Troop morale is at an all time high! You go, Yukizane.
WARNING, STAR WARS RANT INCOMING!
I’m currently listening to the audiobook for Star Wars Aftermath, the newest Star Wars novel exploring the new canon following Return of the Jedi. It’s… well, it’s certainly written in the present tense. I’m pretty sure that’s a first for a Star Wars novel, and I hate it. Maybe it’s just me, but present tense prose is wildly distracting and keeps dragging me out of the narrative. I guess, maybe, sometimes, present tense is effective, but it’s got to be alienating to most casual readers. So it sure seems like an odd choice to have the first, heavily advertised Star Wars novel of the new canon doing the ‘he says, she says’ instead of the ‘he said, she said’. I feel like most books written in present tense are either by pretentious authors who think they’re being avant garde, or authors writing smut. Seeing as how Aftermath has not had a single ounce of sex appeal so far, I’m betting it’s the former. I’m also concerned because this Aftermath book is part one of a trilogy of books leading up to Force Awakens. Don’t give me two more new canon SW novels in present tense, guys! I can’t do it, it’s just so obnoxious to read!!
As for the book’s story itself, well, I’m only about half an hour into it, and so far I’m not terribly impressed, it’s mostly just managed to make me nostalgic for the old canon’s later books that crammed 30 years of lore into each novel regularly. Even if those books weren’t literary masterpieces, they always made me feel like I was invested with how often they referenced that massive history of Expanded Universe content I’d spent years ingesting. The new books sometimes bring back EU terms and locations that make me almost forget that everything I once knew about the Star wars universe is a blank slate again. It makes me kind of sad that, so far, the new novels don’t seem to be injecting a lot of new ideas or memorable characters into the void left by the old canon. We’re my Mara Jade/Grand Admiral Thrawn/Jaina Solo analog?
I do keep hearing great things about Marvel’s Star Wars comic line, though! When they start publishing compilation graphic novels of those series, I’ll certainly be picking them up.Published on by Alex Kolesar