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The Star Wars Trilogy: A New Hope/The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi (Star Wars: Novelizations #4-6)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,541 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Presents the complete "Star wars" trilogy, based on the motion pictures. "Star wars: a new hope" recounts the adventures of Luke Skywalker as he intercepts a cryptic message from a beautiful princess and heads for a desperate encounter in the enemy battle station known as the Death Star. "The empire strikes back" goes on to expose Darth Vader's scheme to capture Luke and t ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 12th 1987 by Del Rey Books (first published 1976)
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WARNING: This is not a review of the books. I plan to write those separately someday. This is, rather, a review of the original Star Wars Trilogy catalyzed by the final episode of Lost. Please don't bother reading this if you're looking for a book review. Thanks.

About twenty years ago, I found myself in a debate about the merits of the Star Wars Trilogy with a guy named Bill (at least I think that was his name. Let’s call him Bill) and my friend Dave. Bill was trying to convince us that the Tril
mark monday
Mar 28, 2015 mark monday marked it as unread-forever  ·  review of another edition
Episode IV: A New Hope


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Chad Warner
The movies of the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes 4-6) are some of my favorite movies, so I decided to try the novelization. These books are very close to the movies, but some of the dialogue is different, and there are a few additional scenes in the book.

Star Wars
All 3 novels in this book are based on George Lucas' movie scripts, but this is the only one actually authored by him. There are a couple scenes of Luke with Biggs Darklighter and other friends on Tatooine that weren't in the movi
As a longtime fan of Star Wars, it was a pleasure to read the novelizations of this beloved trilogy. One could almost hear the Millenium Falcon's engines as they soared into space, or that unique sound of the jedi lightsabers, or even recall various scenes from the movies as we read them in the books, the familiar lines coming to our lips. It gives an interesting sense of nostalgia.

It was particularly nice to read some missing scenes we never got to see in the movies, like a few more moments in
A New Hope: A fun, breezy read reminiscent of the pulp science-fiction of yesteryear, with the famous cast of characters we all know and love. It doesn't add to the film, but it's an enjoyable romp nonetheless.

The Empire Strikes Back: This is almost literally the film's script with a few added adjectives. While the edgy, dark story is still intact, this novelization brings nothing new to the table. And also, Yoda is blue for some reason.

The Return of the Jedi: Easily one of the best Star Wars fi
I'm the wrong person to write an objective review of anything to do with Star Wars, in my opinion, nothing beats it. Anything to do with the original films will always get five stars from me.

Ok, so the novels aren't great literature and Star Wars is meant to be watched, not read. But every fan will want this little hardcover edition of all three original trilogy novels. The novels follow the films pretty accurately, but at times the dialogue is slightly different. There's also a few added scenes
I started this for my three year old son. He is obsessed with Star Wars and I've never actually gotten through any of the movies. I wanted to be able to answer some of the questions he asks me while we are pretending/ playing Star Wars. I was pretty sure I could get through the books since I haven't been able to get through the movies. You can tell the books were written after the movies because they aren't as descriptive as I thought they'd be. I'm glad I read them. Now I am excited to watch th ...more
The writing style gets progressively worse as you move through these books. Eventually, I swore that Yoda was narrating. Just clumsy and weirdly worded.
You can't call yourself a fan without having read these. Period.
Jul 11, 2014 Grant rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Star Wars fans.
I'm a big fan of the Star Wars films but these novelisations of the classic trilogy did nothing for me I'm afraid. I hadn't really expected to be bowled over by the quality of the writing but I had hoped for a reasonably enjoyable read and some additional insight into the Star Wars canon. I got neither.

George Lucas's Star Wars was the best of the bunch (which surprised me, given the brain-dead and cheesy dialogue he gave his characters to spout in the prequel trilogy). Donald F. Glut's The Empir
This is for the Barnes & Noble leather-bound edition.

I initially received this as a Christmas gift from some good friends of mine and I immediately began to crack down and read it. I'm a big Star Wars fan and I've never had a chance to read any novelization set in the original Galactic Civil War.

I was prepared to simply relive the Big Three, but became curious when I discovered that the novelization of A New Hope is actually the ORIGINAL Novelization from 1977 that was based on an earlier
Drew Ck
The novelizations of the trilogy that made Han Solo, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Princess Leai, Obi Wan Kenobi, and multiple other household names. Complete with every deleted scene, most of the scenes added more depth to the story.
Jun 21, 2014 Regina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Regina by: my english teacher
About my Rating System: So, I've been a member of this site for a time now, years to be exact and as I was looking through my "read" shelf I realized that I have matured. I noticed it because I didn't agree with my old self anymore. I gave five stars to books that weren't that good, simple bc at that time that was what I enjoyed. I don't have time or energy to reread and rerate them all, so I bought in this new rating system that treats every genre differently as I came to understand that I hold ...more
Timothy Stone
Some of my favorite movies ever are the three films of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Don't get me started on how much I loathe the prequels, but the original three are cinematic and storytelling masterpieces. Indeed, the latter is what separates the original trilogy from the prequel trilogy, that of the strength of the story told. The original trilogy, with all of the then-groundbreaking special effects aside, weaves a complex, yet easy to understand, epic story of good versus evil. A story wh ...more
João Batista
As I read in Portuguese...
Acabei de terminar o livro que é composto pelas partes IV, V e VI, baseados nos filmes de George Lucas. Esses livros seguiram os roteiros originais e podemos ver claramente as cenas dos filmes em vários pontos.
No Livro "Uma Nova Esperança" o mais marcante é a amizade entre R2-D2 e C-3PO. Os dois vivem reclamando um do outro mas nunca deixam de "sentir saudade" de momentos de aventuras (não sei como droides podem conseguir isso...); vemos também um Luke Skywalker começan
Guilherme Müller
I liked these novelizations of the movies. One writer for each, so some quirks may be noticeable, but an enjoyable read. There's a little more information (like background info of the characters) than it was possible in the movies, so that's a plus.

I expected a bit more of bonus content, but I guess I can't complain about a $8 book! Despite that, if you are a Star Wars fan, I guess you can't go wrong with this one.
Jules Hunter
Kids (of all ages) will love it

Choose 4 stars because it is star wars, but the writing is juvenile, intended more for 14 year old than anyone else. It's taken from the scripts so it stays close to the story we all know. I like to read these to get some of the backstory and character details that are hard to fit into a movie script and it does not disappoint. There could be more of that but it wasn't entirely necessary. If you're a star wars fan and you haven't read this, you will enjoy it. If yo
Hey, what do you expect.

Actually filled the characters out a bit.
Phyllis Belden
A bit difficult to review as a whole, because this is really three books by three different authors in one trilogy.

A New Hope - You could tell this was George Lucas' vision of the story the way he intended it to be. It included some scenes and bits that weren't in the film. Not very well written but had imagination.

Empire Strikes Back - The weakest of the three. Not very well written; this felt like a novelization of exactly what happened in the film. Nothing stood out as unique or worth reading
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

Not too long ago I got the urge to read a Star Wars novel. I’ve never read one before but I’ve got a friend who has read at least 25 and he’s still reading more. Now, he’s a much bigger fan of Star Wars than I but you don’t read 25 novels if none of the first few are actually good. I must confess I have read a Star Wars novel but it was before I went to high school and I don’t remember much. It wasn’t very big and all I rememb
It was fun to read the stories from the original movies, but they just don't have the depth that I normally expect from a novel. I was hoping that there would be more details and explanations in the book that couldn't have made it into the movie, but I guess that is more common when the movie is based on the book, not the other way around. Most of the star wars books I have read rate a 4 star. Maybe I shouldn't be comparing this screenplay adaption to a typical novel, but I can't help it, so I'm ...more
Let me start off by saying that I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I got into Star Wars almost eight years ago when I played Knights of the Old Republic. After that, I read every Star Wars book that I could get my hands on. After many years of being a fan, it was time to actually read the books that started it all...

A New Hope:

Is it terrible that I didn't much care for George Lucas' writing? I don't know exactly what it was, but his writing didn't really do much for me. He had several strange phrases

A New Hope
I would not say that George Lucas is an excellent writer. He has a bad habit of slowing down the slow sections by adding more description. This book is nearly a word-for-word transcription of the movie, with a few extras added in here and there. If you are a fan of the movie, it is worth your time to read, if you have nothing better to do.

The Empire Strikes Back
This book has its good and bad parts, just like the first one. I would say that I like this writer's prose better, although th
Jessica (Books: A true story)
It was really interesting to read this after the prequels came out. The first thing I noticed - the prequels don't match up to the back story in this book. In fact, the prequel story from the novel was much more interesting than the movies.
Let's start with Episode IV and it's more awesome back story.
Obi-wan says,"Vader used the training I gave him and the force for evil, to help the later corrupt Emperors. With the Jedi Knights disbanded, disorganized, or dead, there were few to oppose him. Toda
Mar 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans that don't have access to the movies for whatever reason
The small novels contained in this book are all based on the movie scripts. And pretty much read just like them, with only minor, marginal differences. I was expecting a new depth of understanding about the Star Wars universe, but there was basically no new information for me (or anyone who has seen the movies more than once). And turns out, George Lucas is not a very good writer. Great imagination, of course. Good dialogue. But as a whole, not a great American novelist by any means. The Empire ...more
I remember exactly when I watched Star Wars for the first time. It was in California, when I went to highschool there as part of an exchange program. Until then I was one of the "cool kids", convinced that anything that had to do with science fiction was for nerds and those guys in science class whose sweater sleeves were always too short and who were proud that they knew clingon (or whatever).

Then I was forced to watch Star Wars and I had an epiphany. InstantStar Wars Love. I begged my Californ
Hamzah Shafiq
These books were my introduction to the Star Wars universe. I'd heard of the movies, but they were at the time, too old to actually capture my attention. The story though, needless to say, suffers from no such ageing, and in written form, the Galaxy Far, Far Away remains as engaging and awesome as it is in the movies. Perhaps even more so, thanks to the added layer of perspective that writing provides.
Heather Domin
I wanted some comfort reading this weekend, so I did a quick re-read of this - or more precisely, I thumbed through Star Wars, skipped most of Empire, then read Jedi. I enjoy Alan Dean Foster's book (yeah, it says Lucas, but he didn't write it), but it's James Kahn's Jedi that I truly love. (In fact, I think I'll give it a separate review to be fair to the others.) This trilogy is hampered by the Empire novelization, which in my opinion is the weakest of the three despite being the best movie; i ...more
Always loved the films as a kid and respected them as an adult. I wanted to get more familiar with this world, seeing as how I love sci fi fantasy goodness. I definitely got that from these books. I found myself talking to anyone who would listen about what their thoughts were on weird stuff like, analyzing Luke's thought process and his feelings and daddy issues, and Leia's insecurities. What I'm saying is, if you've ever wanted to get into Star Wars, this is a good starting point. The writing ...more
Colleen Mertens
As a fan of the movies I loved the books even more. They are slightly different than the movies but just as fun. Great way to start my year off with books.
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George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is the creator of the epic Star Wars saga and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Today, Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful independent directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion.
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Star Wars: Novelizations (6 books)
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