I love most Star Wars books. Some more than others. Rarely do I have to put down a book because for some reason, I just can’t get through it. But there are three on my shelf that I began, but never finished:
I’ve read a couple of James Luceno’s book (Labyrinth of Evil and Catalyst) which I really enjoyed. His style of writing tends to be a bit dense, often with descriptions of military tactics and politics, and this one is no exception. But if it’s the right story, and has other elements that I love, it’s no problem. But I just couldn’t get into this one. I’m not even sure why I bought it; I’m not a huge Tarkin fan. And that’s the crux of it: I suppose I just wasn’t that interested in Tarkin’s story. And I’m not big on reading stories centered on “villains”. I got about a quarter of the way through and thought, meh. Other books called for my attention.
I do believe I read the original Legends trilogy about Thrawn (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command), but honestly, it was years ago and I don’t remember much. I read them mostly for the continuation of the story of the heroes, Luke, Han, and Leia, and Thrawn didn’t leave too much of an impression on me. I didn’t really understand the fascination with the guy. But after watching Rebels, I was intrigued. And there’s a slew of Thrawn books out there now, canon that I wanted to catch up on. So I recently started this one…and managed to get myself halfway through it. I hate to put a book down when I’ve read that much, but I just had to. Here’s the thing: I actually love the character of Thrawn. I do. He’s fascinating, and I want to know more. But this story just dragged on and on for me, and it was only my fascination with the character that got me that far. I think if it was a live-action series, or even an animation, I’d love it. But it’s just too darn slow for me. I may give it another chance later on, but again, other books call to me.
Man, I really wanted to love this book. I was so looking forward to a Han and Lando story. And I think it might have been good, if it was just not written so sloppily. The chapters alternated not only between characters, but time-lines, and different characters in different time-lines, and…well, it got confusing. It took too long to get going. It seemed all over the place. And worst of all, I just feel like the author didn’t know the characters well enough. There were dialogues that just didn’t ring true for me. It was just….bad. I’m not saying the author is a bad writer–I’m not familiar with anything else he’s written. I just think it could have used a better structure, and some editing. Just my opinion, but I couldn’t get through it. Disappointing.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll try reading them some other time. Maybe I’ll even like them.
Have you read these books? Do you like them? Tell me I’m wrong, defend them, sing their praises. I want to hear your opinion. Comment below and we’ll talk about it!
(Thrawn artwork by festeringsilence.tumblr.com)