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Star Wars: Red Harvest Hardcover – December 28, 2010

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Praise for Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars: Death Troopers
 
“This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams—gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.”—Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
 

“Brilliant . . . This book combines two of my favorite things on earth: the Star Wars universe and the undead.”—Tommy Wirkola, director of Dead Snow

About the Author

Joe Schreiber is the author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, two young children, and several original Star Wars action figures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Zombies and Star Wars, two of my favorite genres in the world. But when you take two things that are amazing and put them together, you don't always get Reese Peanut Butter Cups. Sometimes you get an unholy abomination that never should have made it past an editor's desk.

Not only is this concept just utterly stupid, but the characters are just so bland and one-dimensional that you don't even care when they get killed. Heck, some of them aren't even dynamic enough to call them one-dimensional. Sometimes the only thing they have that sets them apart from other characters are their physical appearance. One guy has red hair, one guy is short, one is a girl, etc. When these characters got killed in the book I had to look back in the front at the Dramatis Personae just to check who they were. Even then I was scratching my head wondering just who the character was that died.

I mean it! There is NOTHING that makes these characters memorable! Also never once did I feel a sense of urgency or concern for the safety of these characters. Even the main character Hestizo Trace is just so dull that I didn't even care when she was being chased by zombies or when the room was on fire around her or when she was taken prisoner.

Now let's get onto the specific parts of the book that just irked me.

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

Okay first of all, the members of the Agricultural Corps, are NOT Jedi. They are people who had Jedi training but weren't good enough to be chosen as an apprentice to a master. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, every time I saw someone calling the main character a Jedi, I was digging my nails into to the table or chair I was sitting at while I was reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Ok, so first off this isn't exactly the greatest book in the world. I will say that the story is ok in and of itself and as a horror book it delivers pretty much what it promises. Having said that though, it falls into some unfortunate horror story stereotypes such as the characters being too thin and shallow without much to them and that they try to drop several perspectives of characters that last a chapter or two. Its something that I think could have been fixed, but not by the author as I don't blame him for this. He was restricted to this small page count by the publishers and I think if they'd allowed him more he could have fleshed it out and it would have been a better book. After his previous entry in the Star Wars universe we understand that he can write well and make you care about the characters. With enough room to work with he could have made this terrifying, interesting, and worth the money I spent on it.

Also: one character is based on Liam Neeson's character from the film TAKEN. Its one thing to base it on a character, but another to rip it off. Its not a total ripoff, but its darn close and it kind of worries me that it was allowed. It didn't help that the character was one of the least fleshed, along with the villainous Sith Lord who should have been the focus of the story and instead was barely in it at all.

If you like Star Wars and mindless zombie horror though, there is plenty to love. I just wouldn't recommend buying it until it is available in paperback. The story and page count are not worth what you pay for the hardcover.
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Darth Scabrous has uncovered a Sith holocron with the key to unlocking immortality. The last piece he needs to unlock it's power is quite unusual, a very rare black orchid and a young member of the Jedi Agricultural Corps who tends it. However, unleashing the power of immortality has a surprise that even Darth Scabrous is not ready for. The virulent concoction he creates using the black orchid gets out of his control and begins turning an entire academy of Sith masters and students into something worse...

This novel (and I'm using that term loosely here, it's really more of a novella at a full novel price...) is fast paced and exciting but also fairly deficient in several areas. The most glaring was that it's just not very "Star Wars-y." Sure, there are Sith and Jedi but beyond a very thin coat of Star Wars paint, this could be any action-oriented zombie novel. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - the action scenes are well done and author Joe Schreiber builds a relentless pace that comes to a satisfying ending - it's just a feeling that this novel was written to capitalize on the big zombie craze and then stuffed into the Old Republic era because that's where it wouldn't do any cononical damage.

Point of view characters are thin and die with such regularity that there's no character development and other than Darth Scabrous little to nothing is known about other characters, especially the Sith apprentices, so they're "Redshirt" level expendable anyway. As a stand-alone Old Republic novel, this isn't a bad book. If you're looking for an action story with light sabers and occasional Jedi vs Sith stuff thrown in, look no further. If you're looking for something even a little bit cerebral, you can skip this one.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Terrible. Seriously terrible.

I saw the other reviews and thought it couldn't possibly be quite so bad as others made it out to be - it HAD to be just hyperbole for a slightly sub-par book. Nope, it really IS that bad.

The characters are flat & faceless, which is good because they die without purpose. That may be excusable in a horror book where their purpose is to die for the purpose of ratcheting up the tension & fear, but this story is utterly bereft of any tension, fear or anxiety.

This book defies genre because it's so bad. As above, it doesn't fit into the horror genre because the horror is so bland that you don't care. The characters are so flat, you don't care. The story is so unfeasible that (you guessed it) you don't care.

To add to all of the reader's forced apathy, he completely plagiarizes Liam Neeson's "I have a very particular set of skills" line from the movie "Taken". If there's one reason to read this book, it may be to plumb the depths of just how much you can dislike a writer.
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