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The New Essential Guide to Alien Species (Star Wars) Paperback – October 31, 2006


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  • Series: Star Wars
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034547760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477606
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has everything my grandson wants to read about.
P.K. Lady
This is an entertaining and very informative book with sharp drawings and colors.
Seth Irwin
This guide book is a description of the alien species found in the Star Wars.
John Matlock

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Now how are you going to understand the joke unless you know these species. And how are you going to know these species without the guide book.

This guide book is a description of the alien species found in the Star Wars. Generally each species gets two pages. On the left hand side wil be a drawing illustrating a representative of the species. On the tight is a description of the species, their home habitat, and other pertinent information about them. Overall, about a hundred species are so described, with another few dozen more given a third of a page or so of description.

This is the second edition of the book: revised, expanded and with color images of the alien species as requested by the readers of the earlier edition.

Of particular interest is the entry on 'Humans.' It remarks that we are really quite wide spread across the galazy. I guess that mean we've still got a chance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kismet on January 11, 2007
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My husband is a BIG Star Wars fan! He received this book along with the updated Guide to Droids. He has all the Essential Guides & likes to keep up to date on the latest Aliens. I would recommend this book to add to your collection of Star Wars Books. Kind of like a "program" guide
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Servo on December 19, 2006
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Now while I did enjoy the new info, pics, and the fact that it has finally been released, it is still lacking. Some species should have been depicted and further explored such as the Muun, Gen'Dai, Sith (species), Vagaari, and the like. It was lacking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Todd Waterhouse on January 11, 2007
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Glad to see the newer version. They did leave out the Selkath and Rakata from Knights Of The Old Republic. Hopefully they will be added to the 3rd version (if there is one).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2013
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It's been a while since I've enjoyed a Star Wars New Essential Guide. I find the new ones too disorganized and too packed with information. I much prefer the format of the older guides, such as this Guide to Aliens. The guide is neatly organized alphabetically with two sections, one for major aliens and another for minor aliens. The coverage is pretty broad and even some minor aliens, such as the Amanaman, get the full two-page treatment.

The illustrations are beautiful. Each illustration features the alien species, but almost never simply as we see them through the movies. The illustrations strive to portray the aliens naturally. Yes, most of them have been reposted on Wookiepedia, but in this book they're printed quite large, much larger than the files online, so you can appreciate the beauty of the illustrations all the better.

The big question is whether you should still get this now over 6 years after it was initially published. Well, this book was published before the Clone Wars cartoon, so if you are looking for aliens unique to that show you won't find them here. Also, you won't see any mention of Abeloth or the Aing-Tii - other aliens that have become more prominent in the EU since 2006. But the book does cover the aliens from the original trilogy and prequels pretty thoroughly.

Of course Wookiepedia is more updated, but this book is nice because it contains descriptions of each species in a highly readable form. It's great to browse through. Also, I've noticed that the book contains a lot more information than what's on Wookiepedia.
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By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2014
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A great choise for Star Wars fans who wants to know more about this fantastic universe !! Don't miss it.
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I gave the Alien Species Guide a 4/5 stars because it met all of my expectations. It contains many, different species and provides excellent information about each one.
It's not quite immersing enough to get a perfect score with its somewhat dense layout, but I would still highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks about Star Wars more than one time per day.
Amaze (or disgust) your friends with your limitless knowledge!
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This is an entertaining and very informative book with sharp drawings and colors. A must for any Star Wars fan.
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