I Don’t Need to Win, I Just Need to Fight

Shatterpoint: Star Wars Book Cover Shatterpoint: Star Wars
Matthew Stover
Tue Dec 06 2005 00:00:00 GMT+0100 (CET)

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war. Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences. (more at GoodReads)

  • The story started slowly. That is, the first 100-150 pages.
  • The middle and end had a real cinematic atmosphere to it. A high contrast with the beginning of the story.
  • The struggles of Mace (and every Jedi) with the dark side show the burden that they have to carry (during the war).
  • When two groups are at war, is there really one group that wins at the end?
  • Are Jedi really keepers of the peace? Do they need to change their thinking if they want to win the war against the separatists?
  • Mace Windu finds more questions than answers in the jungle, however, he relies on his Jedi training to get through it. The author makes it really clear that the Jedi training can only teach you that much.
  • There is a reason that Mace Windu is one of the most powerful Jedi that the galaxy has known. The book does justice to that in every aspect.
  • “I don’t need to win, I just need to fight.” ~ Mace Windu
  • The book represents a small side story to the movies, however, it adds so much to our understanding of the Jedi in general.
  • Prepare yourself for pages of fighting. Two powers going head to head.
  • For non-Star Wars fans? Maybe (sorry).
  • I had to get used to the writing of the author at first.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

We Have a New Republic, Everything Is a Piece of Cake Now

The New Rebellion Book Cover The New Rebellion
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish--a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant. While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a rumored plot against the New Republic, and allegations that Han Solo is involved, Luke seeks out a former Jedi student who may hold the key to the mass destruction. But Brakiss is only the bait in a deadly trap set by a master of the dark side who is determined to rule as emperor. He's targeted Luke, Leia, and Leia's Jedi children to die. Then billions will follow, in a holocaust unequaled in galactic history. (via Goodreads)

  • This review contains spoilers! May the Force be with you.
  • At the end of episode VI, I would have expected that creating a new republic would be a piece of cake. The first 20 pages of this novel prove me wrong …
  • This is the first Star Wars book I read that takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi’.
  • There are several books between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and this book, so those might have given me a better insight on the situation the New Republic is in. However, these books are not canon, as far as I know. These book were listed at the end of the book, hence, the list probably not up to date.
  • Han Solo is clearly struggling with his past (as a smuggler). For me it was already a surprise that Han settled on Corusant, and tries to be a real father for his children, yes, Han Solo and kids. Who would have thought.
  • Leila is the sister of Luke, however, I’ve never thought of her being a Jedi. Yes, that’s my mistake.
  • As a result of this, Leila started the Jedi training, however, she hasn’t finished it yet. What do you expect if your husband is Han Solo, you have three children, and you are the leader of the New Republic?
  • Next to having a connection with the Force, she also caries a lightsaber with her. This is, to me, a strange combination, especially because during the original trilogy we only saw her with a blaster in her hand.
  • The overall development of the story was good, but some people might find the beginning a little bit slow-paced. However, this was not the case for me.
  • The different story lines of the (groups of) characters really didn’t seem connected in the beginning/middle, but in/near the end they all came together. This really gave me an ‘Aaahh’ feeling.
  • I had a weird feeling during the first part of the book, a certain tension created by the mood of the story (maybe related to the previous bullet), however, near the end it faded and it was replaced by a heroic Star Wars feeling which lasted till the last page of the book.
  • It almost felt like a real Star Wars movie.
  • One of the main characters is killed by a blaster, really? I mean, we have Jedi’s!
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

High School, the Star Wars Edition

Star Wars: Jedi Academy Book Cover Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Jedi Academy
Jeffrey Brown

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now ... (via Goodreads)

  • This book was on my to-read shelf for a while, but it was not until the yearly book event in Belgium called ‘Boekenbeurs’ that I decided on getting myself a copy. As I held the hardback version in my hands and going through the pages, I just knew I had to get it.
  • It is an easy read, and I’ve read in a couple of days. I would have read it in one day if I hadn’t held myself back.
  • The above bullet is not the same as ‘it is a book for kids’.
  • However, it is surely suitable for children, adults will enjoy it too.
  • I would suggest it only to people who have a connection with Star Wars, but that is probably an superfluous statement, no?
  • The art style is sketchy, and I like it.
  • The comic pages are interleaved with letters, notes, newspapers extracts, and posters. Wonderful!
  • The story is a classical high school situation, like you can find in a million movies, TV series, and so on, but, of course, with a Star Wars theme to it.
  • This is what gives it a whole new vibe.
  • Star Wars is set in a galaxy far far away, but Jedi Academy brings it closer to our earthly life then ever.
  • Bullying, falling in love and taking an exam. These things might remember you of your childhood. Now, add lightsabers and Force powers. That is ‘Star Wars: Jedi Academy’.
  • The second book in the series is already out, however, I’m holding back on buying it.
  • The story (and the whole) book was a fun read, but nothing more than that. That’s why I only give it three stars, and it also explains the previous and the next bullet.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow
  • However, I picked ‘borrow’ in the above bullet, I will probably read it again in the future, because, like I said earlier, it is an easy read, and it is great for a lazy Sunday.

Questions Answered

Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) Book Cover Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)
James Luceno

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master--but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. (more via Goodreads)

  • A MUST-READ for all Star Wars fans!
  • Episode III raises, at least for me, a lot of questions (about Palpatine). Questions such as the following two bullets.
  • A Sith among a complete Jedi Order?
  • Is the ability to control death real or was Anakin just believing all the gibberish Palpatine fed him?
  • It adds a new character to the universe, and also adds to your personal knowledge of the Sith and their rites.
  • This could actually be a TV series or movie set before Episode I. I prefer a TV series of max. 2 seasons though.
  • The author provides us with a lot of details which I really enjoyed.
  • It does not only help the story, but it ‘enhances’ your view of the whole galaxy.
  • The above is maybe only applicable to the Star Wars fans.
  • Some (murderous) scenes are described as they are THAT common, such as the killing of a whole family. However, for the Sith it (probably) is.
  • This gives you sometimes a weird feeling, but a feeling that makes the book that much better, and an intense experience.
  • More than once I tripped over a word, due to the fact that English is not my first language.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Buy!