The horror... the horror... Welcome back, last remaining survivors of the Lit forum! Since our discussion in November offers a vague Halloween connection, I'll start by saying I hope all of you had a happy Halloween. Now, the 181st Imperial Discussion Group basically tries to take another look at old, little discussed, maybe even little known books. This month will be a tiny bit different, since Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber is pretty new (I even had to go out and buy it, since it came out after I got burnt by SW books once too often); and since I wasn't around, I can't say how much discussion there was back then. But discussion has died down a bit; after its sequel, Red Harvest, there was not much more to say on the topics of Schreiber, horror in Star Wars, and that particular Zombie plot element introduced here. So, maybe we have a few strong opinions that still need to be revisited; and maybe we have a few strong opinions based on the fact that people who never wanted to read a Zombie gore novel soldiered through it for the good of our discussion group (thanks if you did exactly that). So, with this book being entirely new to me, there's lots and lots of stuff I'd love to talk about. We'll come to stuff like characters and plot just a tiny bit later. For now, we'll start with the concept of Death Troopers: - Genre. we can talk a bit about SW trying out new shoes by stepping into new genres. Is a horror story, with horror being very close to Fantasy and Sci-Fi anyway, such a huge leap for the genre that has devil-like characters with metaphysical powers, plus a huge assortment of Halloween mask aliens? Isn't a decidedly military take on a SW story basically the same - taking one aspect of the huge melting pot that SW offers and running with it, losing all other elements along the way? - Horror. Now, there has been horror in SW, most famously the Galaxy of Fear series for kids. Death Troopers was marketed as a different animal; title and cover image (compare the author's thank you note) were obviously chosen first, to create a book riding on the Zombie fun revival that gave us books like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Well-known Literature Classic #327 and Zombies" before spawning out into the vampire hype (by the way, where's the obvious SW Vampire book? Was that going to be Sword of the Jedi?). Does it work? - More importantly, should it work? The "elite audience" of SW novels wants a unified continuity, and they are completionists that want to read everything there is. Death Troopers, on the other side, strays very far into a territory that not everyone may want to venture to. Not everyone who loves the SW EU will want to read about mountains of rotting corpses and attempts of pulling moving gray goo out from under a living person's skin. Death Troopers was obviously created for new readers who want zombie/horror/gore stuff and happen to like SW; to expand the general audience by drawing new readers to the bookshelf. While it's nice to see that the publishers are finding ways of making enough money to keep the venture going - are we, the elite, happy with having gore stuffed down our brains where there was not that much gore before? Are we happy when SW publishing shows how it reaches for exploitation tactics? - All of that being said, and this is basically the most important thing, did you enjoy it? We obviously don't want a simple review thread, but I think it will help our discussion if we all know right from the beginning where we stand. Have fun, and don't get bitten! Furthermore, please take a look at the HQ thread so we can finalize our decision on what we'll discuss next month. And the year after that.