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!

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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!

My Bible-Writing Brother

My seven-year old brother Hudson announced that he was going to type all four gospels. At first I thought he was kidding, but indeed he got on the computer and got to work. Only a few hours later did I realize he was actually just copying and pasting the gospels word for word from Bible Gateway. But later, I actually found him WRITING the book of Romans word for word later on. What a brother to actually have the persistence to do that instead of dropping out bored after the first two sentences. I’m grateful that I have a brother that is fueled up with the Holy Spirit that he goes and writes a book from the Bible word for word. I think it’s very impressive. He has a strong mind and strong love for God.

My Favorite Things

My pastor did a series a few weeks ago called my Favorite Things so I thought maybe I could share some of MY favorite things with you!

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Eli by Bill Meyers
I am not afraid to say that by the time I was done reading this book, it left me in tears.  This is one of the most creative tales based on stuff from the Bible          I’ve ever stumbled   upon.  If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you, but this was a great book about what would happen if Jesus came today instead of two thousand years ago.  Who would follow him?  Who would kill him.  This book was published eleven years ago but it’s still a very good book.  It has good humor too since John the Baptist and Jesus’ twelve disciples are put in here too.  It has great suspense as well.

Brownies
Okay, I confess I’m like my Dad when it comes to this stuff.  Brownies are probably my favorite dessert.  It’s just so good!  My Dad talks about his thing about brownies at his website leebezotte.com.

Spicy Food
Whether it’s Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces or Mexican food from Habeneros, I could eat a lot of spicy food without even drinking cold water in between.  It’s all really good stuff but I don’t even remember how I started liking hot food.  I’ll even try to get really spicy salsa every now and then.

Star Wars
Whether it’s Star Wars or Star Wars The Clone Wars, this awesome fantasy saga has captured my attention so many times.  The Clone Wars is the best TV show I’ve ever seen and the Star Wars saga is some of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  It’s just so creative and I don’t think I ever would’ve thought of anything like this.  Even the book I am writing Somnioterra will probably never be better than this stuff!  Thanks Lucas!

Eloc Con
The name Eloc Con has been used for two things.  He’s the name of my Jedi on the MMO Clone Wars Adventures and he’s the main character in my book Somnioterra.  I hate to torment you guys but for now, any information on this character from my book will be withheld for now!  Ha ha!
Those are just a few of many of my favorite things!  What are yours?

A Mind of Files

For me, sometimes I feel like my mind and thoughts are a stack of files, photos, letters, and little pieces of items on an office desk, and normally, whatever is at the top of those files is the thing I think about the most all the time. It could be my favorite TV show, it could be one of my greatest friends, it could be an awesome video game I recently played, it could be a Bible verse, it could be a song I hear over and over again on K-Love, etc. But would if all you were thinking about was one of those things (although it is never wrong to think about a certain Bible verse all the time), would if you were thinking about something that doesn’t really matter all that much. Sometimes I realize that, sadly, God can be at the bottom of all that stuff. So what can you do to remove all the files until you reach God?

Well, the answer is pretty simple and pretty Sunday school-ish, but nevertheless, the answer is pray. Pray to God to set aside everything else so that your mind’s target is God. Also, you could ask him for a few “photos” in order to have a good picture of what God looks like. My “photo” for God has been the same for a while and it’s really not surprising. In my head, He’s dressed in white with a small beard and long brown hair, and his face is so shiny and white that you could barely see His eyes. That’s pretty good right?

Another thing that can help you take your mind off of anything that doesn’t have to do with God is to take a break from the thing that makes you think about it the most. Take a break from your video game or your movie and sit and meditate on God, and I promise you, God will reach your mind’s door if you open it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t think about your family and your school. God wants you to think about those things too because they are ALSO important. But also you should make sure that your mind is open for God when He DOES want you to focus on Him. Think of a time that you can do just that.