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an amazing wealth of information on Star Wars
on 5 June 2016
This is an almighty set of books! It consists of three large hardback volumes, which are housed in a deluxe and sturdy slipcase. This is the complete "Star Wars Encyclopedia" - published in 2008, and provides information on anything and everything to do with Star Wars up until that date. It covers the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, as well as the 'expanded universe' as depicted in the novels and videogames. It's a high quality publication, with a glossy feel. It's certainly comprehensive - and is over 1,200 pages in length.
The volumes set out to provide details on characters, worlds, vehicles, storylines, battles, weapons, etc. - and present this information in alphabetical order. The authors have had complete access to the official Lucasfilm archives, and used these sources to write-up the several hundred encyclopedia entries found in this collection. What's offered is an informed and insightful account on the 'facts' of the Star Wars universe. I was impressed by the attention to detail, especially concerning very minor characters. In addition to the text, there's plenty of photos and drawings presented throughout the volumes.
If you're a Star Wars fan then I really do recommend this item. It's the best official collection of information on Star Wars that exists. Unfortunately, now that the saga has progressed - with the new film entry 'The Force Awakens' - this encyclopedia is no longer complete. Additionally, much of the expanded universe is no longer considered 'canon' ... Nonetheless, this remains a most impressive set of volumes.