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On sale now from DK is Star Wars: Complete Locations. By author Jason Fry and artist Kemp Remillard the book provides an update to a 2005 release by the same title.

In addition to Fry and Remillard, the book features the work of authors Kristin Lund, Simon Beecroft, Kerrie Dougherty, James Luceno and artists Richard Chasemore, Hans Jenssen, Robert Barnes, John Mullaney, Richard Bonson, Greg Knight, Christian Piccolo, Chris Trevas, Alex Ivanov, Masahiko Tano, Roger Hutchins, Bill Le Fever and Jon Hall.

The 192-page hardcover book features over 50 full color illustrations, some multi-page fold outs, tons of annotations and images from the films, a forward by Doug Chiang, and features a cool new map of the galaxy which includes 30 planets plotted on it.

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Complete Locations is a dense book. This is not one that you will sit down and flip through in one sitting, it is easy to spend 10 minutes or more on each two page spread, looking at the illustrations, going through the captions and notations and comparing the illustration to the included film stills. I suggest you do read carefully as some things may appear that surprise you.

While I am not a huge fan of the primary illustration style used for most of the spreads, I don’t think it is realistic to expect a more photo-realistic style given the objectives of the art. The style allows them to fudge some things when necessary to make it all work. The other critique I would have is that the book is broken down by film releases (Episodes I-VII) and as a result doesn’t have a dedicated section for either The Clone Wars or Rebels. It would have been nice to see something like the Ilum included from The Clone Wars or Stygeon Prison from Rebels included.

These are relatively minor critiques however given the overall quality and presentation of this book. It is a true caf table book that should be picked up and explored at a leisurely pace.

Star Wars: Complete Locations is on sale now at a MSRP of $35. Currently a discount is available off the cover price at Amazon.com.

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