Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenobi Review Wrap-up

The reviews for Kenobi started coming into the blogosphere at the stroke of midnight. 

The Star Wars Underworld expressed views similar to my own, feeling that the romance elements were not needed and that "If you are expecting a book all about Obi-Wan Kenobi fighting hordes of Tusken Raiders as he defends the Lars Homestead and baby Luke, you may be disappointed."

Bryan, the webmaster over at Knights Archive, says that although Kenobi starts slow it "features lots of action and surprises, but it doesn’t get too complicated," and wraps up by calling it "a fun read and a stunning addition to your bookshelf."

Dunc at Club Jade calls the novel "a very good Star Wars book...but I wasn’t completely blown away by it" and notes that it fits "firmly in the current trend of books that require one to know very little beyond the films themselves."

Other reviews are more ebullient:

Bria at Tosche Station says that this is "the pitch perfect story about Obi-Wan Kenobi" and "easily one of the best Expanded Universe books in years," also praising the female characters.

Lightsaber Rattling says that Kenobi shows "quality and loving craftsmanship" and, in a sentiment that has been echoed around the internet a few times, compares it to Darth Plagueis in terms of quality and how it illuminates the movies. They also have a nice discussion of the theme of whether relationships are a help or a burden.

Kay at Fangirlblog says that for fans of "localized conflict and self-contained tales," this is the book you're looking for. "Miller is careful about not hitting the reader over the head most of the time," she says, except during Obi-Wan's meditations.

Eleven-ThirtyEight calls it "the smallest-scale Star Wars novel ever" and clearly engaged with the original characters, as well as nicely placing Kenobi within the context of the larger EU.

Mark Newbold at Jedi News compared the novel to the Brian Daley Han Solo novels instead of Plagueis and called it "brilliant" and "clever", also liking Obi-wan's role as the "man with no name."

Skuldren at Roqoo Depot found Kenobi to be "an addictive, engrossing tale" and Annileen to be a "strong female character done right."

EU Cantina  calls it "too good to put down" and finds keeping out of Kenobi's perspective to be "the perfect choice."

There are so many thoughtful reviews that I'm sure this book will be talked about for some time to come

Something else really cool came out of the Kenobi buzz too: The Clone Wars voice actor James Arnold Taylor read a first-person section of the novel in character as Obi-Wan. It's a great convergence of different parts of the EU, and makes the whole Star Wars universe feel cohesive.

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