My Review of the ‘Rogue One’ Novelization

I’ve read the novelizations for nearly every recent Star Wars movie (I now will have to eventually read the Solo novelization) but one that been getting away from me was Rogue One. I figured, the movie’s already great, do I really need to read the book? Suffice to say, I was blown away when I actually did read it.

First off, I would just like to say, Alexander Freed is an incredible author. The detail he gave to every single page, the life that he brought to every single sentence and emotion and battle sequence, all the way down to the dirt beneath the bloodied and cracked fingernails of Jyn Erso, was extraordinary.

I read the book over the span of three evenings and I was just…stunned.

Rogue One is already a phenomenal movie (it’s my favorite Star Wars movie of all time) but the novel only added extra depth. I now feel even closer to all of these characters. I feel that I understand the struggles they faced and certain emotionally impactful moments they confronted in an even greater light.

And I wish there were more Star Wars novels written by the very talented Alexander Freed because, I’ll say it again, he is an amazing writer. Absolutely fantastic.

If you are a fan of Star Wars novels like I am I suggest reading this. It is a tremendous companion to the movie and a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

I’m giving this book a super solid A+. It deserves all of the praise it could get.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you, always.

The Golden Globes Reiterated Why People Have Stopped Watching the Award Shows

Ricky Gervais began the night off with a searing, wince-worthy opening monologue that contradicted the Hollywood elite and started the evening off with a bang. It would turn out to be the best portion of the award show–the three-hour-long award show that dragged on into the late night in a boring sludge of overly long speeches and expected wins.

Five years ago, The Academy’s choice of nominees for the Oscars birthed what would become the now-iconic hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. It jarred The Academy into trying to make a difference after the fierce outrage and after the last few years, it seemed that maybe things were actually beginning to change.

Last year was one of the most diverse yet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actor Guild Awards with films like Black PantherBlackkklansman, and Green Book garnering immense praise and nagging awards. At the Oscars, history was made for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design as African-American women took home the prize for these categories for the first time ever.

It was a truly beautiful thing seeing so many people of color winning awards; Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and the list keeps going. But this year’s award season seems to have devolved right back into the old ways of Hollywood in a clear lack of diversity that is anything but disconcerting. Continue reading The Golden Globes Reiterated Why People Have Stopped Watching the Award Shows

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Nine

Ora should’ve been exhausted but her determination outweighed her endurance. She ran for minutes on end, allowing the Force to lead her. To where? She could not tell, but she could feel whatever was calling to her drawing nearer.

And then she stopped. It was like she had been slammed with the Force, bringing herself to a grinding halt.

DANGER!

It screamed at her from all directions. She stepped back, her chest pumping in horror as she stood in a clearing lit only by the two moons overhead. And then she heard them. Slow footsteps approaching from behind. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Thirty-Nine