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Has anyone started to read this yet?


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It's in the mail
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Also in the mail. Plus I just finally picked up Crucible. Completely torn on which to read first.


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Mace Windu wrote:
Has anyone started to read this yet?


I finished it.


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I've got about 50 pages left.

Edited: Ok, I've finished now and had some time to consider my thoughts.

It was a fairly good book. JJM created some really interesting characters and did some great world-building on Tatooine.

My only complaint - not enough from Obi-Wan's perspective. I had expected a lot more (the book is called Kenobi after all). Although, there could always be a sequel?
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I suppose I'll give my thoughts. What this book is: a character study of Obi-Wan in the western genre. What it isn't: lightsaber duels, space battles, galactic conflict, Sith.

I think the story is really good, both as a Star Wars novel and a western. It's the first time an author has gone all out to simulate the genre in Star Wars; the only other instance that comes to mind is Daniel Key Moran's The Last One Standing, but to make a minor distinction between the two, I'd say that TLOS was a space western whereas Kenobi is straight western. It's possible that another western had graced the pages of Star Wars Adventure Journal at some point though.

In response to GrandMaster, I don't think the novel was lacking in Ben. I think the first part sets up the action and consequently he isn't a part of it until he's introduced to the rest of the cast -- and is introduced in an important way -- but it's necessary for the plot, and once everything starts rolling he's in the novel as much as he should be. I don't think it would have benefited his character or the novel if he dominated the plot, as his character is revealed through his reactions to the other characters.


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I guess I just wanted more of Obi-Wan's meditations, to get inside his head. I was expecting a little more delving into the character that is Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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My take on it is that it's important in and of itself, and revealing, that Ben is reactive throughout the novel. He doesn't *try* to resolve anything proactively, he comes across stuff and can't help but react to it. His stated goal is not to do anything at all but watch over Luke. It seems like it's a core element to the character, embodied in his lightsaber style of Soresu, where he's the master of defense, reactive, and in his duel with Anakin where he gives ground and takes what Anakin gives him.


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I liked that Obi-Wan wasn't the sole focus of the book. The other characters were very enjoyable, and I'd love to see more stories that would include them. But even when the story was being told through the other character's perspectives, Obi-Wan was still a heavy influence on everything that was going on. I thought it was a nice balance.
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I just finished it...and I'm a complete mess.

There were times when I heard Ewan's Obi-Wan so clearly...it brought tears to my eyes - literally.

I need some time before I write more on what I thought about the book.
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Since I'm anticipating some small cost for various medicines over the next few months, I decided to hold off on getting this until Christmas. Reading this thread has made me seriously rethink that decision. Damn you. Damn you all to hell.
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9/5/13:

The first chapter sets up Obi-Wan's arrival to Tatooine -- even before he's taken Luke to the Lars' homestead.

We get to meet various characters -- moisture farmers, Tusken Raiders, Cantina Owners, Thugs (who work for Jabba), Shopkeepers and other locals...even a Krayt dragon!!

There are some nice ties to the Star Wars: Outlander series by Dark Horse (Tuskens) and other books in the EU that tie into Obi-Wan's past.


Some people will say that there's romance in this book -- no, not really. There might be some one-side feelings here but they never come from Obi-Wan.

My only true gripe with this book: not enough of getting into Obi-Wan's mind/head. There's room for more stories -- after all, he spends about 19 years on Tatooine.

I'll probably end up reading this one again -- just because I liked JJM's take on Obi-Wan...as I stated earlier, I could hear Ewan McGregor's version of Obi-Wan so clearly at times...and there's one sceene near the last quarter of the book where he speaks (somewhat vaguely) about the events that occurred between himself and Anakin in ROTS...tears were running down my face. The anguish cut straight to my heart.

In all...it's a pretty fast-paced book and the story moves along pretty quick and I recommend it to all Star Wars fans.
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Amazing job Mr. JJM! This was everything I was looking for. As crazy as it is to write I have been growing tired of the galaxy always being in perial, where if one big space battle is lost the whole planet colapses. This book was the perfect scale to cleanse my SW palate. Loved the new characters, absolutely felt for all of them. The unexpected coolest new SW character award goes to A'Yark! SW EU has been missing out on one of the most iconic races for years and JJM picked them up and made me fear/feel for the Tuskans like I haven't since seeing ANH all those years ago. A must read for any SW fan, and a great start for all new comers.
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I really enjoyed the book. The story was good, and all of the characters were interesting. I didn't mind not getting more of Obi Wan's perspective. While I like him as a character, he's just kind of a generic prequel jedi. Love is as evil as hate, stuff like that. I've never found those type of jedi as interesting as the ones with personality that generall accept attachment and emotion(like Etain and Bardan from the republic Commando series, the KOTOR/old republic era jedi and the jedi order under Luke Skywalker). Obi Wan isn't a bad character, but he's basically the prototypical prequel era jedi. I know what he believes and what he's about. Its the other characters and situation that made the book work for me. Obi Wan I think got just the right amount of time for himself.


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I've read Kenobi twice nice, and I must say: I understand and enjoy the limited use of Ben. I think it adds to the feel and mystery of the tale for both those characters in the story, and us as readers. It was a nice, needed, break from novels being bogged down in needing so much previous information as well.
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