- File Size: 2779 KB
- Print Length: 62 pages
- Publisher: LucasBooks (December 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 10, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A9ET67K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Winner Lose All--A Lando Calrissian Tale: Star Wars (Novella) (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition
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While Winner Lose All is billed as a story about Lando Calrissian, I think Zahn intended Winner Lose All to serve primarily as an introduction to Bink and Tavia, two of his new creations. Bink and Tavia are twins who are essentially cat burglars ("ghost thieves", in the lingo of Star Wars). They're spunky and have some moments of endearing humor, but I suspect a lot of readers won't really know why it's worth reading a book about these two. Winner Lose All doesn't introduce them nearly as effectively as Scoundrels does. While I love the characters as developed in Scoundrels, here you could be forgiven for wondering why Zahn felt compelled to write this story.
However, having read Scoundrels, having gotten to know Bink, Tavia, and Zerba, it was fun to see them on another escapade. This time, Lando joins a Sabacc tournament in order to win a priceless art piece, but discovers a deeper conspiracy. Lando unwittingly gets recruited in Bink and Tavia's attempt to uncover the conspiracy. Granted, the story in Winner Lose All certainly isn't necessary to understanding Scoundrels, but Zahn does a set up an intriguing heist attempt. Nothing special, but a fun romp.
Unfortunately, despite the title, this is certainly not "A Lando Calrissian Tale". Lando himself only has a bit role.Read more ›
If you're a fan of Zahn's Star Wars books, or science fiction in general as this book and the next suits a wider audience, I'd recommend getting this as a warm-up for the larger story. For those expecting a deeper insight into Zahn's new characters, as well as Lando, that simply isn't the case here, so holding out for Scoundrels may be a better choice for some, especially since both may be offered together in the next edition coming out in November I believe.
What follows is a twisting and turning tale of gambling, double-crossing, revenge, intrigue, scheming, and adventure -- all told in true heist-fashion. I am a huge fan of Bink and Tavia, and I think they could carry a full novel all by themselves. And I have always liked the Lando character. The story isn't so much a Star Wars story as it is a mystery/heist story set in the Star Wars universe. It isn't even set in space, so, if you are looking for lightsabers, star fighters or space flight, this isn't the story for you. There are blasters and Star Wars tech in the novel, they just aren't the main focus of the novel.
Overall, I found it an enjoyable short read, and a good character expansion to Bink & Tavia (who, as I've said, are featured again in Scoundrels) and Lando. Pick it up if you would like a fun little read set in the Star Wars universe, telling a tale that has Lando written all over it.
4 stars.Read more ›
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Lando has entered in a sabacc tournament to win a Tchine statue, one of 7. It's been up for auction by a man named Jydor, in order to get money to make up for what was lost in bad... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Marts
You cannot lose with Mr. Zahn. A quick e-novel but it has a great pace to it. No dull spots. Love the characters without the need of the Skywalkers or SolosPublished 1 month ago by Tony J. Poulsen
I enjoyed this book for Zahn's writing. My fave ST EU author. It was great to go back and get a story with characters like Bink, Tavia, and Zerba that played such a prominent role... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
the old "two guys walk into a bar" except they don't know each other, it is a multi-million credit high stakes poker tournament, and a chance glance changes everything. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting. Provided good insight in Lando Calrissian's character. However it just didn't stimulate my interest like most of the other Star Wars books I have read.Published 8 months ago by B. McClure
very good read and would highly recommend it.I needed twenty words so I'm writing more in here and three morePublished 9 months ago by Jacob
Good, but short, though that is what a novella means. It, and Scoundrels, leaves you starving for more about the characters that were introduced.Published 10 months ago by Donovan
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