The Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Stars’ End

October 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

endThe Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Stars’ End by Brian Daley

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When I started reading the Star Wars books (at least, once I committed to reading all of them), I decided to read them in chronological order. Past experience with other series suggested this wasn’t the best idea, but it seemed like a good way to introduce myself to the Expanded Universe. Now that I’m starting to get into some of the older books, though, I see that I’ve made a mistake.

In Han Solo at Stars’ End, one of the plot points revolve around Doc, a mechanic for criminals and other scoundrels, having gone missing. What’s cool is that A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, which precedes this chronologically but succeeds it in publication order, ends with a reference to Doc, setting it up to flow directly into this series. In a way, it’s neat to see how a later author uses an earlier story to support their own, but in another, I feel like I’m missing a lot of other Easter eggs by reading these all out of order.

The book itself is okay. It’s written well, and has an engaging plot, but it doesn’t have much of an emotional connection. I found myself checking out a lot during some of the longer narrative bits, which is something I found happening a lot with The Adventures of Lando Calrissian, though I think Daley’s book is written better and feels more like Star Wars than Smith’s books did. I feel like I missed some portions of the story, but at the same time, I feel like I didn’t miss anything at all, since there weren’t any loose plot points that I could see. It just didn’t feel significant at all.

I get the feeling that had I read this when it was first published (1979; it was the second EU book, written even before The Empire Strikes Back), I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Now, though, that the Star Wars universe is so expansive and rich, it feels oddly constrained, given that it wasn’t as dependent on anything that came before it. It’s a quick read, by any means, and it’s a neat piece of history when it comes to Star Wars. I wouldn’t recommend it for casual readers, though.

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