Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka

September 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

lando3Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith

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I wasn’t holding out hope that the series would improve with its final book, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s just as boring and inconsequential as the previous books, and about as much a part of the Star Wars universe as a Clint Eastwood movie.

The antagonist from the previous two books, Rokur Gepta (no, I didn’t remember his name; I had to write it down so I’d remember to mention him by name) appears again, confirming that he was going to be the antagonist for the series. Lando defeats him in a battle that spans three pages. The next time someone asks me for an example of “anticlimactic”, this will be the one I use.

Absent from this book: characterization; showing; anything else related to the Star Wars universe. He also makes another reference to “Another time and place”, referring to Earth, thus breaking the illusion of the story (such as it is).

None of these books have been well written. I glossed over so much of the narrative, realizing that I had read a couple of pages without getting any of it. I didn’t care enough to go back to re-read it. It wasn’t worth it.

My favorite quote from the book was “CEASE FIRE OR BE DESTROYED! THERE WILL BE NO SECOND WARNING!” because it was, in fact, a second warning. The first one had come on the previous page.

Don’t read these books. Before this trilogy, I was convinced that Aftermath was the worst of the books, but Smith raised the bar a bit further. Short they may be, but it will still take a few days to finish them, and you’ll hate every minute of it.

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