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From a Certain Point of View (2017)

by Elizabeth Schaefer (Editor)

Other authors: Ben Acker (Contributor), Renée Ahdieh (Contributor), Tom Angleberger (Contributor), Ben Blacker (Contributor), Jeffrey Brown (Contributor)38 more, Pierce Brown (Contributor), Meg Cabot (Contributor), Rae Carson (Contributor), Zoraida Córdova (Contributor), Adam Christopher (Contributor), Delilah S. Dawson (Contributor), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Contributor), Paul Dini (Contributor), Ian Doescher (Contributor), Ashley Eckstein (Contributor), Matt Fraction (Contributor), Alexander Freed (Contributor), Jason Fry (Contributor), Kieron Gillen (Contributor), Christie Golden (Contributor), Claudia Gray (Contributor), Pablo Hidalgo (Contributor), EK Johnston (Contributor), Paul S. Kemp (Contributor), Mur Lafferty (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Griffin McElroy (Contributor), John Jackson Miller (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Daniel José Older (Contributor), Mallory Ortberg (Contributor), Beth Revis (Contributor), Madeleine Roux (Contributor), Greg Rucka (Contributor), Gary D. Schmidt (Contributor), Cavan Scott (Contributor), Charles Soule (Contributor), Sabaa Tahir (Contributor), Elizabeth Wein (Contributor), Glen Weldon (Contributor), Chuck Wendig (Contributor), Wil Wheaton (Contributor), Gary Whitta (Contributor)

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Series: Star Wars

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Listened to this book on audio. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary the first Star Wars file (A New Hope), 40 authors were commissioned to write a story about a character from the film, but not the characters you'd expect. Kind of like Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead, that traces characters thru Hamlet, but not the main narrative. From finding out what R5-D4 was doing in the Jawa's crawler, to finding out that Aunt Beru was famous for her blue milk cheese, to a bureaucrat on the Death Star who "lives" for filling out the proper forms, to the Rebel flight controller watching the Death Star battle on her monitors, to an argument with a couple of Whills on how the Journal should be written (aka the Opening Crawl from the A New Hope).

The audio version had a whole cast of narrators and music and sound effects that made it a really fun read. (Though when listening at 1.25x times, hearing a sped up version of the Cantina band music was quite jarring :) )

9/10

S: 12/18/18 - 1/1/19 (15 Days) ( )
  mahsdad | Jan 2, 2019 |
Multiple authors.

Told from the POV of bit characters, this does enrich the Star Wars universe (as if it needs further enrichment!) While some of the stories are interesting, they are oddly out of order to the sequence in Star Wars IV, where they originate. ( )
  2wonderY | Dec 10, 2018 |
What Made Me Read It As a life long Star Wars fan, an anthology of stories set in the Original Trilogy era was pretty much a given.
The Good "From a Certain Point of View" is a collection of 40 short stories, written by 40 different authors, released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie. Each story focus on the events of Star Wars Episode IV, renamed Star Wars A New Hope, and is told from the perspective of a background or minor character from both sides of the galactic conflict and a few neutral parties. The stories have been arranged in chronological order following the script of the movie, starting with Princess Leia running from the Empire aboard the Blockade Runner Tantive IV, to the medal ceremony after the destruction of the Death Star over the moon Yavin IV. Each of the 40 invited authors contribute with their own particular writing style so we get different stories told in creative ways, from bureaucratic forms to droid self-diagnostic reports and a Shakespearean-like poem. Each story has its own tone too: funny and comedic, sad and touching, dramatic and tense, introspective and enlightening.
The Not So Good Just like any other anthology, "From a Certain Point of View" has really good stories, stories that are less interesting, and all the shades of gray in between. Also, the anthology spends way too much time on Tatooine, particularly inside the Cantina during one very specific iconic event. I just didn't need the perspective of every single patron plus their alien pets (since droids aren't allowed) on Greedo getting shot. But that's a personal taste... or distaste.
Read the full review on: https://literaryportals.blogspot.com/2018/10/book-review-star-wars-from-certain.html
Final Rating "From a Certain Point of View" is meant for Star Wars fans, preferably with at least a passing knowledge of the Expanded Universe. It adds depth to the events of Star Wars A New Hope, but assumes you've seen the movie a couple of times and are familiar with some of the less known background characters. Readers who enjoy space opera adventures but are not familiar with the franchise will probably feel confused by all the vague and incomplete references. ( )
  LiteraryPortals | Nov 11, 2018 |
An enjoyable read for the most part. It was fun seeing all the different characters and their points of view, kind of like a behind the scenes documentary. A few of the stories were too similar to the movies though, and I felt they didn’t add much to the book. Love the different authors presented here. ( )
  hlwalrath | Aug 21, 2018 |
Writing: 4.0; a variation of writing styles from these 40 or so authors, although most (besides a few exceptions) are pretty good.
Theme: 5.0; a retelling of perhaps the greatest sci-fi story of all time, from the point of view of various characters not featured prominently (or at all) in the film, such as Greedo, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, the cantina band and aliens, various Imperial officers, etc.
Content: 4.0; the general sci-fi violence of Star Wars, with some suggestive material in it not suitable for all audiences or, I believe, in Star Wars in general (forced homosexuality, etc.).
Language: 3.0; 24 uses of vulgarity in the whole of the book. The big problem with this is the fact that all of the stories were written by various authors, so you don't know who will use any or not.

Star Wars is the greatest sci-fi tale of all time. There's no question about that, or the impact it has had on the world as a whole, with the resurgence of Star Wars in the general population. And in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the classic film from 1977, Lucasfilm announced the release of a collection of 40 stories (for 40 years) retelling the film from the perspective of background and minor characters from the movie, also including some from the point of view of characters from other Star Wars media. I'll say this right out: I am a huge Star Wars fan, so some of these stories hit me harder than they might a general (or new) fan of the saga who is really only into the newer era of stuff, and not the originals or prequels so much. Following are the stories that I particularly enjoyed: "Stories in the Sand" and "The Red One" were the first ones I read that I really liked, and I liked them so much because of the fact that they showed how a character with a small part in the story could have a huge impact on the greater good (in the first, a Jawa helps R2-D2 escape the Jawas and gives up his chances of leaving Tatooine; in the latter, R5-D4 forfeits his chance of escape so R2 may be purchased by Luke). "Master and Apprentice," "Time of Death," and "There is Another" were all three stories focusing on characters who were prominent in either the originals, the prequels, or both: the first focused on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, the second on Obi-Wan himself, and the third on Yoda and Obi-Wan. They give us some insight into how the Jedi feel in such a dark time, and their thoughts on the strong yet untrained Skywalker twins. Others that I really enjoyed were "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper" (the tale of so many debts the cantina aliens were in and how they got out of them, thanks to each other and a certain smuggler and his Wookiee copilot), "Change of Heart" (the story of an Imperial who defects to the Rebellion after seeing Leia's home destroyed), "Verge of Greatness" (the reaction to the powers of the Death Star from both Tarkin and Krennic), "End of Watch" (the firsthand reaction to Princess Leia's escape from the Death Star prison block), "Duty Roster" (the feelings of a rebel pilot who is constantly mistaken for Wedge Antilles and is left behind in the Battle of Yavin), and "Whills" (the recording of the events of the Battle of Yavin from the all-powerful Whills, with a great sense of humor thrown in). These stories all feature a prominent amount of humor that is excellently balanced with seriousness, as well as a fair amount of references thrown in. Even if you can't read all of these stories, pick out the ones that you feel most drawn to, although be warned, some may be a bit "deceptive" upon first sight (for example, Boba Fett is my favorite character, so I was ready to read his story, "Added Muscle," although it doesn't feel quite like Boba when the story describes his off-duty life -- apparently, he and Jabba the Hutt were drinking buddies; weird). The only stories I didn't feel particularly attracted to AT ALL were "Reirin" and "Of MSE-6 and Men"; the first is about a young Tusken trying to prove herself by hunting droids from Jawas, and I didn't really get what I was reading until halfway through; the second focuses on a mouse droid used to ferry messages about the Death Star, and we learn that a high-ranking Imperial officer has romantic attractions to a stormtrooper. The whole story just felt completely off and weird; it just wasn't Star Wars. In both that and "We Don't Serve Their Kind Here" both had blatantly forced examples of homosexuality; there was just one throwaway line in the latter that put it in, and the first one, as I said, began to revolve around it, and it simply wasn't needed. Besides those three stories, the others were at the very least good. For Star Wars fans, I suggest you check this book out. ***Finished August 9, 2018*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Aug 10, 2018 |
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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!… (more)

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