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three Star Wars novels in one book
on 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.