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A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe Paperback – November 25, 2017
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I'm more a fan of the books and comic books, so I dove into those essays. In some ways they were like revisiting old friends whom I hadn't seen in quite a while, but in every case I learned some things I hadn't known. The only problem with the book is that it seems too short in retrospect. It is a good length, it's just that I would have enjoyed far more coverage of the comics projects: Dark Empire's origins and execution, the process of creating Classic Star Wars, a comparison and critique of the novel adaptations....
But, as I said, it has something for everyone. And to make sure that everyone is as entertained as I was, they cover aspects that didn't interest me as much: the role-playing games, video games, Family Guy. All are good essays, but they didn't grab me as much.
The ones that I enjoyed the most covered the classic films' novelisations, Brian Daley's and L. Neil Smith's early Han Solo and Lando Calrissian novels, Shadows of the Empire, and The New Jedi Order.
[Full disclosure: one of the editors is a friend of mine, but that in no way influenced this review. The only effect it had is that I QUICKLY purchased this entire trilogy as it was published instead of waiting to read what others had to say. I trusted that the essays would be worth reading.]
Also, please ignore the 1 star trolls. As you can tell they didn't actually purchase the book and are only rating out of spite.