Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END Chuck Wendig Del Rey Released 2/21/17 I have made no bones about being a huge Star Wars nerd. From a young age, I have devoured anything and everything that I could find in the Star Wars universe, and this was back when there were just three movies. I read all the books and particularly loved the Timothy Zahn trilogy, which I still revisit from time to time today. When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all these books that I had loved became “legends,” essentially, that they were good stories, but no longer part of the true Star Wars timeline, so that they could go in their own direction. While I...

HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne

Ballantine/Del Rey 2011   Ok. So. While it’s true Crimespree doesn’t make a habit out of reviewing books that have been out for three years, HOUNDED is a special case. Last month, Kevin Hearne came to St. Paul, MN, for an appearance at our local Barnes and Noble in support of his latest entry in the “Iron Druid Chronicles.” Being familiar with Mr. Hearne by way of the twitters, which he’s quite active on, Kate and I beat feet to the signing. I hadn’t yet read any of his work, but he was certainly on my radar. The reading was fantastic. With a turnout nearing seventy people (!) choosing to spend their Friday night at a bookstore, Mr....

Kevin Hearne visits Minnesota Jun20

Kevin Hearne visits Minnesota

Tonight, Kevin Hearne made his first ever Minnesota appearance. Holding court in the meeting area of the Roseville Barnes & Noble store, Mr. Hearne kept the crowd (quick count put the eager fans at at least 70 or more!) enthralled during his reading and “Q and A” session. In town to promote SHATTERED, the latest volume of his long running IRON DRUID series, Mr. Hearne kept the tone light hearted and quick-witted. Quickly ditching the microphone because “it would only lead to me using my cheesy radio voice,” Mr. Hearne read a passage in a very passable Irish brogue. When answering many questions from the audience, the answer was often,...