Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed

Canto Bight

Soon to be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city. - An honest salesman meets a career criminal as a dream vacation turns into the worst nightmare i...

Details Canto Bight

TitleCanto Bight
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherDel Rey Books
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories, Audiobook

Reviews Canto Bight

  • Khurram
    A very disappointing book. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish this book is I could not really summon to motivation to carry on reading it. For short stories, the stories are very slow paced. I did not really care for most of the characters, and it DEFINITELY DOES NOT add anything to the Last Jedi movie. The one think I did like in this book was that as were re-used/mentioned from story to story.I could have learned everything I neede...
  • Lata
    3.5 stars. Like the collection of short stories "From a Certain Point of View", this collection of four novellas focus on the little guys in the background, the ones you might catch for a second before turning back to the main action. Canto Bight is where the rich of the galaxy go to play, and the rest, well, they get to keep their lives, if they're lucky. Though each author focuses on a different main character, there are characters common to ea...
  • Jordan Anderson
    Canto Bight may be the richest, most fantastic place in the galaxy but you sure as hell wouldn't know it based on these stories...As has come to be pretty much par the course with all these new canon tie-ins, Canto Bight is a huge disappointment. In and of itself the idea and the concept behind getting fans super pumped up and excited for the events on Cantonica in the upcoming The Last Jedi are good ones. Just think how much more fun Naboo and K...
  • Josh
    I’d suggest reading Canto Bight after watching the Last Jedi. The film gives some context and perspective to the casino town which is hard to imagine from the limited exposure the 4 novellas offer. Whilst good in their own right, the lack of a predefined visual aide dampers the atmosphere in the novellas – the casino town is not Las Vegas nor does it compare in the film to it as such, so having a preconceived notion of the cityscape is recomm...
  • Elizabeth
    The first two stories were GREAT. The last two were duds. I was kind of tired of hearing about Canto Bight by the end, and I am one of the rare few who actually enjoyed Canto Bight in the film.
  • Peter Hammond
    I started to get depressed reading Canto Bight. So I furiously started mapping out the new canon with magazine clippings and twine and big question marks like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. Then I got online and started making petitions, spent all my money on billboards, and turned on fandom like a jackal nipping at the tail of an elephant. I sank down into a deep, dark, lonely hole. Just screaming into the abyss. Finally I awoke from this fe...
  • Matthew Sciarrino
    This “prequel” in the road to the Last Jedi features a location that will be a setting in the upcoming movie. It features 4 novellas that take place in Canto Bight. Canto Bight reminds me of the many Cantinas and Casinos in the Star Wars games, i.e Knights of the Old Republic etc. It also makes me wonder why Lando Calrissian isn’t in this movie. This is his kind of place. Han, too would have been right at home. The 4 stories are very good. ...
  • Shane Phillips
    Bleech. This did not have the feel of being Star Wars related. This could have been any generic 'casino' science fiction book. Maybe the "Last Jedi" movie will change that. I am posting this 1 week before movie comes out. It might have been better to listen after the movie.
  • Jim C
    This book is part of the new canon and its setting is the casino city that we saw in the movie The Last Jedi. It is a collection of four short stories that details four lives of a Canto Bight resident and each story has a connection with another story.Do you like your Star Wars have lightsaber duels, spaceship battles, or good versus evil? Then this book is not for you. These stories are decent stories but the only real Star Wars connection is th...
  • Brandon St Mark
    Over all none of these are bad stories, but none of them are that great. Kind of a reoccurring thing in the New Canon. None of the books are bad (well, except for the Aftermath books, a majority of them are bad sadly), but they just aren’t that interesting to me. And, Phasma aside, the ones I do like have to do with the Jedi. Which apparently is something the New Canon just doesn’t want to follow.
  • Timothy Martin
    The stories we see in this book each do a good job of of keeping you interested while making you care about the characters. Being able to see a planet so thoroughly built and described is a rarity in the EU, and it is very refreshing.However, given that it is full of short stories it is still difficult to get too invested in characters and you more of feel the obligatory "good guy should win" feeling. Overall, a good read for those already invest...
  • Wayne
    5 starsI really enjoyed this and was quite surprised how well the stories gelled together even though they were by different authors .In Star Wars world building is always key and this is no different. Its expansive , expressive and huge and just so engaging.The characters are strong and even though we don't get any fan favourites the new ones are excellent. I love the diversity of characters you get in Star Wars and this is no exception.For me e...
  • Cale
    This collection of four novellas has some interesting stories, but it's surprisingly devoid of the Star Wars feel. They could have taken place in pretty much any Science Fiction/Fantasy universe with little alteration - the aliens are new, the technology is distinct (no comlinks in sight), and aside from a few mentions of galactic politics and the city of Canto Bight itself (whose features in these stories really share little in common with those...
  • Robert
    I've never done this before, but it is 100% justified: My GR friend Josh's review says it all so far as plot and characterization goes for this quartet of novellas. Couldn't do any better, so you should click the link and read it and give him all of the likes.Looking for more info. on this douche? Keep lookingI'll limit myself to commenting on the audiobook narration, which transcended some patchy material for the most part, particularly Jonathan...
  • Fiction State Of Mind
    Coyer Winter SwitchThis volume ties into The Last Jedi and focuses on the brief glimpses of the aliens briefly featured in the casino scene of the film.Four authors share four different stories that sometimes overlap in little cameos. My favorite story in this collection was The Wine a dreams, a story featuring four women of power negotiating over a rare bottle of wine. This story by Mira Grant had me wishing for more adventures with these ladies...
  • Stephen Richter
    Great fun with three authors trying a Star War story for the first time and one old hand. All tales are set in Canto Bight , the Las Vegas style city seen in the Last Jedi. Saladin Ahmed tale involves a Salesman of the Year who get more than he bargained for in this trip of a lifetime, Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire spins a tale about a bottle of rare wine whose vintage is to kill for. Rae Carson tale involves a Spa worker and blackmail. One of my...
  • A.
    It’s just Las Vegas with aliens.
  • DiscoSpacePanther
    This is the first short story collection I've read from the new Star Wars canon aimed at adults rather than children. It features four stories set in the casino city of Canto Bight, on the desert planet of Cantonica. The city itself, which is portrayed in the recent movie Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is a kind of space- Monte Carlo crossed with Las Vegas. It has the glamour of the European principality, coupled with the seedy underbell...
  • Jason
    Canto Bight is a collection of 4 short-to-medium stories about the Legendary gambling City of Canto-Bight on Cantonica. This is the place to go if you want to be involved in gambling of any sort, and those involved in the high stakes are always at Canto Bight. Lando and Han would have LIVED at Canto Bight back in their time if it had existed. Whilst these stories don’t follow any of the main characters, they give us the feel for Canto Bight, th...
  • Steve Davala
    Canto Bight... the casino in the Last Jedi. This book is a collection of 4 stories of different goings-ons around the world. I went into not knowing what to expect, although I hoped for it to be a little like the Tales from the Cantina from a long time ago... that told stories of all the inhabitants of the first Star Wars cantina. Here, you get to know some characters that I'll have to take a look for... I just looked in my visual dictionary and ...
  • victoria.p
    I liked the sommelier's story, but was meh about everything else.
  • Alex Ward
    *This review is just for "The Wine in Dreams"; other novellas' reviews forthcoming*
  • Jaime K
    Canto Bight. The main city of Cantonica. “The greatest city of pleasures the galaxy has ever known.” Where rules are changed at the drop of a hat, where the house always wins--until it doesn’t, and where being both innocent and guilty manipulate and are manipulated.This is a “tales of” book without the label, and with far fewer stories than in Legends. The stories relate to each other, even if in a subtle way. And, as a surprise to me, ...
  • Chad Bearden
    The first three tales told in Canto Bight are toothless noir stories that lack the idiosyncratic depth of bygone Star Wars anthologies, but make up for it with moderately strong characters swimming around in the novel setting of an intergalactic casino. Some ups and downs, but a generally competent affair that would otherwise earn a 3-star rating. Then along comes the final story in the collection (a desperate gambler in a race with the clock!) w...
  • Sunil
    While reaction to the new casino city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was mixed, a brand-new location in the Star Wars universe can generate plenty of story fodder, as the anthology Canto Bight handily proves. These four novellas follow several different characters who several different venues, and they make me want a whole movie or miniseries set in Canto Bight.Saladin Ahmed kicks off the proceedings with the very silly "Rules of the ...
  • Sudeep Tirupati
    This was such a great addition to the Star Wars canon, I cannot say how much of this stuff ties into The Last Jedi, but I can definitely this will stand on it's own.I have heard someone describe this as the Pulp Fiction of Star Wars and I was sceptical even as I was reading it. But then I read the last few pages and everything clicked in fantastically just like all the stories in Pulp Fiction blend and crossover fantastically.All the stories are ...
  • Samantha
    This book was released in the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas. The book itself, contains four short stories that all focus in and round the casino world of Canto Bight. The four different stories are written by four authors, they are, Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant and John Jackson Miller.I really enjoyed this book. I was very disappointed by Canto Bight in the film, as I had read this book before watching Th...
  • Stewart Bushman
    I can't believe I'm writing this, but this book was terrific. It's a perfect example of Star Wars-adjacent fiction. It consists of four shortish stories having virtually nothing to do with the Force or Luke or Leia, with just a hint of overlapping characters and situations.Really, with a mild bit of tweaking it could take place in Vegas, and it probably would be just as fun.Highly recommended, especially the audiobook, as the SW-evocative music r...
  • Sarah
    Well. This book took me over 2 months to finish. Because these first two stories are SUCH DRAGS. Just, the worst. The third and fourth stories, however, are considerably stronger, with the third story undoubtedly being the best. It just sucks you had to try to get through over half the book to get to something good.
  • Christy
    A look into the activities, people, and politics of Canto Bight. If you’re confused as to why SW included this world, I’d advise you to look at the world around you. The first story is my favorite. :)