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Preview — The Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Crystal Star (Star Wars Universe)
First Timothy Zahn reopened the door to George Lucas's dazzling universe with his New York Times-bestselling Star Wars trilogy.Then Kathy Tyers's The Truce at Bakura took readers back to the fateful days following the events in Return of the Jedi.And with The Courtship of Princess Leia Dave Wolverton chronicled Han Solo's turbulent campaign for the princess's hand.Now, awa...more
The Solo children have been kidnapped. The trail leads to a twisted Imperial officer with a disturbingly brilliant plan to restore the Galactic Empire to its former glory. As Leia attempts to find her missing children, Luke and Han Solo are tied up with the investigation of a lost group of Jedi. As their investigation zeroes in on a mysterious cult, they’re faced with a situation that threatens ...more
Except in The Crystal Star. Good Lord, this book is terrible. Do you remember Q from Star Trek? The guy who could travel through space/time with a thought and possessed omnipotent, omniscient power? Well, imagine a Star Wars version of Q that is an amorphous stinky blob with a series of severe mental handicaps.
Seriously. Except it is wo ...more
All the characters are ill written, and seem like completely different people. There is a golden shelled thing that is implied to be a demon. What is up with that? There are somethings that just DON'T mesh with Star Wars, and demons (along with the zombie atrocity ...more
Cute idea voicing a five year old's POV, but McIntyre should have spent more time with five year olds. She portrayed Jaina as capable of physics beyond many high school graduates.
The book suffers from the fact that there is little to no character development within its pages. When this is coupled with the fact a lot of the major players are written out of character, a good compelling ...more
Oh no! Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin have been kidnapped on Munto Codru, while their mother, Leia, is touring the more peaceful worlds of the New Republic. The official on Munto Codru are convinced it is a "normal" kidnapping, but Leia thinks otherwise and leaves with Chewie and Artoo to find her children. Meanwhile, Han and Luke go vacationing to Crseih Station in pursuit of Jedi.
NOTE: This is a review based on the ...more
Alas, I cannot. Written with the sophistication and the vocabulary of a fifth grader, and an understanding of plot and sentence structure that Kevin J. Anderson or those Left Behind guys would sneer at, this is one of the worst-written books I've read in a long time, hands down. Th ...more
I won't bother you much with the plot except to say that it deals with some pretty stale Star Wars tropes, including the kidnapping of the Solo children (again), the attempt by a former Imperial official, now in hiding (how ...more
The children of Han and Leia step to the forefront here, which I was honestly dreading because I anticipated that their dialogue and actions would be cheesy and unrealistic, but as a father, I found their segments not only realistic but enjoyable. I felt the grief and the joy of Han and Leia as they were separated from and ...more
If you are intent on reading most of the Expanded Universe books, you can safely skip this one. Nothing happens to the characters in any meaningful way, and the events are pretty much ignored by the future books. Though there is one book, I think in the New Jedi Order set, that makes ...more
Luke doesn't seem in character, he seems whiney and ill, fretting over whether Han and Leia's relationship. At this stage in life, after founding the Jedi Academy, it is anything but Jedi to beg an unknown alien for help.
C3PO with a coat of paint makes no sense, there are far ...more
Character development is very weak. All of the characters are erratic--Leia hates Chewbacca because her kids were kidnapped on his watch, for example--and ...more
Don't get me wrong, I would not mark this as one of the best Star Wars books ever written, but nor do I ...more
Leia and Han's children have been kidnapped. Along with Chewie and Artoo-Detoo she followes the kidnappers trail, and discovers that it is much deeper than a simple kidnapping. While Luke, Han, Threepio are on planet called Creseih, which one of it's stars is dying, and causing a disruption in the force, and is cutting off Leia and Luke from contacting each other through the force. Also on Creseih is a mysterious alien name ...more
And? I enj ...more