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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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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.

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions (2019) Chapter 1 - Page 12

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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I’m About To Have a Sunday Reading Session

It’s Sunday and today I decided to sit back and read until my heart’s content. I will be focusing on Doomwyte, the 20th novel in Brian Jacques’ classic Redwall series and I’ve gotten roughly thirty pages in and I’m already riveted.

I’m going to try and maybe finish the rest of it today or at least get very far into the story. And perhaps tomorrow, I will have a bit of a review for you.

If something surprising happens in the entertainment world then I will talk about it later but for now…yeah, I’m going to be MIA today.

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

‘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.

‘Light of the Jedi’: I’m 37 Pages In and I’ve Got Mixed Feelings

Yesterday I finally got Light of the Jedi and I was excited but nervous. Would the first novel in this new era of Star Wars live up to the hype or would it underwhelm me like so many other Star Wars novels have in the past?

I only managed to get 37 pages into the book yesterday and I was appalled by how bland the writing was. Charles Soule is a great comic writer but his turn at novelizations has left me a bit unimpressed. The Jedi that I have met (Jedi Masters Avar Kriss and Loden Greatstorm and padawan Bell Zettifar) are pretty cool but overall, it’s just…blah.

I’m hoping the actual story makes up for the mediocre writing because, as of right now, this is not a great start to a new Disney era of Star Wars.

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