I’ve mentioned my reading habits on the site before. For the most part I stick to Star Wars books. In fact I just finished up Triple Zero and so I was on the hunt for something new to read. Before I could get to the store Tycho suggested I try a book he had just read. He promised me I’d like it and when I asked about the dragon on the cover he told me that it was “not a dragon.” Here is a picture of the cover:
Now that is obviously a fucking Dragon but Tycho assured me it wasn’t so I started thinking about what the hell it might be. Was he saying that it wasn’t a “real” dragon? Like maybe it was a robot or a computer generated illusion! Now I was interested. It became clear after only a couple chapters that Tycho had lied to me. It wasn’t a robot or a computer construct or even a collection of sentient nano-machines capable of taking any shape they wanted. It was just a regular dragon.
I can blame Tycho but it’s honestly my fault. I have a very strict set of rules when it comes to choosing books and I didn’t follow them here. The first rule is to only read Star Wars books. Now if that’s not possible because a new one is not available I have a second set of rules that kicks in. The book must have a picture of an alien planet, a space station or a space ship on the cover. This means that I end up reading a lot of Alastair Reynolds. Sometimes that son of a bitch will have a cover with a space station orbiting an alien planet while launching a space ship! The holy trinity!
Anyway I only got about three chapters into Tycho’s dragons gone wild book before I lost interest. Luckily book one of the new Star Wars series “Legacy of the Force” just came out and I was able to pick that up. I’ve only just stared it but this looks to be a very promising series. I was a huge fan of the NJO books and the shit they pulled after that with the joiner bugs didn’t really do anything for me. Instead of creating some new alien enemy this storyline sets up a universe full of internal strife. Worlds are beginning to rebel against the Galactic Alliance which they view as a new Empire. That’s a solid hook and I’m excited to see where they go with it.