The Legends of Luke Skywalker

The Legends of Luke Skywalker

As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan, or even part droid? The deckhands wi...

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Title:The Legends of Luke Skywalker
Author:Ken Liu
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The Legends of Luke Skywalker Reviews

  • Stephanie

    These were all SO INTERESTING? I HAVE FEELINGS?

    UNRELIABLE NARRATORS YAAAAAS

  • Amy Sturgis

    Once again,

    is trying something new in its storytelling, and I applaud this.

    is a series of anecdotes told by group of disparate travelers on a journey in the fashion of

    . It seems that everyone has a Luke Skywalker story to share. Some are funny (such as the tale by a conspiracy theorist who argues that Luke and company were con artists, and all we know about them is a lie), some are ridiculous (such as the tale of a flea who claims to

    Once again,

    is trying something new in its storytelling, and I applaud this.

    is a series of anecdotes told by group of disparate travelers on a journey in the fashion of

    . It seems that everyone has a Luke Skywalker story to share. Some are funny (such as the tale by a conspiracy theorist who argues that Luke and company were con artists, and all we know about them is a lie), some are ridiculous (such as the tale of a flea who claims to have perched on Luke's scalp, impersonated the Force to influence him, and saved the day in Jabba's Palace on Tatooine), and some are moving (such as the tale of a wounded Imperial who was saved on Jakku by a Rebel he believes was Luke).

    I am a

    fan for both the stories and the lore that unites them and serves as their foundation. On the one hand, this book is an unusual entry in the canon, due to its many unreliable narrators. Did any of these stories really happen? Does it matter?

    On the other hand, regardless of the specifics, this certainly does add to our understanding of larger

    lore, especially in the way it continues the current trend of complicating and enriching our understanding of not only Force, but also the different peoples/cultures that revere/understand/interpret it differently. The story of the people of Lew'el and their faith in the Tide (not a Dark or Light side, but a coherent, complete power), and Luke's training with them, is one gem in this book; another is the story of a whole galaxy within one creature's body and what is known as the Luminous Mist (which I won't spoil here).

    There are -- if you choose to believe them -- some specific details that appear to inform upcoming films. For instance, the book explains how Luke may have lost the synthetic flesh on his prosthetic hand. For the most part, however, this is "big picture" stuff. I especially appreciate how I see echoes of Qui-Gon Jinn at certain points, and how this illustrates why Rey might think of Luke as a myth. For the time being, at least, I will be adopting some of these tales for my own headcanon and rejecting others, and I'll muse on all the ways in which the book's refrain and challenge may continue to resonate in the 'verse:

    .

  • Odo

    4.5/5.0

  • Joseph Crouch

    There's some real gems in here, all written with a self knowing efficacy that elevates the material from other Canon releases.

    Weakest story is probably the one with the flea, with the best being tied between the opening story, or the water planet one. Really enjoyed it as a whole though.

  • Khurram

    I wanted to love this book. Luke is my favorite character from Star Wars. With the Last Jedi coming out I was hoping for more on Luke’s journey and what he has been up to since Return of the Jedi.

    The book looks great in hardcover format, with great art work at the start of the story, and the red blank pages look great. Even the jokes about messing up famous Star Wars quotes and mixing up legends was all good and funny. However out of 5 stories there were only 2 I really liked. Yes I know this wa

    I wanted to love this book. Luke is my favorite character from Star Wars. With the Last Jedi coming out I was hoping for more on Luke’s journey and what he has been up to since Return of the Jedi.

    The book looks great in hardcover format, with great art work at the start of the story, and the red blank pages look great. Even the jokes about messing up famous Star Wars quotes and mixing up legends was all good and funny. However out of 5 stories there were only 2 I really liked. Yes I know this was aimed at younger readers but it is Luke so every Star Wars fan would read it.

    On the Star Wars universe Luke has become the stuff legend, tails of his exploits have been told so many times and by so many people it is had to tell fact from fiction. One thing remain everyone loves hearing about him.

    There was just something missing in this book. It was readable and enjoyable but (maybe I am being greedy) I wanted more about Luke’s journey/training or even adventures. To be honest I am not sure if I liked this book or I am convincing myself I liked it because it was about Luke Skywalker. Though unless I miss my guess I think this might also setup another book in the journey to the last Jedi series. I would give this one 3.5 stars but being about Luke and the Tide story rounds it up to 4 stars.

  • Michelle Curie

    Less than a week left until the release of

    . My excitement levels are going through the roof, so reading this book as part of my mental preparation felt appropriate, especially since it's been written by an author I admire. Ken Liu! Luke Skywalker! Everything sounded right about this.

    For somebody who has not read a book based in the

    universe before, I was w

    Less than a week left until the release of

    . My excitement levels are going through the roof, so reading this book as part of my mental preparation felt appropriate, especially since it's been written by an author I admire. Ken Liu! Luke Skywalker! Everything sounded right about this.

    For somebody who has not read a book based in the

    universe before, I was worried how well the format would work for a story that relies heavily on its visuals, but the transition worked surprisingly well. In a literal sense, too: the hardcover version of this is stunning, especially with the lovely watercolour illustrations by J.G. Jones.

    So this is a collection of myths and stories about Luke Skywalker. It's an enthralling concept, because as a viewer we've obviously met him as a character, a somehow relatable heroic Jedi, but to the average sentient of the galaxy he's a

    . They have all heard about him, all have spun their theories about his existence and it gives us a sense of the perception people have of him within that world.

    It's particularly fun as the tales that the characters here tell each other are as different as can be: we've got one person with a conspiracy theory that Luke Skywalker is a mere con-artist, another one that drastically changes our understanding of what happened in Jabba's palace in

    (which I didn't like the idea of, I must admit) and others that paint the picture of a classic heroic youngster.

    I liked gaining that understanding for Luke, the kind of perspective on him as a myth and a vehicle people use to gain hope and inspiration themselves. It subtly leaves you with the notice that everyone is

    , as they use Skywalker to vehicle their own actions more than to just to admire him like some kind of celebrity.

    If you're looking for clues about what might happen in

    , this might be the wrong place. The narrators are clearly unreliable, so I took everything with a pinch of salt. And yet - I can't wait for the upcoming film, so in terms of leading up to it, this book has definitely done its job more than well.

    Oh my God, my favourite Ken Liu is writing a

    story? Can this even be real? I can feel my palms getting sweaty out of excitement just thinking about it.

  • Shane Phillips

    Most of the stories are interesting. However, they just ruined the Han rescue for me.

  • Roy

    Some ok stories or myths about Luke Skywalker as told by some travelers on a ship. Fun at times, YAish in style but wont set the world on fire. Star Wars nerds like myself will enjoy it for some background reading.

  • Josh

    I didn't get what I was hoping for with this collection of short stories about the Star Wars franchise's most important character (subjective), Luke Skywalker. Rather than delving deep into his past exploits to fill the gaps between his early training as a Jedi and battles won/lost in the lead up to The Force Awakens, the collection focuses on a bunch of largely nonsensical 'events' with, one story aside, have no distinct time or place.

    Of the stories, The Tale of Lugubrious Mote which is a rete

    I didn't get what I was hoping for with this collection of short stories about the Star Wars franchise's most important character (subjective), Luke Skywalker. Rather than delving deep into his past exploits to fill the gaps between his early training as a Jedi and battles won/lost in the lead up to The Force Awakens, the collection focuses on a bunch of largely nonsensical 'events' with, one story aside, have no distinct time or place.

    Of the stories, The Tale of Lugubrious Mote which is a retelling of the famous Jabba the Hutt scene told from the perspective of a parasite, I, Droid in which Luke dons armor to impersonate a droid in order to rescue R2-D2 from slavers, and Big Inside, a tale of survival inside a giant space slug are the standouts but really, none of them are essential reading nor are they particularly deep reads.

    My rating: 2.5/5. The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a quick read which is targeted at young adult readers. The writing is ok, and the stories are ok which really sums it up - it's average. On a side note, the artwork at the start of each short story is fantastic and nearly worth the price of purchase alone.

  • Caleb M.

    Oh!!!!!! I can't wait! Liu writing a Star Wars book! Heck yes!!!

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