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The JC Lit Reviews Special: THE CLONE WARS (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Havac, Jul 30, 2008.

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  1. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yes, it's here -- the novelization of the Clone Wars film, ushering in a new era of Star Wars!

    Some rules: rate The Clone Wars on a scale of 1 to 10, supplementing your rating with a review, if you want to (It's not necessary but is highly encouraged). However, please do not rate or review the book until after you've read the whole thing. Thanks. :)

    Go for it.;)


    Some previous review threads:

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=17248664]Republic Commando: Hard Contact, by Karen Traviss[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=11891489]Shatterpoint, by Matthew Stover[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/15942000/]The Cestus Deception, by Steven Barnes[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/16243194/]Medstar I: Battle Surgeons, by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/17032029/]Medstar II: Jedi Healer, by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/17248649/]Jedi Trial, by David Sherman and Dan Cragg[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/17551522/]Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, by Sean Stewart[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/18155142/]Labyrinth of Evil, by James Luceno[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/19037782/]Revenge of the Sith, by Matthew Stover[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/22152447/]Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/14438851/]Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine, by Veronica Whitney-Robinson[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10759477]Tatooine Ghost, by Troy Denning[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/14741176/]Survivor's Quest, by Timothy Zahn[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=6213214]Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream, by Aaron Allston[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=7012853]Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand, by Aaron Allston[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=7667586]Traitor, by Matthew Stover[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=8946420]Destiny's Way, by Walter Jon Williams[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=10343473]Force Heretic I: Remnant, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=11499850]Force Heretic II: Refugee, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=12177893]Force Heretic III: Reunion, by Sean Williams and Shane Dix[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=13334532]The Final Prophecy, by Greg Keyes[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/13820980/]The Unifying Force, by James Luceno[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Literature/b10003/20839877/]Dark Nest I: The Joiner King, by Troy Denning[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/21689405/]Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen, by Troy Denning[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/22705578/]Dark Nest III: The Swarm War, by Troy Denning[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23045012/p1]Outbound Flight, by Timothy Zahn[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/23267098/p1]Republic Commando: Triple Zero, by Karen Traviss[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=23987236&brd=10003&start=24014171]Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, by Aaron Allston[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/literature/b10003/24847931/p1/?183]Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, by Karen Traviss[/link]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=25131201&brd=10003]Darth Bane: Path of Destruction,
     
  2. DavBacca

    DavBacca Jedi Master star 2

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    Very enjoyable, fast read. Rarely a dull moment, although I hope the movie will have much more story to offer. Because of Traviss' book I will now be going to see it opening day, rather than put it off like I was going to.

    7.7
     
  3. Adam_Bosman

    Adam_Bosman Jedi Knight star 2

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    At times very enjoyable. I get the vibe that there are scenes in the movie but not in the book, and the same otherwise. Makes it worth reading. I found Traviss' writing to be particularly enjoyable, and she has characterized Anakin the best of any author to date. One can really see the conflict within, and how the war will truly destroy him. Those who are worried about Traviss/Mando writing do not need to fear this one, it's good. The real downside is that it's a movie (TV show?) adaptation which is somewhat limiting story-wise (for any novel), and The Clone Wars is no exception. Heavy on action, light on dialog and story.

    8/10
     
  4. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 15.7/2 = 7.85
     
  5. jacenskylo

    jacenskylo Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I give it a solid 8.0
     
  6. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 23.7/3 = 7.90
     
  7. sabarte

    sabarte Jedi Padawan star 4

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    [link=http://www.theforce.net/books/reviews/r_tcw.asp]8.7[/link]
     
  8. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 32.4/4 = 8.10
     
  9. Darth_Monopoly

    Darth_Monopoly Jedi Master star 2

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    9/10

    I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the movie. Its not perfect, so I'm not going to give it a perfect score, but it was really good.
     
  10. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 41.4/5 = 8.28
     
  11. Tricky

    Tricky Jedi Knight star 5

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    4/10

    I like th book & absolutely hate it at the same time. Unfortunately what I hate far outweighs the things I liked in this book, namely the 2 stupid kids gobbling up way too much page time. I'm really too biased when it comes to children so I'm sure I didn't even give the Huttling & smart arsed Togruta a chance, but who cares?

    Great characterizations for Anakin, Dooku, Ventress, Jabba & Rex, also very good fight scenes & much love formy new favorite SW author. Still not enough for me to want to re-read the book or even want to watch the movie & TV series.
     
  12. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 45.4/6 = 7.57
     
  13. DarthLassic007

    DarthLassic007 Jedi Master star 6

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    Is this a one shot novel of just the movie that ignores some prior Clone Wars time frame events?

    Or is it in complete continuity with the other Clone Wars novels such as Shatterpoint, The Cestus Deception, Jedi Trial, etc....?


     
  14. TalonCard

    TalonCard •Author: Slave Pits of Lorrd •TFN EU Staff star 5 VIP

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    It only ignores events in that a good two years of the Clone Wars are being cleared for the movie and TV show to play in. If you just read it in sequence with the other Clone Wars books, you shouldn't have a problem.

    TC
     
  15. DarkLord_Caedus

    DarkLord_Caedus Jedi Youngling

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    This book is very decent. Karen Traviss, I think made Anakin Skywalker almost perfect. Captain Rex is now one of my favorite characters.
    The only downside is Obi-Wan. He should have been in more and Ventress, I didn't believe that she was that evil. Also, the ending was wrapped up to quick.
    But, other than that, it was a really good book,and now I wish to read the Republic Commando series because of it.

    Total= 7 of out 10
     
  16. DAR

    DAR Jedi Master star 4

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    I'll give it an 8. It was a fun read.
     
  17. chiss_man

    chiss_man Jedi Master star 6

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    I enjoyed this actually. It was a relatively quick read, but featured great characterizations of Anakin, Ventress and Rex. Rex especially became my favorite POV character throughout the book, but seeing as how this book was by the author of the Republic Commando series, that's not that surprising. About the only thing that bothered me was the baffling way Jabba has become a loving father, but I am confident now that that, along with the various other continuity issues associated with this project, will be addressed satisfactorily. While I'm still not very optimistic about the movie itself, I commend Karen for making the best of things and producing a thoroughly enjoyable read. 8.75/10
     
  18. Ulicus

    Ulicus Lapsed Moderator star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Totally divorced from whatever is going on with TCW continuity:

    8/10

    Very few complaints. A fun read.
     
  19. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 77.25/10 = 7.73
     
  20. JediAlly

    JediAlly Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I think you're right about missing scenes. In the kids' version, Anakin, Ahsoka, and Asajj dueled in a rancor pit that was occupied by a rancor. In Traviss' book, there's no mention of this happening.
     
  21. sabarte

    sabarte Jedi Padawan star 4

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    That scene was cut from the movie, FYI
     
  22. Tam_Elgrin

    Tam_Elgrin Jedi Master star 4

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    A strong 8/10. It's a fun, quick read, but it never becomes breezy. Whilt it's not quite as meaty as other Karen Traviss novels, there's still a fair bit to get your teeth into. Ahsoka is really cool, and this is the first portrayal of Anakin I've really liked since, ever really. Seeing Jabba and Palpatine explored a bit more was fun, too.
     
  23. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 85.25/11 = 7.75
     
  24. Jedi Vince

    Jedi Vince Jedi Youngling star 3

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    I picked this book up and read it on vacation.

    Karen Traviss' light treatment and dedication to keep things moving were good choices. Besides the overall fun on it, it added to the film enough to make it worth the time to read .

    7.5/10
     
  25. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Average score: 92.75/12 = 7.73
     
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