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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:55 pm    Post subject: Star Wars: Aftermath Reply with quote

http://www.starwars.com/news/chaos-throttles-the-capital-in-star-wars-aftermath-special-excerpt

It looks like someone wrote a novel to help bridge the gap between EVI and EVII. Based on the writing, I don't think I'll be picking it up. I'm sure that he's a fine author otherwise, but it looked like there were just some pressures on him that made the quality of the writing suffer in this particular project.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Star Wars: Aftermath Reply with quote

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http://www.starwars.com/news/chaos-throttles-the-capital-in-star-wars-aftermath-special-excerpt

It looks like someone wrote a novel to help bridge the gap between EVI and EVII. Based on the writing, I don't think I'll be picking it up. I'm sure that he's a fine author otherwise, but it looked like there were just some pressures on him that made the quality of the writing suffer in this particular project.

The excerpt does reveal that Chapter 1 takes place a matter of months after the Battle of Endor.

Yeah, I'll bet the two main pressures on the author are continuity restrictions and time constraints. I'll read this novel mainly out of interest in the new canon's post-RotJ continuity, but also to say I gave the new canon publishing a shot. I'm interested in what can be ruled out about the time period, but I'm sure the book won't have any major spoilers about TFA. If I don't like Aftermath, I may not want to read the other two novels in the trilogy (which won't be released until after TFA).

After I read the book in September, I'll post about it here but with clear warnings of spoilers and use of spoiler tags for those who want to remain a complete virgin to the new canon's post-RotJ continuity before seeing the film.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read it and I do not like the guys writing style at all. I will probably grudgingly pass on reading it. I read Heir to the Jedi. If only I could unread that crappy book. On the other hand Lords of the Sith wasn't a bad read it just really didn't go anywhere. At this time, the canonical books for me are 1:1 with a meh and a pass.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I read it and I do not like the guys writing style at all. I will probably grudgingly pass on reading it. I read Heir to the Jedi. If only I could unread that crappy book. On the other hand Lords of the Sith wasn't a bad read it just really didn't go anywhere. At this time, the canonical books for me are 1:1 with a meh and a pass.

I'd have figured you would've read A New Dawn with being such a big fan of Rebels. Or is that the other shootingwomprats? I was given a copy of Heir to the Jedi so have it, but I'm in no rush to read it. I haven't read any of the new canon novels yet, so Aftermath will be my first. But based on Rebels and the new Marvel Star Wars comics, the whole of Disney Star Wars gets a thumbs down from me, so far.

This year I've been re-reading my EU novels, so Aftermath will be interrupting that reading schedule. But I'll take the bullet for all of you and read Aftermath. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah New Dawn gets a "meh" from me.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
I read it and I do not like the guys writing style at all.


What's weird is that I've heard he's done a really good job with some of his other works. The writing with this excerpt is just so noticeably lackluster that it makes me wonder what happened.

I am interested in what they're going to do with the new continuity. I may see if the library can get this on audibook so I can listen to it on my commute. But otherwise I'm probably going to pass.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll hold off on reading it till the library gets it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
Yeah New Dawn gets a "meh" from me.

I give it a "meh+", though Tarkin was better than I expected, giving a nice picture of the Empire 5 years after the clone wars.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tarkin was better than I expected, giving a nice picture of the Empire 5 years after the clone wars.

I see that Tarkin is now out on paperback so I will probably read Tarkin before Aftermath. James Luceno did write Darth Plagueis and Labyrinth of Evil which I love.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
cynanbloodbane wrote:
Tarkin was better than I expected, giving a nice picture of the Empire 5 years after the clone wars.

I see that Tarkin is now out on paperback so I will probably read Tarkin before Aftermath. James Luceno did write Darth Plagueis and Labyrinth of Evil which I love.

If I remember correctly, events from Darth Plagueis get reffrenced in Tarkin.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'll take the bullet for all of you and read Aftermath. Cool

I pre-ordered Aftermath from Amazon with a couple new CDs to get the free shipping. I refuse the pay less than 60% retail for this book so I will have to wait for Amazon to send it to me at free shipping speed.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping that the local library carries the audiobook. I can listen on my walking commute.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tell you guys what. From what I have already read, I think I am leaning towards attempting to read it, but honestly, if it sucks (like about half the EU stuff does if we are brutally honest), I am putting it down and walking away. I will get a synopsis of the important universe stuff another way.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read the sample chapters. From what I can tell, it is not representative of the author's writing abilities.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
I tell you guys what. From what I have already read, I think I am leaning towards attempting to read it, but honestly, if it sucks (like about half the EU stuff does if we are brutally honest), I am putting it down and walking away. I will get a synopsis of the important universe stuff another way.

So, shootingwomprats, a month later, did you give it a shot? If so, can I ask your impression of the novel?
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