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

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He doesn’t want to owe anybody, doesn’t want anybody to owe him. He works for whoever pays the most. He’s downright magic with anything that flies, and he can pick wing nuts off a tabletop with a blaster without scorching the finish. He’s a good man to have at your back when the going gets hot—as long as your money lasts.―Lando Calrissian, on Dash Rendar

Shadows of the Empire. So many great memories with this story line (novel and game). This has to be one of my favorite Star Wars book of all time and is definitely in my top 5. This novel was first published back in 1996, SOTE-N64that same year a third-person shooter video game was developed by LucasArts. It was one of the first games made available for the Nintendo 64, with more than 1 million copies sold as of 1997. Shadows was part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project and takes place as a backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Plot goes as follows:

9549 Here is the untold story of the events that took place between the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi: a novel in which Darth Vader still lives–and battles a villain as powerful and evil as himself.
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission including Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and a brilliant young pilot, Darth Vader pits himself against a cunning and ruthless rival. Xizor is the leader of a powerful crime syndicate who seeks to supplant Vader for the favor of their mutual master, the dreaded Emperor. Their target: Luke Skywalker. Suddenly Luke finds himself the potential prize of the two most evil entities in the galaxy–one who wants him alive…and one who wants him dead.

Steve Perry does a good job linking the two movies together (Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and fills in/answer a lot of questions. How Luke built his new light saber and what Leia, Chewie and Lando did between movies. Also goes into Luke finishing up some more of his training to become a Jedi, Han Solo is still frozen in carbonite. Leia and Chewie are still getting use to Lando and trying to figure out if they can true him. It also introduces some new characters, Xizor the head of Black Sun the evil underground crime network of the Star Wars Universe and Dash Rendar. A Smuggler/freelancer (think Han Solo only not) personally I liked Dash as a character. I know some people found to be just a rip off of Han, but as the story goes on and into other novels/comics almost kinda wish they make this into a movie.

The only problem I have with the book and it kinda annoys me a little bit. Is the writing style…. most of the sentences seemed really short at times and caused this repetitive beat to the book. But that was the only problem I had really. Over all I love this book, I use to have a copy of it some where…. Don’t know what happen to it, had to borrow this one from a friend as well.

 

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

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

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Next time I fall for one of these tempting offers, sit on me till the urge passes.“―Han Solo, to Chewbacca

NUMBER 1.5!!! So here we have the first novel of the The Han Solo Adventures trilogy! A friend of mine let me borrow these book for the challenge and personal couldn’t wait to start reading them! I found myself really enjoying this novel and the over all story plot/idea behind the…

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

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Next time I fall for one of these tempting offers, sit on me till the urge passes.―Han Solo, to Chewbacca

NUMBER 1.5!!! So here we have the first novel of the The Han Solo Adventures trilogy! A friend of mine let me borrow these book for the challenge and personal couldn’t wait to start reading them! I found myself really enjoying this novel and the over all story plot/idea behind the trilogy.

873195Han Solo trusts no one, and does no favors. But when the best illegal ship rebuilder in the galaxy disappears, Han and Chewbacca agree to go after him—after all, the Millennium Falcon needs some very special repairs. Their search pits them against powerful and ruthless enemies out to destroy them, and finally leads them to an airless speck of desolate asteroid—the Corporate Sector Authority|Authority prison planet known as Stars’ End.

Written by Brian Daley, it was released on April 12, 1979. A sequel, entitled Han Solo’s Revenge, was published on October 12, 1979. The whole trilogy was reprinted together on April 22, 1992. It’s mostly disconnected from the rest of the Star Wars Universe. It takes Solo and Chewbacca off to a distant place far removed from The Empire, Jabba the Hutt and more. While it does examine their pre-Luke Skywalker life, it makes no references to anything familiar other than the two characters, making it markedly different than most other Star Wars tie-ins. Still, the character do feel like those we grew to love on screen and they do have fun banter and action adventures. It’s well written and Brain Daley does a good job of telling a story. Given there really wasn’t much to go on at the time. Han’s quips and comments are true to the first movie as well as his ambitions and code of ethics. Some new characters that were added are two droids, Bullox and Blue Max. Both neat additions to the Star Wars Universe if a bit reminiscent of C3PO and R3D2. 

So far in this challenge I’ve read some short novels. Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1) is only about 187 pages long. Most of this trilogy each book is just under 200 pages, Han Solo’s Revenge is 198. Making it the bigger one in the set and that one will be coming next month :). I’m really liking where this is going and enjoying this challenge a little bit more.

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