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Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years Paperback – July 14, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (July 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435743768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435743762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anybody who was a kid growing up during the late 70's and early 80's, this is a must read book. Mr. Booth captures the essence of nostalgia perfectly for the era. There isn't one person out there from this generation who couldn't identify with the stories told in this book. It's amazing how much John recalls about his childhood. Over the years, I'd forgotten so much from my youth...until I read 'Collect All 21!' and it dislodged those memories free from wherever they were tucked away in my mind. Reading John's tales will even make you laugh out loud. And some will make you sad. Together with his undying passion for Star Wars, this book is a great dose of "remember when..."!
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This book is like a time machine. It tells the part that Star Wars, and the merchandise it brought into the world, played in the life of a young boy. The memories he has of that period in his life are brought back to life and told in detail. His childhood friends, the local movie theatre, the toy stores, ... - they are all there, and at times it's like the reader is there with him. 'Collect All 21' brougt me back to that period in my life as well, as I'm sure it could do with many other '30-something' people out there ... this is the story of how it was to be a kid in the late seventies / early eighties and how it felt to be sucked into the world that George Lucas created : the world of Star Wars. Honestly, and I speak out of experience, it felt great, and it still does but on another level. That period in time was just magic!
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John Booth has created a quick read about what it was like to be a kid growing up with the release of the original Star Wars and what it is like now to continue to be an adult fan. He places us in his often personal and heartfelt situations and unleashes one's own feelings back to the saga. This is a great book for any fan of the films and a welcome edition to my Star Wars home library.
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Saturday, May 28, 1977. A random, insignificant date and one long-forgotten to the sands-of-Tatooine to almost everyone - everyone, that is, except me. For it was on this day - and that morning in particular - that my life would be forever-altered by a movie which was in it's nascent stage of taking the world by storm: STAR WARS.

My dad was the innocent accelerant for my obsessive and near-fanatical fascination for all-things STAR WARS. The exact circumstances which led him to making the fateful decision to load both myself and my little sister into the family car that morning for the drive to Hollywood for a matinee screening of STAR WARS at Graumann's Chinese Theater I'll never know.

But I'm glad that he did.

I wish I could recall if I was giddy with excitment or anticipation as we took our seats, but truth be told, up to this point, I'm not sure that even I was aware of what STAR WARS was exactly.

As the house-lights dimmed and the explosion that was John William's iconic score reverberated with stunning authority throughout the cavernous Chinese, I was blown-back into my seat and unprepared for what was to follow. When the opening text-crawl faded away into the blackness of space and the camera panned-down to reveal a mysterious planet-scape, the theatre was rocked by war - as laser-blasts and cannon-fire engulfed the screen. My senses were overflowing with unabashed glee as the Rebel Blockade Runner flashed onto the scene in it's desperate, futile attempt at evading the dreaded Imperial Star Destoyer which was in dogged-pursuit. The immense, indescribable size of the jewel-of-the-Imperial fleet swallowed the screen, dwarfed the rebel ship and emboldened the audience to erupt into instantaneous, rapturous applause.
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