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Canto Bight

(Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

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Soon to be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Del Rey Books
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Khurram
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very disappointing book. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book is I could not really summon to motivation to carry on reading it. For short stories, the stories are very slow paced. I did not really care for most of the characters, and it DEFINITELY DOES NOT add anything to the Last Jedi movie. The one think I did like in this book was that as were re-used/mentioned from story to story.

I could have learned everything I needed to know about Canto Bight from the two lines spo
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Lata
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Like the collection of short stories "From a Certain Point of View", this collection of four novellas focus on the little guys in the background, the ones you might catch for a second before turning back to the main action. Canto Bight is where the rich of the galaxy go to play, and the rest, well, they get to keep their lives, if they're lucky. Though each author focuses on a different main character, there are characters common to each story. A guy on his first vacation as a reward ...more
Jordan Anderson
Canto Bight may be the richest, most fantastic place in the galaxy but you sure as hell wouldn't know it based on these stories...

As has come to be pretty much par the course with all these new canon tie-ins, Canto Bight is a huge disappointment. In and of itself the idea and the concept behind getting fans super pumped up and excited for the events on Cantonica in the upcoming The Last Jedi are good ones. Just think how much more fun Naboo and Kamino would have been had something like this was
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Josh
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I’d suggest reading Canto Bight after watching the Last Jedi. The film gives some context and perspective to the casino town which is hard to imagine from the limited exposure the 4 novellas offer. Whilst good in their own right, the lack of a predefined visual aide dampers the atmosphere in the novellas – the casino town is not Las Vegas nor does it compare in the film to it as such, so having a preconceived notion of the cityscape is recommended.

The first novella, Rules of the Game by Saladin
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Holly (The Grimdragon)
3.5 Stars~

"Derla settles into her ship's chair like she is coming home--and in a very real way, she is. Canto Bight was only, is only, ever a port in the storm."

Canto Bight is an anthology of four novellas which focuses on background characters from the gambling resort in The Last Jedi and their stories. That's one of the (many) beautiful things about Star Wars. There are just.. so many characters.

In the film, Resistance members Finn and Rose venture to Canto Bight on a mission. The inclusion of
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Elizabeth
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The first two stories were GREAT. The last two were duds. I was kind of tired of hearing about Canto Bight by the end, and I am one of the rare few who actually enjoyed Canto Bight in the film.
Peter Hammond
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I started to get depressed reading Canto Bight. So I furiously started mapping out the new canon with magazine clippings and twine and big question marks like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. Then I got online and started making petitions, spent all my money on billboards, and turned on fandom like a jackal nipping at the tail of an elephant. I sank down into a deep, dark, lonely hole. Just screaming into the abyss. Finally I awoke from this fever dream. I realized that just like the EU there ...more
Matthew Sciarrino
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This “prequel” in the road to the Last Jedi features a location that will be a setting in the upcoming movie. It features 4 novellas that take place in Canto Bight. Canto Bight reminds me of the many Cantinas and Casinos in the Star Wars games, i.e Knights of the Old Republic etc. It also makes me wonder why Lando Calrissian isn’t in this movie. This is his kind of place. Han, too would have been right at home. The 4 stories are very good. They certainly give you a feel for this city. I would al ...more
Jim C
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is part of the new canon and its setting is the casino city that we saw in the movie The Last Jedi. It is a collection of four short stories that details four lives of a Canto Bight resident and each story has a connection with another story.

Do you like your Star Wars have lightsaber duels, spaceship battles, or good versus evil? Then this book is not for you. These stories are decent stories but the only real Star Wars connection is that a character was a member of the many species we
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Shane Phillips
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bleech. This did not have the feel of being Star Wars related. This could have been any generic 'casino' science fiction book. Maybe the "Last Jedi" movie will change that. I am posting this 1 week before movie comes out. It might have been better to listen after the movie.
Brandon St Mark
Over all none of these are bad stories, but none of them are that great. Kind of a reoccurring thing in the New Canon. None of the books are bad (well, except for the Aftermath books, a majority of them are bad sadly), but they just aren’t that interesting to me. And, Phasma aside, the ones I do like have to do with the Jedi. Which apparently is something the New Canon just doesn’t want to follow.
Timothy Martin
The stories we see in this book each do a good job of of keeping you interested while making you care about the characters. Being able to see a planet so thoroughly built and described is a rarity in the EU, and it is very refreshing.

However, given that it is full of short stories it is still difficult to get too invested in characters and you more of feel the obligatory "good guy should win" feeling. Overall, a good read for those already invested in the Star Wars Universe.
Wayne
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars-canon
5 stars

I really enjoyed this and was quite surprised how well the stories gelled together even though they were by different authors .

In Star Wars world building is always key and this is no different. Its expansive , expressive and huge and just so engaging.

The characters are strong and even though we don't get any fan favourites the new ones are excellent. I love the diversity of characters you get in Star Wars and this is no exception.

For me each story built on the last and i really enjoyed t
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Cale
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of four novellas has some interesting stories, but it's surprisingly devoid of the Star Wars feel. They could have taken place in pretty much any Science Fiction/Fantasy universe with little alteration - the aliens are new, the technology is distinct (no comlinks in sight), and aside from a few mentions of galactic politics and the city of Canto Bight itself (whose features in these stories really share little in common with those of The Last Jedi's featuring of the city [aside f ...more
Robert
I've never done this before, but it is 100% justified: My GR friend Josh's review says it all so far as plot and characterization goes for this quartet of novellas. Couldn't do any better, so you should click the link and read it and give him all of the likes.


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I'll limit myself to commenting on the audiobook narration, which transcended some patchy material for the most part, particularly Jonathan Davis' work on the final book in which he created
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Fiction State Of Mind
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coyer Winter Switch

This volume ties into The Last Jedi and focuses on the brief glimpses of the aliens briefly featured in the casino scene of the film.

Four authors share four different stories that sometimes overlap in little cameos. My favorite story in this collection was The Wine a dreams, a story featuring four women of power negotiating over a rare bottle of wine. This story by Mira Grant had me wishing for more adventures with these ladies. I loved that one of the characters has the quali
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Stephen Richter
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great fun with three authors trying a Star War story for the first time and one old hand. All tales are set in Canto Bight , the Las Vegas style city seen in the Last Jedi. Saladin Ahmed tale involves a Salesman of the Year who get more than he bargained for in this trip of a lifetime, Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire spins a tale about a bottle of rare wine whose vintage is to kill for. Rae Carson tale involves a Spa worker and blackmail. One of my favorite Star Wars authors is John Jackson Miller ...more
Peter Hale
Congratulate me! My twenty-fifth Star Wars adult novel!

One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation is called "The Royale". It has to do with Riker, Data and Worf being trapped in an alien-made replica of a casino from a novel a 21st century astronaut had read when he bumped into them called The Royale. The novel was admittingly bad, according to the astronaut, so the Enterprisers are trapped in a cliched, predictably-moronic novel with Texans in '55 Chevy pickups and gangsters
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DiscoSpacePanther
This is the first short story collection I've read from the new Star Wars canon aimed at adults rather than children. It features four stories set in the casino city of Canto Bight, on the desert planet of Cantonica. The city itself, which is portrayed in the recent movie Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is a kind of space- Monte Carlo crossed with Las Vegas. It has the glamour of the European principality, coupled with the seedy underbelly and "built from the desert" character of Vegas. ...more
Jason
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Canto Bight is a collection of 4 short-to-medium stories about the Legendary gambling City of Canto-Bight on Cantonica. This is the place to go if you want to be involved in gambling of any sort, and those involved in the high stakes are always at Canto Bight. Lando and Han would have LIVED at Canto Bight back in their time if it had existed. Whilst these stories don’t follow any of the main characters, they give us the feel for Canto Bight, those that live and visit, the type of business dealin ...more
Steve Davala
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Canto Bight... the casino in the Last Jedi. This book is a collection of 4 stories of different goings-ons around the world.
I went into not knowing what to expect, although I hoped for it to be a little like the Tales from the Cantina from a long time ago... that told stories of all the inhabitants of the first Star Wars cantina. Here, you get to know some characters that I'll have to take a look for... I just looked in my visual dictionary and found almost all of the characters in the stories,
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victoria.p
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the sommelier's story, but was meh about everything else.
Alex Ward
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
*This review is just for "The Wine in Dreams"; other novellas' reviews forthcoming*
Jaime K
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Canto Bight. The main city of Cantonica. “The greatest city of pleasures the galaxy has ever known.” Where rules are changed at the drop of a hat, where the house always wins--until it doesn’t, and where being both innocent and guilty manipulate and are manipulated.

This is a “tales of” book without the label, and with far fewer stories than in Legends. The stories relate to each other, even if in a subtle way.
And, as a surprise to me, they are good. I was ready for disappointment, as this is wh
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Chad Bearden
The first three tales told in Canto Bight are toothless noir stories that lack the idiosyncratic depth of bygone Star Wars anthologies, but make up for it with moderately strong characters swimming around in the novel setting of an intergalactic casino. Some ups and downs, but a generally competent affair that would otherwise earn a 3-star rating. Then along comes the final story in the collection (a desperate gambler in a race with the clock!) which left my head spinning such that I bumped her ...more
Chauncey Rogers
I want to rate this one a bit higher, but I just can't. I picked this one up without even looking at what it was--so much so that I didn't even realize it was a collection of 4 novellas until I started actually listening to it. I haven't had the best luck with Star Wars short stories, and that trend has essentially continued through Canto Bight as well. I've found that they TRY to be cool, dark, brooding, etc.--all things that take a long time to establish convincingly around a character in my o ...more
Sunil
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2018
While reaction to the new casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was mixed, a brand-new location in the Star Wars universe can generate plenty of story fodder, as the anthology Canto Bight handily proves. These four novellas follow several different characters who several different venues, and they make me want a whole movie or miniseries set in Canto Bight.

Saladin Ahmed kicks off the proceedings with the very silly "Rules of the Game," starring a hapless salesbeing who gets take
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Sudeep Tirupati
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great addition to the Star Wars canon, I cannot say how much of this stuff ties into The Last Jedi, but I can definitely this will stand on it's own.

I have heard someone describe this as the Pulp Fiction of Star Wars and I was sceptical even as I was reading it. But then I read the last few pages and everything clicked in fantastically just like all the stories in Pulp Fiction blend and crossover fantastically.

All the stories are very good and well written. And I enjoyed all of t
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Samantha
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was released in the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas. The book itself, contains four short stories that all focus in and round the casino world of Canto Bight. The four different stories are written by four authors, they are, Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant and John Jackson Miller.

I really enjoyed this book. I was very disappointed by Canto Bight in the film, as I had read this book before watching The Last Jedi. The world is far more exciting and vi
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Sean
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Four stories, slightly interconnected, receiving around Canto Bight, the casino that was a setting in The Last Jedi, do a fair job of expanding the post Rebellion Star Wars universe. None of these stories are amazing... I struggled with two of them, the other two I just found amusing.

Overall, all these stories felt like they belonged in Star Wars, but none made me care to see more of the characters beyond the snippet shown me in the short stories.

Fun read, but not required by any stretch of the
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Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.

His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary A
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