Friday, December 30, 2016

Bookworming: Specter of the Past

Specter of the Past, Timothy Zahn, **
The first in a two-book follow up to the Thrawn trilogy, Specter of the Past makes many of the same mistakes the Lucas prequels did when compared to its parent trilogy. It has relatively uninteresting villains, and the primary movers are politics and some deus ex Force. It is steeped in the continuity of the Expanded Universe, which is jarring for someone not familiar with it. Also unlike the Thrawn trilogy, this book does not have a self-contained conclusion. It is entirely setup for the next book. While the writing itself is as good as you would expect from Zahn, the book commits the cardinal sin of not resolving anything it sets up.

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