Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’

On October 1, 2019, with the premiere of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker a little over two months away, Disney-Lucasfilm Press released Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, an illustrated book for young readers that sums up the first eight Episodes in the main Skywalker Saga film series. Written by Delilah S. DawsonContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’”

Book Talk: ‘Old Friends in the Bookshelves’, or: Books That I Love to Revisit Again and Again

“Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.”― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords If you are a true bibliophile or, as Stephen King likes to call his loyal fans, a Constant Reader, chances are that you have in your personal library oneContinue reading “Book Talk: ‘Old Friends in the Bookshelves’, or: Books That I Love to Revisit Again and Again”

Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’

Movies are an illusion. Cinema is the art of the moving image; the moving image isn’t more truthful than are cave paintings, or hieroglyphics, or the Sistine Chapel. What the artist finds is the truth behind the “truth.” Art portrays the aspirations of the society in which it is made.- George Lucas, The Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’”

Book Talk: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’….Look at the Size of that Book!

Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s now late afternoon and heading into early evening here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, it’s 63˚F (17˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 13 MPH (21 KM/H) and humidity at 63%, the feels-like temperature is 63˚F (17˚C). The light that attempting to stream through myContinue reading “Book Talk: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’….Look at the Size of that Book!”

Book Talk: My Favorite Alternative History Books

Hey there, Dear Reader. It’s Monday, January 4, 2021, and it is almost noon here in New Hometown, Florida. A cold front must have passed through the area last night; the current temperature is 57˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 5 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 55%,Continue reading “Book Talk: My Favorite Alternative History Books”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 3, 2021, or: My Sunday Reading Adventures

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon here on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and it’s a gray, chilly day here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the north at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 100%, the feels-like temperature is 61˚F (16˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 3, 2021, or: My Sunday Reading Adventures”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 2, 2021, or: Meet the New Year…Same as the Old Year

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Saturday, January 2, 2021, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Right now, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the heat index is 83˚F (28˚C). Today’s forecast callsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 2, 2021, or: Meet the New Year…Same as the Old Year”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, December 29, 2020, or: More Books for My TBR Pile!

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s just past noon here on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, and it’s “seasonably” cool in New Hometown, Florida. The current temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and the wind blowing at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) from the east-northeast, the feels-like temperature is 73˚F (23˚C. According toContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, December 29, 2020, or: More Books for My TBR Pile!”

Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’

On October 5, 2011, Oxford University Press published Craig L. Symonds’ The Battle of Midway, one of the 18 books in the Pivotal Moments in American History series, which is edited by David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. Based on exhaustive research and drawing on a cornucopia of new revelations about theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’”

Book Review: ‘From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

On November 10, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Penguin Random House – published From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, a collection of 39 short stories and one cartoon that depict events from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back from the perspectives of various supporting characters. Created byContinue reading “Book Review: ‘From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back”