Travis_J_Smith’s #CBR5 Review #132: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher


In order to purchase Rainbow Rowell’s latest, I had to sell some old textbooks I had left sitting around from college. My plan, before one of those textbooks was deemed to be in “unacceptable condition” by Amazon, was to buy this and that together. Without that book, though, I didn’t receive enough credit for my trade-ins to afford separate shipping for each. I’ll just wait, I decided. They can ship together when Fangirl comes out in September. It seemed like an okay plan until I started growing impatient for both it and Fangirl. Amazon has always been notorious for being slow when it comes to notifying me, via text or email, when my order is either out for delivery or has been delivered. Whenever I’m out and get a text saying it’s out for delivery, I know that means it’s already long since arrived. This time, however, it was far worse, with the tracker itself getting in on the fun. One morning, it said it’d arrived at the carrier facility here at 7am, and I grew hopeful that it’d go out for delivery that same day. Nope. Tomorrow, then, I thought. I worked 8-4 and was checking the tracker constantly. No change. Naturally, I was irate. Does it seriously take two days to get it from the carrier facility in Butler to our house!? Is Amazon purposefully dragging this out so I don’t get it too long before the estimated delivery date? I would’ve gotten it two days before that if it’d gone out for delivery the same day it arrived in Butler. Yet, when I got home, there it was, and I didn’t receive the text/email notifying me of this until 8pm! Way to raise my blood pressure over nothing, Amazon, and whichever postal carrier was in charge of the tracking.

By the time I sat down to read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, it’d been I believe at least a month since I initially placed the order. In other words, I had plenty of time to build my expectations up to unattainable heights.  Continue reading

genericwhitegirl’s #CBR5 Review #5: Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown


We all know and appreciate the many Star Wars references that pop up in everyday speech. If you don’t, then I can tell you now that this isn’t the book you are looking for.

Darth Vader and Son is a graphic novel that takes your favorite Star Wars quotes and puts them in the context of a father/son interaction between Darth Vader and Luke as a little boy. Each page is a separate comic in which Brown inserts Darth Vader and Luke into everyday situations, whether they be mundane, tender, or aggravating. 
I imagine this book is the brain child of many “what if” moments Brown had when pondering the awesomeness that is Star Wars.
I could go on and on but if you’re a Star Wars fan, you already know this book rocks. If you aren’t, you won’t appreciate it as much as you should. And ladies, you don’t have to feel left out…Brown has also compiled Leia inspired comics in Vader’s Little Princess. 
To learn more about Jeffrey Brown’s work, an atheist son of a minister who used to work in a wooden shoe factory in Holland, Michigan, then check out

On a separate but related note, there is a book called Admiral Akbar’s Guide to Everything…IT’S A CAT! And yes, there are a few traps too.

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