Friday, May 16, 2008

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Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelation by Karen Traviss

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During this savage civil war, all efforts to end Jacen Solo’s tyranny of the Galactic Alliance have failed. Now with Jacen approaching the height of his dark powers, no one–not even the Solos and the Skywalkers–knows if anything can stop the Sith Lord before his plan to save the galaxy ends up destroying it.

Jacen Solo’s shadow of influence has threatened many, especially those closest to him. Jaina Solo is determined to bring her brother in, but in order to track him down, she must first learn unfamiliar skills from a man she finds ruthless, repellent, and dangerous. Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker, still haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed his mother, Mara, decides he must know the truth, even if it costs him his life. And as Luke Skywalker contemplates once unthinkable strategies to dethrone his nephew, the hour of reckoning for those on both sides draws near. The galaxy becomes a battlefield where all must face their true nature and darkest secrets, and live–or die–with the consequences.

Very good - but of course, as Traviss never fails to deliver - in Star Wars or not. She does a lot of work here with the very tangled and dark worlds of the Mando'a's and Fett, as well as the Skywalker and Solo clans. Yet again, KT does a "hard SF" story within the Star Wars universe - lots of good work that made me want to dig into to catch all the backstory that was being reeled out. I resisted this since I was under the gun to finish it when the ninth and final installment in the Legacy of the Force came out and was available to me from the library.

I Was Just Wondering by Philip Yancey

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This was just a great set of essays. It was kind of like spiritual potato chips with an excellent range of topics and depth of thought - you just can't read one. It made me dig out another Yancey book I'd bought years ago and had in the basement unread. [AND *that* was a good thing, since it made me notice a wet spot that was caused by a leaky sump pump pipe!]