Siege

Siege
Star Wars: Clone Wars: Gambit #2
Karen Miller
1 Star
SF
Epub, DNF

ugh. What can I say? The 2 Gambit books should have been 1 and heavily edited. I just got so bored with Siege that I gave up. More Anakin whining, more stolid Kenobi, lots of nothing happening. Nothing important, exciting, or in any way interesting to the audience, happens. Anakin continues whining, complaining, etc, etc, Kenobi keeps on being stolid and refusing to see Anakain’s weakness’s, Sidious gloats and Yoda scratches his head in confusion. Yeah.

This, along with Stealth, should have been 1 book, at about half of the length of 1 of these boring doorstops.

I got over halfway through and then just couldn’t stomach anymore. If you liked Stealth, you’ll like Siege. If you didn’t like Stealth, don’t waste your time, cause you won’t care about the ending after wading through such drek.

Stealth

Stealth
Star Wars: Clone Wars: Gambit #1
Karen Miller
2 Stars
Epub, 293 Pages

a nasty bioweapon plan is uncovered and Anakin and Obi-Wan must go under cover, in Separatist territory, to figure out a way to destroy it without further extending Republic Forces. Once again, as seems to be on par with these Clone Wars novels, there is nothing really exciting to read about. You see Anakin continue down the path towards Darth Vader, but other than that, I really find the adventures boring.

Keeping with all the other Clone War novels by Traviss and Miller, this one is as boring and uninteresting as its predecessors.

The only thing that can be said for these books is that they detail, boringly and with excruciating painfulness, the descent of Anakin to Darth Vader. However, Revenge of the Sith, by Matthew Stover, does that excellently, with emotion and heartbreak, really making this line of novels unnecessary and showing them for just what they are- capitalizations upon the success of the Clone Wars cartoons while being miserable failures on their own.

No Prisoners

No Prisoners
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Karen Traviss
1 Star
Epub, 175 Pages

about a spy who Pellaon is involved with. And Anakin and his apprentice, a group of jedi[the offshoot branch Callista is in]and some troopers from the 501st rescuing her.

I think it can be summed up with this quote “Emotions are our programming…and help us understand what’s right and wrong“. More complete and utter bullshit from Traviss. Lots of handwringing and saying how bad the Republic is and how “right” the CSI is.

Once again Traviss focuses on the Jedi and the Republic to the exclusion of the Sith and the machinations they have for Galactic Domination. She is such a bitch.

Wild Space

Wild Space
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Karen Miller
3 Stars
Epub, 279

a direct sequel to Traviss’ Clone Wars. Really has nothing to do with the Clone troopers though. Basically Anakin whines about Padme and his new apprentice while Obi-Wan and Bail Organa go off on a goosechase to a Sith Planet. Which turns out to be an ambush. And Obi-wan and Bail bond while surviving.

Does do a good job of showing the desolate and empty condition of a sith world, and by extension, what a sith galaxy would be like. Nothing special overall though, certainly not worth buying.

UPDATE:
I still haven’t bought these. Good for me!

Jedi Trial

Jedi Trial
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Dan Cragg
David Sherman
2 Stars
345 pages

Anakin earns his Jedi Knight spurs leading the recapture of a planet that has some communications essential to the Republic. And a side story about some people meeting through the battle and falling in love and getting married by Anakin at the end. This was really dumb. Asajj Ventress is displayed prominently on the cover, but she appears twice or thrice, through a holo-projector, that is it. The side story about the couple is forced and adds nothing to this novel. This wasn’t even blase.

Most Star Wars books get an automatic 3 stars from me, no matter how bad I might think they are. However, this was pisspoor crap bordering on 1 star. Sigh, what a fan will do, eh? I mean, I read the WHOLE book. I wonder if I’m crazy?

The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Karen Traviss
3 stars
256 pages

Jabba’s son is kidnapped by the Separatists who make it look like it was the Jedi. The Jedi have to rescue the little slimer. Anakin has a padawan. LOTS of clone troopers die. Kenobi fights Asajj Ventress. Once again, Traviss’s anti-jedi streak shows, strongly. Asajj is shown as some hurt little girl who is just trying to make up for her masters death by becoming a mass murderer.

The Cestus Deception

The Cestus Deception
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Steven Barnes
3 stars
457 pages

Obi-wan goes to Cestus to stop the creation of semi-force sensitive robots. Diplomacy and fighting. A quad of clone troopers are involved too. Asajj Ventress is Dooku’s representative. Having only read about her in the Legacy of the Force series, it helped me understand what went on then better.

However, several references were made to previous encounters between her and Obi-wan which I’m guessing must have been comics only. That is stupid, referring to comics in a novel. Stick to other novels. Other than that, I thought this was ok, not wonderful or great, but not horrible either.