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Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ 30th anniversary with ‘Essential Guide’

LARRY EBERSOLE
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily- Title: "Star Wars: Essential Guide To The Force"
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This year has been the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of “Star Wars Episode IV.” Since that time there have been five more films and many entertaining books filling in the details of the main story as well as telling us new stories from that galaxy far away.

So I did not want to let the year end without reviewing something from the Star Wars universe.

I had thought about reviewing one of the books from the new Legacy storyline, but it is already so far into the story that just one of the books wouldn’t do it justice. I will say the Legacy storyline is as captivating as the original story as it involves not only the well-known characters such as Luke, Leia and Han Solo but their children who are the backbone of the new generation of Jedi and Sith.

Tying all the various storylines together is the Essential Guides series, of which “The Essential Guide To The Force” is part of. Author Ryder Windham gives us the history, secrets and details of this unseen element called the force as it appears through the entire history of the Star Wars Universe.

The stories are told from the perspective of various characters going back to the earliest known Jedi and Sith. There is a wealth of new information provided by this guide making it much more than just a reference or retelling of the main story.

The stories and essays are impressively detailed through the illustrations of Chris Trevas and Tommy Lee Edwards making this Essential Guide a visual treat as well as fun to read.

I admit that my son and I are more than just casual fans and we have collected much of the stuff released for the 30th anniversary. However we at least play with our action figures and are not putting things in boxes waiting for them to become valuable some day.

That being said, if I had to pick just one item released this year, this “Essential Guide To The Force” would be it. It is an entertaining book that will appeal to even the casual fans of any age group.

This book is available at Borders Books in Dillon Larry Ebersole is available to discuss this review at the store or at 30th.


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