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A Forest Apart: Star Wars Legends (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) by [Denning, Troy]
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  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 11, 2003)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2003
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMVG
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By Andrew Pruette on August 25, 2008
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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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.

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

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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So often, Chewbacca is only seen in relation to Han Solo, so it refreshing, in this story, to see him without Han. In this story, we get see so much more of who Chewbacca is as character. He is a father, husband and warrior. Furthermore, in the face of adversity, he is self-assured, cool, calm, collected and extremely smart. I so loved this story that I think that Chewy could be featured in his own books, possibly set on Kasshykk before the Imperial Enslavement.
I loved seeing Chewy interact with Malla, his wife. Their interactions are similar to Han and Leia's. Their interactions are fun, loving and witty. Malla is a very strong character. She is lots of fun. Lumpy, Chewy's son, is quite a handful. Seeing all three of them on an adventure together was awesome. We need more stories about this family of Wookies!
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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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I'm not really sure where it actually fits into the overall story line.

This story involves only Chewie and his wife and son. The other characters are only mentioned in passing. It was enjoyable and well written but I was glad it was very short and didn't keep me from the main story for very long.
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A nice family oriented short featuring Chewbacca and his family (wife and son) during one of the few times the fuzzball wasn't glued to Han. It's really what you would expect from a family of warrior-types.
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Chewbacca fans should rejoice. Not only does this story include the triumphant reemergence of the Wookiee, but readers are treated to a first-hand glimpse of the workings of his mind.

Revolving completely around Chewbacca, his life-mate Mallatobuck and their son Lumpawarrump, it is set after Return of the Jedi, and long before Chewbacca's death in the New Jedi Order.

The story involves a plot against the New Republic, which the Wookiee family learns about, following Lumpy's dangerous disobedience of his parents.

Filled with plenty of action and dialogue directly from the Wookiees' mouth, this is a story as unique as it is fun to read. Though short, it is a great tie-in to its companion novel, Tatooine Ghost. Any fan of Chewbacca should consider this a must-read and take the time to download it.
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