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Retro-actively damaged my childhood
on 31 July 2011
The story of Han solo from Birth to enrollment in the imperial navy in his early 20s. It's the first of a trilogy so I really wanted to like it so that it launched me into the other douzen or so 90s star wars spin off novels like "tales from Jabbas palace". However....can you see where this review is headed now? You're thinking "Oh my god how could he not have known this book was going to suck..." aren't you?
There's the Logo and familiar face on the cover and regular (occasionaly enjoyably) obscure references to the content of the films (spice mines of Kessel/wamprats/Hutts etc...) but this is pretty much where the recongnisable Star Wars connection ends and after a brief elated period of - "Cool, I'm learning about the real Han Solo" you realise that actually you're learning about a series of products commissioned by Lucasfilms market team about 12 years after ROTJedi came out during the mid ninties. Pretty tenuous as credible SW material!
If you were to remove the star wars legend and famous faces which lend their huge kudos, here you have a very average soppy sci-fi novel about very real and un-average characters. Characters people have loved for decades.
The author A.C. Crispin is obvioulsy a SW fan but is also a woman who fancies Harrison ford. Fact. Women do not understand star wars. My opinion.(Fact).This particular woman esspecilaly does not understand that writing a teeny sci-fi romance novel about the ultimate childhood male hero, a man who flys around nicking/shooting/exploding stuff with his cool, massive pet dog /body guard and best mates has retro actively damaged my childhood. It's a form of abuse. I mean it's not as bad as when George Lucas messed with the original films by sticking Hayden Christensen's fawning ghost in them (don't get me started) but only because it's easier to ignore because it's a book. I mean, the book had lines in it like "Raising his hand to her lips, she kissed it and said softly 'Han ...I love you too..." I MEAN, there's a whole chapter about how Han Solo goes to meet his girlfriends parents!
I'm being a bit mean about something which is just skin depth, production line entertainment but true Star wars fans will understand that I expected much more from it. If you like Star wars read it, If you love Star Wars... don't.