Yesterday was a day I will not soon forget. It was filled with excitement and wonder as I got to see the return of one of my favorite movie series, Star Wars. I have been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. My memories go way back to a time when I was small young boy sitting on my uncles shoulders watching all the events unfolding before my eyes. I was immediately enthralled with the movie, the characters, the Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and more.
This amazing galaxy and its peopled called to me and I felt one with it. Like many of you when I was younger I wanted to be like Luke Skywalker wielding a lightsaber and fighting off the evil empire or I was running around with a bucket on my head pretending to be one of the Storm Troopers storming down a rebel base. As I sat in the theatre eagerly awaiting the movie to start along with my wife and friends my excitement rose to an all-time high. The movie was finally here after months of being teased with trailers and images online.
Then the lights dimmed, the John Williams opening theme music blasted through the speakers and Star Wars appeared on the screen, I cheered in excitement along with my friends and many others in the theatre. The Force Awakened had finally arrived! The next episode in a long line of Star Wars movies was here and the events were about to unfold before my eyes. My inner child was squealing with glee!
Many of us have been both encouraged and worried that this movie wouldn’t live up to our expectations and it could be another Phantom Menace. Don’t get me wrong I love the Star Wars movies but the prequels just didn’t speak to me like the original trilogy did but I still love the movies because they are Star Wars. The biggest question out there is “Did JJ Abrahms and Disney let us Star Wars fans down?” to that question I have to say a big resounding NO!
The Force Awakens was everything I wanted it to be and more. The movie was visually stunning and the dialogue was so amazing. The characters both new and old had me smiling, tense and worried. As before I felt like I was flying through the galaxy with my old friends. I left this movie filled with awe and wonder just as I had so many years ago as a child.
There were so many subtle nods to the original movies that were masterfully placed throughout the movie and Abrahms didnt pull any punches in this movie. Finally we saw Storm Troopers that could shoot something! This movie was everything I wanted in a Star Wars movie and more. I cannot wait to see what Disney does with the next episode and with Rogue One. Where will they take me and my old friends along with the new friends I just met? Where will they take us next in this vast galaxy filled with both the dark and light side of the force?
Fans new and old will love this latest installment of the Star Wars Franchise and I for one can’t wait to have my kids see it in the theater much like I did long, long ago.
Brandon Sanderson has done it again with his latest Mistborn novel, Shadows of Self. Shadows of Self is a continuing story of Waxillium “Wax” Ladrian which continues on with the spaghetti western styled story we first saw in book, The Alloy of Law. The twists and turns this novel has you going through are so wonderfully crafted that just when you think you understand what is going on and what the villain of the story is trying to do, Brandon throws in a twist blown right in from the roughs that has you spellbound and amazed at his wizardry with words and plot twists.
If you are worried about jumping into a series at the 5th book you don’t have to be because this book is it can be read as a standalone novel, but if you are someone the loves details and the intricacies in the novels. Some of the history and details of the story could make you feel a little lost and like your missing something if you haven’t read the prior Mistborn novels.
However I can’t express how much fun this book was to read. There were various components that had me quickly drawn into the action. I never did I feel like I had to read through the book as the action was waning and it always felt like there was so much happening and it was so well paced that I wanted to know more. So much so that it was difficult to put down. The story doesn’t let up and it really pulls some strong punches as it forces Wax to explore the relationship he has with his god and his faith. Even though this is a fantasy novel many of us can related to this on a personal level and it’s a struggle at one time or another we’ve all faced.
The comedic timing in this book between Wax and Wayne is brilliant and every character within the novel is well written. You will quickly find yourself routing for the villain all the while wondering how Wax will save the day. This is a fantastic read I would recommend to anyone and one you should pick up.
Also the next book in the series the “Bands of Morning” is schedule to release in January so we won’t have to wait long to see what happens to Wax and Wayne after the events of this book.
Brandon Sanderson's website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
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