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Star Wars: Last Shot

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,267 Ratings  ·  428 Reviews
Then: It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize — first, Lando Calrissia ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Cornerstone Digital (first published April 17th 2018)
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May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did really want to like this book, and especially as Han Solo’s demise in the movies. I was hoping this would be a last shot at glory for Han showing how valuable he is to to Star Wars universe. I was ok with him sharing the spotlight with Lando, however for me Lando stole the and relegated Han to a supporting cast member and a not very good one at that. I was actually more interested a couple of the other characters in the book.

I have to admit I am not a big fan of the three time period forma
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

As the time draws nearer for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit theaters, in true Star Wars merchandising fashion, there’s a media tie-in novel available just in time to prime you for the movie experience. Star Wars: Last Shot is something of a “then and now” story, with the focus on our two favorite scoundrels in the galaxy, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian.

Using the movies as a timeline, this book takes place a
After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story, I was pumped to read Last Shot. Lando and Han have such great screen chemistry in the original trilogy, and with this story being set around two years after Return of the Jedi I was hoping for the prose to capture some of that scoundrel and swagger and I wasn't let down.

The interactions between the two key cogs in this story play out just like the new Solo film. The author does a great job at transposing them from the screen to the printed page. One thing
Neil Coulter
Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Please: don't read this book.
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
One of the worst Star Wars books ever. Insulting, foul-mouthed, juvenile, ridiculous, disgusting. Entirely, completely wrong. No amount of baby Ben Solo saying "Unca Wanwo" could save this.
Cameron H
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since Disney bought Lucasfilm, there has been an onslaught of "new" canon media. And, to be honest, it's all been really hit or miss.

Unfortunately, Last Shot is mostly miss.

Don't get me wrong, the writing isn't terrible or anything, but it isn't terribly interesting either. The problem is, like most prequel-type stories, the stakes aren't really all that compelling. For example, I can tell you that Han Solo makes it out of this book relatively unscathed. The reason I feel confident writing that
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good start, then the book just falls apart. The backstories are dull and (I did the Audible version) having the author do some of the narrating was awful. He had poor narration skills and was overly-smug of his own lackluster work. Marc Thompson and January LaVoy should have been left to the narration, alone. They are always engaging and exciting.

Do we really need to sexualize every female character?

Just a really boring story that goes somewhere...if you want to call nowhere, “somewhere.”

I’m not
Michelle Curie
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This came out just in time for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which centers around the galaxy's favorite smuggler Han Solo. And I am telling you, I was ready. And while the film ended up being a positive surprise, this novel somehow left me with an odd feeling.

The book takes place after The Return of the Jedi, which means we meet Han Solo as a struggling father and husband. Unsurprisingly, he does not really know how to take care of his son Ben despite trying his best and is still adjus
Michael Hicks
Set in the month's following Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy, Daniel José Older explores the rise of a singular threat in a post-Imperial galaxy. In the book's opening moments, Lando Calrissian is attacked in his home on Cloud City by a mysterious hooded figure demanding the Phylanx Redux Transmitter, a mouthful of a galaxy-changing MacGuffin if ever there was one. While Lando doesn't possess this transmitter, he learns that its last known whereabouts were aboard the Millennium Falcon, leading ...more
Chris Evans
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disney-star-wars
I'll stick with The Hutt Gambit for pre-ep IV Han and Lando, and The Last Command for Han struggling with fatherhood, thanks.

Jordan Anderson
This could have been a good book. There was a lot going for Han and Lando in Last Shot and potential really was there. 2 old scoundrels, trying to figure out the semi-retired life post-rebellion era, and then suddenly thrust into recruitment once more against a threat that could being everything they loved and fought for to its end. It sounds like an exciting plot and it almost got there, until far too many stupid sub plots, characters and very obvious ramrodding of PC bullshit was jammed down t ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just siiigh I WANT to like this new Han stuff but this was just... so bad.

Like I don't want to bash someone who goes out and actually is able to write a book but this was seriously awful. From characterization to plot to style.

If this was Han and Lando and Leia I couldn't tell. The plot was often unnessacary and forced, I could have pulled out so many useless pages--what is with describing them getting dressed so much--and been left with maybe 30. This probably would have been better as a sh
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You’ll want to pick up a copy of this book when it releases on Tuesday. Trust me.
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, canon, star-wars
In terms of sheer mediocrity, this is definitely not the worst Star Wars book I've read, or even in the Disney canon. But it still made me think "is there really nobody who can look at a final product like this and say 'this just isn't good enough'?" It's an incredibly dumb premise – a surgeon goes mad and creates a cult that worships droids by creating fusions of droid bodies and organic limbs, and then tries to reprogram all droids to kill everyone – but in an insipid boilerplate way that is v ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. This book had an Ewok in it, which is always a good start. I do not determine my ratings solely on the presence or absence of Ewoks, but they are appreciated when they appear.

Beyond Peekpa, this was a very fun Han and Lando adventure story. Remembering to make Star Wars fun is in fact something that factors into my score. Also there are scenes from Lando's POV where he thinks of himself like a female character being written by a male author and I can absolutely buy him doing that. Definitely
Far back in the mists of time, when I was but a fledgling Star Wars fan, Palitoy ran a competition wherein, in order to win a shedload of action figures, the contestant was presented with a cliffhanger page from a specially commissioned Star Wars comic and had free rein to continue the story in any way they saw fit. The last panel of this comic showed a desert scene, with a mysterious hand reaching outwards.

Being the young droid-fan that I was, I concocted a story in which this flesh hand was i
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was kinda fun, I suppose. The story was all over the place, some parts were enjoyable while other parts were just plain annoying, such as continuous subplots being introduced and way too much fan service. The book felt more focused on the characters than the plot and unfortunately I found the characterisation to be lacking, maybe with some more work this could have been a decent book.
Woof. Thoroughly disappointed with this one. The writing style ruined it for me (not the "swear words" or the characters or the quibbles with Legends carryover)... bouncing back and forth between different eras and storylines and points-of-view made it impossible to get into or really understand the plot at all. It only worked when Older stuck with one era for more than a chapter or two at a time, and that felt rare. I'm fine with flashbacks and multiple storylines/points-of-view, but too many, ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a massive Star Wars fan and after finishing this I'm really disappointed. The writing isnt bad, I actually enjoyed the dialogue between Lando and Han but I feel like it was more of a Lando book though. I also feel like knowing the end game for these characters in other mediums, the plot was always going to be too simple. The stakes arent overly high because you know where they end up in a way. Hopefully the next Star Wars novel creates a cool character to follow.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I finished this in 2 days and it was so fucking amazing. I searched for another audiobook with the same narrator and found one.

The book is told via the past and present which I missed for much of the book. They even used music from the original movies!

The 4 star rating is because I found it hard to follow along with the plot, struggled to keep up with who was who and ultimately didn't like the reveal.

But, I highly recommend this audiobook!!
Tom Haber
It's a shame, because there were parts of this book that were done really well--some really nice Han and Lando moments in particular. But the story itself was far too messy, too overdone. The idea driving it was good, but the problems resided in the execution. I didn't even so much mind the jumping in time--that worked well enough. But scene to scene, things were muddled. The action and events were unclear, and scenes went on for far, far too long.

Also, and people mentioned this already, but th
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-canon
"Leia gave him the look that meant she was waiting for him to say more. Bur what else was there to say? Besides everything, of course. They'd only been apart for a couple of days and he'd already felt the absence of having someone to talk about all the little nonsenses of his day with. No, not just someone, her. Leia, who knew when to push him and when to let him be. Leia, who understood his silences as clearly as his words. Leia, who still fell asleep holding him tight sometimes, like if she l
This book had far too many instances of contemporary slang for my liking. The SW universe is set a Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away, so no one would say:
I'm out!
Feel me?
etc. I should have written them all down.

Also, Han had a fake wife named Sana Starros? I didn't read the comix so it came out of nowhere and had no further explanation in the book. I had to do a wiki search to get the lowdown. Seems like a big plot point that should have been explained at least by a paragraph or two
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body}
4/27 EDIT-

I don't usually do this whole add-a-review-before-I-read it thing but, there I was, mildly bummed I would have to wait for Last Shot instead of getting to read it on May The Fourth Be With You which, besides blessedly being a weekend this year, is a weekend I'm on a trip and am guaranteed to be sitting bored in a hotel room while everyone else is asleep because I never sleep in hotels and THEN-

Wal-Mart doesn't always suck balls. This beautiful sucker was only $20 and change and it JUST
Luther Siler
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-poc
I need to stop reading Star Wars books, as Daniel Older's name is now on a rapidly-growing list of authors whose work I generally really like but whose SW books I couldn't even finish. There have only been a couple of new-continuity books that I've enjoyed. It's probably time to give up.
Christian Doe
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Fallen low the new canon has, just around the corner the end of Star Wars is.
Scott Rhee
Daniel Jose Older’s novel “Last Shot” is disappointing, to say the least, although die-hard Star Wars fans may find a few golden moments within its pages. Perhaps my expectations were too high, as a novel featuring strictly Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in a post-Episode VI adventure hasn’t really been done before.

Fans may recall Brian Daley’s Han Solo Adventures trilogy, published in 1979, L.Neil Smith’s Lando Calrissian Adventures trilogy, published in 1983, and A.C. Crispin’s 1997 trilogy, no
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this is the last SW novel I buy in hardback. Most of what I’ve read since the book canon was rebooted has read like interstitial fanfic - fic that takes super minor characters or super minor moments in the main characters’ lives and blows them all out of proportion. Or (and I know the authors are limited in what they can write about, because movies) they completely skim over the interesting parts. I am interested in the development of Han and Leia as parents, especially given what happ ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love Disney, I think it's become even more apparent that they've ruined Star Wars. After the poor reception that The Last Jedi and Solo got, they may have pushed this once-beloved franchise past the point of no return.

This book is even further evidence of that: badly written, confusing storylines, sexual references, and the most profanities I've seen in an Expanded Universe book since the much-maligned The Crystal Star.

If you're a longtime fan of the pre-Mouse version of Lucas' spac
Well, this one was fun! A creepy bad guy that I wanted them to kill with fire since the beggining! Lando and L3 before Han (now i want to see more of that relationship in Solo) following a weird device! Han heartsick? (I'm betting Qi'Ra here) and with Chewie and Sana Starros on the Falcon following the same device but years later! And then Han and Leia and baby Ben in Chandrila (being quite terrible at parenting tbh, are you going to tell me a Senator can't hire a nanny?? smh) being interrupted ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guerre-stellari
So this is marketed as a Han & Lando novel but, truth be told, it probably would have worked better as one or the other. I probably enjoyed the Lando stuff more, so we'll go with that.

Cool villain, too, but maybe he could have been used better? Definitely some creepy scenes as well, buddy would do well as a Horror author as well methinks.
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Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher (Scholastic), the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series (Penguin), and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City (Scholastic). He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, ...more

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“Names always matter," Maz said..."And yours is such a lonely one, when you think about it."
Han had, plenty, and now that familiar sorrow crept back over his heart, an eclipse on never-ending repeat.”
“We thought Forever-Player Lando was bad. Head-Over-Heels Lando might be ten times worse.”
“Yikes. Hadn’t thought of that.”
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