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A great insight into a mysterious Star Wars culture,
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This review is from: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition] (Hardcover)
This book is by far the most interesting piece of Star Wars memorabilia I've ever encountered. The book itself is superbly designed and it's look and feel really show the thought and time that LucasArts put into it.
Let's start with the packaging. This book could not have been presented better. After removing the 'vault' case from the beautiful black outer box, you are greeted with the sleek silver doors. On these doors are engraved an image of two hands gripping the hilt of a lit lightsaber, which will automatically get those Jedi juices flowing.
The very next thing your eyes will be drawn to is the black button that activates the whole thing. Press the button, and you'll be treated to a wonderful buffet of sounds from the Star Wars universe as the book itself is lifted on it's platform and the doors sweep out to each side. No star wars fan could ask for a better presentation of this book, and it's that presentation experience that adds to the cost (and fun factor!) of the book.
Now for the book itself (NO SPOILERS!). The cover is soft teal leather embossed with the symbol of the Jedi Order and is of very good quality. Inside, the book is gorgeously illustrated and is a very good for reading or just browsing through. The text of the book written very well and is very much a 'love letter', of sorts, to Star Wars fans (the author himself is an avid Star Wars fan). Suffice it to say that the value of this book is the insights each fan will get into the culture of the Jedi before the rise of the Empire. Much is known about the few individual Jedi seen in the movies, but here, we see a tantalizing glimpse of the culture that they grew up with and lived in.
The thing that puts this puts this book over the top (and what makes it more of an 'experience' than anything else!) is the 'extras' folded into the book's pages by it's various owners. There are quotes from each owner on each section of the book that really let you get inside their heads, and a few owners (I won't say which) left behind some 'relics' in between the pages. Each relic is unique and adds a very personal flavor to the 'experience' that is this book.
Overall, I have to say that this book is an absolute must-have for casual fans and collectors alike. It's fun factor is just off the charts, and there is simply no down side to it. Some may say that sixty plus dollars is way too much for a book, but trust me, you'll get a whole lot of bang your your buck! Hope this helps!!!!