Book Review: Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt

aftermath_life_debt_coverIn April 2014, when Lucasfilm announce that the Star Wars Expanded Universe would no longer be considered canon. While many people were upset over this decision, I was guardedly optimistic. While there were some fantastic Star Wars books that continued the stories from the films, there were also some really bad ones that didn’t feel like they belonged in the canon. The new books coming for Lucasfilm are aimed to fill in the gaps between the existing movies and the new ones.

“Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt” by Chuck Wendig is one of these new novels. It is the sequel to Wendig’s “Aftermath” and continues the story of what went on after the destruction of the second Death Star in “Return of the Jedi.” Unfortunately, like its predecessor, “Aftermath: Life Debt” does little to enrich the story of the Star Wars movies and is just a decent sci-fi book. Continue reading “Book Review: Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt”

SONG OF THE WEEK (01/28/17): The New Pornographers- “High Ticket Attractions”

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The best songs by The New Pornographers are always high-energy. Usually, they also feature duets between Carl Newman and Neko Case or Kathryn Calder. And their newest single, “High Ticket Attractions” is no exception.

Doubling down on the sparkling synths that made their last album, Brill Bruisers, such a standout, the track is just fun. You’ll want to dance or jump around to it. The synth melodies move from the foreground to the background effortlessly, working either with the rest of the band’s performance or given opportunities to shine on its own.

“This thing could go two ways/Won’t be another exit for days/So pack a small suitcase/Anything else can be easily replaced,” the chorus goes. Those lines are only partially true. When this Canadian band is on point, you can’t easily replace The New Pornographers.

Luckily, this is just our first taste of the group’s seventh LP. Titled Whiteout Conditions, the record is due to drop on April 7.

Riverdale – Chapter One: The River’s Edge

The CW is going pretty full-on with adaptations. Last night it debuted it’s latest series, a classic series with a modern twist and it’s somewhat blown my mind.

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Subway Shorts – We Are At War

Last night, on my way home from work on the subway, I had the chance to finish off the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad miniseries and the first issue of the new GI Joe series. I am definitely ready for some conflict.

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THE FLASH – SEASON 3 EP. 10 – “BORROWING PROBLEMS FROM THE FUTURE”

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Hello, true believers! We are back, back, back! It may be a new year, but it’s the same old Flash. Last time around, Barry was flung months into the future, where he saw Savitar murder Iris. Can Barry change the future and save her?

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