Return of the Jedi (Classic Star Wars)

ISBN: 1570422508
ISBN 13: 9781570422508
By: James Kahn George Lucas Lawrence Kasdan

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It was a dark time for the rebel alliance...Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, had been delivered into the hands of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Determined to rescue him, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian launched a hazardous mission against Jabba's Tatooine stronghold.The Rebel commanders gathered all the warships of the Rebel fleet into a single giant armada. And Darth Vader and the Emperor, who had ordered construction to begin on a new and even more powerful Death Star, were making plans to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all.Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Reader's Thoughts

Gizella Tóth

A három "első" közül talán ez volt a legkevésbé élvezhető könyvben.

Wuher

Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa managed to get captured during what seems to be an attempt on rescuing a frozen Han Solo from the wall of an evil Hutt crime lord, Jabba. After Luke defeated the dreaded Rancor, Jabba became furious and sent them on a one way trip to the horrid pit of Carkoon. How will the Jedi and his friends manage to escape this one? James Kahn has done it again, another movie adaptation novel that explains the movie close to exact. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi published by Del Rey, Kahn manages to perfect the mood and tone of each moment. It also includes 8 stunning full graphic movie screenshot inserts.

Don Gubler

Novelizations of movies are not really very helpful.

Lorien

Another brilliant adaptation of the movie. There are moments that couldn't be in the films, such as when Vader is Anakin once more, and looks on his son for the first and last time; or when Luke is being seduced to the dark side, in the most subtle, overwhelming ways that really make this book. The difference is great, and makes this a phenominal book. Truely enjoyed it and can't wait to see VII, and read it's book!

Becky

The dialogue was truly awful in places in this one. Once I gave myself permission to skip entire sections of dialogue of certain characters, I began to enjoy it a little bit. There was much to suffer through in this one, but, it had a few scenes that made it all worth while! The writing I felt wasn't wonderful, if these books in the trilogy weren't movies, I'm not sure they'd be anything fantastic to recommend them, to make them classics.

Mark

Set a little while after the events of “The Empire Strikes Back” (it’s not clear but at least six months), this starts with Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids rescuing Han from the clutches of slimy gangster Jabba The Hutt. Once freed, Luke goes to see Yoda to find out if Vader was telling the truth (no spoilers here!), whilst the others head for the Rebellion fleet. A new Death Star is being constructed and the final battle of the war between Empire and Rebellion is about to play out, whilst Luke must finally meet his destiny. Told at breakneck speed, this suffers from an overly simplistic writing style - it’s the adult novelisation but sometimes doesn’t feel like it and very little of the prose has any kind of elegance. Maybe Kahn was hamstrung - it’s the most visual of the original trilogy, after all - and most of the set-pieces that are big and exciting on screen are dealt with in the text in a couple of lines (you get no sense of the excitement of the speeder bike chase here, for example and the space battle consists of craft manoeuvring and random “watch your tail!” type dialogue). As with the film, the best part is in Jabba’s Palace though Kahn does a good job of getting into Vader’s head later in the book (even if the idea of his curling his lip did make me smile - who’s going to see it?). Stylistically the book makes further mistakes - the decision to give dialogue to R2-D2, Chewie, Nien Nunb and various Ewoks in their native tongue (which had me skipping sections) seems ridiculous and Lando’s characterisation often consists of mentioning he’s a gambling man as he calculates his odds all the time. As a huge Star Wars fan, it’s difficult to tell if I’m being overly picky but it is an entertaining read, for all that, though not a patch on the film it derives from (it’s more faithful to Episode 6 than the Empire novelisation was to its source) and most of it still works, even with the mythology retro-fitting caused by the prequels. I quite enjoyed it so, if you’re a fan, you might enjoy it too. If you’re not a fan of the saga, this won’t sway your thinking.

Mark Oppenlander

I hadn't read this book since my teens. It was eye opening to revisit it now. I agree with the other reviewers who have complained about the writing in this, the novelization of the third Star Wars film. I doubt I noticed how bad the writing was at the age of 13. I don't know who James Kahn is or what else he has done, but he seems like a bit of a hack. He writes some of the most inane prose I have ever read and his attempts to spell out Chewie and Artoo's dialogue are ugly. His work with characters like Lando is painfully one note and he throws in the names of the various minor characters ("Logray!" "Weequay!" etc.) as if he is shilling for Mattel.On the other hand, Kahn does some nice work with the Luke and Vader characters, especially as they both struggle with the Light and Dark side of the force. Some of his flashback sequences and inner monologues for these two characters are actually quite well written. And he certainly catches the speed and verve of the movies, telling this story in a mere 180 pages. The scenes fly by, and you can almost hear the John Williams score in the background.So at the end of the day, an OK but uneven read. I recognize that the three stars I have given it are as much for the entertaining nature of the original story and my memory of the feelings it produced in me as an adolescent as they are for anything inherently good about the book itself.

Laurel Rockefeller

Of all the Star Wars books, this is the one I have read the most often. In fact, I read it seven times in the first two years after its release. The opening of chapter seven became my first "dramatic interpretation" I performed in a high school level public speaking competition. By then, I had the scene essentially memorized. It's the one where Luke speaks to his father and acknowledges Darth Vader as Anakin Skywalker for the first time. It remains my favorite scene of that trilogy. Naturally the actors changed the scene a little which disappoints me because the book version is so much clearer to me! In the film version, Darth Vader comes off more cold and less conflicted.It's really in the book version that you truly meet Anakin.So please read this! It is so emotionally moving...you feel Anakin's pain so much more with the book than you do with the movie -- especially the special edition which I genuinely do not like. Jedi should make you cry for Anakin. The special edition film removes that sense of loss.The book is better!

Richard Houchin

I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf.This one was better as a movie.

Daniel Figueroa

This book is my favorite out of the series. It is not my favorite movie out of them, but it is my favorite book. It is just written a lot better then the previous 2. The suspense builds along with the tension, and it just makes you wanna jump up and down. I still plan on reading the last 3 books and seeing how well they compare to this one. I think that this is a good representation of the movie and i reccomend it for people

Jesse Booth

Again, great story, but not portrayed very well through the writing style. I did appreciate the opportunity to get in Luke's head a bit. It was interesting to see the battle within his mind over the light and dark side. Strangely enough, I felt a little sad reading about Yoda's death. He's the iconic Jedi. Simply awesome.

John Yelverton

Not quite as good as the other adaptations that I have read, but it's still a fun read.

Sebastien

Après avoir lu le livre de l'épisode IV j'ai demander à mon père si son amis avait le livre suivant. Il s'informa et comble du malheur, il ne l'avait pas. Je suis dons aller à la bibliothèque et comme je n'avais pas vue les films depuis longtemps et qu'il ne repasseraient pas avant janvier 1993 (ils les passaient toujours dans ce coin là), j'ai demander à la bibliothèque d'avoir le livre qui était après La Guerre des Étoiles. Le commis me sortie alors Le Retour du Jedi. À cette époque je n'avais pas les films sur cassette (ils étaient rare et j'attendais la prochaine diffusion pour avoir une copie) donc dans ma tête j'avais oublier qu'en fait la suite était L'Empire Contre-Attaque. J'ai donc pris la décision de partir avec le livre et m'empresser de le lire par temps libre.Je commence alors la lecture et mon dieu que je trouvais qu'il manquait de background. Han Solo était emprisonner avec Jabba et Luc allait à sa rescousse. Bien que l'auteur décrivait bien en résumer ce qui s'était passé avant, je trouvais l'écart un peu abrupte. J'ai donc continuer sans poser de question, mais quand je suis arriver à la scène avec Yoda, j'ai tout de suite compris que j'avais passer un livre. Je suis donc aller à la bibliothèque pour me rendre compte que le commis ne connaissait pas la série et qu'il pensait qu'il y avait juste 2 livres et qu'ils n'avaient pas le deuxième livre.J'ai donc mis le livre sur pause le temps de revoir les film et ensuite j'ai terminer de lire le livre, qui est à mon avis à la hauteur du film avec les détails en plus. Le film rend très bien le livre et on voit que le livre fut écrit après le film, mais comme l'oeuvre entière de La Guerre des Étoiles, ce livre est un chef d'oeuvre pour les enfants et les ado. Les adulte y trouve aussi leur compte, mais doivent laisser tomber la logique un peu.Donc recommander à toute personne voulant découvrir la science fiction, n'oubliez pas cependant qu'il y a trois livre dans la série de La Guerre des Étoiles.

Beau Johnston

Not as dark as Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, or The Empire Strikes Back, but still entertaining.

Lynne Stringer

This was a movie novelisation which worked, for me anyway. I thought that James Kahn did a good job in fleshing out to the characters and turning the story into a novel, rather than just the movie's storyline with a minimum of description thrown in. It's definitely one of the better movie to book novelisations that I have read.

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