Monday Mentions for May the 4th!

by Jessica on May 4, 2015

It’s the First Monday in May! And also May the 4th…May the 4th be with you my friends. In honor of this beautiful day I’ve picked all Star Wars themed books to mention to you today. Our CFO, Clark is a HUGE Star Wars fans so these recommendations come from him but there are plenty more out there to choose from.

In fact, THIS Friday (May the 8th) we’re having an event for the brand new Ultimate Star Wars book with author Adam Bray. Follow this link for all the pertinent event information but just know that it’s going to be out of this world!

Now onto the Mentions!

Darth Vader and Son
By Jeffrey Brown

This is best humor book I have seen in a really long time. Have you ever imagined how good of a father Darth Vader would have been to Luke? Jeffrey Brown has the answers all wrapped up in this little book. From Luke splashing in puddles on Dagobah to Darth Vader reading a Darth Maul storybook to Luke. I am a big Star Wars fan and the illustrations and humor won me over in a moment. This would make a great Father’s Day gift or a gift for any Star Wars fan of any age. I loved it.

Recommended by Clark

Vader’s Little Princess
By Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown’s second Star Wars themed book is an amazing little book full of great illustrations depicting Darth Vader parenting a young Princess Leia. Every page brought a smile to my face. From illustrations of Leia critiquing the Death Star trash compactor to Leia introducing Vader to Han for the first time. This would be a great gift for any Star Wars fan and particularly good for dads of all ages. I was overjoyed to get my copy and tell as many people as possible about the book.

Recommended by Clark

Jedi Academy
By Jeffrey Brown

My son and I had a blast with this book. Jeffrey Brown introduces us to Roan, a middle grade student who wanted to go to pilot academy, but instead is “stuck” with the Jedi academy instead. The book feels like a mix between Dairy of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter, set in the Star Wars universe. The story is part comic book and part journal and tells of Roan’s 1st year at the academy with all the ups and downs of a new kid at a new school. It is a very cool combination with fun illustrations and would be excellent for any 8-12 year old, especially any Star Wars fan.

Recommended by Clark

The Force Unleashed: Star Wars
By Sean Williams

Set two years before Star Wars: A New Hope, this book should be read by every Star Wars fan. The book tells a brilliant tale of one of Darth Vader’s apprentices and how the Rebel Alliance was started.

Recommended by Clark

Invincible: Star Wars (Legacy of the Force)
By Troy Denning

This series of 9 books has re-energized my love of George Lucas’ world. The series starts about 40 “standard” years after Star Wars: A New Hope. Although some wonderful characters from Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi have passed on during the 40 years, the main focus of the series is Luke, Leia, Han and their families. I listened to the audio books and I loved every moment that I spent with the series. The books are not as light as the first three movies were. They are darker and similar to the prequel movies (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), but it is a wonderful series and can’t be missed by any Star Wars enthusiast. You definitely need to have read or watched the six movies to have a good base for this series, but who hasn’t seen the six Star Wars movies? Anyway, I strongly recommend these books on either audio or in print; they are listed below in order:

#1 Betrayal
#2 Bloodlines
#3 Tempest
#4 Exile
#5 Sacrifice
#6 Inferno
#7 Fury
#8 Revelation
#9 Invincible

Recommended by Clark

Jedi Path 
By Daniel Wallace

This is an amazing book. Actually it’s more than a book, it is an heirloom that has been passed down over the years from one Jedi to another. It is a manual for students of the Force. Every Star Wars fan from young to old should have this. It is a nicely bound book with great illustrations and contains notations from Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Luke, just to name a few. This makes the perfect gift for the Jedi in your life. I absolutely love it.

Recommended by Clark

Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection 
By Stephen J. Sansweet

This is a beautiful book. It contains images of the Star Wars action figures produced between 1978 and 2012. The marvelous detail shows the chronology of each figure produced. The introduction by the author, who is also the owner of the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, gives a great recap of the history of the figures. This would make a great present for any Star Wars fan, young or old. I was giddy with delight when I received my copy.

Recommended by Clark