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!!!
Wow! I just finished Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig. I feel as though I have been on a rollercoaster ride with out a seatbelt! I had so much fun listening to this audiobook. Even though this book had a beastly listening time of 16 hours, it was so worth it. I have to be completely transparent and say right up front that I was not the biggest fan of the first two books of this series. I did listen to them because I am a fan of all Star Wars books. I feel at peace knowing that those books brought us all to this one. I don’t intend to spoil anything for anyone here. My goal of this post is to encourage you to invest the time or agree with the rest of you that this book rocks!
Chuck Wendig’s final entry in the Aftermath trilogy, Aftermath: Empire’s End has been released, and completes the adventures of Norra Wexley and her mismatched group of miscreants. The reader journeys with Norra Wexley and bounty hunter Jas Emari in their pursuit of Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, but that is only one focal point of the narrative. We also follow Temin (“Snap”) Wexley, his wonderfully terrifying droid, Mr. Bones, and recovering Imperial Loyalty Officer, Sinjir Rath Velus as they desperately try to convince the New Republic that they must journey to Jakku (no spoilers here; once you read the book, you will understand why) for a number of reasons that are critical, both personally, as well as on a galactic scale. While it does not reach the staggering heights of Life Debt, Empire’s End is a worthy bookend to the Aftermath trilogy.
I have been co-hosting the Legends Library Podcast on the Coffee With Kenobi Network for two years now. The Legends timeline is completely immersive for me, but each time a new canon book is released it gives me the opportunity to swim to the surface, pop my head up and see what adventures our heroes both new and old are experiencing. This week I did just that, as I basically consumed the newest release from the Star Wars story group and Del Rey, Catalyst.
Fortunately for me, Dan Z has provided a wonderful review of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt, which you can read here. That leaves my task at hand to discuss Marc Thompson’s reading of this novel and the production value of the audiobook itself. In full disclosure, I have not listened to an audiobook in many years, so this was a wonderful treat to be able to experience the medium at its finest.
There’s much that’s been said and written about the story Claudia Gray has penned about Leia Organa in the few days since the novel’s release May 3.
Be it revelations of the Huttslayer or the examination into the warrior and strategist or deep dive into the political machinations of the New Republic and her role in its founding, the novel has struck a near-unanimous chord among readers, Star Wars fans and historians for whom charting the Saga’s lore is an almost full-time affair.
Very Minor Spoilers follow below … you may wish to read Bloodline before proceeding.