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Preview — Tales from Jabba's Palace by Kevin J. Anderson
Tales from Jabba's Palace (Star Wars)
I enjoy these types of stories that expose a different angle or prospective of famous events that were shown in the movie...
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 ...more
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
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Love the one with the pig guard trying to solve a murder, the story of the band and Boba Fett.
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.
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
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 ...more