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The Han Solo Adventures: Star Wars Legends (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1-3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,604 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Han Solo soars again--in this awesome trilogy of his extraordinary exploits. Ride with him as he rides to the rescue, narrowly escapes certain death, and foils evil in its ruthelss tracks!

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the
ebook, 576 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published 1979)
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Jul 12, 2016 BrokenTune rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"The Free-Flight Dance Dome was a first-class trough. It was equipped with a top-of-the-line gravity field, its console visible among the bottles, spigots, and taps, and other paraphernalia encircled by the bar. The field permitted the management to alter gravity anywhere on the premises, and so the dance floor and the dome over it had become a low-gee acrobatic playground in which singles, couples, and groups looped, floated, and spun with effortless grace. Han also spotted individual booths an ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
The Han Solo Adventures penned by Brian Daley were the first "spin-off" novels allowed by Lucas and the Star Wars Franchise. Daley saw Star Wars and, like many of us, instantly fell in love with the story.

For me, Star Wars was alot like watching the old black and white Harol Flynn movies of pirates and Spanish Galleons, treachery and swashbuckling heroes. Always a beautiful compatriot in the mix and crazy hair raising stunts born out of deaparation that only comes with a band of heroes up agains
Mar 03, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, Han Solo fans
Recommended to Stephanie by: Mary
Don’t get excited, Han Solo. It’s not like I called you a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder. I simply gave this book about you three stars. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed the book (three books in one, really). It’s just that your books are up against some real classics like Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities and Hamlet… (What’s that? You’ve never heard of them? Well, they were written a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.)

These books are just what I’d expect f
Not bad. Not good, but not bad.

Writing early fan fiction, just after the debut of what we now call Episode Four, Brian Daley wrote decent, if uninspired space opera using the bare bones of Han Solo and Chewbacca's persona from the first Star Wars movie. "Jedi" is mentioned once in three tales. The Empire about once per story. And no other SW character than Han and Chewy appear, other than a single closing reference to Jabba the Hutt.

It isn't even very good science fiction: repeatedly Daley falls
John Yelverton
Mar 05, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel that fills in the gaps about Han Solo's origins.
Nov 20, 2011 Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was written just a year or two after the first film came out, so I find it rather neat the authors perspective of the Star Wars universe before there really was one. You don't read too much about the characters and species mention here in other books, but there are a lot of little things that continue to be used in the SWU. This book is three short novels of Han and Chewy's exploits before they became involved with th ...more
Doctor Edward Diesel
I don't know how Brian Daly got involved in writing a series of prequel books featuring the adventures of Han Solo and his wookie partner but he was the perfect man for the job. Each of these books is distinguished by fast paced action, snappy dialog and old fashioned cliffhanger plotting to keep the reader interested. I read these as a teenager and liked them very much and then read them again after 30 years as an an adult and I was very pleased to see that my memory was not playing me false an ...more
Read early in my exposure to the Extended Universe. At the time I had a job that often left me as the sole occupant of the office without a lot to do but wait for the phone to ring or someone to drop by, so I brought this book to keep me company. I don't remember many specific details, but I enjoyed the adventures and thought the stories filled in some of Han and Chewie's earlier timeline well.
Nov 15, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost no connection to the movies, besides Han and Chewbacca are the heroes, but all three books are great bits of space opera.
Lots of fun and adventure.
I think 'At Stars End' is the best of the three.
Mar 20, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty, entertaining and action-packed! This book is like having Han Solo tell you his story as it happens. This one's hard to let go!
Eric Farr
Mar 12, 2014 Eric Farr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novels of Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures capture the spirit of serial pulp novels, true to the retro adventure story feel of the Classic Trilogy. These novels must be considered Classic Star Wars themselves, published as they were between 1979 and 1980. And they are deserving of reading decades later because they are really fun, self-contained action-adventures.

Han Solo has always been one of my favorite Star Wars characters, the iconic scoundrel with the heart of gold. And this series s
Jan 16, 2010 JC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these about 30 years ago, I got the entire set at one time. It seems that the books written back then, that were written for fans, but targeted to kids, were kept at a strict "under 200 pages" limit. Nowadays, thanks to authors like JK Rowling, a book can be 2000 pages and not seem excessive, even if it's written for children.

Re-reading these after all these years, and having been spoiled by the "skies the limit" page count in modern books, I started to wonder if the editors were followi
Jul 30, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the tone, pace and sense of sly wonder in these short novels when I first encountered them ages ago, and I rate them accordingly even if the "mature" thing should be going back to more critically reassess their literary merits.

But I ain't got time for that jazz. And Han and Chewie will always rock.


Of the three, "Han Solo at Stars End" is probably my favourite and the best standalone space caper, but the quieter moments of "Revenge" and "Lost Legacy" were also great at building
Apr 30, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently bought this omnibus edition for my kindle as my original paperbacks from way back when are hiding in a box somewhere. While re-reading the books brought back the same enjoyment that I remember from when I first read them back in the 1980's, a couple of annoying and possibly even deliberate spelling mistakes in the kindle edition did detract from my enjoyment. So, if anyone is thinking about buying the kindle version then I'd suggest thinking twice and perhaps picking up the paperback ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars EU fans
I liked these stories well enough. I don't have much experience reading the Star Wars EU books, so I can't judge these stories as compared to the rest. I felt these were solid, yet run of the mill adventure stories. The biggest (and some may say only) thing they have going for them is Han Solo. He is pretty close to how I think he should be portrayed in the book, with no major out of character moments that I can recall.

I'll give it 3 stars because it wasn't anything special but I still enjoyed
Dylan Gullberg
Not as good as A.C. Crispin's excellent origin trilogy, these three tales are still fun, solid adventures that precede the events of the original films. Crispin's trilogy begins with a teenage Han that spans several years leading to the original cantina scene in the first film, whereas this book consists of three standalone tales that fit somewhere between those years. They are fun and work well as a weekend read, but don't live up to the dynamic plot and characterization of the other trilogy.
Jan 28, 2008 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Han and Chewie fans, Star Wars fans in general
One of the earliest written Star Wars novels, this book is actually a reprint of a trilogy.

Han is the typical scoundrel who supposedly cares for no one but Chewbacca and only wants to make profit, but his selfish facade masks a heart of gold.

The series is well written, but doesn't stand out. Still if you like Han Solo and Chewie, you'll like this series just fine.
Charlie Cottrell
Wile it doesn't bear much resemblance to later Star Wars expanded universe novels, the Han Solo Adventures are still fun sci-fi adventure novels. They play out more like old adventure serials than contemporary Star Wars novels, but that sort of fits the milieu of the original film. So, while they don't quite work as Star Wars novels, they're still a heckuva lot of fun!
Mar 26, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Badass book. Who doesn't like Han Solo running rough shod over the galaxy taking no prisoners? If you expect this to be Dante, War and Peace, or something of that sort, well you're obviously going to be disappointed. Enjoy it for what it is; even Colt 45 has it's 5 Star Moments.
Feb 28, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: starwars
Brian Daley wrote a novel about Han Solo's adventures before he meet Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia and joined the Rebellion. Stories about a man og extreme luckiness.
Aug 02, 2011 Lillian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A fun read with lots of action; this action is described in such detail that it's as if the book is trying to make you literally see it like a movie.
May 29, 2015 Suzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Feb 05, 2013 Jraptor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
woah. outdated.
Generic space adventures.
Oct 21, 2016 LC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Ian Reay
Jul 07, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
The three books in the han solo adventures are not linked to the movies in any shape or form but it does make han solo and chewie's characters that much more exciting, these books show you that they are in the top elite and it expands on him having more brains that luck and cheap tricks.
The first book "Stars End" is about the duo being brought into a rescue mission, this is where there new long time partners Bollux and Blue Max come into the story, and unlike C3PO these ones play a part in what
Fawkes Phoenix
Mar 04, 2015 Fawkes Phoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. But by no mean my favorite Star Wars book. The author was very smart, he knew his physics and his air crafts and his fire arms. But at points the otherwise exciting action got bogged down by his overly verbose tech mumbo-jumbo descriptions. Yes I get it the gun has a serious kick back... We don't need to talk about it for a whole page and half.

I also feel like a lot of time was spent on random mishaps along the way and very little time spent at the destination. The third story for exam
Jim C
Jan 08, 2015 Jim C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of three stories based on the character Han Solo. These take place before episode IV and their intent is to show how Han slowly becomes the character we see in the first movie. He is a smuggler who supposedly only cares about himself and Chewbacca but he finds himself in situations where he is helping others.

This was one of the first books written after Star Wars: A New Hope. Therefore, we did not have over a handful of movies, two different cartoon series, and hundreds of b
Jun 27, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Not bad. Not good, but not bad. There are 3 short stories rolled into 1 book from 1979.

It is a little weird how this came from the Lucas world and there was no real mention of the Empire, just this lame thing called the Corporate Sector Authority, which has not been mentioned in any other books that I have read at least. These all take place before New Hope.

Star's End is 2 star. The written character of Han didn't seem right. Chewy had a lot action, which was cool.

Han Solo's Revenge is 3 star.
Apr 06, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing of these isn't great, but what I like (and will expand upon next month in a blog post) is that these are technically prequels to Star Wars A New Hope, but Daley doesn't write them the way modern authors or the future screenwriters of the Han Solo movie undoubtedly will. Part of it is that only one movie existed at the time, but part of it is that all three books are just solid space adventure yarns. They aren't concerned with explaining Han Solo's development or planting Easter Eggs ...more
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Brian was born in Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey on Dec. 22, 1947. A blizzard kept him and his mother at the hospital over Christmas, and the nurses sang "Away in a Manger" to them.

His middle name is Charles. He grew up in Rockleigh, NJ. His mother's name was Myra and his father's name was Charles. He has an older brother, David, and a younger sister, also named Myra. He had no child
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