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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  660 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A stunning collection of untold fables, myths, and folklore from the edge of the galaxy. Beautifully illustrated, this unique treasury of in-world space tales takes readers to the far reaches of the Star Wars universe...including to the remote outer rim world of Batuu from Galaxy's Edge.
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is really cool when a book expect to be a certain way is that way and delivers.

I grew up trading fables from brave knights, warrior princesses and greek mythology. Taking these stories and putting them into a Star Wars setting is genius and recipe for sucess. Add in great artwork at the beginning of every story the chocolate icing on top.

Usually rating short stories book is difficult as there would be some I enjoyed and some I did not, however i enjoyed every story
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable short stories that provide some extra colour to characters and planets we’ve come across in other stories.
I particularly liked the first story as it’s the first time I’ve read anything even slightly sympathetic about the Sand People. Not only is it sympathetic, but it’s got a dragon in it (yes, a dragon!) and a certain Jedi hiding on Tatooine.
Zachary Ledbetter
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the stories, but this book wasn't what I wanted given the title. This just felt like a collection of short stories moreso than myths and fables. With the title "myths and fables" I expected stories like the morality tales of Aesop or Brothers Grimm. I expected myths of different species and civilizations in the Star Wars universe that those beings told to explain the unexplainable, much like the Greek and Roman myths. I want this book to expose me to the different ideas of the worlds o ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Aesop's Galaxy
Shelves: guerre-stellari

And Now for Something Completely Different

This short, beautifully illustrated collection of short fables was a delightful interlude to the heavier lifting of the recent canon novels.

If I absolutely had to quibble I'd say that some of the Easter Eggs and canon nods are a little too on the nose or specific to work in a Fable, unreliable narrator kind of format and the numerous references to Batuu seemed a little too timely given the recent opening of the theme park attraction. I would have pre
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
A short and strange Star Wars collection of (you guessed it) myths and fables. These are stories set in the Star Wars universe, frequently involving characters and situations we're familiar with, but that don't necessarily hold themselves out as being "true" within said universe.

The best of the bunch is the story of Obi-Wan fighting a dragon to save some Sand People (shown in the picture on the cover). I didn't get all of references in many of the other stories but then I've never been a big pre
For stories bind our universe together.

Under the Disney imprint Lucasfilm publish mostly their YA and middle-grade titles (wich to me have been 50/50 on the quality). I think this would be more MG? But honestly I don't really care about their rating or target audience, it was just a lot fun and a really quick read.

Myths & Fables has 9 stories, all located in different planets and with a variety of protagonist, but at his very core every tale it's about greed, anger, betrayal and power and th
Connor Daley
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
So I actually did not read this release by George Mann until after I just read this years release, SW Dark Legends.
Each story has a unique and beautiful watercolor painting at the beginning (much the same as, Tales From the Galaxy Far Far Away: Vol. 1: Aliens) and this hardcover does a great job with these giant, wonderful title cards and gold plates for the first letter or every story that don’t look cheesy or see-through. Another win for Disney Lucasfilm Press honestly.

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Death, sacrifice, bullying, violence, oppression, loss of a parent, kidnapping, slavery, and abandonment

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Jordan Anderson
Yes, Myth & Fables is technically a “young adult” or “young reader” novel, but is that really an excuse for such a bunch of lame, inane, boring stories?

Again, it’s for kids, and hey, that’s cool. Please, get the kiddos into Star Wars and get them interested in anything other than stupid ass Fortnite and PewDiPie, but can we at least capture their attention with good stories? The stories in Myths & Fables do basically nothing to instill a love for the fictional world of Star Wars. Two of them are
Nick Scott
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book filled with in-universe myths/fables, stories that people in a galaxy far, far away tell their kids at bedtime, or tell each other over camp fires and whatnot. They all have some basis in events that "actually happened", but clearly time and many repeat tellings have embellished them. There are some that are clearly about characters we know (Obi-Wan, Grievous, Vader), and there are some that feature know worlds/species, but new situations and characters. This wasn't exactly a page ...more
Steve Davala
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was ok.
I enjoyed a tale or two, but most were forgettable. I don't even remember the last myth that was told.

I'm not quite sure what to think of the Star Wars novels now. I really only cared about connecting pieces of the trilogy with clues here and there, but now that it is over I'm not really sure what to think.

The Mandalorian does a great job at rekindling the SW flame for me, with new characters and plots. But there are many characters still out there I want to hear more about.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
A really fun addition to the Star Wars lineup, probably my second favorite Star Wars release this year! I very much enjoyed every story and found my interest waning only a couple of times. I will keep this one in my collection for years to come, for they also make good stories to read to children! Despite some of them perhaps being a little too scary to do. The illustrations are beautiful and the tales are well crafted. I hope Star Wars does more books like this in the future. It's a great way t ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
3.5 stars
Steven Shinder
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to buy a physical copy of this book because I loved the Grant Griffin artwork it includes. He really gives the characters of this galaxy a fantasy, fairy tale story aesthetic that fits the title. However, the title Myths & Fables feels like a bit of a misnomer. People generally define fables as stories that involve animals, and there's really none of that unless you count the dragon in the first story, "The Knight & the Dragon." Oddly, the Krayt dragon in that story has wings, and I ne ...more
Kate  K. F.
I love this kind of book that has stories from within the universe of Star Wars and especially showing how well known characters and groups are known like Jedi, Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. I enjoyed all the stories that were presented here but could have happily read more of them since these stories only focused on a small part of the galaxy. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who wants more of the Star Wars universe while not presenting any world altering stories. The illustrations ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book turned out to be a lot more interesting and well-written than I expected. Told in a style reminiscent of (but more elevated than) fairy tales, each entry adds a rich layer to the Star Wars mythology. Some stories share connections with well-known tales while others introduce new insights into the lesser explored aspects of the galaxy far, far way. I was prepared for this be be geared more towards children but was pleasantly surprised to find each story to be more nuanced (and sometimes ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, star-wars
This book was a collection of nine short stories, set in the Star Wars Universe. None are particularly compelling, but none are awful either.
I thought these stories would provide some background colour for some well known characters, but this was not the case.
A brief overview of the stories:

1. The Knight and the Dragon. Set on Tatooine, the sand people are attacked by a dragon, and eventually saved by a undercover (jedi) knight.

2. The Droid with a Heart. A story about General Grievous and his dr
Skye Elizabeth
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
2.5 stars, rounded up because I'm feeling generous.

The Knight and the Dragon: 4/5
The Droid With a Heart: 3/5
Vengeful Waves: 2/5
The Wanderer: 3/5
The Black Spire: 2/5
Gaze of Stone: 1/5
The Witch and the Wookiee: 4/5
The Dark Wraith: 2/5
Chasing Ghosts: 3/5

I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately I just really wasn't feeling it. The writing style was very odd, mixing middle-grade-level sentence structure with adult-level vocabulary. It felt like it was written by an early teen who was o
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful edition with some amazing drawings by Grant Griffin, where we get a glimpse of the tales that surround galactic folklore... up to a point.

The stories in this book are legends, bedtime stories passed on from generation to generation, and that is where this book shines.

The best tales are those from very old legends, like the Sith apprentice ("Gaze of Stone"), or the conflict between neighbors ("Vengeful Waves"), where you can get a sense of wonder and nostalgia.

But some of the tales ar
Andrew Bulthaupt
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Myths & Fables takes the idea of the Legends of Luke Skywalker book and abstracts it even more. It's a collection of stories within the Star Wars universe that may have characters or locations you find familiar, but more likely are totally new and fresh. And of course, since they're more like folklore than the retelling of actual events, it's hard to say if they ever really 'happened.'

I definitely enjoyed the few stories with familiar characters - even if they're not named as such, it can be fai
Paolo D'Alessandro
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-wars
If Star Wars is quintessentially a fable, then this anthology went to the core of what Star Wars is and channelled it in a series of 9 fascinating short stories. Mann draws inspiration from all over the galaxy's timeline, abstracting recognisable known quantities (looking for that infamous 'core', maybe) in order to stir the imagination of the reader - and also, quite meta-textually, showing what's the true meaning of 'story' and what makes them so important.
For me, "The Knight & the Dragon", "T
Saimi Korhonen
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars

Myths and Fables is a collection of, surprise surprise, in-universe myths and fables - stories that are told in cantinas, homes, streets and gatherings in the galaxy far, far away. I liked reading the different tales and trying to decipher the truth from the myths and figure out what could've happened to inspire these stories, for some of them clearly have a historical background, for example, one of the stories is about a cyborg general who fought in the clone wars and one of them is abou
Matthew Abbott
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, sci-fi, fantasy
A stunningly presented collection of original and unique stories from the Star Wars universe, told with what feels like genuine love and affection for the source material in the style comparable with olden day children's folk tales. Though in this style, the writing never felt too simplistic and I was able to enjoy the stories as what they are - tales of awe and wonder; myths and legends made infinitely more exciting because of their Star Wars connections. Mann respectfully includes many nods an ...more
Rating: 6/10
Readable Short Stories, But Could've Been A Lot More

Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

Star Wars Myths & Fables didn't really deliver what one would expect out of book titled "Myths and Fables". It contained interesting snippets here and there, but the artwork at the start of each story was each time of more interest and depth than the actual story itself. I still enjoyed reading each of the short stories, but I didn't come out of that book with more insight or the feeling tha
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Short story fans, children who like Star Wars
Nothing new or interesting but competently written. If you don't like the fairy tale style of writing and are used to the punchy action of Star Wars books, you will find this book incredibly boring.

I'm not an expert on the canon, new or old, of the Star Wars universe, but I managed to recognise some things but not enough to find it engaging. The last story, Chasing Ghosts, particularly annoyed me.

In short, if you don't like short story compilations, save yourself. It has the same feel to it. Y
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I got Star Wars: Myths & Fables, as well as three other Star Wars books: Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, by Alexander Freed; Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, by Delilah S. Dawson and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate, by Zoraida Cordova, for my 29th birthday back in September, my goal when I started reading them was to have them all done on or before Friday, December 20th, when the movie Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. It is currently Saturday, December 14th, 2019. ...more
Judah-Ben Morales
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Another in-canon-legends book, similar to The Legends of Luke Skywalker, but superior in quality and far more interesting. All stories are delivered in a clear, easy to follow narrative, since its target readers are children. All them have a moral or ethical lesson and are beautifully adorned with illustrations to captivate young and old alike.

Yet another book featuring in many of its tales the planet of Batuu. An issue that should not be so huge, but did matter to me, especially consi
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this book at Target, although the sticker on the front cover indicates that it was formerly exclusive to Galaxy's Edge at Disneyworld. (I guess the Pandemic hit the mouse hard and they suddenly decided they'll accept money from other locations by people who can't afford to stay in the $3000-a-night Star Wars hotel, but, oh yeah I was talking about this book.) This book would have been more meaningful had it been a memento from an actual trip to Star Wars Land, but the stories are bold and ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I respect what Mann was going for here (an in-universe collection of folktales), and I think he largely hit the tone. This feels exactly like any number of real folktale collections that I've read before, right down to the visual design and choice of language. A couple of the stories are quite good, like the ones about the Wanderer and Dark Wraith, while most of them are just ok. A bit of Galaxy's Edge stuff in here, which seems to be contractually required this year, but it wasn't that obnoxiou ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a decent book, I liked the opening story the best I think. There was nothing super grabbing about any of the stories, some of them were close to fables but didn't fully settle into that so that the narrative felt strained? Like in a fable people do really dumb things to teach the reader a lesson, but it was less fable and more story and just the motives felt odd.

I didn't dislike it and found it less objectionable that I have for other short story collections from Disney Star Wars.
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