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3.0 out of 5 stars A cash-in, no more, 23 Jan 2004
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Ruins of Dantooine: Star Wars (Galaxies) (Mass Market Paperback)
THE STORY:
The Rebels enlist the help of an Imperial biologist, Dusque Mistflier, in seeking out a list of sympathisers hidden on Dantooine. However, the Empire has also despatched an agent to search for the list.
WHAT'S GOOD:
Cameos are always good in Star Wars books and here we get brief appearances by Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie and the Droids, as well as Lando, Wedge Antilles, Darth Vader and Nym (from the 'Starfighter' and 'Jedi Starfighter' computer games). The prologue is also very good, showing how even a feared Imperial Inquisitor is nothing next to Vader and also giving us a glimpse of what Naboo is like in the Imperial era.
WHAT'S BAD:
Quite a bit, unfortunately. I was looking forward to a new novel in the classic era, but this is little more than an advert for the 'Galaxies' computer game (and to think Lucasfilm cancelled a Clone Wars novel in favour of this!). Dusque and Finn are entirely two dimensional and the plot twist about them at the end is something you figure out in the first few chapters. Also, the cameos seem a bit forced, as if the plan was to cram as many recognisable characters in as they can. I think it's a bit sad that Lucasfilm aren't confident enough in the Star Wars franchise to publish a book that doesn't feel the need to establish as many links to the films as possible. Finally, what annoyed me most was the animal encounters. At times this book reads like a guide to Star Wars zoology, with a new species of creature (presumably featured in the game) pops up every couple of pages.
Very much a forced attempt, with no real innovation behind it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sub- Fan Fiction, 28 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Ruins of Dantooine: Star Wars (Galaxies) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is quite possibly the worst book I've ever had the misfortune to read. The cover looks like it was designed by a ten year old and the inside reads like it was written by one as well (the cover may be taken from the graphics of the game, but if they're any indication of the game then it looks as if that too is every bit as terrible). The plot is basic, the cameos shoehorned and the "twist" so obvious Inspector Cleuseu would figure it out in a second.

There are many cynical cash-ins in the Star Wars universe but this blows all other pretenders out of the water: you'd struggle to conceive and execute anything this bad if you tried (and I pray Voronica Whitney-Robinson wasn't actually trying here). I'd like to imagine publication was the prize in a young-writers' competition but sadly, it's not the case.

The best thing that can be said about it is that the title threatens more "Galaxies" books but these haven't transpired. Presumably, I was one of the few daft enough to buy this. Put simply, I'd have felt better if George Lucas had just punched me and stolen the money up front.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish but good locations, 10 Jan 2012
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Mr. M. Jones "Jonesmz" (Chester, England) - See all my reviews
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Good points: lots of interesting environments, places and creatures described in detail, with some thought to sensible and logical ecology; plenty of travelling; a realistic view of the empire-controlled galaxy; good plot twists

Bad points: heavy on the romance. Maybe as a man I look upon it differently, but there seemed be lots of times when the lead girl is falling in love but doesn't realise; the cover picture never appears, so no ATSTs; famous characters, creatures and places were dropped in, whether in person or reference, in a ham-fisted, amateurish way that was annoying. Half of the creatures seemed to originate from Tatooine, despite that planet being a remote desert; the heroine gets asked "are you well" after every encounter, even by new characters!; some plot lines were signposted crudely in advance and were too easy to guess.

As someone who has never played the game maybe I should have expected less, but it felt a rushed effort.
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