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review 2016-11-17 18:03
Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno

 

Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war.

 

As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal.

 

While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

 

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review 2016-02-11 05:34
A Flame in the Wind of Death
A Flame in the Wind of Death (Five Star Mystery Series) - Ann Vanderlaan,Jen J. Danna

Good. I enjoyed it better than the first one.  This is listed as book #3 in the series but there's novella that came out between the 2 and frankly, I'm not sure it's worth the read. The transition between book 1 to this book is seamless and no other references are made, save for the murders in the first book.  

I enjoyed the plot, it moved along pretty well and the ending, although not a complete surprise, was still entertaining enough to be satisfying.  There wasn't much forensic-y type stuff going on, except for an autopsy or 2.

Overall, an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next.

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text 2015-10-03 05:45
Saturday Morning Cartoons for October 3, 2015- featuring Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Why Fantasy Female Armor Sucks, What if Disney Movies Had Cops, Egyptian Gods Dancing, An Open Letter from the Death Star Architect & the Art of the Buugengs.

 

You can just hear the music, can't you?

 

Even expectant mothers can enjoy a little Halloween mischief.

 

The one we've all been waiting for: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls- sadly they're only in California... for now.

 

 

What if Disney Movies had Cops? Check the link to find out. Also- you ever wondered what would happen if Disney Villians were actually, y'know, SMART?

 

All Fantasy/RPG/Comics fans know it, but female armor really, really sucks. Just ask Red Sonja... and this lady.

 

 

An open letter from the guy who built the Death Star, explaining why it's not his fault.

 

You try building a Jedi/Sith-proof Doomsday device- see how you like it!

 

Finally, an absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing piece- The Art of the Buugengs

 

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The Art of the BuugengsMust watch - prepare to be mesmerized."Flow": The Art of the Buugengs. Buugengs are ‘S-shaped’ objects that are spun and manipulated using a series of techniques to create an optical illusion known as the “visual kaleidoscope”.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gustavo-Ollitta/707233719324579?ref=bookmarks Posted by Mushroom Dreams on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 

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review 2015-05-04 14:57
Death In Winter
Death in Winter: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Michael Jan Friedman

If you follow Star Trek: The Next Generation, you know that one of the knowns in that universe is Captain Jean-Luc Picard is in love with Dr. Beverly Crusher. But when Dr. Crusher marries his best friend Jack, Picard buries his feelings. After Jack dies tragically ( which happens pre- TV-series) and Crusher is assigned under his command, Picard never acts on or voices (for the most part) his feelings out of respect for his friendship with Jack. But it’s always there.

 

As a result, fans like me spent the entire series and a few movies wondering if and when it would ever be addressed.

 

This book is finally an attempt to remedy that.

 

The story follows the events in Star Trek: Nemesis and includes the realistic instability of the Romulan government.. The struggle for power frames the sublplot of Picard coming to terms with the fact that Dr. Crusher is moving on to become ( again) head of Starfleet Medical. Should he tell her how he feels? What future is there for them? Little mushy for a stoic captain but eh, I'll go with it.

 

When Crusher goes MIA on a covert mission, literally not figuratively, Picard is tasked to finish the mission and ya know, if he has time, see if he can find her.

 

The action moves along briskly - forcing the romantic aspect into the background. I actually enjoyed that. I don’t think I could’ve taken 300+ pages of will they/ won’t they romantic sci-fi. There are cameos from some favorite characters. Even the villain was known to me. I had been a little worried I would be lost in new characters and not be interested. Not so.

 

In conclusion it’s a solid, quick read with a nice resolution.

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review 2014-12-13 00:00
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love - Jim Butcher,Peter S. Beagle,Robin Hobb,Neil Gaiman,Tanith Lee,M.L.N. Hanover,Linnea Sinclair,Yasmine Galenorn,Cecelia Holland,Lisa Tuttle,Melinda M. Snodgrass,Marjorie M. Liu,Mary Jo Putney,Jo Beverley,Jacqueline Carey,Carrie Vaughn,Diana Gabaldon,George Love Hurts, Jim Butcher
Rooftops, Carrie Vaughn
The Thing about Cassandra - Neil Gaiman
After the Blood - Marjorie Liu
You, and YOu Alone - Jacqueline Carey - just kill me now
The Demon Dancer - Mary Jo Putney
Man in the Mirror - Yasmine Galenorn

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