We have unfinished business, and so has Exar Kun. So, no big introductions, since last month already told us what we'll do this month and the month after that. - I think this month is a pretty good time to talk about Qwi Xux, who we didn't really get around to last month. - Ackbar driving Miss Leia around in a modified B-Wing. Now that's a thought. There's something about this combination that's not uncommon for KJA, but also for a lot of EU. Is it fun to simply use the toys from the box in any way imaginable (and possibly even possible)? Has there been a time when this was more fun for you, but you don't appreciate it anymore? - The huge thing is, of course, the Jedi training aspect. KJA is the first to move Luke into this position of authority and strength. The training we see onscreen gets criticized a lot by "I, Jedi" man Corran. How does the actual book deal with this? Do we simply see some highlights that can be built around movie quotes, or is there reason to believe that Luke doesn't have a lot to teach? Based on the little training Luke receives onscreen in the movies, which seems to be more important? Commando-style physical training, theoretical training, or metaphysical training that has to do a lot with a kind of perception none of us really know about because it's entirely made up? - Have you ever been unhappy with the Yavin choice? Especially if there are any readers who saw the Coruscant temple first and only got around to the books after that? Boy am I old. - And no, I still can't let Wedge slide. Yes, he was set up as a military pilot for all the time depicted before the JAT. But all those times were times of great conflict. As much as Luke has to learn to stop being a soldier and start being Yoda, I think Wedge is a symbol for the evolution of the EU that was about to take place (but in the end didn't, or got reset again). He's leaving his military career behind to some degree. Now that's the same thing Lando and Han and Luke do, but Luke has something "more worthwhile", Lando easily slips back into the business stuff he did before he joined the rebellion, and Han... well, for most of the EU, Han is around anyway. Helping the Republic even when he acts as if he can't stand them (Tatooine Ghost). Wedge is the only guy who's having an attempt at stepping back from the war business, and he's also a symbol for the healing of a divided galaxy by falling in love with someone from the enemy's camp. With one of those myth level love affairs that has the guy who helped destroy the biggest weapon ever (twice) with the person who invented this. Soothed by the fact that she was naive and didn't realize she was building a weapon. In comparison, Wedge and Iella is a couple that makes more sense from a character-based or rather US-TV-colleague-couple-pairing perspective, but has no "deeper" meaning regarding factions or developments or anything. And no, I'm still not saying KJA is a great author. But I do not dismiss what he's done either. Further thoughts?