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Over the generations, their numbers have grown, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way, a name whispered to them through the Force: Skywalker. Get A Copy.
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Aug 19, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. I can't recommend that enough with these Star Wars books. I am enjoying this particular series Fate of the Jedi. I just love Luke and his son, Ben. I also enjoy Han and Leia as a married couple. The audios are highly entertaining and they have great sound effects. I liked the story with this one.
This series highlights the relationship between Luke and Ben, striving to move on with the wife and mom. Ben seemed more like the kid he should be in this one.
Review: Star Wars: Omen by Christie Golden (audio)
I also enjoy the Audio. I also enjoy the family life of Han and Leia. The original cast is by far my favorites. So 4 stars. View all 4 comments. Jul 21, Chad Bearden rated it it was ok Shelves: star-wars-novels. I don't even know where to start with this thing. Its a twaddling mess for a variety of reasons, and a depressing continuation of a downward trend in quality for the Star Wars EU over the last few entries. Below, I'll try to put my frustrations into words.
There are some spoilers below, if such a threadbare plot is capable of being spoiled Okay then. Christie Golden apparently had it in her head that she was writing a Young Adult novel for teenage girls. There are a few moments where Bleh. There is no subtlety to anything that happens, and there is lots and lots and lots of over-reacting and over-emoting and most of the cast are in a constant state of exaspiration.
Also, there are no less than FOUR plucky teenage heroinnes whose earnestness and naivete are challenged by the cruelties of the real world. Fortunately, one of them just gets a few pages of face time near the end, and another is carted off to jail by GA soldiers, but the other two, Yaqeel and Vestara, are actually the focus of a significant amount of the book. And to be fair, I honestly can't recall exactly how old all of these girls were, but they were all written to ACT like over-dramatic teenage Disney Channel stars, so that's how I'm remembering them.
They should appeal nicely to the Hannah Montana set.
The scale of events is made to feel so tiny. Gone are the days when the adventures were high stakes chess games with each player in the struggle The Galactic Alliance, The Jedi Order, The Imperial Moffs deftly trying to manipulate and out-maneuver one another on planetary and political scales. Instead, Golden over-simplifies every situation every character is in, so that only the bare minimum number of players are present to move each plot device forward. In the war being waged between Daala and the Jedi, Daala and her aid are the only GA castmembers present for any of her 'plotting', and Kenth Hamner, Cilghal and a few token Jedi are the only one representing their august body in most of their scenes.
I think back to how brilliantly Karen Travis and Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole have been able to tell their stories by utilizing the rich tapesty of characters that make up the EU. Golden either doesn't want to, or doesn't know how to, tap into all of that, focusing instead on broad characterizations of a tiny number of characters to get her points across except for the FOUR teenage girls she created. You might get your ideas across, but the production values are inferior and instead of filming the big graduation scene in an actual high school auditorium with a thousand graduates, you film it on the tv soundstage, which only has room for about fifteen extras.
That's kind of what big chunks of this book felt like. In case you didn't catch it the first time, things are stated and re-stated over and over and over and over again. I almost started laughing at one point. Probably the incident that gets mentioned the most is the harrowing account of Jysella's freak-out and capture. To begin with, the incident itself doesn't get resolved for over 30 pages.
But in case you missed it, or nodded off while reading it the first time, any character who wasn't present has to have the entire scene summarized for them. So we get exciting recounts when Luke is told, and when Daala is told, and when a reporter does a news story, and when some other Jedi pop up, and on an on.
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The Jysella freak-out was the most glaring overly-repeated summary, but Golden also pads her word count with repetitions of Jaina's distasteful musings about an annoying reporter, the Skywalker's fascination with the Aing Tii's use of the force, and any other 'important' happening that the author felt you might not have picked up on the first time around.
Some advice: if you ever have Christie Golden over for tea, keep your dead horses locked up, or she will find them and beat them.
‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Jurassic Park’ in Christie Golden’s ‘Fate of the Jedi: Omen’ (Book review)
Very little happens! Actually, things actually do happen, but nothing of much consequence. At the very least, not enough happens for the second part of a multi-novel series. As stated above, there is a lot of restating of the few things that do happen, but most of this novel is padding.
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The Jedi respond by telling the media, "No we're not. But even "Outcast" threw in the somewhat interesting idea of government supervisors being thrust into the Jedi Temple. But since Aaron Allston cut that plot off at the knees in his book, Golden doesn't even have that to work with. This is not exciting. If anything they did on those worlds had any bearing on the overall plot, then it might be interesting. But twice now, the Skywalkers have shown up, met the locals, learned about their exotic cultures, gotten a clue, then left.
Press conferences! Press conferences are apparently Christie Golden's shorthand answer to the intricate plotting of other, far superior EU authors: why watch all the plans of these master strategists slowly play out in all their epic grandeur, when you can have a press conference and explain your intentions in a fraction of the pages! Christie Golden has a weird sense for what is actually interesting. She spends an oddly inordinate amount of time with her the plucky Sith girl, and reiterating the scene where the plucky Jysella freaks-out, and with press conferences, but one of the most interesting ideas Golden drops into this work is glossed over in a few pages.
She does this once, then brings the idea back and glosses over it again!
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The idea is this: The Aing-Tii monks have an exotic connection to The Force, which had led them to think they must collect artifacts from around the galaxy that are somehow related to 'Those Who Dwell Beyond The Veil'. In exchange for telling them about their dealings with Jacen Solo, Luke agrees to help them gather some of these artifacts, which the Aing-Tii have trouble gathering themselves because to touch the artifacts themselves would defile them. Neat idea.
In my opinion, Luke and Ben journeying to collect one or two or three of these artifacts would have made for a moderatly interesting subplot. Instead, the collection of said artifacts is relegated to a few paragraphs. Basically: "They went on some journeys and found some stuff. Now Golden gives herself a second chance to tackle this little bit of side-plot when the Skywalkers agree to study all of the artifacts for the Aing-Tii remember, they can't touch or study them themselves to help them sort out a prophecy they're having trouble interpreting.
Do we get interesting descriptions of any of the artifacts that give cryptic hints to other strange worlds or any clues as to what all of this has to do with Jacen Solo?
Not so much. To quote page , "The process was hardly a swift one, but it went fairly quickly. Keep in mind, the Aing-Tii have spent millenia collecting these artifacts. It is one of the primary functions of their entire species. And what they've amassed over the course of a couple thousand years, the Skywalkers sift through and study in an afternoon. And they're so certain of their thoroughness, they go back to the Aing-Tii big-wigs and announce that they haven't found anything about the mysterious philosophy.
That Golden would spend so much of her word count on repetitive scenes and overblown melodrama, and make these the conduit through which to move the plot sluggishly forward, but would pay the barest of lip-service to an idea that could potentially have given meaning and weight to what turned out to be a pointless subplot is beyond forgiveness. Lots of things just don't make sense. And in 5, years, even though the entire society seems obsessed with getting off the planet and back into the mix, they can't figure out how to fix their space-ship or build a new one?
Hell, once humans on Earth figured out how to build an airplane, it took us less than years to get into space. And the Sith are supposed to be all awesome and evil!