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Finding “Home” in Star Wars

When we think of our favorite Star Wars characters, we generally think of their travels and adventures rather than their domesticity, or lack thereof.  But the idea of “home” has been on my mind a lot lately, and my ruminations on the state of my own home have led me to wonder where “home” is…

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The Force is Strong with Tidewater Comicon

On May 21, 2016 I attended Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach.  I had a lot of anticipation building for this event, as it would be my first ever comic convention.  (I suppose going to Tokyo Game Show in 2013 might qualify as a convention experience, but I’d wager that’s probably more of a Japanese version…

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The “Truth” of Ben’s Family

“You cannot deny the truth that is your family.” – Lor San Tekka to Kylo Ren, Star Wars: The Force Awakens   At first glance, these words seem to be simply a hint to the audience that the person behind Kylo Ren’s mask is related to one or more established characters in the Star Wars…

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Review: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series

Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote Star Wars?  Despite that the first book was released in July 2013, I didn’t discover it until my husband gifted me a box set for my birthday about a year and a half ago.  And to my surprise and delight, they kept coming.  The most recent installment was…

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The Girl Who Waited

Allow me to get uncomfortably personal for a moment. My husband travels a lot for work, sometimes for extended periods. And I am, by now, well acquainted with these times living as a “single” wife. Most days roll off me, one after the other, keeping things business as usual. Some days take much more effort…

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Review: Star Wars Risk Game

One of the latest Star Wars tabletop games, Star Wars Risk (also called Risk: Star Wars Edition) has been making its way onto gamers’ tables for about 5 months now. I recently had an opportunity to play this game, and after learning more about it, I jumped at the chance to review it. For those…

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Review: Fights of The Force Awakens

Ever since I got my first glimpse of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, I have been looking forward to the fights of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with equal parts excitement and trepidation. The lightsaber’s design was a bold choice, one that I wanted to get behind. But due to its seeming impracticalities, I’ve been…

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Japan is Ready for Episode VII!

Every day it seems clearer to me that Japan is super amped for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.  I was already familiar with Japan’s love for Star Wars and its merchandising, but things are definitely picking up around here.  Toys R Us (just as in the U.S. I’m sure) now has an entire section…

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The Expanded Universe: A Specter of the Past

The first Star Wars book I ever read was The Paradise Snare by A.C. Crispin. I was on a road trip during summer vacation with my family. I had finished whatever other book I was reading at the time, and I needed something else to read. My older brother had just finished reading The Paradise…

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Luke vs. Vader: When Did Luke Lose?

After examining the Luke/Darth Vader duel from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back in my last two posts, I wanted to try to answer the question: Exactly when did Luke lose the duel? There are several possible answers to this question. Naturally, we might automatically look to the end of the fight to…

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