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Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Forrest Gump meets Romeo and Juliet in Star Wars, shouldn’t work but it does. Set around the events of the original trilogy, this is the story of Ciena and Thane who grow up together and join the Imperial Academy until the events they see happening around them cause them to go down very different paths. …

Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Probably the closest to a grimdark Star Wars book I’ve read. Set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, the Empire is in collapse, fragmenting, but orders have been put in place for ‘Operation Cinder’ which tells Imperial forces to start destroying planets. Some dedicated units are doing this, and it’s one of …

Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

Would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been novelized. So this story is framed as if told by Ventress’s POV during, or just before, the Clone Wars. She is tasked with finding Dooku’s sister who has been kidnapped and in the course of it, she finds journal entries which detail his life …

Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Interesting story exploring the relationship between the two of them. Set a few years before the events of Episode I, it’s primarily focused on the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan is chaffing under the tutelage of Qui-Gon and he is starting to doubt whether he is the correct master for his padawan. From this …

of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A decent read but the style made it difficult to invest. This is an imagined history of the Cretaceous Period where Ants and Dinosaurs set up a kind of symbiotic civilization based on mutual needs. It covers around two thousand years of history and details how the relationship between the two species started and developed …

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey

Not bad, some stories better than others. So there are five short stories contained in here, though a couple of them are quite long. They range from way before the landing at Pern to a few decades after. The first is the initial Pern survey and though it is mildly interesting there is not much …

Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey

Great account of the founding of Pern. So this really should be read after the main Pern books, or at least after the first few as it gives away some major spoilers about how Pern came to be. We start off in the colony ships as they approach Pern. There are hints of major wars …

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Some nice phrases and imagery but I found my mind glazing over far too often. Our protagonist Mark Spitz is part of a civilian clean up crew in New York. The only slight difference here to a regular cleaning job is that it is zombies that he is cleaning up rather than dirt. What follows …

Shadowfane by Janny Wurts

Good end to the series. Again there’s not too much of a time difference between this book and the previous, though the first quarter covers a decent bit of time. Jaric is now on the Isle of the Vaere and Taen is back on Imrill Kand, and things are looking slightly more hopeful for humanity. …

Keeper of the Keys by Janny Wurts

Didn’t hold my interest as much as the first book. This starts off immediately after the events of the first one. Jaric and Taen have recovered the keys but Jaric is still trying everything he can possible think of to not do the cycle of fire and become like his father. What follows are these …