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Winner Lose All--A Lando Calrissian Tale: Star Wars Legends (Novella) (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2779 KB
- Publication Date : December 10, 2012
- Publisher : Del Rey (December 10, 2012)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 62 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00A9ET67K
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #345,887 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While Winner Lose All is billed as a story about Lando Calrissian, I think Zahn intended Winner Lose All to serve primarily as an introduction to Bink and Tavia, two of his new creations. Bink and Tavia are twins who are essentially cat burglars ("ghost thieves", in the lingo of Star Wars). They're spunky and have some moments of endearing humor, but I suspect a lot of readers won't really know why it's worth reading a book about these two. Winner Lose All doesn't introduce them nearly as effectively as Scoundrels does. While I love the characters as developed in Scoundrels, here you could be forgiven for wondering why Zahn felt compelled to write this story.
However, having read Scoundrels, having gotten to know Bink, Tavia, and Zerba, it was fun to see them on another escapade. This time, Lando joins a Sabacc tournament in order to win a priceless art piece, but discovers a deeper conspiracy. Lando unwittingly gets recruited in Bink and Tavia's attempt to uncover the conspiracy. Granted, the story in Winner Lose All certainly isn't necessary to understanding Scoundrels, but Zahn does a set up an intriguing heist attempt. Nothing special, but a fun romp.
Unfortunately, despite the title, this is certainly not "A Lando Calrissian Tale". Lando himself only has a bit role. Some of my favorite Lando moments are when he has to face down a table of players at a Sabacc table. The only saving grace of Neil Smith's Lando trilogy was the great Sabacc scene. However, while the plot in Winner Lose All focuses on a heist attempt during a Sabacc tournament, Zahn doesn't ever take us deep into the game. The game is clearly a sideshow. The tension never builds. I know Zahn needed to tighten the focus of this story given that it's a short novella, but, the lack of a full-scale Sabacc scene seems like a missed opportunity.
Overall, alone I'd give Winner Lose All 3.5 stars. It's a fun, quick read and definitely worth it for the price. However, I'd recommend only reading it if you like Scoundrels. It doesn't stand on its own.
They're all after the same thing - in their own way - but quick to find out that something is amiss at the sabacc tournament, and that they'll have to work together if they want to walk away with their lives.
WINNER LOSE ALL was a pleasant sidestory that was over far too soon. As always, Zahn's writing is exceptional, with fantastic pacing and fluid dialog between characters. Very fun, but lacking in the fantastic character development that follows in SCOUNDRELS. As others have pointed out, it might actually serve this story better if you wait to check out this novella after reading SCOUNDRELS, since you get a lot of Bink and Tavia in this story, but none of the drama or character moments that made them stand out so superbly in the novel. As it stands, this might not be the best introduction for the Kitik Twins.
But I'm wrongly criticizing a novella for being a novella. WINNER LOSE ALL is more than worth the price of admission, and if you're at all excited for SCOUNDRELS - and you should be if the prospect of a Star Wars heist story influenced by OCEAN'S ELEVEN sounds appealing - this is a good opportunity to get a very small taste of what you'll be reading.
Lando Calrissian was on planet for the Sabacc tournament that had a huge prize, a rare figurine worth fifty million credits. He couldn't afford the buy-in of ten million, six had already bought seats, but he was entered into the tournament from which the top two would get seats at the big one.
Lando spots the twin Kivik sisters and their partner and learns they've discovered a second figurine in the vaults they'd intended to rob. Impossible as there were only seven of them, all identical(no one knows how that was done), found three hundred years ago, and a tightly controlled movement of them and their owners.
Setting out to figure it out, the four run into murder, frame-ups, and dangerous men.
Quite a nice story here.
Top reviews from other countries
If you're going to buy this then buy this more for character introductions to some of the newer ones featured in 'Scoundrels', the twins for example promise to be interesting. I just hope their characters are explored more.
I gave this four stars as its good enough an example of both Timothy Zahn's writing & as a taster for scoundrels.