Tarkin (Star Wars) (ARC)

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Title: Tarkin

Series: Star Wars

Author: James Luceno

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 289

 

Synopsis:

This book is the dual story about past and present of Tarkin. The past is about his beginning of life and rise to power and the forces that shaped him while the present story is a little adventure about the beginnings of the Rebellion and the Deathstar.

Which I believe completely throws the book Deathstar under the bus continuity-wise, but eh, what else is new in the Star Wars universe these days?

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed Kenobi but not this. It was bland, not that interesting and I found myself constantly checking my Kindle to see how much more I had before I would be at the end.

Which, to be honest, is how a lot of Star Wars book are but it used to be that I could ignore that and pick out whatever good I could because I really enjoyed the Extended Universe. But with Disney’s eradication of the EU my fandom turned to distaste and hence my thoughts are no longer so charitable.

I’ve been reading a lot of Forgotten Realms recently and the Star Wars books reminds me of those but not as fun. I guess I was looking for this book to redeem the actions that Disney took and it failed beyond belief in that regards and as a story was just a typical Star Wars book.

With that being said, I think I’m pretty much done with the Star Wars book universe. Doesn’t mean I won’t read the occasional one, especially once the sequel movies come out, but I certainly won’t be waiting for each book to come out so that I can devour it.

A big fat ‘meh’.

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Maul: Lockdown (Star Wars)

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Synopsis:

Maul is sent undercover to a prison to ferret out the identity of an Arm’s Dealer and to buy a proscribed weapon from him to further one of Palpatine’s devious schemes.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book more than I did the previous 2 by Schreiber. Mainly because it wasn’t lame-o horror but a typical action/thriller.

Think Cage Match on a self-contained prison satellite. And Maul gets to do most of the fighting. The whole reason he is there is razor thin plotwise, but let us be honest with ourselves, I don’t read Star Wars for it’s Dickens’ like plots, characters and settings.

I can see people enjoying or not enjoying this book, depending on their mood at time of reading. If I’d been grumpy, I’d probably have torn this book apart for the shallow piece of tripe that it is; but I wasn’t grumpy, so I enjoyed the rollercoaster action and the all most non-stop fighting.

I also went into this with ZERO expectations. After the news about the gutting of the Extended Universe a little bit ago, my fandomometer went right down to empty. So since I enjoyed the action, I ended up enjoying the whole book.

Also, I really liked the fact that Schreiber makes a no holds barred confession that he’s a Christian in his intro/ending/thanks/whatever. That encourages me.

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Joe Schreiber

Maul: Lockdown

Star Wars

Kenobi (Star Wars)

 

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Kenobi

Star Wars

Author: John Miller

4 of 5 Stars

 

Excellent book! Miller does a great job of showing how Obi-wan, the famous general, jedi and do-gooder, starts down the path to being Ben Kenobi, the crazy old wizard in the desert.

Main story is about Kenobi trying to find a niche on Tatooine and his interactions with a local bar/store/whatever family called the Caldwells. In many ways, the Caldwells [or it might be the Callwells, not sure, don’t care] are the main characters. There is the widowed Mom, the teen daughter and slightly younger teen son.  Ben’s story is told through glimpses as he pops in and out of the Caldwell’s story.

Tusken raiders are involved, a greedy/stupid/arrogant landowner, some of Jabba’s minions and the general populace of the region.

In the last several years most of the Star Wars books that have come out have left me feeling very meh and wondering if I really wanted to keep reading in this universe. It is books like Kenobi that keep me coming back.

Crucible (Star Wars)

cover Crucible

Star Wars

Author: Troy Denning

3 of 5 Stars

 

If this isn’t the end of Luke, Leia and Han as major characters, then I’ll eat my hat.

I actually enjoyed the story and found it “slightly” above the average recent Star Wars novels. It was really weird seeing Luke and Leia go all “Anakin II”. It was a good thing that Denning wasn’t allowed to kill any of them.

I will say, I don’t see much of a future in the Star Wars universe between this book and where the comic books start up with Ben’s grandkid [or whoever Caid is]. Jaina, Jag and the other characters just aren’t interesting enough, imo, to have their own storylines.

And that means that we’ll probably get more of those awful Old Republic novels based on the video games. I’ve Kenobi on tap, but after that, I’m not really sure I want to keep on reading in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

 

Verily, A New Hope

coverVerily, A New Hope

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #1

Ian Doescher

My rating: Unrated

 

I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately, as much as I like the idea, I simply found it tedious.

Shakespeare tells a good story. Lucas made a good movie with New Hope. I’ve also read the book New Hope and found it very lack luster.

The same issues that plagued the original novel plague this. Star Wars is simply not a good book story. It is a great movie, but a failure as a book.

And while this might be a great novelty item, that is all it is. A gimmick, a show, something “new” and “unusual”. It doesn’t have enough spine to stand on it’s own feet.

I cut this book down just like Vader does to Obi-wan*.

*spoilerized for the ONE freaking person who doesn’t know it, ends up reading here and then bitches in the comments. Consider yourself warned, you social outcast.

Scoundrels

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Star Wars

Timothy Zahn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

A good non-jedi romp with some good old friends. Sadly, Chewbacca doesn’t get much action, but he IS there.

Several times it was mentioned how Han had had the reward from Star Wars: A New Hope stolen from him. Either I missed something in some other novel, or Zahn is setting up info for future novels.