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Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker Hardcover – December 12, 1977


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Book Club Edition edition (December 12, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345274768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345274762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to be one of the few people to have read this book before I saw the movie.
Charles Ashbacher
Star Wars begins with a short prologue that, with a few "special modifications" in the text, is really the outline for the current Prequel Trilogy.
Alex Diaz-Granados
I was 8 years old when the original Star Wars was released, and I probably read the novelization a dozen times that summer.
Duke 1968

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on November 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In late 1976, Ballantine Books published the first edition of Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, a novel by George Lucas. Adorned only with conceptual art by Ralph McQuarrie, it did not set the literary world on fire. As it turned out, however, the "major motion picture" it was heralding on its cover blurb became one of the biggest box office hits ever, and Star Wars went on to become a huge part of our culture.
Although it really wasn't George Lucas who wrote this first published tie-in to what would later be called Episode IV: A New Hope, the novel reflects the director's vision. Author Alan Dean Foster, who had adapted the scripts of the Star Trek animated series into the Star Trek Logs books, took Lucas' fourth revised draft and wrote a masterful adaptation that truly captures the spirit of the movie's characters and situations.
Star Wars begins with a short prologue that, with a few "special modifications" in the text, is really the outline for the current Prequel Trilogy. In the form of an excerpt from "the first saga -- Journal of the Whills," we are told that the once-powerful Galactic Republic, protected by the Jedi Knights, "throve and grew. But as often happens when wealth and power pass the admirable and attain the awesome, then appear those evil ones who have greed to match." Insidiously, like a house under attack by termites, the Republic rotted from within until "[a]ided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic....Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. McKay on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is a shame that this book did not remain more readily available, and it is a shame that some of the reviews obviously have not read THIS version of Star Wars. I was lucky enough to have acquired this volume before word of the movie had hit the press. This title was later used for a re-written book that followed the move screenplay. The ORIGNAL book is a fantasic story and goes far beyond the movie in its story telling. I read a wide variety of genres, from mysteries to historical fiction, from science fiction to science fantasy, from drama to detective, from classic to techno-thriller, and THIS is one of my all-time favorite reads. If I weren't worried about keeping my volume in great shape, I would read it again more often.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "corelliarogue" on January 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
The entire Star Wars saga doesn't and never will have an equal. This book picks up on the things that you might not have in the movie. If you're a dedicated fan, you may be disturbed by the fact that the dialect isn't quite the same as the movie :) If you want to know what happened in the missing moments with Biggs, this is the best way to find out. A wonderful edition to your Star Wars collection, if you can manage to get your hands on it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CultFilmFreaksDotCom on September 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Okay let's get this straight. George Lucas of course wrote the story. But he did not write this novel. It's really a novelization. Alan Dean Foster wrote this. It's like the Battlestar Galactica books are written by Robert Thurston, and the stories are by Glen A. Larson, although both are credited and this should not be. This book is solely credited to Lucas, and there is no mention of the ghost writer Foster, and there should be. Foster's writing, at first, seems a little bit awkward, then as I keep reading, I get aligned with it and I simply love how this book "reads". It makes you absorb it and, believe it or not, you don't wish for the movie while you're inside of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EPA316 on December 24, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was given this book by my dad in the late 70's, and as a young boy of 5, I was pretty excited. Then I found out it was a novel with big words. I wanted to see what the story was about, so I figured out all those big words. Aha, dad, I see what you did there! Well, it worked. In the years before we got our first VCR, I had to replay the movie in my mind over and over again. These days, any kid can yank out their iphone and youtube any scene they want in a minute or less, but they're not building their vocabulary doing that, and it certainly doesn't fire their imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duke 1968 on March 22, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was 8 years old when the original Star Wars was released, and I probably read the novelization a dozen times that summer. I read it again recently and it's still a great story, bringing back many nostalgic memories of that summer for me.
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A Kid's Review on September 15, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
STAR WARS by George Lucas is an awesome book! You can really picture the book in your head. The setting is "The Future" and George Lucas portrays this setting well. Luke Skywalker is the protagonist of this book. He is a "farmer" on a planet that is one big desert. He meets some interesting androids (called `droids) that have crash landed on his planet. After learning of a task that he hears of, he wants to complete this awesome task. There is some pretty sweet stuff, like a damsel in distress mission etc. To make it worse a Dark Lord (a very powerful man) who has extraterrestrial powers called the force named Darth Vader is constantly on Luke's tail! When Luke gets into a ship with the smuggler Han Solo, his life will never be the same. He goes off and completes the task in due time though. This book is about 220 pages, so it is a short and sweet book to read. I really liked this book because of the vivid verbs, and awesome adjectives used in this novel. Since there were so many cliff hangers, every chapter makes your bodies muscles just turn that page. I also really liked this book because the sub plots such as the `droids adventures, the damsel in distress mission, and the saving of the universe. Since the subplots are left on a cliff hanger, you want to read further to uncover what will happen, but you must read through another chapter before then, thus you are kept reading and glued to the book. This was a great book, and I urge you to read this book.
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George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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