So, some years ago, I finally got around to reading the Thrawn trilogy. I had heard for so long about how great these books were, what classics they were, and how much they meant to Star Wars At the time, I was struck y one thing: The unbelievable coincidence factor. How many things just happen to occur at the right time, and how two or three different groups of people all end up in the same place in the great big galaxy time and time again. Now, years later, I decided to refresh myself with these stories by reading the graphic novel adaptation. It's cool, because you can read an entire book in one sitting. Its' the closest thing to sitting down and watching a film adaptation as you're gonna Got. So I read Heir tot eh Empire and Dark Force Rising the past two days, and am getting on The Last Command today. And I am reminded of just how ridiculous the coincidence factor is. Just striving to recall the events of the first book alone, there is a point where Luke goes off on his own adventure from Han and Leia. Then, they both decided to go see Lando, and both end up at his planet at the same time. Okay, well they're all friends with Lando, so I suppose that's not TOO much of a stretch. But then Grand Admiral Thrawn just happens to choose that planet to raid for it's machines. That planet out of the whole galaxy. There's other stuff like that. Like the idea of Luke and Han later both going to see Talon Karrde, who Grand Admiral Thrawn also coincidentally wants to see, thus leading to the climax of said book. That's just week. Although, I suppose, to a certain extent, it's understandable. I mean, it's a great big galaxy, but there are a few people who are the big players. That's not much of an excuse. It's just a reason it' snot quite as dumb as what comes next. In Dark Force Rising there is the character of Niles Ferrier, whom Luke and Lando meet twice in a row, in completely separate places in the galaxy, completely unrelated. Could the author have not just easily written in that he had followed them? But even that's not the worst of it. The worst of it is when Talon Karrde is finally revealed to know the location of the long-lost Outbound Flight "Dark Force" dreadnaughts, and is convinced to give them to Lei and Luke, while AT THE SAME TIME, Han and Lando meet Senator Bel Iblis, a completely separate, unrelated character who ALSO happens to have discovered a few Dark Force dreadnaughts. And in the single most coincidental event in the history of the galaxy, both of these men end up helping the Alliance battle the Empire over the fleet. So I'm kind of skeptic about why this is supposed to be such a great masterpiece. Add to that, I'm just confused by the plot. I feel like I'm reading the graphic novel adaptation of "Syriana," rather than a Star Wars book. So...Yeah. I guess what I'm wondering is, does anyone else have anything to say about this. I mean, come on, I can't be the only guy to point all this out!