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Throwback Thursday June 21st: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books! It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. Through Throwback Thursdays THCW and NTFB hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

This week’s Throwback Thursday book is Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

Summary from Amazon: It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale–in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.

Why You Should Read This Book:  This is Star Wars done better than George Lucas ever has. Zahn’s trilogy, which starts with this book, perfectly captures the feel of the movies, and expands upon them in very believable ways. The writing is brilliant, the characterization is on point, the worlds are fascinating and the villain is the best I’ve seen in a long time.

This book was my first foray into the Star Wars Extended universe and I could not have made a better choice. Timothy Zahn took the characters that I loved so very much and gave them an adventure on an even grander scale than the original trilogy. He created a story that was a perfect mix of beloved, familiar characters and new, original ones. The original characters he created, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde and Grand Admiral Thrawn, are among some of fandom’s most beloved characters.

If there is one thing Zahn does incredible well, it’s write strong females. Both Leia and Mara play important roles in this trilogy. When we first meet Mara she’s working as a smuggler for Talon Karrde, yet you get the impression that there is far more to her than she lets on. And while this trilogy does an excellent job at giving us her backstory and resolving some of the tension, there are more layers to Mara than Zahn would be able to unwrap here. Which just means you get to see a lot more of her in other books in the EU.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is perhaps one of my all time favorite villains. He’s smart, insanely so, and he’s an excellent strategist. I firmly believe that if the Emperor had put him in charge of his massive fleet, the rebel alliance would have been crushed before it even began. So, it’s a good thing he was left out there on the Outer Rim (although, remind me to tell you my theories on that some time!)

If you are a Star Wars fan and have not yet ventured into the Extended Universe, this is absolutely the place to start. If you aren’t a Star Wars fan and simply enjoy good science fiction with kicking dialogue and lots of action, this is a fantastic book as well. You’ll also immediately want to read the other books in the trilogy, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.

Are there any other Star Wars EU fans that read this blog? I’d love to hear what your favorite books/comics may be. I could spend days discussing the EU and it’s characters, but I try to refrain as I know not everyone is as obsessed as I am!


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Armchair BEA June 5th: Best of 2012 and Giveaway!

I cannot believe that we are already into June! It does not even seem possible that we are now halfway through 2012, but I supposed this is what happens as we get older. Without further adieu here are my top 3 books I’ve read in 2012 and the top 3 books I’m waiting on to be released!

3 Favorites in 2012

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I CANNOT stress enough how much I loved this book. I’ve read it twice since January and it only got better on my second read through. But there are no words really, just feelings and I think this image i found in The Book Smugglers review sums it up quite nicely:

2. Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin. I reviewed this book back in April and I could barely form the words for the review. This book broke my heart into a million little pieces and then ever so gently put it back together again. It’s a true story and a touching memoir of one man’s journey through life and love and single fatherhood. You will not regret picking this one up at all.

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I came a bit late to this party, as I only read Divergent about two weeks before Insurgent was set to release. It was basically a blessing in disguise as I don’t have to wait as long to find out what was happening to Tris and Four. I’ve very much enjoyed this series and am itching to see how it all ends in the third book.

Team Dauntless all the way baby!

3 Books I’m (impatiently) waiting for in 2012

1. Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. So, it’s no secret that Timothy Zahn is the hero of the Star Wars EU book world and my favorite sic-fi writer. So it’s certainly no surprise that my top most anticipated book is his newest. This one focuses on Han and Chewie (and Lando!) so it’s a bit of a divergence from his normal focus of Mara Jade and Luke. But I’m still hoping the awesome red head makes at least a tiny appearance.

Also, just look at that cover. How will it not be made of awesome?

2. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. Adrian Ivashkov. Need i say more? He’s one of my favorite things about the Vampire Academy world and I can’t wait to see more of him. Oh, and Sydney and Jill and the intrigues of the Moroi court, of course. But mostly Adrian. Cause that’s how I roll.

3. The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. The Seven Realms series is one of the best YA epic fantasies I’ve read and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I made the mistake of reading the first three thinking that’s all there was and I was both ecstatic and brokenhearted hearted to realize there was still one more book. Mostly only broken hearted cause fit doesn’t release until October and that’s just too darn far away.

What books did you guys pick as your top of 2012? I know it’s only Juen but there have already been so many great books that it was difficult to narrow it down! I can’t wait to see what made everyone’s else’s lists.

If you get a moment be sure to check out the official Armchair BEA site for a guest post from Joe Foster from Edelweiss. He’ll be talking all about digital review copies and the many exciting changes at Edelweiss that effect us as book bloggers.

OH! Also, don’t forget the first Armchair BEA twitter party! Find our more here: For detailed information, visit the Twitter Party Announcement Post. Hope to see everyone participating!

Okay, so now for the fun stuff (c/mon we all know why you’re here!)! If you’re interested in winning a $25 dollar Amazon giftcard simply signup for my email list here: and leave a comment on this post. There will be a random winner selected from all of the new subscribers/commenters!

(If you’re an existing subscriber and would like to be eligible to win simply shoot me an email and I’ll adjust the signup date manually to allow you to enter the contest).

Winner will be announced on Friday by 4 pm!


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