I read about half of Tarkin fully expecting it to be a schnoozefest. What I read was pretty good - unfortunately I was on holiday and had to return it to the library before I could finish.
I'm reading that one now, and enjoying it. Luceno's a more 'artful' writer than Zahn, who is very meat-and-potatoes (not that there's anything wrong with that!). But one thing Zahn intuitively understands is that in Star Wars, something must always be happening
. Doesn't have to be action, could just be an interesting conversation, but things must
be moving along. Meanwhile I'm noticing that Luceno has no qualms about stopping the narrative entirely to go into four or five pages of expository stuff about something that happened decades ago across the galaxy, and it starts to feel more like a textbook than a novel. Granted it's all interesting stuff
, but when he finally gets back to the here-and-now, I've forgotten what's going on!