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 fifth seed in the Yoda Bracket:
I have a lot of love for Ann Carol Crispin. Mostly because she wanted to write the back story of Princess Leia, a trilogy of book to take place between Episodes 3 and 4. While we get bits and pieces of that story through Star Wars Rebels and in other books I always thought Leia should get in her own book…and then I read Bloodline, or at least tried too. Crispin’s Star Wars main contribution ended up being the Han Solo Trilogy. These books deal with a 19-year-old Han and how became the lovable scoundrel we all know and love.
On top of all that this trilogy was released at a point in time when the Expanded Universe books had become…stale, or maybe just bad. The Han Solo Trilogy comes in at the very end of Bantam Spectra’s run with the Star Wars book license. Planet of Twilight which is probably my least favorite EU novel. It’s predecessor trilogy was The Black Feet Crisis which is my least favorite EU trilogy. I hadn’t yet found the X-Wing series which was in the middle of its initial run. And it is true the Hand of Thrawn Duology was almost ready to hit stores. However, so was I, Jedi which is divisive among the fans and to be perfectly honest its a tough read.
The Han Solo trilogy beings with the book The Paradise Snare and we begin with a 19-year-old Han who is conscripted to the pirate Garris Shrike. In this novel we learn why Han is skeptical of the force and religion in general and the book comes to a close with Han enrolling in the Imperial Academy.
The Hutt Gambit is the next novel in the trilogy and its purpose is mostly to tie together characters we know are from Han’s past (from many other forms of media) but most notably does not speak of Han meeting his fury buddy Chewbacca. That is the biggest flaw with this trilogy and it seems to come by directive from the powers that be.
The third book in the trilogy, Rebel Dawn, skips a period of time and has many other EU novels that come chronologically between it and the other two books. It also skips ahead in time within the narrative to allow for the other Han Solo Adventures to take place. This novel opens with Han winning the Millennium Falcon and closes with him about to sit down for that fateful meeting in that Mos Eisley cantina.
This is a really fun trilogy and it really is too bad that we never got a similar look into pre Original Trilogy Leia. Ann has also written several short stories for the shot story collections that were a big part of this time in the world of Star Wars books.
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