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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wajeb Deb Kaadeb wrote:
I'm about half way through the ANH radio drama, and, it surprises me how good it is.

I'm really enjoying it.


I vividly remember listening to the ESB radio drama as a little kid on our local NPR affiliate. I remember thinking to myself "Wait...that's not what Han Solo sounds like...who's Perry King?" But I still loved it.

I used to listen to ANH and ESB on long car rides when I was in college. The ROTJ one was...weaker. It's a lot shorter, and they got a different guy to play Luke. I guess Hamill was busy being the Joker.

I gather there was a fourth audio drama made about the Mission to Ord Mantell, but I've never heard it or seen it for sale.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebel Mission to Ord Mantel
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently listening to Bloodline, having recently finished Moving Target. I'm really enjoying the Princess Leia novels, partially because I can picture Carrie Fisher in so much of the action. I'm pretty sure that Claudia Gray wrote them that way, but I really had to fight to get through some of the early parts... the politics of Casterfo (I'm listening, so who knows how well that's spelled) early in the book REALLY set my teeth on edge.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloodline bored me to tears.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wajeb Deb Kaadeb wrote:
Bloodline bored me to tears.


I haven't read it. I'm just curious, was it the plotline, writing style, pacing? All of the above? What turned you off?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The story is boring. It's not a space-opera, swashbuckling romp, with blaster bolts flying, speeder chases, and starfighter combats. The book is slow as molasses. There are way too many boring scenes in the galactic senate.

There is a BIG REVEAL in the story, which I won't spoil for you. If it were me, I'd re-arrange the scenes. I would have started explaining the state of politics between the Centrists and the Populists. Then, right in the first few chapters, I would have hit the read with the BIG REVEAL. This not only provides conflict for Leia, but it also gives her added incentive to find out who was behind the BIG REVEAL and why they chose that time to reveal it. The rest of the story needs more Star Wars action. As it is, it read like an outline of a story. Gray too often tells me the story when she should be showing me the story.



I was really bored with the book. I saw the BIG REVEAL coming a mile away (another reason why it should have happened early). The story just plodded along.

I will say that Leia is the best part of the book. Gray wrote her well. But, I did feel like Leia was isolated. This is probably because the characters that were around her were new ones, none of which I thought was that interesting. Han has a small part. Luke never shows up. And, I expected to learn more about Ben (and got nothing--I don't even know if he was being taught by Skywalker yet, at the time of this story).

I expected more details about the rise of the First Order and galactic events after Return of the Jedi. Gray's book doesn't deliver on that level at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review. People are saying Claudia Gray’s writing is so beautiful, but… it seems like her stories are set in the Star Wars universe but not written in the Star Wars genre.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a counterpoint, I am enjoying it a lot. It's far more written as a political thriller than a space opera, with a lot of the tenets of that genre holding sway.

Leia allies with a political enemy to root out a cartel that is causing trouble near Ryloth, but that slowly reveals a deeper conspiracy (that I haven't gotten all the way in, yet, but I'm pretty sure I've identified where it's going). In the meantime, the factionalism in the Senate between those seeking a strong central authority and those looking for relative planetary autonomy is coming to a head, with the Centrists making a move which forces Leia and her Populists to play the game on the board the Centrists created.

I tend to agree that the writing is beautiful; there's a lot of characterization that takes place in movements, and the emotional content seems comfortably real. She goes deeper into how Leia's reaction to Vader differs from Luke's, and why. How Alderaan still haunts her. Casterfo, the opposition Senator, is given a reasonable set of motivations and backstory, lighting his political views with verisimilitude. While the other characters are new ones (Snap Wexley makes a cameo, and Han makes a few; Luke and Ben are noted as being out of communication), I think they're well developed... Especially Greer, Casterfo, and Seastriker.

Bob was looking for a swashbuckling adventure, which it is not. But as a political thriller? It works well. I'm listening, too, and enjoying January Lavoy's voice work. It isn't as heavily produced as the Aftermath audiobooks were, but still makes good use of Lavoy's voice and Star Wars music.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrNexx wrote:
Bob was looking for a swashbuckling adventure, which it is not. But as a political thriller? It works well.


I didn't like it as a political thriller, either.

The pace was just too slow.



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I'm listening, too, and enjoying January Lavoy's voice work. It isn't as heavily produced as the Aftermath audiobooks were, but still makes good use of Lavoy's voice and Star Wars music.


I listened to the book as well, and I will say that Lavoy's Leia is AMAZING. She did a fantastic job capturing Leia, which is refreshing, since many of the Star Wars audiobooks do much better jobs on Han and Luke rather than Leia.
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