The Jedi Doth Return (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #3)

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Title: The Jedi Doth Return

Series: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Minutes: 215

Format: Audio book

 

 

 

Synopsis:

No summary, why bother? I know this story beyond what I care about.

 

My Thoughts:

I ended up listening to half of this while working at the office the other weekend. And that was a problem. I knew this story, so I didn’t feel it necessary to actually listen to this and hence I would simply zone out and miss huge chunks of the story.

Which was ok since I knew the story.

But if this had been another book, it would have been a complete failure and I would have missed so much that nothing would have made sense. It did make me realize that I can only listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work.

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The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #2)

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Title: The Empire Striketh Back

Series: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Minutes: 205

Format: Audio book

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The Star Wars Saga continues, but in addition to iambec pentameter, we also get haiku (5-7-5) and prose. Prose from Boba Fett.

 

My Thoughts:

My first audio book. I listened to this going to and from work and it worked very well. Since I already knew the story, it was easy to just listen and go with the flow.

I have to say, this was a much BETTER version than just reading it. Shakespeare is meant to  be on the stage and since Doescher copies it all, this is meant to be read aloud too.

In regards to audio, I still don’t think it is for me. I find it too easy to simply relegate what I am hearing as background noise and hence simply tune it out. After the next book in this trilogy, I’ll probably look for some of Shakespeare’s plays and simply listen to them as well. My commute is only about 20min, so that is a good amount of time for little chunks of audio.

 

Verily, A New Hope (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #1)

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Title: Verily, A New Hope

Series: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 174

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Star Wars, done in iambec pentameter. If you don’t know Star Wars, don’t read this.

 

My Thoughts:

The first time I read this, I rather hated it. This time, I bravely made my way through. I found myself reading it aloud and it made it much better.

I suspect hearing this read aloud would be the best choice. I might try that for the next two. I need an audible version.

 

Tarkin (Star Wars) (ARC)

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Title: Tarkin

Series: Star Wars

Author: James Luceno

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 289

 

Synopsis:

This book is the dual story about past and present of Tarkin. The past is about his beginning of life and rise to power and the forces that shaped him while the present story is a little adventure about the beginnings of the Rebellion and the Deathstar.

Which I believe completely throws the book Deathstar under the bus continuity-wise, but eh, what else is new in the Star Wars universe these days?

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed Kenobi but not this. It was bland, not that interesting and I found myself constantly checking my Kindle to see how much more I had before I would be at the end.

Which, to be honest, is how a lot of Star Wars book are but it used to be that I could ignore that and pick out whatever good I could because I really enjoyed the Extended Universe. But with Disney’s eradication of the EU my fandom turned to distaste and hence my thoughts are no longer so charitable.

I’ve been reading a lot of Forgotten Realms recently and the Star Wars books reminds me of those but not as fun. I guess I was looking for this book to redeem the actions that Disney took and it failed beyond belief in that regards and as a story was just a typical Star Wars book.

With that being said, I think I’m pretty much done with the Star Wars book universe. Doesn’t mean I won’t read the occasional one, especially once the sequel movies come out, but I certainly won’t be waiting for each book to come out so that I can devour it.

A big fat ‘meh’.

Maul: Lockdown (Star Wars)

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Synopsis:

Maul is sent undercover to a prison to ferret out the identity of an Arm’s Dealer and to buy a proscribed weapon from him to further one of Palpatine’s devious schemes.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book more than I did the previous 2 by Schreiber. Mainly because it wasn’t lame-o horror but a typical action/thriller.

Think Cage Match on a self-contained prison satellite. And Maul gets to do most of the fighting. The whole reason he is there is razor thin plotwise, but let us be honest with ourselves, I don’t read Star Wars for it’s Dickens’ like plots, characters and settings.

I can see people enjoying or not enjoying this book, depending on their mood at time of reading. If I’d been grumpy, I’d probably have torn this book apart for the shallow piece of tripe that it is; but I wasn’t grumpy, so I enjoyed the rollercoaster action and the all most non-stop fighting.

I also went into this with ZERO expectations. After the news about the gutting of the Extended Universe a little bit ago, my fandomometer went right down to empty. So since I enjoyed the action, I ended up enjoying the whole book.

Also, I really liked the fact that Schreiber makes a no holds barred confession that he’s a Christian in his intro/ending/thanks/whatever. That encourages me.

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Joe Schreiber

Maul: Lockdown

Star Wars

Kenobi (Star Wars)

 

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Kenobi

Star Wars

Author: John Miller

4 of 5 Stars

 

Excellent book! Miller does a great job of showing how Obi-wan, the famous general, jedi and do-gooder, starts down the path to being Ben Kenobi, the crazy old wizard in the desert.

Main story is about Kenobi trying to find a niche on Tatooine and his interactions with a local bar/store/whatever family called the Caldwells. In many ways, the Caldwells [or it might be the Callwells, not sure, don’t care] are the main characters. There is the widowed Mom, the teen daughter and slightly younger teen son.  Ben’s story is told through glimpses as he pops in and out of the Caldwell’s story.

Tusken raiders are involved, a greedy/stupid/arrogant landowner, some of Jabba’s minions and the general populace of the region.

In the last several years most of the Star Wars books that have come out have left me feeling very meh and wondering if I really wanted to keep reading in this universe. It is books like Kenobi that keep me coming back.

Crucible (Star Wars)

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Star Wars

Author: Troy Denning

3 of 5 Stars

 

If this isn’t the end of Luke, Leia and Han as major characters, then I’ll eat my hat.

I actually enjoyed the story and found it “slightly” above the average recent Star Wars novels. It was really weird seeing Luke and Leia go all “Anakin II”. It was a good thing that Denning wasn’t allowed to kill any of them.

I will say, I don’t see much of a future in the Star Wars universe between this book and where the comic books start up with Ben’s grandkid [or whoever Caid is]. Jaina, Jag and the other characters just aren’t interesting enough, imo, to have their own storylines.

And that means that we’ll probably get more of those awful Old Republic novels based on the video games. I’ve Kenobi on tap, but after that, I’m not really sure I want to keep on reading in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.