Hard Merchandise

September 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

merchandiseHard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter



For better or for worse, I have committed myself to reading all of the Star Wars books. Some have been exceptional, most have been mediocre, but only one so far has been downright bad and embarrassing to read. Jeter’s entire Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy, though, is the first one I’ve read that was outright boring.

The characters in this series are flat, the plots are unengaging, and the action is more likely to put you to sleep than to keep you interested. It’s a shame, too, because Jeter’s ideas are pretty cool, and his outlook on the Expanded Universe is a bit darker than expected, but he doesn’t do much with those ideas. It doesn’t help that the character everyone probably wants to read about — Boba Fett — feels more like an incidental character, since Dengar and Neelah come across as the central characters for the entire series.

Speaking of Neelah, at one point in the book, around the 100-page mark, Jeter refers to her as “the female Neelah”, which threw me. Irrespective of the fact that this is the final book in a trilogy, in which she’s featured prominently in the story, this isn’t even her first appearance in this book, where she’s already been established as female. Why make such an odd distinction in the narrative? It wasn’t even a quote; it was part of the narrative.

I’ve been more engaged reading program code, or watching a PowerPoint presentation, than I was reading this trilogy. It’s just terrible, moreso because it had the potential to be something a lot better. I wouldn’t recommend this book or series at all.

Started: August 21, 2018
Finished: September 2, 2018

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