I finished today:
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I though Crucible
had a strong start and a strong finishe, but I didn't enjoy the middle as much.
I'll get my gripe out of the way: I don't like Denning's writing. It's way too action driven, to the point of being boring. After a while all of the "Luke Force shoved so-and-so" or "Han fired at so-and-so" got really repetitive and I found myslef zoning out a lot towards the end. It took up the majority of the book. Another odd thing about the way he writes is the unusual amount of pain he puts his characters through. Characters get fragged to within an inch of their life, recover, only to get fragged again. It seems... I don't know... sadomasochistic or something. I remember having similar feelings about Apocalypse
. But, hey, gotta love galactic medicine! ...Which reminds me, the Big 3 got beat up nearly as badly as Anakin when he caught fire in RotS, yet they didn't need Vader suits or anything else as drastic. Of course, that was decades ago in the timeline, but in the grand scheme of things it wasn't that
Anyway. Rant over.
I liked how Denning wrote the Big 3 with more wisdom than usual. Many times I could picture them rolling their eyes at the young folks.
I think a lot of my initial enthusiasim for the book was simply the feeling that it's good to be back. It was good to be back in-universe, seeing old familiar faces again etc. Even if I have significant gripes with Dennings writing, I still really enjoyed myself with Crucible
I wasn't really surprised by the ending, but it was still bittersweet... especially for us. This really could be the end.
Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter east.