Thursday, November 24, 2016

Audiobook Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Format: Audiobook narrated by Carlos Santos & Lauren Ambrose
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.... 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. 

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. 

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
One of the things I loved about this novel was the concept of people being frozen on a ship and having to rely on other people living on that ship to take care of them for generations. It seems like such a common Sci-Fi trope, but I think it might actually be the first Sci-Fi book I have read like that. So the concept of this novel was super cool, especially since I knew something was going to go wrong.

The novel tells the story back and forth between Amy, a frozen girl that has been woken up on this ship, and Elder, a boy who was born on the ship and is destined to be the leader of the next generation. I was glad that the audio version of this book had two different narrators to tell the story from both of their perspectives. At times I thought the female narrator's volume was too loud, so it made it annoying to have to keep adjusting my sound, but it was something I could live with.

I liked this novel, but I found that it was a little predictable. Maybe this is just because I read way too much sci-fi but I had a feeling I knew what was really happening. Like I wasn't that surprised when we find out about Elder's parentage. I also had a feeling I knew who was killing all the frozen people. Although, I did start to think that maybe it was the ship itself, but as the book progressed I could see that my initial thought was correct. So at times it didn't surprise and wow me because I had already guessed what was going to happen. I don't think this is a mar to Beth Revis' writing or this plot she created, I think it's just a problem when you read a lot of one genre and you get used to the same types of tropes happening.

At times I seriously disliked Amy, she came off as really bratty, especially in the opening of this novel. However, once she had woken up on this strange ship, I started to put myself in her shoes. I think maybe I would have lashed out in anger like she did, especially when people are threatening her just because she exists. Also everything they think is SO WRONG so I get that she wanted to be like, "No, that's that what happened, I was there." I don't know how I would react in the same situation, maybe I would be like Amy, so I started to think maybe her deposition wasn't that bratty.

Apparently this is the first in the series, but I'm not sure yet if I want to continue with it. I do kind of what to see if they ever get to the planet they were trying to go to, but I kind of liked how this book ended. If you are interested in reading about "generation ships"I would suggest giving this one a try.

Have you read this book? Have you finished the series? Should I continue with it?

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Audiobook Review: Stars Above

Stars Above By Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by Rebecca Soler
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
Stars Above is a short story collection to go along with Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. Due to this, I'm going to spend some short paragraphs talking about each story individually. First, I do want to say that I love Rebecca Soler as the narrator for this series. I listened to both Scarlet & Winter on audiobook and I was really glad to hear the same voice in my head. I think she does a good job with this world, and I definitely want to  hear more of her in other audiobooks. Fair warning there are some spoilers for the series below. So if you haven't read it yet, maybe skip this review.

THE KEEPER: This was a strong story to start off with, because it gives us a little more insight into Scarlet's grandmother. She was a total BAMF and it makes me so sad she no longer with us. It's clear that her independent spirit rubbed off on Scarlet A LOT! The one thing that did bother me was, how the hell didn't Scarlet find Cinder in the hangar? I think that was a touch unrealistic.

GLITCHES: I liked this story because it shows how Cinder starts to adjust to her new life as a Cyborg. At first she doesn't even realize that she is using technology to help her figure out how to fix Iko, or learn that Adri is a terrible person. It's also sad because you know that Garan is going to die of the plaque.

THE QUEEN'S ARMY: If you forget how much Levana is a terrible Lunar, this story will remind you. This jerk took CHILDREN from their home and had her army genetically modify them to fight for her, just because she wanted supreme power. Oh...I hate her so much, she's one of the best villains I've read in awhile.

CARSWELL'S GUIDE TO BEING LUCKY: As much as I love Carswell, I think this short story was a miss. It does show us how his home life is a little rocky, but I just didn't find it all the interesting.

AFTER SUNSHINE PASSES BY: I kind of forgot how naive Cress was, and this story shows that she was even more naive than I remember. Cress is too pure for this world, but she is also smart as a whip on the computer and it's one of the reasons she's keep alive. This story is just a short little thing to explain how she got up in that satellite in the first place.

THE PRINCESS AND THE GUARD: This story was really sad, because we finally understand why Winter allows herself to go mad with Lunar Sickness by not using her gift. Winter, like Cress has a pure heart and all she wants to do is help people. She plans to help them feel better with her gift, but when she tries to stop a servant girl from killing herself she actually does more harm than good. It also shows us why she just goes along with everything that Levan says, which still makes me mad!

THE LITTLE ANDROID: Unlike the other stories, this one has nothing to do with the characters from the series. Perhaps that's why I had a harder time with it. The concept is pretty interesting, but since I was expecting this to relate back to the other characters I wasn't that interested in it.

THE MECHANIC: So this short story wasn't bad but it felt like I had read it before...It seems like a first draft of when Cinder and Kai meet for the first time when he goes to her to get his android fixed. I assume most people are reading this collection after reading the series, so I thought it was really unnecessary.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: The final story ends on a good note, by telling us what happens after the end of Winter. However, Meyer teases us with a wedding but it's not Kai & Cinder's wedding, it's Wolf & Scarlet's. It's a cute story, and I think it was a nice way to finish out this collection.

I am glad I read this collection, because I really did enjoy The Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed getting more insight on some things that weren't really explained in detail from the series. I don't think you have to read this book if you liked the series, but if you can't get enough of it and you want more, I would recommend reading this collection as well.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Do you have a favorite story from it?

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Audiobook Review: Little Brother

Little Brother By Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: April 8th, 2008
Format: Audiobook narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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Marcus, a.k.a w1n5t0n, is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works - and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
I was totally ready to not enjoy this book, because I wasn't really into the last Cory Doctorow book I read. Little Brother; however, made me feel a lot of things. Mostly anger...which I think was the point.

The gist of this story is that Marcus gets mistaken for a terrorist and when he is finally let go he starts an uprising of computer nerds to try to beat the government at their own game. This book is very heavy-handed with the politics, so if you don't want that, I would suggest passing on this one. I'm usually not one that is really into that sort of stuff, but maybe it's because of the state of my country right now that I really needed to read this book. This book is basically talking about the Patriot Act, and how we just allowed the government to take away some of our freedoms in the name of the war on terror. It's pretty messed up, and the more I read this book and what was happening in Marcus' world the more I got angry.

I think it's also a shot at the media, and how they twist things around to make the wrong type of story. At one point in this book Marcus has an interview with some reporters to set the record straight so they can answer why his group is trying to disrupt what the DHS was doing. What he says is perfectly reasonable, but the quotes that get taken out of context and put into news reports paints him as a straight up terrorist. It made me so freaking angry, and I think that was exactly the rise that Doctorow wanted to get out of me.

I'm not really tech savy, so some of the stuff in this novel went over my head. It does explain in great detail about about online security and why it's important to keep your stuff secure. There were a lot of things that I didn't really know about, so I found getting educated on this to be super interesting.

This is a pretty realistic dystopia that could be a plausible future us, so for that I really appreciate this book. If you are looking for a new dystopia book, I would recommend this one. It feels more like 1984, but with a different twist to it. I also think most readers would find it more relatable, because they could see this world actually come to fruition in their lifetime.

Have you read this book? What are you thoughts?

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Audiobook Review: Matched

Matched By Ally Condie
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: November 10th 2010 
Format: Audiobook narrated by Kate Simses
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★1/2

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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate ... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
 
I actually have paperback copies of this entire trilogy, but I was afraid I wasn't going to like this one so I decided to try the first book on audio. I wasn't completely wrong, because this book just didn't blow me away.

So let's get started with the negatives first. One of the criticisms I heard about this book was that the plot isn't all that original, and it sounds a little too much like Lois Lowry's The Giver. I have to say that I agree with that. I feel like I had read this plot before, however I did find it interesting to watch as this one girl slowly realizes that the society she believed in her whole life was really just a sham. It was just a series of people in charge experimenting on the masses.

What I found unique in this novel was that it didn't seem like Cassia was supposed to be "the chosen one" (at least not yet)and based on the new restrictions that were happening in The Society it was clear that a revolution was already in progress. So I did find it interesting to watch from the other side as the system was fighting back against the people they were oppressing.

This was a hard book for me to deal with because the way the people just blindly followed The Society made me so angry. These people had no real thoughts on their own, so I was glad in the end that Cassia decided to fight for her individuality.

I'm not sure yet if I want to continue with this trilogy, but I did find this was an enjoyable read. It's a little predictable, but I didn't find it a bad book. Just not a book that makes me want to shake the person next to me and yell, "Read this book!!"

What did you think about this book? Do you think I should continue with this trilogy?

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: Bloodline

Bloodline By Claudia Gray
Publisher: LucasBooks
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Format: Hardback, 332 pages
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy — from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. 

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position — even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.
I'm a huge fan of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe books, and since LucasFilms decided to create a new continuity I've been having trouble with the new canon. I feel like some of the books have been hit or miss, however, Claudia Gray's books thus far have definitely been a hit. She wrote Lost Stars, which I adored so I was super excited to see that she was writing a SW book about Princess Leia. For me I think the problem with the new canon is that some of the authors just don't get the essence of what a Star Wars book should be like, but I think Gray does it pretty well. She could write all of the other books and I think I would be happy.

So let's talk about how Leia Organa is one of the most powerful of the original trio. Girl gets shit done as a teenager, so of course she is not going to let bureaucracy get her down. This is why I loved that we get to see Leia doing senator things and how she completely disobeys orders by going on covert missions. Like Leia is so like Padme in so many ways, but she also has the anger that was in Anakin so this book made me appreciate the prequels and what they did for us.

I did hear one negative comment that, "if you didn't get enough of the senate in the prequels, you get it here," but that was something that I found so enjoyable. I liked seeing how the senate worked and how it was crumbling because they had a great leader that was able to unite them but now there is so much infighting that they can't get anything done. It was a nice foil to our world.

I think one of my favorite parts about this book is how happy Threepio was just being Leia's receptionist. He excels at it and it seems exactly where he should be. Which actually makes me laugh so much since we now know that his creator was Leia's father Darth Vader! Leia's parentage is a major plot turning point in this novel, and one of the things that made me so mad. It gets out who her father was and it seems like everyone turns on her, even though she was tortured on the first death star...by her own father...and she led the rebellion to stop him and his master, like come on people Leia is not evil!! This bothered me, but it wasn't because I found it unbelievable, it just annoyed me that every good thing she did before was erased in her colleagues eyes just because her father was a terrible sith lord.

This book is a precursor to the newest film, so it tries to fill in the missing pieces between Return of The Jedi and The Force Awakens. There still is a lot of things we don't know, but this shows us how the seed of the New Order was sown and why Leia is a General. I definitely want to know more!

Definitely read this if you liked Lost Stars, or are really interesting in what exactly Leia does as a Senator in this strange universe.  I really hope Gray gets contracted to write another SW book. I think she does a really good job of it.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Series Review: Black Mirror



Moving away from books, today I wanted to talk about a sci-fi show that I really enjoy. And that is Black Mirror!


One Scifi-ish show I've gotten into recently is Black Mirror. It was a british show that was bought by Netflix and they recently released the third season with a few more episodes than we are used to. I say it's Scifi-ish because it just primarily deals with technology and not how it destroys us, but by how we as humans let it make us do terrible things to each other. Yup, it's a pretty uplifting show! [sarcasm font]

The show has been hailed as the Twilight Zone for the new era, but I don't think that's necessarily true. The main reason I think it gets labeled that is because it's an anthology series and we haven't seen a show like that in a very long time. It's one of things I really like about it, because all the episodes are different, with a new cast and story line. I really enjoy this because not every episode is great. Sometimes it can be hit or miss, which I absoultely love! If I watch an episode that I didn't really like, I know that I can just try the next one and see if I like that better. Unlike a normal show where I would just quit watching the show.

Like I said, some of the episodes can be hit or miss, and I think the very first episode of the first season is a miss. Every time I actually recommend this show to people I say, "okay, but like maybe don't watch the first episode." The premise of the first episode is really gross and I think it puts people off from the show and they don't want to continue. Which I think is a huge shame! Especially since I think the episode that follows is really good. 

I highly recommend this show if you are a fan of scifi and you are interested in the pyschology of humans and how we use tools that are supposed to better our lives in destructive ways. I love the concept so much, and I am total fan.

Have you watched any Black Mirror? What's your favorite episode?


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Audiobook Review: InterWorld

Interworld By Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: June 26th, 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Christopher Evan Welch
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★1/2

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Joey Harker isn't a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces—armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions. When he sees the evil those forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice: to join an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and who are all determined to fight to save the worlds.

Master storyteller Neil Gaiman and Emmy Award-winning science-fiction writer Michael Reaves team up to create a dazzling tale of magic, science, honor, and the destiny of one very special boy—and all the others like him.'
 
So Interworld was super weird, and I'm not even sure where to start with this one. I added this book on my "Wishlist" on the Overdrive app through my library just because Neil Gaiman's name was attached to it. I don't think I even read the summary, it was just one of those books I went into blindly.

Unfortuantely it was just another one of those books that I just didn't totally love. Don't get me wrong the plot kept my interest and by no means was it a bad book, it was just okay. It was an enjoyable read but nothing that would make me want to shake someone and say "READ THIS BOOK!"

The plot of this novel was that Joey gets so lost that he walks into a differnt dimension where different versions of himself (all from different universes) are waging war on evil magicians and machines that want to take over all the different universes and rule. I think what distracted me with this novel was the fact that there were two different adversaries that Joey had to fight, but this novel really leaned heavier on the magicians, and we only saw the machines (the binary) a few times. I know this is a series so I'm sure we learn and see more of the other villians in the other books, but I think there should have been a focus on one instead of two.

I found the concept of this novel really cool. Getting to meet yourself as different people of what you could have been is so cool. What if you were a different gender? Or if your culture was so advanced you were almost part computer? Or part wolf? Meeting all the different Joeys was the best part about the novel for me.

The narrator did an okay job in this one, except when it came to female voices. This is a problem I have with a lot of male voiceovers. I think he went a little too over the top with female voices, that I had some issues with it.

I don't think I'm going to read the rest of this series, but I do think the plot was interesting and I would recommend it for anyone that really likes the topic of multiverses or parellel worlds.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: New Sci-Fi Books Added to my TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is new books that I added to my TBR recently. So since it's Scifi Month I'm going to be talking about the recent Sci-Fi books I've added to my TBR. ...and there are a lot of Star Wars books on here, no surprise there.


I read the first book from this series and absolutely loved it, but I haven't read the second one yet because I asked my brother to get it for me for christmas. 


I actually am currently reading this book, but I haven't gotten that far into it yet. Like I'm literally 5% done, so I think that counts as still "TBR".


Miller is a great Star Wars writer, and I love Kanan & Hera. Really interested in reading about these two.


I saw another blogger post a review about this book so I added it to my list, but never got around to it. 


I've heard mixed reviews about this one, but I think the experiemental way it was written really makes me want to read it.


I don't know if I want to read this or listen to the audio, since the woman who does Ahsoka's voice is going to narrate the audiobook. Ahsoka is so cool, I love her.


I am so glad that Disney is recognizing how much fans of the EU love Thrawn, so I'm really glad they added him to Rebels and that they let Zahn write another book about him. I'm super excited about this one. 


Um...yeah I still haven't finished The 5th Wave series, so I definitely want to do that soon!


Okay, I just recently bought this on my kindle, so it's definitely something new I want to read. 


Technically I am currently reading the audiobook, but I'm still counting this one as "TBR". 

What books are on your list this week?

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Deanna Listens: Full of Sith


Deanna Listens is a monthly feature on the first Monday of every month (sometimes) I created to showcase some of my favorite podcasts. This month in honor of it being Sci-fi Month I am showcasing one of the Star Wars podcasts that I listen to. So this month we are talking about...FULL OF SITH!



Okay, so one of the reasons I like this podcast is 1, they have a killer show name and 2, I love their intro music! It really gets me into listening to whatever these guys (and gals) are going to talk about. 

When I first started listening to podcasts this was one of the first Star Wars podcasts that I put on my list, but I actually haven't listened to too many of their episodes. But they did win me over immediately because the first episode I listened to was an interview with Timothy Zahn, who is one of my favorite of the EU authors. Without him there would be no Mara Jade, and that was my favorite part about the old canon. 

The podcast is great if you are looking for breaking Star Wars news, since two of the hosts are writers for Starwars.com. They also do a lot of interesting discussions about Star Wars in general; whether that is about Rebels, books or anything else in the fandom. 

A few episodes that I recommend:

I really enjoy the hosts, I think they do a really good job of making this podcast fun. I defintiely need to listen to it way more!

Got a great podcast you love? Give me a recommendation in the comments. No serious, please help, I'm running out of podcasts to listen to!

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Review: Dawn Of The Jedi

STAR WARS: Dawn Of The Jedi
Publisher: Lucas Books
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Format: Kindle version, 263 pages
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My Rating: ★★★1/2

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On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.

This book is part of the old Star Wars Legends canon, but I don't see why it shouldn't be a part of the new canon. This book is supposed to take place several (like thousand) years before Episode 1. From a historical standpoint I thought it was super interesting, because the ancient Jedi -- called Je'daii here--have attachments, they have families and they use both the dark (Bogan) and light (Ashla) sides of the force. I found this interesting because the whole prequel is about balance to the force, but the Jedi were only using one part of the force. The ancient Je'daii really did believe in balance, and used both sides.

I liked reading about Lanoree and I found her to be a little similar to Mara Jade. She got her job done and she didn't ask questions. I found her struggle for duty with the order and her love for her brother to be very realistic. I also liked that the way they book was written in a series of present day chapters and flashbacks, we really got a feel for why being in this order was important for her. We also got to see how it completely alienated her brother and shows us why he became a crazy person.

I also noticed that there is mention of a Sith species, and I was like what?!? That made zero sense to me, but I talked to a friend and he said that this is explained in the comics. I think for a standalone book that was not good, because as Star Wars fans we know Sith are the bad guys, but in this book they are just a different race of people. This book is actually a tie-in novel for the comic book series of the same name. I found that this made sense because I felt at times the writing didn't cross over as well in this medium. I think I might have liked the comic book version better.

I don't know if I'll go back and read the comics that tie into this novel. This book was a decent read, but I just don't feel like it completed wowed me. I think if you are a fan and you want to know more history about the Jedi order I would recommend you give this one a try for yourself.

Have you read this book or the comic series? What are your thoughts?

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Friday, November 4, 2016

I'm sorry Farscape, I think we need to break up



I'm sorry Farscape, but I think it's time for us to go our separate ways. It was fun for awhile, but it's not me, it's you. Sorry, I'm not sorry.


So...I think it's time for me to give up on Farscape and here's why. When I first started the show I really struggled with it that I ended up giving up on it. Then I decided to give it a chance and I really started to get into it. I really enjoyed the first couple of seasons, but I felt like the third season drug a little bit. Now that I'm on the fourth and final season, I just can't get back into it. I feel like I have been trying to watch the same episode for the past several MONTHS. I feel like when a show becomes a chore, it's time for me to give up.

I don't like giving up on things, and it sucks because I only have one season left but every time I go to watch it I'm just not interested. I think the main problem is that they introduced a new character, and I just don't care for her. Also where I am in the fourth season Aeryn has basically run away and I really miss her. I think her relationship with Crichton is the best part about the show. Even though it frustrates me a lot, I find their struggle and they way they work with each other to solve problems so realistic. It's been lacking that in this last season, and I think that's a main factor why I can't get myself to get back into it.

Don't get me wrong, I do think Farscape does a lot of things right with space travel. Especially since they show us how a dumb American constantly messes stuff up because he doesn't understand this new society and world he has been dropped in. I also love that certain things about him being human and different are pointed out, like how compared to the other species he has really poor eyesight. Which is funny because on earth he was an Astronaut and they have to have great eyesight. 

There is definitely a lot of good in this TV show, but for me it's just not working anymore. Any fans out there want to convince me otherwise? 

Did you watch Farscape? What are your thoughts on it? 


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Audiobook Review: The 100

The 100 By Kass Morgan
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: November 2nd 2013
Format: Audiobook narrated by Phoebe Strole & Justin Torres
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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Join one hundred teens on an epic journey from outer space to a barely recognizable Earth in this high-profile commercial teen series.

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland—before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust—and even love—again.
So I have heard some very conflicting things about the book The 100. I've heard that the show is actually better than the book, but I've also heard that the book is better, so I decided to just check it out for myself.

I listened to the audiobook for this one, I think in a way that might have made me get into the book more than if I had just read it. However, I did find it a little weird that there was a male and female narrator when the book was written in 3rd person. I get why they do that when a book is written in multiple perspectives, but I didn't think it was necessary for this one. In any case, I think they both did a good job of keeping my attention.

I watched the first season of the TV show, and I felt kinda of meh about it, but reading the novel actually made me want to go back to the show and try to watch it again. There are a few things that are very different in the book vs. show and I think that might be why some people really don't like the book. For one, it seems like they have been on the spaceship for WAY longer in the book, and both of Clarke's parents are executed in the novel, for a way different reason than the TV series. Finding out what they did and why Clarke was so disgusted with what they were doing (even though they were coercing by the government) made me like Clarke in the book way more. I understand her struggle and her anger with Wells way more her. He really did ruin her life.

There are a few characters that are missing from the show that are in the novel, and I actually really liked their story lines, so reading about them made me more interested in them. For one we learn that Clarke actually has a friend within the juveniles. I think that showed a different side of her. There is also Glass who escaped from the drop ship and we get to learn why she was there in the first place. (Minor spoiler ahead, although it's pretty obvious) Although I liked Glass and enjoyed reading about her struggle, I want to know why these people that live on a spaceship and need to keep the population down did not have birth control? Like, seriously? Where was the sex ed on this spaceship?

All in all this book was enjoyable, but it didn't completely blow me away. It's definitely a hit or miss book, and I don't think i will be reading any more of the book in the series. If you like the TV show, I would suggest trying this book out for yourself.

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