Weekly Reading Update 12/09/18

This week was a little different after working for more than two months with painful tennis elbow I made an appointment to get a cortisone shot in my right elbow. In my private life I’m a video journalist so I lug a heavy camera all day long. So after a painful shot which lasted for about 5 seconds I was told to go home and rest and told not to use my arm for two days which was music to my ears. 2 days of no work. I spent 6 hours the first day laying in bed and reading.

This Friday Avengers: Endgame trailer came out and it looks incredible. 2019 is going to be a great year for movies. Captain Marvel, Avengers and Star Wars I can hardly wait.

On Sunday I decided to introduce my daughter to the world of Bone by Jeff Smith I own all the original black and white paperback. It was great watching her immediately become engaged with the story. I told her once she finishes a book I’ll give her the next in the series. The above pic is her getting comfortable and ready to spent some time reading.

I posted my review for Aftermath: Empire’s End on Wednesday and I am about 40% in on Stephen King’s Firestarter. This is my first time reading it and so far so good. That’s all for this week. Enjoy your weekend.

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Aftermath: Empire’s End

Aftermath: Empire’s End

By Chuck Wendig

Book 3 in the Aftermath Series

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

During the second novel Norra Wexley and her crew located Han Solo and helped him rescue Chewbacca and the rest of the Wookiees on Kashyyk. They also freed a bunch of Imperial prisoners. During a welcome home ceremony an implant that was planted in the prisoners brain activated and they attempt to assassinate high ranking New Republic officials. In the confusion Rae Sloane escaped with Norra’s husband Brentin who was one of the implanted prisoners.

In this novel Norra and the rest of her crew, her son Temmin, the ex imperial loyalty officer Sinjir, the Zabrak bounty hunter Jas Emari and Mister Bones the modified battle droid follow Sloan’s trail to Jakku. They arrive at the planet to find the last of the Imperial fleet hiding out there. They are quickly attacked but before they escape into hyperspace Norra and Jas head down to the planet in an escape pod. Temmin sends Mister Bones to protect them.

Temmin and Sinjir make it to the New Republic and try to convince them to lead an attack on Jakku to finish the Empire and rescue his mother.

My Thoughts:

This was a great ending to the Aftermath Trilogy. It gives a lot of insight to The Force Awakens. We learn why the planet of Jakku was important in that movie. The characters were great and it had a good old Star Wars feel. What I loved must of all was the interludes. The stories where so interesting and gave more info on past characters like Lando Calrissian. One character I really liked and that we all should remember is Cobb Vanth. I can’t help but wonder if he is the main character in the new Mandalorian show. I’d love to hear what others think.

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Weekly Reading Review 12/02/2018

well it’s December and it’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by. It’s been a busy week with Christmas shopping and activities for my daughter. My new bed arrived and aside from a mistake that the installers made that i was able to fix I’m really enjoying the bed. Especially the moments before sleep when I’m sitting in bed reading it inclined to a perfect position and then with the touch of a button it goes flat. I still haven’t found my ideal sleep number yet.

On the reading front I’ve finished Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End and with that I’ve finished the Aftermath series. This last one was very good and answered the question of why Jakku was so important. Expect a review in the next couple of days. I started reading Stephen King’s Firestarter. This is my first time reading it and I’m super excited to get into it.

That’s all for this week. It’s short but I should be getting some more free time in my days to dedicate more time to this blog. Thank you and have a good week.

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Weekly Reading Update 11/25/2018

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything but I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and to tell the truth posting on my blog just didn’t seem as important to me. Even my reading time has been affected. I found myself wasting time scrolling thru social media than getting real upset and anxious after reading posts and their comments. I’ve cut my social media time and this year for lent I was going to stop all social media from my life.

Now on to better things I had a great thanksgiving. The best was four days of off work. I caught up on a lot of sleep. Every other Christmas my wife and I get a big gift for the both of us. Two years ago it was a new 65′ smart TV. This year we splurged. About 8 year ago we bought a mattress that I hated about 3 months after purchase. We would always wake up with aches and pains. So this year we bought a sleep number smart bed. It arrives Friday and I am so looking forward to better sleep.

On the reading side I’m reading the last book in the Star Wars Aftermath series Empire’s End. So far I’m enjoying it. It’s been so long since I read the second one that I had look it up on Wookiepedia and read plot summary. While doing that I came upon some interesting information that gave me some possible insight on The Mandalorian show. This is just a theory of mine but if you are interested look up Cobb Vanth. That is all I will say.

That is all for now. I apologize for my absence and will do my best to post more often. Thank you and have a great week.

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Weekly Reading Review 08/09/2018

greeting all. After a 4 day heat wave the weather in New England is starting to get cooler. I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season, and before you know it the leaves will begin to change color and eventually fall to the ground. Fall my favorite season is upon us. Too bad it only lasts for two weeks before it gets deathly cold. On my current reads I’m at 35% on Rogue One and 22% on Royal Assassin. Work has kept me busy with elections going on and I had to work weird hours. I say this every week that I need to read faster but this week I got an app called Bookly, it reminds you to read. It also has a timer that you start when you begin to read, at the end of the session you input what page your on and it records your progress. What have I learned from this? I don’t spend enough time reading. It’s less than an hour a day when I have two to three hours on my own. So hopefully this will give me more discipline to read more.

Apart from that I had some time to myself and stopped at a used bookstore to find a copy of Stephen King’s Dead Zone. I wanted to read a physical copy instead of on my Kindle and while I didn’t find a copy I did find this gemWhile it is outdated it has great information and great pics. And was only 10 bucks. Hopefully I’ll see some improvement on my amount of reading soon. That’s all for this week I hope everyone has a good week.

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Weekly Reading Review 09/02/2018

nothing new to report still reading Rogue One and Royal Assassin Both are starting off pretty good. Rogue One has some good extras that weren’t touched upon in the movie. I was able to purchase a neat find from a secondhand store. Two Stephen King hard covers From A Buick 8 and Blockade Billy. I have never read any of these before and I’m looking forward to a good physical read as compared to reading off a Kindle. I’ve also published my review for The Long Walk. I’ll probably do The Emperor’s Blade later this week. That’s all for this week hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day.

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Review The Long Walk

The Long Walk

By: Stephen King as Richard Bachman

Length: 370 pages

Published: July 1979

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every year on the first day of May, 100 young men (just boys really) set off from a location in Maine to participate in The Long Walk. The rules are simple. Once the contest starts the contestants begin walking south. No stopping or slowing your pace. If you do you get a warning. You are allowed three warnings. After that you are shot. If you go an hour without a warning, one of your warnings if any were used gets replenished. The contest is over when only one contestant is left standing. Sounds easy? All you have to do is out walk 99 other walkers. But for Ray Garrety and the other walkers they quickly realize that endurance is the least of their worries during The Long Walk.

My Thoughts:

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was my first time reading it. Written by Stephen King under the pen name of Richard Bachman. I believe that it was King’s second novel as Bachman. These novels weren’t as well known for me and I never really got into them. Man was I missing out. I was expecting an explanation on why The Long Walk exists but we never get it. At first it was bothering me then I realized it wasn’t needed. You get a sense of how different this world is from ours. What society is okay with 100 boys risking their lives for the entertainment of others. People pick their favorites and cheer them on placing bets. Each of the contestants are there voluntarily. Through the walk the walkers begin to unravel as they realize that the odds of them winning are not in their favor. And as walkers are taking out one by one around them they come face to face with their own mortality. All in all a great read. A story I will carry with me (as I do with many King stories) for a long time.

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