First, the good: there are one or two good moments in the beginning of this book. The bad: after those good moments, the story plummets and is just mind-numbingly dull for the next 10 hours. Characterizations of Obi-wan and Organa are awful, the story creeps along and the only things that kept me listening to the entire book were (1) I was at work anyway, (2) it's still Star Wars, and (3) I hoped it would get better. Unfortunately, it's just no good at all.
I love and hate Star Wars books and am the biggest critic of the SW genre you'll come across. I was initially looking forward to "Kenobi" because Miller hasn't written much SW and I was eager to see what he could do; so many of the other SW writers have turned out to be huge disappointments. Then I found out Kenobi's not in much of the book so I just took it off my wishlist in disgust.
For some reason I changed my mind and I'm glad I did. It's true, Kenobi's not in this book much and that's strange for a book titled "Kenobi." But the writing is very, very good. It flows easily and the dialogue's great -- not like most Star Wars books. It feels like a western. It's very Star Wars. The Sandpeople get fleshed out and I thought that'd be boring, but it wasn't. An outstanding effort. John Jackson Miller, Paul Kemp, Karen Traviss. You can't go wrong with those SW authors if you're looking for deeper stories than those put out by the usual SW stable of writers. I'll definitely be looking for more of Miller's work in the future.
I haven't always been a fan of Luceno's work in the past, but this is easily one of the best stories to come out of the EU. The narration is spot-on perfect. This book deserves to be canonized as one of the upcoming spin-off movies.
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