X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 4

will: Welcome back, readers, to chapter 4 of X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, where Stackpole shakes things up a bit by accelerating the “loner learns to open up” plotline that is a staple of this sort of story.

z: And we do appreciate the acceleration, even more than we would have back when we first read these.

will: By contrast, my own life is not accelerating, for once. We’ve made it to summer, and my summer is looking calm, quiet, and relaxed. At least, for most of it. Woo!

z: …uh, so that is a thing that is not happening over here, because album. And summer small ensemble concert repertoire. And fall full ensemble concert repertoire. And eeeee.

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 3

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 3 of X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, wherein we get to meet the baddies by actual meeting and by inference. And of course, it’s time for a background bit of dundundunnnnn to be audible, by now.

In personal news, we had the Spring 2018 concert, and it was glorious, and now we’ll get to take a break hahahahaha no of course not. Rehearsals started right back up this week, because we’re recording an album over the summer and that is insanity we haven’t attempted before. Let’s see where it goes.

will: Meantime, as you read this (assuming you read this when it goes up), I’ll soon be on my way to Chicago for FuMPFest, and I hope everybody has a good Memorial Day holiday, assuming everybody is in the US where we have that holiday.

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 2

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to Chapter 2 of Rogue Squadron, wherein Wedge! Wedgewedgewedge!

That deserves some explanation, and you’re going to get that, but first: This was my week to lead, but in fact, Will did the first drafting and my commentary is going to be light because tonight I’m submitting a huge report and deliverables for a massive project milestone, and though these were due on Saturday, I’m having to submit them today because I’m going for a rather important meeting out of town tomorrow.

And WMGSO’s Fifth Anniversary Concert is Saturday.


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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Chapter 1

will: In the words of the philosopher, Floyd, “if you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.” If that sentence makes no sense, remember that the great philosopher Floyd was British, that “pudding” in British means “dessert,” and that Brits really don’t know how to cook. The point is, if you don’t do the difficult thing, in this case eating what I’ve previously called the roughage of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, you don’t get the fun stuff.

We’ve managed to choke down a lot of extraneous adjectives and fibrous plots. Time for a treat.




z: This is my big-grin face.

will: That’s right, this week we begin the next book in our reread: Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, Book 1 of the X-Wing Series.

This book holds some particularly special meaning for me and for Z. As I believe we’ve mentioned before, Z and I are big fans of Wedge Antilles as a character, pilots as a setting, and smaller stories as an aesthetic. Though calling this series “smaller” is perhaps not entirely true.

z: And back in the yoreful days of USENET (yeah that’s not a word, no I don’t care), the third, or maybe the second newsgroup Will and I found a common home in was alt.fan.wedge. That Wedge.

will: The X-Wing Series is ten books, half (1-4 and 8) written by Michael A. Stackpole, half (5-7, 9-10) by Aaron Allston (RIP). It isn’t the first work to focus on X-Wing fighter combat as a central theme; not only did Dark Horse Comics run a comic book series, before and during the writing of the books (for a while they were concurrent, featuring several of the same characters at different points in their lives and careers), but both were in large part inspired by the existence of the Star Wars: X-Wing series of space combat simulation games.

An inspiration that shows up nowhere more strongly than right here, and since we have ten books to get through we have plenty of time for storytelling around the stories. Let’s go!

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid,” Part 3

will: Welcome one, welcome all, to the end at last. The last part of the last chapter of this epic slog. I do mean that, “slog”; this is the 41st post about this book, which makes it a full eight posts–two months–longer than any of the Thrawn Trilogy, and a good four months longer than Truce.

And with this, we are finally free of it. Well, until we return to this same poisoned well for Tales from Jabba’s Palace.

z: Oh, I expect there is going to be a different mix of “…why” and “hey, this is decent.” But more on that later, because I do want to do a retrospective about this book next week I believe.

(Sorry, Will. You did ask.)

will: (I did.)

But that is not this day, nor is it next week’s day.


z: PS: Big 5th Anniversary Concert coming up in three weeks tickets already on sale and already selling please get them here if you think you can make it kplzthx.

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina: “The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid,” Part 2

z: Hello, gentlebeings, and welcome to the second part of “The Wolfman and the Lamproid,” wherein we flash into not-quite-flashbacks some more.

In personal news, there… isn’t much right now that isn’t frantic scrabbling on my part, so I’ll leave it at that.

will: Things have calmed down here, by contrast, with last week’s one-two punch of Big Work Project and Houseguests both resolving rather well. I’m actually due up for a few weeks of easier time.

*knocks on wood*

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