Star Wars: Bait
Author: Alan Dean Foster
In an effort to help promote the new movie, this latest issue of Star Wars Insider features interviews and information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So it should surprise no one that this issue’s short story should feature a Force Awakens character center stage. And who better to write about a Force Awakens character than Alan Dean Foster, author of the movie novelization.
Star Wars: Bait features Grummgar, an enormous alien creature whose primary business is hunting. This time around, he has traveled to the planet Ithor for the iridescent and lustrous pelt of elusive and quite dangerous molsume, a multi-legged, venomous creature with blinding speed and jewel-like fur.
Grummgar has no compulsion about letting someone else play bait while he takes out the creature he seeks, especially the unsuspecting human seated in the fungus that the molsume loves. He has enough morals to give the human a fighting chance, but when the human surprises him and the tables are turned, will he be so gracious with what should have been his kill.
The story was enjoyable and the writing quite descriptive, painting a perfect picture of the scene at hand as none but Alan Dean Foster can do. I wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about the story, but I haven’t seen the movie yet and have no idea who Grummgar is in the scheme of things, so learning more about him in this short story wasn’t much of a boon for me. However, for fans of the film, Star Wars: Bait is a great way to learn a bit more about one of the characters in your favorite film.