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Reading or in the case of Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy rereading Star Wars books, with all their cheesie craptasticness is a great reminder of just how bad George Lucas universe is It is all contradictions and stock characters and pretty lights and bad plots and predictability and self referential bullshit and unspeakable dialogue and sci fantastic worlds And that s exactly why we love them so much or at least why I do because they are drivel.So when A.C Crispin, who is obviously a Reading or in the case of Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy rereading Star Wars books, with all their cheesie craptasticness is a great reminder of just how bad George Lucas universe is It is all contradictions and stock characters and pretty lights and bad plots and predictability and self referential bullshit and unspeakable dialogue and sci fantastic worlds And that s exactly why we love them so much or at least why I do because they are drivel.So when A.C Crispin, who is obviously a fan of Han Solo, has her hero leading smugglers in an attack on an Imperial Fleet come to destroy Nar Shaddaa, it doesn t matter that it further damages his original trilogy character development the worst damage was done by Lucas, after all, so the Creator himself set the precedent And when Han comes up with the master plan that will help defeat the fleet an ex lover whose illusions would put David Copperfield to shame , and when Han is used by Jabba and Jiliac the Hutts to bribe the Admiral of the fleet, and when Han barely escapes from Boba Fett long before his Empire encounter with the bounty hunter and makes him a mortal enemy by stealing his Mandalorian wrist darts , and when Han falls in love with the Millenium Falcon in about as banal a way as I can imagine, and when Han meets and befriends Lando Calrissian on the spot, who turns out to be a man who loves responsibility long before he becomes responsible for Cloud City, and when Han peaks out of a closet at a Darth Vader murder, it doesn t matter because its just as contradictory and silly as all Star Wars tales And it s just as fun.So I admit it I really, really liked The Hutt Gambit because I am a nostalgic git with no taste But I m okay with that To make the big money, you gotta be willing to take those risks Han has just been dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy for intervening on behalf of Chewbacca, a Wookiee slave Now, he is unemployed and burdened with a Wookiee, insistent on staying at his side due to a Life Debt But Han is clever He pulls himself up and begins to hone his piloting craft by working for the Hutts, keeping just ahead of the bounty hunters, and meeting people who will influence his life in the future To make the big money, you gotta be willing to take those risks Han has just been dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy for intervening on behalf of Chewbacca, a Wookiee slave Now, he is unemployed and burdened with a Wookiee, insistent on staying at his side due to a Life Debt But Han is clever He pulls himself up and begins to hone his piloting craft by working for the Hutts, keeping just ahead of the bounty hunters, and meeting people who will influence his life in the future Oh, and finding the ship that he has his heart set on the Millennium Falcon.NOTE Based on the actual novel read years ago and the audiobook.I Liked Having Han team up with Chewie really makes this novel better than its predecessor which had him team up with Muurgh, a Togorian, and Bria, his Corellian love interest We get to go with them through their journey, to watch as Han improves his skill, learns his trade, makes an impression on those around him, and meet up with people we know from other novels.I adored how Crispin really put effort into the continuity of this book We have Xaverri from The Crystal Star, Salla Zend from Dark Empire, Vuffi Rah from the Lando Adventures, Smuggler s Run, the works I was particularly impressed with how Crispin intertwined her story with Brian Daley s The Han Solo Adventures seen even better in the next book, Rebel Dawn This is true dedication, to work around another author s creation, to spend time paying homage and referencing it And I applaud Crispin for it.The novel is definitelyepisodic, with not so much of a single emphasis, other than the Ylesia plot you might remember from The Paradise Snare This works to the story s advantage Han s life wouldn t be dictated like a normal story, and I appreciate the lack of a plot.As for the Ylesia plot and the Hutts, I really enjoyed it It is impressive for her to take the task of making the Hutts interesting, and Crispin succeeded I felt they were very much like the Corleone s from the Godfather while without being a complete ripoff.One of my absolute favorite moments in the book was where Boba Fett nearly captures Han Solo and Lando Calrissian comes to the rescue I love the introduction to Fett, I love how Calrissian was able to get the jump on him, and I love how it set up Fett s grudge against Han Solo It really showed Fett being a human and not just a flat robot.I Didn t Like The segment near the beginning where Han meets a fortune teller that basically relates how he will become in the movies was unnecessary and only made for a wink wink to what happens to him.I didn t care how Hoth was mentioned I like continuity, but do so many people have to be aware of these out of the way worlds With the way things go, Tatooine iscentral to the galaxy than Coruscant makes Luke s statement in A New Hope kinda absurd now , Endor is a by word, and Bespin is as popular as our Disney World Get real Make up some new planets I wasn t too fond of the time hopping This may be in part because of the editing of the audiobook they always cut out stuff from them , but I still felt a little jerked around.My last big complaint how the heck did Vader not sense Han in the Imperial governor s office Han should not have survived that incident.Overall This novel is really clever While The Paradise Snare had a mediocre romance and a plot heavily borrowed from Oliver Twist, this one was clever and showed that Crispin was good at producing her own story and integrating someone else s This is the one of the best middle trilogy books I ve read in Star Wars 5 starsNice to see Han and Bria Also liked seeing Chewie and Lando Han got his own ship Yay Hope to readHan Solo books Can t wait to read Rebel Dawn I loved this book I have always loved Star Wars and this is no exception I love seeing into the life of Han when he is younger and seeing how he met Chewie I love the part where he meets Lando I love how he meets Xaverri and how they end up working together later on I love how she is able to create such a great illusion that it scares the Imperial force away I love how we meet Jabba when he is younger and how we figure out what his and Han s relationship is I love how Han gets through eve I loved this book I have always loved Star Wars and this is no exception I love seeing into the life of Han when he is younger and seeing how he met Chewie I love the part where he meets Lando I love how he meets Xaverri and how they end up working together later on I love how she is able to create such a great illusion that it scares the Imperial force away I love how we meet Jabba when he is younger and how we figure out what his and Han s relationship is I love how Han gets through everything despite what he went through Definitely a great read 5 5 stars Fills gaps in Hans past, but the meeting with Lando is too contrived Nice to see that Han really is a scoundrel with issues And the whole Boba Fett business is completely out of sync with the Star Wars movie canon It s not Crispin s fault she wrote before Episodes Two and Three identified Jango and Boba jett. It s not a spoiler as I think so many people have seen Star Wars Han Solo did not succeed in the Imperial Space Academy He actually made lieutenant but then he inteferred when a vicious admiral was disciplining a Wookie slave with a force whip.Han expected punishment he did NOT expect to be thrown out entirely So what other job is there for a crack pilot than smuggling At first, Han is going to seek his future alone But when Chewbacca saves him from severe injury in a bar fight, he decides It s not a spoiler as I think so many people have seen Star Wars Han Solo did not succeed in the Imperial Space Academy He actually made lieutenant but then he inteferred when a vicious admiral was disciplining a Wookie slave with a force whip.Han expected punishment he did NOT expect to be thrown out entirely So what other job is there for a crack pilot than smuggling At first, Han is going to seek his future alone But when Chewbacca saves him from severe injury in a bar fight, he decides that the fur ball might be handy and thier long freindship begains.Soon employed on the Smuggler s Moon, Han and Chewie became caught up in battle The Empire intends to wipe out the Smugglers Moon and leave nothing but ashes Han must battle not only to save his livelihood, but also the many non combatants who are trapped on the Smuggler s Moon to whom the Empire will show no mercy.The battle for the Smuggler s Moon takes up a large section of the book and it is fast paced and exciting Also between battles we meet the bounty hunter, Bobba Fett Lando Calrissian and an interesting cast of characters.Agreat, fast paced asventure makes up the middle book of a good trilogy Recommended for SF fans Star Wars fans in particular.Edited 9 25 14 to fix typos .FREE BOOK ♼ The Hutt Gambit ⚖ Here is the second novel in the blockbuster new trilogy that reveals the never before told story of the young Han Solo Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming of age of the galaxy s most famous con man, smuggler and thiefSolo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt Han will need all the help he can get For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw alliesa battle where even victory means death Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years Like I said in my review for The Paradise Snare, I ll never get tired of learningabout Han Solo.I went into this with zero expectations and only a desire to keep following his journey I got what I wanted a fun adventure in the Star Wars universe I always have thought of Star Wars as a soap opera but in space, and this series is like getting a little minisode spin off that isn t canon but still 100% enjoyable.Sure, it glazes over Han s time in the Academy and how he saved Chewie, but Cri Like I said in my review for The Paradise Snare, I ll never get tired of learningabout Han Solo.I went into this with zero expectations and only a desire to keep following his journey I got what I wanted a fun adventure in the Star Wars universe I always have thought of Star Wars as a soap opera but in space, and this series is like getting a little minisode spin off that isn t canon but still 100% enjoyable.Sure, it glazes over Han s time in the Academy and how he saved Chewie, but Crispin has her own story and focus for this series I still definitely want to keep an eye out for a book that covers that aspect of his life Yet I still really enjoyed seeing how Han and Brie are both either avoiding or fighting the Ylesian slave business they escaped in the first novel Chewie s appearance in this series also made it incredibly fun to see what the duo got up to I m looking forward to seeing how it will all wrap up in the last book.I think the facet of this series I enjoy the most is how Crispin highlights language Han knows many a language and I always find it fascinating to learn which he can speak and which he can only understand In a universe with so many alien species with different speech anatomy, it only makes sense that some languages just can t be spoken by humans and vice versa I appreciated the explanation on Hutt speech and gender as well.Speaking of the Hutts, somehow I got sucked into the political drama of this I ate up all the fights between the clans and liked seeing the hierarchy and reasoning behind what they do Jabba, as a character, is from what I can remember not highly explained in the movies so it s nice to gain some insight into how their systems work The concept of Durga another Hutt being abnormal because he does things out of love for his parent instead of greed was fascinating Also Hutts are Lords until they decide to have children and then become Ladies How interesting Exploring different Star Wars cultures is always fun Overall, I adore this series and can t wait to see how it ends In this fun space adventure, we get to seeof the Han we re familiar with on screen as opposed to the child teen character He s still quite young and daring with the ladies but the author definitely makes efforts towards familiarising us with his one liners It might be too obvious in some cases, but it serves a nostalgic purpose We learn things like how Han came to wear his iconic clothes, what the Kessel Run actually is or was , details about Slave I, Hutt gang relationships, and Han In this fun space adventure, we get to seeof the Han we re familiar with on screen as opposed to the child teen character He s still quite young and daring with the ladies but the author definitely makes efforts towards familiarising us with his one liners It might be too obvious in some cases, but it serves a nostalgic purpose We learn things like how Han came to wear his iconic clothes, what the Kessel Run actually is or was , details about Slave I, Hutt gang relationships, and Han s gambling background I also learned that Hutts can change their own gender, or they could in the Star Wars EU We re introduced to Chewie, Boba Fett, Lando, Jabba the Hutt, and plenty of new characters all in this single story The author does well packing all that in here while still moving along a good plot It was kind of disappointing they skipped through Han s years with the Imperial Navy, also him and Chewie had already metelements I d think you should discover elaborate on within a trilogy about Han Solo pre films But overall, it s a fun, light read with some star fleet action and a lot of ship names if you re interested There s a lot of Hutts in here I m still not sure why this book is titled The Hutt Gambit other than the publisher took a bit of gamble assuming readers would like to read a lot about Hutts But Han and Chewie are here too I give three stars because the middle of the book felt a lot like Han Solo goes here then he goes there Some Hutts Han Solo makes friends and goes on a couple dates But the last 70 pages or so had me hooked Not as good as the first one but I am excited for the next one.