One Mind's Eye by Kathy Tyers
Having been rescued from a virtual reality machine as a child, Llyn Torfinn has suffered years of abuse at the hands of the woman who adopted her and took on the mantle of "mother". Llyn's search for her true identity, and for freedom, will see her catapulted into a war between the two worlds that could claim her. But the real enemy is something else... and warfare will not stop them.
I've spent the past few weeks reading through Tyers' backlog and I believe One Mind's Eye is a satisfying culmination of her work in the 1980s and 1990s. In her previous books, she uncertainly circled the point she wanted to make and as a result she was too tentative with the delivery. I might not have loved everything she wrote in this period, nor agree with her message, but I can admire how she finally came to deliver her best novel (to that point, anyway - I have no experience with her more recent work and frankly have no wish to change that, since I'm agnostic).
As an aside, Llyn's mother is a chillingly accurate portrayal of a narcissist - she and Mother Gothel would get along nicely.
Crimson Climb (Star Wars Disney)
The Force Unleashed
This adaptation works better than the book. Being restricted by a medium that relies on panels instead prose meant that the writer had to cut a lot of things and most of that would have been too repetitive anyway, as proven by the Sean Williams novel. The framing device was a brilliant decision. Any weaknesses here are copied over from the source material.
The Force Unleashed II
Using Boba Fett's POV in this adaptation was an interesting attempt to hide how thin the main plot seems to be in the video game. Even then, this volume is noticeably thinner than the previous one. Sean Williams did a much better job of padding things out in the corresponding novel, by giving Juno more to do than simply being a damsel in distress. And ugh...I'm not sold on the portrayal of Boba Fett in this adaptation.
Boba Fett (Dark Horse Omnibus)
This omnibus is quite a mixed bag. Some of the art is truly atrocious and some of the stories are infected with a kind of "humour" that I've never liked. I could spend hours discussing how much I hated "Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika" (Did we really need Bria to show up? Who are these characters anyway, since I sure don't recognise them? Omg when will this tedious farce ever end?). The best stories are the shorter one-shots, though the Hutt-in-love saga was oddly enthralling.
Ugh "The Yavin Vassilika" is definitely doing to live rent free in my head for a while. Its existence enrages me.
Blood Ties Vol 1
This was such an amazing read. So few writers really get Boba Fett but Tom Taylor does. The characterisation is on point, the story is engaging, and the ending is perfection. It's really no surprise that Taylor has since gone on to write for both DC and Marvel (as an aside, it's always good to see an Aussie doing so well in overseas markets).
Agent of the Empire Vol 1
Cross. Jahan Cross. Clearly designed to be a sci-fi James Bond (heck, he even has a Q-type colleague whose inventions go awry), he's not that interesting or unique as a character. The story is okay. But shoehorning Han and Chewie into the goings on... there was no need for that. I think this Agent of the Empire line might represent what I disliked about Legends towards the end: it feels overcrowded and repetitive.
Agent of the Empire Vol 2
As pointless as the previous volume, but thank goodness no more of these were ever published (thanks, Disney lol). I'm a bit bemused (and annoyed!) that a TPB released in 2013 would feature a character who is surprised by a woman being the head of security. What decade did Ostrander think this was? And it's an utterly bizarre reaction in the context of the Star Wars universe.
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.
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