Saturday, October 15, 2016

Life, Love, & Literature #005: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

I almost skipped this one. Not because I don't like Yoda. He is, without a doubt, the man. It was the back cover blurb: just didn't do it for me. However, for the sake of completeness, I took the plunge.

Without any spoilage, here are my thoughts:
- Good plot and character development
- A fair amount of humor
- Some familiar characters
- Interesting settings and locations
- Good Jedi-on-Dark Jedi action
- Overall, thoroughly enjoyable (I may or may not have neglected my graduate school assigned reading for a couple of days...)

That's about it!

May the Force be with you all,

Friday, August 26, 2016

Life, Love, & Literature #004: Four Down!

Over the past few weeks, I've been able to scrounge a few minutes here and a few minutes there. I managed to finish four of my Star Wars novels:

In order of completion:
Revan (The Old Republic)
Deceived (The Old Republic)
Medstar I: Battle Surgeons
Medstar II: Jedi Healer

I'm particularly fond of the Old Republic novels. Something about the period where Sith Lords walked the Galaxy in considerable numbers scheming and plotting against one another just makes my Star Wars nerd nerve happy. I don't want my readers to think ill of the Medstar duology however: it was well-written with solid plot development and surprisingly deep characters. (I just like Dark Side characters and anti-heroes better).

As an aside, I also recently finished "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard. 

That's all for this week however as pressing home-improvement projects are siphoning all my time and frequently my will to live. :)


Monday, June 27, 2016

Life, Love, & Literature #003: The 700

My in-laws flew down from Ontario a few weeks after my son was born. Over breakfast one morning, my father-in-law (a fellow bibliophile) asked me how many books I have. At this point, I glanced sheepishly around the table before replying that, in fact, I was not exactly sure. I noted that some time ago (let's call it at least 5 years), I attempted to take inventory of all my books and stopped around 685. Since then, that number has undoubtedly grown. Of this ridiculous number of tomes, I've probably read one quarter or less.

As you might have guessed, I'm the kind of person who likes books... a lot. I like seeing them. I like reading them. I like smelling them. (Don't judge me!) Whenever I see a book I'd like to read, I do one of three things: 1) I buy it on the spot. 2) I check Amazon to see if I can pick it up on the cheap... and then buy it if the price is right, or 3) I take a picture of the ISBN and save it for later. That, at least,  explains how I got into my current situation.

Certain periods of my life have given me the opportunity to put a dent in my collection  (e.g. military deployments, etc.) but those have been but drops in the proverbial bucket. That being said, I have set myself to the task of reading every book in my collection (and trying not to buy too many more in the meantime). I will attempt to mark my progress with regular reports on this blog as I have done in the past prior to giving myself this challenge. For now however, I bid you all goodnight.

~ Gabe

A few of the 700...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Life, Love, & Literature #002: Long Time No Sleep

DISCLAIMER: The following piece is intended for entertainment purposes ONLY (e.g. tongue-and-cheek) and is NOT intended to be offensive in any way. If you find yourself being offended, feel free to let the author know and he will attempt to correct the error of his ways. That being said, this is a blog and this is the internet, so a little drama is inherent. ~ The Author

Some of you might be wondering where I've been for the past three years. That's probably wishful thinking on my part. Either way, I'm going to tell you in the briefest and most ridiculous possible fashion: word vomit.

Here goes:

Clear enough? I hope so. :)

Good to be back,