Originally, I had intended to have something spectacular planned for my 100th post, but I never actually got around to writing whatever that spectacular thing was supposed to be. It’s weird; it doesn’t feel like I’ve written one hundred posts, but I’ve got ninety-nine published already and this one will be next.

Before I go forward, I just want to thank everyone who has bothered to subscribe to my blog. For whatever reason, you’ve found my blog entertaining enough to keep up with. For that I thank you, and I promise to try to get a little bit more creative with these posts. Thanks for reading.

Okay, now that that’s been said, let’s talk about the three books I’ve read (or finished reading) this week:

Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno

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Recently I’ve begun to dig deeper into Star Wars canon in order to better be able to write posts for Fandom Following. Collider’s Jedi Council is pretty good about recommending what to read, but a dear friend of mine was nice enough to let me borrow a few of his copies. Tarkin was one of them.

In James Luceno’s Star Wars: Tarkin, we are given a glimpse into the life of Grand Moff Tarkin, a minor, but striking, character from Episode IV: A New Hope. In this particular novel, we see Tarkin and Darth Vader team up to catch thieves who play a role in a major rebellion plot. Along the way, we get to know the real Wilhuff Tarkin.

I can tell you right now: if I ever get a job in Publishing, it won’t be to write book summaries.

I thought that Tarkin was a great book, if a bit slow. I was warned about that being a problem, but it literally took me a month to get done with this book. I don’t knock it though. Those slow parts ended up strengthening the merits of the book, and they really help you get to know the character of Wilhuff Tarkin.

I especially liked the way that everything played out. We not only got Tarkin’s point of view, but also the thieves’ and Emperor Palpatine’s as well. As horrible as I think Palpatine is, I thought it was hilariously interesting that he wanted Tarkin and Vader to be friends.

All in all, despite the slowness of parts of it, I would recommend Tarkin to anyone who felt the need to get into the novels. It was a great read that gave good insight into not only this minor character, but it did a good bit of world building as well. I think that I appreciated the look at Imperial politics, post-Jedi, best.

Tarkin gave me the idea to write the post “The Bait and the Vessel” for Fandom Following, but it was this next book that helped to support my theories.

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp

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In Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith, Darths Vader and Sidious take a trip to the Imperial-occupied planet of Ryloth, where they plan to investigate and stamp out an uprising. On the way there, the two Sith lords are ambushed and forced to flee into unknown portions of the planet. The rebels plan to hunt down and finish off the emperor and Vader, but it is they who are in for a surprise.

I didn’t like Lords of the Sith, not in the same way that I liked Tarkin. It was a quick read, and it really said a lot about the relationship between Vader and Palpatine, but I felt like the fight scenes with Palpatine were just unnecessary.

I already know Palpatine is powerful, but what’s the point in telling me that he doesn’t like other people to know about his power? Wouldn’t it add to his mystique? He already has control of the Empire and the Senate, and got rid of the Jedi, who is going to actually be able to take him out now?

I did like the moments with the rebels though. I liked that the leader of the Free Ryloth Movement had to regularly tell himself that they were freedom fighters and not terrorists. I liked how everyone had a motivation for everything thing that they were doing. I even liked how Palpatine knew that things were about to get way out of hand, but he just let it happen because he wanted to see how it would play out.

I loved how one of his governors’ career was almost totally ruined and Palpatine was like, well now she’ll know better.

Lords of the Sith actually comes before Tarkin chronologically, but I think that reading them in reversed order does the best to answer the question of who was the bait and who was the vessel of the two Sith lords. I’ve written a full post about it, and, earlier in the post, provided the link. So if you want to know my answer to that question, you should scroll back up and click on it.

Still, if you want to read about Darths Vader and Sidious going on an adventure to show people what’s good, Lords of the Sith is a great read. It’s quick and largely exciting, I just didn’t appreciate Palpatine’s fighting.

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Vol. 1: The Man on the Wall by Ales Kot


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I am a Bucky Barnes fan.

From the moment Captain America: The First Avenger presented me with this story about two best friends who go to war together, I knew that I would forever be a fan of this character. One of the second trades that I bought, after my first foray into American comics with Marvel’s Civil War, was Captain America & Bucky: The Life Story of Bucky Barnes

I’ve been crying ever since.

So when I found out that Bucky had a recent run of comics, I figured I’d take a look at it. The recent runs of Gambit and Hawkeye were relatively good, so I figured why not?

In Ales Kot’s run of Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Bucky replaces Nick Fury as the Man On The Wall. He runs an international space station with Daisy Johnson, and travels the galaxy looking for –

I’m sorry, I didn’t understand half of what was going on in this trade. Seriously, the first arc of the Cyborg comic made more sense than this.

He blew up a counsel of aliens (possibly their whole planet) in the first issue, had a conversation with Daisy in the second, went to find Loki in the third, we get to know a Bucky from 200 years in the future in the fourth issue, and Crossbones shows up in the fifth. I was beyond lost.

I appreciated the fact that Bucky Barnes was given his own series, because I honestly wouldn’t have known what to do with him, but I just could not understand what was going on here. I did like the issues with Loki and a future Bucky, though. Those issues were interesting, but the rest of it, or rather the why of it, was too confusing.

In any case, now I know better for next time.

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