Counting down the 44 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!


With over a month go to, what is a Star Wars fan to do to keep sane? There are a few things I can suggest…



Aftermath, a new novel published on Force Friday, was part of the “Journey to the Force Awakens” initiative that Disney created in September. Aftermath is set immediately following the events of Return of the Jedi and is supposed to serve as something of a bridge between that movie and The Force Awakens.

I’ll give author Chuck Wendig some credit for his inclusion of diverse characters in his story and for featuring women in lead roles. He also, from time-to-time, evokes the “feel” of the original trilogy in his writing. Also, there are elements in this story that will surely be picked up on in The Force Awakens.

But I didn’t enjoy the book that much. It was too far distant from the world of Luke Skywalker for my tastes. I had thought the original trilogy characters would take center stage in this novel when they are actually supporting characters at best. Perhaps my expectations were too high for this book. It pales in comparison to Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. Maybe I will enjoy the sequels (Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt and Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End coming in the next two years) more.


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