Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray – Review

Since the Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, one author has repeatedly shined as one of the best of those sharing new adventures through the written word.  That author is Claudia Gray.  Ms. Gray’s Lost Stars, an original trilogy spanning story about two lovers who find themselves on opposite sides of the Galactic Civil…

Riffing on Star Wars: #9 – Humanizing the Enemy

Our first introduction to the evil Galactic Empire began in the stars over Tatooine, as a monumental starship, a star destroyer we would later learn, paralyzed and then figuratively devoured a rebel corvette.  Our second introduction was a door blasting to smithereens and white armored stormtroopers pouring through an opening concealed in smoke and blaster…

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray – Review

Two things happened within the period of a few years regarding the Star Wars universe in recent history.  First, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and shortly thereafter, it was declared that the old Expanded Universe was no longer canon.  Second, The Force Awakens was released in December, 2015.  The effect of both these events on the Star…

Star Wars Expanded Universe: Novels Wanted

After the incredible success of the Timothy Zahn trilogy in the early 1990s, the Star Wars Expanded Universe virtually exploded in a wave of novels which eagerly set out to continue the story of our heroes from the Original Trilogy.  Dozens upon dozens of books later, this Expanded Universe (EU) was essentially declared defunct when…

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray – Review

The “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has unleashed a number of books which serve several roles: those which fill in the gap that exists between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, those which fill in gaps between A New Hope through to Return of the Jedi, and those which fill in…