Discussion in 'Literature Review Forum' started by dp4m, Feb 7, 2003.
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
Synopsis:"Gambler, rogue, and con-artiste, Lando Calrissian was more comfortable at the dealer's end of a fast shuffle than at the rear end of a blaster. So he always had his sensors scanning for the chance to pick up easy credits - and when he heard that the planets of the Rafa System were practically buried in ancient alien treasure, he hopped aboard the Millennium Falcon, never stopping to think that someone might be conning the con man..."
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon
Synopsis:"The Oseon was a solar system of luxury hotels catering to the underemployed filthy rich - every gambler's dream come true. And so it was for Lando Calrissian and his robot companion until Lando broke the gambler's cardinal rule: never beat a cop at highstakes games of chance..."
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka
Synopsis:"For a year Lando Calrissian and Vuffi Raa, his five-armed robot astrogator, had roamed space in the Millennium Falcon on the lookout for opportunities to turn an easy - but not too dishonest - credit. But then Lando had gone out on a limb to help a race of persecuted aliens, and now he and Vuffi were up against several sets of their own enemies - including the evil Rokur Gepta, the Sorcerer of Tund!"
Well, I enjoyed 'em!
I only recently caught up with these. I had been looking for awhile but all the entries I found online were 'limited availability' or out of print. I finally found an edition with all 3 novels at Forbidden Planet in London. I thought it worth the search. I liked Lando's relationship with Vuffi Raa.
I think after reading them my esteem for Lando as a character has gone up a bit. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him as a main character.
i have never read even seen thiese books although i have heard of them. i would like to read it, so if anyone knows of an internet site that people could get a copy it would be really apriciated.
You can get most of them in a single volumn now.
BTW, I liked them. Best use of Lando in a book/series. Even better than in BFC.
I remember these books as just average... in comparison to the Han Solo Adventures, and even to Splinter of the Mind's Eye, they seemed a bit week, even silly, at the time.
Or perhaps my slight disappointment is due to the difficulty of the search. I got them from the United States around 1988-90, by searching and searching on-paper catalogues, they took a long time to find, a long time to get by post to Spain... and after a long wait, they were not really good.
In 2003, when the EU comprises more than 100 books, there are many which are far worse. In comparison, these Lando Adventures seem better now.
I've only read "The Mindharp of Sharu"...
Found it for 50 cents in a used bookstore about 15 years ago..
I remember it being rather odd...Entertaining, but odd...
The strangest bit being when his five-armed droid gets shrunk down to the size of an ant...
I thought these books were great. I gave it a 9. I thought it's lightheartedness was a welcome relief from most other EU, which is more serious. Not to say those books are bad, I just think some variety is good.
Lando didn't really do it for me in this trilogy. The stories felt like they didn't take place in the Star Wars Universe. I did enjoy Vuffi Raa and thought that his past was interesting.
I re-read them a few months back, and understood them better than when they first came out.
THE MINDHARP OF SHARU
This book is poor. There are no single memorable action scenes, it is boring in places and very confusing.
THE FLAMEWIND OF OSEON
What happenned, L. Neil Smith? Was it someone else writing Mindharp, because, beleive me, this book is absolutley brilliant. Although it starts slow, the passage through the Flamewind is exciting, and the drug bust at the end kept me right on the edge of my seat. It was good to learn some more about Vuffi Raa, as well.
THE STARCAVE OF THONBOKA
Best. Book. Ever. Well, maybe not, but this novel is probably the best one in the series. The action is fast paced, the story is easy to follow, and we have the mother of all showdowns at the end.
Awful first novel, but the final two installments are sterling.
I really liked them. Had quite a hard time to think of them StarWars. They are so fantasy, but by now that's what i relate to Lando.
I really liked his quirks. I like the way they gave him depth with his affection for cigars, his vigilance about his looks, his need for luxury and comfort (like hanging in almost zero-g for relaxation).
Vuffi Raa was best. I like droids best in SW anyway. I liked his curiosity. And the way Lando and he treated each other.
It was okay, but some elements of the trilogy were just too silly for my taste.
These books were great fun. I give it an 8.
Bib's right, there were some rather silly concepts in the book, but still, very good.