Peace Is a Lie. There Is Only Passion.

Path of Destruction Book Cover Path of Destruction
Star Wars: Darth Bane
Drew Karpyshyn
Fiction
Del Rey Books
2006
paperback
324

Millennia before the rise of Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, in an Old Republic marked by an ongoing struggle between the Sidi and Jedi, Darth Bane plots to bring down the Brotherhood of the Sith and to replace it with a more powerful order.

  • Brilliant story
  • Great writing by Drew Karpyshyn
  • I was really curious about this part of the old republic, and was really happy that I could start reading this book.
  • The story takes you on a journey, with a lot of unexpected twists.
  • Sometimes when you think that you now what’s going to happen, something else takes place.
  • Especially the last 10 pages! (not gonna add a spoiler here)
  • The movies provide you with more information about the Jedi than about the Sith.
  • ‘Path of Destruction’ compensates this.
  • The rule of two now has a whole different meaning. This will also be the case for all Star Wars-fans who read this book.
  • Finished the book in three days. That says enough.
  • Immediately started with the second book of the series: Rule of Two. There are three in total.
  • Darth Bane never belonged to the Sith before he reformed them.
  • I had some espectations about the story. Thinking about it, the book turned out completely different.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy!

I Don’t Need to Win, I Just Need to Fight

Shatterpoint: Star Wars Book Cover Shatterpoint: Star Wars
Matthew Stover
Fiction
LucasBooks
Tue Dec 06 2005 00:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET)
419

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war. Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences. (more at GoodReads)

  • The story started slowly. That is, the first 100-150 pages.
  • The middle and end had a real cinematic atmosphere to it. A high contrast with the beginning of the story.
  • The struggles of Mace (and every Jedi) with the dark side show the burden that they have to carry (during the war).
  • When two groups are at war, is there really one group that wins at the end?
  • Are Jedi really keepers of the peace? Do they need to change their thinking if they want to win the war against the separatists?
  • Mace Windu finds more questions than answers in the jungle, however, he relies on his Jedi training to get through it. The author makes it really clear that the Jedi training can only teach you that much.
  • There is a reason that Mace Windu is one of the most powerful Jedi that the galaxy has known. The book does justice to that in every aspect.
  • “I don’t need to win, I just need to fight.” ~ Mace Windu
  • The book represents a small side story to the movies, however, it adds so much to our understanding of the Jedi in general.
  • Prepare yourself for pages of fighting. Two powers going head to head.
  • For non-Star Wars fans? Maybe (sorry).
  • I had to get used to the writing of the author at first.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

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

The New Rebellion Book Cover The New Rebellion
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Fiction
Spectra
1997
532

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

The Seven Deadly Sins 2 Book Cover The Seven Deadly Sins 2
Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
May 13th 2014
digital
192

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

High School, the Star Wars Edition

Star Wars: Jedi Academy Book Cover Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Jedi Academy
Jeffrey Brown
Paperback

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now ... (via Goodreads)

  • This book was on my to-read shelf for a while, but it was not until the yearly book event in Belgium called ‘Boekenbeurs’ that I decided on getting myself a copy. As I held the hardback version in my hands and going through the pages, I just knew I had to get it.
  • It is an easy read, and I’ve read in a couple of days. I would have read it in one day if I hadn’t held myself back.
  • The above bullet is not the same as ‘it is a book for kids’.
  • However, it is surely suitable for children, adults will enjoy it too.
  • I would suggest it only to people who have a connection with Star Wars, but that is probably an superfluous statement, no?
  • The art style is sketchy, and I like it.
  • The comic pages are interleaved with letters, notes, newspapers extracts, and posters. Wonderful!
  • The story is a classical high school situation, like you can find in a million movies, TV series, and so on, but, of course, with a Star Wars theme to it.
  • This is what gives it a whole new vibe.
  • Star Wars is set in a galaxy far far away, but Jedi Academy brings it closer to our earthly life then ever.
  • Bullying, falling in love and taking an exam. These things might remember you of your childhood. Now, add lightsabers and Force powers. That is ‘Star Wars: Jedi Academy’.
  • The second book in the series is already out, however, I’m holding back on buying it.
  • The story (and the whole) book was a fun read, but nothing more than that. That’s why I only give it three stars, and it also explains the previous and the next bullet.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow
  • However, I picked ‘borrow’ in the above bullet, I will probably read it again in the future, because, like I said earlier, it is an easy read, and it is great for a lazy Sunday.

Talking Pigs!

The Seven Deadly Sins 1 Book Cover The Seven Deadly Sins 1
The Seven Deadly Sins
Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
March 25th 2014
digital
192

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

Questions Answered

Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) Book Cover Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)
James Luceno
Paperback

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master--but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. (more via Goodreads)

  • A MUST-READ for all Star Wars fans!
  • Episode III raises, at least for me, a lot of questions (about Palpatine). Questions such as the following two bullets.
  • A Sith among a complete Jedi Order?
  • Is the ability to control death real or was Anakin just believing all the gibberish Palpatine fed him?
  • It adds a new character to the universe, and also adds to your personal knowledge of the Sith and their rites.
  • This could actually be a TV series or movie set before Episode I. I prefer a TV series of max. 2 seasons though.
  • The author provides us with a lot of details which I really enjoyed.
  • It does not only help the story, but it ‘enhances’ your view of the whole galaxy.
  • The above is maybe only applicable to the Star Wars fans.
  • Some (murderous) scenes are described as they are THAT common, such as the killing of a whole family. However, for the Sith it (probably) is.
  • This gives you sometimes a weird feeling, but a feeling that makes the book that much better, and an intense experience.
  • More than once I tripped over a word, due to the fact that English is not my first language.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy!

Never Saw the Movies – part 2

Catching Fire Book Cover Catching Fire
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Paperback

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. (more via Goodreads)

  • After reading ‘The Hunger Games’, I could not wait to get my hands on ‘Catching Fire’.
  • Luckily for me I bought the trilogy.
  • In the beginning I was hyped because of the first book.
  • Near the middle I was a little bit losing my interest. ‘Losing my interest’ is a big word, but the flow and rhythm was a little bit out of the story.
  • Near the end it got all my attention back, and I was eager to read ‘Mockingjay’.
  • The above is the reason why I gave it four starts instead of three.
  • About the story, it continues where it left of at the end of the first book.
  • More drama than the first book, however, adventure is still a big part of the story.
  • I’m not going to disclose too much of the story, due to possible spoilers.
  • However, if you liked the first book, go grab the second one!
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy

Vikings, the Manga Version

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 1 Book Cover Vinland Saga, Omnibus 1
Vinland Saga
Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics
Hardcover
470

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery ... the land Leif called Vinland. (via Goodreads)

  • I wanted to read this manga, because I was at that moment watching the TV series Vikings.
  • More than 450 pages, hardback for a very good price.
  • The art style matches the setting and mood of the story perfectly.
  • At the end of this omnibus, I don’t have a complete picture of the main character. However, it intrigues you to read the next omnibus.
  • Some might call the above a good marketing trick. I call it good character-development. Not everything has to be clear from the beginning or from the first book.
  • I don’t know if they will turn it into a long-running series, such as One Piece. It all depends on the development of the story of course, but from what I’ve read up until now, they will not (or should not) stretch it that far as One Piece.
  • The story itself was amusing, and I enjoyed reading it, however, aside from the main character, the story did not connect with me as much as I hoped.
  • That’s why buying the next omnibus is not on my to-read list at the moment.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow