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

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.

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?"

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.

John Cress

This is similar to the other episode 4-6 books. They are fun to read as one can visualize and hear the movies. I do remember that this came out before I had gone to the movie and the temptation to read the book first was so high but I avoiding doing so back in 1983 to avoid spoilers. It wasn't easy but I'm glad waited till after the movie to read. A good adaptation but again, not like to big screen.

Cavan Rigby

A classic and unforgettable story that I enjoyed reading, but the author can't take credit for that as it is just a novelisation of the movie. James Kahn did do a good job but also made some noticeable mistakes. His biggest was to give characters who don't Speak a human language dialog. It's just a silly thing to read. He also gives minor characters names and does it in an uncreative way. But either way, it was a quick and enjoyable read for me and worth reading.

Butterflykatana

I had this book sitting in the toy box for years before finally one summer deciding to read it. Well I had one over my friends on reading the movie. But it had real killer spots where it hit a wall for its ill written spots.

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.

Megan

James Kahn is a former emergency room doctor who should never have been permitted to write. His version of ROTJ comes off like bad fanfiction written by a twelve-year-old: ludicrous in places, offensive in others, usually cheap, never worthy of the film he attempts to capture.

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!

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.

Christopher Rush

I wanted to do 4.5 stars, but I had to round up. This was a surprisingly enjoyable book. I didn't expect it to be bad, mind you - I was just pleasantly surprised by a lot of details in Kahn's book that aren't in the movie. At times Kahn does go a bit overboard: there's a few "from the depths of this" and "the uttermost that" and some more superlatives that detract more than they add, but they can be easily forgiven and excused. There aren't any new scenes like in the first book, and not a lot of rather drastic differences such like Yoda's description in the second book, but as I said Kahn does add quite a few character description scenes that flesh out the characters quite a bit in a very impressive and enjoyable way. In the Yoda and Luke scene, Kahn's additional dialogue clarified how foolish and wrong Luke was to leave Dagobah and try to save his friends in TESB. Thinking about it, Luke doesn't do anyone any good. It's exactly as Yoda says: he didn't save anyone, they had to save him; he wasn't ready to hear Vader was his father, he wasn't ready for that burden, and having left Yoda and gotten caught up in rescuing Han before completing his training, he couldn't complete his training the best way and instead had to carry that burden alone. Having seen the movies so many times growing up, before I started being what some people would call a "thinking person," it never occurred to me Luke was wrong at the end of TESB. He was totally wrong and suffered grievously for it. Kahn gives us a good deal of Luke's internal struggles throughout the book that don't always come out as well in the movie - Kahn has him dally with the Dark Side a lot more than he appears to in the movie, which makes sense while reading it (and also gives some credence to Dark Empire I and II).Han also gets a great character treatment here. In just a few pages, Kahn clearly lays out the path Han has gone through from the beginning of episode IV to the middle and end of episode VI: looking back at the movies, it's there, but the rapid pace of RotJ doesn't always allow for the internal perspectives Kahn presents, and thus the book is a great supplement, especially for fans of Han. One key scene that gets an extended treatment is the Ewok conference. Instead of just listening to C-3PO and welcoming them in, the Ewoks at first reject them (sort of like a bizarre reversal of the novel/movie version of the Ents in the Two Towers). Han then gives a passionate speech about how he used to be only for himself, and now the friends he has in the rebellion have awaken him to more important things beyond himself. Leia also gives a brief request - she also gets some fine character development, explaining her growing awareness of the Force and her connection to people, nature, and the universe in general. Wicket also gets to make a rousing speech about their necessity for joining the Rebellion. It's a fine scene and not nearly as corny as I've made it out to be (though some wastrels out there will no doubt disparage it, showing us more about their personal mediocrity than about the book itself).Kahn manages to streamline big battle scenes on the moon and in the sky rather well: with rapid dialogue and brief descriptions, we get all the key points of the conflicts without an inundation of details, while still bringing out emotional losses of the Ewoks and fighters. The Ewoks as a whole are treated rather well in the book. Far from being furry little nothings to please only 4-year-olds, Kahn treats the Ewoks will great respect, a very pleasing aspect of the book. They are brave, intelligent, sacrificial, and courageous.Darth Vader also gets important character elaboration in the book. Kahn's paragraphs about the mental workings of Vader are almost essential in understanding the movie (or rather, the whole story of Return of the Jedi). Here's another incident of me not thinking enough about the events and dialogues in the movies. If Vader really wants Luke to help him overthrow the Emperor at the end of ESB, why does he stop Luke from striking him down in RotJ? Kahn explains Vader does want Luke to kill the Emperor, but not until he is fully seduced by the Dark Side. If he kills him too soon, Luke could still return to his friends: Vader needs Luke to wait until he is fully Dark. Makes sense now, really. The final goodbye scene between Luke and Anakin is remarkable. Kahn gives us a great look into the mind of Anakin returning to control for a few brief moments: we experience with him genuine memories, both good and bad, pleasing and heartbreaking. Kahn even tells us about the lava that destroyed Anakin (one of the few continuity bits that makes sense ... unlike Leia's feelings/images about her real mother who apparently died four seconds after she was born). It's a great scene. Anakin feels genuine regret and love for Obi-Wan and his family. It's a remarkable scene, all together: neither Luke nor Anakin says "I love you," which is what you'd expect. Instead, the crux of their resolution is saving Anakin - and now that it is accomplished, and Anakin's good side returns even for a brief moment, Luke was truly right about him: there was still some good in him. Nothing else needs to be said between these two. Kahn humanizes Vader remarkably well in such a short space.A couple of two disappointments, though: 1) Luke does not say "Father, please, help me!" when he is being tortured by Palpatine, which I miss, since it helps cement the relational aspect of Vader's break from the Dark Side (fortunately there isn't Darth Vader shouting "NO!" so it is an aggregate win; 2) instead of seeing Yoda, Ben, and Anakin in their Force images at the end, Luke only imagines he sees them in the firelight at the Ewok celebration. This was more disappointing, but the movie did it right (and by "the movie" I refer, of course, to the original theatrical release with Sebastian Shaw).Despite these two bits, I really enjoyed this book. It moves quickly, just like the movie, but it is a good experience. The characters get fleshed out - even Jerjerrod gets more time, and Lando gets more attention than he does in the film - and generally things make a lot more sense. Even if you are a casual Star Wars fan, you should read this book. You'll be glad you did.

Ross Patrick

This is my favorite Star Wars movie and was probably my favorite in book form too. I think Kahn's writing really works with the story and universe because I understood everything much more. The character development, the feelings of the characters, and everything that goes on in the movie that you cant understand in it.

Gizella Tóth

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