Geek Alert–A multi-book critique adventure

Hello, Loyal Readers!

Ever notice how the word ‘adventure’ makes something seem more interesting than it actually is?


I’m here to talk to you about what I’ve been reading lately. It’s all been licensed stuff–you know, books about some other media franchise–and I guess it’s made me feel like a bit of a poseur; they aren’t terribly literary and they weren’t terribly fun, either. But I didn’t feel I could pick up a new book until I finished these, IN order. Not sure why I didn’t just quit, like with The House of Leaves. Oh well.

There was also summer and I worked at a science museum summer camp, so I had little time to read but a lot of fun. Anyway, camp’s over now and it’s time I told you about my summer reading.

A few months ago I started reading Lorwyna fantasy about elves made by the guys who make the Magic the Gathering cards. Yeah, they used to print books about the cards. I was surprised, too. Kinda wish they still did it.

What I liked about it:

I liked seeing familiar cards become characters with actions and emotions. I liked how the main character was almost instantly taken out of his comfort zone by being disfigured and rendered pariah to his tribe of elves.

What could be better, if anything:

The plot felt a little meandering at times, and there may have been a few too many characters. Also, since it was part one, I feel like I didn’t get the whole story, but I don’t know if I want to read the rest. This one was widely regarded as the best of all the Magic The Gathering Licensed novels, and I thought it was just ‘meh.’ good enough to finish, though.

Anyway, after that I didn’t go on to read the rest of that series–yes it was a series(isn’t everything nowadays?)–I picked up Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire. This is another licensed novel which takes place five years after

Guess since the new movie is gonna be a continuation of the Star wars saga, I thought I’d read ANOTHER continuation of the star wars saga. So this one’s set five years after the end of Return of the Jedi and the bad guys from the movies are still hanging around. 

What I Liked About It:

I read this one more recently so I’ll have more to say about it. I liked getting to see my old favorite characters again. I like some of the new characters, too. Like Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn. And the ending was fun and engrossing.

What Could Be Better:

I wish there was a more active voice in narration; everything ‘was this’ or ‘was that.’ Also, even though it’s been five years, all any of the characters ever talk about is stuff that’s happened in the movies. I’m exaggerating of course–and Lando’s character is an (occasional) exception, but everything’s always, “…like that time we blew up the Death star, remember?” or, “…like that time we blew up the OTHER Death Star–remember that one?” It’s like when you run into an old high school buddy and they have nothing interesting to say. You’d think they could have had a few more meaningful experiences with each other in five years. Or at least stop talking about the death star all the time, I mean can anyone really forget?

On the whole I enjoyed these, though–I read all three of them. It was neat finally reading a book I saw on shelves as a kid in 1991.

So that’s all. Have you read any of these? Have any strong opinions? Wanna share a cool reminiscence about blowing up the death star? Leave a comment and let me know! Also, stay tuned because one of these days I’ll treat you guys to my predictions for the Star Wars VII movie! Death threats will undoubtedly ensue! See you then!


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