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[ Adventures in Hyperspace: Fire Ring Race ]

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Fire Ring Race
Ryder Windham
Scholastic [US & UK]
Age Range: 7+ years
Published as:
Paperback Book (2010)

1 review [Average review score: 1 / 5]

Before they joined the Rebellion against the Empire, the pilot Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca made their living by transporting cargo across the galaxy in the Millennium Falcon. But when Jabba the Hutt hires them to pick up a cargo container at Fornax Station, Han and Chewie pick up something else... trouble!

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:
"The Adventures in Hyperspace young readers’ series begins with Fire Ring Race. Sadly, it is not an impressive start. I appreciate the difficulties in bringing something as complicated as the Star Wars universe to under 10s, but is it necessary to reduce it to something so inconceivably trite as Fire Ring Race. I have severe doubts that the target age will be able to decode or comprehend some of the vocabulary in the book, which restricts the audience to slightly older children who would, I feel, be unsatisfied with the bland nature of the story.
"Han Solo and Chewbacca are tasked by Jabba the Hutt with obtaining a cargo canister from Fornax Station. During their smuggling expedition they are framed by a corrupt Imperial security officer for the callous theft of a wedding dress. It sounds ridiculous and reads similarly. There are such treats as Han and Chewie posing as barbers and gently reassuring a duplicitous shoe-shine droid that they forgive it for its transgressions in order to trick it into revealing information to them. But the worst part has to be Han Solo using the phrase “suffering comets” as an exclamation of exasperation.
"Han Solo and Chewbacca are portrayed as a poor substitute for Morcambe and Wise instead of the slick rogues that we know and love."
1 / 5

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