Review: The Legends of Luke Skywalker

The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Less than two weeks before Episode VIII is out in the cinemas. Right on the cover of this book it says “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. That was part of the reason for me to pick up this book. I was not as disappointed as I was with the previous Star Wars novels I read. Far from it in fact!

The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a compilation of short stories. These are bound together by an interweaving storyline about a couple of youngsters on a ship called the Wayward Current. These interludes are short, and tell a story of their own, but their main purpose is to tell us another legend about Luke Skywalker, and they are all told in their own charming way.

The total of six legends, are all entertaining, although I have to admit that I found some more fun to read than others. I guess that’s just the way with all short story compilations. I won’t spoil the contents of any of these short stories, because you should all enjoy them, but the ones I loved the best were the first two; The Myth Buster, and The Starship Graveyard.

The first one was a fun read which had all the facts we know from the movies mixed up and wrong, or over dramatized. The second one was written from the perspective of an Imperial gunner and to him, Luke Skywalker was an evil wizard. I though the writer really managed well to show us that there are always to sides to every story.

One other story I enjoyed very much was called “I, droid” an obvious spoof to “I, robot”. The story had a lot of heart for one written from the perspective of a droid who was forced into labour for rich “organics”.

Overall this book is quite a lovely compilation of fun stories about Luke Skywalker. All of them slightly exaggerated, as is the case with most legends. The only thing I didn’t like so much about this book was the physical form of the hardcover itself, it’s a format that doesn’t fit very well into my bookshelf with the rest of my hardcovers. And the print is quite large and spacious. The paper smells wonderful, however. 😛

All in all, a very nice read, and if this is part of the journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I’m hoping at least some if it will recur in the movie, because we were given quite some juicy information about Luke Skywalker, be it true, or not.

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