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I finished Heir to the Empire (Star Wars by Timothy Zahn) and I liked it much better this time around. It's actually a great story and very well written, plotted, and put together (except for some minor paragraph/dialogue construction issues and there could probably be a bit more description).

Bonus - lots of pov's. I usually dislike being stuck in only one character's head, so this was a real treat on that count. There wasn't as much Thrawn as I thought, but there is another new secondary antivillain that I didn't remember at all that was wonderful - the smuggler Karrde. His story really tugged on the heart strings at the end. 

Also, I forgot how well described Chewie's homeworld was and where Lando is hanging out now. So, IOW, I am stoked on this series again, yay!  I am thrilled to be enjoying reading science fiction now. :happy dance:

Sadly, the sequel isn't due to arrive until next week, so I'll finish up Thrawn while I'm waiting. Also, since it was 3:30 this morning when I realized I didn't have Dark Force Rising yet, I ordered Rogue Squadron (by Micheal Stackpole, the other writer I'll meet in July).  There might have been some wine involved, lol. It should arrive Friday, so I'll probably have time to finish Thrawn and it before DFR gets here. 

I'm still slowly (mindfully) working my way through Karma Yoga. I think I have two chapters left. 

I also started A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes). I came across this excellent podcast on all the things wrong with Moffatt as a showrunner, and it focused on Sherlock mostly, which put me in the mood. Glad I did, because I forgot how much I like Doyle's writing, or is it Victorian writing in general? Either way, I will now be working my way through the Holmes canon again. Thanks to my younger self for obsessively making sure I have it all :-)  (Cause, yeah, I've spent a little money on books the past month, gah!) 
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Last week - The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost - A++
I already squeed about this book here  and here

Currently reading: 
Athletic Massage - besides massage technique, this is a really detailed review on the cardiovascular, myofascial, neuromuscular, and lymphatic systems, which is good and needed, since it’s been years since I was in school. 

Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda - practical and philosophical instruction on karma, duty, altruism, non-attachment, and yoga (union of Self with Godhead). Also has an interesting section on the power of words, and their intrinsic connection to thought and divine power. 

Heir to the Empire (Thrawn Trilogy, Star Wars) - this should be arriving today. I read it back when it was first released, and I did like it, but also found it boring and hard to follow/understand in some parts. Generally, I’ve always preferred to watch sci-fi and read fantasy/horror. But I’d like to change that (since I’m trying to write sci-fi), or see if I like it better now that I’m older and have two more decades of sci-fi and science under my belt. 

I’m re-reading the Thrawn trilogy in anticipation of meeting Zahn next month, and for reading the book Thrawn, and since he’s back in canon now. I like being able to hold my own in geek convos :-) And people are debating if there’s any of the twins and their cousin’s story being told with Ben and Rey, and I’d like to be able to have my own opinion on that. 

Knight in Charlotte (Fantasy, set here in modern Charlotte, NC!) and Dark Space Universe (Hardish sci-fi, part of a series.) These are books I started a few weeks ago. The Secret History shoved them over, and they are now on hold until I catch up on Thrawn. I’m not very far in either, but they both grabbed me and I look forward to getting back to them. 


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