So I discovered the Star Wars extended universe this month and as such most of the books I read this month were from the Star Wars extended universe. Now I realise these are not the kinds of books most people enjoy and if that’s the case I totally understand if you don’t want to read this post. However if you do like the Star Wars extended universe please please please give me book recs like seriously I need more Star Wars books to read.
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh.I was really surprised by this, it’s a non-fiction book written by a brain surgeon about some of the cases he has worked on. I didn’t expect it to be so heartbreaking, this book will make you think about your own mortality. Just don’t read it if you’re a hypochondriac, you will be forever thinking that every tiny thing means you have a brain tumor.
Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen. I don’t normally read graphic novels so I’m not all that sure on how to review them. This is Darth Vaders story set after A New Hope and stuff happens. I liked it. The art was nice. Though I do still think that graphic novels are a little expensive for what you get.
Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno. There isn’t much I can say about this. It’s a Star Wars extended universe novel. It was kind of interesting to see the build up to Return of the Sith, especially since that movie starts right in the middle of the action. Also another thing that’s kind of funny, you get to find out about the “business” on Cato Neimoidia (spoiler alert: Obi Wan got high on alien spores).
Star Wars: Dark Lord – The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno. Despite being called ‘The Rise of Darth Vader‘ he isn’t actually in this all that much. How ever the little insights you do get are very interesting. This takes place 2 weeks after the events in Return of the Sith and it’s interesting to see the amount of conflict going on in Anakin’s mind because even after the events on Mustafar he isn’t totally Darth Vader yet. In this you see him fully turn to the dark side (and part of the reason why he doesn’t go back to Tatooine). It’s also really interesting to find out more about his suit and how the Emperor is possibly punishing him by making him reliant on it. Basically you should read this if you want to feel sorry for Darth Vader.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I was really surprised by this. It’s a very good alien invasion type book. Despite being YA and having some romance in it, it doesn’t focus on the romance (something that has annoyed me in other books (I’m talking about you Across The Universe *grumble grumble*)). Also it has a bunch of references to Star Wars and Star Trek which was nice. For example: “And there was his face against the smudged glass and his smile as he rocketed across a galaxy far, far away in his yellow X-wing starfighter, jumping to warp speed, until the dusty yellow space-ship was swallowed by dust.”