Canto Bight

Canto Bight

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 m...

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Title:Canto Bight
Author:Saladin Ahmed
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Edition Language:English

Canto Bight Reviews

  • Lata

    3.5 stars. Like the collection of short stories "From a Certain Point of View", this collection of four novellas focus on the little guys in the background, the ones you might catch for a second before turning back to the main action. Canto Bight is where the rich of the galaxy go to play, and the rest, well, they get to keep their lives, if they're lucky. Though each author focuses on a different main character, there are characters common to each story. A guy on his first vacation as a reward

    3.5 stars. Like the collection of short stories "From a Certain Point of View", this collection of four novellas focus on the little guys in the background, the ones you might catch for a second before turning back to the main action. Canto Bight is where the rich of the galaxy go to play, and the rest, well, they get to keep their lives, if they're lucky. Though each author focuses on a different main character, there are characters common to each story. A guy on his first vacation as a reward for best Salesbeing, a sommelier and a wine of dreams, a massage therapist and his fathier-caring daughter, and a gambler whose debt's been called are the subjects of each story. There's plenty of venality on display at Cantorica, and plenty of people living close to the edge. People are often desperate, and find themselves having to make unusual choices to survive. The overall tone of the stories is light and pleasant. And Kedpin Shoklop, Vaporator Salesbeing of the year (and naive schmuck), gets to bookend the quartet of novellas.

  • Josh

    I’d suggest reading Canto Bight after watching the Last Jedi. The film gives some context and perspective to the casino town which is hard to imagine from the limited exposure the 4 novellas offer. Whilst good in their own right, the lack of a predefined visual aide dampers the atmosphere in the novellas – the casino town is not Las Vegas nor does it compare in the film to it as such, so having a preconceived notion of the cityscape is recommended.

    The first novella, Rules of the Game by Saladin

    I’d suggest reading Canto Bight after watching the Last Jedi. The film gives some context and perspective to the casino town which is hard to imagine from the limited exposure the 4 novellas offer. Whilst good in their own right, the lack of a predefined visual aide dampers the atmosphere in the novellas – the casino town is not Las Vegas nor does it compare in the film to it as such, so having a preconceived notion of the cityscape is recommended.

    The first novella, Rules of the Game by Saladin Ahmed is a great way to open the collection. The story centres on a lowly long term employee (who had clocked up 102 years for the company) who finally wins the coveted employee of the year award which in turn provides him a holiday to the casino town. He’s promptly swindled out of his cash and luggage before nearly being killed. His innocence is a joy to read and I really felt for the character. The cityscape is used well, providing a glimpse into greater playground for the rich outside of the scenes from The Last Jedi.

    The Wine of Dreams by Mira Grant didn’t feel like a star wars story or a story which used the setting of the Casino world Cantonia at all. Contained largely to a night club and primarily focused on the sale of a rare wine of a little known and largely elusive vintage, the novella’s saving grace is the characters which are well defined and unique. Canto Bight is more an afterthought than critical element to the story and it’s this aspect that ultimately lets it down.

    The third novella, Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing by Rae Carson puts the collection back on track. There’s also some nice connectivity with The Wine of Dreams with the night club owner being named dropped on occasion. This story is centred on a masseur and former hitman who gets roped into murder for hire once more in order to save the life of his adopted daughter.

    The last novella by long time Star Wars scribe John Jackson Miller, The Ride, is perhaps the most ‘casino’ based of the collection. Despite the story not having much depth, we do get a decent look at the various gambling outlets Canto Bight has to offer. The crux of the plot: a gambler loses money owned by an underworld figure and has one night to win it all back, luckily for him; he stumbles upon three aliens who have a strange knack for winning, and winning big. I liked this one.

    My rating: 3/5 stars. Whilst the stories themselves are well written and entertaining, I would’ve liked more exploration of Canto Bight.

  • Elizabeth

    The first two stories were GREAT. The last two were duds. I was kind of tired of hearing about Canto Bight by the end, and I am one of the rare few who actually enjoyed Canto Bight in the film.

  • Jordan Anderson

    may be the richest, most fantastic place in the galaxy but you sure as hell wouldn't know it based on these stories...

    As has come to be pretty much par the course with all these new canon tie-ins,

    is a

    disappointment. In and of itself the

    and the

    behind getting fans super pumped up and excited for the events on Cantonica in the upcoming

    are good ones. Just think how much more fun Naboo and Kamino would have been had something like this was

    may be the richest, most fantastic place in the galaxy but you sure as hell wouldn't know it based on these stories...

    As has come to be pretty much par the course with all these new canon tie-ins,

    is a

    disappointment. In and of itself the

    and the

    behind getting fans super pumped up and excited for the events on Cantonica in the upcoming

    are good ones. Just think how much more fun Naboo and Kamino would have been had something like this was published before the prequels.

    Unfortunately, it's in the execution of these ideas that

    really suffers. There's 4 novellas here and aside from Rae Carson's "See Nothing, Hear Nothing, Do Nothing", they're all disastrous attempts at trying to tell stupid stories that aren't fun or even bear any importance in the grand scheme of things. Saladeen Ahmed's "Rules of the Game"

    have been decent but it's totally ruined by his amateurish, YA type prose...and its ending is ridiculously joyful and happy, putting me off and making me feel like Ahmed couldn't let his audience off without smacking them in the face with an over-the-top happy conclusion. I'll admit that "The Ride" by Miller was decently written (and should be since the guy is like the 3rd most famous author in the

    universe), but it was just so boring and even though it had the requisite

    aliens, it didn't feel anything like

    .

    I might have been willing to give

    a low 3 out of 5 had it not been for the absolutely stupid "Wine of Dreams". I'll skip past the fact that the story about selling wine made little to no sense and come right out with the fact that the pseudo-artsy present tense prose of the hipster style literary fiction that is so popular today has

    place in the

    universe. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a well worded, descriptive literary novel every once in a while, and they do have their place in the book world, but, sorry Mira Grant, trying to be all clever and unique in a franchise that doesn't need it or even garner any desire for it, makes you out to be a wannabe "artiste extraordinaire" and weakens the entire story you're trying to write and makes your novella a total chore to get through.

    I had high hopes that

    would continue where Claudia Gray's

    , Dawson's

    and, to a lesser extent both

    and Christie Golden's

    , left off, making a good mark in the new canon and just being a ton of fun to read. Well, my high hopes were dashed and I'm, once again, left feeling like a total chump for thinking there was a chance that Disney had finally gotten their act together.

  • Khurram

    A very disappointing book. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book is I could not really summon to motivation to carry on reading it. For short stories, the stories are very slow paced. I did not really care for most of the characters, and it DEFINITELY DOES NOT add anything to the Last Jedi movie. The one think I did like in this book was that as were re-used/mentioned from story to story.

    I could have learned everything I needed to know about Canto Bight from the two lines spo

    A very disappointing book. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book is I could not really summon to motivation to carry on reading it. For short stories, the stories are very slow paced. I did not really care for most of the characters, and it DEFINITELY DOES NOT add anything to the Last Jedi movie. The one think I did like in this book was that as were re-used/mentioned from story to story.

    I could have learned everything I needed to know about Canto Bight from the two lines spoken by Rose in the movie, it is a bubble. The playground for the super rich, and once in the life time vacation for tourists, but build on the broken dreams of people who have lost too much or never had enough to leave the place.

    It is written by three writer who are new to writing in the Star Wars universe. Then Jason Jackson Miller as a veteran Star Wars writer to finish off the book. Even though I did not like the book as a whole there were part that were ok to good.

    Saladin Ahmed’s story to start the book off was ok. I would have given this story 3.5 stars. It is a slow start to a trusting tourist on a dream holiday that is quickly turning into a nightmare courtesy of the seedy residents of Canto Bight.

    Mira Grant’s story is so confusing even after finishing I still am not sure what the point of it was. I don’t understand why the two main characters did what they did or what the point of the effect they had on the side characters. 1 star at best.

    Rae Carson’s story of a resident masseuse forced fighting back against the “big fish” who will do anything to get what he wants, was ok but a bit too far fetched. Security on Canto is a joke if this is the case. 3 stars.

    The final story is about Kal a gambler who meets a trio of brothers who make him question everything he has worked and believes it at the worst possible time. This was one of this and the first story were really the only ones that drew me in towards the end. Still very slow paced though. 3.5 stars.

    Really this is the story of the underworld in the world of bright lights, glitz and glamor, a good premise but really nothing was add to release this under the “journey to the Last Jedi” title. I guess I will have to wait 2 years before I find out if any of these stories have any influence on the next movie. Quite disappointed really.

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