hah, one of my chief problems with Zahn is i feel like his characters are all dull and blandly written, at best; when it comes to preexisting ones often they're badly characterized to boot. Either that, or he takes them in directions that are less than ideal development-wise. so yeah, i guess it's a matter of personal taste, here. but yeah Zahn's take on the Force is actually what i was chiefly getting at when i said he doesn't get the mythos on a fundamental level, because yeah, i agree that the Force is a source of guidance and enhancement to a person's abilities, and an advisor and a tool to build on character-- but the thing is it's also magic, and God, and puppetmaster of the galaxy. not to get all Stover here, but it's all those things, and more, yknow? and my problem is Zahn seems to prefer treating the Force as a power source for a set of mild psionic abilities while all but ignoring the magical or spiritual aspects. and when he does try to address the Force on a spiritual level it comes off as him coming up with an excuse to power down Luke significantly because he seems uncomfortable with the Force being used for anything aside from ESP and small-scale TK.