I enjoyed Star Wars: Thrawn very much and was looking forward to Thrawn: Alliances. I was dismayed when I discovered that the book splits it’s time between Thrawn’s partnership with Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, and Thrawn’s reluctant partnership with Darth Vader. Ugh. I dislike Anakin Skywalker so much, and not because he becomes Darth Vader. He is whiny, angry, and too certain of himself. I find him tiresome. I side-eye Padme Amidala too, because what on earth does she see in this murderous, mopey asshole? Unfortunately, Zahn’s text did nothing to endear Anakin or Padme to me, and I don’t […]
Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You. I did not get into the Star Wars extended universe before LucasFilm was bought by Disney. By the time I started reading Star Wars books, a couple of decades worth of material had been labeled as non-canonical. Now there’s a new canon of expanded Star Wars stories. Disney decided to ask Timothy Zahn to bring his popular character, Grand Admiral Thrawn from the old Legends into the new canon with Star Wars: Thrawn. Based on narfna’s 2017 review, I was happy to find the audiobook. Both the story and the […]
It is quickly coming to the point once again, as it did for me in the early 2000s, where it is simply not feasible for me to read every new canon Star Wars book that comes out. For a while there I was keeping up, but I feel I must concede defeat earlier than my younger self might have: there are too many, and I am too old for all of this. I shall read the ones that my people say are must-reads and I will not let my OCD make me feel bad about it. DO YOU HEAR THAT, […]
This definitely wasn’t as good as I remember it being, which is sad. But it was still good! It’s just, I remember swooning pretty hard during the scene where Luke and Mara Jade finally confess their love. I remember it being epic, and significant (both in terms of importance and length). And reading that scene again, it didn’t feel either of those things. I guess I was bringing the swoon myself last time, which makes sense. I was very practiced at doing that in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. (I definitely didn’t remember that the love confession scene involved what is […]
This book is still much, much, much better than a lot of the Star Wars novels I’ve read, but it’s not as good as I remember it being. Granted, my standards weren’t suuuuuper high in 2004. I was young, and very, very distracted by the whole THING of being a freshman in college. Plus, all I realllllly cared about was Luke/Mara Jade and kissing and such, and that is definitely something that this series is focused on (although most of it occurs in the second book, not this one). This one is all Zahn fucking shit up in the galaxy, […]
As a warning, the actual review doesn’t start until halfway through this ridiculously large block of text. I felt I should warn you, I’m about to get self-indulgent up in here. So you know how when you’re sixteen, you’re an idiot? Well, about some things. I like to think I was an abnormally stable teenager. I certainly gave my parents ZERO trouble, but I feel like that’s a thing that happens when parents luck into having extremely geeky children who would rather stay home on a Saturday night and, for example, re-watch Star Wars for the millionth time than go to a party. […]
I was cautiously hopeful as I hadn’t read very much of his other work aside from the Star Wars novels, and I was curious to see how Mr. Zahn would set about creating a brand-new world. I can happily say that he did not disappoint.