Lit Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

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  1. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    This is shaping up to be perhaps one of the last great books of the EU before the anticipated big Disney changes impact - although there's enough space in the 2014 schedule for another big surprise work I suppose.
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  4. dp4m Chosen One

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    "Jor-El, be reasonable"
    "My friend... I have never been otherwise."

    Ben, you should buy this book. You will not be disappointed. How often have I directly steered you wrong. :p
  5. Sinrebirth SWC and EUC Forum Moderator

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    I love the qualification with 'directly' :p
  6. dp4m Chosen One

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    I have indirectly steered him wrong before!
  7. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    I have had it preordered for £11.93 for the last 2 months!

    You should know better!

    I did have an opportunity to try to obtain an ARC copy, but decided against it. The reasons were that I was unlikely to actually read it in time to actually contribute to the collective project but also I wanted to wait for this to turn up!
  8. Grey1 Host: 181st Imperial Discussion Group

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    For those who say it's a really great EU novel, and that there's emphasis on characters and so on - what novel is it most reminiscient of, stylistically and content-wise? Knight Errant? Darth Plagueis? The Kenobi parts of ROTS? Ruins Of Dantooine?
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  9. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    I may not have the book yet, but no way is it anywhere near the last one on your list Grey!
  10. dp4m Chosen One

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    It's... kind of hard to say.

    It's really a Western, which is why I referenced Rango (which, if you have not seen, you should do immediately).

    It's equal parts frontier Western, comedy, tragedy with a decent dash of mystery and a good (but not too small or large) amount of action.
  11. Grey1 Host: 181st Imperial Discussion Group

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    The Lone Ranger?

    Not that I've seen The Lone Ranger. But I've seen Rango, to answer that question.
  12. dp4m Chosen One

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    Eh... not that kind of Western, per se (at least in my estimation). But it's also not Paint Your Wagons or Unforgiven. ;)
  13. Iron_lord Chosen One

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    Han's shootout with Greedo in the cantina in ANH seems very Western-ish.

    It may be that Westerns and Star Wars have more than a few things in common.
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  14. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    It's acknowledged in the, well, acknowledgements, that it was written specifically to be the first genuine SW western. Which is to say, it's like nothing that's come before.
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  15. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    Almost everything about the Mos Eisley Cantina is inspired by classic westerns, especially Han. He's a space cowboy, which is why he's often cited as inspiration for Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly.

    Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long to get a true western in SW. I guess it's strayed so much from pulpy space opera to more fantasy and sci-fi oriented. Though, you could say the exact same about the evolution of the movies, even just going from ANH to ROTJ. ;)
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  17. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    The Brian Daley Han Solo Adventures have a very Western feel. Nonetheless, I absolutely love the idea of a Western starring Obi-Wan.
  18. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    Former war hero, now hunted by the law and hiding out in a backwater desert, nursing a drinking problem, but still has to stand up for what is right against other outlaws and banditos? Sounds like Obi-Wan is a rather solid western hero. Not quite a Jedi With No Name, but maybe he can be the Jedi With a Different Name.
  19. TalonCard •Author: Slave Pits of Lorrd •TFN EU Staff

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    I'd like to be more optimistic than that...with Disney now in charge of driving the saga forward with big-budget films, what better direction for the novels to take than a line of low-key, standalone, well-written novels that allow us to spend a lot of time with our favorite characters.... Not the last of the old great books, but the first of the new. ;)

    TC
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  20. Havac Some Guy Who Moderates Lit

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    You stole the link I was going to make!

    But, I would like to point out for the record, there have been a couple more-or-less true Westerns in Star Wars before -- just not novels. Mostly comics. Just recently, Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness was more or less straight Western, though not in an overly tropey way.

    Definitely the first Western novel, though, which is a big step (and an awesome one).
  21. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    So worth a Hard Cover buy? Just to warn you people the last SW hardcover I bought for my self was Sacrifice and I was heavily temped to bludgeon someone to death with it. ;)
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  22. JediMara77 Force Ghost

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    Yes. Definitely. I got an ARC and will be pre-ordering a hardcover and a Kindle version, that's how good it is.
  23. Grey1 Host: 181st Imperial Discussion Group

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    So the whole point is telling the backstory of the poncho we see in Obi-Wan's hut? o_O
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  24. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Perhaps, but if it goes the way I have foreseen, then no, it won't be the first of the new for me. For others? More than likely.
  25. Darth_SHOT Force Ghost

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    Actually Dark Times had the amazing/awesome/mindblowin Blue Harvest arc that was an adaption of Red Harvest (not the zombie novel :p) that lead to Yojimbo and from there to A Fistfull of Dollars.
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