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Han Solo at Stars' End

(Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  3,276 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Han Solo trusts no one. So when the Authority demands that the Millennium Falcon be brought in for "inspection," Han knows he has to prepare for ulterior motives. And when the best illegal ship rebuilder in the galaxy disappears, Han and Chewbacca must find him. After all, the Falcon's overhaul will require very special talents.

Their search pits them against powerful and
Mass Market Paperback, 183 pages
Published December 12th 1980 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
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
Stephen T
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll address the series first, then this book.

This series is probably the most enjoyable of the pre-EU era (anything released before the Thrawn series). If you read the Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin, you'll find a kinder, gentler Han Solo, plus more realistic technology that matches the EU 'feel'. If you jump in to this series (which Crispin places chronologically a few chapters into Rebel Dawn), it might be a little bit of a shock. The way the Falcon is run in this series makes it seem 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
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
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
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 ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
(More like 3.5 stars.)

Pros and cons of the novel:

1. Very effective storytelling
2. Action-packed; has that Star Wars vibe.
3. Every scene and character has a necessary role; little to no unexplained situations or plot holes.
4. The writing style is uniquely vivid. Can smoothly communicate characters' perspectives.

1. Occasionally wasn't engaging
2. Though it seems minor, a mistake in one of the chapter's names is very confusing and plain weird. Maybe it's just the edition of the book, but
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
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.
Paul Darcy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
by Brian Daley, published in 1979.

Yes, I’m back on the Star Wars train and this ride by Brian Daley is certainly fast, wild and true to the flavour of the Star Wars Universe.

This is the first book by Brian Daley in the Han Solo Adventures, written not long after the first movie hit the big screens way back in 1977.

It features Han Solo, of course, as well as Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon. Fun stuff from start to finish - and what a finish, but I won’t spoil it for you.

This series of books
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
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
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.
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.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Kristen Coffin
"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
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 ...more
Martin Maenza
This was a bit of a slog. Reading it decades after it was published made it more of a challenge. This reminds me of some of the first Marvel Star Wars comics from the 70's - right after the first film came out but before the second. This was a window where the characters still needed to be fleshed out. This book does not do a lot of that for Han Solo and Chewbacca. The story is much more focused on fleshing out the supporting cast, and the technology falls into the standard sci-fi stuff of the ...more
Jon Mackley
Imagine a world where you have only one Star Wars film and less than a handful of spinoff books. Brian daley doesn't have much to work with, but this was Solo's backstory 40 years before Solo: a Star Wars story. This is before Solo's pulled into the rebellion. He's a smuggler. He's ruthless. He shoots first. The story's not great and it doesn't fit in the Star Wars canon in that there's no Empire. There's just the Authority. It's not BAD, it's just formulaic with rather stereotypical characters. ...more
Bob Jr.
I first read this book when I was 9 or 10 and it was the first Star Wars book I read that wasn't a movie adaptation. I loved it at the time and if it hasn't quite held up in the intervening decades, well, what has? It's still a fun adventure tale starring some of my favorite Star Wars characters. In some ways it feels like older science fiction - more 40's and 50's - but Star Wars itself hearkens back to those 'space opera' traditions.
Jamie Hicks
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In comparison to another Solo Trilogy that I read (which was decent) this opening novel of another Solo Trilogy gave me something I longed for. That is Solo the scoundrel, the scruffy looking nerf herder. Perhaps Solo's most rogue portrayal to date this is sure to please Han fans. Hopefully the new planned cinematic spinoff will draw inspiration.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick-paced and fun with plenty of gear-head references to non-existent machinery, this very pre-Disney "Solo" adventure stars Han and Chewie being rebellious without being actual Rebels. Hi-jinks, shenanigans, and cool Solo posturing, _Han Solo at Stars' End_ has it all. Published in 1979, it had so little to go on, and takes it as far as it can with character. A goofy, satisfying romp.
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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

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