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Review: Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller October 13, 2014

Posted by sjroby in Book reviews.
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Review posted on Netgalley, based on reading a free advance ebook for a review:

Probably the most entertaining Star Wars novel I’ve read. Okay, I’ve only read 20 or so Star Wars novels, but that’s because I’ve never quite found what I was looking for. This time I found it. Fun. Remember that movie that came out in 1977? We just called it Star Wars then, not chapter 4 or A New Hope. It was fun. And too much of the Star Wars material since then has forgotten about fun.

That’s not to say this is a lighthearted walk through the daisies. A New Dawn has suspense, backstabbing, corporate intrigue, political machinations, action, chases, and explosions. A lot of work must have gone into the plotting, and how it’s driven by certain characters. Those characters have emotions and inner lives (though there are some whose viewpoints we don’t really get to see as much as we might). The prose flows smoothly, the dialogue works, the settings are described well. Even the villains have more than one dimension. Well, some of them. But the pacing is quick and the prose doesn’t get in the way (a problem I’ve had with some of the other authors I’ve tried), and the overall effect? Fun.

The only other thing I’ve read by John Jackson Miller is his recent Star Trek ebook novella, which I liked well enough, but this has me planning to buy more of his Star Wars work.

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