A novel by James Kahn
(1983, 1995, Ballentine Books)
Book 3 of the Star Wars Trilogy
4 years after Star Wars: A New Hope
Luke and Leia attempt to rescue Han, and then join the Rebel
Alliance as it attacks the Emperor's latest super-weapon at Endor.
Read March 12th to 17th, 1997 for the second time
The writing in this book was far better than in the first two.
Characters were finally given depth. Satisfying tidbits of
information that were not given in the movies, as well. The battle
scenes were like reading a movie, same as in the both Star Wars and
Empire books. But this was more an independent novel than a novelization. Characters
could think and feel, and there was more background.
A graphic novel by Archie Goodwin
and Al Williamson (1995, Dark Horse Comics)
Read May 9th to 13th, 1997
The story was so compressed. They could have easily doubled
the number of pages and made the story still only mostly complete!
I don't know what happened here, but unless the story was known before
reading this, as, of course it is to almost everybody, I'd have been
very confused about what was happening.
NPR RADIO DRAMATIZATION
A radio adaptation by Brian Daley
(1996, Ballantine Books)
Read July 14th to 16th, 1997
Good for an intermittent read, I suppose. The essentials were
there, but it lacked lots of feeling. A lot of characters just
didn't feel like themselves. It made good use of the other Star Wars
incarnations, though, especially in referencing Shadows of the Empire.