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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Myths & Fables by George Mann
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Star Wars: Myths and Fables by George Mann

Star Wars: Myths & Fables
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by George Mann
Narrated by James Monroe Iglehart
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press | Listening Library
Release date: August 6, 2019

Back in college, I took a class on short stories. As a result of what I learned, I have carried a deep love of the form throughout my adult life. So, imagine my joy when Star Wars: Myths & Fables, a collection of short stories set in a galaxy far, far away, was thrown my way.

Okay, so writer George Mann is not the first to offer up Star Wars short stories. He’s not even the first to do it since George Lucas sold the rights to this universe to Disney (that honor goes to 2017’s multi-authored collection From a Certain Point of View). This is, however, the first time I can recall in which a single author wrote an entire collection of short stories that all share a similar voice and style.

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Book Review: Only Ashes Remain By Rebecca Schaeffer
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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

Only Ashes Remain
Hardcover | Kindle
Market of Monsters, Book #2
Written by Rebecca Schaeffer
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: September 3, 2019

Only Ashes Remain is Rebecca Schaeffer‘s sequel to last year’s breakout debut Not Even Bones and, let me just get this out of the way right now, it most certainly does not suffer from the dreaded “sophomore slump” that tends to afflict many creators in the entertainment industry.

Our “unnatural” heroine Nita returns, but under the protection of INHUP (International Non-Human Police), an agency that not only protects humans from the dangerous non-humans living amongst us in this alternate reality, but also protects non-dangerous non-humans such as Nita from both dangerous non-humans as well as the very paranoid and sometimes more dangerous humans who tend to think of everyone unlike themselves as being a threat.

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Book Review: Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds By Gwenda Bond
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Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
Hardcover | Kindle | Paperback | Audiobook
Stranger Things, Book 1
Written by Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Del Rey
Release date: February 5, 2019

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is the first official book to be published that’s set in the fictional world of early 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, from Netflix’s Stranger Things and features some of the characters we have come to know and love from the three seasons of the hit streaming series.

But for this story, we travel a bit further back. To 1969, in fact. This is when Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine’s character) and his young ward, Kali (or “008” as we’ve come to know her), arrive at Hawkins National Laboratory to expand upon his experiments on the human mind. To aid in his tests, he recruits four college-aged kids chosen because of promising capabilities they’ve displayed.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason By Timothy Zahn
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Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Star Wars: Thrawn, Book 3
Written by Timothy Zahn
Narrated by Marc Thompson
Publisher: Del Rey Books | Random House Audio
Release date: July 23, 2019

Timothy Zahn returns with his denouement in his new canon trilogy of tales about Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn titled Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason.

In it, Grand Admiral Thrawn butts heads with Director Orson Krennic over project funding. Thrawn believes the future of the Empire, at least in the years leading up to Episode IV: A New Hope, is his TIE Defender project. Krennic, on the other hand, is certain the Empire can only hope to survive if his Stardust* project even if it has been delayed and run a bit over budget.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
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Star Wars Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Alphabet Squadron Trilogy, Book 1
Written by Alexander Freed
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
Publisher: Del Rey Books | Random House Audio
Release date: June 11, 2019

Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron is the first in a promised trilogy of books focusing on Navy pilots in the years following the Battle of Endor, after the Rebellion transitions into being the New Republic. The reason for the naming is because the squadron consists of pilots flying practically every letter-designated ship we’ve ever seen in the Star Wars saga — X-Wing, A-Wing, B-Wing, Y-Wing, and even Rogue One‘s U-Wing.

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Book Review: During-The-Event By Roger Wall
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During-the-Event by Roger Wall

During-the-Event
Paperback | Kindle
By Roger Wall
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Release date: May 15, 2019

When During-the-Event, also known as D.E., was born, the small North Dakota town where he lived was nearly entirely wiped off the face of the planet. His grandfather and he were the lone survivors. Now they live in a cave near the town and occasionally make trips back for supplies. It’s a very solitary existence that’s only going to get even lonelier after his grandfather dies 17 years into D.E.’s life.

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Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch
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Recursion
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By Blake Crouch
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Release date: June 11, 2019

In Recursion, it’s 2008 and Dr. Helena Smith is a brilliant neuroscientist driven by the devastation that Alzheimer’s disease is ravaging on her family to create a device that will save the memories of those people who are losing them. Not just a passing or faded memory, but those core ones that define our lives. And they are very lucid, very vivid memories. The way she has worked out the science, if you were to review these saved memories, you’d swear you’re living them firsthand. But she’s out of funding.

Enter Marcus Slade, a billionaire tycoon driven by a love of science and technology who wants to give Helena anything she needs to make her dreams a reality.

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Book Review: The Hungry Ghost By Dalena Storm
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The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm

The Hungry Ghost
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By Dalena Storm
Publisher: Black Spot Books
Release date: June 11, 2019

Samantha, “Sam” to her friends, is at a crossroads in her life. Having recently divorced her husband Peter, she’s trying to find who she is as a 30-something college writing instructor in the Boston area. Her brother is happily married with two children and the only inkling of romance going for Sam is Madeleine, a six-years-younger former student who has taken a shine to her for reasons Sam cannot fathom.

But none of these questions will matter soon when Sam winds up in a coma after a vicious car accident leaves her clinging to life.

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Audiobook Review: Alien III by William Gibson (An Audible Original)
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William Gibson's Alien III

Alien III
An Audible Original Audiobook
Written by William Gibson
Full cast narration featuring Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release date: May 30, 2019

Alien III? Didn’t that already happen back in the ’90s? By no less than William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer?

Yes, Alien3 was and still is a thing. Possibly much to the chagrin of many fans of the franchise. But, before that happened, there was an attempt at a script written by William Gibson (father of see above). According to the Alien vs. Predator wiki, Gibson’s script was the first of 10 commissioned sequels to Alien and Aliens and was written in 1987 only to be re-written in 1988 and the studio accepted neither.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost By Cavan Scott
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Star Wars: Dooku, Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost
Audiobook
Written by Cavan Scott
Full cast audiobook narration (6 hours and 21 minutes)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release date: April 30, 2019

Before he was the Count of Serenno, the leader of the Separatist Army and became known as Darth Tyranus, Dooku was a Padawan to Jedi Master Yoda and best friend to Sifo-Dyas. He also served as a teacher to a young Qui-Gon Jinn before leaving the Jedi Order entirely. This is the Dooku that assassin Asajj Ventress is interested in learning more about and how the story in Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost sets down its roots.

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