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Discussion in 'Literature' started by Rogue_Follower, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. Rogue_Follower

    Rogue_Follower Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Star Wars
    Scoundrels
    By Timothy Zahn
    January 1, 2013
    Hardcover (464 pages)
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    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.

    All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

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  2. Nobody145

    Nobody145 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Here's hoping this turns out quite good. The ebook sort of prequel was decent and the previews seem quite interesting. Most SW things I'm pessimistic about but Zahn's Han Solo and Lando Calrissian have been consistently good over the years so I'm looking forward to this.
     
  3. Joe

    Joe Jedi Master star 6

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    Just bought it at my local Wal-Mart. Is this thing even out yet?

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  4. instantdeath

    instantdeath Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    So, the big question: having recently finished Lost Tribe of the Sith, do I read this or Annihilation? :p
     
  5. Robimus

    Robimus Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I do want to check this one out. I've always liked how Zahn handles Lando.
     
  6. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Halfway through now. Plenty of fun so far.
     
  7. Allana_Rey

    Allana_Rey Jedi Master star 4

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    I might read this eventually.
     
  8. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Same, I'm gonna wait for the paperback.
     
  9. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

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    I can't wait to read this. I'm nervous about Han and Lando meeting since I'm fine with them not meeting after Rebel Dawn until Empire Strikes Back.
     
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  10. Joe

    Joe Jedi Master star 6

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    On chapter IV. Love it. Has this Rachele character appeared before?
     
  11. Zorkel567

    Zorkel567 Jedi Master star 4

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    You should read Annihilation first so you can most likely be let down, and then read Scoundrels to be brought back up with a good story and a good grasp of continuity. ;)
     
  12. JediAlly

    JediAlly Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Got to admit I see that a possible continuity issue. Then again, the incident Lando referred to in ESB might happen in this novel. In which case, no continuity issue.
     
  13. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

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    Well Lando thought Han betrayed him in Rebel Dawn and Yavin Vasiliska and by the sounds of it was still a bit irritated or acted like it in Empire. So I don't think Scoundrels will be that bad. If it's not why be mad about it?
    On another point wouldn't Leia have heard of Lando before Empire from this? Winter was there and I'm sure Han told the others at least once about it
     
  14. JackG

    JackG Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I wonder how Zahn will shoe-horn Thrawn into this novel. [face_thinking]
     
  15. The_Phantom_Calamari

    The_Phantom_Calamari Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Then again, something that happened three years back doesn't really seem like much of a "long time ago," as Han put it.
     
  16. Joe

    Joe Jedi Master star 6

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    Lando doesn't seem that upset about the Vaskila in Scoundrels. However, they do say he was desperate for money. It could always be he held back his anger at Han until ESB
     
  17. Manisphere

    Manisphere Jedi Master star 5

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    $18.99 at Walmart in the States?! I love how in Canada we not only never get those kinds of deals but we have to pay 12-15% tax after the sticker price.:mad:It's the reason I preordered the Audible version. Which is too bad. This looks like something I'd rather read than hear.

    Then again, we don't have anything as dumb as a fiscal cliff.
     
  18. JediAlly

    JediAlly Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    That's only because we're dumb enough to vote either to put idiots into office or to keep them in office.
     
  19. Manisphere

    Manisphere Jedi Master star 5

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    Oh, we vote for those guys too. Plenty.
     
  20. Grey1

    Grey1 Host: 181st Imperial Discussion Group star 4 VIP

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  21. Heat

    Heat Jedi Master star 1

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    What previews will be in this book? Crucible? Dawn of Jedi?
     
  22. krtmd

    krtmd Jedi Knight star 4

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    I thought there was supposed to be a preview of Crucible. Can anyone who already has a copy shed some light on this?
     
  23. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I've a list of things I want to comment on (mostly EU tidbits, not plot related at all) but I'll be waiting for the official release to post.
     
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  24. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Immortal Mod-King of the EUC, RPF and SWC star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    Preview info please?
     
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  25. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Uh, there's a 20ish page preview of Crucible and a 16 page preview from DotJ: Into the Void. As I'm not to the end of the book yet, I haven't read them.
     
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