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The Archive Undying (2023) 171 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser

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From a Certain Point of View: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Return of the Jedi (2023) — Bidragyder — 124 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser

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Man, I don’t think I’ve ever quit on a Star Wars books before, especially 30 pages from the end. I just didn’t care what happened to the characters anymore. I didn’t see what resolution the author was building towards, and I wasn’t interested enough to find out either. I know this is supposed to be an alternate reality, but it was too far removed for my tastes. There was nothing about it that felt like Star Wars to me. The writing style also got progressively more dense and over-wrought. I do t know if she was trying for a sort of magical realism or what, but it just didn’t come off for me.… (mere)
 
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Library_Guard | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |
I am not sure what to think about this book.

I have to admit that blurb on the book cover had me struggling a bit especially in time when diversity is the word of the day and gets pushed everywhere just for the sake of it.

Being sort of a reader that reads books based on the description of book's contents and not on life preferences of authors (I am not trying to figure out who are they and how they live their lives and what they believe in privately - I am reading author's works, not living with the author, if you understand me) I was little bit put off so I placed this one on afterburner and last week I was thinking, why not and started on it.

Story wise novel is extension of episode 1 from Star Wars Vision series (which I did not watch). First chapters are basically re-telling of that episode and I have to admit that it is very cinematic and filled with action so I believe that it is very true to the animated series.

From here ... novel itself goes in the strange directions (yes, you read right, I mean it in plural).

First, the setting. As far as I can see setting is true to original concept of Star Wars (there was a graphic novel couple of years back) with Jedi's being for all means and purposes warrior class for the Republic (here called Empire). Author manages to place all the factions into political system that is basically copy of Japan middle ages, before Shogunate - thousands small states/princes vying for ultimate control of the galaxy using their own Jedi clans as foot soldiers in almost never ending wars (for all those more into cyberpunk, imagine this as dystopian cyberpunk future with various zaibatsu fighting for control). Jedi are warrior's first, loyal to their clan and ready to fight other Jedis in feuds between their lords (that also can be someone from Jedi ranks). We have Jedi knights, that are actually wielding the lightsabers and those that wash out from training but have their use as Force wielders to protect their Lords and commanders. So in this regard Jedis are portrayed as Jedi's from Knights of the Old Republic, that origin story of Jedi's (series published by Dark Horse), Legacy series (post Jedi Academy) and finally Eternal Throne knights - warriors walking the line between Light and Dark, keeping the balance and trying to do the right thing, even in midst of inter-Jedi-clan fighting. They are not ultimate baddies nor ultimate goodies - they are warrior caste in service of the government.

This again brings us to Sith which are not the ultimate baddies as is generally case, but are presented as rebels, Force wielders that want to be independent and bound to no clan leader of Imperial forces. This of course brings them into conflict with the Jedi and entire novel is more or less about how this conflict culminated and ended, and consequences following it.

So, setting wise, great setup. Author's portrayal of technology, customs, everything is perfect blend of Star Wars and Japanese culture. Even the weird lightsabers that pop up from time and time, they are wonderfully presented.

But character wise story is .... lets say unique :) If we take eponymous Ronin aside, all other characters have very serious psychological issues. OK, we can even take Chie aside too. But everyone else is in dire need of psychoanalysis and few years worth of sessions.

Author's style is rather heavy in general - I think editors did not do their job as best as they could because there are chapters where structure of sentences is so difficult it is incredible. I literary had to use finger to track the progress of paragraphs, otherwise I could just skip this (around 20%) part of the book, and unfortunately lose the thread completely. It is not the pronouns (this was pleasant surprise because only alien Traveler was treated as they and this came up better than I expected) but just structure of sentences...... it was like reading psychotic break of a character, only this was not the case, it is just that structure was difficult, man so difficult to go through.

And in all of this we are given characters that cover more or less your usual adventure team - errant knights, smuggler, nosy droid, and battle hardened veteran. Unfortunately besides the veteran and our Ronin (and droid, I forgot about the droid), all of the others seem to suffer from such angst that I felt like grabbing them by the shoulders and tell them to get themselves sorted out, take a vacation, visit family, friends whatever, go to sea, walk in the bloody woods to release the stress - just do something for crying out loud and then return to the novel. This made reading these parts of book like trying to walk through molasses up to your neck. I spent literary two days to get through this slough but thankfully I persisted and truly enjoyed the rest of the book.

Rest of the book is full of action and ending is truly satisfying, I can even say epic. I just wish editors did better job and made book more readable.

Highly recommended to fans of Star Wars, very interesting take on the universe. But do keep in mind it might take you some effort to go through it but it is worth it. It definitely got me interested in the Visions series.
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Zare | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
The best metaphor for this novel that I've come up with is that of sitting down to a pile of steamed blue crabs for supper. Generally speaking, this means engaging in a lot of work, for not much meat, but the endeavor is made enjoyable by good company and good beer. The problem here is that the company is not that great.

Before picking up this novel I was aware that people had mixed feelings about it, but it still seemed worthwhile giving it a go. My experience is that while the high concept of it all appeared interesting, and the main character does have some sympathetic aspects, what you mostly have is a dreary picaresque in something of a crap-sack world. Is there a character development payoff in the end? Yes. But I'm pretty sure that it wasn't worth the work to get there and I'm not sure that this world made any sense. For a big chunk of the book I was wondering if the setting was an obnoxious virtual reality where a malevolent AI was putting the main character through the wringer, just for the hell of it.

Having said that, there is some nice prose here, and Ms. Candon obviously approached this enterprise with some high ambition. My recommendation is that you look at this book yourself, but if after 50 pages you don't find the novel engaging you, just set it aside; it doesn't get better until almost the very end.
… (mere)
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Shrike58 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Sep 12, 2023 |
This novel is a hot mess in my opinion. I like a lot of fantasy and science fiction but this novel plods along for well over four hundred fifty pages with a virtual absence of plot. The author should have included a detailed glossary for all the creatures and terms that shat she uses virtually without explanation. That said virtually nothing gets accomplished of any value by any characters. They live, they die, they get eaten and they always seem to pop back to life. Makes little sense.
 
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muddyboy | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jun 29, 2023 |

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