It is finally March and that means it is time for brackets. All kinds of brackets from College Basketball to dessert toppings and everything in between. With that in mind this blog will be doing a Star Wars authors bracket.
I am taking on the Vince McMahon role for this endeavor. That means I picked the authors who I felt most qualified to be considered. I don’t think I made any huge omissions but some of you may…This is the 32 authors I think have had the most impact on the Star Wars book universe and more importantly have entertained all the Star Wars book readers. They will be broken into four brackets; Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Grand Moff Tarkin. The Authors have been seeded 1 through 8 again most due to my own personal judgement while taking into consideration how the authors works are viewed by the readers at large.
With that being said I give you the second seed in the Grand Moff Tarkin Bracket:
At this point what this tournament needs is some controversy. I can think of no other Star Wars author to give us said controversy than Matthew Stover. His Star Wars books are far more violent and morally grey than what was the norm for the Expanded Universe. For me, it brings a fresh perspective to the books and let’s be honest after reading more than 100 EU novels something different always stands out.
His first Star Wars novel was Traitor a later entry in the New Jedi Order series. This is an important work because it begins planting the seeds of Jacen Solo’s eventual turn to the dark side. This book is almost torture porn as a good chunk of deals with the Yuuzhan Vong operative Vergere trying to break him. He may not ever break in the truest sense but without a doubt this experience forever changes Jacen and his relationship with the force. That is a heavy EU theme throughout the next 15 books or so.
His next EU entry would be the opening novel in the Clone Wars series, Shatterpoint. This was a huge push by Lucasfilm to launch The Clone Wars cartoon, and was another of their vast multimedia projects. By this time they had learned how to execute a plan like this quite well. The novel follows Jedi Master Mace Windu and his struggles with religion and war. It gives us a lot of the details into his back story.
Stover’s next project was the novelization of Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith. As a rule I tend to shy away from the novelization of the movies but his one is very unique. Working closely with James Luceno the book form of ROTS is the middle part of a trilogy with Labyrinth of Evil being the fist installment, and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader being the third installment. In this book Stover makes reference to a lot of other Star Wars projects which is sort of unusual for the film novelizations. It also includes all the cut scenes from the movie. He was the perfect writer to deal with the dark tone of the movie.
Stover’s final EU novel would be Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. This is not my favorite EU novel and is told in a fairly odd way. I am not sure why that is or why this book was ever published. It was delayed twice, and in the end I suppose it was meant to ret-con the past and tell the story of why Luke was not still a member of the New Republic military in the later books. In Truce at Bakura he very much is but by the time of The Thrawn Trilogy he is not. I guess the intention was to tell that story. This book is weird, hard to follow, and a very hard read.
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