Feralia.net blog. episode 19: Tomorrow!

So tomorrow night I’ll be coming out of my self-imposed online exile after finally seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Apart from book or work related stuff and the occasional Instagram post I’ve been staying offline to avoid spoilers.) I can’t even describe all the feelings, but they could be summed up as a combination of excitement and nervousness.

Excitement because, well besides it being Star Wars, which is exciting to begin with, it will be the first time my wife and I will be taking our daughter with us to the opening showing of one of the movies. (She did see The Force Awakens in the theater but was too young to go to the late night shows.)

More excitement because of the adventure we get to continue. No doubt it will be exhilarating. I’m hoping to learn more about the Force.

Nervousness because I just want our heroes to be okay.

Also there’s our Princess. Seeing Carrie Fisher on screen again after losing her. I know I’ll be choked up for sure.

Also my wife and daughter and I will also be cosplaying for one of the screenings we attend this weekend. So excited!
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Can’t wait for tomorrow night! I hope all of you enjoy the release this weekend as much as I’m planning to!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 18: Currently Playing

Haven’t done a video game blog in a while. I play way too many at once nowadays, going back and forth between which system I’m at. Here’s what I’ve been into:

Currently Playing:
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Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Switch

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Splatoon 2, Nintendo Switch
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo Switch
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Persona 5, PS4
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Fortnite, Xbox One
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Undertale, PS Vita
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Halo 5: Guardians, Xbox One
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Mass Effect 3, Xbox 360
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Resident Evil Revelations 2, PS Vita

Recently Finished:
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Gears of War 4, Xbox One
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Rise of the Tomb Raider, Xbox One

Like I said… way too many at once. But I’ve really been enjoying them all and I suppose that’s what counts.

Let me know what you’ve been playing!

-Clint

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Thank you Anime USA!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by at Anime USA this weekend in DC! I hope you guys enjoy reading the story!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 17: Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Review

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The Darth Plagueis novel has been on my list of books to read forever but my busy schedule has made it super difficult to get any reading done. However, as I mentioned a little while back, being on the road a lot is the perfect opportunity for audio books. It’s the audio book version that I’ll be reviewing. I’ll mention the audio features later but for now let’s start with the story itself.

First off, it had been a while since I’d read any of James Luceno’s work, and I had forgotten just how great of a writer he is! It reminded me that as an independent writer I need to continue to step up my game. So his writing alone was inspiring. His descriptions painted the perfect picture and he’s a master of keeping a great viewpoint while describing all of the characters in a scene wonderfully.

In 2014 it was announced that the Star Wars Expanded Universe would be redefined. In short, this left previous EU titles, including Darth Plagueis, under the Legends banner, and no longer part of the official canon. This is where it gets interesting, as the novel Darth Plagueis explores not only the origins of Plagueis, but Darth Sidious as well. Unlike the post-Return of the Jedi books, none of this (to my knowledge so far) has been changed. This leaves me to wonder if we can still consider this the definite origins of these characters. I feel like we can, at least until another story perhaps rewrites it.

Regardless, Darth Plagueis was a blast, lending a very strong back story to the prequel trilogy movies, especially The Phantom Menace. While a lot of the political details can be a bit overwhelming and perhaps even a bit exhausting at times, they come together perfectly and help the overall story that we see in the movies to have more of an explanation.

I won’t spoil anything, but the book has some nice surprises that shed some light on not just to characters from The Phantom Menace, but also to some from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well.

My favorite part is the insight into Palpatine’s conversation with Anakin at the opera in Episode III, which to be honest, was my main reason for choosing this novel. By the end of the story I was quite satisfied with what I’d been wondering about, while still left with enough questions to keep some mystery.

The audio book version, read by Daniel Davis, was a lot of fun and really added a lot to the experience. Even the complicated political parts mentioned earlier were easy to get through thanks to the ambiance, sound effects and even music added at key parts. I was really impressed with the production that went into it.

To sum up, I would definitely recommend Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, despite it now being under the Legends banner. The history and insight it provides will be appreciated by Star Wars fans, especially those searching for a deeper examination of the Force.
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Verdict: Thumbs up!

-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 16: Reading Update

Well, my reading list continues to get even longer, this time thanks to another one by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Lost at Sea. Upon reading the adorable description, I was again sold:
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As a huge fan of Bryan’s other work, I can’t wait to read this one.
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Also, since I’m on the road a lot, I decided to jump into the world of audio books. This will help me get a lot of “reading” done and give me something to review here on the site. My goal is to finish and review one book per month. Since I’m so excited for The Last Jedi, I decided to start with Star Wars books for November and December. First up is Darth Plagueis by James Luceno.
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I’m loving it so far and can’t wait to share my thoughts on it!

What are you currently reading?

-Clint

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