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Boba Fett: A Practical Man: Star Wars Legends (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) by [Traviss, Karen]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 8, 2006)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2006
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKNQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Andrew Pruette on March 15, 2012
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Karen Traviss was noted during her time as a Star Wars author for her fascination with the Mandalorian culture along with her disdain for the Jedi. These traits fueled several exceptional stories in the Republic Commando novels but also started to become a bit of a distraction over time, especially as her stories became increasingly drenched in Mandalorian worship. It's an interesting choice to have her author a short story (originally an e-book) for the New Jedi Order, as beyond a nod in the final volume, Mandalorians are conspicuously absent. This story is very much like her full length Star Wars novels: Mandalorian focused, chapters starting with intriguing italicized quotes from various in-universe sources, and a very cinematic way of staging scenes and cutting between them.

So it turns out the choice was a good one: having Ms. Traviss bring her sensibilities to the New Jedi Order provides a sorely-needed shift from the overall tone of the nineteen novels. It's fascinating how she juxtaposes Boba Fett and his allies against the Yuuzhan Vong, two cultures both comfortable with violence as a means to an end but diametrically opposed as to the means. This story is set chronologically before Vector Prime, meaning it could be a reader's first introduction to the Yuuzhan Vong culture, and overall I would say that's neither worse nor better than first encountering them via Vector Prime. It's just different, as Vector Prime shows the Vong through the lens of the Jedi and here we meet them through the alternate viewpoint of Mandalorian mercenaries.

This story brings us up-to-date on an older Boba Fett, one still living the mercenary life while also having responsibilities as the Mandalore, the leader of his people.
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Travis is amazing at covering the details. I read this after completing the clone series. Goes right to the heart of Mandalorian culture, insightful of their cultural families that take precedence in a time of horrors from a disgusting, truly alien invasion. This new force absorbs planets as effectively as the Borgs, but is their antithesis, as they abhor artificial technology. Boba to the rescue.
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It's nice to see an author go back and visit the New Jedi Order era. This time, Karen Traviss combines fan favorite Boba Fett and NJO favorite Nom Anor to show the Mandalorians' role in the Yuuzhan Vong war. Traviss does a pretty good job fitting both into their characters. Boba Fett is appropriately cynical, but at the same time also concerned about the Mandalorians. Traviss doesn't yet go so far as to make Boba Fett one of the good guys. It's an interesting character transformation. We also get to see Nom Anor's private thoughts and a bit more insight into his time as infiltrator.

Even for a short story, it seemed a bit too short and ends rather abruptly. I would have liked to have seen bit more, or at least learn what the Mandalorians did after the first few weeks of the invasion. It's tough to be satisfied with this after reading Unifying Force, where Han sees Boba Fett fighting alongside Alliance troops. Hopefully that story will be written one day.
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Let me start this review off by saying that no one, and I mean NO ONE can write for Boba Fett as well as Karen Traviss can. When I saw this book on Amazon I was delighted and I was even more excited when I found out that she wrote it!

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***

I knew from the Star Wars comics that the Mandalorians were involved in the Vong War during their invasion and that they fought alongside them against the New Republic. But this e-book really helped fill in the gaps that the comics and the novels left. I knew they weren't just in it for the credits!

The visuals that Karen Travis paints with her story were just amazing! Having Boba Fett walking through the depths of one of the Vong's ships was great! I could almost smell the slime oozing from the walls and hear the squishing of his boots as he walked across the pulsing floor. Also, having him compare being in the ship to being back inside the Sarlaac pit was very cool as well.

During the book, the Mandalorians are faced with a moral dilemma. They have signed up with the Vong, thinking they are just an army that wants to wreck a few worlds and they'll get some quick cash off of it. But it turns out it's an entire invasion armada and they want to destroy the entire galaxy! Boba Fett and the Mandalorians have already taken the job so they are honor bound to stand by their word and fight alongside the Vong against the New Republic. However in doing so, Fett adds on that the Vong have to leave his home planet of Mandalore alone. They agree and of course they are lying to him. But this gives Boba Fett the time he needs to mobilize his people for war.
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Boba Fett: A Practical Man by Karen Traviss is a short story that gives the reader an excellent idea of the mindset of the famed bounty hunter. Fett is, of course, a familiar figure to all Star Wars fans, and it is interesting to read a story that concentrates primarily on him. Plus, Karen Traviss had been an excellent writer for Star Wars for quite some time until the two parties went their separate ways.

The plot of the story is based on a seemingly normal contract for a job that Boba Fett accepts with a mysterious client. Fett and his team are hired to start a small war. However, the war turns out to be the beginning of an invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong. Boba quickly realizes that they are supporting the wrong side, that success by the alien Yuuzhan Vong will probably mean the end of the Mandalorian culture and lots of other cultures.

So, the practical man is in a quandary. Does he honor the contract he agreed to or does he do what he can to subvert the efforts of the aliens? One further problem is that he may have to work with a Jedi agent if he decides to resist the invaders. The Yuuzhan Vong are an incredibly dangerous foe and make for some extremely entertaining reading.

Ms Traviss has always seemed to be fascinated with Mandalorians. Her books are riddled with their language, and she has delved into their culture at great length. On the other hand, she has not seemed to be a big fan of the Jedi. This story gives her an opportunity to branch out and basically just focus on Boba Fett.

This story was published as an e-book and may be readers' introduction to the Yuuzhon Vong or people may run across the aliens for the first time in Vector Prime. Either way works fine to give the reader exposure to some serious bad guys.

Boba Fett: A Practical Man is an excellent story in the New Jedi Order and is well worth reading.
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