Alejandro’s Book Corner!


Alejandro's Book CornerThis is a new feature here at NightlyReading where Alejandro will give suggestions of books that he has found. This will include different genres featured each week. I hope you enjoy, please let him know your thoughts by posting a comment or visiting his Goodreads page:

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“May the Fourth be with you!” 😉 Since some time ago, it has been held on May 4th, the “Star Wars Day” basically due the wordgame of that date sounds very similar to the iconic phrase “May the Force be with you”. That’s why, that I pause in the cycle of detectives to dedicate the Literarature Post this week to the science fiction franchise “Star Wars”. Some may think that reading the novels lost validity with the recent announcement that the upcoming “Episode VII” does not take into account the elements developed in the “Expanded Universe” created in prose novels. But I differ from that thinking. I think that such as other franchises as a perfect example of “The Walking Dead” have managed to develop a double canon universe in comic books, its original niche, and on television, including creating exclusive characters for TV, although both stories differ here and there, both are canonical. So I want to see the “Expanded Universe” of Star Wars novels. Although “Episode VII” and following films will to differ from events in novels, simply you have to enjoy both roads, going to the cinemas to watch the new movies, and keep reading the novels. Some time ago I posted another one dedicated to “Star Wars”, so that’s why, this time I will choose other novels to add variety to the subject. There are 9 books, selecting examples of each of the 6 eras of the Expanded Universe : “Old Republic era” ( 5000-33 BBY ) , “Rise of the Empire era” ( 33-0 BBY ) , “Rebellion era” ( 0-5 BBY ) , “New Republic era” ( 5-25 ABY) , “New Jedi Order era” ( 25-40 ABY) , “Legacy era” ( 40 BBY – ? ).

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Darth Bane

“Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it.”

And with this philosophy, Darth Bane changed the Sith drastically. There was a time when the Sith were a vast civilization with an army as numerous as to face the Republic. But Darth Bane came to change the scenario, now there have only two Sith at any time, a master and an apprentice. Only two.

The author Drew Karpyshyn published between 2006 and 2010 in three books: “Path of Destruction”, “Rule of Two” and “Dynasty of Evil,” the story of the Dark Lord of the Sith: Darth Bane and his apprentice Darth Zannah. Set in the era of the Old Republic.

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Outbound Flight

Timothy Zahn, easily the most respected writer in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which among other achievements, he coined the name of capital planet of the Republic: Coruscant and the creation of Mara Jade, the most popular character in the Expanded Universe. In other of his novels as “Heir to the Empire” and “Survivor’s Quest” had mentioned the topic of the mysterious Outbound Flight now finally the story is revealed in this novel of 2006 set in the era of the Rise of the Empire.

Before the Clone Wars begin, a Jedi Master, Jorus C’baoth, asks the Senate to approve the most ambitious exploration project has ever been conceived in the Republic. A massive ship, the “Outbound Flight”, capable of carrying a crew of 6 Jedi Masters, 12 Jedi Knights and 50,000 men, women and children. Their mission: to contact intelligent life and colonize worlds beyond the known galaxy.

From the start of presenting the project, Jorus C’baoth find multiple types of barriers against that mission become a reality. But beyond all that, the most mysterious of all that is hidden from public knowledge is that Darth Sidious has his own reasons for that mission to take off. And it seems that not even counting with the Jedi Master, Obi Wan Kenobi and his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, it will be possible to keep intact the peaceful intent of the project.

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Razor’s Edge

This is the first novel in a Star Wars event of 3 books, each centered on one of the “Big Three”, Leia, Han and Luke, during their days of the Rebellion Era. The first book is centered on Leia was published on 2013 written by Martha Wells.

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive, and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire, if they find out her true identity. Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia, along with Han, Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

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Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Where many book sagas of Star Wars demanding reading between 3 to 19 books to know the whole story, the author Matthew Stover in 2008 offers a nice change in that, and published a novel that in one book develops an epic adventure that captures the excitement of the original films. Set in the New Republic era.

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. The Empire has been toppled by the triumphant Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic is ascendant. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith order is not over. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling Republic. The most deadly of these, a ruthless legion of black-armored stormtroopers, do the brutal bidding of the newly risen warlord Shadowspawn. Striking from a strategically advantageous base at the planet Mindor, they are waging campaigns of plunder and destruction, demolishing order and security across the galaxy—and breeding fears of an Imperial resurgence. And another reign of darkness beneath the boot-heel of Sith despotism is something General Luke Skywalker cannot and will not risk.

Mobilizing the ace fighters of Rogue Squadron—along with the trusty Chewbacca, C3PO, and R2D2—Luke, Han, and Leia set out to take the battle to the enemy at the site of its stronghold, and neutralize the threat before it’s too late.

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Vector Prime

Respected by some, hated by others, “Vector Prime” is the first novel of a massive writing project of Lucasfilm composed of 19 books, written by 12 different authors, comprising the era known as the New Jedi Order. Starting on 1999 until 2003 when the 19th novel was published finally. The book event was covered as never before since the end of the original trilogy in theaters, with commercial ads for first book, and meetings at Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas to coordinate the story that would cover the period of 4 years in the Star Wars universe narrating the bloody war against the Yuuzhan Vong, a race outside of the known galaxy, composed of religious zealots. And the biggest point of controversy with the fans was the decision to kill in this literary saga, one of the main characters who appeared in the movies.

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Sacrifice

In 2006, marked the beginning of a new era in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars now known as the Legacy of the Force, the vertical column was run with a series of 9 books, alternately written by 3 different writers, and marking both, the falling to the dark side of a character of the expanded universe expanded along with the death at the hands of this one of another character of the expanded universe. The saga began in 2006 with the book “Betrayal” and lasted until 2008 when the novel “Invincible” marked the end of this book series.

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Legacy of the Jedi

Jude Watson is a prolific author of the Star Wars franchise that has been the sole writer of juvenile line of novels “Jedi Apprentice” comprising 18 books along with other related novels, chronicling the experiences of Qui- Gon Jinn training his Padawan Obi -Wan Kenobi. It is precisely “Legacy of the Jedi” one of those related books where an epic story that contains 4 generations of Jedi teachers and students with a common enemy is told.

Lorian Nod, potential Padawan and later pirate, four times his road was met with: first with Jedi Master Yodaand his Padawan Dooku, then Jedi Master Dooku and his Padawan Qui-Gon Jinn, later meeting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and ending at the fourth meeting right in the middle of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker, but this time Count Dooku will also involve against the common enemy of four generations of Jedi.

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Boba Fett: A Practical Man

For those who do not know, Boba Fett does not die as it seemed to happen during the film “Return of the Jedi”, Fett continued to live and along with his works as bounty hunter, he has played a key role more than once for the benefit of the New Republic and the New Jedi Order.

In this novel, published in 2006, author Karen Traviss, recounts the events of Boba Fett and his Mandalorian fleet during the war against the Yuuzhan Vong. Boba Fett realize they have been working for a contractor who happens to be part of the Yuuzhan Vong where he must decides which side of the conflict he wants to be, realizing that the plans of the Yuuzhan Vong are to eradicate everything that is known to him and has been forming the galaxy that he considers as home.

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Fate of the Jedi: Omen

Although this event was entitled “Fate of the Jedi ” it didn’t involve a new “era” in the Expanded Universe and is considered part of the “Legacy of the Force ” era , set two years after the events developed in the series of the name’s era . Similar to “Legacy of the Force”, this saga of “Fate of the Jedi” consists of 9 books, written alternately by 3 different writers. As an tie-in event, John Jackson Miller wrote 9 short ebooks which were then compiled in the book “The Lost Tribe of the Sith” that although it is set in the era of “Old Republic”, it explains the origin of key elements of the series “Fate of the Jedi” in the era of “Legacy of the Force”.

The Civil War is over but now the New Jedi Order has lost the confidence of the Government and the general public. Luke Skywalker himself is in trouble of being recognized as the leader of the very order that he founded. This saga sees the emergence of a new character, Vestara Khai, a Sith as has not been seen before, she is not arrogant, she is aware of her own limitations and her destiny puts her to antagonize with both the Jedi and the Sith.

See you next week!
Alejandro

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