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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:55 pm Reply with quote  
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  Reepicheep
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Anyone still up for this?
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I'm slogging through. Story is getting tougher the farther I go. Really don't like Foster's take on Leia, and Luke's isn't a whole lot better. It just feels so foreign to the characters. Very much a pulpy take on the characters deviating from the movies.
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Yeah, I hear you. For some reason I really liked the opening of the book, with Luke and Leia crash landing on Mimban - "Splinter" being the first SWEU book I've read in a long time probably had a lot to do with that - but the characterizations are pretty awful and seem to just keep getting worse.

We could always just drop "Splinter" and move on to the Thrawn Trilogy if anyone's still interested.
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I've made it to chapter 11 so I'm going to finish it. And I agree, it started out really good, I thought this was going to be a fun read in that first chapter. But the more we see Luke and Leia, the more it goes off the rails from normal. Feels very dated.

But, it is Star Wars, so it's a weird journey worth making at least once. What does everyone think of the worm thing?

And I like the Yuzzem, but I was visualizing the Yuzzum Laughing



I got them confused.

Some other thoughts...

*I didn't like Leia's overwhelming dread of an Imperial Governor. It weakened her character way too much.
*Halla's speech mannerisms are awkward. I get her calling Luke boy and Leia girl, but it could have been done better. Sometimes it feels really forced and poorly done.
*I like the physician character. She's interesting. Not sure if the book will do any more with her, but she would have been a character worth exploring more, as she's working for the Imperials but cares about helping everyone.
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Getting near the end now. I had to laugh when Vader literally shakes his fist at Luke for being thwarted in his cave attack. So hammy.
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