Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Kenobi

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

That was a satisfying read. Two things I've always loved are Star Wars and westerns. Here, we have a blending of sorts.

Have you ever wondered how Obi-Wan ended up living as a hermit in the desert of Tatooine? The "why" of this decision is known to fans of the Star Wars series, but here is a chance to see how things went for him as he moved in and got settled.

Lots of references to the movie series are here, as expected. But with that, it's a pretty self-contained story. Assuming the reader has seen the movies. And honestly, who would read this book having not seen the films?

There were even a few minor questions answered. One that always bugged me was about his name. He changed it from "Obi-Wan" to "Ben", in order to hide from the Sith. But why in the hell did he keep his surname of Kenobi if he wanted to hide? That's answered here.

It got a bit hokey towards the end, as the climax to the story came together. But not too bad, certainly not enough to take away overall enjoyment of the book. I will say that there are some characters I'd like to revisit later on, to see how they got along. I'd also like to see more Tatooine-based western-styled fiction. Nice....

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