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Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1986
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ADF is a great writer, with a good voice and a great use of brevity to convey details. This is a quick read and a real treat for star wars fans. When this was first released it was called "Star Wars: From the adventures of Luke Skywalker" and was released before the movie even came out. ADF was already contracted to write a sequel since no one had any idea how the film would do, thus "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" makes a wonderful companion piece (the similar style between the two should be a dead giveaway that Foster wrote both).
This where it all began. If you want to read the SW books, make sure you start here.
Credit must be given to Foster for capturing a Star Wars "feel" in this novel without any preceding Star Wars material to work from and without knowledge of the scrutiny every scrap of Star Wars literature would eventually be subjected to. He follows the screenplay quite faithfully, and except for the inclusion of a sequence on Tatooine that was shot but cut from the film late in the editing process, his novel follows the film's sequence of scenes exactly. He does toy with the dialogue to an extent, re-writing lines throughout. To a modern-day Star Wars nut, this can sometimes be jarring, as everything about this story is so familiar. It's interesting in movie novelizations how the authors often change dialogue but nothing else: I like seeing a little more experimentation, such as that in Matthew Stover's superb novelization of Revenge of the Sith.
Foster is a descriptive writer and this story flows along briskly.Read more ›
1: Its Star Wars! Nuff Said.
2: Darth Vader!!! This was our first introduction to the ultimate Sith Lord.
3: Star Destroyer! Who doesnt remember the first time they watched as a Rebel blockade runner slowly flew across the screen only to be followed by the massive warship the Star Destroyer.
4: Deathstar! If you loved the giant ships like the Star Destroyer then the Death star will blow your mind.
5: Luke Skywalker! I think this character touches within us all the sense of youthful restlessness and desire to accomplish great things.
6: Han Solo! He always shoots first.
7: More details. The book goes a bit more into things the movie may have brushed over and passed up.
1: Not written as a trilogy. Youll notice it when look is checking out and getting excited by his sister lol.
2: A bit short. I would have liked a more fleshed out story and for them to include more from the radio drama.
So there ya go. One of the best star wars reads out there. Not really much bad to say about it. Go read it right now!!!
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We all know the backstory to this novelization. It's got Lucas's name on the cover, but Alan Dean Foster wrote it; it came out 6 months before the movie; it contains some info... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jason A. Miller
Great novel of the movie. The introduction was especially interesting in light of the prequels. I liked getting to see inside the minds of characters like Darth Vader and Luke. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alexander R. Seals
The Star Wars movies are my favorite things, and of course the novel A New Hope was amazing. It had such deep detail and the opening and ending scene were amazing, my favorite... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well let me first start off by saying that I was mistaken when ordering this, as I was looking for the DVD and not the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eryn McGee-Smith
I'm looking back on this book as I remember it when I was fourteen and the movie had just come out. It was cool because it had scenes in that didn't make it into the film, although... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan F.
A fun read and goes along with the movie really well. I hoped there would be more details in the book than there was. The book doesn't add much to the movie but I still enjoyed it.Published 9 months ago by Rhett
I teach Star Wars: A New Hope every year and my students love it! I never get tired of it either. I use it to teach archetypes, the hero's journey, as well as other devices. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jackie