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Star Wars: The Crystal Star Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1996

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprinted Ed edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571745
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,060,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so, all the reviews for this book vary. Some say that it was just marvelous, some say that Jabba-The-Hutt's slime-coat was more attention grabbing, and still other still say it was as wrong as a mirror that doesn't give you a reflection. In reality, the plot itself was great. The details, however, made this baby crash and burn. Luke, Han, and Leia were to far astray from their normal behavioral patterns, to different, that they ended up acting like a whole new group of characters in this well known universe. Luke acting suicidal and paranoid, Han acting like Luke's father, and being overy-compulsive (he was a smugler, not a gambler.) And Leia, rushing off to do things, getting confused about who she was, all made this book a tough one to read. and, upon reaching the finale, one would most likely say that, although, what happened was cool, what led up to it was to wrong. It didn't have the power to save itself. The Author knows how to write, but doesn't know how to write Star Wars Characters. All in all, This book, due to it's less that good overall entertainment abilities left alot to be desidered, and therefore fets onlt two stars fom me.
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My thoughts on this book: as has been pointed out plenty of times already, this book does not exactly fit with the Star Wars book series. However, I know Ms. McIntyre *is* more of a fantasy writer (I have read several of her other books and they are much better -- they're HER creations). I am sympathetic to her problems (I write sci-fi books and I face similar difficulties). Some of the more "fantasy"-like elements in this book are: the wyrewulf, the four-armed people that wyrewulfs (wulves?) eventually crysallise into, Waru (alternate dimensions, anyone? or the infinite ichor that Waru was composed of?), Jaina's centaur-like friend (the one with hooves and horns?), and the dragon. Even the Firrerre could be considered part of the Fantasy genre. There is a midaevil feel to parts of the book (the beginning, on Munto Cudro, with the castle and the kidnapping etiquette). Crseih station is also suspect. If it were moved _into_ orbit around this crystal star and the black hole, then why couldn't it be moved _back_? As pointed out by others, Luke is not realistic. McIntyre compensates for this by having Han observe Luke's transformation, but Han, at the same time, is behaving strangely. Solo becomes a touchy, gambling man. This is _not_ the Han we know. He also is easily peeved by Luke's abilities, which we do not see in other SW books. If he were so anti-Jedi or anti-Force, then how does he get along with Leia or the kids? His closest friends and family are Force-sensitive, so chastising Luke's Force-use is not in his character. Finally, I would just like to remind everyone that this *was* Ms. McIntyre's first and last Star Wars book. It is obviously not the area that she really is gifted to work in. I'm sure even she realises this. Her SW writing may not be quite what avid fans were expecting, but writing a book does take time and effort -- give her credit. Keep on writing Fantasy, Ms. McIntyre! "Freckles"
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Not a good book. Hethrir or whatever was stupid and pointless, so was Rillau or whatever, what the heck is a warewolfe doing in Star Wars (you can't tell me that that wyrewulf thing isn't one), Waru? Waru? Waru? NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! OH MY GREAT GOD NO!!! What in Hell was this author thinking when she even dared to create this, this, INSULT to the Star Wars universe. Another dimension? NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!! THAT IS NOT STAR WARS IN ANY, I REPEAT ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM!!!!!!!!!! A good story wasn't even attempted here it seems. If George Lucas ever read this he would keel over dead! Why did they pass this one? WHY?! No big battles, no duels, no Luke (and I stand by that remark!), no Star Wars feeling... If you want to read it go ahead. But don't expect too much. I have nothing against the author. She may very well be good with Star Trek but she just didn't capture Star Wars at all. It seemed more like she had a pet project that never quite took off so she slapped a Star Wars title and (dare I say it?) characters on it just so she could get it published and get people to read it knowing that all good Star Wars fans would read anything having to do with it. Thank God for the X-wing novels! Those got me back into the Star Wars pace after reading so many bad novels with a few good ones intermesshed in between (I speak of the Correlian trilogy and Shadows of the Empire). After X-wing the authors seemed to be getting back on track. My advice? Skip this one. None of the characters introduced in this book ever return and none of the plot points are ever brought back up again.
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By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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I am a serious Star Wars fan, I've read all of the books except for three. I pride myself on being able to remember what happened in each book with detail. But after reading this crap that somehow managed to sell itself off as a book, I'd gladly have my memory wiped. Until I read this book I could say that every Star Wars book that I'd read would be at least decent, including the Jedi Search Academy(which was only semi-crap. But along comes this trekkie crap and I'm starting to be suspicious of every new SW novel. I never that thought I'd read a book that polluted the Star Wars universe more than the Jedi Search trilogy. This book(if you can call it that) proved me wrong, its like Vonda woke up one day and said "Now let me see, whats the best ways to sabotage the SW universe?" The main reason for why this book doesn't belong in the world of Star Wars is obvious. Let's see if the retards who liked this book can figure it out.Star WARS(emphisas on WARS here). This book was completly devoid of any action whatsoever. When I looked at the cover and saw with his lightsaber out, I thought it would at least have some action in it, Let's see if the retards can answer this one. How many times does he actually fight with the lightsaber? answer: not at all. And don't even get me started about Hethir and the whining of the twins. Oh no he fed me bad food, Oh no he made me do homework. In, conclusion, I think that this trekkie should not write anymore SW novels and try to get a job creating episodes of th Teletubbies, because thats about how good this book was. By the way, I how many of the people who liked this book watch the Teletubbies
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