The Essential Reader's Compaion

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The Essential Reader's Compaion

By Pablo Hidalgo; Jeff Carlisle (Illustrator); Joe Corroney (Illustrator)

Lucas Books, Paperback, 9780345511195, 485pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

The legendary motion picture "Star Wars" has spawned two big-screen sequels and three prequels and decades of bestselling fiction. From the original movie tie-in novel through the monumental Fate of the Jedi series, legions of devoted readers have helped expand science fiction's most celebrated film saga into a page-turning print sensation. Now, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of these sweeping "Star Wars" adventures is presented in one beautifully illustrated volume.
"Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion" spans the entire galaxy of published "Star Wars" fiction movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics and features:
a concise synopsis of each story, including key characters and planets
exclusive behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about authors, plot and character development, continuity notes, and significance in the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe
details on which novels are linked to "Star Wars" comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel
a chronological listing of titles, spanning the 25,000-year history of the "Star Wars" universe and placing each story in its proper context
more than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans favorite artists
Whether skimming through fateful eras from the Old Republic to the New Jedi Order; delving deep into the ancient history of the Lost Tribe of the Sith or the tumultuous Clone Wars; crossing paths and lightsabers with Dark Lords such as Plagueis or Bane, Sidious or Vader; helming the "Millennium Falcon" with Han Solo; or mastering the Force with Luke Skywalker, this one-of-a-kind, one-stop reference is a must for fans looking to maximize their knowledge of the sprawling "Star Wars" Expanded Universe.

About the Author
PABLO HIDALGO is content manager of and has reported for

Jeff Carlisle has quickly established himself as one of the premier soccer writers in the United States. He is a regular contributor to the ESPNsoccernet website and was among the site's main writers during the 2006 World Cup, when he provided extensive coverage of the U.S. men's national team. He also covers MLS for ESPN, writing numerous articles about the league's teams and players. He lives in Menlo Park, California.