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The Autumn Tag 2019

AUTUMN IS HERE. Autumn is my favourite season and I’m so happy!! It’s a little early in the morning as I type this and it’s still mostly dark outside and I love it. I know when I go to do the school run later I’m going to wear my long grey cardigan and my shadowhunter rune scarf and I’m so glad it’s cold enough to do so. LOVE IT. So as the joy of Autumn feeds my soul I thought it would be a good time to try my hand at The Autumn Tag! I was tagged by the lovely Jenn from Jenniely and will try to remember to tag some more people below!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I love rereading Heartstopper to give me a case of the warm and fuzzies. If I want to escape for a while and get a nostalgia hit I’ll reach for The Hobbit and if I’m feeling some good ole cheesy, YA angst I’ll go for one of the Twilight books for City of Bones.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

I’m not really good at anything creative. I loved to write, fiction, a little poetry and D&D stories etc are my favourites. I’d love to learn to knit or crochet though.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I don’t really deal well with any kind of change, to be honest.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

I think a lot of adults who aren’t in my circle of friends, e.g the people I used to work with used to think it weird that I still played video games in my late 20’s and that I read a lot of fantasy and Sci-fi, especially YA.

Also, I loved The Cursed Child and I’m a Reylo (I ship Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and Rey in Star Wars) which really infuriates a lot of people.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

So this might sound like a weird one but when I go to a concert and the band plays my favourite song or a song that means a lot to me. I have literally wept with joy at concerts and although I don’t go to them hugely often anymore I always remember that feeling.

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is amazing and it gave me actual nightmares.

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

I really need to cut down on snacking in the evening because at the moment I really love these cheap knock off peanut M&M’s and they’re super addictive. I think my absolute favourite thing to eat would probably be my dad’s curry though.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must-have’ accessory

SCARVES AND CARDIGANS. I have an extensive scarf collection and I’m so happy that it’s finally getting cold enough to wear them and I plan to replenish my cardigan draw this year as I’m down to just a couple after wearing most of my favourite ones to death.

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

Probably another unpopular opinion but The Last Jedi. I loved The Force Awakens, I love Rey and I hated Kylo Ren but the damn emotions I went through during TLJ were crazy and when THAT fight scene happens (in the throne room) I practically vibrated with joy and I loved it so much I cried. But then as my husband can attest to, I genuinely wailed out loud in the cinema when Ben asks Rey…well I don’t want to spoil it. I rewatch this film a lot just for the chemistry between those two, to be honest. And that fight scene.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside.

I know I’ve already mentioned it but The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James absolutely hit me with a curve-ball. I went in thinking it a fluffy contemporary-like novel set in space. HAH. Damn was I wrong.

I tag Gaynor at Koop PaperbacksandPinot
Susan at NovelLives
Cora at TeaPartyPrincess 
Lois at Loisreadsbooks

If you haven’t been tagged and would like to do the tag anyway then go for it, consider yourself tagged!

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S4S – An ode to Sci-Fi

I always thought my favourite genre was fantasy because I liked sword fights, court intrigue and magic but after reading Once and Future I now know I can have my cake and eat it as over the past few years I’ve realised I actually really like space ships and new planets, moons and stars, I like rag tag crews flying their (usually) crappy ships through the black just trying to get by and getting dragged into the wrong fight for the right reasons or vice versa, sometimes both. I love rouge A.I’s, I love cyborgs and sentient machines and advanced technology. I love Science Fiction for so many reasons and today I’ll give you six.

Science Fiction:
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noun: science fiction; noun: SF; modifier noun: science-fiction
Fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.

1. SPACE. This point kind of covers a lot of ground, space means the potential for unexplored moons and planets, unearthing ancient civilisations and finding new ones, it means somewhere for our characters to hide because DAMN space is beyond even the concept of vast and then there’s the technology required to even live and travel in space which is often a lot of fun and then there are the consequences of it as well, be that the time it takes to travel anywhere or characters perhaps being confined in close quarters to each other meaning we get a great chance for interaction where it would have been a case of simply walking away if they were somewhere that didn’t need an airlock? Oh there’s also the fact that space will almost certainly try to kill you if you mess with it too. there are just so many interesting factors brought in when dealing with space and I am nowhere near articulate enough to explain them all but I hope this makes at least a little sense.
2. THE FUTURE! Although space isn’t always a given for science fiction time is often a factor, ether travelling through it or the fact that time is needed for certain technological advances and or changes therefore almost always putting us into the future. I can’t imagine there are a lot of people out there who haven’t imagined what the future will look like in one way or another even in the simplest of terms and so this is always such a fun part, looking at the way things have changed and sometimes imagining why things have come to be as they are. A good amount of science fiction based in the future, especially the dystopian variety I think also causes us to reexamine the way we do things and what impact our actions and even day to day lives can have on our own future.  Science fiction is at it’s heart, about where we’re going and how we get there.

3. NEW TECHNOLOGY! There is a never-ending of new technology in most science fiction, some of it wonderous, some of it terrible and some of it is overlooked as an everyday occurrence. I’m not especially technologically minded myself and even I find myself inspired by the new creations we see in Science Fiction. Did you know that American inventor Simon Lake was first inspired by undersea travel and exploration ever since reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and years later his company built the Argonaut which was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open ocean! OR when Martin Cooper, head of research and development at Motorola credited the communicator design from Star Trek as inspiration for his first design of the first mobile phone back in in the early 1970’s, Cooper was quoted as saying “that was not fantasy to us, that was an objective.” Not to mention influences on Atomic power, the rocket, helicopters, face time and many many more. Also just last month I had to google to find out if artificial gravity was actually a real thing…

4. TACKING BIG ISSUES! No matter when or where Science Fiction is set, often the issues that are at the heart of things can be directly tied to events that affect us in the here and now, Divergent explores early on, the repercussions of things such as stereotyping and shoe horning people into different categories and corrupt governments, much later going as far as to hold peoples genetics against each other and considering them lesser citizens for circumstances of birth which draws a frightening parallel to extreme racism and more (check out the ebook Divergent thinking for loads of great essays about this entire series) and then we have books like Enders Game which although they feature a ten-year-old main character and can easily be enjoyed as a fast paced, action packed, space fighty kind of book it is so multi-layered that it can also act as a scary close look at the ethics and accountability of modern warfare. These are two just two tiny examples, if you look closely there are a huge amount of Science Ficiton Stories out there that are no afraid to tackle big issues, even if they are disguised as an insectoid alien race.

5. ALL OF THE DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS! Who would win in a fight, Han Solo or Captain Mal Renyolds? Could Spock beat Data at 3D Chess? Would a star destoyer or the Star Ship Enterprise win in a space battle? Is a lightsaber even possible? One of my favourite things about Science Ficiton are the discussions and debates!! I have spent COUNTLESS hours watching videos like the “Becasue Science” ones on the nerdist chanel, last week I watched one entitield “Are Alien Xenomorphs really no match for Darth Vader”, “How every Mass Effect Biotic Power works” and Could The Matrix actually be powered by human batteries?” and so on and so on. Then I go and talk about them to my friends and/or husband and some hilarious debates have come out of these, they’re fun and silly but also really get your head working.
6. NEW PROSPECTIVES! I love it when a “villains” story or prospective gets revealed and a story gets turned on it’s head, especially when the big bad is perhaps a seemingly crazy A.I or an alien race that just wants to survive, or maybe the Duplo pieces just want to be friends and play together!? (Don’t even get me started on how much I liked the new Lego Movie). These kind of reveals and reversals are one of my favourite science fiction “troupes” I love anything that can turn a story on it’s head and even better if they create moral questions and dilemmas like these often do, Star Trek has a great track history of doing this and as their crews are usually very moral people I love the turn of events this often gives the story and again it makes you think, what would you do in that situation, given that choice? I know this is something that can be present in many genres but it’s my favourite when use in Science Fiction especially.

So that ended up being a lot more involved than I thought it would so I apologise for going on, know this. I love science fiction and although those six points may suggest I love the big epics that make you think, honestly I’m such trash for space opera novels with some moral dilemmas and some good ole fighting. I’m easily pleased and happy to admit as much. Some of my favourite science fiction novels are (obviously) The Illuminae Files, Once and Future (review coming Tuesday!), The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World, Skyward, Adrift, Invictus and much much more including a huge list of Star Wars, Star Trek and Mass Effect tie-in novels I won’t go in to now. Do you have a favourite Science Fiction book? Let me know!
Note: I’m aware that Star Wars isn’t technically Sci-Fi but I’m including it anyway.
 
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Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Review

40242517Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe and various artists

Rating: XXXXX

Published October 2018 by Chronicle Books

When I need courage, I’m bolstered by Leia’s no-nonsense attitude and optimism. When I need to speak so people will listen, I’m energised by Padme’s intelligence and commanding presence. When I need to find light in a dark situation, I’m encouraged by Rey’s unflinching kindness and deep strength.

The women of the Star Wars universe are a diverse galaxy of heroes and villains, renegades and rogues, caretakers and, sometimes, unscrupulous scum.

The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautiful book profiles seventy-five fascinating and inspiring characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more — including characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Resistance — Each character is explored through key story beats fresh insights and behind the scenes details from journalist-author Amy Ratcliffe and more than 100 all-new, incredible pieces of artwork from 18 talented female and non-binary artists. The amazing lineup of illustrators includes Alice X. Zhang, Amy Beth Christenson, Annie Stoll, Annie Wu, Christina Chung, Cryssy Cheung, Eli Baum, Elsa Charretier, Geneva B., Jen Aberin Johnson, Jen Bartel, Jenny Parks, Karen Hallion, Little Corvus, Sara Alfageeh, Sara Kipin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Viviane Tanner. Including Jen Bartel’s cover featuring a striking image of Rey. This book is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far far away.

I had planned to open with an explanation about never having reviewed an art book before even though I own tons of them but upon spending hours upon hours engrossed in this gorgeous book (also, side note – art books have THE BEST new book smell) I realised this isn’t just an art book, it’s a beautiful, chronicle of information and inspiration, with even some of the characters who are considered lesser by some for their short amount of screen time or perceived value in the grand scheme of the Star Wars universe which even alone speaks volumes about this book because this to me, is a message in itself that everyone is important in their own way and deserves to have their stories told.

The art is obviously gorgeous and I really love that we get to see such a varying degree of art styles, techniques, perspectives and mediums used throughout the book, with some characters who have larger written pieces to encompass their deeds etc who have multiple illustrations from different artists which are fantastic to see and absolutely breathtaking.

The writing is interesting and delivers facts and story beats without sounding like just a list of accomplishments being rolled off, each fact or moment is explained well and with just enough detail and then often the consequences of certain actions and how it sometimes goes on to affect the future of the galaxy. If you haven’t seen and/or read every part of the current Star Wars universe there is a potential for spoilers here as mentioned it does include not just the films but the tv shows, books, comics and games.

Not only did I enjoy reading about some of my favourite characters I also learned a lot about ones I haven’t discovered yet as I’m still working my way through “The Clone Wars” tv show at the moment but this has only served to make me more determined to get through it as I’m looking forward to meeting so many of these interesting and sometimes intricate characters. In addition to learning about these new characters I found out a lot of new information about characters I already knew, I especially loved the background on Admiral Holdo from the Princess Leia book by Claudia Grey but even more than just collecting the information from some of the media I haven’t yet got around to there were facts from behind the series as well such as the fact that after seeing her on the front of one of the Star Wars comics, George Lucas decided, very late into post-production on Stars Wars: Attack of the Clones that he wanted to include Aayla Secura who became the films first Twi’lek to be featured in an action-heavy role, not only was she added in last minute but the person chosen to portray Aayla on screen was Amy Allen, production assistant at Industrial Light and Magic who had worked behind the scenes on films like Artificial Intelligence before working on a stage unit for Attack of the Clones. There are plenty more great nuggets of information even for some of the most well informed Star Wars fans out there.

I highly recommend this book to any fans of Star Wars, regardless of gender or knowledge level, its a fascinating and extremely interesting look into a wide range of characters from Jedi or Sith to Rebel or imperial, scavenger, senator or even librarian. There is absolutely something for everyone here and the excited, nervous wait I’ve had since finding out this book was being published feels very much worth it and will easily be a book I’ll be talking about for a long time to come and looking back at often as I take in more of the Star Wars universe.

 

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S4S – Bookish Loves

How is it the end of the week already? I’ve been so busy I have no idea where the time has gone!! This week’s prompt for Six For Sunday by Steph from A Little but A lot is “Bookish Loves” and I’ve been trying to decide how to interrupt this all week but I’ve just decided to make six points and go with whatever comes to mind when I think of the phrase Bookish Love.

1.Kick-ass Space Operas. Especially Space Opreas that involve a rag tag crew, ideally they kick a lot of butt and are a bit morally grey but stick it to the man. Once Febuary comes around I am sticking my head into all the books with this troupe that I can get hold of, I’ve already got three or four lined up but more on that in the next couple of weeks!

2. Love/Hate/Want. One of my favourite, and admittedly not healthy love interest interactions I’ve come to realise is absolutely the “I hate you so bad but I want you so much and I hate it” troupe. Obviously this is not something I want mirrored in real life relationships but thats why we have books and Kylo Ren.  I’m not sure weather to blame Adam Driver or Holly Black for this, maybe we can even go as far back as blaming L.J Smith in the first few Vampire Diaries Books for Damon Salvatore? Who knows? What I do know is that “Kiss me until I’m sick of it” is my one of my new favouite bookish quotes.

3. Bookish Mail. I know this is probably a given but I’ve had some fantatsic bookish mail recently and it’s such an amazing feel when you get a package from a publishing company or author, especially with the whole ARC debate going on around Twitter recently that they decided to effectively spend money to print this book for me. I know it’s not exactly like that but that’s the feeling I get when I see my lovely postie at my door with a jiffy bag and a smile on her face because she knows how excited I get about it too.

4. Reccomending Books. This is especially true if said person then likes and/or loves said book. Almost every week I reccomend books when I write reviews for them but outside of that fairly removed platform where I can feel like I’m shouting THIS BOOK IS AWESOME YOU SHOULD BUY IT into the void – until someone replies and then I panic, when I reccomend books face to face I panic – I wonder what if this person won’t actually like the book and I’ve RUINED BOOKS FOR THEM FOREVER!!! Okay I’m being a bit dramatic but that’s how my brain works sometimes. It can also be the best feeling along with being terrified, like so many things are, especially when someone specfically asks your personal opinion it makes me want to do a happy cry and don’t even get me started on when said people enjoy said books, that literally IS the best.

5. Just looking at my books. This one probably sounds a little strange but I love looking at all of the books on my bookcase because, despite the fact that I’m pretty sure I own more books I’ve not yet read than I have, they make me feel this strange mix of happiness, excitement and calm. I look at them and feel all the memories of reading them and the anticipation of all those I’ve yet to read and the potential there. I think this is one of the reason my bedroom is my favourite place to read, because that’s where all my bookcases are.

6. Being absolutely destroyed by a book. As strange as it sounds I love it when a book pretty much rips my heart out or smacks me in the back of a head with a plot twist I didn’t see coming. I think you only feel that strongly about a book you really enjoy and these are both good signs of a good book for me personally, not that everything has to be full of twists or turns but when they’re there I want them to make sense but also take me completely unawares.

Let me know what your Bookish loves are?

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S4S – New Year, New Books!

Still not really quite over the fact it’s 2019 and half the time I don’t actually know what day it is but my phone calendar insists today is Sunday which means time for the very first of this years #SixForSunday posts! This weeks prompt is New Year, New Books and being that it’s only coming to the end of the first week of the new year and I’m still pretty broke I’ve decided to list my six newest books as I was lucky enough to get some Christmas money with which to buy most of said books.

1. Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente
Set around the same time as the game Mass Effect Andromeda, this book follows what happens to the, as far as we’re aware in game, missing Quarian Arc. I’ve read the first of the three novels that tie in with Andromeda, the second focused on a character that I had almost no interest in so I’m yet to read that one but after being fascinated by the Quarian race in the original Mass Effect games and an intriguing story line of deadly pathogens and murders in space I found myself completley unable to resist.

2. Lumberjanes Volume One by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen
I’ve been looking at the first volume in this graphic novel series for a while now. I fell in love with Noelle’s art style and I’ve heard great things about the series as a whole but finally gave in after me and Chris read Romeo and/or Juliet together on Christmas eve for Jolabokaflod, it’s hillariously funny and has a lot of brilliant art, some of which done by Noelle which really got be interested in Lumberjanes again so I finally decided to give it a go.

3. Nix Chapter Two by Katherine Ellis
Another graphic novel but self published this time, about an elf who gets turned into a cat and taken in by someone who tried to kill him a few hours earlier, something fishy is going on and he’s detirmined to find out what it is and how he can be turned back into his elf form! It’s hillarious and the writing is so quick witted and funny I instantly fell in love after I picked up issue one of Nix by this Devon based artist who goes by the name of Katworks Creations online (check out her Etsy!) at a London MCM Comic Con last year and after not being able to find her at one of this years conventions I finally checked her out online and when I realised chapter two was available I ordered right away! I forgot to mention it in my TBR post earlier in the week but this is defnitley one I’ll be getting round to reading in the very very near future.

4. Star Wars: Women of The Galaxy
This was a treat to myself a little while ago with what was probably my last pay check but I wanted to mention it because I’ve been looking forward to this since I saw it advertised back at YALC last year. I’ve had a quick look through it so far and the art is absoloutley gorgeous, I can’t wait to have a proper sit down with it and read it from cover to cover.

5. Dungeons and Dragons: The Players Handbook 
An essential guide to everything you need to play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edtion (which I currently play), I’ve gotten by so far using a PDF version and the DnD Beyond website to reference things I need but after looking through my old fourth edtion books (I still have no idea how I managed to afford all four of them…) I realised that it wasn’t the same without the physical book, I missed looking at all the art and appreciating it properly as well as just being able to look through the book generally instead of just heading to the pages I needed and that being that. This isn’t a book I’m going to sit and read cover to cover but I am looking forward to having a closer look at some of the classes and/or races I have played so far and learning more about them.

6. The Dungeons and Dragons Endless Quest Books
In case you hadn’t guessed, I do quite like Dungeons and Dragons and another thing I like almost just as much are Choose your Own Adventure, games, apps and books etc, now smoosh these two together and I’m in heaven. Me and my little family were lucky enough to get the whole set of four for Christmas along with a beautiful Dungeonology book. I’ve already read the Rouge themed one and survived and I plan to read another one this week, probably before our first Dungeons and Dragons session of the new year infact!

Ahhh it feels nice to get back in the swing of the Six for Sunday posts already! Did you get any new books for Christmas? Have you brought any since the New Year begun? Let me know in the comments! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here Tuesday for a new review!

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S4S – Santa won’t you please bring me…?

As usual I hadn’t planned to do this weeks Six for Sunday post due to time, I’ve been under the weather this week and I’ve been pretty out of it BUT I’m feeling much better today and although it’s a bit late in the day, it turns out that in the end I just couldn’t resist joining in with this weeks prompt, “Santa won’t you bring me…?” I adore Christmas time (it’s my birthday so I’m probably a little bias) and I’m feeling super festive already so here we go!

An Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman Arc
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably already know about my love of The Illuminae Files by the same authors and every since I finished Obsidio and found out about their next collaboration featuring hot space elves I was so completely onboard. The AU ARCs appeared on my timeline last week and the UK publishers Rock the Boat announced that there’s would be printed soon too, I have my name down as an interested reviewer and now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be chosen to receive a review copy, I can dream, right? You never know!!

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Bookshelf help and a new bookshelf
This is a broad one. I’m at that point again already that I have too many books etc for my shelves, I don’t have a lot of space left but could probably fit one more bookshelf in and replace the old rickety one I had at my parent’s house who knows how many years ago.  I still need to get rid of some books and rearrange said content on said shelves though to make it a bit neater and feeling less stressed when I look at it. I guess I’m after a bookshelf fairy?

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A Kylo Ren/ Ben Solo prequel book
Ideally written by Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson or Christie Golden? I know he’s not everyone’s favourite character and honestly, I hated him in The Force Awakens but with The Last Jedi, I’m left with needing to know more! He’s evolved into such an interesting character now and I think there’s probably more than enough content in his backstory to give us more insight into the mind of Ben Solo and the exact path and events that led him to become Kylo Ren. Maybe we’ll get it as a prequel or companion book before the last Star Wars film in this trilogy? I can hope!

MORE Star Wars books sooner…
Okay so I’m still in a huge Star Wars funk at the moment and I’m desperately awaiting the releases of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray as well as Queens Shadow by Emily Kate Johnston, I absolutely cannot wait to read them and they’re not out until April and March next year respectively.

 

 

 

A Niffler plush
It’s just occurred to me recently that I really should have a Niffler Plushie, we’re fluffy, shiny collecting kindred spirits after all and it is pretty much my blog logo so I think it’s a given really. I’m in charge of the Christmas shopping this year so maybe I can just get myself one from the cat?

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New cardigans and long tops
Being out of any real work at the moment means that I’m fast wearing all of my clothes to death, especially my cardigans and long tops. At least once a week I spend about an hour before bed window shopping…usually on the EMP site, these are two of my favourites.

 

 

 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Novelisation

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The Last Jedi By Jason Fry

Rating: XXX/X

Published: March 8th 2018 by Century

“Yes I am,” Kylo said, and there was no menace in his voice – only misery.”


Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in this thrilling novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi written by New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry.

The moment I walked out of the cinema after seeing The Last Jedi I knew I wanted to buy this book. No, I take that back I was angry at the choices one of the characters made and proceeded to rant about it for the next hour me and my husband spent at Nando’s. BUT, the next morning when I was over it I headed to my local bookstore to grab the novelisation, just like I did when The Force Awakens came out. To my dismay I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE. I decided to do a quick check online and found it out it wouldn’t be out for another THREE MONTHS. I was suddenly not sure how I would read anything else until then and fell into a large Tumblr shaped hole. The 8th March came (also my three year olds birthday!) and when I came home it was there waiting for me. I excitedly devoured the first ten pages then fell asleep.

I can’t go too much into detail about the events of this book while keeping this spoiler free but I do intend to do a book talk video where I’ll go into MUCH more detail. I can tell you however that you don’t necessarily need to have seen the film to read this book,  I imagine most people wanting to read this, like myself have seen the film though and want to know more. Also called “The Last Jedi: The expanded edition” this book contains the story we already see in the film but including some deleted scenes that didn’t make it in and some unique points of view and extra information unable to be addressed on screen.

The plot is not perfect by any means as it’s tied down by the plot of the film, which although I enjoyed does not have the best plot. The good news is that for the most part the extra things we get in the novelisation do help somewhat. Some of the extra scenes help to build characters more and see into their motivations for their actions a little better. We get a little insight into Snoke’s background with The First Order for example and I really enjoyed Finn’s character arc much more on the page were his change didn’t seem quite so sudden. There is a prequel scene featuring Luke (which I’m sure everyone has heard about but I’ll keep quiet about the specifics just in case) which a lot of fans have loved and I agree that it was a good addition, both the actual scene itself and the implications. I felt I just understood more from reading the novel but on the flip side I felt that a good few important moments, including a few of my favourites were completely downplayed and left me feeling quite dissatisfied towards the end and I’ve had a hard time trying to balance out the great new information we’ve received with the disappointment at the parts I felt should have had more to them.

Author, Jason Fry writes for Wizards of the Coast and Star Wars insider and is primarily known for writing reference books and articles but has written a couple of stories in the Star Wars universe already including The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy that although enjoyable I do feel are written for a target audience much younger than myself which could possibly be why this book didn’t quite hit the mark I thought it would for me. Fry is a fun writer and an avid fan but there were chunks of the writing that to me just felt dry and at times I considered not finishing it. I know not everything can be new in film novelisation and as the middle part of a trilogy with an unknown or plotted end your material is kind of limited but sometimes scenes felt a little like an audio description of the film and that kind of made them just seem boring.

I feel that the extra material and insight this book offers does mostly outweigh the boring parts and I really wish I could have given this a higher rating because when it was good it was pretty good and certainly worth the XXXX rating I would have given it. The problem wasn’t that it was necessarily bad and I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy it (as I’ve said I did at times) but the boring parts just felt too prevalent. Other than a few lines and one or two reveals that I loved I don’t feel this book had any lasting impact although in retrospect this may simply be due to the fact that I’ve seen the film, I know what happens and Fry can only embellish and add so much. I would be super interested to see what someone who hasn’t seen the film would think of it, I feel like maybe that would be the real test. In the end I’ve given it a split rating of XXX/X because a full out XXX or XXXX just doesn’t feel right either way. If you enjoyed the film it might be worth a read or I wonder if the audio book version read by Marc Thompson might just give it that extra bit of something which I found the case for The Force Awakening noverlisastion. Either way I feel like opinions on this book will easily be as divided as the thoughts on the film itself.