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27 November 2016
Once upon a time I started writing a Kylo Ren/Hux AU where they were only horrible in petty ways and where Ben had three younger siblings named Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin and here it is and I remain very fond of it, thank you.

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25 February 2016
I'm a little over halfway through the novelization of The Force Awakens, and it's definitely... uh, serviceable. I'm not sure why they decided to dig up Foster to write this book when the last person to write a SW novelization not only knocked it out of the park but all the way to the moon, but it isn't a choice I would have made.

I do like some of the stuff Foster does with both Finn and Leia (it is really, really hard to read this book and remain unconvinced that Finn is in love with Rey which he is), although so far I feel like he's missing the point entirely with Kylo Ren; Foster's Ren is the sort of confident, generic villain that speaks with overly formal language at all times. There's apparently a part coming up about how Snoke groomed Ben from childhood, though, and that premise has promise.

Favorite part so far:
The three-dimensional imagery was mundane: standard-issue trooper personal history and training records. Nonetheless, Hux reviewed it carefully. When analyzing a psychological profile in search of an anomaly, one looked for small clues. A bit of correspondence, a favored quote, even the posture of the individual in question: Any of these might suffice to point to an explanation for the trooper's inexplicable behavior. He did not expect to find a picture of FN-2187 holding up a sign that read "I am going to go berserk and free a prisoner and steal a TIE fighter."
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05 February 2016
There's some weirdness in the current Marvel Star Wars comic, but my favorite part so far is the extremely realistic moment when, after Luke and his friends infiltrate an Imperial munitions factory, he gets distracted and runs off to liberate a jail full of slaves.

My second favorite moment is Leia clocking one of the Imperial soldiers in the face with her helmet.
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About eight hours ago I decided I should make a vid, despite knowing nothing about vidding or even knowing exactly where to find iMovie on my computer.

No Church in the Wild from Damalur vas Normandy on Vimeo.

Song: "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye West
Password: redfive

I would really like to do something longer that compares Luke and the Empire against Rey and the First Order, but 1.) beyond my capability, 2.) TFA still in theaters, 3.) video editing software expensive -- who knew!!! (I had vague suspicions, but man.)
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19 January 2016
Confession: I completely lost it over this story. In my book it was easily the most engrossing part of Before the Awakening -- maybe because Rucka had already played with Damerons in Shattered Empire? -- and the writing and characterization were just dead-on. Leia shows up! Leia!!

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18 January 2016
Second short story in Before the Awakening and also probably definitely the most heartbreaking??? Which is saying something, because Finn's story made me want to cry liquid sadness.
Rey didn't believe a word of it, but she didn't believe in much outside of herself.
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14 January 2016
I just started Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka and there's this point where Finn is struggling because he wants to help one of his unit members but Phasma has told him that the other trooper has to stand or fall on his own, and there's this line:
He began to wonder if there was something wrong with him.
It hit me right in the gut, because man, of course that's where Finn's head is going to go first -- he didn't leap from This doesn't feel right to The First Order is evil and I've gotta get out without working through Something's wrong with ME first, not when he's been conditioned from infancy.

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11 January 2016
I'm finally back to Heir to the Empire (what a busy month!) and:
He was standing by the window, dressed in that same black tunic, pants, and high boots that he'd worn that day at Jabba's palace.
Sidenote: I love that the EU stuck to dressing Luke in black. It's a little on-the-nose, and I actually like Mark Hamill better in earth tones, and it's pretty clear that new canon is sticking to more traditional Jedi attire, but the black works for me. First of all, it so obviously reflective of his growth and maturity, but I've also always wondered if there's a subconscious need to echo his father there. Also, I can see Luke having a total inability to dress himself when he isn't borrowing clothes from someone, and after trying to coach him, Leia -- who who received training in comport and presentation as part of her education on Alderaan -- finally gives up and advises him to stick to flightsuits or black.

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31 December 2015
(Which I'm rereading!)

In case I had completely forgotten how incredible Zahn is at worldbuilding, he decided to throw it back in my face on page three:
There had been many commanders in the Fleet, he knew, who had seen the Emperor's original Death Star as a blatant attempt to bring the Empire's vast military power more tightly under his direct control, just as he'd already done with the Empire's political power. The fact that he'd ignored the battle station's proven vulnerability and gone ahead with a second Death Star had merely reinforced that suspicion. There would have been few in the Fleet's upper echelons who would have genuinely mourned its loss... if it hadn't, in its death throes, taken the Super Star Destroyer Executor with it.
Also, this makes me realize that I'm way too hard on Zahn for his prose -- he's actually a perfectly lovely writer, even if his stuff doesn't sing across the page in quite the same way that Stover's does, and his attention to detail makes me want to literally put the book in my mouth and chew on it in the hopes of absorbing the same sensibility.

And PELLAEON. I read a story recently (and uggh I can't remember what it was) where Luke went out of his way to accept students from the Imperial Remnant as well as the New Republic, and it was those students carrying his ideas back to the Empire that finally brought about a lasting peace. Headcanon like that and characters like Pellaeon remind me that although the total sum of the Empire is evil, not all of its constituent pieces are. (Which also reminds me of a story where Vader and Luke install Luke as the Emperor and he uses his power to prepare the galaxy for the Yuuzhan Vong.)

More importantly and according to this book, sometime between the destruction of the second Death Star and the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Lando introduces Luke to a new beverage, and that beverage is space hot chocolate, and sometimes when he's having trouble sleeping, Luke Skywalker likes to put on his bathrobe and slippers, tie his lightsaber to the belt of his bathrobe, make a cup of space hot chocolate, and take it up to the roof of the old Imperial Palace to get some fresh air.
Threepio cocked his head toward Luke's cup. "Forgive me, sir... but may I ask what that is that you're drinking?"

"This?" Luke glanced down at his cup. "It's just something Lando taught me how to make a while back."

"Lando?" Threepio echoed, and there was no mistaking the disapproval in his voice. Programmed politeness or not, the droid had never really much cared for Lando.

Which wasn't very surprising, given the circumstances of their first meeting. "Yes, but in spite of such a shady origin, it's really quite good," Luke told him. "It's called hot chocolate."
I have so many questions. Where is the fanart? How hard does Leia try not to laugh if she bumps into him? Why is Luke too good, too pure? Bless you, original space boyfriend, and bless your droid for still believing that you didn't earn your stripes drinking rotgut whiskey with the rest of Rogue Squadron.
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27 December 2015
Hello, here is a list of Star Wars stories that I officially recommend. Most of them are no longer canon. They're listed in a loose recommended reading order, not according to internal chronology. The timeline is based on the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope (BBY = Before Battle of Yavin, ABY = After Battle of Yavin).

I would strongly recommend reading the Thrawn Trilogy and then Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (the novelization!) first, because those are the best introductions to my two favorite EU authors, Timothy Zahn and Matthew Stover. Everything after that is fair game, but you might want to keep a timeline handy as you read.

Also, I like Luke books and I like Mara books, so this is basically Luke and Mara: the rec list. Additionally, this is a work-in-progress as I embark on a reread! Phew, there is so much content.


EU Starter Kit
New Canon Starter Kit
Star Wars Readalong

EU Starter Kit )
New Canon Starter Kit )
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27 January 2013
I hate that I'm getting excited about the new Star Wars trilogy.
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22 March 2009
The sock meme! Make a list of your favorite pairings and explain who would pick up the socks and why.

Sheldon/Penny (The Big Bang Theory). Sheldon picks up the socks, sorts them by color and fabric content, washes them, and returns them to Penny neatly folded. Penny is perfectly capable of picking up her own socks, even if she sometimes leaves them scattered on the floor long enough to collect dust, but she sees no reason to pick up and launder the socks when Sheldon will only feel a need to re-fold everything with his folding board anyway.

Barney/Robin (How I Met Your Mother). Nobody picks up the socks, because Barney is sure that socks should pick themselves up and Robin feels that picking up the socks is beneath her as a liberated woman. When the socks pile up around the apartment and Barney loses his iPhone under a tangle of Robin's dirty stockings, they both agree to pick up the socks, which quickly leads to a sock-fight and a round of vigorous sex on the floor. Barney finally gives in and has a high-powered laundry chute installed; Robin isn't quite sure where the socks go after they disappear down the chute, but they seem to turn up clean in her dresser drawer a few days later.

Harry/Luna (Harry Potter). Harry picks up the socks, because on days when Luna decides to believe that socks exist she usually suspects they're infested with Nargles. Luna, however, does the laundry, as long as Harry remembers to put everything in the hamper; clothes tend to come out of the wash in spectacular and surprising colors, but Harry doesn't mind after living so long with the Dursleys. Between the two of them they have a rather impressive collection of socks.

Seishirou/Subaru (X/1999). Nobody picks up the socks. Seishirou hires someone to do that sort of thing for him, and Subaru owns only the one pair, which he usually neglects to wear because socks remind him too much of Hokuto. If he hadn't had such a magnificent blister on his left foot from his boots rubbing against his bare feet, he would have moved that much faster and escaped Fuuma with both eyes intact.

Wesley/Faith (BtVS/AtS). They both pick up their own socks, because neither of them is used to having somebody else pick up their socks for them. At first they still wash their laundry separately, but after a couple of months they find themselves picking up their socks together and putting everything into one hamper. It's oddly domestic. Neither of them object, and it might even be a source of secret delight because they've never done their laundry with another person, but the whole experience is entirely novel and foreign. However, it's Wesley who folds the socks; left to her own devices Faith dumps all of her clean laundry back into the basket, which shocks Wes's sensibilities.

Luke/Mara (Star Wars). Mara sure as hell doesn't pick up Luke's socks, but Luke doesn't mind doing it for both of them.

Ten/Rose (Doctor Who). The TARDIS picks up the socks, because the Doctor and Rose are too busy having grand adventures and running for their lives to pick up after themselves. They both need picking up after fairly often, because they tend to come back covered in all sorts of unmentionable substances, and the Doctor in particular is inclined to leave his dirty socks draped over the console. Rose would do it if the TARDIS didn't - she is, in fact, quite proficient at picking up socks, having done so both for herself and Jackie for a number of years. The Doctor would presumably pick up socks only if Rose mentioned that she found men who picked up socks foxy.