Dmitry R R itibaren Makhdumpur Urf Sekhanpur, Uttar Pradesh 229203, Hindistan
Ok, I realize I have a huge bias here, but I love Star Wars and even the mediocre stories have a warmth and familiarity to them that make me happy to read, and Millennium Falcon is no different. It's an interesting take in the Star Wars EU saga being that it's only a single novel in a field of multi-part epics lately, but it fills the gap between the events of the previous tragedy involving Jacen and the future and in the meantime reveals nuggets of information that Star Wars fans may have been scratching their heads at for quite some time. Where did the Falcon come from? How did Han get her? Luceno constructs a decent, but not too mysterious and not too involved treasure hunt for the lost history of the Falcon and does so through layers of narrative and an overall organization that is interesting. While a former owner traces the lineage forward in time, the Solos trace it backward to a fateful intersection involving an 80 year old secret from the days of the Clone Wars. The newer characters introduced aren't that memorable, but Luceno gets the Solos down perfectly and manages to give a bit of personality to the anthropomorphic Falcon. Interspersed in the narrative are vignettes from the history of the EU with Han and the Falcon and at times, this book feels like an attempt to catch new readers up to speed with what's been going on in the SW universe since the original trilogy ended, mainly through the eyes of the ship that everyone recognizes and loves so much. Fun reading for SW fans, but probably not that engaging or exciting for people not hugely invested in the characters and the mythos of the Star Wars universe itself.