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Star Wars: The Lando Calrissian Adventures (Classic Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Star Wars
  • Mass Market Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed edition (September 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345394437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345394439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,924,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the price of one, you get three Lando Calrissian novels: LANDO CALRISSSIAN AND THE MINDHARP OF SHARU, LANDO CLARISSIAN AND THE FLAMEWIND OF OSEON, and LANDO CALRISSIAN AND THE STARCAVE OF THONBOKA. You know him as a gambler, rogue, and con-artist; Lando's always on the frontier scanning his sensors for easy credits and looking for action in galaxies near and far. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Identity crises notwithstanding, this was one of the best written sci-fi books I 've read in a long while.
The plots were boring, the characters were boring, the writing was slow, and there just isn't anything very interesting at all with these selections.
Lando is a natural as a con artist, not as an adventurer That's why I gave the book 2 stars instead of just 1.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "greyleader" on December 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First thing first: My review is biased. I love Lando Calrissian. He is probably my favorite character in the whole series and I'll explain why. When we first see him in Empire Strikes Back, he is someone that doesn't have the same freedom that the others have. He is responsible for the well being of an entire populace, on his own. His apparent betrayal of our heroes is one of necessity. Only when he realizes that his betrayal will not save his city and will make things even worse for his friends does he correct the situation as best he can. By the end of the trilogy, he is the hero of Endor, having led the defeat of the Death Star. Lando is a transitional hero; he is not as clear cut as the rest, but develops with the story. His actions are weighed by responsibility and eventually he does the right thing; not only that, but he redeems himself for his apparent betrayal. So, let's look at the book itself. We get to see what Lando did while he owned the Millenium Falcon, back before he became Baron Administrator, previous to his heroics in the rebellion. And his story is very fun to read. It takes place when the Jedi are gone, the Empire strong and growing, and the galaxy falling to despair. Never a better time to make one's fortune. He flies his ship through uncharted backwater worlds to become involved in an "international" adventure that leads to some terrific conclusions and plot twists. Not only that, the scenes that stand out are Lando's James Bond-like lifestyle and the casino scenes are well written. Lando could beat 007 at a hand of cards and with style. Don't look for an all out battle that redefines the fate of the galaxy.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on January 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read many of the Star Wars novels I would rate this as one of my very favorites--Or I should say 3 of my favorites as this is a three book set.
The story was a fresh one not a rehash of former themes (like many of the tedious Rogue Squadron books).
And the author added some nice touches; for instance: throughout this series Lando has a sidekick named Vuffi Raa, Vuffi is a Robot that Lando won in a card game; Lando can't stand him at first; but his relationship with Vuffi is one that teaches us what kind of a person Lando is.
This is also a nice, money-saving format for purchasing these series books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Coles on September 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
These stories were a refreshing change from the more "heavy" star wars books, and makes for a nice break from the endless arrays of "Greatest Threats Ever" or giant Superweapons that plagued the Jedi Academy Trilogy, Corellian and Darksaber books. The Calrissian trilogy also has more in common with traditional sci fi than most Star Wars stories. The characterizations of Lando and his robot sidekick, Vuffi Raa, are spot on, even if the main villain, Rokur Gepta is totally generic. The story is pretty light throughout, it is always interesting and full of unexpected twists and turns. The droid, Vuffi Raa, is a classic robot, and has the same appeal as C3-PO and R2-D2. And if many of the details in the book seem wrong, or undefined, just remember that it was written in 1982-1983 when only two films and maybe five books of Star Wars were around. This series is far better than the 1978 Han Solo Adventures. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darth Erin on December 9, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Adventures of Lando Calrissian is a compilation of three stories that occur 3+ years before A New Hope. Although they're not the most riveting pieces literature in the Expanded Universe, I did enjoy them. Here are the plots of each.

In The Mindharp of Sharu, Lando wins a droid in a sabacc game and has to go to another planet to claim it. The droid he gets is the endearing Vuffi Raa, which you will see in all three stories. While he's there, he gets arrested. In order to get out of it, he must go to a nearby planet to obtain an ancient artifact called the Mindharp of Sharu that numerous people have been unsuccessful at obtaining. Apparently, the Mindharp contains great power. Power that Rokur Gepta, a sorceror from the planet Tund, is anxious to get his hands on. I'll leave it at that so I don't give away the end.

In The Flamewind of Oseon, Lando gets in big trouble again in the Oseon system and another shady deal is struck. The Governor of the Oseon System sets up a sting operation on an extremely wealthy denizen of the System who happens to be addicted to a highly illegal drug. He wants Lando to "sell" the drug to him while two undercovers are at his side during the deal. The problem? He has to fly to another asteroid in the system during the Flamewind. Every year the sun of the system spits out heinous solar flares for a week or so. Although they are very beautiful to watch, they are very dangerous to fly in. They screw up navigational equipment and mess with anything electronic in nature. Usually, nobody flies out of the system during the Flamewind, but Lando has to. Gepta appears in this story again and of course this whole deal was another setup for Lando.
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