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Michael Reaves is a good author. I like his previous SW work.


I haven't read Coruscant Nights, but Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was very good. I don't think I'll be getting this book though. I've probably said this before, but to me it just seems like a detective story thrown into the Star Wars Galaxy; it would do fine outside of the GFFA.
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Depends on what kind of Star War books you like. I'm a junkie, so I read them all. But this one was a detective/mystery type novel with a good dose of humor.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Depends on what kind of Star War books you like. I'm a junkie, so I read them all. But this one was a detective/mystery type novel with a good dose of humor.


Im going to try and pick it up soon.
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darthrevan1 wrote:
Michael Reaves is a good author. I like his previous SW work.


I haven't read Coruscant Nights, but Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was very good. I don't think I'll be getting this book though. I've probably said this before, but to me it just seems like a detective story thrown into the Star Wars Galaxy; it would do fine outside of the GFFA.


If you don't get Shadow Games, you are missing out on the absolute best SWEU book of the year.


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Ok, I've just realised why I don't think I'll be getting it. To me, just from reading the blurb, it seems like Tintin chucked into the GFFA. Replace Thomson and Thompson with Leebo, the main character with Tintin and that singer with the woman from the Castiafore Emerald. That's just me though.
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VileZero wrote:
DannikJerriko wrote:
darthrevan1 wrote:
Michael Reaves is a good author. I like his previous SW work.


I haven't read Coruscant Nights, but Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was very good. I don't think I'll be getting this book though. I've probably said this before, but to me it just seems like a detective story thrown into the Star Wars Galaxy; it would do fine outside of the GFFA.


If you don't get Shadow Games, you are missing out on the absolute best SWEU book of the year.



Thats a big claim Laughing . I thought Ascension was the best book of the year but I havent read Revan or Deceived yet. I think Reaves co wrote Death Star with Steve Perry but could be wrong. It certainly looks the most fun of the books though.
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I'm 16 chapters in. It passed my first test, which is that stuff actually happened in the first ten chapters.

My only criticism are some of the references. SW EU lately is too self-aware. Having the holostar and her friend (or was it Dash) talk about Nautolans sometimes being Force sensitive strikes me as something that would be discussed on a SW message board, not within the confines of the Star Wars galaxy proper. Should they even know what Force sensitivity is? Luke didn't know what the Force was, let alone the mechanics behind it with certain people being sensitive to it and some not.

Stuff like that takes me out of the story.

I suppose it's kind of weird that Dash Rendar, the Han Solo stand-in, buys into the Force at all, or his navigator's abilities with it.


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What's the writing style like? ( address everyone who's read it)

I ask because I'm not liking Reaves' writing style in the CN series - and I wasn't much of a fan with Darth Maul and the Medstar duology, come to think of it - yet I'd like to get this book one day, as it sounds like it's a decent enough book.
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The prose is going to be similar to those books. The book itself is structured like a suspense thriller, though.


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OK. I've decided I'm going to read this book. My reason being my favourite Star Wars books are the ones where the characters are really low-key (I liked DM:SH because Lorn Pavan was just some dude in the underbelly of Coruscant) and story itself isn't of great Galactic importance. Which is why I don't really want to read the Big 3 post Ep VI stuff. Plus I actually quite liked the writing in DM:SH. I don't know when I'll read it, but it's not very high on my priority list ATM. Definitely after Plagueis and maybe after I've gone back to Tales of the Bounty Hunters.
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I haven't finished the book yet but I find it odd that between Han and Dash, Dash seems to be the less mercenary. Dash came across as more extreme than Han in that manner in Shadows of the Empire. Perhaps something that happens accounts for that.

Additionally, Dash seems to know that Xizor had a grudge against the Empire and Vader for killing his (Xizor's) family, but IIRC according to SOTE Xizor hid his connection to the royal family so Vader wouldn't know he had a grudge against him.

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Crash Override wrote:
The prose is going to be similar to those books. The book itself is structured like a suspense thriller, though.


That's a shame. The prose is one of the main things I dislike about this series. I had hoped that Maya Bohnhoff would balance it, but it seems this isn't the case.

Anyway, thanks, Crash, for answering my question.
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I wonrt be able to get this now which is a shame as I really wanted to read it. Have to settle for Revan and Deceived.
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Life Is The Path wrote:
Crash Override wrote:
The prose is going to be similar to those books. The book itself is structured like a suspense thriller, though.


That's a shame. The prose is one of the main things I dislike about this series. I had hoped that Maya Bohnhoff would balance it, but it seems this isn't the case.

Anyway, thanks, Crash, for answering my question.


Well she co-wrote Patterns of Force, so if that's noticeably different than the first two, that's what Shadow Games is going to be.


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I thought she had, but she wasn't accredited with it, so I supposed that I'd been wrong. I'll keep an eye out for differences.
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