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A. C. Crispin – The Hutt Gambit | Review

Title: The Hutt Gambit

Author: A. C. Crispin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 358

Rating: 9/10


A. C. Crispin - The Hutt Gambit

A. C. Crispin – The Hutt Gambit


There’s a bit of history behind this review, and I feel like it’s some sort of coming of age – this is the second book in Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, set before Star Wars (i.e. A New Hope) and featuring a young Han Solo. The first book is called The Paradise Snare, and I first read that when I was a youngster – I recently reviewed it and felt nostalgic, so I decided to get its sequel.

The thing is, I’m now twice the age I was when I read its younger sibling, and the author has sadly passed away – I was lucky enough to receive a tweet from her shortly before her death, which somehow makes it sadder. It was a sobering perspective to have while reading the book, but an interesting one – it reflected the change that Han went through between where the first book left off and the second book took up.

The great thing here is that the two books work well as standalone novels, although it’s not repetitive and so it won’t be a problem if you read one after another. Characters and storylines from the first novel are referred to here, in the second, but they’re explained concisely and naturally as Crispin segues between sections of the narrative. There’s no awkwardness here, no unsuspension of belief – you’ll feel like you’re really there, on Nar Shaddaa.


A. C. Crispin

A. C. Crispin


And there are a whole host of well-known characters here too, as well as a good selection of new ones – Han met Chewbacca in the time between the first and second novels, and he makes friends with some guy called Lando Calrissian about half way through. He even develops a certain fondness for Lando’s ship, The Millennium Falcon.

In all honesty, I enjoyed this novel so much that I’m gutted I can’t re-read it with the same sense of tense expectation and enjoyment. But nevermind – there’s still the third novel in the series, Rebel Dawn. I, for one, can’t wait to read it. I’ve been missing out!


A. C. Crispin Quote

A. C. Crispin Quote


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Gary Vaynerchuk – Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook | Review

Title:  Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

Author: Gary Vaynerchuk

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 195

Rating: 8/10


Gary Vaynerchuk - Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

Gary Vaynerchuk – Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook


I was lucky enough to win tickets to the launch event for this, Vaynerchuk’s third foray in to authorship as an authority on social media. As well as including a Q & A with the author himself, attendees were also given a free copy of this book, and I love free books.

Here, we have something a little different to Vaynerchuk’s previous work – in JJJRH, he scrutinises the micro-content pushed out by dozens of major brands. Sometimes, it works – Oreo’s Superbowl tweet is a good example of this. Other times, it doesn’t – you just have to look at the sad state of some of the content pushed out by half-arsed marketing managers who refuse to dedicate serious time and effort to social media.

You’ll learn a few things about what works and where (context, as always, is key), and you’ll also feel inspired by some of the great work being done by other community managers. Start jabbing straight away, so your audience is primed and ready for a right hook.


Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk


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