Lit The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Zorkel567, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. MercenaryAce Force Ghost

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    Yularn is the narrator....
  2. JediAlly Force Ghost

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    Shouldn't this be stickied?
  3. Danz Borin Jedi Master

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    Stopped at BAM after work today. They didn't have it in. UGH. Annoyance factor x1000.
  4. my kind of scum Force Ghost

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    Received my copy from Amazon today. Have been wanting to tear into it all day, but it has been one of those "though you can leave work, work will not leave you alone" sort of days....
  5. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    ...funny you should say that.
  6. The_Forgotten_Jedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Shouldn't this be stickied?

    Anybody else finish the book yet? Got off to an odd start, but I liked how it all ended up.
  7. my kind of scum Force Ghost

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    I'm only about 100 pages in so far. Certainly meanders a bit, but an enjoyable read so far.
  8. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    A decent book, just not that interested in Reaves' and Bohnhoff's scientific approach to a lot of things. Definitely a Dark Times book and it ties up quite a few loose ends. I skimmed through it fast (I have a short attention span and not much patience), so I might have gotten some details wrong, but I think I got the general gist of the book.

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    On the bright side, that police prefect Haus officially fully joins Whiplash... which is a good thing since he's mostly the one holding together the remnants of Whiplash after Sal (that guy who betrayed Jax's father years ago over a seemingly minor matter) screws up worse than ever and gets most of the senior members of that resistance movement killed in a reckless attempt to assassinate Palpatine which doesn't work out of course.

    Laranth is killed when Vader captures Whiplash's leader (who they had been relocating to Dantooine after the increasing pressure on Coruscant), really sad to see her go, and Jax is left mourning her for most of the book. I-5's body is also destroyed when Vader attacks, but then he spends the rest of the book moving between a few droid bodies, such as a pit droid (I think), an R2 unit and a human replica droid, outfitting all of them with a few more weapons. Sort of like a less homicidal HK-47.

    Jax also finally opens up Darth Ramage's holocron and uses the pyronium against Vader, enough to give him a bit of an edge but only to hold off Vader for a little while. After that he has the knowledge scrubbed from his mind for fear of it corrupting him (or worse Vader getting his hands on the techniques from him). He gets a lot of help from the Dathomiri witches, and assuming I didn't miss a chapter, left the holocron with them. Jax also finally kills Tesla while rescuing Yimmon.

    So basically the young resistance movement on Coruscant is wrecked but not quite down yet, Jax survives, mostly moves on from Laranth's death and continues the fight and maybe starts looking into training a few more people. Although his possibly continuing interaction with the Dathomiri witches might cause a few canon problems. Xizor also shows up, but plays a relatively minor and neutral role, its just business as he puts it.


    Also a few references to TCW events, but sadly don't think any attempts to clear up the recent mess TCW made, but then that's probably for the best since TCW will just screw up things even more as long as it continues.

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    By the way, for future continuity, I think Jax learned how to create Force projections from Ramage's holocron, and then left that holocron with the Dathomiri witches. I wonder if that would be part of the records Luke would eventually receive from the witches in another few decades? If so, nice bit of connection, although the way Jax was talking, he was thinking about recruiting a new Padawan from one of the Witches, so just part of the typical Dark Times problems (too many lone Jedi flailing about, all worried about being the last, etc.


    Altogether a quite decent book, although the Coruscant Nights series hasn't been my favorite, partially due to the attempt at applying science to the Force, but its mostly about Jax and his continuing struggle to survive, so not bad. Also kind of funny how long some of these plots have been in motion.
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  9. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Probably have a copy by mid-March, perhaps sooner.
  10. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    No joy in the local bookstores today so I put an order in on Amazon UK for it and a few others on my list. Hopefully the order will come next week.
  11. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    I'm not exactly rating Foyles pre-order abilities.
  12. K'Kruhk Jedi Grand Master

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    I called it. Back in September.
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  13. Robimus Force Ghost

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    I've got to pick this up this weekend.
  14. DarthStymi Force Ghost

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    Where are the spoliers? It's why I come here. Saves me tons of money. And why isn't this stickied?

    It's a conspiracy I tell you!
  15. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    We're all still reading it. I am, at least, since I only started yesterday. [face_peace]
  16. DarthStymi Force Ghost

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  17. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    I already posted a general summary of the book, what kind of spoilers are you talking about? Oh, how about this- Vader survives! :p Or Vader isn't taken captive by Whiplash and shipped off to Dantooine, this book is far better than any sad excuse for a story which would include an event like that.
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  18. Arawn_Fenn Chosen One

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    Which mess are you referring to?
  19. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    ...shouldn't be a spoiler, even if you haven't seen this morning's TCW episode its been obvious for a while, but I'm pretty sure the same author(s?) wrote the Medstar novels, with Barriss Offee as one of the main characters (along with Den and I5 and others) and... yeah, that's another lost cause by now (especially after Even Piell). The TCW references were mostly the parts spoiled a few pages back, and just referring to events of earlier arcs in this season.
  20. DarthStymi Force Ghost

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    I think Filoni dissenters have misinterpreted his malicious intent. It is not the EU in it's entirety but rather Reaves. Filoni clearly has it out for Reaves. :p
  21. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Well I don't think any of the Lit mods have started reading it yet, so that'll probably take a while.


    *ducks and runs*
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  22. Force Smuggler Force Ghost

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    Started the book, don't remember much from the first three books in the series or the other books related to it but good so far.
  23. Sable_Hart Force Ghost

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    I liked it well enough. Reaves depicts the Force as manifesting in a spectrum of light from Jax's perspective, which is pretty cool.
  24. Arawn_Fenn Chosen One

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    Is it possible the Medstar books ( I haven't read them ) simply take place before the relevant TCW arc?
  25. Nobody145 Force Ghost

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    That is a question best left to the Clone Wars continuity thread (as much of an oxymoron as that is these days). And timeline wise its possible, already a few seasons ago TCW presented Barriss as basically being Ahsoka's level, whereas Medstar she was more like Anakin (experienced Padawan, close to Knighthood), but after the most recent TCW episodes, Medstar could still fit in timeline wise but... its more a case of logic and common sense and characterization (or rather character assassination) being mangled, as is normal for TCW. Most cases aren't as bad as this one though, but still.

    I haven't liked TCW much, but yeah, now I wonder if "run over, er, reference Reaves' books" is on each seasons' plotline. And I'm even more worried when I remember that Reaves wrote the Death Star book too....