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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars Legends)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  5,535 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Sixteen stories from the most infamous cantina in the some of today's leading writers of science fiction.

In a far corner of the universe, on the small desert planet of Tatooine, there is a dark, nic-i-tain-filled cantina where you can down your favorite intoxicant while listening to the best jizz riffs in the universe.  But beware your fellow denizens of this
Mass Market Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Bantam Spectra
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Sep 18, 2010 TK421 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
So you may be asking yourself why a 30 year old man would read Star Wars books when he could be reading something else of substantial value. I mean, the poor guy doesn't realize that his life is getting farther and farther away from being 1/3 over and into the first stages of middle-life (I gave myself to 81). And, you know, I would be right beside you and berating myself too if these books weren't so fun. Ya see, about five years ago I got down from my pedestal of high-brow literary thinking an ...more
Damian Dubois
Oct 07, 2013 Damian Dubois is currently reading it
Shelves: put-on-hold
I'm going to attempt to write a few lines on each story as I read them so bear with me on this one. I remember when I first received this as a gift back in '95 for Christmas and being so, so excited to finally read all the back stories of the denizens shown in what to me was the best set of scenes in the Star Wars movies - the Mos Eisley Cantina. Not every story is how I would have played them out with all the action figures I once owned as a kid but they did enough to fire up my imagination and ...more
WHEW! It feels good to finally be finished with this one; it's been on my "Currently Reading" shelf for just about 6 months. After my 4 month hiatus from this book, I'm finally finished!

I did enjoy the book, despite the fact that the length of time that I spent NOT reading it vastly dwarfs the amount of time I was reading. The stories in this book are all interesting, and varied, and center around the (apparently) most popular watering-hole in the universe.

These aren't the best written stories
Dec 15, 2016 Octavi rated it really liked it
Me lo he pasado teta. Historias de los personajes de la Cantina... Nada más que añadir.
In the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in A New Hope, there are little lingering looks of all kinds of weird-looking aliens. This is a collection of short stories that covers pretty much everyone in that cantina.

This was cool at the time that I read it because I had all of these aliens' cards for the Star Wars CCG. My favorite was Figrin D'an. The fact that I can write the previous two sentences is indicative of something. I probably don't want to know what that something is.
I read this book while I was on vacation in Sun River, OR. Even though I was on vacation I probably read this book at an average of 3 hours a day because it was really good. My favorite story in this book is the one about Greedo because since Greedo is killed by Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie, he is not in many of the Star Wars books, so I did't know much about him besides the fact that he's a Rodian bounty hunter.
Peregrine 12
Dec 10, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans; people who like a fun side-trip on their literary journey.
When I read this book, I was well out of my sci-fi phase. Nonetheless, despite all the Star Wars and Star Trek novels I read in all the endless series, this one stands out in my memory as being ONE FUN READ.

What a great idea - focus in on all those weird, nameless monsters in that super-cool Star Wars scene at the cantina! Multiple authors did a great job of offering multiple storylines, none like the others. If you like the Star Wars type genre, check this one out.
Apr 16, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
This book is pretty much for the big Star Wars fan. The tales are all interconnected, and it certainly will make you want to rewatch parts of A New Hope to pick out all of these aliens from the cantina.
Richard Houchin
I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. This one, like all of the "Tales" collections, was actually pretty good. It's hard to go wrong with short story collections -- curious ideas and interesting character studies in a compact form!
Apr 05, 2009 Ron rated it liked it
Yawn. Not bad, not good. Amazing how many stormtroopers were supposedly dying in the vicinity of the Mos Eisley cantina that day.
Thomas Runyon
Jan 26, 2014 Thomas Runyon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Been a while since I felt a book deserved a five star this much. Riveting, comedic, epic, romantic and fascinating. A must read for fans of the Star Wars 'verse!
Jun 27, 2017 TheBookHunter rated it really liked it
"Heard you were having a little trouble in here"

Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, is an anthology novel featuring multiple short stories written by various authors. And as the title suggests, this Star Wars Tales book tells the tales of the creatures and denizens within the Cantina in Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine around and during the time of A New Hope.

This is a great little book that you can pick up, read one or two stories, put down, and then pick back up later with no issue, and that's
Ben Flegal
Jul 08, 2017 Ben Flegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Legends content that gives a neat twist to the beloved and iconic cantina scene from A New Hope.
Beth Dow
Oct 29, 2016 Beth Dow rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!!!!
Mar 30, 2008 Brandon rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: own
The scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV is one of the most memorable sequences in the movie with it's menagerie of strange intergalactic species populating it. Now, most of the prominent creatures we find hanging in the cantina that afternoon are given their own stories to introduce us to their lives. There are sixteen stories in this Star Wars anthology from varying authors, and I found they were hit-or-miss. There were a handful of really good tales to be found in his coll ...more
Sep 16, 2014 El-jorro rated it really liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.

In 1977, a movie premiered that changed the world, Star Wars. Entire books have been written about the effect that Star Wars has had on popular culture and how it has inspired multiple generations of writers and artists.

One of the most iconic scenes in the film`is the Mos Eisley Cantina scene. The music, the weird alien creatures, and of course, where Han shot first. All of these characters made up a part

The Good: Even though Bookwo
Caio Duayer
Mar 07, 2017 Caio Duayer rated it it was ok
Pretty weak, childish stories that don't really go anywhere
Matthew Ciarvella
Dec 27, 2015 Matthew Ciarvella rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The Bantam Era of Star Wars books basically defined my reading habits for the latter half of the 90s. It was an amazing time to be a Star Wars fan, with novels coming out every month and fueling my young mind with new ways to continue the stories of the characters I loved so much. This was the era where Boba Fett transformed from a guy with a really cool costume to THE undisputed badass of the entire galaxy. We didn't have the Internet yet, so these bits of lore were treated with reverence whene ...more
Colin McEvoy
Dec 28, 2016 Colin McEvoy rated it liked it
One of my absolute favorite things about Star Wars is how rich and expansive its fictional universe really is. This is a story that doesn't simply end when the movies are over; there is seemingly endless potential to build upon these characters, places, and storylines. I remember watching Star Wars for the first time as a kid and wanting to know the back story of every single alien in the background at the places like Mos Eisley Cantina and Jabba the Hutt's palace. And thanks to the Expanded Uni ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Pete rated it liked it
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995) edited by Kevin J Andersen is a collection of short stories about the characters who are in the Mos Eisley Cantina when Luke and Obi-Wan are there. Each character gets a story with a reference to their time in the cantina. It's well done and any Star Wars fan will enjoy it. It's definitely one of the better Star Wars books I've read. It's not great literature but it's fun.
Mark Oppenlander
This is a themed collection of short stories set in the Star Wars universe. As with many of the best EU books, it moves the primary action away from the main characters portrayed in the movies and puts the emphasis on minor characters. In this one, all of the stories revolve around the various humans and aliens seen in the Mos Eisley cantina in Episode Four.

I liked this book quite a bit more than I anticipated. The stories are quite diverse, ranging from action to intrigue to black comedy to hor
Jun 12, 2011 Adam rated it liked it
As is usually the case with anthologies of short stories, this one was hit and miss. I was surprised to find certain modestly good stories, and unsurprised to find many truly terrible ones. Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer's Tale stands out as a particularly good one, a story that seems like a pitiful imitation of something Barry Lopez might write. Given how incredible Lopez is, and how unusual it is for a Star Wars author to take such a tack, this is saying something pretty positi ...more
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"Who was that guy in the bar in Star Wars...?" So many of my discussions about Star Wars have started that way. I always wanted to know who the heck these people were, well, now I know. The tales in Star Wars Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina (SWTFMEC) are woven together into a rich tapestry of knowledge by Kevin J. Anderson. I was most impressed ("Most impressive" -Darth Vader) with how each tale was part of the larger tale we know and love as Star Wars. Events in one story had consequences in all ...more
Jeff Lanter
Aug 16, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
As I revisit old Star Wars books as an adult, I do find that not everything was as good or as much fun as I remembered it. Tales from Mos Eisley does a couple of things well. The stories intertwine and sometimes one story's ending is actually continued on in another which is cool. There are also a couple of stories that let you see characters in a new light. Greedo in particular comes to mind. He cuts a tragic figure since he is constantly taken advantage of and can't seem to do anything right d ...more
Jaime Krause
Oct 17, 2012 Jaime Krause rated it really liked it
I love this compilation.
It provides more information on all the species/beings in the Mos Eisley Cantina and how their lives were connected, even outside the cantina. Each story builds on the last one(s). We don't even learn the fate of some characters until a later story.

Most of it fits into the current canon, except for BoShek's story. TBF, his didn't even fit well in the old canon, IMO.

Some of what I found most interesting included:
- Greedo's (and the Rodians' in general) background
- Obi-Wan
Michael Otway
Jun 12, 2016 Michael Otway rated it it was ok
The problem with short stories is, unless they have a point to them, they are really pointless. To justify even existing, there must be a reason for them to exist. Unfortunately, I can't understand why any of these stories do exist. None of them have a reason for being and none of them have anything interesting to say. They are plain and simple, little adventures of no consequence and no purpose.

Sure there are some mildly interesting or amusing stories but being so short and with no real scope
Darryl Dobbs
May 28, 2015 Darryl Dobbs rated it liked it
This is funny. Literally every character seen in the movie and/or mentioned in the book has a back story immediately leading to the events of A New Hope. And while familiarizing myself with the various alien races was helpful, I just didn’t see the point of this book. I guess each story, for the most part, in itself was interesting. But intertwining them all together? Well, what you see are two-thirds of the characters somehow involved in an important plot against the Empire. I guess it’s a smal ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Donovan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A collection of short stories based on the characters as seen in Star Wars (New Hope) Mos Eisley Cantina and how they interact with the story.

We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale
A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale
Hammertong: The Tale of the "Tonnika Sisters"
Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe
The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead's Tale
Be Still My Heart: The Bartender's Tale
Nightlily: The Lovers' Tale
Empire Blues: The Devaronian's Tale
Swap Meet: The Jawa's Tale
Trade Wins: The Ranat's Ta
Josh Mace
Feb 23, 2013 Josh Mace rated it really liked it
Ah the infamous cantina! I had first read the tales of the bounty hunters and really enjoyed it so I thought another short story compilation would be fun. before reading I flipped through to see what the stories were going to be and found that each story was about one of the characters that appears in the cantina scene in the original star wars a new hope. Honestly as I was reading each story I was thinking each one would be boring or why would I wanna read about that hammer head looking dude th ...more
The Great Wazoo
Dec 06, 2012 The Great Wazoo rated it really liked it
Like most other males (and some chicks, too) my age (30s - 40s), I grew up on the original SW trilogy. I had the action figures. I had the toy light saber. I had the stuffed Ewoks. I had the costumes (I was R2D2 for Halloween when I was about 5... remember the old flammable costumes.. yup!). Anyhow, what a treat this collection of short stories is. If you ever wanted to know the backstory for the Hammerhead dude from the Cantina, then this is your book. Every wondered about the personal, gamblin ...more
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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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