Star Wars Tales from Jabba's Palace

Star Wars Tales from Jabba's Palace

by Kevin J. Anderson

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Overview

In the dusty heat of twin-sunned Tatooine lives the wealthiest gangster in a hundred worlds, master of a vast crime empire and keeper of a vicious, flesh-eating monster for entertainment (and disposal of his enemies). Bloated and sinister, Jabba the Hutt might have made a good joke -- if he weren't so dangerous. A cast of soldiers, spies, assassins, scoundrels, bounty hunters, and pleasure seekers have come to his palace, and every visitor to Jabba's grand abode has a story. Some of them may even live to tell it. . . .

Featuring original stories by: Kevin J. Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, John Gregory Betancourt, Mark Budz and Marina Fitch, A.C. Crispin, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, George Alec Effinger, Kenneth C. Flint, Esther Friesner, Barbara Hambly, Daryl F. Mallett, J.D. Montgomery, Judy and Gar Reeves-Stevens, Jennifer Roberson, Kathy Tyers, Deborah Wheeler, Dave Wolverton, William F. Wu, Timothy Zahn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553568158
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1995
Series: Star Wars
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 109,229
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written many bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader’s Choice Award. He also holds the Guinness World Record for largest single-author signing.

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A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper’s Tale by Kevin J. Anderson
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Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale1
Taster's Choice: The Tale of Jabba's Chef41
That's Entertainment: The Tale of Salacious Crumb60
A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale80
Let Us Prey: The Whiphid's Tale102
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade120
And Then There Were Some: The Gamorrean Guard's Tale139
Old Friends: Ephant Mon's Tale157
Goatgrass: The Tale of Ree-Yees176
And the Band Played On: The Band's Tale192
Of the Day's Annoyances: Bib Fortuna's Tale224
The Great God Quay: The Tale of Barada and the Weequays252
A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9268
A Free Quarren in the Palace: Tessek's Tale295
Tongue-tied: Bubo's Tale317
Out of the Closet: The Assassin's Tale323
Shaara and the Sarlacc: The Skiff Guard's Tale339
A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett346
Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale372
Epilogue: Whatever Became Of ...?416
About the Authors421

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Star Wars Tales from Jabba's Palace 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most spectacular Star Wars books I have ever read. I think It is important for people to read this book to understand Jabba's Palace a little more. I liked the movie better after I read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tales from Jabbas Palace was an interesting book. It was full of stories that were each different but all followed the same  basic scenes from Return of the Jedi. I originally thought that this book was worthy of a four star rating but  the last 5 or 6 stories were truly just boring, took to long, or were just to short. Heres all of the stories and  what I thought about each one.                                                                                                                                                                                         1.  A boy and his Monster: The Rancor Keepers Tale:   A good way to start the book. Very interesting. 2.  Tasters Choice: the Tale of Jabbas Chef:   An interesting take on a character we never really got to see 3.  Thats Entertainment: the Tale of Salacious Crumb:   Slightly confusing in the beginning but ends well. 4.  A time to Mourn: A time to Dance: Oola's Tale:  If it wasn't for Luke Skywalker this story would have been incredibly boring. 5.  Let us Prey: the Whipids Tale: Sort of dull and confusing. 6.  Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade: EXCELLENT!!!! Now this is STAR WARS!!!!!!! 7.  And the there were some: the Gamorrean Guards Tale: Boring and sad.   8.  Old Friends: Ephant Mons Tale:  Not bad. A different take on the story that we all know 9.  Goat Grass: the Tale of Ree-Yees:  I did not really care for this story but others have told me they like it so you be the judge. 10. And the Band Played on: The Bands Tale: I really liked this story. It was interesting and fun. 11. Of the Days Annoyances: Bib Fortunas Tale: Started a little slow but ended up being one of my favorite stories. 12. The Great God Quay: The tale of Brada and the Weequays: Did not care for it all. 13.  A bad feeling: the Tale of EV-9D9: AWFUL! BORING! TERRIBLE! WPRST STORY IN THE BOOK!!!! 14.  A free Quaren in the Palace: Tessek's Tale: Better than I thought it would be. 15.  Tongue-Tied: Bubos Tale: Short, Sweet, Simple, Got to the point. 16.  Out of the Closet: The Assassin's Tale: Boring, Dry, Dull, Awful. 17.  Sharaa and the Sarlacc: The Skiff Guards Tale: Boring. Not memorable at all.   18.  A Barve Like That: The Tale of Bobba Fett: I had really high expectations for this one and was let down. SO BORING! 19.  Skin Deep: The Fat Dancers Tale:  WAY TO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BORING!!!!!!!!!! A STORY ABOUT SOME FAT 6 BOOB DANCER SHOULD NOT BE 44 PAGES LONG! ( which is long in this book) Well there you go. Overall I would recommend this book. It has its highs and lows but overall is a book worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 19 stories from this book really show who the little seen people of Jabbas palace stay alive in such a evil hive of scum and villainy. Many of Jabbas 'Loyal' buddies are ready to knock him off at the first oppertunity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These stories are really good; this is just as strong a collection as Tales from Mos Eisley. It also has the same drawback: there is some repetition and overlap (though not as bad as in Mos Eisley). It will amaze you that so much was going on under Jabba's nose. The best stories are the EV-9D9 story, Boba Fett's story, and Mara Jade's story (by Zahn, of course). Worth a read, especially since the whole 'Tales from...' thing has since gotten out of hand. I'm sure it won't be long before we get 'Tales from Mos Espa' and 'Tales from the Jedi Temple.'
Cecrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I approach Star Wars novels with a bit of skepticism - they¿re largely trashy spin-offs - but the fan in me just can¿t resist an occasional visit. This one, like the other Tales collections (Mos Eisley, Bounty Hunters) is more bearable than most. It adds some background to the background characters observed on screen, describing what they were doing there and their own plans and motivations. What impressed me most is the common threads and overlap between stories. About a dozen of the nineteen depict similar invented scenes from multiple perspectives, and later stories solve mysteries set up by earlier ones. However, this did become a bit tiresome after a while when the same events kept being revisited. That remained bearable where the new characters introduced were given some bite, but this wasn¿t always the case.Highlights of this anthology are the tales of Mara Jade, Ephant Mon, EV-9D9 (my personal favourite) and Boba Fett. One extreme low point is the tale of the Weequays. Its author is more humourist than sci-fi writer, and he clearly forgot which audience he was writing for. In his hands the potential of these formidable characters is entirely lost and they become little better than a bunch of clowns. This story should have been rejected by the editor. Rip those pages out of your copy, and the rest hangs together pretty well.
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A third theme anthology, this time with a variety of writers taking characters from the palace of Jabba the Hutt. Some of the writers are pretty raw, but the seasoned professionals like Barbara Hambly, Esther M. Friesner, and George Alec Effinger are definitely not slacking when they write in someone else's universe. More of the writers resist the temptation to have every character cross paths at some point in their past with the main characters of the films, their writers content to simply show the effects of having these heavy hitters pass through their lives in the palace.
badgenome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second Tales from anthology is a bit more of a miss than the previous hit-and-miss Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. It does boast one of the cooler pieces of Star Wars short fiction - the strangely noirish 'Old Friends' - but some of the stories do devolve into pure silliness (for instance, Weequays worshiping a magic eight ball) and it just takes a few too many liberties with the source material for my taste.
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Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Tales From Jabba's Palace is a great compilation of short stories from various authors. Kevin J. Anderson edits this book and does a good job of it. The stories take place at various times ranging from when life in the palace was normal to the time Luke Skywalker and his friends turned the place into an uproar. There are really good back stories for characters that are unmissable in Jabba's court and for those whom you see on screen in Star Wars VI for barley a moment. An altogether fun and entertaining novel that's pretty easy to read, thanks to it's being broken into nineteen stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always luuuved the Jabba's Palace scenes. Take it from a SW information freak, your gonna want to read this book. Five thousand stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you always have to be so mean to fash? I think its funny that you fell in love with your self too. He didn't know you rped two people. So if your going to kick him for laughing at you, then kick me too. Because i think its is kind of funny. - trissaca
Cole LaCount More than 1 year ago
Loved it read want it
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Darth_Severity More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I am a bit biased toward this book, let me explain. Ever since watching Star Wars, I became hooked on the Jabba's Palace scene from Return of the Jedi. I loved the characters and the overall atmosphere of the scene. Heck, my first action figure was of Ree-Yees, who features in this book. The stories focus on two pivitol scenes in the Return of the Jedi movie. However, the book is told from the points of view of the denizens of Jabba's court, this also means that there will be retellings of events, but the different points of view add extra textures to what you see in the movie, allowing you a glimpse of what is really going on during the scene in the movie. I recommend this book for the casual Star Wars fan for light reading, as the stories are rather short, but I also recommend it for die-hard fans such as myself, who want to know every little detail about the Star Wars universe.
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I love short stories even though some of these stories are a little too short.Tale's From Jabba's Palace has a central plot of unsolved murders occuring in the palace as each individual writer spins off each other's story. I find the stories more toward the end to be some of the better stories, especially the Bib Fortuna and Boba Fett stories. The Assassians tale is a great one as well!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best 'Tales of...' book! I never really appreciated the Jabba scene but now I love it. My favorite tales are the rancor keeper's tale, the gamorrean's tale, Bib Fortuna's tale, Mara Jade's tale, Ephant Mon's tale, the band's tale, the weequay's tale, Tessek's tale, and EV-9D9's tale. It is a must read for any SW fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! What I liked most was that each story went according to the other. For example when an event happened and there were some characters there, in each of their stories they describe it by their point of view. It also made me want to watch the ROTJ to see all the characters. I definitely recomend it.