Book Review: Starcraft Evolution by Timothy Zahn

Zy Marquiez
March 14, 2017

Starcraft Evolution by Timothy Zahn follows the triumvirate of species – Terran, Protoss & Zerg – through a cunning interplay of intrigue in which all three species decide on a ceasefire and attempt to foster piece.  From here, a slew of duplicitous ordeals ensue, which leaves everyone wondering who’s pulling the strings and what’s the endgoal.  Once chaos ensues, everything is put on the line as the truth races against deceit and the fate of the world lies in the balance.

The story itself is rather good, although quite predictable in a few key spots.

Zahn as a writer does a really good job of bringing an authentic feel to the book.  That said, as a huge Starcraft fan since the late 90s, I was expecting just a bit more.  Granted, the book does an adequate story of being part of the Starcraft Universe.  It just didn’t seem to be as engaging as the Jim Raynor novels or even some of the earlier trilogies.  Heck, just read Spectres two weeks ago and that was a lot more fun and intense than this. That’s what disappoints me a bit.

Don’t give me wrong, I am sure Zahn is quite a writer, and do plan on getting his latest Star Wars novel.  It’s just that this book, given all the potentiality for information within the Starcraft Universe, could have easily accomplished so much more with just a handful of key pieces of information.

A stand alone novel, the book is okay, and it keeps a steady pace. The pace didn’t bother me as much as the lack of in-depth, especially considering the amount of in-depth additional information about Starcraft lore that could have been had.

Having read all main Starcraft Novels, I was really looking forward to taking a bite out of this.  However, for all of the reasons above and more, can’t help but have mixed feelings about this.  On a 10 scale, I would give it no higher than a 7, although it could easily drop to a six.

For what it’s worth, if Blizzard is listening – at all – and additional novels get planed for the future, PLEASE add more background information to these.  I wouldn’t have taken more then 2-3 paragraphs in key sections and this book would have been excellent.

If you’re a diehard fan, like me, you will probably like it, if only a bit.  Just don’t get your hopes up too much.

February Book Haul 2017

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Zy Marquiez
March 5, 2017

January’s Book haul opened the year up with some portentous books, and February continued that pattern to boot.

Without further ado, let’s begin:

Philosophy Of Tolkien: The Worldview Of Lord Of The Rings by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

Having been reading quite a bit of Kreeft’s work in the last 6 months, it was intriguing to see him have a book which show insights on Lord Of The Rings.  The review of this is coming soon.

Summerhill School: A New View Of Childhood by A.S. Neil

Summerhill is a school that strove to allow children the ability to make choices in school in nigh everything that affects them, thus allowing them the option to be democratic in the very thing that will form the foundation for their life: education.  It’s an intriguing read, and if you are interested to read more about it check the review here.

On The Shoulder Of Hobbits: The Road To Virtue With Tolkien & Lewis by Louis Markos

This book, like The Philosophy of Tolkien, is part of my recent binge on all-things Tolkien, and it was quite the book.  Markos does an exemplary job of giving salient examples of virtues which are sprinkled throughout the works of Tolkien & Lewis, and does so in cogent fashion.  Review of this coming soon, too.

Making Choices, Practical Wisdom For Every Moral Decision by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

The topic of morality doesn’t get enough attention, and having never taken a course on morality, nor done any research on it, thought it prudent to see what gems of wisdom one could glean from such a book like this.

Confessions Of A Reformed Southern Belle – A Poet’s Collection Of Love, Loss & Renewal by
Tosha Michelle

Am about half way through this.  Anyone that’s read Tosha’s poetry will know her type of work, which is always engaging as it is emotive.  Tosha is to poetry what stars are to the night sky.  A veritable Sorceress of the written word, in this book Tosha infuses her emotions on paper and holds nothing back.  It’s really a rather heartfelt read so far.  A review of this will come soon.

The Hobbit Party: The Vision Of Freedom That Tolkien Got, And The West Forgot by Jay Richards

Thrice is nice?  This is another one within the Tolkien-binge-series yours truly has been ensconced in.  The Hobbit Party features insights on philosophy, theology, political theory, and much more.  Looking forward to reading this.

The Best Things In Life- A Contemporary Socrates Looks At Power, Pleasure, Truth & The Good Life by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

This is the foundation or Kreeft’s Socrates Meets Series, which essentially is the author’s fictional foray into questioning the greatest minds in philosophy through the fictional character of Socrates.   The author explores many salient issues such as money, education, morality, etc.  Looking forward to reading this very much.

The Collected Poems Of William Wordsworth by William Wordsworth

Hoping to engage in some of Wordsworth’s work, which has always intrigued me, and this  collection seemed a proper beginning.

Starcraft Evolution by Timothy Zahn

This is Sci-fi novel for the Starcraft fan.  If you haven’t read any of the previous books, or know about the game, this will probably not make much sense even though the author’s writing is pretty good.  Starcraft essentially follows three separate species, Humans being one of them, through their ongoing conflicts.  Might or might not write a review on it, we’ll see.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Susanne Collins

If you haven’t heard of the Hunger Games, feel free to click the X on the top right of the screen.  Just kidding!  Although have seen the movie, haven’t read the books, so thought it might be intriguing to actually read them since books are magnitudes superior to any movie.

Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying & Healing The Body Through Oral Cleansing by Dr. Bruce Fife.

Having been oil pulling for nigh 3 years, thought it prudent to research this further, and lo and behold, there was one sentence that was worth the entire price of the book, which wasn’t much anyways considering how much you gain from it.  If you’re looking for a simple way to help your health, ponder getting his book, or at least learning about oil pulling.  A review of this was just shared today here.

Holding Their Own [Volume 13]Renegade by Joe Nobody

Holding Their Own is post-apocalyptic fiction at its finest.  Haven’t read the book, so can’t comment on it.  But the series has been very engaging, the story is rather realistic, the characters are very intriguing and grow throughout the series, and it keeps a great pace throughout.  Holding Their Own is one of my three favorite post-apocalyptic series for sure.

Lawless [Lawless Trilogy] [V1] by Tarah Benner

Another post apocalyptic book that am hoping is a solid read.  Haven’t read any of Benner’s work yet, so am looking forward to delving into it.

Final Word

Make sure to look for the reviews of these books in the coming weeks/months.  Many of these books offer much to the readier in a variety of ways.

That said, what did all of you get this month?  If you have any book suggestions or comments, please feel free to share them below.

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