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Last Shot (Star Wars): A Han and Lando Novel Hardcover – April 17, 2018
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“A fun, breezy read, with plenty of humor, Ewok hackers, murderous robots, and rousing fight scenes as Han and Lando go from scrape to scrape [to] track down a long-forgotten enemy.”—The Verge
“The flat-out funniest Star Wars novel to date.”—Alternative Nation
About the Author
- Publisher : Del Rey (April 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525622136
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525622130
- Item Weight : 1.33 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #632,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And before i start getting bashed as a hater or a fanboy who hates disney, let me tell you, i LOVE what disney has been doing. Loved Last Jedi, love the idea of spin offs, man i even loved the first aftermath book. I have consumed every bit of starwars, ive purchased every single Legends book ever published, and i never thought id come across something i hated. Until this book.
This book just isnt starwars. It doesnt feel like starwars. Some people were so put off with the aftermath books, but i can deal with wierd writing styles. But this book just didnt know what it wanted to be. It is written in a juvenule prose (caf!) (Ass whuppin!), etc.. Everything is way over the top, the author over used the concept of flashbacks, literally. Every. Single. Chapter. Fliped across 3 different timelines its jarring and takes you out of the story.
Character development was abysmal.. cant even say it existed, really. They introduce a human character who has a non-binary gender identity, which ok if youre going to try and add to the universe and branch away from traditional character archetypes, at least give us a background for them so we actually care. It just comes off as (hey look at me, im woke too guys!). Lando's love interest? No backgound, no character development aside from 'hey im here, and ive like lando for years!' Dont even get me started on an ewok slicer. Ok yeah, right, a civilization who used sticks and rocks for weapons and thinks a droid is a god is simehow capable of slicing into complex galactic government databases 2 years later??? And the gungan.. wasted opportunity. Just felt like the authir made a poor attempt to right george lucas' wrongs by "fixing" the gungans by making one talk "normal". But like anither reviewer stated: gungans= proud race, dont need fixing. The only thing the author accomplished was manage to make Han Solo come off as a racist d bag... not cool man.
I could complain for days.. its that bad. Ive never, NEVER, written an online review for anything.. in my life. But i had to for this book. The ONLY thing that is keeping me from snapping my kindle in half as i read this is the fact the author did a decent job if showcasing Han's inner turmoil and ineptitude at fatherhood and explains part of the reason Ben Solo turn out as the disgruntled galactic being of the year. Lastly, this book is not worth $15. Do yourself a favor, get a group together and split the purchase of a paperback and share it. The people at disney dropped the quality control ball on this one. You want to bring in fresh blood? Fine, but make sure it is a product worth charging me for. Every. (Slams the table) Single.(another slam) Time. (Final slam)
Seriously disgusted with "New Canon" – can't Disney afford editors who actually know how to use a dictionary?
Always referring to one of the major characters in third person plural neuter pronouns (they, their, them, etc.) is really, really disruptive. The character is Alderaanian, so human, so not even a species which actually has a neuter state. I agree that English needs a third person neuter pronoun, but this isn't working. It's contrived, distracting, and blows the reader totally out of the story – every single time – wondering what group of people the author is talking about, only to realize that he's actually talking about the one you thought he was in the first place.
It'd also be nice if the authors or editors or SOMEBODY involved with the process had some sense of how things fit together in this universe: a starship can jump to lightspeed without turning everyone in it to raspberry jam on the rear bulkheads, but still somehow has "brakes" that can make people elsewhere in the ship notice that they've been applied.
Set a few years after the destruction of the second Death Star, with flashbacks 10, 15, and 20 years prior, Last Shot follows Han Solo and Lando Calrissian on a hunt for the Pau'an (from Utapau) Fryzen Gor.
Gor was a promising medical student when he was captured, starting his path towards attempted galaxy domination using droids. The book starts with an attempt on Lando's life. Lando guilts Han into going after Gor, leaving Leia and young Ben behind.
The book bounces confusingly between the events of today (i.e. a few years after ROTJ) and 10, 15, and 20 years prior. Lando and Han have both had run-ins with Gor in the past, and now must stop him before he destroys Cloud City and anyone else who has purchased one of Lando's new droids.
Other than Han finally revealing to Leia that he feels like a lousy father and husband, we don't learn much about Han or Lando in this story. There is good action, but the abrupt switches between timelines took a lot of getting used to.
If you are itching for a new Star Wars book to read, this one isn't bad, but it isn't good either. It was a quick read, but I can't imagine wanting to go back to read it again.
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Now I feel cheated, that preview chapter is the best chapter in the book. The rest is pretty bad. I’ve read a lot of Star Wars books starting with splinter of the minds eye (yes I’m getting old). Through the expanded, now legacy universe and onto current books. This I have to say is the worst I can remember reading.
It’s as if the author has attention deficit disorder, jumping between timelines constantly, some chapters are 2 pages long, characters doing things for absolutely no reason or benefit, some paragraphs feel half finished. At times its as if some of the text was deleted by accident when laying out the paperback printing.
And as for the story, well that is poor too and is just not Star Wars. And I’m not a hater, I don’t mind the Disney films and loved rebels etc. The central conceit just makes no sense, well if you can do A why not B. Well because A has real world parallels and is a well established theme in sci-fi. B is utter nonsense. (Trying not to spoil for those brave enough to buy it)
I couldn’t even begin to estimate how many books I’ve read over my life, hundreds, I alway finish them no matter how bad they are (looking at you tekwar), this was one of a handful I seriously considered chucking in the recycling before finishing. It was bad enough that I felt embarrassed to give it to a charity shop.
The main plot, for example, takes its inspiration from L3’s talk of robot revolution in ‘Solo’ (which also plays a part in ‘Solo’ prequel novel ‘Most Wanted’), but puts a bit of a twist on it. Instead of a revolution concerned with the rights and freedoms of droids, the story involves a crazed, criminal scientist known as Fyzen Gor who lives amongst droids as if he is almost one himself and plans to use a certain device to turn every robot in the galaxy into killers that slaughter their organic masters (think Taren Capel from Doctor Who’s ‘Robots of Death’). It is certainly a strong enough idea, but the writing fails to instil a sense of threat and it all concludes a bit half-heartedly.
The novel is structured in such a way that it reflects three time periods, the main story taking place a couple of years after ‘Return of the Jedi’ and the other two portraying the previous encounters both Land and Han have had with Fyzen Gor. Such a structure done well can make a story more intriguing, but here it doesn’t really work as the sequences in the past don’t have enough meaningful connections with the ‘present day’ part and they almost get forgotten about in the latter stages. Those featuring Han could easily be left out without effecting the story much. There is a sense that they are there just so that the version of Han from ‘Solo’ can be included or that comic character Sana Starros can make an appearance.
Neither the portrayal of the ‘Solo’ Han nor the post ‘Return of the Jedi’ version quite work. The novel struggles with portraying a Han Solo who is consort to a prominent political figure and has become a father. His frustration leading him to embark on an ‘old style’ adventure is a little cliched and forced. The resolution to this is unsatisfying as his personal journey just isn’t that convincing. However, some of the extended universe content also struggled with quite what to do with the post ‘Return of the Jedi’ Han. Furthermore, the relationship with Lando also seems wrong, feeling more like it is a development from ‘Solo’ rather than post ‘Return of the Jedi’.
There’s an attempt at including a love story for Lando. It all begins well enough and Kaasha is an interesting character. However, events seem to side-line her and as the book progresses she hardly appears. This results in the conclusion to this love story subplot feeling like it has been tacked on and not very engaging.
Although the author has attempted to produce a story featuring both Han and Lando, it is more of a Lando story and feels as if Han is included for the sake of it to capitalise on the release of ‘Solo’. Overall the novel is unsatisfying as it has the potential to be much better if a little more focussed.