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Tales from Jabba's Palace (Star Wars)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  4,057 ratings  ·  58 reviews
In the dusty heat of twin-sunned Tatooine lives the wealthiest gangster in a hundred worlds, master of a vast crime empire and keeper of a vicious, flesh-eating monster for entertainment (and disposal of his enemies). Bloated and sinister, Jabba the Hutt might have made a good joke -- if he weren't so dangerous. A cast of soldiers, spies, assassins, scoundrels, bounty hunt ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Spectra
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Nathan Harrison
Not a great book, but a fun one that I remember fondly from growing up, and one I'm thankful exists for at least one reason: it wrote Boba Fett out of that goddamn sarlacc pit. Even if he died immediately after escaping, it'd still be an improvement over getting bopped in the jetpack by a blind man ("Boba Fett? Boba Fett!?!" Ugh.). But rather than settle for better-than-terrible, the story itself manages to be kind of awesome, and definitely goes a long way toward restoring my favorite Mandalori ...more
To prove how good this book is. I don't think I will ever forget the short story about the rancor keeper. I enjoyed it so much that I had to buy the rancor keeper action figure...

I enjoy these types of stories that expose a different angle or prospective of famous events that were shown in the movie...

May 04, 2009 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: die hard SW fans
Better the second time, but out of synch with later SW novels.

The Gaemorrrean guard's tale tickled my funny bone.
Mark Oppenlander
This second Star Wars EU short story collection is not nearly as good as the first one, "Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina." In fact, I almost gave this two stars. But a few of the stories are just good enough to make it worth the trouble and elevate it into the realm of readability.

As with the previous collection, editor Kevin J. Anderson gathers a group of writers to tell stories of minor and unnamed characters from one of the more memorable sequences in the original Star Wars trilogy: Jabba's
Jeff Cothern Review

One of the more prolific--and proficient--Star Wars authors, Kevin J. Anderson, edits and contributes to this anthology of ... well, tales from Jabba's palace. Each of the 19 short tales focuses on a different personality, from the rancor keeper to Salacious Crumb, putting faces and facts on the internecine intrigue swirling around everyone's favorite Huttese crime lord. (As it turns out, you can find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Mos Eisley.) Find out how Bib

This is a fun read and is a collection of short stories based on the characters seen in Jabba the Hutt's Palace in Return of the Jedi. It provides history and the interactions of each to the overall story.


"A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale"
"Taster's Choice: The Tale of Jabba's Chef"
"That's Entertainment: The Tale of Salacious Crumb"
"A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale"
"Let Us Prey: The Whiphid's Tale"
"Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade"
"And Then Th
Neville Ridley-smith
Here's a review of the authors - you can read other reviews for a list of the stories and content.

In a shared world like Star Wars, I like anthologies like this. As well as providing stories with many flavours, I can get a feeling for how good or bad various authors are - and then perhaps pursue other books in the world by the good authors. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on the authors in this book.

Kevin J Anderson (rancor): fun, easy to read
Barbara Hambly (chef): ok but clumsy and conf
To say the least, this was entertaining and brought back fond memories of the peak of my Star Wars fandom as a geeky sixth grader. Tales from Jabba's Palace is a collection of short stories authored by a number of writers from the Star Wars extended universe. Everyone from Max Reebo to Salacious Crumb gets to tell their side of the story of the days leading up to Jabba's death on the Sail Barge. Apparently, everyone had it out for Jabba!
Star Wars Tales From Jabba's Palace is a great compilation of short stories from various authors. Kevin J. Anderson edits this book and does a good job of it. The stories take place at various times ranging from when life in the palace was normal to the time Luke Skywalker and his friends turned the place into an uproar. There are really good back stories for characters that are unmissable in Jabba's court and for those whom you see on screen in Star Wars VI for barley a moment. An altogether fu ...more
Along with the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, Tatooine in Return of the Jedi had been one of the few scenes that had actually featured a large multitude of different aliens in the Original Trilogy. Tales from Jabba’s Palace, edited by Kevin J. Anderson, is the second Star Wars anthology book released and is based on the background characters from the classic Jabba scenes in Return of the Jedi. I found it a great book, and it was very entertaining to read about the various plots and schemes of the cha ...more
The first few stories in this were a little on the dull side (for me anyway) so i sort of put this book aside for a while, but when i picked it back up again i finished it off in just a few sittings as the stories got much better. Still has that element of repetition where almost every story had to include the scene with Luke and the Rancor, although this petered out towards the end and moved more towards the Sarlac. Good intermixing of stories where events in one are mentioned or have consequen ...more
Cian Beirdd
The rating is totally unfair, for several of the authors. The rancor keeper was fun and Boba Fett was intriguing. For others it was generous. The tale of Ephant Mon read like a bad detective novel, and the one about the Gamorrean was morbidly amusing but the unfortunate writing took away from the fun it might have been. What I did like, and what I suppose one writer could not have done justice to, was the multiple perspectives about the one scene in the original trilogy where so much happens so ...more
This book is mostly crap. However it's almost GOOD crap, if that makes any sense. It's, say, slightly above the level of fan-fiction. Characters that had no lines now get their whole history told, which makes me think some of these artists had a favorite action-figure growing up, and decided to write a story for it. The book as a whole can't even come close to being canon (if it were, the explosion of Jabba's skiff would look like something out of a G.I. Joe cartoon, with dozens of figures just ...more
Josh W.
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(2 of 5 stars)

Definitely not one of the better Star Wars anthologies - the stories are very uneven, and the few halfway-good ones are all piled at the very end. The saving grace of this collection is Boba Fett's story, an eerie look into the hive-mind of a creature that has digested so many people over the centuries. Two smaller strong points are the story of the "ugly dancer" (purely because the krayt dragon mythos is interesting), and Salacious Crumb's tale (which puts a new spin on "publish o

As a kid back in the 90's, I loved reading this one over and over, delving into the lives of the inhabitants of Jabba's Palace.

Tales From Jabba's Palace contains short stories by various authors, each focusing on a different character yet taking place at approximately the same time, generally alongside the events of the movie.

Inevitably, some of these stories are a little better than others, but all are well-written and enjoyable. If you have any interest at all in the seedy underbelly of Star
Another awesome book with a buch of short stories from the Star Wars universe, this one again showed me more in depth about the thoughts of the people inside of Jabba's palace. While not as good as the Tales of the bounty hunters, this one still did awesome. One thing that didn't make it as good was just the stories at times seemed to work with each other. What happened in one happened in another. I found it rather annoying sometimes, reading the same thing from a different point of view. Howeve ...more
Sep 26, 2007 Bethany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars Nerds
A series of short stories written by different authors told from the point of view of different [people?], all of whom end up in Jabba the Hutt's palace in Return of the Jedi on that fateful day when Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the rest of the rebel heroes come to save Han Solo from his imprisonment in the frozen carbonite. Whoo, I am a nerd. Some of the stories were entertaining and some were just plain awful. I gave the volume the benefit of the doubt. This would make a good "bathroom" r ...more
I found this to be a great entry point into Star Wars expanded universe. I didn't need to learn a whole bunch of extra names and places. It uses characters from "Empire Strikes Back" and it expounds upon what they were all up to while Han was rescued from Jabba's palace.

Each short story on it's own is interesting, and together they form a cohesive narative that shows how much conspiracy and plotting was going on under Jabba's rule.

I recommend this to any Star Wars fan to read.
T.S. Gray
Honestly, this is one of my favorite books. All the stories intersect to make a complete, familiar, scene, and each story has their own unique flavor. Each character- some better known than others- lends a distinct perspective. Perhaps only enjoyable for Star Wars fans- Perhaps- slight nostalgia factors involved, sure- but an impressive example of collaboration regardless. Mostly, though, it's just a lot of fun to read.
This book became annoying pretty fast. A collection of short stories by semi-renowned sci-fi writers, they unfortunately tried to overlap and intertwine to make one great plot of Jabba's demise. Most of the stories were of very minor characters from the movie, not worth reading, and the only story I was looking forward to was that of Boba Fett and his escape from the Sarlacc Pit. It was kind of retarded.
A series of short stories featuring some of the sideshow characters from inside Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi. The one I remember best is the rancor keeper, but there is also apparently a Mara Jade story in there by Timothy Zahn. Man, was Mara Jade really at Jabba's Palace? My knowledge of Star Wars minutiae is not what it used to be - which, now that I think about it, is probably a good thing.
Best of the 'Tales of...' anthologies. Lots of characters that got ten seconds of screen time get their stories told. A couple really fun ones, but the rest are fairly forgettable, but the fact that they are all happening during the scene from 'Return of Jedi I thought was hilarious.
Love the one with the pig guard trying to solve a murder, the story of the band and Boba Fett.

Selmoore Codfish
Dozens of short stories that are exactly the same, but different.
Each short story tells the same moment of Jabba's Palace, written by different authors each who adopt a different character and their perspective.
Seems like they are milking the Star Wars franchise. None of the stories were that great alone. Together, it is an inconsistent, repetitive waste of time.
Courtney McGruder
I'm a Star Wars nerd and LOVE these books - insight into all of the characters you see in the scenes and how they ended up there.
An intriguing collection of stories from a variety of respected Star Wars authors, but they're a bit hit and miss. The stories about the rancor-keeper, Boba Fett, and Yarna d'al Gargan and Oola were particularly interesting - the rest have sort of faded into the background for me. (Ooh, and about Max Rebo's band! Okay, I do remember that one.)
I first read this collection of short stories years ago, and then found it again at a thrift shop, so I thought I'd give it a re-read.

As with any collection of stories, there were good reads and bad reads.

My least favorite read: Out of the Closet: The Assassin's Tale
My favorite read: Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale
Lukas Anderson
Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace is a great alternitave view of Jabba's Palace as seen in the movies. The scenery is detailed and the stories are varying in the same setting. I enjoyed Malakili's and Boba Fett's story. I suggest this book for any Star Wars or even Science Fiction lover.
I love how well the stories in this book intertwined. It did well to recreate the atmosphere of Jabba's Palace and even with some parts being repeated in almost every story it was still entertaining. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in reading a Star Wars book.
John Ashline
One of my favorites of the "Tales from..." series. It gives back story to the many denizens of the palace of Jabba the Hutt. It leads up to, and after the events of Return of the Jedi, and explains what happens to some of the critters after Jabba's death.
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Pseudonyms: Gabriel Mesta, K.J. Anderson

He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll
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