David Weber does it again with his Safehold series in "Hell's Foundation Quiver" - book 8 and still going strong.
Merlin the Sejin
and Calyb (along with his wife) Emperor are fighting for religious freedom, and the rights of men to reach for the stars, instead of swallowing the lie that the Archangels have decreed: Man must NOT be inovative or use technology dependent on systems more advanced than wind, water or muscle-power.
Star-Wars: The Lost Stars - by Claudia Gray - is a nice transitional book between the Legends (Episodes IV to VI, and all Expanded-Universe stories published before the launching of "The Force Awakens") version and the now-adjusted canonical.
Seen from the perspective of two Outer-Rim natives - Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree - as they gladly welcome the coming of the Empire to their homeworld, and their life-long struggle to become a part of the Imperial Starfleet that has bettered the lives of so many, Lost Stars
reveals how simple propaganda can propagate and create a perpetual new-wave of generations who believe in The Empire, and who WANT Emperor Palpatine to retain his power, authority and might over any and all. ... In this new empire, it is not unthinkable to callously sacrifice one's command, one's ship and it's entire crew, to prevent any terrorists or rebels from gaining control. In fact, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that one does so. Even at the cost of one's honor, one's life.
This is what the rebel fleet has to fight - the insidious thought control, not just the evil acts!
(This book helped weave the two generations - Original Trilogy and the newest episodes - into one seemless whole.)
Will admit, the ENTIRE book, I was thinking - believing, hoping - Ciena Ree was Ray's mother. But it appears that was wishful thinking on my part, brought about due to the similarities of the names.
“There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!”
– by Lucille Colandro
: illustrated by Jared Lee
– a scholastic book (2003)
Yes, this did start out VERY similar to the “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly: I don’t know why she swallowed a fly” poem, but while the pattern is similar, it does not follow the same ending. Which is good, cause we all know the poem – and it seems wrong to lightheartedly laugh at the death of someone eating non-food items.
“Little Miss Sunshine
” – by Roger Hargreaves
– Price Stern Sloan 1981 (revised 1997 ~ PSS! Miseryland has weeping worms, crying birds, wailing kings … at least until Little Miss Sunshine visits and turns the whole kingdom upside down with her smile, laughter, light-hearted chuckling and outright giggling).
“You Are Special” – Max Lucado, illustrations by Sergio Martinez
~ Crossway Books, 1997 (
tale first seen in “tell me the secrets” written by Max Luccado, illustrated by Ron DiCianni. – “Tell Me” series ~ tell the story/tell me the secrets/tell me the promises – all Crossway Books
stories) ( Massive list - fun shortsCollapse )