Rebel Rising Review

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Title: Rebel Rising

Author: Beth Revis

Length: 410 Pages

Published: May 2017

My Rating: 3 Stars

I feel that Disney has done a good job trying to fill in the gaps between Star Wars movies, be it the books that lead up to The Force Awakens or Catalyst which was meant to give more insight to fans before seeing Rogue One. Rebel Rising is like that but also different as it takes place in between scenes of Rogue One. Beth Revis tells the tale of what happened to Jyn Erso right after being rescued by Saw Gerrera, all the way up to her being rescued by the Rebels from the prison planet Wobani. Saw travels with Jyn to a remote base were Jyn begins her training. Learning how to fight and other military tactics. She has a natural knack for forging Imperial codes for ships helping them by-pass military blockades. At Saw’s hidden base people come and go all the time leaving on various missions. Once Jyn gets older she begins to help on some of these missions, but a lot of Saw’s tactics do not sit well with her. On one of their missions they are betrayed and Saw is hurt bad, he tells Jyn to hide that he will come back for her. But he never does. Jyn begins to suspect that he has succumb to his wounds, for there is no way that he would leave her behind. Jyn manages to escape the planet she keeps hopping to different planets and different jobs. She finally arrives on the planet Skuhl a planet as yet untouched by Imperial rule. She is taken in by Akshaya and her son Hadder. One day Jyn confronts a man who is following her and learns that he was sent by Saw to check up on her. She realizes that Saw is alive but never came back for her. She is content to live her life without anymore fighting against the Empire and her and Hadder begin to fall in love. But then the Empire arrives and Jyn and her new family must escape. She begins doing forgery for a casino owner, but finds out that the data the she is supposed to forge will keep a group of woman and kids in servitude to the Empire. Jyn makes a moral decision that keeps her on the run and eventually she is captured and placed in a labor camp. This is where we find Jyn in Rogue One.

My Thoughts:

This is the stuff I love. As Star Wars fans we love to fill in the blanks and wonder what happens between the scenes that we did not see. What happened in these characters past that shaped into the person that we eventually meet on the screen. This one tells all that we wondered about Jyn. Why did she hate her father? We know he wasn’t working willingly for the Empire but we get to see this through the eyes of young Jyn. We realize what it must have looked like to her. We see why Saw Gerrera was not looked at kindly by the rebels and why he felt the way he did about them. We also get to see stuff that was hinted upon we Jyn and Saw meet again after many years. I love stories that feature adventures that we never knew about like the stuff in the Aftermath series. But I also enjoy these fill in the blank stories. It gives me more insight the next time I watch one of the films. Great story.

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Weekly Reading Update March 10, 2019

55D2322E-C973-4F44-8891-4F0D2825C9B2Well it’s March 10th and I awoke to find my house covered in a thin layer of snow. It’s March 10th and I am sick of snow and I’m eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures. That being said it wasn’t much snow and the temps do seem to be getting warmer everyday. Life has been slow this past week, nothing to exciting at work as for reading I tried for the second time to read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell and couldn’t do it. I don’t know what it is about that book. People speak so highly of it and I just can’t get into it. I wish I owned a physical copy of it so I can give it to someone who would enjoy it. The next book on my To Be Read list was Rebel Rising by Beth  Revis. I’m enjoying this one and should be done with it at some point today. Next up will be another Stephen King book Danse Macabre I believe this isn’t really a story but something about early horror movies not really sure but looking forward to it. The one big thing that happened this week? I’ve decided that for lent I will be giving up social medial Ive deleted my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Not really deleted the accounts but deleted the apps from my phones, tablets , laptop and desktop. Now I’m not deeply religious and that was not my motive for giving up social media. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, at my day job I work for a news station and we interact a lot with social media and for a while I’ve been frustrated and sick of comments and negative people who for a while now have been giving the media a hard time. Since I’m a videographer and not a reporter social media is not an important part of my job. Its been three days now and I’ve gotten more sleep and have gotten a lot more done (like for example updating my blog posts). I do miss somethings like for example I feel like I’m not in the loop with somethings. Will I come back after lent is done? Probably but hopefully I will learn not to be so dependent on social media. That is it for now I hope everyone has a good week.

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Stranger Things Worlds Turned Upside Down Review

img_7305Title: Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down

Author: Gina McIntyre

Length: 224 pages

Published: October 30, 2018

My Rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this show. From the time I saw the coming soon art work on Netflix I knew this show was for me. This show hit all the feels for me. Maybe it was because I was the same age as the characters in the book in 1984, but I felt like these were kids that I grew up with. So I treated myself to this companion book to the Stranger Things series. On the day it arrived I left it in its box, I sat down to dinner, helped by daughter with her homework,got her ready for bed, read her a bedtime story, then watched TV with my wife until she decided to call it a night. I poured myself a cup of tea and then and only then did I begin to unbox this book. I held it in my hands and stared at the cover for a while. I then started to quickly go through each page from front to back. Once I was done I started began going through each page once again a little slower this time, stopping to glance at whatever caught my eye. Once I got to the end I started once again but this time reading it from front to back. And now that that’s through the book sits on a small table right next to my favorite chair were I have it within easy reach and that’s were it will sit for the forseeable future. I love this type of book I can’t get enough of the show and this book holds enough insight and behind the scene tidbits to keep me satisfied till the next season. Its filled with full color pictures and comments from the Duffer brothers. Anything you can think of is in this book. From footnotes talking about 80’s movies that influenced the show to mix tapes that explains the songs the were chosen to accompany the series. It talks about the influence that Dungeons and Dragons had on the show and the books by Stephen King that the brothers read. It’s incredible all the detail that was put into this book. The book itself looks like it was pulled right out of a library in the 80’s. Really loved this book and it will be something that I will flip through for a long time.

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Fahrenheit 451 Review

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Author: Ray Bradbury

Length: 194 Pages

Published: 1953

My Rating: 3 Stars

Ray Bradbury tells a tale where firemen no longer but out flames or rescue people from burning buildings. In this world firemen are the ones setting the fires. Burning books and houses believed to contain books within them. Books are banned from society people spend all of their free time viewing shows on huge TVs that take up all four walls of their living rooms and when not watching TV they have little seashell ear plugs in their ears not one second of the day is spent in free thought. Montag has been a fireman most of his life and countless times he has found himself pouring kerosene over a pile of books and setting them ablaze. But lately Montag has been keeping and hiding books in his home without really knowing why he is even doing it.

One night on his way home he has a chance encounter with a young girl names Clarisse. Clarisse is like no one he has ever meet before, questioning why things happen and just spending quiet time in thought, Clarisse has an impact on Montag. He begins to see the world differently. He tries to talk to his wife about his feelings but she has willingly given into the new norms of society.

After Clarisse has gone missing Montag seeks out the only person that he believes might understand and be able to help him. A man he once ran into in a park named Faber. Faber suspicious at first agrees to help Montag. But it might be too late, Montag’s fellow Firemen are on to him and Montag must decide what is more important to him, the life that he leads or the possible life that he could have.

My Thoughts:

I’ve had to let this book settle in my had for a while. At first a wasn’t crazy about it and couldn’t understand the appeal to it. But like all good books it sticks with you and I found myself constantly thinking about it. At first it seems far-fetched a world where books are banned and burnt. But is it really far fetched? Right now our society is consumed as the characters in the book with constant entertainment shown to us on a screen. While in the book it was wall sized screens (which we have) we are consumed by small screens that we have within arms reach at all time. Whose to say that this isn’t the beginning of something similar and maybe within a couple of generations books arent banned but maybe willingly ignored. Hopefully this classic book will serve as a warning to us all. That being said my thoughts on this book have changed drastically from when I read it a week ago. But that’s what good books are supposed to do, stay with you long after you finish reading them.

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Roadwork Review

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Author: Stephen King (Richard Bachman)

Pages: 320

Published:  March 1981

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Bart Dawes life is all about structure. Ever since the death of his son Charlie, structure has been the only thing keeping Bart sane. His job at the laundry company, his marriage to his wife, all of that starts to come crumbling down when an extension to the highway is scheduled to come thru his town forcing the company he works for and the house that he lives in to relocate. The story starts off with Bart purchasing a rifle and handgun from a local sports shop. Bart’s world begins to unravel. He quits his job after sabotaging the purchase of a new location. After finding this out his wife leaves him and little by little things go from bad to worse. Bart’s self-destructive behavior culminates when he fire bombs the construction site of the highway extension, and finally a stand-off with police when he refuses to leave his home.

My Thoughts:

It seems to me this is one of the lesser known works of King and I can see why. I’ve begone to expect this from the books that he wrote as Richard Bachman. So far except for The Long Walk I have not really enjoyed any of The Bachman books. I did find the story entertaining and I was intrigued enough to continue reading but I felt that it stretched on and moved a little to slow. I’d find myself reading about what felt like a week in Bart’s life to realize it was only an afternoon. When I think back what frustrated me was the character of Bart, I just got so frustrated with him wanting to hold on to his old life when his old life was not that great to begin with. I feel like a new start in a new home in a new neighborhood with his wife was just the thing that he needed. But he was just too wrapped up in the past and the death of his son to move on. This book just didn’t to it for me.

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Bright Spark

Bright Spark

Author: Robert Madden

Pages: 89

Published: 2019

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Thank you to author Robert Madden for sending me a copy of his novel Bright Spark. If you are a fan of Kick Ass or Ready Player One or Blade Runner this book is for you. No time is wasted here with an origin story at the start of the story or protagonist has his mysterious powers and is on the cusp of his first night of crime fighting. He begins stopping petty criminals and slowly works his way up to more dangerous criminals eventually facing other super powered beings. Even making his way to a arch enemy. The story is very short running only about 89 pages. But it’s 89 pages of pure action. I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with the author and he tells me that this is an ongoing tale and that hopefully more will follow. The story is set in the future in 2047 and there are hints of things that have happened in the past that shaped this world. My favorite part is that the protagonist would listen to old school 80’s and 90’s rap. My over all take is that if you enjoy ass kicking super hero action check this book out. If interested I’ve added a link to it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M7B5QZ5/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_i_QBFyCbZZM4RGP

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Thrawn Review

title:Thrawn

By: Timothy Zahn

Pages: 427

Published: 2017

Series: Thrawn #1 Star Wars New Canon

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was very weary about this book. Ever since all of Star Wars expanded universe was deemed not Canon I took it all with a grain of salt. I was a little disappointed but I can understand why it had to be done. To tell the truth a lot of those legend stories were starting to get out of hand. The exception to that was the first Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn. That trilogy basically revived the Star Wars franchise. I remember reading it and being blown away. Now Timothy Zahn rewrites Thrawn to fit into the current canon. My first thought was “do we really need this?” Right away I knew this was going to be very different from the first Trawn trilogy. No longer did Thrawn have to share the stage with Luke, Han and Leia. In this novel the reader is able to appreciate the brilliance of Thrawn. Zahn is able to delve so much deeper into this fan favorite character. The prejudice that The Empire has against all non human races is very evident. It was great to see how other officers in The Empire would try to knock Thrawn down but from the beginning Thrawn had there number and never had to get his hands dirty with dirty politics, he knew what everyone was doing before they did it and was always five steps ahead. Also we get introduced to some great new characters like Eli Vanto he is the Watson to Thrawn’s Holmes. I can’t take credit for that analogy I heard that in the great podcast @genrejunkies (If you haven’t heard their podcast check it out) but it fits perfectly.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that many times I had to remind myself is that Thrawn is part of The Empire and they are the enemy I shouldn’t be rooting for him but I was. lol in all a great book but I didn’t expect anything less from Mr. Zahn. And I am looking forward to the rest in the series.

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