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Star Wars Book Challenge 8: Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)

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SO!!! Yeah…. When I started this Challenge I may have kinda read this trilogy out of order…. Yeah I know… So here I am reading the first in the Thraw Trilogy, Heir to the Empire! If you would like here is a link to the post I made about Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2) I kinda made a OOPS there hahaha SORRY!

“But you must never relax your guard. The Emperor is gone, but the dark side is still powerful. Never forget that.”

It’s been a while since I read Heir to the Empire, and, to be honest, I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. Well, nothing to fear! Zahn truly captivate my mind all over again with this novel! If George Lucas could take advice from him, maybe the Star Wars prequels would have turned out better! Maybe… But I feel the prepuels are getting to much hate now a days. I’ve re-watched them and I do rather enjoy them, specially watching with my kids. To see their faces light up when the Wars comes on is great. BUT! Not Jar-Jar! F’in HATE that guy! The only time I enjoyed him was in Robot Chicken where the killed hi off and his ghost hunts Vader hahaha!!

Sorry got off topic there for bit.. Heir to the Empire!! Yes, Anywho. A reviewer, at the time of the book’s first appearance in 1991, wrote that Heir to the Empire “captures the spirit of the movie trilogy so well, you can almost hear John Williams’ soundtrack.” I would almost have to agree with him on this. Zahn does a superb job rendering the personalities from George Lucas’ films that one can almost hear Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee “Hello, what have we here?” Williams when reading their characters’ dialogue. The pace of the book is brisk and the action sequences are so well done that one can swear they are cinematic. Although there are many Star Wars authors whose novels are spellbinding, Zahn stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

216443It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning. Beware the dark side….

Here is the science fiction publishing event of the year: the exciting continuation of the legendary Star Wars saga. Picking up where the movie trilogy left off, Heir to the Empire reveals the tumultuous events that take place after the most popular series in motion-picture history—masterfully told by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn.

In spring 1977 a film called Star Wars was released—and a cultural phenomenon was born. Its epic story, about a young man named Luke Skywalker, whose destiny was to save the galaxy from conquest, caught the imaginations of millions and broke all box-office records. Today Star Wars and its sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, are acknowledged as the most popular series in movie history, and rank among the top ten films of all time.

The three Star Wars films form a spectacular saga of bold imaginations and high adventure. But the stories of its characters did not end there. Now for the first time, Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars movies, has authorized the continuation of this beloved story. In an astounding three-book cycle, Timothy Zahn continues the tale of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the other characters made world famous by Star Wars, as he brilliantly expands upon George Lucas’s stunning vision, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”

Heir to the Empire begins five years after the end of Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled. Leia and Han are married and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic. And Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor’s warlords has taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet. He has made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic—built with such cost to the Rebel Alliance. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.

So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1.5: Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2.5: Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars: Jedi Prince #6)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)

Star Wars Book Challenge 5: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars: Novelizations #5)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina

Star Wars Book Challenge 7.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina & Rogue One!!!!

ROGUE ONE IS OUT NOW!!! WHO IS GOING TO SEE IT?!? I normally push out challenge post a few days apart. But with Rogue One out, I figured this would be the perfect time to release it. We’ll be in line currently wait to see this movie. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for awhile now, I did hear some news that it’s not getting a sequel.. I understand the time line will pick up where New Hope is. But that doesn’t you have other random adventures with this group. What are you thoughts on this new movie and also them “maybe” not doing a sequel?

star-wars-book-challenge_silver.pngGreedo… Poor, poor Greedo. Finally tracks down high profile bounty, only to be shot in the dick under a table… Yeah I said it and yes I believe Han shot first! Greedo has become somewhat of a legend in the Star Wars universe and also spawned a rather heated debate between fans. I talking about the “who shot first” debate.. The “Han shot first” is a phrase referring to a controversial change made to a scene in Star Wars (1977), in which Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The change was made for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Star Wars, and has since been altered twice more. The phrase “Han shot first” is meant to express that “Han was the only one who shot”, and is a colloquial retort to series creator George Lucas’s explicit cinematic assertion that Greedo shot first. The actor Paul Blake indicated that Greedo shooting first made the character appear inept (in that he would have missed Solo from very short range), and that “it does give Greedo a little more glory if he’s just blown away.”

Now the film’s 2004 release, the scene was altered again, with new timing so that the shots are fired at nearly the same time and so that Solo dodges Greedo’s shot. In an article titled “The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn’t Want You To See”, The Atlantic summarized that “in the original versions … it’s clear that Han Solo pulled out his gun and shot the bounty hunter Greedo. In the 1997 version, Greedo shoots first. In the 2004 version, they shoot at the same time”. Then they changed it again! Only this time in 2011 Blu-ray release, the scene of Solo and Greedo firing at each other was shortened by several frames. Yeah… So if you raised on the 1977 version of the movie, you know Han shot first.. Han always shoots first.

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So with that aside I want to talk about the short story of A Hunter’s Fate: Greedo’s Tale by Tom and Martha Veitch. Giving a backstory to the bounty hunter Greedo. It was later adapted into a webstrip by Pablo Hidalgo for Hyperspace.

greedo_white_bg A teenage Greedo and his younger brother, Pqweeduk explore the various caves inside the jungles of their adopted home world. They discover the remains of three old Rodian starships inside one of the caves. Greedo returns to his hut and asks his mother, Neela, about the ships. Neela explains that many Rodians made a pilgrimage to this planet to escape the clan wars that had taken Greedo’s father away from them.

Shortly after this event, a Rodian warlord of the Chattza Clan named Navik the Red finds the jungle colony and begins slaughtering as many of the pacifist Rodians as he can. Neela takes her children and along with her brothers, Nok and Teeku, they board one of the starships and escape. Nok pilots them to a heavily populated area in the hopes that they can start a new life for themselves. He takes them to the smugglers’ moon—Nar Shaddaa.

I rather enjoyed this story and almost feel sorry for Greedo. He was used up in more ways than one. Now if you watch the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, most of the events of Greedo’s childhood and early life have been contradicted by the TV series. In the episode “Sphere of Influence“, Greedo is depicted as a fully realized and active bounty hunter, years before the same events would have taken place as detailed in the “Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina” novel. Great story of a doomed character, give it a read sometime!!  http-_mashable-com_wp-content_uploads_2015_02_tumblr_mq6gfpsa3i1qcga5ro1_500

Star Wars Book Challenge 7: Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing #1)

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X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (written by Michael A. Stackpole) would be the first installment of the X-Wing series, that was first published in 1996.

513176They are sleek, swift, and deadly. The are the X-wing fighters. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still-powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last-ditch effort to control the stars!

Its very name strikes fear into enemy hearts. So when Rebel hero Wedge Antilles rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron, he seeks out only the best — the most skilled, the most daring X-wing pilots. Through arduous training and dangerous missions, he weeds out the weak from the strong, assembling a group of hard-bitten warriors willing to fight, ready to die. Antilles knows the grim truth: that even with the best X-wing jockeys in the galaxy, many will not survive their near-suicidal missions. But when Rogue Squadron is ordered to assist in the assault on the heavily fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.

This story line is filled with great memories from childhood. I remember reading it when it first came out and just loved it. Now after re-reading it, it’s still a great story line haha. But it has a Top Gun meets Star Wars feel to me.  Gloriously cheesy at all the right moments, plus it give Wedge a massive spot light. It does feature a lot of characters from the expanded universe (RIP) which is nice. There are some down falls with this novel, mostly do to the story line slowing down to boring crawl. There are a few chapters that have no point in being there, beside space filler. BUT! If you can shoot past tho, it’s a great book.

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  • The first installment in the X-Wing series of novels, first published in 1996. It was written by Michael A. Stackpole. Narration for the audio version was performed by Henry Thomas.
  • This is the first novel to not feature any of the original heroic trio, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, or Leia Organa.
  • The simulated battle at the beginning of the book is based on a mission from the PC game Star Wars: X-Wing.
  • On page 311 of the first run of the book, Gil Bastra is incorrectly written as Gus Bastra.
  • Jek Porkins is incorrectly said to have crashed into the Death Star due to being unable to pull out of a dive. In actuality, he was shot down by the station’s turbolaser turrets.
  • This book is unusual for a Star Wars tie-in in that Corran Horn uses the word “bastards” in one scene. The only real-world obscenities in most Star Wars novels are the words “damn” and “hell”.

So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1.5: Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2.5: Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars: Jedi Prince #6)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)

Star Wars Book Challenge 5: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars: Novelizations #5)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina

So on Jan. 15ht 2017 we will have number 8 in this challenge Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)!! Plus I’m sure I’ll post another “.5” story about Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.

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Star Wars Book Challenge 6.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina

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So with novel I thought I would break it up into different reviews and topics, do to it being 16 different stories. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina it is the first in the series about minor characters from the original trilogy, all edited by Kevin J. Anderson, with cover art by Stephen Youll.

  • Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Bantam Spectra paperback (1995-08-01). 
  • Tales from Jabba’s Palace. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-01-01). 
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters. Bantam Spectra paperback (1996-12-01). 

The basic plot of book or should I back-cover blurb goes as follows:

In a far off corner of the universe, on the small desert planet of Tatooine, there is a dark, nic-i-tain-filled cantina where you can down your favorite intoxicant while listening to the best jizz riffs in the universe. But beware your fellow denizens of this pangalactic watering hole, for they are cutthroats and cutpurses, assassins and troopers, humans and aliens, gangsters and thieves.…

I rather enjoyed this whole series of stories and Tales of the Bounty Hunters was my favorite out of the three. So the tale we’ll cover today is We don’t do weddings: The Band’s Tale!

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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina:

Is a short by Kathy Tyers in which was published by Bantam Spectra in August 1995 about Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes.

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes are members of the Intergalactic Federation of Musicians specializing in a style of music known as Jizz. While working on the planet Tatooine, they enter into an exclusive contract to work solely for the crime lord known as Jabba the Hutt. Figrin however, wants to get out of his contract.

One of Jabba’s rivals, a Whiphid named LadyValarian, sends an E522 assassin droid to Jabba’s Palace to recruit Figrin D’an’s services. Valarian offers them 3,000 credits to perform at her wedding to the Whiphid hunter, D’Wopp. The allure of Valarian’s Sabacc tables notwithstanding, Figrin feels that this would present an excellent opportunity to earn enough money to book passage off of Tatooine and get out from under the thumb of Jabba the Hutt.

When Jabba frowns… somebody dies.―Doikk Na’ts

This was always a fun story and I rather enjoy the fact that they got a little more deeper in the Jabba the Hutt life. It really had a mod feel to it and it was a pleasure for the imagination. It’s a short short story, so it was a REALLY fast read and you don’t need to know the history to jump into this book.

Behind the Scenes:

This story is the first vignette featured in Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.

The story ends right before Han Solo shoots Greedo the bounty hunter at Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

 

Characters:

  • Camie Loneozner (Mentioned only)
  • Chalmun
  • D’Wopp
  • Jabba’s rancor (Mentioned only)
  • Fixer (Mentioned only)
  • Greedo
  • Jabba Desilijic Tiure
  • Doikk Na’ts
  • Figrin D’an
  • Ickabel G’ont
  • Nalan Cheel
  • Tech Mo’r
  • Tedn Dahai
  • Han Solo (Mentioned only)
  • Kodu Terrafin
  • Thwim
  • Valarian
  • Wuher

 

Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)

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Razor’s Edge…. The first Novel in a loose trilogy of books commissioned in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Mostly designed to let bigger sci-fi authors play around with the characters in this world, and also to spotlight each of the ‘Big Three’ in their own novels. Each novel can stand on its own, but they all take place in the time between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, after the destruction of the first Death Star. Razor’s Edge is Leia’s novel. I liked it…. Kinda… I think it could have been better handled. I mean the over all story and idea behind it all was great. Just the author seemed to have trouble getting it out there or she used some really weird descriptive words. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone, just be ready to go “WTF” from time to time.

The second Novel will be written by sci-fi James S.A. Corey were released before Disney killed the EU. So technically the first two are no longer canon and are relegated to ‘Legends’ status, while Kevin Hearne’s book Heir to the Jedi is official in the new EU. I get the feeling it won’t matter, though. Hearne’s respect for Star Wars probably means it can be read with either canon in mind, although I have no idea what, if anything, was changed in his book after the EU was forcibly “retired”.

17345202Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.

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Star Wars Book Challenge 5: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars: Novelizations #5)

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“This one I have watched a long time. All his life has he looked away…to the horizon, to the sky, to the future. Never his mind on where he was, on what he was doing. Adventure, excitement. A Jedi craves not these things!”

3VTzqylFor number five of the Star Wars Book Challenge, we have The Empire Strikes Back (Novelization) by Donald F. Glut, George Lucas (Story), Lawrence Kasdan (Screenplay).

77111A long time ago
in a galaxy far, far away

Luke, Han, and Princess Leia’s story didn’t end with the destruction of the Death Star—it continues in The Empire Strikes Back.

Though they had won a significant battle, the war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire had really just begun.

Now, several months later, the Rebels had established an outpost on the frozen wasteland of Hoth. But even on that icy, backwater planet, they could not escape the evil Darth Vader’s notice for long.

Soon, Luke, Han, Princess Leia, and their faithful companions were forced to flee, scattering in all directions—the Dark Lord’s minions in fevered pursuit!

Excellent adaptation of the movie. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. At time is seem a little too simple.. Like it was written for a youth reader in a way, but that really doesn’t take away from the story at all.85d4f968-8d6c-43d9-bdc2-848167279c1e You still get everything you loved about Empire and more. Luke meets the mysterious and wise Yoda and begins his Jedi training. Han and Leia realize their feelings for one another. Luke is forced to face the truth about his father. There was some backstory added to the story that actually helped improved a bit. That being said there was a lot of little differences that happened through out. Some of them i didn’t understand why they were changes or that someone was being lazy? So as I sit here sipping out of my Boba Fett tea cup, I will make a list of changes for you :).

father1The Imperial probe droid encounters a wampa, which attacks it. The probe droid reacts by disintegrating the creature with its blaster.’

Han Solo never says, “And I thought they smelled bad… on the outside.” He does however mention that if he doesn’t get the shelter built in time, “Jabba won’t need those bounty hunters.”

After the Rebels’ shield generator is destroyed, Hobbie crashes his crippled snowspeeder into the head of General Veers’ AT-AT, killing himself, Veers and everyone aboard.

Admiral Piett goes down to Hoth with Darth Vader’s landing party instead of remaining aboard the Executor.

Yoda has blue skin. (Yeah… I was kind WTF when I read that… I’m glad he was green in the movie.)tumblr_ny5mb1iVdt1toamj8o1_500Han and Leia’s kiss is not interrupted by Threepio, but Chewbacca witnesses part of the scene.

While training Luke, Yoda throws a metal bar into the air and Luke cuts it quickly into four sections with his lightsaber as a test of his reflexes.

There are only five bounty hunters aboard the Executor. 4-LOM is omitted, and Zuckuss is a “human type.”

Captain Needa’s death is not directly described. The scene merely begins with: “A pair of white-armored stormtroopers lifted Captain Needa’s lifeless form from the floor of Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer.” Another difference, as mentioned, is it is stormtroopers and not Imperial Navy troopers who carry him away.

When greeting the Millennium Falcon on the landing platform, Lando Calrissian’s entourage includes aliens. Also all of Lando’s men are armed, whereas in the film none of them have weapons drawn.

Han attempts to shoot Vader after Lando says “I’m sorry,” and he (Han) replies, “I’m sorry, too,” rather than immediately after the dining room door opens as in the film.

Boba Fett doesn’t enter the room as Vader says “We would be honored if you would join us.” (How dare they cut the Fett out!)tumblr_nehwxconoJ1si3gq6o1_500Luke sleeps in Yoda’s house, and experiences his friends’ pain through the Force in the form of a nightmare that causes him to wake up.

During Chewbacca’s rampage in the carbon freezing chamber, the stormtroopers attempting to subdue him keep accidentally hitting Threepio, much to the droid’s distress and annoyance. (No… I wasn’t laughing at that…)

Han never says “I know” in response to Leia’s “I love you,” which was due to Harrison Ford ad-libbing the line. Instead, here, Han simply reassures Leia that he’ll be back. (Kinda lame really)

Vader’s alteration to his and Lando’s deal is different. Instead if insisting Lando take Leia, Chewbacca and Threepio to his ship, he sticks to the agreement that “they must never again leave this city,” however reveals he’s leaving Imperial troops behind to ensure Lando cooperates.

Vader briefly chokes Lando with the Force to demonstrate what his fate will be if he betrays him.

When Luke is attacked by stormtroopers in Cloud City, he returns fire with his blaster, unlike in the film, where he doesn’t fire a shot.

Vader has a blue lightsaber blade. (WTF?!? This is one of the many things I didn’t understand.. Why change it? RED! It’s RED!)

Luke falls from the weather vane at the bottom of Cloud City before the Millennium Falcon intercepts him.

Over all I enjoyed the book and rather shocked on how well written it was. If you happen to find a copy get it!!tumblr_myulqp8MPg1r93xiko3_500

Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)

star-wars-book-challenge_silver.png898955 Han Solo and the Lost Legacy is the third and final novel of The Han Solo Adventures trilogy, written by Brian Daley. It was released on August 12, 1980. It is a sequel to Han Solo’s Revenge. The whole trilogy was later reprinted on April 22, 1992.

There’s a fabled treasure at stake and a price on Han’s head. So he and Chewbacca head for a planet rumored to hide undreamed-of riches. But once they get there, Han’s beloved spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon, is hijacked by a band of assassins and killer robots. Their chances for survival are so slim, they might as well risk it all….

The fabled hoard of the mad tyrant Xim was beyond measure — it was also, as far as Han Solo and his Wookiee partner Chewbacca were concerned, strictly legendary. But the pleadings of an old spacebum who had once saved his life — plus the fact that a trifling misunderstanding had set the deadliest gunman in the galaxy on his trail, making a secret expedition to almost any place seem highly desirable — were enough to grab Han Solo’s interest.

But within hours of landing on the planet rumored to hold the treasure, Han’s beloved spacecraft Millennium Falcon was hijacked, and his party had to contend with assassins and an army of killer robots.

This was no way, Han Solo felt, for a pair of honest smugglers to make a living…

img_20160527_160045.jpgYou know that scar on Han Solo’s chin? Ever wonder where it come from? Well in this book you find out that it was a knife wound he received during a fight with a dockworker on Dellalt. I found myself liking this one a little more than the second book. It also stands alone and could possibly be read out of turn with no worries (which I did by mistake). Daley does a good job at finishing up the story line for Hand Solo and Chewy. Well before the movies at least haha. Feel that Daley really hitting his stride as an author in the Expanded Star Wars Universe in this novel or novels. It can be read as a stand alone adventure story and could make for some good movies *hint hint*.  If you find this book or trilogy READ IT! I never knew this was around till my friend let me borrow them. Now I’m keeping my eyes open for a set for myself ;).HSLostLegacy_art

Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)

star-wars-book-challenge_silver.pngSo we have the next novel in the Han Solo Adventures Trilogy Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2) by Brian Daley.

775507For a cool ten thousand credits, Han and Chewbacca will do just about anything—except transport slaves. For one thing, it means an instant death sentence. So when a high-paying cargo shipment turns out to be a consignment of Lurrian slaves, Han and Chewie have to think fast. But Han forms a plan to turn the tables on the slavers and free the captives. Then, good deed accomplished, he scours the skies for the nasty joker who set him up—because revenge can be so sweet.

Han Solo’s Revenge is the second novel of The Han Solo Adventures trilogy, written by Brian Daley. It was released on October 12, 1979. It is a sequel to Han Solo at Stars’ End and is followed by Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. The whole trilogy was later reprinted on April 22, 1992.

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”

-Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi

So if you want a Han Solo tale that tells it like it was, that offers Han as he was meant to be, Han Solo’s Revenge is for you. And if you think it is better that Greedo shoots first you need to stay away, and I am sorry, but there is no cure for your affliction. Great Humor, quick paced action and memorable characters. What more can you ask for :)? So far I’m really like this Trilogy and it’s nice to have a small peek into universe that George Lucas created. The only problem I have with the book was the ending, because it was rather abrupt and kinda jarring in fact. But over all it’s another fun Star Wars book to read and can’t wait till I start up the third one!

After a string of unsuccessful smuggling ventures in the Corporate Sector, Han Solo and his Wookiee copilot, Chewbacca, quit that part of space. Down on their luck after a botched smuggling run on the Rampa Rapids, Han Solo and Chewbacca found themselves on the planet Kamar, showing holodocumentaries to the natives. They soon realized they weren’t cut out for legitimate work, and found themselves nearly broke, with no prospects in sight. In these dire straits, Han and Chewie accepted a job offer from an anonymous employer to fly blind for a cool ten thousand credits. However, after flying the Millennium Falcon to the planet Lur for the pickup, they discovered that the cargo was a load of slaves—something neither Han nor Chewbacca had any tolerance for. Some fast thinking by their two droids, Bollux and Blue Max, provided the two with an opportunity to turn the tables on the slavers’ attempt to commandeer the Falcon, and escape with both their lives and their ship. As far as Han Solo was concerned, somebody still owed them for their trouble. So they set out to track down the recipients of their intended cargo to get their money one way or another.

Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

Star-Wars-Book Challenge_SilverSo here we have Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends) by Timothy Zahn. Zahn has become rather revered to the Star Wars Fanboys out there, done to his Thrawn series. Plus a number of other Wars books he was written over time.

13573427To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head–and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba–and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.

All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers…or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both–including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike–and pull off the heist of the century–it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

giphySo think Ocean’s Eleven.. Not the ’50s Rat Pack version with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, rather the George Clooney/Brad Pitt version. I rather enjoyed this novel and had fun reading it for what it was. A lot of people are not fan of this book and pan it as a whole. I found some people saying that there wasn’t any Jedi in the novel or it’s not Star Wars with out the force.. I think they are missing the point to everything and the point of the story. it’s Han Solo! And it’s about him and his friends/crew, not Luke.. Since it takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back , it was really fun to see him echo or foreshadow famous moments and characters. Well written and the plot has lots of twists and turns. It is a fun read and you should check it out!98a4003224f86bdb078c61881e0f30e4d2c34087

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