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Canto Bight (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class Arab American enclave in Dearborn, Michigan. His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, have appeared in Year’s Best Fantasy and numerous magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, and have been translated into five foreign languages. His first novel was Throne of the Crescent Moon. He lives near Detroit with his wife and their twin children.
Rae Carson is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, she now lives in Arizona with her husband.
Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula Award-winning author Seanan McGuire.
John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, and the Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic graphic novel collections from Marvel, among many other novels and comics. A comics industry analyst, he lives in Wisconsin with his wife, their two children, and far too many comic books.
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The problem with all of these stories is that they:
1. Overwhelmingly use unfamiliar alien species as main characters
2. Insufficiently describe the appearance and background of these species
3. Take place in a setting I am not familiar with
4. Use plots that do not seem very important to the greater Star Wars universe
The function of this book and each of these four stories appears to be to characterize the Canto Bight casino and culture. Canto Bight is a glamorous yet dangerous luxury complex situated in the main city of the planet Cantonica. I presume it is going to have some importance in The Last Jedi so I hope the time I took with these stories will pay off.
What made the second story such a struggle for me is the fact that it features five main characters, all of whom are females, the majority of whom are novel alien species, two of them are identically-dressed identical twins, two of them are similarly-dressed aliens, and one is a human. On a first quick readthrough I was lost. Once I slowed down and got the characterizations down I was able to enjoy even this story.
Overall, then, if the purpose of this book is to populate in your mind a sort of legend or mythology of the Canto Bight casino complex, it succeeds. As long as you don't expect anything more from this book than that purpose, then appreciate its four stories for the engaging, fun tales they are.
Unfortunately, the second story written by Mira Grant was the complete opposite for me, as I felt her style of writing to be much too descriptive to the point that the story just didn't flow well and was, to put it short "boring".
Most of these stories could actually have been told outside of the Star Wars universe, but I still really enjoyed some of them and would still recommend this book for any hardcore Star Wars fans.
read. Most stories were predictable and used tired cliches, perhaps worse the imagery and detail needed when describing new characters and races lacked even basic details.