I thought I'd give some quick thoughts on two Star Wars books and the first volume of "Dark Times" I have just finished, no real reason. Thought I'd keep my channel from being completely dead. So here we go!
Ahsoka = WHAT!? I READ A DISNEY CANON BOOK!? Surely this is a sign of the end times. But in all seriousness, I read this because my brother was a huge Ahsoka fan, he read it, and he wanted me to read it as well. So I did, and... eh. It's okay, there are some pretty good parts, but there are also some parts I either didn't like or just didn't understand, like how one of the female characters introduced in this book kissed Ahsoka in the end. It felt like it came out of nowhere to me, like "Hey, you know what this book needs? Some romance, have there be one kiss at the end that turns things really awkward and then NEVER bring up again." It's not a bad book, but I feel like it's there simply to fill in the blanks. That's not bad, but I do have some issues. One, why is this only a single year after Episode 3? For me, I would've gone closer to five as that would give the sense that Ahsoka truly has had to go through some hard times, watching the Empire do all these terrible things for so long but being too scared to do anything in fear for her life and anyone close to her, but that's just me and I will admit it only being a year isn't a negative, just odd that its only a year. Personally, I feel like you could've just read the Wookiepedia page on Ahsoka, learn about these events on there, and not have that different of a experience. "Oh, but you're just saying that because it's Disney Canon." To prove you wrong, here's literally the very next Star Wars book I read and just finished up not even a week ago.
The Approaching Storm = You remember in Episode 2 when Palpatine suggested that Anakin and Obi-Wan be Padme's bodyguards, and Mace Windu says that would be possible due to them returning from some peace talks? This book is about that peace talk... and my thoughts on it were the exact same thoughts I had on Ahsoka. It's there, fills in some information, read wookiepedia to get the same experience, and... that's it. I do like that it's not just Anakin and Obi-Wan, but also Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee as well with them, giving some other Jedi time to shine, but... yeah, it's only there to serve as foreshadowing that some groups of people are already planning on leaving the Republic and joining Count Dooku, whom you don't see or hear from until the end. If you want to read either of these two, I don't think you'll regret it, but I don't think these books are "Must reads".
Dark Times Volume One = The comic is dark in tone when it wants to be... but this has a problem with me. The story starts off with two characters shortly after Episode 3, one Jedi and one Separatist ally, and they're trying to fight off the 501st. The battle ends with all the males of the species dying out except for the one with the Jedi, and the women and children are captured before being told by the Emperor that, since none of them are males, they would do the Empire's work force little good but they could be sold for money to at least help give the Empire some more money themselves. So... Mission failure, until the two find a ship filled with a crew of... god, I don't even know how many people. Besides the main two characters, I remember the Captain, Captain Heren, and the female human pilot who is not shy about showing off some skin.
Besides them... every other crew member on here, and there's like five others, are forgettable. I like the idea of the story, and the execution isn't bad, but only the two main characters are given enough time and focus for us to care about them. It is also dark because the non-Jedi character, Bomo, had a wife and daughter who was sold to slavery. They then find out the wife was killed when her daughter was about to be sold, being killed for causing too much of a ruckus, and the daughter... was sold to some rich guy who kills her because he can... and that he also wants to eat her. This is literally screaming to me, "HEY! LOOK HOW DARK WE ARE! LOOK HOW DARK WE ARE! CANNIBALISM IS SO EVIL AND DARK AND EDGY!" I am about to read Volume two... but I don't feel much excitement for it.
There, channel's still limping along now. Hooray? Anyways, if you all have read any of these three, let me know what your thoughts were in the comments below, and I will see you all next time!