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Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope: Star Wars Series: Book One Paperback – 4 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; New edition edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233282
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a reissue, in a smart paperback format, of George Lucas's novelisation of his own legendary film. First published in 1977, it faithfully follows the plot of the film, including the much-talked about 'missing scenes'--one early in the story on Tatooine where Luke Skywalker meets up with his friend Biggs, now graduated from the Academy and off to join the rebels, and the scene between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt, which was reinstated in the Special Edition. Like the film, the book starts slowly, but builds to an exciting climax which transfers surprisingly well to the printed page, as the rebel forces, led by Luke, attempt to destroy the Empire's Death Star.

Readers of more recent Star Wars novels may be surprised by the generally uncomplimentary descriptions of the various alien characters. Later writers have taken their diversity much more seriously than Lucas seems to do here. However, all the familiar faces are in place, and it's fun to see people like Wedge Antilles, who has become so central in the X-Wing novels, here in their first bit parts. This is the adventure that started it all, and if you enjoy Star Wars novels, it's well worth re-reading. --Elizabeth Sourbut --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Cinematography is not about technology. It's about art, it's about taste. In the end it's about understanding your craft." - GEORGE LUCAS ""FRAMES" is about allowing the reader the time and the space to examine fully that ("cinematography") craft." - J.W. RINZLER, Executive Editor, LucasFilmAuthor of "The Making of Star Wars" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Blackburn on 1 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
In 1977, George Lucas unleashed on an unexpecting world a little known movie known as Star Wars. Astounding cinema goers around the world, it broke box office records and made dedicated fans for years to come.
This version of Lucas's story, reprinted and including a new Introduction from the acclaimed writer / director, tells the classic story of Luke Skywalker, a young man who's destiny is changed dramatically and is thrown into the titanic struggle between the Galactic Empire and the freedom fighters of the Rebel Alliance.
The story is told in a descriptive, flowing manner and grips the reader from the start, and gives more of an insight into the story, especially some background into the characters that were not shown in the movie. As a fan of the movie, or otherwise, I sincerely recommend this to anyone with an interest in science fiction.
The Force, you may say, is strong with this one...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicodemus on 23 Nov. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book ...a long time ago..in a galaxy far, far ...sorry, just kidding. The book is amazing. One of the best reads ever. I still remember reading it as a teenager when the film originally came out.

This a review of the original 1977 Star Wars, A New Hope Novel, which includes, revolutianary at the time, colour stiils from the film.

There are differences between the flim and book, but it follows the movie step for step all the way through. There is Luke observing the freighter and Vader's warship through his binoculars at the beginning of the book and Luke racing into Anchorhead and then meeting Biggs. These scenes were cut from the movie, but still exist as out-takes. There is also an out-take which shows Han sitting in the cantina with a lady friend, before Greedo joins him (though this is not in the book).

This book made me think that you could really ride into town, hire a space ship and fly off to other worlds accompanied by your robots, space villians, Princesses, aliens and wise man (Jedi). I've not met many people who did not drop their jaws when they first saw the film - now it's all nothing special.

This is a real addition to the film and well worth a read by any fan. The style of writing is fast and pacy and really stirs your imagination. One of the all time favourites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book. I have always been a reader, but it usually takes me a long time. This book was easily finished in 2 days, just about a record. The detail just engulfs the reader. You can see everything. It's about 20 times better than the movie. Even if you are not a Star Wars fan, this book can easily make you one. The only downfall is that the famous "Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi" speech by Princess Leia has been altered. Even though, this book is an absolute must for any age. (I know, being only 16.) What else can I say? AMAZING!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book of a great film and i give it top marks because it is an epic movie of good vs. evil and I recommend that anybody pick up this book, because I garuntee that you will enjoy it if you enjoyed the film.
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By A Customer on 12 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
If I enjoyed the movie I got crazy for the book! There are lots of scenes that the movie didn't show and all of them with great realism and precision! I'll surely buy the sequel, and I hope it will be as good as this. I also red the italian translation of this book, but the original version is even better. In one word, if you want to live a fantastic adventure in your mind, you can't miss this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is not just read - it is experienced. It beckons you to a whole new galaxy, a used, familar used past - a futuristic one.
The characters of the movies that became the first cinematic phenomana are calling to you. Join them and their crusade, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....
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By MIa on 28 July 2013
Format: Paperback
As a child, this was the book that kicked off my passion for reading. It was my Harry Potter. I had already seen and loved the film but the novel was the first 'grown up' book I ever read and inspired a lifetime of reading.
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