In Star Wars: Book of Lists: 100 Lists Compiling a Galaxy's Worth of Trivia , author Cole Horton (Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know and Ultimate Star Wars New Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe) provides Star Wars fans with an easy to use resource for knowledge across the 11 films released to date — The nine films of the Skywalker Saga, and the standalones Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The Star Wars: Book of Lists is easy to read, and fun to flip though while seeing what odd bit of trivia you might discover, or be reminded of if it's been a little while since you last visited the films. As the title suggests, the book is a compilation of lists — 100 to be exact — focusing on a wide variety of topics. Here you'll find weaponry, characters, locations, creatures, vehicles, factions, heroes, villains, events, and more.
You can even search the lists in the “List of Lists” at the end of the book!
The Star Wars: Book of Lists is fully illustrated, and very colorful. Easy to read print, with a layout that is smoothly navigated. Each of the 100 lists are spread out over two pages. Some of the titles are pretty straightforward, but others are a bit more entertaining — Such as “Recalcitrant Royal” for Princess Leia, “Galactic Smarties,” “Cosmic Coiffures,” or “K-I-S-S,” which is exactly what you think it's about.
Some of my favorite lists include “”Hey, It's Me!” Solo's Best One-Liners,” “C-3PO, Worrywart: List of C-3PO's Fears,” “Epic Lightsaber Duels,” and “Roll It: Opening Scrolls of the Saga,” to name just a few.
I do have a few nitpicks. Some of the images used to illustrate the book are action screenshots, rendering them a little on the blurry side. Also, in a list titled “All Grown Up: Characters Through the Ages,” there's a section focusing on Kylo Ren. I think it would have been more appropriate to use a picture of the redeemed Ben Solo for The Rise of Skywalker, if we truly are showing the evolution of the character.
As stated previously, the Star Wars: Book of Lists only covers the films, and I understand the need to narrow the focus. One list near the end of the book, “The Galaxy Expands,” does enumerate characters from animation, the parks, publishing, and The Mandalorian, but there are plenty of lists that could easily have included any number of subjects from those other mediums. Maybe someday?
No question this is a fun book. It's well-suited to Star Wars fans of all ages, and from varying levels of fandom. Most veteran fans will find this an entertaining refresher for the films, or useful in crafting their own lists and prepping for trivia challenges, while newer fans will acquire knowledge and discover how the Star Wars galaxy ties together.
My rating 3.5/5
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Thank you to becker&mayer! Books and Quatro Publishing for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.Powered by Sidelines