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Star Wars: Kenobi
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on 24 April 2015
Set entirely on Tatooine, this novel is concerned with Obi-wan Kenobi’s adjustment to life in hiding at the edge of the Jundland Wastes. That isn’t to say that this novel covers the entire twenty or so year period that Obi-wan spends on Tatooine, living like a hermit and meditating. That would, of course, become extremely tedious and dull. Instead the focus is on his arrival on the planet and how he comes to terms with recent events and his new enforced lifestyle. It is concerned with his initial failure to slip into obscurity and how this failure affects those around him. As such the reader bears witness to much of Obi-wan’s internal musings and struggles which brings the character to life in a different way to the films.

The characterisation of Obi-wan is extremely convincing. His inner turmoil at the actions of Anakin and his own guilt and responsibility for them feel utterly in keeping with the character and the films. It also sows the seeds for the slight bitter edge he possesses in ‘A New Hope’. Of course, this is an Obi-wan who is not yet aware of his former Padawan’s survival or of his transmogrification into Darth Vader. It nails Ewan McGregor’s performance perfectly. Much of this novel, particularly in the earlier stages, features the prequel trilogy portrayal of Obi-wan. As the story continues, however, there are slight, subtle nuances of the Alec Guinness version beginning to creep in.

There are several well written for characters but other than Kenobi the one that is most interesting is A’Yark. Seeing things from the perspective of a Tusken/sandperson provides an insight into their culture and behaviour, making them a more rounded species and more than just savages. It also enriches the world of Tatooine, which has played such a prominent role in the Star Wars universe.

In essence this is a western/pilgrims style story transposed into the Star Wars universe. Much of the content is concerned with the developments and issues of a fledgling community full of conspiracy. This all forms the foundation for a well-structured storyline with some good plot twists and developments.

There is also a short story included at the end of the book. Although this is placed at the back it is probably more of a benefit to read this first as it almost serves as a prologue to the actual novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
As explained by the author, this was originally a planned outline for a graphic novel in a western style which he eventually developed into a full novel.
What we end up with is a rather good piece of prose that takes a hefty handful of classic western themes and characters - the plucky store owner and her family one of whom has fallen in with the wrong crowd, the local big-wig who has a shady past and is not what he seems, the old farmer who holds out against change etc.
Chucked into the mix are the sandpeople, who while filling the native american role, are a lot more complex, plus there are some well placed back references to events both in the films and the canon of other books.
This is, overall, a well written addition to the series and considerably better than many of the works of late under the Star Wars banner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2015
Great story for fans of Star Wars and westerns. All the ingredients of a solid page-turning western are there, along with the machinations of Jabba the Hutt, surprisingly rounded Sand People characters, and the struggles to survive and thrive in the frontier environment.

Much more accessible for the average Star Wars fan - unlike Darth Plagueis, I didn't have to have the Star Wars Wikia open next to me to look up a million obscure references to all the different races, planets, references etc - knowing Obi-Wan's character from the films was enough. And the story does enough justice to the character of a post-Anakin Obi-Wan to make it a believable part of the canon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ah a real treat for fans of the Star War’s Universe as we get to see Ben in his early days. It’s full of action, has cracking prose and when added to top notch dialogue as well as having an author who clearly not only understands Ben but brings more a clearer understanding to a very complex character all round generates a story that was a pure joy to sit back and read.

All round a great book and one that I feel will really add something extra to the Star Wars Universe for fans. Just don’t let this one sail by you.
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on 6 July 2015
My favorite Star Wars book so far, and i have read close to 20 of them. It is the best written Star Wars book that I have read, without giving too much away it's different to most Star Wars novels. It's not as simple as the majority of them (I don't necessarily mean simple in a bad way).

Anyway, the book has some great characters that are very well put together. I found the novel was more of a gentle Caribbean sea brushing up against the coast line rather than a whirlwind of a narrative Star Wars novels usually take where they start off slow getting gradually faster and faster before a crescendo towards the end.

Actually what disappointed me about this book was the very crescendo at the end, the novel was so lovely to read throughout with it's own unique narrative i thought the author betrayed himself by having the crescendo moment that it had.

Either way it was still a marvelous book to read with a perfect amount of characters, everyone of the characters were fascinating in their own way and i would recommend this book to any Star Wars fan.

The Ben Kenobi in the book is much more like the Ewan McGregor portrayal than the Alec Guinness one though, which i personally prefer.
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on 20 November 2014
This is a very good read, the one thing I will say straight away is that, one could theorise that the exploits of "Ben" Kenobi could possibly be extended into more than just this one book, perhaps they have already or maybe will be in more in the future. That in essence would be the only flaw in the book is that its hard to put down, the story is compelling, the relationship that Kenobi develops with the locals and what would be the genesis of him being "That wizard's just a crazy old man," was good. Certainly it had some action as well although understandably Kenobi is laying as low as possible, so it isn't your typical "Jedi Power Battles," All in all it was an enjoyable read, if you are a fan of Obi Wan Kenobi it is worth a look.
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on 28 July 2015
I always loved the character of Obi Wan so this was always going to be a must read for me. It is a very well written novel and shows all the niceness you'd expect with the main character. Obi Wan just wants a quiet life, hide away and keep himself to himself while watching over young Luke but inevitably this won't be the case. This book mainly revolves around the relationships Obi Wan has with the other characters in the story and how these develop, as well as a few problems with Tusken Raiders and so forth. Loved reading this but the twist at the end is top drawer.
Overall a book which shows us how kind and decent Obi Wan is - I'd recommend to any Star wars fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2013
Well written good read about the early years of kenobi on tatooine hope for more stories to come out of that era,loved the stuff about the sandpeople go and read
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on 20 September 2014
This is a tale which is slow to start. Be warned that the first 50 pages, or so, require a lot of patience. The characters seem a bit flimsy at the beginning however by the time you get to the halfway point in the story you are familiar with them.
I really enjoyed this story, as much as any other star wars tale, and it's a great addition to the legend of Ben Kenobi. There are plenty of familiar links to other star wars tales and I would have given it 5 stars if the introduction was more engaging. Recommended for all star wars fans.
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on 1 January 2015
Story with a nice balance between action and character development. Picks up pace as it goes along and has some delightful surprises. Shame the author couldn't make Kenobi sound less American and more English which would make him truer to the original character. Perhaps Mr Miller can find a Brit to tweak some of Kenobi's dialogue for the next in the series. Well written and great holiday reading.
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