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- Print Length: 62 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (December 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 10, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A9ET67K
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Winner Lose All--A Lando Calrissian Tale: Star Wars Legends (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 ›
Also there are twin sisters who are ghost thieves, and happen to know Lando.
One of them discovers that Jydor's Tchine may not be what it seems and uncovers a very complex scheme.
It was fun to have a side story featuring Lando and see a little more of his past.
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 ›
They're all after the same thing - in their own way - but quick to find out that something is amiss at the sabacc tournament, and that they'll have to work together if they want to walk away with their lives.
WINNER LOSE ALL was a pleasant sidestory that was over far too soon. As always, Zahn's writing is exceptional, with fantastic pacing and fluid dialog between characters. Very fun, but lacking in the fantastic character development that follows in SCOUNDRELS. As others have pointed out, it might actually serve this story better if you wait to check out this novella after reading SCOUNDRELS, since you get a lot of Bink and Tavia in this story, but none of the drama or character moments that made them stand out so superbly in the novel. As it stands, this might not be the best introduction for the Kitik Twins.
But I'm wrongly criticizing a novella for being a novella. WINNER LOSE ALL is more than worth the price of admission, and if you're at all excited for SCOUNDRELS - and you should be if the prospect of a Star Wars heist story influenced by OCEAN'S ELEVEN sounds appealing - this is a good opportunity to get a very small taste of what you'll be reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little story for a quick read. I found out later, however, that this story is included in the Scoundrels novel (also by Timothy Zahn).Published 3 months ago by Jeremy D. Casey
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 7 months 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 9 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 months ago by Donovan
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