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Star Wars : Darth Palgueis – THIS book Sucks. No he’s Not Anakin’s Dad either February 25, 2012

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Ever since we’ve all seen Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, we’ve all known about the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise…and now finally here is a story that tells his tale.

Great idea – except for the fact that this book sucks and is the worst Star Wars book we’ve read in years.

From a reader’s perspective – the author- James Luceno, appears to have written this book with a thesaurus in-hand as there was hardly a page spread that went by where we didn’t need to consult a dictionary to figure out what a word meant. For a Star Wars book, that’s rare and totally unacceptable. How this got past the publishers copy editing team is beyond us..this book as is should never have been published.

Once you get past Luceno’s obscene use of arcane language – the story is so bland, it’s disgusting. We kept waiting for something to happen that never did.

Yes we do find out about the early years of Palpatine on Naboo – and there are some cool scenes. But in general this book skirts the edges of Episode I – during which Plagueis apparently still lived?! really?

We had also thought that Plagueis would be the dude that ‘created’ anakin just by his ability to manipulate midchlorians…but that’s not the case.

Going a step further into the absurd, we get some limited insight into Dooku – who apparently meets Palpatine – knowing it’s palpatine – wearing a cowl in the district where he in later movies meets Sidious. Does Dooku know that Palpatine is Darth Sidious? who knows.

And no – we don’t find out what ever really happened to Master Sifo Dias either.

This book had the potential to be awesome but the combination of over-writing and weak plotting left us totally unsatisfied by this book.

Star Wars Millenium Falcon by James Luceno – REVIEW – awesome except for the end. November 20, 2008

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falcon The Millenium Falcon is arguably the most famous ship in the entire Star Wars canon. This is the book where we finally find out the true history of this great ship.

It’s an entertaining romp that takes us back and forth in time as we encounter each of the Falcon’s owners – and  follow Han Solo, Leia and Allanna on their journey.

The writing in this book is crisp and the plot flows brilliantly from page to page – making this a true page turner.

This book follows chronologically from the last Legacy of the Force book where Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus dies – but there is little direct connection between this book and that – except for Allana being a traveller with Solo.

The only problem with this great book – unfortunately is the end which is terribly dissapointing. After such a brilliant build-up we finally get to the location where the secret the Falcon has been keeping for 70 years lay hidden.


Why would the Republic Group have sent Jadak to recover that? Wouldn’t they still have wanted it to stay hidden? It’s just lame.

Overall though a great book – I just wish the end would have been thought out a bit better instead of being total nonsense.

Amazon FAIL on Star Wars Millenium Falcon by James Luceno : They charged more to preorder! October 20, 2008

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!!WARNING!! Be careful when pre-ordering from Amazon.com. We pre-ordered the new Star Wars: Millenium Falcon book by James Luceno more than a month ago. At the time we got  a pre-order price from Amazon of $17.16. Today (the day the book is officially released) Amazon has the price listed at $16.56. So yes Amazon cheated me out of $0.60. 

To add further insult to injury – i had hoped that by pre-ordering i’d get the book when it came out. No such luck! The book shipping notification only came yesterday (oct 20th) meaning i’ll get the book many days after it first hits the bookshelf.


This is the last time we’re likely to pre-order a Star Wars book on Amazon. It’s bad enough they ripped us off by charging more for the pre-order. That’s not right.

Anyone else been frakked by Amazon on SciFi book pre-order?

***UPDATE OCT 24, 2008 *** AMAZON has refunded me the $0.60 and I even got the book – only two days after it hit the stands. Would have been better if it was the same day – esp considering i order this book several months in advance – but still much better than what the email i got from Amazon indicated when this post was first published. My faith in Amazon is (mostly) restored!