Sunday, January 17, 2016

Internal Hutt Politics

Just finished book 2 in The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit, by A. C. Crispin (1997). A fun read, a great follow up to book 1. I'm ready to start #3.

What's not to like? Han and Chewie, meeting Lando, Boba Fett, Jabba and the other hutts, Soontir Fel*, a rag tag space battle featuring an ad hoc smuggler and pirate fleet versus a second rate Outer Rim Imperial force. Even an "off-page" appearance by Darth Vader!

Nate thought I would like this series, and he was right. I am a big fan. The amount of great development and cross-pollination going on in these books is wonderful. A nice balance between making up tons of new stuff (Hutt clans, politics, biology) and working in known stuff (the types of equipment and spaceships used, some of the planets visited, etc). One of my new favorite SW phrases: "Minions of Xendor!"

It felt a bit strange to think of Han and Chewie sharing an apartment as a couple of young bachelor roommates, but what the heck. This book also subscribes to the "Long Hyperspace Travel Times" idea, like needing 5 days to travel from Corellia to Coruscant. Otherwise, the book is wonderful.

*As a side note, including Soontir Fel as a character in a book published in September of 1997 was pretty awesome, as he was 'invented', as far as I can tell, by Stackpole et al in a Dark Horse comics series first published in August of 1997. Now that's some great teamwork, SW!

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