SPOILER WARNING: Up through page 208 of Revelation.
DON'T SPOIL ME: I'm not past page 208.
My cousin Jen had her baby last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently it was quite an ordeal, but she was in good spirits despite. I'm supposed to have pictures now, but I don't yet. I'll try to post as soon as I do. His name is Connor Alan, which was decided a while before he was born. I've seen pictures of his room already, which looks great. Its got all sorts of Auburn gear all over the place (that's where his parents went), including a really adorable picture of a little kid basically drowning in an Auburn football helmet and jersey. On the wall of the room, they have banners from colleges that basically anyone related to them (including my parents) went to. I can't wait until I have one to send them.
Don't really think I have much to say about life in general other than that. I've got to do some serious Jeff Davis reading for my IS this weekend. I'm also going prom shopping with Mom tomorrow, which is very exciting. Later today, I'm going over to Alex's to do even more work on Remote Sensing. As I told him yesterday, I feel like the parent who hasn't had a night out in two years. But, we really do need to look over each other's research. Ay caramba, so much to do. So much lame reading for my Lit classes. Grrrrrrr....
Anyway, on to Star Wars. I've been zooming through (sort of) mainly because I read a bunch in Physics and my IS yesterday. So, what's up in the last 80 pages?
1. Jaina hanging out on Mandalore continues to be cool. However, the whole "being a different Jaina" thing is kind of worrisome. I hope they can manage this without changing her character too drastically. The line between light and dark continues to get fuzzier, which is worrisome. On the other hand, no one would be sinful enough to rob Han and Leia of their final child, so I'm not too worried. After my experiences with Deathly Hallows, I'm definitely forseeing that Jaina defeating Jacen will be more due to his own mistakes than to her own strength. Because, despite all of her Sword of the Jedi-ness, she really can't overpower him without turning to the dark side. Still, I think what Beviin was teaching her about forgeting who her opponent is, in this case, is important, because she still will have a hard time hurting Jacen. I really do wonder if there's any way of him not dying at the end of the series. For some reason which I cannot really explain, there's some sense that he might not be set for death. Jaina does seem to have capture as her primary goal.
2. Speaking of Han and Leia, they've been pretty much non-existent, which is a bit annoying, but not terrible. Apparently, they're off looking for a new hiding place for the Jedi at the moment. I actually am enjoying them being on Endor though.
3. Ben's convo with his dad which I just read was OMG so sweet. Seriously. Luke was crying and then he's like "You were everything to your mom. Rightly so." Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. The locket thing is very sweet, if not a little cliched. Still, I'm going to go ahead and say that I don't think she wore the locket regularly. I'm quite glad that Ben has found all this evidence, but after the testimony that Shevu got about Mara threatening Jacen, it could be really hard to prosecute Jacen. Then again, when was prosecuting him ever a serious option? This really is much more about closure. I wonder when he's going to share the evidence with Luke? Oh, he told Luke about the Force-ghost. Luke didn't really seem to upset that he hadn't also been visited, but that's Luke for you.
4. Luke's off to Fondor. He's already skrewed Jacen over once by having the mine-laying ships destroyed. When that happened, I was literally laughing outloud, saying, "Ha, Jacen, you're skrewed." However, now Luke is feeling bad about having caused the deaths of those hundred people. While this is always good because it shows his "moral compass" is still working, I don't want him to turn into Jacen ala Balance Point. Luke seemed to imply that he was going to be seeing Jacen again, I wonder if he will or not. I feel like there needs to be one more confrontation in this book or the next before Jaina goes in. I kind of feel the same way about Han and Ben, but without actual fighting. I wonder if Jacen will tell Luke that he killed Mara, because that would make the title a bit more meaningful than the revelation of a forensics droid. Then again, the title of Fury I have yet to figure out the exact meaning of.
5. Finally..... Jag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, he so loves Jaina. It was like drippingly obvious, and he was only "on screen" for like a page. Since its Jag/Jaina deliciousness, I shall quote:
Jag looked a little frayed. "I love being rear party. I live to stand around waiting for the comm to buzz. Have you heard from Jaina? Because I haven't."
"No. But it's only been a week or so." Ben had been too tied up to think too much about Jaina ... "She got there okay, didn't she?"
"I got her pre-composed 'arrived safely' alert, yes."
"Jag, if she'd had problems -- Aunt Leia would feel it."
"Maybe Fett's sold her off to the highest bidder."
"She can look after herself."
"What if she --"
"We'd know. We'd feel it."
Jag parted his lips as if he was going to expand on it, but stopped. "Okay. I'll rely on you to tell me if you feel anything."
Jag seemed to forget his black mood about Jaina's absense for a while.
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! If that doesn't say love, I don't know what does. And, I just realized, there hasn't been a single mention of Zekk in the whole book. Way to fade into the scenery, buddy! Also, there was this other great part a ways earlier:
"Jaina didn't know what to say, but she thought of Jag, and her parents, and knew she had plenty that Fett didn't."
Wow, this is great. Looks like the feeling is mutual, though it was Jaina who said that she would always love Jag. Jag, on the other hand, has had a big transformation from his super-stoic self. It really amazing to think of the person in the only a few books ago who Luke described as having nothing to live for and who Leia predicted would disappear after Alema was dead. As I've said before, I think that, above all else, Jag bothering to escape that asteroid despite how injured he was was a major indication of change. Even in this scene, we see Jag goofing around with Ben, which is so great.
I've actually just come to an odd realization that Jag's story arc is actually kind of similar to Boba Fett's, but condensed over a shorter period of time. Still, the whole family, then loneliness, then family again thing is mirrored in their stories. Interesting indeed.
Okay, I'm done geeking out for now.