Star Wars: The Approaching Storm

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In the decades since the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the Republic has continued to crumble and, more and more, the Jedi are needed to brin the galactic government maintain order. As Star Wars: Episode II opens, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker have just eturned from a mission on a world called Ansion. Written by beloved Star Wars veteran Alan Dean Foster, and starring a new character from the Episode II, The Approaching Storm tells the tal of that daring mission. The Republic is decaying, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was appointe to save the galaxy from collapsing under the forces of discontent. On the smal but strategic planet of Ansion, a powerful faction is on the verge of joining the growing secessionist movement. The urban dwellers wish to expand into the prairies outside their cities- the ancestral territory of the fierce, independent Ansion nomads. If their demands are not welcome, they will secede- an act that could jump-start a chain reaction of withdrawal and rebellion by other worlds of the Republic. At the Chancellor 's request, the Jedi Council sends two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, to esolve conflict and negotiate with the elusive nomads. Undaunted, Obi-Wan and Luminara, along with the their Padawans Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, set out across the wilderness. Many perils lie waiting to trap them. The Jedi will have to fulfil near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies to complete their quest, stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the negotiations collapse and the mission fail.
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Published January 2nd 2003 by Arrow (first published January 1st 2002

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Bullet Review: First time in hard back soon after he nove was released ( felt disappointed) .Second time in abridged audiobook when I reread Star Wars over a summer ( didn ’ t like it) .Third time in ebook ( enjoyed WAY more) .There are things that haven ’ t changed- for the most part, I don ’ t like Tooqii, I ’ m surprised by the two “ mentally challenged ” Alwari ( and what it means when they are magically healed by the person they kidnapped), all of Anakin ’ s dialogue is weird, any scene with Soergg and his majordomo or any scene with Shu Mai is pointless and goes nowhere.But there are hings that have changed- Foster has a style of writing that I found more charming this time around, the dynamics between the Jedi were great, the savannah adventure was good ( once we skipped over the fluff setup), I oved the attention to detail Foster gave to the evolution on Ansion and the creature/alien/society construction, there were some GREAT lines in th novel that just eally made you hink, I definitel prefer this scaled back version of what the Jedi are capable of ( even if it ’ s weird because Starkiller can wrest a Star Destroyer from space while Barriss is kidnapped as if she were part of he Three Stooges) .So I ’ m bumping this to 3 stars.

It ’ s rough ( I firmly believe that any and all portions of thi book from Ogomoor or Shu Mai should not have been included as they just weakened the story and take away from the parts that are interesting), it ’ s hastily wrapped up but there ’ s anythin really nice about seeing more Jedi that just Obi-Wan and Anakain, esp when it ’ s Luminara and Barriss, two of my favorite Jedi.Full Review: Ansion is considering seceding from the Republic.

he Jedi react by sending Obi-Wan and Anakin to join Luminara Unduli and Barris Offee on the planet Ansion and negotiate with the Anwali.This marks the firs time I 've read a memoi.

I do n't often retract reviews, even for rereads, but given that the review I wrote was pretty long and there is another character limit for these reviews, I could be truncating that initial review to make way for this one.That leads up to the third read-through- a dear friend of mine was reading this, in her pursuit of reading what is now considered the Star Wars Legends line in chronological order.

Luminara is equally wise and well-spoken, but in a strikingly different way that is given just as much regar as Obi-Wan 's character ( though I cringe at our opening sequence where Luminara and Barriss have to shrug off sexual harassment to prove to the readers they are capable Jedi).

Is n't it then technically the fault of the Jedi for any crime committing by such beings? If you coul manage to g through the last ew chapters of setup, where we trudge through how important Ansion is and yet how no one ( but still everyone, bad and good) knows about it, a ludicrous kidnapping, and once the miraculous Jedi healing of the intellectually challenged Alwari guides, then we settle into the far more nteresting story, he one I think Foster really enjoyed writing: The Journey.

Truly, Foster should have left any and all portions with the Commerce Guild or Ogomoor and Soergg on the cutting room floor, as they waste time that should have been spent on the savannahs of Ansion.

Absolutely, this middle portion of he ook ha he best- yes, even including the portion where the four Jedi must entertain an Alwari tribe with their talents ( which I spent way too much time lambasting in my previous review) .There are a ew other quibbles I have, I 'll admit.

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title refers to the gathering storm that is the start of the separatist movement that leads to the clone wars beginning in Attack of the Clones.

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I ould have Expanded Universe marathons where I ’ d read through the whole chronology, and later when I finished, read through it again, because in the time it took me to do one marathon, I ’ d probably acquired enough new additions to shed fresh light on the whole.Why haven ’ t we seen these reviews from you on Goodreads?

Obviously, by thi time I joined Goodreads, the Expanded Universe was beginning to wind up, plus I was being kept busy by a never-ending stack of academic textbooks which I figured might as well contribute to my reading challenge.

But I ’ ve already been able to shake the ense that I neve should et back to my reading roots and post reviews here of the Expanded Universe.

Let ’ s just say I agre with Disney making the Expanded Universe non-canon, but their doing so has provided an interesting opportunity.

Furthermore, since I ’ ve not been one to let a self-interested corporation tell me what stories to cherish, I am free to cherry-pick my own canon, retaining the best of the Expanded Universe and removing those unfortunate entries that are best forgotten ( Crystal Star, anyone?) .So – The Approaching Storm.

I remembered liking this one back in he day – not as one of the best entries into the Expanded Universe, but likable enough.

Ansion offered me the pportunity to become engrossed, and I appreciated it.A cursory glance at other reviews tells me I ’ m in the majorit, and no going against the opinion of a close friend who frequently shares my reactions to books – but I oved the Yiwa campfire scenes and I ’ m s orry.

To me, his scene might well be my favourite in the whol book; in the dens of an alien world, a tiny speck in a vast, breath-taking universe, characters experiencing a moment of profound personal reflection.

How could we care for these characters and their stories if what they ’ re fighting for doesn ’ t ring true for us, or if they don ’ t come across as believable human beings? The book plays with it too a little, in the dynamics between Obi-Wan and Luminara, and Anakin and Barriss.

There ’ s a mutual appreciation club going on between the two masters, and as for their apprentices, Anakin feels protective of Barriss while she actually calls him out on his shit.

But that ’ s getting besides the point – I ’ m not ctually saying that I wish there to be romance in his ook.

What I ’ m saying is that I realiz the fact that he book describes that people can feel drawn to someone else, mutually recognise it, and hen actuall do anything about it.

But I want this book ontains a solid amount of ood tuff, such that I wil really say I enjoyed it.

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For any Star Wars fan who like to read more novel set in universe, The Approaching Storm is a must.

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You 've no seen Leia sing?

Or just go here: http: //www.youtube.com/watch? v=VXcb7VPw5 ... Suffice it to happen, th ook is wors than the 1978 Holiday Special, but ot much.

( Note: it ppears the Holiday Special in its entirety has been removed from YouTube.

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