Ranking the New Canon Books

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fungineer wrote:I got 3/4's through From A certain point of view
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before it had to go back to the library, and some of the stories are really good. In particular, I like that explaining Gunnery Captain Bolvan's complete and utter failure.
I like the mouse droid one, even though that re-creates one of my favorite characters in a way that was not expected or enjoyed, but whatever, I can live with it and done in a decent way.
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was pretty good, as it tied a lot into the relationship between Saw and Jyn that we never saw on screen. Also really helped to set aside Saw and the other "partitions" who do not stand with the Rebel Alliance.
Inferno squad
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also played into that. Not as good as rebel rising, but decent. Very, very different than battlefront I. It had fewer boring parts but was also a lot less nitty-gritty than battlefront 1, and as such, I don't think I'd rank it much higher.
In re Rebel Rising- oh cool, thanks! I picked it up from amazon for like $10 and was kind of hoping it’d be like that but haven’t heard much chatter about it.



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chriskelly wrote:Only 3 chapters in but Thrawn is surprisingly amazing. I was never a huge fan of the guy (didn’t think much of him either way), so I went into it just with idea of it giving me background info for Rebels, but it’s definitely sucked me in (certainly more than the early portions of Bloodline did).
After finishing it...
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the good parts are at the beginning. It gets very redundant but surprisingly i liked the Price storyline the best. It is cool to see how they get where they are in Rebels
On to a certain point of view now! Then I hope catalyst since I think Tarkin, Thrawn, and Rebels are all at least similar in era.

I also pre ordered both Han Solo books.

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Also, is it typical for hardcover books to be sooooo expensive once they come out in paperback? I’m ocd and want all hard cover books on my shelf but heir to the Jedi and Tarkin were a bagillion dollars hardcover (even used) but paperback was like $6 each so idk.

Or anyone have any good places to pick up hardcover editions cheap? eBay and Amazon are fails!

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chriskelly wrote: Or anyone have any good places to pick up hardcover editions cheap? eBay and Amazon are fails!
Half Priced Books?
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Stuck on the library waiting list once again. However I finished Canto Bight a few weeks back. Glad I saw EP8 First because
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Like the appearance of Canto Bight in the movie, this book is an extreme disappointment. It hardly reads like a Star Wars novel at all. The better stories (It has 4 stories total) read more like a Las Vegas mob story-line. This is sort of expected, but aside from being aliens, you could slap another cover on it (say Futurama: Las Vegas 3010) and not notice a difference. There's maybe one reference to First Order/Resistance stuff in the whole book, and it's as minor as what's given in the film. I do enjoy Rounders, Casino Royale, Casino, Oceans 11, etc, and for those reasons I didn't hate reading it. But it wasn't really enjoyable, especially the first 2 stories, as the final resolution was basically that the story wasted my time. This is not to say I won't still put out some dream cards for it. (Hopefully Solo does this planet better justice).
Updated my ranking list on previous thread.
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as the final resolution was basically that the story wasted my time. This is not to say I won't still put out some dream cards for it.
Updated my ranking list on previous thread.
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Thank you for the heads up. I've been a pretty hard pass on it because I have a thing where if I don't already know they character, everytime I see their name I have to rethink about who they are and this book seemed like it had no one I'd know at all.

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chriskelly wrote: Thank you for the heads up. I've been a pretty hard pass on it because I have a thing where if I don't already know they character, everytime I see their name I have to rethink about who they are and this book seemed like it had no one I'd know at all.
This is one reason I'm glad I listen to them on audio book, as (aside from Star Wars music and sound effects) I can have the same character carry the same (independent) voice throughout the book. That makes it much easier for me to remember them then when I read it, I have to get to the end of the sentences/phrases, then have my mind go back in add that image in myself.
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Is anyone reading Last Shot (the new Han and Lando book with assumed Solo tie-ins)?

I’m about 1/3 in and so far
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pretty “meh.” Jumps around timeline wise just because it can and doesn’t really draw me in.

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Finished Last Shot and...
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it was probably the worst book I voluntarily read. This is probably going to sound like an awful
Criticism for a Star Wars book, but it was too sci-fi for me. Descriptions of some stuff was lacking so it was hard to figure out what the heck the topography was, the story jumped around as a what I think was just a mask for a weak narrative and when it all comes together you just think “that’s it?” Because you obviously knew it will all relate together once it was done, but I expected it to be in a more surprising way. I did like some of the allusions to what presumably happened to Han and Leia and Ben.
I think my next one will be the other Han book coming out that gets released the same day as Solo.

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chriskelly wrote:Finished Last Shot and...
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it was probably the worst book I voluntarily read. This is probably going to sound like an awful
Criticism for a Star Wars book, but it was too sci-fi for me. Descriptions of some stuff was lacking so it was hard to figure out what the heck the topography was, the story jumped around as a what I think was just a mask for a weak narrative and when it all comes together you just think “that’s it?” Because you obviously knew it will all relate together once it was done, but I expected it to be in a more surprising way. I did like some of the allusions to what presumably happened to Han and Leia and Ben.
I think my next one will be the other Han book coming out that gets released the same day as Solo.

You seem fairly loyal to these books. What would it take to take for you to stop reading them all?
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chriskelly wrote:Finished Last Shot and...
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it was probably the worst book I voluntarily read. This is probably going to sound like an awful
Criticism for a Star Wars book, but it was too sci-fi for me. Descriptions of some stuff was lacking so it was hard to figure out what the heck the topography was, the story jumped around as a what I think was just a mask for a weak narrative and when it all comes together you just think “that’s it?” Because you obviously knew it will all relate together once it was done, but I expected it to be in a more surprising way. I did like some of the allusions to what presumably happened to Han and Leia and Ben.
I think my next one will be the other Han book coming out that gets released the same day as Solo.

You seem fairly loyal to these books. What would it take to take for you to stop reading them all?
I’m not a fast reader and don’t have an immense amount of free time, so that’s one thing. Another would be
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if more of them were like Last Shot

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Bumping this thread because it has my random thoughts on books and it's neat to look back on them. Also, it might give me more incentive to slow down and read more.

Anyway, I'm reading the Rise of Skywalker novel

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I like how it shows Leia training Rey at the beginning, almost like the movie picks up in the middle of the scene. The explanation of her training with Luke is good background but still doesn't make much sense about her giving up her saber and not knowing where it is (grumpy Luke never would have taken it with him)
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Cool that it tells the Kylo/mustafar soege from hux and Pryde’s point of view. How pryde is in awe of Kylo killing everyone effortlessly and Hux refuses to acknowledge how good Kylo is. There’s a creature who I guess Vader left in charge of guarding his way finder called the eye of the webish bog. That seems cheesy. He gives it up because Kylo killed all of his protectors and Vader said to give it to whoever did that. Glad thst didn’t make the movie. Interesting that when Kylo goes to Exegol he starts to realize Palpatine’s voice was the one that he’s been hearing his whole life and when Palpatine says he was every voice in his head the book has it be snoke, Vader palpatine (the movie is Palpatine, snoke Vader, isn’t it?). The mechanical spine keeping Palpatine alive is called an Ommin harness and Sith kings used them before. It talks about how Kylo realizes its a clone body vessel that is t strong enough to hold Palpatine’s power without decaying.
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Cool that is starts off explaining how Rey repaired Anakin’s lightsaber and wanted to build one from scratch out of her staff. Discussion on how Rey always returned the saber to Leia because it was the only thing she had left of Luke’s.
The Poe/Finn mission talks about how they went there to get a part to fix the tantive. Makes it seem like the info on the spy/Palpatine wasn’t their mission, but the informant told them to meet him for the part to get them there so he could give them the info. The movie to me makes it seem like they go there specifically for the info.
Interesting discussion on Ren getting his mask repaired. Explains he had to go to Supremacy and collect all the tiny pieces. Also that he needed to do it because it was a symbol he was in charge of Knights of Ren and implies that at some point he left them behind and they are not associated with the first order but then he called on them to help him out and he was kind of surprised they still recognized him as their leader.
Explains the names of the FO Officers during the briefing. Also cool that Kylo was the one who decapitated the spy. Evidently Kylo was not a huge fan of Pryde, he only kept him around because he was smart and Hux hated him.

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chriskelly wrote:
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Anyway, I'm reading the Rise of Skywalker novel
Weird. I thought Skywalker gave you a rise...

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Chapter 4
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Leia would hear Luke’s voice but he never appeared to her and she didn’t know why. Luke has made notes about Palpatine being obsessed with cheating death and recounted the conversation in episode 3 with Anakin but thought it was just to tempt Anakin. But it’s interesting because is this the first canon acknowledgment that Palpatine was actually the Sith in his story? I know it’s heavily implied but the plaguies book was de-canonized... there’s also a longer pause and panic about Palpatine coming back than in the movie. 3po says Kylo and emperor have joined forces but I’m not sure how he would have known that. If their info was from the informant (who Kylo beheaded) who got it from the spy (Hux), when would they have learned that? Because the movie never shows Kylo telling Hux what he did on exegol and the book basically says he didn’t tell anyone about his secret deal with emperor? Leia also is thinking about the emperor returning and mentions how she should have known he’d have a contingency plan because he was always two steps ahead and aggravatingly prepared. There’s also lots of foreshadowing of Leia being tired and almost aware that her days are numbered and she’s running out of time to train Rey and finn and Poe. Also the reason no one responded at Craig was because the first order shut down a lot of their communications so they never received the messages. There’s a convo between maz and Rey and mentions the lightsaber Rey is building after she fixed Anakin’s.
There’s a part where Luke reaches out to Leia and says “it’s time.” I assume he means for Leia to give Rey his old lightsaber because later on Maz also tells her to give Rey the saber “while she still can” so Rey knows Leia approves of it. There’s a passage about how Leia respects the lightsaber because it’s all she has of Luke... but like in the same chapter it’s talking about them pouring over his texts to find out about exegol and the way finder, so... eventually she gives Rey the saber and there’s more talk of Leia being weak, because her floating thru space took its toll on her.

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