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Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years Paperback – July 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (July 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435743768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435743762
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Booth captures the essence of nostalgia perfectly for the era.
Troy L
This is a great book for any fan of the films and a welcome edition to my Star Wars home library.
J. T. Merrick
It makes me want to do the same thing and write down my memories - good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Troy L on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
For anybody who was a kid growing up during the late 70's and early 80's, this is a must read book. Mr. Booth captures the essence of nostalgia perfectly for the era. There isn't one person out there from this generation who couldn't identify with the stories told in this book. It's amazing how much John recalls about his childhood. Over the years, I'd forgotten so much from my youth...until I read 'Collect All 21!' and it dislodged those memories free from wherever they were tucked away in my mind. Reading John's tales will even make you laugh out loud. And some will make you sad. Together with his undying passion for Star Wars, this book is a great dose of "remember when..."!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Van Gompel on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is like a time machine. It tells the part that Star Wars, and the merchandise it brought into the world, played in the life of a young boy. The memories he has of that period in his life are brought back to life and told in detail. His childhood friends, the local movie theatre, the toy stores, ... - they are all there, and at times it's like the reader is there with him. 'Collect All 21' brougt me back to that period in my life as well, as I'm sure it could do with many other '30-something' people out there ... this is the story of how it was to be a kid in the late seventies / early eighties and how it felt to be sucked into the world that George Lucas created : the world of Star Wars. Honestly, and I speak out of experience, it felt great, and it still does but on another level. That period in time was just magic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Merrick on December 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Booth has created a quick read about what it was like to be a kid growing up with the release of the original Star Wars and what it is like now to continue to be an adult fan. He places us in his often personal and heartfelt situations and unleashes one's own feelings back to the saga. This is a great book for any fan of the films and a welcome edition to my Star Wars home library.
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By MWorrell on August 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Star Wars figures were always referred to as "Star Wars guys", never "Star Wars figures". I had forgotten.

This book is full of reminders like that, and for those of us who remember the mind-blowing amazement of unwrapping a mammoth AT-AT box at Christmas, or not realizing that Return of the Jedi sucked when you walked out of the theater because you had so much fun, it's a really fun book. It's well worth reading for that reason (plus you can knock it out in no time, so why not?).

Why 3 stars? Because it's just not a good book, nostalgia aside. It kind of reads like the notes for an actual book. I grew up near the author's hometown, so I even knew many of the locations he referenced. But if I hadn't? Regardless, if you grew up on Star Wars, go for it.
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