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  • Paperback: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553506021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553506020
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2004
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THE STORY:
Seven years after 'Return of the Jedi', Rogue Squadron pilot Corran Horn's wife goes missing and Corran decides to develop his Force talent at the new Jedi academy in order to find her.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is a truly unique book for two main reasons; it's the first (and so far only) Star Wars novel to be written in first person and it's the first whose plot runs parallel to that of another Star Wars novel (or in this case three others - the Jedi Academy trilogy). This book genuinely shows the character developing by leaps and bounds as he attempts to balance his life experience against the teachings of the Jedi. I liked the fact that Corran's Force-powers are handicapped, giving the story a little bit of an edge as he has to deal with this issue. I enjoyed the interworking with the JA trilogy, giving a very different perspective on familiar event (I particularly liked his investigation into Exar Kun). My favourite part of the book is where Mara Jade gives Kun a thorough dressing-down, saying how pitiful he is compared to Vader and Palpatine. Another simple plus is that this is a nice long book, not the 300 page stuff that's been churned out since. Look out for plenty of familiar characters from all across the expanded universe, including Leonia Tavira (from the X-Wing comics) and Brakiss (from 'The New Rebellion' and the Young Jedi Knights series), to name just two.
WHAT'S BAD:
To be honest, I've never really liked Corran. He's just a bit too self-righteous and preachy. He goes beyond even himself in this book as he decides to lecture Luke about how to train Jedi, which I thought was frankly ridiculous.
Exar Kun: Who dares!?
Mara Jade: 'Who cares?', more accurately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
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Another Star Wars book written around characters other than Luke Skywalker and others, but well written this time. Like all his Rogue Squadron books, I Jedi is excellent. While the idea of putting Mirax in stasis so that Corran can go off and train as a Jedi is a bit doubtful (I know I couldn't do it), this is more than made up for by the res of the book. Combining fantastic Jedi and fighter pilot action with deeper subplots, such as the ease with which he could surrender to the Dark Side, or how life is more shades of grey, as shown by Nive's pirate band, this book is easily the best Star Wars book I've read. If you buy this, you'll want to read everything he's written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly VINE VOICE on 5 May 2001
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The summary says it really. Stackpole's always written excellent books, but this is pure silk in a glass. Corran Horn is by far the best Star Wars character that has ever come into being through the books alone, and he deserves a book like this. The plot is excellent, and for those of you put of the the Jedi Academy plot within, don't be; Stackpole's done an amazing job of turning it credible (really!). He's also given some depth to the Exar Kun thing, which was too shallow for me before. And finally! A Jedi who can't reach his lightsaber in a pickle! Now THERE'S some originality for you! Buy it, if only to prove me wrong. But I guarantee you'll enjoy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amazon@lidlesseye.co.uk on 24 Aug. 2001
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I, Jedi was the first Star Wars book I read out of the library of books available now. I have recently re read the book and just have to let you know that it's wonderfull. This book in my opinion is better than the Thrawn Trilogy, Jedi Academy Trilogy, Shadows of the Empire, Children of the Jedi, Darksaber, and Planet of Twilight.
I like the way the book focusses on a new character, Corran Horn, sets up a problem for him, and follows him through his training at the Jedi Academy, interacting with the other students.
I totally recommend this book to all Star Wars fans, particularly those keen on the Jedi / Force side of the story.
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Having not read the X wing series, and not read a Star Wars novel for a while, I was attracted to this by the comments. It is a long book, but I think that is because it is in two halves, both of which stand as good stories. The first half concerns the main characters decision to start training and then his time at the Jedi Academy, and refer to other incidents from other books as it follows their timelines. The background about training is interesting, and the re-emergence of the Sith power creates a mystery to solve. The second half is after he leaves the Academy, and in trying to rescue his wife falls in with pirates. All the raids, battles and groups are described before it all comes together and he attempts to unravel the organisation from within.
The book changes pace a lot, between space dogfights, complete with technical terms and nicknames, fights and gun battles, and the periods in between, whether they are living in a city or being in training. The changes are refreshing and more interesting than a mere story narrative, making the book insightful and pleasant to read, and raising it above the normal Star Wars novels.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anon Starter on 12 Nov. 2001
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I borrowed this book from the library ages ago and read the first chapter or so and found it not to my liking.
But later on (about 2 years ago) I thought, hey why not buy it just to complement my huge Star Wars book collection (almost all of them aside from the most recent New Jedi Order books and most of the Rogue Squadron books). I had a half term holiday and so I read the book.
You will not believe how much I love this book.
From near the start, right until the end this book is impossible to stop reading. I finished it in about 5 days which is quite a feat considering how thick it is, because I didn't want to put it down. People say that about a lot of books but I mean it here.
Why is it that good? Firstly it's from the perspective of a character who's not that important (unless you read the Rogue Squadron books, which I didn't. Anyway he becomes more important in later books). Corran Horn is a Republic pilot with the Force, and when his wife is kidnapped, he goes for Jedi training from Luke. This is written in the first-person, which allows us to understand what's going through his head all the time.
The sheer genius of this book can't be done justice to. It's gripping and deep, while at the same time there are absolutely hilarious parts in the book. I love it.
And if you only read one Star Wars book, don't buy one of those film tie-ins (if you must, get Episode I by Terry Brooks because it rocks) and don't just pick anything with a picture of Luke, Han and Leia on it. Get I, Jedi, because it's just brilliant.
Mike Stackpole is undoubtedly the best Star Wars author (yes he's better than Tim Zahn), and this is undoubtedly the best book with the Star Wars name on it, if not the best book I've ever read.
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