VLOG Chapter 2; Daredevil Novels and Netflix Series

Two of the most recent books I’ve read involve Daredevil from the Marvel Universe.  I became a fan of Daredevil pretty late in the game, thanks to the Marvel TV Series that depicts the character in a very dark and gritty drama.

The two books can be found at the following links:

Daredevil: Predator’s Smile

Daredevil: The Cutting Edge

Daredevil is probably my favorite show on TV right now, ANY TV.  I read these books and they nicely fall in-line with the current show, though completely stand-alone and set later in the timeline after the events of the show.  So they don’t have anything to do with the show, but they also don’t contradict it.  I thought it was a nice segway.

I expect I will be doing several videos about the different Netflix TV shows that involve Marvel comic characters.  Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

VLOG Chapter 1: An Introduction

It has been a while since I’ve posted in this blog, but I never really stopped reading books.  I did take some time off, here and there, but overall I kept going.

Recently I thought of a new strategy, though – a Vlog, or Video-blog.  I’ve been on YouTube for a while, in another subject, so I had the idea to start making videos about the books I read.  This post will be the first “chapter” in a series of videos, posted on YouTube, where I will rate and review books that I read, and talk about pop culture, overall.

I look forward to your feedback





Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Trial

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jedi Trial

Cover_JediTrial_Novel_by_Sherman&CraggThis was a very good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It deals with the mission that Anakin Skywalker completed, which counted for his Trials to Jedi Knighthood.  Obi-wan Kenobi wasn’t in this book, but Anakin is still his Padawan.  Anakin assists Nejaa Halcyon, another Jedi Master, in a war between the Republic and the Separatists on a planet which holds a key communications facility.  We briefly see Assaj Ventress and Count Dooku in this book, but they do not play a major role.  As far as what I have read to date, Anakin is the only recurring character in this book that plays a major role in the book.

I somewhat lost my order when I picked these books up again, because the order I had before must have changed.  This book takes place when Anakin is still a Padawan, but in my original list, I had it listed after the Medstar Novels.  A small blurb on Yoda’s DataPad states, ”
** The Cestus Deception and Jedi Trial were originally placed later in the period between Episodes II and III, but were recently moved forward by The Essential Reader’s Companion in order to reconcile them with The Clone Wars TV show and books. Anakin Skywalker is already a Jedi knight at the beginning of The Clone Wars, but is still a padawan in The Cestus Deception and at the beginning of Jedi Trial.”

Also out of order is the book I began after Jedi Trial, which is Republic Commando: True Colors.  I very much enjoyed the 2 previous books in this series and I am looking forward to this installment, but for some reason I had it out of order on my reading list.  It should have been before Medstar 1, so I am grabbing it now and reading through it.  After this book is completed, I will be back on track and pickup with Dark Disciple.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Yoda – Dark Rendezvous

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Yoda – Dark Rendezvous

Yoda – Dark Rendezvous – This Book tells a bit of the back-story behind Yoda and Count Dooku, Dooku being a former Padawan of Yoda’s.  This is a good addition to the Clone Wars novels, and foreshadows some of the scenes we see in Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.

I also enjoyed that Asaaj Ventress was in this book.  Up until now, I have not read any books that included her, with the exception of the books that follow the Clone Wars TV Show.  As I understand it, she dies towards to end of the TV show, which is why we never see her in the movies.  I’ll be interested in following her storyline up until then.

Yoda - Reading Rookie

This book kept me entertained and I read through the entire story in about 4 days, which is fast for me.  I’m enjoying this storyline and I am looking forward to finishing the Clone Wars books, then moving into the New Canon books, as described at Yoda’s Data Pad.

Onward to the new adventures…

Star Wars: Medstar II: Jedi Healer

Star Wars: Medstar II: Jedi Healer

This book, Star Wars: Medstar II: Jedi Healer, was a continuation of the Medstar 1: Battle Surgeons book.  I liked this series, overall.  It was interesting JHto see more action in the Clone Wars Universe, and learn about some of the other Jedi.  The characters were likable and it was fun to see them grow and change from the first part of Book 1 to the end of Book 2.

This series, as far as I can tell right now, doesn’t really tie-in to the other Clone Wars novels, except for the fact that they all happen during the Clone Wars.  But no underlying story is held-over from this book to the next.  But I did enjoy this read anyway.

I continue my quest to read through the books preceding Episode 3, then will segway to the new storyline that follows the new Canon novels, along with the Clone Wars TV Show and the Movies.

Star Wars: Medstar I: Battle Surgeons

Star Wars Medstar I: Battle Surgeons (Star Wars: Clone Wars Novel) is the latest book I have finished in this barrisseries.  I’ve decided to pickup the Star Wars series of books again and follow through on the pre-Episode 3 books, then a few afterwards, then transition over to the new universe books, away from the Legends books, as they are now called.

According to the guys over at Yoda’s Data Pad, all of the books that were written before the Disney buyout are being called Legends.  The 6, now 7, movies are considered Canon, and a new series of books will be written in between the movies and around the new story line.

This Medstar book was very interesting.  Taking place during The Clone Wars, it tells the story of Barris Offee, a Jedi Padawan healer, who is assigned to help the Republic Medical Surgical Unit (called a RIMSOO, which is a play on RMSU).  The entire book is basically the TV Show M.A.S.H meets Star Wars.  It takes place on a planet called Drongar, and the team of surgeons is working on wounded soldiers, in front of enemy lines, when they are wounded in battle.  During the end of the book, the RIMSOO picks up and moves, much as a M.A.S.H. unit would do.  Lots of the terms they use are sci-fi synonyms for terms used in the US Military or the TV show.  It is a very interesting book, and I am looking forward to reading the 2nd part in the next book.

I’ve decided to follow this story line up until the Kenobi book in the Legends series, then transition over to Lords of the Sith in the new EU and follow that line from there.  I may jump back for a few books here and there in Legends, but I think that should about do it for me.  There are far fewer books in the new EU, so it should be easier to keep up with them as they are written.  So over the next few weeks and months, I am going to make a push through the following books, and post about them here.  Comments are welcome.

I’ll probably want a break after Kenobi.  The 3 books following that will be my reading order, but I might dive into something other than Star Wars for a short while.  The Ham Radio Operator in me is wanting to read this one: Contact Sport: A Story of Champions, Airwaves, and a One-Day Race around the World

I’m looking forward to seeing how the new series matches up to the old one.