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May the 4th be with you
Posted on May 4, 2020 at 8:51 AM by Maggie Witte
May the 4th be with you. There are many stories on the origins of this phrase, but the purpose of it and today is to celebrate this iconic fantastic space opera series. I have loved the series since I first saw
Star Wars: A New Hope
as a child. It was such an epic story full adventure and intrigue that has captivated millions. So, for all the
fans, those who may be trying them for the first time, and in honor of May the Fourth, I have created a list of
books available through Kansas Talking Books. Also included are other space operas that might interest fans of
May the Fourth be with you.
Star Wars Episodes
There are both adult/young adult and juvenile versions of these books. The versions included here are the adult/young adult.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
by Terry Brooks
Annotation: Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are responsible for the safety of Queen Amidala, whose planet is under attack by the Trade Federation. Their mission brings them to Tatooine, where they meet Anakin Skywalker, a young slave with extraordinary instincts, who dreams of becoming a Jedi knight. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 1999. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 1999.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
by R.A. Salvatore
Annotation: This tale begins ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace (DB 50064) and traces the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who later becomes Darth Vader. Based on the screenplay for the film of the same name. Bestseller. 2002.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
by Matthew Woodring Stover
Annotation: As the Republic falters, Jedi Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy Separatist general Grievous. Meanwhile, Jedi Anakin Skywalker grows increasingly tormented by fear, and Darth Sidious prepares to ordain a new Sith Lord--Darth Vader. Sequel to Labyrinth of Evil (RC 60221). For senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 2005.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
by George Lucas
Annotation: Twenty-year-old Luke Skywalker works on his uncle's farm on the remote planet of Tatooine where he yearns for adventure among the stars. He receives more than he bargains for when he intercepts a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by a powerful warlord.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
by Donald F. Glut
Annotation: Closely pursued by the Imperial battle fleet, the rebel warriors flee from their temporary stronghold on the frozen planet, Hoth. While Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca take refuge in the Cloud City of Bespin, Luke Skywalker seeks out the Jedi Master, Yoda, on the planet Dagobah to learn more about the mysterious powers of the Force and to prepare for a confrontation with the evil Darth Vader.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
by James Kahn
Annotation: A novel based on the third Star Wars movie. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, has been delivered to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Determined to rescue him, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian launch a hazardous mission against Jabba's Tatooine stronghold. Sequel to 'The Empire Strikes Back.' Bestseller 1983.
Other Star Wars books
The books listed here are just a few that we have in our catalog. There are 151 Star Wars books for you to work your way through.
The paradise snare: Han Solo trilogy, book 1
by A.C. Cripsin
Annotation: The first volume in a trilogy chronicling the adventures of Han Solo as a young man. The Paradise Snare takes place during his late teen years. Han escapes an unhappy home to carve out an adventurous life as a pilot. 1997.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Alan Dean Foster
Annotation: It is approximately thirty years after the events recounted in Return of the Jedi (DB 19228). Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace proves to be fleeting. The official novelization of the 2015 movie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
Outcast: Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series, book 1
by Aaron Allston
Annotation: After blaming Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker for Jacen Solo's abuse of power during Jacen's reign as Sith Lord, the Galatic Alliance Chief of State has Luke arrested. Sentenced to ten years in exile, Luke and his son Ben search for the reason Jacen turned to the dark side. 2009.
Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures
by Brian Daley
Annotation: Three previously published Han Solo novels: Han Solo at Stars' End, Han Solo's Revenge, and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. While traveling in the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo and Chewbacca the wookiee embark on dangerous adventures and run into ruthless enemies. 1979.
A New Dawn: Star Wars
by John Jackson Miller
Annotation: Emperor Palpatine brought peace through brutal repression. Even as he tightens his iron grip, others begin questioning his means and motives, and those whose lives were destroyed by him lie in wait about the galaxy. Set in the "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.
Star Wars: X-Wing, books 1-3
by Michael A. Stackpole
Annotation: The first three books in the series, all written in 1996. In Rogue Squadron, Rebel hero Wedge Antilles seeks to rebuild the legendary Rogue Squadron out of the best X-wing pilots. Also includes Wedge's Gamble and The Krytos Trap. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.
Betrayal: Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, book 1
by Aaron Allston
Annotation: Corellia threatens to rebel against the Galactic Alliance by resurrecting Centerpoint Station, a devastating, moon-sized weapon. The Jedi order dispatches Jacen Solo and his young apprentice (and cousin) Ben Skywalker to disable Centerpoint. Meanwhile, Han Solo faces divided loyalties and devises a way to warn his native Corellia. 2006.
Other space operas for Star Wars fans
The long way to a small, angry planet: Wayfarers series, book 1
by Becky Chambers
Annotation: A crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet on its way to the job of a lifetime. The crew includes a young Martian woman and a pacifist captain. They travel against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2014.
Aurora Rising: Aurora Cycle, book 1
by Annie Kaufman
Annotation: Tyler Jones, star pupil of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers that make up his squad, embark on their first mission. They rescue a girl from a long cryo-sleep who could be the catalyst for war. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, book 1
by Douglas Adams
Annotation: When the Earth is demolished to make room for a galatic freeway, sole earth survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of an alien friend and a book called 'Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy.' Deadpan science fiction parody.
by C.J. Cherryh
Annotation: When probes from Sol Station were sent out by Earth Company, they found many stars on their journey. But Pell's Star was the first to prove livable. Over the years, as more star colonies were established, Pell became a liability for Earth Company, and now it is the focus of a conflict among Earth's colonies. Pell wants to remain a neutral star, but must resist or succumb to Earth Company's struggle to regain its lost empire.
by Orson Scott Card
Annotation: In a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against insectoid aliens, Ender Wiggin is chosen at the age of six to be trained as the military genius who will carry his people to victory. Along with his brother Peter and his sister Valentine, he not only brings the conflict to an end, but also affects the evolution of human society. Strong language.
Dune, book 1
by Frank Herbert
Annotation: In this science fiction novel with sociological and religious overtones, an exile with psychic powers becomes the prophet of the savage people on the planet Dune. Prequel to Dune Messiah (RC 19126).
Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, book 1
by Marissa Meyer
Annotation: Cinder, a teen cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing, labors to support her stepmother--and owner--Adri and Adri's two daughters. But after Cinder's only human friend, her stepsister Peony, is infected with the plague letumosis, Adri volunteers Cinder's body for plague research. For senior high and older readers. 2012.
The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
Annotation: William Mandella is drafted after college to fight a war in outer space. William only ages months while earthlings age by decades. He finds civilization completely changed each time he returns from bloody combat. After 1,143 years, the war's end brings him home. Some strong language. Hugo and Nebula Awards.
The Fifth Season: Broken Earth series, book 1
by N.K. Jemisin
Annotation: Essun is a woman living in a world ruled by the violent tectonic activity it experiences. She comes home to find her husband has killed her son and kidnapped her daughter, all for the secret ability Essun and her children have to control the Earth. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
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