Tag: Star Wars

Vader’s Little Princess

Vader’s Little Princess

by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle Books, 2013)

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A peon to parenthood, expressed through a comic (and comedic) imagining/retrofitting of the father/daughter relationship between Darth Vader and Princess Leia. Amidst the Star Wars in-jokes, there lie such simple pleasures as tiny Leia cutting love hearts from Vader’s cape.



Star Wars: Ascension

Star Wars – Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

by Christie Golden; audiobook read by Marc Thompson (Books on Tape, 2011)


After a slow start, Ascension builds into the classic Star Wars sweep of political intrigue and Jedi action, undermined by Golden’s obligation to keep the story unfinished and — at least in the audiobook — an often laughably melodramatic delivery, Thompson Force-throttling everyday words.



Star Wars: Thrawn

Star Wars: Thrawn

by Timothy Zahn (Century, 2017)

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Grand Admiral Thrawn must rank as one of the all-time favourite Star Wars characters (including those from the films). Redacted by Disney to accommodate Episode VII, the Chiss strategist has been reinstated in this much-welcomed origin story charting his rise to prominence.



Star Wars: Conviction

Star Wars – Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

by Aaron Allston (Random House, 2011)


Allston makes little allowance for the passing of time, allowing (grandparentally) old favourites Han, Leia and Luke to nimble about the Star Wars Expanded Universe, having adventures just like they did back in the day. As non-demanding escapism goes, it’s not bad.


Star Wars Downunder

Star Wars Downunder

dir. Michael Cox (2013) [http://swdufanfilm.com/]

Cox_Star Wars Downunder

This 30-minute fan film is a parody, conflating Star Wars, beer commercials and cringeworthy Australian stereotypes. Given the excellent production values, it seems a shame that Cox and company didn’t stick with just the first two, omitting the slang and silly voices.


Star Wars, Aftermath: Life Debt

Star Wars – Aftermath: Life Debt

by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey, 2016)

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Wendig writes in the present tense (a corollary of his game design work?) and in an oddly chummy manner. His characters have proper Star Wars personality, yet the story — nominally Han Solo’s liberation of Chewbacca’s home world — jinks evasively before making planetfall.


Star Wars: Bloodline

Star Wars: Bloodline

by Claudia Gray (Del Rey, 2016)


With much of the Star Wars expanded universe now rendered non-canonical, Claudia Gray’s novel — a serious backstory to The Force Awakens, focussing on Leia’s political struggles within an ailing New Republic — subtly apprises readers of what is, and is no longer, recognised.