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Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 1983

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition 1st Printing edition (June 12 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345311582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345311580
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,130,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FLIGHT INTO DANGER! Gambler, rogue, and con-artiste, Lando Calrissian was born with a well-developed taste for the good life. More comfortable at the dealer's end of a fast shuffle than at the rear end of a blaster, Lando always had his sensors scanning for the chance to pick up easy credits. So when he heard that the planets of the Rafa System were practically buried in ancient alien treasure, he hopped aboard the Millennium Falcon and brushed up on his rusty astrogation. He never stopped to think that someone might be conning the con man...

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This good book if you want to know about the history of Lando Calrissian and his droid Vuffi Raa, but there are some small things that would have made the book a bit better. Instead of saying hyperspace, the author put faster-than-light. And there's only small mentions of the Empire, and Lando's hanging around systems barely anybody's ever heard of before. But the conversation Lando's having with the Hall in the pyramid of the Sharu was kind of humorous, so I recommend it if you're a big Star Wars fan (like me) and want to expand your knowledge of the Star Wars universe.
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Lando has just one the Millenium Falcon in a card game and, against his will, also finds himself the owner of a brand new droid named Vuffi Raa. Their adventure is strange and confusing, but highly entertaining. The mystery of an ancient and highly intelligent race of beings who leave no trace of their existance except giant and impenetrable monuments has only one clue. Guess who gets to play detective.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6e8c678) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70163fc) out of 5 stars Good, but some small mistakes Jan. 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This good book if you want to know about the history of Lando Calrissian and his droid Vuffi Raa, but there are some small things that would have made the book a bit better. Instead of saying hyperspace, the author put faster-than-light. And there's only small mentions of the Empire, and Lando's hanging around systems barely anybody's ever heard of before. But the conversation Lando's having with the Hall in the pyramid of the Sharu was kind of humorous, so I recommend it if you're a big Star Wars fan (like me) and want to expand your knowledge of the Star Wars universe.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70168dc) out of 5 stars A quirky and hilarious look at the young Lando Calrissian April 7 1998
By Sara Phillips (ejphill@root.indstate.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lando has just one the Millenium Falcon in a card game and, against his will, also finds himself the owner of a brand new droid named Vuffi Raa. Their adventure is strange and confusing, but highly entertaining. The mystery of an ancient and highly intelligent race of beings who leave no trace of their existance except giant and impenetrable monuments has only one clue. Guess who gets to play detective.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jedibarrister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Turns out this is the first book in the Lando trilogy. Lando's recently won the Falcon, can't fly or navigate or land. How far they come to becoming a rebel general in charge of a fleet. Basically, the young gambler and "con artiste" gets conned into going to Rafa to pick up a droid he "won" in a card game. The Toku, barely sentient savages of the Rafa system, have a myth about a Key Bearer w/ dark skin and a metalloid Emissary taking the Key to the Mindharp and freeing the oppressed or something. The Sharu were an ancient people on Rafa before the Toku and the current colonists. The Mindharp allegedly has powers over the mind. So what is the Mindharp? What happened to the Sharu? How'd the Toku take over when they're barely sentient? And how can Lando regenerate toes?

These and other questions get answered. I found the story hard to read. The young impatient Lando was funny and hard to place with the cynical and hard nosed administrator of Cloud City. But you can see how he and Han would be friends.
HASH(0xa7016c24) out of 5 stars Entertaining Portrait of Pre-Trilogy Lando Sept. 20 2015
By C# - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
- Why I Read This Book

I came across L. Neil Smith when I was searching for Libertarian science fiction writers, and I had been searching for more good Star Wars novels ever since reading Timothy Zahn's books.

- Positives

The dialogue is often humorous and light-hearted - to a degree that you often would not see in a franchise which takes itself so seriously.

Smith does a great job at portraying the inner workings of the mind of a gambler (Lando), and the droid was also a well-developed character. He also does a convincing portrayal of a mind lapsing into insanity.

There are a few nice jabs at bureaucrats, without making the story political.

- Negatives

While Lando and the droid are both well-developed, I sometimes found their relationship a little thin.

And while the plot has some fantastically strange turns - almost to the point of being psychedelic - there are times when the developments seem inconsequential.

A few times I had to reread a short passage to figure out what the author was trying to convey.

While this will not bother most readers, the author supports the evolution hypothesis.

- Final Thoughts

This was a better book than I was expecting, and I look forward to reading the other two in this trilogy - Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon and Lando Calrissian and the StarCave of ThonBoka - as well as some of Smith's other books.
HASH(0xa7016bd0) out of 5 stars Lando is in trouble --arrested under false charges Aug. 8 2013
By Zxielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lando Calrissian wins a droid in a game of sabacc and travels to Rafa IV to claim it. There he is arrested on false charges and forced to find an ancient artifact--the Mindharp of Sharu. It is said this instrument-when played correctly--can control the minds of everyone in the system. There are some crazy adventures along the way, but will Lando do the right thing in the end?


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