‘Fate of the Jedi: Outcast’ a great launch of new ‘Star Wars’ series (Book review)

Aaron Allston has been among my favorite “Star Wars” authors since his “X-wing” Wraith Squadron books from about a decade ago. “Star Wars” novels tended toward the dour side at that time, but Allston brought humor and fresh characters to the fold.

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For the love of libraries, in all their musty, dusty glory (Book commentary)

In fourth grade, my homeroom teacher conducted a game where every student had a fictional $1,000 to bid on fictional items. Apparently she was preparing us for our futures as eBay bidders. (As I think back on it, this was one of the rare examples of public school teaching me something useful.) Continue reading “For the love of libraries, in all their musty, dusty glory (Book commentary)”

5 random things to mull over (Commentary)

1. I notice comedians now apologize for jokes if they offend someone. Can you imagine if musicians had to apologize for bad songs? “Sweet Home Alabama” attacks my eardrums every time I walk into a small-town bar, and I’ve never gotten a letter of apology from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Or what if politicians had to say they were sorry? In that case, the Republican and Democratic parties could just give a blanket Apology Address once a year.

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Matthew Stover gives Luke Skywalker his due in ‘Star Wars’ novel ‘Shadows of Mindor’ (Book review)

Matthew Stover goes back to the beginning with “Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor” (December 2008, hardcover). Not the beginning of the “Star Wars” timeline, but the beginning of published “Star Wars” novels, as he attempts to capture the swashbuckling adventures of early “Star Wars” fiction.

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