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Star Wars The New Jedi Order #13: Traitor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    All symantics, no content

    This book could have been the most revolutionary Star Wars title ever. Instead, it was a bunch of hot air. It's obvious that the creative directors behind the NJO series were trying to change the way everyone looks at the Force, but they picked the wrong author to do it. Instead of a book full of profound insight, we got a book full of word games. Instead of original thinking, we got metaphysical cliches. I am amazed that the author was able to use so many words to express so few ideas. Stover (the author) makes Dickens look terse! By removing all of the sentences with a net meaning of zero, a good editor could easily reduce this book to a short story and still get the entire message across. The worst part is that you have to sift through all of the junk in these pages to get at the few meaningful passages so that the next books in the series will make sense. If you are reading the NJO series, I recommend getting a summary from someone who has already suffered through this lobotomy-inducing abomination so that you don't have to read it yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Tedious and Tiresome

    . . . and not the Star Wars I've loved for years. This book takes the darkness and horror show antics of the NJO to new lows. It is like reading (and reading and reading) those gruesome, endless passages of the doomed voxin mission in Star by Star . . . endlessly . . . for 292 pages . . . without the comic(?) relief of C3P0 tricking Baby Ben's would-be kidnappers nor the heroic(?) death of Borsk Fey'lya. As an NJO novel, this book is a waste of paper. The 'great new revelations' about the true nature of the Force in Traitor are neither great, new, nor revelations for anyone who's been paying attention to Star Wars literature in the last 4 or 5 years. The final outcome of Traitor could have been summed up in a couple chapters in some other book. 'Dark Journey' would have been an ideal book to show the seemingly divergent, yet actually convergent reactions and responses of the Solo Twins to Anakin's death. As a book in a franchise series spawned by PG movies, Traitor is reprehensible. It should not be read by anyone whose parents don't send them to PG-13 movies. The vivid and continuous depictions of Jacen's helplessness alone take this book out of the PG range. The endlessly repulsive descriptions of Vong flora and fauna and the graphic portrayals of Jacen's various battle scenes are enough to push the limits of a PG rating. The two combined rate an R as far as I am concerned. As for the mechanics of the book, I found Traitor distracting to read. To switch from present tense to immediate past tense (standard storytelling) to flashback was annoying and just seemed like sloppy story telling. The judicious use of 'flashback' and telling rather than showing CAN move a story along. In this case, though, it was overdone, making the story choppy and jerky. And the use of present tense, in a novel for anyone over 5, is ridiculous. 'See Jacen hurt. Hurt, Jacen, hurt.' Does the PG-13 or R rating of Traitor mean this book is an edgy, hard hitting, deeply philosophical coming of age book for young adults? Hardly. The 'philosophy' is very juvenile and the 'hard questions' have been asked before. I found nothing in Vergere's philosophy that Luke and Mara (and Corran, Callista, and even Waru) hadn't questioned numerous times. The light vs. dark, good vs. evil debate itself is not new either. Here's a rather recent example from another series: 'There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.' This is how Lord Voldermort corrupted Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

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    Posted November 23, 2008

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