@papinacho: what "old McGuffin trope" are you referring to? And in regards to that quote, I think Luke is hinting at pin-ups.
@Reep: I also was surprised to see the word "stang". I guess Foster invented that one because I don't think they used it in the movies, did they?
As for the Luke/Leia relationship, I've been taking notes. It's just too funny and awkward to pass up.
"whenever he looked at her, the other caused emotions to boil with in him like soup too long on the fire..."
"Even when bothered, to him that voice was as naturally sweet and pleasing as sugar-laden fruit."
"In the dampness, though, her body heat was near palpable to Luke and he had to force himself to keep his attention on what he was doing."
"They trudged on, Luke stealing admiring glances at her when she wasn't looking."
"Moistly parted in sleep, her lips seemed to beckon to him."
This is the first time I've read this book, and only three chapters in now, I'm wondering how much farther this attraction will go
That aside, Leia's portrayal is a little off putting. She isn't very self-sufficient or world-weary. Luke is the one with all the bright ideas and leading the way. She's very much a helpless character in need of Luke to save her, which isn't how A New Hope went. Leia is more of a person who needs some help, but has enough resourcefulness that she can help herself the rest of the way.
Of these first three chapters, the moment that got me was when Luke slapped Leia. I laughed out loud as it was such a bizzaro thing to do. It wasn't so much funny that Luke slapped Leia, but that Alan Dean Foster was crazy enough to write that. I'm pretty sure that if Leia were written in character, she would have kicked Luke between the legs for that one.
*What are tracoms?
*Has Mimban or Circarous been used elsewhere in the EU?
*Foster use of real world things: camels, cotton, concrete
*how funny is the saying "like a crippled camel in a sandstorm"?
Words I had to look up: farrago, replonza, inimical, seriocomic, vitreous
*Plus - Leia almost shot Luke! That would have been a perfect point for a Infinities story.
Final thoughts: I like how chapter 3 ends with a cliff hanger moment of suspense. Will the group of miners attack Luke and Leia? How will Halla help them?
Also, nice connections there with Dagobah and Mimban, Yoda and Halla.
"I believe toys resonate with us as humans, we can hold them them, it's tactile, real! They are totems for our extended beliefs and imaginations. A fetish for ideas that hold as much interest and passion as old religious relics for some. We display them in our homes. They show who we are. They are signals for similar thinking people. A way we connect with each other...and I guess thats why I do toys. That connection." -Ashley Wood