Star Wars

Star Wars

From A Certain Point of View

Book - 2017
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When Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope -- from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!


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sarahbru17 Oct 31, 2018

What a fun adventure! I don't normally read short stories, but since these followed the singular plot of "A New Hope," it was much more cohesive and enjoyable. Some of these perspectives were just wildly inventive, humorous, and insightful. I learned a lot more about the Star Wars universe (I'm totally ready for trivia night!) and the stories added a lot of depth to the movie. I would happily read another of these for the other episodes.
Standout stories:
"Stories in the Sand" by Griffin McElroy
"Not for Nothing" by Mur Lafferty
"The Secrets of Long Snoot" by Delilah S. Dawson
"Born in the Storm" by Daniel Jose Older
"Laina" by Wil Wheaton
"Of MSE-6 and Men" by Glen Weldon
"The Baptist" by Nnedi Okorafor
"The Angle" by Charles Soule
"Whills" by Tom Angleberger

KateHillier Dec 19, 2017

A wonderful marking of Star Wars' 40th anniversary. This collection of short stories from some of the best authors working in sci-fi, comics, and YA working today and covers the events just before and just after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. These stories are told from our fringe characters, some never before named or thought of before now, and there's something for everyone here. Stand outs for me include stories from the point of view of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Biggs Darklighter, the trash compactor being, Mon Mothma, Grand Moff Tarkin, Aunt Beru, and a disgruntled sandtrooper filing an incident report after an old man tells his group that they don't need to see his identification.

If you love Star Wars you owe it to yourself to give these a read. You won't love all of them but you will enjoy them all and appreciate a look at A New Hope through different eyes.

A brilliantly conceived book, telling the story of Star Wars as seen by different people. There's a huge amount of perspectives at play, and some are loads better than others, but the overall product is still a work of art.

Some people might take issue with certain chapters. I understand the arguments. There are a few I don't like, and I probably won't read other works by those authors. The bonus is readers are exposed to a variety of authors and styles, and who knows, maybe you'll pick up a new one to enjoy?

Oct 30, 2017

40 stories maybe at best five stories worth reading. Obiwan has 2, Yoda one, and Leia's mom has one. Those were great. Maybe the Lando chapter. The rest is a waste of time. Because it's forty stories I'd give it one star.

Oct 25, 2017

Another day, another disappointment from Disney. I had really been looking forward to this collection of short stories, as I heartily enjoyed "Tales From Jabba's Palace" which was released many years ago. But this collection of short stories really missed the mark. Seems like there's 30 or 40 different tales crammed into the book, so I found it hard to get into the swing or flow of any of the stories because they were briefer than I expected. And because some of the tales are literally just a couple pages long the writers tend to make their point fast and furious, with little nuance or character development.

A handful of the stories are gems, my favorite being "Incident Report" and the Obi Wan story... but most are mediocre and some are serious stinkers. The chief offenders are multiple stories where real world social justice warrior content take you right out of the fantasy world and kill all the fun. I don't read Star Wars to get lectured on gender identity politics and I wish that Disney Executives would stop shoehorning in that kind of politics into science fiction. It ruins the experience.


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