Star Wars: Most Wanted Review

If you’ve listened to the five or so most recent episodes of the main show, you have heard Fitz talk about reading this a few times.
You listened as my interest grew while he spoke about his downs and ups with it.
So the question is where do I stand?
Do I agree with ol Fitty or am I my own man?
Gather round and let’s find out, gang.

As always, this is your official ***SPOILER ALERT***

Just to start, this book is curious.
Obviously, if I’m reviewing it, I liked it well enough (more on this later, trust me!) to tell you about it.
But for the first two sevenths of it, shit was looking really damn gloomy on the “ooo, this is gonna rock!” front.
That first hundred pages or so is just bland and uninteresting, it’s just a hell of a slog that feels completely uninspired.
Right around page 100, that all changes and this quickly becomes one of the most enthralling, engaging, and entertaining Star Wars books I’ve read in my decade of reading them.

Set just before the opening segment of Solo, we meet Han and Qi’ra as two kids with hopes of getting to be the leader of the White Worms pack.
With a near contempt for each other, Lady Proxima sends them, unwittingly to each other, on separate sides of the same mission, a high dollar auction for a new piece of cutting edge tech.
When the deal goes sideways, Han & Qi’ra are forced to work together and trust each other with their deepest secrets to survive.

Coming hot on the heels of possibly the most controversial movie of the franchise (The Last Jedi) and battling against poor promotion and a very public firing and replacement of the original directors, Solo was an unfairly maligned movie that had the true heart and soul of George Lucas’s Original three movies infused in its DNA.
It’s definitely the most fun of the new movies, desperately in need of a sequel or follow up of some kind (#MakeSolo2Happen!).
To say I want more of this era, these characters, and their world is a MASSIVE understatement.

In this book, we get to travel to at least four different distinct areas/districts of Corellia: the sewers, the posh upper crusty area, an industrial nightmare, and a grave yard for star ships.
Once Rae Carson hits her stride, she doesn’t fuckin’ stop, man.
What’s truly astounding is that this novel dropped before the movie, because it feels like Carson studied this movie for months to get that feeling of fun, adventure, and wonder locked down.
She captured it all, particularly in the scene where Han breaks atmo for the first time and gets his very first taste of space and flying.
His sheer glee at finding the thing that he desperately wants most in life is awe inspiring and wonderful.
I’ve never read a damn thing Rae has written before, but I’ll be watching more closely for her name from now on.

One thing I liked and have to mention is an observation Qi’ra makes about Han.
While watching his interactions with other folks of all stripes, different species, robots, filthy rich, or dirt poor, she notices that Han treats them all with the same level of dignity.
While this sounds like it may come off heavy handed, obtrusive, and forced, I can assure you it most definitely is not.
It’s handled incredibly well and doesn’t at all feel like you’re being beaten over the head with “a message”, it’s almost off-handedly mentioned.
It’s a good message to subtly send in this day and age of constant division, especially given the target audience of this novel.

The bottomline is this, gang, it has a more than rocky start, but if you stick with it it is wonderfully satisfying.
Carson has an uncanny grasp on this world, and these characters in particular.
I know she’s gone on to bigger assignments in the Star Wars galaxy, but I’d definitely love to see her return to Han’s roots and show us what she can do with this set of toys now that we’ve all seen the movie.
If you can, hunt this book down and give it a shot.
Like Jason Fry and E.K. Johnston before her, Rae Carson proves that the Young Adult arm of that galaxy far far away is producing some of the best stories it has to offer.
And yes, it’s incredibly eerie how much Fitz and I have ended up agreeing about this one…SEND HELP!!!

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

Episode 094: Brian Quinn Presents TNB Giant Size Annual #4: Too Stupid To Quit

year4In this episode, we are celebrating four years of the continuing conversation that is the one and only Nerd Blitz, in the only way we know how: swearing a lot, mocking each other, and talking in deeper detail about Star Wars than most other people would ever find normal or acceptable.

We tag up on all of our regular segments as Doom brings a revelatory Joke Corner that explains his crazy in a big bad way, Fitz drops a Pimp Spot that generates more conversation than any previous installment of that segment, Doom saw a movie that will make a motherlover weepy, and then we welcome a big time Hollywood writer / producer guest!

For some weird reason we act all coy about it, but Andy Secunda from Star Trek The Next Conversation drops by and spends an hour talking with Doom about how to watch The Clone Wars, how much he LOOOOVES a certain host of this show, how some ones work can create a nebulous and hard to define connection with an audience, and more!

After Andy leaves, we finally discuss a long teased Twitter topic, dive deeper into Rise Of Skywalker, and explain in a Fuck This Shit how, due to a miscommunication and tech Monkeys sleeping on the job, the whole damn show just about came crashing down the day before Zombies, Bunnies, and Eggs all celebrated their big special day!

In all seriousness, we want to thank Andy for taking the time to be a part of this special episode, we want to thank each and every one of you for listening, whether from the beginning or since last week, we are incredibly appreciative that you guys still find us and our goofiness entertaining in any way at all.

So, Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, grab some snacks, GATHER! and stand by for a celebration of all we have done in these last 4 years!

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