August 13th, 2010

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Star Wars: Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp

I haven't read many of the Star Wars EU books and the ones I have read have been disappointing. I think on one level I am hoping to recreate the experience I had all those years ago sitting in the theater watching the original Star Wars movie. I was filled with wonder and delight watching the heroes from long ago and far far away. And of course that isn't going to happen, and I'm not the same person I was back then.

But I digress.

The book covers a lot of familiar Star Wars territory. There is a town that bears more than a passing resemblance to Mos Eisley, a Cantina full of dancing girls and shady characters, a smuggler and his sidekick. But at least it doesn't use Luke and Leia and the usual cast.

The plot involves a time traveling Sith ship from 5000 years ago and a jedi from the "present time" who's been having a vision so powerful that he is compelled to seek out it's meaning. The entire cast converges at a seemingly abandoned Imperial research station.

What I liked : The plot moved quickly and there was a good amount of action. There are some links that tie this book to other EU works, and as I said above I like seeing different characters beyond the core movie characters and their offspring. It's obviously set up for a sequel but this book's plot lines are tied up at the end.

What I didn't like : I thought the two jedi were kind of generic and not distinguishable from each other. The scenes with an Anzat assasin were pretty squicky.
so messed up

Manga Recs

I've never read manga before, but I'd like to try.  The problem is, of course, that I have no idea where to start.  There's sooo much at the book store to choose from!  So, for those of you that read it, what are your favorite series?

Thank you!
[Zelda] Master Sword

Two Reviews: Peeps and Geektastic

A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.

Cas was infected by a parasite that has a horrifying effect on its host. When you're parasite positive, a "peep," you start to hate sunlight. You develop superhuman strength and superhuman senses. You form a strange bond with rats. You crave blood - human blood.

Cal is not a full-blown peep, but a carrier: infected but still sane, still able to control his urges. His tragedy: he can never be with a girl again. Even one kiss could turn her into a peep. Instead, he spends his time and energy working for an underground organization that tracks down peeps in the dark places of the city. But when an investigation throws him together with a beautiful girl named Lace, Cal's resolve to live his life alone is put to the test.

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Haven't you heard? Geek is the new cool! Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Cestellucci (Boy Proof) have untied in geekdom to bring together stories from some of the bestselling and most promising players in young adult literature. This collection includes stories from the following geeks: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

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