With trying to bring some new life into my blog, but also with working a full-time job I don’t have the time to write original stories as much as I like. But I read a lot and finish a lot of books so I can (try to) write about that! This piece has been in the making for over a week since I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like it that much, so maybe I’ve overestimated my ability a bit…
Let’s start with the last book I read, which was -to confirm my nerdism- The Paradise Snare, the first in the Star Wars Legends trilogy about Han Solo.
I bought the book because it’s Star Wars. There are three major fandoms I’m very much into Harry Potter (deep in it), Game of Thrones (I know everything) and Star Wars. I read all the Harry Potter books, including Magical beast and the cursed child multiple times, same goes for Game of Thrones but I hadn’t seen a Star Wars book before. Naturally, when I saw it, it was mine.
Anyway, the book is about the earlier years of Han Solo and how he became the awesome smuggler he is. The fun thing about it was learning about Han and how he grew up, I’m not actually sure whether the Star Wars movies follow these books though. Besides the fact that some background for Han Solo is cool, the book wasn’t amazingly written. It’s a bit of the standard ‘Hot guy is lonely and becomes the hero by being hot and super clever, and figures out things nobody else figured out before and saves the day’.
There is no exact point I can name as the thing that made the book less interesting for me. The fact that it’s about a character I love makes the book worth reading, but it hasn’t got a great plot or storyline. Han changes over the course of the book, but very little. His backstory is explained a little, but I never got sucked into his misery (and there has been plenty, especially in the beginning of his life). Most of the characters were a bit flat: Garris Shrike is an asshole, Bria is cute and Muuurgh is loyal. Only Han is a bit more complex: he has some morals but will throw them out of the window when needed.
Overall I enjoyed reading the book, but mostly because it’s about Han and I like him. He’s still the witty, sarcastic Han from the movies and when you envisioning Harrison Ford, Han becomes the Han we all love and miss.
Tips and pointers for next time? Let me know! I’ll be ever so grateful