Sunday Book Review 4/30/2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, close to three weeks. The reasons? Well I was going to post my Retro Thursday post but got into a small fender bender at work. It wasn’t a big deal but I wasn’t in the mood to post anything. Then my family and I took a small vacation to NYC. I’m back now and ready to start posting regularly again. There will no Comic Book Tuesday this week cause I haven’t grabbed any comics yet. Reading wise I read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King and will post a review soon. I’m 79% done with The Vampire Lestat. While in NYC I got a chance to visit the world famous Strand Book Store. What an experience I felt like a little kid, I couldn’t catch my breath, my eyes were scanning over everything trying to capture it all. I got tremendous sensory overload. I also bought a souvenir to mark the occasion. In my neck of the woods there was a small comic book convention at the local mall and I was able to snag a bargain on this little gem. It shows the concept art and the creative process that went into the first four Marvel movies. I hope everyone had a great weekend and sorry that I’ve been away so long. 

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Comic Book Tuesday

Darth Vader Vol. 1, Vader 

Author: Kieron Gillen 

Artist: Salvador Larroca 

Published: October 2015/ Marvel Comics

Length: 160 pages

Series: Collecting Darth Vader issues 1-6

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

After the destruction of the Death Star, Vader is the only one alive and the Emperor holds him responsible. Vader finds out that The Emperor has been having meetings with someone about a possible new apprentice. So Vader starts doing some side planning of his own. He hires Bobba Fett to find out who the force sensitive pilot who destroyed the Death Star is. And he hires a female archeologists named Dr. Aphra. Aphra was able to acquire a “triple  Zero droid personality matrix” and place it in a spare 3PO unit. Along with a BT-1 assassin droid Aphra was able to acquire a droid army for Vader. They locate Doctor Cylo who was building cybernetic enhanced beings. At this time The Emperor arrives and demands that they be tested against Vader. Vader prevails but The Emperor is impressed and decided to find a use for Cylo’s creations.  

My Thoughts:

I liked this one just a little more than Star Wars vol. 1. Both were pretty good additions to the Star Wars mythos. I thought the artwork was great. If I’m not mistaken Salvador Larroca has been around for a while without Googling him I want to say he’s done some work in the X-Men universe. I really enjoyed the Dr. Aphra character. Her personality is the complete opposite of the Dark Lord and you would think that Her and Vader wouldn’t work well together, but they totally do. I heard she is getting her own series. I look forward to it and more of the Vader series. We also see how Vader discovers that Luke is his son. That something that I never gave that much to. 

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Heir to the Jedi Review

img_3019-1 Heir to the Jedi

Author: Kevin Hearne

Published: March 2015/ Del Rey 

Length: 291 pages

Series: Stand alone Star Wars novel

My Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Heir to the Jedi is a stand alone novel featuring Luke Skywalker it takes place shortly after A New Hope. Luke has become a popular pilot in the Rebellion after taking out the Death Star. Princess Leia needs Luke to go on a very special mission. Travel to the planet Denon and rescue a Givin named Drusil Bephorin a reknown slicer who is said to be able to breach any communication system. Drusil started out working for the Empire, but began sympathizing with the Rebellion when the Empire decided to hold her family hostage. Accompanying Luke on this mission is Nakari Kelen and her ship the Desert Jewel. Their mission is to travel to Denon, rescue Drusil and bring her to the planet Omoreth where she will be united with her family. Sounds easy enough. But a young Skywalker is still dealing with the lose of Obi-Wan, leaving up to the memory of his father (who he still doesn’t know at this time is Darth Vader) and trying to get in tuned with the force.

My Thoughts:

I found this book at the beginning to be all over the place. It starts of with Luke going on a mission to establish a new weapons contact for the Alliance. So I thought this is where the story starts something will go wrong and there will be a betrayal and a daring escape. But no none of that. Then he is given his mission but first he goes on a side mission for Nakari’s father who has lost contact with a scouting party. When he arrives he finds out that the planet has invisible aliens that drill through your skull and eat your brains. And I thought awesome a scary thriller like the movie Alien. But no they were in and out in no time at all. To me it just felt like a lot of unnecessary nonsense before getting to the real story. I did like the budding romance between Luke and Nakari but once that started I knew she was doomed. I also liked Drusil’s outlook on The Force it made sense and helped Luke look at things in another way. So overall it wasn’t a bad book. But it wasn’t a very good book either.

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Sunday Reading Update 04/09/2017

Man did this week fly by. It was over before I knew it and as I look back there was nothing really exciting for me on the reading front. Since I have nothing better to show I decided to take a pic of this mornings breakfast. Rogue One came out on blue ray this week and I have yet to buy it. I finished reading Heir to the Jedi and will be posting my review, hopefully later today. Next on my list will be Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. This is King’s second novel and it is part of my attempt to read all of his books. I read it many, many years ago and I remember enjoying it very much. My earliest memory with Salem’s Lot was the 1979 movie. I remember sitting in my parents bedroom all alone I was about 7 years old. They probably had no idea I was watching it. I remember hiding under the covers when Danny’s friend returns as a vampire and asks to me let in. Scared the crap out of me. Aside from that the weather here is looking promising high 60’s. So I might do some spring cleaning and then sit in the backyard with a cool beverage and do some reading. Enjoy the week everyone. 

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Retro Thursday 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe By C. S. LewisI don’t own this edition of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but this is the one that introduced me to the wonderful world of Narnia. Every time I see this cover  I feel all warm and cozy inside. I believe it was printed in the 70’s by Collier books and it can also be found in a neat box set. I couldn’t find the name of the artist though. There was something about this book design it was very simple and had a neat easy to read font and to a young kid in junior high it was not as intimidating as say a thick Lord of the Rings book. It was fairly thin and looked totally manageable. I remember borrowing this from a lady who lived across the street and she said I can borrow the next one once I finished the first. I went back a lot and I made it all the way to the seventh book but never finished it. I recently read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and plan to read the rest of the series. This time I’ll make it all the way through. 

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Comic Book Tuesday 

Star Wars vol. 1, Skywalker Strikes

Author: Jason Aaron

Artist: John Cassaday

Published: October 2015/ Marvel Comics

Length: 160 pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 

Skywalker Strikes, is the first story arc in the new Star Wars series by Marvel Comics since Disney bought Lucasfilm. It includes Star Wars issues 1 thru 5. This story takes place right after the Battle of Yavin. Luke, Leia and Han Solo pose as smugglers working for Jabba the Hutt to gain access to a weapons factory on the moon Cymoon 1. The plan is simple, blow up the factory. But unbeknownst to the rebels the factory isn’t automated. Luke discovers live slaves and decides to rescue them. Even worst reinforcements arrive in the form of Darth Vader.

My Thoughts:

We are all familiar with the stories told in the saga films. But Star Wars fans live for these stories that take place before, after and in between the movies that we love. Any little bit of information and insight into these characters is what we live for. There can never be enough. That being said, it’s great seeing what happened right after A New Hope. Luke is torn, he wants to be a Jedi but doesn’t know where to begin. The only Jedi he’s known is dead. Plus he comes face to face with Vader the man he believes is responsible for the death of his father. Also Vader has no idea who Luke is and at first could care less. I also liked the back and forth between Han and Leia. All the favorites are here Chewbacca, R2-D2, Threepio and Jabba. The art work was okay. The characters likeness was very similar to the actors. But I found Cassaday’sVader to be a little off sometimes. I did like his Jabba though. Next week I’ll be reviewing the first comic arc in the Darth Vader series.

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Sunday Reading Update 04/02/2017

Pretty quiet week for me this time around. Still reading Heir to the Jedi at 52% and The Vampire Lestat at 27%. I also received a request for a review by author Robert Eggleton of his book Rarity from the Hollow. It seems interesting so I will move it to the top of my TBR pile. Right below Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot which is next on my list. I’ll give a little more on what this story is about at that time. Things of interest this week. A new Spider-Man Homecoming trailer. This movie looks pretty good. And the one that I’ve been looking forward to the most Stephen King’s it trailer this one looks even more terrifying then the made for T.V. Miniseries. That’s all I have. I hope everyone enjoyed their week. 

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