Monday, November 12, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Review: Star Wars Canto Bight

Star Wars:Canto Bight By Saladin Ahmed, Mira Grant, Rae Carson & John Jackson Miller
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Format: Hardback

My Rating: 

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Soon to be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city

- An honest salesman meets a career criminal as a dream vacation turns into the worst nightmare imaginable, in a story by Saladin Ahmed.

- Dreams and schemes collide when a deal over a priceless bottle of wine becomes a struggle for survival, as told by Mira Grant.

- Old habits die hard when a servant is forced into a mad struggle for power among Canto Bight's elite, in a tale by Rae Carson

- A deadbeat gambler has one last chance to turn his luck around; all he has to do is survive one wild night, as told by John Jackson Miller.

In Canto Bight, one is free to revel in excess, untouched from the problems of a galaxy once again descending into chaos and war. Dreams can become reality, but the stakes have never been higher--for there is a darkness obscured by all the glamour and luxury.
I can't say that I was surprised when I came out of finishing Canto Bight and I felt really indifferent. I have found that as a reader I don't connect very well with short story collections. I felt similar with From A Certain Point of View, but since there are only four stories in this collection I thought I might enjoy it better. Alas, no such luck. I just found myself not interested in these stories. The writing wasn't bad or anything, I just didn't feel like I needed these side stories about characters I have never met. That might be a clue in to me as a reader and that's okay.

Since there are four stories in this collection, I am going to be dividing my review that way to talk about each individually. Let's get into it.

RULES OF THE GAME BY SALADIN AHMED

I've never read anything by Ahmed, but I've been followed him on twitter for awhile and I like what he has to say. I also have his book Throne of the Crescent Moon, but haven't read it yet. Definitely want to get to it sooner rather than later. I liked his writing in this short story, and for an opening of this collection it gave me a lot of hope. It was cool to read about a superbly naive tourist on Canto Bight and the criminal that was trying to use him as a patsy. This might have been my favorite of the stories in this collection.

THE WINE IN THE DREAMS BY MIRA GRANT

Mira Grant has been on my list for awhile, but I hope her original works is better than this story. I felt like the writing was a little awkward and seemed out of tense in the beginning of this one. I also did NOT care about this story, like AT ALL! It was so boring to me. I wouldn't fault the author on this one, because I'm not sure how it's decided what the stories are going to be about. This one was a hard no for me.

HEAR NOTHING, SEE NOTHING, SAY NOTHING BY RAE CARSON

I know Rae Carson is big in the YA community, and I still haven't read anything by her. I will get to her other stuff...eventually. I liked this story a lot, probably because it was about a father trying to do everything he could to save his daughter. I also thought it was interesting to have a father and daughter team that were different species. I think it speaks volumes about found families, so I really enjoyed that one.

THE RIDE BY JOHN JACKSON MILLER

I'm sorry John Jackson Miller, I love you, but this one was not for me. I normally really enjoy Miller's Star Wars writing, but this story was just so boring to me. I felt like it took forever for me to finish it and it kept me from finishing this book. The story is really heavy on gambling, and as a person who has never had any interest in it, maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it.

So overall, this book was just okay, which is kind of what I expected. Short story collections are always a hit or miss with me, so I think for now I just need to stay away from them.

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