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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review: Aftermath (Book #1 in the Aftermath trilogy) (A “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” book) by Chuck Wendig


Right off the bat, I have to admit that I definitely went on quite a rollercoaster ride when it came to me simply trying to decide whether or not I should actually read Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath. When I first saw Aftermath at Barnes & Noble back when it was first released in 2015, I immediately became intrigued by the book and interested in reading it after seeing the cover of the book, and reading the plot description that’s on the cover of the book. However, seeing that Aftermath had gotten a lot of mixed, if not bad, reviews really made me reluctant to read this book. I’m a big fan of the Collider YouTube channel’s weekly show, Collider Jedi Council, and Kristian Harloff, who’s one of the show’s regular panelists, repeatedly criticizing Aftermath on Jedi Council, even calling it garbage at one point, really scared me away from reading Aftermath even more than I already had been for a very long time. However, I ultimately started to have some serious doubts about whether or not I should actually avoid reading Aftermath simply because it had gotten a lot of mixed reviews, and because Kristian Harloff had repeatedly trashed the book, after I read James Luceno’s book, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. I read Catalyst partly because Kristian Harloff had repeatedly raved about the book, and called it a must read; and I ended up hating it when I read it. The fact that I hated Catalyst really made me question if I should actually let Kristian Harloff’s thoughts on Aftermath be the primary basis of whether or not I decided to read it. Ultimately, I decided to read Aftermath, and I have to admit that I went into reading this book with low expectations.

With that being said, while Aftermath does have its fair share of flaws, I ended up really enjoying this book for the most part, and I’m so glad that I read it. After actually reading Aftermath and seeing for myself what I thought of the book, I definitely have to disagree with most of the comments that Kristian Harloff has made regarding Aftermath. I think it’s safe to say that my taste in Star Wars books definitely differs from his to a certain degree, and I personally feel like people in general have been way too harsh when it comes to their critiques of this book. I definitely regret letting the fact that Aftermath has gotten a lot of bad or mixed reviews be the reason that I didn’t read it sooner, because I’ve never let a TV show, movie, or in this case a book, getting bad or mixed reviews keep me from giving it a chance, and enjoying it in the past. I honestly have no idea why I let that keep me from reading this book back when it first came out, and I immediately became interested in it.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve always considered myself to be more of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan; even though I’ve been a fan of both Star Trek and Star Wars since the prequel trilogy was released, and I was a kid at the time. I definitely know very little about all of the Star Wars books that are out there, and I’ve been trying to prioritize which Star Wars books I want to read based on which books have been recommended by various Star Wars fans on YouTube. I’m just now really getting into reading Star Wars books, and I ultimately feel like Aftermath definitely succeeded in getting me truly interested in reading more Star Wars books, which is definitely something that Catalyst failed to do. For the record, I’ve recently finished reading Timothy Zahn’s new book, Thrawn, and I hope to post a review for the book relatively soon, but I digress.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Originals: Episode 4x07 "High Water and a Devil’s Daughter" Extended Promo (HD)

Here's an extended promo for next week's episode, episode 4x07 "High Water and a Devil’s Daughter".

Reign: Episode 4x11 "Dead of Night" Extended Promo (HD)

Here's an extended promo for next week's episode, episode 4x11 "Dead of Night".

Friday, April 28, 2017

Arrow: Scoop on Oliver's return to the island in the season 5 finale (Episode 5x23 "Lian Yu") from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams


Here's some scoop on Arrow from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams' The Spoiler Room column, which was posted on 4/28/17.



Anything on the Arrow finale? — Margery
We know Oliver’s going to be heading back to the island — after all, that’s where Slade has been imprisoned, but he definitely won’t be alone. “One of the things that will surprise us is why he goes and the amount of people who will be there,” Stephen Amell says. “This whole year has been built around Oliver returning on a team, but what happens when Oliver’s team isn’t there for him and he still needs a team?”




Link to the full article:Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Supernatural,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Once Upon a Time' and more





Once Upon a Time: Scoop on the possibility of Rumple betraying the heroes from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams


Here's some scoop on Once Upon a Time from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams' The Spoiler Room column, which was posted on 4/28/17.



The Black Fairy is Rumple’s mom, so do we have to worry about him betraying the heroes on Once Upon a Time? — Madeline
“That’s a great question and that’s a big part of what we deal with, which is the complexity of the situation for Rumple with what he’s facing,” EP Adam Horowitz says. Adds Edward Kitsis: “I would say that as Rumple has been challenged before, once again you will see during the rest of the episodes coming up, there will be sides and he’ll have to pick one, and it will be a very hard decision.”




Link to the full article:Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Supernatural,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Once Upon a Time' and more


Supernatural: Lucifer related scoop on the end of season 12 from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams


Here's some scoop on Supernatural from Entertainment Weekly's Natalie Abrams' The Spoiler Room column, which was posted on 4/28/17.



We’re getting so many teases about the Supernatural finale. What’s happening?! — Carla
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot happening, because as showrunner Andrew Dabb hinted at the beginning of the season, Sam and Dean are going to find themselves surrounded by enemies. “Lucifer is going to play a lot in our final run,” Dabb says. “The first part of the season was devoted to getting to know mom a little bit and the first part of the Lucifer story, the second part of the season strongly has been about the British Men of Letters and how they relate to Sam and Dean, and in the back third of our season, we’re really bringing all that stuff together. After doing a lot of ground work and lining up our dominos, we’re going to start knocking some stuff down. Lucifer will be a big part of that, Ketch and the British Men of Letters will be a big part of that, and I think it hopefully will build up to a really, really exciting finale.”




Link to the full article:Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Supernatural,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Once Upon a Time' and more

Reign: Episode 4x11 "Dead of Night" Promo (HD)

Here's a promo for next week's episode, episode 4x11 "Dead of Night".