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Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Book Review

“Star Wars Character Encyclopedia” is a great way to get to know characters no matter how much screentime they have.

Written by Simon Beecroft, Elizabeth Dowsett, Pablo Hidalgo, Amy Richau and Dan Zehr, “Star Wars Character Encyclopedia- Updated And Expanded Edition” is a new hardcover DK book that covers the characters from the live-action films and series including recent titles like “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” and both seasons of “The Mandalorian” (“The Book Of Boba Fett” is not yet included). If you’re wondering where the animated characters are, they aren’t present here but there is a Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia available at least. Anyway, the characters are presented in an A to Z fashion. Each character page contains a photo, a brief description, a series of factoids and a data file that mentions information like affiliation, height, the movies and shows the characters appear in, homeworld, and their species (or manufacturer in case of droids). Additional photos from scenes the characters appear in are also included. The book closes out with a handy index.

While not comprehensive, “Star Wars Character Encyclopedia” is the perfect book for people of all ages to get to know the characters of the Star Wars universe whether they’re in the forefront like Lando or in the background like Pao. Yes, the book may be aimed at a younger audience that is curious about the vast array of characters, but even older hardcore fans will get something out of this book as there are a lot of facts to learn ala Max Rebo band member Rappertunie being born on Manpha, Dr. Evazan being a crazed former surgeon who practices surgery on his victims, Malakili (The Rancor Keeper) being born on Corellia, and Tasu Leech refusing to speak Basic.

For those wondering how characters with no names are addressed, it’s a little bit strange as there are entries for X-Wing Pilots, Shock Troopers and so forth. To me, it feels like there should be a separate book for troopers and soldiers. Sure, they are characters, but they aren’t named characters. Speaking of which, why is The Mandalorian under The Mandalorian and not under Din Djarin even though the name is mentioned on the character page? A minor quibble, but still weird.

Overall Thoughts: As cheesy as it may sound, the force is with this book.

January 22, 2022 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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