Friday, January 23, 2009

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon by James Luceno

This is just what the Star Wars books needed: a fun, light-hearted adventure. The New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force series were great, but they were so dark and angst-filled. And the upcoming Fate of the Jedi series looks like it's going to be just as heavy, so this book is like a breath of fresh air.

I've always liked James Luceno, even before I realized he was half of Jack McKinney. His McKinney (non-Robotech) series The Black Hole Travel Agency is some of the best space opera I've ever read. He knows how to weave a complex tale yet keep the characters light and likeable, and he continues to do so with Millennium Falcon.

We get to follow one of the earlier owners of the Falcon, who's trying to trace the ship's history forward to learn what happened after he lost her. And at the same time we're also following Han, Leia, Allana and C-3PO, who are trying to trace the ship's history backwards, to see who owned her before Lando. And it's a fun ride, with just a dash of feeling like an Indiana Jones quest as well.

And with the completion of this book, I'm now "caught up" on The Further Adventures of Star Wars. Now I can get back to wiping out that comic backlog mentioned on the right-hand column, and start reading some non-media SF again!

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