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Star Wars: Tales from the Empire (Star Wars Legends)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,786 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Culled from the pages of the Star Wars Adventure Journal, one of the most popular Star Wars magazines in the field today, comes this exciting new short-story collection.  Here are stories from such award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors as Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole and Kathy Tyers as well as exciting newcomers, including Erin Endom, Laurie Burns, and ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published November 3rd 1997)
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Julie
AND THUS MY STAR WARS JOURNEY BEGINS. (I feel like the rest of my year is going to be reading non-stop Star Wars EU and Animorphs rereads, sorrynotsorry. And I deeply apologise to everyone whose feed got spammed by my adding everything to my to-read a few days ago...) The delightful story behind my obtaining this book is that I randomly found it at a used bookstore on vacation in North Carolina, picked it up for like 25 cents, and then came home to discover that it was, specifically, this exact ...more
Ron
Three and a half, mostly on the weight of Zahn and Stackpole's contributions.

A pleasant, if spotty, collection of stories--mostly occurring between Episodes Five and Six. The opening story is notably from after Episode Six. Corran Horn's appearances are inverted within this sequence.

It's always a pleasure to make the acquaintance of Mara Jade, Admiral Thran and Corran Horn, with the later two working together in a short Timothy Zahn-Micheal Stackpole novel.

Then there was Schweighofer's pointless
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Gretchen Fatouros
Read this book of short stories BEFORE "Tales from the New Republic"

To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed the first few stories, I had to go buy the book instead of staying with the library book! Definitely a good book for any Star Wars book collection!

1st story (First Contact, by Timothy Zahn): Thinking cute little story & then I recognize the name of the person at the end - woah! Not sure time period, but guessing probably before Return of the Jedi.
Looks like you might be able to cont
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Alana
There are a couple more standout stories in this collection, although most just provide a little background. All enjoyable to read, and expand the SW universe more, but some of them are rather forgettable.

Introduction Peter Schweighofer
3/5

WAY too detailed on the RPGs and other nerd-dom, but how the Expanded Universe came into existence and how he came to know the other writers is interesting.

First Contact Timothy Zahn
4/5

Simple story of the introduction of Mara Jade and Talon Karrde. Has a littl
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Rachel
i swear to god i read this in 2006 but I remembered like. a half of a thing from it and that was it.

it's alright, way better than tales of the bounty hunters which I read immediately before this. despite being named "tales from the empire" it's primarily about people messing with and hating the empire

a woman drinks a glass of Elba Water in this. mara lays into karrde for his shitty puns.

please read if you want to hear people talk about "nudes" in a star wars book which, surprisingly, means exact
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Steph
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Contact ⭐⭐⭐
Tinian on Trial ⭐⭐
The Final Exit ⭐⭐
Missed Chance ⭐⭐⭐
Retreat from Coruscant ⭐⭐
A Certain Point of View ⭐⭐
Blaze of Glory ⭐⭐
Slaying Dragons ⭐
Do No Harm ⭐⭐
Side Trip ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Contains the worst collection of stories thus far in the "Tales from" series, but worth the read just for the novella Side Trip, which includes Corran and Hal Horn, Zekka Thyne, and Grand Admiral Thrawn. First Contact was also not too bad, featuring Talon Karrde, as well as Missed Chance, another Corran Horn tale. The
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Cookie
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Good read.
Steven
Pretty good stories. The Tim Zahn and Stackpole were the best part.
Mark Oppenlander
Writing a good short story is difficult. To make short fiction work, you have to be able to get the reader to engage and empathize with your characters quickly so that when the climax comes, they actually care about the outcome. The other alternative is to have a really strong concept or metaphor that drives the story, alleviating some of the need for emotional engagement with the characters (Ray Bradbury often used this technique).

In series fiction, short story writers have the advantage of usi
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Jeff Cothern
From Library Journal

This collection of 13 short stories by nine authors is an outgrowth from the Star Wars Adventure Journal and the Star Wars role-playing games. Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, Kathy Tyers, Patricia A. Jackson, Laurie Burns, Charlene Newcomb, Tony Russo, Angela Phillips, and Erin Endom have written engaging tales about the peripheral characters?rather than the stars Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker?who add to the rich tapestry of George Lucas's space opera. Rec

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Adam
The title of this anthology is fairly misleading. It's a collection of short stories from the old Star Wars Adventure Journal. You'd think with such a large volume of tales to draw on, they could find some real POV Imperial stories. But no. What "from the Empire" means here is usually "from Rebels fighting the Empire." Which is a shame because getting perspective from Imperial loyalists, soldiers, citizens, is really interesting. When it's done well, it makes some of the best stories we have - Z ...more
Jaime Krause
This is a decent compilation of stories from the Star Wars Adventure Journal. It would have been very helpful if they were in chronological order.
Some of the stories were bland and boring. Stackpole and Zahn pushed this to a 3.5 star, but it's not enough for me to make it 4 stars.

"First Contact": We learn how Mara and Talon first meet.

"The Final Exit": Captain Ross is interesting. The author weaves in the humor well.

"Missed Chance": I forgot that Whistler convinced Corran to join the Rebellian (
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B. Reese
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abadnoned
The best thing about this book was its cover which is actually not Boba Fett, but Jodo Cast I believe. The one story I read all the way was the Timothy Zahn/ Michael A. Stackpole 4 part story featuring Thrawn dressing up as Jodo Kast, a bounty hunter. A bounty hunter who copies Boba Fett, kind of. So it's a forgery of a forgery, but it's Thrawn so undoubtedly serves some purpose I can't recall.

That's the only story I could touch, and I can't remember much of it or if I even finished it. The sup
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Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
First of all, I like short stories. I find that because they often focus on little known characters, they are more creative and interesting. This doesn't mean they are unimportant, as new characters that later become well known are introduced. (Mara Jade) As for the book as a whole, well, I won't spoil the stories for you, but I personally thought this book was really food for thought. The stories were not just about glory and adventure and let you see the little things, giving you time to conce ...more
Laura
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is an amazing collaboration with some known and unknown to me authors of the SW:EU. These stories brings a whole new light to Star Wars. I thought it was well done and worth reading again. Do No Harm, Blaze of Glory, Slaying Dragons, Tinain on Trial are some heart wrenches. Especially Tinain and Slaying Dragons. First Contact was awesome and Side Trip parts one through four were a brilliant collaboration between Zahn and Stockpole. This is a worth while reading for sure. I am starting ...more
Dustin Dye
After reading this collection of short stories, I've come to the conclusion I don't care much about the Star Wars expanded universe. None of the stories feature the characters we knew and loved from the movies. They all followed the individual author's original heroes. Most of the stories could easily be re-purposed as non-Star Wars stories. Darth Vader makes a brief appearance just so Thrawn wouldn't have to talk to himself in that scene. The short novel by Timothy Zahn and Michael A. Stackpole ...more
Michael Otway
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
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erforscherin
Surprisingly enjoyable as anthologies go, this one is a collection of "best of the best" stories from the Star Wars Adventure Journal, which may best be described as a fanzine that took itself extremely seriously, and had both the professional funding and "research" backing to do so. Some stories are weaker, some are definitely stronger: "Slaying Dragons" is light and cute, "First Contact" is a fun look into how Talon Karrde and Mara Jade first met, and "Side Trip" is good clean fun which showca ...more
KAi
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Inconsistent at best and the weakest of the 4 Tales books I've read thus far. Perhaps it was Anderson's editing, or that each of the first three (Bounty Hunters, Jabba's Palace and Mos Eisley Cantina) had a central them and at times interweaving plots. This had neither, jumps around the timeline (not in order and without really telling you) and well, had quite a few duds. Some of the duds were at least entertaining, some tried too hard, and some just flat out didn't feel like Star Wars. Highligh ...more
Wuher
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For many years in the canon timeline, the galaxy had been ruled by the Emperor and his galactic empire. During such times, adventures had occurred, tales of rebel heroes fighting on the rise against the Empire. Tales from the Empire, edited by Peter Schweighofer, features specially selected stories that were originally published in the Star Wars Adventure Journal magazine written by well-known authors such as Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, Kathy Tyers, and more. Such tales include how Mara ...more
(a)lyss(a)
"Only heroes die. Villains and cowards are left to suffer."

This book is in a way Star Wars fan fiction. It does what I wanted of the book and that's show us what life is like for other characters in the Star Wars universe.

Side Trip was a really engaging story that had the Return of the Jedi feel I would have liked to see more of. I think the variety of stories collected give a sort of big picture view of the Star Wars universe.

It's a cool look for Star Wars fans who aren't sure what series to st
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Brendan
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I generally felt this collection was fairly weak. The best stories seemed to be about established characters and that might have been because they were written by established authors. The stories about random people in the EU didn't capture my attention as much. Some of them felt like they were stories that had been written and then modified by adding a few keywords such as "Stormtroopers" so that they fit into the Star Wars universe. I would only recommend this for people who want to read every ...more
Stephanie
I really wish they would make an anthology solely of Zahn and Stackpole's Star Wars short stories. I only liked ONE of the short stories in this collection that wasn't by Zahn or Stackpole (Laura Burns' "Do No Harm"), and this is a trend with me and the Star Wars short story collections.

"Missed Chance" by Stackpole and the "Side Trip" collab by Zahn and Stackpole make this collection worth it, I guess.
Scott
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best mix of stories from the 5 short story collections i have read this year, although the title is a bit deceptive, i was expecting the stories to be more from the point of view of the empire, but they still seem to concentrate on the rebels. Good stories showing how Karrde met Mara Jade, and some Thrawn and Corran Horn, wouldn't really say there were any pretty weak ones in this volume, unlike the others.
Wayne
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great group of quick reading short stories. Culled from the pages of the Star Wars Adventure Journal. What's more, the centerpiece of this magnificent collection is the short novel Side Trip, the first-ever collaboration between Timothy Zahn and Michael A. Stackpole.full of bestselling authors as Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole and Kathy Tyers as well as exciting newcomers, including Erin Endom, Laurie Burns, and Patricia A. Jackson.
Kayla
I got this book for my birthday one year, I'm pretty sure it was my 12th birthday. I really couldn't put this book down. I really liked how it brought back a lot of Star Wars Expanded Universe characters and had stories exclusively about them and not the main characters from the movie because that doesn't happen very often.
Chris Michel
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-bookshelf
3.5 stars. Very good stories by Timothy Zahn and Michael A. Stackpole. The other stories are so-so. All of them interesting bits about the expanded universe. Enjoyed the initial meeting of Mara Jade and Talon Karrde. Also enjoyed the stories with Corran Horn. Was neat to see him working with his father. And of course Admiral Thrawn is even more of a badass now.
Dennis Brock
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard core Star Wars Fans
Shelves: star-wars-novels
Couldn't get into all of this book but really liked "First Contact" by Timothy Zahn and the 4 Part "Side Trip" also by Zahn & Michael Stackpole. Read 3 other of the short stories and they were just ok. attempted to read some others but couldn't finish them. Other than Zahn & Stackpole it just doesn't feel like Star Wars to me.
stormhawk
Better than fan-fic, but this collection of Star Wars-inspired short stories lacks the fire and energy that made the movies exciting and fun ... familiar character and planetary names scattered through the tales make you yearn for the excitement and craft of the originals and distance the stories from the canon, rather than tie them to it.
Mark
There are a lot of short stories in this volume, and I remember only one: something co-written by Timothy Zahn (since it involved Grand Admiral Thrawn) and Michael A. Stackpole (since it involved Corran Horn). I am sure I enjoyed this at the time, but unlike a handful of other SW books I'm not going to try to make it out to be any more than it is.
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