Tarkin

“Only glory can follow a man to the grave.”
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Tarkin follows the formative years of Tarkin, a master strategist and military commander. The book also follows his relationship with Sidious and Vader, and his rise to power. We see him work together with Vader to solve a complex problem and uncover a number of conspiracies.

I rate it a ‘must read,’ but I would definitely recommend reading Plagueis first, which incidentally is by the same author, and just as amazing.

The theme of the book and of its eponymous character’s life could be summed up well by a quote from one of its main characters, “Only glory can follow a man to the grave.”

Neuromancer


“Between the trees, on gentle and too cleverly irregular slopes of sweet green grass, the bright umbrellas shaded the hotel’s guests from the unfaltering radiance of the [artifical] sun. A burst of French from a nearby table caught his attention: the golden children he’d seen gliding above river mist the evening before. Now he saw that their tans were uneven, a stencil effect produced by selective melanin boosting, multiple shades overlapping in rec tilinear patterns, outlining and highlighting musculature, the girl’s small hard breasts, one boy’s wrist resting on the white enamel of the table. They looked to Case like machines built for racing; they deserved decals for their hairdressers, the designers of their white cotton ducks, for the artisans who’d crafted their leather sandals and simple jewelry.”

Divergent

I’ve just finished reading Divergent which is currently ranked #1 on the New York Times’ best seller list for “Children’s Fiction.” I saw the movie and couldn’t decide if I loved it or hated it, so I decided to give the book a go.
At 487 pages, Divergent flew by. And that’s no excuse for the utter lack of dimensionality and depth in the characters. I was apprehensive when I read that the story was about people who resist classification by their society. But I assumed character development was missing from the movie because it was adapted from a book…
The majority of the book is the lengthy internal dialogue of a teenage girl thinking about her feelings in a world which doesn’t understand her; punctuated by occasional gunfire.
What I liked about the movie was that though the characters didn’t talk much, they said a lot with the prose of glances and body language. The focus on dystopian imagery was great, and both of these things were absent from the book.
The majority of character development involves a relationship between the protagonist and a mysterious boy who wants to wait until marriage. The stunning volume of conflicting ideas she lengthily delves through about his secret intentions and motivations really ties the whole thing together for a solid waste of a read.
This is one book I will not be re-reading.