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Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1986
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ADF is a great writer, with a good voice and a great use of brevity to convey details. This is a quick read and a real treat for star wars fans. When this was first released it was called "Star Wars: From the adventures of Luke Skywalker" and was released before the movie even came out. ADF was already contracted to write a sequel since no one had any idea how the film would do, thus "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" makes a wonderful companion piece (the similar style between the two should be a dead giveaway that Foster wrote both).
This where it all began. If you want to read the SW books, make sure you start here.
Credit must be given to Foster for capturing a Star Wars "feel" in this novel without any preceding Star Wars material to work from and without knowledge of the scrutiny every scrap of Star Wars literature would eventually be subjected to. He follows the screenplay quite faithfully, and except for the inclusion of a sequence on Tatooine that was shot but cut from the film late in the editing process, his novel follows the film's sequence of scenes exactly. He does toy with the dialogue to an extent, re-writing lines throughout. To a modern-day Star Wars nut, this can sometimes be jarring, as everything about this story is so familiar. It's interesting in movie novelizations how the authors often change dialogue but nothing else: I like seeing a little more experimentation, such as that in Matthew Stover's superb novelization of Revenge of the Sith.
Foster is a descriptive writer and this story flows along briskly.Read more ›
The story begins on Tatooine as Luke acquires R2 and 3PO and our favorite little droid is bound and determined to deliver a mysterious message to some one named Obi-Wan Kenobi. The adventures that follow lead us through the cantina at Mos Eisley where we meet Han and Chewie and on to Luke's destruction of the Death Star. You undoubtedly know how it goes.
If by some fluke of nature you actually have not seen the film, then you definitely should read the book. It is a rousing adventure story and leaves you wanting to read more. The edition I read was the very nice trade paperback version of the Star Wars Trilogy that was published in 2004. Having all three of the trilogy books in one volume is a good feeling.
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A fun read and goes along with the movie really well. I hoped there would be more details in the book than there was. The book doesn't add much to the movie but I still enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Rhett
I teach Star Wars: A New Hope every year and my students love it! I never get tired of it either. I use it to teach archetypes, the hero's journey, as well as other devices. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jackie
These books are priceless. Great to have in your collection for readers of all ages and all Star Wars fans.Published 10 months ago by Joshua L.
This was a scholastic children's book, not the novelization that t was supposed to be. The different formats are for completely different products and I was expecting it to be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scott Ogden
Great novelization of the screenplay, features scenes and dialogue that never made it to the movie itself. Highly recommended for any reader of Star Wars novels.Published 13 months ago by TsunamiTom