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Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  4,228 ratings  ·  85 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 jazz riffs in the universe.But beware your fellow denizens of this p
Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1995)
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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
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
Damian Dubois
Oct 25, 2014 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
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
Peregrine 12
Dec 10, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Yawn. Not bad, not good. Amazing how many stormtroopers were supposedly dying in the vicinity of the Mos Eisley cantina that day.
In most movies, background characters are simply background characters and have no significant reason to be there, yet in the Star Wars universe it is a whole different story. In the classic Mos Eisley cantina scene as seen in Episode IV, the cantina is crawling with scum and villainy. Along with that, most of the background characters actually have a well thought out canon reason to be there, including the events which lead to their brief appearance. Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina is an anth ...more
Chris The Story Reading Ape
I loved this book about various characters and little action scenes from the Tatooine Cantina. Every tale took me right back into the movie and I was surprised by how much action I had actually missed.

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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
Jeff Lanter
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
Matthew Bowers
It took me a while to plow through this. It usually does, with anthologies. Even when it's a collection of short stories by the same author, an author I know I like, the momentum of reading a novel just isn't there for me. And in an anthology like this, where the next story might be from someone good, or it might not be, the impetus to keep going is even less powerful.

Still. There were good stories in this collection, more than I might have expected. The ones I enjoyed were:

- Tonnika Sisters (Ti
Jul 10, 2010 Brandon rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
I thought that this book Star Wars tales from mos wisely cantina was ok the,Only flaw was that they never realy told the background of that person.Otherwise though it made sense the scenery was very descriptive,I would suggest this book because it has many sort stories.
(2.5 of 5 stars)

Probably one of the weakest of the Star Wars anthologies that I've read - there are a few good stories, but they tend to be buried among a lot of shovelware, some of it exceptionally bad and cranked out solely as deadline filler ("The Spacer's Tale"). Stick to the good ones: I've always been inexplicably fond of "The Tale of Muftak and Kabe," and "The Tale of the Tonnika Sisters" is all the usual excellence you can expect of Zahn. For a much-needed venture away from the movie scr
Professor Hoss
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
These were all written pre Lucas screwing around with the movies, so, guess what? Han shoots first! Ha ha hahahahaha!

(sorry, I seem to be channeling my husband there)

That said, this just a look into who some of the characters in the cantina were and their backstories. I believe most of them have been accepted as official parts of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I will say, I have to look for some of these people next time I watch the movie. Whichever version it may be.

The Bartender's Tale is d
Tony Black
This book is comprised of several short stories written by various authors following the lives of characters who appear in the background during the famous Mos Eisley Cantina scene in Star Wars: A New Hope. Each story revolves around that iconic scene in some way or another. That gimmick really gets old fast. Some of the stories were okay, but most suffer from the strangeness that dominated the early Expanded Universe novels.

I will say it was a great way to learn about various alien species of t
Well, the book took me forever to read, mostly because I only read one "tale" at a sitting, but it was worth it. Quite fun. My hubby always said there were stories behind every character at the Cantina. Glad to finally read the book that "proves" such an idea might be true.
Alex Cunningham
Jun 21, 2007 Alex Cunningham rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults
Some of these stories are inspiring. A smaller number of them are dreadful. All of them add even more resonance to one of the most memorable scenes in contemporary cinema. While none of these short stories are masterworks by any stretch, they do exactly what they intend, and flesh out the "Star Wars" world with the myriad elements it contains: action, romance, suspense, comedy, intrigue, etc. That it accomplishes its intended goal says more for this book, frankly, than many, many others.

As an in
A mixture of characters and their varied stories, all tied together by the most famous cantina in the Star Wars univese. It does get a little tedious that every story had to include the Kenobi fight or Han Solo shooting Greedo. A few of the stories intermingle with each other while others are more stand alone. Overall the stories are not too bad and give further insights into the lives of the various individuals who frequent the cantina, i'd have given this one more star if the stories hadnt all ...more
Not quite what I was expecting. Most of the tales actually take place outside of the cantina. Like most short story anthologies I've read, (Star Wars aside) it's really a mixed bag. A lot of them converged on that singular event where Luke and Obi Wan enter the cantina. It was interesting to read about the different creatures' perspectives on that event, but it got kinda repetitive after a while. Still it was pretty decent, and for once I was able to complete all of the stories (unlike other sho ...more
A fun little read!
Some stories better than others
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