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These Books Are Perfect Gifts for the Holidays

One of my favorite presents to get as a child was a good book. There’s something magical about a new book for Christmas. Not only does it make that book special but you’ll grow up always remembering your appreciation of that book.

Today, I’m sharing with you four books that will make your children and maybe even an adult friend especially cheerful for this holiday season.

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First off, these two books are absolutely incredible! You can’t see it in the picture but these books are thick and will absolute dazzle even adults with its wealth of information.

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My personal favorite between the two was the World Atlas which is utterly enthralling to flip through. There’s so much amazing information; engaging details about our incredible world and interesting tidbits about our world’s economy and climate.

Not only will this book be regarded fondly by your children for years as they revisit this book’s pages to learn something new but it’s a gift for the holidays.

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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 José 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. 😭

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.

 

‘Star Wars: Rebel Rising’ Has Reaffirmed Why ‘Rogue One’ Is My Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars film mainly for its gritty, no-nonsense storytelling that fully displays the ugliness and unforgiving aspect of war, leading to the (SPOILER ALERT) ultimate demise of the movie’s primary cast.

One of my personal favorite Star Wars novels was Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel which features Galen and Lyra Erso during their days as Imperial enthusiasts and their evolution into the people we see by the time of Rogue One. Like Catalyst, Star Wars: Rebel Rising gives us Jyn Erso’s backstory, delving deep into the psyche of the character and all of the challenges she had to face growing up.

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I’ve Read Two Doctor Aphra Comics: Here Are My Thoughts

I’ve heard of Doctor Aphra for a while now after the character grew in fame among the fandom thanks to her fascinating storyline in the wider universe. She’s crossed the paths with the likes of Vader, Luke Skywalker, Hera Syndulla, and that’s just to name a few.

So I finally read a couple of her comics and I like her but I’m not a fan…yet.

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Doctor Aphra is a character who just doesn’t give a ****. Excuse my language. She looks for relics, seemingly always finds herself in the wrong company, and yeah, she can get the ladies as well. She’s kind of cool in the regard that she is just so nonchalant and hilarious about everything but she’s also a bit annoying because she talks soooo much.

It’s like she’s moving at a million miles an hour and never slows down. I tried to read two of her comics back to back but geez, I was exhausted by the time I got three-fourths of the way through the comic you see above.

Would I love for her to show up in a series like The Bad Batch? Yes. Yes, I would. But will I be rushing to get more of her comics? If I run into some more I’ll pick them up but ultimately, I’ve spent enough time with her character to know she isn’t one of my favorites.

But her comics (Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit and Doctor Aphra Vol. 3) were entertaining, just a little tiring.

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

These Two ‘Star Wars’ Comics Are So Good!

I’ve just recently gotten into reading Star Wars comics and it’s kind of amazing. I got four comics from my local library and I’ve read two so far: Star Wars: Vader-Dark Visions and Star Wars Vol. 9: Hope Dies. Both left me kind of shook.

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Dark Visions is Vader at his finest as we see a few different stories told from another person’s point of view about the dark-clad warrior of the Force in the same writing style as The Legends of Luke Skywalker. But, this being Vader and all, the stories were either gruesome, creepy, or both.

I personally loved flipping through the comic’s pages dazzled by the art and the darkness that seemed to emanate from every panel. It was so good!

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‘Light of the Jedi’: 144 pages In and Now I’m Loving This Book!

Yesterday morning I began to read Light of the Jedi and wasn’t that fond of the book. Then, after taking a small break, I started reading it again last night and suddenly I was beaming with joy. I was blown away by the sharp contrast between the Jedi by the time of the prequel trilogy who had truly become hypocritical warmongers whose rebuttal for every disagreement ended in violence. The Jedi of the High Republic truly feel like guardians of peace and justice; powerful men and women whose selflessness is on full display for the galaxy when the Great Disaster happens.

I found myself just overwhelmed by how happy the book made me feel. I’m already beginning to love these new Jedi and if we ever get to see them in animation or live-action one day I’m going to flip! So yes, I was talking smack yesterday but that was yesterday. Today, I cannot wait to delve deeper into this story and get even more invested in these characters.

And The Nihil are actually pretty scary, lol. I thought they wouldn’t be but yeah, I have a feeling they’re going to be quite the opponent for the Jedi.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.