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review 2017-05-27 13:53
The Perfect Weapon (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon - Delilah S. Dawson

One of my favorite things about the Star Wars EU is how random background characters from the movies are given names, personalities, histories, etc. This short story does an excellent job of that with the extremely good-looking black-skull-cap-wearing mercenary in Maz Kanata’s castle. We get backstory, a cool adventure, and a bonus mystery to ponder. What’s in the case? Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber? Luke’s severed hand? Both?? Neither??? Feel free to speculate wildly. We’re given next to no clues to go on.

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review 2017-05-23 19:10
Han Solo by Marjorie M. Liu and Mark Brooks
Star Wars: Han Solo (Star Wars (Marvel)) - Marjorie M. Liu,Mark Brooks

Surprisingly strong, touching story. Having been in the minority and disliked the Princess Leia solo title, I'd been reluctant to pick this one up, but I was pleasantly surprised in that it remained most in character of anything I've seen in the comics of the Big Three, the trio. It's my biggest complaint about the new EU canon, that the characters are so inconsistent, and can play up to every stereotype of them that's been floating around for forty years at once, or back and forth. So the fact that Han seemed pitch-perfect was the best thing about this.

 

The story's inconsequential really, though it elicited some emotion, and that surprised too. But the older I get, the more I find myself joining in the chorus of EU detractors with DID THIS NEED TO BE TOLD. Does this add anything? We see the point, in the movies, when Han decides that the Rebellion and his new friends are worth risking everything for, and that's at the end of ANH when he comes back to save Luke. It's not a bad story to tell in between ANH and ESB, but it's unnecessary.

 

Still a fun read, and a quick one.

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review 2017-05-19 20:45
Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

I'll be far from anywhere, and alone, with nothing but my regrets to keep me company. If only there were a place to hide from those.

Following the devastation of Episode III, this novel gives us a glimpse of everyone's favorite (well, at least he's my favorite) Jedi master as he struggles to determine the new path for his life. He makes his way to Tatooine, the planet he has decided is the best place for Luke Skywalker to grow up in obscurity. Obi-Wan believes Anikan to be dead, along with almost everyone else he has ever known. He also believes that he has a relatively simple mission: to protect the Lars family and live quietly.

 

However, Obi-Wan, who begins giving his name as 'Ben', and Jedi in general have never been very good at quiet living. About the moment his boot hits the scorching sand, he finds himself in the middle of battles between settlers and Sand People, schemes involving the Hutts, and an accidental romance. He just cannot resist saving the day, and what Tatooine lady can resist the handsome stranger who always seems to be there when she needs him most?

 

This is when Ben realizes that living as a hermit may not be as simple as he anticipated. He has long lived without romantic love but as a part as a thriving community. Now he must learn how to do without both.

 

What does it mean to be a Jedi alone?

 

Being the hero draws far too much attention his way, and he knows that it is impossible for him to marry and have a family, even if a small part of him longs for that kind of life. After tying up the strings of the drama he discovered upon arrival, Ben recommits himself to Luke's protection and letting go of the heroic impulses that come so naturally to him. The seeds that grow into 'Crazy Old Ben' are planted, and Obi-Wan is buried.

 

It is bittersweet - for Ben, for the woman he rejects, for the reader - to see him reduced and left alone with his regrets and ghosts. 

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text 2017-05-17 17:48
This one struck my funny bone
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook - Robin Davis,Frankie Frankeny

"Wookiee Cookies" indeed.

 

Blurb:  "Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind.

 

From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny Star Wars stickers.

 

Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed."

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text 2017-05-17 16:42
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Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

Stop trying to distract me from my work, Obi-Wan! 

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