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review 2018-11-15 18:52
Dark Force Rising / Timothy Zahn
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness… and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

 

Recommended for Star Wars junkies and younger sci-fi readers.

The author leans heavily on the reader’s assumed knowledge of the Star Wars franchise. Now, it would seem that a person cannot live in our society these days without knowing the basics of the movies, but I admit that I have never watched them. So I have no emotional involvement arising from the films.

As I said in my review of Heir to the Empire, I find that these books would be better suited to the young adult age group and skewed toward the lower end of that—maybe age 11 to 14? Very simple vocabulary, uncomplicated plot, very black-or-white characterization. There are fights and deaths, but not described in gory detail. Princess Leia is pregnant, but that is the full extent of the acknowledgement of sexuality. Readers are very obviously supposed to be picturing Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in their minds’ eye while reading and superimposing their film knowledge over the skeleton that Zahn provides.

Readers that enjoy this trilogy should also consider reading the Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore. They require about the same level of reading ability and provide less graphic violence than some other science fiction/fantasy series.

Book number 298 in my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2018-11-14 17:58
Reading progress update: I've read 261 out of 440 pages.
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn

 

I'm really unsure how this trilogy ended up on the SF/F list that I'm reading.  One the best?  Really?

 

While reading it, I am never immersed, I'm always conscious that I'm reading.

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text 2018-11-13 17:52
Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 440 pages.
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn

 

I know these books are popular, but they aren't the best written books in my Science Fiction & Fantasy project.  Sigh!

 

Nevertheless, this will be my Epiphany book for the 24 Festive Tasks, as it's the second book in a trilogy.

 

Book number 298 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

 

 

 

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text 2018-11-08 19:14
TBR Thursday
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten Str√łksnes
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews
SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
The Mark of Zorro - Johnston McCulley
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Hellburner - C.J. Cherryh

 

I'm currently working on The Witch Elm (which is due in 9 days) and The Waste Lands.  Not to mention that I need to finish A Fatal Inversion and get going on The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.

 

I finally read 2 books last week because I was sick of them showing up here on Thursdays.  The same will probably be true of Shark Drunk eventually.  In the mean while, Magic Triumphs is due in 16 days, with 20 people waiting for it.  It will be my next priority after The Witch Elm

 

I think that The Mask of Zorro, with the rearing horse on the cover, will be one of my 24 Tasks of the Season.  Dark Force Rising will also fall into this category, being the second book of the Thrawn Triology. 

 

SuperMutant Magic Academy will count towards my Book Riot Read Harder challenge for 2018 and Hellburner is part of my ongoing Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.

 

You know what?  I'm cutting way back on reading challenges next year, so I have time to read what I please.  Not sure that I'm completely ready to abandon ship this year, but next year will be mine own, to do with as I please.  And I have ideas about that.

 

My sister from B.C. is coming to our province today and tomorrow I must driver to Red Deer to catch up with my youngest sister.  Then we will all go & visit my niece and her new baby, little Hazel.  Then, my sisters & I will go visit elderly relatives in our home town.  So, you will hear little from me until Tuesday.

 

Have a great weekend, friends.

 

 

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text 2018-10-31 07:39
Sales Force Automation (SFA) Market

Sales force automation systems SFA are information systems used in customer relationship management CRM marketing and management that help automate some sales and sales force management functions.
In 2017, the global Sales Force Automation SFA market size was xx million US$ and it is expected to reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of xx% during 20182025.

This report focuses on the global Sales Force Automation SFA status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Sales Force Automation SFA development in United States, Europe and China.

The key players covered in this study
Microsoft
Oracle
SugarCRM
Zoho
Salesforce.com
...

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into
Cloudbased
Onpremises

Market segment by Application, split into
Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs
Large Enterprises

Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers
United States
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India
Central & South America

The study objectives of this report are:
To analyze global Sales Force Automation SFA status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players.
To present the Sales Force Automation SFA development in United States, Europe and China.
To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their development plan and strategies.
To define, describe and forecast the market by product type, market and key regions.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Sales Force Automation SFA are as follows:
History Year: 20132017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year 2018 to 2025
For the data information by region, company, type and application, 2017 is considered as the base year. Whenever data information was unavailable for the base year, the prior year has been considered.

Source: www.qandqmarketresearch.com
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