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Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
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May 03, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: scifi, star-wars, fiction
Read from May 28 to June 02, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

How good a sign is it when my overwhelming impression of a book to tell you is that "yeah, I didn't mind reading it." I gave this one two stars out of five. A common theme in positive reviews is how much everyone has enjoyed the humanization of Stormtroopers; I actually am not going to deviate from that because I agree that this was the book's chief selling point. Granted, there was little enough else going for it--a small corps of troopers desert the Empire because they have a problem with what the Empire is ordering them to do. The characters are believable, compelling, and interesting. A young Mara Jade is an interesting addition, and I enjoyed getting a glimpse of her at work as the Hand.

Still, there were complaints. Aren't there always? I get fed up with Zahn's absolute preoccupation with the Empire as a "speciesist" organization, mostly because he's got three quarters of the rest of the Star Wars Authors believing it, when there isn't the smallest amount of proof toward such a hypothesis. Ask me about that sometime.

I guess my biggest complaint was Zahn sampling his own work. A lot of Thrawn-Trilogy references and reflections that weren't necessary because such shout-outs usually aren't necessary, and the Ghost-of-Obi-Wan didn't belong in here any more than he belonged in the Thrawn trilogy. Oh, well.

Not a bad little read. Not a good one, either. But, I mean, I'm going to buy a copy.

This review via The Rebel Librarian.

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