Reading for leisure

Plowing through reading a book as your primary research is easier than going the hard lengths of internet and library research.

My research was quite simple, so I bypassed the rigors of thorough research. My research was all done for fun by simply reading a book.

If you’re researching for fun, I mean, you’re not being paid, and it is a labor of love, there is also the pains of labour in it. Which means it is no longer fun.

So, there’s a time to make fun actually fun: read the book for leisure instead.

Just reading for leisure, without taking notes, sounded so much better.

So I spent a little time reading the same book I read for research and read it for leisure. I didn’t regret it.

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A good quick read

Read my first Star Wars comic book adventure, probably coming hot off the heels of the Star Wars buzz over the last few years. “Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes” (2010) is a brisk, fun read, and it amazes me how well the writer organized his theme to make it sound so resonate at the end. And Yoda is a lot of fun in this.

What one can deliver

Little things I pick up along the way…as I was reading a book, I stumbled onto a nugget of wisdom. The book appraised films for this or that reason and a reason a critic gave was personally illuminating. The critic said a certain director wasn’t prepared to go the places a subject or premise would naturally go. It clicked. If I am to write stories, write stories I am prepared to deliver on. Go to the places the subject demands. If I can’t go there, don’t write it.

Give a book a chance

As I was talking to someone about a Star Wars book I had ordered, which, by the way is a ” special” Star Wars book, the momentum of the conversation made me think about the Star Wars: Aftermath books I haven’t finished reading. So, I felt like reading them.

I was inspired, as per usual, but my rationale for wanting to was that I don’t like to waste and I like to finish the job, in this case not a real job, but finish the job metaphorically speaking. I had to finish the book. This despite the book losing its luster for me about a month or so ago. The lesson: when one has hit the wall with a book, give it some time, and then the wall may come crumbling down, somehow.

The aftermath of Aftermath

Been catching up on Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt, the second in the post Return of the Jedi novel trilogy (Yes, this trilogy is all book, not movie). Three-thirds in to reading Life Debt, I found my mind wandering, the lustre of this novel was replaced by the mundane. It caused a life changing decision or at least caused me to think twice about continuing to read this trilogy. I decided to put this trilogy to rest and had a life affirming revelation. The deeper less candy-coated Star Wars fiction is better.

Coming down to what’s main

Star Wars: Aftermath is getting tighter at the midway point of the story. This novel started with variety, but now the story is converging to focus on what’s main. It makes for interesting reading.

For me, the beauty of enjoying the novel for all that it’s worth is to take breaks between chapters. After a day away from the book, something that sounded lacking one day, sounds better on another day.

Not trying to be anything more

We all know those moments in stories when something “unbelievable” happens. They make us groan. It couldn’t have happened like that, one says about the implausible touch or scene. It’s balanced out with the much required “realism”, more or less.

These kind of moments come quick and fast at end of chapter fourteen in Star Wars: Aftermath, which is what I have been reading. Though it’s more on the unbelievable side than the realistic side, it is still a punchy fast paced piece of rousing entertainment which is not trying to be anything more.

Sharp and punchy this one

Finished part one of the post-Return of the Jedi story Star Wars: Aftermath (2015) and am onto part two. I was feeling this Aftermath may be repetitive, it’s labyrinthine plot not moving along. But just as I was feeling it was dragging along, it becomes compelling again. Perhaps it’s a subtle plot so far, but that does not detract mostly. It’s still compelling and keeps you guessing where it’s going to head. It’s a good read, sharp and punchy, this mass market paperback.

Now it’s Aftermath

So, I’ve got to reading Aftermath, the book immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi in the Star Wars narrative (a narrative which requires a mapping much like the lands that are sketched in fantasy novels. This would be a huge undertaking considering all the stories involved, but should be fascinating to read).

Aftermath is a compelling read.

The outline is compelling in itself and the storytelling is compellingly presented.

I’ll look at the outline because my last post on Star Wars was about how Aftermath continues the story of the Empire and the Rebellion though there is no hint of its continuation in Return of the Jedi.

The Rebellion, the good guys, became heroes for executing victories over the Empire, victories which punctuated the original trilogy. (The prequel trilogy was not positive like this, as heroes fall and the Empire is born to oppress planets for decades.)

In Aftermath, the Rebellion is consolidating it’s wins and establishing the New Republic which is based on democracy.

The Empire is scrambling to reassert itself. The survivors of the Empire, the “dregs”, are contemplating what their arsenal will be.

In this one, the Rebellion has the advantage from the start, which is a first in the Star Wars stories I’ve seen and read.

It seems the Empire’s fight back will be short-lived…as the First Order takes over the “mantle” of evil, oppression and greed in Episode VII onwards. But how the empire dissolves, if it does, will be interesting.