If you noticed the ‘Part 2’ at the top and cared to read ‘Part 1’, you can find it here: The Bookends Of My Life – Part 1. I explain the reason behind this series of posts in the first one, naturally. Other than that, I am just about ready to dive right in to Part 2.
I you have been an avid follower of my blog, you will know all about my undying, unconditional and unrestrained love of Star Wars. If you don’t, perhaps you should look at this post: The Collector – Part 2. If you like Star Wars, you may also be interested in my post Star Wars Anyone?. If you really like Star Wars you can search my blog (top right), or you can click this link where I’ve done the brunt of the work for you and all of the wonderful posts that mention Star Wars will reveal themselves to you. Of course, if you don’t live your life worshiping Lucas, captivated by comic books, addicted to the best television shows of our time or filling your living space with many collectibles and much memorabilia – more simply put: if you are a nerd – you probably don’t care that much about Star Wars. If this is the case for you than you especially should follow the links above as the content of my blog posts will enrich your lives, satisfy your senses and entertain your imagination.
I am talking about Star Wars because many of my favourite novels happen to be Star Wars, like these ones:
These three novels, known as the Thrawn Trilogy were – apart of a few smaller novellas at the time of the original movies – the first full-length novels ever published about the Star Wars galaxy. They are simply the three greatest Star Wars novels ever written and they introduced me to the world of Star Wars novels.
I was quite young when I first read these books and I still remember the excitement I felt from the first page of Heir to the Empire to the last page of The Last Command. Timothy Zahn is a brilliant author and these novels come together wonderfully. They take place five years after Return of the Jedi and I feel that if George Lucas got his act together twenty years ago, he could have made these books into movies the moment they were published and those movies would have been just as good as the original Star Wars trilogy. I fear that I will never see this dream to fulfillment, however, which is indeed a crying shame.
What is special to me about these novels is I did not introduce myself to them. I’ve been a fan of Star Wars forever, but it was actually my Dad who told me I should read these books. They were published around the time I was born and my Dad had first bought and read them back then. I was probably nine or ten when he finally pulled them out of the storage room and told me that I should read them. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I was definitely eager to get started. I commenced my reading of this epic trilogy within minutes of receiving them from my father and I finished Book Three four or five days later. Other than Lord of the Rings, I’ve never read a book or book series with so much fervor in my entire life – to this day. It’s one of my favourite moments from my childhood, because I can remember how incredibly ecstatic I was to be reading such wonderfully crafted stories that had the same magical qualities of the original Star Wars movies. They remain the best Star Wars novels out there. I owe this entire experience to my father.
I’m going to switch directions and talk about a novel that is not Science-Fiction or Fantasy, but has really influenced me as a reader, a writer and a person. This is one of my all-time favourite novels (you’ll come to realize that out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of books I’ve read in my life I have many ‘all-time favourites’). I can’t think of anything else to say to introduce it, so I’ll just show the beautiful, hardcover copy that I bought as a present for my Mom because this is her favourite book. I’m a little jealous that I gave it to her and didn’t keep it for myself!
This is the wonderful classic To Kill A Mockingbird. I first read this when I was sixteen. It was the summer between Grade 10 and 11 and I read it just days before school started because my mother was urging me to do so. Unlike the Star Wars books suggested by my father, I really didn’t want to read this book. In my own words I must have called it “crap” and “a waste of time”. Man, was I proven wrong. This is such a beautifully written novel about growing up and the trepidations children face as they make their way from innocence to the bitter reality of life. It touched me in so many ways and on so many levels, and I never discounted a book again without having read at least some of it, or having done a lot of research into reviews about it. More than this, it really changed the way I thought about my own past and childhood and it made me realize just how lucky and blessed I had been in my own life. I am so thankful for having read this novel and it will remain, forevermore, a cherished addition to the bookshelf of my life.
I have one more novel to share with you. Like last post, this is a novel that I would like to read sometime in the – hopefully near – future.
It is called The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart and is the first in a series of four novels, all of which come highly recommended by my parents. From my understanding, it is a very engaging interpretation of the King Arthur story. It’s been on my shelf for many, many years but I have just not gotten around to reading it yet. I hope that changes.
That being said, I’m all finished. Only for now, of course.
Feel free to comment on any of the books featured in this post, or share with me your favourite novels. If you have any recommended books to read, please let me know. An avid, voracious reader such as myself can never had too many books to read.
Also, Perspective, a novel I wrote and published through Create Space and Amazon, is available for FREE on kindle the rest of today and tomorrow. Please check it out here!
- The Classics: ‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’ (theverge.com)
- Matthew Vaughn accidentally ‘confirmed’ as new Star Wars director (guardian.co.uk)
- ‘Star Wars’ Episode 7: Author of Thrawn Trilogy, Timothy Zahn Weighs In, Could The New Movies Follow His Books? (booksnreview.com)
- Makeup Shade or Star Wars Character? (bellasugar.com)