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Star Wars: I, Jedi Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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This abridgment (though approved by the licensor) causes some serious gaps in the story--major events are merely mentioned in passing, while others are described in great detail--but fans may be placated by sound effects and John Williams's music from the original Star Wars Trilogy. Tony Award-nominee Anthony Heald performs with his usual aplomb, providing distinctive voices for a wide range of characters and heightening the tension when necessary. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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`I, Jedi' ambitiously attempts to bridge several of the early series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe: Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (beginning with `Heir to the Empire'), Kevin Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy, and the author's own X-Wing series. I believe it is for this reason (as well as the novel's first person perspective which is a nice diversion in a Star Wars novel) that many Star Wars EU fans point to this novel as one of the best. Like the series themselves, Stackpole's adherence to previous Expanded Universe plot-lines and characters tends to make the novel parts brilliant, parts frustrating, but mostly entertaining.
The plot in a sentence: Corran Horn, famed X-Wing pilot, decides the best way to find his missing wife Mirax is to follow his Jedi heritage and learn the ways of the Force at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy.
The first half of the novel more or less retells the plot of Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy from the first-person perspective of a member of the Academy. This allows Stackpole to get into some philosophical discussions of the Force, tackle the plot-holes of the Academy trilogy from the inside, and give the reader some insight on what it is like to train as a Jedi. Based on some of what Horn says, clearly Stackpole had noticed the failings of Anderson's novels, and Stackpole has Corran Horn address them in `I, Jedi'. However, this makes Skywalker's Jedi Academy look like a good intentioned mistake and for me, weakened the Luke Skywalker character in future EU novels.Read more ›
The novel is told in the first person point of view through the Rogue Squadron pilot and Jedi descendant, Corran Horn. At the beginning the novel he finds that his wife has been taken prisoner and the only way for him to save her is through developing his Jedi powers. The narrative focuses on Corran's experiences at the Jedi Academy and the teachings of Luke Skywalker. It is interesting to see what Corran's opinion on Luke's training techniques and the way he views how a Jedi should act.
The novel's pace really picks up when Corran leaves the Jedi to find his wife. At that point in the novel, the character Taviria is introduced in great detail. Through her actions and views on situations, the characterization of the Imperial female commander, Taviria, is done so well that she becomes one of the most believable characters in the novel.
What also makes this novel unique is that the author does not rely on most of the usual characters (Han and Leia) in this book. What the author effectively does is use the major Star Wars figures as a backdrop to the storyline. Only Luke is used as a major character with a lot of dialog.
I, Jedi by Micheal Stackpole provides a unique look at how a Jedi is trained. Anyone interested in that aspect of the Star Wars universe would love this novel. This book is very well written, and I recommend it to anyone.
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Fast read, fun story. Tied well to post return of the Jedi and Thrawn story lines. Four more words to submit!Published 20 days ago by Colt
This is possibly my very favorite book of all time. I've worn out two paperback copies so far and just bought it in Kindle format because my current (third) paperback copy is... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rebecca L. Murray
Not only is this book exciting and well written the main character is awesome. I love how the writer portrayed the classic characters and combined them with His own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SakuraOni
Excellent book. Enjoyed how they went into the Jedi training and the story was quite compelling.Published 1 month ago by Chris
I love Corran Horn. He's probably my favorite extended universe character. And this book displays a lot of the reasons why. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Hollopeter
The first 2/3rds of this book are just the Jedi Search trilogy from someone else's perspective, and the last bit changes pace and focus so much that it's hard to maintain interest. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Collins