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#PoetAnderson In Darkness by #TomDelonge mini review

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In Darkness is the second novel in the adventures by the unlikely combo that is Pop Punk star goes sci-fi author Tom Delonge (of blink-182, Angels and airwaves and Box Car Racer) and New York Times best selling author Suzanne Young (The Program series of books).

Following the adventures of Jonas Anderson, whose abilities as a Poet allow him to travel between the waking and dream worlds at will, the dream world being an completely alternate reality accessible when asleep and somewhere where Poet Anderson finds himself with unique powers, from creating and harnessing weapons to controlling the entire dreamscape and it's atmospheric conditions. Poet's powers are unusually powerful, but the other poets in the stories also have unusual powers, from immense strength and speed to the ability to stop time.

The original story ended after an encounter with REM, the big baddy of the dream world who seeks to take it over for himself and inflict himself upon the waking world too. With the…

#StarWars #RepublicCommando by Karen Traviss mini review

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The first in the series of Republic Commando novels from the Star Wars universe sees a group of commando troopers thrust together due to the unfortunate circumstances of war. Each being the sole survivor of their original teams, they find themselves thrust into a new squad of strangers and sent to infiltrate a new chemical research facility and extract the leading science officer from the world of Qillura.

As they crash land upon the planet, one clone trooper is cut off from the rest of the group, convening with Jedi Padowan Etain Tur-Mukan; a self confidence lacking student Jedi who is struggling to stay alive after her Master was killed on the planet. She and clone trooper Darman develop an interesting relationship in the book. It's not one of romance, but of mutual respect. Darman helps Etain to bring out her inner confidence and leader whilst Etain comes to understand Darman not simply as a clone, but as an individual. The entire subject of the morality of using clones for an…

#StarWars The Clone Wars: Wild Space Mini Book Review

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The Clone Wars: Wild Space is the second in the series of Clone Wars books, tying in and around the TV series of the same name. This book is written by Karen Miler and tells the story of the unlikely partnership of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi and Galactic Senator Bail Organa, when, after receiving intelligence from an unknown yet previously trustworthy source of Organa's, journey past even the outer rim into Wild Space to investigate rumors of a Sith Holocron's existence within a temple on the planet of Zigoola. Little do they know they're springing a trap concocted by mastermind Palpatine, who hopes to see the downfall of Kenobi and Organa in one fell swoop.

As the two reach the planet, Obi Wan is tormented with disturbing visions pushed upon him by the Sith, forcing him to crash land the ship with the duo barely escaping with their lives. Now, stranded on this Sith haven, Obi Wan and Bail must journey to the Sith Temple on limited supplies and with Obi-Wan constantly tor…

#ABoyMadeOfBlocks by Keith Stuart Mini Review

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A boy made of blocks follows the events of Alex's struggles with life. The already difficult job of parenting is made harder by his son, Sam's autism diagnosis and an overly demanding job. Unable to put up with Alex's lack of involvement with Sam, the book begins after his partner Jody has kicked him out of their family home and Alex has gone to live in the flat of his best friend.

As Alex's situation goes gradually from bad to worse, suffering some intense depressive states and being made redundant from his work he eventually begins to pull things back by relating to his son over the video game Minecraft. The blank canvas nature of the video game helps bring out Sam's intelligence and creativity, and he and dad begin to form a closer relationship as they begin gaming together.

The supporting cast of characters from Alex's family and friends to new possible romantic encounters are all colorfully described and events from everyone's lives intertwine and for…

#StarWars The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss (The Movie Novelisation) Mini Book Review

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The Clone Wars Novel is the literary retelling of the animated feature film of the same name, set during the events of the Clone Wars between the movies Episode 2 and 3. War is ravaging the galaxy as more and more systems succeed to the separatist movement in league with the ex Jedi and secret Sith Lord count Dooku. Together with Ziro the Hutt, a plot is underway that will see either the Separtists or the Republic gain control of some crucial hyperspace lanes current commanded by Jabba The Hutt. They have kidnapped Jabba's son, and look to either feign a rescue of the Hutt youngling from the Jedi, or to frame the Jedi for his capture or even death.

Obi-Wan and Anakin are commanded by the council to move from their normal war time challenges to assist Jabba in the reunification with his son, something Anakin is incredibly against after his history as a Tattooine slave. Battling with his inner emotions and working towards the greater good, Anakin is also lumbered with no prior warn…

#AttemptingNormal by Marc Maron mini book review

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Marc Maron is a damaged individual, dealing with eating disorders, anxiety, self loathing and addiction, which of course makes him perfect for a career in comedy. 
In Attempting Normal, Maron details events from his life that hold significant real estate in his memory of his struggles to find where he fits in in the grand scheme. Navigating through life Marc is tasked with many cats, encounters with prostitutes, fear of flying, dysfunctional relationships and more, which he communicates in an often melancholy but very witty style of writing. His honesty and intelligence yet humbleness together with his very dry sense of humor make this collection of stories a joy to read and Marc comes across as a genuinely likable yet troubled human being. 
You'll recognize some of the stories from his podcast, but the written retelling adds a level of detail that you won't mind having heard it before. I found myself feeling blue; laughing out loud and occasionally grossed out by Marc's …

#StarWars Jedi Trial Clone Wars Novel Mini Review

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Jedi Trial tells the story of the mission that finally grants Anakin the position of full-fledged Jedi Knight. 
Whilst Obi-Wan is off in the galaxy on other missions, Anakin is appointed to assist Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon as he takes what limited resources are available in this time of war to go and defend the planet of Praesitlyn. The planet is home to the key republic intergalactic communications center and is under attack by an excellently portrayed villain and minion of Count Dooku, Poors Tonith - a ruthless and calculating ex-banking clan turned military commander Muun with a love of a narcotic tea that leaves a black stain over his mouth and makes him seem all the more evil... 
Currently, the planet's only defense is a rebel faction, led by Commander Zozrider Slayke, who puts me in mind a little of Saw Gerrera from the Rogue One film as a battered and bruised militant, who Halcyon must begrudgingly assist - Slayke had once stolen a starship under the command of Halcyon out…