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Han Solo at Stars' End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

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Han Solo at Stars' End [Sep 12, 1979] Daley, Brian
Paperback, First Paperback Publication, 183 pages
Published September 12th 1979 by Del Rey Books (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
Ritrovare il leggendario Han Solo e il suo caro copilota Chewbecca sfrecciare nello spazio a bordo del Millennium Falcon è stato un bel colpo al cuore, da appassionato fan di Star Wars. Questa avventura, a livello cronologico rispetto ai film, si situa prima del Quarto, Una nuova speranza, dove incontriamo un giovane Han Solo alle prese con l'ennesimo incarico da contrabbandiere che non andrà molto bene, visto che cercherà di non farsi uccidere dal mafioso che lo ha incaricato (e col quale si ve ...more
Stephen T Shores
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 side-st
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
Bryan Schmidt
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Darcy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 b
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 hea
Kyle Levesque
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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
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 scoundr
Jamie Hicks
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Bosco Farr
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Passable Star Wars fiction.
Jeff Jellets
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars, sci-fi

Han made a sour face. “I happen to like to shoot first. As opposed to shooting second.”

Taking my niece and nephew to Walt Disney’s Star Wars weekend gave me the itch for a bit more of George Lucas’s universe and, eschewing the more modern material (much of which I have already read), I decided to dip back to 1979’s Han Solo at Stars’ End by Brian Daley. Somehow I just never had the chance to read Daley’s trilogy before -- which admittedly occupies a rather unique space in the Star Wars fictional
I've been a Star TREK fan all my life; however, in the interest of expanding my (galactic) horizons, I temporarily traded in my phaser for a blaster. And, having enjoyed the trip, I plan on visiting this part of the galaxy again soon.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brian Daley books have a lot going for them in some respects. It's interesting to compare them to Splinter of the Mind's Eye, which came out a year before this one. Both were written before ESB, when the GFFA was still young and unformed (the book was written before the Imperial March, isn't that weird?). They're basically ground zero for the EU. They're both pulp adventure stories, but beyond that they're totally different. Splinter is a jungle serial structured out of monster encounters an ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read these before Disney erased the Canon and I'm glad I did. Well written. Fun early star wars book.
Ian Laskey
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Han Solo at Stars' End was originally published in 1979 and was the second Star Wars "spin-off" novel, after Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye (released the year before).

Whereas Foster's novel focused on Luke, Leia, Threepio and Artoo and was a direct "continuation" of events from Lucas' film, Stars' End is a completely separate story with no direct links to that first film, save for the characters of Han and Chewie and, of course, the Millennium Falcon. There are no Jedi, or the Em
Jaime Krause
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written in 1979, so Han is a bit OOC from what we've seen since.
However, I wonder why this wasn't considered the canonical Han. He has a good heart though he wants to act as if he acts independently (though with Chewbacca). His discharge from the Imperial military is for a different reason, but it makes sense. And he becomes almost a space cowboy, which so many believed him to be. This works great as a head-canon for Han, so it's unfortunate that this isn't what others went from.
What is
Jason Seftas
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the older Star Wars novel, as I recall, but one I had never bothered to read. However, since I picked it up for a quarter at a recent library sale, I figured I would get my money's worth.

I did!

This is a decent entry into the Star Wars universe. There being no mention of Luke or Leia, or the usual droids, it appears to be a prequel to the original Star Wars film, confusingly titled Episode IV: a New Hope. Instead, Han and Chewie are the main characters, puttering around in a secto
Christopher Rush
To really enjoy this, one must try to remember what life was like before the Expanded Universe was large and complicated. I said that earlier for Splinter of the Mind's Eye, but it is still true for Brian Daley's early Han Solo trilogy. Daley's Han Solo doesn't sound too much like "our" Han Solo. Like many people who write sci-fi, he doesn't quite capture the feel, the characters, the universe, and instead makes the characters talk like they would had they been living in the '70s. This is frustr ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I've not been a star wars fan since when Return of the Jedi came out (that one killed it for me), but this was surprisingly entertaining. I started reading it because these are the only remaining Daley books left for me to read.
Angus Whittaker
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I picked this up from my brother's bookshelf expecting another really crappy Star Wars spin-off written by a guy so unoriginal he can't think up ideas for himself, so has to steal them from George Lucas or someone else.
However, I was actually kind of impressed by this book. The writing wasn't amazing, but it turns out Brian Daley is (at least in my opinion) a decent writer. He has a dry, witty humor that adds a sort of depth to his book, if you know what I mean.
The plot seemed a bit garbled, t
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A stellar tale, well told, and necessary reading for anyone who loves Han Solo. Released in 1978, one year after the first Star Wars movie released, this book offers an uncompromising, primal look at Han and Chewy as smugglers and outlaws.

What starts as a routine criminal operation and pit stop transforms rapidly into a full blown impossible situation. First rate heroics, on the fly cunning, over your head odds, brutal violence... it's Solo at the height of his legendary smuggler career, before
Terri Paxton
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Han Solo fan
Shelves: star-wars
I loved every minute and have read it several times.

This is a real adventure, with Han and Chewie dodging the law for profit, only to find themselves dragged into a confrontation at the side of idealists. You get hints of the idealism he once had (and will again) and how it turned into a cynical view of the universe.

Han is totally in character and this is one of the few books where you get to see him in full smuggler mode. Lots of excitement, impossible situations that only the reckless, determi
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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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