kataja : Thanks! Too bad it's not available to read. I *do* see your point! Well, let's just hope that this new book gives us a resourceful Luke, where we can see his growth. Let's hope the author doesn't take his cue from Zahn's Rebellion era stories! I guess I should say that it seems to me that Denning doesn't LIKE Luke that much. You're right that he *does* write him fairly frequently, but I think that Denning's Luke characterizations are to Luke's *detriment* rather than to his credit. In my opinion, the impact on Luke is negative rather than positive. Thus, it seems to me that Denning doesn't care that much for the character. This is true... However, as I understand it, the Luke journey part of it was actually Luceno's idea. It seems that he was going to add that to one of his books (the Millennium Falcon book, I think. It would have been Luke's adventure while Han and Leia were on the Falcon), but Luceno and the editors decided that it would make that book far too long, so it wasn't included in that book. The idea of journeying to other Force groups and learning from them was instead "saved" for Denning's book. It then became an exile so Luke could find out what happened to Jacen. I really wish we could have gotten Luceno's planned version instead... I do too, but I just think that lately we're getting too much of Rebel Luke. Of course, the big problem with Rebel Luke is that he can't use the Force, so he can't be a Jedi. I happen to like the combination of Jedi and Farmboy better than just Rebel. As I've said, I'd really like to see adventures of Luke and his Jedi on missions. We really haven't gotten much of that at all. We just keep getting Luke and his Jedi fighting major wars. I'd like to see the Jedi helping ordinary people with ordinary problems. I'd like to see the Jedi doing things that makes the people of the galaxy respect them and welcome them, instead of the opposite, which we keep getting. MasterSkywalker86: Yes, I suppose the ST is part of the reason why we're not getting anything in the NR era. I *do* wish that Disney and LFL would let us know where in the timeline the ST will take place, and whether or not the EU will be over-written or not. Kataja said that he said, "Han driven" rather than "Han focused", but it might mean the same thing. We'll find out this summer, I guess. I definitely agree that the direction is not at all what I wanted or envisioned for Luke... or for Mara, Leia, Han, Jacen, or Jaina actually... Possibly... But I also think it's just possible that Del Rey still has no idea about where things are going in the ST, so they don't want to start more stories in that era until they find out what's going on. EXACTLY! Instead, except for Crucible, everything involving Luke is in the Rebellion era lately, from Zahn's books to this new Rebel book, to the new SW comics. Again, more than anything, I don't want to find that Luke is permanently disabled in the Force and will no longer be able to do fantastic FOrce feats when we meet him in Crucible. I don't want Luke to always be weary and tired and pitiful!!!!! I agree. The problem isn't that Denning didn't include Luke enough. It's the *WAY* he included Luke that I don't like. It's the characterizations and roles that he gave Luke that I have a problem with. I'm still also annoyed that Denning allowed Traviss to get away with killing Mara. He could have said "NO!" (and Allston too!) but he didn't. So now Luke is alone. Meanwhile, he often writes many Han/Leia together scenes.