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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (Star Wars: Novelizations #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,636 Ratings  ·  344 Reviews
Luke Skywalker was a twenty-year-old who lived and worked on his uncle's farm on the remote planet of Tatooine...and he was bored beyond belief. He yearned for adventures that would take him beyond the farthest galaxies. But he got much more than he bargained for....

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 1976)
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RISING UNEMPLOYMENT: The “DARK SIDE” of the Rebel Victory at Yavin.


***The following is just one story of the economic devastation that resulted from the brutal and senseless attack by the so called rebels (called "domestic terrorists" by many) on the newly completed pork barrel government works project known as the Imperial Death Star...there are many, many more.***

To: Major Bigga Asshatian
Chief of Coruscant Internal Security

From: Chips O’Toole
Director FISEPRA (Former Imperial Stormtrooper Em
I didn't really like the way it was written, but it was a fun read. Yay Star Wars!
Jul 26, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the record, I read a yellowing 1977 edition complete with "16 pages of full-color photos from this spectacular space-fantasy motion picture." Ah, the nostalgia...

Such a fun read!
Mark Oppenlander
It has been a long while since I revisited this, the very first Star Wars novelization. Having recently read one of the Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels, a couple of things caught my attention, partially in contrast to the Zahn work:

- It's remarkable how the use of high-quality language can make such a difference in my perception of a story. This book introduced me to words such as "lambent" and "actinic" when I was only seven or eight years old. I happily devoured these new words because I wanted
Jonathan Maas
Jan 17, 2016 Jonathan Maas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Became a project of mine to read 'the Star Wars books' - and this was a great start. Loved it, and it really made me see Star Wars from a new perspective!

Great and honest intro by George Lucas about how he approached the ghostwriter Alan Dean Foster, and it is great to see both of their talents on the page.

Reading the next two currently! Love them as well, but man - Alan Dean Foster really started things off right!
I am Danielle.
Jan 15, 2016 I am Danielle. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to I am Danielle. by: The World and my childhood
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I grew up with having four older brothers. As a child I remember them watching Star Wars with Mom, but I don't remember the scenes from the films in particular; I just remember loving Yoda. (view spoiler)

Fast-forward to now, in a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars is one of the most talked about science fiction film franchises in the United States (and probably in the rest of Western civilization): the space action, the lightsa
May 17, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on a movie that has been around for years and has become one of the biggest franchises of our time, and has changed the whole ways of Sci-Fi movies! Star Wars A New Hope is the movie that started it all.

The Rebel Alliance has stolen plans to the Death Star, a deadly space station built by the evil Galactic Empire, with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Darth Vader has captured Princess Leia, demanding the location of the hidden Rebel Base but not before the Princess i
Mary JL
Apr 10, 2009 Mary JL rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non one--watch the movie instead
Usually novelizations of movies are not as good as the movies themselves. This is certainly true here. The Star Wars movie is fantastic; but it loses a lot when transferred to print.
May 04, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's May 4th! In honor of Star Wars Day... a long time ago (December of 1976), in a galaxy far, far away (Bluefield, Virginia)... I was home from college for winter break and spotted this weird little paperback on the spin-rack of the corner drug store. (I believe it was Goodykoontz Pharmacy, but I'm not certain.) It looked like a nifty little space opera; I was familiar with George Lucas from THX-1138 and American Graffitti, though I didn't know him as a novelist. I picked it up and enjoyed rea ...more
Laurel Rockefeller
Back before there were VCRS (let alone DVDs), this was one of my favorite books. Yes, I know, this dates me. I first read this book just as the lights were fading from the original theatrical release of "Return of the Jedi" in 1983. I never lost my love of the book.

As much as people love the films, the books are better and go into much more detail.

So I continue to revisit my old favorite...and refuse to call it "A New Hope." They added that later, after Empire came out. To those of us old enough
Tempo de Ler
Jul 21, 2015 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não exclusivamente, mas especialmente, creio que este livro se destina aos fãs de Star Wars. Com isto quero dizer que, embora tenha sido lançado alguns meses antes do primeiro filme, com base no guião original de George Lucas, os filmes têm mais projecção e os livros funcionam como uma espécie de bónus para os que apreciam a saga.

Atribuído a George Lucas, mas na realidade escrito por Dean Foster, as descrições em «A Guerra das Estrelas» não fazem - e muito dificilmente fariam - justiça à diversi
May 12, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is best described as Star Wars: A New Hope.

If you have never seen the movie you have either been living under a ginormous rock, or have consciously avoided the physical embodiment of awesomeness that is Star Wars, in which case you are not going to be reading this book either.

Being written by George Lucas himself, this book doesn’t offer any new material or further background information. It’s nothing more than a “book edition” of the movie. It is really fun to read but watching the mo
May 23, 2016 Nienke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
“Someday you're going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.”

Twenty years after the birth of Luke and Leia, the Empire has risen. Darth Vader, being in control, is trying to destroy every last piece of the Rebellion.
When Luke receives a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by the Dark Lord, he knows he has to save her. Together with his father's old master Obi-Wan Kenobi and a smuggler named Han Solo they get to the Death Star
Shoma Patnaik
This is going to be a spectacularly biased review. Also, I'm listening to the Imperial March while writing this. *I should do this every time.*

The reason why I am giving this book five whole stars is because it let me have my childhood back, if only for the duration of 200 odd pages. Plus, I'm criminally low-brow. So I'm writing this review partly out of sentiment and partly out of dedication to my decision to review every book I read this year.

So, again, how can I NOT like this book? It's Luke.
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
“We’re a couple of shooting stars, and we’ll never be stopped.”

“Someday you're going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.”

What is there to say about this beloved story that hasn't already been said? This story and these characters are timeless. Been feeling the Star Wars love lately, so I decided to re-read some of the books. THere is nothing quite like the moment when you first read about Darth Vader prowling the rebel ship, or when Luke rescues
What a great time! I really liked how I was able to slow down and look at each scene and part. It made the story more meaningful to me. When Obi-Wan fought Vader it was much more moving to me because I had a deeper connection through the book. When his voice came to Luke it gave me thrill chills. The robots were like two children, C3PO was the big brother who loved his little R2D2. I loved the dialogue and interaction of those little guys. It was adorable (I feel that word is an enemy of my mas ...more
Jim Swindells
Mar 04, 2016 Jim Swindells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured it would be a good idea to revisit the original trilogy in their novel forms after seeing the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga. In "A New Hope", the story pretty much flows as the originally released film does. There are pieces of the novel that made their way into the 1997 special edition releases, such as the storyline covering the friendship between Luke and Biggs and the encounter between Han Solo and Jabba The Hutt. In the novel form, it is never mentioned whether Jabba is the ...more
John Yelverton
Dec 02, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book from a fantastic movie.
Crystal Starr Light
"If not stopped soon enough, evil eventually reaches out to engulf all men."
Luke Skywalker, a young farm lad on the remote world of Tatooine, discovers two mysterious droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO. R2-D2 contains a message of a beautiful woman, Princess Leia, who is in danger and requires the aid of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, Luke journeys with Obi-Wan, in his quest for adventure and to take up his father's mantle of being a Jedi.

I Liked:
Ghost written by Alan Dean Foster, this little book is a w
Nov 17, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin2013
I managed to read this one at last. I'd started it a few years ago, but I thought the writing was so poor in the opening chapter or two that I just wasn't motivated to continue on. As soon as the action really begins, once Luke Skywalker is introduced, this one gets much better! That is not to say that reading the story adds anything substantive and wonderful to the movie experience. I think an appreciation of the movie is a big help. It helps to make sense of the text of the book. There are som ...more
May 17, 2013 Bwool1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this review, I assume you have already read the book or seen the movie. To begin with, I love the Star Wars series. As a kid, I watched all of the movies multiple times. However, I had never read the books up until Christmas of 2012 when I received a hardback edition of the Star Wars Trilogy. That, my friends, is nerdy bliss. When I first read the books, they immediately soared into my top books list. The imagery in this book specifically made me feel like I was experiencing a ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book was great, and so truthful to the movie. I loved how there was an adding scene to Luke's story. We also get a new relationship between Luke and another character named Biggs. There were actual lines from the movie and I could totally picture the scenes from the movie in my head. There were a few spots that dragged on, and I wanted to see a little more action. However, the action scenes that did occur totally made up for it!
Apr 26, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains all the magic of the film, just as it did when I first read it in the 70s. Great from beginning to end.
Jacopo Piermattei
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Matthew Kanoc
Jan 07, 2015 Matthew Kanoc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On November 12, 1976, the unsuspecting world was introduced to Star Wars. It didn't come in a grand movie, but in the form of a paperback novel published by Ballantine Books, claiming to be written by a man named George Lucas. This book was called Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. This novel was actually ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster and based on the screenplay for what is now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

It is interesting to read this, understanding that the Star
Martin Kilbane
Firstly, I should point out that the 3 star review is for this novel and not the film, which is 5 star all day for me.

I wanted to read this novel as I knew about the long development of what George Lucas' original interpretation of Star Wars and how it came to be the Star Wars that we all know and love. I wondered if the novel would shed some light into Lucas' original vision for the movie and seeing how different it was.

The result was fascinating, parts were similar and the plot is obviously t
Sarah Maggle
Nov 05, 2015 Sarah Maggle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin this book in a science fiction genre book that is based off the original trilogy of star wars. It is about a boy who starts off as being at home at his home planet of Tatooine. Him and Uncle, Owen, buy a couple of droids who contain plans of the Empire's plan of the Death Star drawn out. The droid who contains the plans runs away to find his old master and get him those plans to help the rebellion in the war against the Empire. When Luke realizes he's gone he searches for him the next ...more
Ell Eastwood
Okay, I'm not gonna write a serious review discussing the literary merit of this book. Like, the plot is that of Star Wars, therefore it is amazing, and the writing is supposedly by George Lucas, and therefore ... not great but it works (come on, there's a difference between a book and a screenplay, it's all I'm saying).

I'm just gonna discuss some quotes I found interesting for one reason or another:

"[...] Still, even a duck has to be taught to swim."
"What's a duck?" Luke asked curiously.

I wish
Michael Bates
Feb 28, 2016 Michael Bates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Luke Schwiebert
Mar 21, 2016 Luke Schwiebert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most novelizations are wimpy prose-ifications of movie scripts, with little value beyond promoting the film it's adapted from and noting worth reading beyond discovering a few potential deleted scenes. It's a shame, truly, because just as a film can do things a novel can't, a novel can do things a film can't- yet the thought of making a serious effort to turn a movie into a novel that works on its own merits, that can truly be called an ADAPTATION rather than just a "novelization", seems to have ...more
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George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is the creator of the epic Star Wars saga and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Today, Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful independent directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion.
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