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‘The Last Shot’ Is Just Like ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Enjoyable but Boring

I’ve read over a fourth of The Last Shot, a companion to Solo: A Star Wars Story. It features a story of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian that jumps back and forth between their years before the events of Solo and their years after Return of the Jedi.

I tried to really get into this novel, and maybe I’ll try to finish over it the next few days, but like Solo: A Star Wars Story, I couldn’t sink my teeth into this novel as much I wanted to. Daniel Jos√© Older tries to bring Lando and Han to life in a realistic way but I couldn’t connect. Lando feels too much like Lando, if that makes any sense. And Han’s constant grumpiness and lack of cockiness in this story makes him less likable than normal.

What I did like, however, were the father/son and even uncle/nephew moments with two-year-old Ben Solo. Years before he would turn evil and kill the very man who brought him to existence, years before the dark side would begin to corrupt him and he would start becoming a troubled child, he was a sweet, innocent, dark-eyed baby who was just as cute as could be.

It’s so sad. ūüė≠

Anyway, like I said before, I’ll try to complete this story but as of now, it’s good, but it hasn’t gripped me in the way that the novelization for Rogue One did. Just like I find myself unable to watch Solo anymore even though it’s good, The Last Shot won’t be making it to the top of my must-read list.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an amazing day. May the Force be with you.

 

‘The Last Shot’ Is Just Like ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Enjoyable but Boring

I’ve read over a fourth of The Last Shot, a companion to Solo: A Star Wars Story. It features a story of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian that jumps back and forth between their years before the events of Solo and their years after Return of the Jedi.

I tried to really get into this novel, and maybe I’ll try to finish over it the next few days, but like Solo: A Star Wars Story, I couldn’t sink my teeth into this novel as much I wanted to. Daniel Jos√© Older tries to bring Lando and Han to life in a realistic way but I couldn’t connect. Lando feels too much like Lando, if that makes any sense. And Han’s constant grumpiness and lack of cockiness in this story makes him less likable than normal.

What I did like, however, were the father/son and even uncle/nephew moments with two-year-old Ben Solo. Years before he would turn evil and kill the very man who brought him to existence, years before the dark side would begin to corrupt him and he would start becoming a troubled child, he was a sweet, innocent, dark-eyed baby who was just as cute as could be.

It’s so sad. ūüė≠

Anyway, like I said before, I’ll try to complete this story but as of now, it’s good, but it hasn’t gripped me in the way that the novelization for Rogue One did. Just like I find myself unable to watch Solo anymore even though it’s good, The Last Shot won’t be making it to the top of my must-read list.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an amazing day. May the Force be with you.

 

What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Novel?

Star Wars is a fun franchise because of its gripping movies, lovable characters, and intertwining tales of delusions and grandeur, but it can also be just as fascinating for all of its seemingly endless content.

Star Wars novels are some of the best books you could ever read, providing brand new stories that either enlighten one’s view of a certain character known in the movies or introducing us to brand new characters in brand new corners of the galaxy that haven’t been explored yet.

My favorite Star Wars novel is the type that expands upon the movies. You know, the ones that give a certain favorite character more depth or helps expand my knowledge of a certain film.

That description fits such novels such as Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, written by James Luceno, The Legends of Luke Skywalker, written by Ken Liu, or Phasma, written by Delilah S. Dawson. These three novels are superb, delving into the backstories of characters like Galen and Lyra Erso in Catalyst, providing several accounts of Luke’s awesomeness through the eyes of others in The Legends of Luke Skywalker, or telling us Phasma’s origin story in, you guessed it, Phasma.

But my favorite Star Wars novel of all just so happens to be the extended novelization of The Last Jedi. Jason Fry took Rian Johnson’s material and expanded it in a way where I could see the brilliance of the film, a brilliance that was not translated very well in the actual movie. The novel helped give Rose’s relationship with Finn more depth, we got to see why Poe Dameron ended up running around like a chicken with his head cut off, and Rey’s urge to the Dark Side was also elaborated upon as well.

It was absolutely fascinating, brilliant, oh I could give it so much praise, but it is undoubtedly my favorite Star Wars novel, as of right now. I’m really intrigued in finally reading Queen’s Shadow and Queen’s Peril, written by E. K. Johnston because FINALLY we’re getting a story that features Padme Amidala. That should be fun indeed.

What’s your favorite Star Wars novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Throwback Friday: ‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

I’ve been wanting to read¬†Children of Blood and Bone¬†since it broke to prominence last year during the same time¬†Black Panther¬†roared into theaters, breaking box-office records left and right. When I went to my local library last week and saw it sitting on one of the shelves my eyes widened with excitement. I hurriedly took it off the shelf and immediately started reading before checking it out so I could finish it at home.

This morning I finally finished it and I’m sad to report that I’m disappointed.

As someone who LOVES fantasy novels (it’s what I always gravitate toward when looking for a new fiction novel to read), I was beyond excited to read this story focusing on the genre from a black woman’s perspective. While the first 150 pages gripped me with an iron grip, sucking me into a world I didn’t want to leave, it wasn’t long before I realized it was just like every other YA fiction novel I had read before it. Continue reading Throwback Friday: ‘Children of Blood and Bone’: A Great Fantasy Novel and Yet…I’m Not a Fan

Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Books That I’ve Read; from Worst to Best

Throughout my years as a¬†Star Wars¬†fan I had only watched the movies and had never delved into the fictional book realm of the franchise…until recently. In the past year I have read several incredible¬†Star Wars¬†novels, all of which belong to the new canon created after Disney bought the franchise, and while some were slightly boring others were downright fantastic and helped expand my mind to the overall story of these films. So, I’m here to tell you which books I thought were just okay and which novels excelled my wildest expectations. Enjoy!

The Force Awakens

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While I absolutely love¬†The Force Awakens¬†the novel is surprisingly disappointing. The story is kind of boring and there isn’t anything exactly different from the novel that wasn’t in the movie. Of course it’s¬†Star Wars¬†and it’s always fun to read anything that’s involved with¬†Star Wars¬†but this definitely isn’t a book to own.

Ranking: B-

AfterMath

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The¬†Aftermath Trilogy¬†is a compelling series of books that tell the story of, well, the aftermath following the Battle of Endor. We get new characters to follow, some original faces here and there (one of them being Wedge which was really awesome) and some fantastic storylines. But as cool as the story sounds the trilogy’s first installment is a bit of a bore compared to its next two installments and that’s why I have it ranked next to last on this list. It is, however, a good book to read.¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

Ranking: B

Resistance Reborn

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In the buildup to¬†The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, I was as excited as ever. My mother surprised me with this novel as a gift last November ahead of December’s¬†The Rise of Skywalker¬†release and when I read it I was ultimately underwhelmed. (My reaction was the same with the film.)

I recently reread it and I did enjoy it more than I did the first time but overall, this story could’ve been better.

Ranking: B

A New Dawn

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This book follows the story of two¬†Star Wars: Rebels¬†characters, Kanan Jarrus, a rascally type who was once a padawan before Order 66, and Hera Syndulla, a secret rebellion operative trying to stop the Empire’s reign. They cross paths on a planet overrun by the Empire and together they try to free the planet from the tyrannical organization’s reign. This is a fantastic novel full of enticing action, great character interplay, and a perfect introduction to these prominent characters in the¬†Star Wars¬†universe. If you’re a fan of¬†Star Wars: Rebels¬†this book is a must-have.

Ranking: B

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