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Star Wars: Death Troopers Paperback – 22 Oct 2009
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"This is the Star Wars of every horror fan's dreams - gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies" (Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
"Brilliant . . . This book combines two of my favorite things on earth: the Star Wars universe and the undead" (Tommy Wirkola, director of Dead Snow)
An original tale of horror set in the Star Wars universe -- taking Star Wars fans to places they have never gone before.See all Product description
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The two characters appear to be sort of plunged in the book for the sake of it (or to make the book appear a bit more Star War-ish, because let's face it, without the duo this book would not even feel like a SW story at all). The duo seem to be completely detached from their past or future, and they just simply float around in the pages (as a result of what I think is the author's lack of understanding of the characters and probably his imagination).
By the end of the book the Solo-Chewie characters are simply discarded without any thought and no links to hopes for the future.
The book is so shallow, the story-line barely stands together and it would be a poor read even for a horror story. After I finished reading it I felt disillusioned and incredulous at how it was possible that Lucas Books had allowed this book to be published at all.Read more ›
There is a point. Who says, the Star Wars universe cannot have some horror lurking within the darkest depths of space. Admittedly some of the characters are losely drawn, and it is easy to tell who is going to be bait for the creatures now ravaging the prison barge. I think if there had been another seventy or so pages before the main event, as a reader I might have found a little more to emotionally latch onto.
That aside, this book flies past at such a speed, it is a joy to read. And it is quite unpleasant in places, genuinely vile in fact. I wish the story itself had never actually used the Z word, but thats a minor quibble.
About a hundred pages into the story, the ships doctor goes to solitary conifinement, aka The Hole, and finds two prisoners inside. I will not ruin who exactly it is, but the story takes on a whole new level of excitiement when these established Star Wars characters arrive on the scene.
Not always a perfect story, but one I suspect I might read again, and it leaves the door open for a whole new range of Star Wars storytelling, just because they are Science Fiction stories, doesnt mean they cannot cross genres.
To be honest, I bought the book because of the totally awesome cover art. I mean look at it, it rocks!
Upon starting the book, I noticed the one thing I hate most. Relative large amount of whitespace and a big font. When you see this in a book you know they (publisher) do this to increase the volume of the book. I don't like that. Always a bad sign.
The book reads like a train. Fast-paced action, page after page. You'll notice this immediately. Every 3 or 4 pages, a new chapter starts. Action action, not a bad thing per se, because you can actually feel the adrenaline in the book. But it's a bit anti Star Wars.
The plot is ... meh ...
Again, this is to be expected, it's zombies in Star Wars. Trust me when I say that at a certain point, when two famous Star Wars characters are introduced into the plot, you'll probably say something like "What in the name of ..." Trust me, you will say something like that.
My first reaction was disappointment. It's such a cheap trick to "lift up" the story.
But as the story unfolds, you kinda appreciate the famous characters in the novel, because without them, it would be a lot harder to relate to the characters.
Anyway, it was an entertaining read.
Nowhere near the league of T. Zahn or some of the other wellknow books, but entertaining.
Recomended for Star Wars fans with imagination.
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I rarely and I mean RARELY read books but this is absolutely great to read because I love Star Wars and the idea of zombies in Star Wars is great but shouldn't be overdone to keep... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alistair
Good read, hadn't read a Star Wars novel before this, so the presence of something as universal as a 'zombie' infection really eases you into it. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2015 by James Hill
Truly awful. I am working my way through the Star Wars novels and this is by far the worst of the bunch.Published on 7 Mar. 2015 by Johnson
I would recommend it to anyone but mostly to star wars fans and to anyone who grew up watching star wars as a kid.Published on 22 Feb. 2015 by Nexus