It’s hard browsing books these days. The Covid pandemic has shut down libraries, and severely curtailed book store hours and browsing policies. My favorite used book store still isn’t open yet, though I can shop its inventory online. It’s not quite the same, though. There’s something about ambling through the stacks, perusing the book spines, wondering what you’re next book find will be that makes book stores and libraries magical.
I was recently at a local used bookstore called The Montague Book Mill, and decided to look for any Star Wars (primarily Legends) books it may have in its Fantasy/Sci-Fi section. I was disappointed to find just ONE Star Wars Legend book: X-Wing: The Bacta War, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published in 1997, it’s the fourth book in a series that I hadn’t had any plans on reading anytime soon. I have none of the others in the series.
Of course I bought it.
It was $2.95, so it was almost required that I buy it. (The store had a $10 minimum purchase for debit cards, so I used the opportunity to buy the Annotated Edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Yes, I’m a Jane Austen fan AND a Star Wars fan. Strange, but true.)
So this copy of Bacta War is an old edition, without the fancy new golden Legends banner across the front. But it’s got the cool order forms in the back that you used to be able to use to order more books (new books don’t have those anymore). And it’s got summaries and some excerpts of no less than twelve other Legends books.
I love that this book is dedicated to Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles. (And, as many already know, is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan in the prequels).
So even though I won’t read this book anytime soon, I’m happy to put it on my Star Wars shelf, waiting to be made complete by the other three preceding novels, and my reading and reviewing of it.
Have any of you read this book? What did you think? Comment below and we’ll talk about it!
Happy Star Wars reading!