Tuesday, September 29, 2015

INTERLUDE: The Best Part of Aftermath?

Alright, as promised (I know you've been waiting with bated breath), a breakdown of the fantastic interludes in Aftermath. They represent the snapshot stories from around the galaxy that I didn't know I wanted, but now can't get enough of. I would be completely on-board with an entire book filled with these short, unfinished glimpses into the lives of denizens from every corner of the galaxy, whether they be hopeful, optimistic individuals with visions of what the future could hold, salivating degenerates who think the iron fist just rusted over, or scared, uncertain Imperials desperately trying to cling to whatever power they still wield *coughAdelhardcough* ...anyway, enough preamble, let's grab our utensils and dig in!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Aftermath of the War...is More War!

Okay, despite my clever (okay, sorta clever...fine, fine, lame) title, there really isn't much actual "war" in Aftermath, not hot, troops on the ground, fleets in the outer atmosphere, war, anyway (btw, if you haven't read Aftermath, WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?! I mean, uh, you should probably not read this). Though, it's not really cold war either...more like lukewarm war, something like cats and dogs...maybe...moving on...the book skips forward from the end of Return of the Jedi, past the majority of the remainder of the real war portion of the conflict to more skirmish-style engagements (it seems like the Shattered Empire comics are taking care of the immediate post-RotJ action), to a galaxy that's adjusting to the absence of the Empire as much as the reintroduction of a republic. To be honest, by omitting a few references, the main story could easily take place during the early stages of the rebellion, and felt like a natural progression based on where things were when we left off. The Interludes do a magnificent job of highlighting the variety of goings-on around the galaxy and painting a picture of what this huge galactic change means for several different types of people on planets running the gamut from the core to the outer-most rim. The Interludes are so interesting, in fact, that I'm going to focus on them independently in another post. This entry will be about the main characters of the story, a story of getting the band together, which is essentially what this book breaks down to...think of it like A New Hope for this set of characters, several sets of coincidences throw them into a narrative and set them on a path toward something bigger...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

An Uprising in the Aftermath Or: Why I'm Glued to My Phone Like a Teenager

Okay, so, full disclosure, I finished Aftermath yesterday morning, and was planning to write about it today (spoilers, I liked it), but then I found out Star Wars:  Uprising was available for download sometime yesterday afternoon aaaaaaaand I've basically spent the majority of the last 24 hours or so with my face buried in my phone like a stereotypical teenager...needless to say (but I feel compelled to say it anyway), I'm enjoying it. So here's my two cents on my Uprising experience so far, and I'll get to Aftermath for sure within the next week...because, yeah, it's definitely worth talking about.