Tales from the Empire, Tales from the New Republic
Book Report by Vincent
In this very special book report I report on two, TWO books. How epic is that? Pretty epic. The books I’m reviewing are both Star Wars expanded universe short story collections. The stories were collected from a rather cool (and rather dead) journal that tied into the old West End Games Star Wars RPG. May it rest in peace.
Now after complaining about Star Wars books in the past you are probably wondering why in the hell I would read more of them. Well, both of these were recommended by my Star Wars RPG “game master” (yep, I play the Star Wars RPG regularly). He said that the books were A.) good and B.) gave a good look at the Star Wars universe outside of the films. I’m happy to report that my GM, let’s call him Kevin, was indeed right. These books are both these things. Granted the stories aren’t all great, but that will happen in anthologies. Overall, they are pretty good.
What’s odd to me is why I liked the majority of these stories. How could I possibly like them when my eyes naturally reject most of Star Wars Expanded Universe for fear of my safety? I can only come up with three explanations. The first is that the stories were written in the 90s when the EU was still pretty young, relatively speaking. Not every friggen background character in the films had an epic backstory. That’s just annoying and unnecessary. Secondly, the stories aren’t super epic. They are small scale engagements that don’t necessarily revolve on completely retarded concepts like a Death Star built by the Hutts. Finally, the main Star Wars stars (Han, Luke, and Leia) don’t really make appearances. The less I read about them the better, since I’m weird and I find it impossible to believe that the characters have non-stop adventures outside of the movies. Perhaps not coincidentally, the most well known character to have a big role in one of the stories is Boba Fett and his actions in Tales from the Empire are completely ridiculous.
If you’re a fan of Star Wars and somehow missed these back in the ’90s or just want to get a better idea of what the rest of the Star Wars universe is like check them out. They’re common enough that you can easily find them in used book stores if you’re one of the poor. I wouldn’t know what that’s like though. I buy my books at Tiffany’s. Oh, you didn’t know that Tiffany’s sold books? That’s because you’re poor.