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Han Solo at Star's End

(Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  3,548 ratings  ·  161 reviews
s/t: Based on the Characters and Situations Created by George Lucas
Han Solo trusts no one, and does no favors. But when the best illegal ship rebuilder in the galaxy disappears, Han and Chewbacca agree to go after him—after all, the Millennium Falcon needs some very special repairs. Their search pits them against powerful and ruthless enemies out to destroy them, and final
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published March 12th 1979 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1979)
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AC Crispin does herself no favours in my estimation in Han Solo: Rebel Dawn. Her books were just fine up until Interlude One, where she suddenly offers up a shitty encapsulation of Brian Daley's Han Solo at Star's End.

I am not sure why she couldn't simply have finished her story before the Star's End adventure happened (but I haven't finished her book either. I paused my reading so that I could read Daley's book, so I will return to her book tonight), but since I had the Daley books handy, she n
I was watching a Youtube video about Star Wars books in the beginning and it gave me the name of the books I didn't remember. I had this book that collected these 3 stories. I read them in the early 90s. I think I read the 1st 2 and not the 3rd one.

I don't remember the plot at all. I love the Jedi and the spiritual aspect of the story, so not having Jedi in the story was rather bland for me. Han Needs Luke and opposite. I would not re-read these, but it was interesting.

I got rid of my copy of
David Agranoff
I read these books in an effort to get hyped for the release of Solo, this more than any other book was the one I wanted to read. A Han Solo novel written when only A New Hope existed,even though I read many many years ago. It is cool because when author Brian Daley wrote this he had no rich canon or universe to rely on. He just had this one movie and the Han Solo in that movie was the one who shot first and tipped the bartender for cleaning up Greedio's corpse. I read this book the week before ...more
Stefan Yates
When a book is under 200 pages, there really isn't a whole lot to say without giving away most of the plot fairly quickly. Suffice it to say that Han Solo at Stars' End, while not about to win any prizes or anything, was a really fun book to read. Brian Daley throws his reader directly into the action and except for a brief pause now and then it's a frenetic pace from one harrowing situation to the next with our hero Han Solo and his trusty companion Chewbacca the Wookie.

This is a great side-st
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, the good old days of when Star Wars didn't suck and Han could shoot first. That is pretty much as good of summation about this book as any, honestly. It felt right... like you imagined Han Solo was really like before all of the movies. Good clean fun, with the banter being fairly close to the on-screen material.

Now if you are looking for Tolkien, this book is not it. Nor is this Herbert or Asimov. But Mr. Daley didn't screw this book series up by laying a steaming pile of Disney either. Th
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Still a fun read after all of these years but different than the Post-Expanded Universe books because it's mostly disconnected from the rest of the Star Wars Universe. Written at a time when Lucas was experimenting with his brand but didn't want anything written that would force his hand on the movies, etc., it takes Solo and Chewbacca off to a distant place far removed from The Empire, Jabba the Hutt and more. While it does examine their pre-Luke Skywalker life, it makes no references to anythi ...more
It really rates 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn’t believe in half stars apparently. It’s fun, it’s pulp, it’s briskly written. Brian Daley was a gem, and he had a great grasp of why the audience loved Han Solo.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going solely off the cheesy cover art, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was just another lame tie-in novel from the 1970's, probably written to sucker pre-adolescents out of their allowance money. The reality, though, is that HAN SOLO AT STAR'S END is actually a legit sci-fi novel with a fun plot, great concepts, clever writing, and terrific world-building. Even the character development is decent, and Brian Daley is especially good at making all Han Solo's dialog seem completely Harrison For ...more
Stormcrow Hayes
After having just read Splinter of the Mind's Eye, this was a breath of fresh air. Loads of fun, action packed and Han Solo even admits he's the kind of guy who likes to SHOOT FIRST and ask questions later. Unfortunately, it bogged down a bit at the end and the climax felt a little too ridiculous, but still fun and worthy of any fan's time for a quick adventure. I'm sure this will be better than the upcoming Solo movie.

2.5 stars
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good ole classic "good guys win at the end of the day," kinda novel. It's true to the spirit of the original trilogy and to what Han's character might have been like prior to encountering Luke and Leia. The action scenes are written very similarly to how the action scenes are shot in the films--and that totally drew me in! The setting of the novel is even more impressive considering this was one of the first expanded universe books--and was released after only one Star Wars film. The author pe ...more
Billy Jepma
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, 2020
This was fun! Nothing special, just a quick space-adventure with (a noticeably more selfish, crasser Han, since this was written before Empire even came out and started to develop the character past his pure-scoundrel origins). It’s got heavy DnD vibes, actually, just in terms of how the plot gets going, the way the supporting cast contribute; it all adds up to an enjoyable read that’s, for better and for worst, fairly forgettable. Definitely gonna see what Daley’s other Han Solo stories have in ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There's nothing really wrong with this book. It's just that the plot is so boring. Aside from one short sequence with Han Solo as fighter pilot, nothing really happens. No enemy ever really defines itself. It's just The Authority trying to assert its version of law and order and Solo trying to make a smuggler's living.

Unfortunately, I bought the entire trilogy. Two to go.
Mark Oppenlander
This is a book I read a number of times when I was growing up. As one of the first additional Star Wars novels ever published, it fed my adolescent need for more stories featuring my favorite characters from the original trilogy, Han Solo and Chewbacca. So how does this book hold up as I re-read it in middle age?

Not bad, actually. Brian Daley had to write his Han Solo stories outside of the traditional Star Wars universe, so he moves the characters to a wing of the galaxy where another brutal mi
Jason Seftas
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was flat-out awful. I'm a bit neurotic in that once I start a book I won't pick up another until I finish the one I started, no matter how bad it gets, and I don't even have the words to tell you how bad this one was. Granted, I don't have the time to read as much as I would like, but if this was able to hold my interest at all it wouldn't have taken more than a few days to get through. As it turns out it took over 3 months. That's less than 20 pages a week I was able to force my way ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit: this book and its two successors have sat on my shelf surrounded by skepticism for a long time. They were yard sale finds (I think) that were really cheap, vintage curiosities at first. After having read some of the better Expanded Universe novels, it seemed dubious to me that these very old-school novels would "hold up" or be an enjoyable, believable read...

As if there was a worse cliche to use on this site: don't judge a book by its cover. Additionally, don't take a book like this
Devon  Start
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Me= star wars geek
han solo= the best character in star wars, and the first male role model i had that wasnt immediate family.
i remember being little and my babysitter had these books and i so wanted to read them. and when i finally did i was very glad. i have original hard covers of these books and i love to read them from time to time.
they are not really star wars, it seems more to me that the author had some sci fi stories that werent really going to sell, and he added han solo and chewbacca t
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
This story , I've read was written right after Star Wars came out and before Empire Strikes back. So it doesn't have knowledge of everything that happens, although I would think anyone who watched Star Wars knew Han and Leia would end up together, or maybe that's just me.

Anyway, this is the story of one of Han and Chewbacca's adventures. They started off trying to make money but ended up saving lives.

The parts where Han found out that they took Chewie and that he had to leave Chewie. Rip my hea
Kyle Levesque
I just love the cover on this one! I have the 1981 version and it is so vintage anime-esque!

"Hey, I happen to LIKE to shoot first" - Han Solo.

This book is fun, rompy, 80's, and has some great action set-pieces. I'd love to see this made as an animated movie. The writing is a little bit amateur, but the characterizations are correct and the setting is done well. This book goes in to establish Han's background as an imperial fighter pilot and how he ruined his career by standing up for a slave. I
Noel Thingvall
I'm surprised how long it took me to get through this. I found the first half choppy, hard to follow, hard to settle into. It just wasn't doing much for me. By the second half, things picked up as the story kicked into gear, the supporting cast developed into some neat characters, and it became a really fun heist adventure with some big action and sharp laughs. Hopefully I'll have a better time with the next two. ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This was another example of Star Wars fiction published before The Empire Strikes Back took the Star Wars series to the next level. There's nothing earth-shattering here, but it's just a fun romp in the Star Wars universe from a time when Star Wars novels didn't have to add to or comply with a burgeoning and bloated Expanded Universe canon. Great fun. ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I'm going to give this book a 3 because it is an enjoyable, if forgetable, read. The following two books in the series are also readable but got repetitious pretty fast. ...more
This is a fun book to read and more in line with Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back than Splinter of the Mind's Eye was. This book takes place prior to Star Wars in an odd sector of space called "the Corporate Sector." I say "odd" because I can never quite figure out if it is a "rich part" of the Galactic Empire or if it is supposed to be a "Galactic Power" that is not-quite the Empire's equal. In any case, the book focuses on Han and Chewie as they seek ways to "get rich quick" on the wrong side ...more
When I started reading the Star Wars books (at least, once I committed to reading all of them), I decided to read them in chronological order. Past experience with other series suggested this wasn't the best idea, but it seemed like a good way to introduce myself to the Expanded Universe. Now that I'm starting to get into some of the older books, though, I see that I've made a mistake.

In Han Solo at Stars' End, one of the plot points revolve around Doc, a mechanic for criminals and other scoundr
Jeremiah Samples
This book honestly holds a soft spot for me. This is Star Wars at its very best. It takes place in the expanded Star Wars universe but it follows everyone's favorite Smuggler: Han Solo. This is book 1 in a 3 part series. I highly recommend the other two books as well. They can be purchased as a collection called "The Han Solo Adventures" by: Brian Daley. This version of Han Solo is crass, crude, and unforgiving. This is what I really imagine Han Solo to be like. It perfectly captures the wit and ...more
Debbie Phillips
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, Pre-teen to Adult
This was a good book.
I hate to say this, but, this was the first Star Wars book I ever read.
I am a super fan. I should be ashamed.

The book had a good plot and kept me reading. The characters were familiar but it was good to read a story that was not part of the film series.

I'm only sharing one quote from the book with you...
"She closed one eye, looking at him sidelong. 'It's lucky I know you're a mercenary, Solo. It's lucky I know you only flew that Headhunter to protect the Falcon, not to pr
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the movie novelizations, this is my first foray into classic Star Wars novels. The classic era of Star Wars novels lasted from 1976 to 1983 and consisted of the novelization of the original trilogy, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, and two trilogies - one with Han Solo and the other with Lando Calrissian.

Han Solo at Star’s End is a character prequel to A New Hope. It is a tale of Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee going on a smuggling adventure that runs into trouble.

It is nice reading t
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this less because I'm a Star Wars fan (I'm not at all) than because I just needed a hit of nostalgia and wanted to take a trip back to the sort of book I read when I was young (I read one of the other Daley books when I was 12.) This novel was written when there was only one film in existence, so there isn't a lot of lore to drag the story down or limit the author. It really can be read as just a science fiction adventure, unconnected to anything else. There's also none of that Jedi stuff ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-tie-in, sci-fi
Read this ages back before the teenage years in truth but barely remembered it so seeing it at a charity shook went with the nostalgic zeal I felt and bought it.
This is a very early Star Wars book pre 'Empire strikes back' so there wasn't much of the mythology to go on at this point and this book steers big time away from Spoilers..Han and Chewbacca and a throwaway mention of Tatooine being really the only nod to the film..even the Empire don't get a mention.
In some ways this helps as this is ge
Dennis Keithly
I’m reading some old Han Solo stories as I wait for the Solo Star Wars story movie this May. I had a hard time deciding what I thought of this book. The first half very much seems to portray the Han audiences meet in A New Hope. Han has a good heart, but he keeps it hidden away and doesn’t risk getting involved. That all changes after a series of events leaves the Millennium Falcon in need of repairs, and the payment is a mission he would rather not take. Before long, Han is swept in a mission w ...more
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"What value is there in existence without purpose?"

Okay, so I'm not a HUGE Star Wars fan, but a friend of mine is and he's extremely butt-hurt that all the books he read are no longer considered cannon. SO he gave me a set of three Han Solo adventures to read before Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out.

Honestly, this reads like what it is: fanfiction written by a Star Wars/Han Solo fan. It's interesting to see this adventure of Han and Chewie, but the writing itself is mediocre at best, boring at w
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Brian was born in Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey on Dec. 22, 1947. A blizzard kept him and his mother at the hospital over Christmas, and the nurses sang "Away in a Manger" to them.

His middle name is Charles. He grew up in Rockleigh, NJ. His mother's name was Myra and his father's name was Charles. He has an older brother, David, and a younger sister, also named Myra. He had no child

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