Jedi Fallen Order
So, before we get into this it’s best to deal with the massive elephant in the room first. I can’t stand dark souls, and I generally think these games are ruining a lot of franchises by conflating repetition with skill. For me, and a good number of others judging by what I’ve seen posted elsewhere, this makes for very, very boring games. I mention this now, because JFO has been described as having ‘souls’ mechanics (something else that bugs me, because it is far from being the first game where if you die you lose all your progress, but I digress). This made me hesitant to try the game, because as much as I have loved previous Star Wars games, that one detail has killed any enjoyment of a game for me before.
Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
For reference, I actually listened to the audiobook for this one, so there will be some notes about the soundscape and orchestration later on and I don't want you to think I was singing stuff while reading (though it's fine if you want to do that too.)
Doctor Aphra 2016 - 2019; Volume 1
Following into the series after listening to the audio dramatisation of Aphra's original 'adventures' with Vader has been a real treat. Given how perfectly cast Emily Woo Zeller was as Aphra, it is all but impossible not to read the comic with her voice in your head. This is certainly not a bad thing, especially coupled up with the sardonic humour from Triple Zero and BT, it continues to be everything I had hoped for after enjoying the audio story so much.
Brutal Kunnin by Mike Brooks
This is perhaps one of the best Warhammer books I have ever read, and Mike Brooks has demonstrated what is perhaps so uniquely enjoyable about this fictitious universe. This is, of course, the innate chaos (not to be confused with Chaos) of the 40k universe and how even those with great personal power can be brought low on the whim and scheming of various individuals. And oh boy, is there a lot of the latter in Brutal Kunnin.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack Of The Clones
Part two of the prequel trilogy dives into the mystery of the dark side and how it has been manipulating events over the last decade. Padme has continued her fight for democracy, now in the role of Senator for Naboo and while it is easy to think that her actions have been problematic enough to warrant sending an assassin after her, future revelation diminishes her efforts. This is important, because so much of this saga rests on the purity of the Republic, which as outsiders we already know is pretty corrupt. Padme, the Jedi and other Senators who would fight against the fall of democracy are brushed aside by a few simple words from the most unlikely of sources; Jar-Jar Binks and his prompting of a motion to give Palpaine executive power in the Senate.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
At this point in time, it seems a little redundant to go back over the plot of this movie. However, on the off chance you missed everything that's happened in the Star Wars universe, it's the beginning of the Skywalker saga and Palpatines' rise to power. In fact, one of the things I particularly liked about this movie during my most recent watch through was the way the Senator is already making his move on the power structure of the Republic. His double life as Sith Lord and Politician are really well divided in McDiarmid's performance, and he keeps just a hint of the sinister about him when performing his political duties.
The High Republic: Light Of The Jedi by Charles Soule
The Outline Light of the Jedi is the first novel set in the era of the High Republic and Soule has done a wonderful job of laying the first bricks for what promises to not only be a truly engaging series, but a whole chunk of the timeline yet to be touched upon by the current canon material.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra by Sarah Kuhn
The Introduction I went into this audio book with very little information about the series, having never read any of the comics in which she features. Now that I've finished listening to the story those comics have worked their way into a very high position on my TBR list!
Star Wars: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott
A Starcanon Review - Mild Spoilers Ahead! The Setup Tempest Runner is a great example of what can be done with the growing medium of audio books, though I suppose technically this is really an audio drama since it was written specifically to be performed in this way. At this point in time I've only listened to a few Star Wars audio books, but compared to many others they are hitting all the right notes.
Novella Series 1 (Part 1)
For this review I will be splitting the novella series into three parts, since it somewhat naturally divides itself into Warhammer 40,000, Fantasy / Age of Sigmar and Others. This time I will be talking about the 40,000 books, which are The Bloodied Rose by Dannie Ware, Steel Daemon by Ian St. Martin and Auric Gods by Nick Kyme.
The Talon of Horus by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
The Talon of Horus is a worthy addition to the Warhammer 40,000 universe of literature and is book one of two (thus far, there have been hints at a third) in the ‘Black Legion’ series. As the series name might suggest, it focuses on the formation of said legion and the events leading up to the rise of Abaddon as Warmaster. If this is the first time you are hearing about any of these people or terms, allow me to enlighten you a little -