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Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars: Novelizations #4-6)

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Luke Skywalker dreamed of advantues out among the stars and alien worlds. But when he intercepted a message from a beautiful captive princess, he got more than he had bargained for--and that was how the adventure of his life began....
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1993 by LucasBooks (first published 1976)
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WARNING: This is not a review of the books. I plan to write those separately someday. This is, rather, a review of the original Star Wars Trilogy catalyzed by the final episode of Lost. Please don't bother reading this if you're looking for a book review. Thanks.

About twenty years ago, I found myself in a debate about the merits of the Star Wars Trilogy with a guy named Bill (at least I think that was his name. Let’s call him Bill) and my friend Dave. Bill was trying to convince us that the Tril
mark monday
Mar 28, 2015 mark monday marked it as unread-forever  ·  review of another edition
Episode IV: A New Hope


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Dec 24, 2015 Carol marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saw-the-movie, sci-fi
Star Wars -The Force Awakens was incredible, but I have questions......and we have to wait until 2017???
Love the movies! Love the books! Yoda is blue in the book, wtf, haha!!
Chad Warner
Oct 18, 2015 Chad Warner rated it liked it
The movies of the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes 4-6) are some of my favorite movies, so I decided to try the novelization. These books are very close to the movies, but some of the dialogue is different, and there are a few additional scenes in the book.

Star Wars
All 3 novels in this book are based on George Lucas' movie scripts, but this is the only one actually authored by him. There are a couple scenes of Luke with Biggs Darklighter and other friends on Tatooine that weren't in the movi
Apr 09, 2008 Xeyra rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
As a longtime fan of Star Wars, it was a pleasure to read the novelizations of this beloved trilogy. One could almost hear the Millenium Falcon's engines as they soared into space, or that unique sound of the jedi lightsabers, or even recall various scenes from the movies as we read them in the books, the familiar lines coming to our lips. It gives an interesting sense of nostalgia.

It was particularly nice to read some missing scenes we never got to see in the movies, like a few more moments in
Mar 06, 2009 Jeremy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing style gets progressively worse as you move through these books. Eventually, I swore that Yoda was narrating. Just clumsy and weirdly worded.
Sep 06, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These may not be the most well written books of all time, but they are really fun and enjoyable.
Jan 21, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is for the Barnes & Noble leather-bound edition.

I initially received this as a Christmas gift from some good friends of mine and I immediately began to crack down and read it. I'm a big Star Wars fan and I've never had a chance to read any novelization set in the original Galactic Civil War.

I was prepared to simply relive the Big Three, but became curious when I discovered that the novelization of A New Hope is actually the ORIGINAL Novelization from 1977 that was based on an earlier
A New Hope: A fun, breezy read reminiscent of the pulp science-fiction of yesteryear, with the famous cast of characters we all know and love. It doesn't add to the film, but it's an enjoyable romp nonetheless.

The Empire Strikes Back: This is almost literally the film's script with a few added adjectives. While the edgy, dark story is still intact, this novelization brings nothing new to the table. And also, Yoda is blue for some reason.

The Return of the Jedi: Easily one of the best Star Wars fi
May 27, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm the wrong person to write an objective review of anything to do with Star Wars, in my opinion, nothing beats it. Anything to do with the original films will always get five stars from me.

Ok, so the novels aren't great literature and Star Wars is meant to be watched, not read. But every fan will want this little hardcover edition of all three original trilogy novels. The novels follow the films pretty accurately, but at times the dialogue is slightly different. There's also a few added scenes
Nov 12, 2013 Martine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this for my three year old son. He is obsessed with Star Wars and I've never actually gotten through any of the movies. I wanted to be able to answer some of the questions he asks me while we are pretending/ playing Star Wars. I was pretty sure I could get through the books since I haven't been able to get through the movies. You can tell the books were written after the movies because they aren't as descriptive as I thought they'd be. I'm glad I read them. Now I am excited to watch th ...more
Brenda Ayala
Jun 05, 2016 Brenda Ayala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly what you think it is--novelizations of the movie. The introduction from George Lucas confuses me a bit, and I'm not sure if these came first or the movies came first, but it doesn't really matter. There's a little extra detail (obviously, since it's a book) which I really appreciated, but ultimately if you've seen the movies you're not going to find out a lot of new information here.
May 12, 2009 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
You can't call yourself a fan without having read these. Period.
Jul 11, 2014 Grant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Star Wars fans.
I'm a big fan of the Star Wars films but these novelisations of the classic trilogy did nothing for me I'm afraid. I hadn't really expected to be bowled over by the quality of the writing but I had hoped for a reasonably enjoyable read and some additional insight into the Star Wars canon. I got neither.

George Lucas's Star Wars was the best of the bunch (which surprised me, given the brain-dead and cheesy dialogue he gave his characters to spout in the prequel trilogy). Donald F. Glut's The Empir
Day  Morgenstern
May 09, 2016 Day Morgenstern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. I can't even describe how much I enjoyed it. When I first started reading it I had abandoned previous books because they weren't written well. I was severely in need of a well written book. The Trilogy did not disappoint. It took me a while to get through because well, it's three separate stories that you have to work into the climax of individually, and I had school as well to finish for the year. Despite taking a while to read, I enjoyed it each time I read, ...more
Drew Ck
Jun 03, 2015 Drew Ck rated it it was amazing
The novelizations of the trilogy that made Han Solo, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Princess Leai, Obi Wan Kenobi, and multiple other household names. Complete with every deleted scene, most of the scenes added more depth to the story.
Jan 18, 2016 STEEL99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As great as the movies!
Rachel Witt
As both a Star Wars fan and a bookworm, I am very divided. Let's just get this out of the way: The writing is BAD. If you intend to read this for the writing, don't, it is not worth it. The style was choppy and just felt kind of off throughout the entire book. It got progressively worse. I've read bad Fanfic with better writing than this, but eventually, you just sort of become blind to it.

If you are going into this expecting to learn more about the existing Star Wars universe beyond what is sta
Mary Johnson
Apr 14, 2016 Mary Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
I feel like I must preface this review by stating that I am not an avid Star Wars fan. I do, however, love movies and I love getting more insight into what the characters are thinking and feeling through the course of a story. I have also never read a novelization of a movie script before. I have read books that movies were later based upon and I have read books that were sequels to movies. Apparently a novelization of a movie script adds very little to the movie itself.

George Lucas’s A New Hope
Jan 03, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of a review of 3 books in one but since mine are all in one hard cover edition i have decided to write this together. So in The Star Wars Trilogy we find Luke Skywalker intercepting a cryptic message from a beautiful princess and he begins his journey to find the Death Star. The second book in the trilogy “The Empire Strikes Back” we find Darth Vadar scheming to capture Luke and his friends and by the end we know who Luke’s father really is. In the third book of the trilogy “Return ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Star Wars: A New Hope

For any Science Fiction or Star Wars fan, Star Wars is a must-read. First, it is written by the director of the Star Wars movies. Second, as with any book compared to a movie, you get to find out what the characters are thinking, not just observe his actions. And third, it is a classic western in space.

While this isn’t the best science fiction story ever written, it is still very good. There is not a whole bunch I can say about this story that everybody doesn’t already know
Jun 21, 2014 Regina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Regina by: my english teacher
About my Rating System: So, I've been a member of this site for a time now, years to be exact and as I was looking through my "read" shelf I realized that I have matured. I noticed it because I didn't agree with my old self anymore. I gave five stars to books that weren't that good, simple bc at that time that was what I enjoyed. I don't have time or energy to reread and rerate them all, so I bought in this new rating system that treats every genre differently as I came to understand that I hold ...more
Aug 03, 2016 DimitraDmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished last night this trilogy last night and felt like it took me an eternity to finish, though it was just a couple of days, and I'm happy I finally did!

It was such a great book, especially episode IV, but for some reason I couldn't stand it. It was written by three different authors, based on the story of one of them and that kind made me feel off and love the IV episode, like a lot the V and ah, like the VI.

You could understand that the writing style differed between them because they
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favorite movies ever are the three films of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Don't get me started on how much I loathe the prequels, but the original three are cinematic and storytelling masterpieces. Indeed, the latter is what separates the original trilogy from the prequel trilogy, that of the strength of the story told. The original trilogy, with all of the then-groundbreaking special effects aside, weaves a complex, yet easy to understand, epic story of good versus evil. A story wh ...more
João Batista
Jun 23, 2014 João Batista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read in Portuguese...
Acabei de terminar o livro que é composto pelas partes IV, V e VI, baseados nos filmes de George Lucas. Esses livros seguiram os roteiros originais e podemos ver claramente as cenas dos filmes em vários pontos.
No Livro "Uma Nova Esperança" o mais marcante é a amizade entre R2-D2 e C-3PO. Os dois vivem reclamando um do outro mas nunca deixam de "sentir saudade" de momentos de aventuras (não sei como droides podem conseguir isso...); vemos também um Luke Skywalker começan
Oct 09, 2016 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This book is ONLY FOR Star Wars: A New Hope

The book a new hope starts off with Luke on a desert planet with his uncle, Owen. It quickly moves into medium paced action as Luke is catapulted into a wild space war. Old Ben-Kenobi, Luke's uncle-friend, trains Luke of the Jedi way when Luke escapes Tatooine. In the millennium-falcon, Ben-Kenobi trains Luke how to deflect laser blaster bolts using the lightsaber and the force. They when they reach Alderaan, there is no Alderaan. From there, t
Jun 07, 2010 Guilherme rated it really liked it
I liked these novelizations of the movies. One writer for each, so some quirks may be noticeable, but an enjoyable read. There's a little more information (like background info of the characters) than it was possible in the movies, so that's a plus.

I expected a bit more of bonus content, but I guess I can't complain about a $8 book! Despite that, if you are a Star Wars fan, I guess you can't go wrong with this one.
Dec 21, 2015 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story. I read this looking to find more insight into characters minds that the movie could not portray. One of my favorites was from Darth Vader himself. Please do not read if you do not want to be spoiled.

"It was a face that had not seen itself in twenty years.
Vader saw his son crying, and knew it must have been at the horror of the face the boy beheld.

It intensified, momentarily, Vader’s own sense of anguish — to his crimes, now, he added guilt at the imagined repugnance of his appe
Nov 05, 2015 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are the novelizations of the original Star Wars movies, based on the screenplays (although I think they are based on the original screenplays, since there are some added things that didn't make it to the films). I know Star Wars backwards and forwards, so I knew everything that was going to happen, and I could recite the dialogue from memory as I was reading it on the page. It was cool, though, to read the extra bits of what each character was thinking, which didn't always transfer to the ...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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