Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu Author: L. Neil Smith Published: June 12,1983 by Del Rey Length: 182 pages Series: book 1, The Adventures of Lando Calrissian My rating: ⭐️ Lando Calrissian heads to the Rafa system in his newly acquired Millenium Falcon in order to pick up a droid he won during a game of Sabacc. After picking up his new droid Vuffi Raa he is detained and beaten by the local security force on Rafa IV. He is bought before the governor Duttes Met and Mer’s sinister associate, Rokur Gepta where he is told if he ever wants to leave the Rafa System he must first acquire the Mindharp of the Sharu for them. Lando and Rafa encounter an old man named Mohs who claims to be the High Singer of the Toka. He tells Lando of a prophecy that seems to fit Lando’s description. He agrees to help Lando retrieve the Mindharp. The trio head to Rafa V in hopes of finding the legendary Mindharp of Sharu.
MyThoughts: I have to say while I went in with low expectations I was still very disappointed by this book. This was one of the earlier Star Wars novels, before there was an Expanded Universe. It felt like a mediocre science fiction story that had some small changes made to it to make it a Star Wars novel. Just change the name from Lando to any scifi sounding name, the name of his ship and the name of the card game and you have an okay story. But trying to make it Star Wars failed on so many levels. The first indication that I was going to have a hard time with this novel came within the first couple of pages during a Sabacc game Lando refers to a rival players “poker face”. Shouldn’t it be “Sabacc face”? There were a lot of small things like that. Lando would say and reference things that sounded I guess to down to Earth. Not something that a person who lives a long time ago in a galaxy far far away would say or know. This book was a no no for me. The only reason I didn’t stop reading was the fact that it was very short. Will I read the other to books in the series? As of now, probably yes, but not right away. Hopefully they will get better. For now a will read something I can enjoy.
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