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Here on the eve of the release of The Force Awakens, I just can’t resist diving back into the Star Wars well one more time for this latest geek-related Top 5 List. Talking about Star Wars also takes the edge off of having to wait until I can see TFA myself and come out from this self-imposed spoiler bubble I’ve put myself into. (As I write this, it’s 7pm on Tuesday. I’ve already dialed down my social media viewing to avoid hearing anything from those who were at the Hollywood premiere on Monday, and I may very well avoid social media altogether at midnight when the press embargo for the movie ends and official reviews start popping.)
So, while I’m itching to view it all for the first time, let’s take a quick look back with…
Top 5 Most Awesome Star Wars Moments
The day approaches. A new Star Wars film is set to rise upon the world, and many of us await The Force Awakens with emotions that run the gamut from overjoyed excitement to palpable dread. When I first heard there would be new films, my reaction was as close to “meh” as one can get. (Okay, so there was excitement and interest mixed with the feelings that I’d been burned before, but it balanced out to meh. Hey! The prequels brought balance to the Force!) And yet, as time progressed, my interest higher. Since the first trailer, I’ve been holding steady at cautious optimism, despite the voice in the back of my head telling me not to get drawn into the hype.
In truth, I’ve been doing my best to avoid the hype for the past month, primarily because I’m trying to avoid any spoilers. When the last trailer came out, I told myself that was it: I’d allow myself no more information about the film. I’ve been avoiding the interviews, the additional footage, even the TV ads. When that yellow narration scroll–the first new one we’ve seen in over ten years–crawls its way across the stars, I want to be completely fresh. But am I also avoiding the hype because I fear disappointment? That’s entirely possible. But today’s Guest Geek has some interesting points to make on the subject. Please welcome back previous guest Nick Fraser to the blog, and share your thoughts in the comments!
Now I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a geek-related Top 5 list here, but I hadn’t realized it was over a year! Where has the time gone? (Why haven’t I finished A Dragon at the Gate yet?!) I wanted to return to the format, and with Star Wars: The Force Awakens now under two weeks away, what better time than to do a list related to Star Wars? I’m putting my own special (read: weird) twist on this one, so make way for my list of…
Top 5 Incredibly Minor Star Wars Characters
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If I’m counting correctly, this is the fifth book I’ve read from JM Guillen, and I continue to be impressed. The Wormwood Event is an excellent, gripping work of short fiction that combines Lovecraftian horror with a modern sensibility and setting. Experience the end of the world through the eyes of college student Grace Juarez, a survivor of the horrifying event that left billions dead and turned billions more into savage, soulless monsters. I enjoyed the references to a couple of elements from his other books–note that these are not gratuitous mentions, but in-universe elements that fit perfectly for how they are used.
My one complaint is that I want more! This is only a brief novella–really more of a long short story–which I read in one sitting. I’m hopeful this tale will prove an introduction to another, to take place after it ends.