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  Darth_Henning
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I was debating getting this book if it will fit into the "legends" continuity (which is the only one I have the slightest interest in), but do they have to go with the animated cover art?

This isn't a clone wars or rebels tie in. We all know disney loves their animated everything, but for kark's sake, its an adult novel. Ugh.
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How is the cover art animated? Its a realistic painting, not a cartoon. Almost every EU novel had paintings or some type of art other than photographs on the cover.
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Plus, everything will now be canon, so it's all related. And given the time period of the book, I'd say that it will relate to A New Dawn, which relates to Rebels.

So, the other day I reinstated my subscription service to Audible.com...for three reasons: 1. The Christ Clone Trilogy is being re-released updated and expanded. 2. Mentats of Dune. and 3. the upcoming SW books. I'll have plenty to listen to on my commute to/from work for the foreseeable future.


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I have started reading the ARC for Tarkin. For starters, since this book is considered canon, James the Lucepedia Luceno is including so many little things here and there that the official canon is going to be pretty large by the end of this book Cool

Also, so far it's very Tarkin focused, touching on where he is currently (which is 5 years after Palpatine declares himself Emperor), and on his childhood.

Very interesting read, so far. I like Tarkin, so it's cool to read more about him.
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James the Lucepedia Luceno

Blarg. When I read Plagueis I took the time to count the number of adjectives in the first paragraph of the book. It was 14 if I remember correctly.

Ain't nobody got time for that!

But I'm intending to stay on top of new canon so I'll read it.
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YodaBauer2442 wrote:
James the Lucepedia Luceno

Blarg. When I read Plagueis I took the time to count the number of adjectives in the first paragraph of the book. It was 14 if I remember correctly.

Ain't nobody got time for that!


I'm a little confused by this complaint - that first paragraph is marvelous. And the first few pages of a book are always going to be more descriptive - they have to introduce the setting, characters, etc.
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YodaBauer2442 wrote:
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Blarg. When I read Plagueis I took the time to count the number of adjectives in the first paragraph of the book. It was 14 if I remember correctly.

Ain't nobody got time for that!

Laughing

I'm not a fan of Luceno. He comes across as extremely pretentious to me and Darth Plagueis bored me to tears.
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I once heard the term "Continuity porn" in relation to a lot of his books and I thought it was apt. Razz
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Michael Reaves has always been a bane with that behavior to me. I absolutely loved his Medstar books, but I almost couldn't read Coruscant Nights. I started keeping a notebook of all the words I'd never heard before, and it grew quite lengthy. This coming from someone with a fairly established vocabulary. The very first sentence of Jedi Twilight contained the word "ecumenopolis". Which is not even a real word! In case anyone is curious. It was made up for science fiction type scenarios, and it means "city planet". Neutral
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Reaves tends to have his own continuity binges too, but more for his continuity. So as long as you've read all his books you're fine. Razz I like Reaves more than Luceno for the most part, but that might be more to do with subject matter.

I too was rather confused by "ecumenopolis".
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I actually do like big words, but they need to be used correctly. They are usually more specific than general words (e.g. "gargantuan" as opposed to "big"), but a lot of times I feel like Luceno is using big words for the sake of showing off rather than clarity. Big words can also be used to make sentences sound more... I don't know... pretty? But in writing there's a fine line between beauty and pretentiousness.

I have very mixed feelings on Reaves. I thought the Coruscant Nights books were really boring, but I adored the Medstar books. They were some of my favourite EU books. I also don't remember getting annoyed with his writing style like I did with Luceno.
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I've never really had a problem with Luceno - except for Millennium Falcon, but not because of his writing style, I just didn't really care about the story. Reaves, on the other hand, definitely gets boring fast.

I'm in agreement with you, Reep. The Medstar books were great - love having the SW version of MASH - but Coruscant Knights were just dull. And I really liked Shadow Games too.
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I actually rather liked the Coruscant Nights books. I liked the concept of a Jedi PI.
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I quite enjoyed Luceno's writing style. I don't know, maybe pretentious is attracted to pretentious, I guess?

Couldn't stand Reaves, though. It was a struggle to get through the first chapter of Darth Maul, let alone MedStar and Coruscant Nights.
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Okay, I have to chime in here, I'm in the very small camp of fans who thought Darth Plagueis was a little boring. I generally like Luceno's books, though.

I'm pretty far into Tarkin now. While it's not action packed or "best book ever", I'm certainly not bored. But you're really going to need to be a Tarkin fan to enjoy it, I think. That said, there's some Vader and Palpatine chapters, so not everything is Tarkin, but 90% of the focus is him.
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