From a Certain Point of View – A Review in Brief

From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 3 of 5 stars Star Wars fiction has always been a mixed bag, and the same is true of this collection. The concept behind From a Certain Point of View is wonderful: iconic moments from A New Hope, told from the eyes of ancillary … Continue reading From a Certain Point of View – A Review in Brief

John Dies at the End – A Review in Brief

John Dies at the End by David Wong My rating: 5 of 5 stars When a book starts out with two young dudes fighting a monster made of deli cuts and spewing sausages, you know you're going to have a good time. From the first few pages, John Dies at the End had me repeatedly … Continue reading John Dies at the End – A Review in Brief

The Tommyknockers – A Review in Brief

The Tommyknockers by Stephen KingMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe Tommyknockers has moments of greatness, but suffers from the same problem as some of King's other works; it's just too damned long. There were parts of the story that had me rapt, engaged, and wanting to know what happens next, but then there were also … Continue reading The Tommyknockers – A Review in Brief

Review in Brief – Thrawn: Treason (Book 3)

Thrawn: Treason by Timothy ZahnMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe Thrawn series might have stumbled with its second book, but #3 fixes most of those mistakes and makes for an exciting entry. Eli Vanto is back and Anakin/Vader is relegated to mere mentions, which is a blessing, because I'm not sure I could read more … Continue reading Review in Brief – Thrawn: Treason (Book 3)

Cannery Row – A Review in Brief

Cannery Row by John SteinbeckMy rating: 4 of 5 starsCannery row is less of a story and more of a description of a place in time. Steinbeck describes a coastal town with incredible detail using a constantly shifting perspective, examining the town through the eyes of a given person or place. It takes a few … Continue reading Cannery Row – A Review in Brief

Review in Brief – Secondhand Souls – Christopher Moore

Secondhand Souls by Christopher MooreMy rating: 3 of 5 starsA Dirty Job is one of my favorite books I've read in recent memory, meaning the bar for Secondhand Souls was impossibly high for the jump. The story picks up right where A Dirty Job left off, and is at its most interesting in the first … Continue reading Review in Brief – Secondhand Souls – Christopher Moore

Star Wars – The Re-Review – Episode 8

Here we are, at the end of the Skywalker Saga, almost ready for Episode 9. It’s been a long process with good movies, bad movies, and some that floundered in between. Today, I’m taking another look at Episode 8 – The Last Jedi, arguably the most controversial film in the Star Wars series. Critics lavished … Continue reading Star Wars – The Re-Review – Episode 8