We Have a New Republic, Everything Is a Piece of Cake Now

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Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish--a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant. While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a rumored plot against the New Republic, and allegations that Han Solo is involved, Luke seeks out a former Jedi student who may hold the key to the mass destruction. But Brakiss is only the bait in a deadly trap set by a master of the dark side who is determined to rule as emperor. He's targeted Luke, Leia, and Leia's Jedi children to die. Then billions will follow, in a holocaust unequaled in galactic history. (via Goodreads)

  • This review contains spoilers! May the Force be with you.
  • At the end of episode VI, I would have expected that creating a new republic would be a piece of cake. The first 20 pages of this novel prove me wrong …
  • This is the first Star Wars book I read that takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’.
  • There are several books between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and this book, so those might have given me a better insight on the situation the New Republic is in. However, these books are not canon, as far as I know. These book were listed at the end of the book, hence, the list probably not up to date.
  • Han Solo is clearly struggling with his past (as a smuggler). For me it was already a surprise that Han settled on Corusant, and tries to be a real father for his children, yes, Han Solo and kids. Who would have thought.
  • Leila is the sister of Luke, however, I’ve never thought of her being a Jedi. Yes, that’s my mistake.
  • As a result of this, Leila started the Jedi training, however, she hasn’t finished it yet. What do you expect if your husband is Han Solo, you have three children, and you are the leader of the New Republic?
  • Next to having a connection with the Force, she also caries a lightsaber with her. This is, to me, a strange combination, especially because during the original trilogy we only saw her with a blaster in her hand.
  • The overall development of the story was good, but some people might find the beginning a little bit slow-paced. However, this was not the case for me.
  • The different story lines of the (groups of) characters really didn’t seem connected in the beginning/middle, but in/near the end they all came together. This really gave me an ‘Aaahh’ feeling.
  • I had a weird feeling during the first part of the book, a certain tension created by the mood of the story (maybe related to the previous bullet), however, near the end it faded and it was replaced by a heroic Star Wars feeling which lasted till the last page of the book.
  • It almost felt like a real Star Wars movie.
  • One of the main characters is killed by a blaster, really? I mean, we have Jedi’s!
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

Don’t Make Light of My Eyes That Can Spot Exposed Panties from a Mile Away

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Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
May 13th 2014

To save her kingdom, Princess Elizabeth has pinned her last hope on the infamous traitors, “The Seven Deadly Sins” and has set out on a journey with Meliodas—the Dragon Sin of Wrath—to seek out the rest of his fellow knights and former friends. Deep within an uninviting forest they find Diane, the Serpent Sin of Envy. Before they can celebrate their reunion, they must deal with an attack from Gilthunder, an electrifying Holy Knight! (via Goodreads)

  • This review and the following ones will probably contain spoilers, so be careful!
  • Meliodas survives taking in some deadly poison. I want to know why!
  • Cliffhanger at the end of chapter 9.
  • ‘Don’t make light of my eyes that can spot exposed panties from a mile away,’ that little kid though.
  • The story is progressing fast!
  • A few battles between the main characters and the holy knights have occurred, however, they were over very quickly.
  • A little bit more depth to those and some other scenes would be better, but I don’t say that a single fight needs to occupy five chapters of course.
  • OK, the last chapter fixes this, kinda.
  • Talking about the art style is here not necessary anymore, because this is the same as for the first volume of course.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

Talking Pigs!

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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
March 25th 2014

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated? (via Goodreads)

  • This review might contain some spoilers. Proceed with caution.
  • A talking pig, what a start of the story!
  • And also a giant pig, carrying a bar on her back!
  • I don’t really know why I found the above so amazing, though.
  • A girl goes on a quest to find the Seven Deadly Sins, however, she already found two of them after 5 chapters. That’s fast.
  • Will the speed remain the same in the other chapters?
  • At the moment the story is very light.
  • It’s amuzing, and I’m gonna check the next volume too.
  • The ‘pervert’-moments of Meliodas are funny, and give a funny twist to story.
  • However, I was not expecting them at first.
  • I really like the drawing style. It reminds of the reason why I love Manga.
  • Meliodas reminds of the main character of the game ‘Lost Magic’ (Nintendo DS).
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow