7 Reasons to see Furious 7

Linda offers seven reasons to see the latest entry in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons to see Furious 7

William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace as Reviewed by Kay

The Star Wars prequel trilogy never grabbed me as much as the original did, so I wasn’t nearly as excited for William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace as I was for the first three books that came out in Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean Star Wars series. Before I even started reading this latest edition, I felt like the novelty of crossing the two streams had finally worn off. But by the time I was twenty pages into the book, I found myself giddy all over again at recognizing references to some of my favorite Shakespeare plays and lines.

If I thought The Jedi Doth Return would be hard to stage, this one is even more of a challenge. There’s water, larger creatures, and legions of battle droids as well as lots of balcony scenes and even characters jumping on and off said balconies. Luckily most of the podracing takes place off stage. Meanwhile the Opee and Sando mini-monologues may have continued in the vein of the rancor and wampa, but announcing they were sent by other parties was a bridge too far.

And then there’s Jar Jar. Doescher adds layers to the character in a way that makes him far less grating than he was in the movies while harkening to Caliban mixed with Trinculo of The Tempest. It’s a welcome adjustment. Anakin also sounds far removed from the kid we saw in the movie, but I’m not sure if that’s as good a thing. Queen Amidala/Padmé is quite fittingly a . . . → Read More: William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace as Reviewed by Kay

Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who is the first Doctor Who piece of literature I’ve read since I dove into the world of Who in 2014. The dust is still settling from me getting all caught up on New Who so I hadn’t planned on getting into any books just yet, but when Mad Norwegian Press offered me the chance to do a review of this one I was too intrigued to pass it up.

As the title indicates all the essays in Companion Piece are written by women, but not all the essays are only about female characters from the show. Some pieces are critiques, some defenses; others are tributes, reflections, or clever analyses. And if one thing is certain, all of these essays were written out of love.

Going in I was unsure how much I would be able to appreciate the writings about companions from the Classic Era of Doctor Who as my knowledge of that part of the show is comparatively limited. But I found it all depended on the author’s focus. I did not enjoy every Classic-focused essay but I did walk away with a list of companions from early Who that I feel compelled to check out – and others I will probably avoid at all costs. People have made suggestions to me as to which Doctors I should watch from the early days, but not which companions.

Unsurprisingly I was more at home with the pieces . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Companion Piece

Star Wars Rebels Season One Review

Reviewing the success of the first season of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels Season One Review

Kay Reviews Chappie

Kay reviews Chappie. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Chappie

Kay Reviews Heir to the Jedi

Kay reviews the newest Star Wars novel from Del Rey, Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Heir to the Jedi

Linda Reviews Sabine, My Rebel Sketchbook

Linda reviews Sabine, My Rebel Sketchbook, a new book tied into the Star Wars Rebels animated series. . . . → Read More: Linda Reviews Sabine, My Rebel Sketchbook

Kay Reviews Strange Magic

Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic

Star Wars Rebels: A Review of Stocking Stuff Story Books

If you’re looking for some last-minute Star Wars gifts for your younglings, consider these young-reader books tied to Star Wars Rebels:

Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Rebels, Michael Kogge

This is a nice introduction to the Rebels series. It is a chapter book, rated for grades 3-7, but the older end of the range may be bored. Characters are introduced in little vignettes. At first I was unimpressed that was nothing new told in the stories. However, I read this a few times – before I saw Rebels and then afterwards – and it grew on me. That’s always an advantage when choosing a book for little ones. It’s a cute book to introduce the series to younger kids. My favorite character in this book ended up being Chopper.

Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head, Pablo Hidalgo

This book is designed for grades 3-7 and was really fun. It gives insights into each character with D&D style stats on characteristics like strength, intelligence etc. Interesting to note that only the Sith Inquisitor was rated more intelligent than Sabine and Hera. Of all the books I have reviewed for Rebels so far, I found this the most unique and interesting. Good for older kids in the grade 3-7 range and kids who enjoy D&D style games.

Star Wars Rebels: Chopper Saves the Day, Lucasfilm Press

This is mostly a picture book for younger readers. It’s a retelling of the same story as Rise of . . . → Read More: Star Wars Rebels: A Review of Stocking Stuff Story Books

Edge of Tomorrow: A Review

Edge of Tomorrow poster

Kay review Edge of Tomorrow. . . . → Read More: Edge of Tomorrow: A Review