Star Wars (1976) by “George Lucas” (Alan Dean Foster)

star-wars-novel♦♦♦½

Novelization of the original film, credited to Lucas but actually ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster.  Foster adds nothing of significance to the film, but doesn’t tinker with the story, characters, or dialogue either, making this an enjoyable, if clearly inferior, alternative.  In a far-off galaxy, farmboy Luke Skywalker is swept up in a rebellion against an evil empire led by the fearsome Darth Vader.  His allies — mystical Obi Wan Kenobi, tough Princess Leia, cynical Han Solo and Chewbacca, and the robots See Threepio and Artoo Detoo — provide variety and humor in a (cuckoo) clockwork plot that delivers lots of action and excitement.  A good book in the dicey category of novelizations.

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