Posts Tagged ‘book discussion’

I just finished reading a mediocre novel set in the American Old West. It seemed to me that the setting was more of a cartoony idea Old West than anything researched for any length of time. I made the comment in my Amazon review that the novel was as much Historical Fiction as the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess was. Oh sure it was set in the past, and there were historical events and people that showed up, but does that really make it Historical Fiction? So I thought I would toss this question out to the universe: are there criteria a respectable author must meet to classify a book as Historical Fiction?

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Xena: Warrior Princess

Reading Star Wars novels has long been a guilty pleasure of mine; they are fun, and they feed the Geek. And Lost Stars was delicious!  Sure it’s marketed as a YA novel, but there is a lot of great Star Wars goodness throughout.

For fans that know Episodes 4, 5 and 6 well, you will enjoy the weaving this story does between established events in the movies. The characters are placed in pivotal roles on the Death Star, Hoth, and Darth Vader’s lead Star Destroyer, the Executor.

Two young folks, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, from an Outer Rim world meet Moff Tarkin when he visits their planet. Coming from different social classes, their friendship is frowned upon. As the years pass, their bond deepens and they develop a mutual love of flying. Knowing nothing but loyalty to the Empire they both strive to enter the Imperial Academy, and are accepted.

Over the years, Thane and Ciena realize the Empire had become twisted and corrupt. Where Thane expresses his willingness to leave the Empire, Ciena holds tightly to her oath.

“…this isn’t about whether we’ve kept faith with the Empire. It’s about whether the Empire has kept faith with us.” – Thane to Ciena

After witnessing the destruction of an entire planet from an open hanger bay on the Death Star, and the enslavement of entire species, Thane’s disillusionment with the Empire evolves into disdain. Some may call it the Force, others pure chance, but Thane and Captain Wedge Antilles cross paths. And just like that Thane finds himself flying for the Rebellion.

Even on opposing sides, Thane and Ciena can’t seem to sever their bond. What will happen when they find themselves in direct combat?

A great read for a Star Wars fan!

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Well I have a fun story about my latest read: Kate Mulgrew’s Memoir Born With Teeth.

A few weeks ago I was walking through a book store and noticed a flyer for an upcoming event, and I stopped in my tracks: Kate Mulgrew was coming here to Seattle on her book tour!! Insert total geek-squeel moment. I was going to this event. Luckily the tickets were readily available.

The event was last week, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Kate came out and talked about her ties to Seattle; she had lived here with her then-husband, Robert Egan, and graced the stage of the Seattle Repertory Theatre through one pregnancy, and most of another. But most touching of all was her story of her daughter. Early in her career Kate became pregnant, and upon receiving advice from her mother — that she could not have both a successful acting career and be a mother — she placed the baby girl up for adoption. For 20 years she tried to locate her daughter. Then one day while on the set of Star Trek: Voyager she received the call she only dreamed she might get, her daughter had been located and would be calling her. At this point in the evening she did a reading from her book reflecting this exciting and terrifying moment in her life.

To the delight of the audience, Kate then brought her daughter, who now lives in the Seattle area, onto the stage with her for a Q&A session. The questions were a mixture of thought provoking and embarrassing.  But what was revealed through the hour of questions was that Kate is amazingly gracious to all her fans.

And then I got my book signed!!

The book? Kate bares her soul in this memoir: the good, the bad, and the ugly. As memoirs go, it was enlightening and tragic all at one. Kate Mulgrew has a strength and determination to succeed in this life that I can’t help but admire.  She shares the stories of her triumphs and mistakes with a light of truth that must have left her raw and vulnerable throughout the writing process.

And as a bonus, I can check off another item on my 2015 reading challenge: a memoir.

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