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Star Wars: I, Jedi [Paperback]

Michael A. Stackpole
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1 July 1999 Star Wars
Heroic Jedi warrior Luke Skywalker takes on the training of a young X-Wing pilot, Corran Horn, who is facing the challenge of coming to terms with his Jedi heritage and learning to use the force, without succumbing to the temptation of the dark side.

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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: 207,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising change from the X-Wing novels. 8 Nov 2004
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
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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.
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.
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book ! 4 Mar 2013
By E. Reay
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
these are continuing tales following on from one another dating back all the way to the last film return of the jedi , a must read for any Star Wars fan !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Wars book I have ever read 5 May 2001
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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read
To be fair, I have to admit that I read this book over 10 years ago, when I was in my late teens. At the time, it was the best book I had ever read and I still have fond memories... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
I love Star Wars, I grew up with Star Wars like a lot of people in their 30's - 40's. Star Wars is inspiring.. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Foofah
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and intersting
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. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting change of perspectuve
Having read the X-wing series I have watched the character of Corran Horn develop from hotshot pilot to dedicated husband and fighter, this adds yet another layer to him, that of... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2007 by Alpha Centauri Gamma
5.0 out of 5 stars good story, fits in well with the star war universe
Good book this is. Enjoyed the story and how the characters interact with each other.
Has lots of sub plots and themes within the main story line. Read more
Published on 3 May 2003 by majid
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A Brilliant book, with a wonderful plot, and a book which gives you a very good understanding of the jedi and how they employ the force, and, of course, the standard star wars... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2002 by Matthew Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars PHEW!!!!! PURE GENIUS!!!!
I, jedi is a terrfic book, introducing a new character the awesome Corranhorn. As the book starts Corran is already a hero while working with theformidable rogue Squardon, one... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The boko that made me like the Jedi Academy series...
Stackpole does an awesome job on this book for anyone who hated KJA's trilogy - in weaving Corran's events around it, who also cuts out most of the rubbish and makes it a... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2001 by matt@skyre.freeserve.co.uk
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