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text 2018-07-20 14:34
Star Wars Book Tag

Original video here


The Questions:
1) R2-D2 - a book that made you laugh out loud



2) Padme Amidala - Kickbutt female character



Piper McLean, from The Heroes of Olympus

3) Leia Organa - Best or worst love triangle?



I'll do both.

Best: Frank, Hazel and Leo (Heroes of Olympus)

Worst: America, Aspen, Maxon (The Selection)

4) Luke Skywalker - rising star author, a new author you've discovered and absolutely love



I don't read many new authors, so the most recent author I've read where I've never read anything by them but loved their book was Margery Allingham

5) Anakin Skywalker - a book or series that started out well and then became bad



Matched... I've still never gotten through Crossed

6) Qui-Gon Jinn - Worst character death




7) Han Solo - a book with a lot of sass



Percy Jackson

8) Emperor Palpatine - Best world Building?



I know I'm being typical here, but Middle-Earth

9) Ben Kenobi/Obi-Wan Kenobi - a book you went in with low expectations and that blew you away



Alive and Dead by Elizabeth Ferrars

10) Yoda - a book that taught you something or that made you grow



The Outsiders

11) Darth Vader - favorite villain



President Snow

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review 2018-07-05 21:17
Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes - Jason Aaron,Laura Martin,John Cassaday

I have a very complicted relationship with Star Wars and Star Trek.  In part, it is because both mammoths are a part of my childhood.  New Hope was the first movie I saw in the movie theater.  Star Trek was life blood.  I remember playing both growing up.  Man, you should have seen my class illustrate the epic Yoda/Vader fight we were positive was coming in Jedi.



But they have their issues.  And people don't like it when you bring it up.  I mean a certain former Jame T Kirk harassed a Penn prof when she said while advance for its time STOS didn't do that well with gender.  She's right.  And this is also true of the ST:TNG and Star Wars.


One thing that always bugged me about Star Wars was that it was so male centric.  New Hope is set up that we feel more for Luke about Kenobi's death than Leia losing her family, home, and people.  Then there are some really strange choices in Jedi - like Leia getting her hair done with the Ewoks, and why isn't she a general, and Han is - Han who just spent a whole bunch of time frozen?


It's true that various tie ins - books and previous comic runs - have done much to either mellow, correct, or fill in those iffy things.  I still have a Marvel comic Original Star Wars series issue about Leia during the time Han is frozen.  She meets a stormtrooper who has a certain piece of rock around his neck.


Skywalker Strikes is as good as that issue.  It's set between New Hope and Empire.  Leia leads Luke and Han on a mission or two (until Han, being Han, screws it up).  Leia kicks ass.  Leia and Han try to take out Vader.  Leia does so many things.  True, the focus is on Luke coming to terms with who or what he is or can be, but its damn good storytelling and writing.  

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review 2018-07-03 12:47
Star Wars Rebel Jail by Jason Aaron
Star Wars Vol. 3 - Jason Aaron,Mike Mayhew,Leinil Yu

This is the third in the Star Wars series filling in the story after the first movie. Sadly, I feel that the stories have gotten progressively less interesting. They keep adding new characters that I don't know much about their back story (I did know who Dr. Aphra was, but for people that did not it must have made this novel even less interesting) and it simply was not as exciting.


With that said, I did appreciate the leadership of Leia in thus particular story. First time she really had the central role in one of these stories.

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review 2018-06-29 13:45
Review of Star Wars Volume 2 - Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron
Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on Smugglers Moon - Jason Aaron,Simone Bianchi,Stuart Immonen

While not as good as the first entry in the series, this was another solid read that continues the story of the major characters of the original Star Wars.  I felt the story in this one dragged a bit, and it introduced a few new characters that I didn't necessarily love right away.  With that said, it continues to fill in the gaps between the movies and the overall story is strong.

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review 2018-06-26 18:43
Review of Star Wars Volume 1 - Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron
Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes - Jason Aaron,Laura Martin,John Cassaday

I rarely read graphic novels, but enjoy Star Wars and love how these graphic novels fill in the gaps between the movie.  This novel picks up immediately after the original movie and shows us what the characters did next and how their relationships developed.  It was a very quick read, and the art was nicely done.  Looking forward to the next one.

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