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18 December 2007 @ 01:02 pm
~ Sent another query today, in replacement for the rejection I got a few days ago. It would be nice to get another positive response someday. A request for a full manuscript would be awesome, but at this point I'd take a request for a partial and do a dance of joy. Before Christmas would be fabulous. Perhaps this will be one of those cases where the phrase "It never rains, but it pours" proves true?

~ For several days now, I've been fighting off a cold. Today at lunch, it seems to have decided to manifest full force, all of the sudden-like. WTF?

~ I haven't read any Star Wars books for awhile, but I've had several on my 'to read' list for sometime. And then last night I discovered the asinine story direction they've taken post-NJO, and
WTF?? They've turned Jacen into a Dark Jedi and had him murder his Aunt Mara?! Mara Jade, my favorite non-movie-verse character of EVER? I am so not reading the continuation of this series. I understand TPTB may have felt the need to add some strife and adversity to the lives of the Skywalker/Solos, but come on! I was okay with them killing Chewbacca, and I even handled the death of young Anakin, though I admit I was disappointed at his story/life being cut short, but this! What are they planning? A situation where young Ben must face his Master/cousin Jacen and defeat him? No, I don't want to know.

~ In the course of 'researching' (*cough*aka scouring the internet for pics*cough*) I came across this one of a lion cub. He is so full of cute and personality that I have to put him in the book. I'm not sure how, but he's going to be there.
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Ambassador of  Awesome: jag beats jediamphetamine_47 on December 18th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
What are they planning? A situation where young Ben must face his Master/cousin Jacen and defeat him? No, I don't want to know.

Actually, it's looking like it will be Jaina vs. Jacen, which I'm actually looking forward to if only because it gives Jaina the chance to do something for a change. Ben had his chance earlier, but Luke was scared he'd fall to the Dark Side, so now Ben's semi-side lined.

But yes, killing Mara Jade was just stupid. It completely lacked the punch of Chewie or even Anakin's death, and wasted a perfectly good character *sigh*
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 18th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, of course, the twins dueling one another. that should have been my first guess.

I weep at the wasted potential of the second generation. Please tell me someone, somewhere in fic has done them justice.
Ambassador of  Awesome: dunc_70spimpHanamphetamine_47 on December 18th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they totally did not telegraph that from NJO. Nope, not at all...

Yeah, me too. Every now and then one of the books hooks me (Allston's stuff is awesome, and Fury has been my favorite of the LotF thus far, but...yeah. There are bits of fic I've enjoyed at TheForce.net, but it's always kind of iffy. Rather like the Pit. ;)
Surreal and Anndie: Angry Xandersurranndie on December 18th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
*found while bored*

Seriously? They killed off Mara? I am so glad I gave up on the NJO and beyond once Anakin was killed. It was good, but it seemed like they were doing things just to get a reaction. But I started in the EU only because of Mara, so what makes me want to keep reading now?

*goes back to poking the interwebz, now grumpy*
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 18th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was my reaction, too. I wonder how Timothy Zahn feels; he was not too pleased when, in the earlier EU books, other author(s) tried to pair Mara w/Lando, when he'd meant her for Luke all along.

I can only imagine how he must have felt when they killed her off.
Gracie: batshit crazyangel_grace on December 18th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I sort of gave up partway through the NJO, and haven't bothered to read any of the LotF books. Like you, Mara was my favorite non-movie character, and I'm just not cool with Jacen killing her. There has been a LOT of wasted potential with the second generation, with plodding, neverending storylines, lame villains, and questionable writing as a whole.

Fortunately, there are still some books being written about other time periods, whether they take place between the various movies, or prior to Episode I. I find those a lot more enjoyable.

Sometimes I believe Zahn should have been the only author allowed to write this stuff. Others have been okay, but he's by far my favorite.

And how do I not have a SW icon? *is baffled*
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 19th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I have to wonder what Zahn thinks of this unfortunate ending to all his effort and work? It must really suck to create a character like Mara and give up rights to her to some big conglomeration, meaning anyone can do whatever they want with her, with the company's permission.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on December 18th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
He's such a cute widdle lion.

I'd take him home and keep him. :)We could be best buddies.
world_of_blade: jeff!yayworld_of_blade on December 19th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
I just had to comment...is your icon Luke and Mara Jade? Holy cow! I love them!! We really do have a lot more in common then we knew. :D
rhienelleth: maralukerhienelleth on December 19th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, it absolutely is. :) I searched long and hard for just the right picture to make that icon. Luckily, Mara is a popular enough character that what w/book covers and all, there are several nice pics of her available.
world_of_bladeworld_of_blade on December 20th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
It is an amazing icon! I have major envy going. :P
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 20th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Feel free to use it, if you'd like. It's kind of lonely in my huge rotation of icons. :)
world_of_bladeworld_of_blade on December 20th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I will snag it when I get home from work. :)
world_of_blade: jeff!yayworld_of_blade on December 21st, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Holy moley! We really do have tons in common. I was looking through your icons while I was snagging Luke and Mara, and I found so many that I love! I let out a fangirl squee when I saw the Rider's of Pern "Master Harper" and then decided you were my new best friend when you had a Sid and Sark wedding icon. I laughed so hard at the Plum icon and then ohhed and awwed over your Le Femme Nikita ones. I use to rush home from whatever I was doing to see General Hospital (and I thought that Jason and Liz should have been together from the start) and Children of Dune was something that I rushed out and bought the min. it came out on DVD. Hee!