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Book Review: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn


“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd

“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.”BookNerd


Greeting Fellow BookNerds,

I know that my last post was rather heavy, but in light of all of the horrible stuff that’s been happening recently,  I felt unyielding need to say something. Hopefully, amidst my chaotic ramblings, at least some of you were able to take something away from it.

Okay, let’s set aside the heavy stuff for now, and get back to something that, even in the worst of times, can still fill our hearts with joy: books!

I’m admittedly embarrassed at how long it has taken me to finally finish the Thrawn Trilogy, but the deed has been done, and I find myself very satisfied with how this particular storyline was tied up.

Star Wars The Last CommandStar Wars: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn


The one thing that has remained consistently good throughout these three books is Zahn’s ability to capture the personas of our beloved characters through his mastery of the English language. It truly feels like this is where their lives would have gone had the original star wars movie saga continued.

To sum up what happens in this book without giving too much away, Master C’baoth, who is very clearly not in his right mind, is willing to use any means to get his hands on Leia and her two children, in the hopes of turning them to his side and training them how to use the force as a tool to control and conquer. This does not sit well with Luke, who first encountered C’baoth on Jomark in book two, and new almost right away that this was not a man he wanted anything to do with.

Mara Jade, who until now has been hell bent on striking down Luke with her Lightsaber, has become an unlikely ally. What’s more, we finally learn the truth behind her connection to the Emperor, who has remained a constant presence in her life since his demise. Han, as you can imagine, isn’t overly pleased with the idea of having her tag along, but he shares similar sentiments about Threepio, and he still manages to put up with our beloved droid. Besides, she’s their only hope in getting to Wayland, the source of a deadly weapon which, if allowed, could prove to be one of the greatest threats to the New Republic, possibly even the entire universe.

Leia senses danger on the horizon, involving her brother as usual, who will face off against his worst enemy… but who could that possibly be? Don’t worry, I won’t give away the answer, but I will say that it genuinely surprised me.

So, that’s the gist of it. I tried my best to avoid any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read it yet. As for my personal opinion on the book, for the most part I was pleased with its conclusion. I do feel like the final battle between **** and **** could have been a little more dramatic, but that’s just based on my own preferences. It just kind of felt like it started and ended rather abruptly, but I suppose you could say that it’s more realistic when done that way.

Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the third installment of their journey. It includes all of our favourite characters, as well as a few new ones whom I have grown quite attached to, like the mischievous Karrde and Grand Admiral Thrawn who, despite being on the side of the imperials, is surprisingly likeable, not to mention very clever and witty. It’s just further proof of how great of a writer Zahn is, if he’s able to create a likeable villain.

One of my favourite aspects of the star wars universe is being introduced to new races and creatures from other planets. That was the only thing that kept me watching the newer star wars movies, despite their crappy dialogue and cheesy acting… well, that, and Ewan McGregor of course. They could not have chosen anyone better to take on the role of Obi – Wan Kenobi. One of my favourite creatures was the giant green one from the second movie that looked kind of like a praying mantis. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for creatures that are composed of various parts of other creatures… and I just realized now how strange that actually sounds. Doesn’t stop it from being true though.

Anywho, there aren’t a lot of new creatures in this series, but the ones they do have are fascinating, like the ysalamiri, who are surrounded by a kind of invisible bubble in which the force cannot be used. As you can imagine, this posses quite a few problems for every Jedi, regardless of which of the force they’re on. I would love to see a picture of what they look like. In my mind, I kind of imagine them to be something like a sloth, but I could be WAY off. As for new races, Luke and the gang end up working alongside the Noghri, a relationship which had a bit of a rocky start [you’ll find out when you read the series] but I guess that could be said about any relationship. I never was able to create a very clear picture of what these guys looked like, but I would love to hear what you guys were able to make of them. They’re a race of alien beings who, for most of the story, you’re never quite sure which side they’re on. In the third book, however, you find out the horrible things that the Empire had done to them, making their actions and attitude a lot more understandable.

I could go on for hours about all of the stuff I loved about this series, but I don’t want to risk spoiling anything for anyone. I’ll just finish by saying that it had a very satisfying ending, and the series overall was very true to the Star Wars we have all come to know and love. As always, I would love to hear what you guys have to say about it, so don’t be shy and leave your thoughts in the comments below or on my blogs Facebook page, and until next time, keep on reading 🙂




Book Review – Star Wars: Dark Force Rising





I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.”

Greetings Fellow BookNerds!

I realize it’s been a while since my last post, but that’s what happens when you move to a new place and get your first job out of university. In other words, life got busy. Surprisingly, I’ve had a lot more time to set aside for some of the more simple pleasures, like reading for instance, which has allowed me to reward all of you wonderful followers with the first book review since… well, whenever my last one was.

Oh, and I should also mention, in case you haven’t noticed already, that I am changing the look of my blog. As much as I love the colour red, admittedly it was getting a little hard on the eyes, not to mention a little boring. Unfortunately, this change means that I need to spend a bit of time fixing a few things that the new theme went and altered, so if you’re unable to read some of the posts or if something is acting funny when you’re trying to click on it, then that’s probably why.

So, without further ado, here’s what I thought of Timothy Zahn’s “Star Wars: Dark Force Rising”.



WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS (I always try my best to avoid spoiling a book for others, but I can’t make any guarantees. Hopefully anyone reading this is already aware that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, and if not… Oops :P)
I previously posted a mid-way review for this book, figuring it might take a while until I actually made it to the end with everything that’s been happening lately, and I felt it was my duty to share at least some of my thoughts with you guys. Since then, my impression of this book has only improved. My favourite parts in this book are definitely the interactions between Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker, mostly because she has her sights set on killing him, and yet it ends up with either him saving her life, or her begrudgingly going to him for help. It’s my new favourite example of a love-hate relationship… that’s not to say that they’re in love with each other, but there’s definitely some kind of connection between them that cannot be ignored.
My next favourite, of course, is the Lando – Han tag team, getting up to all sorts of shenanigans as usual, mostly Han dragging Lando into missions that he doesn’t really want any part of. Probably due to past experiences that didn’t always end so well for him. They definitely had more presence in this book, most likely because the conflict between them and the new imperial fleet had amplified substantially.
That’s another thing I really liked about this book. The first one was more of an overview of what was going on with all the members of the original star wars gang since they blew up the Star Destroyer and the Empire crumbled beneath the feet of those who had chosen the path to the dark side. That’s not to say that nothing happened, but this one was definitely a lot more actioned packed, and you can tell that a whole lot of s*** is gonna be going down in the next one with the lovely little cliff hanger he left at the end.
Then there’s the crazy Jedi master C’baoth, who has clearly spent a little too much time by himself. At first I thought it might just be a character quirk, like when Luke first met Yoda. He was a little weird, speaking mostly in riddles and rummaging through his stuff. It was a delightful quirkiness that made you smile when you saw it. C’baoth is just… nuts! He has been driven mad by his own ideals, which pretty much involves Jedi becoming the rulers of everything and everyone. Now, maybe he turns out to be a good guy in the next one, and that everything until now has been an act, although I find it hard to believe after what happened at the end [don’t worry, I’ll keep the details to myself].
Overall, it was a damn good read. It was one of those books where the more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading, which surprised me because I was originally hesitant to read these books in the first place. Now, I can’t wait to find out what happens next, especially after what they discovered at the end of this one… let’s just say that certain events are seem to be repeating themselves, and it doesn’t look to good for the good guys.

I’m actually gonna take a little break from the series to finish another book I had started reading a while back, but set aside to start reading this series. Good Omens is a novel I’ve wanted to read for a very long time, ever since a friend of mine used to read it to me on the bus on our way to school. I used to be able to read books in any moving vehicle, but after a while I found myself getting a little motion sick, which is why I was very grateful that she was willing to read to me. Also, I didn’t own the book at the time, and she was giving it so much praise that I knew I had to read it myself someday.

In the meantime, feel free to leave your thoughts on this book, or any other book, in the comments, and as always, happy reading!




Book Review: Star Wars – Heir To The Empire

I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.

Greetings Fellow BookNerds!

I’ve been hooked on the sci-fi genre ever since I first developed an appreciation for the wonderful and constantly growing and changing world of movie entertainment. I should really be thanking my dad, actually. Even though I was born into an era where computers were playing a growing part in making realistic looking special effects, because of my dad, I was able to nurture an appreciation for what movies were like before my time, back when a string and the right lighting were enough to captivate the audience for hours on end.

My love of sci-fi began, of course, with the classic Star Trek. William Shatner, Leonard Nemoy, DeForest Kelly, Walter Koenig and George Takei had pretty much become my favourite actors, although to be fair, I was still in my Pokemon and Digimon watching phase, so I didn’t really know too many other actors yet. When I was about 10 years old, my brothers convinced me to watch the Aliens movie. Let’s just say I still have nightmares about it every now and again, but it did also make me pretty much immune to other gore and horror movies. I think it was also around that time that I watched the first Star Wars movie – or I suppose it was the 4th one, depending on how you want to order them – and like many others before me, the experience just blew my mind.

My friends used to tell me that it was impossible to be into both Star Wars and Star Trek, and that I had to choose one or the other. Well, to this day, I remain to be a loyal Trekkie with a lightsaber strapped to my belt. The stories are just so different, so how can I not be into both? I think it was just one of those things that kids did in order to classify the people they meet into groups, so they knew who and who not to hang out with. Hell, adults still do that, so I guess it’s true that in some ways, we never stop being a kid.

Although I pride myself on having an open mind, whenever someone would recommend that I read a fan fiction based on one of my favourite tv shows, I would always say no. Why? Well, it’s hard to say exactly why. I think I have just always harbored this thought that only the person who originally created the world should have the right to continue expanding that world into more stories. The problem with that way of thinking is that I’m cutting myself off from potentially amazing books, which is something I never want to do. Much like people, I never want to cast aside a book before giving it the chance to show me something I’ve never seen or experienced before, otherwise I will be left with regrets.

That’s why I finally gave in and purchased my first ever fan fiction series based on the original Star Wars trilogy, and I can safely say that I have no regrets.

By Timothy Zahn

This first installment of the Thrawn Trilogy takes place 5 years after the events of the 3rd – or 6th, if you prefer – Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi”. The Emperor has been defeated, and Luke Skywalker must now carry the burden of being not only the first of the new order of Jedi Knights, but also the brother of one Leia Solo who is set to give birth soon to two Jedi twins. . Little does he know, however, there is a new threat to the balance of the force quickly approaching, a threat which could put both his life and that of his friends in danger. With all of your favourite original characters, like C3PO, R2D2, Han, Chewbacca, Lando, Leia, and some new faces as well, this was, in my opinion, the best way to continue the legacy that George Lucas began. So, if you’re having a hard time waiting for the seventh movie installment, which has a 50/50 chance of doing really well or completely destroying the franchise, then I would recommend putting your mind at ease by reading this book.

This is coming from someone who was completely adamant about reading fan fiction, and who now can’t get enough of it… so long as it’s good 🙂

Until next time, happy reading!



Star Wars: Just as Good on Paper

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

It may not be sunny, but it’s perfect weather for a train ride. As promised, this post is coming to you from inside a ViaRail train heading to Ottawa. At this moment, we’re so close to the water that I can see the individual waves lapping onto the shore, taking with them what little snow remains. I do hope we are blessed with at least one last snow flurry before Spring begins to invade, but who knows what will happen given the crazy weather patterns we have experienced thus far.

Anyway, as I was waiting for the train, I nearly got lost in one of the new books I had bought last year with my Christmas gift card to Chapters (that’s all I ever ask for ^_^). It is a Star Wars trilogy, and I would like to point out that I do not read a lot of science fiction; I prefer enjoying that particular genre in television or movie form,  to be quite honest. Still, as I am familiar with the background story, not to mention being a big fan of the Star Wars film series up until the new ones came out (sorry, I’m just not a fan), I found the transition to the books to be rather seamless. In other words, they are easy to get into, and the continuing storyline so far is perfectly believable. I won’t give away too many details, as I have only just started the series and I am prone to changing my mind in an instant, but I will tell you that if you liked the original star wars trilogy, even just a little bit, then you will most likely enjoy these books.

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (Volume 1) by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire In a nutshell, it is the continuing story of Luke, Leia and Han, after the Empire had fallen, and how Luke – now a Jedi Knight – is trying to rebuild the Empire from the ground up. I can’t say too much more without giving the story away, but trust me, you will want to read this.

I will let you in on my final thoughts once I have finished reading the first volume. If you have read it already, feel free to leave your opinions and thoughts in the comments. I would advise you, though, to avoid revealing any spoilers. I absolutely despise it when people give away major plot points in a story, especially when I planned on reading that particular book later on, and I’m sure you guys find it just as irritating. Other than that, go to town ^_^

That’s all for today. I would say that I plan on getting some sleep for the next 4 hours until I’m back in Ottawa, but trust me, that will not end up happening! So until next time, happy reading!