Bea is a Euro transplant currently living in Toronto.
She enjoys sinking her teeth in massive transmedia franchises and stress-testing them to find holes in the matrix... that will hopefully lead to a World between Worlds.
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The Force is very small and personal, but it’s also very large and immense, and it encompasses all things. The fact that we all could come up with different metaphors for it speaks to how powerful the idea of the Force really is.
The Mandalorians are one of the most interesting cultures of the entire Star Wars, and they have surprising parallels with real world events. Let's take a look at their art and their art of war from this perspective.
With Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn does a great job of combining intensely personal perspectives with political intrigue and military philosophy and strategy, building a fascinating novel that will delight Thrawn fans, intrigue classic Star Wars viewers and might open a smooth segue into the franchise for lovers of other science fiction universes like Star Trek, Dune or even The Left Hand of Darkness. A must read.
Dark Legends, written by George Mann and illustrated by Grant Griffin, is a short collection of Star Wars stories based on well-trodden horror tales. The tales themselves fall flat and are not very scary, but they introduce variations on Star Wars concepts (the planetary effects of massive cracked kybers, the Jedi suppresion of the Dark Side...) and they are accompanied by fantastic illustrations.
Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original by Sarah Kuhn is pure joy from beginning to end. The cast is brilliant, the sound design immersive -- the gentle twinkling beeps of Aphra’s Archangel would work as Galactic ASMR -- and the pacing and writing will keep you hooked to your headphones. If you can only pick up one Star Wars product this year, make it this one.
One the events of Mandalore’s recent, painful past, The Great Purge, where the Empire killed and exiled many Mandalorians and took all of their Beskar, bears a resemblance to Scottish history and its turbulent relation with British rulers -- specifically, to the Battle of Culloden of 1746, the swansong of the ancestral Scottish clan structure.