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What is Zahn trying to prove?
on 10 July 1997
Timothy Zahn wanted very badly to prove that he
knows Star Wars. He took it to such an extreme that the characters were ludicrously exaggerated,almost like charicatures. He spent so much of his book trying to show off his knowledge, the thought that he was supposed to be writing a good Star Wars novel must have slipped his mind. The characters were so off, I often found myself laughing so hard I couldn't continue reading. I finally finished the book, and when reflecting on the storyline and charaters, I felt so disappointed. Han and Leia are supposed to be in love. They never even see each other. It is made very clear that Leia doesn't care about her unborn children.
Luke is supposed to be a Jedi. Jedis are serious, I suppose, but doesn't Luke get to do anything? All he did was sit and whine whenever asked to use his powers.
Lando is supposed to be a nice guy. In this book, he acts as if he doesn't even like Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest.
This book has a very tiring and predictible pattern: Someone plans an attack.
The intended narrowly escapes and flees.
Grand Admiral Thrawn somehow figures out exactly what they've done.
Grand Admiral Thrawn sends out Noghri to attack again, and the wearying, neverending process begins again.
Not to mention, even if Thrawn is quite clever-I find it extremely hard to believe that he can figure out the actions of anyone in an entire culture by briefly studying a few people's art.
This book frustrated me to a point where I wanted to hurl it to the floor and rip it to shreds. Maybe the rest of the trilogy won't be quite as bad.