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@Skywalker2B: I beg you to reconsider because Phasma and From a Certain Point of View are pretty good and worth the time you'll invest in them.
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I have absolutely no interest in the Phasma character. I've also heard podcast reviews of that book and they say that it's not very "Star Warsy"...it doesn't really feel like Star Wars.

As for FACPOV, I don't know. I bought it for my son for his birthday, so I may borrow it from him when he's done. There were a few stories that I heard about that sound interesting. But the thing that bothers me about that book is that it's not all canon (like they said everything would be). It sounds like it's mostly comparable with those "Infinities" comics that Dark Horse published years ago where the authors were allowed to tell whatever story they wanted, ignoring continuity/canon if they wanted. Some of those stories were interesting, but, again, non-canon. For some reason, non-canon stories just don't interest me...sort of like "fake news". I don't want to know what "may" or "might" have happened. I want to know what DID happen. I want the truth.

I listened to a few more chapters of Leia and have to say that I think I'll see the scenes leading up to the destruction of Alderaan in a different light when I finish this book. I LOVE when books have that effect! When they make you see previous material (i.e. movies, tv shows, comics, etc.) from a different perspective. I'm now wondering if there will be some Rebels mentions in the book. And I'm also thinking about Rogue One as I'm listening. I'm also really hoping that Leia will find out about Padme at least, if not also Anakin and that she just believes Anakin is dead, not knowing that he is Vader.


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Just finished Aftermath, now working on Life Debt.

Overall I wasn't overly a fan of Aftermath. Having read Thrawn immediately prior I must admit the writing style and flow doesn't hold a candle to Zahn. That said I appreciated the novel for what it was trying to do tying the trilogies together. What I really liked most about Norra was how it really shook up how we're used to thinking of the Battle of Endor. That is from ROTJ portrayal of the grand celebration afterwards. I really liked how the character Norra conveyed that there were many Rebels off screen who were tired, wounded (mentally or physically), and just generally glad to not be dead.

Most interesting for me is it put the end "main cast" shot from ROTJ in a whole different context. Prior to the book if you think about it there's no logical reason for the main characters to gather and pose like they're in front of a camera as except for Lucas there are no cameras filming the Endor celebration. After the book though it got me thinking "were they posing for Lucas because we're actually watching an in-universe holo recorded by an Alliance holo crew for propaganda purposes?" I just thought that implicit explanation for that end scene was pretty cool and gives a new perspective of the OT.
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Just finished the Lost Tribe of the Sith stories (the Collected Stories). I wrote about it here: http://taralbooks.blogspot.ca/2017/10/star-wars-read-through-5-lost-tribe-of.html

I like the complicated worldbuilding. A civilization that's been hidden and isolated for 5,000 years.

Next thing I'm reading is Bloodline, followed by Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
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I'll be honest, I didn't like From A Certain Point of View. Some of the stories were really good. The idea was good. But a lot of the stories did nothing for me. Jason Fry's story was probably the best one in the entire book. But if were to sort through which ones were good and which ones weren't, there are probably only about 5 that were actually worth the time and effort.
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@Skuls: I'm about halfway through right now and I find a lot of the ideas interesting, but it's taking me awhile because only a couple so far have really stood out. The concept would have been great but they have way too many stories in the book. It's slowing down. I've been in the Cantina forever.

I actually met Charles Soule recently and he signed my copy. He talked about some of the things they liked and some things they wish they'd done better. I think we'll see something like this again, but with more coherence and pacing.
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I'll triple this about that book. Pacing way terrible, and only about 5-6 stories that added something of real substance. The obiwan/Quigon stuff was awesome.
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Just finished Bloodline by Claudia Gray. Amazing book! One of the best New Canon novels so far.

Claudia Gray might be the best author of the New Canon (comparable to 90s Timothy Zahn; definitely much better than 00s and 10s Zahn).
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Taral-DLOS wrote:
Claudia Gray might be the best author of the New Canon (comparable to 90s Timothy Zahn; definitely much better than 00s and 10s Zahn).

I know I'm in the minority in this, but I thought Zahn's writing improved considerably by the time of Allegiance and Choices of One.

I love the Thrawn trilogy, but I've always found the characterizations just a little stiff.
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Picking up Leia: Princess of Alderaan again.
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Finished Leia, Princess of Alderaan. I've confirmed my previous suspicions: Claudia Gray is fantastic and we should read all of her books.

Also, there's a chance I'm an advocate for war collaboration, which makes me a bit less comfortable. I wrote a blog post about it: http://taralbooks.blogspot.ca/2017/11/star-wars-new-canon-princess-leia-books.html
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Finally reading Thrawn! My sister gave it to me for my birthday six months ago, but I've just had so much trouble finding time to read. I'm finally making time, and it's so much fun! I have missed reading Star Wars books, so very much.
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For the new Leia books is it required to read them in published order? I would really rather read about those events In Universe chronologically.
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@DPW, If memory recalls correctly, I think you're safe to read it chronological in-universe. I don't think there are any books inbetween Bloodlines and TFA at this point.


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Chronological reading order is fine so far.

There is one novel between Bloodline and TFA, and that's Phasma. But it's disconnected from Bloodline and other stuff (I've not read it yet though).
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