Monday, April 20, 2009

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Volume 1: Outcast by Aaron Allston, Marc Thompson (Read by)

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After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis–and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

Okay, my admittedly low tastes for "franchise fiction" like this make it not surprise I'd read yet-another-StarWars book (okay, HAVE it read). What was a surprise was how much I liked this one. Mainly because they've done a very nice job of taking an unabridged book and enhancing it with *just enough* sound effects and John Williams music. That, plus Marc Thompson's voice work (he does a nice Han Solo voice, not to mention Lando), make this an "audio movie." I hope he continues through this series.

This book picks up loose threads from the previous "Legacy" series and kind of followsthe notion of Jedi as public menace - sort of like superheroes in "The Incredibles" (or Watchmen?). Their is action on multiple fronts and some of the humor of the original movies. I'm glad I gave it a listen.

Way Is Made by Walking by Arthur Paul Boers, Eugene H. Peterson (Foreword by)

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It's handy being 1) a seminary alumnus, and 2) living walking distance from said seminary. It means I can get books that the "regular libaries" don't carry - such as this one relating Mennonite Pastor/seminary professor Boers's experience with pilgrimage, specifically "The Way of St. James."

I came across this in a Christianity Today excerpt - very good, both as relating the journey, but also in the author's reflections on his own faith and the meaning of the pilgrimage.