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The Legends Of Luke Skywalker Book Review


The potential is there, but the execution is not.

Written by author Ken Liu, “The Legends of Luke Skywalker” is an anthology book that features 6 different stories and perceptions of the mythical Luke Skywalker from across the galaxy. The stories are told from the rag-tag crew members of a transport ship (The Wayward Current) that is en route to Canto Bight (soon to be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”). “The Myth Buster” is a story that gets all the facts wrong about Luke as he is envisioned as part of a gang of criminals and con artists, “The Starship Graveyard” finds Luke encountering a Star Destroyer Gunner in the Battle of Jakku, “Fishing In The Deluge” finds Luke on an ocean world (Lew’el) seeking knowledge about “The Tide,” “I, Droid” finds Luke rescuing R2-D2 from slavers, “The Tale Of Lugubrious Mote” revolves around the opening of “Return of the Jedi” at Jabba’s Palace from the POV of a mole-flea, and “Big Inside” is a tale of a scientist and Luke inside of a space slug.

On paper, “The Legends of Luke Skywalker” sounds like a great concept for a “Star Wars” book. The notion of how others in the galaxy perceive Luke (whether it be fact or fiction) is a great set-up for an anthology novel. Unfortunately, ‘Legends’ is largely an embarrassing collection of stories that have no weight to them.

From the first story to the last, I found myself baffled by what I reading. I realize this was meant for a younger demographic, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that these stories feel entirely dumbed down. “The Tale Of Lugubrious Mote,” for instance, is far and away the worst thing I have read in the new “Star Wars” canon. I couldn’t believe that I was reading a story from the POV of a mole-flea and I couldn’t believe that the mole-flea was talking to (and directing) characters we know and love. It was almost offensively bad. The rest of the stories don’t fare much better. The wrap-around story on The Wayward Current lacks character, the descriptions in every story are long winded, Luke dresses up as a droid in “I, Droid” (don’t ask), Admiral Ackbar is imagined as a puppet in “The Myth Buster,” and “Fishing In The Deluge” feels like “Avatar” fan fiction in the “Star Wars” universe. About the only intriguing element presented here is learning about what the force is in other cultures in the stories “Fishing In The Deluge” and “Big Inside,” but those elements certainly don’t make up for the many, many flaws.

It should be noted that the best thing in these pages are the illustrations by J.G. Jones. The vivid pictures say more than any of the written material does.

Overall Thoughts: “The Legends of Luke Skywalker” is filled with clunky writing and goofy stories. Unless you have to read everything in the new canon, feel free to skip this one and check out other titles like “Leia, Princess of Alderaan” or “Lost Stars” instead.

November 19, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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