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Sixteen stories from the most infamous cantina in the universe...by some of today's leading writers of science fiction.

In a far corner of the universe, on the small desert planet of Tatooine, there is a dark, nic-i-tain-filled cantina where you can down your favorite intoxicant while listening to the best jazz riffs in the universe.  But beware your fellow denizens of this pangalactic watering hole, for they are cutthroats and cutpurses, assassins and troopers, humans and aliens, gangsters and thieves....

Featuring original stories by:

Kevin J. Anderson * Doug Beason * M. Shayne Bell * David Bischoff * A.C.
Crispin * Kenneth C. Flint * Barbara Hambly * Rebecca Moesta * Daniel Keys
Moran * Jerry Oltion * Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens * Jennifer Roberson
* Kathy Tyers * Tom Veitch & Martha Veitch * Dave Wolverton * Timothy

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Spectra; Reprint edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553564684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553564686
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at wordfire.com.

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The stories were all good.
Bill Sundling
If you like one of the characters in the movie and want to know more about it then this is the book for you.
This book is a definite must-own for any Star Wars fan!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on February 11, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Mos Eisley Spaceport," says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker as they stand on a mesa overlooking the Tatooine metropolis in a transition scene in Episode IV. "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be careful."
Of all the many eye-catching and memorable sequences in Star Wars (aka Episode IV: A New Hope), the fateful meeting between Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, and a pair of smugglers with a starship for hire is perhaps the most intriguing. It's not only important dramatically or even as far as the change in the film's pacing goes (from this point on, there will be chases, shootouts, rescues, and battles), it's also visually intriguing. The dim lighting, the tense atmosphere, all those aliens, and, of course, that funky cantina band playing Benny Goodman-like tunes.
Of course, in the film, the focus was on Kenobi, Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca as they negotiated a charter flight to Alderaan. But there were others in the cantina that day on Tatooine...many other minor players and eyewitnesses on that fateful day. Who were they? What about their stories? What were some of them doing in Chalmun the Wookiee's Mos Eisley speakeasy?
Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, edited by novelist Kevin J. Anderson (The Jedi Academy Trilogy), is a collection of 16 original short stories set during and after the events depicted in Star Wars: A New Hope. Within such stories as Kathy Tyers "We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale" there are little tidbits of heretofore unknown data that add depth and nuance to the scene in the film. Want to know the name of the cantina band? (It's Figrin Da'n and the Modal Nodes). What are those two women who look like twins doing in the cantina?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kandladin" on March 28, 2001
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While I am fairly well versed in Star Wars literature, this was the first of the tales books I've read, and I have to say I was impressed. It's amazing how many other struggles between life and death were going on at the same time as A New Hope. Each story in this book is excellently well crafted, and it is amazing how just about every character in the Mos Eisely Cantina scene not only had a name, but also an intire backround as to what they happened to be doing and why by pure chance they happened to be there on that particular fateful afternoon. Also, in order to read this book one doesn't have to be particularly well versed in Star Wars, unlike many of the other novels, which are practically impossible to read unless you have read every single one that takes place before it. This book only requires that you have seen the movies. The authors were chosen well too, and I recognized many of them as authors of Star Wars novels I have read. The stories are: We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale, this is the story of Figrin Da'an and the Model Nodes, the band who was playing in that scene.
A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale, as you can probably tell from the title, this story is about Greedo the bounty hunter, and is surprising heartfelt and sad.
Hammertong: The Tale of the "Tonika Sisters", at last I know what a Mistryl is! This story tells of the two women masquerading as the Tonika sisters in that scene.
Play it Again, Figrin Da'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe, a heartwarming story of friendship and love.
The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead's Tale, a sad and haunting story of an exiled Ithorian caught under the heel of the Empire.
Be Still My Heart: The Bartender's Tale, ever wonder about the sweaty bartender who orders Threepio and Artoo out?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Babaylan on January 21, 2005
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The cantina in the first Star Wars movie (now technically the fourth episode, dubbed "A New Hope") was one of the most memorable scenes in that movie, so an anthology delving into the assorted characters at the bar has a lot of potential.

I enjoyed several of the stories, especially Greedo's tale, the hammerhead's tale, the moisture farmer's tale. The ending to Nightlily made me laugh and Timothy Zahn's short story was also good, mostly because Zahn, who originally created Mara Jade, can make some awesome female characters.

I didn't like some of the characters, but I count that as a good thing that means, to me, that the author developed a character strong enough to evoke a reaction. (And plus, given Mos Eisley's reputation as a "wretched hive of scum and villany" you should expect some awful or pathetic beings)

However, a few of the stories were clunkers, with poor characterization, weak plots and stilted writing that relied on too much techno-lingo. Good writing should challenge a reader to think about situations, about characters and motivations, but some of these authors seem to like showing off the jargo, forcing a reader like me (I would call myself a moderate Star Wars fan who has read a fair number of Expanded Universe novels) to have to do way too many double-takes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Guybert on August 28, 2000
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This is the "tales" book that started it all, and what a way to start!
Some highlights include: 1. We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale, a funny story about everyone's favorite jizz band, Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes. 2. Soup's On: The Pipe Smoker's Tale, a very bizarre story about how the guy with the pipe hunts down his victims...3. At The Crossroads: The Spacer's Tale is a very cool story about the guy that Obi-Wan talks to first and is directed to Chewie by. You'll love how he relates to Han and Chewie and his impressions of the strange Jedi who talked to him. 4. A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale is a funny story that shows the reader how pathetic he actually was. 5. The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead's Tale is nice because it gives background info on a cantina character that was actually seen again in later Star Wars novels. 6. Doctor Death: The Tale of Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba is great! Dr. Evazan is truly a twisted individual! 7. Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer's Tale is very well written. It is about the struggles of a man much like Owen Lars who has to lay down the law with marauding Tusken Raiders.
There are sixteen excellent stories in this book by some of the best sci-fi writers around. This book is a definite must-own for any Star Wars fan! Buy it now and see which tales you like the best and get your VCR ready to find all of these cool characters. Happy hunting!
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