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A Forest Apart: Star Wars (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Troy Denning
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BONUS: This original novella includes an excerpt from Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal and an interview with the author.


Growing up in the shadow of his heroic father, Lumpawarrump, son of Chewbacca, feels tremendous pressure to match his father’s daring exploits. Chewie’s life-debt to Han Solo keeps him from returning home, and without the steadying influence of his father, Lumpy is unfocused and out of control. So Chewie’s wife decides that a visit to Coruscant is in order. It’s the perfect opportunity for the family to bond–and for Chewbacca to teach his son some much-needed life-lessons.

But when Lumpy’s eagerness to impress his father leads to direct disobedience, Chewie is forced into an extreme pursuit that will lead him into Coruscant’s dangerous underlevels–and to a secret as shocking as it is deadly. . . .

Product Details

  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (February 11, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story featuring everyone's favorite Wookiee August 25, 2008
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Originally published as an e-book coinciding with the release of the novel Tatooine Ghost, Troy Denning's A Forest Apart is a short story following Chewbacca, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpy on a adventure into the bowels of Coruscant. Malla and Lumpy are visiting Chewie at his Coruscant apartment when a break-in at the next-door Solo place turns out to have more serious ramifications. The Wookiees follow the burglars and end up unearthing an Imperial plot set in place by an old tool of the villainous Ysanne Isard.

There's a lot of action in a short space but not much time for meaningful character development. Lumpy is a pre-teen striving to find his place in the world, and Chewbacca's perpetual absence in his life may have left a gaping hole as far as having a father figure to look up to. There's not enough pages to explore this theme with much depth, and in the end the issue is dropped, since on a practical level Lumpy can't live with his father chasing all over the galaxy anyway. The theme of the impact a Wookiee Life Debt has on the Wookiee holding it and on his/her family is an interesting one that could be explored in more detail with a longer story.

Unlike many novels which handle Chewie's communications by having him grunt and then having a nearby character paraphrase what he said, Denning makes the wise choice of letting the Wookiees speak as normal characters and simply puts brackets to indicate they are actually using their native tongue. It's always enjoyable seeing Chewbacca in action, and even though this story doesn't really add anything significant to the larger saga, it's an entertaining diversion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting short story. February 15, 2014
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Really shouldn't have Han Solo on the cover as he doesn't come into the story.
This story is all about Chewbacca and his family.
I won't give anything away, but it is a nice, if short, read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my collection January 27, 2014
By Mike
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I love the stories with Chewie in them! this e-book is no exception. great character introductions and wonderful story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another read January 2, 2014
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Great short story. It gives a little more insight into the walking carpet we all love, this time as a father
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It October 11, 2013
By dsa
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I love anything with Chewbacca in it. Him and his family is just a bonus. Kind of nice to see him having problems with his son.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Read April 7, 2013
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I really do enjoy Troy Denning's work, I want everyone who reads this review to know this. I loved Star by Star and I very much enjoyed Tattooine Ghost. This book "A Forest Apart" wasn't on par with his other works. It wasn't without it's charm, but it had things in it that I didn't like.

The story itself is pretty simple. It's a coming of age story for Chewbacca's son, and instead of coming of age on Kashyyyk, he is growing up on Coruscant. It's not horrible, and we find out that Lumpy is an avid gamer and enjoys playing video games and that he idolizes his father.


First of all, why is Han Solo on the cover? He's not even IN this story other than a few mentions of his name. Why not have Chewbacca and Lumpy instead of Han and Chewie? Also, I HATE books where Chewbacca's grunts and growls are translated. Like in the Black Fleet Trilogy, he had his speech translated and it was just stupid. I feel that he works much better as a strong silent type who speaks through his actions rather than his words. I mean imagine in characters like Jason Vorhees, Michael Meyers, Silent Bob, or Sphynx (from Gone in 60 Seconds), all just started having lengthy conversations throughout their movies? They lose some of what makes those characters awesome. Sometimes an author can say very much by having a character say very little.

My only other problem with the book is when Chewie and Malla have the droid "IT" in their blaster sights, his back is to them and he doesn't see them. Why don't they just shoot him? Instead they send Lumpy out as a "distraction." Yet he doesn't really do anything worth mentioning to distract IT and his minions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun change of pace. March 15, 2013
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Nice to see Chewie in a lead role. I recommend this to all the fans of the big ginger furred wookiee.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read January 29, 2013
By blaze
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It was great to no that Chewbacca was a family man, and Lumpy was a fun character to follow. M
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