Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekly Journal - Update!

This is my weekly journal. This is where one will find a glimpse into the niceties of the Expanded Universe- the quirky, intriguing, yet easily missed twists and turns of my journey.

I will continue to update this particular blog post every week, sharing the progress of my exploits. Please check back regularly for updates.

July 20th, 2009
5-2 years BBY

My recent exploits have been rewarding. It's wonderful to feel the magic of the GFFA once again, after my own personal "dark times" with the Ewoks and Droids cartoons. The overarching theme of the past week has been the birth of the Rebel Alliance.

Shortly before I began recording my travels, I had finished the
Droids Omnibus by Dark Horse Comics. Apparently, R2 and 3PO, who were left in Episode III under the care of Captain Antilles, were lost in an escape-pod test over the Karthakk system. This omnibus (and the Nelvana cartoons) chronicles their adventures at this time, though I'm not sure how they'll be recovered by Antilles. I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed by this Dark Horse collection.

Moving on, I finished the first six chapters of
Rebel Dawn, the last book of the Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin. Without a doubt, this book is turning out to be one of my favorites. Take Han, Chewie, Boba Fett, Jabba, and Prince Xizor, put them all into one pot, and you've just gotten into my top 5 before I've even finished! Han finally wins the Millenium Falcon from Lando and Bria Tharen (his love interest) is roaming the galaxy, trying to unite rebel movements. It also ties in well with the events of The Starcave of Thonboka, the last Lando trilogy book (always a plus for good connections).

Just finished the first third of
The Force Unleashed. The book and comic are good, but you need to read both of these as well as play the game to get the full, and much better, experience.

In terms of minutia, I finished up the Princess Leia Diaries (
SW Tales Volume 3), ending with Princess Leia as the youngest Imperial senator (and already aware of her father's dream of a Rebel Alliance).

Also threw in a couple of short stories. First, one about young Luke and "sand surfing" on Tatooine, via the
Movie Trilogy Sourcebook. Kinda kool, and sets up the competition between Fixer and Biggs (Luke's friends), but no need to worry yourself on it. Also, read a couple short stories, in the Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, about some of the first attacks by the Empire on rebel groups in the Atrivis sector. This sets up the legacy of Mon Mothma as an Alliance leader.

So far so good.
Rebel Dawn, The Force Unleashed, and the short stories about the Alliance birth are meshing extremely well!


  1. I stumbled upon your blog yesterday, which is funny because I am coincidentally starting up an Expanded Universe blog of my own. Check out my profile if you're interested. Mine is actually going to be exploring the New Jedi Order series, which is still a little ways away from where you're at.

    Regardless, I'll continue to check your blog out, as I've not read much of the older EU material. Hopefully you'll be able to offer some insight for me.

    Oh, and by the way, I just wanted to point out two typos in your blog's description. The word "cannon" should read "canon," and I think your smiley-face has a hyphen instead of an equal sign. Haha. Sorry for the nitpicking, but I'm just lending a helping hand, I swear!

    Keep it up!

  2. You've peaked my curiousity on something... how are you getting hold of all of these? my shelves are groaning under SW books but it's been the result of painstaking saving up cash and buying books for 15 years! And I have very few BY books and almost no graphic novels...

    Anyhow, I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say on all of these! I don't know anyone in my neck of the woods who's at all interested in them! :p

  3. I actually have PDF versions of all the books. It's not ideal, but's free!

  4. I've accumulated these books mostly just by small leaps and bounds. I use ebay a lot and amazon has cheap used books in great condition.

    As for the PDF, that is another great way to get your hands on this material, legal aspects aside, ;).

  5. And, Rick, thanks for the heads up! I wasn't aware "canon" was spelled that way! I'll be sure to check out your NJO blog!