Old Friends: Darth Vader, Moff Jerjerrod, R2D2, C3P0, Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt, Oola, Salacious Crumb, Luke Skywalker, EV-9D9, Chewbacca, Princess Leia Organa, Lando Calrissian, Max Rebo, Han Solo, The Rancor, Barada, Bob Fett, The Emperor, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mon Mothma, General Crix Madine, Admiral Ackbar, Wedge Antilles, Admiral Piett, Ewoks - lots of them, Nien Numb
Synopsis: In this, the final episode of the original Trilogy, we resolve all the problems and questions raised in "Star Wars-A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". The Light Side triumphs over the Dark Side of the Force, evil is destroyed, a father is redeemed and the stage is set for 20+ more years of adventure.
Review: In this story, as usual, we all know what happens - Han is stuck in carbonite at Jabba's Palace; Lando is already there; C3P0 and R2D2 show up to assist in the rescue; Leia and Chewie arrive; so does Luke, now almost a real Jedi Knight. Han is rescued, Yoda dies, and so on. Meantimes, Vader and the Emperor hatch one more Death Star and a plot to bring down the Rebel Alliance. Obi-Wan makes an appearance and off everyone goes to Endor.
And thats where the book bogs down. I know that some readers find the Ewoks cute and cuddely, but page after page of their names, personalities and tribal affiliations was a bit too detailed for my personal reading - skipped right over that part more than once. The speeder bike pursuit was very well written and once you got past all the Ewok info, the book moves right along to its conclusion.
I didn't find any new insights into the story or the characters. And I only noticed one small scene in the book that didn't appear in the movie. The book serves best as a reminder of the story as a whole, basically well written and doesn't leave anything out. Probably my least favorite of the three.
Title: Return of the Jedi