Quick Reviews of Two Books: 61 Hours by Lee Child and The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler

61 Hours by Lee Child is the 14th book in the Jack Reacher series (recommended in my recommended books section in the right sidebar).  Just like all of the others in the series this one makes a great companion as an audio book while traveling.  The action is almost non-stop, the characters are easily identifiable and the plot has some nice twists and turns.  Melanie and I both agree that this is our favorite one in the series or favorite one in a long time.  It isn’t preachy or overly focused on a love interest, but you do figure out the ending before it arrives.  A recommended fun read.

The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler is not exactly what you’d expect.  I decided to burn through this book because of my recent lightsaber purchases and because a fellow SW aficionado said it had stuff in it that he didn’t already know.  I thought that this subject had been bled dry a couple of decades ago.

The title implies yet another book focusing on design and special effects tricks when it actually tells the tale of how the movie came to be.  It deals with the persons and personalities that made it all happen.  You learn about the contractual details between Fox and Lucas, the working conditions, etc.  There are lots of pictures that I hadn’t seen before that focus on the people.  It is a little like looking at a scrapbook from an ILM or Lucasfilm employee.  Perhaps the most interesting things are the quotes from the various people taken from interviews immediately before and after the movie’s release.

It is an expensive book and a must have for any SW completest.  For the rest of us, I recommend checking it out from the local library.

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