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Book Review: Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn #3) by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3)Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m kinda reading this series backwards!

Thrawn: Treason is all about politics. The nuances, the intrigue and the eye-rolling, cape tossing ‘I’m a Director! You must respect me!’

Seeing Krennic pop up in this book, made me squee in a way that wasn’t likely healthy for someone of my age. Watching the political plays between Krennic and Tarkin, with Thrawn in the middle made the story fascinating and kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed this book more than Thrawn: Alliances, it was a smoother read and the characters much more intriguing.

Now just need to go back to read the first one!

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Book Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Managed to grab this on a ‘skip the waiting line’ plan at the library, and was curious about it because of Chris Evans’ role in the dramatization.

These things usually disappoint me, but for once I was absolutely floored by how much this book grabbed me and refused to let go.

Wow! This was a phenomenal book I could not put down.

Not everyone can successfully write in first person perspective, but this was so smooth, and so well crafted, it was exceptional.

William Landay has a fantastic way of making you turn the page, and is certainly an author I now want to read a lot more of.

Brilliant stuff that I highly recommend.

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Book Review: Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was first introduced to Thrawn back ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far far away’ when Timothy Zahn wrote the first Expanded Universe Star Wars Book – Heir to the Empire. When these stories was relabeled Star Wars Legend and no longer canon, I was happy to hear Thrawn was saved and pulled into the newer storylines.

Thrawn: Alliances had a nice balance of Vader and Anakin Skywalker. The story between the two timelines was fascinating and kept me flipping the pages to find how it all tied together.

I admit the only thing that threw me through the whole story was the ‘Double Vision’ which was when Anakin or Vader was using the force. It was jarring to me each time I saw it, and as an avid Assassins Creed fan, all I kept seeing was Eagle Vision. It wasn’t enough to ruin the story, but at times it was a definite jolt to the flow of the words.

If you enjoy reading inside the Star Wars Universe this is a delight to read.

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Book Review: The Column of Burning Spices (Hildegard of Bingen #2) by P.K. Adams

The Column of Burning Spices (Hildegard of Bingen #2)The Column of Burning Spices by P.K. Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After thoroughly enjoying the first installment of this story, I was eager for the second.

It doesn’t disappoint. The author has done an outstanding job of research and writing throughout.

For a moment however, I thought dear Hildegard was about to turn into Ellis Peter’s infamous Cadfael!

But that aside, I have to confess I got so caught up in the characters written about so very well here, that I suffered some serious demolition of the upper lip by the time I reached the end.

Very well done. Exceptional work.

Entertaining and informative.

Highly recommended.

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Book Review: One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9) by Lee Child

One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)One Shot by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first time reading one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, having been somewhat fascinated by the film staring Tom Cruise.

This is the book the movie was based on, and I have to say the adaptation was very good. Mostly these things tend to suck between books and films, but this one didn’t.

My problem is that having read this now, I certainly don’t ‘see’ Tom Cruise in my head as Jack Reacher any more. I absolutely see another actor – Jim Caviezel – who could been far better in the role.

But, back to the book…

It was very good. Not hard to follow or digest. The writing broke up into strange small fragmentary sentences that were sometimes jarring and hard to flow through, but not in a debilitating way as far as reading itself goes.

I’m moving on to the book the second film was based on, and though I didn’t start this series at book 1, I feel that was in no way an impairment to enjoyment either.

I like Reacher. I like his attitude and his bluntness.

This makes for a good hearty distracting read on a quiet afternoon.

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Book Review: A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor

A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa, #5)A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was very hard trying to put this book down!

I do love how Steven Saylor weaves Gordianus into history, and makes dramatic sense of what were desperately dramatic times.

Great reading. Awesome research. Brilliantly enthralling.

Highly recommended!

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Book Review: The Alexander Trilogy by Mary Renault

The Alexander TrilogyThe Alexander Trilogy by Mary Renault
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first book in this trilogy ‘Fire From Heaven’ read like an absolute miracle. Beautiful flowing prose, the likes of which is rarely to be found these days, made the entire experience an exciting and insightful joy.

The second book ‘The Persian Boy’ started out interesting, moved to intriguing, and then became irritating. Actually it became increasingly irritating to the point of utterly unbelievable annoyance, and I couldn’t keep reading it without wanting to scream ‘are you completely f’ing kidding me with this?’.

I have rarely gone from such unfettered admiration for a writer, to being utterly disgusted in so short a time.

And in my life, I’m quite sure I’ve never before read such beautifully, eloquently, gorgeously constructed crap before.

Can’t finish this.

Not even curious about it.

Not recommending this past the first book.

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Book Review: Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills (Star Wars: Rogue One) by Greg Rucka

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills (Star Wars: Rogue One)Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book more than I had expected to.

It’s a fun action packed story that makes you laugh, cheer, and ask very philosophical questions. For a Star Wars book, it actually showcased many philosophies – from the quotes from Jedi texts at each chapter, and the age old arguments of revolution against oppression.

If you enjoyed Baze and Chirrut in Rogue One, I would highly recommend this book as it brings out more of who they are, and what they fight for.

Though there is a warning that you may get more attached to them, and the movie might be harder to watch as a result.

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Book Review: Munich by Robert Harris

MunichMunich by Robert Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that this book was really boring to start with, and I nearly put it down several times in exasperation, but by about 25% in it started to get more and more absorbing.

By 40% into the story, I was having trouble putting it down.

And by 50% I was hooked and had to finish it.

This is an interesting look at a piece of history that has be examined, studied, examined some more, written about, poured over, re-examined, and is ceaselessly fascinating and devastating all at once.

Yet it bears a message for our present times too.

And for that alone, I recommend it.

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Book Review: The Greenest Branch (Hildegard of Bingen #1) by P.K. Adams

The Greenest Branch (Hildegard of Bingen #1)The Greenest Branch by P.K. Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read P.K. Adams’ book ‘Silent Water’ previously, I was intrigued by The Greenest Branch, and quickly drawn into a beautiful and elegantly described world that is so richly peopled, and so intensely crafted, I was disappointed to reach the end!

Thank goodness there’s a sequel!

Having known but little about Saint Hildegard of Bingen, I almost feel now like she’s a friend.

This is brilliantly written book.

Highly recommended!

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