The Courtship of Princess Leia, by Dave Wolverton

February 19, 2011 at 16:11 (Book Reviews, Fiction, Poorly Rated Books, Star Wars Saturday!) (, , , , )

1/10

The most offensive thing about this book is its decision to forget the fact that this is not Star Hang Out, but Star Wars. Apparently, despite Wolverton’s hurried recognition that the Empire is hardly over and done with, his heroes still have little better to do than swan around the galaxy, kick back in seedy cantinas and generally make a royal mess of any sort of Star Wars chronology, subsequent books bending over backwards to explain why the backwater world of Dathomir and its slovenly “Force Witches” are significant enough to draw the undivided attention of both the Republic and the Empire.

Put simply, this book is a selfish hijack of the Star Wars franchise, because Dave Wolverton believes that we’d rather read about Dathomir and Hapes than Star Wars. This is not a surprise, for anyone who has read his contributions to the short story anthologies. He is a fluent (if priggish) writer, and some of his non-genre work might be worth a cursory investigation, but he has neither respect for the Star Wars universe, nor apparently the ability to adjust his style. If his additions to the chronology had been at all interesting, he might have been excused somewhat for his intrusion. After all, there have been more disruptive and more important abrasions than the Hapans (the Yuuzhan Vong or the Emperor Reborn, to name but two). Unfortunately, Wolverton’s original characters are inspid, unlikely and boring, and his bold new worlds and “invincible foes” are plastic recreations of the sort of fairy tales we all hate. This book is a colossal waste of time.

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