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The Essential Guide to Alien Species (Star Wars) Paperback – April 3, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345442202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345442208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An astonishing testament to the power of human imagination, the Star Wars epic has become perhaps the most captivating myth of modern times. Now comes the first detailed look at more than 150 of the most fascinating alien species that inhabit this vast galaxy. Who these creatures are, how others see them, how they evolved, where they can be found...it's all here thoroughly researched, brilliantly illustrated, packed with surprising facts, and featuring an exclusive pronunciation guide to the names of the key Star Wars species.

Discover the only alien species that can make the savage Tusken Raiders run for cover

Learn why the Hutts think they are gods -- and why their infants spend the first fifty years in the dark

Compare the tracking skills of the Ewok hunters, the legendary Wookiees, and the secretive Shistavanen wolfmen

Explore the powerful bond between the amphibious Gungan and the fiercely loyal kaadu

From Jawas, Slashrats, and Space Slugs, to Weequay, Dugs, and Gank Killers -- get the lowdown on the intriguing denizens in the Star Wars universe.

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An astonishing testament to the power of human imagination, the Star Wars epic has become perhaps the most captivating myth of modern times. Now comes the first detailed look at more than 150 of the most fascinating alien species that inhabit this vast galaxy. Who these creatures are, how others see them, how they evolved, where they can be found...it's all here thoroughly researched, brilliantly illustrated, packed with surprising facts, and featuring an exclusive pronunciation guide to the names of the key Star Wars species.

Discover the only alien species that can make the savage Tusken Raiders run for cover

Learn why the Hutts think they are gods — and why their infants spend the first fifty years in the dark

Compare the tracking skills of the Ewok hunters, the legendary Wookiees, and the secretive Shistavanen wolfmen

Explore the powerful bond between the amphibious Gungan and the fiercely loyal kaadu

From Jawas, Slashrats, and Space Slugs, to Weequay, Dugs, and Gank Killers — get the lowdown on the intriguing denizens in the Star Wars universe.


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Customer Reviews

So all together I found the book very good and would recommend it for other teenagers my age.
Nicole Bailey
This is a very good visual book with explanations for each character and specie types inhabiting the Star Wars empire.
Robert
We all want to know what a Caamasi and a Yuuzhan Vong looks like--because we only read about them.
"killmara"

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on April 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is about time that this essential guide came out! This is the one I think I have been waiting for the longest (except maybe the Essential Chronology). Most of the time I could care less about the history of Droids or Weapons, but the aliens of the Star Wars universe have always been of interest to me. Finally, here they are in this essential guide. This book was apparently "written" in-universe by Shi'ido anthropologist Hoole - yes, the same Hoole who wrote an entry for the Illustrated Star Wars Universe, and the same Hoole who was a character in the Galaxy of Fear novels. So what do you get?
For each of more than 100 species, you get at least one full page. There is an illustration of a member of the species, a little box giving the planet of origin, average height, and whether or not it is sentient. Then there is a bunch of text outlining the culture and history of the species, and finally a little in-universe anecdote, usually in the form of a journal entry, from someone who has had contact with members of that species. Then, for a bunch of other species that were not important enough to merit a full page, there is an appendix of "other notable species" which each get around a paragraph.
Granted, there are a few illustrations that look a little...off, and a couple that do not correspond with previous illustrations of that species, but overall the art is really good. In fact, that's what I use this book for - visual reference. The notes are nifty, but I got it for the pictures. In addition, there is a long awaited pronunciation guide at the end - THANK YOU! This book covers everything from the common species, to the Chiss, the Yuuzhan Vong, Falleen, even such obscure species as the "Assemblers," of which Ku'dar Mu'bat from the Bounty Hunter Wars was a member.
Definitely buy this book if you like Star Wars. Highly Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Vaglio on July 3, 2001
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When I first got this book I was completeley skeptical, How could anybody document the whole alien species in the SW Universe? Authors of different SW novels or comics like to keep pushing and inventing weird alien species, species that most of the time are boring, senseless, just a myriad of "pathetic life forms".
The real deal is that the author doesn't really analyze every single alien that has been shown in the Star Wars books, comics, movies, Expanded Universe, etc. This is the most appealing feature of the book, it centers only in the species worth mentioning, and it describes them in a unique manner, full of vivid descriptions, pictures and very interesting information concerning their history and their role in the struggle between the Force and the Dark Side.
Myself, I have seen the movies hundreds of times, so I am quite familiar with the looks of the creatures we get to see in all the Episodes. But my amaze was reserved to the cretures that appear in the novels, creatures that we have to stuff up with our imagination for building some sort of picture on what they look like.
You will surely be surprised by some pictures, specialy the Caamasi, and we also get to see a mayor make over on how bothans look like, a lot less human, and a lot more like the scheming mammals they are supposed to be.
In overall this Essential Guide is worth your money if you are a real Star Wars fan and want to give your imagination a little help on picturing the aliens that appear in every SW novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "killmara" on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
The gentleman in the review below gives this book 3 stars because it's not an exhaustive guide to nitpicky aliens, and he completely misses the point of this book. This is an Essential Guide to aliens, meaning that it is an overview of aliens in the Star Wars universe. It does contain materials from other volumes because it's meant to be a one-stop guide. If he'd read the introduction, he'd see that. And he only needs to read the criteria for including aliens in this book (also in the introduction) to see why many of the nitpicky aliens from Phantom Menace and other movies were not included. Miss Lewis included the three main aliens (Toydarians, Gungans, and Neimoidians) and ignored the rest because they were not pivitol to that story.
This book has many wonderful things in it. It does address the brilliant work of Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson by including the Marvel comics, long ignored by other Star Wars authors. Does it include more Expanded Universe? Sure! But it is my opinion that helping readers know the aliens that appear in the Expanded Universe books and comics is a noble goal! We've seen the creatures in the movies. We all want to know what a Caamasi and a Yuuzhan Vong looks like--because we only read about them. It also gives us a pronounciation guide, something that has been needed for a long time.
Ignore the review below. The dude is a....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hills on May 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
...the “Essential Guide to Alien Species” is, by a fair margin, the best of the “Essential Guides” to date, except for maybe “Vehicles & Vessels”. It covers more than 150 aliens and creatures, Amanin to Zeltrons, from Dugs to Verpine, each with a neat little capsule that details some biology, planets, and societies, if any. Each capsule is also accompanied by reports filed by all and sundry, like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett, about encounters with these creatures. Some races and creatures are really interesting, like the Gand, whome authors like Michael Stackpole have done an excellent job in detailing. While others, like the Gank, are in my opinion, are dead wrong. I and others had always assumed that the ‘gank’ in ‘gank killer’ simply meant ‘bounty’ or ‘trophy’, thus anyone could be a gank killer, like Boba Fett or 4-LOM, but instead they’ve made it a creature.
Every picture that accompanies each entry is wonderful! R.K. Frost, the Illustrator, has done a marvelous job with each. Lines are neat and tight, and given the narrowness of limbs, etc. I am given to wonder if Frost’s usual artwork is a little more akin to the stuff that came out of Hellraiser the art of Brom- the Drovian on pp. 31, has a big-time Cenobite influence to it. Ultimately though, it doesn’t matter, because Frost’s work is superb cover to cover, vastly superior to the cartoony art in the “Essential Guides to Planets & Moons”. The are is clear and clean when it needs to be, dirty and gritty when it needs to be that as well.
I have all of the “Essential Guides”, and every one of them would earn at least 3 stars in a review by me at Amazon-dot-com. This one gets 5, because it’s that good...
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