Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Paradise Snare

The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare
© 1997 A.C. Crispin
338 pages

Han Solo easily has the most personality of any of the original trilogy's characters, but where did he come from? A.C. Crispin's Solo Trilogy was the first to try and answer that question. The Paradise Snare opens on a young orphan impressed into a gang, who has been brought up hustling and conning wealthy marks -- but longs to escape, and be a pilot.  Just getting away from the gang is a great challenge, and there's no easy path forward. Solo seems to jump from the frying pan into the fire into a swollen pit of molten lava,  eventually angering even the Hutts. Happily A Paradise Snare is Solo's book, with no early appearances of other major characters -- and Solo himself is a work in progress. The Paradise Snare takes a hopeful young escapee and throws him around like a rag doll until the more cynical gunslinger of A New Hope seems to taking shape before us. Crispin's approach in working Solo gives readers an idea as to why Solo is so easy with Wookiees, and why he is loathe to trust others -- especially a woman who's he's falling for.  The Paradise Snare is a solid first step in the trilogy.

Interestingly, Crispin also wrote a background novel for the character of Sarek, from Star Trek TOS and The Next Generation.


  1. Have you seen the new movie? Personally I was not impressed. Actually it was the first time in a long time that all 4 of us @ the showing agreed on what we thought of it: dull and uninspired.

    1. I saw it last week. I was intrigued by the character of Qui'ra, and laughed when Han shot first. I liked it better than The Last Jedi, with its contemptible treatment of older characters, obvious lack of planning, and bizarre action sequences. I haven't added the Disney SW films to my DVD collection and won't until they're REALLY cheap. Honestly, at least the prequels made. sense.

    2. I LOVED 'Rogue One'. It's the only SW DVD I own.

    3. The revenue whiplast between Rogue One and Solo is HUGE...I wonder what happened? Perhaps because we just had Last Jedi last year..

  2. I have never read any of The Star Wars books. It is interesting that Crispin gave this a try some years ago. I think that I would like this however. I really liked Solo. I also liked Rouge one a lot. I was not that crazy about any of the other films that came after the original trilogy (episodes 4,5 and 6).


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