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Kenobi: Star Wars Legends Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2014
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“Addictive, engrossing . . . wildly entertaining . . . There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. . . . John Jackson Miller creates a story that reaches new heights.”—Roqoo Depot
“Brilliant . . . This is Star Wars fiction at its absolute best.”—Examiner
“Enthralling . . . almost impossible to put down.”—Eucantina
From the Hardcover edition.
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In my opinion, the book's greatest triumph is showing a softer side of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Because of the former Jedi Order's rules against showing emotion, we rarely see Kenobi's human side in Episodes I-III. In this novel, however, he is on his own and truly alone for the first time in his life, allowing him to consider new viewpoints and learn to know entirely new types of people. The reader is kept appraised of his internal struggle through brief meditations with his former Master Qui-Gon Jinn. As the book progresses, he learns more about himself, the galaxy, and where he fits in a changed universe.
Whether you are a diehard fan of Star Wars novels or someone who simply appreciates the movies, this book will take your breath away. In just under 400 pages, Miller takes readers on an emotional journey with new characters of his own creation and old favorites. Whether you are a newcomer to the galaxy or a longtime resident looking for a refreshing point of view, this book will not disappoint.
Apparently, John Jackson Miller (JJM) did because Star Wars: Kenobi is a bona fide Star Wars Western novel. Del Rey Publishing has been taking the Star Wars franchise into new genres in recent years, from horror (Red Harvest) to detective stories (Shadow Games). Kenobi is probably one of the better results of this effort. It certainly reads unlike any other Star Wars book in recent memory. So, does it live up to the hype? Will this transform our image of Obi-Wan Kenobi the way Plagueis transformed our image of Sidious? Find out:
SPOILER WARNING: Because this book will not be released until August 27, I have tried to avoid spoilers. But basic plot points will be mentioned.
As I noted above, this is first and foremost a Star Wars Western. In fact, I'd say at times it's almost more Western, less Star Wars.
The book starts off slow as it introduces us to life on a Tatooine frontier town, a small area called the Oasis. We meet a cast of misfits, lowlifes, and castaways as they struggle with the chores of everyday life - minding the store, scrounging up enough money to make ends meet, and, of course, warding off Tusken Raiders. The characters seem like they could have come straight out of a Western novel, except that they have blasters instead of pistols and moisture vaporators instead of cattle.
John Jackson Miller also took the effort to adjust his writing style to match the setting. Especially in the earlier chapters, we see turns of phrases that echo the Westerns. When Annileen Calwell, the saloonkeeper character, sees her son with her neighbor's daughter, she thinks, "the boy had eyes for Orrin's daughter...Read more ›
As others have said, this is basically a western Star Wars novel. Everybody is well aware of Obi-Wan Kenobi's activities as a young man and as an old man, but until now we don't have much of a clue as to what he was all about during those hidden years on Tatooine. This novel begins just after Kenobi has delivered his "package" to the Lars homestead (i.e. the baby Luke Skywalker) and is now trying to settle into a quiet life on the desert planet and watch over and protect young Luke. Of course the quiet life proves not to be so quiet as he gets himself wrapped up in local happenings among the moisture farmers and their dealings with the Tusken Raiders/Sandpeople. Throw in a well-conceived protection racket plot and we have the makings of a fine story.
Much of the story is about the farmers themselves and how they interact. Ben (as Kenobi has decided to be called, of course) struggles to maintain his anonymity and hide his Jedi skills but sometimes circumstances make that very difficult, particularly when lives are at stake. But the novel is about more than that. Just as Ben struggles to forge his future as a hermit he must also determine the proper path for a Jedi in these circumstances. And what should his role be concerning the constant tension between the farmers and the Tuscans? I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and felt I had come to know them well and understand their plights.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed getting into obi wan's head in this one. it can be pretty tragic, but oh it's goodPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the parallel of the antagonist with that of Anakin in revenge of the sith. Well written with some decent action scenes. Read morePublished 9 days ago by John
Awesome entry point into the EU. I love the depth given to Luke's life and the struggles of ObiWon are fantastic!!!Published 12 days ago by Joe The Ox
I gave this book two stars because even though I kept turning pages, it was barely about Ben Kenobi. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Katie Kaz
It's literally Star wars meets firefly. Best Star Wars book I've read so far. Because of the book I didn't get a couple things done that I needed to do. Lol.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunately, this book now comes under the "Legends" brand of the Star Wars books, which basically means that is novel is not part of the official Star Wars canon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sesho
At times, the title character felt like a side character in his own book. This is my first foray into any Star Wars literature, so while I appreciate the creation and time devoted... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yisrael N. Weiss
With the loss of his once-promising apprentice still a raw wound, Obi-Wan Kenobi retreats to the remote planet of Tatooine, charged with guarding the galaxy's hope of redemption --... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth Anderson
Wonderful story. We learn so much about the moisture farmers of Tattooine and the Sand People of the Jundland Wastes, which gives insight into how that environment shaped young... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole M. Landry