Saturday, October 6, 2012
Happy Star Wars Reads Day!
It had just come to my attention that today is Star Wars Reads Day. So apparently you need to get out your Star Wars books and do a bit of reading in honor of it. I'll admit that I haven't done much reading myself lately. Definitely not those EU books I still owe you a bunch of reviews for. I promise that project is not abandoned, especially since we've left off on one of my favorite EU books and I certainly feel it deserves a review.
Just this past week we had an interesting book hitting store shelves: "The Essential Reader's Companion" which outlines basically all (or at least the vast majority) of the books in the Star Wars EU. Of course this will include lots of prequel stuff as well, but the books we know and love are also there. I have not yet had a chance to check it out and I'm not sure if I'll be buying it. I was hoping to get a chance to run to the book store to at least flip through it but there is some decent new art work in there that might be worthwhile. Anyone here get a copy?
In other book news, I've just learned that "Scoundrels" has been pushed to January 1st rather than the original December 26th date. Honestly, that date doesn't mean much to me because December 26th seems like a stupid date to release a book anyway. Why not before Christmas? I'm sure they have their reasons. Sure, and they had their reasons for killing off two thirds of the Solo kids, too...
One thing I will admit to having read recently was the second book in Alex Wheeler's young readers' series, "Hostage." It is the second book of six in the Rebel Force series. Yes, these books are written for children and at least according to my driver's license I'm an adult woman, even if I'm not yet old enough to be president. I learned of this series a few years ago from another Han and Leia fan who had mentioned having gotten them for their kids (I wish I had that excuse) and wound up reading and enjoying them, so since they are cheap, I decided to check them out.
If you want something new to read, and you're not embarrassed at the idea of technically reading children's books, I'd recommend picking these up. Honestly there's not a huge difference here between these and a regular adult Star Wars novel, obviously barring the few that contain graphic violence or sexual overtones. The language used is a bit simpler and the chapters and books themselves are a lot shorter, but they're still pretty enjoyable. The stories take place after ANH and long before ESB and there are some good Han and Leia moments. In the one I most recently read Han takes her back to the remains of Alderaan. It's nice to see them addressing some of these things. So if you're bored and want something quick to read, grab these books. You can read them cover to cover in probably ninety minutes.
Other than that, anyone reading anything lately? Are you interested in trying to start up the EU book club again? I'll be pretty busy for at least a couple more weeks but would be open to getting back into it hopefully after that. It will be winter, after all. And I'm embarrassed at the fact that over the past four months we've had as many posts as we used to have in just one, and I don't like that! I'm not making any promises, but I'm going to try to be better. And as always, if you have anything you want to post here whether it be a story or a general guest post about whatever is on your mind, don't hesitate to ask!