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The Essential Reader's Companion ist ein im März 2012 erschienenes Sachbuch der Essential Guides-Reihe von Del Rey, das von Pablo Hidalgo verfasst wurde und einen mit vielen neuen Bildern illustrierten, chronologischen Überblick über die Literatur zum Star-Wars-Universum gibt. Sue Rostoni gab in ihrem Blog bekannt, dass das Buch sich zwar nach der VSY/NSY-Zeitschiene richten, jedoch anders als The New Essential Chronology aus der Perspektive der realen Welt geschrieben sein wird.

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THE DEFINITIVE WORD ON STAR WARS FICTION

The legendary motion picture Star Wars: A New Hope has spawned five big-screen sequels—and decades of bestselling fiction. From the original movie tie-in novel through the monumental Fate of the Jedi series, legions of devoted readers have helped expand science fiction’s most celebrated film saga into a page-turning print sensation. Now, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of these sweeping Star Wars adventures is presented in one beautifully illustrated volume.

Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion spans the entire galaxy of published Star Wars fiction—movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles, and comics—and features

  • A concise synopsis of each story, including key characters and planets
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about authors, plot and character development, continuity notes, and significance in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
  • Details on which novels are linked to Star Wars comic books from Dark Horse and Marvel
  • A chronological listing of titles, spanning the 25,000-year history of the Star Wars universe and placing each story in its proper context
  • More than one hundred full-color original paintings throughout by some of fans’ favorite artists

Whether skimming through fateful eras from the Old Republic to the New Jedi Order; delving deep into the ancient history of the Lost Tribe of the Sith or the tumultuous Clone Wars; crossing paths—and lightsabers—with Dark Lords such as Plagueis or Bane, Sidious or Vader; helming the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo; or mastering the Force with Luke Skywalker, this one-of-a-kind, one-stop reference is a must for fans looking to maximize their knowledge of the sprawling Star Wars Galaxy.

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