Friday, September 27, 2013

Star Wars Summer Readng.....

So... in my catching up, I forgot these two (maybe more, but I remembered these ones...)

Crucible: Star Wars

by Troy Denning

Crucible: Star Wars by Troy DenningHan Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force. When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences. Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a  pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare. ...

Hm - sort of okay.  I'd like to say more - but this late-era EU fare isn't my cup of tea.   On the other hand, Timothy Zahn never disappoints:

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy ZahnStar Wars: Scoundrels

by Timothy Zahn

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again. All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbecca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

Excellent!  Set just after  A New Hope this book is just a fun caper story.  Zahn uses all the known elements at-that-time and weaves a very clever heist story.  It works on just about every level - no, probably on every level.  Fun, funny, full of action - this one  I'll re-read for sure. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Summer 2013 Catch Up

  •    This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information     by Andy Greenberg
  •    UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question John Shore
  •    The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody) Elizabeth Peters
  •    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) Elizabeth Peters
  •    Mr. Monk on the Road Lee Goldberg
  •    Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground Kevin Poulsen
  •     Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for
  •    Nothing Chris Anderson
  •     Mr. Monk on the Couch Lee Goldberg
  •    Pentecost Alley: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel  Anne Perry
  •     Traitors Gate: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (Mortalis) Anne Perry
  •    Mr. Monk is a Mess Lee Goldberg
  •    Mr. Monk in Outer Space Lee Goldberg    
  •    Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love,    and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise Wil Wheaton
  •    The Hyde Park Headsman Anne Perry
  •    Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out Lee Goldberg   
  •    Mr. Monk in Trouble Lee Goldberg
  •    Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel Anne Perry