So, before inviting you into two more detailled questions, I'd like to sum up the controversy that's apparent in how we all deal with this book: - There's disagreement on whether this is one of the better or one of the worse SW books. - Mostly, those who disliked the book dislike the idea of Stackpole inserting Corran into the Jedi Academy Trilogy the way he does it. There has been very little disagreement with the idea of generally getting a new perspective on the JAT. Main points that are contested are Corran criticizing Luke's concept of teaching and decisions and getting away with it because Corran is appearing smarter than all other characters (except Mara). - There has been agreement on the fact that Corran is full of himself - even Corran himself acknowledges this in the book from time to time. There is, however, disagreement on whether this makes for an interesting or a displeasent read. - I can't really say whether we have formed opinions about the decision of writing this in first person. While it generally is seen as an interesting experiment for SW literature, we haven't really gotten past the question of Corran's egocentrism as the center of the book. We have talked a bit about the fact that in a franchise like SW, where EU is constantly fighting for continuity, canonicity, and definitive images of stuff like Cal Omas, an unreliable text should be marked clearly as unreliable, and that maybe this is a problem of this book. - Regarding the rest of the story - I think we haven't really gotten past the JAT part, save for a few comments that's a generally good story on par with other Stackpole X-Wing books. Maybe we should go for another round, ignoring the Academy part and instead discussing only the story of Corran being on the mission to free Mirax and stop Tavira?