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Star Wars Book Challenge 12: The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #3)

The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor’s secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn’s command, the Republic has one last hope–sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn’s terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C’baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

What Star Wars novel should I start with?

The Thrawn Trilogy!!

Just finished it for the second time and wow. Still great and complete trilogy, filled with action and amazing storytelling. Zahn bravely pushes the saga in interesting new directions that sets the bar for all the novels that have followed. I think what I like about the each novel in this trilogy is that they have their own arc. Yet Zahn links this them all together in the end of it all. So read this set if you can!!

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

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

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Star Wars Book Challenge 11: The Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars Universe)

Oh The Courtship of Princess Leia…… I remember reading this novel when it first come out. Before the time of the Disney, before the dark times that were the other three movies… Well I should say that. Overtime I’ve come to like the for what they are and it’s also fun to watch my kids watch them. Anywho!! Novel yes! Sorry…  Courtship of Princess Leia.. I think this is the first novel of Star Wars where it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.. So many unfinished story lines, plot holes, etc. I also found out that the author Dave Wolverton was to pen a trilogy. Starting with Courtship, which would explain some of the unfinished plots. But the whole thing was canceled like Fox slapping around Firefly…..Oooo To soon?.. The reasons being, I still don’t know and can’t seem to find anything about it. It’s funny reading through all the hate for this book tho hahaha. Comparing it to really bad fan fiction, yeah fan fiction.. Over all i would stay away from this one.

Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder, Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained “witches,” and a showdown with an invincible foe.

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: 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

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

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Written by Paul Davids, Hollace Davids… Prophets of the Dark Side (1993) is the sixth and final book of the Jedi Prince. It is set in the Rebellion era and I wasn’t a fan of this book to much.. Writing seemed off at points and the ending was rushed and left open with many, many questions. Now this novel and series of Star Wars books are aimed more for young adults. I liked it for what it was and happy I read it. Just wasn’t my cup of tea and left me wanting more answers. But if you find yourself a copy I say give it a read.

192796The battle against the evil Empire rages on as heroic men, women, and aliens of the Rebel Alliance continue their struggle to end the era of darkness. But by rescuing an Imperial prisoner, have the Rebels brought disaster upon themselves?While on a perilous quest in the mushroom forests of Arzid, Luke and Ken are captured by Kadann, Supreme Imperial Prophet. Having tempted the young Jedi Prince into revealing the location of the Lost City of the Jedi, the Supreme Prophet plans to steal the ancient knowledge of the Jedi Knights. Now Kadann will rule over a new tyrannical empire, as foretold by the… “Prophets Of The Dark Side”

 

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