Retro Thursday, Ender’s Game

Today’s Retro Thursday is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I’ve never read the book or seen the movie but it’s been on my radar for a while. Recently I spotted a small book store while working, I had some time to kill so I stopped in. They had a new copy for $4.99. I bought it along with a copy of the second Captain Underpants book for my daughter. 

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Lost Stars Review

Lost Stars

Author: Claudia Gray

Published: Sept. 4th, 2015/ Disney Lucasfilm Press

Length: 551 pages

Series: Stand Alone

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Clone Wars has come to and end and The Empire has replaced The  Republic. On the world of Jelucan two children Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree are attending a ceremony put on by The  Empire. A chance encounter with Grand Moff Tarkin puts them on a path to Imperial service. Even though they are from different backgrounds they become close friends learning to fly together. They attend the Imperial Academy and both excel and become officers in The Empire. But then the Empire destroys the planet of Alderaan and they are both effected and start second guessing the Empire’s intentions. Thane eventually leaves the Empire and joins the Rebel Alliance. Ciena stays with the Empire believing order is what’s  needed to bring peace to the galaxy. Can their feelings for one another endure or will they turn against one another. 

My thoughts:

The Star Wars New Canon has really kicked it up a notch. This is what Star Wars is all about. Serious stories that dont always have to have the core group of Star Wars heros. These are stories that are in the Star Wars universe and feel like it. This story was so good. We follow the careers of Thane and Ciena as they grow up together, join the Imperial Academy and then The Empire eventuall they realize that they are in love with one another but the destruction of Alderaan is the last straw for Thane and he deserts. Ciena knows where to find him and goes to retrieve him for the Empire. After a passionate night together they part and Ciena remaining loyal to Thane refuses to turn him in. After some time Thane joins the Rebellion while Ciena goes up the ranks with the Empire. But their love for one another remains true. It was great wondering if they would be torn apart by the war. I found myself breezing through this and reading long into the night hoping that The Force would be with the young love birds and that things would work out in the end. We also find out a little about what happened on Jakku before The Force Awakens. A great Star Wars story highly recommended. 

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Sunday Reading Update 8/20/2017

I’m still trying to keep up and make my blogging more consistent. So I’ll keep it short and sweet. At the moment I’m reading The Shining by Sthephen King (70%) and Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (73%). This is my second go around with The Shining and I’m liking it better than the first time around. Lost Stars is really enjoyable and I find myself rushing through it to see what happens. I’ve also posted my review of Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.

Also this week a received the upcoming Andy Weir novel Artemis through Netgalley I’m very excited about this and I’ve but it at the top of my reading list. I had some trouble downloading it at first but it turned out it was a mistake on my end. I’ll try to read this one quick and post a spoiler free review before the book comes out which I believe is November 2017. That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

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Meddling Kids Review

Meddling Kids

Author: Edgar Cantero

Published: July 2017/ Double Day Books

Length: 336 pages

Series: Stand Alone

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

The Blyton Summer Detective Club has been solving mysterys in the town of Blyton Hills for a couple of summers now. During their last case they solved the mystery of a swamp monster roaming a haunted house on a small island. Turns out it was a man in a costume trying to scare people away while he searched for a rumored lost treasure. Sound familiar? Of course it does. We all grew up enjoying the adventures of Scooby Doo and the gang. But what if one of those countless aliens, swamp monsters or ghost were real? That’s what “Meddling Kids” is all about. 

During that last case the teen detectives witnessed a number of supernatural occurrences but once the case was solved they were quick to explain that stuff away. Ten years later that are back to investigate the stuff they witnessed years ago. 

My Thoughts:

“Scooby Doo, Where are You?” with a real life twist. Two girls, two boys and a dog. But that’s were the similarities end. The last case they worked on has been eating at them for years. None of them have lived up to their full potential. First up is Andy who I thought was the Velma of the crew, but she’s not the brains. She’s more like the muscle of the group. A tomboy who has a crush on Kerri. She joined the military  and is wanted for an assault she committed in Texas. Kerri is Daphne and Velma rolled into one. Pretty and smart living in a small apartment in New York and working as a bartender. Nate was the youngest and is leaving in a asylum in Massachusetts. And Peter. Peter grew up to be a movie star and then committed suicide. Oh and Tim a descendant of the original dog sidekick. Andy must recruit her friends and convince them to return toBlyton Hills and confront the things they saw there and try to get to the bottom of it and hopefully set their lives straight once again. I don’t want to give too much away. It this was an enjoyable quick read I think anyone born in the 70’s or 80’s will enjoy. 

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Sunday reading Update 7/23/2017

It’s the middle of summer and boy is it hot. I sit here writing this update hoping for one of those sudden summer thunderstorms but checking the forecast that seems unlikely. This week I Finished Star Wras: Aftermath and have posted a review. In my quest to read everything King I’m on his third novel The Shining this is not my first go at The Shining I’ve read it quiet recently. Right before Doctor Sleep came out I read it to familirize myself with the Danny Torrance character. I had heard so much about the book about how scary it is but to tell the truth I found it a little I don’t know, boring? maybe I’ll enjoy it a little more this time. The second book I’m reading is “Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero”. I don’t know why but as soon as I saw this I got it and put it on the top of my TBR. I grew up on Scooby-Doo and this story seems like it tells what would happen to a group of kids like that growing up in the real world. I just started both and I’m at 3% and 4%. 

Also SDCC is happening right now and some cool stuff is making the rounds on the Internets. These are the things that are on my radar from interested, to really interested.

Justice League

I really really want this movie to be good. The DCU is far behind Marvel when it comes to their cinematic universes. Superman V Batman was somewhat lackluster. And while I haven’t seen it I heard good things abount Wonder Woman hopeully that movie is the start on the right track. I thought Aquaman looked bad ass. Wonder Woman of course looked wonderful but I’m a little on the fence about Flash he looks to bulky and akward to me. We shall see.

The Shape of Water

When I first heard about Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming movie I thought maybe it was a retelling of The Creature from the Black Lagoon but it seems to be something totally different. I will say no more just check out the trailer.

Thor Ragnarok

I’ll admit the Thor movies are not my favorites of the Marvel movies but this one looks like its going to be a fun ride. I’m on board for this.

Avengers Infinity War

This is going to be epic. Unlike anything ever seen on the screen before.Nuff said.

Stranger Things 2

Being a child of the 80’s this series was everything to me and I can’t wait for this to come out. I will be rewatching season one the week before it’s release. I just hope the Netflix servers don’t crash.

Ready Player One

I loved this book of 80’s nostalgia. Through out this book I kept thinking this would make a great movie but there is no way it could happen not with all the different licenses and trademarks. Then I saw the trailer and was blown away. Coming from Steven Spielberg I’m not surprised.

Thats all for this week. Let me know how you feel about these up coming projects or if I’ve missed some.

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Star Wars: Aftermath Review

Star Wars: Aftermath

Author: Chuck Wendig

Published: September 2015 By Del Rey


Series: Book One in the Aftermath Series

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Battle of Endor has put an end to the Empire’s reign upon the galaxy. But while The Emperor and Darth Vader are dead the Empire still exists. In the Outer Rim the last of the remenants of the Empire holds on to a small number of planets and seek to regain some of the Empire’s former glory. On the planet of Akiva Admiral Rae Sloane is gathering the last of important players of the Empire to discuss the next step for the Empire. At the same time Captian Wedge Antilles is searching the Outer Rim for the last bits of the Empire. He is caught and held prisoner. On the planets surface Pilot Norra Wexley (who flew a Y-Wing along side the Millenium Falcon through the second Death Star) has returned home to retrieve her son.Also a female Zabrak bounty hunter is on the planet hoping to pick up a bounty on one of the important Imperials on the planet. Also a former Imperial Loyalty officer in hiding. These strangers will need to come together to rescue Wedge and try to make it off the planet alive.

My Thoughts:                                                                                                         A while back I decided to stop reading the Star Wars Legends books and just focus on the New Canon I’ve read a few already and found them to be pretty good. Now I’ve heard that some were not crazy about this book but that the over all series is pretty good. That being said I thought it was pretty good I went in with low expectations but enjoyed it and look foward to book two and three. The story takes place right after Return of the Jedi I went in expecting to read what happened to Luke, Leia and Han. But this book wasn’t about them and that’s fine, it just make the whole universe feel bigger. There is a small interlude with Han and Chewie and the other characters are mentioned thru out the book. The new characters are interesting and we learn what they were doing during the events of Jedi. I like that they were close to the action and it makes you feel that if you rewatch Jedi you just might see them in the background. One thing that did bother me and I hope that people don’t take this the wrong way but I felt that the author kept pushing the fact that there are gay characters in the universe. Which is fine but there were three occasiones where the fact was pushed this or that character is gay and it didn’t do anything for the story other then shock value. That being said this was a solid entry into the New Canon Star Wars universe.

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Sunday Reading Update 06/11/2017

So I’ve been seriously neglecting my page. Lately it’s been a real struggle. I think because I haven’t really read anything that ha wowed me. I’m a really compulsive person and once a have a certain order on my TBR pile I usually stick to it. But lately I’ve been reading certain book series that I wasn’t enjoying and it made reading and blogging feel more like work then fun. So I’ve made some changes. I have stopped reading books in the Star Wars Lengend series. There is just too many and I haven’t been impressed with any of them in a while. I will still be reading Star Wars books in the new canon as there is not as many and I shouldnt have a problem getting ahead of this series. I still will be reading books in the Dragonlance series for now. No more books are being written in this series and its just something I want to complete. I will still be making my way through the Stephen King catalog another life goal. in between each of this books I will read a random series that is in my TBR pile and a stand alone book, meaning it is a one shot and not part og a series. As of the moment I am reading Weasel’s Luck by Micheal Williams it is Part #3 in the Dragonlance: Heroes series and I am at 65%. I’m also reading The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice The third novel in The Vampire Chronicles series and I am about 50% thru with this one. In other book news I recently purchased Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar and this will go to the top of my reading pile. That’s all have a great week.

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