Review: Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry (or, Imperial Hogwarts)
Edge of the Galaxy, by Jason Fry, is the first book in the new series ‘Servants of the Empire’, and it can easily be summed up in one simple phrase: ‘boy realises Empire is evil’. I can go home now, right? I mean, once that’s done I can stop? Probably best to write a little more. It’s a review, after all. I could probably also add a ‘duh’ on the end of that five word sentence, because really? It’s the Empire! They march around in faceless white armour and dull grey uniforms and ride in fighters that make incredibly annoying screeching sounds that probably causes dogs (space dogs?) to bury their heads in a baby Sarlacc pit. And really, you know something is evil when it upsets dogs, because they’re nature’s Sniffer Outer of Evil.
Yes, that’s totally a thing.
This is what the book is about: people who genuinely believe that the Empire is, ultimately, good. Maybe a little flawed, but good. Before I go further, I should point out that there are minor spoilers for the book and the TV series Rebels from here on out.
Review: Droids In Distress by Michael Kogge (or, Something Meta This Way Comes)
Droids In Distress, by Michael Kogge, is an odd one. For me, that is, as a reviewer. The book itself is good, don’t worry about it. Droids In Distress is a direct translation – from the perspective of Ezra – of the TV series Star Wars: Rebels. Which puts me in a rather odd position. Should I review the story of the episodes? Should I review how the book conveys the story of the episodes? Should I review just the book as its own entity? And there’s the meta aspect of it all: since the book is an adaptation of a TV show, I’m essentially reviewing a synopsis in a book of a TV episode that’s on TV. Okay, I’m slightly confused now. Is this what it’s like to be in the Matrix?
That’s nice, Morpheus, but have you got any headache tablets?
Right before we head off to DragonCon we bring you an extra long, extra special episode featuring discussions of Adam Bray’s recent books and a comic review with Mark Newbold (Jedi News UK, Radio 1138).
Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos in love? Aaron and Teresa speculate based on the new synopsis for the upcoming Ventress novel.
Keep on reading. We have selected the next book for our Goodreads book club and it’s the new release A New Dawn. Go pick up the book (release date Sept 2nd) and get into the discussion.
Following up our Adam Bray interview last episode, we really get into his books this episode. We take both What Makes a Monster and Rebels: The Visual Guide and go through them pointing out all of our favorite things. Of course this leads to much discussion and speculation about the upcoming TV series.
Finally Mark Newbold joins us again to discuss and review the latest Darth Vader comic, Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows.
At the top of the show Teresa asks Aaron and Megan about their time at New York Comic Con. Aaron and Megan do their best to make Teresa jealous by mentioning all the cool people they got to meet. You know, they just had dinner with John Jackson Miller. No big deal. The news revealed at the Rebels panel is also discussed.
In response to some listener feedback Aaron and Megan talk about their personal EU fandom and what were the first things they read (Teresa had to briefly drop out but her answer can be heard in the bonus content at the end of the show). Aaron also asked Megan what her hopes are for the future of the Expanded Universe.
Teresa rejoins the show to help review the comic volume Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan. Are the characters too one-dimentional? Is Shae Koda a stereotypical “strong female”? Is Aaron becoming a shipper? All this and more is discussed.
Title: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge
Author: Martha Wells
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Warning: This review may contain minor spoilers.
Many times liking a book or not comes down to personal preference in what types of stories and characters you prefer. Razor’s Edge started at a disadvantage with me.The book was set in an era I normally don’t get excited about and featured a character that is my least favorite of the “Big 3″. I mean I like Leia fine, but I prefer her more as an older Jedi and less as a young politician.
But then I saw the official blurb for the book and noticed something about Alderaanian pirates. Pirates are pretty cool. Maybe this book won’t be so bad after all.
So did Razor’s Edge surprise me or just meet my already low expectations? Well before we get into that let’s look at the official publisher’s summary.