Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)

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So here we are with the first of the 19 books! As I stated before, I’ll be reading one Star Wars book a month till the release of Star Wars VIII. So on the 15th of every month I’ll be posting a new Star Wars book. Think of it as a fun way to count down to the the movie!

We have, Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends) by Timothy Zahn (best known for Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy & (The Conquerors Saga) is a prequel “novella” to Timothy Zahn’s Scoundrels.

16156151Lando Calrissian’s no stranger to card tournaments, but this one has a truly electrifying atmosphere. That’s because the prize is a rare sculpture worth a whopping fifty million credits. If Lando’s not careful, he’s going to go bust, especially after meeting identical twins Bink and Tavia Kitik, master thieves who have reason to believe that the sculpture is a fake. The Kitiks are beautiful, dangerous, and determined to set things right—and they’ve convinced Lando to help them expose the scam. But what they’re up against is no simple double cross, nor even a twisted triple cross. It is a full-blown power play of colossal proportions. For an unseen mastermind holds all the cards and has a fail-proof solution for every problem: murder.

Winner Lose All is a short story and it’s only about 65 pages long. Now I read this before reading Scoundrels, but I have a good idea on what happen in that novel. I rather enjoyed Winner Lose All, it’s a classic tale of “get rich quick” gambles. Murder, frame-ups, gambling, conniving and thievery, it’s all here! I also like the new characters that Zahn made for the story line, I think the only problem I had with the story. It was a little slow to take off, it it all comes together in the end. Not a bad way to start off a new book challenge, now that the Star Trek book challenge is coming to an end. So if you happen to find a copy of this story, give it a read.

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

SO!! In between all the Star Trek books I was able to worm a Star Wars novel into the time line. Thank God I did! As much as I love Trek and some of the novels are great, sadly there are So many that are just… Just a pile of crap. But I love the Challenge and will see it to the end. But we’re here to talk about the Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2) by . Now this is…

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Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

 

SO!! In between all the Star Trek books I was able to worm a Star Wars novel into the time line. Thank God I did! As much as I love Trek and some of the novels are great, sadly there are So many that are just… Just a pile of crap. But I love the Challenge and will see it to the end. But we’re here to talk about the Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2) by . Now this is the second book in the Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1)Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #2) The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #3))  So if you haven’t read any of the Trilogy yet, leave now….

216442The dying Empire’s most cunning and ruthless warlord–Grand Admiral Thrawn–has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic’s destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council–only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness…and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

The over all story is good and picks up right where the first novel leaves off. The characters are are well balanced and Zahn as a good handle on the history. Not as much action in the novel unlike the first one. It’s more political if anything else. But what there was, it was well done and the humor was great! Zahn introduced some new characters that came off a little flat to me. If they died, I wouldn’t care to much. I wish his did more with C’Boath, that was rather lackluster between  him and Luke. But then that’s just me.. But over all I loved the book and happy I read something different hahaha. I need to get back into the Star Wars expanded universe, I haven’t read them in years. Hmmm could this be my next book challenge, once I’m finished my Star Trek? After a break of course hahaha. What do you guys think?Star-Wars-Book Challenge_Silver