.

Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston is a young adult novel spotlighting Ahsoka Tano of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. When Ahsoka was first introduced in The Clone Wars movie (2008), she was greeted with some level of derision by fans who thought her “Skyguy” and “Artooie” routine was a bit too cute for Star Wars. Fast forward eight years, and Ahsoka is one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars — ever. Quite an accomplishment! So, it was no surprise when the announcement of a full-length Ahsoka Tano novel was met with much praise and anticipation. Ahsoka has now been released — does it meet expectations? Yes. It absolutely does. Exceedingly.

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