Staff Recommendation: Leia, Princess of Alderaan

I’m back with another Star Wars review! As we seem to be ending every year on a new Star Wars movie–a trend I’m very much in favor of, by the way–we are also getting new accompanying novels to lead up to the latest film. This year’s crop of stories is subtitled “Journey to The Last Jedi,” in anticipation of Episode VIII coming out this December.

The first I read is Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Gray is the same author who wrote Lost Stars, which may be my favorite Star Wars book to date. I’m happy to say she has more than fulfilled the high expectations I have for her work.

Book cover for "Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan" by Claudia Gray

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The Summer of Nostalgia


How do you feel about the smell of dirt? How about freshly cut grass? Maybe the smell of salt air near the ocean? The point being, nostalgia is a powerful thing and smell is just one catalyst for triggering long dormant memories of the distant past. This summer, Stranger Things (2016) on Netflix helped bring back a flood of nostalgic memories. All of this occurred at time when I needed it the most.

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Staff Recommendation: Lost Stars




Hello everyone! If you weren’t aware of this, May the 4th is Star Wars Day. (“May the Fourth Be With You”–get it?) I got hooked on Star Wars books thanks to my marathon reading project last year, so now I’m finally reviewing Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. Joe has been insisting that I read this book for months, and I see why: it is easily the best Star Wars book I have ever read.

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Star Wars Read-A-Thon: The Force Awakens


Hey gang! It’s me again, returning from what I had expected to be the final installment of my Star Wars Read-A-Thon to talk about the brand new novelization for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I had the opportunity to see the new movie twice in theaters, and had an absolute blast both times–it exceeded my expectations entirely, and that’s saying something.

However, as much as I love repeat viewings and analyzing every scene while waiting for the next installment (2017 is so far away!!), I can only afford so many in-theater experiences, and Alan Dean Foster’s contribution to the new Star Wars literary canon will do in a pinch.

Released this January, the new novelization follows pretty much the same path as the movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, this is where the SPOILERS begin. . .

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Star Wars Read-A-Thon: Aftermath

We have reached the final stop in our months-long journey through the Star Wars literary canon, both old and new. Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath is the latest novel in the Journey to The Force Awakens continuity, and the last one I read for this project. It’s been a wonderfully weird journey with a lot of ups and downs, and has given me many new authors to look up elsewhere. By the time you read this, I will have seen the new movie, but as a courtesy to everyone who hasn’t been holding onto their tickets for months like me, I won’t give away any spoilers.

Aftermath is the new in-between novel that takes place after Return of the Jedi, replacing Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy as the next adventure in the saga, and will fill the gap between the last movie and the next one. So the big question is this: How does it measure up? Is this an adventure worthy of Star Wars? And what does it mean for the future of the franchise?

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