Deadline Book Review

This was one of the longest books I have ever read, and I actually didn’t think I would make it through the whole thing at first. This was a good book, but it wasn’t spectacular.

I actually have different opinions for each section of the book, the beginning, the middle, and the end.  The beginning was good but not great, boring at times but had some really good moments (ex. Finney’s entrance into heaven is a very memorable scene), the middle was only okay for the most part, and the end was great (starting with Jake giving a school teacher a piece of his mind).  This book means it when it was made for adults.  This book deals very heavily on premarital sex, abortion, and even has some pretty intense violence.  This is a Christian book so it had some great character development throughout but still had a few loose ends Randy didn’t bother to tie up and seemed like he tried rushing through a few bits.

For instance, Jake’s daughter ends up getting HIV and Randy keeps hovering the fact that she may die over our heads.  At the end of the book, Randy rushes the fact by saying “the doctor said the HIV had not made any effects at the time”, AT THE TIME he said.  Okay…does she eventually die?  This weird ending kinda thrust us into a guessing game.  I could be wrong, there ARE sequels to this book but they’re all centered around different characters that had very minor roles in this one.

Anyway, I think this book went to into Jake’s job at the Trib, though part of the plot is there, they spent too much time centered around that part of the character’s life that could’ve really been shorter.  As a matter of fact, the whole book could’ve been shorter but chose not to.

Besides the HIV thing, the book did wrap up real well.  I’m not one to reveal a lot of spoilers here so I won’t say much of what happens, but it IS a worthy read if you’ve got time.  It’s a book that IS hard to put down I’ll tell you that, and I’ve running into those a lot (and jeopardizing a lot of school tests here).  Still, it is a good book, not great, but good.  I noticed that when Finney is in heaven there’s not one description that says the streets were made of gold, and isn’t that what the Bible said?

Anyway, 3.5/5 stars.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye Book Review

I’m actually kinda’ a newbie at this type of nonfiction but this was good advising book about the consequences of dating.  It has very good advice, and I confess, I’m not interested in dating and this book made me MORE uninterested.  Let me just say, I’m taking a different approach rather than dating.  I’m waiting until God specifically points out the right person.

There’s not much to say about this book, although I do admit that at some times the writing feels somewhat tedious, but it’s as if Joshua discovers that and gets me sitting back up again in no time.  I know for a fact that for anyone who is seeing the consequences that dating can produce will not regret reading this if that person really pays attention.  I should know, I’ll probably have to read this book a second time to fully understand it, to fully grasp it.

The style Joshua has is not boring I’ll tell you that, but it’s not as straightforward as other books I’ve read, say, Every Young Man’s Battle.  Sometimes it takes reading the same chapter again to finally get the concept.  I know other books are like that, but I thought it would be a little more straightforward so that teens could understand.

Anyway, it does have great advice, and it is a worthy book to read again (not to mention it DOES help).  But I’m not going to explain the messages here, I’ll let you find out for yourself and see what you think.

Overall, this book gets 4/5 stars.

The Clone Wars Season Three Overall

This season was a very ODD season. For any of you that followed this season, you’re probably not surprised that the second half of the season was much better than the first half. This season should’ve been called Rise of the Politics because of its constant political intrigue that makes you wonder if you’re even watching Star Wars at all! The second half brought out the elements Star Wars is supposed to have. The Jedi, the Sith, the Expanded Universe secrets never revealed (on screen), and Chewbacca. It all made the first half really lame, notably Corruption and Supply Lines. Those two were awful.

But on to the second half. The season continued with an amazing trilogy of episodes about Darth Maul’s brother. I didn’t really care about Ventress and the Nightsisters, I just liked Savage Opress and the Zabraks. Then came a pretty trippy, interesting trilogy known as the Mortis trilogy. I had very mixed feelings for that one. Altar of Mortis was great, Ghosts of Mortis was good, and Overlords was okay. Overlords, though I liked the reappearance of Qui-Gon, weirded me out a bit, and the Altar of Mortis kind of lightened up a little bit. I loved Altar of Mortis because it had some great battles and good biblical truths that I could think of (notably from Ephesians 2).

The Citadel trilogy was good, but besides Tarkin, this trilogy seemed more of an enlightenment for the little kids that the clones are still a part of this series. The season finale was great and just had an amazing storyline. The ending made us feel very good and made me look back and think, wow, this was a pretty emotional season. The characters are blowing me away. I used to not like Ahsoka, but ever since Heroes On Both Sides, I’ve been starting to like her character. It’s maturing for sure.

This season probably won the “Most EU Errors” award according to a lot of frustrated fans of the Expanded Universe. I’M not a big EU reader so I don’t exactly notice much, and when I do find out, hey, George Lucas is behind this project too, so whatever is getting sent to the screen he probably doesn’t mind. Yeah, they changed Darth Maul’s origins such as where he was born and they even did a little cover-up but that’s George’s vision so I’m willing to let that go. Then there’s the thing about Qui-Gon, but it’s possible that Mortis IS the netherworld of the Force that Yoda was talking about in Revenge of the Sith. So actually I think this element enhanced the story instead of making a continuity error. When Obi-Wan is surprised, it could possibly be remembering his experience on Mortis but now Qui-Gon is out of it and now he could talk to him anywhere.

That being said, Wookie Hunt was the best episode with Altar of Mortis second in line, and Corruption was the worst episode (you could see why in my review in the reviews pages for Season Three).  3.8/5 stars for this season.

The Force Unleashed Novel Book Review

I confess that I haven’t actually played the game that this novel adapted from, yet. Being really interested in the character Starkiller (whose name is actually Luke Skywalker’s original name before it became what it is now), I went to the library and picked this book up. I started reading and was drawn in completely. Sean Williams did an excellent job with this book. Because I haven’t played the game yet, I don’t know if this was faithful to the game or not, but I didn’t care. This was too good.

What better to begin a book about Darth Vader’s secret apprentice then to begin with a scene where Starkiller and Vader are doing a test duel (little do they know they will be doing a literal duel at the end)?  I mean, this book tied up the loose ends about the Rebel Alliance down to how they adopted their symbol!  It turns out that in the classic trilogy (IV-VI), Darth Vader and the Emperor were actually fighting something that Vader’s apprentice had started BY THE COMMAND OF VADER HIMSELF!  It was Vader’s fault that there was a team of rebels running about stealing battle station plans and whatnot.  Very, VERY interesting.

The set of characters was very interesting too.  I liked Master Kota and PROXY a lot, and the change in Starkiller was extremely evident over the course of the novel.  His back-story really made sense.  By the way, for anyone who has read Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno, is it possible that Vader had actually found Starkiller (excuse me, Galen) on Kashyyk near the end of the novel during the ending battle?  It would make a great connection.

Yeah, there wasn’t much meaningful dialogue here.  Just a lot of dialogue that had to do with the action, a lot of “we have to do this and we have to do that” type of stuff.  Plus, Sean sure likes to use the word telekinetic a lot for some reason.  The character development is mostly through the action instead of the dialogue for the most part which is fine, but I like dialogue a lot (which is the reason why I liked The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller a lot, because it used more talking and less action to show some character development).

Overall, this was a very, very good novel and is probably my second favorite Star Wars novel now.  Very, very intriguing read.

Rating:  4.8/5 stars

Jesus A Jedi? Never!!!

I know, I know, I’m a Star Wars geek, nerd, junkie, whatever! Anyway, I’ve been thinking though, and I even brought it up with my Dad and I settled on the fact that Jesus could never be a Jedi!

Okaaay, why you may ask?  Well it is true that the Jedi are the guardians of peace and justice in the SW galaxy as Mace Windu says in Attack of the Clones: ‘we’re keepers of the peace…”, and the Jedi fight for what’s right and protect the weak and all that type of obvious stuff.  Yes well, Jesus does those things too you may say.  But every SW nerd knows that the Jedi tries to avoid attachment.  Uh huh there’s the word.  There is the fact that we as teenagers try really hard not to get into really deep relationships with our boy/girlfriend and try hard just to stay as “friends” because of the consequences that may come if we dive in too deep, but Jedi avoid attachments period.

Can you guess by now that Jesus can NEVER do that?  Jesus can never be a Jedi because he would have to avoid attachment, and that’s one thing that Jesus just cannot do!  He loves us too much for that and He wants to have a relationship with us that that’s far better than just as simple friends.  With Jesus, we are one as the body of Christ and covered by the power of His great love.  His love for us is too furious and too strong to want to avoid attachment, (if you ask me, Jesus would probably get expelled from the Jedi Order on the first day).  He has all the qualities a Jedi has except avoiding attachment (plus He has no darkness in Him which is something Anakin had who disobeyed the rule of attachment as well).

Overall, if someone asked me if Jesus would make a great Jedi, I would say no because His love is too deep and too furious to avoid attachment.

The Clone Wars Season Two Overall

I thought this season was better than the first season! There, I’ll just go right out and say it. This season had so much packed into one. They showed a Jedi Holocron, went back to Geonosis, introduced Deathwatch and Mandalore, introduced the Zillo Beast, and brought back Boba Fett!

Favorite Episode: I had the same thing with this season as I had with Season One.  After watching the season I said The Deserter was my favorite, but now I must say I like Death Trap a lot!  When it was Boba’s turn to take the turret and destroy the debris, I knew he was going to make it, after all he’s Boba Fett!  Anyway, Death Trap is probably my #1 favorite in this season now.  It really captured Boba’s personality and his feelings as a lonely boy seeking revenge against Mace Windu and you see the hurt that he gathers inside him but never wants to bring them to Windu as a guy with hurt feelings but instead decides revenge is best.  It’s a sad story.

Worst Episode: At first I thought that Senate Spy was my least favorite episode because of its pathetic dialogue but now I say Lightsaber Lost is my least favorite.  The characters are poorly done and the bounty hunter that steals Ahsoka’s lightsaber is just pathetic.  They so had a chance to do some cool stuff here like why not use Cad Bane instead?  It’s just confusing to me.  The only part I really liked in this episode was when Tera Sinube pulls his lightsaber out of his cane.  I thought that was pretty cool but that’s pretty much it.

Overall: With that being said, Season Two was a great season because it had so much progress in the story.  We even got to see some dark moments from Anakin and a little pinch of ‘Imperial March’ in the background.  There was also some character development with Ahsoka who I think doesn’t call Anakin ‘Skyguy’ anymore halfway through the season.  I know I may be getting a little ahead here but there are also some strong character moments in Season Three as well.

Feel free to post your own comments on this season and what your favorite episode was and what was your least favorite!

Sorry the video has really poor quality but you still get the picture.

The Clone Wars Season One Overall

So I found a way where I can post these reviews of the seasons as a whole and you could post comments on them about how YOU liked the season and what your favorite episode was.

So here we go, starting with Season One. In my opinion, this season was one of the most action-heavy seasons but also one of the most boring and my least favorite. I hate to be critical but this season had very little character development and very little progress in the story (much like the Clone Wars film). You could easily take these episodes and make them into ballads if you wanted to.

Favorite Episode: After watching this season, I said Lair of Grievous was my favorite, but now I think it may be Rookies.  Of course, ‘Lair’ and ‘Rookies’ are two very different episodes from each other but Rookies just had a little more heart and a less depressing theme.  Two new characters die in both episodes but Hevy died saving his brothers and his home planet of Kamino while Nahdar Vebb died because of his lust for revenge.  Rookies revealed the possibility of saving lives and Lair of Grievous revealed what could happen if revenge was all you could think about so the deaths were from different causes.  All in all, I would say Rookies is my favorite Season One episode.

Worst Episode: For some reason I would say that Jedi Crash is my least favorite episode.  The space battle at the beginning was great, but the rest was just boring.  The Lurmans were were uninteresting and most of the action toward the end of the episode was brief combat with what I like to call giant eagles that was not suspenseful at all.  Sorry, my case is put.

Overall: With that being said, I give Season One three stars out of five.  A half star is for Ambush, a star and a half is for Lair of Grievous and another star is for Rookies, although I really liked Liberty on Ryloth and The Hidden Enemy.

Feel free to post your own comments on this season and what your favorite episode was and what was your least favorite!

Rough Draft

I finished the rough draft of my fantasy novel Somnioterra but already knowing that I want to add a few things in there. The ending I’m sorry to tell you is a cliffhanger ending to what could possibly be a SERIES of sequels, but luckily I have that planned out. Hopefully some day, like I did, you could travel with Eloc Con to the Realm of Torment where there he will find his past and possibly a glimpse of the future where he battles his biggest enemies in a fight for peace. The fights at the end are great and I hope that you will enjoy it some day. It’ll still take a little bit of editing and finding someone who can publish it before it can be released to the world!

(Hopefully sometime I’ll make a fancy way to show the title of Somnioterra. Feel free to ask any questions about the book and maybe I’ll give an answer and maybe I won’t. I don’t want to spoil EVERYTHING!