From a Certain Point of View – A Star War Novel Review

From a Certain Point of View – A Star War Novel Review

From a Certain Point of View – A Star War Novel Review

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I have done a few reviews of Star Wars novels, the most recent being my review of Phasma, and for the most part I have been able to give you a rough overview followed by a light play by play and final thoughts. This one how ever will be a little different. If I were to recap all 40 of these stories this article would be about as long as a short novel itself! So what I plan on doing this time around is to give you a rough overview of what the book is about and what you are in store for when you pick it up. Followed by a few of the stories that stuck out the most to me, so I hope you all like it!

From a Certain Point of View is an anthology of short stories that in short are a love letter from authors to the original Star Wars film. This book contains 40 stories written by a slew of authors, each telling the story of A New Hope from the point of view of secondary characters. Some of the contributing authors include Christie Golden, E.K. Johnston, John Jackson Miller,  Wil Wheaton, Ashley Eckstein, and more. It also has stories from comic book writers such as, Charles Soule, Kelley Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, and Keiron Gillen. I personally listened to the audio book format of this novel and I would suggest it to any one out there, mostly because you get to hear Jon Hamm as Boba Fett, as well as Star Wars audio book veterans Johnathan Davis and Mark Thompson. The book moves chronologically through the story, starting with Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV and ending at the medal ceremony on Yavin 4.

So now I am going to tell you a little about some of my favorite stories from the book. First we have THE BEST STORM TROOPER EVER! The story is titled “Born in the Storm” by Daniel José Older. This is a story of a Storm Trooper who is stationed just outside Mos Eisley and gets pulled in to help look for the missing droids. This is the most plain talking storm trooper in the history of storm troopers. It adds so much to a set of characters that for the most part we see as faceless cogs in the imperial war machine. One thing you will find out is this trooper loves Dewbacks, and I mean he LOVES them. I don’t want to get into it too much but he ends up being one of the storm troopers that old Ben Kenobi Jedi mind tricks into letting them pass. It was light hearted and funny one of the best in the book!

The next story I want to tell you about is pretty much the opposite of the last one. This story, titled “Laina” by Wil Wheaton, really hit me emotionally. This is the story of a rebel trooper that is stationed at the rebel base on Yavin IV. He is the guy you see in the film who is on guard duty in the spire like thing when the Millennium Falcon first arrives there. It takes place about the same time Luke and company have left Mos Eisley. This is a very heart felt story as this rebel is recording a video to send with his 2 year old daughter, while she is sleeping, whom he is sending away to go live with her aunts to keep her safe from the inevitable war. He tells her how much he loves her and how much it hurts to send her away even though he believes that it is the right thing to do. He also tells her of her mother and who she was as a person, as well as the reason for her death and their joining of the rebellion. This story really hit me hard, I have a little girl and could place myself right where he was, having to say goodbye to the most precious thing in his life and risking never seeing her again all for her safety. The ending of this story had me tearing up, I will let you all read it to find out why.

The last story I wanted to look at is called “Master and Apprentice” form Claudia Gray. This story takes place after Luke and Obi-Wan find the Sandcrawler with the dead Jawas right after Luke jets away to check on Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. As Obi-Wan and the droids are piling the Jawa corpses a familiar appears and talks with Obi-Wan. This of course is his old master Qui-Gon Jinn. This is a conversation that I have been waiting to here since the end of episode 3 when the tell you that Qui-Gon has come back to teach them the way of the force after death. They start by talking about Luke and how Ben didn’t tell him the entire truth about his father and what happens, they then move onto who is really to blame about the situation that they are all in. Qui-Gon blames himself for pushing the boy on Obi-Wan, but Obi-Wan basically comes out and tells Qui-Gon that everyone shares a little blame in what happened but ultimately the blame falls on Anakin.

I am pretty sure any Star Wars fan that decides to sit down and crack this book open or plug the headphones in and listen will not be disappointed in the least. I feel that above I have given you a taste of a few different kinds of stories you will encounter in this anthology. It is a perfect mix of funny, heartbreaking, and enlightening. I think my favorite stories are the ones that expand on gaps in the story, I feel like it is less of a retroactive continuity situation and more of an adding to the rich lore that has always surrounded the expanded Star Wars universe. This book has changed the way that I look at the film itself, I love now being able to look in the background of the Cantina, see a character and know what their back story is and why they are there in the first place. I hope with every fiber of my being that we will get another book like this in a couple of years for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back! I am dying to hear what was going through the Wampa’s head on Hoth!

 

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Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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