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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345546830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345546838
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This outstanding Star Wars novel arose from the author’s concept of a Star Wars comic series using the elements of a classic western. So we have a not-too-habitable frontier setting (Tatooine); a wealthy rancher with a hidden agenda (marrying a virtuous widow, among other things); the children of the widow and those of the rancher (mostly with more guts than sense); a bandit chieftain (Jabba the Hutt); marauding Indians (the Tuskan Raiders, very fully brought to life); the technology of farming in an environment that makes the Mojave Desert seem lush; and a host of life-forms ranging from krayt dragons to the pit-dwelling sarlaccs. Oh, and there is a drifter named Ben who wanders into town in the middle of all the conflicts and befriends the widow, though not as much as she would have liked. Deserves very high ranking among Star Wars fiction. --Roland Green

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“Buy this book right now. . . . [This novel] manages to explore the depths of Ben Kenobi but still maintains the aura of mystery around his character.”—Tosche Station

“Addictive, engrossing . . . wildly entertaining . . . There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. . . . John Jackson Miller creates a story that reaches new heights.”—Roqoo Depot

“Brilliant . . . This is Star Wars fiction at its absolute best.”—Examiner

“Enthralling . . . almost impossible to put down.”—Eucantina

More About the Author

Author John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's best known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series from Dark Horse. His Star Wars: Kenobi hardcover releases in August 2013, and his own SF work Overdraft: The Orion Offensive is now available.

He's written comics for Mass Effect, Iron Man, The Simpsons, and Indiana Jones, and has written for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Production notes on all his works can be found at his fiction site (farawaypress.com).

Miller is also a noted comics industry historian, specializing in studying comic-book circulation as presented on his website, The Comics Chronicles (comichron.com). He also coauthored the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series.

Customer Reviews

The characters are well developed and the story held my interest.
Willard Onellion
For much of the book, the Tuskens don't feel like compelling characters, but rather more like plot devices.
Enjolras
Great book and I felt like the author really tried to keep to what was done by the movies.
Bella's Other Mom

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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2013
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Ever wonder what would happen if George Lucas and Joss Whedon combined forces to make a Star Wars--Firefly crossover?

Apparently, John Jackson Miller (JJM) did because Star Wars: Kenobi is a bona fide Star Wars Western novel. Del Rey Publishing has been taking the Star Wars franchise into new genres in recent years, from horror (Red Harvest) to detective stories (Shadow Games). Kenobi is probably one of the better results of this effort. It certainly reads unlike any other Star Wars book in recent memory. So, does it live up to the hype? Will this transform our image of Obi-Wan Kenobi the way Plagueis transformed our image of Sidious? Find out:

SPOILER WARNING: Because this book will not be released until August 27, I have tried to avoid spoilers. But basic plot points will be mentioned.

THE GENRE

As I noted above, this is first and foremost a Star Wars Western. In fact, I'd say at times it's almost more Western, less Star Wars.

The book starts off slow as it introduces us to life on a Tatooine frontier town, a small area called the Oasis. We meet a cast of misfits, lowlifes, and castaways as they struggle with the chores of everyday life - minding the store, scrounging up enough money to make ends meet, and, of course, warding off Tusken Raiders. The characters seem like they could have come straight out of a Western novel, except that they have blasters instead of pistols and moisture vaporators instead of cattle.

John Jackson Miller also took the effort to adjust his writing style to match the setting. Especially in the earlier chapters, we see turns of phrases that echo the Westerns. When Annileen Calwell, the saloonkeeper character, sees her son with her neighbor's daughter, she thinks, "the boy had eyes for Orrin's daughter...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trevor 1138 on September 5, 2013
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Let me begin this review by saying that I could not put this book down. Not because there was a galaxy-shaping event taking place, or a superweapon about to destroy a planet, but because i was so invested in the characters. Kenobi is easily the most human Star Wars book I have ever read, filled with characters that capture your affection instantly. The majority of the novel focuses on a relatively small squabble between a small town and the Tusken Raiders assaulting its people. However, by making his characters so real and so human John Jackson Miller makes you feel as if the universe itself hangs in the balance. It is this group of characters and their interactions with one another that shape the outlook and personality of a stranger in town known only as "Ben".

In my opinion, the book's greatest triumph is showing a softer side of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Because of the former Jedi Order's rules against showing emotion, we rarely see Kenobi's human side in Episodes I-III. In this novel, however, he is on his own and truly alone for the first time in his life, allowing him to consider new viewpoints and learn to know entirely new types of people. The reader is kept appraised of his internal struggle through brief meditations with his former Master Qui-Gon Jinn. As the book progresses, he learns more about himself, the galaxy, and where he fits in a changed universe.

Whether you are a diehard fan of Star Wars novels or someone who simply appreciates the movies, this book will take your breath away. In just under 400 pages, Miller takes readers on an emotional journey with new characters of his own creation and old favorites. Whether you are a newcomer to the galaxy or a longtime resident looking for a refreshing point of view, this book will not disappoint.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas VINE VOICE on August 11, 2013
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I've read about 15 Star Wars books, starting way back just after the first movie came out in 1977. More often than not, I've been disappointed and more than once, I've sworn off ever reading another. But this time I'm so very glad I decided to take a risk. How could I resist a story featuring such an iconic character?

As others have said, this is basically a western Star Wars novel. Everybody is well aware of Obi-Wan Kenobi's activities as a young man and as an old man, but until now we don't have much of a clue as to what he was all about during those hidden years on Tatooine. This novel begins just after Kenobi has delivered his "package" to the Lars homestead (i.e. the baby Luke Skywalker) and is now trying to settle into a quiet life on the desert planet and watch over and protect young Luke. Of course the quiet life proves not to be so quiet as he gets himself wrapped up in local happenings among the moisture farmers and their dealings with the Tusken Raiders/Sandpeople. Throw in a well-conceived protection racket plot and we have the makings of a fine story.

Much of the story is about the farmers themselves and how they interact. Ben (as Kenobi has decided to be called, of course) struggles to maintain his anonymity and hide his Jedi skills but sometimes circumstances make that very difficult, particularly when lives are at stake. But the novel is about more than that. Just as Ben struggles to forge his future as a hermit he must also determine the proper path for a Jedi in these circumstances. And what should his role be concerning the constant tension between the farmers and the Tuscans? I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and felt I had come to know them well and understand their plights.
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