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

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

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.

Tom

This was then end of the Star Wars saga, or so I thought. Now I understand that there are both prequels as well as sequels. For example, there are three books on Han Solo. I guess I be doing some more Star Wars reading.

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.

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.

Mark

The last two books in the original trilogy series, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," were the weakest of the movie novelizations. This one in particular had several passages that read like they were written in the dark on a steno pad by someone in a theater watching the movie at the time.

Beau Johnston

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

Derek

Kahn (Kaaaaaaahn! Sorry, had to do it) is clearly very comfortable here, with a more relaxed, less conservative style than the previous two books. Where the previous authors seem reluctant to contribute any thought or detail not explicitly given, Khan (I won't do it again) is in every character's head and adding little tidbits which may or may not be canon (the throwaway mention of Owen as Obi-Wan's brother, not Anakin's half-brother, and so forth).The back side of this is a variance with expectations with regard to the characters' inner voices. Lando thinks almost exclusively in terms of being a card sharp or conman, and Han's transformation of character leaves the interesting self-involved rogue behind.And it tends to wax poetic or melodramatic occasionally, which doesn't suit the energy of the story.And why, oh why, are R2D2's and Chewbacca's vocalizations spelled out? "Vrrrr-dit dweet?"

Gizella Tóth

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

Don Gubler

Novelizations of movies are not really very helpful.

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!

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.

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.

Tricia

Sad, sad little ending to what is an awesome trilogy overall. Ewoks? Cute although I found them as a 14-/15-year-old, what the heck was George thinking? I get it--little guys can triumph over the big bad guys, but furry, wide-eyed teddy bears? The best part of this is the beginning back on Tatooine.

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