More specifically these are thoughts on the Disney Star Wars timeline post Return of the Jedi.
To be fair everything the Mouse has done in between the two trilogies has been very good. The books set in this time period are great. Tarkin and A New Dawn are among my favorite Star Wars books of all time. Star Wars Rebels is awesome, granted I watch it with my kid so there is an extra cool factor for me personally, but I do not see anyone saying anything negative about it. I also suspect Rogue One is going to be a superior film to The Force Awakens in every way.
So kudos to the Mouse for making things that hardcore Star Wars fanboys, like myself, are into.
However, almost everything I have read and seen post Return of the Jedi (in story line chronological order) has been pretty awful. Say what you will about TFA…it is a remake of A New Hope but was fan service to all the none fanboys out there. I am ok with that. The movies are for everyone but the books and what not are for the more hardcore fans. So far the post ROTJ books are just bad.
Bloodline is almost unreadable. I have tried to get through it twice and have only got to pare 100 or so. I have read two thirds of the Aftermath Trilogy by Chuck Wendig and while I am still hopeful to a big payoff for that story the style of these books is just irritating. While Life Debt is much stronger than the first part of the trilogy it is still a book of mostly filler.
To be fair the expectations for the first Aftermath novel were way too high and were very unlikely to be met. However it does not excuse Mr. Wendig for going on internet tirades bragging about how much he got paid to write it. Just to be clear I don’t like Aftermath because it failed to compare to the works in the old Expanded Universe, (and I can easily think of five Expanded Universe books that are far worse…The Courtship of Princess Leia, Planet of Twilight, DarkSaber, Children of the Jedi, and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor) I dislike Aftermath because its just not a very good book. It fails to reach the depths that some of the other Star Wars novels have.
On top of all that it is written in a style that practically yells at the reader how much in the know the author is of the Star Wars Universe. Way to many call backs and little clever lines by Mr. Wendig which ring as false to this fanboy.
While I am glad that the marriage between Han Solo and Leia Organa is no longer based on kidnapping…the new cannon treats the marriage of these two as an afterthought. In the new cannon the two are married on Endor following the destruction of the second Death Star, and is only metioned in passing. It is a very anti-climatic way to handle the marriage of two people that is going to define the cannonical timeline for the next 30 years.
Beyond that…where the fuck is Luke Skywalker? We saw him for 30 seconds at the end of The Force Awakens, and in Rey’s vision…those are his only two appearances in cannon works in over 30 years of storyline time. While the old EU may have included him way too often…the Mouse has gone way to far the other way. There has to be a book about how Luke built his Jedi order and that has to happen sooner rather than later. I’m talking before Episode 8 soon.