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  • Mass Market Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (31 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345391101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345391100
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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GOLD-BRAIDED FLIGHT CAP carefully adjusted to a rakish angle, a freshly suave and debonair Captain Lando Calrissian bounded down the boarding ramp of the ultra-lightspeed freighter Millennium Falcon-and cracked his forehead painfully on the hatchcoaming. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2004
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THE STORY:
Three to be precise. In 'Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu', Lando and his odd droid companion Vuffi Raa are forced to seek out the secrets of the lost Sharu people. The second story 'Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon' has Lando and Vuffi Raa hunting a notorious criminal, but an old enemy and some new ones seek to stop them. Finally, in 'Lando Calrissian and the StarCave of ThonBoka' Lando's Millennium Falcon is mistaken for a giant space creature by another such creature, leading Lando and Vuffi Raa to lend their aid to the Oswaft people against the Empire.
WHAT'S GOOD:
It's interesting to see Lando's early adventures as we see him develop his poor piloting skills, whilst attempting to earn a fortune (a character trademark). I quite liked the idea behind the third story, as the Empire makes it's first real appearance in the series. There's a very interesting idea in this book too; Rokur Gepta tries to kill Lando with chagrin. I thought using psychic powers to embarass someone to death was a rather novel idea! Also if you've read about sabacc and wondered how it works, these books finally give you a pretty good idea.
WHAT'S BAD:
Most of it really. The stories are generally boring, the characterisation is bad and the dialogue is appalling. There are few links to the rest of the Star Wars saga and this book suffers for the fact that it tries to create everything from scratch (even Lando isn't much like his movie persona). I was also sorely disappointed by the Battle of ThonBoka (which had such promise) and the secret of Vuffi Raa's origins is just stupid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1998
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this book is'nt really that bad. The problem is that the author obvously never saw Star Wars. All he knows is Lando Calrissian and the Millenium Falcon. No Emperor , Empire , zero descriptions of the ships , something called the Centrality (Neil Smith probably meant "the Empire") , wrong terms (i.e , "faster than light" instead of "Hyperspace"), and just what the HELL is Rokur Gepta doing commanding the Imperial Navy??? . Despite these obvious errors , the book is funny. the conversations between Lando and the awseome Vuff-Raa are hysterical. and the plot is,nt that bad , just goofy and too unbelivable ( a race of starship biengs that can destroy Imperial Warships in just one shot?). This is a nice book though , and it's so unpredictable that you'll have a hard time putting it down.
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This is an omnibus of three spinoff novels originally published in the eighties. At this time there were very few Star Wars novels available. It was over a decade later that Timothy Zahn’s ‘Heir to the Empire’ kicked off the plethora that is now on the market. This also means that the cohesiveness and interaction the novels have endeavoured to maintain since ‘Heir to the Empire’ aren’t applied here. In fact, the main problem with the three novels included in this collection is that they do not feel at all like they are set in the Star Wars universe. If you were to swap the names ‘Lando Calrissian’, ‘Millennium Falcon’ and ‘sabacc’ for something else there would be no links to Star Wars at all.

The main reason for reading these is probably the promise of them providing some sort of background and history for Lando Calrissian. Unfortunately this is also a major problem for the novel. It quickly becomes apparent that although the character works superbly in a supporting role he isn’t a strong enough character to be the focus of a novel. Star Wars authors from the nineties onwards clearly realised this as Calrissian is never at the forefront of any of these novels and doesn’t even appear in a lot of them.

Furthermore I find it quite difficult to accept the author’s portrayal of Calrissian as a younger version of that seen on screen. This is partially due to the author writing the novels when he probably only had what was seen in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to work with. Saddling him with only a droid companion and lacking humanoid allies to interact with in these novels doesn’t help this.

The first entry, ‘Mindharp of Sharu’, takes an inordinate amount of time to get going.
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By A Customer on 13 July 1998
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I read this series because I had finished all of the other Star Wars books, and when I read a series, I want to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK in that series. With all of the other excellent Star Wars books out there, this book should be labeled "Die Hard Fans Only."
These three stories detail some of Lando's adventures before he meets Han in the Han Solo Trilogy by A. C. Crispin. Lando and his faithful droid Vuffi Raa travel the galaxy looking for a good game of sabacc, and try to stay out of the clutches of the evil sorceror Rokar Gepta. I think the only direct references to this series in other books were when Han worried that Lando was a better sabacc player because he had made a fortune in the Oseon, and when Han asked Lando about his friend, Vuffi Raa. Other than that, there is nothing crucial that you must know in order to read the other Star Wars books.
This series was a little silly at times. At one point, Lando grows very tall, and then eventually s! ! hrinks back to his normal size. No explanation is given (you know, like the Force gave him the power) and the reader is left shaking his head in disgust. In the last book, huge vacuum breathing aliens are able to fashion convincing models of themselves out of their own waste products. Give me a break!
If you can stand the hilarity, and would like to be able to say that you've read ALL of the Star Wars novels, then happy reading.
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