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4.7 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 January 2017
This book consists of the three novelisation tie-in's to the original "Star Wars" trilogy. If you're a fan of the films then I very much recommend this item, as the novels do offer some additional content - in terms of more depth and detail regarding the characters and the galaxy they occupy. While each novel is entertaining in its own way, they are of varying quality. But taken as a whole, they offer an exciting way of experiencing the "Star Wars" saga!

The first novel - entitled "Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" (1976) - was ghost written by Alan Dean Foster, with George Lucas taking the credit. I'm amazed that Lucas continues to have his name attached to this novel, as it's well-known that he didn't author it. Even so, recent editions now state it's written by 'Visiting Distinguished Research Professor George Lucas' - which is certainly a grand title! Unfortunately this isn't a very well-written story, and Foster's attempts to inject life into the narrative often fail. It is, at best, a run-of-the-mill novelisation that poorly rehashes the screenplay. The film - written and directed by Lucas - is so much better!

The second novel - "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) - is by Donald Glut, and it's a major improvement over the first. We're presented with a fun and exciting read, which closely adheres to the film while also adding greater depth of narrative. Likewise, the third novel - "Return of the Jedi" (1983) by James Kahn - is well-written and entertaining. Indeed, we're presented not simply with an engaging and fascinating story but with quite a bit more dialogue as compared to what's featured in the film. We learn, for instance, more about how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader (including details about the lightsaber duel on a volcanic world), and about how Palpatine became the Emperor.

Since the latter two novels make-up for the flaws in the first, this trilogy is worthwhile. Indeed, even the first novel is interesting in its own way - as it demonstrates an early conception of what Lucas intended for the story of the film. Overall, this rather large book (over 600 pages in length) is certainly worth a read.
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on 9 May 2017
This classily put together book contains the adaptations of all three original Star Wars movies. It should be emphasised however that this book doesn't fall under the canon, it is simply (as previously noted) the original adaptations of 4, 5 and 6 rolled into one book.
This is highlighted in the section covering the Luke/Yoda/Obi-Wan scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke is informed of the truth of his heritage; in canon Luke was adopted by his Father's step-brother Owen Lars and his wife Beru, but in the film's adaptation (and therefore in this book) Obi-Wan refers to Owen as HIS brother, and says that Anakin had no knowledge of "Luke's Mother" being pregnant when he turned to the dark side.

With that being said, this book is ideal for Star Wars die-hards who wish to own material across both the legends and canon platforms and who probably wish to enjoy Star Wars from various angles. The finer details in this book certainly take you back to a time when Star Wars fans could only speculate on the events before the original trilogy, and given that for some time we have had an understanding of wider Star Wars events both pre and post the original trilogy, you certainly feel a sense of sentimentality.
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on 22 March 2018
A great idea executed poorly. I had been really excited when I received this as a gift eager to read the trilogy I love so much but with world famous lines from the original trilogy taken out and for some reason the colour of yoda changed to blue, I’ve been left somewhat disappointed stuck on empire strikes back not sure if I want to continue reading. I know it shouldn’t be a big deal with such little changes to the story but I hate to see some of the more beloved things in the Star Wars movies taken out when it’s written down in novel form or changed to something else like blue yoda. That being said some of the extra scenes you get are cool I just wish they had stuck to the movies depiction of characters and diogue.
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on 26 November 2017
It's just like watching the movies, the details are all there. It doesn't spoil the book having watched the films it's actually quite cool to recall the different scenes as you read them.
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on 17 October 2017
I love Star Wars and this book is a great read for all Star Wars fans it is the original stories in the original conditions. A fantastic book and a great read for everyone.
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on 12 January 2018
A great book & story. The film is amazing & book just made me love it even more
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on 3 November 2017
It’s Star Wars of course it gets 5 stars.
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on 20 May 2017
Fantastic, it's the original Star Wars story what more needs to be said.
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on 21 September 2016
Always been a star wars fan. Never bought the book before!
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on 9 March 2017
Quick delivery and amazing quality
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