Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Star Wars: Shatterpoint
Matthew Woodring Stover

After the battle of Geonosis, Jedi Master Mace Windu returns home to the jungle planet of Haruun Kal to look for his former trainee, Depa Billaba. A mysterious recording Depa left behind at the scene of a terrible massacre is the only clue to her fate.

Lost in the Stars....

Ooof. A real "heart of darkness" journey into the jungle, into despair and into the soul of war. This was a well written book - lots of action, lots of detail beyond my knowledge and expertise, Star Wars-wise. Oh, and a few words for the Galactic Phrasebook, too.

There is a weird arc, in these "Clone War era" novels: no matter how heroic and valiant the battles - you KNOW the Jedi will ALL BE DEAD by the time Luke Skywalker joins the rebellion. And you know the Jedi are fighting "Separatists" who are *really* acting as sock puppets for the Emperor-to-be. And yet they fight, nobly, heroicly and at times, as in this book, at great cost.

This is another of the current SW novels which I think are providing a way to make Mil SF fun and full of bravado, while having a generally antiwar theme.