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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (DNO) (original 2017; edition 2017)

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Member:DarthTindalus
Title:Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (DNO)
Authors:Various (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2017), 496 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Fiction Sci-Fi, C- Star Wars, *Read 2018*

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From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer (Editor) (2017)

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This reminded me a lot of Ken Liu's "Legends of Luke Skywalker" - in fact Liu's in here along with 39 others. It's almost a Star Wars devotional, with so many authors providing their meditation of the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The breadth of styles and thoughts is striking - and excellent angles of view on Star Wars. While it's easy to dismiss Star Wars as "space fantasy" (and it certainly does have that), in the hands of these authors you discover all sorts of deep, light, serious and comic dimensions. It's a fun exploration from many, many points of view! ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
I loved loved this book from beginning to end! The stories were told by different characters from beginning to end in chronological order from A New Hope.

Here are my reviews for each of the stories:

Raymus - Story told from the ship captain who tried to take Leia to Tatooine after she obtained the Death Star plans. As we all know, she gets captured so its the time before she does. Good perspective and felt sad that the captain was trying to write his family in Alderaan (awww at least he died before he realized his family was to be blown to smithereens). Good story.

The Bucket - Story told from a stormtrooper that captured Leia. He does show empathy behind his mask. Good nice short story.

The Sith of Datawork - Story told from an Imperial fleet Logistics Liasion regarding talking to another coworker about letting the escape pod go that was unmanned towards Tatooine (we all know R2D2 was in it). In it the liasion schemes up a plan with lots of datawork for the coworker to complete to cover his butt from Darth Vader finding out. Okay story, lots of mumbo jumbo with the documents in it.

Stories in the Sand - Story told from a Jawa who works the ship that collects the scrap metal. He takes memory from the droids to watch their stories in hopes he can leave the ship one day. When he watches the R2 memory, he realizes its important and puts it back in the R2 and will leave the ship to start his new adventures. I enjoyed the story.

Reirin - Story told from a Raider who is trying to sneak on to the Jawa ship and watches as Luke and his uncle buy the droids. She gets in the ship, gets her green crystal and sneaks back out. Not a bad story. Interesting.

The Red One - Story told from the red droid who exploded to get R2D2 to Luke. Cute story told by the droid who happily escaped at the end.

Rites - Story told from a few tusken raiders who killed a monster, chase a droid and were scared of a man in a robe (we all know who he is!). Interesting perspective of the raiders.

Master and Apprentice - Story told from Qui-Gon (yes his specteral image from death) talking with Obi-Wan. Really liked it to the fact I kind of understood what was forthcoming later with Obi's death.

Beru Whitesun Lars - Kudos to Meg Cabot for this gem of a story. The story is told by Luke's aunt (dead but still can tell a story). Hilarious all the way through... Blue milk cheese... ha ha ha

The Luckless Rodian - Ah yes finally the story told by Greedo! Han did shoot first! Anyway, good story about Greedo and more backstory (or a reference) to a woman who loved Han and Greedo? hmmm....

Not for Nothing - Story told by the band player from the Cantina. So another view of what happened that day with Luke, Obi and Han. Kind of neat that the band played for Jabba before winding up at the Cantina.

We Don't Serve Their Kind Here - Story told from the bartender at Mos Eisley. Basically he talks about the band and the droids. Okay story not one of my favorites.

The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper - Another cantina story.. this time a looooong one with lots and lots of characters...it made my head spin. Anyways, no need to explain it because I was confused by the whole thing. My least favorite so far.

Added Muscle - So its a story told from Boba Fett's POV regarding Jabba telling him there to find Solo. Short but sweet.

You Owe Me a Ride - Story told from Brea Tonnika regarding her and her sister talking to Jabba and trying to steal the Milennium Falcon. Interesting story since I didn't really know these characters at all.

The Secrets of Long Snoot - Story told from an alien (can't remember him from the movie) who gave the droids up for credits to go back home to see his family. Cool story.

Born in the Storm - Story told by a stormtrooper who was influenced by Obi Wan when try tried to apprehend the droids. Hilarious story and I laughed out loud a few times.

Laina - Ah Wil Wheaton.. so happy he wrote a story for this book! Sad story told by a rebel soldier sending his daughter to Alderaan (eek!) to be safe. I liked it.

Fully Operational - Story told by an Imperial officer regarding the Death Star and questioning it's strength/weakness. Awesome ending.

An Incident Report - Story told from the Imperial officer who was force choked by Vader. It was so funny. I don't want to say anything without giving it away.

Change of Heart - Story told from a stormtrooper who witnessed Leia's torture. Basically he felt sad for her. Good story.

Eclipse - So far the saddest story in the book. Story told from Leia's adopted parents on Alderaan before they are blown up. Snif.

Verge of Greatness - Story told from General Tarkin before and during the blowup of Aldaraan. Okay story, not my favorite.

Far too Remote - Literally just a cartoon and its hilarious!

The Trigger - Story told by Doctor Aphra (really? she was not in New Hope). Stormtroopers found her and she escapes. Interesting.

Of MSE-6 and Men - um... yea... story told by the little Imperial droid. Very very confusing throughout and I had no idea what the end was about. Meh.

Bump - Another story told from a stormtrooper who was on Tatooine and keeps missing the droids. It was alright.

End of Watch - Story told by a commander of the Empire when Luke, Han, and Chewy rescued the princess. Okay story.

The Baptist - Loved this story! Told by Omi (the monster with the one eye from the garbage disposal). It tells how the Empire took her from the swamp and dumped her in the disposal. And how she felt when the four fell in.

Time of Death - Story told by Obi-Wan (sigh). Basically he is thinking of the past while fighting Vader and of course he is going over his death (double sigh). Too many holes in this story, I fear.

There is Another - Story told by Yoda!! He is in Dagobah and senses Obi-Wan's death. And this is when he finds out he must train Luke and not Leia. Good story.

Palpatine - Nice poem told by the Emperor.

Sparks - Story told by Dex... snif... when he was helping to destroy the Death Star. Good and sad story.

Duty Roster - Story told by one of the Colonel rebels watching the battle with the Death Star from the sidelines. I enjoyed this story.

Desert Son - Snif again. Story told by Luke's buddy Biggs (he was happy to see Luke joining him in the fight before going to shoot up the Death Star in the movie). Once again, good and sad story.

Grounded - Story told by the girl in charge of the ships and pilots. Very detailed about the information of the pilots and very emotional.

Contingency Plan - Story told by Mon Mothma about making an alternative plan in case the Death Star was not blown up. It was okay.

The Angle - Squee!! Story told by Lando... loved every word! He of course is gambling and finds out Han is battling the Death Star.

By Whatever Sun - Story told by Miara Larte(?) regarding the ending ceremony. Okay story.

Whills - My absolute most favorite story in the entire book! Hilarious and I laughed out loud the entire time. I can't even explain what it is about but it was great! ( )
  booklover3258 | Apr 19, 2019 |
This is an anthology of short stories that tells the story of Star Wars, but from the point-of-view of all the little characters that don’t matter. Like the Jawa that finds R2-D2, the Tusken Raider that cold-cocks Luke, various droids and rebels, even the stormtrooper that bonks his head on the doorway. All the parts that didn’t even earn scale.

It’s actually one of the better short story collections I’ve read. Maybe because A) there’s one unifying element tying them all together and leading to a conclusion and B) it’s Star Wars. It was enjoyable, but not pull-you-in enjoyable. There is a LOT of time spent on Tatooine. I think there’s a story for every character in Mos Eisley. If you like Star Wars, this is definitely worth looking into. ( )
  theWallflower | Jan 30, 2019 |
"From a certain point of view?" asks Luke in the movie in response to the ghost of Ben trying to explain his decision to lace the truth. This book is the entire Episode IV from the point of view of other non-essential characters who are basically extras in a scene. Each story gives additional information that is fascinating to read - it may have very well happened this way...
The story begins as it is seen by the other Antilles, the captain of Leia's ship handing over the stolen data tapes to the Princess in the aftermath of the Battle of Scarif. He is now the main character and you see everything from his point of view (until his death at the hands of Vader). The next chapter is narrated by one of the storm troopers who captures Leia on her ship (His brief encounter with her changes his ideas on the rebellion). The next is an officer aboard Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer who sorts out the paperwork regarding the empty escape pod. The next is Jot, a Jawa aboard the sandcrawler that picks up the droids (He decides not to wipe Artoo's memory). Then you meet a sandcrawler who steals something from the Jawa's stash. The Red Droid who breaks down allowing Artoo to be chosen reveals a secret (He does it on purpose and great cost to himself so that Artoo can be free). And it goes on... another sandcrawler, Aunt Beru, Greedo and other patrons of the cantina, the ghost of Qui-Gon, various fighters from both sides, and even Yoda and Palpatine.
I found that some accounts really added to the backstory and carried great emotional value. My favourites include the little Jawa, the Red astromech droid, the creature in the garbage, the pilot who got left behind when Luke took his place, and of course Palpatine's outburst which is written in blank verse by Ian Doescher. The final account of the The Journal of the Whills is also very funny, and only those know of George Lucas' early drafts will get the hidden joke.
I felt that there were far too may repetitions of the same scene through the eyes of too many people. I got really bored with seeing the cantina encounter so many times. And some of the characters on the Death Star also were not too interesting.
I think if they had just re-told the story scene by scene by other people and stuck to just one or maximum two points of view per scene, this book would be wonderful.
Either way, it is a must read for a true fan. ( )
  Nadishka | Jan 26, 2019 |
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 |
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Schaefer, ElizabethEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Acker, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahdieh, RenéeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angleberger, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blacker, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Córdova, ZoraidaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Dawson, Delilah S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeConnick, Kelly SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Doescher, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eckstein, AshleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fraction, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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