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Tales of the Bounty Hunters

(Star Wars Legends)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  6,908 ratings  ·  199 reviews
In a wild and battle-scarred galaxy, assassins, pirates, smugglers, and cutthroats of every description roam at will, fearing only the professional bounty hunters---amoral adventurers who track down the scum of the universe...for a fee. When Darth Vader seeks to strike at the heart of the Rebellion by targeting Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, he calls upon six of the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published December 1996 by Del Rey Books (first published 1996)
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J.P. Ashman
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this many years ago, so I can't be specific on this review. What I do remember is loving it!
Lance Shadow
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars, legends, novels
This took an unusually long time for me to read because I have been going through some life changes, so I didn't have much time to read and review. I put Catalyst - A Rogue One Novel on higher priority because Rogue One was coming out and I wanted to read that book before I saw the film. But once I finished, I went back to reading Tales of the Bounty Hunters.

In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader hires the most famous bounty hunters in the galaxy to find Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon in
Jason Burrows
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say... one of the best Star Wars books I've stumbled upon.
The different stories are so magical I loved each and every one of them.
Boba Fett's story is very entertaining and catches you from the first pages, although George Lucas decided to take the character in a totally different direction, which I have to say thought was soooo lame, because the Boba Fett of "Last Man Standing" is so awesome there are no words to describe it.
Dengar's story is also very interesting, as he is a
Eric Farr
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I returned to Tales of the Bounty Hunters partly out of nostalgia, but partly because I'd rather enjoyed the other Tales that I've rediscovered in adulthood. On finishing, I was surprised to find that my original rating for this collection, based on childhood recollections, was pretty honest; I haven't altered that rating. The stories are good, extrapolating from our brief glimpse of Empire's bounty hunters into full adventures that are generally interesting, though rarely emotionally investing. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
A collection of five short stories about six bounty hunters.

Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88 by Kevin J. Anderson
Rating: (1.25 stars)
I found the start of IG-88’s story to be promising and not so bad, but then it started to lose my interest not even halfway through his tale. I contemplated skipping it and moving on to the next story or using the handy text-to-speech feature to get through it. In the end I decided to do the latter. And I’m somewhat glad I did because then I wouldn’t been
Sean Van
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this anthology of star wars bounty hunters short stories. Everyone of the short stories went into a new character that in the end felt familiar, they all however had an overarching plot that carried through, which was really nice and gave each story a different perspective of the ongoings in the star wars universe.

My only gripe is I had a difficult time trying to read Bossk's story, all other stories and authors were amazing, but I could not find personal interest in his
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tales of the Bounty Hunters is a collection of five stories by different authors concerning bounty hunters who captured our attention in Star Wars - IG-88, Dengar, Bossk. Zuckuss and 4-LOM, and, last but certainly not least, Boba Fett. The stories are well written and generally very entertaining. The common ground for the tales is that all of the bounty hunters have been given the opportunity by Lord Vader to find Han Solo and bring him in. Their approaches vary widely. Of course, we know ...more
Dakota W.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a collection of five short stories about six bounty hunters (most notoriously, the enigmatic Boba Fett) set in the Star Wars universe. Each story is a tale about one or more of the bounty hunters sent after Han Solo and the Millennium falcon during the film "The Empire Strikes Back."
Basically, one short scene in that movie is the jumping off point for all of these stories.
Since there are so many Star Wars books, many of them conflict with each other. Many of the details for these six
Greg Pettit
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Younger Star Wars Fanatics
I first saw Star Wars when I was nine years old. I think that is quite possibly the perfect age at which to watch it. It was fantastic and glorious! Two years later, I had matured (a little) and Empire had too (a little). Two years after that came Return of the Jedi, and suddenly I felt too old, even then. As much as I wanted to love it the way I had the original, I just couldn't do it.

Of course, that was a long time ago, in a childhood far, far away. I picked up this book on a nostalgic whim.
Scarlett Sims
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of stories about five bounty hunters who were sent after Han Solo. Most of the stories have a partial overlap with events that we see in the Star Wars movies and also discuss the past history of their own characters. One thing I found interesting is that even though the hunters were sent by Darth Vader to disrupt the rebels, I was still kind of rooting for them to succeed, even though I knew that wouldn't happen (spoiler... 30 years later spoiler?). Anyway, some of the ...more
Man, it feels like it's been a couple of months since I've read anything for my Star Wars project. I got bogged down with a long, dense series of books that took a lot of time to read, so it was nice to return to the Expanded Universe, even if it was in a collection of shorter works, and not a full novel. I much prefer the novel-length stories, but I did commit to everything in the EU, so here we are.

The first story of the bunch is Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88 by Kevin J. Anderson, and it's
Joel Kirk
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
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May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88- well this story was dry. I kept counting off pages till it was done.

Payback: The Story of Dengar- ever since I read another series involving Dengar, I've had a soft spot for him. When I realized this was the story of how he met Manaroo, I did a little dance of joy. The ending does not go with the story in the other book but I really liked this story anyway.

The Prize Pelt: The Tale of Bossk- This story was pretty cool. Bossk and the rest of the bounty hunters
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
(DNF, but only because I misplaced it and I didn't want it cluttering up my 'currently reading' shelf anymore. Plus, I was already partway through the final story - Boba Fett's - and it wasn't all that interesting. However, if/when I do finish the book, I'll come back and alter this review accordingly.)

So I'm not 'into' Star Wars, but I do dig bounty hunters and since my brother bought this at a thrift store (he's not a Star Wars fan either, but he likes bounty hunters) I thought, hey, why not?
Jane Sparrow
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading this again for the first time since I was quite young - I read it repeatedly when I was in fourth grade or thereabouts.

Most of the stories really don't hold up. It has the much commented-on effect of making the Star Wars G
Galaxy seem very small indeed.the number of characters who have personal experiences with the movie main cast, the tendency towards chance encounter...

And Kevin J Anderson is... not my favorite. It's very off-putting and frankly baffling how much emphasis he puts on the
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters by Kevin J. Anderson is a science fiction novel that takes place in the many planets of the galaxy. This book tells the story of the most famous hunters in all of the galaxy along with their origin and their journey to kill their most hated enemy: Han Solo. One of the things this book does well is filling in the audience on detail. An example from the text would be “And at this moment, sitting on a high mountain ridge under a rupin tree which smelled sickly ...more
the ONLY thing saving this from being a solid two-star book is the short story about zuckuss and 4-lom, which is by far the best and only reason you should read this. this book is pretty bad

upsides of reading this book: the aforementioned short story (of possible futures) which is great. also when boba fett drinks a beer with a straw.

downsides: everything else. the first story about ig-88 is awful. the one about boba fett is even worse. who the hell thought I wanted to read about space
Mike Brandt
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A collection of five novellas from the Star Wars universe, each about those five bounty hunters standing on Darth Vader's bridge in Empire. Funny how they got a whole book out of this 30 seconds of film, but it is quite a book.

Each story is well written, some of the bounty hunters are ruthless. Some are ruthless but show compassion and change by the end. Some have different motivations and are changed by what happens to them. I'm really surprised that it wasn't five stories that unfolded
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
A solid collection, although it takes some time to warm up. The first two stories are suitably amusing, but there's a noticeable up-tick in the remaining three entries; an emotional investment in the characters that is both touching and engaging. It's also one of the most fanwank-heavy entries in the "Star Wars" canon, as all the stories weave themselves in & out of the events of "The Empire Strikes Back"...some more successfully than others. Not quite what I was expecting, but a worthwhile ...more
Jeff Mayo
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I bought this years ago and never did get around to reading it until recently. It is a simple read, told in five parts, by five authors, each telling the tale of a bounty hunter (Zuckuss and 4-LOM had to share a chapter). Quite a bit of this has been has been superseded by the movies since its publication. At least in the story involving Boba Fett the author is planning a rewrite to retcon his story to the new story line. For a Star Wars book the stories were disjointed, being by five separate ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars Nerds
Really fun read, gives really unique backstories to otherwise forgettable characters.
If you love lore, sci fi, and adventure, (to be generic), and Star Wars of course, this is definitely a good one.

The backstory for Boba Fett before the prequels came out was also quite interesting, I liked how it shows you the different endings and stories Star Wars can take, yet each universe can simultaneously exist in your imagination.
Fun to think about :)
Kellis Wiley
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This tells the story of the bounty hunters Darth Vader hired in star wars episode 5 to hunt Han Solo. It is made up of 5 short stories. First IG-88 then Dengar Then Bossk then Zukuss and 4-LOM and finally my favorite, Boba Fett. IG-88 goes from creation to destruction. Dengars shows his last bounty hunting mission. Bossk gets tricked and goes to jail. Zukuss gets his lungs healed and he and 4-LOM join the rebellion. Boba Fett retires after nearly dying.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters is a collection of five long stories, each of which deals with a different bounty hunter (or team of hunters) attempting to track down Han Solo and his companions, in order to get a sizeable reward from Darth Vader. Each of the tales in this book is engaging and entertaining. The final tale, featuring the mighty Boba Fett himself, was my favorite. This collection of stories is a good, fun, light read.
My second EU/SW book! It took me a while this time because there are fewer stories than in Tales from the Empire (and sidenote: fewer female authors :(), which means they're much loooonger... and if you're stuck in one that you're not enjoying, you're gonna be dragging your heels for a while.

This collection is background to all of the bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to hunt down Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. Once again, I love background on minor characters like this, now knowing all
Nicholas Katers
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of stories on the bounty hunters shown briefly in the Empire Strikes Back is hit or miss. I liked the IG-88, Bossk, and Zuckuss/4-LOM stories but the Boba Fett and Dengar stories were not as good. On the whole, though, it would be great to see the non-Boba Fett stories developed further.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Of the five stories, only one did not hold my attention, and I was a little disappointed that Boba Fett's story didn't give more of his history.

Overall - a worthy read about the galaxy's other scum.
Robert Fenske
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of my youthful Star Wars obsessed days. I had fun and so did the authors - although that does hinder one or two of the stories from time to time as some of it isn't logical.

Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Has always been my favorite Star Wars book to date although it is no longer canon. The Boba Fett depicted in this book is amazing. The standoff between Han, Leia being thrown at him. Amazing story. The others are all amazing as well!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A compilation of entertaining short stories. Ironically the characters I was least excited read about ended up being the most fun to read! The character I was most excited to read about ended up being a long boring read. The last chapter with Boba Fett is GOLD!
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