Author: Nicholas J Finch

Book Review: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel (Star Wars)Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was kid. I read most of the Extended Universe books, and have been eyeing the new materials suspiciously.

Having seen Rogue One, I was fascinated about reading Catalyst, and wanted to discover how Galen Erso ended up creating the most destructive weapon of the Empire while building into it a flaw that could be exploited.

The story takes place with Jyn’s birth, during the Clone Wars. Watching how everything quickly changed from the Republic to the Empire, and all the elements around it, was an interesting insight into society as a whole. Weaving all this in through the Erso’s own stories, showcased how much someone can be blinded by what’s around them as long as they themselves were okay.

Galen Erso is neither a hero, nor a villain. He’s a scientist who forgets the world around him. He doesn’t see the implications in what he’s doing, or the consequences of it until it hits him in the face. He is the epitome of ‘seeing if I can do it, never asking if I should do it’. There are even moments where Lyra, as his wife, is the voice of his conscience, but she too is naive to things around her, until she’s confronted head on with what the Empire is truly doing and what they want from her husband.

Krennic’s manipulation through the story is well crafted, and despite the reader knowing he’s the ‘bad guy’ you can’t help but feel he’s the only one who is actually honest about what he is doing.

If you enjoyed Rogue One the movie, you will enjoy this story as it brings past history and depth to characters that the film missed. So when you rewatch Rogue One, the opening takes on a whole new meaning, and that is exactly how movies and books in a Universe should work.

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was not a book I’d normally be drawn to, but I found the title alone intriguing.

And what a fascinating tale!

Written with remarkable charm and flair in a tone that sounds so very British, it carries great authenticity on every page.

Well researched, and nicely crafted from nothing but correspondence, I highly recommend this book.

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National Rugby League (NRL) Season Re-Opener


Today the NRL starts their season after being on hiatus due to Covid-19.

Why am I bringing this up?  Because one of the stories that has been running around the house, deals with a coming of an age story, through rugby.  I’m hoping watching the games, along with commentaries and commercials will help jump start the story.

If you live in Australia/New Zealand – what’s your favorite team?

If you live outside Australia/New Zealand, and have no idea what I’m talking about, look up the NRL on youtube.

Book Review: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageEndurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Considered to be the definitive account of Shackleton’s incredible expedition to the Antarctic in the famous ship Endurance, this book reads a lot like a thrilling novel of desperate heroism.

That it’s all real, and not fiction, makes it a breathless journey on which the reader travels with the men who endured so much, and achieved such feats as deserve to be endlessly admired.

I have read widely on this topic, and found Lansing’s book to be sufficient as actually adding new elements to my knowledge. For that, I am grateful though I had to wait 9 months in line at the library for a copy.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a better understanding of what Shackleton’s expedition achieved, and would suggest that this form the basis of one’s comprehension.

Excellent work.

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Bookreview: The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper ManThe Whisper Man by Alex North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having literally stumbled over this at the library, I was instantly taken by the blurb and started reading, only to realize that I could in no way put this book down.

Been a while since I found a book that good! Seriously.

Intriguing. Dark. Multiple PoVs. Brilliantly written. And certainly not something I could fathom out within the first 25% of the story – which is what usually happens when I read tales of this kind.

Psychologically twisted, and highly creative, this tale is just enough to hook you in and keep you turning the pages. I like that very much.

The ending was just a little bit overcooked for my taste, but certainly not as distracting as it could’ve been.

Excellent stuff for a random find on library day!

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Where in the World is Nicholas Finch?

Hello There!

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been.

Well, like all of us, I’ve been dealing with the shutdown and pandemic with as much grace and dignity as I could muster.

Luckily, I’ve been able to work from home, but learning to have a work-life balance while I’m occupying my kitchen table has been a bit harder.

I have two story ideas that I desperately want to write, but my muse has apparently decided to start practicing social distancing, and now won’t come six feet near me!! 🙂

In the meantime I’m 5 books ahead of my schedule for Goodreads, so staying home has it’s advantages.

I also realize I’ve been neglecting this blog and a few other things, but that will change.

Since I’m well ahead of schedule on my readings, I need to get back to posting some of my book reviews.  Plus, I can get back to posting fun things we all could use.  Laughs must not be few and far between any more!

I might also get the muse to cooperate with teasing posts of the storylines I’ve been brooding over.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Love your neighbor.  Remember they need you, like you need them.

– Nicholas J. Finch


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