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#2205

Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

So read it, what did I make of it? The biggest problem, one which it never manages to overcome, is the book, as a whole, doesn’t work.

Generally, if you do a story from either an anti-hero, so Punisher, or villain’s viewpoint, you need something to set them against that is more monstrous than they are. The problem here is this book gives us a much more extreme version of the Imperial viewpoint. Compared to the likes of Fel or Ciena or Jahan Cross, Iden is a far, far more fervant believer in the Empire, up to and including being an enthusiastic supporter of the Death Star, defending it at the Battle of Yavin. This hasn’t been done before, while it’s an interesting experiment, one that I think fails, the bigger reason for not doing it is it places Iden so far along the axis that anyone or anything she is set in opposition will be less of a monster. In terms of generating a conflicted attitude in the reader, it’s quite successful, but does it in turn make for a good read? No, not for me. Oh the book certainly tries to humanise Iden from the initial portrait but it never, ever feels genuine. That the Dreamers are a bunch of redshirts, despite the best attempts of the story to flesh them out and make their various deaths matter, doesn’t help either. Oh and it really dragged in the middle.

So this was a book I had to pretty much force myself to read. Fortunately it was only just over 300 pages, had it been 400 it would have probably been too much. Though, the plot didn’t have the fuel for 400 pages either.

The one area where the book is a total success is the aesthetic presentation - the cover, the internal pages - it all works very well to enhance it quite a bit.

The problem remains, however, that it’s a book about four psychopathic bastards with no redeeming characteristics whatsoever - clearly that was also the aim, but it’s one that can’t work for me.

The other weird aspect was the discordance that ran through the book, Iden’s all for war and battle but only so long as she wins. When she loses? Like at Yavin? That’s just cheating terrorism. Similarly the whole outrage over being strip searched stood out as a strange thing to be outraged over given everything else Iden’s enthused for. As for the operation involving mass kiddie killing, it felt a quite manipulative move but guess what, Iden was fine with it. As an exercise in how far you can push the reader before they walk away in disgust, it just about works but only in that respect.

It’s going to be interesting to see what people make of the BF2 campaign story, as the promise of the First Order is to simply be a more brutal Empire, which will fit this lot just fine.

I have to admit that, if this or when this goes out of print and the hardback goes up in value, then it’ll probably get sold.


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Commercial porg bombardment commencing…


#2210

All the other crap surrounding this movie does absolutely zero for me but this picture hits my inner geek right in the heart.


#2211

Yep, it’s great, a crap-free version is here:

Also got my copy of Leia: Princess of Alderaan today too.


#2212

Me too. I am looking forward to it. Lost Stars was great.


#2213

@VonDooom, you know you want a Darth Vader kettlebell. Onnit’s crushing it again:


#2214

That is so cool. I love Onnit.


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#2216

They really don’t.


#2217

A nice upcoming cover for Empire.


#2218

Yeah, it does seem more speculation than anything.


#2219

Yeah, it’s essentially reading the chapter titles.


#2220

They’re very attuned to the possibility of advance spoilers these days, so I would be very surprised if any of the new wave of toys and merchandise gave anything significant away.

We’re a long way from ‘Qui-Gon’s Noble End’.


#2221

And Luke Skywalker has been replaced… By Optimus Prime.


#2222

Some new info below, have hidden in Summary as spoiler codes, even when using the options button to add it don’t want to work.

Summary

So a couple of new ship designs came out for The Last Jedi:

Snoke’s ship is a new Star Destroyer type called, wait for it, Mega-class. And yes the Transformers jokes have already started:

https://i.imgur.com/EsvWhks.jpg

It’s also 60km wide which is 3 Super Star Destroyers worth. Conceptually I like the idea - a mobile base able to build and repair any vessel, up to and including capital ships, but the design doesn’t do much for me. Still more interested in how the Eclipse looks.

There’s also a new Mon Cal cruiser type, with a very neat name - the Raddus:

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170901/3e76f9f77a024ae3f0bb378411ed2a0e.jpg

The Last Jedi has an awful lot to do, but I’m becoming a bit more optimistic about its chances.


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Oh, looks like SuperSmurf is back.