Last of the Jedi by Jude Watson
Written approximately 15 minutes before I passed out in bed last night -
Not finished yet but I'm on page 30 and I'm like "Ferus is reacting like he lost a partner-partner, not a business partner - actually the word 'partner' is being emphasised a lot???". So I checked. Author confirmed. FERUS IS QUEER. FERUSSSSSS ISSSSS QUEEEEEER. I'm so excited. Watson just became even more awesome imo for stealthily writing a queer character into the EU canon, which was famously heteronormative. I mean, I don't like everything Disney has done post-acquisition, but damn at least we get openly queer characters in the books now.
I am crying rainbows rn. And also actual crying, because Ferus lost his HUSBAND. I'm seeing the whole series in an entirely new light.
Clone Wars: Secret Missions by Ryder Windham
Quest for Planet X (Star Wars: High Republic)
Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection Vol 1
A solid collection of Legends tales, which I really enjoyed (mind you, I skipped over the Dawn of the Jedi one, since I'd read it recently in the associated novel - I recall it being decent, though). Great choice of authors. But I don't agree with the decision to add Disney-canon stories to the back of this book. They felt very out of place - and the Blade Squadron stories just weren't that interesting. Ignore those and you've got a great collection of stories here.
Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection Vol 2
I have the same issue with this volume that I did with the previous one - Legends and Disney canon stories should not be presented in the same collection. It really highlights how much better the older works are. This time, though, I did enjoy one of the newer pieces.
#1 - The Fight to Survive
by Terry Bisson
Ooof this was not good. Most of it is a retelling of Attack of the Clones, from Boba's point of view, but it really wasn't necessary. The real story doesn't start for some time and it mostly consists of Boba being irritatingly (and uncharacteristically) gullible. There's also a random, inexplicable cameo by Siri Tachi. She didn't actually do anything, much to my disappointment.
#2 - Crossfire
by Terry Bisson
This instalment delivered an actual plot, though not a brilliant one - and Count Dooku, who could have been a great villain, was severely under-utilised. But I'm impressed that a kids' book from 2002 managed to include a non-binary (if alien) character. Boba also made sure to confirm his new friend's gender. A nice surprise.
#3 - Maze of Deception
by Elizabeth Hand
A frustrating read, because Boba was still written as a gullible kid (so gullible, in fact, that my 10-year-old self would have despised him in this book!). At least he had a couple of good moments this time. There seems to be no real difference in writing style, despite another author taking over the series.
#6 - Pursuit
by Elizabeth Hand
Well, I'm not exactly sure what that was, but I know it wasn't good. Boba Fett abandons a bounty for a personal vendetta, then fails at that too. Who is this guy? In fact, I didn't recognise any of the characters in this disaster, even though they were wearing very familiar names. A terrible ending to a meh series.
#1 - Hunt the Sun Runner
A decent enough adventure with an intriguing premise, which is surprising given the book's short length. Not brilliant by any means, but also not terrible.
PS: How fortunate that a secondhand copy of this book arrived in my letterbox about 90 minutes before I'd planned to read it!
#3 - The Hostage Princess
So far, these books have been consistently okay and this one is no exception. An amusing romp with a side order of young romance. Alas, I had to read it on a dodgy website, since a year of futile searching has not yielded a secondhand copy anywhere (if you have one, please let me know!).
#6 - The Warlords of Balmorra
Wow, that was one seriously weird book - and nowhere near as fun as the previous five in the series. I found myself hoping that "it ain't over til the Hutt sings" was a real saying instead of a desperate wish and that it was applicable here, but alas no. It was not over. Windham decided to inflict more horrible lyrics on us for several pages. *shudder*
I won't be reading the rest of the series as those books reprint earlier Adventure books.
#9 - Rescue in the Core
Oh my God. How am I going to survive three more of these? I vowed to read all of the Legends books and comics that I own... I'm regretting that decision now. Jar Jar is okay(ish) in small doses, but this entire book is full of Gungans talking the same way as him. It was so painful to read.
#2 - The Bartokk Assassins
A much more entertaining instalment, possibly because it was able to jump straight into the action without any preamble. I'm impressed that Windham could cram so much into such a short book and make it work. So I'll overlook that ridiculous mental image of Rune Haako and Daultay Dofine disguised as Duros lol
#5 - The Ghostling Children
Well, I'm shocked. This book was really quite good, especially given that it's only part of the story. The extra handful of pages (it was slightly longer than Windham's contributions to the series) might have helped with the pacing. Wolverton is also a much better writer (which isn't a slight against Windham - Wolverton is just brilliant).
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
Comedy Of Manners
Hugo Award Winner
Mills & Boon
NOPE NOPE NOPE
Sarah J Maas
Small Town Romance
The Epic EU Read Through
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