Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

A long time ago (the early 90s) in a galaxy far far way (Conyers), I read this book.  I really couldn’t tell you anything about it, but I remember the cover and remember owning it.  When I left for college, my mom gave most of my old books to my cousins and I lost track of which Star Wars books I read, though I know they were all prior to 1999.  So I went into reading this with pretty fresh eyes.

Honestly?  This was probably my favorite Star Wars book I’ve read in the last two years.  I definitely like the post ROTJ period and seeing what has become of our intrepid heroes.  I know these books are hugely popular, but I always assumed it was because they were the first EU books, but clearly it’s also because they’re awesome.  Tim Zahn is such a fantastic writer.

Going into this reading, I already know a decent amount about the EU, so some things already spoiled for me, but I still really enjoyed getting to know the new characters and seeing the continuation of the OT characters.  I loved the way Han, Luke, Leia, and Lando are portrayed.  They seem like themselves.  I like Mara Jade and Talon Karrde, though I kind of wonder if that is because I know other people like them.  Like did I like them the first time I read it?  Would I like them if I hadn’t know they are popular?  I don’t know.  I think I would have liked Karrde, but I am not sure I would have liked Mara based solely on this book.  I probably would have been mad at her for wanting to kill my beloved Luke.  But knowing what I know about her, I liked getting to know her and looking forward to seeing how she evolves.

I read this along with the Thrawncast, though I decided to finish it a couple weeks before they did. I’m looking forward to reading the next book along with them.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

This book was so fun!  It stays true to the movie action and you can see the dialogue in the iambic pentameter, but the language makes it so much better.  I loved the soliloquies that were added.  They add foreshadowing, background information, and a cool look into the character’s head.  I loved that the book gave R2-D2 asides that show what he is thinking instead of just leaving Threepio to translate for him.  He was probably my favorite part.  At times, I saw the action as the movie with the character’s just saying different dialogue, but other times, I saw the staging as a darkened stage with spotlights on the characters.  The stage in my head was definitely community center production, not Broadway too.  I have no idea why that’s what was in my head, but it enhanced the humor for me.  I have the other two books in the original trilogy and look forward to reading them.